Moving to a new house can be an extremely stressful process, even if you use the services of professional removalists. There are a lot of things to think about, and it can become overwhelming if you’re not well organised.
Fortunately, there are a lot of things you can do to make the entire process less stressful for you and your family. We’ve outlined our top five de-stressing strategies below.
- Plan Everything Properly
The first, and arguably most important stress reduction strategy on our list is to make sure that everything is well planned. Spend some time in the months leading up to your move getting things organised.
If you’re not confident in your own ability to organise your move, we’d highly recommend speaking with your local removalists. They will be able to work along side you to develop a clear moving strategy that meets your needs.
- Get an Early Start
When it actually comes to moving, you need to be aware that things can take longer than you might expect. And trust us, there’s really nothing worse than trying to finish your move in the dark.
You can reduce time related stress by making sure you get a bright, early start on the big day. Get to bed early the night before, set an alarm and start your day with a healthy breakfast to keep you going.
When you’re thinking about different carpet cleaning methods, the two most common that pop to mind are steam cleaning and dry cleaning. When you’re trying to figure out which you want to use, you will have to look at which will more thoroughly clean your carpet. They each have their pros and cons, but overall steam cleaning is probably the better method. Read on to find out why.
Steam cleaning combines chemicals with water. Because of this, it provides the most thorough method for carpet cleaning. It can get rid of deep-rooted dirt and debris that simply cannot be removed through other methods. The spray from the water used in steam cleaning helps to dislodge dirt and other elements of grime in your carpet. The process of removing dirt using steam cleaning is practically miraculous.
That said, there are some cons to steam cleaning. The chemicals used in steam cleaning sometimes cause people to be concerned about safety hazards. However, this is more of an assumption than an actual cause for alarm.
Pool fencing is a legal requirement in Western Australia for any swimming pool or spa that contains more than 30cm of water. Installing new pool fencing is usually best left to the professionals so that it’s done right, but you can do it yourself if you want.
With the rise of things like modular steel and glass pool fencing, DIY kits are becoming more common. If you buy your kit from a professional pool fence supplier, they will help you make sure that you’re meeting any legal requirements associated with your fence.
With this in mind, we’ve put together a list of our top 7 things you should know before you build your new pool fence:
- Your pool fence has to meet legal standards!
It’s important to note that your fence can’t be thrown together from any old materials that you buy from your local hardware store. It has to meet strict conditions, which means that you should always speak to a pool fencing professional before building your new fence.
- Pool fences require regular maintenance:
Like anything, your pool fence will require regular maintenance if you want it to retain its ‘like-new’ look. Follow the manufacturers guidelines to make sure you’re looking after your fence properly.
Summertime in Australia can be extremely hot and dry, and this can cause all sorts of problems when it comes to your garden. Many people simply let their lawn die off during the summer, thinking that it is too much work to keep it healthy. However, it isn’t! As long as you use decent turf when you lay your lawn, you shouldn’t have any problems keeping it green and lush throughout the year.
Some of the most important things to do when it comes to keeping your lawn looking good over summer include:
- Give it plenty of fertiliser:
Plenty of fertiliser is important for your lawn throughout the year, but it is super important during summer. Many people think that because it is hot and dry, they don’t need to fertilise their lawn regularly. However, the truth is just the opposite. Since it is hot and dry during summer, fertiliser is consumed extremely quickly by both plants and microbes. It is important to put more on every six to eight weeks to make sure that your grass has enough food to grow.
Creating the perfect garden and outdoor area involves a lot of decision making. You need to decide what sort of landscaping you want, what sort of infrastructure you are going to include and exactly what sort of look you want your garden to have.
A lot of people are including simple flagpoles in their garden design so that they can proudly fly the flag of their choice. For some people, this will be their country’s national flag. For others, it might be the flag of their favourite sports team or organisation.
However, flagpoles come in a huge range of shapes and sizes. It can be difficult to choose the perfect pole for your garden, which is why we’ve put together this short list of things that you have to consider when choosing a new flagpole. Think about the following:
Deciding what height you want your flagpole to be can be difficult. Most flagpoles range from 6m to 12m, but it is possible to get smaller or larger ones custom built. Ultimately you want to make sure that your flag to be visible from all angles, which means that your flagpole needs to be higher than any surrounding vegetation, buildings or other things which may interfere with people’s line of sight.
Living in Australia means you sometimes need to get creative with your landscaping. It’s not enough to buy plants you like and hope for the best. The average temperature is 30 degrees-Celsius in Summer and 15 in winter, making it a challenge to get all plants to survive and thrive.
Before you begin landscaping, it’s always best to consult experts or do your research. The more you know about hardy plants, the more likely you are to choose some that will last the distance in your property. Get started with these plants below.
Bear’s Britches (Acanthus Mollis)
Acanthus Mollis, also known as oyster plant or bear’s britches, is the ideal plant for borders and container planting. It’s compact, provides beautiful and tall purple flowers, and has evergreen foliage that withstands all weather conditions.
This plant is one of the hardiest available and thrives in all parts of Australia. You can grow it well in pots, plant it in direct sun, and give it a moderate amount of water.
Making a choice
There are many reasons people choose to install custom kitchen cabinets. Maybe their kitchen is an odd shape, or they want to do something about optimising kitchen space. The kitchen is the centre of the home for many families. If that’s the case, then you have already been trying to fit all your things and those of the family into the existing cabinets that came installed with the home. It’s a hassle, for sure.
The extra cost
There is no doubt that custom cabinets either made or fitted by a cabinet maker are going to cost a lot more than stock kitchen cabinets. That’s because there is an additional cost that pays for the hours that go into building them. Plus, of course, the cost of the materials used. A cabinet maker does not work for free. There is an installation cost as well if you just had the cabinets made without having them fitted. The cabinet maker is the person that should be fitting the cabinets because it’s a job that’s usually trickier than installing stock cabinetry.
What are the ways you can offset the costs of having custom kitchen cabinets designed for you?
- Limit the number of custom made pieces to just one or two.
Most people can manage if a cabinet maker can build them some kitchen storage that will hold all the funny shaped items, or a pantry style storage area. By doing that, it clears up a lot of storage space for many other items. Obviously, one or two custom build cabinets will cost a lot less than a full set built and installed from scratch.