Archive | January 2013

Storm Safety Checklist

As dumping rain from ex-cyclone Oswald continues through New South Wales after causing widespread destruction in Queensland over the weekend, we thought it would be a good time to remind you of what you can do around the home to ensure you’re minimising the risk of a disaster event damaging your property.

Identify dangers

The easiest thing you can do yourself as a home owner is locating loose objects in the backyard such as outdoor furniture and toys that may be a danger during strong winds or flash flooding. A secure shed or garage is a perfect spot for storing these items.

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Repairs and maintenance

Broken roof materials, blocked gutters and downpipes are other causes of damage from storms. Ask your local Hire A Hubby to come ensure your roof and gutters are in good condition, clear of leaves and rubbish to avoid blocked drains, overflowing and backyard flooding.

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Trees and branches

Large, loose branches and overhanging trees near your home are a potential hazard when a storm strikes. It is vital that you ensure surrounding trees are kept in a safe condition, so ask your local Hire A Hubby for a free quote on backyard maintenance before it’s too late!

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For further information about preparing for severe weather events, call Hire A Hubby on 1800 803 339 or visit www.hireahubby.com.au. The best time do something is now!

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Preparing for Australia Day

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Australia Day is this Saturday, which means households across the nation will be hosting BBQs and spending the day lounging around decks and backyard pools. This week our Hubbies are giving you some tips on how to make the most of the space around your house to host the best Aussie Day bash yet.

Balcony

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If you don’t regularly use your deck, balcony or veranda and it’s in desperate need of some attention, it would be a good idea to get your local Hire A Hubby to come over and fix up a few things. It’s surprising what a coat of oil, or repainting and replacing broken railings can do for the overall look of the area.


Backyard

There’s bound to be a game of backyard cricket at some stage throughout the day, so If your lawn or garden is looking a bit unruly, ask your local Hire A Hubby to come out and tidy it up for you.

Create a ‘you beaut’ garden atmosphere by placing pot plants around the perimeter of your backyard and seating facing inwards to create intimacy.

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No Pool? No worries!

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Remember to plan for a hot day by ensuring you’ve got adequate shade. Try to use the space inside your home as well as outside to not only maximise space, but to give people a chance to escape the heat. Some other old tricks are investing in a wading pool, stocking up on ice-blocks and having plenty of cold water on hand!

 

If there’s something you’d like to do around the house before Australia Day, give your local Hire A Hubby a call on 1800 803 339 for a free job quote or visit the website www.hireahubby.com.au for further ideas.

Living clutter-free

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Garages store all different kinds of things; primarily a car. We all know how easy it is for them to collect clutter like bikes, petrol cans, tools, lawn mowers, sporting equipment, boxes and old newspapers.

Here are some handy tips from our Hubbies to keep it organised and clutter-free:

Utilise the walls and ceiling

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Most of the clutter in a garage accumulates on the floor, so aim to make use of the space on the walls and ceiling. Ask your local Hubby to come over and give you a quote to install some wall shelves and ceiling hooks. These are great for storing a variety of items that would otherwise remain on the floor.

 

Keep your tools in one place

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Avoid your tools finding every corner of the garage. Have you ever gone to find a tool and it wasn’t there? Keep them all in one place with this handy storage unit from Bunnings. It’s easy to access and perfect for the home handyman.

If you don’t need it, sell it

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If you’re going through your garage to clean it up, you might as well consider giving away things you don’t use or need. Hold a garage sale to dispose of unwanted items and get a bit of money in return.

These simple tips will help to create more space in your garage heading into 2013. If you need help with storage ideas or you’re planning something bigger, contact your local Hire A Hubby on 1800 803 339 or visit the website www.hireahubby.com.au.

Hire A Hubby’s New Year ‘renovations’

Start 2013 with a bang by getting onto those home improvement projects you decided you couldn’t do last year. Whatever your budget, there are plenty of ways you can get your house looking and feeling new again.

To get you started, our Hubbies are giving you some fresh ideas for around the home before the year gets away from you.

Fresh coat of paint
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To start off the New Year, why not give your home a fresh coat of paint inside and out? Ask your local Hubby to come over and give you a quote on all the areas around the home that need refreshing. He can give you the best advice on colour schemes in areas such as the living room, kitchen, bathroom and bedroom.

 

Renew the fence

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Are you guilty of neglecting your fence? While a fence can give your home character, it also protects your property, so make it your resolution this year to repair, replace or renew your property’s boundary. If buying a new fence, consider noise pollution and neighbouring properties.

 

Install a patio

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Do you cross your fingers and hope that it won’t rain every time you plan a barbecue? If so, maybe it’s time you got your local Hubby to build a covered patio for you. This is a great way to not only be able to enjoy your outdoor area more often, but it will add value to your property in the long term.

If you are on a tight budget here are some ways your house can still be restored without emptying the wallet.

 

Fill the cracks and rid the creaks

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Get cracking this New Year and touch up minor wall cracks and creaking doors that remind you of a horror movie. These aren’t a threat to your home’s structure but they will impact your properties sale potential when you’re looking to sell.

If you’ve discovered cracks and creaks and don’t have the skills or the time to fix them up, give your local Hubby a call for some assistance.

 

Revive the Kitchen (without the overhaul)

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Kitchens and bathrooms don’t need brand new countertops to look fresh and state-of-the-art. Instead, new drawer handles are all you need. You can find a range of options at your local home improvement store – ask your Hubby if you need a hand. And, as far as the installation goes, if you can handle a screwdriver you can tackle the work yourself. If this isn’t the case for you, give your local Hubby a call for a hand.

Tackling these jobs early in the year will guarantee a long time before you worry about your house again.

If you find any of these ideas interesting and would like further information or an obligation free quote, call your local Hubby on 1800 803 339 or visit the site at www.hireahubby.com.au.