Archive | August 2012

Spring cleaning help from Hire a Hubby

Spring is just around the corner and the daunting spring clean is looming in the distance. Many people simply declutter and clean the home but here at Hire a Hubby we can help you go the extra mile and make your home shine inside and out.

This week our Hubbies have a list of jobs that are often left out of the average spring clean but make a huge difference to your home.

 

1.    Maintenance

Once the house is sparkling clean, it’s important to make sure everything is in working order. If your home needs a little repairing in places, our Hubbies can help you out.

Our services include carpentry, gyprock repairs, doors & locks, repairs & maintenance, landscaping, fencing and more. Don’t wait any longer – replace that broken fly screen, patch up the small holes and nicks in the wall or consider regrouting any old tiled areas.

 

2.    Outdoor Cleaning

Outdoor surfaces can quickly lose their looks as they get mouldy or dirty. High pressure cleaning is a great way to remove stains, dirt and mould from outdoor surfaces, doors, windows and more. It’s the perfect finishing touch to any spring clean to make everything look brand new again.

 

3.     Renovations and makeovers

Why not get that dream kitchen or bigger bathroom you want? Whether you just want to freshen up what you’ve already got or start with something completely new, our Hubbies can help improve the quality and value of your home.

 

4.     Painting

Most homeowners discover that DIY painting is difficult and the end result is almost always noticeably inferior to a professional job. Whether you simply need help painting a feature wall or painting the whole interior or exterior of the home, our Hubbies are able to provide the service you need. Fixing a DIY paint job is often harder and more expensive than getting it done professionally in the first place so why waste your hard earned time and money?

 

5.      Fire Safety

As the weather warms up it’s important to ensure your home isn’t a fire risk. Get our Hubbies to replace your smoke alarm batteries or ask them about a gutter cleaning service to remove clogged debris and prevent overspill. They can even install gutter guards to ensure leaves and debris don’t become lodged in the gutters in the first place.

Our Hubbies can also assist your spring clean by mowing lawns and doing garden maintenance or they can build the kids a great cubby house in the backyard.

Give Hire a Hubby a call for an obligation free quote on 1800 803 339 or visit our website www.hireahubby.com.au.

Home fencing

After your house, the fence is the first thing people see from the street and with spring fast approaching it might be time to fix up what might resemble that chicken pen you call a fence!

The fence around your home provides security, noise protection and it will help contain any pets safely inside your yard.

This week our Hubbies have put together a few great tips to help you decide what type of fence matches your needs.

Function

Function is the first consideration when deciding on a fence. What is the purpose of your fence? If you’re looking for longevity and little maintenance, steer away from products like timber that will need painting or wrought iron that may rust over time. If you live near a highway, you may want to think of a heavy fence with height. The general rule with noise is the bigger and thicker the better.

Design

Ideally a fence will have aesthetic appeal as well as function. Is your fence purely functional or do you want it to make a statement? If your home is modern, keep lines and finishes simple. Renders, aluminium and glass are great options. If your home is a classic style you may want to look at brick, timber or iron.

 

Installation

Have you ever installed a fence? It’s not simple. When it comes to installing, it might be best to leave it to a professional if you have little experience and aren’t sure what you’re doing. Measurements, levelling, setting posts are all things to consider as well as pipes and wires underground.

 

If DIY is not your strong suit give Hire a Hubby a call for an obligation free quote on 1800 803 339 or visit the website www.hireahubby.com.au.

Hire A Hubby offers helping hand

Our ‘Hubbies’ help residents and businesses with property maintenance jobs, but as business owners they are also have a greater role in the community.

Just recently, our Hubby from Hopper’s Crossing, Grant Carr, received a state award for his commitment to giving local job seekers a fair go.

Grant received the CRS Australia Victoria and Tasmania ‘Small Employer’ award at an awards night at Etihad Stadium attended by Senator Kim Carr (image below).

The awards night recognised employers giving sustainable employment opportunities to Australians with a disability, injury or health condition through Commonwealth Recruitment Services (CRS) Australia.

Here’s what Grant had to say: “I didn’t expect this award at all but I’m delighted.”

“I’m grateful to be in a position where I can offer people employment and it’s rewarding working with a team and learning more about how to get the best out of each other.

“They aren’t just there to work, they value the employment. It’s about spending time with them properly, training them and working out what their strengths and weaknesses are to work better as a team, just like any good workplace.”

Congratulations Grant! You’re an inspiration to other small employers.

 

Should I DIY or should I call a professional?

There’s nothing like the achievement of finishing a home renovation job, but sometimes it’s not as simple as you might first think. This week our Hubbies run you through a few considerations when deciding between DIY or getting the experts in.

Project Time

Do you have the time to see the project through to completion? One of the biggest barriers to entry for home owners renovating their properties themselves is the lack of time to commit to it. A job that goes longer than expected may also mean you’re losing money. Professionals always work to a specified deadline. Always estimate for extra time if you’re doing it by yourself.

 

Unexpected Costs

Have you taken into consideration your personal ability? Quite often DIYers will take on more work than they are capable of and this can increase the cost of the project. The cost to fix a job that’s gone wrong may be more than the cost of hiring a professional to start with. You may even decrease the value of your home by not doing the job properly.

DIY Disaster

Home renovations and repair work aren’t to be taken lightly. The worst way a DIY job can end is with someone getting injured. Often dangerous equipment is used and there are a number of risks involved. The more experience you have, the less risk is involved as you can foresee problems which may arise. If you’re not skilled or experienced enough don’t hesitate to call someone who is.

If you’re not comfortable with a property maintenance job or a home renovation project call Hire A Hubby for a free quote on 1800 803 339 or visit www.hireahubby.com.au.