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8 Ways to Child Proof your Home

8 Ways to Child Proof your Home … The home is a comfortable place for most adults, but for the younger ones, it can be the cause of many frustrations. What to do, what not to do, and when one can or cannot do certain things, definitely points to a safe and secure society. If children aren’t involved, it makes thing so much easier, but when they are in the picture, one must take the necessary  precautions. So, if one is new to the lifestyle of having youngsters around the house, here are a few essential tips to help one take the right steps to prevent electrical accidents. Here are 8 ways to make sure the home environment is safe and secure for all. 1. Bathrooms – There are so many potential risks in the bathroom, one needs to be sure of the fixtures and fittings, and with insta...

How to Make a Succulent Crown

This is a guest post written by Kylie from grohelps. If you are wondering about how to make your very own succulent crown then the good news is that it is actually a lot easier to do than you would ever imagine. In actual fact, there are just a few simple steps for you to follow that will then allow you to make your own crown and even stand back and admire your work. So, let’s get started with looking at what you need to do.   Step 1: What You Need. If we can begin by looking at the things you are going to need in order to complete this job, but do note that this is not an extensive list by any means. Instead, you only need a few key things to get started and even then it is not going to take an eternity. So, the things that you are going to need are as follows. Some floral wire and i...

Do You Need a Smart Lock

Is a smart lock on your list of home upgrades? This relatively inexpensive upgrade turns your regular deadbolt into a Wi-Fi–connected “smart” home technology. Smart locks make sense for certain lifestyles and types of homeowners. Do you think you can benefit from this technology?   You Leave Town Often Image via Flickr by hnnbz When you travel often, you want someone to check on your house and your pets while you’re gone. Instead of making duplicate keys and tracking them down, try a smart lock. The right model lets you create temporary virtual keys for any neighbor, friend, or family member watching your house. You can set the key to expire when your trip is over, or you can go into the app and delete the key.   You Want a Connected Home Many homeowners love th...

5 Tips for Growing Sweet Peas Like a Professional

Sweet peas are one of the most rewarding plants you can grow in your garden.  Humans have been growing sweet peas for centuries, with the earliest written records dating as far back as the late 17th century. Over 300 years of cultivation, gardeners have developed an astonishing array of different styles and colors, most of which still have the signature sweet scent that helped to make them so popular. The wonderful fragrance of these beautiful blooms can fill your entire garden.  And they’re great for cutting if you want to bring the wonderful smells of your flower garden indoors.   Growing Sweet Peas the Easy Way Some gardeners struggle with sweet peas year after year.  These plants are somewhat finicky.  They appreciate special care and attention, and they do not tolerate neglect. T...

The importance of hiring a certified asbestos removal company

The importance of hiring a certified asbestos removal company … Asbestos has been around for a long time, and from the 1950s until the 1980s, asbestos was the main material of choice during that time period, because of its decay-resistant and fire-resistant properties, durability, cost-effectiveness and ease of use. It was flexible and used on everything from roofs, sidings, shingles and floor tiles to piping and ceilings of houses. It wasn’t until the early 70s that the dangers from asbestos were being realised and in the 80’s it was banned. Left alone, asbestos does not pose a threat, it is only when the fibres become airborne, be it from a remodel, fire, natural disaster or some other event, that the fibres can become brittle, flake off and inhaled into the lungs. It’s even possib...

Your 3 Biggest Cabinet Organization Headaches, Solved!

It’s a safe guess that somewhere near the top of everyone’s to-do lists is a note that says “get more organized!” Despite our best intentions and occasional pushes to get organized once and for all, things do have a tendency to fall back out of place, leading us right back to where we were in the beginning. Is there a way out of this? The issue may not be with your particular habits, but rather with the way your storage areas are designed. No two cabinets are created equal, so taking a look at the way yours are set up could provide some insight as to why organization is a continuing problem. Here are the complaints we hear most often, and the best solutions for tackling them.   Headache: I Can’t See Anything in My Cabinets This may be one of the most common complaint...

10 ways to guard your privacy at home from prying eyes

10 ways to guard your privacy at home from prying eyes … When it comes to privacy levels in any type of property, it is a good idea to shield it from prying eyes and this can be done by doing a number of things. Let’s take a look at the top 10 things that people do to improve their privacy at home:   1. Install Roller Blinds One of the most popular types of blinds to fit are roller blinds and good quality roller blinds in Perth or in any big city anywhere in the world can be purchased online. These can be pulled down to increase privacy levels during the day or night and they boast the following useful features:  They allow homeowners to control everything, from light and air flow to privacy  They come in a variety of styles and colours  They save energy  They protect carpets an...

What type of home to buy and how to choose the right one

What type of home to buy and how to choose the right one … Choosing the right house to buy takes some careful consideration. Different people have different criteria for what they are looking for in a new place to live. This could potentially be a house which the entire family spends the next few decades in, so it is a decision which should not be taken lightly. There are several different things to consider before buying a house. Read this helpful guide about what type of home to buy and how to choose the right one.   Budget The overall budget will affect the type of houses which are available to the potential buyer. A large budget will allow individuals to consider buying a flat in a luxury condominium or will ensure that families are able to purchase a sprawling three-storey ...

Prepare Your Lawn for Winter

The leaves are falling and the weather is starting to turn, with the days getting shorter and the temperatures getting colder. That means that winter is just around the corner, and it’s time to get your lawn ready for its long hibernation. If you prepare your lawn properly, you’ll protect the health of the soil and have lush, vibrant grass come spring. Before you throw out your premium grass seed, there are a few things you need to do to get your lawn ready. Here’s what you need to do to prepare your lawn for winter:   Aerate the Soil Over time, your soil can become compacted, which means that it won’t drain as easily. Your lawn will become a slushy mess every time it rains because the soil can’t drain the water, and the water will run across your top soil, taking nutrients with it. T...

How Water Heaters Have Changed Our Lives

How Water Heaters Have Changed Our Lives … Water has always been essential for all living things, and for many centuries, man had to make do with cold water for bathing, and the good old fire was the only way to heat the home. In the 19 th century, people began using coal fired boilers to heat water for domestic purposes, and for many years, it was the only way to obtain a regular supply of hot water.   Along came gas Gas hot water systems have been used for many years, and the systems consist of a boiler, and a pump which sends the hot water around the house through a series of pipes, and this heats the home. Gas is very flammable, so the system should be installed and maintained by qualified technicians. If one has a gas powered water heater, and lives in Western Australia, Pe...

Why Bother with Motion Detector Lights?

Why Bother with Motion Detector Lights? … Modern urban life is fraught with danger, and with crime figures continually rising, protecting one’s home is high on everyone’s priority list. While there are several ways to achieve this, some are more efficient than others, therefore if one is considering upgrading the home security, or installing for the first time, there is much to consider. Motion detector lights are certainly one option. Sensors pick up motion, and this automatically switches on the lights, yet it isn’t really a secure way to protect the home. House breakers know all about motion sensors, so they don’t panic when a light should suddenly come on, which means it is hardly an effective method to protect a property. Motion detector sensors can easily be circumvented, and a...

Creating a Relaxing Home Environment

Creating a Relaxing Home Environment … On a regular work day, most people tend to spend their day confined to an office only to return home after dark. Spending most of the time in a small, cluttered space can take its toll on your health. You may not even get to enjoy the sun and nature on a daily basis – even less so during winter due to the short daytime hours. This can alter your mood, making you feel more irritable and even depressed. Because of that, it’s essential that after those long work days, your home environment make you feel at ease. There are many ways you can improve your decor to make your surroundings cozy and accommodating. Here are four simple tips that will help you achieve it. Image Credit: – Freepix.com   Create space The less crowded your home is, t...

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