Going Swimming… in Your Backyard



If you're a keen swimmer, or if you just want to take your backyard to the next level, then you might want to think about building a swimming pool within it. And, before you ask, no, it’s not even as hard as you think it is!


For stonewall advice on the matter of building a swimming pool in your backyard, from the designing stage right up until the diving-in stage, make sure to read on.

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First of all, make sure a backyard swimming pool is right for you


Before you begin your swimming pool creating venture, you need to figure out whether it is in fact the right thing for you to do. You need to do so because, quite simply, once you begin the venture it’s going to be very, very difficult for you to backtrack and return your backyard to what it was like before.


So, work out if a swimming pool is right for you. Work out if you can realistically afford the pool. Work out if your backyard is big enough for the pool. Work out whether or not the pool will be worth the time, effort and money spent on building it. Work out whether you are just building the pool to make your home nicer. And work out why you are installing the pool — be careful if it is as an investment venture because more and more homes are being devalued because of pools due to the high maintenance costs of owning one.



Work out the position of the pool


After you've evaluated your desires for having a pool and have worked out that, yes, you do in fact want to build one in your backyard, then it’s time to get started on building it. And, the first thing to do in this building process is to work out where you will be positioning it. And, when working this out make sure to devote a lot of thought and time to doing so, because the positioning of a pool can make it or break it!


First of all, you should absolutely ensure that your proposed pool is not in close proximity to your home’s services, such as its water service or especially its electricity service. By doing this you would stand yourself in good stead to add pressures and stresses to your home life, and to your wallet, that you do not need. Second of all, you should take the position of trees into account, as the fallen leaves can prove to be a real nuisance when it comes to pool maintenance and can sometimes lead to the pool becoming redundant. Third of all, you should ensure that the pool is placed in a position where it will benefit from sunlight most of the time — well, who wants to be swimming in an outdoor pool that has no sunlight reaching it?



Remember, it’s not just about the pool


When you build a swimming pool in your garden, it’s not just about the pool. Nope, you can't just get away with plonking a big bowl of water in the middle of your garden. Simply, you must ensure that your pool is surrounded by things that will bring the best out of it, make it a comfortable place to be in and around and make it a safe place to be in and around.


When seeking to make your pool a comfortable area for people to enjoy themselves in and relax in, you have to make sure seating around the pool is made available. What’s more, you have to ensure that is seating is facing both the pool and the majority of the sun's beams throughout the day. To to do this, make sure to take your sexting arrangements into consideration when covering the above about of perfectly positioning your pool. And, to make the pool as safe a place to be in as it is fun, relaxing and comfortable, you’re going to a have to have a tiled or stoned floor surround the pool and you're going to have to have a pool fence, such as those provided by Artform Living, fitted. By doing these things you will make your outdoor pool as safe a place to be as anywhere else in your backyard.



Finally, remember to maintain the pool


When pools aren’t maintained, they become less appealing to use. And, when pools become less appealing to use, they become redundant.


Don’t let your pool become redundant, especially after all the work you've put into building it and all the money you’ve spent on doing so — maintain your pool and make sure it is kept as clean as can be.




Building an outdoor pool might transform your backyard into the outdoor area that you've always dreamed of owning. So, get buying, get building and get swimming!

3 Household Chores That Need Doing Every So Often






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All throughout the year, there are chores that you are doing around the house. This might be washing up after dinner, vacuuming the floors, cleaning the windows or washing the sink. Each one needs doing regularly; otherwise, dirt builds up and your home becomes somewhere you less hospitable. However, there are some household chores that you only need to do every so often. Here are three such chores.





Clean the Gutters





Cleaning the gutters is a job that nobody wants to do, but that needs doing every so often. If you leave it too long and don’t clean out your gutters then worst case scenario you might end up with water coming through your roof. In order to avoid this, you need to clean your gutters. The reason they need cleaning is that leaves, dirt and other debris get stuck in them and this will clog them up. This means that when it rains, the water will not be able to flow down the gutters and away from your roof and home. Instead, it will build up and potentially end up flooding into your roof and home. You don’t want this to happen, so clean your gutters every so often - usually in the spring or at the end of autumn as these are seasons that can cause the most trouble.





Unblock The Sinks





Every now and again, you are going to need to unblock your sinks. There are different ways to unblock drains yourself, and you can find plenty of information about this through a simple Google Search. However, the reason that you need to unblock your drains is that otherwise, you won’t be able to get water down them and they will become unusable. If you unblock your drains every so often, then you will prevent any major blockages becoming an issue and keep your sinks working properly. You can help to prevent things like food, hair and other dirt going down your drain by using a drain filter. These will catch things that would normally go straight down your drain and start to cause a blockage. These a cheap investment and well worth using, but you will still need to unblock your sinks every so often anyway.





Bleed The Radiators




You will likely need to bleed your radiators every winter and potentially even a few times during the winter. If you don’t use your radiators for a long time or through the summer months, then air pockets can gather, and these will prevent the radiators working as they should. All you need is a radiator bleed key and to go round each and open the valve until the air is all gone. This will mean that the radiators work far better and will be able to heat the room. If you don’t do this, then you will be wasting your heating. You can tell if your radiator needs bleeding because it will be warm at the bottom, but cold on top. If it is like this, then bleed the radiators.


The meaning of the home has always stayed the same since human beings stopped being a roaming species and became settlers. It's a place of safety, warmth, shelter and a personal space for you to cut yourself off from the rest of the world. The physical design of the home has gone through many changes, from initially small huts to now large expansive homes. Despite the interior of one’s home bathed in modernity, all may not be well. We may have evolved to live in different ways but creatures we share the planet with haven’t. Your home is drenched in billions and billions of bacteria. Some of them are harmful but mostly don’t cause an issue. You’re also never more than a meter away from an insect or critter of some sort, no matter what part of the home you’re in. Here’s how to tackle the living creatures you don’t want to share your home with.




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Spawners of irritation


If you have young children in the home, this little bug is something that you must look out for more than if you did not. Dust mites are incredibly irritable creatures that live in almost every inch of your home. They feed off your dead skin cells that body has shed. They specifically visit your bedroom and set up camp when they have a good food source. This usually ends up being the floor, the bed itself and your clothes. What happens is, the dust mites eat your skin cells, then excrete the waste all over the house. The excrement leads to severe skin irritation that can lead to eczema, as well as entering the respiratory system to cause asthma. If you don’t regularly vacuum the problem will exacerbate. Make sure you’re changing your bed sheets fortnightly, and even vacuum the mattress for good measure.




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Through the cracks


The kitchen is like heaven for this next critter. The heat and moisture of meals being cooked and condensing steam results in the crevices of the kitchen becoming warm and damp hovels. Cockroaches can find their way into your home and build a next inside these nooks and crannies. We’ve all heard the stories about them, they breed rapidly and soon start to takeover the home. If you spot the signs of cockroach eggs, and perhaps even spot them crawling around, it's time to call in the experts. A company like AllPest deals with all types of critters using multiple methods. They come to a survey the situation, measure the impact the infestation has had, then summarise what needs to be done. You’ll be given lots of options so your life can continue on like normal while they are handling the situation. You can, of course, make a simple online query to get started. You can also upload pictures of the concern you have which makes it easier to understand the current status of the infestation.

You’re never really going to be alone when you’re inside your home. You do share your property with critters and bacteria whether you like it or not. But when they begin to affect your life and your loved ones, that’s when they step over the line. They are at times an invisible occupying force, but with the right methods you can clean and rid your home of such pests.

5 Fashion And Beauty Trends To Embrace This Year



This time of year is an exciting time for fashion and beauty lovers. With Fashion Week about to kick off in some of the world’s most sartorial cities, you can expect some fantastic trends to emerge. To help put you ahead of the curve and make sure your style is on point, take a look at this round-up of fashion and beauty trends to embrace this year.





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1. The return of wide-leg pants


For years, the dominating trend for pants has always been on the skinny side. If you’re fed up of having your legs constricted, then you’ll be glad to know that wide-leg pants are back this year. The new wide-legs are embracing 70s style high waistlines and a colour palette that is going to make having several pairs a style essential. Wear with fitted tops and embellished jackets for a look that works well for both daytime and evening.


2. Statement jewellery


Jewellery has been on the more minimal side in recent years, but this year there’s a strong focus on statement jewellery. From bold earrings to the return of body piercings, you’ll find some fantastic styles around that will be sure to dress up your outfit. See what styles are available at your favourite body jewellery shop to get an idea of the current trends. Who knows, you might even feel inspired to get some additional piercings to show off some of this year’s amazing pieces.


3. Makeup that actually matches your skin tone


Last year, music superstar Rihanna launched her own line of makeup, Fenty Beauty. While you may be wondering what’s so special about a celebrity launching a makeup line, it’s actually been one of the most talked-about brands of the last few months. Fenty Beauty is leading the way in providing makeup for every skin tone, and it’s something that other makeup brands are looking at to keep up. Whatever your skin tone, it’s a great time for beauty, with more and more products being launched in a range of colours to help everyone highlight their natural beauty.


4. Classic denim





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If you thought mom jeans were popular last year, you haven’t seen anything yet. Just like the skinny pants trend looks like it’s starting to disappear, denim styles are switching up to embrace vintage vibes that look great with modern colours and tailoring. If you’re worried that you can’t pull off the trend, take a closer look at how to wear mom jeans to give you an idea of how to make them work for you.


5. All about the lashes


Eyelashes are going to be the focus for many beauty trends this year, with many brands already launching revolutionary products (like Benefit’s BadGal Bang!) that are promising to make lashes thicker, longer, curlier than ever before. False lashes will continue to be seen all over catwalks and red carpets, with a focus on creating natural looks rather than dramatic styles.


Get some more great ideas on the latest trends from the Fashion category, with plenty of great beauty tutorials you’ll want to try to help finish off your new on-trend look.

Why Spring Cleaning Really Matters






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Keeping your home well maintained and clean is always a positive pursuit, but spring cleaning can really matter. The time for this is coming just around the corner, so knowing why the benefits are so profound here can help you actually make the effort to complete it. It’s not always easy to schedule time for a top to bottom clean of your property, or to truly know how to make your efforts well worth it. This guide should help you with that:


New Beginnings


Spring cleaning allows for new beginnings. To face those, you must throw out the old to bring the new into your home and have a place for it. Using a skip bin hire and throwing out any item that has gone unused for a period of three to six months will open up untold space in your home. Simply having the space free can allow you to redecorate, rearrange, or once more appreciate the layout of your home. It can free up mental space and offer a clarity of vision to the new year going forward. It can also help you feel more organized, and who knows how well put-together home life can positively inform your general working life. We know that at the very least, your home will become a much more relaxing and positive place to be.


New Efforts


We all want to enjoy the best of the year ahead of us. If you haven’t had time to ring in the new year as well as you might have liked to, it can be a healthy pursuit to begin spring cleaning now. Let’s face it, spring cleaning is never a particularly easy activity to carry out. Hitting the smaller nooks and crannies of your home requires shifting furniture, moving around storage and organizing well. It might take a few days to a week to complete well.


However, this herculean effort to fix and improve the hygiene of your home can serve as a necessary milestone in effort to signify the efforts you’ll place in getting all of your other acts together. Cleaning never serves a singular purpose, but allows your home life to come together in an organized way, in a manner that grants you self-respect regarding your authority over your decision making. If hoping to tackle the larger variables of your life, cleaning your own home is a great place to start.


Health


Of course, ignoring the genuinely obvious benefits of cleaning would be wrong. Removing dust, mold, finding rot and damp, or realizing you have a pest problem could all culminate from a stringent cleaning period, and if left unchecked these problems could have become much worse than they usually are. With your efforts inspecting your entire home you may even save a large amount of money, such as spotting an attic leak before it becomes a problem or realizing your insulation is broken and in need of repair.


With these tips, your spring cleaning experience is sure to be inspiring and within reach.

Could These 5 Things Increase The Quality Of Your Home Life?





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In life, there are always going to be pros and cons. And this does also apply to your home and all things decor. While there are always going to be the kinds of huge home issues that affect the way we live, we don’t have to let them be the things that we focus on the most. Yes, you’re going to want to remedy them, but when you do, it’s time to stop fixating on them. Instead, you’re definitely going to want to turn your attention to some of the most positive and exciting things that can increase your quality of life at home. So let’s take a look at what some of them can be.


More Light


One of the best things that you can ever look for when you’re renting or buying a new home is light. It sounds silly, but natural light is something that can really lift your mood. When you’re in a literally dark place, it darkens your mood. But when there’s lots of light or the sun is shining, you’re always going to feel better. So, this is something you can look for in your home in order to increase your quality of light. This means you’re going to want to look out for a lot of windows and natural light. Or, if you want to improve your current place, you should definitely think about putting in more windows or maximizing your natural light where you can.


A Comfortable Mattress


Sleep is the key to feeling happy and content. Because when you get a good night’s sleep, you’ll always feel well-rested and energized. But in order for that to happen, you need the right tools. The best of all is going to be a comfortable mattress. So you need to find a style, using a site such as Betterbed, that is going to be best for you. With the best mattress, you will find that your quality of life is going to be instantly improved.




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Enough Storage


When your home is cluttered, it’s always going to impact on how you feel. In fact, it’s going to make you more stressed. So, you need to try and remedy this. The best way is always to make sure that you have enough storage around the home. Because when you do, everything will be neat and tidy, and you’re always going to feel less stressed about that.


A Landscaped Backyard


But this isn’t always about the inside, because you’re definitely going to find that a landscaped backyard will really make your life. When you have an outside space to enjoy, you’re extending the places you have to relax in, and it means that you can really make the most of the warmer months too.


An Extra Bathroom


Finally, it’s always a good idea to install an extra bathroom if you can. If you find that your family argues over the bathroom space, then this will solve that. With the right amount of bathrooms, you should find that everyone is happier and there’s less chaos in the mornings too.

Break The Mould: How To Prevent Damp From Damaging Your Home






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Mould is a fungi caused by dampness and humidity indoors. As well as bringing down the appearance of your home, mould indoors can be bad for your health. Mould has been linked to various respiratory problems including Legionnaires disease in extreme cases. Fortunately, mould is easy to remove – a thorough scrub with soap and hot water can often get rid of it. Various prevention methods can further stop it from reappearing. Here are a few ways to deter mould in your home.



Fix up any leaks



Leaking water is one of the major causes of mould. This could include rainwater leaking in through a damaged roof or a crack in a wall or a broken window frame. It could also include an interior leak from a pipe or a fixture. Detecting leaks isn’t always easy. Sometimes you may hear a leak but not know where it is – it could be in a wall or even under the floor. A professional plumber may be able to carry out acoustic leak detection to locate the problem. You may be able to repair certain leaks yourself, whilst others may need professional intervention.



Defend against rising damp



Mould at the bottom of walls and on skirting boards is usually a clear sign of rising damp. This is caused by water in the earth travelling upwards and soaking up the wall. Walls should always have a waterproof layer coated on the inside known as a damp proof course. Having this installed in your walls or repairing an existing damp proof course could be the solution to your problem.



Install extractor fans



Ventilation is key for preventing damp and mould. This could be a simple case of leaving windows open and letting flow through the house. In the kitchen and bathroom, a more advanced form of ventilation may be required such as installing an extractor fan. These fans are great for sucking steam out caused by a shower or cooking food.



Buy a dehumidifier



Another gadget that could help to prevent mould in your home is a dehumidifier. These gadgets suck moisture from the air and circulate it back out as dry warm air. Electric dehumidifiers are the most effective means of removing moisture from the air. There are also a number of natural dehumidifiers that you can try out such as salt rock lamps and various plants.



Buy a tumble dryer



Another source of mould is wet clothes. Hanging these indoors can increase the chance of damp. If the climate outside doesn’t allow you to hang your clothes outside, it could be worth investing in a tumble dryer. These appliances can heat up your clothes more effectively and eliminate the risk of mould. Modern tumble dryers are surprisingly energy efficient and affordable to buy. If you don’t have the space for a tumble dryer, you could consider buying a two-in-one washer/dryer.

Becoming Independent






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There comes a time in every person's life that depending on your parents is just not enough. You want to spread your wings, own a house, get a pet and pay your own way. It might be in your late teens, in your early twenties or maybe a little later in life, but as humans we all must stand on our own 2 feet eventually.


Being independent could mean that you start looking for your own home. It can be difficult to afford a house or a flat if you don’t have a partner to share the cost with, so you can get in touch with many great granny flats builders to find new projects and good deals on small spaces for yourself.



Becoming independent could mean starting your career or a business of your own. It will take a huge amount of blood, sweat and tears. But at the end of it you will have something to be proud of.



Get to know yourself




You can never get to the stage of being independent in life if you don’t even know who you are. Take some time to understand yourself and really know what you want out of life. It can be difficult to work out what you want because our minds run wild and change, but journaling could be a great way to get the words out and learn exactly what you desire in life. It could be that you want nothing more than a big family, or maybe you want to be fit and healthy, or you could simply want to own a business. Whatever your deepest desires are, you need to know them before you can move forward with your life.



Challenge your beliefs



Opinions are something we all have, and many of us let our opinions take over the facts. This is not the right way to live and you mushy always be open to learning where you are wrong and how you can gain more knowledge. No matter what you have experienced in your life before, you need to step forward with a sense of optimism and stay open to new things.



Assert yourself



This one can be especially difficult if you are an introverted person, by knowing how to be assertive is key to being independent. You can no longer rely on others to do your dirty work for you or to fight your battles, you need to be confident in yourself and be able to push for what you want in life. Don’t let people walk all over you, let them know what they are doing and that you need respect.

Make your own decisions


Now that you are stepping out into the world as an adult, you are responsible for everything you do. Make sure that you make the right decisions for your own health and think about your personal goals, hobbies and passions. If you want to follow your dream, follow it. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do it.

Eco-friendly Ways To Utilise Your Roof






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For many of us, our roof provides the basic function of keeping the rain out. However, there are lots of other ways that you could be making use of your roof. In fact, your roof could be used to make your home greener, saving you money on energy whilst also saving the planet. Here are just seven ways that modern homeowners are making eco-friendly use of their roof.


Insulation

25% of heat in our homes is lost through an uninsulated roof. There are lots of ways to add insulation – many choose to add insulation to the interior of their loft. This could include a material such as fibreglass wool or a spray-on material. Insulation can be pricey, but you’ll make up costs in the long run by having to turn on the heating less often.


Cool roofing

For houses in warmer climates, cool roofing may be a better option. This is made of a special material that reflects sunlight, stop heat from being absorbed. This allow the home to stay cooler in hot weather without having to turn on a fan or switch on the air conditioning.








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Install solar panels


Solar panels can allow you to generate electricity from the sun’s rays. The roof is the most popular place to install them. With enough solar panels you may never have to pay an electricity bill again, generating all your electricity from the sun. Whilst fairly expensive to install, the cost of solar panels has dropped massively in the last decade. Solar panels can become faulty, but solar repair services exist and are generally inexpensive (many solar panels now come with a warranty). Solar energy can even be used for electric heating.





Install a home wind turbine


If you don’t live in a particularly sunny region, you might still be able to make use of the weather to generate electricity. Wind power can be very effective and there are plenty of home wind turbines on the market that are best installed on roofs. These are a little more expensive than solar panels and produce less electricity but are well suited for homes in windy areas.


Harvest rainwater

Rainwater running off your roof can be collected into rain barrels and harvested for gardening purposes. This can save the amount of money you spend on your water bill each month. Rainwater can even be used for home uses in which water doesn’t need to be drinkable such as toilet flushing, laundry and even hot water for heating purposes.








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Add a skylight


Skylights are windows in the roof. They can be an affordable method of lighting up a room during the day. They can also provide heat into a room when the sun is out. Skylights are great for lighting up poky rooms such as bathrooms and kitchens, although there must be a roof directly over the top.


Grow vegetation


If you’ve got a flat roof, you could consider using it as a terrace garden. It could even be used as a private allotment for planting fruit and vegetables helping you to save money by growing your own organic produce.

New Years Party Planning Made Simple

Are you thinking of doing something for New Years Eve?

If so, you might want to think about throwing a house party, arguably one of the most popular
ways to celebrate this holiday. The beauty of this particular celebratory time is that you are
usually able to get away with hosting an all-night party, and it is often worth doing so if you
really want to make it one to remember. But how can you ensure that planning that party is
made as easy as possible? As it turns out, it is not too much of a hassle trying to make it work.

Let's look at some of the things you can consider to make it a little bit easier on you.

Have Decorations Delivered

If you want to really have an easy time of it, then you might want to consider having some of the
decorations delivered to you just before, rather than going out to buy them on the day. It is not
the easiest time of year to go looking for party goods in the rush of the post-Christmas shoppers,
so having things like decorations and flowers delivered to your door might work wonders in terms
of keeping things as simple as possible. If you are keen on doing this, you might want to look into
the services offered by A Touch Of Class Florist for example, as this will give you an idea of just
how easy you can make it. Do this, and you will have less to do on the actual day itself.

Invite People Early

People tend to get fairly quickly booked up for New Years, so it is likely to be in your interest to make
sure you have invited people nice and early on in the year. If you have not already started sending out
those invitations, you might want to do so as soon as possible. The last thing you want is to
throw an amazing party and find that there is hardly anyone available to actually come to it, so this is
likely to be an essential early move. Nonetheless, if you do only end up with a few people, be sure to
make the most of it, and turn it into an intimate gathering instead, as long as you roll with the punches
in this way, it doesn't really matter just how many people turn up at all.

Plan For Sleeping Spots

No matter how raucous or tame your parties normally are, on New Years it is likely that the vast majority of people will want to stay over for the night. It is a good idea therefore to ensure that you have arranged some space for your guests to stay the night, so that you can really be sure of being a good host. As long as you provide decent sleeping posts, your guests are much more likely to be enthralled with the party, and it will have the added bonus of making the whole night much easier for everyone - including you. Arrange and plan or everyone to be able to sleep somewhere, and it will go much easier throughout the night.

A Beginner’s Guide To Building a DIY Tool Box



If you’re just beginning your DIY career, then there’s something you should know: the old saying is true. A person is only as good as the tools they’re working with. If you don’t have all the essential DIY tools, then you can’t expect to get anywhere. Luckily, we’re on hand to ensure that you have everything you need to begin those light DIY tasks and home repair jobs. If you’re missing any, it’s not too late to ask Santa Claus for some stocking fillers….



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A Set of Screwdrivers


You’ll be well served by a screwdriver set, for one simple reason: you can use these things for just about everything, from getting lids off the top of cans, taking the backs of your appliances, and basic home maintenance. You’ll want to get a set that has as many different head types as possible; there’s nothing worse than needing a type of screwdriver head that you don’t have in the collection. Also, this might be an area that’s worthy of splurging a little bit extra cash: a good screwdriver set can, properly looked after, be used for decades.



Tape Measure and Level


When it comes to DIY, never forget that preparation is everything. Indeed, it’s one of the most important tasks of the project. If you get this wrong, then you might find that you’ve made a pretty serious error just as you’re nearing completion! That’s why you need to have a trusty tape measure and spirit level in your DIY tool box. Learn how to use them correctly, and you’ll be severely improving your chances of everything going just as planned.



The Essentials


It’s not the big items that can be a lifesaver when it comes to DIY. It’s the small items, the ones that you might not need every time, but which you’ll always notice if you need it and you can’t find it. As such, make sure you’re filling your toolbox with things like Ritetack instant grab adhesive, WD-40, a stanley knife, pencil, and gloves. They’ll all be a staple of your DIY projects, much more so than the big and expensive equipment that normally only gets used once in a blue moon.



Holding and Loosening


You’ll soon learn that while you can try to be methodical during your DIY projects, most of the time it’s about trying a few different things and seeing what works. For this, you’ll need pliers and a wrench. The pliers can be used to reach those hard to handle areas, while the wrench will be used to test if that bolt that looks stuck really can’t be undone.



Power Machines


Finally, we come to the drill, which is is the only power tool in the list. It’s a versatile piece of kit that you’ll find yourself using more than you thought you would when you first bought it. In the early stages, go for a cordless drill; it’ll do everything you need.


With the above in your toolkit, the basics of DIY awaits - best of luck!

The Common Home Problems You Need To Watch Out For

No matter where you live, there are certain problems that tend to be able to appear in pretty much any home. Knowing what they are and keeping an eye out for them will ensure that you are able to stay on top of them if they do crop up, and you will be more able to deal with whatever might come your way. These problems are common enough that they can strike any home at any time, so you might even want to check your home today for any signs of these. Then it is just a matter of taking the right appropriate steps in order to deal with it. Let’s take a look at what those problems are now.

Mold

If you have ever had mold in your home, you will already know just how frustrating it can be. It can be surprisingly difficult to get rid of, even just in its minor form, and it is the kind of problem that has a way of really persisting for a long period of time. Not only that, but this is one home problem which also has genuine health dangers associated with it too, especially if you have found black mold in your home. If you have found this, you will want to make sure that you do whatever you can to get rid of it. Depending on where it is, this might entail shower regrouting, repainting a wall, cleaning a basement, and much more besides. After all, it’s all about preventing it happening again: consider using a dehumidifier in your home, and be sure to allow an airflow of some kind at all times.

Leak

Even the best and most rigidly made plumbing systems have the potential to be damaged and to break. When this happens, a number of problems can occur, but easily the most worrying is for you to have a major leak. Even a small leak can be a nuisance and end up causing serious damage to your home, so a major leak needs to be dealt with as soon as you possibly can. Again, the best route is prevention, so if you can have a plumber check your pipes twice a year or so you will be in a fairly safe position. But when a leak springs, you can at least make sure to clean up the water that results, as this could damage your floors in no time.


Broken Windows

You might be surprised at just how often people actually experience broken windows. More often than not, it is the result of some kind of extreme weather. A great gust of wind, heavy hail or sleet or even rain can cause a small crack in a window, and if left alone this can worsen into something much more worrying. Otherwise, if a window is smashed from a football or something similar, you will definitely need to attend to it as soon as possible. Don’t leave this kind of problem alone; it is a security risk, and in winter it is also something of a health risk too.

The Best Way to Move Furniture Interstate:




You Pack Removals should be your choice when you need the easiest and cheapest way to move furniture interstate. Whether you need to move a few pieces or an entire household, we offer the most efficient way to move furniture interstate. We are committed to getting your items there safely and reliably at an affordable price. Our excellent customer service is the best in the self-packing industry. Why hire a full-service removalist and pay full-service prices?



SAVING YOU MONEY: 


Self-packing removals mean you retain control of your packing and belongings until you hand them over to us for safe transport. It also means a more affordable removals process. 


Here's how it works: 

-- We deliver a clean, high-quality container to your site (home or office). 

-- You load your packed items and furniture at your convenience. 

-- We collect the container and transport your belongings safely and reliably to your new home. 



The self-packing method is a simple process that allows us to keep prices low while providing excellent customer service. 

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SIZE VERSUS WEIGHT: 


Traditional removalists charge by weight while self-pack removalists charge by the linear foot of a container. Self-packing removals offer the most straightforward, reasonable removals method because it allows for more accurate pricing. There's no guessing or estimating the weight of your shipment. We charge according to the size of the container you use. (We'll even sell you the container if you want!) 


We offer several sizes and can help you determine which best suits your needs. The more efficiently You pack and load your belongings, the less space you use. You don't have to worry about the weight of your belongings or the added weight of packing materials. It's much easier to accurately estimate space needs than the weight of items you need to ship. 



CONTROLLING COSTS BY SELF-PACKING:

There are two significant advantages to packing your items yourself: 

1) You can save significantly on the labor costs typically associated with full-service removalists; 


2) You have full control over packing. 



LABOR: 


Removalists who provide professional packing services have to charge clients enough to cover their overhead costs of retaining packers, including insurance costs. By using You Pack, you save significantly by doing the packing yourself. We save on those overhead labor costs and pass along those savings to you.


CONTROL: 

By doing your own packing, you exercise full control over the how and when of your packing. There's no need to rely on a removalist's availability and packers handling your items in a rush to get to their next customer. When you self-pack, you can take as much or as little time as you want packing your items. You also decide how to pack them and how to label them, so you know just where to find your belongings in your new home. Then, at your convenience, you will load your belongings into your container placed conveniently for you outside your home. 


If you would rather have some help with packing and are willing to pay more, we can provide recommendations of some reputable packers. You can still work with us to oversee the safe delivery of the container to your home and shipping to your destination. 



QUALITY SHIPPING CONTAINERS: 


We offer clean and high-quality shipping containers in two sizes: 20' & 40'. 


The 20' container is our most popular size and holds 38 cubic meters of items. 


The 40' container is ideally suited for larger shipments or homes with five or more bedrooms or a smaller home with a car, boat, or trailer. 

Again, we are happy to offer some guidance on which container might best suit the size of your shipment.


You Pack also offers the added advantage of personalized containers - there is no need to share a container or transport as is often the case with traditional removalists. Your container is for your belongings alone throughout the entire removals process and the journey. That means once you're loaded up, we will pick up your container and transport your items to your destination. There is no need to wait to share a transport lorry with another household. You Pack offers a personalized container and transport system for your convenience. 


You can ring our offices to discuss the best-sized container for your needs. You can rest assured that one of our expert transport drivers will deliver your items safely at your destination. Most shipments will arrive within a few days. 



PACKING MATERIALS: 


As we have stated, one of the great advantages of making an interstate move with You Pack is the opportunity to pack your belongings how you want and when you want. But, we make the experience even easier by offering clients a wide assortment online of professional-quality packing materials - from boxes to blankets, furniture covers, and many other items.You can easily purchase all of your materials with a few simple clicks from the convenience of your home or office. Your packing materials will be shipped directly to you. We even offer free, easy estimates online if you'd like to know the costs of the material before purchasing them.


DELIVERY: 

Once again, your customer experience matters to us, and we want to ensure a smooth, stress-free removal. When you are ready, we can deliver your shipping container to the location of your choice and place it conveniently and unobtrusively to facilitate easier loading and unloading. It's as simple as that!



STORAGE: 

When you're not ready or able to receive your container and goods we can take care of your storage needs! We have 21 storage depots throughout Australia, including Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane, and Perth, for your added convenience and flexibility at an affordable rate. Contact our offices to further discuss available storage and our reasonable rates. 



GET STARTED NOW: 


If you are looking for the best way to move furniture interstate, you can find it at You Pack Australia. We can save you money while you retain control over your packing and load. You can start now by getting an instant quote online: http://www.youpack.com.au/get-a-quote/, reserve online, or ring our offices at 1300 882 112 with any questions you might have. We believe in creating a pleasant removals process and journey for our clients. Call us now to schedule your container or ask us any questions.

Give Your Home A Fresh Touch For 2018


After this festive season ends, the new year is upon us. That means plenty of excitement for our new and fresh outlook of the world. It also means that changes are likely to take effect. The whole idea behind new years is that we have identified the way we’d like to proceed after assessing room for improvement in the year gone by.

The best way to get into the ‘habit changing’ mindset is to switch up your environment. For example, experts concerned with employee efficiency will often switch up the desk and office space layout on occasion, to keep employees feeling fresh and engaged in their surroundings.

Why should your home be any different? Giving your home a fresh touch for 2018 could be just the ticket you need for your new lease of life.

External Painting

Changing the color of your house directly impacts how you view it. It could be that you’re not even interested in a change of appearance, just sprucing up the paintwork to make the house seem renewed and rejuvenated. This could be motivated by an interest in selling your property, or simply improving your homemaking pride.

It could be that you’re looking to distinguish your home among the drab aesthetic of your neighbours by painting roof tiles or the front door in a bold color. Colors truly affect our emotions, and can say a lot about your property before someone even enters it. This can be a great (and cost-effective!) method of switching up your home aesthetic, so it’s always best to start here if appropriate.

Carpeting

Carpets last for a few years, maybe even five to a decade, but they must eventually be replaced. If you have purchased your property with carpets that have been installed for some time, it might be time to change. The floor is often something we keep in our subconscious minds when it comes to home interior decoration, but it’s amazing how much an improved footing can change the aesthetic of your room.

Switching from carpet to laminate flooring in your bathrooms can make the room much more hygienic and easier to clean. The reverse of this can make a bedroom much more comfortable and inviting, especially when you no longer need to step on cold winter floorboards with your bare feet! Spanning the room is a great place to start, so consider your flooring before all else.

Kitchen Woodwork

Could your kitchen units be in need of an upgrade? Shelves can often undergo revarnishing, ideally when they’ve been storing cold, dry, heavy produce for years. Your kitchen table might need another lick of paint or a re-varnish, especially if your children have drawn on or punctured the wood. The kitchen is the heart of the home, and so improving its standing will truly give you the new feeling of rejuvenation you truly need. Sitting around the dinner table after a long day with your family will surely be a much more fresh and beautiful experience.

With these simple tips, your home is sure to look fresher for 2018. These cheap tidbits of advice should be manageable in 2018, even after the hefty financial cost of the festive months!