How the Web is Transforming DIY

How the Web is Transforming DIY

DIY sites

Looking back just a few years, if you wanted any work doing on your house – whether it was carpet cleaning or having a cooker installed in the kitchen – it was time to call in the professionals. However, as we’ve become a little more adventurous, a little more knowledgeable, and with the financial effects of the recession still lingering over us, more and more homeowners in the UK are opting to go down the DIY route. While this may have seemed risky in the past, DIY websites such as Instructables and Make, and websites that give DIY cleaning tips like Cleanipedia, for example, are now making DIY much more accessible (and safer) for the general public. In fact, around 21 million of us are willing to give DIY a go based on advice from the web.

Reducing the Risk

How risky is DIY, really? The answer is: very. Whether homeowners are a little too confident in their abilities or if they become distracted by the football on the TV is unclear, but approximately 87,000 of us end up injured each year from DIY attempts, according to the ROSPA. These accidents happen most often due to the use of knives (around 21,000 accidents each year in the UK), power tools (around 3,000 accidents per year), and chemicals used for cleaning, which account for between 3,000 and 4,000 accidents. The good news, however, is that the number of accidents is dropping, perhaps due to the rise of detailed websites which indicate the likely risks, encourage safe behaviour, and showcase some of the best methods for getting the job done.

Staying Vigilant

Of course, if you’re using the internet as a source of information, it’s important to stay vigilant. If you fell for Pinterest’s ‘Moonmelon’, or believed any story you read on the Daily Mail homepage on 1 April, then you need to be extra careful. Where you get your information from matters, so try to stick to reliable sources that are backed by established organisations. Cleanipedia, for example, is supported by Unilever, it offers DIY cleaning tips. Well-known DIY stores’ websites often give a wide range of trustworthy advice too. There have been reports that suggest that one in 16 people damage their homes, or themselves, when taking DIY advice found on the internet. But what this number may actually suggest is that people using the internet don’t follow the instructions, rather than indicating an issue with advice authenticity. So if you are thinking of joining the DIY revolution, remember to listen to the safety advice, follow the steps faithfully, and not to bother with moonmelons.

When to Call an HVAC Tech

When to Call an HVAC Tech

Your HVAC is undoubtedly one of the most delicate systems in your home.  As such, it’s important you find and hire a professional HVAC technician who’s licensed and trained to repair or deal with any inherent issue safely.  Whether know what to look for in a technician or you’re just starting out, you should know that a handy man will never match a professional technician on any front. Opinions aside, let’s look at compelling reasons why you should always hire a professional HVAC technician.

Top Notch Service

First, hiring a professional contractor makes all the difference when it comes to service delivery and satisfaction. Some balk about the top dollar paid out to such professionals, but would you hire someone who doesn’t guarantee you top service and good value for your money? Chances are you won’t. You want a trustworthy technician with an experienced track record and verified skills. You can only enjoy that if you hire a professional technician not a starter or amateur.


Nothing is as reassuring as knowing that you’re about to hire someone who is reliable and always available on call. That’s the hallmark of every professional technician. See, amateurs can do repairs and maintenance up to a certain level but they can’t handle specialized installation, maintenance and repairs. A professional HVAC technician has the perfect combination of skills and expertise required to install and fix any HVAC system properly.  The end result: a fully functional HVAC system with a longer life span.

Wealth of Experience

When you hire an HVAC expert, you’re not just hiring the best person for the job in town. You’re hiring someone who has a wealth of experience and insight required for the functional success of your HVAC system. An expert understands how various aspects such as electrical wiring, combustion, heating ducts, and refrigerant systems work in creating the optimal comfort and cooling to your home. So by tapping into the expert’s experience and knowledge of your HVAC system, you’re proofing yourself against failures while at the same time ensuring all repairs and maintenance are done up to the expected standards.

Complying with Law

Do you always think about compliance when hiring a technician? Unfortunately, some folks don’t think about it. Here’s the thing: when you hire a professional HVAC technician, you’ll also be keeping in compliance with the state requirements placed on homeowners. The majority of states require HVAC technicians to be licensed and to have sufficient training of between 2-5 years working on HVAC systems.

Guaranteed Safety

If you truly care about your safety and wellbeing, you should think seriously about the levels of comfort and safety in your home. You need the assurance that your HVAC system will operate properly without exposing you and your family to carbon monoxide and toxic fumes.  A professional HVAC contractor will guarantee your safety and peace of mind something a handy man won’t.


When you procure the services of a professional HVAC technician, you’re essentially making an investment that will boost the performance and lifespan of your HVAC unit. A professional contractor has the experience, skills, and expertise required to undertake swift and thorough installation and repairs. Most importantly, an expert technician understands the intricacies of HVAC repairs and has the diligence required in handling even the most challenging tasks. Aside from that, a professional technician knows the best techniques and practices for maintaining a commercial or residential HVAC. When you factor all these, you’ll come to appreciate the importance of hiring a professional technician.

Mould Reduction – How a Kitchen Remodel Can Improve Air Quality

Mould Reduction – How a Kitchen Remodel Can Improve Air Quality

Indoor air quality is more than just a passing fad. More and more we are coming to understand how indoor air quality affects our health and quality of life. Indoor air problems include mould, radon, carbon monoxide, toxic chemicals, toxic building materials, asbestos, household cleaners, pesticides, and combustible air-born gasses. These are commonly sourced inside older kitchens, garages, basements, and bathrooms. The real benefit of home remodels is to remove older toxic building supplies, sources of moisture and mould, and decaying and toxic building supplies. How can you improve your kitchen?

Consider a Luxury Kitchen Remodel.

You can have trained professionals to remove and dispose of the toxic materials and then visit for luxury London kitchens and remodel ideas. A professional kitchen remodel can take care of a host of indoor air pollution sources. Consider these indoor air pollution sources that gutting your kitchen and updating its hardware will cover:

  • Radon – A second-leading cause of lung cancer and impossible to detect or smell, it’s a radioactive gas.
  • Lead Paint – Even newer homes may have some surfaces coated with special lead-based paint, especially older kitchen cabinets or vintage furniture.
  • Diisocyanates in polyurethane products – Most notably older wood varnishes and finishes.
  • Asbestos – Until the early 1990′s most home and building products were fortified with the fire retardant Asbestos.
  • Mould- This can grow even where moisture is hidden within the walls or behind cabinets.
  • Carbon Monoxide Build Up – This can come from outdated and poorly ventilated gas-powered appliances.
  • VOCs – Volatile organic compounds are emitted from a variety of products, including paints, adhesives, strippers, carpets, and more. These may include benzene, xylene, toluene, and more.
  • Formaldehyde – This can come from older cabinetry, sub-flooring, shelving, furniture, panelling, and fibreboard.
  • Chromated Copper Arsenic (CCA) – This has been in use since the 1940′s to make pressure treated wood more resistant to rot and insect damage. It was mostly used in outdoor decking and patio furniture, but some older homes used it for cabinetry.
  • Poor Ventilation – This results in a build-up of potentially deadly pollutants, bad odours, mould and mildew, and more.
  • Outdated Water Filtration – These can either have pollutants in themselves due to being older models or simply be doing a poor job of filtering out dangerous compounds from older water pipes.

Improving Your Kitchen

Older kitchens are often bathed in toxic chemicals. Back before 1980 many building supplies and insulation included toxins, dioxins, and asbestos. The 1990s brought in very toxic fire retardants and preservatives like formaldehyde. Older kitchens often contain high levels of formaldehyde and asbestos in flooring, paints, coatings, adhesives, counters, wood finishes, and insulation. As these break down they aerosolise, or become airborne particles in the air and this adds up to very toxic air in our homes and especially our kitchens.

A kitchen remodel can help you address any underlying air pollutant issues by helping you strip away outdated kitchen installations and replacing them with new, pollution-free updated versions. Further, a kitchen remodel project can open up new ways to get proper ventilation and address many issues found in older homes. Protect your health by reducing kitchen sources of air pollution through a remodel project.

4 Garden Ideas That Will Guarantee You Sell Your Property

4 Garden Ideas That Will Guarantee You Sell Your Property

If you want to sell your property, there are many ways that you can make your home more attractive to buyers, and one of the ways you could do this is to use your garden as a selling point. The best way to do this is not to mow your lawn (though this may be enough in some circumstances), but to use the garden as an area that people can use to entertain or relax. Here are the most popular uses that are likely to attract a buyer

Barbecue Area

There is no doubt that social people love to have barbecues in the summer, and having a dedicated barbecue area is a bonus for many buyers. Setting up a barbecue in the corner of the yard is not what will sell your property though; an area designed for the task is what is required. A paved or decked area is the minimum, but your barbecue spot should also have lighting available and seating in place for guests. Entertainment is not a necessity, but if there is some in place when your property is being viewed, the viewer will see the potential

Play Area

Keeping your children active is important to their well-being and development; and hopefully, any family looking for a property will be aware of this. If you have a play area for your own children, this is a great selling point for your home. Fitting play-safe (rubberized) flooring and having dedicated child-safe equipment, shows that there is a safe environment for children, and providing child sized tables and chairs will enable children to paint and draw outside. If the children come to view the property with their parents, the sight of them playing with the equipment can only increase the chance of a sale.

Pool Area

A well-kept swimming pool is a great use of garden space. Not only does it give hours of fun for your family and promote exercise, it also increases the home’s value and selling potential. Having a pool room (like those supplied by Garden Spaces) will increase the appeal even more, as journeys to the house are no longer needed, and cleaning up puddles around the home becomes unnecessary. A pool area with a pool house really is a great selling point for any home.

Dining Area

Dining outdoors can be a fantastic experience. Whether it is a light breakfast for a couple, or a full dinner for family and friends, eating outside can turn a good meal into a great one. A current patio could be used for your outside dining area, but you will probably need to use a bigger table and supply more chairs than your current patio set includes. You should also consider fitting retractable roofing to avoid rained off birthday parties or dinner with your boss. This is a surprisingly easy change to make that will have a big effect on many buyers, though for the full effect, you should be creating a new area. A special area built with the right furniture and lighting can make diners feel they are in a luxury resort; and that should help any property to sell.

The chances are that you may need to make some investment in your property to make it attractive to buyers, but the beauty of these garden areas is that they will increase your property value too. With any of these dedicated areas in your garden, you will increase interest in your home, but with more than one… well the mind boggles.

Tired of bending or sagging shelves? These are some of the best materials to use

Tired of bending or sagging shelves? These are some of the best materials to use

One of the most annoying things you can ever see around your home is shelves sagging under the weight of their contents, or even collapsing entirely. A collapse is very inconveniencing and may even lead to losing your valuables, or damage to the walls.

Most of the time shelves bend or collapse because they are made of flimsy materials. This is why spending a little bit more to get a shelf that can comfortably and adequately hold anything you put on it is a great idea. The amount spent will be forgotten in little time, but your shelf will remain ever strong.

Below are some of the materials you should be looking at when you are thinking of getting a new shelf.

Solid Wood

Shelves made of this material are strong enough to hold most of the things you will want to place on them without caving in. The strongest shelves are made of two inches plus of solid wood. These have a very long life span. However, solid wood, like Oak (If you want a few facts on oak there are some blinders here) are a little pricey so people resort to buying cheaper soft woods, such as Spruce and doubling them up to create something strong and long lasting. Spruce shelves will last long but they may cave under heavier weight, so the decision to use hard wood or soft wood should be based on what type of materials you want the shelf for.

One problem you may have to face, however, is getting a wooden shelf that will fit into the décor theme of your home. Wooden shelves will look out of place in certain homes, regardless of finish and gloss applied.

Medium Density Fibreboard

More commonly known by its acronym MDF, this is a sheet product sold in 4×8 ft. sizes. It is made up of reprocessed paper waste. As expected, it isn’t as strong as Oak or Spruce but it can be useful if you are only looking for closet shelves. You can make the MDF stronger and less likely to sag by not using a span that is more than 3 feet.  You can also add strengthening strips to the bottoms of the MDF shelf to make it strong. You will still need to be extremely careful about the weight placed on it though, even after taking measures to strengthen it.  Here is a great discussion about the pros and cons of MDF.


Many home owners don’t see steel shelves as an option because they are often associated with the garage. Ken, Expert Steel fabrication London By employee says “it is possible to find beautiful steel shelves regardless of where you want to place them.  Steel shelves are the strongest because of the sheer load bearing ability of steel. This means you get more flexibility in terms of size and weight of materials that can be placed on the shelf.” Cannon Steel are an industrial company, and don’t deal in residential shelves, but they know a thing or two about steel.

The shelving you choose is down to you, but make sure you think carefully about their function.


Can You Read While You Work Out?

Can You Read While You Work Out?

I have a friend who works out almost religiously at, a cool gym where she has made lots of friends and some great improvements to her body and overall fitness. Personally, I have always found grinding away on a treadmill or pumping iron incredibly boring, so I asked her how she kept her interest level up throughout what can often be two hours of solid exercise. She replied that the gym had televisions, and she would simply work out while she watched her usual shows, or catch up on the latest music videos.

This, to me, made a lot of sense. Watching something gives your mind something to do while you cycle or run or do any other kind of machine based cardio, and that makes the time pass more quickly. However, I am not really a big watcher of TV shows, and so this put a thought in my head – could you work out while reading a book instead?

Is It Possible?

I gave reading at the gym a try, and I found that on certain machines, where your eye level isn’t bobbing around too much, it can be done. On a stationary bike, for example, I was able to put a book (I chose a fitness book to help keep me in the mood) on the ‘handle bars’ as I cycled, and found I was able to read it comfortably. On a cross trainer or treadmill it was impossible (and I wasn’t expecting otherwise, I just tried as an experiment!), but if you want to sweat out a long session on a bike, this is something that you can do. However, the noise in the gym and the fact that the physical exertion makes it very hard to concentrate on the written words makes it quite difficult to follow all but the simplest books, so I wouldn’t recommend trying a fully engrossing novel. An inspirational book or an informative read about working out could, however, hold your attention and give you that wonderful ‘multi-tasking’ feel of being able to feed your brain while you work your body!

Is It Sustainable?

In short, no, not really. Reading may be one of my favourite things to do, but coupled with exercising it really isn’t a good idea. I can’t get truly into what I am reading because I am using too much of my energy to exercise and my attention is split between the book and what is going on at the gym. I think if you absolutely need to work out and read at the same time (for example if you have to read something for work or school but don’t want to skip your workout) it can be achieved, but as a way to avert boredom when you are exercising I am afraid it just isn’t as practical as TV or music.

Exercise and reading may not be great for doing at the same time, but I discovered from my experiment that there is a big place for both of them in my life. Whether you try reading at the gym or not, make a little room in your life for some cardio and you will definitely feel much better!

How you Can Minimize Accidents Around Home

How you Can Minimize Accidents Around Home

You should take care to make sure that your home is as safe and accident free as possible. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta and its National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Survey, there were 29.3 million emergency department visits due to an accident or unintentional injury. Around 0.43 percent of these accidents resulted in death. Deaths from unintentional injuries and accidents represented 5 percent of all deaths that were recorded in 2011, according to CDC data.

Reducing the number of accidents and resulting injuries that may occur in and around the home is important. There are actions that you can take to ensure your safety as well as the safety of your family or others living in the home. These actions are especially important if you have young children in the home. Take the perspective of a child and consider what dangers may be present in your home in order to reduce accidents and increase safety.

Install Safety Gates and Door Locks

If you live in a home that has a staircase or areas that may pose a danger to a small child (i.e. basement stairwell, kitchen stove, etc.), you should strongly consider installing baby or child gates. Placing these devices strategically throughout the home can help reduce worry and decrease the possibility of an unintentional injury. When purchasing gates, look for those that are certified by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association as an added seal of approval.

Childproof door locks are easy to install and allow you to keep small hands from opening and entering rooms they shouldn’t be entering. Most are designed to simply slip over the doorknob. They are difficult for most children to operate and allow you to further safety proof your home.

Install and Check Smoke Alarms

A study conducted by the Public/Private Fire Safety Council for the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) found that 4 percent of the households in the United States did not have a smoke alarm installed. These homes accounted for 39 percent of the home fires reported and half of the fatal injuries that occurred. It is estimated that the smoke alarm in 20 percent of the homes in this country are not working, due to the lack of adequate power, a working battery or a missing battery.

According to Prime Urgent Care (, smoke alarms are one of the most important safety tools that every home should have. Smoke alarms save lives by providing you with the warning necessary to escape a fire and alert fire fighters and other first responders to provide you with assistance. Your home should have at least one smoke alarm installed per each level of your home. Whether your smoke alarm is hard wired in your home or a standalone type, sure to check the batteries at least annually to ensure that your smoke alarm is working properly.

Keep Locked Away Dangerous Items

Whether as a collector or for personal protection, you should keep guns, knives and other dangerous weapons locked away and well out of reach. Guns and knives are not toys and may be enticing to a young child who may not appreciate the consequences of aiming a loaded weapon at another individual or playing with a sharp knife. Maintain a gun safe or locked area in your home so that these items are far from the temptations of children and other untrained persons.

This article was contributed on behalf of Prime Urgent Care, your number one choice when looking for urgent care services. Click here and see how they can help you! 

Financing Your Home

Financing Your Home

Most first time home buyers make the mistake of shopping for their dream home first and considering finances later. Many assume that securing a mortgage provider is as easy as filling out an application, but this is far from the truth. Purchasing a home is a big time investment. If you’re going to need to apply for a home loan, then you’ll need to take your time in locating the right mortgage lender. Researching mortgage lenders is an important step to financing your home. You will be entering into a 20 to 30 year contract, and thus want to secure a loan through a service provider that best suits your financial needs. Below are a few suggestions on how to begin this process.

Know Your Financial Standing

Another common mistake that eager homebuyers make is not familiarizing themselves with their personal financial standing. They get ready to apply for a home loan and become overwhelmed when they receive denial notices or high interest rates. Or they purchase a home that is way more than they can afford. To prevent either frustration from happening to you, it is always ideal to first assess and understand your current financial standing.

Checking your credit report is one way to become further aware of your finances. When looking at your report, be sure to look at more than just your credit score. You want to check the history to make sure that there aren’t any negative ratings that might work against you when you apply for a mortgage. Any discrepancies should be disputed right away, and if there are any negative account balances, you should begin working out payment arrangements to get them back in positive standing.

Assessing your budget is the other way to determine your current financial standing. Create a budget that includes all of your current expenditures. Based on the money that you’re shelling out each month, what do you actually have left to afford a home?

Choosing a Mortgage Provider

Now that you have a better understanding of what your financial status is, you’re ready to begin searching for a mortgage provider. Remember, you’ll have a contract with the company for at least twenty years, with that being said, you want to do your due diligence in searching for the right mortgage company. This will include doing a background check to determine the company’s experience in the mortgage field, checking consumer reviews to see how others have experienced a particular company, and finally reviewing the various products they have and how they can benefit you.

Once you’ve compared at least three mortgage providers you are ready to request a quote. You may have to fill out an application for preapproval. Be sure to fill out everything entirely and also understand that your preapproval determination may slightly differ from the actual offer you receive.

Before Signing on the Dotted Line

After deciding which mortgage provider you’re going to select you will likely have to fill out a lot of paperwork. No matter how tedious the task might seem, it is suggested that you read everything in its entirety. You want to make sure that you fully understand the total cost of the home loan, your responsibilities, and other important factors before signing on the dotted line. Have your real estate agent or obtain an attorney to go over the contract with you for further understanding.

Financing your home might seem like a long drawn out process, but it is certainly worth it. Choosing a mortgage company is not something that should be taken lightly. It is also not something that should be done last minute or on a whim. Proper assessments, evaluations and comparisons must take place in order to protect your current and future financial circumstances.

How You Can Improve Your Kitchen

How You Can Improve Your Kitchen

The kitchen is often the busiest and most utilized room in the house, making it a top target for home improvements. However, luxury items like granite countertops, hardwood floors, custom cabinets and high-end appliances can really hurt your pocketbook; not to mention the headaches caused by loud and intrusive remodeling efforts. Fortunately, there are a myriad of ways you can improve the kitchen you have now without breaking the bank. Give your kitchen new life with these helpful tips to improve both the aesthetics and functionality of this household hub. Most are just a purchase away at your local home goods store and can even boost the appeal of the kitchen in your rental unit.


A great place to start is the lighting of the room, which can either make for great ambiance or ruin it all together. Many rentals have either outdated or ugly fluorescent central light fixtures, which can cast a less-than appetizing light on even the most delicious meal. There are plenty of inexpensive vintage and new fixtures available that can make a major difference in the feel of your kitchen through their rich light. Another cost-effective, creative way to illuminate the kitchen is adding LED lights to the insides and undersides of cabinets, which immediately gives those spaces a high-end feel.


It’s all about the details in a fancy kitchen, so improving small items like the hardware of the cabinets, drawers and switch plates with a premium material like stainless steel, brass or wrought iron creates a significant boost in aesthetic appeal with minimal cost and effort.


According to Berkel Sales and Service (, if your kitchen features outdated cabinets, painting the fixtures is simple and effective way to boost their appeal. There are a variety of patterns and color schemes that can make even the most ordinary cabinets suddenly look modern and relevant. Using the same color family, try painting the cabinet body a few shades darker than the doors to create tonal contrasts. Taping off pin lines using masking tape is another way to add depth, and using faux painting techniques can also add vintage depth.


Does your pantry look more like the shelf of your local market than an inspiration for new dishes? Ditch those cardboard and plastic boxes for the classed-up look of glass containers such as mason jars or any other stylish clear container. Your food is now more organized and presented in a visually pleasing fashion. Hanging your pots and pans on the wall is another convenient storage solution that offers a classic look. If wall space is at a premium, hanging pots and pans from the ceiling using J-hooks also creates a visual centerpiece. This technique is extremely effective if you own colorful or unique cookware.


We’re all familiar with that bag of cold cuts in the refrigerator that’s been sitting there for much too long. Upgrade to a meat slicer to ensure the freshness of your meats. This also gives the countertop another high-end item to boast. There are many quality slicers on the market for less than $150. The concept can be applied to various other inexpensive-but-stylish items like vintage or modern-style blenders, coffee makers, toasters to give the countertop a high-end look without a remodel.

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Top 4 Books to Add To Your Pregnancy Shortlist

Top 4 Books to Add To Your Pregnancy Shortlist

Are you pregnant for the first time and looking for the best literature to educate you on what to expect?

We take a look at the top books you should consider adding to your shortlist.  These books will resonate nicely with every potential mother starting from those that have just got long anticipated positive in-vitro fertilization results (click here if you are still struggling with IVF) to those with already bulging tummies.

Your New Pregnancy Bible, The experts’ guide to pregnancy and early parenthood- Anne Deans

This is one of the best pregnancy books around, and the number of copies sold worldwide (over 1 million till date) is testament to that fact. The book focuses on some of the latest medical breakthroughs and thinking, and how they can make your pregnancy period less stressful.  If you are into some slightly heavier reading then try out Science Daily.

The book is in its 4th edition so you can be sure of reading material that is up to speed with changes in antenatal and new born care.  The book also does a great job of covering Caesareans.  Quality pictures show at a glance what happens at each stage of pregnancy and what you are expected to do, how you can take care of your newborn and so on.  There is also a section that goes over all the terminology and potential problems you need to know as a pregnant woman. Don’t dwell on the problems, but be aware of them.

The Rough Guide to Pregnancy and Birth- Kaz Cooke

Kaz Cooke did a great job with this book, as it is a complete guide to pregnancy life, delivery and living your first few weeks as a mum. It covers complex areas, like your health as pregnant mum and the health of your new born, and also deals with practical issues like dealing like nausea and stretch marks. The book is written in a friendly and witty manner, so it is guaranteed to keep your attention.  If you are worried about stretch marks right now then check out this NHS page on the subject.

What Mothers Do: especially when it looks like nothing- Naomi Stadlen

Are you close to your delivery date? This book is one of the best books you will ever read. It focuses on helping you organise your time as you take care of yourself and your new born.  Naomi has years of experience working with new mothers, and it shines through in this book. After reading this book, you will no longer be overwhelmed at the thought of caring for your baby. The chapter that focuses on temperament around your husband is a must read!

The Best Friends’ Guide to Pregnancy: Or Everything Your Doctor Won’t Tell You- Vicki Iovine

This book is for you if you are looking for a read that is conversational and funny, yet covers all the vital things you need to know as a mother. The book tackles all those little embarrassing things you can’t ask other people in public, all the handy tips, and what you need to know to understand your bodily changes; as well as a lot more. The book will have you relaxed and laughing from cover to cover!

Reading a few of these books will give you a great base of knowledge, and will help you have more tools, power and confidence to control your attitude through the struggles!