What Should You Do After a Damaging House Fire?

A house fire is a tragedy no matter how large or small.  The most important thing to remember is to have smoke alarms, get them checked regularly and have an escape plan with all family members prepared and practiced every 3 months.  A house fire is devastating, regardless of how much damage occurred. Your first instinct may be to begin the clean-up and repair work, but there are several key things to work through first.

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Posted In: Asbestos, Builders, Cleaners (Exterior), Cleaners (Interior), Fire and Floods, Fire Services Professionals

home maintenance tasksChristmas is just around the corner. If you’ve been putting off getting home maintenance tasks done around your home over winter, you’ll be pleased to know that Builderscrack has qualified tradespeople available now to consult with you, or get a free online estimate.

Get ready for summer with 5 home maintenance tasks

 Tune up your air conditioning: Prevent emergencies and be safe by hiring a tradie to tune up your air conditioning. Not only will this keep it running and your summer electricity bills low, but a tradie will check that there are no fire hazards with faulty wiring.

Roof check: Now is a great time to inspect the roof for problems. The rain has subsided so there are more opportunities to hire a professional roofing contractor to find any small problems before they get bigger.

home maintenance tasksClean gutters: Regular cleaning will help prevent clogging and unnecessary leaks and is best done twice a year.

Remember that it can be dangerous to get up on the roof. So hiring a specialised gutter cleaning company is a great idea.

Window check: The key to successful window maintenance is to routinely check the sealants. It’s a good idea to inspect weather-stripping for any faults and replace it immediately if there is an issue.

Pressure wash: The best way to maintain your home’s exterior is to clean it with a safe pressure wash. This will remove dirt, stains and mildew. Before washing make sure you cover plants, electrical outlets and windows to avoid any mishaps.

That’s just a few home maintenance tasks you can get done now before Christmas madness descends upon us. If you’re not sure what needs doing around the house, our tradies can help. Experienced in a wide range of specialities, they can advise you what else may need doing to keep your home in tip top condition this summer.

Posted In: Auckland, Buller, Carterton, Choosing Tradespeople, Cleaners (Exterior), Electricians, Hamilton, Handymen, Hastings, Hauraki, Napier, Nelson, New Plymouth

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This is part two in our three-part series “weatherproofing your home for winter”. Last week we covered inspecting fireplaces, wood stoves and chimneys. We also discussed cleaning your gutters and roofs. Read last weeks blog post. This week we cover winterizing your house exterior, doors and windows.

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Posted In: Cleaners (Exterior), Door Professionals, Glaziers & Windows, Invercargill, Kawerau, Manawatu, Palmerston North, Papakura, Queenstown, Rangitikei, Tauranga, Waimakariri

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winter weatherproofingThis week marks the official start of winter on the calendar. Looking at the temperatures around the country leaves us in no doubt that it’s well and truly time to get stuck into winter weatherproofing your for home.

The cold outside should make the warmth inside your home cozy and inviting, but is that outside chill seeping inside?

Over the next three weeks we’ll share some top tips on how you can winter weatherproof your home to cope with a kiwi winter. We’ve got a great mix of tips but don’t forget to share your own top tips in the comments section below. (more…)

Posted In: Auckland, Central Otago, Cleaners (Exterior), Clutha, Far North, Fire Services Professionals, Fireplace Installers, Glaziers & Windows, Grey, Hamilton, Handymen, Hastings, Hauraki, Heating Professionals, Insulation Installers, New Plymouth, North Shore, Opotiki, Plumbers, Queenstown, Roofers, Ventilation Specialists, Whakatane, Whanganui

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house cleanersWhen you decide you want to hire domestic cleaners, get them to come to your house and do a thorough assessment of what you want doing.  Cleaners will provide a variety of services, not of all which you may want or need so it’s important to agree on what jobs you do want doing and how long it’s expected to take to complete them.

Check if your cleaners will be supplying their own cleaning products and tools or whether they’ll be using yours. Find out if they work alone or if a team will come to your home or business to get the job done.  Ask for references and read the reviews about them on Builderscrack.

Domestic or industrial cleaning will be done by professionals who take their job seriously and what is required to complete it to a high standard.  Once they’ve established what you need doing, and how often, you’ll need to organise access to the property on a regular basis for them if the work is ongoing and not a one-off.  A professional domestic cleaner will be able to utilise all the best cleaning supplies and equipment to make sure the job is done well. Often it’s only after a big cleaning job is done, that you’ll realise just what a difference it’s made!

Their work tools include cleaning carts, mops, buckets, dusters, brooms, vacuum cleaner, towels, garbage bags and cleaning solutions.

The services of cleaners include:

  • Exterior cleaning
  • Interior cleaning
  • Water blasting
  • Vacuuming
  • Bathroom and kitchen cleaning
  • Office cleaning
  • Home cleaning
  • Waste removal

Hire cleaners for your home or business today

Posted In: Cleaners (Exterior), Cleaners (Interior), Far North, Fiordland, Rental Property

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