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Crane Hire For Home Projects

Crane Hire For Home Projects

More and more companies are opting to hire a crane rather than buy one. There are many reasons why this is the case. The most obvious reason is the fact that it is a lot cheaper and businesses obviously want to keep their costs as low as possible. 

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However, it is not just businesses who require crane hire. There are a lot of homeowners and DIY enthusiasts around the country who need to hire a crane for projects that they are carrying out. After all, not all cranes are like those huge massive cranes that you see on building sites. You also have small crawler cranes and self-erecting cranes, which are designed for very small spaces and indoor use. Tools like this can make your DIY projects a lot easier and safer too, so long as you choose the right crane for the job. 

Nevertheless, in order to benefit from all of the gains associated with crane hire you need to make sure you choose the best company for the job in your area. Read on to discover what you should be looking for when seeking crane hire… 

Crane selection

The first thing you need to do is have a look at the range of cranes the company has on offer. Different cranes are suited to different tasks. If you were going to use the same piece of machinery for every task then you would be better off buying a crane. A good company will have everything from mini crawlers to tower cranes. They will be able to provide you with the best piece of machinery in order to deal with the task you are looking to complete. No demand is too big; whether you are working indoors or in an enclosed area. It is unlikely you are going to want a tower crane for a home project. However, the company is likely to serve the industrial and commercial markets as well. A website like Franna Crane Hire can give you a good idea regarding what you should expect when it comes to a crane hire company and the different options they have available. 

Experience

It is always recommended to go for a crane hire company with experience to boast. You need to be safe in the knowledge that they have provided their service successfully many times before. They have spent the years gaining their experience, they have perfected their craft and they know what makes their customers happy. If you go for a business that has only been hiring out cranes for a couple of years then you leave yourself at risk of being somewhat of a practise project. Furthermore, it is very unlikely that a new business will have a good selection of cranes. 

Health and safety 

You need to make sure the company upholds their responsibility to provide optimum levels of health and safety. They should carry out stringent tests on all of their equipment. It is the company’s responsibility – not yours – to make sure that everything is working safely and effectively at all time. A good crane hire company will highlight this on their website for all to see. 

Price quote

Last but not least, you should be given full knowledge of hire price before agreeing to hire a crane. You need to make sure you are covered and that there will be no hidden costs entailed. Nevertheless, you also need to be mindful of how much you pay too. Everyone wants a bargain, however going for the cheapest hire price you find is not recommended. This could indicate a significant lack of quality and that’s not what you want when hiring such an important piece of machinery.

If you take into account the four points mentioned in this article and you consider them carefully you will be able to find the best crane hire company for you. Remember; crane selection, price, experience and health and safety are all determining factors. Don’t be afraid to ask the company for a bit of advice too if you are feeling unsure regarding what sort of crane is going to be right for the specific home project that you are carrying out.

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Talking The Talk: A Simple Plan For Getting The Most From Tradespeople

Talking The Talk: A Simple Plan For Getting The Most From Tradespeople

When you hire someone in to do work on your home, it’s always going to be a leap of faith. You are entrusting your pride and joy to another person, and no matter how much research you do, there’s always going to be an element of trepidation.

It’s also an inherently fraught process, even if the person you are dealing with is the nicest person in the world. You’re bringing in an expert, be it an electrician, someone to fit carpets or a plumber, because there is a gap in your knowledge. That means you don’t know what you’re doing; they do… but you’re the one who is going to control the process.

Communicating effectively when you hire someone to do work on your home is a part of the process that you have to master, even if it doesn’t come easy to you.

DO Be Upfront About Timescales

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If you need something doing in a specific amount of time, then you have to be upfront about it. Don’t say “sometime next week would be fine” if you really mean “it has got to be Monday or Tuesday”. This can lead to resentment on your part, as you wonder what’s taking them so long. If you then ask them what’s happening – and they are keeping to the more vague timescale you gave – then that could lead to resentment on their part. That’s not a happy working relationship.

DON’T Be Demanding

It might feel like the work you are undertaking is the most important thing in the world, but to the tradesperson, it’s just another job. So don’t expect them to move heaven and earth for you, or make any demands on their time or availability. Your work should be important to them, but it’s unrealistic to expect them to put it above everything else in their life and career.

DO Admit That There Are Gaps In Your Knowledge

Don’t try and pretend that you know everything and how to go about it. If they say something that you don’t understand, then ask for clarification. It might be a touch embarrassing, but it’s better that than you agree to something that isn’t what you had in mind! Any competent tradesperson will be happy to explain to you when there’s something you don’t understand; they should want to ensure you get the most out of the work as well.

DON’T Hover Over Them

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If you have trusted someone enough to bring them into your home, then there is no need to supervise their every move. Leave them alone to do their work, rather than hovering over them checking what they are doing. By all means, find a reason to pop in every so often (an offer of tea or coffee is rarely going to be badly received!) and check up, but don’t try and linger.

DO Write Everything Down

If you have long, protracted discussions with a tradesperson, then write everything down once you reach a conclusion. That way, you both have a hard copy of the work that’s being undertaken and how long it’s estimated to take. It’s far simpler than relying on memory alone, and should discourage any arguments from taking place.

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Is It Time for a Home Upgrade? 5 Reasons to Schedule Your Next Home Improvement Right Now

Is It Time for a Home Upgrade? 5 Reasons to Schedule Your Next Home Improvement Right Now

When was the last time you had a home improvement done? Was it a few weeks ago? Months? Years? Or perhaps you used up all your energy and effort to build your own home instead. Whether or not you’ve had a home improvement in the last couple of months, there’s never been a better time to get started and start planning your next big improvement?

Why, you ask? Simple! It’s that season of the year when we’re recovering from the cold weather, we’re using our heaters a little less often and businesses are starting to get back into their usual groove. Very few people plan their improvements for the spring season, but if you’re lucky you can start making outdoor and indoor improvements before the rain comes and before summer hits.

Here are five reasons why you should consider planning your home improvements right now!

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  1. Prices are lower

It’s true! Many construction companies and contractors are free during this season because most of them have just come back from extended breaks over the holiday season. As a result, many contractors have open schedules and you can easily book a job as long as you plan it quickly. If you’re still concerned about pricing, then you could always check out personal loans for homeowners to fund your projects.

  1. Prepare for the summer

When the hot season arrives you’re going to need the right equipment and amenities to set up a party for your friends and family. Buff up the back yard and clear out all the frozen and dead plants before they cause more trouble and give your barbeque grill an upgrade before it starts to build up rust and make your food taste nasty.

  1. Get it done before the rain arrives

Spring is known for wet weather across the world. Humidity can be a major issue in certain parts of the world, so it’s best that you get these works done before the rain settles in and it becomes difficult to work on the outsides of your home. Most contractors will refuse jobs if it’s pouring down with rain or the forecast predicts issues in the coming weeks. If you want work done on the outside of your home, you better do it now!

  1. Finish works while the kids are at school

With the school season in full swing again, it’s a good time to get works done during the day when your kids are at school or visiting their friends. With a clear house, there’s less risk that your kids will injure themselves on tools or loose materials from the construction area, and they won’t complain about the noise or lack of things to do when their bedroom is being remodeled.

  1. Live up to the resolutions that you promised yourself

If one of your resolutions for the new year was to become more active, get involved with the home or set up an improvement, then now’s a good time to act. Most people don’t manage to meet their resolutions in the span of a year, but if you want to feel great about accomplishing a goal so early in the year, then start planning those renovations!

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From Optimism To Success Via Dread: The Five Stages Of Home Renovation 

From Optimism To Success Via Dread: The Five Stages Of Home Renovation

Renovating a home is something we all find ourselves doing, eventually. We know it has to happen, and yet few things can prepare you for the mood swings that are to come. Between deciding to do it, and sitting back down in your renovated home, you’ll experience highs and lows that will leave you with whiplash.

Maybe it’s an old house you’ve just bought, and you’re fixing it up, or it’s one you’ve lived in for so long you didn’t see how old it was looking. One way or the other, you know that it needs to be done and it’s time to get on with it. But be aware there is nothing you can do to interfere with the Five Stages Of Home Renovation…

Stage One, Optimism:

“I Think We Can Have This Done In A Few Days”

Much as you may tell yourself to be realistic, you need to bring some optimism to the party or you’ll never get started on a renovation. So you will budget time, and even if you know it’s likely to take longer, this is the time you’ll quote to other people. “Yes, we’re hoping to be done by March!” you smile, masking the fact that inside you’ve already begun…

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Stage Two, Dread:

“Why Did I Talk Myself Into This?”

By now, you’ve walked around with a pad and pen writing down all the jobs that need doing. It’s more than a little basic maintenance. “A few days” was always a little joke. Now, a few weeks looks optimistic. It’s not too late to call it off, is it? Well, you’ve already ordered the new couch. You’re in it now and if you turn back, you’ll just have to do it later.

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Onto the next…

Stage Three, Renewed Enthusiasm:

“The Sooner We Get Started, Sooner We’re Finished!”

The glazed smile on your face may be unsettling to some, but you mean it. What’s the point in sitting around getting glum? You’ve called the likes of Bay Wide Hauling for help, and now you need to pull out the things they’ll be taking away.

This early on, a lot of what you will be doing is removing the bad parts other people put in. It’s fun, and you get to hit things with a hammer.

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But put that hammer down, it’s time for…

Stage Four, The Inevitable Delay

“It’s Going To Take HOW MUCH Longer?”

When you budget time for a home renovation, a good idea is to take the time it SHOULD take to do each job, and potentially double it. Why? Because things can go wrong. Unless this is something you do for a living, mistakes happen. The wrong paint is bought – and you only realize after finishing a room and a half. Or you knock through a wall – not with a hammer, but with your face when a ladder topples.

It will need to be put right, and this is going to take time. But you get stuck in, and you pull yourself through it, because you’re nearly there now. You paint walls. You lay flooring. You fit new appliances and an updated boiler. Things fall into place, with the main bulk work behind you.

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You smile, because it’s time for…

Stage Five, Success

“Now Let’s Not Do That Again For About Fifteen Years”

Couldn’t have put it better myself. With the finishing touches, like new surfaces in the kitchen and artwork on the walls, you’re there. Time to enjoy the house you’ve spent weeks and months overhauling.

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Failing To Find Happiness At Home? You Need A Professional Touch

Failing To Find Happiness At Home? You Need A Professional Touch

When your home isn’t how you want it, it can be hard to feel good. You can put in all the effort you like, but you won’t be able to shake the feeling that something isn’t right. It’s no wonder. Your home plays a huge part in your well-being. It’s the one place you have complete control over in this world. If you don’t take time to make the space right, you’ll be doing yourself a disservice. There are many things you can do to make your home your own, but sometimes the work needed is more drastic than that. If you can’t find satisfaction, no matter how many times you decorate, it’s time to call the professionals. If you’re unsure, we’ve got a list of things a professional can offer to your project that you can’t do alone!

KNOWLEDGE

The most important thing a professional can do is bring their knowledge to your project. Why ever you want to renovate, they’ll be able to give you some ideas. Remember, they do this for a living. They’re bound to know more than you do! Keep in mind your reasons for renovating, and make sure to tell them. That way, they can work towards a set idea. They’ll be able to use the experience they’ve gained during other projects to ensure they make a home you can be happy in! Knowledge is also necessary to ensure safety in a lot of cases. There are some jobs you just can’t do on your own, especially if they involve electrics or plumbing. Get an idea of which projects you shouldn’t attempt alone on sites like http://lifehacker.com.

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PROFESSIONAL FINISH

A professional will have access to equipment you couldn’t use otherwise. They’ll be able to ensure the project has that professional finish we all crave. They’ll even have access to finishing tools, such as those found at http://www.superficiamerica.com/. Machines such as these will ensure you’re as happy as possible with the look of your home. They also ensure that the space looks complete. DIY is all well and good, but it can sometimes look scruffy. And how can you find happiness in a home that doesn’t look complete?

TAKE THE PRESSURE OFF

Above all, having a professional on board will take the pressure off you. There are enough stresses in life, without adding a renovation project to the list. Hiring professionals you know you can trust means you won’t have to worry. After all, you’re doing this so you can be happier! Stressing out about it wouldn’t help you towards that goal. Renovation work is never nice and having builders in and out of your home can be unsettling. Even so, it’s better than taking a mammoth task on your shoulders. Not to mention that professionals will finish the job a lot quicker than you could. The less disruption you experience, the better. The faster the job’s done, the sooner you can get back on track for feeling good in every aspect of your life!

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The Basic Do’s And Don’ts Of DIY

The Basic Do’s And Don’ts Of DIY

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When you first consider sprucing up your home, it can be an exciting task. Then, when you get into the details of it all, the things that need doing and how they need to be done, it can all of a sudden seem overwhelming. Not only do you need to figure out what you’re doing, but you need to make sure that you’re doing everything right. Aside from simple maintenance tasks that you can get done around the house, the process of DIY can be quite tricky. So, learn the basic principles of what you should be doing and what you definitely should not be doing, and you’ll start off on the right foot.

Do Read Up

The first thing that you’re going to want to do is do a bit of research. Whether you’re painting an entire room, putting up shelving or even converting a significant part of your house, you’re going to want to know exactly what you’re doing. If you’ve never painted a room before, then it’s important that you know what the process involves. You might find that reading instructions online, or even watching a YouTube video will prepare you.

Do Use The Right Tools

Once you know a little bit more about the task at hand, you’re going to want to make sure that you’re ready for the job. You might know exactly what you need to do now, but you’re still going to need the right tools to get it done. So, it’s time to purchase or hire some new tools. You might want to see some of them demonstrated first, or even read reviews, just to make sure you’re buying the right piece of equipment for the job, and that you know how to use it.

Don’t Get Overwhelmed

At this stage, you might start to feel like you’ve gotten yourself in too deep. But there’s no need; you’re doing well. Not only do you know more about DIY now that you ever have, but you also know what tools you need and how to use them. As long as you take your time and get through each stage slowly, you’re going to be fine. And remember, only take on what you can handle. DIY is meant to make your life easier, not harder.

Don’t Stray From Plan

Now you need a plan. You might have already formulated something when you started your research, but if you’ve not thought that far ahead yet, now’s the time. You need to know exactly what you’re going to do and when you’re going to do it. Whether it is the steps in putting up shelving or to redecorate an entire room. Then, you’re going to want to stick to it. It might seem easier to stray, but the plan is in place for a reason!

Do Have A Budget

And finally, you’re going to want to make sure that you not only have a budget but that you can stay within it too. There are some many great ‘DIY on a budget‘ options to choose from too. So you can even save money while doing a job that you know needs to get done.

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Things You Should Consider Before A Home Renovation

By Guest Blogger Ian P.

Things You Should Consider Before A Home Renovation

Whether you’ve just bought that dream house you’ve always wanted and it needs a few fixes here and there or your old place is in need of a complete overhaul, home renovation can be an energy draining process. This is true both for those who live in the house they’re renovating, with the workers coming in and out of the place and dirt and dust everywhere and those who don’t but need to check in on the progress every few hours. Here are some first-hand tips on how to avoid making renovations a nerve-wracking experience.

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It’s always better to spend a few more bucks on quality materials than to cheap out on something that won’t even last to the end of the year. However, you don’t need to go overboard and shop for the most expensive items available. Talk to a friend who’s been through a renovation and double check with your contractor before spending all your money and always set aside additional 10% to 20% of your overall budget for any issues that might arise.

Choose the right contractor

Sifting through the yellow pages and searching the internet are the easiest ways to find a contractor. This said, finding a good and reliable contractor who understands what you want and knows how to accomplish it can be a little tricky. Word of mouth is oftentimes the best way of finding good contractors, so try talking to your friends, neighbors and colleagues from work. Ask for any referrals and proof of previous work before signing an agreement, that’s the best way of avoiding scams and shady contactors.

Set realistic expectations

This is the single most important thing on this list. Having dreams and expectations is normal, but always have in mind that renovations depend heavily on the shape of your existing home, available resources and of course, the budget. Ask yourself, do you really need that expensive marble counter, or can you satisfy yourself with a more reasonable priced one. If you can, good for you, and if not, try doing the renovations in stages. Prices vary from season to season and being patient always pays off in the long run.

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We often pride ourselves in accomplishing things with our own two hands. And there are numerous little jobs around the house which don’t require hiring an expert and wasting your money away. Changing the light fixtures, fixing the kitchen sink or throwing a fresh coat of paint on the walls is simple for those who know how to do it, but fixing the plumbing and painting the entire house does require calling an expert. If you want to repaint the house but have absolutely no skill with a paintbrush and roller, you can contact Painters Sydney, for example. Just make sure that the job in question is definitely out of your comfort zone before calling an expert.

Do your research

Heaving clear expectations before you start tearing the house down is crucial. Talk to anyone who’s done a renovation for tips and advice or contact a real estate expert. They may charge you for a consultation, but their knowledge on the subject and vast experience can only do you good. Cross-research the best deal available for all the thing you need to buy or try talking to your contractor. He’s probably been doing his job for quite some time and probably know where you can get a good deal.

Home renovations can be challenging at times, especially for those who’ve never done it before. Not only that but most people tend to live in the house they’re renovating, making their everyday life difficult both for them and the workers. If the entire house need work, then its best you stay at your friend’s or neighbor’s house until it’s done. Having a vision is never enough, you need careful planning, a good budget and at least a few consultations with the experts before you embark on the road of renovation.

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