Spring is Here — Time to Shake Off the Frost and Get Your Home Sweet Home Again
It’s been one ripper of a winter here in Canberra, but the worst of it is over — spring has finally chipped away at the cold weather. It’s time to crawl out of our homes, blinking like half-blind marsupials, and rejoin the world!
The only problem, of course, is that the last few months have done a real number on your home. Your gutters are clogged, your decking a fright, your yard is a proper mess — you might even have some foundation issues due to the drought, or even roof damage from the late cold winter rains. It often looks like so much work that you don’t even know where to start.
But there’s nothing that says you’ve got to do all the work yourself. In fact, there’s nothing wrong with looking up your favourite local handyman to come have a look in order to avoid having to do all the heavy lifting yourself. It’ll be busy enough as it is this spring without having to fix every little thing that went wrong over winter, here’s why — and how — you should find a good handyman to get your home back into proper shape.
Do You Really Want to Do This All Yourself?
It’s likely that you’ve got a quite a bit on your plate already. You’ve got to balance work, taking care of the kids, meeting the lads for footy on the weekends — it’s a full-time job! Sure, you can take some of your precious free time and devote it to the arduous tasks of getting your home back into shape both inside and out, but do you really have the energy to get up on a ladder or break out the power tools after a long day of doing everything else you have to do?
And let’s be honest — not everyone is handy. Yes, you can clear a clog in your toilet as well as the next bloke but do you have the skills and expertise to patch a leaky roof or shore up a sagging deck? The amount of time and effort it would take to first learn what you need to do and then put that new knowledge into practical effect is going to cost you a lot of time — especially in comparison to the amount of time it would take to pick a good handyman to come out and do the work for you.
Even if you’re good with your hands, you’re still going to have to assess the situation, gather the tools and supplies you’ll need, and then expend the effort to fix the problem yourself. This is all time and energy you could be spending on something else — family, friends, walking around the lake, or even just relaxing after a hard day’s work. Just because you can do something yourself doesn’t mean you have to. You’re constantly taking care of everything; let someone else take care of things for once.
Why Spring is the Right Time for Home Maintenance
You might think that waiting until the weather warms up a bit more might be the best time to get all the maintenance on your home completed. In some ways you might have a point — if your driveway is all muddy and wet from a long, cold, dreary winter, you can’t exactly get it repaved until the summer sun bakes it dry. But barring that, there are plenty of good reasons to get your home maintenance done sooner rather than later.
One of the most important factors in timely home maintenance is stopping damage or deterioration right in its tracks. Doing work now prevents problems from getting worse, which could lead to repairs becoming even more expensive and time-consuming. In some cases it becomes a matter of safety; you don’t want a sagging deck, for instance, giving out under your weight or the weight of your guests in the middle of a summer because you didn’t set it right in spring will leave you no one to whinge about it to but yourself.
Finally, and let’s be honest here: the summer is no time to do intensive home repairs. It’s the middle of the festive season and you’re going to have tonnes of family responsibilities. Having the family over for Christmas is going to be difficult if your home is a right mess because you waited until warmer days to get to work. Have you ever tried to book a tradie over the Christmas break before? Do yourself a favour and get things squared away well before that point.
Finding the Right Handyman for Your Needs
So you’ve come to your senses and decided it’s time to let someone else do the dirty work for once. Congratulations! That was, however, the easiest part of the entire process. Now, you’ve got to decide just how you’re going to find the right handyman for your needs. This is, of course, easier said than done.
If you’re already handy yourself, or you work in an industry related to home repair and maintenance, you’ve got a leg up. You’ll likely know plenty of mates that would fit the bill. If you’re not, though, no worries; here’s what you need to keep in mind when scouting out a good handyman:
- Knowledge. Skilled trades require a keen mind as much as they benefit from a sure hand. You need a handyman that knows the difference between a circular saw and a reciprocating one.
- Experience. The more experience a handyman has, the better. A skilled and fully qualified tradesman will have seen most home maintenance issues before, which means that your property and its needs should hold no surprises for them whatsoever.
- Diligence. Skilled trades require hard work. There can be no cutting corners when it comes to home repair and maintenance, as doing so can result in major issues for you as a homeowner further down the line. At the same time, work should be completed in a timely manner, conditions permitting.
- Equipment. Any good handyman worth their salt has a full collection of tools at their disposal to get the job done and get it done right. These tools should be in worn but otherwise excellent condition.
- Honesty. Unless there are unforeseen circumstances, there shouldn’t be any discrepancies between the estimate you’re given and the final cost of the job done. Even in the event of such complications, any new costs should be discussed with you up-front before any work is done.
- Reputation. A good handyman can be identified by how their other clients feel about them. While issues can crop up at times, if the lion’s share of a handyman’s client feedback is overwhelmingly positive, this is an excellent indicator of their overall quality.
A Happy House Needs a Handyman
Start the spring season off right. Get yourself in contact with your local Canberra handyman and have them take a gander at your property. Don’t be sucked into thinking she’ll be right for another year, or even another few months; instead, let a qualified tradie /skilled handyman do what needs to be done. The peace of mind you’ll get from knowing your home is in tip-top shape for the coming seasons will be more than worth the price of the work done.