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The Home Repairs You CAN Tackle Yourself

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Becoming a homeowner is a hugely important milestone in most people's lives and something we 
dream of. But it's definitely not all relaxing on a pristine sofa or throwing barbecues at the weekend - 
our houses require regular maintenance work to stop them falling into disrepair. Quite simple repairs 
can develop into huge issues if left unresolved, so it's far better to tackle things head on and develop a 
proactive home repairs schedule. If there's something you can do that only requires simple tools and 
isn't dangerous, it's a good idea to learn how to do it yourself and save some money. This will keep 
costs down and make sure that you can call in a contractor when you really need to.

Refresh Your Paintwork

The key to maintaining fresh looking rooms is being able to give them a new coat of paint occasionally, 
and it's something you should be able to do yourself. The key is to spend enough time on the prep 
work before you ever raise a roller. 

Start by removing any fixtures which will be in the way - unscrewing curtain rods and taping up the 
edges of light switches and skirting boards with low-tack decorators tape. Get a pro finish by cleaning 
down the walls with a damp sponge to get rid of dust and grime that will stop paint adhering cleanly to 
the walls. Check for any old nail holes or little surface dents and cover them with filler before sanding 
down. Apply a primer first and then a couple of coats of the shade you've chosen - it's a brilliant way to 
breathe life back into your home.

Service Your Heating and Aircon

The winter means you will have been using more heating while the summer makes demands on your 
air conditioning unit, so spring is the perfect time to service both and prep them. Start by checking the 
copper pipe coming out of your unit - if it feels hot, the units coils are likely to be dirty and in need of a 
wash. Clean out any vents of dust and debris that stop your unit working effectively - if you find a 
problem, call a 24/7 ac repair before issues escalate. Bleed radiators to rebalance the levels and 
ensure even heat distribution. There are lots of simple video tutorials for servicing your heating syste
out there that you can follow.

Reseal Your Bathroom

Redoing the sealant and grouting in your bathroom not only guards against expensive and damaging 
leaks and stops mould and mildew forming, but it freshens up the appearance of your whole bathroom. 
You can get hold of products which soften the old caulking and make it easier to cut away and remove 
with a scraper. Once you've stripped it out, use paint thinner to get rid of any residue. Next, load your 
caulking gun with your choice of sealant and have a few practice runs on an old piece of scrap to make
 sure you can apply it as a smooth even line. If you aren't confident, you can also get strips of caulking 
that you unroll and press into place. Next, use a grout whitening pen to touch up between your tiles, of 
it's chipped and damaged, you can regrout your tiles - there is even coloured grouting available if you 
want a low-key new look.
14:13:00

Learning At Home - You Can Do It!

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How much time do you waste online? All of that time spent checking Facebook, Instagram and 
watching Netflix… Couldn’t you do something more valuable with your time? Online learning is great for 
many reasons - it can help you find new hobbies, improve your career or simply help you pass the time!

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With so many ways to learn new things, it’s worth giving it a try. Take a look at some of the cool ways 
you can embrace web learning and find a good use of your time online.

Get crafting with YouTube

Getting crafty is easier than ever thanks to YouTube! There are so many fantastic tutorials out there that 
can teach you to do everything from making your own candles to making your own kitsch blankets. If 
you’re passionate about home improvement, you could even learn how to take on more ambitious 
projects and do some great things around your home. Who thought YouTube was just for funny cat 
videos?

Study for an online degree

Studying online means you no longer have to go to university to get a good degree and benefit your 
career. You can use online learning to help you get your education at your own pace, making it the ideal 
solution if you need to work or take care of your family while studying. An online MSN-FNP program 
could help you become a family nurse practitioner and open up many doors. There’s some great 
courses you can take online, and with flexible funding too - you could really boost your career!

Learn a language

You’re never too old to learn a language, and learning a new language online can be a fun new hobby. 
Websites like DuoLingo make learning a language fun and easy thanks to games that are designed to 
boost your memory and help you grasp the basics quickly. It makes such a difference knowing a bit of 
the local lingo before you travel somewhere new, so spend some of your free time learning a new 
language that will be sure to impress friends and family the next time you go away!

Become a superstar chef!

As one of the easiest things to learn online, cooking has to be up there! How many times have you 
seen a fantastic recipe idea shared on Facebook but never set about to make it? What’s stopping you! 
Expand your recipe repertoire and aim to cook a new dish each week - whether you want to eat 
healthier or simply try more home cooking, the (online) world is your oyster!

Online learning is something you can easily fit into your time. Whether you choose to learn during your 
morning commute, while you’re catching up on the week’s TV or while you’re lying in the bath - there 
are plenty of opportunities for you to learn something new. Set yourself some exciting new goals and 
who knows what you could end up learning online?

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