Avoid DIY Fails

DIY Fails

Spring cleaning can expose projects that have been hiding through the winter. Now that we have completed our hibernation period, it’s time to tackle some of the “honey-do” projects around the house. According to the Home Improvement Research Institute, “Last year alone, nearly 40% of Americans considered starting a DIY project.” However, many projects are postponed or completely abandoned due to time, overestimation of abilities, and financial reasons. It’s wise to know your own limits and even better to call a professional when you are out of your league. Here are five DIY fails that needed a home service professional.

Painting

DIY painting

We know HGTV makes it look easy but unfortunately, watching one episode of Fixer Upper or attending a “Painting With a Twist” class does not qualify you to be a professional painter. There are some nuances to the process that a professional can anticipate and manage.

For example, in repainting the bathroom, it’s easy to grab the first paint you see at the store and get to work. However, a professional knows that painting a bathroom requires much more preparation than picking a color. Neglecting to clean, prime, or select the appropriate type of paint can cause you hours at the hardware store and in the bathroom, (not relaxing in the tub). Avoid a mess and overspending by connecting with a professional.

Plumbing

DIY Plumbing tools

DIY plumbing projects can go down the drain quickly. (<–See what we did there?) YouTube tutorials can be helpful, but they can only provide so much insight. If the professional you are watching skips a step, or you do, you can easily do more damage than there was to begin with.

For example, toilet installation could be a simple process that looks easy to tackle. However, it is a very detail oriented project. If you miss a step, like removing plastic bags from a sewer opening, you could flood the entire house. Plumbing is a tedious craft with no room for mistakes and the cost of a DIY plumbing fail far outweighs the cost of a professional plumber.

Electrical

DIY ceiling fan

An electrical project can not only be frustrating but truly dangerous to you and those around you. It seems straightforward enough to turn off the power at the breaker and get to business, but there is far more that can go wrong.

For example, installing a ceiling fan often results in a DIY fail. You want some air flow and overhead lighting, but it’s not as simple as it may seem. This project is only accessible from a ladder, but pets can run by, or your enthusiastic helper could bump it. If you’re not sure what you’re doing with the black, white, red and green wires there could be sparks, fires, or worse.

A licensed electrician will SHOCK you at how quickly the job can be done. Home service professionals know the order of tasks and the safest way to survive a new ceiling fan installation.

Roofing

DIY roofing

There are plenty of projects to be done around the house, but perhaps leave the “life threatening” ones to the professionals. Keeping a roof over your head is important but there are other risks involved past potentially falling from your roof.

For example, it may seem easy enough to hop up on your roof and take a look around. However, even small tasks like walking on flashing or certain shingles can cause leaks. DIY roof projects can even threaten insurance coverage for your roof. The roof needs to be cared for by a trained professional who is aware of the safety requirements, complexities, and structure of the roof. Stay on the ground and let the professional, licensed roofer climb this ladder.

Pest and Termite

DIY pest control

Exterminating pests and termites is gross and complicated. When you can see one there are usually many more behind the scenes, and one trap or spray will not fix your issue. Not to mention that the clean up from the aftermath is not fun for anyone.

For example, many people think getting a cat will fix your mice issues and it does, to an extent. Cats can be generous killers and offer you their prey as a prize. They like to leave the reward in areas that you are sure to find, like the bathroom floor first thing in the morning. That’ll wake you up quicker than an espresso! Let Jonny On It connect you with a local professional to rid your home of unwanted creatures that bite, scratch, or sting. Apply the best method of pest control by contacting a pro.

Conclusion

There are many projects around the house that are perfect for some DIY love like making candles, or hanging family portraits. However, there are some things that you really should leave to the professionals. Let Jonny On It connect you to local trained professionals to get the job done right quickly and safely.

Make Your Own Luck With Jonny On It!

Make Your Own Luck with Jonny On It

We all know it’s easier to think when you’re in a clean environment. Marie Kondo says “tidy your space, transform your life”. Before you go out and change the world focus on changing what’s right in front of you. Keeping your home tidy and organized is good for your well-being and that’s the first step in making your own luck.

Before St. Patrick’s Day arrives and shamrocks start sprouting let’s get your home projects finished by putting Jonny On It. Our home service provider app can be your lucky charm through this process. There have been studies linking positive psychological benefits to tidy and kept homes so cultivate your luck this season. Here are some tips to keep in mind.

1. Clear Work Space

Tidy desk

A clear workspace can make you feel lucky to have a spot that is yours in your home. Whether you always work from home or love craft projects, keeping it organized can help you be more creative. Take the time to put everything in its place. With a well organized clear desk or area you can visualize the next big step for your project or work.

2. Kitchen and living room

clear kitchen

The kitchen and living room are the most frequented rooms in the house. To create efficient kitchen storage use drawer organizers, pot racks, rolling carts, and refrigerator bins. In the living room add a multifunction coffee table, storage baskets, decorative bins, or cubbies to keep things off the floor. You will feel lucky to live there when your guests are green with envy (<– see what we did there?) of your tidy home.

3. Outdoor living space

lucky garden

The weather should be taking a turn for the “beautiful” any day now and it’s time to get outside. Feel lucky with your own version of Zen outdoor living space. Organize your plants with a tidy vertical planter, that way they don’t take up too much space and will look “too cute” at the same time. If you do have an especially green thumb (<–did it again) organize your gardening equipment with stylish shelves so everything is right at your fingertips.

4. Bedroom

cozy bedroom

People are asleep for on average ⅓ of their lives so make your bedroom your sanctuary. It’s easy to throw your clothes on the floor or leave an empty water glass by the bed but keeping it free of clutter can help you sleep better. Use the space under your bed wisely, it is the best way to keep something “out of sight, out of mind.” If you have artwork hang it on the walls don’t lean it on your dresser or nightstand, keep those spaces clear. A comfortable bedroom can help you fall asleep easier and a more rested mind is a more productive mind. Productive minds make their own luck.

5. Laundry Room

organized laundry room

Ah, the dreaded laundry room. It’s usually one of the smallest rooms in the house and can become overwhelming quickly. Keeping it organized and free of unnecessary clutter can help keep you sane. Try adding behind-the-door shelves to the space and store things like fabric softener or dryer sheets. If you are lucky enough to have a sink in your laundry room, utilize that space and add some under-sink shelves. These simple tricks are easy for any handyman to install and I know a great place to find one. Our app will put you in touch with the perfect handyman for the job in under 15 minutes.

Good Luck

If you’re reading this blog you’re already pretty lucky. So don’t miss out on the opportunity to put some ease in your schedule to grow your luck. Having a home service provider app on your phone reinforces the truth in what Seneca The Younger said, “luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity”.

Junkluggers Joins Jonny

Jonny and Junkluggers

Spring is almost here, which can only mean one thing: spring cleaning! You thought we were going to say allergies, didn’t you? When most of us think about this dreaded annual cleaning tradition, we imagine ourselves in full KonMari mode. Getting rid of things that no longer “spark joy”, tackling every room in the house one by one. Sure, organization and de-cluttering can leave you feeling refreshed and accomplished, but now you have a pile of clothes, furniture, toys and mainly….JUNK. How long will said pile of junk live in your guest bedroom while you continue to put it off? Shutting the door so you don’t have to look at it doesn’t mean it’s not there. (We know this all too well because we are guilty of it too.)

With Jonny On It, spring cleaning and de-cluttering doesn’t have to be a chore. We are thrilled to announce that we have recently added The Junkluggers of Atlanta to our app! Whether it’s cleaning out a whole garage or moving one big piece, you can find eco-friendly and socially responsible junk removal at the palm of your hand.

Meet Keith Tenuto

Owner of Junkluggers

The Owner and Director of Operations for The Junkluggers of North Atlanta.

As a family with strong ties to North Atlanta, Keith really wanted their business to have a positive impact on our community and is looking forward to delivering on the eco-friendly commitment of The Junkluggers.

To give you some background, The Junkluggers is approaching its 15-year mark! They are a caring alternative to traditional junk removal with a commitment to enhancing lives, communities, and the environment by donating, recycling, upcycling, and supporting local charity partners. Their Founder and CEO, Josh Cohen, advocates for making a positive impact
on the world. One of the goals they have as a company is to reduce waste added to landfills and to be a completely landfill-free company by 2025. The benefits that The Junkluggers foresee for our community and our environment are immeasurable.

So, what’s different about The Junkluggers?

Reusable bulk items are clogging up our landfills unnecessarily and are creating an environmental dilemma. They are here to do something about it. Rather than taking items straight to your local garbage dump, they will carefully sort through them first. If they are able to donate or repurpose items, you can look forward to receiving a tax-deductible receipt from the charity you helped too!

Even Jeff Gray, CMO of Jonny On It, used The Junkluggers to experience it for himself!

Get a head start on your spring cleaning today and give our app a try!