There are many DIY dads out there, doing everything from hanging picture frames and shelves to shakily climbing up ladders and cleaning the gutters. You could call them family superheroes. We wanted to give one lucky dad a break from DIY by introducing one skilled tradesperson into the mix and taking a £1,000 home improvement job off their hands. Over 400 sons, daughters, partners, and parents entered our Do it for Dad DIY Competition to put forward their deserving DIY dads, and we went through every single entry.
We had all sorts of entries, including one involving removing a patch of bamboo sharp enough to cause an accident. However, one particular entry caught our eye – to redecorate a desperate lounge. It struck a chord with us as we know the lounge is a family space for gatherings, celebrations, and lazy Sundays on the sofa. Most importantly, every family deserves a space where they can relax and spend time together.
The Jenkins family have recently moved into their new home, which needs lots of work doing to it. Top of the list was the living room. Previously home to guinea pigs, dogs, and chickens, the lounge was in a state of much needed repair. Above all, plasterboard was breaking off the walls, jagged edges at every corner, and multiple holes found dotted throughout. Amy Jenkins and her three children saw our competition as the perfect opportunity to do it for their dad, Richard.
Richard, wants and tries to do DIY jobs around the house, however he has dyspraxia, a condition which affects coordination and can make some daily tasks difficult.
‘We’ve just moved into the house and every part of the house needs redecorating. I don’t have any DIY skills, and while Richard tries his best and wants to do it, he has dyspraxia. So with the whole house to do, we thought this would be the perfect competition for us because it would get us started on the road with one room being decorated.’
The job details were posted on Rated People to ensure the right tradesperson for the job was hired. Remek from R&A Builders UK Limited was matched with our Do it for Dad DIY competition job post in no time and was more than happy to carry out the work for the Jenkins family. Remek began with stripping wallpaper, starting from the dining room and working his way around to the lounge. He took care of replastering and replaced skirting boards. To finish the job, he repainted the walls in a calming grey for a clean finish.
The finished product
Amy and the family couldn’t quite believe they’d won and were very happy with the final result:
‘We were very lucky to win the Rated People ‘Do it for Dad’ competition. Rated People introduced Remek, of R & A Builders to carry out the work required on our lounge. He was polite and professional and clearly knew exactly what needed to be done. We are very happy with Remek’s work. He has not only decorated our lounge but brought it from a state of disrepair to a showroom lounge we can be proud of. His knowledge of how to do the work and his ability to execute the task was faultless. We would be more than happy to use Remek’s services again and wouldn’t hesitate in recommending him.’
Watch the video above to hear more of the Jenkins’ story.
If you need help or advice with painting and decorating in your home, post your job in our Painter / Decorator category. Up to three tradesmen can contact you to quote and you’ll be able to view their profile pages, complete with customer ratings, to help you decide who to hire.