These days, it’s fair to say that the current crop of young adults haven’t learnt some of the same life skills as previous generations. In fact, one of the most often used criticisms of the millennial generation is their penchant for all things tech has come at the expense of learning the more traditional, but still relevant, crafts.
One of those dying arts seems to be DIY. Various news outlets late last year reported on research that suggested 84% of 18-24-year-olds don’t know how to change a lightbulb, whilst three quarters wouldn’t feel too good about putting together flatpack furniture. While those numbers seem unfeasibly high, the point still remains – today, we don’t really know what we’re doing when it comes to DIY.
Of course, to do DIY, you’ll need a handy home tool kit, which no doubt many are lacking. Here, we talk about why every house can benefit from having one.
Save yourself some money
If you’ve ever found a leak or experienced an electrical fault, you’ll know even the smallest of repair tasks come attached with a fairly significant price tag. Your typical handyman visit comes with a call out fee, labour cost and cost of parts. Bidvine reckons your average total will sit between £50-£145 on each occasion.
Needless to say, it’s better if you can avoid those costs. Building your own toolbox and learning even some basic DIY concepts could save you a decent sum of cash over the coming years. It doesn’t cost too much to create a tool kit either – head on over to the likes of SGS Engineering and you’ll find it won’t cost you an arm and a leg to make a basic set.
You might just find you like it
For a lot of people, DIY is more of a hobby than a chore, and you might just find you enjoy doing the odd job around the home more than you expected.
DIY is diverse in nature, with elements suitable for everyone from absolute beginners to seasoned professionals. The more you do, the better you get, and the more skills you’ll pick up – all in all creating a rather satisfying experience.
Learning something new is always rewarding, and the DIY community is large enough that you might just find yourself building relationships with new people if you start to attend classes or go on forums. A great stress reliever with a satisfying end product, you could well turn your toolbox into your new passion project, picking up new tools for new skills as time goes on.
It could even become your “side hustle”
Forget saving money, what about making money? It seems like everyone has some form of additional income these days, and if you pick up enough knowledge, you could quite easily turn into a part-time handyman charging good rates for relatively simple tasks and odd jobs.
Often with DIY, it comes down to people not having the time or energy to do it. If you enjoy it and can make some money from it – what could be better?
Whether it’s finding a new hobby or saving or making money, all DIY starts with a good tool kit. With many tasks relatively simple to learn and carry out, it’s often just not having the right equipment that gets in the way. If the potential benefits appeal to you, it might be time to invest in some shiny new tools.