How to organise your garage and shed

Have you used your garage and shed to dump unwanted clutter? Now spring has arrived, it’s time to Marie Kondo your storage. Get ready for the warmer weather with our simple organisation tips for your garage and shed.

Declutter

The first step to organising should always be committing to a de-clutter. Make two piles on the lawn of things to keep and things to throw away. Letting go of items that are old or you don’t use is the best way to free up space. If there’s anything in good condition, donate to a charity shop or pop it online to sell for some extra pennies.

Clean floors

Once the shed or garage is empty, you can clean the space. For the floor, a stiff bristle brush is perfect as it can grab stones, dried mud and other hard debris. Finish off by vacuuming the remaining dust. Putting down rubber runner mats is a great way to make cleaning outhouse floors easy. Simply whip them out for a quick vacuum when needed.

Sort out shelving

Spruce up rusted metal or weathered wooden shelves by sanding them down. Then, to make your clean last longer, touch them up with a fresh coat of rust-resistant paint or wood varnish.

Get organised

The key to organising your shed is shelving. Utilise all types such as wall, ceiling or free-standing shelves to make the most of the space. You can also put hooks on the wall for quick access to garden hand tools. For larger tools, a wall-hanging tool rack will help free up some floor space. If you need help putting up wall-mounted hooks and shelving, hire a handyman in London, The Handy Squad.

To organise smaller bits, you can utilise plenty of garden items. Old paint pots, buckets or plant pots can all be used as storage. Pop anything from paintbrushes, shears or bulbs inside.

Make rummaging through your shed a breeze by sorting everything by groups. Have dedicated spaces for painting, gardening and DIY tools. Always make sure to store sharp and harmful tools out of children’s reach.

Next, organise by how frequently you use items. Stuff you use regularly like a bike or lawnmower need to be accessible, at the front. Keep anything you hardly use towards the back. You can conveniently grab what you need, without making a mess.

Decorate

Now the organising is done, why not finish the job by revamping the exterior. A lick of paint or some outdoor lighting will make your shed feel like a whole new place. The Handy Squad can help you out with all your decorating needs.

These organisation tips were brought to you by London Cleaners, TidyChoice, an online platform for domestic cleaning services. TidyChoice provides one-off, regular cleaning and housekeeping services. Head to their blog for more great organisation tips.

Outdoor paving ideas for an eye-catching patio

Do you want your garden to look great all year round? The perfect patio can blur the boundaries between inside and out, transforming your garden into an elegant continuation of your interiors. Once installed, patios are long-lasting and require very little maintenance.

Shape and sizes

When searching for paving slabs for your patio, it’s easy to play it safe and fall into the trap of only considering identical, square or rectangular slabs. Although there’s nothing wrong with that particular style, it’s worth thinking outside the box and checking out the other options. Creating a sophisticated patio doesn’t have to be boring. Curved or diamond slabs can create a playful yet smart design while using several misshaped tiles can create a mosaic look.

Need some help choosing or fitting your patio? The Handy Squad’s London handyman service can help you! Request a free quote today by filling out our online form or give us a call on 0800-0-12-12-12.

Textures

Paving slabs come in a wide range of textures, allowing you to perfectly match them to the aesthetic of your property. For a traditional, rustic garden, consider natural stone in dark neutral tones, and for a contemporary garden, try smooth, glossy porcelain slabs for a sleek look. Make use of free samples to help you experiment with different textures and discover which look best compliments your garden. Remember, if your garden space isn’t sheltered, opt for a non-slip finish, to minimise the chance of an accident.

Colours and patterns

Before choosing a colour, consider the theme of your house and whether you want it to continue to your garden. If your interior is modern and neat, white slabs would be perfect for continuing on the aesthetic. However, mud and dirt easily stand out on a white background, so your patio will need to be cleaned fairly often to maintain its opulence.

For a more exciting, child-friendly space, why not use colourful or patterned slabs? Painting old, plain patios is an easy way to brighten up your garden and give the slabs a new chance at life.

Don’t want to get your hands dirty? Our decorators in London will work with you to help you create your dream patio. Our team can also paint front doors, repair cracks on walls, gloss skirting boards and plaster patch repair. Request a free quote by filling out our online booking form.

Pebbles, gravel and small stones

Filler stones can be great to decorate the gaps between individual pavers and lawns. They come in a variety of colours and sizes and can be used to solve drainage issues. They’re quick, easy and can be bought by the bag, making this a great DIY project.

It’s important to make sure that the stones are stable enough not to fly around every time someone steps on them – this can quickly make your patio look messy. To prevent this, add filler stone to the gaps in the pavers at a slightly lower height than the slabs, preventing them from overflowing. Smaller slabs should be bordered with smaller stones, like pea gravel or decomposed granite, whereas bigger slabs with bigger gaps should be filled with bigger stones, like Mexican beach pebbles.

Accessorise

Bring your patio to life by adding lights, plants and maybe a few chairs! Adding lights allows you to enjoy your beautiful patio at night. But don’t worry – you don’t need to run electricity out to your garden, try using solar-powered lights. As well as charging themselves, these lights will turn on automatically as it starts to get dark, meaning you don’t have to worry about manually turning on each one.

Adding plants can break up the monotony of any single-coloured patio and will add texture and delicacy, creating a cosier, homely space. Hostas are great for shady patios, and look beautiful in pots, containers or when planted directly into the ground. Other plants good for softening the edges of a patio include lavender, catmint and pulmonarias.

If you need help with any DIY projects, why not call The Handy Squad? Our team of experts can help with almost any task, such as replacing lights, repairing leaky toilets and hanging up doors. We can also help with bigger projects, like interior and exterior redecorating and kitchen installations. Request a free quote by filling out our online booking form.

 

 

 

Disclaimer

At the Handy Squad we strongly advise that you always take safety precautions into consideration when undertaking a DIY project. We also strongly suggest that you closely read and follow the instructions, that are provided by the manufacturer, of any building materials, products or tools you use for your projects.

Our aim is to provide you with clear and correct instructions, so that you can easily complete any DIY project you desire. However, please note that the information we provide should only be used as a guideline and that some information within the text may not be entirely accurate.

When using our articles for information and advice, please note that it is your own responsibility to determine whether you are capable of undertaking and executing the task you wish to complete.

Before starting a DIY task, it is essential that you inform yourself of any existing building, gas, water and electrical works regulations. If you were to have any further concerns, we recommend that you complete additional research and/or contact the necessary professional body.

We also strongly recommend that a qualified tradesperson completes the relevant safety tests and checks on any DIY work you have completed. 

How to paint a wooden shed

Are you looking for an easy way to add style and personality to your garden? Why not give your old, run-down shed a new chance at life with a fresh coat of paint? This simple renovation can transform your back garden into the bright, sophisticated living space that you deserve.

Colour scheme

First, decide on what colour you’re going to use. If you’re looking to blend your shed in with the garden landscape, muted blues, greys and greens are a great choice. However, if you’re looking to make a statement and have your shed as a focal point, opt for more bold, dramatic colours, like pink and orange. If you can’t decide, a general rule is to choose a colour that accents your garden but complements its surroundings.

Want a completely new shed altogether? The Handy Squad’s team of London Carpenters can install one for you! Request a free quote today by filling out our online form or give us a call on 0800-0-12-12-12.

Preparation

Using a stiff bristle brush, clean the surfaces of your shed. Make sure to remove all moss, dirt and debris, or it could stick out beneath the new paintwork. Wrap sandpaper around a block and scrape to remove any old, flaky paint from the panels.

Place down a protective sheet, to prevent paint from dripping onto the grass/floor and tie back any plants that may get in the way. Using masking tape and newspapers, cover any windows, locks, handles and anything else that you want to protect.

Change into comfortable clothes that you don’t mind getting paint on, and put on some gloves to protect your hands.

Be sure to check the weather forecast before painting a shed, as you don’t want to get disrupted by rain or snow.

Painting

Stir your paint mix thoroughly, then start to coat your shed from top to bottom. Using either a brush or a roller, go from one side to the other on each panel, following the grain of the wood. Use a smaller brush to go over any details, such as trimmings and vertical edges.

Don’t want to get your hands dirty? Why not call the Handy Squad? Our decorators in London will work with you to help you achieve the perfect shed for your garden. Our team can also paint roomsfix ceiling cracks and even fix holes in walls. Request a free quote by filling out our online booking form.

Finishing touches

Leave the shed to dry, then consider adding a second coat if necessary. Remove all masking tape and protective sheets and check out your stylish new handiwork. Don’t forget to snap a picture and show all your friends your garden’s new edition!

At the Handy Squad, our team of experts can help with almost any DIY task, such as installing plumbing fixtures, replacing damaged plugs and hanging up shelves. We can also help with bigger projects, like interior and exterior redecorating and kitchen installations. Request a free quote by filling out our online booking form.

 

 

 

Disclaimer

At the Handy Squad we strongly advise that you always take safety precautions into consideration when undertaking a DIY project. We also strongly suggest that you closely read and follow the instructions, that are provided by the manufacturer, of any building materials, products or tools you use for your projects.

Our aim is to provide you with clear and correct instructions, so that you can easily complete any DIY project you desire. However, please note that the information we provide should only be used as a guideline and that some information within the text may not be entirely accurate.

When using our articles for information and advice, please note that it is your own responsibility to determine whether you are capable of undertaking and executing the task you wish to complete.

Before starting a DIY task, it is essential that you inform yourself of any existing building, gas, water and electrical works regulations. If you were to have any further concerns, we recommend that you complete additional research and/or contact the necessary professional body.

We also strongly recommend that a qualified tradesperson completes the relevant safety tests and checks on any DIY work you have completed. 

 

How to put up a garden wooden fence

Is your current fence decaying, battered or ruined by windy weather? Or are you looking to add an extra layer of privacy to your garden? With summer just around the corner, fences are a cost-effective, practical way to add style and security to your garden… just in time for the BBQs. Whether you’re replacing a broken fence or starting completely from scratch, installing a fence can be a tricky task, which is why we’ve created this step-by-step guide on how to do it.

Planning

Start by clearing out the area of any obstacles and plants/shrubs that you may want to replant later on. Using a cable avoidance tool, map out any buried cables or pipes to ensure you don’t accidentally dig up or damage them.

Measure out the length of your garden to work out how many panels and posts you will need. Panels come in a range of shapes and sizes but are usually around six feet wide. Posts should be at least two feet longer than the height of your panels, to give the fence of solid foundation. If you’re going to add a trellis, make sure that your posts are tall enough to accommodate it.

Installing a fence can be hard work, so why not leave it to the experts? The Handy Squad’s team of London Carpenters can do the job quickly and efficiently, meaning you and your family can relax, knowing the job’s in good hands.

Marking

Use string to mark out six feet lengths along your proposed fence to give you an idea of spacing and to keep your work in a straight line, following the land. Measure out and mark two feet along your post – this mark should be at ground level when placing the post.

Though optional, it’s a good idea to treat the end of each post with a spirit-based timber preservative, in order to extend its life and prevent it from rotting in the ground.

If you don’t have all the tools and equipment required, why not call in the Handy Squad? Our expert team will come fully prepared with all the necessary tools, equipment and materials needed to help build your perfect fence. Request a free quote by filling our online booking form.

Placing the post

Using a shovel, dig a hole that is as deep as one third of fence’s height above ground (usually around two feet deep) and approximately three times the width of your post. Place around three inches of gravel in the bottom of the hole. This will provide stability and weight for the post and allows water to drain away.

Once the post is in place, attach wooden stakes to either side in order to keep it level while you prepare the cement. Using a spirit level, check that each side is straight and adjust if necessary.

Securing the post

Pour your dry postcrete mix into the hole, in accordance with the instructions on its package. Once you add the water, you will need to work quickly as the mix will dry and set in just a few minutes. Remember to wear goggles to protect your eyes from the dust, and gloves if necessary.

Mix the cement within the hole, then use a trowel to create a gentle slope away from the post. This will encourage water to roll down and away from your post, preventing rotting. Once the cement has set, fill the hole with soil or grass, to give a natural look. Remove the supports. Repeat this for every post you need to install. You can check that all posts are level by laying a piece of timber across two posts and using a spirit level.

Don’t want to get your hands dirty? Our London handyman services are here to help. At the Handy Squad, we can help with anything from putting up fences, to plumbing and electrics.

Gravel boards

Mark the positioning of an L bracket at the base of each post, then use a drill or electric screwdriver to fix them in place. Drill the gravel boards to the L brackets with appropriately sized screws. We recommend 30mm external grade screws.

Placing panels

Mark out the positions of two U brackets to the inside of each post. One 150mm from the top and one 150mm from the bottom of where the fence panel will be. Secure the brackets with 35mm external grade screws.

Carefully lift the fence panels in position, sliding them down between the U brackets and secure with 35mm external grade screws. If you need some help moving the panels, the Handy Squad can give you an extra pair of hands.

Decoration

To achieve a nice finish and protect end of the wood, you can add post caps to the top of each post. You should predrill a hole before adding each post cap, to prevent splitting the wood.

Finally, you may choose to decorate your new fence. At the Handy Squad, our decorators in London can help with any finishing touches, such as painting and glossing your fence. Do you have any unfinished projects? Our team can also paint roomsrepaint kitchen cabinets and even paint stairs. Request a free quote by filling our online booking form.

 

 

Disclaimer

At the Handy Squad we strongly advise that you always take safety precautions into consideration when undertaking a DIY project. We also strongly suggest that you closely read and follow the instructions, that are provided by the manufacturer, of any building materials, products or tools you use for your projects.

Our aim is to provide you with clear and correct instructions, so that you can easily complete any DIY project you desire. However, please note that the information we provide should only be used as a guideline and that some information within the text may not be entirely accurate.

When using our articles for information and advice, please note that it is your own responsibility to determine whether you are capable of undertaking and executing the task you wish to complete.

Before starting a DIY task, it is essential that you inform yourself of any existing building, gas, water and electrical works regulations. If you were to have any further concerns, we recommend that you complete additional research and/or contact the necessary professional body.

We also strongly recommend that a qualified tradesperson completes the relevant safety tests and checks on any DIY work you have completed. 

Handy Squad’s Covid-safe tradesmen are ever-ready to work on your home

When Boris Johnson announced, on January 4, a new national lockdown emulating that of last March, much speculation was made by residents of England regarding the availability of their go-to tradesmen who certainly cannot work from home.

Stress no further – it’s good news all round since anybody who cannot effectively work from their own home is, indeed, allowed to enter the homes of others for this purpose. So, our team of general handyman, decorators, electricians, plumbers and carpenters will be able to give you a helping hand with your required home repairs and/or renovations. However, it doesn’t come without its limitations, which we unquestionably respect and must warn our customers of.

As much as our CRB-checked tradesmen love to catch up with their friendly customers, the law states that they must not communicate with the residents of the home in which they are in, prior to any work being carried out, as this helps to limit face-to-face contact. Surfaces touched must also be wiped down, and for those customers who have symptoms or have tested positive for the coronavirus, tradesmen must not enter the site of self-isolation.

Our teams will also be conscious of the two-metre social distancing measures, along with the wearing of PPE, including face-masks. They will be washing their hands regularly, for the amount of time it takes to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ twice (this will usually be in their head, but can be performed aloud for customers who are celebrating their big day from home), and they will dispose of their own paper towels away from the property.

Finally, if you are worried about tradesmen arriving at your home in large and constantly-changing teams, we promise that designated members, of a limited number, will be assigned to each project. You can expect to see them working side-to-side or back-to-back, rather than face-to-face.

Unfortunately, any work which is not deemed as urgent and cannot be carried out while effectively following the guidelines will be postponed. Tradesmen who fall into the ‘vulnerable’ category will also not be going to work, so please don’t be too disappointed if another member of Handy Squad arrives at your doorstep – you’ll soon be equally as familiar with them!

Request a free quote by filling our online booking form. Otherwise, feel free to call our helpful team on 0800-0-12-12-12. We’re looking forward to hearing from you.

How to improve your garden this winter

It’s important to take care of your garden no matter the season. If you are looking to get your garden in tip-top shape ready for spring or simply to give your garden a small uplift, we’ve put together some ideas that might just do the trick.

Tidy up the shed.

First and foremost, it’s time for your seasonal garden shed tidy up. You might have things that you don’t use anymore and could help someone else with their gardening – why not donate to charity or try to sell it online?

Organise everything you want to keep, so it doesn’t get cluttered again. You can do this by adding a magnetic bar to store tools, adding open shelving to your shed and/or dividing everything is storage boxes and labelling the boxes properly.

Welcome wildlife.

Help wildlife survive winter by adding wildlife feeders around your garden and making bug hotels. These can be great activities to do with the family, not only will you be helping garden wildlife, but also teaching your little ones about all the animals that usually visit your garden.

Give your outdoors a new coat of paint.

Add some colour to your garden by painting old terracotta pots, re-painting your garden shed or simply staining your wooden fence. A new coat of paint will always give any garden a refreshed look. If you need an extra pair of hands to paint your outdoors, feel free to get in touch with our London decorators.

Related: How to decorate a small garden.

Add outdoor lighting.

Cheer up your garden in the winter by adding some outdoor lighting. There are plenty of lighting options to make your garden shine during the cold and dark winter nights, from spotlights to fairy lights. Our electricians in London can help install new outdoor lighting and complete a variety of other electrician-related tasks you might need.

Build a greenhouse.

A greenhouse can help your green thumbs get to work during the winter, so it’s time to build a greenhouse. If you are searching for how to build a greenhouse, we’ve already written a blog post about it, so there is no need to search any further. Once your greenhouse is built, you can start growing potatoes, pak choi, spinach, cabbage and a variety of other vegetables all winter long.

If you need an extra pair of hands to improve your garden this winter, our team is happy to help. Request a quote today by filling our online booking form or give our team a call on 0800-0-12-12-12.

 

Disclaimer

At the Handy Squad we strongly advise that you always take safety precautions into consideration when undertaking a DIY project. We also strongly suggest that you closely read and follow the instructions, that are provided by the manufacturer, of any building materials, products or tools you use for your projects.

Our aim is to provide you with clear and correct instructions, so that you can easily complete any DIY project you desire. However, please note that the information we provide should only be used as a guideline and that some information within the text may not be entirely accurate.

When using our articles for information and advice, please note that it is your own responsibility to determine whether you are capable of undertaking and executing the task you wish to complete.

Before starting a DIY task, it is essential that you inform yourself of any existing building, gas, water and electrical works regulations. If you were to have any further concerns, we recommend that you complete additional research and/or contact the necessary professional body.

We also strongly recommend that a qualified tradesperson completes the relevant safety tests and checks on any DIY work you have completed. 

How to make your home cosier this winter

The cold and dark nights of winter might leave you with seasonal blues. The best way to combat the terrible winter mood is by transforming your home into a warm and cosy winter-ready retreat. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways you can make your space more inviting and comfortable to survive and thrive during the cold winter months.

Add layers and texture.

Add chunky knits, flannel bedding, weighted blankets and throw quilts – these layers of texture will not only keep you warm on the coldest nights of the year but will also add some cosiness to any room.

Install new lights.

Lights play an important role in your home’s ambience. The right light will add warmth to your room and create a cosy feel. At the Handy Squad, we have a highly experienced team of London electricians who can help you install light fixtures, replace light bulbs and many other electrician-related tasks you might require.

Try a new colour palette.

Colours can impact the mood and feel of a room, so choosing your colour palette wisely is very important. According to colour psychology, cool colours such as blue tones are calming and relaxing colours, being ideal for bedrooms to create calmness and reduce stress. Warm neutral paint colours are great for making your space feel cosy all winter. If you need an extra pair of hands, our decorators in London will be happy to help!

If you are renting a property and are looking for non-permanent ways to make your space feel more inviting, we’ve put together some easy and quick ways to add colour into your home in a recent blog post.

Seal windows and doors.

Are you relaxing on your sofa with a nice cup of tea but keep feeling a cold breeze coming from somewhere in the house? It’s time to call the Squad to draughtproof your home. We can figure out where this draught is coming from and seal the culprit, so the cold air stays out and the warm air stays in.

Swap your curtains.

Replace your sheers or lightweight curtains with some heavy drapes or blackout curtains – these will help with insulate your room during the winter plus, are also great to cool off your room when it’s warm outside.

If you need any help with these tasks, don’t hesitate to contact the Handy Squad. Our team can be easily reached on 0800-0-12-12-12. Alternatively, request a free quote by filling our online booking form.

 

 

 

Disclaimer

At the Handy Squad we strongly advise that you always take safety precautions into consideration when undertaking a DIY project. We also strongly suggest that you closely read and follow the instructions, that are provided by the manufacturer, of any building materials, products or tools you use for your projects.

Our aim is to provide you with clear and correct instructions, so that you can easily complete any DIY project you desire. However, please note that the information we provide should only be used as a guideline and that some information within the text may not be entirely accurate.

When using our articles for information and advice, please note that it is your own responsibility to determine whether you are capable of undertaking and executing the task you wish to complete.

Before starting a DIY task, it is essential that you inform yourself of any existing building, gas, water and electrical works regulations. If you were to have any further concerns, we recommend that you complete additional research and/or contact the necessary professional body.

We also strongly recommend that a qualified tradesperson completes the relevant safety tests and checks on any DIY work you have completed. 

How to prepare your home for guests this Christmas

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year” …. unless you are planning a family Christmas gathering and feel overwhelmingly stressed due to the planning of it all. That, combined with this year’s happenings, it’s making you feel less merry and instead, more gloomy.

Grab a cuppa, put your feet up and let the Handy Squad help. We’ve put together a list of tips to help you prepare your home for Christmas guests while staying stress-free and enjoying the holidays.

Make guests feel comfortable and welcome.

If you’ve heard the saying “clean house, clean mind” it couldn’t be any more true. A clean and uncluttered home will not only give you peace of mind, but it will also make your guests feel comfortable and welcome. It’s time to have a Christmas clear-out and get rid of any unnecessary possessions as well as clean your home top to bottom and make spaces warm and welcoming.

Spruce up your home.

Take some time to tackle tasks that need to be done around the house, from replacing the cracked toilet seat to repairing the radiator. If you need help with any property maintenance tasks, feel free to get in touch with our team. We can complete a variety of property maintenance services to guarantee your home is in excellent shape, including unblocking toilets, repairing sash windows, repainting rooms and fixing ceiling cracks.

Give your entrance a makeover.

Are you ready to make your home stand out? Get everybody in a Christmassy mood by adding outdoor Christmas decorations and installing outdoor Christmas lights. Don’t stop there with the makeover – make sure to clean-up the pathway, fix any broken patio stones, add some pops of colour with flowers and give your home or simply your front door a new lick of paint.

Related: How to hang outdoor Christmas lights.

Make mulled wine and plan activities.

Make mulled wine or eggnog, whichever you prefer, and start planning activities to keep everyone entertained. Choose a few festive films to watch, pull your favourite board games off the shelf and pick a few other activities.

If you need any help to get your home ready for Christmas, the Handy Squad is happy to help. Contact our team today by filling our online booking form or giving us a call on 0800-0-12-12-12.

How to hang outdoor Christmas lights

Brighten up the spirits of everyone in your neighbourhood with a beautifully Christmassy lit house. Hanging up outdoor Christmas lights might be more difficult than you would have expected it to be, so it’s only normal to ask for an extra pair of hands – you can ask your partner, a friend or the Handy Squad! Our London handymen are always happy to help!

Whether you want to hang frosted icicles on your gutter or attach lighting to the exterior of your whole house, it is better to be prepared to ensure it will go as smoothly as possible. To help you with this task, we’ve put together an easy-to-follow guide on how to hang outdoor Christmas lights inclusive of essential equipment.

What you’ll need.

  • Outdoor Christmas lights.
  • Gutter hooks or decorating clips.
  • Weatherproof extension leads.
  • Tape measure.
  • Batteries.
  • Ladder.

How to hang Christmas lights.

Firstly, switch on the lights at ground level to ensure all the bulbs are working properly and that there are no knots in the cable.

For mains-powered lights, ensure that there is an accessible power socket. If you are powering the lights from inside via an extension lead, make sure the lead is long enough. In case you have an outdoor power supply, check if the cable is long enough to reach the power supply.

To hang string lights, attach your gutter hooks to the place you are decorating at regular intervals. Work backwards from the socket and place the lights on the hooks, avoiding leaving cables hanging loosely.

If you have some extra lights, you can add these to your garden plants and trees to add even more shine to your outdoors. Once you’re done, take a step back and admire your jolly and festive entrance.

In case you need some help to hang your Christmas lights, don’t hesitate to contact our team on 0800-0-12-12-12. Alternatively, request a free quote today by filling our online booking form and letting us know how we can help.

 

Disclaimer

At the Handy Squad we strongly advise that you always take safety precautions into consideration when undertaking a DIY project. We also strongly suggest that you closely read and follow the instructions, that are provided by the manufacturer, of any building materials, products or tools you use for your projects.

Our aim is to provide you with clear and correct instructions, so that you can easily complete any DIY project you desire. However, please note that the information we provide should only be used as a guideline and that some information within the text may not be entirely accurate.

When using our articles for information and advice, please note that it is your own responsibility to determine whether you are capable of undertaking and executing the task you wish to complete.

Before starting a DIY task, it is essential that you inform yourself of any existing building, gas, water and electrical works regulations. If you were to have any further concerns, we recommend that you complete additional research and/or contact the necessary professional body.

We also strongly recommend that a qualified tradesperson completes the relevant safety tests and checks on any DIY work you have completed. 

How to prepare your house for sale during lockdown

Ready to put your house on the market? Not so fast! Before listing your home, it’s important to properly prepare your home for sale. By staging your property perfectly, undertaking general maintenance and following some of our other tips, you can easily increase the value of your home, make visitors fall in love with your property and encourage a quicker sale. 

First impressions count. 

The entrance of your home will be the first thing potential buyers will see when they arrive at your property, so it’s essential to have a well-maintained exterior. A 2019 survey by Homeowners Alliance revealed that the most important features for kerb appeal include well-maintained windows, a roof in good condition as well as a tidy front garden and pathway. 

Related: How to give a home kerb appeal.  

Declutter and make it shine. 

Declutter, organise and clean. Presenting a tidy, uncluttered and organised space it’s key for buyers to appreciate the space that your home can offer. Plus, by decluttering and playing with furniture placement, you can make small rooms look bigger. 

Related: How to make your small room look bigger.  

Repairs, replacements and revamp. 

Are your lights flickering? Do your doorknobs feel loose? Do your walls feature some unwanted cracks? Have a team of professionals come by your home to see what needs to be done around to ensure your home is in tip-top shape. The Handy Squad offers a variety of property maintenance services and, as experienced professionals, we can easily spot a small issue that might turn into a costly repair. 

Go neutral. 

Swap that busy wallpaper for some neutral-coloured walls. Remove the wallpaper and then paint the walls in neutral tones, so future buyers can more easily picture it as their potential home. You want your home to meet different tastes, so going neutral is the easiest way to do this. 

Related: How to remove wallpaper.  

Pay attention to smells. 

Bad smells can put off potential buyers from considering your property. Don’t just lit up a candle to cover smells either, get to the root of the smells and take care of them. Bad odours could be a cause of damp, blocked drains, pets and more. 

Don’t forget the garden. 

Make your home more appealing by giving your garden some much-needed attention. Get rid of tall weeds, cut the grass, plant some colourful flowers, fix broken fences and give your garden shed a new lick of paint. 

Related: How to decorate a small garden. 

If you need an extra pair of hands getting your home ready for sale, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team by calling 0800-0 12 12 12 or request a quote by filling out our online booking form. Our handyman in London can carry out general handyman tasks you might need. Plus, we have our other tradesmen can complete a full range of home-related tasks.