Home Improvement

Home Professionals You Want on Speed Dial

If you own a home in the Sydney area, or anywhere in Australia, for that matter, there are professionals you want to know on a first name basis.  

Having access to, and getting your call returned when you have an emergency is worth its weight in gold.  It pays to foster good relations with established competent professionals when your home is on the line.

Plumber

If you own a home, at some point you are very likely to experience a plumbing emergency.  You are going to want to have a knowledgeable, reliable professional you can contact.

A plumbing emergency is more than just a dripping faucet.  A backed-up toilet or shower drain, flooding your floor.  Water flooding out of your walls or floors.  A broken supply line to your washing machine.  These are all examples of plumbing emergencies with potentially disastrous consequences.  

When these things happen, you turn off the water and contact a professional. In the Sydney area, you can contact a plumber in Leichhardt.

Tree Trimming Service

Trees and other garden plants can add a lot to the ambience and liveability of your home.  They provide shade on hot days and offer cool spaces to enjoy the outdoors.  However, when they are overgrown or dead,  these otherwise beautiful plants can become a hazard.

Overgrown or dead trees are a threat to your home, particularly if there are many large trees near the house. High winds and storms can break branches of overgrown trees and cause damage to electrical lines.  

Dead trees are an unsightly hazard and can impact your ability to sell your house.

Electrician

If you have an older home, there is an increased likelihood of electrical issues.  

Wires that are taped or spliced together, ungrounded outlets, circuit breakers with more than one wire running to them, and incorrectly modified electrical panels, are all examples of unsafe electrical wiring which can result in shocks and fires.

 Be sure to contact the state regulatory authority before engaging any contractor.

Insurance Agent

Keep your insurance agent or broker number on hand.  Emergencies don’t always happen during business hours. Find out what to do, and who to contact in the case of an emergency.

You are going to want to read your home insurance documents thoroughly and understand what is and isn’t covered.  Only deal with an insurance agent who is willing to take the time to explain and detail your coverage.

Pest or Wildlife Inspector

If your home is subject to invasion by termites, rodents, carpenter ants, cockroaches, or other vermin you want a good reliable inspection and remediation service.

Older homes that are not as tightly sealed as newer construction provide lots of opportunities for vermin to get into your home.

There are many other professionals you will deal with in the process of owning a home.  If you find a good professional contractor, nurture that relationship.  Put them on your Christmas card list.  

You never know when you are going to need them and keep them willing to return your call.

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