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Baby Prepping: How a Handyman can help you get ready for baby.

When that nesting feeling comes over you, it’s almost uncontrollable.  Suddenly, everything has to be perfect for your new addition, but getting ready for a new baby can be a challenge.  Often pregnant parents just don’t have the time and energy, or the tools and technical skills, to get things done the way they want.

This is where hiring a Professional Handyman can save you time, headaches, and sometimes lots of tears.

What Can a Handyman Do?

A Professional Handyman is a jack of all trades.  Unlike other services, which specialise in one specific area, a Handyman can do it all.  So, to help you keep your sanity during the last few months of preparation, here are our top ideas on what a Professional Handyman can do to save you time and stress in the lead up to bringing your new little person home.

Painting and Decorating

The standard in Nursery decorating is still the traditional repaint, either in soft muted tones or something more dramatic.  However, wallpaper is making a big splash at the moment, along with the use of wall decals, which can be applied to any wall, regardless of whether you own your home or not.

Navy wallpaper makes a bold statement (Image Source: www.kidspacestuff.com)

Navy wallpaper makes a bold statement (Image Source: www.kidspacestuff.com)

Understandably, many pregnant parents are nervous about the idea of breathing in paint fumes, or wall paper glue, while decorating the baby’s room.  Applying decals yourself can mean scaling a ladder, which just isn’t safe.

Wall decals make a beautiful feature and can be installed in rental properties (Image Source: www.houzz.com)

Wall decals make a beautiful feature and can be installed in rental properties (Image Source: www.houzz.com)

Overall, painting and decorating is tricky, this is where hiring a professional handyman to get these big jobs done and out of the way, allowing you more time to focus on the smaller, more intimate work of deciding on which colour or theme to use.

Fantastic combination of paint, wall decals, and hanging pictures (Image Source: indulgy.com)

Fantastic combination of paint, wall decals, and hanging pictures (Image Source: indulgy.com)

Furniture Assembly

Well, there’s the cot, change table, bookshelves, cupboard inserts, swing, bouncer, jumper, just to name a few of the items that you might to include in your nursery, which almost always require assembly.  Sometimes, with hilariously difficult instructional diagrams.

Paint, wall decals, light shade, wall art, product assembly (Image Source: thekidsroomdecor.com)

Paint, wall decals, light shade, wall art, product assembly (Image Source: thekidsroomdecor.com)

Save yourself from ripping out your own hair, a Professional Handyman will have experience in this often painful task.  Don’t forget to ask them to anchor heavy items to the wall so that, as your little one gets older and starts to grab at things, there is no risk of them pulling things over

Revamping Furniture

Reusing furniture from your previous children, family and friends or finding that unique piece in the op shop down the road is a great way to recycle expensive nursery items.  Many items just need a good clean, but some will need stripping, sanding, and repainting or lacquering.  Again, the issue of fumes and wood dust are off putting, as well as a lack of the proper tools to do the job.  No one wants to save money by recycling freebies, only to have to go out and spend a fortune on the tools to do the job.

(Image Source: www.lacquerandlinen.com)

(Image Source: www.lacquerandlinen.com)

Reaching High Places

Climbing a ladder to install new curtain fittings, change the light shade, and replace the batteries in your smoke alarm can be daunting, high risk activities for pregnant women, especially as you get closer to your delivery date.

A Professional Handyman can do all of these things in the same session.

Cute new curtain fittings (Image Source: http://5ata.com/)

Cute new curtain fittings (Image Source: http://5ata.com/)

To get the most out of your Handyman, remember to list out what you want done in advance.  An experienced Handyman will also be able to offer suggestions for things you hadn’t even thought of yet, like installing safety plugs in all of your outlets, well before you think of them yourself.

Shelves and Pictures

Securely attaching shelves and hanging pictures is a Professional Handyman’s bread and butter.  See our article on creating a beautiful display of artwork and treasured pieces which you can use to inspire you.  Hand or foot moulds and prints, family photos, special gifts, and teddy bears are just a few of the items you could include to make a wonderful display.  A Professional Handyman can help you to set out your display, both before and after the baby comes home.

Hanging your memories above shelving, securely fixed to the wall (Image Source: www.mariaalekas.com.br)

Hanging your memories above shelving, securely fixed to the wall (Image Source: www.mariaalekas.com.br)

To get the most out of your Handyman, remember to list out what you want done in advance.  An experienced Handyman will also be able to offer suggestions for things you hadn’t even thought of yet, like installing safety plugs in all of your outlets, well before you think of them yourself.

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