Is a handyman maintenance contract necessary?

To most people, a handyman maintenance contract may seem a bit extreme for your home. After all, what could possibly go wrong on an ongoing basis that warrants or justifies a contract? The answer to that is: plenty.

As homeowners and landlords, we are fully aware that anything could go wrong at any time, from a crack in the wall to burst pipes that are causing serious plumbing issues. Our homes and properties are the most valuable assets to us and ensuring that they are well taken care of will increase their value. Try not to let your maintenance, or lack thereof, cause depreciation to it.

A maintenance contract is a great way to ensure that you never have to be saddled with unexpected handyman bills. Your contract will serve you in various cost effective ways:

  • No buying of spares or parts
  • No need to purchase tools
  • No callout fees for handymen
  • No waiting, as the contractors are on call, therefore alleviating the chance for household issues to get worse.

Besides being cost effective, having a handyman on call whenever you need, is ideal in ensuring that your home or property is always cared for meticulously, with the assistance of a trained, qualified, professional and experienced team.

Life happens, and you should not let the running of your home’s maintenance be a burden to you. Go out and enjoy your weekends with your family and friends, instead of having to pay the local hardware store a visit every so often and then come home and “attempt” a repair, which may take all day. Leave it to the professionals.

Save time, effort and finances and consider getting a monthly maintenance contract from Showroom Condition today.

Home improvements made easy with the right tools

There are many ways for us to make our homes aesthetically pleasing, but we must consider price, availability of material as well as functionality. Fortunately there are many ways in which home improvements can be done that don’t require you to bust the bank.

Small changes can be made to relieve the burden of a large renovation. Here are a few ideas to get your initial revamp started:

All handymen need knowledge of their working areas, whether it be painting, plumbing, paving, building or electrical work. With this comes the use of the right tools. Knowing which tools to purchase will ensure you do the job correctly and get the process running efficiently.

Your toolbox:

A sturdy toolbox with adequate space is vital. Ensure you get a toolbox which is compartmentalised so that you can find tools easily.

A claw hammer:

A claw hammer has two main functions which make life easier for the user. It is used to both apply nails as well as remove them by using the claw end.

A wrench:

A wrench can be an absolute life saver. The adjustment feature on it allows you to tighten and loosen various types of nuts and bolts.

Pliers:

A combination plier is great for removing nails. It allows for a solid grip so that you can avoid injuries.

Flashlight:

A flashlight is great for those little nooks and crannies, especially when plumbing behind cupboards and sinks, to keep you aware of your surrounding when beginning work around the house.

Screwdrivers:

A flat and star screwdriver, preferably adjustable and interchangeable, so you always prepared to screw clamps and hinges.

There are more tools which can be purchased, but they may not be accessible due to availability or affordability. These fundamental tools can take care of small jobs around the house, for bigger projects, it is advisable to contact the professionals, as they are best equipped.

Tips to keep your hands handy…

Often times, we think that doing work around the house is going to be easy and will save us a lot in costs we deem “unnecessary”. This could be true if you have an idea of what you are doing. For the times you don’t, you should consult professional contractors. At the end of the day, your home is one of the most prized possessions in life.

Be it painting, building, paving, plumbing or electrical, it is good to have a contingency plan when you are unable to get quality handymen when you need to.

Want to try your hand at painting?

When we want to paint our homes, we envisage beautiful colours. This is important as colour makes the space functional and helps it come to life. However we forget the most important part of painting and that is the preparation of the wall. Ensure the wall has primer, as this allows a good surface to paint on and it also brings out the true colour of the paint.

Another aspect of painting your home is to consider the weather. On a hot day, the chances are that there will be humidity and moisture in the air will keep water-based paint from drying properly. Try not to do the paint projects at home in the afternoon when it is humid, or your walls are not going to come out right and you will have the frustration of doing them over or leaving them looking shoddy.

If this seems to overwhelm you, thankfully there are skilled teams of handymen who are able to do this type of work at affordable rates while ensuring quality workmanship. Contact a professional near your area to advise you on how best to move forward with home improvements.