You Best Protect Your Tech!


Most of us have a plethora of technology in our homes. While this is a great sign in many ways, a lot of people don’t have the necessary protections that all this home tech requires. You shouldn’t really be taking any shortcuts when it comes to protecting both the technology in your home and your home from that technology!

Here are some of the best ways you can make sure you fulfil both those requirements!

Insurance

Perhaps the most obvious suggestion here is to make sure you have your technology insured. The problem here is that a lot of people already assume that their tech is covered by their current insurance policies, but this is often incorrect. Make sure you review your current home insurance policy to make sure all your tech is covered. It’s best to ensure you’ll be able to get the necessary compensation for the loss if a home disaster occurs, or if a robbery takes place. (And, yes, an essential part of taking care of your home technology is to ensure your home is safe from burglary!)


Warranties

A lot of people assume that warranties are a waste of time, but this couldn’t be further from the truth! You’ll usually get some form of warranty when you purchase tech, but this warranty may not always be ideal. It may not cover everything you need it to, nor may it cover the length of time that would make you the most comfortable. Study whatever warranties you have with your home technology - it’s also worth knowing what kind of actions might end up voiding a warranty, which means you won’t be able to get free repairs from the manufacturer if something goes wrong.

Electrical problems

When people think about problems with their technology, they usually think about intrinsic problems - things that have gone wrong due to the equipment malfunctioning on its own. But a lot of problems actually stem from problems within the electrical setup of someone’s home. It’s essential that you get an electrician to fix any electrical problems within your home as soon as possible, because delays here heightens the risk of your tech being affected. Ensure that you’re not overloading your power outlets, too - this is a common problem in modern homes. And this isn’t just a risk to your tech, but to your entire home!


Repairs

If something goes wrong with your tech and your warranty has expired, you may find yourself in an unfortunate position - after all, repairs from the manufacturer often become very expensive when the warranty is gone! However, you should be careful in this position. There tends to be a strong temptation for people to fix things themselves or to work with very cheap repair services. Unless you’re absolutely confident you know what you’re doing and have a detailed repair manual to hand, you probably shouldn’t make attempts to do the repairs yourself. But if you do go with a cheaper repair service, research them thoroughly. Check out independent reviews of their service to ensure they have a history of successfully fixing things and not simply making things worse!

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Want Good Contractors? Remember These Factors


We don’t do everything ourselves, so if you’ve got a big home project that needs completing you’ll probably want to hire a contractor. But how do you avoid hiring a bad contractor?

Referrals

A lot of the time, people choose to work with contractors who have been specifically referred to them by someone they know. This isn’t always possible, however. If you have your own on a contractor, then look for referrals or reviews from independent sources. You should find out if there were any mistakes, if they would work with that contractor again, and if there were any unexpected costs.


License

In most states, contractors need a license or, at the very least, a certificate of achievement in their field in order to complete paid work. The problem is that many homeowners just assume that everything is in order when they’re looking for contractors - as though unlicensed contractors would all already have been caught. Make sure they also have workers compensations as well as general liability insurance - without these things, you could be compelled to pay for any injuries they sustain on the job.

Expertise

It’s best that you hire a contractor who has proven expertise in the particular area in which you want work done. For example, if you’re looking to extend your home, then you should look for workers who specialize in home extensions. Many homeowners make the mistake of assuming that contractors can basically do any job you throw at them. This, of course, isn’t true - and a contractor with no prior experience in a given job may end up making quite a miss of it. Getting it fixed is going to be a long and expensive hassle, so get it right in the first place by ensuring that the worker in question has proven they have the skills.


Communication

You should get into contact with a contractor via email and phone. This is essential if you want to go into a lot of detail before making your final decision. But you shouldn’t assume that you don’t need to meet face to face. The fact is that you can’t get a great grip on what that contractor is like until you’ve done this. You need to know if you can understand each other and that they will be courteous. Another reason to meet them face to face before signing a contract is that it’s not as easy to lie in such a scenario - so if they’re covering something up, it will be easier to tell.

Contract

Make sure you get everything in writing. Whatever is said over the phone or other forms of vocal communication can rarely be valid if certain unwritten promises aren’t fulfilled. Review your contract carefully before you sign it and ensure that it really features everything you need done. The payment details also need to be in order. Speaking of which…


Payment

If a contractor refuses to start the job unless you pay them 100% of the fee upfront, then work with someone else. Even 50% upfront is considered quite high in this fields. Make sure you both come to a fair and reasonable agreement when it comes to upfront costs and the final payment. This involves a close reading of the contract, too. Otherwise, you may end up paying full whack for a bad job.

House Buying: Don't Go For Second Best

You might be surprised how many people end up choosing a property which doesn’t actually tick all the boxes. In fact, when buying their first home, as it says on www.lifehacker.com.au/, they end up buying something which is really not the house for them. And then they look back in the future to regret the house move. After all, you should never go for second best when it comes to property purchases. You want something which you can put your stamp on and that you will love living in for years to come. In fact, here are some things you should do to ensure you don’t go for second best.

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Go back several times to see the property

A lot of people only go the once when it comes to viewing a property. After all, they don’t want to be an inconvenience to the realtor by going back again. And they might think it’s perfect the first time, so they don’t bother going to see the property again. But you might end up with a property which isn’t as perfect as you first thought. After all, it sometimes takes a second or third visit to ensure it ticks all the boxes. And going back several times means you can check out things properly. After all, you don’t want to rush into buying a house which has a ton of problems. And you can also take friends and family if you go for a return visit. That way, you can see what they think before making a decision.

Look at building a home instead

When property buying, it’s common for people to end up going for a house which doesn’t tick all the boxes. It might not have the right number of bedrooms or have that large garden they would have liked. But there are no other properties at that time which fit their criteria. So they end up with something which is second best. But rather than going for the property which isn’t perfect, you should consider building a home instead. That way, you can get a property which is completely perfect for your family. After all, the builders can ensure it fits your criteria, so you don’t miss out. And there are a lot of smaller building firms like you can see on Kre8WA.com.au that will build you a home for less. So you don’t have to worry about the process costing you a small fortune!

Think about the future

It’s also so important to think about five and 10 years down the line when hunting down a new property. After all, a lot of people make a decision due to a property being right for them at that current time. But you need to make sure you think about the future when you are house buying. After all, you don’t want to look back and regret your choice as it’s unsuitable now. And just because you are desperate to move, it doesn’t mean you should make a quick decision. Think about the property in the long-term scale to ensure it ticks all the boxes for your future.


And remember to listen to your heart. If you can’t stop thinking about a property, and would be gutted if it sold, it’s likely to be the right one for you.

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Is Your Home A Target For Burglars?

Being burgled is one of life’s most unpleasant experiences. It’s not just the things that thieves steal from your home, but the mere fact an intruder has been rummaging through your private possessions has an enormous psychological impact.

It’s vital, then, to make sure we put a lot of focus on home security - an area we have covered plenty of times before on this blog. But the big questions for today are: what are burglars actually looking for, and what makes your home a target? Let’s get inside the mind of the average thief and learn about why they might be targeting your home.


The easy option

First and foremost, burglars want to get in and out of your property as quickly as possible. Most burglaries are opportunistic, so it’s things like leaving doors and windows open at ground level that is often an invitation for them to try their luck. But don’t underestimate a criminal’s ability to skin up drain pipes or walls and reach upper floor windows, either. Always lock up before you leave your home, and if there are high incidents of burglaries in your community, it is even best to shut doors and windows when you leave a room.

A lot of cover

Your home may look splendid surrounded by trees, shrubberies, and lots of lovely foliage. But all this natural cover is also very appealing to burglars and thieves. The average criminal thrives in the undergrowth and will be happy to wait for several hours until you leave your home. Your best bet is to trim back bushes and hedges, and also install security cameras pointing at areas of particular concern.

A rickety old garage

If your garage has an access door into your home, make sure that you invest in proper security. An old, broken, rickety garage door is a huge temptation to the average burglar, as garages often contain high-value items from cars to work tools. Sliding doors can provide you with robust security, and you can get a good idea of the effect roll up garage doors can have over at www.pjgaragedoors.com.au/products/. You should also take a look around your local neighborhood for inspiration, too.

Flaunting your wealth

Burglars won’t risk breaking into a home unless they know there is a lot of value inside. So if you have a habit of flaunting your wealth and all your expensive possessions, don’t be surprised when you suffer from a break in. Expensive cars should always be kept hidden away in a garage, and never leave items of high value in plain view of the windows.

Access to fuse boxes

If you have outdoor fuse boxes, make sure you either lock them properly and invest in a robust surrounding. According to www.australianpolice.com.au/, burglars actively target homes with weak looking external fuse boxes. It’s easy to see why - they can turn off all your power in a single moment, including all your alarms and security equipment.

Hopefully, you will never experience a burglary. But by using these tips, you should reduce your chances of being a target by a significant amount.

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Girly Getaway Ideas

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Sometimes, you just want to getaway, and you want to take your best girlfriends with you. After all, what better way is there to ensure that you have a fun-filled vacation and make memories that will last forever?


Spending times with your best gal pals can make for a great vacation, but it’s only half of the equation –you also have to choose a great getaway that will make the trip memorable. Here are some great ideas to help you do just that:
A New York Shopping Trip
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If you’re the kind of girls, who love to get together and shop, what could be more exciting than a trip to the shopping capital that is New York? You’ll have so much fun trying on dresses in Bloomingdales and Macy’s before eating one of the best sandwiches you’ve ever tasted at an authentic NYC deli, before finishing the night off by sipping Manhattan’s in Manhattan. Could it be any more fabulous?


Glamping in the Great Outdoors


Glamping, which means Glamorous Camping is the perfect getaway idea for a group of classy girls, especially if you’re the kind of friends who love a good hike, picnic or day at the lake. The great thing about camping is that you can be close to nature, get spiritual and enjoy all that the countryside has to offer, whilst still living in the luxury you are accustomed to. Whether you choose to stay in a quality caravan like the ones at  https://gomakesomememories.com.au, you choose a native American tipi or a luxury yurt with all mod-cons, you’re sure to have a great time gossiping around the fire, exploring the local wilderness, and maybe even telling a scary story or two. There’s always that one friend who loves to scare everyone to death!


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If you want your getaway to be one of luxury sunbathing and designer shopping trips, gather up your best girlfriends and hop on a plane to Dubai where you will not be disappointed by the luxury hotels, shopping opportunities, and beautiful beaches. You can shop in the morning, relax on the beach in the afternoon and explore the beautifully lit up buildings and nightlife when the sun goes down.


A Canadian Spa Break


Canada might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you picture a rejuvenating spa break, but there are lots of really luxurious spas dotted around the country. To make the most of a girly spa weekend, I would suggest you choose a mountain location, where you can breathe in fresh air, have fun in the snow, ski and then relax with a face pack or a nice warming Jacuzzi.


Paris in the Springtime
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Everyone knows that Paris is perfect in the springtime, so when the flowers are in full bloom, what could be better than going on a girly adventure to the city of love. You’ll see the Louvre, drool over handsome Parisian men and check out the haute couture on the Champs Elysee – it’ll be an unforgettable experience.

Are you a lover of girly getaways? What are your recommendations for girl’s only trips?

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Make Your 3 Star Home Feel Like A 5 Star Hotel

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Think back to your last trip, that holiday you went on before you had kids. Remember hiking up that trail, and that local market you found before chasing attractions for a few hours. It was amazing, but so was getting back to your room and falling backward onto that bed, oh that bed; the Egyptian cotton and cloud-like pillows. No one has ever slept that well in history and no one has ever woken up so happy either, curling your toes in that gorgeous shag-pile rug as you stretched out on your way to your spa-like bathroom, the fresh Citron de Vigne soap making the place smell like Southern Italy.

That’s how a little taste of how it a five-star hotel, but that part of a holiday shouldn’t end when you get back to your own home. That is the kind of luxury we deserve to have all the time and, better yet, we can. You just have to focus on three main rooms.

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The Bedroom Takes Centre Stage
This is the piece de resistance of any luxury hotel, so you need to mimic it as best you can. So start by matching your bedding, pillows, and curtains. When it comes to the bedding, the sheets should be the highest thread count you can afford, and the duvet needs to be thick. Oh, and have a headboard of some kind. It could be padded fabric, gold leaf or driftwood, whatever your budget allows. The other things to consider are matching bedside tables and lamps, a cozy chair, a desk and a television. Ahhh, the foundations of luxury have been laid.

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Your Beautiful Bathroom
Serenity is the goal here, as is going posh. Most luxury hotels have showers with a hundred jet sprays and a jacuzzi bath, but this isn’t a must-have. A luxury bathroom is all about little details; the sights and smells. So grab a white gold vintage cistern button when you next buy plumbing toilet parts and a seat with gold hinges. Replace your sink taps to match as well. Add some glitzy mirrors and fill the place with scents and smells. It could be candles, or diffusers, or smelly soaps. Thick towels are another must and, if you can, put a dimmer switch on the lights. Voila.

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The Entrance To Heaven
Every luxury hotel wants to draw breath from its customers from the moment they walk in the lobby. They want their guests to whisper the words, “wow.” To do this simply, you just need to have a focal point or a couple of focal points to draw the eye. Start with a gorgeous table in the middle of your entrance, or to one side. Then add to this. An eye-catching lamp, some fresh flowers, an array of books and pretty knick-knacks. Then fill the wall above it with a big mirror or imposing piece of art. That’s a to make someone whisper “wow.” If you want to live this luxury a bit more, then add a comfy chair somewhere. This will give you somewhere to sit when removing your shoes or boots; your guests too, of course.

The Best Bespoke Items for a Beautiful Home

Most of the time, whenever we make a purchase, it's something "ready-made". We buy it off the rack or off the shelf, the same item that hundreds or thousands of other people own. Sometimes, though, you can make a case for having something specially made just for you, to meet your needs. Your home is one of the things that can benefit from this, especially when it comes to bespoke furniture. Having furniture made from scratch means that you can have pieces that suit your lifestyle, and you can design a home that's uniquely you. If you want to add some bespoke pieces to your home, think about some of these options.

A Dining Table

Gathering around the dining table is a great way to enjoy time with your family and your friends. However, many people struggle to find a table that meets their needs. Even though you can get lots of sizes, styles, and even tables that extend, sometimes you just can't find the one that's right for you. If eating at the dining table is one of the things you love most, you deserve to have a table that works for you. You can have a hand in designing one that meets your exact needs, from the number of people you want to sit at the table to places for the dishes you usually lay out on it.

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Fitted Storage

Different types of storage are by far one of the most popular things to have made bespoke for people's homes. There are all kinds of storage types that can be made to suit you and your lifestyle. From bookshelves to closets, being able to store your stuff in just the way you need to can make your life much easier. If you use a cabinet maker, they can measure the space you have available and help you choose what you want. Fitting storage right into the contours of a room gives you more space to use. It's also pretty aesthetically pleasing to anyone who likes things that fit neatly into other things.

Kitchens and Bathrooms

Kitchens and bathrooms are common rooms in homes for bespoke furniture. From fitted storage to vanity units and worktops, the kitchen and bathroom are the most likely rooms to be completely reworked. They can often be small spaces too, and you need to fit a lot into them, so it makes sense to have custom items that fit perfectly into the available space.

Something Stand-out

Choosing bespoke furniture doesn't have to be all about practicality. It can also be excellent for adding a little pizzazz to the design of your home. Bespoke items aren't just about finding the right size and purpose for a piece of furniture. There are many possibilities for creating a custom item that looks amazing and helps your home to stand out. For example, you might have a bespoke sofa made as the centrepiece of your living room.

Bespoke items can make a huge difference to a home. They can improve your lifestyle and make your home look incredible too.

New Home? Now, Before You Unpack...

Moving into a new home is an exciting adventure. You may have bought your first home, or you’re moving in with a partner, and it’s all starting to come together. Once the deeds have been arranged, before you do anything else, before you’ve unpacked, before you’ve popped the champagne, there are some things you need to do right away.
Change The Locks
You have no idea how many people have keys to your home, so you need to get those locks changed as a priority. If you’ve moved into a new area, you need some time to get your bearings, and it’s important to be safe in the knowledge that you’ve done all you can to protect your home from the beginning. A top tip: don’t just re-key the locks, but change the hardware too. It’s peace of mind. You can either install the locks yourself or get a locksmith to do it cheap enough.
Replace The Filters
You have no idea how long the filters have been there for before you moved in. These could be from the vent filter above the cooker, the aeration filters in the kitchen or bathroom spigots, or the air conditioning unit. Replacing the filters doesn’t cost much, and for better quality air as well as improved water pressure, it’s a small price to pay.
Clean The House
Your new home will never be up to your standard of cleanliness, so take advantage of the time before you move all the furniture in to give the place a thorough clean from top to bottom. You might even find that there's a lot of waste and junk left there by the previous tenants or owners. There are firms like dirtcheaprubbishremoval.com.au that can help if you have found piles of garbage in the garden! As part of the cleaning process, getting rid of old waste or recycling that was left there before will help you to make a new stamp on the home, and give it your own identity before you move all your stuff in!
Install The Tech
If you haven’t got the furniture in, you might as well make the most of your space by getting the tech set up. You have easier access to every electrical point, so if there are any issues you have when it comes to safety, you can make the necessary checks.
Prepare!
Part of the home improvement process might be to get a better idea of the house by speaking to the previous owners. If you're on good terms with them, it may benefit you to get a list of reputable contacts. If they had preferred plumbers or electricians that live nearby, then it doesn’t hurt to be nice and ask for some recommendations. It doesn’t hurt to be nice about it and ask if you can text them if you need some extra information.
Relax!
Once everything in unpacked, you can relax in the knowledge that you’ve done everything to make your home as great as it can be. Put your feet up, relax, and enjoy your new place!