Planning Repairs Around Family Life

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When you have a busy family schedule, one tiny thing can throw it off in a big way. When something breaks down, you are always going to be thrown into a tailspin until you can find someone to help out. There are a few tricks to help you plan repairs around family life and the sooner you can master these tricks, the better.

Know Your Home

So, you have a mysterious leak in the kitchen? You need to be able to pinpoint exactly where that leak is to minimise the damage to your home. It can be bad enough to have a leaky appliance or pipe and you don’t want to shell out money for repairs too. 

Knowing your home in this way can be difficult, but it is the best thing you can do if it means that you are able to proactively prevent damage. Make sure you know where all your major plumbing goes and know what the pipes do. Little things like this will really help you to zero in on where a problem is quickly and efficiently.

Have a Backup

If it is an appliance which has gone, you need to make sure that you have a backup plan you can put into action. For something like a dishwasher, you will obviously have a sink where you can wash your dishes. You might have to buy something extra if you have bottles to sterilise but you can ultimately make a change with little effort.

One of the more problematic items can be the washing machine. If you lose this, you can be stuck without clean clothes for quite some time. Whether you are running round to a neighbour or family member’s house or you are tracking down a laundrette, you need to make sure that you find somewhere where you can clean your family’s clothes before they build up too much. 

Find a Reliable Tradesman

One of the most important things you can do is find a reliable tradesman who is able to carry out the repair. A cowboy trader can create a bigger mistake and potentially overcharge you for the work they have done. Using trusted trader sites can help you to find someone who is going to be trustworthy.

You are going to be letting a stranger into your home, potentially while your kids are there, and you need to make sure that you trust the person coming round. Don’t take the risk, make sure you do your research properly. A company like know what they are doing and they are also verified by the appliance providers, for your complete peace of mind. 

Schedule Carefully

A tradesman might promise to come at 10 AM but not actually make it over until a few hours later. While this is frustrating, it is a very real part of trying to deal with tradesmen and you need to make sure that you leave enough time for them.

Try to choose a day when you know that you are not going to be tied up with family matters. If you have a doctor’s appointment, or your little ones have a club to go to, you can’t risk a clash with the tradesman. Getting your issue fixed should be the priority of the day, so make sure you have enough time to give it your full attention, even with your family occupying your attention. An appliance breaking can feel like the end of the world. Make sure you are giving it as much attention as possible, even with your family occupying you. Before you know it, your appliance will be fixed and family life can return to normal.  

Rachael is a 31 year old mum to 10 year old Luke and 5 year old Oscar. She lives in England and writes about family life, crafts, recipes, parenting wins(and fails), as well as travel, days out, fashion and living the frugal lifestyle.

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