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. 

Can you hire a handyman during lockdown?

Short answer, yes. At the Handy Squad, during the November lockdown, we remain open for business as the new government guidelines allows us to trade as normal, provided that we continue to follow the government’s guidance on working safely during COVID-19 in other people’s homes.

This includes:

      • Maintaining social distancing whenever possible.
      • Hand washing and surface cleaning.
      • Keeping the activity time involved as short as possible.
      • Limiting the number of workers within a confined space to maintain social distancing.
      • Working materials should be assigned to an individual when possible. If they need to be shared, they should be shared by the smallest number of people.

Whether your water tap has been dripping constantly not letting you get a good night’s sleep, or your radiator hasn’t been working properly making your home cold during these cold and chilly nights – our team will be able to help.

You might be a homeowner or renter that needs the help of a professional to repair flickering lights or broken doors. There is no need to search any further if you “can hire a handyman during lockdown?” because the Handy Squad will be able to give a helping hand.

We believe that it is important to work safely during this pandemic to ensure the health and wellbeing of our employees and customers. For this reason, as per government guidelines, “no work should be carried out in a household which is isolating because one or more family members has symptoms or where an individual has been advised to shield – unless it is to remedy a direct risk to the safety of the household or to public safety.”

If your home, office or commercial establishment requires essential maintenance, get in touch with our team today on 0800-0 12 12 12 or request a free quote by filling out our online booking form.

How to organise loose cables

Cables are one of those things that you will only think about when something stops working and you want to unplug it, but instead, you’re faced with dozens of tangled cables, not knowing which one to unplug – a stress inducing activity that nobody wants to experience.

Tangled cables really are the devil’s work. What’s worse than a massive ball of cables with no end? Trying to detangle them probably. And who’s going to do that? You are, and you will succeed in doing so. It might be a difficult task, it might take some time and it might make your blood boil, perhaps you’ll shed some tears and you will definitely break a sweat, but you will succeed. Now that our not-so pep talk is done, let’s organise some loose cables.

So, you have a beautiful new home office that you’ve been enjoying oh-so-much. Everything is neat, clean and fresh. However, one look under your desk and there is a pile of messy cables and cords ready to make your life a living hell. Stop thinking ‘out of sight, out of mind’ because it’s time to tackle these cables properly organise them.

Detangle time.

Make sure to safely turn off any electrics, such as your printer and computer, before unplugging them from the socket. Once everything has been safely turned off, it’s time to unplug and detangle. Take a deep breath and slowly separate the wires and cables. If you start to get frustrated, take a step back, have a cuppa and then continue.

Label your cables.

While you are separating your cables, it will be wise to label them. This will guarantee you know which cable goes where and which cable is which – computer, monitor, lamp, printer, charger, landline, etc. Masking tape is a cheap and easy way to label your cables.

Tie them together. 

To neatly organise your cables, loosely wrap them and tie them together. You can easily tie them together with Velcro tape, masking tape or any other fastener that you might have laying around the house. We wouldn’t recommend using gaffer tape as it might leave a sticky residue.

Get rid of some. 

Do you really need the cable for that old recorder that you don’t even own anymore? Do you really need 10 different USB cables? Make your life easier by donating, recycling or throwing away unwanted or unnecessary cables.

If you’ve searched for how to organise cables for storage or how to organize electronic cords, we hope that this article has helped! If, after reading our article, you don’t feel like organising your collection of untamed wires and cables, get the Squad to do it for you. We’ve helped plenty of Londoners tidying loose cables in their homes and offices. Simply give us a call today on 0800-0-12-12-12 or request a 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. 

Easy ways to add colour into your home

Are you tired of your monochromatic interiors? It’s time to jazz up your place, then. Perhaps your all-white home looked great when you first bought it, but now doesn’t bring you any joy? Maybe you want to add some pops of colour into your rental flat that won’t make you lose your deposit? We’ve put together some ideas to add some vibrance into your home with options to paint or to ditch the paintbrush.

Create a picture gallery.

 

Add picture frames with bold and colourful art to any room in your home or group together different shaped bright photo frames for a visually appealing wall décor. Maybe choose one sizeable vibrant art piece for a quick wall refresh. If you need some help to hang large pictures or rearrange your extensive collection of frames, the Handy Squad can give you an extra pair of hands.

Add some greenery.

Flowers and plants are perfect to add a small dose of colour and life to any part of your home – bathrooms, living rooms, bedrooms, kitchens. Plus, plenty of plants can also improve the air quality in your home, so it’s a win-win situation.

Related: How to display indoor plants.

Change the lightning.

Lighting will have a large impact on the overall décor of your home. You can choose to go for a colourful statement pendant light to add a splash of colour or you can easily change the mood by choosing colour changing lights. Need to relax? Change your lighting to blue. Having a romantic dinner? It’s time for some soft red lighting. Our London electricians will be able to replace lighting fixtures, change lightbulbs and install LED colour changing lights on your gaming room walls for a futuristic feel.

Get the paintbrush out.

The easiest way to give your home a colour update is by painting it in a different colour. However, don’t just stick to painting all your walls the same tone or painting an accent wall one colour, why not play around with colour? Choose a few contrasting colours and be creative with tape to create a unique graphic pattern.

If painting your walls is out of the question because you’re renting or because it seems like too much of a permanent solution, perhaps giving a coat of paint to forgotten spaces of your home, such as the back of bookcases or skirting boards, could be a good idea. If you don’t want to get your hands dirty with paint, our decorators in London can paint rooms, repaint kitchen cabinets and even paint stairs.

For a quick fix, why not go for a colourful peel and stick wallpaper? It’s easy to install compared to traditional wallpaper and, if you get bored of your current wallpaper, it can be easily removed and replaced. Get the Squad to come by and install a beautiful tropical leaves wallpaper to your living room wall to feel like you’re away on an island adventure.

Add colour to your windows.

Who said that curtains and blinds need to be in neutral tones? Forget about light grey curtains and warm-white blinds, go for colourful curtains and blinds instead. These will add a fresh new tone to your interiors and can tie-in the rest of your colourful living room accessories.

Tile it up.

Give your bathroom an upgrade with colourful tiling or, if that’s too daring, why not choose some colourful grout instead? For your kitchen, add bright and dazzling splashback to make your walls stand out. At the Handy Squad, our team can tile bathrooms and kitchens or simply change the tile grout. Request a free quote by filling our online booking form.

How to rearrange furniture

You might live in a small house where you have limited space for furniture, so moving things around is the only way to give your home an uplift without breaking the bank. Perhaps you’ve moved into a new home which was furnished and now you want to make it your own without having to buy new furniture – the best way is to shift furniture around.

Or maybe, you’re one of the many people who can’t stand to see their home the same for long periods of time. You have a furniture moving itch that makes you need to rearrange the way your whole house looks every so often to the point that when you go to your friend’s place you have to hold your tongue to not say “why don’t you move this and that over there?”.

Rearranging furniture can lift your mood, encourage you to declutter and give an opportunity to let your creativity run free. If you live alone and can’t move heavy items of furniture by yourself, perhaps stick to changing accessories or small pieces of décor, such as picture frames and shelves. Don’t fret if you need another pair of hands for heavier items, our London handymen can help you lift and shift furniture to make your house feel like home.

Do you want to rearrange your living room? Maybe you’ve just searched how to rearrange your office? No matter if you want to rearrange the furniture in one of your rooms or want to completely change up the furniture around your whole house, we’ve put together some tips on how to best go about doing it.

1. Measure it out.

When you are moving furniture from one room to the other make sure to measure it, otherwise, you might go through the trouble of moving it and then having to move it back as it didn’t fit that perfect spot.

2. Find a focal point.

To give rooms more structure, find the focal point of the room and arrange furniture around it. This focal point could be a large window, fireplace or simply your television. An alternative is to focus on the conversation areas of the room by positioning your sofas and chairs in a way so people can have conversations without having to shout across the room or twist their necks to talk to each other.

3. Think about balance.

It’s important to consider the size, shape and placement of your furniture to give your rooms a balanced feel. For instance, don’t group all the small or large pieces of furniture in one area, spread them around to create a visually interesting décor.

4. Consider traffic flow.

Make sure there is enough space for people to walk around your home without tripping on furniture or having to climb on your sofa to go to the bathroom. Create unobstructed paths for people to walk from one room to the other without any issue.

5. Get creative.

If you’re feeling like changing up furniture in your home, go for it and get creative with it. What’s the worst that can happen? Perhaps not liking something in its new place and changing it to another or back to where it was before.

Maybe you are looking for ways to rearrange your room to make it look bigger? To make the most out of small rooms, we would recommend reading our blog post on how to make your small room look bigger.

In case you need some help changing up your room, the Squad is only a phone call away. Give our team a ring on 0800-0-12-12-12 or request a quote by filling our online booking form.