Preventing Termites in Your Timber Home

Termites are small creamy coloured ant-like insects that can wreak havoc in a timber home. Despite their small size, termites can eat their way through timber structures with apparent ease. In their natural environment these creatures assist in the recycling of organic matter back into the soil, but in your home they can be highly destructive. They are often difficult to detect as they avoid light and stay hidden by eating timber out from the inside while leaving a thin protective layer to protect them from light.

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Regular Inspections

For this reason it is important to have regular inspections of your home. Certified inspectors like Trusted Pest Management are trained to detect termites and will check all accessible timber and entry points to your home. Your local council or pest expert will be able to advise you on the recommended frequency of inspections. If termites are detected, pest control operators will be able to give you advice on what to do next.

Beware of Entry Points

There are many simple-to-implement strategies that will help prevent termites from entering your timber home. Firstly, you should be aware of entry points to your home; termites can enter via any organic material. For this reason you shouldn’t store timber or stack branches and logs near or under your home. Remove all timber, dead leaves and other material away from your house.Make sure bushy plants are kept away from the structure of your home by allowing a minimum clearance of 30 centimetres. Also remove any dead tree stumps and be wary of planting trees with extensive root systems too close to your home.

Don’t use untreated timber as garden borders and if you have a timber fence you need to be aware that termites may enter the palings under the soil surface without detection. You can buy galvanised post shoes to ensure that timber is above soil height. Alternatively, use timber treated for termites for fences and gardens. The addition of an outdoor area, pergola or patio can create a new entry point for termites, so if you are building any extensions to your home be sure to apply termite protection barriers.

Stop Dampness

Damp environments will attract termites. Check to ensure that taps, pipes and overflow pipes are sound; if they are not you should repair them to reduce moisture levels. Make sure run off from your hot water system and air-conditioning is directed away from your home, and ensure any ventilation is clear and unblocked by employing extraction fans where necessary. If you do not have an effective ventilation system you should consider installing one. Products like Envirofan will provide excellent sub-floor and roof ventilation to keep your home free of dampness. The installation of ventilation represents excellent value compared to trying to rectify a home suffering termite damage.

With regular inspections and adherence to these prevention strategies you will be able to minimise the threat of termites in your home. If you have any concerns or questions about termite infestations you shouldcontact your local council or pest control operator for advice.

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Preparing Your Home for Sale

There is undoubtedly a lot involved in preparing your home for sale. You need to organise a real estate agent, de-clutter your home and make your home as attractive as possible to potential buyers.

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Neaten up your Garage and Cupboards

Guests at open homes are always nosy. People like to explore every inch of a home before they consider buying and your garage and cupboards are no exception. Unfortunately the garage and cupboards, especially in the kitchen and hallway, are often places that become cluttered and unorganised. Garages can be organised with slotted angle shelving, which are available from storage specialists, such as Elbowroom. Your cupboard scan be organised by categorising different items into plastic totes, trays and bins that you can label.

Add a Fresh Coat of Paint

After years of living in a home, interior paint can become worn, chipped and scuffed. Even if your walls are seemingly unscathed, you would be surprised at how much your walls and ceilings discolour just from body heat and breathing. Likewise, exterior paint will corrode due to weather damage. Before selling a house it is a good idea to paint. If you have any out-dated colour schemes on your walls, you can use the opportunity to paint in colours that are more modern and likely to appeal to home buyers. Not only will this freshen up your house’s look, but also its smell.

Give your Home Curb Appeal

Curb appeal refers to your front garden or yard that faces the street. This is the first thing that potential buyers will see when they come to visit the house and first impressions are everything. If home buyers aren’t impressed by what they first see, their opinions may be tainted, or they may not inspect the house at all. So make sure the lawn is mowed and properly edged, any bushes or hedges are trimmed, and any garden areas are weeded. It may be a good idea to plant a few new flowers or plants, or to add some fresh soil or bark over the garden bed to make your garden look fresher.

De-Clutter

You’d be surprised how much you hoard in your home. While some things are sentimental and should be stored in special keepsake boxes, other items should just be thrown away. Before selling, it is important that you do some serious spring cleaning, removing excess clothes, linen, paperwork and other curios that you have collected over the years.

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When considering buying a home, buyers will try to envision themselves and their family living inside it. That is why it is best to remove any of your personal items, like photos and other sentimental items, as it encourages guests to imagine who lives in the home currently, rather than themselves. It is also a good idea to remove any non-essential furniture, especially in smaller rooms. Minimal amounts of furniture make rooms look larger and helps people focus on what they would do to the room if they bought the home.

Just remember: when you are selling your home, think of it as a product, rather than something that belongs to you. What other things are important to consider when preparing your home for sale?

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SAHM Fashion: Comfy Is Not Frumpy

Managing the household while taking care of the kids can zap the style out of a Stay at Home Mom (SAHM). The home environment makes it easy to just settle with anything that makes you feel comfortable even if it means looking less chic. Moms may also be concerned with spoiling their clothes while doing household tasks and would rather wear old stuff from their closet instead of outfits that make them look good. These concerns are valid but it doesn’t mean that your fashion sense will also be kept in the closet. Moms who take care of the family’s needs should also learn how to care for their looks.

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Sweatpants and tees are some of the most comfortable attire that can be worn while doing housework. Unfortunately, they can also be the most boring and least flattering clothes that a woman can wear. If you are the sweats and tees type, you can at least look for cuts or designs that flatter your body. Fitted tees and trouser sweat pants or yoga pants are some alternatives that you can consider. But don’t let yourself get stuck with this ensemble just because they are comfortable. There are other combinations that you can wear while doing errands in and out of the house. Capris, drawstring pants, skinny jeans, and t-shirt blouses can also give you comfort and style at the same time.

You can also bring out your casual chic fashion sense whenever your errands take you out of the house. Mix and match different tops and bottoms from your closet or go for your casual dress on trips to the grocery or in bringing the kids to school. Those who want to look good without having to splurge all the time can maintain a few basic and classic pieces in their wardrobe then just build-up their accessories with some novelties or funky finds. You can get a new look with your plain old dress by simply wearing new accessories with it.

Staying at home is not an excuse for taking your looks for granted. Your tasks may be less glamorous than corporate jobs but you don’t have to take the glam out of you. Think of it as trading in your corporate fashion with some stylish SAHM fashion. Household work calls for comfortable clothes that look good and make us feel good while at work.  For all SAHMs out there just remember that comfy doesn’t have to be frumpy.

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