Scuseme SOS. Social distancing. Social isolation.

scuseme sos

Social distancing and isolation: Why not take some time to tackle your DIY with a little help from scuseme SOS

So, we all find ourselves socially isolated. What to do?

Many of you will have dependents to look after – elderly parents and/or perhaps children to home school. My 80-year-old dad recently had major heart surgery and is now living with us. So alongside two dogs, a partner and three grown children, working from home is an interesting situation.

Many of the services we recommend are not deemed ‘essential’ so most of our tradespeople are not out and about during the UK-wide lockdown. Alongside this, I can’t get out to visit jobs or meet new tradespeople.  So, I have some chunks of free time which I plan to use productively.  I’ll practice my Italian and pick up my clarinet, which I haven’t played in eight years.  But there are also several jobs that need doing around the house that I will tackle.

scuseme SOS 

So, if you find you have lots more free time, why not use it as an opportunity to tackle any longstanding jobs around the house.

If you have a few basic tools and available materials, then there is a lot you can get on with.  For example, I plan to do a little decorating, a few garden repairs and fix several door-handles.  There are other jobs I’d like to do but would feel more confident with the advice of an expert. Comfortingly, I’m not alone.  Here is a list of the top 10 DIY things that UK adults can’t do (Source: Property Reporter, March 2020).

1. Changing a plug – 67%
2. Fixing a leaking tap – 59%
3. Hanging wallpaper – 52%
4. Replacing a light fitting – 47%
5. Sealing windows and doors – 44%
6. Unblocking a sink – 38%
7. Changing a bulb – 27%
8. Hanging pictures, shelves and mirrors – 21%
9. Assembling flat-pack furniture – 16%
10. Painting walls and furniture – 13%

Giving you sound advice

If you’re a little nervous about tacking these or any other job during this period of social isolation we will be available to give you some sound advice. We’ll connect you by video or phone, whichever you are most comfortable with, so you have the confidence to get your job done.

Most of my team have their projects on hold.  However, they are keen to continue to help our scuseme customers. Scuseme is, therefore, operating a free SOS service related to DIY, home-improvement and home repair.

So if you have a question you would like to put to one of our experts, leave your question here and we will work out which of our experts we need to bring in to help you.  Following that, we will arrange an online one-to-one video meeting or phone call to connect you with one of our multi-skilled tradespeople for the advice you need. And with over 100 local tradespeople, we will find someone to help you solve your problem and give you peace of mind.

Which tradespeople still work amidst coronavirus lockdown?

Plumbers, gas engineers and electricians play an important role in keeping our utilities working effectively, so the government designates them, key workers.  Because of this, they are still able to operate in certain emergency situations, provided they, and you, follow the government’s social distancing guidelines strictly.

If you are faced with any of the above emergencies get in touch here and we will see if we can find someone to assist who will work in full accordance with COVID-19 and WHO protocol.

I am confident that our nation will work hard together to ‘flatten the coronavirus curve’ and we look forward to seeing you on the other side.

Leave you scuseme SOS question here

Dawn Giesler, is the founder of scuseme Cambridge, an online marketplace that connects you with personally vetted tradespeople in your community.  She has lived in Cambridge for over 20 years and offers advice based on her own experiences.  For more information visit scuseme

If you would like to hear more from scuseme you can subscribe here