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Nick Knowles transforms the life of ill teenager for DIY SOS

Created: 07/02/2017

Nick Knowles and the team behind DIY SOS are being hailed after transforming the home of a sickly teenager.

Popular Wednesday night BBC One DIY show, DIY SOS, left fans in an emotional state after seeing what was achieved on behalf of Antonia Payne Chenye who is suffering with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.

The disease, which causes her joints to dislocate on a frequent basis and therefore rendering her unable to eat normally, has restricted her to a hospital bed for the past few months.

But enter Nick Knowles, now being praised as a hero, and the DIY SOS team, who after hearing of Antonia’s plight, gathered together a group of builders and transformed her home.

Re-vamping the house’s entrance, bedroom and living spaces, the guys have provided a space for Antonia that now accommodates her wheelchair and made a sterile space for medication and oxygen points.

Knowles, who some are saying should receive an MBE for his working helping this young lady return to her family, enlisted the help of carpenter Mark Millar, builder Julian Perryman, plasterer Chris Frediani. electrician Billy Byrne and home style consultant Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, along with hundreds of volunteer builders from Worcester.

Antonia, after returning home from the hospital, was overjoyed by what she saw, saying that “You have given me a new chance at life” and that “It’s absolutely perfect”, telling Knowles and crew that they had changed her life.

The episode obviously resonated with viewers, with many clamouring to twitter in order to express their appreciation for the show and what was done for Antonia.

What was achieved here, and for such a good cause, really shows what can be done given the right amount of imagination and the services of a professional handyman or two. It’s inspirational stuff and really gets across what a community can be capable of when coming together.


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Home Improvement Projects for 2017

Created: 27/01/2017

When a New Year comes many of us look at our lives, and our homes, and consider what we can do to improve them.

Home Improvement 2017

There are many ways to seek such improvement and directing that attention to your home is a great idea. So why not consider getting your house in tip top shape as your goal for 2017? This will not only improve your home life, but can be a fun task to undergo, distracting you from life’s headaches.

So we have created this guide to the top home improvement projects that you can get done in 2017, with a little help from your local handyman service.

Frame your pictures

Decorating your walls can help turn your house into a home. It is nice to show-off your favourite movie posters, children’s paintings and other mementos, but often these are put up on walls using paper tape or blue tac, which can ruin walls by stripping the paint off.

So if you live in London and have no time to do this, you can instead call out that local handyman to frame all of your art and to hang it up.

Replace your gates and fences

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The outside of your home will need just as much love as the inside. So don’t neglect it when it comes to attempting this year’s new projects.

Why not try replacing those old gates and the rusty latches that keep your home safe? This is a relatively simple task, which will provide you peace of mind for the year ahead, and new trimmings such as these will help to project the positive image contained inside your home out to the world.

Clean out any clutter in your house

Handywork Solutions De-Clutter House

You know that big, old wardrobe in your room that is full to the brim with clothes that you just don’t wear anymore? Now is the time to do something about it by de-cluttering.

Clearing the clutter from your house not only offers you new space to store your belongings, but you have also ticked off a job that you probably have been meaning to do for a long-time.

Check out our decluttering guide to make sure you get off to a great start and don’t get overwhelmed by the clutter.

Overhaul those old kitchen cabinets 

Handywork Solutions Refurbish Kitchen Cabinets

Completely overhauling your kitchen -- while sometimes necessary -- can be a lot of work and can cost a lot, but you may have already read our blog post that showed a new kitchen adds 5.8% to the value of your property. By simply adding some TLC to your kitchen cabinets and drawers, your cooking space can receive a nice uplift.

Why not look at giving your storage spaces a nice new coat of paint or for the extra yard, replace the handles and add new pulls for the drawers. The last thing you want when attacking a new year is to come home and put up with a stiff or wonky cutlery draw.

Clear those drainpipes

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The weather is unpredictable, one can never know quite what is around the corner and therefore it is best to prepare for the worst. So to avoid any damage from such temperamental weather, check that your home’s drainpipes are fully functioning and are not blocked by leaves or moss.

When drain pipes or guttering becomes blocked, you run the risk of damp spreading throughout your home. This can quickly become a very tricky and time-consuming problem to correct, so avoid that and ensure your gutters are clear and flowing.

Insulate and enjoy

Handywork Solutions Home Insulation

This isn’t a particular fun one and you won’t be able to show off your work to your friends after dinner, but making sure you house is properly insulated for the remaining cold months and future winters is an important task to undertake.

Your attic, pipes and water tank could all use a good looking over and added insulation. So make sure to get a professional to survey what needs to be done, and then get going on any needed work. Insuring your house is warm and energy efficient will obviously provide great benefits both in terms of home enjoyment and protecting your wallet.

Re-paint your home

Handywork Solutions Painting Your Home

If your house needs a makeover or you feel that particular rooms have become a bit dull, then consider re-painting them.

Just as with your gates and fences, projecting a positive image to the world can not only make your nosey neighbours a little jealous – sparking improvement to the area – but will put a smile on your face every time you drive home. A lick of paint really can do wonders and to make it easier there are plenty of painters and decorators available in Dulwich and across the country that you can call in to paint your home.

Update the front of your home 

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As mentioned, replacing old gates and clearing out drainpipes can start to help the outside of your home looking as great as what is on the inside. But in 2017, why stop there? The front of your property is your home’s introduction to the world so giving it a little update is an excellent project to tackle this year.

Kerry from – a DIY blog featuring a myriad of home renovation tips and tricks -- made this her top project to tackle in 2017. Acknowledging that this doesn’t have to be an expensive undergoing, she said by “simply giving a front door a lick of paint and fitting new hardware, you can really help transform a tired looking door, even if it’s old and unstylish (like ours)!”

Kerry also puts emphasis on any garden area at the front of your home, knowing that it’s not just what is attached to your house that is important. “If you have any greenery that’s just becoming too much of a pain to handle, consider swapping it for some decorative gravel and some potted trees or plants instead. Evergreen plants are especially great as they look good all year and your front won’t be littered in leaves through the autumn either”.

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Making your home look the part, as well as assuring it’s easy enough to maintain all year round is very important, so these suggestions from Kerry are not just creative but sensible too. 

One last tip Kerry provided us with was to add some illumination to the front of your property. “If you want to add a bit more of a wow factor, some solar lights are super cheap, easy to install and even make the house look lovely even at night too!”.

There are truly many ways one can improve their home; inside and out. Hopefully these suggestions will start to inspire you with your next project. There is no time like the present after all. So take charge of 2017 and give your home the attention it deserves, but just make sure to garner the help of a professional for any larger projects.


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Theatre Gets Restoration with Help of Trainee Carpenter

Created: 09/01/2017

The restoration of anything can be a task, even simple house hold jobs, so imagine how a young apprentice carpenter felt when helping undertake a multi-million pound restoration of a historic theatre.

Theater Restoration Project

This was what faced eighteen year old James Owen, an apprentice from Bury, who has been putting his skills to the test when involved with the restoration of The Met theatre -- a popular performing arts venue.

Undergoing a £4.6 million transformation, focusing on improving the theatre’s performing and backstage areas, young James really had to channel his training and knowledge of carpentry to help with fitting skirting boards, arches, flooring and parts of the kitchen.

It was quite the challenge for the former Castlebrook High School Student, who said to the Bury Times, that he really enjoyed learning some “hands on practical skills” while being a part of this exciting project. 

Like James, Handywork Solutions also provide a professional hand for any restoration projects, big or small. If you are looking at improving your family home, here are a few projects you can look at tackling.

The Kitchen

Kitchen Restoration Project

For most families, the kitchen is the key part of the home. From feeding the kids to putting a romantic meal together for your partner, a happy kitchen means a happy home.

So if you are looking at your tops and cabinets and are feeling they could use with a little work, perhaps it’s time to give them some love. You’ll be surprised at how much replacing those worn wood cabinets or fixing up that kitchen door will change your cooking and eating environment for the better.

The Bedroom

Bedroom Restoration Project

Home is where your bed is, and after a long day at work there is nothing better than heading off to bed to recoup, but that’s only if your bedroom is a place you want to spend time in.

Often the bedroom can be a person’s only refuge, so if restoring that old fire place or inserting that custom walk in wardrobe will help to improve the rooms allure, perhaps it’s time to call in a professional London handyman service to finally spruce things up a little.

Making space

Making Space In Your Home Restoration

Anyone with a growing family knows that space is at a premium. Rather than make that leap to a bigger home, why not convert that space in the garage you don’t use? Or get a professional handyman to come in and give you some space-saving advice.

If your child is expecting a new brother or sister perhaps, and their bedroom is going to be a little cramped for two, why not knock down that wall into the adjoining study and create a space big enough for both your little ones to live and grow together. It’s amazing what you can do with a little inspiration, so exploring all options before jumping ship is always a great idea.

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Company Builds Largest Doomsday Shelter

Created: 06/01/2017

There is always something to prepare for, and in uncertain times such as these with foreign wars, comets spotted hurtling towards the planet, and earth grown natural disasters, perhaps preparing for the worst might not be a bad idea – you know, in your head… But never mind that, a company in America has really gone above and beyond by creating the largest Doomsday shelter in the world.

Almost like something from a far flung apocalypse movie or something that might come in handy during a zombie outbreak, this US firm is rather cleverly tapping into world ending fears with their series of private bunkers. And they aren’t half bad. Something of this importance absolutely needs a professional touch,

The company is called Vivos and their xPoint super bunker is no quaint affair -- it has enough room for 5,000 people.  There are 575 of these shelters spread over nine square miles and they are built to withstand a 500,000 pound explosion. These guys are not messing around. 

Doomsday Bunker

Made up of concrete and steel, the bunkers are 26 feet wide and 80 feet long. Not bad for the end of the world. The bunkers contain separate eating, living and sleeping quarters, and considering they fetch for $25,000 per person, only the serious survivor need apply.

Of course all you DIY lovers out there could just go it alone. Either gather up your favourite tools or perhaps for the bigger job of ensuring your future survival, employ the services of a handyman. Really, in the end, what do you really need? Well, quite a lot actually.

From carrying out plumbing maintenance, installing boilers for those cold nuclear winter months, to laying down some wood flooring or installing a cabinet or two, a professional is actually pretty essential in this regard.

You may be in your shelter for a while, and with help from Handywork Solutions, you can ensure that you will be able to withstand the end of the world in complete comfort.

Although, perhaps withstanding the apocalypse is a job for a professional, and if you’ve got a spare $25k lying around, maybe give Vivos a shout. These guys have the room.


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5 New Year’s resolutions for homeowners

Created: 19/12/2016

Most of us are now winding down for the holidays, with the Christmas and New Year festivities allowing us all to enjoy a well-earned rest from the stresses of daily life and the chance to relax with friends and family at home.


However, looking ahead to January and the year to come, ‘home’ is one of the things that should be upmost in your mind. All too often, we are so wrapped up in the daily routine of working life that we can neglect issues that really need attention in our houses. And, of course, by the time the weekend comes around, the last thing that most of us have on our minds is springing into doing all those outstanding little jobs!

Nevertheless, bitter experience will have taught anyone who has owned anything other than a new-build property that the maintenance does stack up if you don’t put aside the time to take care of things. So, if you are one of the millions who find it all too easy to put off until tomorrow what you should really do today, have a read of the below list. Here, we name the five household duties that can’t be delayed if you want to make sure your home continues to be a safe and affordable place to live.

1) Get your electrics checked


We’ve put this first because it’s simply the most important thing you can do. Whilst you should ideally do this before exchanging on your home, a recent This is Money article indicates that two-thirds of buyers currently fail to do this.

Getting an Electrical Installation Condition Report carried out by a qualified electrician can cost up to £200, but it is well worth the price when avoiding a devastating fire can be the reward.

You should also check that you have a modern consumer unit that includes Residual Current Devices (RCD) switches. These are of huge importance and no house should now be without them – the switches automatically disconnect electricity when dangerous conditions are detected, making them potential lifesavers.

2) Get your boiler serviced


This is another of those little tasks which (like getting extra keys cut and shopping around to switch your insurance) tends to be filed in the ‘I can look at that later’ category and shoved to the back of our minds!

You should really remember to get your boiler serviced by a Gas Safe Registered engineer annually. Like getting the state of your electrics checked, this is a relatively inexpensive service (you should expect to pay around £70), when you consider that it will probably save you a great deal of money – and keep you safe – in the long run. For more information on the benefits of making sure your central heating is in full working order, and how doing this can add up to £5,000 to the value of your property, read our previous blog post here.

Whilst it’s unlikely, there is a possibility that a faulty boiler can start to leak deadly carbon monoxide. Just because this doesn’t happen often, that’s no reason for you to be complacent. When arranging a call-out can be the difference between life and death, getting things like this sorted is really a no-brainer!

What is more common is for boilers which aren’t functioning 100% properly to start costing you money through the inefficient use of energy. To this end, you might also consider having a room thermostat installed if you don’t already own one. This simple measure could allow you to save hundreds of pounds a year compared to using a traditional heating system.

3) Get a chimney liner installed


If you’re lucky enough to own a wood burning stove, the chances are you’ll already know that having a chimney liner installed is a recommended course of action. However, for whatever reason, many chimneys still do not have them fitted; as with the electric checking and boiler servicing examples above, people who do not arrange for this to be done are putting their lives at risk unnecessarily.

The costs of having a liner installed can vary massively, but it is not unusual to spend upwards of £1,000 if you want the job done by a fully qualified HETAS engineer. Again, you will have to weigh up your options; if you have your chimney swept once a year and only use your fire sparingly, then you may not need a liner immediately. Bear in mind, however, the potential consequences of this decision – the chance of having a chimney fire or carbon monoxide leak will increase significantly if you do not have a liner installed.

4) Get a roof survey done


This most likely takes up even less space in our minds than any of the aforementioned tasks, but is of comparable importance. When you think about it, the roof is probably the most important part of our property, but it also one of the most commonly neglected.

A thorough roof survey will give you a whole load of information about the state of various aspects of your roof, including its coverings, guttering, chimney stacks and more. Blocked gutters and leaks are the kind of things which can develop into major problems if they are not dealt with quickly, and an annual check will probably save you lots of worry – and, of course, money – in future.

The good news is that a roof survey may not cost you anything; inspectors only need to charge if work has to be done. The truth is that most roofs do need some maintenance and repairs carried out at regular intervals, but – unless something is seriously wrong – this should only cost you a couple of hundred pounds at most.

5) Get the painters in 


And finally – just to finish on a slightly lighter note - is something that isn’t safety critical, but is still important if you want your home to be the envy of all who enter (and who doesn’t want that?).

Most of us have at least one room in the house which we would like to redecorate but never seem to get around to. What’s more, when you do finally set aside some time to get the paintbrush out, you’ll usually find that there’s more to painting a room than first meets the eye. Skirting boards, ceilings, and all those little nooks and corners you never usually think about it will probably take a lot more time than you had expected and, unless you’re an expert, you’ll also have to learn to put up with occasionally leaving some paint where it’s not wanted!

Perhaps just as much as with the aforementioned jobs, repainting is something where it is always wisest to ‘get someone in’. There is little more frustrating activities than spending hours of your precious free time on decorating, only to find that the work you’ve done doesn’t come up to the standard or has left a mess. Err on the safe side – contact professionals like Handywork Solutions to do all the work for you at an affordable price.

As you can see, there may be more to get done at home next year than you’d thought. So, what are you waiting for? Get in touch with your nearest local handyman today and get some of those pesky jobs booked in!

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New Men’s Sheds space opened by Alex Salmond

Created: 12/12/2016

The innovative Men’s Sheds movement is gaining momentum across the UK, and its success has just been highlighted by Scotland’s former First Minister.

Men’s Sheds is a unique project which provides men in communities around the length and breadth of the country with a place where they can get together to work on personal or collaborative DIY projects – whether they be woodwork, metalwork, electrical repairs or almost anything else - whilst enjoying the company of other likeminded individuals.

There are already over 350 Men’s Sheds in operation today, with more than 80 further facilities currently in development. The organisation’s website estimates that approximately 7,000 UK men are taking advantage of the tools, space and opportunities for forming friendships that the sheds provide.

The newest shed was opened on Friday 9 December by the previous head of the Scottish government and the current MP for the constituency of Gordon in Aberdeenshire, Alex Salmond. The facility, in the town of Inverurie, was allowed to be established through a funding pledge of £20,000 from the Postcode Lottery and National Lottery, and Salmond was full of praise for the building and the project as a whole.

Speaking to the Aberdeen Press and Journal, Salmond said: ‘The Men’s Shed movement is an important part of our vibrant, diverse and inclusive communities and plays a part in making the world a less lonely place for our elderly and vulnerable neighbours’. The MP, who confessed that he is not ‘handy’ at all, also jokingly added that ‘this facility is top notch; I don’t know what half the machines are!’

Anyone who has needed to make use of affordable handyman services in London will know that practical skills do not come naturally to everyone, and that it is usually best to leave most tricky tasks to the professionals! However, if you are a dab hand at any DIY jobs and fancy meeting some new people, why not find out where your nearest Men’s Shed is and pay them a visit?

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Apprentice carpenter wins WorldSkills Gold

Created: 06/12/2016

A 20-year-old apprentice carpenter and joiner has showcased his talents for his chosen career by winning Gold at the prestigious WorldSkills competition in Birmingham.

William Campbell, who hails from the village of Donaghcloney in Northern Ireland, came out on top of a field of 500 of his fellow apprentices at the NEC in Birmingham, where he was given the task of assembling a geometrical roof over three days.

Campbell is a student at the South Eastern Regional College (SERC), which also enjoyed other success at the recent WorldSkills event, winning a total of three golds and one silver medal to finish fourth in the overall leaderboard of participating colleges and training providers.

Over 90,000 spectators flocked to the NEC to see the aspiring professionals in action, which only served to increase the pressure on those hoping to prove their abilities. William was not intimidated by the close scrutiny of the judges and audience, however, with his mentor and tutor Rodney McKee noting in this Banbridge Leader article that the youngster had ‘worked very hard preparing for the competition’.

McKee went on to say that Campbell should be ‘very proud’ of his achievements, and that his efforts ‘illustrate how rewarding and exciting a career in carpentry can be’.

The WorldSkills competitions, with regional and national heats taking place globally ahead of the main biennial event, illustrate how offering affordable handyman services or expertise in other trades is a great career option for any young people who are unsure of which career path to follow.

William Greer, the Head of Training at SERC, said that ‘our young people are more ambitious now than ever’, echoing the thoughts of many within practical industries who believe that the recent growth in UK apprenticeships could herald a new golden era for the skilled professions.

The apprentice Campbell has already found employment in his chosen trade and, as his mentor said, will doubtless ‘continue to develop his skills within the industry and have a very successful career’.

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How to keep your home warm this winter

Created: 29/11/2016

We are firmly into winter, or at least it feels like it. The cold weather has crept up on us, bringing with it heavy downpours and gale-force winds. 

Keep your home warm this winter

There are a few easy things you can do to warm up your home, like a new coat of paint to seal your walls, insulation wrap for your windows, or portable, hand-crafted draught excluders for your door frames.

But after a day out in the rain working, or just after your walk back from work, you want to be able to come home to a warm and comfortable house. Now, thanks to our helpful advice, you can ensure that your home is as toasty as it can be.

Big curtains

Uncovered windows can let out 40 per cent of heat from your home. So put up heavy, thick curtains that are long enough to have excess material hanging below the window, or onto the floor.

Big curtains keep your home warm

You can even opt for curtains with a thermal lining, they are relatively cheap for the benefits that you get.

Don’t think that curtains are exclusive to windows either, you can pin up a curtain or even a rug to cover your doors to the outside to help stop a draft coming from the door.

Maintain your heaters

It is recommended that you have your heating serviced at least once every two years, so you should call in a professional local handyman, who will ensure they keep running efficiently. Or alternatively, you can ask them to install new radiators.

Cleaning the likes of your radiators will also help in the meantime.

Loft insulation

Energy Saving Trust say you can be wasting as much as £140 on heating, as the heat generated from your home escapes out through your roof. Costs in gas and electricity will be reduced, while you will have a cooler home in summer but a warmer home in the winter.

You may have read our recent post on how to winter proof your roof, but you can go one step further with loft insulation to ensure a warm and dry home.

Loft insulation

Some houses release up to a half of heat generated through a roof without adequate insulation.


It might be a surprise, but by simply putting up a shelf above a radiator can help to channel the warmth created.

Avoid covering a radiator with curtains, or rugs, if you have followed the advice to install thicker curtains. You could end up trapping the heat behind it, allowing it to escape out through the window rather than warm up your home.

Remember not to place anything on your radiators though, due to fire risks.

Filling the gap

While half of all heat loss from your home is through your roof, a further one third can escape from uninsulated walls. Heat flows from a warm area, like your home, to the cold area outside, so walls are a quick escape route for heat. 

Insulate your walls

If your house was built after the 1990s it is likely to have wall insulation, but any that date back beyond that could be completely without.

In the process, insulation is blown into the wall cavity from the outside of your property. Holes are drilled from outside, allowing a variety of materials to be pumped into the cavity. The most common types of insulation are mineral wool, polystyrene beads or foam. When the cavities are filled, the holes are then repaired with materials that match your house’s exterior facade.

By just insulating your walls, you can save yourself in excess of £160 a year on heating bills.


Installing a new boiler can be a daunting thought for a home owner, but it is something that comes with a large number of benefits. 

Install a new boiler

We wrote about the rising cost of moving house in September and found that there were a number of things you can spend the money on to improve your home rather than move. One of them, was improving your central heating.

New boilers provide more efficient accessibility to hot water, while taking up much less space than old ones. New ones are also 90% more efficient than older models.

But the best thing? New and improved central heating can add £5,000 to the value of your property, after spending about £1,000-£3,000 on one.

Upgrade your heating system

If you have a boiler that does its job, and your radiators warm the house, then you are more than halfway there. If you have sealed the drafts, installed a bit more insulation, you are doing even better. The last key to making sure your home is winter ready is to ensure your thermostat is up to the task of maintaining the system. 

Upgrade your heating system

If you have an outdated thermostat – one that's not used to accurately regulating the internal temperature – your heating system may turn on every five to 10 minutes because it cannot keep an accurate temperature.

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Winter proof your roof

Created: 24/11/2016

When the dark winter months roll around, they bring the inevitable bad weather with them.

Snow, ice, heavy rain, intense winds and storms are all going to begin battering your roof, and it is now when you need your roof to be winter ready. 

Heavy rain

Clear out the debris

Your gutters are probably full of the leaves that have fallen during autumn, so it is worth getting out and clearing your gutters and any drainpipes around your house. 

Blocked gutters#

Should your guttering become blocked, they can easily break and cause a serious leak. Wait for the trees to shed their leaves, then go out and make sure you clear as much of the trapped debris as possible.

Check up on it

Just because you have a quick look over your home one Sunday afternoon doesn’t mean that you are covered. Keep checking up on your roof, especially after any intense weather.

Trees and anything overhanging

Almost every year you hear nightmare stories of large trees or branches crashing through someone’s roof after a bad storm.

This isn’t to say you should get rid of the tree entirely, often they are a statement of your property, but before winter you should start checking any overhanging branches. If any seem broken, lose or even rotten then you should look at getting it cut back.

Overhanging trees and branches

Call in an expert

If you find a problem, no matter how small, you should call in an expert. With the weather only expected to deteriorate in the capital in the coming weeks, it would be worth finding yourself a handyman service in London.

Watch for damp

You should always be on the lookout for any damp patches. If you have damp patches it could mean a problem with your guttering, either it is clogged or broken, or that you have a leak.

A leak in your roof in poor weather can quickly become a serious problem. Check the flashing, which is used around roof vents, pipes, skylights and chimneys. Loose or torn flashing is one of the leading causes of leaks, and can be caused by high winds or heavy rain.


When the temperature drops, you will probably need to put the heating on, but if you don’t have good insulation and ventilation in your attic you could be facing a hefty bill. 

Roof vent

Put in a vent around the ridges or gables of your roof, these will stop condensation, which could develop into rot or mould.

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Brits spend £36k on decorating in their lifetime

Created: 09/11/2016

Redecorating the home is something that we Brits take very seriously, as a new study has revealed that as a nation, we spend on average £36,000 on redecorating over our lifetimes. 


The study, conducted by Anglian Home Improvements, found that we will redecorate 36 times, which is an average of £1,000 on each redecoration, with the average time for an improvement taking 18 days.

According to the survey, bathrooms and living rooms are top of the list for rooms in need of a makeover with 33% of respondents putting them ahead of the kitchen (32%) and their master bedroom (25%).

For those of you who do not have 18 days to spare, the best option is to use a local handyman service to help do the work.

At Handywork Solutions, we have put together a list of redecorating projects that you can get your handyman in to do.

Wood flooring

A lot of people overlook wooden flooring, but there are a lot of benefits to it. Wood floors are much easier to clean than carpets; spilling a glass of wine or muddy paw-prints on carpet is a disaster, but you simply need to brush or whip down the wooden flooring.

Get a handyman to put in some wooden flooring

They are also much more hygienic as unlike carpet it doesn’t catch dust mites, fleas, dust or dirt, which can all play havoc with anyone suffering from allergies.


Possibly the most popular redecorating project, painting is actually a deceivingly difficult project and can actually be a much bigger task than you had bargained for. 

Painting is a popular decorating project

Painting both the interior and exterior of your home can add value to your home, it will give it a fresh look and brighten the rooms.

It will also promote your indoor air quality, which is a great health benefit while keeping dust and dirt at bay.

New bath, sink, taps and toilets

For any kind of plumbing maintenance or installation, the team at Handyworks Solutions are here for you.

New toilets don’t just make your bathroom more welcoming, but are actually much better for the environment, with many new models reducing water usage.

Install a new bathroom

The bathroom is a very personal space, for yourself and for your guests. A new bath with free-flowing hot and cold water is a real comfort, buying a new one gives you the chance to make this space your own with a tub to match your needs or taste. 

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