Try to avoid it all you like. But at some point, something you use on a frequent basis is going to break in some way. Of course, if you want to use it again, then you’re going to have to get it fixed! For most people, this usually means getting someone else to provide some assistance. After all, isn’t a fix best left to the experts? Aren’t you just going to make things worse if you try to fix it yourself?
At least, that’s what I like to think most people are thinking when they decide not to fix something themselves. A lot of time it could just be laziness! But think about it. When you take initiative and fix something for yourself, you’re going to be saving yourself a lot of time and money. People don’t fix things for free, after all!
And it’s not just the money you should be thinking about. Being able to fix things for yourself is a great self-esteem boost. There are very few things out there that will provide as big an ego boost as being able to use something you’ve repaired yourself. To look at it and say “I fixed that.”
So what are the essential fixes you should be able to do by yourself? Here’s a quick list.
Basic car maintenance seems to be neglected by many car owners. So much so, in fact, that people often spend hundreds of pounds getting a mechanic to do something that they could have done themselves.
While there are certainly some tasks that require special skills, there are many problems you can fix yourself. Got a flat tire? It’s not as difficult to replace it as you may think. Need to replace the windshield wipers? Easy. Even replacing your air filter is pretty simple! Whatever vehicle model you have, make sure you have a service manual for it. If you have a Volvo, get a Volvo service manual, for example. These can guide you through most of these fixes
Something has gone wrong at home! If you don’t own the property in which you live, then your best bet might be to get the landlord to sort it out. But if you’re homeowner, the first temptation is to get some builders in to help.
In some cases, this is wise. If there’s a problem with your roof, for example, you probably shouldn’t go up there and try to sort it yourself. But things like faucet problems can certainly be seen to be you. If you’ve got unsightly cracks or holes in your walls, you can fix those without calling in handy people.
Yes, your DIY repair skills should also extend to your clothing! Clothing isn’t like a vehicle or your home, after all. You’re going to feel even less compelled to get these things fixed. If you’ve ripped seams or broken zippers, the temptation to just throw the whole thing in the trash is strong. It’s not quite so easy to do the same with your house or your car.
But why throw away a perfectly good piece of clothing? That’s exactly what it is: if you can fix it, then it’s still good. A broken zipper? Easily fixed. Holes in your favorite socks? No problem. The world of textile fixes is much more useful (and easy) than you might think!