Feb 17, 2021
Who doesn’t love a good DIY home project? But how do you
take what you see online or on television and translate that into
your home, especially when you are not naturally handy?
Today, we’ll look at what you need to know to get started
and build up your DIY skills!
How to Get Started with Your DIY Home Projects
Last week we were talking about being a frugal foodie, home
having a garden at your place.
These are some of my favorite topics.
I enjoy talking about how
to save money and put it towards goals
that matter to you but I also love learning new
As I mentioned last week, I wasn’t a natural
My first attempts are pretty bad keeping plants alive. I ended
up going with cacti and fake plants inside the house for a few
By starting off small with a little front patio garden. I began
to get some practice and to learn some skills. And I would not call
myself a garden expert.
Now I’m really proud that we have a space out back where we can
grow the vegetables that we enjoy and love.
I feel the same way about DIY.
Neither one of us are naturally handy people, but when we became
homeowners, we out of necessity had to learn some skills. Not only
so that we can save some money, but turn our house into our
If you’re thinking of taking on some home projects, but you
don’t know where to start, then this is your episode.
Whitney Hansen, who’s the creator and host of The Money Nerds podcast
is here today.
Besides her financial skills, she also has some serious DIY
talents. She loves to jump into projects whether it’s painting
her house, building
a fireplace, or flipping
In this episode, we’ll get into:
- why and how she got started with her home projects
- how to save money when you’re doing DIY, and
- where she finds resources to learn new skills.
Are you ready? Let’s get started!
Hope you enjoy!
Resources to Make Your Home Projects Easier and Less
If you’re planning on doing a home DIY project and you want to
keep it stylish and affordable, here are some resources to check
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Key Takeaways with DIY Home Projects
Here are a few key takeaways from today’s episode!
- Start where you can. With Whitney,
flooring was one of her first projects. You may be more along the
lines of us, where our project was painting. It may not sound like
much but you can always build up. Fixing up furniture you find at
yard sales or thrift stores. repairs around the house, including
your gadgets are ways to practice and develop skills.
- Run the numbers and outline the
project. Whitney mentioned she kind of wings it, but
she also mentioned breaking the projects down. Even if you hire a
contractor, it is really beneficial to be familiar with the overall
process so you can make sure you’re getting a good deal and paying
- Safety first. An additional benefit of
breaking down and understanding the process is knowing your limits.
It’s not worth saving money for your safety in jeopardy.
Whitney is comfortable with some electrical work in part because
she had an electrician show her the ropes. For us, we’ll do some
plumbing, but will call for electrical work.
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goals. I’d love to share any tips I can and I know there are others
We’d love to see you there!
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