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September 13, 2018

Improve Your Doorway With a Porch

Filed under: DIY,England,Services — Tags: , , — needahand @ 8:58 am

Improve Your Doorway With a Porch – You can greatly improve the look of your main entrance by adding a lovely new porch. You can add value to your property, stop draughts, get extra security and have a place to keep dry when entering your home. If you’re on the lookout for a decent porch installer in your local area, there are a number of ways in which you can do that. But to make it much a bit easier you could simply choose to visit our website where we will supply you with all the information and facts that you need about choosing a porch installer and what to consider if you have porch installation tasks to do in your house or office. Uncovering a really good tradesman is not always simple therefore it really helps to have access to some advice in this respect. A scenario that you unquestionably want to avoid is getting lumbered with a cowboy porch installer who’ll simply screw up the job and leave you needing to contact someone else to put the job right. Count on us to show you in the right direction and you will shortly have a good porch installer getting work done in your property.

Visit This Page for Porch Installers

August 22, 2018

Add Space With a Loft Conversion

Add Space With a Loft Conversion – Many people move home when space is at a premium and the family is outgrowing their existing property. It could be that you don’t really need to move house, just create some more living space in the property you already have. Not so simple you might think, yet having a loft conversion or garage conversion can easily create a new room or two and save all the hassle of moving. Expensive you might think, well yes it can be quite expensive to do a loft conversion but the work will add at least the comparable value to your property and save you the expense of moving which can also be costly and is basically lost money. You should be wary of the ceiling price of properties in your area however, as you do not want to be the most expensive house on the street if you later DO need to sell, that could make your property hard to sell, although it may be the most spacious house in the road. You have to weigh up all the options but consider it carefully and it may just be worth putting up with building work for a few weeks and making the most of your loft. Having a loft conversion may make the rest of your house warmer and save on heating costs, so there are additional benefits to be had.

http://www.loftconversioners.uk

June 28, 2018

Get Your Roof Checked

Filed under: DIY,England,Services — Tags: , , , , — needahand @ 8:38 am

Get Your Roof Checked – As a home owner it is important to get your roof structure checked on a regular basis. Your roof is the thing that keeps everything in your home safe and dry and having problems with your roof can cause untold distress and loss. Imagine being away on holiday and coming back to find there is a leak in your roof and it has been raining non-stop for the last week. The loss of treasured items and damage to furniture, carpets and possessions could be considerable. Just having a trained roofer look over your roof from time to time could avoid all this distress and give you peace of mind. A tiny thing like a cracked tile or a blocked gutter could cause a lot of damage and is very simple to resolve, so why would you not do it? The problem with roofs is that most people are too scared to get up there themselves and the feeling is that roofers overcharge because they know that you will not get up there yourself and check. if you call in a trustworthy local roofer, this should not be a problem and many will inspect your roof for a very modest fee or even free of charge in some instances.

You can find local roofers here: http://www.rooferers.co.uk/

This website also gives information on how to find a good roofer and a bit about what roofers do.

June 17, 2018

Handyman Odd Job Man

Handyman Odd Job Man – When you’ve got a load of odd jobs that need attending to around your home and garden it is either time to get those tools out and get to work, or find the contact details of your local handyman so that you can call him in to have a look at them. It’s easy to keep putting off doing these jobs so you need to get them sorted right away before even more things go wrong. Hiring a handyman is usually a good way to save a bit of money rather than hiring specialist tradesmen who, as we all know, cost a fortune. Many handymen can just as effectively do these jobs, but at a fraction of the cost. Make sure they are capable of doing the jobs that you have planned and that they are not taking on more than they can handle. Once you’ve got yourself a decent handyman, you can call him in any time that you have an odd job to do and not have them building up and becoming a burden.

Useful handyman site: http://www.handymanic.uk/

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.

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You need to make sure your kitchen fitter knows what he/she is doing before you let them get their hands on your new kitchen. So to find the best local kitchen fitters look here: http://www.fitteroo.uk

August 21, 2017

Have Some Coving Fitted

Have Some Coving Fitted – If the rooms of your house are looking a bit tired and drab you might want to consider having some coving fitted to give your rooms a bit of a lift by adding some decorative and attractive features. If you decide to use some of the cheaper polystyrene or polymer coving that is readily available at DIY stores, you might be able to do this job yourself if you are that way inclined, but even using this readily prepared coving with corner sets included, you might find that it is a bit tricky once you get started. So you might need to call on the services of a specialist coving fitter to either do the job from scratch or finish off you feeble attempts at the project. If you already have coving installed, it will be something of a bigger job to remove all the old coving, clean up the walls and ceilings, and cut and fit the new coving. In this case it would really be better to call in the help of an experienced coving fitter (or plasterer) who will breeze through this job in no time at all, having all the correct tools and equipment readily to hand.

If you are looking for a coving fitter look here: http://www.covingo.uk

If you have other similar work that is a bit more involved than simply coving, you may need the assistance of a plasterer, in which case you could look here to find information abour plastering and plasterers:

http://www.plasterered.uk

July 14, 2017

Get a Proper Electrician

Filed under: DIY,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , , — needahand @ 6:52 am

Get a Proper Electrician – When you have electrical problems in your home or office you will need to get the assistance of a qualified electrician to help sort it out. It is best if you do not try to deal with it yourself because not only is electricity dangerous, it could actually kill you, and we don’t want that do we? These days the safety regulations covering electrical installations are pretty strict and all electricians have to be checked to make sure that they are working to the correct standards. Most electrical jobs have to be “signed off” to certify that they have been done the work correctly and everything has been checked and tested. Don’t call in your local handyman for these electrical tasks because although he/she will probably have a go at fitting a new socket or light fitting, there is a good chance that they will not do it properly so there could be repercussions later if there is a fire or some other related problem. So be wise and safe and contact your qualified local electrician.

July 3, 2017

You Might Need a Plumber

You Might Need a Plumber – While there are quite a few plumbing related tasks that you can do yourself around the house, there will inevitable come a time when you need to call in a qualified plumber, especially if the job has anything to do with gas in which case you will not only need a plumber but also a Gas Safe registered one, who has all the necessary qualifications to work with gas and give certifications that the work has been done correctly. Among the jobs that you might try for yourself (assuming that you are pretty useful with your hands), are changing tap washers to stop those pesky dripping taps that have been driving you mad for months, bleeding a radiator when your heating system is just not doing its job, and clearing a blocked drain or toilet, which you might need to buy some simple tools to complete. If there is anything wrong with your gas boiler, your gas heater or your gas oven, call in a Gas Safe plumber or heating engineer. For quite a lot of small plumbing jobs like replacing a wash basin or toilet, you could try the services of a handyman who will be cheaper than a plumber, though if you want confidence that the job is done properly, maybe calling in a plumber would be best and to hell with the cost. Another job that you might need to call on a plumber for is unblocking drains. Many plumbers will do this sort of work, though for some problems you might need to call on the help of a specialist drain unblocking contractor.

June 26, 2017

Get a Carpenter

Filed under: DIY,England,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , , — needahand @ 5:54 pm

Get a Carpenter: When you have renovations to do in your home and much of the work involves the use of wood then you should be looking for  a qualified carpenter to help you out with your project. Carpenters can generally do a huge amount of general building work though will not usually get involved with plumbing, electrics or bricklaying. For those of you who like to do a bit of DIY, you might be tempted to have a go at the work yourself but make sure that you are capable of the work before starting, because it can be more expensive to get it put right by an expert later. For jobs ranging from hanging an internal door to installing a brand new roof, your local carpenter should be perfectly able to do a fantastic job on your property. Before choosing a particular carpenter, it might be a good idea to get recommendations from friends and family, as word of mouth recommendations are normally the best kind and someone who has already proven that they are capable are likely to do a good job for you as well. Make sure you get an accurate quote from your carpenter before the work starts so that there are no arguments later on

June 6, 2017

Get a Painter and Decorator

Filed under: DIY,Services,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , — needahand @ 9:37 pm

Get a Painter and Decorator – With the number of times we change our home colour schemes these days, it is just too much of an effort to keep on doing the redecorating ourselves. I mean all that mess, with dust sheets everywhere, dripping paint, messy brushes and paint sodden rollers, we can all do without it can’t we? So the time has come to call in your local painter and decorator, he/she will tackle all of this without any fuss or bother and seemingly breeze through your decorating project without breaking a sweat (how do they do that?). By the time they have finished, you will wonder why you ever bothered to do the decorating yourself in the past. So if you have painting and decorating work that needs attending to, get on the phone and call in your local decorating specialist today.

April 18, 2017

Getting Doors Fitted

Filed under: DIY,Services,United Kingdom — Tags: , , — needahand @ 5:14 pm

Getting Doors Fitted – For most of us the time will come when we need to replace one or more doors in our house, be it a front door or several interior doors. The thing with doors is that take a bit of a battering during everyday use and we perhaps do not appreciate just how much wear and tear most of our doors go through over the years. So it is not surprising that our doors get a bit tatty and need replacing from time to time. Of course it may not be that your doors are tatty and actually need replacing, it might just be that you have decided to go for a new look and perhaps change those moulded hardboard doors for nice new hardwood ones. Now if you are a keen DIYer, you might be able to tackle this task by yourself, but the chances are you are going to need to call in an expert door fitter (carpenter and joiner?) to do the job for you. Hanging doors is not everyones favourite job (even carpenters) because it is never as straight forward as you might think. If all the doors were straight and flat, and all the door frames were equal and plumb, we probably wouldn’t have so much bother with hanging doors, but as generally none of this is true, things can soon get a bit tricky. Calling in your local door fitter will certainly be a good plan and he will solve all these issues without too much problem, he will also fit your locks for you and make sure everything is working correctly. If you need a new UPVC front door, or maybe a pair of patio doors, you will need to get in touch with  a window/conservatory specialist rather than a carpenter, although some carpenters may still be able to do this for you or put you in touch with someone who can. Its just a case of getting the right door fitter for your specific door fitting job.

April 6, 2017

Need a New Staircase

Filed under: DIY,England,Scotland,Services — Tags: , , — needahand @ 5:49 pm

Need a New Staircase? – There comes a time for most of us when that tired old staircase starts to look a bit dreary and delapidated. What do you do? Do you restore or renovate your existing staircase of do you replace it with a shiney new model? Perhaps the first step might be to call in a staircase fitter to have a look at what you have currently got, maybe he can make some suggestions as to what might be the best course of action. You might be able to change your whole house around by moving or switching round your staircase, you might be able to incorporate a new style of staircase, maybe a spiral staircase or a floating staircase. This could dramatically change the look of your house and you could be the envy of your friends and relatives. This is not going to be cheap though, so be ready to shell out some serious money if you are planning this type of remodelling. If you live somewhere like London, you could find that you will actually add more to the value of your home than the cost of doing the job, of course this does not just apply for London, this could be true wherever you live, so you might want to investigate just how much value you could add to your property in your particular area.

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