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How a Gate Can Increase Your Home’s Security

Break-ins are one of the most common household crimes in Australia, with hundreds of thousands of homes being broken into each year, and almost as many being subject to attempted break-ins.

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Building secure boundary fences and gates, or even just repairing your existing fencing and gates, can act as a big deterrent. Research has shown that burglars are less likely to attempt a break-in if a property seems secure or there are obstacles they’ll need to overcome. For instance, if a burglar needs to climb a fence, or try to pick a lock on a gate or is faced with an automated gate, they’ll be more likely to leave your home undisturbed.

 

So, what fencing and gate options can help increase your home’s security while also maintaining your home’s aesthetic?

 

New Gates and Fences

 

Every house should have a fence and secure gate, even if you live in a safe or rural community. They not only help to create clear, easily identifiable borders, they create privacy and extra home security.

 

However, when installing a new gate or fence, there are a few things you should consider. For example, your fence shouldn’t be so high that it blocks out the sun and makes it feel like a prison, but it also shouldn’t be so low that people can easily jump over it. Shorter picket fences are fine for a front yard, but when it comes to your backyard, something higher that offers extra privacy and security will prove valuable in terms of your own comfort, but also for re-sell value and blocking out street noise and etc.

 

The same goes with your gates. If you have a gate separating your front yard or driveway from your backyard, you want to ensure not just anyone can walk through it. In this regard, a higher, lockable gate will come in handy.

 

For a clearer idea of fencing and gate regulations in your local area, and any guidelines regarding fencing heights, talk to the team at Perth Handyman Services.

 

Fence and Gate Repairs

 

A dilapidated fence or broken gate will provide about as much security as no fence at all. If your fence and gate are falling apart, the wood is rotting, the metal rusting, the panels are coming loose or the locks on your gate are no longer functional, it could be time to undertake some repairs.

 

At Perth Handyman Services, we offer fencing and gate repair services. Whether you have a wooden gate that needs to be repaired, a Colorbond fence that’s seen better days or you want a new metal gate or wrought iron fence installed, we can help.

We’re also qualified welders who can repair an existing fence or gate saving on money and not changing the look of your fence or gate.  As many fences and gates fade over time if you need to replace fencing panels or a gate, the colour will not match the existing fence or gate and can look out of place.  Where possible we will save the existing fence portion or gate so that there is no change in colour.  However, many old colours don’t exist anymore, making it impossible to match existing colours. But don’t stress, we can also assist with re-painting any repaired fences and gates.

 

Finding time to undertake property repairs can be tricky, especially when you work full time and have other family responsibilities to juggle. This is where we come in. We can do the work for you, leaving you the time you need to enjoy your weekends.

 

For more information surrounding our fencing and gate construction and repair services, call us on 0401 962 511.

Give Your House a Fresh Coat of Paint in the New Year!

One of the easiest ways to breathe new life into your home in the New Year is to give it a fresh coat of paint. Over the Christmas period, especially if you aren’t working, repainting your house can be a fun and creative activity to use your break productively.

 

A fresh coat of paint over an existing wall can do wonders to make a room look brand new. Or, to really refresh your house, a feature wall can have stunning results. If you’re feeling especially brave, you might even want to go for the Pantone colour of the year for 2018, 18-3838 Ultra Violet.

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Repainting your interior walls is also good for taking care of your house. It’s best practice to repaint hallways, corridors, bedrooms, kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms about every three years. Living and dining rooms tend to suffer less wear, and should probably be repainted every seven years.

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To get the best results, some things to keep in mind when you’re painting indoors are:

 

  • Start with a clean surface. If there are oils or dirt on the surface you are painting, the paint is more likely to chip or peel.
  • Mix several cans of paint into a larger bucket. Make sure you have enough paint to use for the entire surface you are covering in one bucket; this will ensure you have a consistent colour.
  • Keep a ‘wet edge’ while using a paint roller. This means you need to slightly overlap each roll you paint along the wall. This stops paint from partly drying before being painted over again, which can cause streaking.
  • Pay careful attention to masking. Messy edges on your paint job can really ruin a lovely coat of paint, so make sure you keep it neat by carefully aligning tape before you start a job.

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If painting the house isn’t your idea of a Christmas break well spent, or you want to make sure you get a professional finish, hiring a handyman is a great alternative to the DIY route. Take a look at our painting page for information on our services, and get in touch to see how we can transform your home’s interior in the New Year!

Do You Need Assistance with Your Property Maintenance in the Lead Up to Christmas?

Christmas is right around the corner, which means your social calendar is about to get fuller than it’s been all year. But, before you open your doors and start having people over for Christmas lunch, weekend drinks or an afternoon of lounging by the pool, it could be worth tidying your property up a bit first.

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Here, we look at how you can make your home look brand new just in time for the festive season.

 

Get Your House and Garden Looking It’s Best This Christmas!

 

Whether your house is a new build, a few years old, or has been around since the turn of the century, a little bit of home maintenance can help improve the functionality and aesthetic appeal of your property.

 

For instance, if you have a lot of people coming and going and your front gate has a broken lock and rusted mechanism, the first thing anyone visiting you will think is, “oh, their gate is broken”.

 

Likewise, as the weather is warming up and your backyard pool is going to be in constant use, it’s more important than ever to make sure it meets regulations and isn’t bringing the overall appearance of your outdoor area down. Perth Handyman is also qualified in welding, so can assist with repairing gates and fences on-site, saving on replacement costs. Self-closing hinges can be repaired or replaced quickly, also saving on costs and keeping any pool fencing inspectors at bay.

 

A fresh coat of paint in the kitchen, a new outdoor dining area and a perfectly manicured lawn and front garden are other ways you can make your home more appealing to both you and your guests. Plus, most of these tasks can be completed in a short amount of time, without adding a burden to your already hectic schedule.

 

How Perth Handyman Services Can Help

 

Finding the time to get to your home maintenance projects can be tough, especially when the kids are finishing school for the year, you’re trying to tie up any loose ends at work, and still need to find the time to complete all of your Christmas shopping!

 

With a good handyman service, you can handle all of your obligations and get the house tidied up, without having to worry about a thing.

 

At Perth Handyman Services, we can look after anything from gate repairs to the construction of a new outdoor deck – all you have to do is ask!

 

 

Our property maintenance Perth services include:

 

  • Gate repair (including welding)
  • Supply and installation of Colorbond, Hardi and cyclone fencing
  • Fence repairs Perth
  • General handyman jobs Perth
  • Pool fencing (new or maintenance)
  • Stonework (including paving and tiling)
  • The construction/repair of decks and patios
  • Yard cleaning (including rubbish collection and removal)
  • Painting
  • Hanging/repairing doors and replacing locks

 

If you’re keen to get started on that home maintenance project you’ve been putting off all year, contact the team at Perth Handyman Services today!

Is Wallpaper Making a Comeback?

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Trends tend to go around in circles. Whether it’s vintage fashion making a comeback or a resurgence of your grandmother’s favourite home décor styles, nothing really stays gone.

The latest trend to reappear on the home decorating sphere is wallpaper. Once considered the cream of the crop when it came to decorating your home’s walls, for the better part of the last few decades it’s been considered more of a faux pas than a high-class decorating option. However, it seems that wallpaper is on the rise again, with new, super trendy styles hitting the market, making wallpaper the latest trend to make a long-awaited comeback.

There are now more wallpaper styles to choose from than ever before, with plenty of ultra-stylish prints, dimensional fabrics and textures, and new materials that make it easier to install and remove.

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Wallpaper is also a fun way to completely transform the aesthetic and atmosphere of a room, while also reflecting your personality.

According to designer, Kati Curtis “it’s a risk, but boy can it pay off”.

The re-emergence of this trend could be attributed to wallpaper being able to add a personal touch to a room, without adding any extra clutter. When executed well, it can go along way towards setting the mood and theme of any room.

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According to Kati, “people want their homes to feel special and unique, and wallpaper is the perfect way to do that with polish.

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Wallpaper is proving to be a popular design choice among millennials who are new to the housing market and don’t associate wallpaper with dated floral designs like some older generations do. As such, for younger generations, it feels new and exciting, and they’re putting a new spin on an old staple.

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Today’s paper is drastically different to the type of wallpaper that dominated homes in the 70s, 80s and even the early 90s, with more dramatic, colourful and oversized patterns that look like they’ve been pulled straight from the runway replacing older, more dated designs.

However, one of the biggest pain points for homeowners wanting to incorporate wallpaper into their home is installation. Well, don’t let the fear of bubbly or peeling wallpaper stop you from embracing this fantastic new trend.

Talk to Perth Handyman Services about our wallpapering services today!

5 Ways to Prepare Your Backyard for Summer Entertaining

Spring has finally sprung, but with the extra sunshine also comes the prospect of more outdoor entertaining. Is your backyard ready?

Unfortunately, the cooler months have the tendency to wreak havoc on our backyards, after all, who wants to go outside and mow the lawn when it’s freezing cold and raining outside? However, if playing the hostess/host at outdoor soirees is a big part of your summer social calendar, these tips will help you get your yard looking spick and spam in no time!

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Spring Clean Your Backyard

 

If things have gotten a little wild in your backyard over winter, now’s the time to come in and clean up. Mow the lawn, cut back any overgrown bushes and shrubbery and clean up any debris or rubbish that you find lying around.

 

It’s also worthwhile to assess the current condition of your space and make any necessary repairs to furniture, garden beds or even your back deck or pergola. If they’ve sustained any damage, like beams coming loose or rotting, fix them up before entertaining season jumps into full swing.

 

Think About Any Renovations That Need Doing

 

Summer gardens are made in spring, so if you want a new deck, paving, garden beds or even an undercover area built, now’s the time to find the perfect handyman to complete the work for you.

 

Sort out Your Outdoor Lighting

 

If you have existing outdoor lighting, like fairy lights or pergola lights, check all of the globes to make sure they all work and then give them a quick dust – it’s amazing how quickly dirt and cobwebs build up on lights.

 

If you don’t have any outdoor lighting, it could be time to think about getting some. If you want hassle-free lighting, solar-powered lights are the way to go, but for something more permanent, you can have an electrician sort out some wiring for you and put in lamp posts or spotlights for your undercover entertaining area.

 

Another ambient alternative is portable outdoor lighting or path lights, which can either be battery operated or solar powered.

 

By sorting out your backyard’s lighting needs, you’ll be ensuring your space is functional, while also increasing its ambience and generating an atmosphere that’s perfect for entertaining.

 

Get Decorating

 

If you don’t have an undercover area outside (now could be the time to build one – or have your local handyman construct one for you!) and tend to put your furniture and décor into storage over the cooler months, now’s the time to dust it all off and bring it back outside.

 

If your decorative items are all still outside from last summer, pop outside and see if they need replacing (the colour may have faded or they could have been damaged over the last six months).

 

Once you complete each of these tasks (or at least the ones that are relevant to you) your outdoor entertaining area will be ready for all of the barbecues and parties you could possibly dream of. If you require professional assistance with your backyard tasks, contact Perth Handyman Services today!

5 Handyman Jobs That Can Increase Your Home’s Resale Value

Are you thinking about selling your house?

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Before you have your real estate agent arrange for the professional photos to be taken, or for any open for inspections, make sure you make your house more appealing by completing these five handyman jobs that can help increase your home’s resale value.

 

Give Your Home a Good Spruce

If you really want to put your best foot forward, make sure your home is in tip-top shape. Clear out any clutter in and around the home and clean everything from top to bottom. We’re not just talking your standard everyday clean the bathroom and kitchen kind of job, we’re talking wash the walls, clean the skirting boards, get your carpets professionally cleaned – the whole nine yards!

 

Add Curb Appeal

The first thing potential buyers will see, and the first thing they will judge when they come out to view your home is your front yard and the building’s exterior. Add to its curb appeal by updating your landscaping or sprucing up your home’s exterior.

 

It could be worth having a professional handyman who offers gardening services or a professional landscaper to come out and fix your front yard. Mow and re-seed your lawn, trim any hedges or trees, add colourful flowers around the entrance, and make sure there’s nothing blocking the view of your house from the street.

 

It’s also a good time to power wash the outside of your home, which is something that most homeowners often overlook. Also, wash your driveway and any pathways, and clean out your gutters.

 

Finally, if you have a porch, consider fixing it up a bit. Slap on a fresh stain, add a bench or a chair and make sure all of the timber is in good knick.

 

A Fresh Coat of Paint

It’s amazing what a fresh coat of paint can do! You might not notice when you’re looking at your walls every day, but everyday wear and tear on walls can be very visible to potential buyers. Any marks from cats or dogs rubbing up against walls, marks from chairs or bags knocking the walls and etc can all ruin the overall aesthetic of your home.

 

Plus, if you’ve never updated your home’s paint job, the colour is dated or has just faded beyond repair, have them freshly painted. To ensure a professional finish, hire someone to do this rather than attempting it yourself.

 

Fix Anything That’s Broken

Most potential buyers, unless they’re looking at a fixer-upper, will want to walk around your home and not be faced with things that need to be fixed. They just want to be able to move in and start enjoying their new home. Whether it’s fixing cracks in the walls, replacing chipped tiles, or fixing up dodgy door handles, walk around your home with a critical eye and get a handyman to come out and fix any problems you spot.

 

Re-evaluate Your Kitchen and Bathroom

If you have a little time and cash up your sleeve, it could be worth looking at updating your kitchen and bathroom. These are the two areas of your home buyers will look at first, and they’re also the trickiest to renovate. This means that an out-dated or impractical kitchen or bathroom could make your home less appealing to potential buyers.

 

A kitchen or bathroom renovation could be as simple as replacing bench tops or installing a new splashback or as complex as replacing your cabinetry or completely re-designing the layout.

 

Keen to get started but don’t know where to begin? Contact Perth Handyman Services to take care of all your fixer-upper needs today!

5 Handy Home Maintenance Tips That Will Make Your Life SO Much Easier

As much as we all hate home maintenance jobs, they are a necessary evil if you want to keep your home in tip-top shape. Although there’s no rule that says you have to take care of your home maintenance in Perth yourself, that’s what your local Perth handyman is for!

From cleaning your gutter to fixing the fence and replacing broken door handles, there’s no handyman job in Perth that is too small or too tedious for us. But, to give you an idea of the type of tasks you should be undertaking, and how often you should be doing them (or hiring someone to do the dirty work for you), we’ve put together this handy list!

Floor Sanding and Coating

Most wooden floor coverings (and outdoor timber decking) need regular maintenance to keep them looking like new. This could involve replacing any damaged boards and sanding and re-varnishing the surface. It’s recommended you inspect both your timber floors and outdoor deck at least once a year to assess whether any maintenance work is required.

If the surface looks dull, is stained, or has been damaged from excessive water exposure or wearing heeled shoes, it’s worth repairing the damaged areas to not only improve the aesthetic of your floor but also to ensure your timber flooring or decking lasts as long as possible.

Gutter Cleaning

As a general rule of thumb, your gutters should be cleaned twice a year. Ideally, this should happen in late spring and then again in late autumn. However, there are a few factors that can either increase or decrease how often your gutters should be cleaned out. If you live in a particularly leafy area and are surrounded by a lot of trees, you might need to clean out your gutters more often. But, if you live in an open area with very few trees, you might be able to get away with going longer between cleans.

Regardless of how often you clean them though, always check them regularly to make sure there is no damage and to ensure no birds or nasty critters have taken up residence.

Rubbish Removal

It’s surprising how quickly rubbish can build up around the home. Perhaps you’ve got an old lounge room suite taking up space in your garage, or have old shrubs and garden debris piled up in the corner of your backyard. If left unchecked, this type of waste can build up and make your home feel more like a landfill than a home. Every few months, have a look to see how much rubbish you have lying around. If it’s visible and taking up space you could be utilising, it’s time for a spring clean!

Garage Door Repairs

Have you ever noticed that your garage door, when operating properly, will reverse roll if there’s something obstructing its way? This is an essential safety feature that ensures no one will get squashed (especially children and pets) if the door is rolling down when someone or something is block its way. Each year, check your garage roller door to make sure it’s operating properly by placing something in the doorway and making sure it rolls back up, rather than squashing the item.

If your door isn’t operating the way it should, make getting it fixed a priority.

General Repairs Around the Home

When things get damaged or broken around the home, don’t just leave them that way. Keep on top of your home maintenance and repairs by fixing issues as they arise. Is your front door jamming because the wood has expanded in the heat? Are the mechanisms in your door handles getting stiff and making opening the door tricky? Maybe your outdoor paving is cracked and breaking away in chunks. Whatever the issue, talk to your local handyman about fixing it.

If you’ve got work that needs to be completed in or around your home, contact Perth Handyman Services today! We can help you out with even the smallest home maintenance jobs, or if you need, we can even help with your home renovation needs.

5 Hilarious DIY Disasters

Have you ever wondered what happens when home DIY projects go terribly wrong? These 5 blokes were unlucky enough to find out first-hand!

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A Dog Under the Porch

In a rush to finish building his back deck before an insurance inspection, but not wanting to get rained on, a very ‘detail-oriented’ homeowner cut his timber on his front veranda, which was undercover, and then proceeded to carry the beams over to his back deck to install them.

He never noticed his dog crawling around in the dirt digging until he heard him whining once the deck was finished.

He had built the deck over the top of his dog! His quick job ended up taking a lot longer since he had to remove a large part of the deck to get his dog out.

A Fenced in Car

A pair of new homeowners decided to build a fence, to ensure their dogs wouldn’t be able to escape. A friend of theirs came over with his ute filled with the wood they needed.

When they were finished building the fence, they stood back to enjoy the fruits of their labour, only to realise they had fenced in the car!

Do You Want Some Bugs With Your Air Con?

After leaving a brand new air con in the garage for a number of years, one homeowner decided it was finally time to install it. Since it was still in its original packaging, he didn’t bother to clean it first.

Once it was up, he turned it on ready to enjoy the cool breeze that came with it, only to end up with a mouth full of dead bugs and mouse droppings.

He was less than impressed.

One Latch and A Lot of Black Paint

When a carpenter by trade went to install a new external latch on a cupboard door in the laundry, you’d think the installation would go off without a hitch?

Well, for this unlucky tradie, a two-second project turned into a lengthy clean up when he drilled the holes for the latch, without cleaning the cupboard out first.

He quickly realised his mistake when black paint sprayed him in the face, soaking the floor and walls as well.

A Concave Ceiling

Have you ever wanted to expand a room in your house, but decided not to because you weren’t sure if the wall was a load bearing one or not?

Well, that reservation didn’t even cross one unlucky man’s mind when he decided to knock down a 3.7-metre wall that separated his living room from the hallway.

After a long day of demolition, he went to bed quite pleased with himself, only to wake up to a bowl-shaped floor in the morning. He ran downstairs to discover the ceiling had sagged about 150mm.

Needless to say, he was very quick to rush to the hardware store for some jacks.

So, what’s the moral of the story? If you need some handy work done in or around your home in Perth, call a professional handyman service, like Perth Handyman, to do the work for you.

 

Contact us today to see how we can help!

Is it Time for a Backyard Renovation?

Us Australians love a good backyard! There’s nothing better than sitting back and enjoying a beer and a barbecue in a relaxing outdoor space, without having to leave the privacy of your own home.

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But, is your backyard starting to look a little dated? Perhaps your outdoor decking has succumbed to the elements and has started to rot, or maybe you’re a little bit sick of you timber fence and would prefer to have Colorbond Fencing installed in your Perth Backyard.

Regardless of your motives, a backyard renovation will revitalise your space, while also improving its functionality.

Before You Begin

Before you start your renovation, have a think about what you want to use your backyard for. Do you want an ideal place to play with the kids or entertaining friends, or are you more interested in having a calming space where you can potter around the garden?

How you intend to use the space will greatly influence its overall design.

Also make sure you hire someone to help you. If you’re not a professional landscaper/builder/gardener, and know the work you want done is a little out of your areas of expertise, there’s no shame in having someone do the work for you.

Whether you need a fencing contractor or are looking for handyman services to assist with your Perth renovation, or just need someone to help you with some of the bigger projects, you’ll achieve a better result when the work is completed by a professional. Plus, you’ll be able to sit back and relax while someone else is slaving away for you – it doesn’t get much better than that!

Updates that can Make a Big Difference

A gate repair might fix a rusty hinge and a few extra plants will add a pop of colour, but for really eye-catching results, it’s worth looking at upgrading some essential aspects of your backyard.

Paving

Is your paving cracked? Or maybe the tiles are so old the colour has faded, there’s chunks missing, and you nearly break your neck every time you step outside.

Ripping up and replacing existing paving, or even installing some beautiful pavers in an area that used to just be dirt or grass, will make entertaining guests, and outdoor dining easier than ever before. Plus, when paired with some stylish outdoor furniture and a few potted plants, you’ll want nothing more than to spend all day outside.

Decking

If your house is built on a sloping block, or if you want a new alfresco area complete with an outdoor kitchen, you can’t look past a timber decking. Easy to maintain, great to look at, and long-lasting, it’s hard to resist installing a timber deck!

Fencing

A lot of people don’t put much thought into their fence, after all, it’s just a property boundary, right? Well, it can be, but it can also make a statement. Maybe you want a new timber fence with a built-in vertical garden, or maybe you want to upgrade to a Colorbond fence. Whatever you decide, looking at your fence as a statement piece as well as a necessity will make your backyard design really pop!

Garden Shed

Do you have an old tin garden shed that’s as old as your heritage-listed house? Or, are all of your tools just piled in a heap in your undercover area, or scattered in random places around your garage?

A new Colorbond garden shed can fix this. As a stylish alternative to a standard tin shed, a Colorbond shed will be a welcome addition to any backyard space, and can be customised to suit your specific needs.

If you need assistance bringing your backyard renovation to life, contact the team at Perth Handyman Services today!

Style Your Home with Pantone’s Colour of the Year 2017

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This year, Pantone has selected ‘Greenery’ as their colour of the year, as the zesty yellow-green shade connects us with nature and helps us feel calm and reinvigorated.

 

According to Laurie Pressman, the Pantone Colour Institute’s vice president, this green colour represents our desire to reconnect with nature and what is real, while finding ways to disconnect with technology. “We need a break. We need to stop and breathe. Greenery is about unity and community – connecting to oneself and others and a higher purpose, nature,” he says.

 

When complemented by a selection of muted, earthy tones, plus a pop of brightness, Greenery can be used in a number of ways to re-style/reinvigorate your home.

 

From furniture to feature walls, indoor plants to rugs, there are countless ways you can introduce this fresh shade into your home.

 

Soft Furnishings

Lay down a rug, scatter a few cushions, and drape a couple of throw blankets across beds, couches, and even ottomans, and Pantone’s beautiful shade of Greenery will completely transform your home’s vibe.

 

A Splash of Paint

Our handyman service in Perth can help you paint a feature wall, or apply a fresh coat of paint to any room in your house in one of Pantone’s earthy shades that are super trendy right now!

 

While painting a trendy colour on your wall may seem risky, you can rest assured the idea of bringing the outdoors in is by no means a new idea, and definitely isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

 

Hanging Art

Perhaps you want to incorporate some colour into your home with a large piece of hanging art. Finding the stud, and safely hanging large/heavy artwork on your walls can be tricky, so talk to Perth Handyman Services to see how we can help ensure your artwork leaves a lasting impression – and not because it fell down and left a gaping hole in the wall.

 

As a shade that’s symbolic of new beginnings, what better colour is there to use to revamp your home? If you need assistance from a trustworthy Perth handyman, especially when it comes to any painting, contact Perth Handyman Services today, we’d love to help!

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