The shed has always been a standard feature in the majority of gardens in the UK. We dump our tools in there, we dump clothes in there, or some of us arrange our things very nicely in there. But things are changing, sheds are no more a standard feature. Sheds are normally the area of the house the man can use to store items related to his hobbies. For example a model railway set or a miniature pub.
The summer house has never been as popular as the shed until this point. Right now there is serious competition. It is attracting more men who are happy to store the tools wherever they can indoors in order to benefit from an additional outdoor room that improves the value of the home. It also extends the time that you can spend in the garden each year. It can be used as a casual office, a play area, or even an area to dine in.
Deciding on whether you want to have a summerhouse or a shed depends on what you actually want to do in your garden. Thus we recommend start with what you need. Then it will become clear which road you should take. Either way as with any choice with the house we recommend you do your research as much as possible to get the best thing for your needs.
Prices go up in line with the size and with sturdiness. Most of these items will also need you to lay a shallow foundation beforehand. If you are unfamiliar with Summer Houses we recommend you visit a friends or families first in summer and in winter to understand how they function and check that they are right for you.
Buying a house is very exciting, but buying a house is also scary for many. It’s sort of like having a tattoo. Something you can change but you have to go through a lot of effort, so it’s best to make the right decision first! This article give you tips when you are going to view a house to buy. Use these then thank me later!
1) View the property in bad weather
Anywhere can look good on a glorious summer day. That’s why it’s called a glorious summer day! But when it’s a bit miserable outside you want to know that the house will still smile at you when you get home after a hard day at work! So it’s a good idea to view the property in bad weather.
2) Don’t be shy
Follow your instincts. Ask whatever question comes to your head. It’s better to find out now then to find out that the noise was actually a leak coming from the roof after you bought the property! This is going to be your pride and joy so ask all the questions you want. There are no stupid questions!
3) Pay attention to location
The property may be close to a train track. Ask yourself what this means. The property may be close to a football stadium, ask yourself what this means. The property may be very far from a bus stop, ask yourself what this means. Ask yourself as many questions about the location as possible. Think about the different scenarios possible.
4) Look for a south-facing or east/west facing property
What is a south facing or east/west facing property? It’s a property which gets some sunlight. You don’t want to be in a house like Golem (the character from Lord of the Rings). No you want to have some sunlight so you can pop the kettle on and be proud. Ask the homeowner about it, take your compass with you, but make sure you get to the bottom of the sunlight situation!
5) Check the parking
Just check the parking. You don’t want to faff about every evening getting a parking space. Check the parking and specifically ask the question.
If you are my age you already know what I’m talking about. If you have any kids my age they will have already asked you for help to do some tasks that you’d describe as basic. There was a time where life was simpler, things were a lot slower, and many people took up DIY as a hobbie.
This time period i’m mentioning is a thing of the past. Many home owners these days don’t want the hassle of tiling their kitchen, or even putting up a shelf. Its not that they are lazy, in some of the cases at least. Its just that they want to spend their time doing other things. Things that are cool. Most home owners these days don’t find fixing a burst pipe, or even slotting in some new laminate floor as cool. They want to get out the house, hang out with friends, read some books, or do anything else!
Homeowners are now moving to apps like Taskaway. Which allow you to browse through local Tradespeople, and book them through your phone. And they are loving it because its simple to use.
We are interested to hear from other home owners or anyone who is still doing DIY. Feel free to get in touch.