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March 9, 2018

Call in a Handyman

Call in a Handyman – We all have lots of outstanding odd jobs to do around the house and most of us put them off until “tomorrow”. If you have a build up of these kinds of jobs it might be a good time to call in your local handyman to finally get these jobs completed. Generally a handyman type person will be cheaper than a tradesman and in many instances will be just as skilled and capable of a tradesman who charges double the rates. make sure that your chosen handyman is capable of carrying out the work you need doing though, you don’t want to finish up with a bodged job that will require a craftsman to put it right – pay cheap pay twice as they say. If you are in any doubt head over to the Rated People website and check out the reviews for local handymen in your area, this should put your mind at rest regarding any potential handyman that you have in mind.

Find a handyman here: http://www.handymen.hirey.me

For garden and fencing work go here: http://www.fencingcontractors.hirey.me

February 27, 2018

Kitchen and Bathroom Tiling

Filed under: DIY,Services,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , , — needahand @ 5:51 pm

Kitchen and Bathroom Tiling – There are very few home improvement projects involving the kitchen or bathroom that do not include some degree of tiling being done. While this is a job that you might attempt yourself, you will need to be pretty confident in your own ability. Tiling is a pretty straightforward task but to get a final result that looks neat, tidy and level is something that takes quite a bit of time and more than a little skill. Care has to be taken in both the preparation of the wall or floor surfaces and the setting out and cutting of the actual tiles. Getting all the joints to look equal and getting all the edges lined up is also important because even the smallest uneveness between two tiles will show up shockingly when daylight shines upon it, so beware. Calling in a professional tiler is normally your best bet and he should be able to handle anything you throw at him so long as he knows what he is doing. Ask to see pictures of his work and try to read some reviews of his services online if any are available. You could post your job on Rated People and then you will be able to study reviews for local tilers in your area. Good luck and good tiling!

Find tilers here: http://www.tiler.hirey.me/

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 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/

May 14, 2017

Get an Odd Job Man

Filed under: DIY,Services,Uncategorized,United Kingdom — Tags: , , — needahand @ 10:27 am

Get an Odd Job Man – I am sure that all of us at some time or another have odd jobs around the house that we need to tackle. Now while some of us are able to do the majority of these jobs ourselves, there are many people out there who are just useless at DIY, who don’t have the correct tools, or simply never have enough time to tackle these kinds of job. So what are we to do? Well the answer is quite simple, do a search for a local odd job man or woman who can do the work for you at a much cheaper rate than your average tradesman. These days there are thousands of odd job men out there, ready and willing to complete your odd jobs around the home and garden. Try looking in your local newspaper, have a quick search on the internet, browse through the Yellow Pages, or head along to a website like Rated People where you can get quotes and contacts for free. So if you have been putting off those odd jobs for months or even years, get off your backside and contact a local odd job man. You will be pleasantly surprised at just how many jobs a decent odd job man/woman will be able to help you with and it is not just the small odd jobs like hanging a picture or sticking up a shelf, he/she might also be able to build you some garden decking or add a new partition to your house. Make sure they are confident at doing the job before giving the go ahead.

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