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Home Protection 101 – What Do You Need To Guard Against?

Home Protection 101 – What Do You Need To Guard Against?

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I’m sure that like me, you consider your home your personal pride and joy. It’s your own haven where you can relax with your family away from the stresses and worries of the outside world. Plus, more often than not, it is a work-free zone where you can forget about your troubles in the office as soon as you walk through the door. As our homes are so important to us, there’s no wonder that so many of us want to ensure that our property is well protected against any threats that could cost our own security or cause damage that is extremely expensive to repair.

 

Are you happy that your home is well protected? There are a few different things that all homeowners need to put into place to ensure peace of mind when it comes to their property. Read on to find out more.

 

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Burglars And Intruders

 

One of the main things you will need to protect your home against is burglars. If your home isn’t quite as secure as it should be, it could be at an increased risk of being robbed. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways you can improve your home security, including by carrying out the following:

 

  • Add a burglar alarm. First of all, it’s worth adding a burglar alarm to your home if you don’t already have one. Whenever you leave, you can set the alarm. Then if it detects any movement, it will go off. This should then scare the intruders and it might also alert your neighbors who can always wander around the property to make sure everything is ok.
  • Install CCTV cameras. CCTV cameras can act as a deterrent. As soon as a potential burglar spots them, there is no way they will want to risk getting any closer to your property or else they’ll face being caught in the act. If someone does break in, then at least you can take the CCTV footage to the police to use as evidence.
  • Remove valuables from sight. Of course, if a burglar can’t spot anything of any value in your home, there is a lot less chance of them trying to break in in the first place. So, make sure that anything expensive and valuable is hidden from sight. It’s also worth closing your curtains when you leave your home so that no one can peek through the window and see large electrical items, such as your TV or washing machine.

 

 

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Pests And Vermin

 

Robberies aren’t the only thing that you need to protect your home from. In fact, there are some other kinds of intruders that you might need to guard your home against. I’m talking about pests and vermin. After all, you don’t want to come downstairs one morning and find a family of rats or ants have moved into your home, do you?! To ensure that this never happens, you need to take the following precautions:

 

  • Keep your home clean. One of the best ways to keep the pests at bay is to ensure that your home is always as clean as possible. If your home isn’t quite as clean as it should be, there could be crumbs all over that attract pests and vermin inside. So, make be sure to clean up regularly and remove any possible food sources.
  • Fix any leaks. Similarly, you need to remove any sources of water that pests and vermin might be drinking. To do this, you simply need to make sure all of your kitchen and bathroom pipes are tight and that there are no leakages at all. Water could drip from these and gather in small puddles, which makes it easier for pests to survive.
  • Take out your garbage regularly. Did you know that your garbage is a great food source for pests? It’s true! And that’s especially the case in the summer. All of the food and leftovers in the garbage will start to decompose quicker and the pungent smell could attract a lot of mice, rats, and bugs. So, be sure to take your garbage out as often as you can.
  • Find a local pest exterminator. It’s always a good idea to know the name and contact details of a local pest exterminator who can help you in the event that you do ever find some pesky pests in your home. This is especially important if you ever find any dangerous animals in your home as some exterminators now offer pest control snakes now as well.

 

 

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Weather Damage

 

Unfortunately, we aren’t able to control the weather and so your home could be at risk from suffering some very dangerous weather damage. This is especially the case during a bad storm when the wind and rain will be beating the property. Thankfully, there is plenty that can be done to protect your home from this kind of damage.

 

  • Maintain Roof Shingles. Keeping an eye on your property’s roof is very important as this will give you the chance to spot any broken or missing shingles. It’s crucial that you fix and replace these as soon as you can. If you don’t, then they will probably end up falling off during a bad storm, and that will increase the chance of your roof leaking.
  • Trim Back Trees. If you have any trees in your garden that are quite close to the main property, it’s necessary to trim these back. That way, there is no risk of the branches causing any damage to the windows of your house during high winds. Don’t worry if you don’t want to trim the branches yourself, you could always hire a professional gardener to take care of this for you.
  • Keep Gutters Cleaned Out. When was the last time you cleaned out your gutters? If you can’t remember, it’s probably time to do it right now. Unclean gutters are prone to blockages. Those blockages won’t allow rainwater to flow through and down the drain. This will result in water running down the wall of your home which could cause significant water damage to the property.

So, now you know what to protect your home against!

 

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Relationship Milestones That You Should Document

Relationship Milestones That You Should Document

When you are in a relationship, there are certain events that are going to be worth documenting. While you know they are a big deal when they happen, some couples don’t take the time to really document these milestones with pictures, or even little notes. But, this is something that you should definitely do so that in those years to come, you can look back and see how far you have traveled from that moment. You might be wondering what some of these milestones are, and we would be happy to share them with you.

 

First Kiss

 

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The first kiss in a relationship is something that you and your partner are going to remember for the rest of your lives. But, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t make some sort of commemorative thing anyway. Once you’ve had your first kiss, one thing that you can do is to write each other a little note about how you felt. You can keep this to look back on as the years go by, and as you share many more kisses.

 

The First Time They Say ‘I Love You’

 

It is a big step to tell someone that you love them and that is why a lot of people feel like they need to make sure the time is right. The truth is, there is never really a set time for this, it is just when you feel it and know it’s true. It’s going to be weird if you start trying to take a picture while someone is telling you that they love you, but after they have done this, you can take a quick picture to remember the event. If you want to start keeping a scrapbook of all of these events, that’s a good idea.

 

Moving In Together

 

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Whether you are moving into a place that your partner already lives, or if you are both moving to somewhere completely new, you need to make sure that you have something to remember this. We know that you are going to have this day in your memory for a long time, but a picture of your first home together is always going to be important. You don’t even have to be in the photo if you don’t want to, just a photo of the house/apartment door would do here. We’re not talking anything fancy, just something to remember the first place that you two lived together.

 

Your Engagement

 

The day that your partner proposes to you is likely to be one of the happiest days of your life, but sometimes you get so wrapped up in the moment, that you can forget to document it. If you don’t think you are going to have time, you should get your partner to make sure someone is there to capture the beautiful moment for you.

 

One last piece of advice is to try to make sure that your partner knows what kind of ring you would like before the event, we don’t want you to look at it as something you would rather forget. So, if you like the flashy rings, you could get your partner to take inspiration from celebrity engagement ring trends 2018 has thus far provided.

 

We hope that you find this article helpful and know some of the important milestones that you should be documenting in your relationship.

 

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Functional and Efficient Ideas for Your New Home Construction

Functional and Efficient Ideas for Your New Home Construction

The trick to any successful build is to get the right balance between function and efficiency. This will ensure you can make the most of the space, keep your building costs to a minimum and even reduce the cost of running your home.

There are several ideas to consider but the first step in the process should be to consult a reputable Sydney home builders firm to ensure your suggestions are possible.

Hidden Garage

A great way to reduce the space you need outside your home is to build a garage under your driveway. This is not as difficult or as expensive as it may seem. You can even extend the space under your home to allow several cars to be parked with a lift to take them back to the surface.

Steam Shower

Reduce your water bills with the very latest in green technology. Steam showers use one gallon of water per minute, a traditional shower will use 7 gallons.

In addition there is several health benefits associated with a steam shower and you’ll reduce any moisture issues in your bathroom.  

It will also increase the value of your home.

Impact Windows

An impact window is designed to withstand the force of a hurricane; that’s a real bonus if you live somewhere that has hurricanes.

But, even if you don’t you can benefit from noise reduction, improved insulation and higher security.

That’s a pretty good incentive to get impact windows.

Solar

Opting to add solar panels onto your roof will allow you to reduce your energy dependence and the bills that come with it. You can choose a system that sells excess electricity back to the grid or install batteries and convertors allowing you to use the electricity generated even when the sun has gone down.

Panic Room

It is becoming increasingly popular for people to build panic rooms or survival chambers into their homes. These will protect you against natural disasters or if your house comes under attack.

If you make it an easy space to get to in can function as a room in your house; doubling its use until you actually need it.

USB Sockets

It is fairly normal now to see sockets fitted into the walls which can accept conventional plugs and USB cables. Considering most electrical gadgets rely on USB style power sockets this is a very functional and efficient addition to your home.

You should aim to have at least one of these sockets in every room of your house.

Heating System

Doing a new build is a great opportunity to run meters of cable under the soil. These can then be connected to a ground source heat pump, (powered by your solar panels). The heat pump will pump the water through the pipes and under your floor (in more pipes); giving you a virtually free heating system.

A viable alternative is the air source heat pump which can be connected to pipes between your rooms and individual thermostats; allowing you to control the temperature in different areas of your home with ease.

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Using Online Dating to Meet Someone Special

Using Online Dating to Meet Someone Special

 

Most people would love to meet someone special to share their lives with. However, for one reason or another, this never happens. This could be due to  not having the time to go out and socialize, not being around the right type of people, or even having a total lack of confidence when it comes to meeting someone new in person. Fortunately, one thing that has helped those in this type of situation is online dating.

In today’s digital era, it is only natural that people go online to make new friends and to meet someone special. While online dating is not for everyone, it is ideal for those who struggle for time, lack confidence, or simply don’t get the opportunity to meet new people in social circles. When you use online dating sites, it is far easier to find and connect with people who you get along with and are attracted to, and who you would like to get to know better.

Some Tips to Remember

If you are thinking of online dating, there are a few key tips to keep in mind. First off, some people are nervous about meeting a person face-to-face even after chatting online with them. For some, this could stem from fears over safety. If you are concerned about meeting the person with whom you have been chatting, you can always search public records online to find out more about them.

It is also important to spend some time chatting to the person you are interested in online before you actually arrange to meet. You will find that this is a great way to build a rapport and determine whether there is chemistry between you. At the same time, it is ideal for those that lack confidence because your confidence will build up as you get to know the person online. In addition, it is worth making sure you have some face- to- face conversations using online chat and video tools, as this will provide you with greater peace of mind and make you feel  totally comfortable before you arrange a meeting in person.

When you finally do arrange to meet the person you are interested in, you should think carefully about where you meet. For your first meeting, make sure you meet up in a place that is public and where there are plenty of people around. In addition, make sure you let someone you trust know where you are meeting and who the person is, just as a precaution. This will help to ensure your safety and provide you with greater peace of mind.

By taking these factors into consideration when you meet someone new online, you will be able to enjoy being part of the dating game without compromising your safety. You can then look forward to meeting that special someone and developing a long-term relationship.

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Unusual Chores That Probably Need Doing In Your Home

Unusual Chores That Probably Need Doing In Your Home

We all know that there is a list of daily chores that have to be done to keep our homes maintained. But, there are also chores that we only do on occasion because they are more difficult and take up a lot of time. Sometimes, we might even neglect to do these entirely, even though we know that at some point they will need to be done. So, let’s look at some of these unusual chores that probably need doing in your home.

 

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Cleaning Out The Gutters

 

The chore that everyone dreads is cleaning out the gutters. It is not a very pleasant job, and that is why it is one of the most put off chores there is. But, it is important that it gets done at some point. While it may be disgusting to do if you don’t, the flow of rainwater will not be controlled properly, and you may end up with leaks. That is why this job is so important, even though it is one of the worst that we can imagine.

 

Maintaining Your Chimney

 

Not many people have chimney’s these days, but for those of you who do, maintaining it can be a real pain. A lot of people don’t bother, especially if they do not light the fire at the bottom. However, if you do, you need to make sure that the chimney is being kept in good condition but we know that is easier said than done. If you don’t think that this is something you can do, you can always employ the services of a chimney sweep. Yes, they do still exist, and they will come to your home to do this job for you.

 

Cleaning The Garage

 

The garage can often become somewhere that things that have no place end up. As such, the clutter builds until you can’t walk in there and everyone in the home dreads going in there. You can’t even get one more chair in there, let alone your car! Due to this, you should be looking to clean out your garage once a year to stop it from getting to this point. We aren’t suggesting that by doing this your garage is never going to be messy again, but at least once a year it will be mess free for a while.

 

Shampooing The Carpets

 

You likely vacuum your carpets either every day or every week. But, after about a year, your carpets are going to need shampooing again. This does take a lot of time,, and we see why people avoid it where they can, but vacuuming your carpets alone is not going to get rid of all the dirt. It is fairly straightforward as all you have to do is put the shampoo down, let it soak up the dirt and then vacuum it up. You only have to do this around once a year though, and it doesn’t involve anything disgusting, so it isn’t too bad!

 

We hope that you have found this article interesting and will consider going out and doing one of these unusual chores that you have been putting off.

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Planning a DIY Project? Consider These Management Tips

Planning a DIY Project? Consider These Management Tips

If you have decided to start your DIY project and beautify your home for yourself and your loved ones, you need to know that there are plenty of things that can go wrong if you don’t plan the processes carefully. You can come across unexpected issues, run out of money and time, or cause more damage than good. If you would like to make your DIY project a success, it is important that you consider the below tips.

 

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Create a Timeline

Planning every step of the renovation project will help you identify potential problems and pitfalls, It simply doesn’t make sense to change your heating system if you want to have underfloor heating; you have to create a timeline of your DIY project that prevents you from touching the same area and  job more than once. This will not only help you save time, but also money.

Make Your Budget Fit

The next thing you need to be sure about is that you will have enough money to complete all the work. You might be thinking big, but you don’t really want to get into debt and take on a second mortgage just to make some structural changes. When planning the jobs, consider the cost and time it takes to be completed. Compromise on the changes, but not your materials.

Consider Professional Tools

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Every DIY job goes better and gets a more professional finish if you invest in trade tools. If you are not likely to use them more than once in a lifetime, you might visit your local DIY store to hire equipment that will help you stick to your budget and your timeline, and avoid getting frustrated with the job.

Outsource Some Tasks

There are some things you shouldn’t DIY in your home, and you have to stay away from touching the work that is best left for professionals. There are some jobs that can easily be completed on a budget, such as laying laminate floors or tiling a bathroom, provided that you have enough time and patience. However, you should not touch electricity or plumbing for your own safety. If you know that you are not a person with an eye for details, you might contact a remodeling company to help you out with some tasks.

Set a Deadline

Home improvements can be frustrating for the entire family. You don’t want to put up with the mess for months, nor does your partner. It might be a good idea to set a clear deadline for each renovation task, and stick to it. This way, you can avoid your project spiraling out of control and taking over your home life for months, even years.

 

If you are brave enough to start your home renovation project on your own, it is important that you plan every stage and make sure that you can stay passionate about the job at hand. Ask for help and improve your skills, but – most importantly – try to stick to your budget and deadlines.

 

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Smart Strategies for Safeguarding Your Health

Smart Strategies for Safeguarding Your Health

Your health is something that is infinitely valuable. In fact, without good health, it can be tough to achieve and experience what we aim to in life. To that end, your health and wellbeing is something that is worth taking care of, a topic that you can find more about in my post below.

 

Do watch what you consume.

 

Whether its food stuffed with trans fats, alcohol, sugar or even the toxic chemicals in cigarettes, the stuff that we put in our body can directly affect our health. What this means is the better you can eat and drink, the more you will be doing to safeguard your wellbeing in the long run.

 

Of course, most people think that means they have to immediately stop eating or drinking anything that tastes good and revamp their entire diet and way of life. However, unless you are in a position where such a change is necessary for your immediate health, it can actually be better to start small and work your way up to the more significant reforms.

 

For example, instead of quitting smoking cold turkey, you may want to reduce the number of cigarettes you smoke in a day and replace them with nicotine lozenges instead. Alternatively, why not swap out buying family bags of chips with the individual sized packets so you can keep a better track of what you are consuming within a day and so improve your health in a gradual way.

 

Do access any medical benefits you are entitled to.

 

Also, remember that when it comes to your health, you do not have to do all the work alone. In fact, there are many organizations that are there to help you get the assistance, diagnosis, and the treatment that you need.

 

Of course, for many people access to such organizations can be limited, especially if they don’t have the money to invest in private health insurance. That is why it is essential to claim any medical benefits and assistance that you are entitled to. What this means is that you need to look at Medicaid enrollment, as well as any free clinics in your area. If you want to safeguard your health in the long run, that is?

 

Don’t forget that even a little movement can be beneficial.

 

We all know by now that moving our bodies is good for us, and it is obviously ideal to be doing at least 30 minutes of physical exercise each and every day. Either in the form of walking, running, playing sports or working out at the gym.

After all, with many of us spent the whole day behind a screen and then chill out but sitting in front of the TV at night, even a small amount of physical movement can do our health a lot of good.

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Prepping for hurricane and cyclone season

Prepping for hurricane and cyclone season

Every year thousands of dollars worth of damage is done to homes and properties across the country as hurricanes and cyclones hit. The worst ones are those that result in the loss of human life, but all can bring devastation and the trauma of having to rebuild.

That’s why it’s so important to prepare for hurricane and cyclone season before it arrives.

Check Your Building

It is important to understand the difference that regular maintenance can make to your property. Simple measures like installing a sub floor ventilation system from Extract Air can prevent damp from getting into your building.

Moisture is a key ingredient in weakening the structure of a building; making it more vulnerable to hurricanes and cyclones. Something as simple as a pump can actually improve the chances of your building surviving.

Assess The Risk

It’s a good idea to check how likely your area is to suffer from hurricanes and cyclones. If you’ve lived there for several years you’ll already have an idea regarding this.

While anywhere can be hit it is worth knowing whether you’re a high risk area or not.

Emergency Supplies

If you’re in an area which is prone to hurricanes and cyclones it’s worth getting some emergency supplies together. This should include food and water to keep your family going for at least a few days. You also need to have a light source, the ability to stay warm and a grab bag which will enable you to escape the area quickly if you need to.

Insurance

It is always worth checking what your current insurance covers you for. If you haven’t got full coverage you may be surprised to learn that it can take up to 30 days for new cover to take effect. Get it sorted before you actually need it.

Check Your Yard

If you have trees and other items in your yard which are likely to become an issue in high winds then you need to look at having them trimmed or even removed now.

It is also important to look at what your risk of flood is and prepare your barriers now.

Alongside this it is a good idea to chat with your neighbors and get an idea regarding what plans they have and how you can work together if the worst happens. This is a great back-up and a way to help ensure you and your family get out if you need to.

Keep A File

You need a plan for your escape route; preferably at least two options. You also need a plan regarding what supplies should be in your home to help you survive the aftermath if the power is out but your house is still standing.

Once you’ve designed your plan it’s a good idea to write it down and keep it somewhere that is safe but easy to access. This will help to ensure everyone knows what they have to do and how to do it.

There’s no harm in practicing what to do; it will make it easier if the worst does happen.

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Career Goals: A Great Job Doesn’t Have To Be Just A Dream

Career Goals: A Great Job Doesn’t Have To Be Just A Dream

As a busy woman, your job and career can take up a huge majority of your life, so it’s crucial that you feel that you’re gaining plenty of experience, appreciate, and satisfaction as possible in your place of work. However, this is not the case for many, and you might be getting the feeling of dread every Sunday evening before it’s time to get up and go back to work on Monday again. If this is the case; now is a great time to look into how to make a positive change so that your working life happiness can increase and give you a positive future ahead.

 

There are several things to think about before you start taking action to change your career and life, so begin preparing yourself as soon as possible. The following are some ideas, inspiration, and advice for those looking to further their career, whether that means a boost up in their current job, a new place of work, or taking a new path altogether so that reaching those goals isn’t’ just a dream.

 

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Retraining Could Be A Great Option

 

If there is always something that you feel you’ve wanted to do, but simply haven’t got the qualifications; there’s no time like the present to take action and begin to retrain or train further into your chosen field of work. Many job opportunities will accept you at a lower level than you’re aiming for if they know that you’re already on the path to having the right certificates and qualifications. You’ll be able to show your willingness during job interviews, and your dedication to your potential new line of work, by being proactive and understanding the steps needed to get where you want to be.

 

Therefore, it’s worth looking online at courses, education, and degrees that you’re able to fit around your current job. It’ll be a tiring process, but well worth it in the long run. Whether you get your operations management degree online or study in a college setting for your qualification in psychology; there are a plethora of options out there, waiting to be explored. If your training is to further your current career; talk to your employer about your options, and see if they can accommodate your new schedule better.

 

When You Love Your Career, But Not Your Path

 

If you’re already working within the field that you’re happy, enjoy the majority of your responsibilities, but are craving a change of pace or scene; you could just need to see what your alternative options are in your career. Perhaps you’ve always worked on the manual side of things, and you feel that it’s time to move into an office environment. Having on-the-ground experience in a role will always ensure that you’re qualified to apply for positions elsewhere within a particular company, or take a slightly new direction within the same line of work.

 

Therefore, don’t be put off by a new environment and way of working; you could be just what a business is looking for, regarding what you can bring to a new area. Maybe you feel the opposite, and want to get your hands dirty, after being sat at your desk for years; find out what training will be needed, and articulately explain why you’ve had a change of heart regarding your role. Employers will be more open to hiring within their company than they would bringing in somebody new, so you’ll already be off to a great start.

 

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