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Avoid the snakes and find the ladders in the serious game of
maximising your home's value.
A Handyman is normally the ideal person to call when you have a
lot of small jobs and are not sure who to call.. Handymen do all
types of work from putting together flat-pack furniture, fixing
leaks, windows or shelves, unblocking sinks and toilets to setting
up playground equipment laying decking and external repairs.
Handymen are best utilized for small, "Hubby won't do" types of
home repair work. The following projects are ideal for most
Minor plumbing work
DU.IT handymen are capable of completing minor plumbing
work like installing new fixtures or repairing a leaky taps
changing a toilet cistern. However if the job is more complex the
handyman will let you know and call in one of our specialist
plumbers who can even work on your gas central heating.
Adding a fresh application of caulk to gaps in the frames of
windows and doors is a great way to improve energy efficiency and
lower utility costs.
Decks and porches
Over time, weather can take its toll on wooden decks and
porches. A handyman can replace broken boards, apply a finish or
sealant and make general improvements or repairs to upgrade your
deck or porch's safety and appearance.
Gutter cleaning and maintenance
Although it's a simple enough task, cleaning gutters is messy
and involves climbing on the roof. Avoid the risk of injury by
hiring a professional handyman with the right equipment and
experience for the task. A handyman can also install gutter guards
to prevent seasonal clogging. All DU.IT Handymen are Health &
Safety trained and used to working at heights.
Home exterior repairs
If you have minor damage to your home's exterior, such as a
loose brickwork, defective mortar or a missing shingle, hiring a
handyman to repair those items may prove to be more cost-effective
than hiring a specialist.
Painting and touch-ups
A handyman can be hired to repaint a wall or garage door,
touchup trim and scuff marks and repair small holes. If the job is
for a large redecoration job, our specialist decorators will be
delighted to give you a quote.
Hanging window treatments, pictures and mirrors and
installing light fixtures
These small tasks can be easily accomplished by a homeowner, but
a hiring a handyman with the right tools and experience can help
ensure these wall-mounted items are hung correctly without
Handyman hiring tips
Homeowners should make sure they hire a professional handyman
that has the skills and can guaranteed their work. At DU.IT we have
customer focused staff to ensure that you are happy from start to
finish and as Members of the Federation of Master Builders and The
Guild of Master Craftsmen you be be assured of our
To get the most from a Handyman:
1. Define the project. Start by compiling a
list of the home repairs you would like completed. Remember, a
handyman is best utilized for small jobs such as installing light
fixtures, patching drywall and interior painting. If you want
bigger jobs done, please contact us for a quote for all building,
decorating, plumbing, electrical and refurbishment work.
2. Experience Make sure the potential handyman
has the skills and experience to complete your project.
3. Watch out for scams. You want to avoid
handymen who contact you with unsolicited phone calls or visits to
your home. You should also avoid any handyman who refuses to
guarantee the price of the job or asks for payment upfront.
Reputable handymen don't expect to get paid before the project is
4. Get it in writing. Agree the list of works
and price to be charged in writing.
5. Ask for a guarantee. Many handymen will
guarantee their work for up to one year. Ask about guarantees
before you make a hiring decision, and of course, make sure the
guarantee is in writing.
6. Inspect the work. Inspect the completed work
before making payment. Make sure that everything has been done to
your satisfaction and at the agreed upon price. Our handymen will
be happy to explain the finished work because they want you to be
satisfied and tell head office how good they are.
7. Refer If you are happy with the job, please
tell us so we can praise the handyman. Please also refer us to
people you know that need good quality help. We are happy to pay
you a £10 referral fee if we get work from your
Want to do some home improvements outside but are fed up with
gardening? Our guide to face -lifting brickwork will have you
dumping the secateurs and grabbing a trowel before your best pal
can say: "Footie's on down the pub - you coming?"
Solution: take a power drill on hammer action
and drill all around the brick. Chip away mortar and pull out
brick. Replace with new one or just turn the old one around!
Solution: white powdery stuff, common on new
bricks, can be brushed off with dry bristle brush. DO NOT WASH OFF
as this makes problem worse.
Solution: A stiff brush, running hose and
bucket loads elbow grease is all you need. Sandblasting and acid
chemicals are alternatives but can rob brickwork of its
Let's start repointing!
Our literary chums in the home improvement magazine world have
literally gone colour crazy in their June editions, picking their
favourite hues of paint and room accessories for the summer season.
So which ones would cheer any chamber and which aren't even pretty
enough to be sensibly disposed of at the council dump? You
Ideal Home have gone straight for pastels but
its selection of 'bubblegum pink' and 'sherbet yellow' have us
suspecting its scribes have spent too much time in the sweet shop.
Sorry Ideal Home but too much candy leave us feeling slightly ill.
Fruit Pastel anybody? No, we thought not.
Living etc's choices will have conspiracy
theorists wagging their tongues that some journoes have been
moonlighting for the other side, as it's plumped for pastel shades
as well. 'Delicious ice-cream hues are back with a new flavour'
says its contents page trendily. Pastels are an 80s shade and that
decade is trendy now, but somehow one can't imagine DCI Gene Hunt
saying: "Fire up the Quattro I'm going shopping for some pastel
Your Home have even got in on the act advising
one to 'combine pale shades', although it gets some points for
putting fabrics and other accessories in the pastel frame, leaving
messy paint for others.
Home & Gardens is not a name you would
associate with coming in from left field, but when it names its
colour of the summer for your room's accessories it comes up with
(wait for it) 'zesty orange'!
So well done Home & Gardens! Now take your complimentary
fruit basket and leave me to lie down in a quiet room - preferably
It's warp factor 9 time for your garden's plants, so if you're
as lazy as some of us in your free time, or just have other things
you would rather do, now is the time to hire a gardener. For the
rest of us however, whatever else you do in your garden, do
1. Keep on deadheading: This
is simply the removal of blooms that have passed their sell by
date. Deadheading will not only keep you plants looking good, it'll
get the most out the healthy blooms and those yet to blossom!
2. Smart watering: While
giving your plants the optimum amount of water, especially those
newly bedded in, it's crucial in hot weather not to water them at
night as wet foliage is more susceptible to fungal problems.
3. Mulch to the max: Thorough
mulching will stop your soil from drying out and so can cut the
watering needed by half or more. It'll also reduce the amount weeds
that not only look nasty but will also nick some of the nutrients
needed by your plants. A depth of 8-12cm should do the trick.
4. Mow less often: Less
often? Yep, you read right. The extra shade helps reduce weeds
5. Plan ahead: If you want
some colour in the garden in autumn/winter, time is running out for
autumn/winter flowering varieties. Plant these now before kicking
back with the Pimms and cucumber sandwiches!
6. Get DU.IT: Call us in to
clean up your decking, fix your shed and preserve your fence.
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