With the imminent arrival of a new baby, we’ve recently been working frantically to try to gets lots finished around our house.
Like any family though, our lives are busy. It can be difficult to find the time to get the bigger jobs like redecorating whilst also juggling jobs, children and other commitments.
Fortunately, there are a few ways to make things easier.
Take replacing your floor as an example. You might be reading this in absolute horror at the prospect of ripping up old flooring and relaying something new, but fear not.
Choosing a laminate flooring instead of another option mean s that you can easily lay a new living room floor in less than a day.
Our flooring was laid professionally, but having weighed up the options, we chose a laminate. It was fitted relatively quickly and easily, compared to other materials.
To make it even easier, there are some suppliers, like skirtingsrus.co.uk who sell skirting board that can be stuck into place rather than nailed. Choose a pre-finished product, so you don’t even need to paint them before installing them. Win!
This is a massive benefit having once tried to do this ourselves (and failed miserably).
However, even if you choose these easier methods, you can take to make the job go faster. Here are a few tips.
Split the job up into tasks
My Dad is super handy and always says that the most important part of any DIY project is the preparation.
Therefore, don’t be tempted to rush DIY jobs. If you do that the results will not be very good. A far better approach is to break the job down into several tasks and do each one in turn.
If you plan to lay a new floor, split it up into 2 tasks. Set time aside for the process of removing old flooring and cleaning the surface. Then plan time ahead to lay the new floor.
Approaching things like this means you can still juggle family commitments rather than being too busy to spend time with the kids.
Pull together the tools and products you need for the job
This is a bit like counting that you have all of the IKEA bits and bobs before starting on a job.
With any DIY task therefore, it is important to pull all of the tools you need together in one place. Doing it a day or so in advance will save you from having to nip back out for a tool or material that you have forgotten.
It happens to us a lot and interrupts the flow of work, meaning the job takes far longer than it needs to. The more organised you are, the smoother the laying process will go.
Use the right floor levelling product
Flooring always goes down easier and looks better once finished if the underlying surface is perfectly smooth and level. This is easy to do if you buy a liquid self-levelling product. All you need to do is to remove the old flooring materials and clean the area thoroughly. Once that is done, you are ready to level the floor.
If you do this manually it can take many hours of difficult and skilled work. With a liquid floor leveling product, provided you follow the instructions properly, you just need to pour and leave it to spread out evenly. If you are not sure what I mean just watch this video. It will all make sense.
Work as a team
Team work makes the dream work, as they say.
Laying a floor no different, and definitely easier with two people. Once the first edge is done, one person can be laying while the other one cuts the awkward bits.
So, as you can see, there really is no need to put up with your old scuffed and cracked flooring. Provided you are organised and use the right materials you can put a new floor down without having to take a whole weekend to do so.
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This post was brought to you in collaboration with Skirtings R Us. The opinions expressed are my own.