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How to Cope with Damage Due to Storms

Our health can be damaged in many ways and one of them is through touching a live wire. With the number and ferocity of storms these days, it is well to be aware of this and just how likely it can be for external power lines to come down during a storm without being noticed. Electricians understand the danger, but many other people may be too busy looking at a fallen tree to notice the power lines entangled in its branches or on the sodden ground nearby.

This is especially so if that fallen tree has damaged some of their property like the roof, the car or even a fence around their home. Electric wires are not very visible on a dark, rainy night unless they are sparking. However, it’s important to know just where the power lines around your home are and look up instead of down, if a tree falls on or near your home.

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Hotel Interior Design

8 Great Trends in Hotel Interior Design

Interior designers who know their business are never slack in embracing the latest trends in designing the interiors of hotels. Unless they keep up with what is seen as trendy and even necessary to give guests a great experience so they’ll want to come back, they won’t end up at the pinnacle of their career. Rather, their work will soon be seen as passé and no one will want to employ them.

A hotel is no longer just a place to sleep while on holiday. Instead, it should become the highlight of the holiday because it gives the guests such a wow! experience.

So what are some of the latest trends of hotel design?

  • Making each room distinctive in design. For instance, one whole wall from floor to ceiling could be an enormous fish tank set up to mimic an authentic reef.

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Choosing Scaffolding

5 Tips for Choosing Scaffolding

Scaffolding is an essential part of most buildings, allowing workers to access higher parts safely and take their equipment and building materials up with them. Without a scaffold, it would be impossible to complete most building projects. Scaffold is needed to build boats, houses, high-rise buildings and plant. It can be used for structures such as piers and docks, bridges and many similar projects.

ScaffoldingSince building companies must use this supporting structure for most, if not all of their projects, how can they choose the best scaffold hire company? Here are some tips.

  • Most building companies get to know who can be trusted in the trades arena. If you sublet or hire a company and find them difficult to work with or that they don’t do a good job, you won’t hire them again next time. Word quickly gets around about companies with a bad reputation, so the first thing to do is ask another company who they used and if they were satisfied with them.

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Home Repairs Planning

Financial Planning for a Home Extension

Most financial advisors would tell you that financial planning is really the first step in achieving your goals for a home extension. Many people buy a home that is on the small side because it is cheaper. They plan to add an extension as they need it and can afford it. But sometimes that time never comes because they don’t plan their finances to include it. With help from a financial planner, you can rearrange your finances to get that extension you so desperately need, rather than staying squashed up in a home that is too small.

Don’t be disheartened if your finances seem to all be taken up with paying off other things. There is nearly always a way to squeeze some more out by rearranging other payments, taking a part time job for a few months or better still, having a financial expert go through your finances with you and point out ways to save or get more.

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renovation-budget

Saving vs. Splurging with Renovations

There is no doubt about it; renovations can be expensive and many people find their renovation budget is simply shot to pieces by the time they’ve finished. But renovating the house can save the costs and effort of moving to another one, so if you don’t want to call the removalist just yet it has to be done.

To avoid a budget blowout it is important to plan out your renovation carefully, costing each stage and component and don’t make any changes to the plans halfway through. Experts tell us that there is a time to save and a time to splurge. Knowing which and when can save you heaps.

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roof-design

Roof Design – For Today’s Lifestyle Trends

Trends in lifestyle and buildings change over the years and this is what has happened in Australia, as well as overseas. The lifestyle trend these days is to take the inside out by creating alfresco rooms that are just as comfortable and convenient as indoors. Colorbond roofing is the ideal solution for outdoor themes because it is lightweight yet strong enough that it can span a large area with minimal support. This reduces the cost while enabling the view to remain uncluttered.

These days we see outdoor kitchens, comfy outdoor seating, fire pits or other kinds of heating, lighting and in some cases, even Wi-Fi connectivity outside. Over all this there needs to be some kind of protection from that sudden flurry of rain so we don’t have to run inside. Very often, the outdoor area is next to the house for convenience and so the roof can simply continue from the home over the alfresco area. This can be done very easily if the roof is strong and lightweight.

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Air-Conditioning-unit

Which Kind of Air Conditioning Unit is Right for You

If your home has not been fitted with air conditioning, you’ll know what it’s like to be uncomfortably hot day and night during the heat of summer. You will no doubt have spent many nights tossing and turning, trying in vain to find a cool spot on the sheets. You may even spend a great deal of time at the mall throughout the days just to get some relief from the heat.

The decision to install air conditioning in your home will be one of the best decisions you ever made. But it is very important to get the right kind. Not only the correct type of air con, but the right size for your home is also important. There are three main choices in air conditioners.

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How to Make the Best Use of Your Patio

Having a patio added to your home is a great idea because there are so many ways it can be used to enhance your lifestyle. Don’t just stick a few potted plants in and leave it at that. Here are some ways you can make the best use of this additional area to your home and enhance your lifestyle while doing it.

  • Start with choosing a convenient spot to have it installed. Attaching it to the home will ensure that it is convenient to use. This will actually extend the floor space of the home so you get more room without the cost of a home extension. You can use the area as an outdoor living room by adding comfortable seating, a table and even heating and lighting.
  • A patio makes an ideal games room for things such as a pool table that tends to take up too much room in the house unless you have a special room to put it in. Add a bar for drinks, a dart board on the wall and you are all set for fun evenings with friends or family.

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swimming-pool-cleaning

How to Take Care of Your Automatic Pool Cleaner

Anyone with a pool should also invest in an automatic pool cleaner to do most of the hard work of pool cleaning. If the water is not kept clean you can easily get an ear infection or worse, algae could come to visit and it will very likely make itself at home.  Pool cleaners can work away while you sit and relax by the side of the pool. But like many other machines they require a little maintenance to keep on rolling around, sucking up that debris from the pool.

Sometimes a pool needs to be cleaned with what is known as ‘shock treatment’. This is necessary when you notices any opacity in the water, green or red slime or even black spots that herald that dreaded black algae. It should be done regularly such as once a week, especially if you get a lot of leaves and other debris in the pool and don’t always remove it quickly.

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Landscaping-Trends

5 Great Landscaping Trends to Consider for Your Garden

Landscaping trends come and go and it is nice to ensure your home always looks modern, with at least some of the latest trends. It is not always just about looks, but about enhancing your lifestyle. After all, life is meant to be enjoyed and the right kind of landscaping can help us relax, get back to nature and even be healthier. Here are some of the latest trends for your outdoor space.

  • Living spaces – when you can get outdoors and enjoy nature more, it reduces your tension and stress. To that end, people now like to create an outdoor space or ‘room’ they can utilise as an extra room. Whether it is a gazebo set up as a reading room or a deck combining plants with an outdoor kitchen – or even a paved area with a fire pit, it will help you and your family to enjoy more time in the outdoors without having to leave home to do it.

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How to Clean a Berber Carpet

Many people fall in love with the look and feel of Berber carpet, even though it is more difficult to clean than some other carpet types.  Berber carpets are somewhat different to other carpets and this means you have to understand what the differences are in order to clean them in the right way, otherwise you’ll not only fail in your carpet cleaning efforts; you may even ruin it.

Olefin vs. nylon

Carpet cleaners know that one problem is the more affordable Berber carpet is made from something called olefin, which attracts grease and oil. If you walk on this carpet in bare feet or if you spill a spot or two of cooking oil in the kitchen and inadvertently tread in it, that will make your olefin Berber really happy – and really dirty or dull.  As soon as you walk on it, the grease and oil will go straight into the carpet fibres. This type of carpet is a headache to get clean, even for professional carpet cleaners.

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Wicker-Furniture

Using Wicker Furniture for Your Outdoor Space

When you have created an outdoor space you will need to purchase alfresco furniture to make it comfortable. There are many different types available and some people choose wicker furniture because it is strong, light and attractive option, especially if it is to be moved around much. A lightweight option will save muscle strain and backaches especially if there is only one person available to move it.

The original wicker was made from a variety of plant materials –

  • Bamboo
  • Willow
  • Reed
  • Cane or
  • Rattan

It was popular in days gone by and many people still look for it because they have fond memories of using it when visiting their grandparent’s home. They may not remember in those childhood days just what all the problems were with such furniture. It could not be left outside all the time because it would soon rot. If stored in a damp basements it would quickly go mouldy and be difficult to clean.  Not to mention it was difficult to clean once dirt or dust got into those small crevices. Don’t forget grandma most likely didn’t have a vacuum cleaner or even a hose to help out with cleaning tasks.

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Renovating Property

Do Those Sums Before Renovating Property

A full property renovation is not for the fainthearted, but it can be a great way to get started in the real estate market. By purchasing run down homes and doing a renovation you stand to make a profit when you sell. However, much depends on the cost of the renovation and part of this is likely to be equipment hire.

A handyman is unlikely to have all the equipment needed to renovate a home from the foundations or floor up. They may need to hire such things as scaffold or professional tools to complete the task. Plant hire could also be on their list, depending on what needs to be done. Excavators can make any job go a lot faster, especially when you need to excavate ground to fix foundations or add new ones.

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