RHS Chelsea Flower Show increases business for gardening pros on Bark.com

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is the biggest gardening event in the UK, some might even say the world and attracts thousands of visitors every year, even royalty.

The show has been the highlight of the gardening industry since 1912 and runs for five days every May, with the 2018 show kicking off yesterday till Saturday 26th May.

This annual showcase of the world’s best gardening talent, cutting edge designs and latest trends has coincided with an increase in demand for gardening professionals on Bark.com – it seems that the show has inspired the public to improve their outdoor space!

To get more specific, there’s been a:

  • 37% spike in requests for gardeners
  • 25% increase for landscape designers
  • 18% increase for fence and gate installers

Overall, service requests are up 38% on this time last year.

If you’re looking for a gardening pro, you can place your own Bark here.

Turfing requests were the most popular from consumers, followed by fence installation, patio laying and pond installation. Our data also shows that consumers in the West Midlands are the most keen to improve their gardens, with 11% of job requests across all services being made in that region. Where as homeowners in the South East are wanting fence and gate installations, and account for 7% of the job requests in that field.

We decided to do some investigating, and spoke to our network of UK gardening professionals about why they thought demand for their services has increased so dramatically. More than two fifths (42%) said that the RHS Chelsea Flower Show inspires people to improve their outdoor space and a third (33%) said the hot weather, a quarter (25%) answered they didn’t know.

If you have been inspired to reinvent your garden, you can hire professionals in your local area on Bark.com that can help with:

Kai Feller, co-founder of Bark.com, said,

“I’m not the least bit surprised that gardening professionals have been experiencing a surge in demand for their services. The weather is better earlier this year, summer is around the corner and people want to spend more time outside.

“The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is an incredibly popular event, which has been around for more than 100 years, so it makes sense that it would have a lot of influence over consumer buying habits. I think it’s great that our gardening pros across the UK are experiencing a positive effect from it.”

Fancy yourself a Jedi Master? Well now you can get paid to teach others the ways of the force!

Are you a Star Wars super fan? Have you been counting down the days to May 25th, when ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ hits cinemas? Then we’ve got some good news for you! We’ve just launched the UK’s first professional Jedi training, to celebrate the release of the next instalment in the Star Wars franchise!

So, do you fancy yourself a Star Wars pro? Have you memorised the ways of the Jedi and scrutinised every detail of the films? Do you have experience in martial arts or other forms of combat? Well, we are now offering you the chance to teach others the ways of the Jedi, just in time for the release of the next film at the end of the month.

When running Jedi training sessions, you’ll be expected to cover four main subjects; physical conditioning, basic Jedi history, mental strength, and lightsaber combat. It’s expected that one-on-one sessions will start at around £150 per person, with group training at £100 per person for up to six people, however prices are subject to availability and as with all Bark.com services you can charge what you’d like!

As a Star Wars expert, you’ll also be expected to offer stand-alone lightsaber training, which focuses solely on the fighting aspect of Jedi training. Classes will be taught in groups of no more than eight people, with prices starting at £45pp for one hour.

So, do you think you have what it takes to become a pro-Jedi trainer? If you think so you can apply to be a pro here:

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Kai Feller, co-founder of Bark.com, said:

“Star Wars is not just one of the biggest film franchises of all time, it’s one of the biggest cultural phenomena of the 21st century – which was proven last year when The Last Jedi took nearly $220m on its opening weekend. Star Wars was a huge part of growing up for so many people around the world, and I’m sure most of them wanted to be a Jedi.

“I think it’s going to be interesting to see how many more Star Wars super fans we get signing up to become pro trainers. We can’t wait for the service to launch fully, and for Solo: A Star Wars Story to hit cinemas!”

If you’d like to hire a Jedi trainer click here.

 

Always wanted to be a Jedi master? Well now you can!

Star Wars super fan? Already booked tickets to see ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ when it opens? Then we’ve got some very exciting news for you. We’ve just launched the UK’s first professional Jedi training, to celebrate the release of the next instalment of the Star Wars franchise!

We are now offering you the chance to learn the ways of the Jedi professionally in time for the release of the latest film in the franchise at the end of the month. If you’re lost at this point (if you are where’ve you been for the last 30 years?), the Jedi are an ancient organisation from the fictional Star Wars universe. Jedi masters include Luke Skywalker, Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Jedi training sessions will cover four main subjects; physical conditioning, basic Jedi history, mental strength, and lightsaber practice. It’s expected that one-on-one sessions will start at around £150 per person, with group training at £100 per person for up to six people, however prices are subject to availability and will vary by teacher.

Our Star Wars experts will also be offering stand-alone lightsaber training, which focuses solely on the fighting aspect of Jedi training. Classes will be taught in groups of no more than eight people, with prices starting at £45pp for one hour.

You can register your interest to hire a Jedi trainer here:

Find a Jedi trainer now

Kai Feller, co-founder of Bark.com, said:

“Star Wars is not just one of the biggest film franchises of all time, it’s one of the biggest cultural phenomena of the 21st century – which was proven last year when The Last Jedi took nearly $220m on its opening weekend. Star Wars was a huge part of growing up for so many people around the world, and I’m sure most of them wanted to be a Jedi.

“I think it’s going to be interesting to see how many more Star Wars super fans we get signing up to become pro trainers. We can’t wait for the service to launch fully, and for Solo: A Star Wars Story to hit cinemas!”

We’re also on the lookout for more Jedi trainers, so if you’re a super fan skilled in martial arts, you can register to become a Jedi trainer here.

Earn up to £100 an hour as a Pro Bridesmaid or Groomsman!

Do you love weddings, organising, and earning money? If you answered yes, then we’ve got the job for you! Introducing our new service – Pro Bridesmaids and Groomsmen!

Pro Bridesmaids and Groomsmen are not just for Brides and Grooms looking to increase the size of their wedding party. They give engaged couples that all-important piece of mind, ensuring their big day runs smoothly and it truly is the best day of their lives.

Using our new professional Bridesmaids and Groomsmen service will alleviate stress leading up to the big day, so couples can enjoy their time being engaged.

The service is already an established profession in the US, and given its increasing popularity with Brides and Grooms, we realised its potential in the UK.

Pro Bridesmaid and Groomsman duties can include anything from being present as part of the ceremony to running errands and dealing with difficult suppliers and guests.

Sound right up your ‘aisle’?

Sign up as Pro Bridesmaid or Groomsman now

Couples looking to hire professional Bridesmaids or Groomsmen can book one here.

Banish those Bridezilla moments with our new Pro Bridesmaid and Groomsman service!

Recently engaged? Congratulations! You will no doubt have started planning your big day and realising how stressful planning a wedding can be.

If you’ve not picked your wedding party yet, be sure to choose carefully. If in doubt, hire a professional Bridesmaids and Groomsmen with our new service!

You might be looking to increase the size of your wedding party, or perhaps you’re worried the friends and relatives you’ve asked will be less than useless.  Whatever the reason, a Pro Bridesmaid or Groomsman will ensure your wedding day is truly the best day of your life.

Duties can include anything from being present as part of the ceremony to running errands and dealing with difficult suppliers and guests. It’s entirely up to you!

When hiring, you’ll be asked specific questions about your Pro Bridesmaid or Groomsman, such as the number of days you would like them to work and what jobs you are looking for them to carry out.

People looking for a Pro Bridesmaid or Groomsman to join their wedding party can hire one here:

Hire Pro Bridesmaid or Groomsman now

If you’d like to become a Pro Bridesmaid/Groomsman, check out how to sign up here.

‘Space travel agent’ launched

We’ve launched the world’s first ‘space travel agent’ service after an increase in enquiries from members of the public looking to book travel into space.

The first ‘space travel agent’ service has been created on our site in preparation for when commercial space travel becomes available to the public.

This comes after the announcement that the first space hotel is due to open in three years, and Virgin Galactic is continuing to develop commercial spacecraft.

The space travel agent will work in the same way as regular travel agents to arrange flight times, accommodation and entertainment packages for the travel into space.

You can register your interest here:

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When holiday packages are available to book, you will be contacted to discuss options and dates.

Kai Feller, co-founder of Bark, said:

“We were initially surprised to see so many enquiries through the site for space travel agents, but news of the first space hotel made us realise there is a gap in the market for this service.

“Being an astronaut is a childhood dream for so many people and while it’s not always attainable for everyone because it’s quite a difficult profession to get in to, this gives people the chance to experience it for a few weeks at leisure.”

Love the Golden Arches? Get paid to eat McDonald’s as a Pro Monopoly Player!

Do you love McDonald’s, like earning money, and have a bit of spare time on your hands? Well if you answered yes to, well, any of those, then we’ve got the job for you!

The McDonald’s Monopoly phenomenon is a hit every year, but people miss out on the big prizes because they either don’t have time, or don’t want to sit around collecting stickers all day. That’s why we’ve launched our newest service – Pro McDonald’s Monopoly Players.

We’ve launched the service to help time-strapped members of the public who are looking to win prizes during the McDonald’s Monopoly period – but can’t be bothered to go out and collect them themselves.

Here’s a list of the prizes up for grabs in the year’s McDonald’s Monopoly campaign – and I’m sure you can see why people would want to get their hands on as many stickers as possible:

  • £100k in cash (4 available)
  • MINI Cooper (15 available)
  • A trip for four to Universal Orlando (20 available)
  • Xbox One games console (400 available)
  • NOW TV smart box and a one-year pass (10,000 available)
  • £250 experience with Red Letter Days (800 available)

If you sign up to be a Monopoly Player you’ll have to provide a photo ID, be subject to a full background check, and be willing to travel around the UK. As well as the hourly rate, which includes the cost of two large meals, there is an option for Pro Players and customers to agree bonuses should prizes be won – so you might even get your hands on a chunk of that £100,000!

Once you’ve been approved as a Monopoly Player, you’ll have to ask your customers specific questions about how they’d like you to carry out the work, the number of meals to buy, which prizes they’re looking for, and how much they’d like to spend on McDonald’s food items, as well as a number of other questions relating to the service.

If you think this sounds right up your street, sign up here:

Sign up as a McDonald’s Monopoly Player

People looking to win McDonald’s Monopoly prizes can book a professional McDonald’s Monopoly Player here.

Hire a Pro McDonald’s Monopoly Player and increase your chances of winning big!

Do you collect McDonald’s Monopoly stickers every year, but win nothing? Do you wish you could get your hands on that £100,000? Or a Mini Cooper? Well our newest service gives you the best possible chance!

Every year the McDonald’s Monopoly phenomenon sweeps the nation, and our new Pro McDonald’s Monopoly Player service is designed to give people the best possible chance at winning big.

I’m sure most of you will remember Veruca Salt from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, whose dad buys thousands of Wonka bars and has his factory workers opening them to try and find a Golden Ticket? Well that’s exactly what our Pro McDonald’s Monopoly Players will be doing – finding the big prizes on your behalf, while you get the prizes, without having to do anything!

We’ve launched the service to help time-strapped members of the public who are looking to win prizes during the McDonald’s Monopoly period, but don’t have the time, or don’t want to collect the stickers themselves. It also increases a person’s likelihood of winning bigger prizes by widening the area of the UK they can get stickers from.

If you’re thinking about hiring one, you’ll be asked specific questions about how you’d like your Monopoly Player to carry out the work, number of meals to buy, which prizes you’re looking for, and how much you’d like to spend on McDonald’s food items, as well as a number of other questions relating to the service.

Here’s a list of the prizes up for grabs in the year’s McDonald’s Monopoly campaign – and we’re sure you can see why people would want to get their hands on as many stickers as possible:

  • £100k in cash (4 available)
  • MINI Cooper (15 available)
  • A trip for four to Universal Orlando (20 available)
  • Xbox One games console (400 available)
  • NOW TV smart box and a one-year pass (10,000 available)
  • £250 experience with Red Letter Days (800 available)

People looking to win McDonald’s Monopoly prizes can book a professional McDonald’s Monopoly Player here:

Find McDonald’s Monopoly Players Now

If you’d like to become a Pro Monopoly Player, check out how to sign up here.

Add up to £30,000 to the value of your property with these home renovation projects

British households plough almost £30billion into home improvement projects each year – building extensions, erecting conservatories and converting lofts throughout the country.

There’s no question that investing in your home is one of the most rewarding ways to spend your hard earned cash. But which of the many renovation options on offer will put the most money back into your pocket?

In this week’s blog post, we take a look at four of the most popular home renovation projects on Bark to discover which of them will add the most value to your home.

Cash in on spare garden space with a conservatory

Done correctly, a conservatory costing between £4,000 and £10,000 could increase your home’s value by 5%. Given that the typical UK home is worth £216,750, that’s an average increase of around £10,800.

“Conservatories will add value to a home,” says the National Association of Estate Agents’ managing director, Mark Hayward. “But they need to be made with quality materials and provide a lot of light for the value to be significant.”

Conservatories are cheaper than full home extensions, they don’t require planning permission and they can often be completed within a week or two.

Remember that the ideal conservatory is a stylish segue between your indoor and outdoor spaces. So choose a design that strikes a good balance by adding the extra room without taking up too much garden space.

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Add 20% to your home’s value with a loft conversion

Experts agree that creating the space for an extra bedroom in your house is the easiest way to increase its resale value.

One of the most popular ways of doing this is by converting your unused attic space, with one Nationwide Building Society survey suggesting a loft conversion could add up to 20% to the value of your home.

How much your loft conversion will cost depends on the structure and accessibility of your building. But a typical quote from a builder will be somewhere in the region of £10,000-£15,000.

Work can often be completed in as little as six weeks and, unless you’re altering the roofline of your building, you may be able to go ahead with the project without obtaining planning permission.

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Create a spectacular showpiece with a new kitchen

If you are only going to improve one room in your house, says TV property expert Phil Spencer, you should make it the kitchen.

“This has now become the showpiece of the home,” he explains. “The number one priority is creating a handsome and efficient work surface and ensuring easy access between the three points of the kitchen triangle – that is, the sink, fridge and cooker.”

“Install equipment that is as up to date as possible, so it won’t look outmoded in 10 years,” he adds. “And make sure the price bracket of your kitchen matches the price bracket of your house. There is no point putting a £25,000 kitchen in a £250,000 house.”

Phil says a new kitchen will typically add 4.6% to the value of your house – which translates to nearly £10,000 for the average UK home.

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Transform your home with a property extension

Adding square footage to your home is pretty much a surefire way to boost its value, and there are a range of extension options you can choose from.

Single storey extensions like kitchens, living rooms or dining areas often don’t require planning permission – while a reputable builder should be able to handle getting permission to go ahead with larger renovation projects.

As with any building work, it’s important to compare several quotes before hiring someone. A poor extension can actually damage your home’s resale value, so take the time to shop around until you find the best pro for the job.

Expect to pay upwards of £20,000 for the project and add around 11% to the value of your home – which translates to £28,800 for the average UK home.

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How to get your garden ready for springtime without lifting a finger

With the recent wintry weather behind us, gardeners up and down the country are heading outside to prepare their gardens for spring.

But, here at Bark, we understand that not everyone wants to spend their spare time shovelling dirt. In the aftermath of Storm Doris, we’ve seen a surge in the number of people requesting gardening and fence repair services on our site – and we think they have the right idea.

Here’s how to complete those essential garden chores and get your outdoor space ready for springtime without ever lifting a finger.

Effortlessly repair damaged fencing

Last week’s stormy weather wrought havoc up and down the country, with 100mph winds buffeting coastlines, destroying fences and causing an estimated £100million worth of damage.

Collecting new timber, removing broken fence panels and digging out stubborn posts can be exhausting work. But there’s no reason you should have to be the one to do it! Place a Bark now to get quotes from local fence repair specialists fast and free.

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Clear the gutters without getting your hands dirty

Allowing your gutters to become clogged with leaves and debris can cause serious structural damage to your home, and it’s all too easy to forget about them until something goes badly wrong.

That’s why, at this time of year it’s a great idea to don a pair of heavy gloves, climb a ladder and give those neglected pipes a good seeing to. Or, if you’d prefer not to get your hands dirty, click the link below now and hire someone to do it for you.

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Prune shrubs and trees without breaking a sweat

The end of winter is a time for pruning back unwanted branches on your trees and shrubs to make way for new growth.

This is an essential task if you want your plants to remain healthy, safe and growing into an attractive shape. But tree surgery can be dangerous work if you’ve never done it before, and if you’re in any doubt about what you’re doing it’s best left to a professional.

So why not hire an expert to prune your garden this spring? Click the link below and we’ll put you in touch with local pruning specialists fast and free.

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Get your garden ready for spring today

In just a few weeks’ time, you’ll be relaxing in the garden with a cool glass of wine. But there’s a lot to get through before then to get your outdoor space looking its best – from weeding beds and repairing trellises to planting bulbs for the year ahead.

Hiring a professional gardener is the best way to tackle those necessary chores quickly and with a minimum of hassle, so your family can enjoy relaxing outside during the warm summer months.

So forget planting, weeding, mowing and seeding. Place a Bark now to get your garden ready for spring without lifting a finger, and find a great pro to keep it looking great all year round.

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