As the darker nights start drawing in, winter will soon be upon us and opportunities to get a spot of DIY done will be few and far between. Now is the time to get ahead and tie up any loose ends, before the clocks go back at the end of the month.
So, what might you do? We’ve collated a Top Ten of Home Maintenance Jobs, which should be achievable by a competent DIY’er, and we’ve also put together a Top Ten of Jobs To Be Done By Professionals which we’ll share with you next week!
So, lets start with the things you could or should be doing…
- Re-grout your bathroom or kitchens tiles – re-grouting tiles is a fairly simple task that can be done in a small amount of time. The only part that takes time is the curing of the grout. All you need is some grout mix and a couple easy to use tools.
- Internal painting – it’s always good to refresh your homes interior every few years. One of those non-essential tasks, but will keep your house looking good. Always use dust sheets and make sure you have enough paint, particularly if it’s a specially mixed colour. Start with the ceiling and use a minimum of two coats all over.
- Build self-assembly furniture – just follow the instructions and be patient. It’s not rocket science and they are designed to be built by anyone (apparently!).
- Exclude draughts – this should result in saving you money on energy bills and your home will feel warmer. Apply self-adhesive draught excluders to windows and door frames.
- Sand and paint woodwork – sanding is quite a therapeutic practice when you get into the rhythm of it and a great work out. a fresh coat of paint on your interior woodwork can leave your rooms looking brand new.
- Fit insulation in your loft – this is a one-off job that should make a difference to your winter fuel bills and the warmth of your house. Rolls of insulation come in various widths to match to your loft, so start by measuring the distance between joists and buying the nearest size. Ideally it should fit neatly between the joists. Measure the length of the floor space to be covered and calculate the amount you’ll need.
- Repaint your front door – Your front door is the first thing everyone sees when they arrive at your home yet it’s often the most neglected area of a home. A new look entrance can be achieved with the application of two well applied coats of paint (and the pre painting prep of the door, obviously!).
- Install coving – Adding coving to your home will give any room a finished look and it can add a nice detail to plain rooms. Coving is available in a variety of different materials and price ranges. When you’ve finished you might need to apply filler to the joints to get a smooth finish before you decorate. You can then apply a couple of coats of paint to finish the job.
- Hang a new internal door – Not the easiest of DIY tasks, homes, but many homes are fitted with inferior quality internal doors and upgrading the doors to a higher quality can immediately improve the appearance of your interior. After removing the old door you may need to cut the new door, prepare for the new hinges and fittings and then hang the new door, potentially a job for two people! You can then decorate the new door and finish the job by attaching new door handles.
- Bleed your radiators – Ideally you should do this once a year or whenever your radiators feel hot at the bottom but cold at the top, because otherwise your radiators won’t heat up properly and you’ll waste energy and money. You’ll need a bleed key to open the valve and you’ll hear air hissing as it escapes. Keep the valve open until a little water runs out and the air has stopped completely.
Let us know if these jobs are on your “to do list” for the coming month, or if you’re planning something we haven’t even thought of. Don’t forget, that if you need any supplies you can call us at Forestrall on 01474 444150 or email on firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, you can shop online here.
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