When’s the last time you completed a home improvement project? Maybe your answer is never. The truth is many homeowners feel overwhelmed at the idea of working on their home, no matter how small the project. With May being National Home Improvement Month, you’ve got the chance to learn a number of great skills. Whether you attend a workshop or choose an easy project, you can get started improving your home this summer.

Where to Find Workshops

The best place to find workshops are the home improvement stores. The larger stores, such as Lowe’s and Home Depot, offer a number of great workshops for free. These workshops will show you each step you need to finish a project and will provide a list of instructions and materials. You can visit the store’s website for upcoming events to see which workshops are available in your area. On the websites, you’ll also find video tutorials for other small projects. Lowe’s even offers a free magazine that is shipped every quarter and features seasonal projects.

How to Get Started

The first step is to find an easy workshop that is of interest to you or hunt down a video. It’s important that you watch the demonstration carefully and get the instructions and supply list. You can do anything from learning to paint to learning to install stair nosing. Next, you want to purchase all the supplies you’ll need and double check your list. The worst thing that can happen is to get halfway through your project and realize you’re missing something. Choose a weekend where you’ll be able to devote enough time to the project. Most instructions will tell you the time needed. Before getting started, check your supply list and lay out each item as you check it off. This ensures that you have everything you need. Read over the instructions before beginning and organize your supplies based on when you’ll need them and get started.

Project Ideas

There are so many great projects to start on that are easy to complete. By choosing an easy project, you’ll help build confidence to tackle other projects. A few easy projects include, sanding and restaining the deck, installing a new toilet or bathroom sink, resurfacing the kitchen cabinets, and pouring a concrete walk. Consider which areas of your home you want to improve and look for small ways to make a big difference.

Home improvement doesn’t have to be scary. There are a number of easy projects you can do and your local home improvement store will be happy to get you started. What are you waiting for? Find out when the next workshop is and learn how to be handy around your home.