A good paint job will instantly transform your home from looking old and dilapidated to new and modern by adding real character and personality. Painting your home is not only for enhancement purposes, but it also acts as a defence against weather, insects and other potential threats. Regular painting is an important aspect of home maintenance to keep your property protected and to retain its market value.
When the time comes to repair and paint your home, many homeowners tend to go for the cheapest quotation which many times result in disaster and end up to be more expensive than what it should be. Painting a home is not just about attractive colours and a few paint rollers. All paint projects require knowledge, experience and skills to ensure a long-lasting finish.
It’s all in the preparation
To guarantee a long-lasting paint job, certain steps need to be taken. If these steps are not taken correctly, paint manufacturers will simply void the paint guarantee.
It is common for interior and exterior walls and ceilings to crack due to certain weather conditions. There are many types of cracks caused by various reasons and it is therefore important to investigate the source of the problem first. Once the source has been established, be it through water damage, dampness or structural fault – only then can the damage be properly fixed with the correct material and in the correct manner. Therefore intense water and damp proofing should be carried out followed by painting. If any of these steps are missed, the same or more cracks will surface not long after the completed project, leaving the project in a poorer condition, which will also be more costly.
It is also very important to use specific paints on certain textures and structures. Using the incorrect paint will shorten the length of time in which you need to renovate again. Using the correct, high- quality paint will ultimately cost you less over a period of time.
It’s been a while since we could just pick up our phones and make a quick call to our local handyman. Not just because of COVID restrictions, but also because we are afraid to let people into our homes.
You can be assured that all the 0861NUTSMAN employees are equipped with the necessary personal protective equipment. Their staff have been thoroughly trained to sanitize and wash their hands frequently on the job. Team leaders ensure that all staff are monitored for COVID-19 symptoms and make sure their staff do not use public transport. You can also rest assured that all their equipment and tools are also disinfected after every job.
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A few years ago the world-renowned trend guru Li Edelkoord identified the cocooning trend. She said that as a collective, humans are turning inwards, using our home to rejuvenate and energize, to be better people. It was identified as a macro trend, here to stay and not likely to change any time soon.
This was pre-Covid-19. Roll on 2020 and what was a theory becomes our reality. Even more so than how any trend guru could have imagined. We all know that things will never be the same again. This international crisis forced us to, very quickly, do things differently. It highlighted our flaws and also showed us how wonderfully adaptive we are.
One of the big changes will definitely be how we look at physical offices and how we work. We have now seen that so many of us can work very effectively from home. In fact, with the right discipline, we are even more productive than in a formal office setting.
How will this affect our homes?
The temporary offices we created will become permanent. There will be an evolution of the home, where the homes of the future will be sold on the strength of the wifi or fibre in the area and functionality of its home offices.
We will see more functional furniture, transforming small living spaces from day time office to nighttime living room. Furniture and appliances will not only have to be beautiful and functional but of high quality. We will buy with our heads from a very tight purse.
Homeowners will become far more critical of home services and suppliers as more hours are spent at home. Suppliers will be judged severely on the quality of their work and the level of their service.
How will this change who we are?
We will live more holistic lives when the lines between work and home blur. This is something that will be easier for younger people and those of us who were born pre 80’s will have to do a bit more adapting.
We are going to see a new definition of being professional. People will be more forgiving when you are on a Zoom call and your toddlers run past the camera in the background. We will have to work harder on our relationships, building bonds with colleagues, friends and family.
But if there is one thing this crisis did point out, it is the value of family and social interaction and how home will always be at the centre of our lives.Read More