The Best Advice For Quick Home Cleaning

If you’re anything like me, then you may feel that there’s never enough time to do all your cleaning chores. We all have schedules we need to keep to, and finding the time to keep a perfectly clean home can be extremely hard for some. If you have a similar problem, then read on. Here, I’ve listed some of the best tips for getting your cleaning done in a flash.

My first tip is to set a specific time frame for each cleaning task. Here, you should model your cleaning habits on professional cleaners. Whenever these guys take a job, they give their clients a specific time when they’ll start and when they’ll finish. I know that nothing’s really at risk if you take forever to clean, but setting yourself a time frame can be a big help. When you’ve got a looming deadline, it can be a powerful psychological tool to make you pull all the stops out. I know that cleaning sucks, but when you spread it out across several short bursts it will end up taking much longer.

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My next tip is to invest in some proper tools. If you really loathe cleaning, then your cupboard might be filled with worn-out brushes and ragged cloths. Or, you might have the opposite problem. Many people buy into gimmicky products from infomercials which are sold as a way to make cleaning easier. As you can imagine, most of these are pretty worthless! Investing in a great arsenal of home and domestic cleaning equipment can do wonders for your cleaning regime. You wouldn’t expect a professional cleaner to turn up with inadequate tools. You shouldn’t be doing this either! Avoid the zany inventions, but look into higher-quality products. Throw out that old sponge mop and buy a magic mop for faster floor cleaning. Some car detailing cloths can even be used on walls and hard floors.

Finally, remember to pick things up while you tackle your cleaning tasks. Some people feel like they put a lot of work into their cleaning, but are constantly finding patches of dirt on surfaces and in corners. This may give you the impression that your cleaning is a much longer task than it really is. If you’ve gotten used to a messy, disorganised home, then this can be very detrimental to your cleaning standards. Look around the room you’re in now. If you see a lot of documents, dishes, and clothes lying about the place, then this is the next thing you should target. The next time you’re going to have a big clean, help yourself out by picking everything up and finding a place for it. This will clear the way, and ensure that you’re not having to step around and move things while you’re wiping down surfaces.

I’m sad to say it, but nothing I can say will make your cleaning chores fun. However, following these tips will ensure that your cleaning doesn’t feel like it lasts an age. My final tip is to stop reading about cleaning, and clean more!





Do You Need A Plumber? How To Know For Sure

There will come a time in every homeowner’s life where they need some kind of help with their plumbing. It might be a serious problem, it might not be. It might be something you need emergency assistance with, or it might be something you can watch a quick tutorial on and fix yourself. This post will help you to know for sure whether you need a plumber or not. Take a look:

You Have No Idea What You’re Doing

If you have no idea what you’re doing, it only makes sense to leave the job to somebody who does. Of course you can hazard a guess if it seems simple, but do you really want to risk making the issue worse and having to spend even more money? There’s always a risk you’ll make the problem worse and have it turn into a big job. If you genuinely have no clue, don’t even try. Just call a reputable plumbing company and see what they say. They might be able to advise you, or get to you ASAP to help you fix it. Basically, if you have no idea what you’re doing, get on the phone to an emergency plumber ASAP. There’s no other way around it!

Looking For Tutorials Online

If you have a faint idea of what you might have to do, looking for tutorials online can give you a better idea of whether you’re on the right track. You might be able to hold off a leak or something until the professionals can get to you. You might even be able to stop the problem completely if you’re a bit more savvy! If you can’t find a tutorial that tells you what you need to know, stop waiting around and call a plumber. Get the problem sorted before it gets any worse.

Is Your Problem Dangerous?

Try to decipher whether your problem could actually be dangerous for you and your family. It might be a good idea to remove anything you own surrounding the problem, like gadgets and valuables that could be damaged if worst comes to worst. If you’re pretty sure this problem is dangerous, then you must call an emergency plumber to explain what’s going on as soon as possible.

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You Don’t Know Anybody Else Who Can Help

In some cases you might have a friend who is knowledgeable when it comes to household plumbing issues who can advise and help you. If you can think of anybody, call them up. You might be able to save a small fortune if you have somebody like this to call. If not, don’t wait around and make sure you call a plumber yourself. Only take the time to make sure the place you’re calling is a trustworthy place. Ask for a recommendation if you have time.

In most instances, you’ll need a plumber to fix issues you have with your pipes and things at home. Very rarely you can do it yourself, but you need to be confident in your abilities. You don’t want to make anything worse.





Product Review: Tech Armor Power Banks 6000mAh and 12000 mAh external portable charger

As a mother of 6, you know there is no way it’s going to be a quiet car ride when we travel unless they all have their tablets. Road trips are fine and dandy up until one of their tablets runs out of battery. If we are in the car it can easily be taken care of, but when we are at the doctor’s office or at a school function I do not want the twins having a meltdown. I need to make sure I always have a charger to charge their tablets and that is where this awesome Tech Armor Power Bank comes in. I got the opportunity to review two Tech Armor Power Banks and I seriously don’t know how I managed to live without these two chargers!

I absolutely love the quick charge it provides for my cellphone and even more so how quickly it charges my sons tablets. It is super easy to tell how much charge you have left with these power banks because it has 4 blue lights that are lit up when you have a full charge and as the charge depletes the lights go out so you can tell when you need to recharge the power bank.

I have owned other power banks and they did not fully charge my Samsung Galaxy S4, but the Tech Armor not only fully charges my cell phone it still has juice left to charge my child’s tablet. I have even charged my cellphone and my son’s tablet at the same time and the Tech Armor had both of our electronics charged and ready to go in no time.

The Tech Armor activepower 6,000 mAh external battery portable dual USB power bank is a little smaller than a can of soda and can very easily fit in your pant pocket or purse. The size of it makes it easy to carry around. The built in LED flashlight helps when you need to find something quickly. I like that there are no sharp edges to this charger and the soft feel to it makes it pleasant to carry around. I also find this power bank very easy to use that my kids have no problem hooking their tablets to it when needed.

The Tech Armor 12,000 mAh external battery portable dual USB power bank is just as great as the Tech Armor 6000 but with way better juice. This little baby right here kicks butt and does great charging my twins tablet and my cell and my oldest iphone before it needs to be charged again. This Tech Armor is about the size of a deck of cards but a little bit more wider. It can feel a little bit heavy since it weighs 8.5 oz but the power this baby packs makes it so worth it. My teenage girls love taking this one with them because they know this external battery will charge their iphones a few times before they need to go recharge it.

These two Tech Armor Power Banks blew through and surpassed my expectations. I highly recommend buying one of these power banks especially if you plan on making any trips. I know what I will be giving my technology obsessed family members for Christmas!!





The Threats Facing Your Home and How to Combat Them

Every homeowner faces certain threats that you should know about and understand how to combat. Below, you will find a list of threats that you will probably face as a homeowner.

Flood

Floods are happening more regularly than ever before. Anyone who lives somewhere that is geographically vulnerable to floods that occur as a result of heavy rain should prepare for this. And this is even truer if you live near a river because it could break its banks. You should have some sandbags on your property that you can put in place if a flood is on its way. And you should also have some bricks or concrete blocks that can be put under furniture to lift up furniture if your home gets flooded.

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Storms

Some places are at particular risk of storms. Of course, storms can occur anywhere, and you should be prepared for them. But you should be especially prepared if you live somewhere that has a history of strong and dangerous storms. Out weather is becoming more volatile each year, so it’s important to get prepared now so that you don’t get caught out. You can do this by keeping the roof in good condition and having window shutters that you can use when a storm does hit. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

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Burglary

No one likes to imagine what would happen if someone tried to break into your home. You should make sure that you keep your home secure so that this doesn’t become a reality. If your home is a soft target for criminals, you are taking a big risk. So, keep your doors and windows secure at all times. And you could even install a series of alarms that will protect you in all kinds of instances. A modern burglar alarm combined with a driveway alert system should help you keep your home safe.

Fire

There is a risk of fire no matter where you live. Any home that uses electronics and appliances in the home is at risk. Of course, most people will never experience an electrical fire. But it only takes one faulty appliance for a fire to be started. And then there are things that can happen as a result of human error. So, you need to have at least two or three smoke alarms and maybe even a fire extinguisher nearby. You should also have routes out of the home in the event of a fire starting.

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Ageing

Yes, this is a real threat to your home, and it can affect it in many ways. Homes become more damaged over time, and that means they present homeowners with more problems. You have to make an effort to maintain the home more than ever before when it’s getting older. So, make sure that you inspect it regularly and act quickly when you find any problems. Things will only get worse and more expensive to fix if you don’t treat problems with your home as soon as you find them.


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22 Ultimate Hacks For Keeping Your Home Squeaky Clean

If you’re an avid reader of this blog, you’re somebody that loves a clean home. Yet with children and work, your home can all too often become a mess. Worse still, some jobs just never get done, no matter how hard we try.

That’s why I am writing this article. It’s a guide to some of the most innovative ways to keep your home clean this spring. We all want a clean home, so let’s make it happen.


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Oven Spritz

Ovens have a reputation for being the hardest cleaning job anywhere in the house. Food spills out of baking trays and onto the oven floor and then gets burnt on during cooking. You may have tried and failed to clean a dirty oven in the past. But there is hope.

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Try this: spritz burnt food with some ammonia solution. Then straight afterwards, sprinkle on some baking soda and some vinegar. It should start gently bubbling. Leave it for a couple of minutes and then attack the dirt once more. This time, it should come up with a simple scrub with a sponge.

Go Lint Free

Some surfaces, like mirrors and computer screens, require lint free cloths. But what is a lint-free cloth? Essentially, it’s just a cloth that doesn’t give up any fluff when used.

Unfortunately, most people don’t know this, so they end up using regular cloths and wondering why their stuff gets ruined.

You can safely use lint free cloths on delicate surfaces, like mirrors, and get them to dazzle.

Use Textured Sponges On Worn Out Sweaters

Have you ever gotten annoyed at all those little pills that dot old sweaters? Well, don’t sweat it. You can use a textured scrub sponge to remove some of them from worn out garments in no time.

Employ Mayo

Using mayonnaise to clean might sounds like a contradiction in terms. But mayonnaise has some surprising uses.

Florists use mayo to buff up the top leaves on their plants to make them more attractive. If you’ve got a pot plant, that needs tidying up, rub it down with soap and water. And then apply a dab of mayo to the tops leaves with a cloth. It’ll brighten the whole thing up. Strange, but true!

Sort Out Grime Ridden Grouting

Grouting is that white stuff that keeps water from your shower getting behind the tiles. Well, have a closer look at it. Is it grimy? Probably.

There’s a simple solution. Mix a quarter cup of household chlorine with a couple of pints of water and then, using a brush, apply to the grouting. Leave it for about 10 minutes and then scrub it again and rinse. The dirt should come right out.

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Iron Damp Clothes

Most people wait until clothes have dried before ironing. But leaving them slightly damp actually helps iron out creases in fabrics. Save time on ironing by doing the toughest jobs as soon as the clothes come out of the dryer.

Institute A VIP Laundry System

You may have noticed that some items of laundry have a higher priority than others. The kids’ PE kit springs to mind.

Having two separate laundry baskets, one for urgent items and one for the rest can speed the process on a bit. Critical items get done first, followed by regular items. Easy.

Use Toothpaste To Clean Unsightly Stains

Coffee and tea can cause your mugs and dishes to become stained. But, despite popular opinion, the process is not irrevocable.

Just as toothpaste is good for cleaning tea and coffee stains off your teeth, so too is it good at removing the same stains from crockery. Put a dab on a sponge and scrub it off.

Use Salt On Butcher Block Counter Tops

Butcher block countertops have a reputation for becoming stained beyond reproach. Often the only way to resolve the problem is to sand them down and then resurface.

But sometimes a grimy counter top can be fixed using regular table salt. Cover the affected areas with table salt, and then dab them with some lemon. Leave to soak overnight.

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The next morning, drop a small amount of weak hydrogen peroxide solutions onto the stains and rub in with wool.

Say Goodbye To Squeaky Floors

If your wooden floor has cracks, it’s likely that they make an awful squeaking noise when you walk over them. There is, however, a way to avoid this. Pour baby powder into the cracks in your flooring. Then sweep away any excess.

The powder will act as a kind of lubricant between the wood and keep that awful squeaking noise at bay.

Use Washing Up Liquid On Carpet Stains

Every household at one time or another has had to deal with a carpet stain. It might seem like magic, but a rapid response with washing up liquid can stop carpet stains in their tracks. Time is of the essence, however, so it’s vital you act fast.

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Get some washing up liquid and mix it with water. Then use a clean cloth, soaked in the solution, to blot the stain. Eventually, the stain should lift out of the carpet and onto the cloth.

Then simply use a damp sponge to lift any remaining washing up liquid from the carpet and pat dry with a cloth. Disaster averted!

Use Your Dishwasher To Its Full Potential

Dishwashers have a misleading name. Just because they’re called dishwashers doesn’t mean that they’re only suitable for dishes. You can put anything in them.

What about that grimy toothbrush holder in your bathroom? Bung it in. How about that grotty pacifier? Bung it in as well. In fact, you can toss everything, including the dog bowl, into the dishwasher and let it do the hard work.

Get In The Professionals

Sometimes certain jobs call for the professionals. Companies like Simply Maid often use tricks that have been passed down through the generations.

Getting in the professional cleaners when you need a mega blitz can help you get back on top of your household cleaning. Usually, professional companies notice things that you didn’t and get to work on them straight away.

Use A Towel Radiator

Towel radiators are an amazing, but simple invention. Simply put, they’re a radiator for hanging towels. And they solve that age-old problem of towels getting smelly between washes.

If you don’t have a purpose built towel radiator, you can always use a towel rail on an existing radiator. Just make sure that you properly fold your towels so that they have as much space to breathe as possible.

Keep Clothes Fresh

Have you ever opened your towel cupboard and smelled something a little musty? Well, it could b that all your folded sheets are getting a bit damp.

No matter. Just leave an open tub of baking soda nearby. It will work a lot like those little sachets of silica do when you buy a new product. It will collect all the moisture and keep your folded linen fresh.


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Use Toothpaste On Faucets

Faucets, like grouting, can get a little grimy. Not to worry; toothpaste to the rescue again. Rub a bit of toothpaste into a cloth and then scrub the tap. You’ll be amazed at how quickly you can get it sparkling again.

Leave Muddy Boots To Dry Out First

Wet mud tends to be harder to clean than dry mud. So leave freshly muddied boots on the porch to dry out.

Once they’re dry, so too will the mud that came in with them. Just sweep it out of the porch and be done with it.

Use Wet Gloves For Pet Hair

If you’ve got a dog, you’ll have noticed that it’s fur gets everywhere, no matter how often you clean.

But again there is an elegant and straightforward solution. Once you’ve finished washing up, keep wearing your damp gloves. Then run your gloves all over the surfaces where your pet have been.

You’ll find that the hair just sticks to the gloves, and you can dispose of it quickly. Doing this each time you wash up will allow you to stay on top of the problem.

Freshen Up The Microwave

Microwaves can quickly become smelly. It’s the combination of food splattering everywhere and a damp environment. Not great.

But there is a solution. Put some fresh lemon juice in a bowl of water and set the microwave going for a couple of minutes until the inside is full of steam. Then wait a few minutes for the steam to work its magic.

Once all of the bacteria are dead, and the grime is loosened, use cloth and get all the dirt out with ease.

Get Rid Of Soap Blocks

Big blocks of soap in your bathroom create a nasty residue no matter well you clean. Save yourself a job and use liquid soap from a dispenser.

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Degrease Your Kitchen Cabinets

Just like your oven and your extractor, your kitchen cabinets can get greased up. That’s because oil evaporates, gets into the air, and then goes everywhere.
Spend a little time degreasing cabinets with regular washing up liquid. Then just rinse and leave to dry.





Where You Should And Shouldn’t Try And Save Cash When You’re Renovating Your Kitchen

When you’re doing renovations, the costs can soon add up. Even with the best intentions, and the most meticulous of plans, sometimes you get thrown a curveball. The problem with doing up any property s that sometimes unexpected expenses just appear, and there’s nothing you can do about it. Just like life, you can never tell what’s around the corner. That’s why, when you’re budgeting for any sort of project you should try and reserve some of your savings for unforeseen outgoings.

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So, when you’re doing up your kitchen, it can be tempting to skimp on some things to try and balance the books. It’s natural to want to seek to squeeze a few extra dollars here and there. There are many items you can save on without having to make too many compromises. Whether you’re doing up your kitchen to make it more attractive to potential buyers, or you just want to improve your family home? it needs to be how you want it.

Hey, Good Looking, What You Got Cooking

You can save big when you’re buying new appliances if you shop smart. If you’re looking for the best bargains, then your timing is crucial. Major retail sale events like Black Friday or Christmas sales are great times to snag top of the range appliances for bottom dollar prices. Online stores don’t have the same amount of overheads that high street shops do, so there are great offers to be found online all year round. Flash sales and blue cross discount days can often grab you an extra discount.

But Whatever You Do……

In your quest to keep within budget, there are some things you should never try and save cash on. Do so, and you might regret it later. For example, never try and undertake any work with things like gas or electricity. Unless you’re a fully qualified engineer, that is. The same applies when it comes to plumbing and heating. Don’t try and skimp on cheap parts or piping; you want your kitchen to last. Don’t buy cheap flimsy tubing; you need to go for the strongest and most durable. If you go for superior quality schedule 80 CPVC fittings, you’ll have peace of mind. You’re less likely to have to replace them for a long time to come yet.

Make the Most Of What You’ve Already Got

When you’re looking for new cabinets, you have a few different options that could see you quids in. If your cupboard unit shells are in good condition, then you could just replace the doors to give your kitchen a brand new look. Changing tiles will freshen up any area, and you can have fun experimenting with different styles and colours. If you need entirely new units, sure you can buy budget ranges at places like Ikea, but that’s not the only way to do it cheaply. Instead of second hand, think pre-loved. Check out eBay or local for sale adverts for second hand, quality units that are in fabulous condition and have plenty of life left in them yet.





The Ultimate Guide To Storm-Proofing Your Home

Right now we’re still a good five months away from the worst of the storm season. So that’s why it’s a good idea today to get one step ahead of the game.

We’ve all seen what happens when a community doesn’t adequately prepare for a storm. Just look at what happened during the hurricane Katrina debacle back in 2005. Thousands of people lost their lives and their homes in the worst US hurricane disaster for 30 years.

So what can you do as an individual to beat out the storm?

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Get Renewable Energy

Recently, the price of renewables has dropped to affordable levels. It’s the result of a gradual price decline that’s been going on for decades.

Now, though, millions of Americans are turning to renewable energy. It’s both environmentally friendly and, more importantly, a secure source of energy. Nobody wants to go through another hurricane Sandy where homes lost their power for weeks on end.

Solar panels are cheaper than ever and easy to install. Plus, Tesla has started to supply their home battery packs, so that you can continue using electricity even at night.

Choose The Right Roofing

Companies that operate in hurricane alley, like Texas Star Roofing, recommend choosing to roof wisely. Roofing needs to be in excellent condition to survive a storm intact. High winds have a particular knack for uncovering any weakness in your roofing.

It means that before a storm, you should probably spend a little time inspecting your roofing. Rusted nails can break off. The wind can buffet material that is not taut. Loose panels can cause the roof to leak in a heavy downpour. And mould can mean that the integrity of the roof is compromised.

If you’re unsure about your roof, call in a specialist that you trust to carry out an assessment. They’ll be able to tell you now whether you’re able to weather a storm, rather than to find out during hurricane season.

Stock Up On Food

It’s a shame that preppers get such a bad wrap. Having a bit of extra food in the house never hurt anyone. And there are plenty of times in American history when people have needed food because of a natural disaster but haven’t stocked up.

Set aside a cupboard or two in your home and stock up on dry food and tins. The food will keep for months, even years. And even if disaster doesn’t strike, you still haven’t wasted your money.

Seal Up The Gaps

High winds create enormous variations in air pressure. That means that if there are any gaps around your doors and windows, the wind will rattle them.

If possible, alter your doors and windows so that they don’t have a draught. This could mean using caulk or having double glazing installed.

Remove Dangerous Trees
In a storm, trees can be deadly. And trees that have been weakened or that are old are at risk of collapse. If there is a tree that risks falling on your home, remove it before the storm arrives. Or at least cut it back so that it’s no longer a threat.





You Need To See This List Of Top Places For Your Baby To Sleep!

Getting your baby to sleep can be a challenge. You will spend the first few months exhausted as you get used to their sleeping patterns. They often want to sleep with you, but it can be good to encourage them to sleep in other places such as their crib or a Moses basket. They will tend to sleep on and off during the day during the first couple of months. Therefore, it can be hard to get a set routine. To help them sleep, you could give them a bath or a feed before putting them down to sleep. Here are some top places where your baby will love to sleep during the first few months.


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In a Moses basket

A Moses basket is a perfect place for your newborn to sleep. They are safe and can be placed in any room you are in so that the baby will not be far away from you. A Moses Basket tends to come with soft bedding for the newborn, and can be adjusted so that it can be situated next to your bed. They often come with detachable legs so you can take it with you to friends or families home, and when your baby goes to sleep, you can rest them in there. Just try and make sure the noise around them is kept to a minimum.

In your arms

The best place for your baby to sleep is in your arms. It’s not only a great way for you to bond with your child, but it helps them to feel comfortable. They could also sleep in your partner’s arms as it will help them to also bond, as he hasn’t carried the baby in his womb. They will feel the warmth, and it’s good for when you are out and about, and visiting people.

In a Crib

A crib is an ideal place for your baby to sleep. It’s in your bedroom for the first six months and is fitted with warm sheets to keep your baby cosy. Getting your child to sleep in their crib can be a hard challenge. Try and rock them and comfort them next to the crib so that they will get used to being near it. Here’s some further tips for encouraging your baby to sleep in the crib.

In a Sling

A sling is a perfect place for your baby to sleep. It’s right next to your chest so they can feel your heartbeat, and it will keep them warm and cosy. A sling is ideal for when you are out at the shops or visiting friends. Just make sure their head and back are supported and snug in the sling. Make sure you research and find one that suits you.

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Co-sleeping

It’s a topic which often leaves people divided, but another place for your baby to sleep is in the bed with you. Co-sleeping is a great way for your child to feel close to you, and you can still get some rest. However, there are risks involved such as leaning on the baby as you sleep. There are also reports that babies have a higher risk of sudden infant death if they sleep in bed with you.

Wherever you place the baby to sleep, make sure they are comfortable and supported. Here is further advice on sleeping patterns for your newborn.





4 Amazing Gift Ideas For The Man In Your Life

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We all have men in our lives who deserve to feel special and appreciated. They might be our fathers, brothers, nephews, or partners. But it can be difficult to know what to buy for males as so many small gifts, tokens, and vouchers seem to be specifically geared for women. Sometimes it’s good to get creative! With a little bit of thought and forward planning, you can find a gift to bring a big smile to any man’s face.

A Sky Package

If you share a home with a man in your life, it can be an extravagant treat to get some form of Sky package. It could be devoted to sports, movies, news or entertainment. Lots of people love to curl up in front of the television to relax. It can be a great way to unwind whether alone or with company. If you’re in time for a big sports event, why not secretly invite some of his friends for a surprise party to ring in the new channel? With a few snacks and beers it can be a fun and friendly way to make your loved one feel appreciated. One night can be quality time just for the two of you. With a movie or programme that you’ll both enjoy, grab some goodies and spend some time together. This works for almost any age!

A Room Makeover

If you have access to a room that he really loves, consider improving it for him. He might love to spend time in the garage or garden shed. His home office or study could be his sanctuary. Or maybe his bedroom could use a spruce up. Whatever your time frame and budget, you can make an impact. Even details like a fresh bed spread or darkening roller shades can change the appearance of a room. A new toolset for the garage or simply tidying up in there will be much appreciated. Why not leave something he’ll enjoy when he’s not expecting it? A bottle of beer or a favourite snack could be a lovely surprise.

A Magazine Subscription

Lots of people have a hobby or interest of some kind that they love to read around in their spare time. He might be into a particular sport like football or mountain biking. Film or gaming might be his thing. Perhaps he wants to develop a new skill like cookery or woodwork. A subscription to a magazine can be a great gift. People often appreciate having a magazine to regularly relax with but don’t often think to get it themselves. You never know, you might end up benefitting from their new hobby or skill. He might cook a delicious meal or take you on a bike ride!

Experience Days

For the man who has everything, an experience day can be a great gift as it becomes a great memory rather than an object. There are often experiences that you can do together too. Rally driving and abseiling might be for the adventurous, but spa days or trips to iconic sites can suit anyone. Not only will you be giving a thoughtful gift, you will be making memories together too.





Essential Maintenance Checks For Spring

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Bad weather can cause considerable wear and tear to your home. In some cases, it can cause serious damage. It’s always a good idea to check your home as spring approaches. At the same time, carry out your regular maintenance checks.

Room by Room Checks

Go through your home room by room, starting in the loft. Look for any visible signs of wear or damage. Check for leaks, damp and cracks to the walls. Pay attentions to the roof area and ceilings.

As you carry out these checks, take a look at your electrical outlets and switches. You may be aware of issues already. Carry out a visual check on cables and extension points. Always call a professional if you are unsure. Call a 24 hour electrician to deal with serious issues.

Read our article on common electrical faults that can occur in your home.

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Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors should be checked at least once a month. Make sure you add this to your calendar. It’s a good time to check as you’re carrying out your damage evaluation. Replace batteries and address any issues straight away. These detectors could save your life.

Check Windows and Doors

Check all windows inside and out. Make sure that sealant is intact and that there is no sign of cracks. Excess moisture could indicate a problem.

Wipe down windows and doors regularly to remove moisture. Clean glass and surrounding casements. Note any chips or cracks in the glass. If your windows are double or triple glazed, make sure there is no moisture in-between the panes. If there is, this could indicate that the seal is broken.

Fences and Garden Walls

The majority of issues caused by weather occur outside of the property. Start by walking around the perimeter of your garden. Note any wear to garden fences and walls. Fix or replace where necessary. When was the last time your coated your fencing? Does it need a new coat?

Garden Damage

Snow, rain and storms cause issues in the garden. Check for broken branches and rubbish that has blown in. Is there any damage to your garden furniture? Can this be mended or do you need to make replacements? Also, check garden sheds and outhouses.

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Look Up

Once the garden is restored, check the exterior of the house. Using a pair of binoculars, inspect the roof and gutter. You’re looking for cracks, gaps, slipped tiles, etc. Do the gutters look clear and free from blockage? Can you see plants growing out of the chimney? This can be a sign of water damage. Always call a professional to carry out repairs. Climbing on the roof is dangerous and could cause serious or fatal injuries.


Walls

Assess the exterior walls by walking around the house. Look for cracks and signs of wear. Does your paintwork need restoring?

Water stains on the walls could indicate a leak or blockage somewhere. For example, in drainpipes or gutters.

Finally, check your drain covers and clear any leaves and debris. Address any simple blockages or call a plumber for complex issues.

This is not an exhaustive list. Checks will depend on your individual property and should be tailored accordingly. It’s a good idea to assess your home throughout the year, paying particular attention in the spring and autumn. Rectifying issues in the early stages may prevent costly repair bills in the future.





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