How to Relocate Your Assets Safely and Securely

If you’re looking to move to a new accommodation, you’re probably already aware of how gruelling the entire process can be. From setting up viewings and down payments to packing boxes and organising transportation, moving to a new house can be an exhaustive and stressful time for even the most hardened globetrotter.

That’s why at Handy Squad we strive to lighten the load by offering a robust selection of Moving Services to facilitate your big transfer, so you can focus on making sure you and your family have everything you need for the journey ahead.

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Of course, some moves may require the services of a professional London handyman, who can visit you before the move to help with various installation and dismantling tasks. Handy Squad has you covered here, and any other jobs you need completing can be arranged as well.

Utilising ‘Lift & Load London’, one of the premier moving companies in the capital, Handy Squad are able to deliver efficient results and a friendly, punctual service that’ll get you where you need to go – whether that’s across the street or deep in the heart of Europe. Regardless of where you’re going, both Handy Squad and Lift & Load London go to great lengths to ensure your home’s assets are moved carefully and deliberately.

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Our European Removals service covers most European countries, and provides packing, moving and storage options. Your needs are important to us, so we structure the move around your specific requirements and preferences. Our proven experience allows us to move even the most fragile items with meticulous care, and we can provide a devoted single load or a shared load over various dates to suit your needs.

We also offer a dedicated Lifting and Shifting service which can help move the trickier bits and pieces around your home. From awkwardly shaped furniture to heavy white kitchen appliances, we can assist with internal office moving, packing and unloading, delivery assistance, or simply moving around the house. After all, not everyone who requires our services is moving to a new home.

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For those who are only interested in a Man & Van feature, Handy Squad can support you there as well – our Mini Moving service specialises in lighter loads, and every item transported will be treated with the care it deserves. Our friendly, efficient professionals can transfer all kinds of cargo from A to B, so don’t hesitate to enquire if you’re uncertain.

Lift & Load London also offers a Specialist Lifting service, which can assist with all sorts of clearance and disposal tasks. Whether in your own home or an office setting, Handy Squad can organise for your old furniture, devices and appliances to be safely removed and taken away, and can even visit you on the same day if the job demands a swift execution.

Finally, Handy Squad and Lift & Load London are proud to present our UK Removals service, which handles packing, moving and storage across the entire United Kingdom. Available to households, businesses, charities, students and more, we’ll ensure that your belongings reach your new destination on time and in perfect condition, so you can have peace of mind.

You’re always in good hands with Handy Squad, so if you’d like to request our services, feel free to give us a call on 08000 12 12 12.

Alternatively, you can use our online booking system.

Improve The Sale-ability And Rental Desirability Of Your Property

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If you’re looking to sell your house or your tenants are coming to the end of their lease, you’re likely considering all the last-minute improvements you can make in order to raise the value of your home, or sustain its desirability for the next set of occupants.

However, investing in significant renovations can end up being a huge waste of time and money, since the returns rarely justify any developments made.

Instead of redesigning your home in preparation for its new residents, estate agents often recommend that a few simple changes to the property can make all the difference. As long as you ensure that your home looks its absolute best, then what you already have will be plenty.

Even the most house-proud of residents will inevitably see some wear and tear in their home after several years of living there. From carpet stains to cracks in the paint, tattered skirting boards to flickering lights, surface level signs of depreciation are the first things an agent will notice when valuing your property – thankfully, they’re also the easiest problems to fix!

That’s why Handy Squad is proud to present a brand new service: Home Makeover. This are purposed with breathing life back into your home in time for a viewing, whether you’re the owner looking to sell for the highest price possible, or a landlord/landlady aiming to revitalise your home before renting it out once more.

Handy Squad’s highly trained handymen can help with those restorations in a timely and proficient manner; if you have a grimy patio, our Jet Washing service will spruce it up in a flash. If any floor tiles are broken, our premier Tiling service can fix up your floors in no time, and if your pipes have seen better days, we also offer a comprehensive set of Plumbing services. No matter its current condition, our handymen can breathe life into your home and restore it to the state it was in when you first moved in, or better!

For more information on how Handy Squad can make your agent speechless, give us a call on:  0800-0 12 12 12.

Alternatively, feel free to fill out our online booking form for a speedy response on an appointment that suits you.

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How to Fit a Toilet

Introduction

Replacing your old toilet isn’t a particularly gruelling task; it’s as simple as connecting it to an existing branch of the soil pipe. If you want a new toilet in another part of your home, however, it’s best to consult a professional Handy Squad plumber.

Your plumber can connect your new toilet to the main soil pipe, and even install a dual flush toilet mechanism for more efficient water usage.
Close-coupled cisterns are a popular contemporary design easily distinguished by the way they’re positioned – directly on top of the pan.

Because there is a style of toilet for virtually every kind of interior, we encourage you to take note of your new toilet’s condition before removing your old fittings. The worst time to notice a flaw or lack of components is when your bathroom is out of commission, after all. If your toilet needs repairing it’s best to call Handy Squad, as this is not an ideal DIY task. The same applies for toilet blockages.

If you’re just looking to change the seat, this is easily accomplished without affecting the rest of the toilet. Which seat you choose is up to you, but selecting one that matches your toilet is recommended. Alternatively, certain contrasting designs can be rather tasteful – wood-effect seats on plain white pans, for example.

Before you drill any holes in your bathroom walls or floor, we recommend the use of an electronic detector to sniff out any cables and pipes that are hidden from view. The last thing you want is a flooded bathroom when you’re attempting to fit a new toilet.

How to Fit a Close-Coupled Toilet

  •  First, assemble the flush mechanism and insert it as per the manufacturer’s directions, ensuring the rubber sealing rings are applied where required.
  •  Position the large rubber gasket inside the pan’s flush entrance.
  •  Making use of the rubber and large metal washers included, feed the long fixing bolts into the holes in the cistern.
  •  Push the threaded segment of the flush mechanism through the rubber gasket on the flush entrance of the pan before placing the cistern on top of the pan and securing the connecting bolts through the holes.
  •  Apply the washers provided to the connecting bolts, and tighten the wing nuts until they’re firmly secure.
  •  After ensuring there are no cables or pipes underneath the fixing points, position the toilet in place and slot the pan outlet into the flexible connector attached to the soil pipe. If this proves too troublesome, consider using a little silicone grease to slide it on. Next, drill a pilot hole in the floor at each fixing point, utilising a hammer-action drill and a few plugs if the floor is too solid.
  •  The base of the pan should have several holes that the plastic protective inserts can be pushed into, before the retaining screws are applied to hold the toilet firmly to the floor. Some cisterns may have their fixing holes in the back, which will require it to be attached to the wall via drilling and plugging. Adding rubber washers before you tighten the nuts is crucial – just remember not to tighten the washers too much.
  •  The supply pipe for the cold-water feed should be connected next, making use of a push-fit tap connector.
  •  Following the manufacturer’s directions, attach the hinge assembly to the seat.
  •  The seat can then be attached to the pan by securing it through the holes on the back using the screws included. Then simply position it until it sits correctly.

How To Use A Jet Washer

How To Use A Jet WashJet washers provide an effective method for tackling some of the more difficult cleaning duties in outdoor areas. From defacements involving gum and graffiti to natural blemishes like weeds and moss, it’s never been so easy to lift the grime from your personal property.

Before purchasing a jet washer, it’s important to choose the right model for the task at hand. As efficient and versatile as these devices are, deciding on the most suitable pressure rating and size of water flow will always produce the best results. We also encourage you to take into account the weight of the machine, whether it has wheels included, and the length of the hose and cables.

Washing your car can also be a quick, easy task. Simply reduce the pressure when targeting painted or delicate areas, and crank up the power when focusing on tough dirt to pry it loose. A variety of attachments are available to facilitate more specific jobs, as well. From detergent tanks storing car shampoo to variable brush attachments, giving your car that sparkling finish can be cheaper, faster, and more enjoyable than ever before.

For patios, driveways, walls and other surfaces, start with a high pressure blast to clear weeds, moss, algae and general muck within seconds. Follow-up with a more gentle spray to cleanse the remaining residue and you’ll finish your high maintenance cleaning in a fraction of the time.

Of course, you may find you want one of these technical wonders to grace your property no more than once or twice a year, in the hands of a trained professional. You might be short on free time, intimidated by the massive selection of products, reluctant to get hands on with unfamiliar equipment, or simply more comfortable with the idea of leaving the job to an expert.

Our jet washing specialists can give your garden such a drastic makeover, you’ll barely recognise it. We treat an array of different materials with our exclusive Garden Refresh package, restoring your outdoor furnishings to a pristine state.

For the best jet washing service in London, call The Handy Squad today for a quote on our services…

How To Turn Any Home Into A Real SMART Home

A few years ago, we would look at the smart home technology as something of the future and that only very wealthy people have access to. We’ve already reach the future where an explosion of smart home technology is available with so many options to choose from. Just in a few years we went from fancying a smart home that looked out of reach to having so many options that we don’t know what to choose from.

Before turning your home into a smart home, it is important to consider which needs you want to address and understand which smart home products will help you solve these needs. The second step would be to look at the available products in the market that will truly make you home smart. We at Handy Squad, are the experts in recommending you the best handymen for your home and would love to help you choose the best smart home technology to turn your home into a really smart one.

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How to turn your home in to a smart home

Consider your Security and Safety

The first need we all look at when it comes to our home is the safety and security. Our home is where we place our most valuable things and we want to make sure it is well protected during our absence for real peace of mind. This is why with a smart home, you can create a “Lived-In” feel automation where the lights, the TV and the radio will switch on and off at certain times and days. You can truly relax on you vacation knowing that no one will dare breaking into your home.

Another great security automation is scaring the intruder. Let’s say one day an intruder tries getting into your house, the door/window sensors will sense the break in and will trigger all your smart lights to go to red and your radio to a very loud volume making the intruder question his choice of target.

Your home will also keep you up to date with everything happening in your home when you are away via text messages. For example, it will notify you if your children arrived home, if there is an intruder in your house or if any of your security sensors (smoke detectors, leak detector etc..) are triggered helping you to prevent any home incident from happening.

Consider your Energy savings and the Environment

Having a smart home will also help you save on your energy bills and do your bit for the environment.

You can reduce your energy bills by managing your hot water and heating schedule in the whole house and in every room making your house more efficient. If you happen to forget to switch off the hot water before you travel to Miami, you can still switch it off remotely from your phone.

You can cut even more off your energy bills by setting your radiators to switch off whenever there is an open window in the room.  Finally, you will be able to manage your energy bills by reading your energy consumption on your home appliances.

Consider your Comfort & Convenience

Now that you have peace of mind knowing that a smart home will make your home more secure with no monthly fees while saving on your energy bills, why not also consider your comfort and convenience?

Imagine your home gently waking you up in the morning by turning the lights on slowly to yellow, by getting your coffee or tea ready for you in the kitchen and by heating your bathroom so you can comfortably take a shower and start your day in a great mood.

You can also leave your house every morning knowing that as soon as you pass through the door, your home will switch all the lights, TV, radio and thermostat off for you and as soon as you come back it will welcome you with your favourite music set, and with the lights on to your favourite colour and the thermostat to the ideal temperature. 

Home entertainment

With a smart home, you will be able to create a fun and cool environment for you, your family and your guests.  From a movie night to a dinner party you can set the mood you want with just one click.

For example, you can set the light bulbs to a blue colour for a great movie night with your kids.  You can set your home to welcome you with your favourite music set as soon as you open the door.  Or you can impress your guests with a party ambience turning all lights to different colours, the music on to your favourite set and the thermostat to the right temperature with just one click!

Let your imagination soar while automating your home and adjust your home to fit your needs & lifestyle.

So now that you know a little bit more about all the benefits of having a smart home, I bet you are curious to know how much effort and money you need to invest to make your home smart.

First of all, to make your home smart you will need 3 important things: 

  1. A smart home hub that will act as the brain of your smart home connecting all the smart devices together. 
  1. An app on your smart phone from where you will be able to control all your home and from where you will create all your home automation. 
  1. A few smart devices to get you started and then you can add as many devices as you want to create the smart home of your dreams. 

The Smart Home Hub

The first step of a smart home is the smart hub that acts as the brain of your home. While there are a few smart home hubs and app platforms on the market, one specifically grabbed our attention not only because of its eye-catching design but also because of all the advantages that it provides – The nCube hub is a beautifully designed blue box that acts as the brain of your home connecting all your smart devices together.

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The smart home hub.

Why you need a hub? 

With a hub, you will be able to create automations in your home that includes several types of devices. For example, your light bulbs, your thermostat and your speaker. Without the hub, you will only be able to create automations for each device individually through its own app and you won’t be able to integrate it with other devices.

If you don’t have a hub, you won’t be able to control your devices remotely. You will only be able to control them from their own app and only when you are present at home.

Having a hub means that all the automation is run inside the box and not through the servers of each device which makes the response faster. Without a hub, you will be running things via the smart devices’ cloud services which can lead to a long latency (up to 15 minutes).

Without a hub, you will be limited to connect to a few Wifi and LAN smart devices. Whereas with a hub, you will be able to connect to many more smart devices due to the multitude of connection methods.

Why the nCube Home Hub?

Now that I explained why it’s better to have a hub solution versus an app only solution, I will explain why we have a preference toward the nCube Home.

Open platform – compatibility

nCube is an open platform compatible with over 120 devices from different brands and different functionality. Unlike many hubs on the market who force you into buying their own smart devices, nCube gives you the freedom to select the tech and devices that work for you from Sonos to Nest, from Lifx to Hue because maximising your choice and control will make your home even smarter.

Privacy features

A unique feature of nCube is your privacy. While developing the nCube hub, the founder had one important thing in mind: how to protect the home owner’s privacy while using the smart home technology. For him, as the British expression say: “your home is your castle” and that should always be a priority.

Because of their unique box and technology, your information is never sent out to central servers or stored in the cloud. Instead it stays on your device in your home – meaning it’s much more secure and totally private.

Offline working

Unlike almost every system on the market, nCube’s brain works even when you’re offline. If the internet connection is slow or goes down, your home doesn’t collapse! Using nCube, you can still control your heating, alarm systems and everything else from your phone.

Secure hub

As your home is your haven, smart home products should have more security than a simple username/password login. For that reason, nCube decided to add an extra layer of security, by only allowing remote access if you have first accessed your nCube hub on your home network. It also lets you decide what changes & controls can be accessed remotely. You can even choose which user can control what. For example, your kids can have limited access, while you and  your partner can control everything remotely. These added layers of security are what makes nCube ideal for families.

The nCube Home hub comes with a power cable that you need to plug in and a LAN cable that you can attach to your router if you don’t want to use the WiFi method. The hub is a simple plug and play solution. 

The smart home app 

The second step of a Smart home is the app on your smart phone. The nCube app is free and can be downloaded on both the Google Android and the Apple store. The reason why we liked the nCube app is because of it easy functionality and the automation that it can do.

The smart home app
The smart home app

Intuitive app 

The nCube app is extremely user friendly that any anyone in the home would feel comfortable using it.  From adding the smart devices to the app, to controlling each one them and to creating the home automation you want, everything is done easily and intuitively. Unlike many apps on the market, the nCube app is very pleasant to use.

Automation 

The nCube app allows you to add as many conditions as you need while creating an automation making your home truly smarter.  In the other apps available in the market, the automation was restricted to one condition at a time. 

Handy Squad Is Now Serving Surrey

Handy Squad Is Now Serving SurreyFor some years Handy Squad has had most of London covered, and our handymen can be seen on their distinctive yellow scooters north London, south London, east London and west London, not to mention the City and West End. Now, though, we’re expanding into Surrey as well.

The County of Surrey

Though parts of the historic county of Surrey have been swallowed by London, a good deal of it survives. Surrey is the most affluent county in the UK — and that’s official. It has the highest GDP per capita of any county, as well as the highest number of millionaires, and a record number of major corporations have their headquarters in Surrey.

While much of the county looks to London, where many residents work in the financial sector, Surrey also has beautiful countryside. The dramatic landscape of the North Downs passes through it, including the iconic beauty spot of Box Hill, featured in Jane Austen’s Emma.

Where We Can Serve You

Handy Squad now covers a large swathe of Surrey, ranging from the historic town of Kingston, where a long line of Anglo-Saxon kings were crowned, to the site of the world’s most famous horse-race at Epsom. Further to the south and west, we also serve a number of pleasant, affluent towns such as Leatherhead and Weybridge.

In all, the areas we currently cover in Surrey are Kingston, Coombe, Claygate, Hinchley Wood, Surbiton, Norbiton, Esher, Thames Ditton, Epsom, Oxshott, Cobham, Ewell, Molesey, Kingswood, Weybridge, Whiteley, Leatherhead and Chertsey. We aren’t going to stop here, though, so if your area isn’t included, watch this space. Hopefully it soon will be.

What We Offer

Handy Squad will be offering our new Surrey customers the same expert, comprehensive handyman service that our London customers have come to expect. We cover decorating, carpentry, electrical work, plumbing, cleaning patios and much more.

From installing electrical circuits to hanging pictures, redecorating your home to putting up shelves, retiling your bathroom to changing light-bulbs, plastering and painting to fitting toilet seats, or installing baths and toilets to assembling flat-packs — we can do it all.

Our handymen take every job seriously and have the qualifications and experience for them all. And, even if you come up with a job we haven’t thought of, they have the flexibility to complete it successfully.

So look out for those unmissable yellow scooters in the town centres and leafy residential streets of Surrey. Even better, give us a ring on 0800-0-12 12 12, or drop us a message on our contact form.

Blinds — Pros and Cons of the Different Types

blinds-yellowAssuming you don’t want to be on show 24/7, you need some kind of covering for your windows. You could choose curtains for a traditional look, though there are some rooms, such as the kitchen and bathroom, where they’re not advisable.

More common these days, though, especially for homes with a contemporary look, is to use blinds. They’re relatively easy to fit, to clean and to adjust. But which of the many types of blind are best?

The Types of Blind

There are numerous different blind designs, and they can be made of various materials. The most familiar styles include the Venetian blind, with its folding horizontal slats, or the vertical blind with slats running top to bottom. There are also roller blinds and Roman blinds, sometimes called shades, with material rolled or folded away when not in use.

Blinds with slats can be made of wood, bamboo, aluminium, plastic or stiffened fabric. The roller and Roman types are usually made of fabric, but can be plastic.

All of these suit certain uses, but what are the main pros and cons?

Pros and Cons

  • Venetian blind — This is easy to adjust to regulate the sunlight coming in and can give the room a stylish, continental feel. It’s not the easiest type to install, however.
  • Vertical blind — This is adjustable like the Venetian blind, but doesn’t look as good when opened. It can also break easily in the breeze if hung over an open window.
  • Roller blind — This is easy to install and allows a pattern to match the room’s décor, as with curtains. However, it can’t be adjusted like slatted blinds for an exact amount of light.
  • Roman blind — This, like a roller blind, allows a patterned design but can also be lined with added insulation. However, It’s harder to clean.

The various materials have their pros and cons too:

  • Wood — looks stylish, but it’s expensive, and unsuitable for kitchens and bathrooms.
  • Bamboo — great for giving the room an oriental look, but even more expensive than wood.
  • Aluminium — cheap and easy to keep clean, but can give the place an unsophisticated look.
  • Fabric — can be patterned like curtains and lined for insulation, but unsuitable for kitchens and bathrooms.
  • Plastic — cheap and flexible, and can be used anywhere, though it can look tacky unless you go for the better type.

If you’re a good DIYer, most blinds are fairly easy to fit yourself. A mistake can ruin more than the blind, though, so if you don’t feel confident hanging blinds, call the Handy Squad on 0800 0 12 12 12 or book online today.

Baby-Proofing Your Home

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From around eight months old, of not earlier, your baby will start to crawl around, and your home will become a wonderful place to explore and learn. Unfortunately, it can also become a series of accidents waiting to happen, unless you take steps to baby-proof your home. Many of these are changes of habit, from putting dangerous items out of reach to checking your smoke alarm batteries more regularly, but you can also make alterations.

Safety Gates

Most people think of stair gates when you mention baby-proofing. Your baby’s bound to be curious about the stairs, and a gate at the top and bottom will prevent access when you’re not around.

Safety gates can also keep your baby out of potentially dangerous rooms, like the kitchen, unless you’re there to supervise. Also consider having guards on the windows.

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Kitchen

The kitchen is perhaps the most fascinating and most dangerous room in the house for a baby, and you won’t be able to watch him or her all the time, especially if you’re working in there.

Besides keeping dangerous items out of the way, it’s as well to fit safety catches on the cupboards — though leave one accessible and full of safe items, to keep your baby busy. Also make sure you have covers on the cooker knobs, and consider having a lock on your bin.

Furniture

Your baby’s going to collide with furniture every so often, so it’s important to fit soft plastic covers to any sharp corners. Make sure heavy furniture, such as a bookcase, is securely fixed to the wall and that the television can’t be pulled down.

Other Hazards

Electrical sockets should be safe, but you should never underestimate a curious baby’s ingenuity, so it’s as well to fit protectors. Similarly, any hinge that could squash your baby’s fingers, e.g. on a door, an ironing board or a deckchair, should be fitted with hinge protectors. Loose rugs can be a hazard, but they’re a lot safer if you fix non-slip underlay to them.

Don’t forget the garden, either, if your baby’s likely to play out there in the summer. Even if you’re supervising closely, every hazard needs to be baby-proofed, especially if you have any kind of water feature.

Getting It Done

Most of these jobs are easy enough to do yourself, but you’ll have more peace of mind if you know they’ve been done by a professional. An experienced handyman will have baby-proofed many homes and may spot a danger you’ve missed.

If you want to know more about baby-proofing, feel free call us today on: 0800 0 12 12 12 or book online.

Tips on Hanging Wallpaper

hanging-wallpaper-1Hanging wallpaper is one of those jobs we all feel we should be able to do ourselves, but it’s notoriously easy to get wrong. Hung expertly, wallpaper can turn a room into a work of art. Hung poorly, it can turn it into a mess.

If you feel confident about getting it right without calling the professionals in, there are various tips to remember. The first and last tip, though, is to take it slowly and methodically, giving yourself time to check everything.

Getting Ready

Make sure you buy enough wallpaper for your needs. If you have to go back to the shop, you risk that paper being out of stock. Measure up your room, remembering that standard wallpaper width is 0.53m — then buy at least one roll more than you think you need.

Check you have all the equipment you require. It’s when you have to improvise that things are most likely to go wrong. You’ll normally need at least:

• Stepladder (don’t stand on chairs)
• Pasting table (unless you’re using paste-the-wall wallpaper)
• Tape measure
• Plumb line
• Wallpaper adhesive
• Pasting brush
• Wallpaper scissors
• Trimming knife
• Paper-hanging brush
• A second person — hanging wallpaper isn’t a job to undertake alone.

Starting

• Start from the corner of a wall with no doors or windows.
• Don’t trust the walls to be straight — draw a guideline using the plumb line.
• Unscrew all wall attachments and stick matchsticks in the holes. When you come to paper over these, let the matchstick pierce gently through the paper, then smooth it down.
• Measure the height of the room and prepare a strip about 10cm more than this.
• Follow the manufacturer’s instruction carefully when mixing and applying the paste, and leave the pasted paper for the time specified before hanging.
• Turn off the power to any electrical switch or socket you’re papering around.

Tips on Hanging

• Leave 10cm spare at the top of each strip and trim with the trimming knife or scissors.
• Match the pattern by sight at eye level.
• Start from the top and gradually smooth the paper down, using the paste brush to avoid air-bubbles.
• To paper around a corner, cut a strip to allow 25cm on the second wall and use a paper-hanging brush to smooth it into the corner. Measure up the next full strip from here.

DIY or Professional?

If you’re a good DIYer and are willing to take the time to work slowly and methodically, you should be able to avoid the hazards of crooked strips, mismatched patterns and air-bubbles. If you want a full professional job done, though, you’re welcome to give us a call or simply book online.

Tips on Assembling Flat Packs

flat-pack-furnitureThere are two common ideas about assembling flat-pack furniture — either it’ll be a piece of cake, or it’s like having to visit the dentist. While people who underestimate the job often end up banging their heads against the nearest wall, flat pack assembly is by no means impossible, as long as you follow some simple rules.

So, if you’re determined to have a go at assembling furniture for the bedroom, assembling furniture for the living room, assembling furniture for the office or assembling garden furniture for the outside, rather than taking the easy option of getting a handyman in, here are a few tips.

Preparation

One of the worst thing you can do with a flat pack is to plunge straight into assembly without any planning. There are several vital things to do before you even unpack the furniture.

• Estimate how long the process will take — then double it.
• Make sure you have enough space for the item, remembering you may have to lay it on its side.
• Protect the floor against sawdust and slips of tools with an old sheet. Alternatively, you can use the cardboard packaging when you’ve opened it.
• Read the instructions thoroughly before going any further.
• Make sure you have all the tools you’ll need — if you don’t have a Phillips screwdriver or an Allen key to hand, don’t “make do” with something else.
• If the item’s large, get someone to help you. In fact, that’s advisable even if it’s small.

Unpacking

• When you’ve unpacked the flat pack, check against the instructions that nothing’s missing or damaged.
• Identify and separate the various components, especially different sizes of screws — you can keep these in saucers or tupperware boxes.
• Read the instructions thoroughly again — it makes a difference when you can see what they’re referring to.

Assembly

It’s crucial when assembling a flat pack to take it slowly and methodically, review the instructions between each element, and follow them to the letter — and that includes using the correct tool for each operation.

• If you’re using an power screwdriver, keep it on a low torque setting, and always do the final tightening by hand.
• Don’t tighten screws, hinges etc. all the way until you’re sure everything’s lined up correctly.
• If you’re using wood glue, only use the amount necessary and dispose safely of the rest.

And Finally

Assembling a flat pack yourself is certainly possible (you could even rope in help by making a party out of it) but if you don’t have the time or patience, it’s better to get a handyman in than to botch the job by rushing it. Give us a call if you think you need help.