Category: Practical Opportunities

What is a Soffit? – And how to make a career with it.

fascias and soffitsI was speaking with one of my neighbours the other day. He has his own business installing upvc windows, soffits, downpipes and fascias on houses. He is always busy, seems to have a good business, books regular holidays and has a nice car.

I got to speak with him and we started talking about career choices. He was telling me that he almost fell into his career. His friends dad was an installer of all things upvc, he started working with his friend and dad on holidays and weekends, and before he knew it he had learned the trade and started his own business.

He also told me that because of the age of most of the houses in the UK, there is an enormous need for replacement windows, guttering, fascias and soffits, and if you don’t know what they are I will explain below.

It occurred to me that any young person with a practical side to the personality could probably benefit from learning this trade. A few calls to your local businesses that install soffits and fascias may well lead to an on the job training opportunity. Sometimes you just have to think outside the box.

To be clear soffit is located under the rafter tails and the fascia is a horizontal band that you can see at the end of a rafter. Both these things are required to protect your home from the bad weather and to improve the look of your home. They protect the house from the pests like squirrels, bats, and birds, and help in ventilation as well.

If your living area is prone to high winds, soffit can help to keep the water from blowing into your house. To make it more effective, you need to maintain and clean it properly. If you are not experienced, then considering taking the help of the professionals for the cleaning once in every year. If required, you can paint or repair them during the time of cleaning. If you want to get better results, always keep your fascia and soffit clean, well-painted, and caulked.

Fascias and Soffits Materials
Traditionally, it was made by the aluminum and wood. But now both these products are available in a wide range of materials. You can get it synthetic materials and composite materials such as vinyl and UPVC. These materials do not require any specific maintenance and they are durable as well. Vinyl Soffits and Fascias are available in different styles and models; you can choose any depending on your exterior design. If you are a nature lover and like eco-friendly materials, then you can go for recycled material.

Price of the Soffits and Fascias
For a linear foot soffit installation, the price is around £20 to£30. For a linear foot replacement of the fascia, a customer will have to spend £15 to £25. A number of factors determine the cost of the replacement such as what type of the material you are using and the size of your home. The normal cost for the installation and replacement of the soffits and fascias of a house can be as much as £5,000. It includes all the expenditures such as framing, soffit and fascia boards, and the drywall.

How to install soffits and fascias
The installation process is not that difficult. It is possible to do it on your own with a little knowledge. The process is as follows:

• Remove the gutters and slide back the roof tile

• Remove the soffits and fascias

• Repair any damage of the rafter

• Fix the soffits against the brickworks. Make the proper adjustments

• Once it is fixed, you can fix the fascia board. Make sure that both the soffits and fascias are fixed properly.

• After these works are complete, you can install the rainwater system

• Then install the Eaves protector

• Now installation is complete, you can bring back the roof tiles to the normal position.

Generally speaking it is a job that most home owners will not try to do themselves, mainly because of working on ladders at a height. This is another factor that makes the industry a good one to get involved in, plenty of work available, inexpensive to get started, and good returns on the investment. I think I might just look at retraining myself! The video below shows just what is involved.

How To Become A Kitchen Makeover Specialist

kitchen makeover ideasA good opportunity for students with a more practical aspect to their personality is to work with wood or possibly metal, and one of the best carpentry based opportunities is in the area of kitchen renovations.

The kitchen area of a home is one of the most essential parts of the home. It is very important that the the whole area is fully productive while ensuring it is well designed. The kitchen also needs to feel ambient so that you feel relaxed while cooking foods.

There are many people that are looking to upgrade their kitchens on a budget, and somebody with design flair and joinery or wood working abilities can quickly find themselves opportunities and customers by advertising to this market, and by the use of an inexpensive website, which young people and their computer skills can make quite easily, or you can find people on the internet that will make a 3 page site for around £100. Use this nice looking kitchen makeover website as a guide.

The ideas below are intended to give that type of person the inspiration to consider this area for their main focus when looking for an income stream.

1. Ensure proper lighting

You must agree with a fact that lighting can greatly enhance the interior design of any room or interior space. It is true for a kitchen too. If you would like to enhance the overall look of a kitchen and want to give it a modern touch then you should add proper lighting.

If the kitchen lights are dim then you should replace them with bright lights right away. Dimly lit kitchens not only look gloomy but it also affects the mental state of the homeowner. When you are considering adding up lights in a kitchen area then you do not have to buy expensive light fixtures.

You can buy some vintage light fixtures that are available for pennies on the internet. Make sure that the lights you are buying are high in power so that it properly illuminates the whole kitchen area.

2. Add a rug

Adding a new rug on the floor of a kitchen will help you to dramatically improve the look of any kitchen. If there are boring kitchen floors and you do not want to invest a large amount of money buying new flooring tiles then you should add a rug.

There are different types of rugs available in the market that you may consider buying for a kitchen upgrade. Make sure you buy a visually appealing rug that will serve its purpose while enhancing the décor.

3. Upgrade the hardware

There are many hardware items in a kitchen that can be replaced with newer, modern ones to beautify and enhance. If you have bland and dull knobs and pulls then you should install modern, designer hardware pieces that will increase the visual appeal of the kitchen.

Although it may seem as a simple change but it will add up to the interior design.

4. Buy a new, bigger rack

If there are a couple of small racks for keeping plates, bowls and other crockery items then you should consider suggesting a new rack which is bigger in size. When you have installed a bigger rack, you will be able to keep all the utensils at a single place.

The utensil items will not be strewn all over the kitchen shelf, so it will make the kitchen look neat and modern.

5. Enhance the countertop

If there is have an old countertop that looks ugly and unpleasant to the eyes then you should consider enhancing the same. You should either choose to cover the countertop with a board or consider painting the same to make it look beautiful.

These are all ideas that anyone with a little design flair and practical abilities can bring to a client wanting a budget kitchen makeover. A young person can easily run an inexpensive facebook advert, make a quick webpage or get a friend to help, and you are in business. It works, I know from past experience, so why not just give it a try, you will probably be surprised at the result.

The video below has some good ideas, and there are plenty more on youtube for inspiration. With sales it is all about perception, present yourself as an interior designer/kitchen makeover specialist and armed with the tips on this page you have the makings of a full time career.

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