A handyman’s guide planning a tile installation

Tiles are a great option for South African homes. As a handyman in Johannesburg, I’ve seen numerous homeowners give their homes a facelift and increase the resale value of their homes simply by installing tiles. Not only are tiles low maintenance, but they look great and are a welcome cool addition to an interior in the warmer summer months. Here’s a quick guide to make the laborious task a bit easier:

Determine what you want

Browsing Pinterest and design magazines is great, but your best bet is to visit a tile supplier to see the tiles in real life. Consider how the design will match your current interiors and keep in mind that flooring is a long-term investment, so stick with something classic.

Plan the design

If you’re going to use the same tile throughout a room or space, then you don’t need to spend too much time planning. If, however, you want to mix it up with different patterns, then plan the tile sequence so that what you have in mind can easily be laid down on the floor.

Take measurements

Make sure you buy enough tiles by carefully measuring the space that you plan to tile. There are many online calculators that you can use to determine how many tiles that you buy. One of the reasons that you want to get this right is because different batches of tiles can vary in tile shades, so rather buy a bit too much than too little.

Now that you’ve got all the planning done, it’s time to install the tiles. If you need help, contact Showroom Condition for handyman services in Johannesburg.

5 Tools Every DIY Handyman Needs in His Toolbox

Are you the person responsible for taking care of all the handyman services and related matters in your home? Good for you! Here is a list of the 5 important tools that you should have stashed away in your trusty toolbox.

  1. A Classic Claw Hammer

This is the ultimate toolbox essential and has many uses. Not only can it be used to drive nails into walls, furniture, etc., but it also comes in handy for small demolition jobs. Plus, it makes for a useful nutcracker!


  1. Flathead Screwdriver

While it helps to have a variety of different types of screwdrivers on hand, the flathead variant is likely to be the one that you use the most.


  1. Tape Measure

Whether you’re building something from scratch or trying to figure out what size curtains you need to buy for your new home, a tape measure is a must for every household.


  1. Crescent Wrench

It costs more than the other wrenches on the market, but it’s like having every type of wrench all in one! It’s also fully adjustable, making it super convenient for all the little odd jobs that may pop up around the home.


  1. Pliers 

If you can, do your best to get your hands on a pair of vise-grip pliers, as these are easy to lock in and can double-up as both wire cutters and a clamp.

Sick and tired of having to do it all yourself? Get in touch with Showroom Condition for affordable handyman services in Johannesburg! We even offer you customisable monthly maintenance contracts. Visit our website or give us a call to learn more.