6 Crucial Tips That Every Novice DIYer Couple Needs to Know

Apr 13 2023
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I never really had a partner here as a diy chick until I met Lodi and, let me tell you, it is a tremendous game changer. It also took a lot of getting used to! You don’t realize what kind of control freak you become until someone steps in to start helping and doing things around the house to. Lodi is such a tremendous worker that I’m going to have to start working out to make up for all the things that he’s doing that I no longer have too!

June 2021 one thing about Lodi that I really never thought I'd find in another person is his ability to get shit done come hell or high

Covering the roof with plywood and steel. Stage three of our garage addition is entirely brought to you by Lodi who tackled the roof
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Two is better than one, but what about when it comes to DIY projects? If you look at DIY tutorials on YouTube or TikTok, you’re most likely going to find that these are couples or at least friends (maybe even family) that take on a DIY project. Sometimes it’s as simple as painting furniture, but there is more than enough content out there that has a bigger impact, such as a lavish planter or a full home transformation.

Teamwork is crucial, and for the most part, it’s better to have extra hands if you’re DIYing something.  But if you’re new to DIYing, especially with a partner, can it be tough? Well, it depends on how well your team is building it, but you could say that this is a nice couples’ exercise. You both have a shared end goal, and you both can celebrate. So for those couples who are wanting to do some DIY projects for the first time, here are some crucial tips that you need to know!

Fights are Probably Going to Happen

When it comes to team building or just general group projects, fights are going to happen. It’s completely normal, but one thing you both shouldn’t do is continuously fight. Have some disagreements here and there, but make sure you both meet each other half way. If neither of you is willing to meet each other halfway, then you can count on issues only getting worse. So accept that fights will happen, but try to end them ASAP. You both have a common goal, and fights are going to get in the way of that goal.

Try and Keep Low Expectations

While it doesn’t sound very nice to have anything but low expectations of your partner (or yourself), this is going to be the best way to be pleasantly surprised and to help prevent fights. Now this doesn’t mean that you should underestimate your partner, but keeping expectations low of each other will at least take out any potential for resentment.

Be Open to Learning

The whole point of DIYing is being able to give yourself the opportunity to learn. If you say, “I don’t know how” or “I can’t,” then you’re blocking yourself from getting the opportunity to grow. Plus, being a DIY beginner means that there will be bumpy roads while you learn, but you can count on improving each time. Plus, helpful tutorials online are going to be exactly what you need to get yourself comfortable with DIYing. You can watch the installation videos here, to learn more about wall flashing if that’s something that’s a part of your renovation project.

Don’t Push Yourself or Them

If you don’t know to do something or you genuinely think you or your partner is going to make something worse (such as plumbing), then by all means, do NOT push yourself to learn. There are some things where it’s great to push yourself to learn. Painting is a great example of this, but some, like plumbing or electrical, should be done by professionals because there is always that chance you’ll be doing far more harm than good.

Know Each others Limits

Do you know your partner’s limits? Do they know what your limits are when it comes to a DIY project? While this may seem small, it’s so important to know what the limits are. This way, no one is getting pushed out of their comfort zone, and both parties can learn at a reasonable pace too. Overall, patience is key, but being willing to understand each other and the limits are going to be crucial for making every project become successful.

Have a Plan You Both Can Stick to

Having a plan can seem like a hassle as you get ready to embark on your DIY journey, but it’s crucial. You both want to set a common goal that can be pushed and (hopefully) not fail. But it’s important to have a step-by-step goal and guide for these plans.  The reason why this would be needed would be for the sole fact of ensuring that both parties truly have the same goal and that the couple can be on the same wavelength, too, in terms of this DIY journey.

In the end, what matters most is that you and your partner are doing something together. While the road may be a tad bumpy, this is an experience that you both get to try out together! DIYing can truly open up a world of opportunities and self-sufficiency, and what better way than doing it with your partner in crime? Just remember that patience is key and that you both share a common goal in this project!

I never really had a partner here as a diy chick until I met Lodi and, let me tell you, it is a tremendous game changer. It also took getting
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