Qualities of a great builder

What makes for a great builder?

Finding builders is simple these days – you have CanYa 😉, Google and the entire internet. The problem is, how do you know if you have a good builder or a GREAT builder? Turns out that there are some common characteristics that all great builders share.

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Licensing and insurance

Licensing is a very good place to start. Certain trades (usually the safety critical ones) require mandatory licensing to be able to work. Think plumbers, electricians, builders etc.

Having adequate insurance is another sign of a great builder. They need to be appropriately covered to protect themselves, you and your project. Make sure you check that your builder is licensed and insured before you hire them.

CanYa gives you the ability to find licensed and insured builders in your area.

Realistic quoting

The main gripe with hiring builders that you don’t know is the tendency to quote low but ultimately charge high. The reason for this is simple, people are mainly price sensitive when looking online because it is traditionally quite hard to measure a builders quality. The builder gets his (or her) foot in the door with a low quote and then adds on all the extras that weren’t in the original quote but are essential to getting a good result.

Look for a builder that gives you a detailed, reasonable and written quote.

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Professional

It is important to remember that this person is working for you. With this comes an expectation of professionalism. They should be open, honest, approachable and reasonable. Any deposits they require should be checked against State or Territory guidelines and given with plenty of notice.

A CanYa handyman about the get to work on a job he got from Australia's easiest way to hire local service providers

Contract

This is a very important aspect of the process that is routinely done poorly. You must have everything detailed in a very clear written contract (depending on the job size) and you need to have discussed expectations, timelines,  limitations, budget etc. A great builder will give you the time to read, change and amend the contract to accurately reflect your expectations.

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References/referrals

It is actually quite hard to find honest and candid references and referrals because it is usually the builder that provides them. What you need to do is find a platform like CanYa that lists all previous reviews (by score and written comments) to ensure that your builder is great quality.

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Example of a great builder

B. P. Building Services PTY LTD in Darwin (Australia) is CanYa’s Provider Of The Week and a perfect example of a GREAT builder. Brett is skilled in ceilings, roofing, flooring, bulkheads, cladding and framing, renovations, bathroom/kitchen fit outs and much more. Check out some of their handy work below:

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Brett of many trades!
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If you find yourself in need of a great builder in Darwin, hire B.P. Building Service today! If you need to find a great builder near you- who you can confirm their licenses & insurance, check their previous work and get a free quote- download Australia’s best way to hire local service today!

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The Home Maintenance Schedule

For most people the family home is the largest investment that they own. Keeping it in good condition is important but it is very easy to overlook or to get overwhelmed. Here is a schedule to keep you on top of it all and ensure you are protecting your largest investment.

1. Every week

These are the routine tasks to keep your house clean and tidy.

  • Wipe down all benches, tables and surfaces
  • Vacuum and mop all the floors
  • Clean microwave
  • Scrub the floor and tiles in the bathroom
  • Clean the toilet
  • Clear debris from the lawn
  • Disinfect all light switches and door handles
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Get down and dirty with the basic weekly cleaning

2. Every month

Every month you should focus your efforts into the maintaining of your house.

  • Properly clean the inside of the oven; removing all oil and grime
  • Test your smoke alarms
  • Check filters (range hood, washing machine, dryer, vacuum cleaner etc)
  • Clean blinds/curtains (vacuum and/or wipe down)
  • Rinse out and clean wheelie bins
  • Wash and dry all bathroom and kitchen floor matts
  • Remove all weeds and large debris from the garden
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Maintaining the house is important and cannot be overlooked

3. Every quarter

Every quarter you need to address the larger issues around your house. These tasks take a lot longer to do but will keep your house in better condition for longer.

  • Pressure clean the driveway and patio areas
  • Clean out the gutters of all leaves and debris
  • Spray clean all windows and screens
  • Test all electrical trip switches
  • Check the water meter is operating correctly and free of debris
  • Clean under and behind larger appliances (fridge, dryer, washing machine etc)
  • Clean air-conditioner and check filters
  • Oil the garage mechanisms and wipe down the doors
  • Throw out all out-dated and expired foods from the cupboard and fridge and clean the empty shelves
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Some of the tasks that can overwhelm you with help from local providers

4. Pop up tasks

Even with the above maintenance schedule you will find there are pop up tasks and odd-jobs that come about all through the year. When you find these issues you need to address them straight away with a DIY project or by hiring a local trusted provider. Some of these tasks might include:

  • Replacing blown lightbulbs
  • Fixing leaking taps or running toilets
  • Replacing ripped or torn fly screens
  • Cleaning and repairing the roof and drains
  • Chopping up and removing fallen palm fronds or trees
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Getting help is easy, especially when you hire a jack of all trades!

Don’t suffer, get help!

Looking at the maintenance schedule for the house is pretty daunting. It is possible to keep chipping away and to complete it all by yourself but there is a better way!

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Get help with CanYa!

CanYa has local, trusted and verified providers that can help with the home maintenance schedule and burdens that comes with it. Many of the providers are “jack of all trades” and in one call-out you can get somebody to help with the any one or all of your odd jobs and household tasks!

Nicko Boubaris (on of our Darwin based providers) is a good example of how flexible a CanYa service provider can be. Nicko provides services ranging from handyman, roofer, tiler, builder, plasterer to painting, appliance installation and bathroom/kitchen renovation. To get help from Nicko or to view his CanYa profile for free, simply click here and download Australia’s best app for hiring local providers.

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Nicko Boubaris – A man of many skills

 

How to do some gardening and stay married…

Busy life, big dreams

I’m someone who likes to do hands on projects around the house.  I dream big, and I get started on my own steam (you know, modern woman can hammer a nail just as well as the next man, no need for hire-a-hubby or even a volunteer hubby and so forth).

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“Jane” of all trades, master of none

And being the working mother of 4 children, I take advantage of the few hours I have here and there to get stuck into a little juicy project, and hope like anything I can get it done before there is a chorus of ‘I’m hungrrrry!’. Unfortunately I’m not a big planner – preferring instead to do the planning as I go along (I pride myself on my multitasking!).

But SOMETIMES you need to know when to call it quits and call in someone to help.

Let me illustrate…

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This is 10 tonnes of rocks! More help needed than these 3…

 The garden isn’t going to fix itself!

So the other day, I decided something NEEDED to be done about the verge. It was covered in weeds and debris and it was a nice sunny morning. Perfect. Hat on, shovel out, I get to attacking the weeds and scattered palm fronds. Two hours later, I have a very large pile of palm fronds on our verge.

Feeling quite satisfied I turn to catch my hubby looking at my palm frond pile with a quizzical look on his face.  “Where’s that pile going?” he asks (in a voice devoid of any hint of negativity which is a credit to him!). Hmm. I hadn’t thought about that yet and it was a rather LARGE pile.

So, where IS that pile going?

Three weeks later, after a failed attempt at finding a friend’s trailer to borrow and another failed attempt at paying my brother to get rid of it, I finally decided to find a rubbish removalist on CanYa!

With CanYa, I managed to get rid of that pile that day!

I promised my hubby I’d never do it again. He just looks at me and decides to buy a palm frond mulcher the next day. Okay. FINE.

Good idea in theory…

Problem was, now that I had de-weeded my verge, I needed to keep the weeds out. Ideas pinged and I settled on getting some rocks from through a Facebook gardening sale – low maintenance, great base for a waterwise garden. I informed my husband that some rocks were getting delivered to finish the verge and about 30 minutes later, they arrived in style. My poor hubby looked at me in quiet disbelief – to be honest I was a little shocked that ten tonnes of rock was such a HUGE pile!

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In case you forgot how big a pile of rocks I had to deal with!

I kept up a straight face – of course I knew what ten tonnes of rock meant and of course I was going to spread it straight away. In fact “it would all be done by the end of the weekend“, I enthusiastically told my husband and the truck driver. And I pretended not to hear the truckie ask my hubby if he needed a drink. What pessimists!

Three months later, after many calluses, an ever suffering husband who I cajoled into assisting to move 2 of the 10 tonnes, a good dose of realism kicked in when I still had 3-4 tonnes of rocks left over (in a large pile in the SAME spot the palm fronds had been in!).  Sigh. Time to save my marriage and call in some gardening help from CanYa.

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Worth it in the end!

 Don’t suffer, let CanYa help

I don’t know what the lesson for me is in all of this, but I do know that stubbornly trying to get a job done on your own doesn’t work – and sometimes it’s better to know when to call it quits and get some help.

Actually, it’s probably time to organise that nice CanYa babysitter Courtney again. Date night required NOW!

Keep your New Year’s Resolutions with Nathan Isaac

It will come as no surprise that the most popular New Year’s Resolution overall is to get fit, healthy and/or lose weight. Now that 2017 is well and truly underway, take a moment to reflect on those New Year’s Resolutions you committed to a few weeks back – are you on track? If you’ve found yourself slacking off, never fear – everyone knows February is the real time to start kicking goals.

If you want to get serious about your fitness journey it’s time you meet Nathan Isaac, one of CanYa’s fitness providers.

 

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“Health is the core of everything. When you better your health, you better every aspect of your life”  – Nathan Isaac

Fitness is more than just a job for Nathan, it is his life. He has a holistic approach to keeping a healthy lifestyle, and says while training and eating healthy is important, there is more to wellbeing than these two factors, including:

  • Sleep – almost nothing is more important than a good night’s sleep
  • Mental health – your mood, confidence and focus are all important to your overall health
  • Hydration – your body needs water to function, a well-hydrated body is a happy body

Coaching style

Here is another snap of Nathan, he is mountain climbing in Nepal – are you seeing a pattern here? Nathan loves the great outdoors and says he loves to train his clients outside in the open.

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Trekking in the Himalayas

Bodyweight exercises or – callisthenics – is Nathan’s primary style of training. A client will keep their heart rate high with a mix of:

  • Squats
  • Lunges
  • Sit-ups
  • Planks
  • Crunches
  • Burpees (urgh, the worst!)

Just to name a few.

CanYa has helped Nathan in an unexpected way

Nathan recently needed some plumbing advice. Instead of googling endlessly, he realised he had the CanYa app quite literally at his fingertips. He used the chat function to get in contact with a local Darwin plumber “Chandley Plumbing“, who gave him the recommendations he needed.

CanYa brings people together! ❤

Some words of advice

Some final pearls of wisdom form Nathan:

  • Be patient –  it may have taken years to get to where you currently are today, so don’t expect miracles to happen within days.
  • Throw out the scale – remember, muscle weighs more than fat, so the scales aren’t always accurately showing your progress. Nothing is more demotivating than seeing next to no results from stepping on the scale every single day. Say bye!
  • Track your progress – track your workout times, reps and weights. As long as you’re moving up in reps or weight, you know that you’re making progress.

Book Nathan today

Here are your steps to a fitter, healthier you:

  1. Open your CanYa app (download CanYa here if you don’t already have it)
  2. Search for “Nathan Isaac” in the Darwin region or look him up in the Personal Trainer category
  3. Book him straight away or chat/call him for free using CanYa’s free chat/call service
  4. Buy yourself a sweat towel

Darwin Handymen; Who is the handiest of them all?

DIY isn’t for everyone. Even if you are pretty handy, every now and then there will be a repair which you can’t quite tackle. Thankfully, the CanYa Community is full of everyday superheroes who can take care of these pesky tasks for you. Enter James Bermingham.

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James Bermingham; Darwin’s best Handyman!

James is the handiest handyman that CanYa (and therefore Darwin) has to offer! After all, people don’t just hand out 5 star reviews for nothing. You might be asking yourself “What does a handyman even do?”. Well in James’ case, he does about everything:

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  • Question: How many James Bermingham’s does it take to change a lightbulb?
  • Answer: One. No joke – James was once booked to do just that!

There is no job that is too big, too small, too easy or too hard for this handyman.

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James has everything you need!

You might be thinking “Changing a light bulb is easy! I could do that, why would I need a handyman?”. Well you might be able to change a light bulb, but can you do all the other things James can?

Below you’ll see some of James’ pour work (it’s a concrete joke).

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Just a little before and after of James’ handy-work!

Stop putting off those annoying jobs. YES you could Google it, YES there is probably somebody on YouTube that will show you how to do it but NO you will not get around to doing it! James is your man.

Book James today; here is how to do it:

  1. Open your CanYa app (download CanYa here if you don’t already have it)
  2. Search for “James Bermingham” in the Darwin region or look him up in the Handyman category
  3. Book him straight away or chat to him over CanYa Chat (happens to be his favourite feature so he will get back to you ASAP)
  4. Continue living your life without the burden of annoying unfinished jobs!

To find out more about James you could also check out his Rugged Red Contracting Facebook page.