Is household handiness something you’re born with, or is it something you learn?

Well, opinions vary on this one — but most people believe that simple home repairs can be learned. If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to become more handy around the house, below are a few places to get you started:

1.       Take a course

If you’re interested in learning the basics of home repairs, you might want to start with a workshop. is one place to start –  and if they don’t exist in your area, try your local community college or community centre programming. BIY Networks offer more than 35 courses spanning the spectrum from maintenance, general repairs and carpentry to home decor, gardening and organizing.

2.       Head to your local home improvement store

Most home improvement stores – such as Home Depot and Lowes – offer either online or in-store DIY resources. If you’re lucky, you may also find a store employee who knows his or her stuff, who can offer you more specific advice or point you in another direction.

3. YouTube

Never underestimate the helpfulness of YouTube. Whether you’re looking to fix a running toilet or install new closet doors, chances are the answer is there.

4. Find a handy mentor

If you have access to a handy neighbor, relative or friend, don’t be afraid to ask them for advice – but try not to take advantage of them. If they don’t mind helping you out and showing you how a few things are done, make sure you thank them appropriately