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The leaves are changing colour, the evenings are drawing in, and before we know it, the clocks will be turning back. Autumn is here, and there are a host of things you can do to your home to get it ready for colder nights and wetter days.

 

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Check your heating

 

Across offices and bars, the debate is already raging – have you turned your heating on yet? If you haven’t, then the chances are it hasn’t been on for a very long time. If that’s the case, then there’s no better time to make sure your boiler and your central heating system are all in full working order. Get yours checked over before all the engineers are busy with emergency callouts – or before you’re stuck with your own emergency breakdown.
Hire a heating engineer

Update your windows and doors

 

As temperatures drop, our cosy nights in can be rudely interrupted by cold drafts. Single-glazed windows and wooden doors can be the main culprits for these. Make sure yours are well-fitted and up to date to keep the cold out, and improve your home’s energy efficiency.
Hire a window fitter / carpenter

Repair any broken fences or gates

 

Strong winds and falling branches can wreak havoc on fences and gates, while wet conditions can cause wood to swell, warp and rot. Before any more bad weather sets in, it’s worth checking for any damaged panels or posts. Fixing them early can save money and effort further down the line
Hire a fencer

 

 

 

Fix damaged roof tiles

 

One of the easiest ways to prevent major problems from occurring is to keep an eye on your roof for signs of damage. Even a few loose tiles can lead to nasty leaks. An experienced roofer can inspect everything and should be able to show you pictures of any damage you might need to have repaired.
Hire a roofer

Make sure your home is insulated

 

No one wants a chilly and unwelcoming home when autumn begins to bite, so making sure your home is properly insulated is essential to keeping things nice and toasty. It can be a big job depending on what you want done, but can benefit your home for years to come.
Hire an insulation installer

Add new lighting

 

If you want to turn your indoor spaces into a safe haven from autumn’s damp and drizzle, lighting is key to creating the perfect atmosphere. Adding spotlights, accent lighting, or even just dimmer switches, can help change the character of a room with immediate impact.
Hire an electrician

 

 

 

PLEASE NOTE, FREE JOB FRENZY IS NOW CLOSED

 

With autumn rolling in and the evenings starting to get darker, we could all use a little more sunshine in our lives – and that’s why MyBuilder is giving away 10 free jobs to help families improve their homes.

Over the next month, ten lucky job posters will be selected at random, with each one getting the cost of their job reimbursed, up to the value of £1,000.

Have a whole host of projects you want to get started? Don’t worry, there’s is no limit to the number of jobs you can submit, so you can post as many jobs as you like before 14th October and they will all be entered into the prize draw. Winners will be announced from 29th October.

Whether it’s as simple as a boiler inspection, or the start of an exciting decorating project, don’t miss this chance to win.

 

To be in with a chance of winning, simply click the button below and post your job.

 

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Terms and conditions

  • Your entry to the prize draw in the form of a job post on the site is subject to approval by MyBuilder as with any regular job post on the site. All jobs posted on the site – and approved by the MyBuilder jobs team – between 00:01 on 17th September and 23:59 on 14th October 2018 will be entered into the prize draw. Jobs posted or approved after this will not be included in the prize draw, Free Job Frenzy. Work does not need to have commenced to be eligible for entry, but must be completed within 12 months.
  • Ten jobs will be selected by random draw – and will be paid for by MyBuilder (by reimbursement), up to a maximum value of £1,000 per job.
  • All selected winners will each need to show that their job has been completed by a MyBuilder tradesperson before payment is made.
  • Proof of payment for the work will need to be provided to MyBuilder before reimbursement of up to £1,000 are paid.
  • The prize of £1,000 will be paid to each winning entrant by bank transfer only.
  • By entering the competition you agree that if you are a winner that we may publish or share your Name and County as required under UK advertising code of practice.
  • Winners will be announced after the 29th October 2018.
  • The winner will be notified via email or phone and will have 7 days to respond. If MyBuilder does not receive a response from any selected winner within 7 days of the prize draw, that winner’s prize will be forfeited.
  • Any outstanding costs, in excess of the £1,000 maximum prize value, must be paid in full by the job poster.
  • No cash or other alternative prize is available.
  • There is no limit on the number of jobs a single homeowner can post.
  • All entrants must be at least 18 years of age and permanent UK residents.
  • We reserve the right to disqualify entries, without notice, and for any reason.
  • Employees of MyBuilder are not eligible to enter this competition.
  • MyBuilder reserves the right to withdraw or amend this competition in the event of any unforeseen circumstances outside its reasonable control without liability to entrants, the prize winner or any third party.

In addition, MyBuilder’s standard terms & conditions and privacy policy apply to this competition.

 

 

A good laugh can brighten up the working week and everyone has one of those stories that is guaranteed to get a laugh. Have you got a hilarious, embarrassing or shocking true story from working in the trade? Send it in and we’ll share the best ones!

 

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This week’s best stories:

 

We asked the great tradespeople who use MyBuilder for their funniest work stories and it turns out they are a bunch of pranksters… Not that we want to encourage this sort of carry on, but when it’s all good clean fun, we just had to share a few of our favourites…

 

A pizza the action

 

I told the labourer that the customer was ordering dinner, you just had to tell him what pizza you wanted – and so he did. He walked straight in and said “Hi, I will have meat feast thank you” which the customer knew nothing about. The labourer came out and we were all laughing. Always a funny one to watch.

 

Things that go bump in the pipes

 

Me and my buddy were working on a full heating installation just outside Edinburgh. The gentleman of the house left early in the morning for work and we carried on with the job. Around lunchtime, a woman came to the front door to inform us that the gentleman had died at his work. She was his niece and she told us to carry on with the work as normal and to call her when the work was complete.

In the afternoon, my buddy was in attic running a 28mm copper gas pipe. He had taken it up into the attic from the meter outside earlier that morning. I heard him moving around the attic so I decided to go outside and whisper ghost voices up the open ended gas pipe into the attic. “Ahhhhhh, Paaaaul, sorry I died young man……. please finish off my Central heating……  oooooo!”

Well, you should’ve heard him screaming and tripping over stuff in the attic. He basically fell down the attic ladder and ran outside! I had to run away slightly when I told him what I’d done. Laugh about it now though! 🙂

 

All you can cheat

 

Just told you a story about me and my buddy Paul…… ghost story, Well he got me back big time!!

We were at a job in Edinburgh. The customer left for work and we were working away.
During the job he said “Hey, look at this note beside the kettle: it says help yourself to tea, coffee, juice, sandwiches, biscuits.”

I thought it was an excellent gesture from the woman and she did seem the type to do this. We did intend to work until 7pm that night to get as much done as possible, but Paul got a phone call and had to leave.
As he was leaving, he said, “See you tomorrow buddy. Oh, by the way, I wrote that note!”…. and he left.
I had to down tools, head to the nearest Tesco and buy all the stuff we had ate! Total nightmare! Funny though when I look back on it.

 

 
Got a story too good not to share? Tell us what happened!

 

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We all want to be as healthy as possible, and we’ve never been more aware of the importance of things like eating a balanced diet and getting some exercise. But just as important as what we do to our bodies and what we put in them is where we spend our time – and nowhere is that more important than our homes. We’ve put together some tips on how you can make your home a more healthy place to be.

 

 

Install alarms

 

It’s a basic safety element that no home should be without, but many of us our lax when it comes to putting in smoke alarms and keeping the batteries fresh. It’s also a good idea to have a carbon monoxide alarm as well, which checks for high levels of the gas which can result from issues with your boiler. If you need help putting them on the ceiling or on a wall, a handyman can help you install them and put your mind at ease today.

 

Make sure your extractor fans are working

 

Modern homes are typically well insulated, which helps keep them warm, but isn’t always good for keeping fresh air circulating. In bathrooms and kitchens in particular, if there isn’t enough ventilation, stagnant air can build up. A good extractor fan will help keep air moving and freshen up your home. An electrician is a good starting point for getting one installed if needed.

 

Check for water leaks

 

Unchecked mould can lead to respiratory problems, so it’s important to tackle any sort of moisture build up which lead to damp. As well as tackling ventilation, checking for leaks is also vital, to make sure water isn’t getting anywhere it shouldn’t such as under floors or behind plasterboard. A good plumber can make sure your plumbing system is leak free.

 

Clean your chimney

 

If you have a working fireplace and chimney in your home, it’s essential that it is regularly checked and maintained. Any blockages can lead to harmful gasses building up, while if there is larger debris trapped in the flue, it can lead to fires. A chimney and fireplace specialist will be able to take a look and give you the all clear.

 

Inspect your paint

 

If you live in an older home, especially one with rooms or features that were last renovated prior to the 1980s, it is worth checking to see if any of paint used was lead-based. High levels of lead are toxic, but it was commonly used for many years. Care needs to be taken if covering up or removing lead paint, so make sure you speak to an experienced painter and decorator. For more information, read the government advice.

 

Replace your carpets

 

If you are particularly sensitive to allergies, especially dust and pollen, then replacing carpets with a wood or lino alternative can make a difference, as carpet fibres hang on to dust and pollen leading to further irritation. A flooring fitter can give you a quote on how much it would cost to replace any carpets.

 

 

Millions of people across the UK suffer from hay fever – an allergy to the pollen produced by trees, grass and weeds. It causes stuffy noses, itchy eyes and other cold-like symptoms, and for many people, staying indoors and keeping the windows closed feels like the only way to escape the suffering.

One growing trend in UK gardens might also provide some relief though – artificial grass is increasing in popularity all the time. In a recent survey carried out by MyBuilder, 40% of people said their dream garden would feature a low-maintenance synthetic lawn. A whopping 87% of people said they expected artificial grass to become more common across the UK in future – despite the fact that three quarters of people said they could still tell a fake lawn apart from the natural alternative.

 

 

If you’re interested in changing up your garden, adding an artificial lawn is just one option. Here are some other moves you can make to add some excitement to your garden this summer.

 

Build a barbecue

 

Instead of relying on a cheap disposable barbecue, or a rusty old kettle grill lost at the back of the shed, you could become the queen or king of the coals this summer by building a purpose-built brick barbecue. A good brick barbecue will become a centrepiece of your garden – a talented bricklayer will be able to help you construct one in no time.

 

Add a new shed

 

Brits are famed for their fabulous sheds, which have been turned into everything from traditional pubs to elaborate model railway showrooms. But for most of us, the shed is a rickety wooden shack, filled with spiderwebs and broken plant pots. If yours is leaking and liable to fall down in the next storm, why not invest in a new one that will actually be useful – a driveway paver can help create a base for it to stand on that will ensure it actually lasts this time.

 

 

Create a treehouse

 

If you have kids, or are just a big kid at heart, building a treehouse is a way to build memories for years to come. While you can buy kits to assemble, a carpenter could help you to build a unique creation that will be a family favourite for years to come.

 

Introduce a pond

 

Many people enjoy the relaxing and soothing character of having water in their garden, be it a fountain, a pond, or other water feature. A pond can be home to fish, frogs and other wildlife, and be a wonderful way to bring more of the natural world into the garden. A landscape gardener will help create a pond that suits the space.

 

 

 

Despite the stereotype of the handy dad, fixing things around the home, most dads today aren’t quite as into DIY as you may think.

In a survey carried out by MyBuilder asking dads what they most wanted for a Father’s Day present, two thirds turned down the option of a new set of tools in favour of more relaxing options, with a fancy meal in a top restaurant being the top choice.

On top of that, more than a quarter of all dads reported than when they had tried their hand at DIY, they’d had a disaster – proof if it were needed, that some things are just best left to the experts. Here are some of the most common DIY jobs, and advice for who to hire while dad puts his feet up.

 

 

Painting

 

Giving the walls a new lick of paint – how hard can it be? While it’s a popular job for DIYers, it’s not always the easiest to get right. Preparing the surface and getting the number of coats rights can be tricky. To ensure a great finish, a professional painter and decorator can handle the work.

 

Putting up shelves

 

Another DIY favourite, putting up shelves is often seen as a simple task, but getting a level shelf without leaving the wall looking like Swiss cheese can be harder than it looks. An experienced handyman should be able to handle it, or if you want a more complex arrangement, like inbuilt wardrobes, a carpenter might be a good option.

 

Clearing the garden

 

Getting rid of overgrowth or knocking down a shed doesn’t require complex measurements or expensive tools, but it does need a bit of planning if it’s to be done safely. A specialist in demolitions and clearances can make easy work of it and save you the stress, especially if there are complications along the way.

 

 

Dealing with a leak

 

A leaky tap or a mysterious dripping under a U-bend can be a real pain, but dealing with anything on the main water supply without knowing what you’re doing can be a bad idea. A plumber can identify a problem and any other factors quickly and safely, without risking flooding your home.

 

Gas and electrics

 

It should go without saying, but anything much beyond changing a lightbulb or a fuse should be left to a professional, and gas should only be dealt with by a tradesman on the Gas Safe Register.

 


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