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Homeowners always have a long list of items that need to be completed around the house. Sometimes you may want to try to complete the honey-do list yourself, but it can take quite a bit of time that you do not always have to spare.

The more sensible way for you to tackle these projects is to hire a handyman. A handyman can complete multiple projects in one day and it will cost much less than hiring a contractor or people who specialize in each project area. You may not need a plumber to repair a leaky pipe or to install new tub and shower faucets, for example.

Some of the projects that handymen can do are:

  • Painting
  • Changing light fixtures
  • Replace faucets and toilets
  • Install new flooring
  • Retile a shower and replace a vanity
  • Replace doors and windows

These are just a few items that our handymen can do and you can call us any time to see if we can tackle all of the items on your list. Take a look at our quote request sheet for additional ways we can knock out your honey-do list.

Contractors are more expensive to hire than handymen and the quality of the work will not be any better if you spend more and hire a contractor. Most handymen will charge either by the hour or by the day and they are quite capable of completing multiple smaller projects in a day. We even offer a half-day handyman service that guarantees you four hours of service. You’ll be impressed with the number of things we can tackle in four hours!

Every homeowner wants their honey-do list to finally be finished and the best way to accomplish that is to hire a handyman service that can complete multiple items in one day for a very reasonable price. You will be so happy with the results of our work that you might even have to find more items to add to the honey-do list.

We’re located in Brooklyn and provide all types of handyman services throughout Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan. Give us a call at 347-695-1882 if you would like to schedule an appointment for a consultation or to discuss our services in more detail. This is the perfect gift for an ailing parent who cannot complete their honey-do list anymore or for a professional who simply does not have time.

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We’ve been busily helping homeowners in the area install window air conditioning units and complete other home improvement projects lately. Today we decided to make a short list of things you can do to prepare your home for the next two months of summer in style. And remember, give us a call if we can help you knock out your to-do list.

New Coat of Paint

Freshen up the walls with a new coat of paint for every room. You’ll be amazed at the difference something as simple as painting can make. Need help choosing the best paint colors for your home? Give us a call!

New Window Dressing

New blinds or curtains are an excellent summertime addition to your home. Mini blinds get damaged in time and you may notice a lot of sunshine peeking through broken areas. That sunshine is causing heat and making your air conditioning unit work harder than necessary to maintain a cooler temperature. New blinds will help, and blackout curtains will help as well.

Install a Window Air Conditioner

Window air conditioners are literally lifesavers during the summer months. June has been a hot one so far, but July and August are always hotter. We expect many more three digit days in the coming two months. You may even consider installing an air conditioner in the bedroom as well as in the living room.

Caulk the Windows

A lot of conditioned air escapes through cracks around the windows. If you can put your hands around the window trim and feel a lot of heat, you probably need new caulking around the windows. Now is a great time to do it, because it will dry quite quickly.

New Doorknobs and Locks

Doorknobs get worn, dated, and damaged in time. If you’ve not changed your doorknobs in the last five years, it’s time! You’ll get all new keys, too, so make sure to give new keys to people who need them.

New Decorative Items

Lighten up! Not figuratively – literally. That new coat of paint and new window dressings will only go so far in updating your home’s appearance. Get rid of the drab decor you’ve had sitting around for three years and replace it with something fresh, new, and bright. Dollar stores are an excellent place to find inexpensive decor items that you can switch in and out based on the season.

Call a Brooklyn Area Handyman

Checklist Home Services is a locally owned and operated handyman service. We provide all types of handyman services in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens. Give us a call and we’ll help you sort through the variety of tasks that need to be done to your home this summer.

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Updating your kitchen doesn’t have to cost a fortune. In fact, we can show you how to update your kitchen with less than $5,000 if you’re willing and able to do some of the work on your own. The best way to save money is to reuse items you already have and not spend frivolously. Here are our other budget-friendly tips for giving your kitchen an inexpensive facelift that doesn’t look cheap.

Use Existing Materials

Your existing cabinets and countertop may be well-used, but are they completely out of the picture? We’ve found that most of the time the existing cabinetry, drawers, shelving, cabinet doors, and countertop can be refinished and reused or repurposed. For example:

  • Refinish your existing cabinetry with paint and hang it back into place.
  • Refinish your existing cabinetry with paint and hang most of it back into place. Leave doors off of a few cabinets and make those decorative shelving. Cut the extra cabinet doors to create new drawer faces, floating shelving for other areas, artwork, or a variety of other uses.
  • Refinish the existing countertop with a faux finish.

Peel and Stick Flooring

This stuff is so cheap it doesn’t matter if you have to replace it every other year. It looks great when properly installed and generally lasts a couple of years on average. This allows you to try out different colors and types when you get the urge to change your kitchen flooring.

New Hardware

This is where most people see dollar signs. Lots of dollar signs! But you can buy some really nice cabinet hardware at your local second-hand store. Mix and match pulls and knobs to create a truly eclectic appeal or bite the bullet and buy all new from your local hardware. Check online for handmade or used hardware as well. Either way, you’re not going to spend a lot of money.

New Faceplates

Electrical outlets and light switches look old and worn in time, so replace those with new. You can replace them for roughly a dollar each. This is one item that will make a difference without breaking the bank.

New Sink and Faucet

This may actually be the most expensive part of the facelift. A new kitchen sink and faucet will go a long way in updating your kitchen. Choose wisely and stay within your budget.

Peel and Stick Backsplash

The backsplash doesn’t take nearly the beating that the flooring does, so it lasts much longer. A peel and stick backsplash protects the wall just like a tile backsplash, but it costs much less. And it’s easier to install.

Kitchen Facelift Ideas in Brooklyn

Call Checklist Home Services if you’re in Brooklyn, Manhattan, or Queens and would like to discuss giving your kitchen a facelift this year.

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Summer is finally in the air, and it’s time to set up those window air conditioning units! This is the time of year when we choose which window we aren’t going to use for the remainder of the summer. It’s a small sacrifice to make to keep cool on those triple digit days that are right around the corner.

Factors that determine how your window air conditioning unit will be installed:

  • The Size of the Unit – The unit itself has to fit in the window opening. You can’t install a window unit air conditioner that is bigger than your window opening.
  • The Condition of the Window – Make sure the window is clean and in good repair. You won’t be able to open the window and clean the outside for at least a few months, so make sure it’s done before installation. Check for rotted wood or any other signs of instability.
  • The Type of Window – A double-hung window is the best type of window for air conditioner installation. The lower part of the window opens to allow the back of the unit to stick through the opening, and closes securely on top of the unit to hold it in place.
  • The Position of the Window – West-facing windows receive evening sunshine and could cause the unit to work harder than it needs to, or you may have one window that takes the brunt of a rainstorm. These are not ideal situations for the unit.
  • Proximity to an Acceptable Outlet – The air conditioning unit will pull a good amount of electricity, so you need to make sure the outlet can handle the load. You may need to move other items such as the microwave, dishwasher, or other heat-producing appliance to a different area if the air conditioner risks flipping a breaker.
  • The Ability to Add Rain Protection and Insulation – The air conditioner won’t likely fit perfectly into the window opening. You’ll probably have holes where air can escape and rain can come through. You can use wood, cardboard, spray insulation, or a variety of things to prevent rainwater from spraying in every time it rains and to keep the hot air outside.
  • Don’t Block the Front – Curtains and other types of window treatments block the air conditioner and prevent it from turning humid indoor air into nicely conditioned air. Pin curtains out of the way or make a seasonal decorative change and switch to blinds that can be raised halfway.

Installing a Window Air Conditioner in Brooklyn

Window air conditioning units are extremely popular in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and the surrounding areas. We assist many homeowners with installation every year. If you’re worried about the potential risks involved or that you may drop it (ouch!), then give us a call for professional installation.

The post What You Need to Know before Installing a Window Air Conditioning Unit appeared first on Checklist Handyman Services.

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We all appreciate our parents, spouses, friends’ parents or other people who have played those roles in our lives. Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are special days set aside for the people who have raised us, helped raise us, or influenced us in very important ways. This is our time to give back. This year, instead of giving mom another pot of flowers or dad another tie or grilling set, consider giving them a gift certificate for our handyman services.

Handyman Services

We currently have two amazing offers for residential handyman work. We customize the work you request and fit it into one of these two services:

  • Handyman-for-a-Half-Day
  • Handyman-for-a-Full-Day

Click here for examples of each list. Please keep in mind that the services offered with each service will vary based on your individual needs.

Customize Your Handyman Checklist

Just think of all of the home improvement projects we could complete for that special person in your life in a single day. Has dad been planning to hang his big screen TV and install the window air conditioner, but didn’t have the right tools or enough manpower for the job? Let us do it. Has mom been wanting the ceiling fixed, walls painted, and new curtains hung? We’ll do that, too.

Our basic Handyman-for-a-Full-Day service is $725 plus materials – talk about a bargain when you consider everything our team can do in a single day. We can knock out this year’s home maintenance list so your parents, spouse, or other special people in your life can relax and enjoy.

Handyman Services in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens

We hope you thoroughly enjoyed Mother’s Day with that special woman in your life and are looking forward to a happy Father’s Day as well. Give us a call if you’re in Brooklyn, Manhattan, or Queens and would like to schedule an appointment for a consultation. We’ll go over your 2018 home improvement checklist and see how many of those tedious items we can fit into a Handyman-for-a-full-day schedule.

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Is your home ready for summer entertainment? Don’t worry, there’s still some time. Not much obviously, but some. Give us a call and we’ll help clean, paint, and prepare your home for summertime barbecues that your guests will talk about for years to come.

Paint the Walls

Has it been more than three years since you painted the walls? A fresh coat of paint will make your home look updated more than anything else you can do.

Buy Summery Decor

Go to your local Dollar Tree or your favorite dollar store and buy some cheap decorations to spruce up your home. You don’t have to go all out on expensive glassware or brand name throws and pillows in order to give your home a fresh new look.

Prepare the Deck or Patio

Clean the deck or patio before inviting people over for summer fun in the backyard. Create separate areas for socializing and grilling so people can spread out and enjoy their time. Buy some patio furniture or update your old furniture for the new year. Decorate the house and outside as much as you see fit based on the type of gathering.

Prepare the Grill or Smoker

Make sure you have plenty of propane, charcoal, wood chips, or other fuel for the grill and smoker. Clean the grill so it’s ready to get cooking just before people begin to arrive.

Set Up Drink Stations and Snack Bars

Coolers are a great addition to any outdoor event so that your guests aren’t required to trek to and from the kitchen every time they need a drink or snack.

Be Vigilant, Be Safe, and Have Fun

Being a great barbecue host comes with responsibility. It’s your responsibility to ensure that everyone has a good time in a safe and fun atmosphere. Make sure your friends drink responsibly and handle all fireworks with the respect due them. Keep children and pets away from the grill, smoker, open flame, and other potentially dangerous things.  

Home Handyman Services in Brooklyn

Give us a call if you’re in Brooklyn, Manhattan, or Queens and would like to schedule an appointment with us. We’ll help make sure your home is ready for all of those summer barbecues that you’re sure to enjoy this year.

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You don’t always have to remodel your home to improve it. We’ve put together a list of 10 DIY projects that you can do in a weekend or two to transform your home. You may even enjoy these projects while you’re doing them!

  1. Paint every room that needs it. A fresh coat of paint does wonders for the interior of your home. Make sure to use masking tape as needed and paint the trim as well.
  2. Installing a backsplash is not a difficult task, even if you’ve never tiled before. Choose materials that are easy to work with yet attractive.
  3. New Interior Doors. Interior doors take damage over time and need to be replaced. Replace your interior doors this year with high quality doors that will last for several years to come. You’ll also need new doorknobs, so choose something stylish that will add visual appeal to your home.
  4. New Hardware. New hardware has a way of making the kitchen and bathroom look amazing. Drawer pulls and cabinet door knobs add a lot of appeal to the room.
  5. Caulk around windows and door frames, and sinks, tubs, and showers as well.
  6. Replace Outlets and Switches. Electrical outlets, light switches, and their respective faceplates need to be replaced every five years. You can replace them sooner if they start to show age. This simple change has a way of brightening up a room. Consider decorative faceplates in well-traveled areas to bring attention to the decor.
  7. Install New Faucets. New faucets brighten the kitchen and bathrooms in much the same way new hardware does. Choose faucets that properly fit the type of sink you’re installing them on.
  8. Clean the Deck. The deck, patio, porch, or steps – clean them. Keep the exterior of your home clean and that will help carry the idea through to the rest of your home.
  9. Install Tile Flooring. Many homeowners install tile flooring as a DIY project. Sometimes it turns out amazing, other times they wish they’d never touched the stuff. We fully recommend trying it if you’re an adventurous soul. Just make sure to watch some YouTube videos first.
  10. Install New Lighting. New lighting does more than illuminate the room; it adds to the decorative appeal as well. Choose lighting fixtures that work well with your home’s decor.

Handyman DIY Ideas

Give us a call if you’re in Brooklyn, Manhattan, or Queens and would like to schedule an appointment with us. We can help you knock out that handyman list of yours in a single weekend with professional results. You’re free to do the projects you want to do while leaving the more difficult or tedious tasks to us.

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Winter storms are finally a thing of the past and it’s time to get out and enjoy the warmer climes of summer. Now you get to clean the deck and work on your landscaping before you can invite guests over. Unless you decide to involve your friends and family in one big deck cleaning party. Yeah, wouldn’t work for most people. We get it. So today we’re going to give you a step by step guide on cleaning and staining your deck in this two-part series.

What You’ll Need

  • Pressure Washer
  • Garden Hose
  • Eye Protection
  • Hearing Protection
  • Pressure Washer Detergent
  • Drop Cloths
  • Tape

Prepare Your Property

Make sure your work area is clear of obstacles that can cause you to trip. You’re already going to be dealing with a wet, soapy surface, so take all precautions to make sure the area is as safe as possible. Move anything that could catch the hose and cause it to tangle as well.

Cover Nearby Plants, Sockets, and Fixtures

The cleaners used in deck cleaning and the pressurized water can damage nearby plants, sockets, and fixtures, so cover them with a drop cloth or tape if possible. Use a plastic drop cloth or a tarp that will allow the water to flow away from the landscaping and foundation.

Close all Windows and Doors

Make sure all of your windows and doors are tightly closed to prevent water from entering your home.

Keep the Pressure Washer in a Safe Place

The hose should allow several feet of movement away from the machine that creates the pressure. Keep an eye on the placement of the pressure washer while you’re methodically moving from area to area to clean the deck.

Read the Manual

Make sure to read the manual so that you understand how much water pressure and which tip to use for the material you’re cleaning. Wood can splinter if you use too much pressure and the wrong tip. Composite decks are much more forgiving.

Read the Directions

Read the directions for both the power washer and the cleaning solution you intend to use. Make sure the cleaning solution is designed to be used with the material you’re cleaning. Follow all instructions to the letter to prevent damage to your property or to the pressure washer.

Deck Cleaning in Brooklyn

These may seem like a lot of steps for cleaning the deck, but it’s better to be prepared than to mess something up in the process. Your deck was a good sized investment to improve your property, the wrong amount of pressure or the wrong tip could splinter it and cause a lot of damage.

Give us a call if you’re in Brooklyn or Manhattan and would like to schedule a consultation for deck cleaning. We’ll make sure everything goes smoothly and help get your deck ready for summer asap.

The next article deals with staining a wood deck, so keep an eye out for it!

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Staining your deck is only one step to making it look amazing and protecting it from elemental damage. Sealing it is also extremely important. But today we’re going to talk about the materials and steps required to stain your deck. Make sure to look at our other recent articles to see how to pressure wash your deck.

What You Will Need

  • Clear Plastic
  • A Broom
  • Garden Hose
  • Sander
  • Putty Knife
  • Paint Brush
  • Paint Roller
  • Eye Protection
  • Safety Mask
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Pump Sprayer (Optional)
  • Stain
  • 80 Grit Sandpaper

Test Your Deck

Water will bead up on the deck under ideal circumstances. Spray water on your deck to see if it soaks in or if it beads. Beading means that the previous sealant is still protecting the wood, and that’s a good thing! If you still intend to stain the deck, you will need to remove the existing sealant. If the water soaks into the wood, it means that the sealant is not protecting the wood and it will need to be sealed after it is stained.

Clean the Deck

Refer to our other article about pressure washing the deck if you’re just getting started. The very first steps are:

  • Remove all furnishings, decor, and potted plants
  • Sweep
  • Use a putty knife to clean out debris between the boards
  • Wet surrounding plants and shrubs and cover them with plastic
  • Sand as needed to ensure the boards are ready to accept stain

Apply the Stain

You need a good two days of good weather, no rain, to apply the stain. The temperatures need to be between 50 and 90 degrees for those two days. Stir the stain thoroughly before applying it with a brush, roller, or paint sprayer. Apply a thin coat to two or three boards at a time so you can keep a good pace.

Don’t allow the finish to puddle, keep it as uniform as possible. You can back roll using a paint roller to make sure there are no puddles and that you’re getting a nice, even coat. Allow the stain to dry completely before applying a second coat.

Finish Up and Enjoy!

After the stain has dried, apply the sealant to protect it from elemental damage. Rinse the plastic that’s covering your plants and remove it. Spray the area to ensure that the cleaners or other overspray is diluted so it doesn’t damage your plants. Clean up all of your tools and you’re finished!

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Don’t you just love dollar stores? Are you aware that you can buy some pretty cool stuff to help remodel your kitchen from the Dollar Tree? You can buy your paint rollers and pans at a dollar store for much less than they would cost at the hardware store. Buy sheets of plastic to cover the flooring while you’re there, too.

Local dollar stores also have so many great items like:

  • Decorative Vases: you don’t have to spend a fortune on cute, decorative stuff.
  • Baskets: Organize the kitchen, cabinets, and pantry with decorative baskets while you’re into it.
  • Canisters: Organize all of your foodstuff with canisters. Get bold and creative with the use of colors.
  • Cooking Utensils: There’s nothing wrong with buying cheap wooden spoons or colored cooking utensils to add some functionality and style to your kitchen on the cheap.
  • Hooks and Nails: Put hooks underneath your cabinets and hang your decorative coffee mugs to make space in the cabinets for other things. Nails will come in handy for hanging artwork.
  • Artwork: Yes, you can even buy some decorative and cheap artwork at local dollar stores.
  • Rugs: Cover up imperfections in the flooring with decorative rugs, unless you plan to replace the flooring as well during the remodel.

The Big Stuff

Okay, you probably shouldn’t buy paint, flooring, or other big ticket items at a dollar store, because you need higher quality than they generally provide. Cheap paint is okay in a pinch if you’re touching up a kid’s bedroom, but not for a room as important as the kitchen. The paint you need for the kitchen should be durable enough to withstand cleaning after cleaning.

Cheap Kitchen Facelift

  • Thoroughly Clean Everything: Everything. Don’t leave a single area of the kitchen untouched by cleaner.
  • Paint: Take the time to paint the walls and the cabinets as well. Painting the kitchen cabinets does take time, so don’t expect to finish this in a single weekend without help. Use colors that you love, and don’t be afraid to take ideas from Pinterest or the Instagram accounts you trust.
  • Organize: Remember those dollar store baskets and canisters we mentioned? Use them to organize the junk drawer, all of those lids that are currently cluttering a drawer or cabinet, and all of those foods like dried beans, rice, and croutons. Organize all of the staples as well: flour, corn meal mix, sugar, and oatmeal should go into decorative containers.
  • Install a Backsplash: Get as fancy as you want with the backsplash, because they’re really not that expensive, even if you use individual tile.

Handyman in Brooklyn

If you’re not comfortable with the idea of giving your own kitchen a facelift, call us at 347-695-1882 to schedule an appointment for a consultation. We’ll help you choose the best colors and materials, and quickly knock out the heavy lifting.

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