How to paint your walls like a pro

Are your walls cracked, peeling or flaking? Is the paint fading over time, leaving you with a dull, lifeless surface? We know how tempting it can be to just grab a brush and start repainting, but it’s important to be aware of some painting fundamentals, which will save you time and effort in the long run. Here’s our step-by-step guide on how to paint your walls, just like a pro!

Preparation is key

If you’re painting over old paint, start by filling any holes or cracks. Wash the surface of the hole to ensure there aren’t any dust particles or grease, then use a flexible scraper to work wall filler into the hole. Allow the patches to dry, and sand them down with fine sandpaper. Try to ventilate the area while sanding, and make sure to wear a mask.

Next, using a new piece of sandpaper, sand the entire wall, rubbing in a circular motion. The goal is not to remove the paint, but to add texture, giving the new paint a better surface to bind to. You can also use your sandpaper to remove any peeling paint.

To remove grease, dirt and grubby finger marks, wash down the wall with sugar soap, or a mixture of detergent and warm water, and rinse with plain water after. Be sure to wear gloves, as sugar soap is slightly acidic, and can irritate the skin.

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Protect your surroundings

Once the wall is dry, start covering switches, sockets, and skirting boards with masking tape. Between coats, remove and reapply any masking tape to avoid the adhesive removing any paint.

Try to move as much furniture as you can out of the room, to avoid ruining it with paint, and to give you a larger area to work in. Change into some old clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty and lay a sheet on the floor to catch any paint droplets.

Painting

Primer is great for helping new paint stick and stand out while cutting down the number of coats you need to use. It’s essential to use if you’re painting a light colour over a darker one, or the new coat may be drowned by the latter.

Start by mixing your paint and primer with a stirrer – do not shake as this could allow dried paint from the lid to fall into the mix.

Dampen a paint roller with a wet rag and place a pan liner in your paint pan for easy cleaning. Pour your primer into the pan and apply the primer in a ‘W’ or ‘M’ motion on your wall with a roller. This ensures an even coat is applied throughout. Use a smaller brush to work the primer into tight cervices and harder to reach areas. Allow around four hours for the primer to dry.

Before you start with your paint, check that you have enough for your wall and then mix it thoroughly. Grab a new paint liner for your paint pan and pour the paint into it.

Use a small brush to start painting around the edges of the wall and around any sockets or switches, which should be covered with masking tape. Don’t overload the brush with paint, and take your time with it, to achieve a professional finish.

Using a paint roller, paint in ‘M’ or ‘W’ motions, making sure not to go too fast or the paint will splatter.

Once the first coat has dried, it is advised that you add at least one additional coat on top of this, for a good finish. When everything has completely dried, remove any masking tape to reveal your finished wall.

As well as professional decorators, the Handy Squad has an expert team of London plumberselectricians and London carpenters who can help with almost any DIY-related and home improvement tasks.

Additionally, we offer help with bigger projects such as kitchen installations and tiling. If you’re seeking professional advice or want to request a free quote today, you can give us a call on 0800-0-12-12-12 or simply fill out the online form.

Adding colour to your garden

With summer just around the corner, we can’t help getting excited. We’ve finally escaped the monotony of winter, and everything is coming back to life. When you’re out in your garden enjoying the sun, wouldn’t it be nice to have a garden that reflected those same feelings of joy and positivity? Here are some ways to ensure that your garden is as bright and cheerful as you are!

Paint the shed

To some, a shed may seem like more of a necessity than an accessory… but why not make it both? It’s a common misconception that sheds should be neutral earth tones to blend in with their surroundings, when in reality, a shed is an opportunity to brighten up your garden. Pastel greens, blues and pinks look delicate and beautiful, and bold oranges and purples make a statement.

Don’t want to get your hands dirty? Why not call The Handy Squad? Our team of London Decorators can do the job quickly and efficiently, allowing you and your family to relax, knowing the job’s in good hands. Our team can also paint rooms, hang wallpaper and much more. Request a free quote by filling out our online booking form.

Decorate with plants

Flowers are the easiest and most budget-friendly way to bring your garden to life. There are thousands of variations to choose from and lots of room for creativity. Warm colours such as orange, red and yellow create an upbeat, energetic mood, whereas cool tones like blue and purple create a calm, relaxing environment.

Don’t let your creativity stop at the flowers – you can experiment with different plant pots too! Say goodbye to classic orange terracotta, and hello to colourful, wooden or patterned ceramic pots. Visit your local garden centre for inspiration or paint an old pot yourself!

Colour your fence

Fences are essentially the walls of your garden, so it’s important to include them when redecorating. Adding a trellis to the top of your fence is a great way to introduce colour without repainting, as it allows you to decorate it with climbing flowers or vines.

If you do decide to repaint your fence, remember: hot colours advance (or seem to come towards the eye) and cool colours recede (or seem to go away from the eye). In other words, if you want your garden to appear bigger, opt for cooler colours.

If your fence is discoloured, rotting or just no longer fitting the aesthetic of your garden, it may be time for a new one. Installing a fence can be hard work, so why not leave it to the experts? The Handy Squad’s team of London Carpenters 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.

Garden seating areas

As well as providing you and your family with a place to sit back and relax, garden seating areas often serve as focal points, making them a great place to add colour. If you’re not willing to fully commit to bright, colourful tables and chairs, decorate with bold, statement pillows or a vase.

Bright flooring

The colour of your floor can play a huge role in the overall presentation and feel of your garden, especially since it takes up such a large surface area. Wooden decking can be stained or painted in a variety of colours to stand out and looks great when decorated with plants! Alternatively, a bright patio will lift spirits and improve the overall aesthetic of your garden.

Need some help fitting your patio or flooring? The Handy Squad’s London handyman service can help you! 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.

How to prepare your home for April showers

It’s finally springtime in the northern hemisphere, which means longer days, blossoming flowers and lots of baby animals! Unfortunately, spring also brings April showers. It’s easy to get distracted by the warmer weather and get caught off guard when it starts to rain. So, here are our top tips on how to prepare your home for April showers.

Check your gutters

During spring, we get to watch trees come back to life and bloom beautiful flowers. Unfortunately, foliage can easily fall into your gutters and clog them up, causing drainage issues.

It’s a good idea to clean them out before the April showers hit, or the rainwater may be blocked by debris and forced to spill over the sides, potentially leading to expensive water-related damages. Alternatively, clogged gutters can lead to sitting water, which can cause rust and algae growth.

It’s possible to clean your gutters yourself with a ladder, some thick rubber gloves and a garden hose. If you don’t want to get your hands dirty, you can always hire a company to do the job for you.

Check for leaks

After a long winter, it’s important to check your home for leaks. Any structural flaws or damage like holes, cracks and gaps may allow water to seep in, which could result in flooding or mould growth.

On the roof, look for missing, warped, rotting, peeling, broken, blistering, or buckling shingles and fix them immediately. Also, check for loose material or wear around chimneys or vents.

From the inside, keep an eye out for dark spots, sagging, spots where outside light shines through and ceiling cracks.

Got a leak in your roof that you don’t know how to fix? The Handy Squad’s London handyman service is here to help. Our expert team can assist with all your roofing and guttering needs. We can also fix ceiling cracks and repair leaky taps. Request a free quote by filling out our online booking form.

Check sealer

Caulking can crack and shrink during the winter months, so make sure to repair the seal on your doors and windows in time for April showers. Properly sealed windows and doors will also hold cool air in during the summer months, saving you money on air conditioning!

Has your house been feeling cold lately? The Handy Squad’s decorators in London can help reseal all your doors and windows. If this isn’t enough, we also offer a draft proofing service! Request a free quote by filling out our online booking form.

Flood prevention

If water runs towards your house rather than away from it, you need to solve the grading issues before the spring rain attacks. Try finding ways to divert the water, like installing a French drain. Check that your street drains are working properly and aren’t clogged by any dirt or debris. If you believe a drain is blocked, alert your local council immediately, as it could result in flooding.

Pamper your lawn

After a harsh winter, your lawn may be looking a little lifeless. Refresh your turf by seeding bare patches and removing weeds before they multiply. A well-kept lawn should be flat and even in order to prevent areas of flooding when it rains. It’s also worth servicing your lawnmower – you’ll be using a lot more for the coming months.

Need help with and DIY or home improvement projects? Why not call in the Handy Squad? Our expert team of London Handymen will come fully prepared with all the necessary tools, equipment and materials needed to help you complete any task. Our team can help tile wallsrepaint kitchen cabinets, replace electrical boxes as well as completing bigger projects like bathroom fitting and interior and exterior redecorating Request a free quote by filling our online booking form.

Get your home ready for spring

Spring has finally sprung in the UK, blessing us with longer daylight hours and warmer weather. It’s a season of new beginnings and growth – and a great time for us to start preparing our homes for summer.

Paint interior walls

As spring approaches, we see nature coming back to life. Trees blossom, flowers bloom and dull leaves turn bright orange. All this change is likely to leave you itching to brighten up your home with a pop of colour! Repainting your interior walls is a straightforward way to renovate your home, and leaves plenty of room for creativity.

Don’t want to get your hands dirty? Why not call The Handy Squad? Our team of London Decorators can do the job quickly and efficiently, allowing you and your family to relax, knowing the job’s in good hands.

Reseal your windows and doors

Since caulking can crack and shrink during the colder months, spring is the best time to repair the seal on your doors and windows. Also, properly sealed windows and doors can hold cool air in during the summer months, saving you money on air conditioning!

Repave your driveway

Your front garden is the first aspect of your house that any guests or passers-by see – so why not make a good first impression? Over the winter months, ice, mud and tire rust can wear down your patio, so spring is the perfect time to restore it.

Whether it needs a fresh coat of patio sealer or a brand-new look, our London handyman services are here to help. At the Handy Squad, we can help with anything from odd jobs, to plumbing and electrics. Request a free quote by filling our online booking form.

Make use of garden space

It’s that time of year where we all experience a sudden urge to spend time in our gardens, making the most out of the beautiful weather. Luckily for you, there are hundreds of ways to improve your outdoor space without spending a fortune.

You should start with some basic maintenance; pull out any weeds that are poking through the soil and remove fallen leaves and twigs. Next, mow your lawn and trim any surrounding bushes. Once you’ve taken care of the essentials, you can start to bring your garden to life with vibrant flowers, wind chimes or even a birdbath.

It’s also a good idea to assess your outdoor space for any damage such as broken fences, peeling paintwork, or a run-down shed. Fixing these problems would immediately improve the appearance and feel of your garden.

Need help putting up a new fence or repainting a shed? Why not call in the Handy Squad? Our expert team of London Carpenters will come fully prepared with all the necessary tools, equipment and materials needed to help you achieve your perfect garden. Our team can also tile wallsrepaint kitchen cabinets as well as completing bigger projects like bathroom fitting. Request a free quote by filling our online booking form.

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.

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.

 

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.

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.