19Oct/160

Knowing when a professional plumber is required

It may seem like a good idea to carry out plumbing work yourself; after all, how hard can it be? Over the years, many people have convinced themselves that DIY plumbing is a good idea with the intention of saving money. Many people have also regretted making this decision. Do not forget that it is possible to make a situation worse if you are unsure about what you are doing.

We are not saying that you should never attempt plumbing jobs; there are many small tasks that you may well be able to successfully complete. The trick is to know your limitations and to call a professional plumber in Sydney when you need to.

What type of plumbing jobs should you attempt?

As we said, there are some smaller plumbing jobs that can quite easily be done by an amateur, although you still need to plan the work if you attempt them. You should never just jump headlong into any plumbing job. Jobs that you may want to consider tackling yourself include fixing a dripping tap or unblocking a toilet.

It’s important to note that even this type of simple looking job can turn out to be more complicated than you think it’s going to be. If you encounter problems it’s worth calling in a professional rather than causing further issues by carrying on yourself.

When hiring a professional plumber is a good idea

The most obvious time when speaking to a professional plumber is the best plan is when you have a plumbing emergency. You can switch off the water supply yourself, in order to reduce damage caused, but you should speak to the experts about fixing the problem. It’s also a good idea to speak to a professional plumber about big plumbing jobs in your home. Jobs that could be considered big include plumbing in toilets or showers, or laying new pipework.

Many of us like to think that we can try our hand at plumbing in order to save the expense of calling a plumber. This does not mean that DIY plumbing is a good idea. Professional plumbers are called that for good reason. They are trained and insured and they have plenty of experience. They are able to complete plumbing jobs in your home effectively and efficiently.

If you are tempted to do some DIY plumbing in your home, you need to be honest with yourself about whether you feel you are capable of doing a good job. You may try and convince yourself that it’s worth doing the work yourself in order to save money.

The truth is that if you do not really know what you are doing you could end up costing yourself more money in the long run. If a dripping tap is really annoying you or the toilet in your home is blocked then it’s probably worth trying to resolve the problem yourself, but it’s a good idea to steer clear of more complicated plumbing jobs.

3Oct/160

Home Renovations Are a Sign of the Times

Having just come through a major recession, many homeowners are reluctant to sell and move on to a bigger home even if needed because the economy is still in a bit of flux. Some have concerns over the outcome of Brexit and others aren’t convinced yet that the UK is on solid ground after so many years of economic turmoil. Rather than seek larger homes, many homeowners are instead doing major renovations to the homes they have because they are comfortable in their current location and comfort is something that doesn’t come easily. Here are a few ways in which home renovations are, indeed, a sign of the times.

Less Clutter – More Space

One of the renovations that homeowners are undergoing is a trend towards creating a great room by combining two or more rooms. Yes, some interior walls need to come down but the effect is stunning. With the kitchen and dining room and maybe even the family room all put together into one Great Room it is then possible to seek out contemporary furniture created especially for wide open floor plans.

You can get an idea of exactly what’s trending by doing a bit of browsing online where you’ll find multiple pictures of open floor plans. Then move on to possible furnishings at sites like danetti.com to get an idea of what works in a great room. You’ll see that one room blends easily to the next with furniture that flows with the movement of the room. From the living area to the dining area to the kitchen is one fluid line that simply ‘moves’ with the function of the area.

Adding Space Is the Next Step in Today’s Renovations

Since the idea is to rid the home of clutter it is apparent that more space is needed. The next step is to find that space within the structure that is already there or to add on as needed. Loft conversions suit contemporary design quite well because the entire loft can be one wide open room with a multi-purpose design. Most lofts run the entire length of the home which lends itself well to the concept of a wide open room and with light colours and a few skylights, the room can take on a character of its own.

If you’ve omitted the family room to merge that space into the great room, the loft would be the ideal place to ‘move’ the family to recreational purposes. A games room and entertainment room can be combined in such a large space, none of which would take away from the living space below.

It’s Well Worth the Waiting!

Since homeowners are reluctant to sell their current home for larger accommodations, it is only logical that they renovate to add the much needed space. How this is accomplished is in keeping with current trends towards bigger, airier rooms and a total change in décor is also required. Once your renovation is complete you will actually feel like you’ve moved house and all with less uncertainty than finding a new home in a new location.

You may need to live in a bit of chaos for a time whilst renovations are underway but once your ‘new’ home is complete you’ll not regret a single moment of being inconvenienced. The convenience of your new roomier home will more than make up for those few weeks of discomfort. Wait and see!