5 tips to prepare your backyard for the summer season

Our research shows outdoor maintenance is the most uncompleted job around the home, with around one-fifth of home owners neglecting year-round jobs like tidying unruly backyards, fixing damaged fencing, cleaning gutters and spraying weeds.

With summer just around the corner bringing fire and storm risk – and NSW already experiencing the full effect of a wild weather event – this week we’d like to give you five tips to prepare your home ready for summer and all that it brings.



Clear dry leaves and debris from gutters, and install metal leaf guards if you’re in an area at high risk of bushfire. Gutters blocked by debris can also cause overflowing water to run down the inside of your walls, causing serious damage.


Lawn maintenance

It’s the simplest thing to do, but people often neglect it. Keep your lawn short and remove any build-up of materials like dry leaves or dead branches that are flammable or can cause damage to your home in strong winds.


Secure loose items

Keep timber, woodpiles and any flammable materials such as petrol away from the house, covered and secure. Also ensure damaged structures such as fencing are fixed and secure.

If a storm is approaching, ensure all outdoor settings such as table and chairs, clothes line and pot plants are all secure.


Backyard drainage

If your backyard is prone to flooding in heavy rainfall, you may need to build water trenches or install a long term drainage solution. These options prevent flash flooding and soil erosion. Speak with your local ‘Hubby’ about the best approach for your backyard.


Nearest access to water

For those in areas at risk of fires, consider your nearest water access point and ensure you have a long enough hose to reach all sides of your house.

It’s better to be safe than sorry! If you don’t have the time or skills to prepare your home for the summer season, give your local Hire A Hubby a call on 1800 803 339 or visit the website www.hireahubby.com.au.

Choosing doors that are stylish and secure

With summer fast approaching, you may be thinking about how to best ‘open up’ your home with doors or windows that allow you to bring the outdoors indoors.

On top of improved air circulation, reduced energy bills by utilising natural light, and getting more out of each day they can also add a decorative touch to homes with plenty of styles and colours to choose from. However, maintaining safety is also crucial.


This week we thought we’d cover a few things to consider in making the right choice.

Security a priority

Household burglary is one of the most common crimes in Australia and while we’re not trying to scare you, it does mean security should feature high in your decision making.

Security doors can be used in conjunction with a wooden or glass doors, providing an extra barrier against quick break-ins. Likewise security screens provide extra protection for windows around the home.

Durable performance

Australia has a fluctuating climate, so choosing a door that will withstand the test of time is important. Most doors are made from durable materials including stainless steel and hard wood but look for those with performance testing. Check testing against weatherproofing as well as attempted break-ins.

Bring the outdoors indoors

It may be the need to keep an eye on the kids in the backyard, or simply a desire to keep a spatial connection with the outdoors, but choosing windows and doors that bring the weather and ventilation from outside indoors is a great way to make the most of your home and locality.

Here are just a few of the latest options for your home.

Bi-fold door:


French door:


Patio door:


For help on choosing doors that suit your desires and your home, give your local Hire A Hubby a call on 1800 803 339 or visit the website www.hireahubby.com.au.

Safety is no accident!

October is National Safe Work Australia month and it’s all about eliminating hazards and preventing injuries that stem from unsafe practices in the workplace.

This year’s theme is: Safety is a frame of mind. Get the picture.


Figures from the National Injury Surveillance Unit show 25,000 Australians are hospitalised due to DIY-related injuring including ladder falls, nail gun injuries, and accidents from lawn mowers and power tools.

We’re all about safety at Hire A Hubby, so here are a few things you can do to make sure ‘do-it-yourself’ doesn’t become ‘damage-yourself’.

1.     Always wear protective gear.

Always consider the personal protective equipment (PPE) you wear when DIYing. The list below shows some staple pieces in every DIY arsenal and what they’re used for.

  • Gloves – handling heavy, sharp or prickly objects (carpentry, gardening)
  • Safety goggles – protection from flying debris and toxic fumes (sawing, varnishing)
  • Ear plugs – protection from loud power tools (drilling, sawing, mowing)
  • Coveralls/protective clothing – barrier for chemical agents (bleaching, painting)

2.     Be careful with power tools.

Accidents happen even to seasoned DIYers. Always take precaution when using electrical equipment and make sure there are no safety faults.

3.     Know your limits.

Don’t take on jobs that are out of your league. The worst way to finish a DIY project is with an injury. Also, paying a professional to fix a botched project is more expensive that engaging one from the start.

4.     Bring in the pros.

State-of-the-art tools can be bought at any hardware store but you can’t buy experience. Use professionals when expertise is required.

For more information or advice about your home DIY project, give your local Hire A Hubby a call on 1800 803 339 or visit the website www.hireahubby.com.au.

Spring life back into your outdoor furniture

Is the furniture on your patio or deck looking a little old? After being exposed to the elements throughout the year, it’s easy to see why outdoor furniture can start to look at a little worse for wear.

The good news is it only takes a little bit of elbow grease – and maybe other oils and paints – to restore its rustic charm, so this week we thought we’d give you a step-by-step guide on how to spring your outdoor wooden furniture back to life.


Outdoor furniture has an uncanny knack of gathering dust, dirt, leaves and cobwebs, so the first step is to give it a good clean before you get to work on restoring it. Use a brush or broom to give it a good scrub, and then give it a good hose down.



Flaking and peeling paint is a telltale sign of weathered furniture. It also seals in moisture causing the wood to rot. The next step in restoring timber furniture is stripping it down to its natural wood.


The next step involved removing rough surfaces by sanding down the piece, going with the grain of the wood. The effort put into this stage affects the overall result and it will be made easier if a good job has been done with the stripping.



The furniture may now look like it’s been robbed of all colour but a stain will quickly remedy this. Apply the stain with a rag or a brush and leave time for it to penetrate through the wood (the longer it is left on, the darker it will be). Wipe off any excess stain with a clean rag and allow it to dry.



Finishes are the final protective layer for your furniture piece. There are plenty of options to choose from with different application methods but varnishes are generally popular because of its durability and high-gloss shine. Whichever you choose, follow the instructions on the packaging to finish with a flourish.



For more information on working with wood, give your local Hire A Hubby a call on 1800 803 339 or visit the website www.hireahubby.com.au.

Remove winter gunk with a spring pressure clean

Has mould, grime, grease or algae built up around your home during the cooler months? Driveways, eaves, windows, patios and decks are hot property for winter gunk, and it only becomes more noticeable as the weather improves.

Unlike in years past when a hose and scrubbing brush meant cleaning the home exterior was a multiple-weekend job, pressure cleaning makes removing exterior gunk relatively simple – and you guessed it, spring is the perfect time to do it.

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High pressure cleaning combines air and water and sometimes cleaning chemicals to quickly blast surfaces clean. It’s an effective way to clean large surface areas without using excessive water and cleaning agents and through periodic cleaning you can prevent long-term depreciation to your home.

Here are some of our tips for spring pressure cleaning:

High and low pressure

Ensure you’re using the right machine with the right pressure output for the surface you’re cleaning. For example, washing the outside of your house only requires low pressure cleaning as it’s less abrasive and won’t remove paint. Likewise, timber decks can be damaged if the pressure is too high.

Safety first

Always wear protective equipment for property maintenance. When using any pressure cleaner – low or high – goggles and enclosed footwear should be worn and the nozzle should never be directed at any part of the body.

Call the experts

Know your limits and consult a professional if the job is beyond your skill level. High pressure cleaning for heavy duty tasks such as cleaning concrete, the driveway or roofs should really be left to the experts. Professionals consider different attachments, pressure settings, the use of hot or cold water, and whether or not chemicals should be used.


Seal of approval

A relevant sealer such as paint or decking oil will prevent the need for regular cleaning and make cleaning next time much easier. However, ensure the surface has dried before application.

For more information on pressure cleaning an area around your home, visit www.hireahubby.com.au or call your local ‘Hubby’ on 1800 803 339.

Tim is this year’s top ‘Hubby’

Big congratulations to Tim Spreadborough from Hire A Hubby Wynnum, who is our new ‘top Hubby’ after winning the ‘National Franchisee of the Year’ title at our national convention in Melbourne recently.

Tim not only achieved excellent business performance over the past year, including reaching almost $500,000 turnover, but also contributed immensely to improving the Hire A Hubby network and helping out fellow ‘Hubbies’, a trait we hold in high regard in our business.

Here’s a photo of Tim and his wife Julie receiving the award from our CEO Brendan Green and our ambassador Scott Cam.


“Winning this award is a huge pat on the back and I thank everyone for their support – from the Queensland and National Support Office through to my fellow Queensland franchisees,” Tim says.

“We are a unified team at Hire A Hubby, always looking to help each other out, and that’s why I’ve enjoyed being part of the network for so many years. On top of that, I’m doing work I love while enjoying a balanced lifestyle.”

Congratulations Tim!

Giving a new life to the Kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of many Australian homes. After all, it is where families spend a lot of time together. However, when was the last time you really looked at the space? Are appliances dominating the bench tops and taking up cupboard space? Are your lights boring, and is your kitchen starting to show its age?

This week we’d like to share a few simple tips on how to spruce up your kitchen.

Make the most of existing space

Installing a pull-out shelf with a gliding draw in base cabinets can make it much easier to access hard-to-reach items. Most of the time these will need to be custom built and, while it may appear to be a simple job, detailed carpentry work is required to execute it properly.

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Light up the space

Strategically placed, funky lighting could be the missing element to your kitchen. Consider the type of lighting required for preparing food – such as beaming white light for chopping – and how you could feature bench tops or the kitchen sink with cool lighting displays. Always call the experts when working with electricity.

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Show off your crockery

If you’ve got quirky and interesting plates and mugs, why not make them a kitchen feature? A plate rack is a very modern way of adding colour and vibrancy to your kitchen. It’s also a simple way to store regularly used items. Again, positioning, style and colour is key to it working well.


For expert advice on revitalising your kitchen please contact your local ‘Hubby’ on 1800 803 339 or visit the website www.hireahubby.com.au.

Do share your kitchen face-lift stories (and nightmares) with us, too.