Clean tile grout is a secret behind a neat tile floor, walls and backsplashes. While tiles resist stains and dirt, since grout is porous, it can easily absorb dirt and get stained. Grout is usually stained by dirt and grime at an entry. Generally, in the kitchen, spills are the most causes of dirty grout while in the bathroom, the soap, mildew, and mould usually give a dirty appearance to it. But don't worry, if hiring professional cleaning services is not an option, we have a sure-fire w..
After you are all done with the linings of the ceiling and the plastering of the internal walls, waterproofing is usually the next step. You will need to waterproof your bathroom, laundry, kitchen, and powder room. You may decide to waterproof your basements (if you have one). Australian homeowners, over time, have been victims of damage caused by waterproofing systems installed incorrectly. And to fix this, the waterproofing requirements have continued to evolve. DIY Waterproofing If y..
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..
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..
Knickknacks and spare belongings pile up over the years, leaving homes disorganized and cluttered. Looking at full closets and covered counters can leave you stressed and overwhelmed. However, taking steps to simplify your living space can give you a sense of freedom and control. When clutter takes over your life, it can increase stress and disrupt attention as your mind works to filter out the many objects. Besides overloading your senses, a busy house can make life complicated and incon..
As decisions go, choosing a mortgage lender is a pretty important one, and could potentially have a significant impact on your bank account. In the age of consumer choice, there’s more to securing the best possible home loan than hunting down the lowest available interest rate, although it does help. Whether you’re borrowing for the first time or refinancing for a lower rate, taking a few extra steps in the process could save you a bad headache further down the road. Consider your situa..
Updating your home can bring your house to a whole new level with better design, more room or new appliances. According to the National Association of Realtors' 2017 remodeling impact report, 75 percent of homeowners have an increased desire to be in their home after they've remodeled, showing the personal payoff is there. Even small remodels are worth the effort, but they can get out of hand quickly. Certain mistakes can cause your project to cost unexpected time, money and stress. But i..
A CSIRO Study states that 1 out of every 3 homes is susceptible to a termite attack. And the only reason this fact might not worry you is if you enjoy the protection of a trusty termite control treatment securing your home. Australia alone has around 300 species of termites, which means these pests clearly have an advantage. And if that wasn’t already worse the ones destroying homes, buildings and entire properties are subterranean in nature. Since they nest underground in stumps of tre..
After a long year of work, most people look forward to a few days off over Christmas. But no matter what time of year it is, us Aussies always look forward to a holiday - and we definitely know how to chill out better than most. But there is one downside: going away even for a few days leaves our homes open to the risk of burglary, vandalism or worse. The answer: great home security. So if you want to go away this Christmas and not worry about your valuable home and possessions at the ..