DIY 101 - Start Doing-It-Yourself Today

Mar 18, 2024, 16:15 PM

There is no shortage of inspiration when it comes to giving your home a refresh. Social media is filled with influencers and accounts focused on home renovations and makeovers, so it can be tempting to recreate something you see online. But behind every before and after is a middle filled with mistakes, frustration and a few wasted dollars. 

Before deciding to jump into a design project with both feet, it’s important to know what you’re doing before doing it yourself.

Whether you are a complete novice or a renovation veteran, the folks at the DIY Training Centre are ready to help provide the skills and know-how when it comes to taking on a home project. The centre, which is a featured presenter at the upcoming Edmonton Home + Garden Show running March 21–24 at the Edmonton Expo Centre, has one-on-one and group training sessions where attendees learn everything from hanging a shelf to basic plumbing and electrical. 

DIY Training Center employee talking to interested show guests

“The DIY Training Center loves teaching homeowners the tricks of the trade to help them tackle home improvement projects of any size! Our in-person courses and one-on-one coaching provide homeowners with all the skills they need to master the art of Do-It-Yourself,” says Jackie White with the DIY Training Centre. “Completing a DIY project can instill a sense of pride and satisfaction in homeowners, giving your confidence and morale a huge boost!”

If you’re tempted to start a DIY project, Jackie gives her tips on what you need to do before demolition:

Have the Proper Toolkit 

“Every home improvement journey begins with a trusty toolkit. Think hammers, screwdrivers, tape measures, adjustable wrenches, pliers, level, utility knife and a cordless drill. Do not forget your safety glasses, gloves and dust masks to protect yourself as well.”

Measure twice cut once gloved hands measuring wooden board

Take Your Time

“Understanding basic skills in carpentry, plumbing and electrical, as well as following manufacturer instructions and safety guidelines, are critical for successful DIY projects so ensure to educate yourself and get proper training first before you start. Remember, it’s all about measuring twice, cutting once and unleashing your inner Bob the Builder!”

Start Small

“Painting walls is one of the easiest and most transformative DIY projects that can refresh the look of a room or the exterior of a home. Use it to reflect your personality! Installing shelving and storage also provides practical benefits and can enhance organization and space utilization to show off your treasures.”

Girl learning to saw and DIY on tool box


Learn a New Skill

“Learning to do basic electrical or basic plumbing at the DIY Training Centers, can give you the knowledge and confidence to replace light fixtures or switches, or ensure your leaky faucets are fixed to prevent future water damage. Doing it yourself allows you to add your own personalization to your space with your own preferences and unique style – but learning to do it with your own two hands provides such valuable hands-on experience and knowledge. Taking a course from a professional will give you the tools you need to apply this knowledge to future projects and everyday household repair and maintenance tasks.”


Know When to Call the Pros 

“Sometimes even DIY superheroes need backup! Let’s think about this smartly: if your project involves structural alterations or intricate electrical work that is significant, plumbing that resembles a maze or any HVAC, it’s time to signal for the pros and best to hire professionals.  Safety and sanity are always the first priority!”

Get Some Real-World Renovation and Design Inspiration

Put down the phone and talk to the professionals. If you are interested in starting your journey with DIY or perfecting your next home project, be sure to visit the 2024 Edmonton Home + Garden Show March 21–24 at the Edmonton Expo Centre. The event features hundreds of local renovation and landscaping experts as well as the biggest names in home design, renovation and decor for any style and budget, including this year’s featured presenter, HGTV Canada’s Scott McGillivray. Tickets are on sale now online

DIY Training Center Exhibit at Edmonton Home and Garden Show