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Compare Different Sites Based on Upfront Costs

By Guest Blogger, Gene C.

When looking to grow your business, finding out which lead generation site to use can be arduous task. In the current marketplace, many sites exist—each with their own pros and cons. In order to determine which one is the best for you, check out the following infographic. It will allow you to seamlessly compare different sites based on upfront costs, levels of support, and how payments process on the backend. Remaining competitive in any field is about making the economical and sensible decisions to allow your business to thrive.  

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Removing The Stress From Home Rescue

Removing The Stress From Home Rescue

If you’ve recently been the victim of any kind of large scale disaster, or maybe just a burst pipe that flooded your kitchen and living room out, there’s a good chance you’re tearing your hair out right now. Not only has your new backsplash or feature wall you spent hours on been irreparably ruined, but you’ve lost the use of a good portion of your home. The home you pay for!

 

So it’s time to make sure you’re getting all the reparations you need after something like this goes down. And don’t worry, you’re not the only one in this kind of situation. Here’s a couple of ideas that can get you started on the work that desperately needs to be done, but in a much less energy consuming way!

 

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Find Someone to Help

 

Help is something a lot of people turn down, but when it comes to something as serious as losing your own home to outside elements, no matter what kind, you need to take up any offers you find. So if you have suffered quite extensively at the hands of nature, invading your home and turning it into a mess, it’s time to get your four walls back on their feet and your comfy living space back.

 

There are always people out there who can help you, and one such company is that of restorationonecharlotte.com. This is a good solution for anyone in landlocked areas, living under extremely tropical conditions for the country we’re in! After all, it’s especially hard to find anything that can do such a good clean up job if you’re living inland with little outside access!

 

Change Your Lighting Fixtures

 

This would be a good idea if you know the wires in your walls are damaged, and now you want a safer and softer option for your time and money. Changing your lighting fixtures doesn’t have to be hard either, and foregoing overhead lighting completely can be rather cheap considering what you’ve had to put up with recently!

 

Get some standing lamps and table lamps to litter around the place, simple as. It’ll be good for your eyes, and help to reintroduce more of a calm atmosphere that you once had by the bucket load.

 

Change Your Color Scheme

 

When you’ve got some harsh colors by the block load on your walls and floors, you’re not going to be feeling too good about the space around you. And hey, now’s the perfect time to pull up the carpet and replace the floorboard with something a little more hardwood!

 

Pastel colors are always going to work the best on your walls, and you can introduce light tones like white to offset them against each other. Not to mention you can really spruce up a damaged or cracked wall with all the maintenance you’ll need to do beforehand.

 

Taking the stress out of caring for your home at times like these is possible! Do your best to take a breath and get to work.

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3 Silent, Invisible Dangers That Could Be In Your Home

3 Silent, Invisible Dangers That Could Be In Your Home

Is your home safe for you and your family? You might immediately say yes, of course, it is. But, there could be issues in your home that you are completely overlooking. For instance, you may have a problem with the water in your home. We often don’t think about water being dangerous, particularly when it comes out of the taps on our property but it certainly could be.

 

Trouble In The Water Supply

 

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Water can be dangerous in a number of ways. For instance, you might find that your water is high in fluoride. Fluoride is a cleaning chemical that can be found in toothpaste. It’s one of the reasons why you should spit toothpaste out rather than swallowing it. Why then do an alarming number of properties have high levels of the chemical in their water supply? It’s used to clean the water, and on occasion, far too much of the substance is left in the liquid. The problem is that you can’t even see that the substance is there so you could be drinking it without even realizing it. However, if you get a high quality water filter you might be able to eliminate this issue. That’s not even the only chemical that might be in your water. Ultimately, it may be healthier to switch to bottled water rather than to trust what comes out of your tap.

 

Water is just one of the silent dangers in your property. Let’s look at a few others.

 

Mouldy Windows

 

Mould can most commonly be found around the windows due to the issues with air circulation or an issue with the insulation in your property. If cold air meets warm air, there’s a good chance that mould will start to form due to the moisture in the air. The spores that mould releases into the air while not deadly can be problematic for your breathing and for young children in particular. If you have a child who has asthma or another serious breathing difficulty, you must make sure that mould is not present in any of the rooms of your property. Think Tank Home has lots of advice on how to deal with mould quickly and effectively if you are struggling. But one of the easiest ways to avoid it is with a dehumidifier. Remember it will often just look like dirt around the windowsill.

 

Of course, the mould isn’t the only problem that can causes issues with breathing. High levels of dust in the air can also be quite hazardous. This can happen, particularly in homes where a lot of DIY work has been taking place.

 

Lead Paint

 

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Finally, this is something you need to think about if you are buying a new home soon. A lot of homes on the market today still have lead paint on the walls. It’s particularly common in older homes, and it is usually due to the fact that the owner can not afford to have it removed. Do make sure that you test for an issue with like before investing in an older property. Even a spoonful is toxic to children.

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Decorate with A Message

By Tia Cristy

Decorate with A Message

Home décor is all about personal touch. Bare walls can feel cold and drab. Dressing up any colored wall with a splash of your own creative side can transcend your room into your masterpiece. When deciding what to place on the walls take your time to figure out what you can live with, what will make you happy to look at and what will inspire you day in and day out.

You Don’t Need to be a Business to Have a Sign

Adding a business sign to a feature wall in your home can become a great conversational piece. Place a sign that says simply ‘coffee’ in the kitchen can achieve a good mental vibe for morning. If letters are more your style, you can get individual letters to spell out your message. For the kids room, why not try large, chunky, metallic initials over the beds or dressers.

Go Neon

Neon isn’t just for the local pubs or salons. Picking up a neon sign for the man cave or placing one above the wet bar can attract just the right amount of attention.

Stay Inspired  

Placing an inspiring quote on the wall can fill a blank wall and give it a whole new life. If your not ready for the commitment on a wall, why not place a decal on a piece of old wood, and then hang the sign. Think about it, there are quotes for every room and every occasion. It’s a simple peel n’ stick method for art that will last for many years to come. If you have a wall design in your mind, but haven’t found it in the store, check out Americansignsletters.com where you can upload a picture for them to create your custom art. They even offer free shipping on every purchase, which is great for business owners too who are looking to revamp their signage.

So remember, when it comes to home décor, remember to make it your own space.

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Tips for Designing and Decorating Your Granny Flat

By Guest Blogger, Derek L.

Tips for Designing and Decorating Your Granny Flat

Name aside, granny flats are not just for the elderly. This is an excellent way to add extra living or storage space and even create a home away from home. These relatively small enclosures (depends how you build and design it) can serve as study rooms if you need to get away from the noise in the house, private area for your children, and you can even offer them for rent on websites like Airbnb.

However, the extent of your granny flat use depends solely on how you design and furnish it. Of course, you cannot rent a space without a kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, etc. and you cannot have a study room without a table, sofa, and so on.

But don’t worry; that is why we are here. Today, we will talk about the best design ideas and tips for setting up your granny flat. So, let’s begin.

Embrace minimalism

Out of all types of living spaces, granny flats would benefit the most out of taking the minimalistic approach. As you probably already know, granny flats are not spacious by default. In fact, most of their designs are centered around making the most out of the smallest spaces.

So, don’t overburden your granny flat with unnecessary cabinetry, furniture and decorations. Instead, focus on the things you absolutely need. This way, your flat will appear bigger and more spacious, even if it has 30 square meters only.

Think outside of the box

Next, when designing your granny flat, you need to think outside of the box. Some design solutions that work in regular-sized households may not be as effective in smaller living spaces as are granny flats. So, you will have to come up with clever storage solutions and smart uses of space to maximise the efficiency. But if you are not a thinker, you can always research some granny flat trends.

For example, sky domes are the biggest hit among Australians right now. According to professional granny flat builders in Sydney, this is one of the most sought-after features. If you opt-in for this solution, your granny flat will use less energy for lights, as well as be more environmentally friendly. This type unconventional and green design solutions are extremely popular with the granny flat builders from all over the world.

Bathroom essentials only

Designing a bathroom for a granny flat is one of the trickiest things you will have to do. Bathrooms are an essential part of every living space, but unfortunately, they are large and take a lot of space. Therefore, you will have to build it as barebones as possible.

That means installing a shower, toilet, sink, and a small cabinet, nothing more. People often try to build their granny flat bathrooms as the ones in their regular homes, but that is not their purpose. Bathtubs, floor-to-ceiling mirrors, massive wardrobes, etc. are not necessary. After all, the space you save from bathroom, you can add to the living room of your granny flat.

Build a small cooking station

Finally, you need to design a compact kitchen for your granny flat. The same principles that apply to bathrooms, apply to kitchens as well. So, keep it simple and install kitchen essentials only like a sink, small workstation, and a stove. If you need more inspiration for designing your cooking station, we recommend checking out some trends from the tiny house community. These people have mastered the use of space, and their kitchens are as beautiful as they are effective.

As you can see, designing a granny flat is not an impossible task. Sure, you will have to think unconventionally and abandon some commodities that come with regular houses, but luxury is not a part of their M.O. With that said, if you follow these tips, put in some effort, and get creative, you could create a fantastic living space from your granny flat.

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Step into The Spirit of Spring

Step into The Spirit of Spring

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Now that Spring is firmly in the air you’ll notice people walking around with a little more spring in their step and a smile on their face.  Spring is a sensational season full of optimism and energy.  For this reason, many people use this as an opportunity to get their homes and gardens in order for the sociable summer season ahead of us.

 

Yet, having a Spring Clean isn’t limited to cleaning and decluttering; there are certain outdoor jobs that have been put off such as repairing the backyard fence panels that need to be tended to now we’re having warmer weather.

 

Indeed, in addition to sorting your house out for summer it’s equally important to take care of the garden.  In this post, we’re going to look at a number of ways to prepare your house for the sociable summer season.

 

Spring wouldn’t be Spring without the traditional Spring Clean where we give the house and garden a good going over.  In many ways, there is a science to this process that helps us manage the feeling of overwhelm that comes with having to tackle a whole house (particularly if you have a large family).

 

The first step is to declutter your home; meaning sorting through your items and working out what you no longer need.  What are you holding onto that no longer serves you?  Go through your wardrobe and determine what clothes can be given away to charity, passed on, or are so well worn they are no longer a feasible option.

 

If, like most people, you struggle with getting rid of items that hold a particular sentimental value, accept this, and understand that you don’t need to get rid of these items – you just need to declutter your home.  There’s nothing stopping you putting them in an airtight bag and storing them in the loft.  The point is to declutter your home so that you can get

organised.

 

The second step, is all about getting organised and this isn’t restricted to material items, as this is a great time to go through paperwork and take care of things you’ve been putting off.

 

The third step, is to thoroughly clean your home.  You might want to consider getting in a professional company to undertake a deep clean (e.g. steam the carpets) or you might prefer to do it yourself and bask in the cathartic emotional release that comes with decluttering, organising, and cleaning your home.

 

The final thing to consider in terms of sorting your house out for summer is the all important garden.  Winter is a time that pretty much necessitates horticultural neglect whereas now we are coming to Spring, it’s as if the natural world is awakening and coming to life, which has a similar effect on our psyche.

 

Now, as the days get longer, warmer and brighter, is the time for us to come out of hibernation and start preparing for those all important garden parties, barbecues and picnics on the lawn.

 

Spring is here and it’s time to get cracking!

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Warning Signs That You Need a New Roof Over Your Head

Warning Signs That You Need a New Roof Over Your Head

When you have been in a house for some time, the roof is probably one of the last things that you think about. Until something goes wrong that is. Ideally, you want to be in a situation in which you can see that you need a roof repair or replacement before anything goes drastically wrong. So, here are just a few of the warning signs to watch out for.

 

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Roof Age

 

The first thing that you need to consider is the age of your roof. Many experts agree that a typical roof should last between 20 and 25 years. So, if it is older than this, alarm bells should start to ring. If you are not sure, it is worth consulting with a trusted professional who can inspect the roof and advise you about any steps that you need to take.

 

Curling or Missing Shingles

 

Take a look at your roof to see if you can spot any curling or missing shingles. Check out the slopes of your home that receive direct sunlight, which are the easiest spots that you will be able to tell whether the shingles are not looking at their best. Even worse, there may be some missing entirely. So, get in touch with some professionals like G.H. Clark Contractors who can tell you what is going on. Don’t try to get up on the roof yourself unless you have some experience in this area as this is a major cause of home accidents.

 

You Find Granules in the Gutter

 

If your roof is fairly old – say 10 or 15 years – and you are finding granules in the gutter, this could be a sign of a bigger problem. These are designed to keep the sun off the asphalt, and once they fall off, the shingles will be exposed to the elements and you may find that they start to deteriorate in quality very quickly.

 

You Can See Sunlight from the Attic

 

Perhaps you haven’t been up to the attic in a while, but if you get up there and you can see sunlight streaming through the rafters, you don’t need us to tell you that this is a bad sign! If light can enter, this also means that rain, cold air and snow can as well. While small leaks may be able to be patched up, larger ones may well need the care and attention of an expert.

 

The Entire Roof is Sagging

 

If there is a time to really panic, it is certainly when you see your entire roof sagging. This is often one of the clearest signs of a structural issue. Though you are not necessarily in any immediate danger, it is much easier to take care of this kind of issue if you spot it early and it is localised rather than waiting until it has progressed.

 

So, if you notice any of these warning signs, now may be the time to take action in an effort to solve the problem.

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Quick and Easy Cleaning and Maintenance Tips for a Perfect Yard

By Guest Blogger, Diana S.

Quick and Easy Cleaning and Maintenance Tips for a Perfect Yard

 

If you ask people about their least favorite chore, many will say yard cleaning. Indeed, it can be very straining, time-consuming and frustrating, especially if you don’t have a good strategy and the right tools. So, in order to have a quick and easy yard cleaning and maintenance session, here are some useful tips for your plan of action.

Gear up

Before you tackle this cleaning chore, make sure you have all the necessary gear and tools. You absolutely need gardening gloves, trash bags, clippers and shears, rakes, shovels and some protective goggles. Additionally, if you’re doing all this during a hot and sunny day, get some sunscreen and a hat, and prepare plenty of water for refreshment.

Start big

Large pieces of debris and junk (rocks, big branches and damaged furniture) should be removed first to clean out the space for the rest of the cleaning process. However, don’t throw everything away. Rocks can be used as beautiful decorative elements, especially around landscaping or water features.

Trim, trim, trim

Overgrown and sagging branches and bushes never look good. So, make sure to give your greenery a good trim, especially to those that survived a lot of damage. Sheers, handsaws and electric hedge clippers can all get the job done, but if you have some tall trees with thick branches, you might need professional help to avoid causing damage to the plant or your property. Once you finish your trim job, collect branches, clippings and leaves. It would be great to use these greeny leftovers (leaves, cuttings and old foliage) for composting. It’s an easy process that could bring great benefits for your garden in a form of nutritious compost.

Have a junk disposal plan

During your yard cleaning, there will be a lot of things you can no longer use and you must find a proper disposal plan. The best way to get rid of junk is to contact professionals. For instance, Australia has strict rubbish disposal laws that can result in hefty fines if you don’t follow them. Luckily, there are experts in junk removal in Sydney who know all the laws and can take the junk off of your hands quickly and efficiently. These pros remove all the hassle from your junk removal task and can even save you money once you calculate all the expenses of doing the job yourself.

Take care of the lawn

Once you have a clear view of your lawn, it’s time to grab your lawnmower and trim that lawn prairie. The best way to do the mowing is to follow the one-third rule—never cut more than one-third of the blade in one mowing session to ensure the quality of your grass. Additionally, make sure to tackle the lawn when the grass is dry (wet grass will leave an uneven cut, clump up your mower and increase the possibility of slips).

Fertilize

Spring and fall are great times for fertilizing your lawn. People living in colder areas should do it in the fall, while those in hotter climates can apply fertilizer in the spring when the grass starts to grow more actively.

Take it slow

Most people want to finish their cleaning job in one day. However, yard cleaning requires a lot of crouching, stretching to reach branches and picking up heavy items, which can all cause injuries if you overexert yourself. So, make sure to take plenty of breaks that will allow you to recover strength and prevent injury. Breaks are especially important if you’re working on a hot day. Take plenty of water and hide in the shade to prevent overheating.

As you can see, yard cleanup doesn’t have to be hard and time-consuming. As long as you prepare, follow this action plan and take it easy, your yard will look amazing in no time!

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Landscaping Ideas for Your Backyard

By Guest Blogger, Diana S.

Landscaping Ideas for Your Backyard

 

Landscaping can be the most rewarding and relaxing process, but if you lack creativity, it can become daunting and frustrating. No matter how much you wish to transform your old, dull backyard into a fabulous oasis, the lack of landscaping ideas will create will create a real nightmare that will only stress you out. Therefore, if you still haven’t come up with the best solution for your Sydney backyard, we have a few ideas you’ll certainly love.

Add a pop of colour

When you want to create a relaxing feel, adding some greenery to your yard is the best solution. However, if you want to make your yard more appealing, adding a pop of colour is a great idea. Therefore, plant colourful flowers alongside green shrubs and trees to create the perfect contrast. Pathways without flowers next to them will look plain, so plant pink, red, white, orange, and yellow flowers on the sides of the paths to give them some extra charm. Your backyard would be beautiful with bellflowers,  roses, orange anemones and white daffodils embellishing the outdoors. If you want to illuminate your Sydney garden from winter to spring, plant camellia japonica and dahlias, while kangaroo paw will flower all year long.

Make a few smaller sections

Breaking your outdoor space into a few sections can significantly improve the look of your backyard. Not only will your garden look more interesting, but also it’ll appear visually larger since you won’t be able to detect all the areas at once. Plant screens, walled enclosures, and grade changes can serve as perfect dividers between the areas. To block bigger garden views use dwarf Alberta spruces, and surround the dining spot with planters, letting their close-up blooms pose as the perfect camouflage for the rest of the area. If you’re not sure how to create multiple areas in your backyard, look for professional landscaping services in Sydney, and let talented landscaping designers and architects do all the work for you. Thanks to the team of creative people, your home will get a fresh new look you’ll instantly fall in love with.

Create a garden paradise

With hidden rooms, inspiring views, meandering streams, and intersecting trails, you’ll create a perfect little sanctuary in your backyard. Add a special flower display, a bench, a fountain or a wall of plants. Clematis winding around fences and columns with its blue, purple, red, pink, or white blossoms would look fabulous in your home. Grow it on a fence, on a trellis, or in a container for best appearance. Allowing them to ramble and scramble over your shrubs is another option if you’d like a little more of a laissez-faire style. Since the weather is cool in fall and spring, consider planting clematis during these two seasons.

Accent with Containers

To bring life and softness to paved places, think about adorning entrances, lounging spots, and doors, with big containers full of blooming annuals. They’ll easily draw attention to any area you want, while also adding a pop of colour and vibrancy to the entire yard. You can place pots of begonias, petunias, fuchsias, and impatiens around your potting shed, dining deck, or maybe near the lounge, gates and doors, for example. However, try to focus on grouping the pots with a main colour, to make a statement. If you let too many hues pop up from everywhere, you won’t be able to create that staggering effect.

 

We all want a beautiful backyard in our home, but sometimes we just lack imagination and that’s when things get rough. Luckily, with the help of these few tips, you’ll manage to create a wonderful outdoor area that your entire family can enjoy for years to come.

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How To Bring More Wildlife Into Your Garden

How To Bring More Wildlife Into Your Garden

 

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Having a garden is having that special somewhere to take a deep breath of that wonderful fresh spring air. There are so many things that you can do to make it your own, by the things you plant, to what you do inside it. You can host regular barbecue parties full of your closest friends and family. Or you could grow your own fruit, vegetables and herbs and live a sustainable life. The options are endless, and that’s part of the fun of having a garden to play around with.

 

But what about making it an animal sanctuary? If you love nature and wildlife, then what better way to show that off than catering your garden to it all?

 

Here’s how you can do just that.

 

Water.

Water is not only a lovely addition to have in your garden for yourself visually, as well as being able to listen to the wonderful sounds it makes as it moves, but a lot of animals will thank you for having it there too. A birdbath allows birds to take a quick break to rehydrate, while having a little wash too. Some squirrels may even come if they’re brave enough. Water also attracts butterflies and dragonflies too, as it’s cooling and fresh in the hotter days, and they show off their stunning patterns of colour that are displayed on their bodies and wings, making it a truly special sight.

 

Trees.  

Trees are a great way to attract more wildlife as they provide shelter for them, as well being a food source too. Take live oak trees as an example. Acorns fall off in the autumn, and there are plenty of small animals that will eat them, like squirrels and birds. They also have the perfect branches to hang feeders on, and even to install owl nesting boxes. Then you can sit back and bird watch as your garden gets visits from species that you may have never seen before.

 

Flowers.

Flowers create pollen, and pollen is needed for the bees in order to feed their colony, but they are also what create us with more beauty as they pollinate other plants for us naturally. You may find things growing in your garden that has a magical colour that you haven’t seen before, and this can all be thanks to your bees. Flowers also create nectar which certain birds feed off, as well as butterflies. Plus, don’t forget that flowers smell divine, and you get to experience that whenever the wind blows, or you skim your hand across them as you walk past. And this stimulates your senses that cause chemicals to release in your brain that make you feel oh so good.

 

So what more are you waiting for? Focus on all these additions and you will see that within no time, your garden is full of so much life. You can then escape away to this safe haven and be at one with the nature and all the animals that reside along with it.

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