Our First Little Home Project Of 2018

New Hallway Socket

A new year always brings new plans for a house renovation doesn’t it? I can’t even remember what we had planned for 2017 but some ad hoc projects ended up taking over. We gave our main bathroom a much-needed makeover, cleared and fenced our 100ft garden with the help of our neighbours and I painted our bedroom.

Whilst all of them made such a difference to our quality of life, at the same time none of them feel like huge achievements. It’s nearly 4 years since we moved in and progress sometimes feels frustratingly slow. So with the bit between my teeth it’s time to tackle some of the little jobs that I just keep putting off.

First on the list has been finally fitting a plug socket in our hallway. It sounds like such a tiny job doesn’t it? We’ve had a console table, decor and lamp now for ages, but no socket in place to plug it in. Our home was built in the early 1930’s. When the electrics were modernised, all the sockets were put in the same place either side of walls. We do have a plug in the hall but it’s in the most useless impractical place.

I’m a bit fussy when it comes up to renovations and didn’t really want the cabling for the socket to show. A couple of electricians expressed interest in the job but then we never heard back. Traders right?! Finally our lovely neighbours came up trumps recommending their electrician. And he is nothing short of a miracle worker.

He somehow managed to cable the socket in via the fuse box in the cupboard under the stairs. He took up the boards in the cupboard and threaded the cable through before popping a hole in the wall and connecting the socket. If I’d had any idea it would be so straightforward, we would have had it done ages ago. Not just that, he was so reasonable too!

It’s such a treat to come home to the warmth of a table lamp at this time of year. Plus the benefit of lighting when I come downstairs in the mornings instead of floundering around in the dark.

Now I feel inspired to crack on with a number of other jobs that need doing. Despite being such a positive person in general, when it comes to the house I always fear jobs will be very expensive. And I never bother to even make enquiries. Which means projects have a habit of stalling. Perhaps I should try to aim for at least one job every couple of weeks and who knows, we might just make progress in 2018!

New Hallway Socket

New Hallway Socket

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  1. January 25, 2018 / 7:57 am

    Our house also had incredibly impractical sockets (like sockets in the skirting board that were too close to the floor or plug anything into!) so one of the first jobs we did was a partial rewire. Good luck with working through your renovation list this year! x #HomeEtc

    • Lins
      January 25, 2018 / 8:44 pm

      It feels so tedious to spend money on something unexciting doesn’t it? But at relief when it’s done X

  2. January 29, 2018 / 12:02 pm

    We had extra sockets installed recently too – amazing the difference it makes!

    • Lins
      January 29, 2018 / 9:20 pm

      It’s totally one of those things that I’ve wondered why it took me so long. Better late than never I suppose! X

  3. January 30, 2018 / 10:31 am

    That makes me SO cross!!!!! I’ve had traders come to look at jobs and they’ve never bothered to follow up with a quote — GRRRR — why bother taking the time to come out in the first place!? And I’m just the same as you, thinking that house jobs will be very expensive and don’t bother to even make enquiries. I need a little cupboard making in one of the guest rooms and I haven’t even asked anyone cos I’m convinced it will be mega bucks. Maybe this year will be the year??! 😉 Thanks for being a BRILLIANT co-host Lins CX #HomeEtc

    • Lins
      February 1, 2018 / 9:14 pm

      Ugh it drives me crazy and really puts me off making enquiries in the first place!! Love co-hosting with you Xx

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