• DIY & Improvements,  Home and housing

    Big Construction Firms Protecting Their Turf

    There’s no question that in the construction business, it really feels like “when it rains, it pours.” This is an industry that has seen the meanest kind of droughts, gang-buster spurts and the leanest profit margins. At the same time, though, when the industry turns around, as it started to do in 2014, it can suddenly seem like the industry is nothing but sunshine and daisies. According to Sageworks (a financial firm), sales for privately held construction companies grew at an average rate of 17% in 2014, making it the second fastest growing industry, behind real estate brokers and agents, an industry that grew 23%. It was followed by four other construction-oriented businesses:…

  • DIY & Improvements

    How to Choose the Right Power Tool For the Job

    Let’s face it, DIY is big business and as a nation we just love our power tools. The trouble is that often our fascination with power tools can leave us buying something that we’ll probably never use, only to see it gathering dust in the shed. If this resonates with you then you may want to read on. Whilst the right power tools make light work of projects by cutting down time and energy, the wrong tool is likely to be to be an expensive mistake. So just how do you choose the right power tool for the job in hand? Here are some tips. Frequency Before you get carried…

  • Bedrooms,  DIY & Improvements

    5 Home Improvement Jobs Best Left to the Experts

    You might think you’re a DIY expert, however, with 220,000 of us turning up at hospitals with DIY-related injuries, and the risk of finishing a job sub-standard, sometimes it’s best to leave it to the experts.  Here are five good examples.   5. Wall Papering Wall papering is one of those tasks everybody thinks they can do themselves.  The reality, however, is that as with most home renovation projects, it’s best left to the experts.  Lining up the edges of wallpaper sheets is easier said than done, particularly when you’re covered in wallpaper paste and have been working for a full day. In contrast, painters and decorators will have years…