Tell us your 12 favourite DIY tasks for a chance to win a full toolkit
(Tradesmen also get 12 months free advertising on DIY Doctor)
We have some mixed news for you this morning
The sad news is Auntie Mavis and Uncle Jim have passed away in a freak accident on their tandem.
The good news is you inherited their house
The bad news is it is overgrown, dilapidated and in a very poor condition throughout.
The good news is you could win a complete tool kit and a years free advertising (if you are a builder or tradesperson.)
We want to know what your reaction would be if this fictitious situation was real? Hopefully you would you be up for doing at least some of the renovating and repairing?
OK so here we go
The terms of the will state that you have to pick twelve tasks to tackle yourself.
Please tell Mavis and Jim’s ‘solicitors’ which ones you would do. Click here to use our two-question survey to rank the tasks in order of “Work I would be most likely to tackle” down to “Work I would be least likely to tackle”. (It should only take 6 minutes.)
Prize wining and other information
At close of play we will work out the two most popular DIY tasks from all the entries.
Each entrant with these two tasks on their list will go into a safety helmet. One lucky winner will be pulled out and receive a full tool kit for each of the trades. If the winner is a tradesman, they will also get 6 months free advertising on DIY Doctor.
We use the information you give us to make sure our website content is relevant (you know it is free so it might as well be interesting and excellent too!).
If you win we would like to promote the story on our website and social media sites and use a promotional picture of you – you can of course, opt out of this.
The DIY Doctor Team
Building Magazine runs an annual award for the building industry.
The Building Magazine is celebrating its 170th year of publication this year. The finalists for the 2013 Building Awards have just been announced, and a list is available on their website, just click on the banner above to go to the Building Award Website.
There are many categories for nomination and industry entries and these are listed below:
Construction Consultant/Surveyor of the Year (fewer than 100 staff)
Construction Consultant/Surveyor of the Year
Architectural Practice of the Year
Engineering Consultant of the Year
Contractor of the Year (up to £300m)
Major Contractor of the Year (over £300m)
Housing Project of the Year
Public Building Project of the Year
Manufacturer of the Year
Housebuilder of the Year
Specialist Contractor of the Year
Project/Construction Management Firm of the Year
Building Magazine Project of the Year
Integrated Supply Chain of the Year
Cut the Carbon Award
Sustainability Project of the Year
(NEW) BIM Initiative of the Year
Construction Client of the Year
Chief Executive of the Year
Building Magazine Personality of the Year
The awards are very prestigious and are proudly boasted by all companies who have been winners. If you are thinking of buying a new property and you want to know if your developer has been nominated you can check out the Building Awards website which gives information on this years finalists as well as last years winners.
If you are in the building trade you can book your place for the awards online via the same website.
DIY Doctor supports Good Builders
Those of you who are regular visitors will know that we support measures to improve standards in the building industry. We give consumers as much help and advice as possible to help them employ reliable builders and avoid cowboy builders.
We have a complete section on our website that gives homeowners and consumers help advice and tools on employing a reputable builder or trades-person. We call it HIPS (Home Improver’s Protection Solution) and it includes our free Desired Outcome Building Contract and Price Doctor – a free online price checking tool to help you keep control of your building costs.
Go to the Home Improvers Protection Solution section of our website for more information and to try out the free tools.
We love a bit of building on the telly, there are more and more programs about restoration, self build, conversion, and improvement for homes and gardens aren’t there?
One of the ones we like the best is Channel 4′s Restoration Man and here are our top 5 reasons why
- It is presented by George Clarke
- It delves into the history of the buildings being restored (kind of ‘meets Time Team’ stuff)
- The people featured have a sensible budget in place
- The time-frame for completing the project is not exaggerated – good building projects take time. Good restoration projects often take more time!
- The projects chosen to be featured include some really interesting buildings – and this is where you come in (possibly)
Because we are such a large website for Homebuilders, Home Improvers and DIY enthusiasts the production company for Restoration Man, Tiger Aspect, have asked us to approach our users to find building projects for their next series. They are looking for restoration projects on any building that has a really interesting history or is an unusual building – think folly, dovecote, public toilet (yes public toilet – did you see that episode of Amazing Spaces?).
Click on the image above for an interview with George Clarke about the program, on the Channel 4 Website.
If you think you have just the thing to feature on the program, and you fancy your 15 minutes of fame, get in touch by contacting the Restoration Man team on 0208 222 4042 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Good luck! Let us know if you get accepted.
Kevin McCloud is the proud owner of this shed – You have to admit it is pretty impressive. He built it all himself, and just from the naturally available materials in woodland where it stands.
It got us to thinking that you can now enter your fantastic creation for the Shed of the Year awards 2013 at readersheds.co.uk.
Hopefully Mr McCloud wont see this otherwise he has a strong chance of winning, but if you want to nominate your own shed follow this link.
You have until May 2013 to enter, so if your project is under construction or even in the blueprint stage then now is the time to get it finished so you can have it looking perfect for next spring.
More info on shed building and base construction under ‘S’ for shed in our Projects section.
Expert bathroom resurfacing specialists, The Bath Business are on a mission to find and repair Britain’s Worst Bath!
If you have (or have seen) a bath that suffers from rust, lime-scale, grime, chipped surfaces, missing taps, or even a questionable colour choice, then it may well be a contender for the title… This could be anything from a more modern bath suffering from mistreatment, to a classic antique that deserves the royal treatment in terms of restoration.
“The worse condition the better,” say the sanitaryware experts from The Bath Business, who are offering free resurfacing to the winner of title. All you need to do to enter the competition is to submit your details on The Bath Business website then post a picture of your bath on their Facebook page by 25th December 2012. The winner will be announced on the 1st of January 2013. The winner of the competition – and then the results of transformational repair will be posted on the website and Facebook page.