How to become a master of home maintenance

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Posted 29/05/2018 by E.ON

When things go wrong in your home, or it’s time to give it a fresh lick of paint, who do you call? Unsurprisingly for some, the answer is our parents, and we’re now even calling upon them into our 50s.

One in three of us don’t feel confident tackling home maintenance tasks, so we turn to our family when we need advice on how to bleed radiators, fix a broken fuse and even change a lightbulb.

It’s time to take mum and dad off speed dial. To help relieve pressured parents around the country, here’s a few simple ways where tech can help you master some essential home maintenance skills.

Say goodbye to the instruction manual

The days of head scratching are over - say hello to the age of the video tutorial.

When it comes to home maintenance, incredibly over half of us haven’t turned to technology yet. Now, thanks to the internet, we can do all sorts – even teach ourselves new skills at the touch of a button.

If you need to learn how to put up a curtain rail, change a light bulb or read your gas meter, YouTube almost always has the answer. Other online video hubs are on the rise too, so take a look online for the opportunity to teach yourself a new skill.

Download an app for it

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There really is an app for everything nowadays. Yep, even ones to make home maintenance less of a chore.

Thanks to apps like TaskRabbit, getting an expert in to help with home maintenance has never been easier. Simply download and describe the task you need doing (upholstering, electrics, painting) and get matched to someone who can do it for you.

Okay, so it’s hardly mastering the task yourself, but for a small fee it’ll give mum and dad a break.

Get the tech to do it automatically

You’re not alone. Energy related tasks - like reading your meter - are where people feel least confident

Get yourself a self-reading smart meter. They automatically send readings to your supplier for you. What’s more, you can see how much energy you’re using in pounds and pence in near-real time. Smart, indeed!

Programme your home around your life

Programming the timer on your thermostat can be tough – with 41% of people saying this is something they struggle with. But thanks to new innovations, manually programming your thermostat may soon be a thing of the past.

You can keep your house at the right temperature all year round with a smart thermostat like tado°. With its simple, easy to understand interface you can control heating from the touch of your phone, wherever you are.

#AskTwitter

Why not ask someone who has experienced the same problems you have?

Over the last few years, more of us are taking to online forums and social media feeds to source information and guidance.

The likes of Twitter, Instagram and Facebook are still great ways to get close-to-home recommendations from people we know (or sometimes don’t know) for anything related to DIY or home.

Say the word

When doing tasks and DIY, it can be frustrating if you have to down tools and check the instructions.

With home assistants like Google Home, Siri and Amazon Alexa, you can play tutorials, tick tasks off your checklist, or call mum or dad for help by just saying the word. Now you can re-pressurise the boiler or put up that bookcase without having to break off from the task in hand.

 

 

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