For most home owners, there is one particular 'T-word' that strikes terror into the heart: termites. That's because these little critters are an awful lot more than a nuisance - they can cause terminal damage to your valuable home, investment or business premises. Worse still, many signs of termite activity can go pretty much unnoticed to the untrained eye until thousands of dollars worth of damage is done - damage so severe that the basic safety structure of your home can even be irreparably co..
We all routinely clear that rack of dirty dishes and clean our teeth. But there's something we don't think about until there's a problem: How to unblock a sink. That's because in the kitchen, bathroom, laundry and beyond, we rely on the smooth operation of drains day in and day out - without stopping to consider what might happen if it all goes wrong. Do you have a blocked kitchen sink? Is your bathroom sink gurgling? Then you'll know. It's nasty. Blocked kitchen sinks in particular st..
Do you have a leaky tap at home that is dripping or difficult to close? In most cases, a leaky tap is the result of a faulty washer. The good news is this is something a home handyman can take care of by following the right steps on how to change a tap washer. Now, it is possible you have a “washerless,” tap – that is a tap with a ceramic disc mechanism, a ball or a cartridge, although it's unlikely as washerless taps rarely drip. Your tap uses a ceramic disc mechanism if you open a..
When it comes to types of timber flooring there are a number of options to consider. These depend on the foundation you’re working with, your budget, and the appearance you want. Each has it’s own unique look and benefits. Let’s examine each. Types of Timber Floor Installations Solid Timber Flooring Traditional boards are types of timber flooring laid on bearers or joists above the ground. These typically come in 100mm and 150mm widths and various lengths. The standard thickness is ..
Anyone who has walked into a brand new kitchen thinks to themselves: "Wonderful!" But they also wonder what that beautiful kitchen renovation cost. How much to renovate a kitchen? Well, how long is a ball of string? You get the point. Of course, it's really just a matter of what you consider a kitchen renovation to be. Are you going to finally replace a few dilapidated features from the 1960s? Is that major overhaul going to be done on as tight a budget as possible? Or are you going to go..
When was the last time you noticed your driveway? If this has prompted you to have a quick look, we know you haven’t paid much attention to it. Driveways are an important aspect to our homes and quite often, we forget about its upkeep until it has surrendered to the natural elements, rampant with weeds and riddled with oil stains. Exposed to daily abuse, your driveway withstands heavyweight from vehicles, extreme weathering and erosion from the elements, and oil leaks, which can all ..
As the weather starts warming up for summer, building or improving your outdoor entertaining area can help you enjoy dining and relaxing in your own backyard. Whether you’re thinking of luxurious features or adding a more natural touch, these ideas will help you create a stylish outdoor entertaining space for summer. French Doors Also known as bi-fold doors, French doors are made of large glass panels which can fold into each other and create an opening in your home. These are ideal ..
Scratching noises in the roof can be bothersome, especially in the dead of night. Although this is experienced in every part of the world, it is more prominent in Australia. Hearing noises in the night is a result of just one thing – critters. Interestingly, some of these creatures are also active during the day. But since you are hardly home during the day, and even when you are, the whole place is always noisy, it becomes impossible to notice their presence. So, you take it that the n..
Buying a new home is considered to be one of the most significant decision anyone can make. But buying in a different country like Australia is another story. If you're a non-resident applying for a home loan in Australia, expect to have a different set of requirements and processes. It might sound complicated, but it is very achievable. To get started, we've listed relevant information you need to know when applying for a mortgage in Australia as a non-resident. Property type non-reside..