alfresco furniture

The Easiest Choice in Purchasing Outdoor Furniture

When you book a holiday to Bali or any other country, the last thing that is likely to be on your mind is purchasing outdoor furniture. But once you arrive at your holiday destination and decide to check out all the shopping opportunities you may well change your mind. Bali and other parts of Indonesia have some beautiful, handcrafted alfresco furniture that you may well want to take home with you.

That’s where you can run into a lot of problems. It is not that easy to arrange for safe transport, given the furniture must go by sea and you will need to arrange for the many different legs of the journey. First it has to be taken to a local port, then packed into a container and loaded onto the right ship, then after it arrives in Australia you’ll need to organise a truck to bring it to your home.  This seems to be a lot of hassle, especially when you are on holiday and want to enjoy yourself.

Easy Ways to Recycle

10 Easy Ways to Recycle

Recycling is one of the most widely known and practiced sustainability procedure in Australia, with many recycling centres for all kinds of goods in nearly every larger town and recycling bins in most places.  Recycling doesn’t have to be a hassle; it is simply a matter of knowing which kind of waste goes where and taking it there on your shopping day or whenever you are in that area so it’s included in your lifestyle. In fact, many things can be recycled successfully without even going into bins. Here’s how.

  • Kitchen scraps don’t have to be tossed into the bin, especially if you have a garden. You can utilise peelings and some other food scraps to make your own organic – and free –fertiliser. This can be spread on or dug into the garden whenever you have enough or when you are gardening. Non-meat products can be buried straight into the garden without waiting for them to turn into compost. This is nature’s way of doing it.
  • Lawn clippings are a much wasted, valuable addition to the garden. They help prevent weeds from growing while keeping the soil moist and cool. Then they break down gradually and provide nutrients for the plants, so why throw them away?
Pergola on Budget

How to Pimp Out Your Pergola on a Budget

A pergola can create a wonderful outdoor haven that you can use for relaxation, entertaining or alfresco family meals. However, if it is not comfortable and attractive you won’t want to be there for long and neither will the family.  A pergola can easily start to look worn and tatty over the winter months when it is not in use so much, so here are a few tips on how to pimp out your pergola and make it the attractive feature it was meant to be.

  • Comfortable seating is a must. If your pergola is lacking seats, add an outdoor sofa or easy chairs and a table. These can often be picked up online for a song, or you could visit the local op-shop. If you have seating you like, consider giving it a coat of paint to brighten it up.
  • Bright cushions will add a pop of colour, but make sure they are outdoor cushions, otherwise you’ll be carting them inside and back out all the time and that can be annoying, especially if you are carrying your morning coffee.
Fencing

How New Fencing can help Your House Sell More Quickly

If your house is for sale, you may be feeling frustrated if it has not elicited much attention from buyers.  To help a house sell quickly, new fencing may be needed.  Fencing contractors can quickly construct a new fence for your home and you may find it sells more quickly.  Street appeal is an important part of getting buyers to look at your home and having a brand new fence will certainly enhance the look of your home from the front.

When someone purchases a home, they don’t usually want the added expense of doing repairs – unless they are purchasing a flipper; a home they intend to resell quickly after doing it up. So having your home in great condition inside and out will help it to sell quickly. It could be pristine inside, but if the outside looks neglected or if the fence is falling down, buyers will be put off going inside it, so they’ll never see that new paint job or the new carpet you may have installed.

Shade Sails

4 Reasons to Consider a Shade Sail for Your Home

Shade is an important factor to enhance your life and make you feel more comfortable in the hot weather.  These days, shade sails are often used to create the best kind of shade and there are many good reasons for choosing them over natural greenery such as trees. The most obvious one is that trees take a long time to grow, while a sail can be installed in a few days.

A sail can be placed close to the home, while having a tree in the same place could put your home in danger of falling branches, bushfires and problems with the electric wiring, not to mention roots from the tree tangling with your house foundations and plumbing.

Why would you want shade so very close to the home?

carpet cleaning

Questions and Answers About Carpet Cleaning

Q: How often should carpet cleaning be done? Is it better to wait as long as I can?

A: NO. Years ago, holding off on the carpet cleaning was a common theory. That was due to there being no way to clean a carpet without leaving a soapy residue. People used to say that their carpets tended to become dirtier after cleaning. That method of cleaning no longer exists and residue is no longer a problem.

It’s a proven fact that your health can be affected by dirty carpets. Don’t think of your carpet as being a great looking floor covering, or an effective way to muffle room echoes or as a fashion statement. Your carpet is the largest air filter in your home! Those fibres are hanging onto pollens, soils, allergens, bacteria and a heap of other contaminants that, if not in your carpet, would be floating around in the air.

Today, a professional cleaner, using a truck mounted steam cleaning procedure, will do a great job that will not need to be repeated for 12 – 16 months.

shopping spree

Your Shopping Spree in Bali

When people go to Bali they want to do more than look at tourist spots or go surfing – at least, most of them do. What many people look forward to be going on a shopping spree.  This is not necessarily always about clothing and accessories for themselves. Often they take a list of stuff to buy for their family and friends. And sometimes they admire the beautiful furniture and wish they could fit that in their travel bag.  While this is not possible, it is possible to get Bali-type furniture such as outdoor wicker furniture from a furniture store that imports it.

So instead of wanting something that will take a great deal of effort and trouble to get back to Australia, let the store to all the work and all you’ll need to do is choose what you want and have it delivered.  If you were to purchase it while in Bali, you’d have to take a day out of your holiday to arrange for transport.  This will be 3 different legs of the journey, not just one.

Landscape Construction Business

Where to Find Customers for Your Landscape Construction Business

With any business, customers or clients are essential. If you have a landscape construction business you will need clients just as much as any dentist, cafe or hotel would. The only thing is that due to the nature of your work, you need customers that have a certain amount of money to spend; more than the cost of a dentist visit or a coffee.  So where can you find clients that need your services and can afford to pay for them? Here are some tips.

  • Develop strategic relationships with suppliers who are likely to deal with the kind of clients you want. People such as tile suppliers, a glass fencing installer, swimming pool builders or even furniture suppliers. To do this, offer them something of value so it’s not just all about you. For instance, you could offer to do the landscaping for their showroom if they pass on your information or brochure to their customers.
Transport Company

The Most Common Reason to Use a Transport Company

The most common reason people use a transport company is for when they are moving, especially if they are going a long distance. Freight consists of any number of product types and that includes the furniture in your home. The size truck you use will depend on how many bedrooms there are in the house and what other goods you may have that take up a lot of room. For instance, you may have a grand piano.

No matter whether you have a lot or a little, your possessions are always precious and you don’t want to see them damaged. Neither do you want to pay a fortune to send your goods across the state or the country. It’s important to choose the removalist company carefully so that your moving experience is a good one.

Removalists

Some Quick Tips for Choosing a Removalist

Asking somebody else to look after your precious belongings can be hard. You hope that they will look after your things, treat them with care, and not throw them around. Fighting that inevitable anxiety can be a problem as you contemplate that move into a new home or office. You’re not expected to do everything but a good start in this process is to start looking for a removalist. If you have a checklist for this task, all the better. Here’s a couple of things that may be of help:

1.What’s the total Cost Going to be?

You should be able to get an upfront answer about how much the removal is going to cost. A reputable, quality moving company will be able to give you a straightforward quote. The pricing could be based on an hourly rate or a total costing. At least you will know before you move what it’s going to cost you. Some removalists charge by the hour or any part thereof. Experienced, reliable removalists can give you a depot to depot fee which means you won’t be paying any extra if they take their time. Shop around and find out the most competitive prices, and base your decision on what’s best for you.

Need an Electrician

Why You Need an Electrician

You don’t have electrical problems in your house every day but things happen on occasion that will cause you to call in a qualified electrician. Worn out wiring causing shorts, faulty switches and electrical cords are common enough problems that will require to be fixed. It’s important to have these issues dealt with as quickly as possible. Neglected electrical problems can result in dangerous situations. These are not DIY jobs either. It’s better you hire a licensed and reputable professional to do this work.

The Technicalities

All electrical work needs to follow safety guidelines and proper precautions should be taken to ensure protection against electric shocks. Wiring and installation jobs are best carried out by a licensed electrician. They know how to safely work with electricity, they should be familiar with the latest technology and more importantly, they have had the proper training and experience to do a professional job.