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February 8, 2018

Roofing Problems

Filed under: United Kingdom — Tags: , , , , — needahand @ 12:32 pm

Roofing Problems – It is the fear of all home owners that at some point their roof will be damaged beyond repair and need replacing. Now this is going to be an expensive undertaking if you need to do it, so you should make all precautions over time to keep your roof in a good state of repair. Unforeseen accidents can of course happen and windy weather conditions, lightening strikes and falling trees can cause problems with your roof that are beyond a simple repair. If this happens to you then you will have to find yourself a decent roofer who you can trust to carry out the work in a confident manner. This type of work needs to be done properly if you are to avoid further problems later on, and of course water leaking through your roof can cause huge problems inside the house. Try to get recommendations from people you know and study online reviews so that you can avoid cowboy roofers. Long established roofing companies in your local area should normally be the best bet, but in any case get several quotes before deciding which roofing contractor to use.

January 25, 2018

Plastering and Screeding

Filed under: DIY,England,Scotland,Services — Tags: , , , , — needahand @ 2:16 pm

Plastering and Screeding – Often when you are doing improvements to your home you will need some repairs to the plastering of your existing walls or even the skimming of ceilings or new dry lined studding. Sometimes handyman type tradesmen will offer this service, but generally it is advisable to call in a proper experienced plasterer for this kind of work. If you employ an experienced professional plasterer he/she will breeze through the work and the result should be a smooth and level finish with no lumps, bumps or trowel marks, and this is exactly what you want. Plasterers usually tackle a number of other related jobs including screeding, rendering and pebble dashing, so if you have other work in hand talk to them and see what services they provide. If you do not know of any good plasterers you can always check on a site like Rated People, where your job will be sent to trusted local tradesmen, who will contact you directly. As there are no actual plastering qualifications, you will need to look for someone with plenty of experience, and shy away from novices and rogue traders who will probably “bodgit and scarper”.

You could look for local plasterers here: http://www.plasterer.hirey.me/

January 10, 2018

Home Help Aylesbury Area

Home Help Aylesbury Area – If you are looking for home help services in the Aylesbury area, we may be able to help you. This service is especially useful for the elderly and the disabled. We can help you to keep your home clean and tidy and allow you to continue living independently in your own home for as long as possible. We can help with all your housework including things like cleaning, dusting, polishing, vacuuming carpets, window cleaning (internal and downstairs external), rubbish removal, light gardening, cooking you a meal, doing the shopping, picking up parcels, library books, prescriptions etc and many more of those daily chores that can be so difficult when you are old or not physically able. We are based in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire but can also visit surrounding area such as Stone, Aston Clinton, Stoke Mandeville, Haddenham, Bishopstone, Weston Turville, Bierton, Dinton, Wendover and Broughton.

To find out more visit: http://www.homehelpaylesbury.co.uk/

January 9, 2018

Get a Proper Electrician

Get a Proper Electrician – When you have electrical work that needs doing in your home, especially if it concerns your consumer unit, rewiring or installation near water it is now necessary to call in a registered electrician to do and sign off the work in order for it to be legal. This is a safety requirement and has been put in place to protect you and your loved ones from accidents caused by incorrectly installed electrics. Smaller jobs can perhaps be entrusted to a handyman style tradesman or even perhaps done by yourself if you are confident enough but the serious stuff should be handled by an expert electrician. These serious jobs are now notifiable (since 2013) and are covered by the relevant building regulations. When you are looking for an electrician who is appropriate for your electrical work you could always give Rated People a try and get some free quotes for the work in hand. You will be able to read customer feedback before you decide, which is really helpful.

Also check out this site: http://www.electrician.hirey.me/

January 5, 2018

Need a New Kitchen

Filed under: DIY,England — Tags: , , , , — needahand @ 4:03 pm

Need a New Kitchen? – When your old kitchen is getting tatty and worn out you need to make a decision about whether to replace it with a brand new one, tart up the old one or maybe replace the unit doors to make it look like new. While it might be possible for you to do this yourself if you are a DIY freak, it is more likely that you will want to call in a local kitchen fitter to do the job. These days kitchen fitting is a trade all of its own, whereby in former times it would have been a carpenter who did this job for you. While carpenters are often still quite capable of fitting a kitchen, specialist kitchen fitters are used to the many designs and styles of modern fitted kitchens and will be aware of the many problems that may occur when fitting them. So specialization is the key here and your local specialist kitchen fitter will be the best person for the job. Some makes of kitchen may throw up so many problems that your kitchen fitter may even refuse to fit such a kitchen, I have heard of this happening with B&Q kitchens in particular. But in most instances your local kitchen fitter will tackle whatever kitchen you have ordered or may design and help you order the kitchen on your behalf.

Find local kitchen fitters here: http://www.kitchenfitters.hirey.me/

January 3, 2018

Plumber or Heating Engineer

Filed under: DIY,England,Scotland,Services,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , , — needahand @ 4:42 pm

Plumber or Heating Engineer? – When you have some plumbing work that needs doing in your home you might at times be a bit confused as to who you should call in to look at the job. Especially when the work involves gas appliances or your central heating system. Generally speaking when you need work doing on your central heating system (in particular your gas boiler) you will need to call on the services of a heating engineer, but more importantly one who is Gas Safe Registered. If you have not used such a tradesman in recent years you might get a bit confused as these specialist tradesmen used to be called Corgi Registered but this was changed to Gas Safe in 2009. That is not to say you cannot call in a regular plumber for this type of work since many who simply call themselves plumbers have still gained Gas Safe registration, because if they do not do this them they are no longer qualified to work on gas systems or appliances. The main checks that you need to make before making a decision on who to employ is that they are Gas Safe Registered and that they have the necessary public liability insurance.

Find a UK plumber here: http://www.plumber.hirey.me/

December 19, 2017

Norfolk

Filed under: England,Holidays,United Kingdom — Tags: , , — needahand @ 12:32 pm

Norfolk – A popular holiday destination located in East Anglia in the United Kingdom, Norfolk is perhaps most famous for its Norfolk Broads. The county of Norfolk has an area of 2,074 square miles, a population of around 900,000 and has seven districts: Breckland, King’s Lynn and West Norfolk, Broadland, North Norfolk, South Norfolk, Great Yarmouth and Norwich. Norfolk is low-lying and flat and has been settled since Pre-Roman times. Norfolk has some popular seaside resorts among the best known being Great Yarmouth, Cromer, Hunstanton and Sheringham, but is best known for its Broads National Park which is a popular destination for boating holidays, fishing and the observation of wildlife. The Broads National Park covers an area of around 117 square miles with about 120 miles of waterways suitable for navigation, there are sixty three broads and 7 rivers, mostly within the county of Norfolk but some within Suffolk. Norfolk has just one city and that is Norwich which today has a population of over 200,000 people and during the time of the Normans was one of England’s largest settlements. The second largest settlement is King’s Lynn with over 42,000 residents.

See maps of places in Norfolk here: http://www.norfolkmaps.uk/

December 4, 2017

Spain to UK Removals

Spain to UK Removals – If you have sold your house in Spain and are moving back to the United Kingdom, you will no doubt be taking some stuff back with you. If you are driving back to the UK it is possible that you will be able to take most or all of your belongings back with you, but if you are flying back or have a lot of stuff after many years in Spain, then you will need to find a removal company who can take this stuff for you. If your property is on the Costa Blanca or Costa Calida then you might want to consider using Swift Removals, a reliable company with plenty of experience. One advantage of using Swift Removals is that they have a secure storage facility in Catral (Costa Blanca) where they offer one month’s free storage, allowing you to get back to the UK and organise yourself for the arrival of your possessions without having to rush around or panic. Swift Removals will even bubble wrap your belongings, box them up and label them so that they don’t get lost. Call Swift Removals on 0034 603 336 463 quoting “Steve’s Deals” for the very best deals and prices.

October 20, 2017

Hire an Accountant

Filed under: England,Services — Tags: , , , , — needahand @ 10:06 pm

Hire an Accountant – When you first start in business it is tempting to do all your own accounts and financial stuff. You probably think that you are saving yourself money by not hiring an accountant to tackle this job for you. However, the time you spend actually doing this and re-checking everything because you didn’t really know what you were doing in the first place, would be better spent getting on with your normal work and earning more money to pay for someone professional to do it. It is an accepted fact that a decent accountant will save you the equivalent of his fees in tax breaks, so he will not actually cost you anything. So if you spend your time earning instead of accounting, you should end up twice as well off and also know that the taxman will not come chasing after you because you did something wrong. So get yourself a good accountant and concentrate on doing stuff that you are good at.

October 3, 2017

Buying a Wedding Cake

Filed under: England,Events,Scotland — Tags: , , , — needahand @ 4:41 pm

Buying a Wedding Cake – When you have a wedding date fast approaching, you need to get your skates on and order your wedding cake, especially if you want to retain the services of one of the elite cake makers. The reason for this is that the best cake makers can have waiting lists for wedding cakes stretching for a year or even more into the future. Ordering the wedding cake should in fact be one of the first things on your wedding agenda and as there are a lot of choices to be made, it is best to get this one item out of the way in the early stages of your preparations. You might think that there is not that much involved with choosing a wedding cake, but that is a misconception because you need to pick a style of cake, a flavour of cake, a filling for the cake, an icing for the cake, a topper for the cake and a size for the cake. You can talk to your local cake maker about many of these choices and they will doubtless be happy to help you as the cake is not the cheapest thing that you will have to pay out for. The average wedding cake will be two or three tiers with white icing, icing decoration and a bride and groom wedding cake topper.

September 29, 2017

Hire a Marquee

Filed under: Events,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , , , — needahand @ 11:09 am

Hire a Marquee – If you have a special event coming up and you are thinking about holding it in an outside environment, you will probably be looking to hire a marquee, to make sure your guests don’t get wet if it rains. While sometimes holding a marquee event can cost more money than a traditional hotel venue, it does have quite a few advantages, in that you can tailor it exactly to your event and to your visitor numbers. The marquee itself may not be all that expensive, but the added extras are what ramps up the cost, so be very careful that you know exactly what you will be paying for at the end.  Marquee hire companies are renowned for their “added extras”, so do your research and check out online reviews so that you can get a good feel for the company you are planning to work with. If anything seems amiss or unclear, find yourself a different marquee hire company that is more open with their costs and services. There is plenty of choice when it comes to hiring marquees and there are not only lots of different sizes, but also lots of different styles of marquee, gazebo and tent. Picking a suitable size and design for your event is important so talk it through thoroughly with the hire company before booking anything or paying a deposit. Also check if you need a licence or not, because if alcohol is being sold you will almost certainly need a licence from your local council.

September 27, 2017

Do You Need Scaffolding

Filed under: DIY,England,Scotland,Services — Tags: , , , , — needahand @ 2:33 pm

Do You Need Scaffolding? When you are having work done on the outside of your house, you will normally need to put up some scaffolding to make a safe working environment for the tradesmen doing the work. Having a scaffolding put up also makes the area around the work, safer for yourself and your family, because you never know when a tool or lump of building material is going to drop from above, and you really do not want that landing on your (or your child’s) head. If you live on a main road and the scaffolding is likely to encroach onto the pavement of the main road, you will need to get special permission from the local council. Any respectable scaffolding company will help you with this and get the necessary permissions for you. The type of scaffolding that you need will depend on the work being done, and it may be that you only need a simple scaffold tower, which can be moved around to wherever you need it. If the roof is being repaired or replaced you are probably going to need a much bigger scaffold and in this instance a tower will simply not be sufficient. Contact your local scaffolding company and ask their advice regarding what type of scaffolding you need for your job.

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