Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Don’t Replace, Repair: How To Improve Your Home For Less

If we were to go back in time 60 years, we would enter an era that was all about repairing as a pose to replacing. Back in the 1950s, the motto that most people lived by was ‘mend and make do’, and items were only replaced when there was literally no hope for them. When it comes to saving money and living in a more sustainable way, we would do well to adopt the principles that our grandparents lived by, especially when it comes to our homes. To give you some ideas for updating your home without replacing items that are repairable, I’ve put together this useful guide. Take note and implement the tips below and you can save yourself a lot of money and make your home more sustainable.


Improve your DIY skills

The first step to adapting and leading a life based around repairing instead of throwing away and replacing is to improve your DIY skills. If you are already a skilled DIYer, then you don’t need to worry about this, as you will already have all the skills that you need, or most of them anyway. If you are someone who doesn’t have that much DIY experience, then it may be worth making time to improve your skills, to ensure that you are up to the job. From your sewing and upcycling skills to your painting and drilling skills, it pays to spend some time improving all the most useful DIY skills. To help you to do that, YouTube is a useful tool as there are plenty of tutorials on there, or you could opt to attend a DIY class. What you choose to do will depend on how you prefer to learn.

Read up and research

When it comes to an area of your home that is in bad shape, you may be unsure as to whether it can be fixed. Take your garage door, for instance, if it’s in bad shape you may be thinking that it needs replacing but if you take the time to read up and do your research you will be able to learn more about garage door repair, and what your options are. Even if you can’t deal with the problem yourself because it requires specialist knowledge, that doesn’t matter. It’s not about how something is fixed or who fixes it; it’s about ensuring that it is fixed and doesn’t need to be replaced. So the more research and reading up you are willing to do, the better.

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Don’t be afraid to get creative

If you want to adapt the mend and make do motto instead of replacing everything that is broken in some way, you can’t be afraid to get creative. You need to be willing to think outside of the box and come up with creative solutions for problems that otherwise you wouldn’t be able to fix. Are you a creative thinker? Are you able to come up with unique solutions for problems? Can you think outside of the box? If so, you are sure to get on well with repairing items instead of replacing them.

There you have it, everything that you need to know about adopting the motto of mending and making do, instead of replacing items.

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