When it comes to energy efficiency and eco-friendliness, nothing comes close to a home that makes effective use of the most powerful energy source we have: the sun. Designing an energy-efficient solar home is about much more than just solar panels, though. You’ll also need to consider the orientation of your home, how well windows make use of heat and light, and the layout of the rooms inside. So if you’re looking to use the sun as effectively as possible and create an energy-effic..
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..
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..
It is practically impossible to shy away from home maintenance as a homeowner. This usually comes in different dimensions, and your role as a homeowner is to find either prevent them or provide lasting solutions as they arise. A crucial part of home maintenance is taking care of plumbing problems. Plumbing issues are of different types; some are universal, and others are dependent on the type of property. You can start by putting a maintenance schedule in place, to be done by either you o..
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 ..