Author: Patrick Smitch

How Much Does It Cost to Build a Garden Wall?

A garden wall doesn’t just offer privacy and protect your home’s boundaries — it can be beautiful and put your home in the spotlight too! Building a wall offers many more benefits besides, including added security and various possibilities for visibility and wind protection.

If you are thinking of building a garden wall, there are some considerations you need to make in advance. These include how big you want it to be, the materials you would like to use and the cost of the job. Ideally and for a clean finish, the architecture should also match the house and its current surroundings. read more

A Guide to Skimming a Wall: A Breakdown of Costs

With the summer sun comes brighter, longer days — the perfect time to implement new inspirations and ideas in your home. Whether you have just purchased a brand new home or you are thinking of renovating your current one, chances are at some point your walls will need an overhaul. This may include re-plastering the wall, and painting or adding new wallpaper.

While it may not be noticeable, minor defects arise through the everyday use of your walls, and heat and condensation are two major contributing factors of deterioration. Renovation, therefore, is necessary not just for aesthetic purposes, but also to improve the overall health of your living space. In this guide, you will find valuable tips on skimming a wall, the costs involved and the best materials to use. read more

What is a Damp Proof Course? Does Your Home Need It?

Damp proof coursing. You might have heard of it, but do you know what it is or why you need it? Our experts provide all the details.

What Exactly is a Damp Proof Course?

Damp proofing is present in every modern home, and a few not-so-modern homes. It is a thin layer of protection built between the brickwork of a house, close to where the house sits on its foundations. Often consisting of either slate or plastic — depending on how old the building is — the material runs the entire way around a property’s exterior wall.

The damp proof course is designed to do one thing: keep damp from entering the home.

How Does Damp Enter the Home?

Water from the ground can seep into the cracks and crevices of a building, either those that exist from the outset or that are created over time as the structure settles and ages. read more

How Much Does a New Bathroom Cost? Breakdown of Fees and Rates

Considering investing in a new bathroom for your home? Not sure how much it will cost? HaMuch breaks down the major costs to help you understand what kind of financial commitment you are making.

New bathrooms are one of the most popular areas of home improvement in the UK.

Spaces we spend much of our time in, with the potential to add great value to a property, renovations to bathrooms can have a major impact on the aesthetic appeal of a home. But, despite the fact they are often the smallest rooms in our house, improvements can still be costly.

So, how much does a new bathroom cost and is it affordable for you? Here, HaMuch breaks down the average cost of a new bathroom, looking at everything from individual item costs to fees and labour charges. read more

From Budget to Luxury: Discover the Average Cost of a New Kitchen

Considering investing in a new kitchen? Find out how much you are looking at spending with our beginners guide to costs.

We all love a new kitchen. It’s one of the areas of the home we spend the most time, which is why so many Brits are inspired to cast aside their old furnishings and enjoy some of the latest trends in kitchen design.

However, whilst many desire a new kitchen, is it really an affordable luxury? The average cost of a new kitchen varies wildly. In this blog post, we break down those costs, helping you understand what options are available to you.

Budget Kitchen Installation Costs

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Kitchen installation is never cheap, but there are options available to reduce costs. Limitation of what you actually buy is, of course, the easiest way to keep costs down, as is the brand of supplier you use. read more

Wasp Nest Removal Tips: DIY Advice for Homeowners

Wasp nests are a very undesirable feature of a garden or home, and one people swiftly want rid of. Discover how to remove this infestation today.

Finding a wasp nest on your property is something many homeowners dread. Getting rid of the hive and removing the wasps from your land becomes a top priority, but how do you do it?

How Not to Carry Out Wasp Nest Removal

Before we look at how to get rid of a wasp nest, let’s first consider how you shouldn’t do it. While it might seem like a straightforward operation, there are plenty of wrong ways to carry out wasp nest removal. Such as:

  • Destroying the nest: A physical attack, consisting of bashing the nest to pieces with a bat, racket, stick or anything else, is a bad idea. This will promote a very aggressive response from the hive, endangering not only yourself but those nearby. It also won’t kill the wasps, only destroy their nest, likely leading to a return.
  • Setting fire to the wasp nest: Setting fire to a wasp nest is a poor idea for two reasons. The first is that it will not kill all the wasps, which means they will likely return. The structure of the nest is also flammable, which risks leading to the fire spreading or causing harm.
  • Drowning out the nest: Some people look to flooding a nest as a method of removing wasps. This will not work. Wasps nests are often built outside and are resilient to water. You may cause damage and reduce numbers, but it will recover. You’ll also risk property damage if the nest is inside, such as in the attic or garage.

DIY Wasp Nest Removal

Considering DIY wasp nest removal? This is not actually a practice we recommend, although it can be done if: read more