Everyone has that nagging list of things they’d like to get done around the house. Fix the leaky faucet. Sort through the kids’ toys. Replace the broken door latch.
All too often, life catches up with us, and those projects – however small – never get done.
That’s no way to live, says Kamil Suran, owner of Suran Built, a Crystal Lake-based remodeling company. Your house should be your sanctuary, not a place that causes anxiety because of its disorganization and imperfections, he says.
With that in mind, Suran Built has come up with an idea to help you tackle that list of things to do: the Honey-Do Special.
While there are certain home improvement projects you’ll have to do yourself – like declutter and organize your belongings – Suran recognizes that the more difficult items on your to-do list may often get put off because, either, you don’t want to call a different professional for each small project, or you don’t want to pay for a travel/assessment charge from each professional before they even get to work.
Suran’s Honey-Do Special eliminates the need to make multiple phone calls to multiple professionals. The company provides 10 hours of mix-and-match service, whether you need a plumber, electrician, carpenter, painter or all four. All services provided cost a flat rate of $650.
“Every client [of ours] has a bunch of little things that need to get done,” Suran says. “There are things they can do around the house to feel better … and then [they] can basically call one company and get 10 hours of combined [professional experience] from a carpenter, electrician, painter or plumber.”
To break down your projects into manageable slices, Suran Built has come up with two honey-do lists – one for you and one for Suran Built – to help you tackle all your home improvement projects.
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“Start your project and get it done,” says Suran, noting each of these projects could easily be a Saturday activity. “Don’t start any of these items if you don’t think you can get it done that day … you have to start fresh, not [try to fit it in] after work.”
1. Organize your closets
Start with the basics: set aside clothing that is too small or too big, outdated or worn out and donate those items or get rid of them.
Next, find an organizational method that will help you pare down your wardrobe further.
Dawn Goerger, communications director for Suran Built, personally likes the technique of taking everything out of her closet. Set aside the items you don’t want to keep, and put everything else back in the closet, facing the hangers backward, she says. After you wear an article of clothing, put it back in your closet hanging in the regular direction. At the end of the season, if you still have items hanging backward, donate them.
“It was actually very eye-opening, because you tend to wear the same things,” Goerger says. “It helped with weeding out [my things].”
2. Organize the garage
Similar to closet organization, the best way to clean out the garage may be to pull everything out, then put back the essentials. Get rid of items you no longer use, and if something isn’t working, either throw it away or make it a point to get it fixed.
“It’s hard to organize a garage, so team up,” Suran says. “It goes much faster as a family. That’s a way to get kids part of [the process], too.”
3. Organize the basement
“Whenever there’s something you don’t know what to do with, you throw it in the basement,” Goerger says.
She had a friend who reorganized the basement every other year to keep pace with increasing belongings.
“If you do it every other year, it’s not so overwhelming,” she says.
4. Organize the kitchen
You should recognize a familiar theme by now. A great method of decluttering is to pull out everything and start fresh.
The kitchen is no different. Start with that junk drawer and remove the things that don’t belong. Use small boxes or organizers to make it easier to find items you want to keep.
Then, tackle the cabinets.
“Do you need 35 coffee mugs when there’s two people living in the house?” Goerger asks.
Clean up piles of old leaves and branches that have stuck around since last fall. Weed your flower beds. Power wash the house, your deck and your patio.
Make sure to reward yourself when the job is done, especially when the kids are involved. Dinner and a movie are a great incentive to finish a project.
Write down a list of all of the things you’d like to see completed around your house before calling Suran Built so that you’re ready to discuss how many of those items can be accomplished in 10 hours.
Do you have a light fixture or a ceiling fan that quit working months ago? Do you want to replace an outdated fixture with the one still sitting in its box in your garage?
A certified electrician from Suran Built can fix/replace/install your small electrical projects as part of the Suran Built Honey-Do Special.
Keep your mind open to new ideas, too. The electrician easily could install a dimmer switch or even a motion sensor light so that the light automatically comes on as soon as you enter your laundry room, closet or garage and turns off soon after you leave.
As a homeowner, you’ve probably encountered a leaky faucet, toilet or outside spigot.
A Suran Built plumber can tackle that project, plus add a water filtration faucet to your kitchen sink so that you and your family have healthy, clean water to drink right from the tap.
“It will make you feel good, [knowing] you’re drinking good water,” Suran says.
Every house has a crooked cabinet door, a broken drawer or a squeaky cabinet.
Professional carpenters can fix those little nuisances, plus make a few simple upgrades to transform the look of your kitchen.
“[We can install] new hardware on cabinets, which will update and make [you] feel good about [your] kitchen without needing a whole new kitchen,” Suran says.
If you’ve got locks that don’t work, ask if they can be fixed before buying new ones. Often, the plate simply needs to be realigned, Suran says.
Don’t forget the exterior of the home. A carpenter can replace rotted deck boards, holes in the siding left from woodpeckers and more.
While you were organizing your closets, garage, basement and kitchen, did you wish for an organizational system?
Organizers can be a tremendous aid, but they’re not always easy to install.
So, have someone else do it.
Pick out the organizers you want – whether a shelving system for your closet, a bike rack that hangs from the ceiling or professional-grade wall systems and cabinets for the basement – and Suran Built will install them for you.
Last, but not least, consider hiring a professional painter. You may not need an entire room repainted, but you probably have scuff marks and nicks throughout the house that could use a quick touch of spackle and paint.
“A good painter can do a lot of touch-ups around the house in two to three hours,” Suran says. “A skilled painter knows how to do a touch-up to feather it in – [like how] to clean up marker from the kids.”
Suran has several skilled painters in-house. After all, he started Suran Built in 2000 strictly as a painting business before branching out into custom renovation work years later.
Suran’s best advice is to keep your old paint – even if there’s not much left in the can - so painters can exactly match the color on your walls.
You’ll be amazed what a fresh coat of white paint can do for your baseboards, or what your front door will look like after the scuff marks are gone.
“Everyone has a front entry-door or garage door that’s beat up [because] you kick the door open,” Suran says. “[New paint] will make you feel better, [especially on] the front door, where everyone walks through and leaves scuff marks.”
How much can the professionals from Suran Built REALLY get accomplished in just 10 hours? Here’s a sample list of what you could knock off your honey-do list with the help of Suran Built.
2-3 hours of touchup painting throughout the house
Replace a leaky faucet
Install a new toilet
Install new doorknobs
Install a new light fixture
Install a couple of motion sensor switches
Install a few organizational systems
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