5 Things to Check out Before Installing a Gazebo

While a gazebo is a free standing structure this means it is not attached to the house, not that it is not attached to anything else. Unless you want to risk it blowing over, it is a good idea to ensure it is attached to something firmly, even if that is the ground on which it stands. Here are 5 things to check up on before you go ahead and build that gazebo.Installing a Gazebo

  • Check the drainage to ensure that the spot you have chosen does not become a pool of water during rainy times. It could be that the lay of the land means it is a natural watercourse or pool. It is also important to find out what kind of soil you have. Some soils hold water while others form a good foundation that drains freely.

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How to Keep Your Pool Cleaner

Automatic pool cleaners are ideal for cleaning the swimming pool and can save a lot of hard work. Some are good for large debris such as leaves and grass, while others are made to clean the water of small particulate that makes it cloudy.  More expensive cleaners do both, but what they all have in common is using up power.

So how can you keep that pool cleaner and save money? If your pool tends to have a lot of leaves and grass in it, the best thing to do is remove it before it gets to the pool, then you will be able to purchase the kind of cleaner that attends to the finer particulate.  This can save costs in power and in the kind of cleaner purchased.

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What You Need for a Split System Air Conditioning Unit

If you’ve decided to get air conditioning to help you cope with the heat of summer, a split system air conditioning unit might be just what the doctor ordered. For a start, it is easy to install in a home that is already built and it is reasonably priced. You can choose between cheaper models and more expensive ones, depending on your budget and needs.

If you live in a small flat, you wouldn’t need to have a large one, so the cost would be moderate. A larger home may need to have a larger model to cool it more effectively. There are many different models to choose from and within each brand, you get different sizes, so there is sure to be something that suits you with the wide range of units available.

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6 Carpet Cleaning Myths Exposed

Most homeowners choose carpet as a floor covering for at least some of their rooms. It is increasingly popular for bedrooms, but it is also used in the lounge or family room. Carpet is ideal for a home with toddlers as it makes a soft landing when they are learning to walk, much better for them than falling on hard tiles. A carpet cleaner should be booked on a regular basis.

When you have carpet, it needs to be cleaned in order to remain hygienic.  You may have heard a great deal of conflicting advice about carpet cleaning and maintenance, so here are 6 myths exposed to ensure you deal with your carpet in the correct way.

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6 Tips For Starting Up a Landscape Design Business

Many people have a great vision to start up their own business. Some do it successfully, others try and fail and yet more don’t even try.  If you are not happy in your work or work environment, starting up a business such as in landscape design if you are passionate about that, can be the right thing to do. And if you do it carefully you won’t be one of those who fail. Here are 6 tips to help you.Landscape Design

  • Have a vision and consider it carefully. You have to decide what area of your passion will suit you best. Is it just in design, or is it also in implementation? It could be that you prefer the hands on part, or just the actual designing of a landscape area. If the latter, you’d need to have employees or subcontractors that would follow your plans while you simply oversaw and directed.  If you just like to get your hands into the soil and plant things, you might be better off offering simple gardening services.

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How to Get a Cooler Courtyard

Many homes have a courtyard area surrounded by the brick walls or other homes or by a high fence for privacy. Often, it is the only space the residents have to get outside and enjoy some fresh air. Unfortunately, in a hot climate the courtyard is often too hot to sit in, or even grow plants in. One way to make it cooler is by installing shade sails.Shade Sails

Sails make a pleasant shady area for everyone to enjoy and they screen out around 98% of those harmful UV rays.  And because they are up high there is enough room that the breeze can get underneath them and help to cool the area even more.  Instead of having the hot sunlight pouring down into your confined space, there will be shade, so you’ll get much more use from this small alfresco area.

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Ways to Make Your Accommodation Safer for Seniors

Since Australia has an increasingly older population, it is important for many businesses to ensure their premises are safe for them. A good thing about outdoor furniture is its stability, which makes it ideal for older people, even if you use it inside instead of out.

Business managers or those who design interior space for any business, be it an accountants office, a medical centre or accommodation often don’t think in terms of the age of their clients or guests.

This can be especially true of some hotel or motel rooms where the only seating apart from the beds is high stools that can be difficult for older people to use safely. Many older people get a bit dizzy when they stand or sit and doing so from a stool that does not allow your feet to touch the floor can be quite dangerous.  Older people get much more tired when driving and if they stop overnight, they need to have really comfortable chairs to sit on.

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Tips on Choosing a Landscape Designer

It’s not all that easy when it comes to choosing a landscape designer. There are so many designers and landscape companies out there that deciding on the right one might take you a bit of time.  Ask the right questions and you will be much better prepared to make the right decision.

You may have hired a landscaping company in the past, or this is your first time, then this information will save you some time and money.

1) Do you have a licence and insurance?

A reputable company should have at least a trade licence. Any company without the proper licences could present a potential liability issue for you. Insurance is a must when you have people working on your property. For their protection and yours.

 2) Is the price fixed or an estimate?

Any contractor can low ball a price to get the job. The trouble is that the price could be an estimate. You need to get a firm proposal outlining the services that will be provided and the work that will be done. An experienced and reputable landscaping company should have no problems providing a firm quote.

Once you are comfortable with their proposal, sign a contract and agree on the scope of work. Again, a legal document protects you and the contractor.

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Why Fencing for Your Home Needs to be Given Some Thought

Once you decide your property needs fencing, you just need to find some fencing contractors to do the job, right? But wait; there’s more to putting up a fence than that. A fence is something that is going to be there for a long time, which means you’ll be looking at it every time you go outside. If it is ugly, it will really spoil the pleasure you get from your lawn and garden.

The kind of fencing you end up with will be dictated by your needs and your budget, but rather than going with the cheapest kind of fence that suits your needs, compare styles and prices first. Having a fence that is ornamental and attractive can make all the difference not only to your own pleasure, but to the value of the property.pool fence

One of the best ways to see what lovely fences are available is to go online and do some research. You can see plenty of pictures of fences that are a little out of the ordinary and still offer privacy or security – or both. There can be any number of materials used in a fence and any kind of combination.

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