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20 Myths About Kitchen Renovation: Busted

Friday, January 22nd, 2021

If you’re thinking about a kitchen renovation, then you’ve probably stumbled across many myths that are completely untrue! As a consequence, we’ve created this blog post to look at the twenty most common kitchen renovation myths, and we’ve busted them wide open.

#1 Kitchen renovations don’t add value to your home

This is a huge myth! Kitchen renovations are proven to add value to your home, meaning you can sell it for more.

#2 Kitchen renovations are too expensive

Again, a big lie! We provide endless kitchen renovation ideas that are tailored to suit any budget.

#3 You should try and find cheap products

Not a great idea, it’s better to buy things that are proven to work and last!

#4 You can renovate a kitchen by yourself

Technically yes, but only if you’re an experienced kitchen fitter with plenty of time on your hands! For most people, it’s highly recommended you let the experts take over – like us.

#5 You should let the pros decide everything

While we think we’ve got an excellent eye for interior design, it’s so much better if you have the final say and choose whatever suits your kitchen the most.

#6 You need to renovate your kitchen based on style alone

Don’t do this, you should take practicality into account equally!

#7 Eco-friendly kitchens cost more

Yes, it can cost more to buy eco-friendly products for your kitchen. However, they save you lots of money over the years, so the cost balances itself out.

#8 Always follow the trends

Avoid following trends and follow your heart! Things go in and out of fashion, so pick what you like best.

#9 Everything must go

Don’t feel like you need to completely get rid of everything in your kitchen, some things may be suitable to stay!

#10 Kitchen renovations take years to complete

If you choose the right people, then you can have a new kitchen in a matter of months.

#11 You can hide problems with paint

If there are issues such as cracks in your walls or mould, then you should get them fixed instead of painting over them.

#12 There’s no point in a kitchen renovation

Kitchen renovations can seriously improve your home; as mentioned earlier, they add value to the re-sale price, but they also provide you with something more practical and can make life a lot easier – especially when cooking!

#13 It will be very intrusive and wreck your home

When done correctly by the pros, a kitchen renovation won’t be invasive and will leave your home spotless.

#14 You have to hire an interior design

Nope! At WeFix, we don’t just fit brand new kitchens, but we also have our own kitchen designers to help you create your dream kitchen and build on your ideas. So, there’s no need to hire an interior designer as well.

#15 You must get planning permission

Planning permission is only required if part of your renovation includes extending your home.

#16 You must get a modern kitchen

The renovation is in your hands, which means if you want to turn back time and transform your kitchen into something more rustic, then you can!

#17 Bigger kitchens are the best

Not always, in fact, a smaller kitchen can sometimes be more practical for you, so bear that in mind.

#18 Kitchen renovations should take place before you move in

Some argue that this makes sense as you avoid having workers coming in and out of your home, and you can move in to a fully-functional kitchen. However, it’s sometimes better to wait until you’ve had time in your kitchen so you can assess what might need replacing and what’s actually worth improving.

#19 Granite countertops are the best option

Some say this is true, but there are many pros and cons to other materials as well – do your research before making a decision!

#20 Don’t waste money on fancy features

Funnily enough, some fancy features – like cabinet organisers – can actually be very cost-effective and practical, so don’t rule them out.

Hopefully, seeing these myths will help you when you decide to go ahead with your kitchen renovation! If you need a professional kitchen fitter to help get the job done, then give us a call today.

Can I Repair My Own Boiler?

Friday, January 22nd, 2021

If you consider yourself something of a handy person to have around the home, then you may be eager and willing to fix whatever you can yourself, without having to spend money on professional help. Some jobs are tougher than others, however, and boilers can be some of the most complex (and potentially dangerous) appliances in the home.

So, can you fix your own boiler? What can you do to make sure it’s taken care of and what should you do when something goes wrong with it?

Can I repair my own boiler?

One of the fears of the DIYer is that they might end up spending more money than they need to on services that they didn’t necessarily need. Unless you’re certified to work with boilers, however, it’s dangerous to go tinkering by yourself. However, that doesn’t mean there’s nothing that you can do.

One step that might see some minor hiccups cured and a good place to start is resetting the boiler. If you have the manual for your boiler, it should tell you where the reset button is. In most cases, you need to press this for ten seconds. If the problem isn’t fixed after two resets, there’s something more complex wrong with it.

Bleeding your radiator

If you have your boiler turned on and you can hear it working, but your radiators aren’t heating up, then there are two likely causes. The first is that there’s a build up of sludge inside the radiators, made from corroded materials, dirt, and other debris. In this case, you need a professional to flush it and there’s little you can do yourself.

Otherwise, there may be pockets of air trapped inside the water in the radiator, that make it hard for warm water to travel through them effectively enough to keep them heated. If that’s the case, then bleeding the radiator may be your best bet. It can hard to tell the difference as to whether to bleed or flush a radiator, so it’s always worth trying the former.

Turn off your heating and find the valve of the radiator. Holding the key with a cloth, turn it anti-clockwise. If you hear a hissing noise, then that means trapped gas is escaping. It’s wise to have a plastic tray or cup beneath the valve as water can drip out, as well. Once you can no longer hear hissing, tighten the valve by turning the key clockwise again.

Fixing your thermostat

If you have an electronic thermostat, then issues with heating in the home may not have anything to do with the boiler system, itself. Rather, the thermostat might be the issue. Often, dead or low batteries are the culprit. Find your thermostat manual, figure out what kind of batteries it uses and how you can access the battery compartment. If the problem isn’t fixed when you replace the batteries, you may need the help of a professional.

The dangers of boiler DIY

Boilers aren’t just full of hot water. They’re gas appliances. This means that a poor fitting or fix can be extremely dangerous. One of the most serious risks of all is an explosion due to a gas leak. Another danger to be wary of is carbon monoxide poisoning. CO is an invisible odourless gas that can kill if enough is inhaled. Trying to fix your own boiler isn’t just unsafe, it’s potentially deadly.

What to do when your boiler is in trouble

Given the risks associated with trying to do too much boiler repair on your own, it’s wise to err on the side of caution (and sense) and to call a professional when you need to repair your boiler. Boiler repair teams like WeFix aren’t just experienced. We’re also certified, meaning that we have been trained to approach any and all boiler repair jobs with safety in mind first and foremost.

Furthermore, you need a team that’s ensured. This means that should any damage be done to your boiler or property during the repairs, you aren’t left handling the costs. If you try to do some DIY, even if you manage to avoid putting yourself in real danger, there’s a significant risk you might accidentally cause some damage. In the end, that’s only going to increase the costs of repairs.

When in doubt, it’s safe to err on the side of caution with the help of WeFix. Tell us what the problem is and we can provide an instant boiler quote and arrive in no time to ensure that you’re back up and running without any surprise fees or huge additions to the cost.

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