Six Things to Remember When Installing a New Fence

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Fences are your home’s first line of defense, in a way that they establish the boundaries of your living space. If your house doesn’t come with a fence, you might want to consider building one. There are different ways to approach the process, but one thing is for sure: it’s going to require hard work and a lot of patience to pull it off. When in doubt, you may choose to contact a reliable handyman such as Sacramento Handyman, but if you’re determined to take on a DIY approach, best to read up on dos and don’ts.

Listed below are a few things to consider when building a fence around your home.

  1. Priorities, priorities, priorities. Ask yourself why you need a fence, to begin with. Is it for aesthetic purposes only? Planning to keep your pets from escaping the house? A moment of self-reflection is needed to avoid unwanted expenses in the long run. Manage your expectations and create a game plan. 
  1. Be wary of the rules. Does your local building department allow fences that stand ten feet high? Is it okay to use fences made of marble? If you don’t know the answers to these questions, now is the time to research. Contact your building officials for any fencing regulations that might come into play. The last thing you’d want to happen is to break the law. 

Gustavo Zambelli

  1. Select the material wisely. Don’t just settle on anything cheap. Wood might sound less expensive, but if you live somewhere with an unpredictable climate, it might cost you in the long run. When deciding on the material, consider the location as well as the function of the fence. Steel is ideal for decorative purposes, while vinyl fences are more suited to enhancing the privacy of your home. When in doubt, drive around your neighborhood to see which material most of your neighbors rely on. And speaking of neighbors… 
  1. Be considerate to the people living next to you. No man is an island, and when you live in an area with hundreds of people, building a fence will not go unnoticed. Because of this, be a good neighbor and inform anyone near you about your intention. One thing to consider is where the new fence will be installed. This way, you avoid possible disputes with regards to your neighbor’s property. 
  1. When all else fails, hire professionals. You will be amazed as to how fast and easy it is to call a handyman. Services like Sacramento Handyman, for example, will do all the work for you, right from the measurements up to the installation itself. Request for an estimate before deciding whether or not you should proceed. It’s worth noting that there is always a huge chance you will be immensely satisfied with the results. 
  1. Go crazy with the decorations. As soon as you have that new fence installed, you are free to design it however you please. Of course, you will never go wrong with putting plants on the base of the fence. It’s sure to add some much-desired green to your home.

How To Make Your Move Stress Free

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Moving house can be one of the most stressful things you do in your life. There are so many different things you need to remember, so much you need to pack and if you’ve got kids, you have got to think about what you are going to do with them while you do the big move.

I’ve moved three times in my life – out of my parents into the first house Steve and I lived in, back out of there into my parents when our landlady had to unexpectedly move back in and then out of my parents again into the house we are in now.

The last two were by far the most stressful. The one back into my parents was when I was six months pregnant with Jack so I couldn’t do much and felt utterly useless. The move into the house we are in now was also fairly stressful as Jack was exactly a month old so someone had to remain with him at all times. I remember him sitting in his little bouncing chair in the middle of living room whilst we moved boxes in around him.

 Flo Pappert

Here are some top tips to make your house move as stress free as possible.

Pack Early

Start packing long before you actually move so you aren’t rushing it all in the final few days leading up to the move. Pack the stuff that barely gets used first and then make your way down the list until, finally, everything is packed.

Put All Your Important Documents Away Safely

It is easy to lose things in a move and the things you definitely don’t want to lose are important documents like birth certificates, insurance papers and wills. Put them away safely somewhere you know they won’t get lost or ask someone to look after them until the move is complete. My mum always looks after mine until our moves are complete.

Consider Using A Company For Help

Utilising the help of a moving company might be just what you need. They are professionals and know what they’re doing in a quick and efficient manner. Some even offer an expert packing service so if you can’t get too much time off work, this may be a good idea for you and your family.

Have A Moving Day Kit

Now I don’t know about you but after a day of moving, I never want to start packing everything right away. Keep stuff like some drinks, some snacks, phone chargers, toiletries and money in a little moving day kit so they are easily accessible without unpacking loads of boxes. Use the money to grab a ready meal from the nearest shop or order a takeaway – there’s no way you are going to be willing to cook a whole meal from scratch.

Get Enough Sleep The Night Before

It might sound strange but go to bed early the night before. You will want to be as fresh and as alert as possible on the day so you can get stuff done without flagging. A good nights sleep will do you the world of good and you won’t find yourself wanting to constantly take rests and delaying the time it will take you to move. Your body will thank you for it.

Do you have any tips for making moving house as stress free an experience as possible?

Hiring A Man And A Van When Moving

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I’ve talked about this a lot recently – that we are planning on moving as soon as something pops up in our village that is just what we need. We’ve viewed a few places, put an offer or two in and unfortunately not managed to get the houses but we remain in hope. We need to stay in the village for Jack’s schooling and elderly family – whilst Steve works at the local school, he could drive there from another area if required. Something we have been talking about though is what we are going to do when we finally do move.

With Steve working a specific shift at the local school, me not driving and Jack needing picking up from school, moving won’t be altogether too easy so the plan is to give our notice at this place after we get the keys for the other and pay rents concurrently for one month. This gives us time to slowly move stuff across – living in a village, this shouldn’t be too hard – and means Steve won’t need to take any time off. Something we have also considered is a man and his van such as The Man Van. We’d be able to use their service to move some stuff from one house to the other and it wouldn’t matter if Steve was working or not as I could walk there easily. It just means I wouldn’t have to rely on him being at home to get stuff done – which is great, right?

 Erda Estremera

The Man Van offer this service for the whole London area and are speedy, efficient and affordable. You can choose a normal size van for small removals or a larger van for larger moves such as a full house or an office move. They have an 100% guarantee of safe delivery of your house or office contents and their online reviews are glowing. All something I would be looking for when looking to hire someone to help me move.

We’ve already said we won’t be using a removals company – we never have, usually using our car or hiring a van ourselves. But with our shift patterns and general life, a man in a van is a much more viable option to make our move as smooth and successful as possible. I’ve often found, upon doing some research, that a man and a van is a much more affordable option than a removals company. They can move those items you need moving from a to b without you having to worry about paying completely through the nose for it.

Moving is currently on hold until we find the perfect place but hopefully that shouldn’t be too long and some houses will pop up on the market soon. Then we can fully put our plans into action. Have you ever used a man and a van rather than other options?

How You Can Adapt Your Current Home To Your Families Needs

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If you’ve been thinking about renovations, perhaps having an extension done, then the time to do it is almost certainly now. March is looming ever so closer and since the Brexit vote, material costs have gone up by at least 20% since the Brexit vote and many, many companies haven’t yet increased their costs to reflect this. They are absorbing the costs at the expense of their own profit margins. Eventually the price wills have to go up and with us leaving the EU very soon, that could be sooner rather than later.

But why would you be looking to have such renovations done and how do you find a reputable company to do the job? There are many reasons as to why you may be looking to have an extension completed on your home and there are also many ways to find a decent reputable company. A little bit of research will often lead you to find the company that is the perfect fit for you – if you’ve been considering a loft conversion, then loft conversion company Tailored Lofts are a great option. They’ve been converting properties into homes for over ten years in North and East London and have glowing positive customer reviews.

When we outgrow our homes it can be so tempting to move house and find a bigger property but that doesn’t need to be the case, especially if you like where you live. Companies can  help you to enlarge your home so you don’t have to move and so that it can accommodate your growing family. The population of the country is fastly increasing, property prices are increasing all the time and there have been changes in taxation too. Why wouldn’t you want to reduce the cost to yourself if you had the opportunity and simply make some amendments to your existing property? Home is exactly what it says it is – home, not just a house – and we shouldn’t feel like we have to move despite making additions to our family. If you truly don’t want to leave, it makes sense to make adaptations to your home.

It is actually pretty simple to adapt your current home to suit your needs if you know what you want and have got the right company to do the work – simply discuss your needs and let the professionals get on with the job. Whether that be by having a loft conversion to make more sleeping space or whether you choose to have a conservatory to give you more living space (so everyone can have their own personal space to do their work, homework or play without getting under each others feet) you will find the right thing for you and your family.

A loft conversion can completely transform a house – it can go from a two bedroom small property to a large three or four bedroom property with a little bit of work. It can give a member or two of your family that bit of personal space that they were lacking before – why wouldn’t you want that for your family? Everybody needs their own me time, after all.

We are currently in rented accommodation but are planning to buy soon. Whilst we are going to be looking for a specific number of bedrooms, we know that if we are to add to our family again, we will need more and have already been considering extensions such as a loft conversion as an option. We know plenty of people who’ve had them done and really love them.

Have you adapted your home to accommodate your growing family? What did you have done?

Why I Choose To Hire Help Rather Than Do Odd Jobs Myself (ad)

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I don’t know about you but I haven’t got the faintest idea how to do certain things around the home. I know the basics of stuff – changing the light bulbs and that sort of thing – but certain things just seem too complicated for me and I’d much rather hire someone to come in and help me instead.

Now don’t get me wrong, sometimes it is important to get a professional in to do the job because it is something that needs a professional looking at it but sometimes it only needs me or Steve to do something to make it work. However I would much rather hire someone and this is why.

They Know What They Are Doing

Whilst those little things may only take a couple of minutes to do and save me time and money if I were to do them myself, the fact remains that I still don’t really know what I am doing and am just doing it via guess work. It makes much more sense to me to get someone to do the job properly rather than try to do it myself and make an even bigger mess.

It Helps The Economy

By hiring professionals to do the work, I am contributing to the economy. So many people choose not to hire people in order to save money and end up cutting corners and hurting the economy at the same time. We should be using our local tradesmen rather than trying to avoid using them. I’m often hiring (or calling up via my rental agency for them to hire) tradesmen such as electricians, gardeners and plumbers to help me out. We often have to call out a local plumbing service as we have a really old boiler which often needs a lot of work.

Michael Mroczek

It Saves Me Time

Some people say they sort things out around the house themselves because it saves them time and money but if I am being honest, it doesn’t save me time at all. I am a busy mum of two, I don’t have time to try and fix things that I am unsure about and I certainly don’t have time to fix them if I manage to muck it up. Steve works odd hours so I cannot rely on him to be able to sort something out so why wouldn’t I call those who are professionally trained to do so?

Do you try to sort things out yourself or do you call the professionals in?