Prepare your home for typhoon

With the heavy rains due to the typhoon that coming often, it is always better to have your house repair or checked up before further problems arises and unplanned expenses. It is always important to prepare your home for rainy season. Here are some handy ideas that i thought worth sharing. 

Before going to major repair, you can make a list of priority 

Check your roofs and gutters 

Your roofs and gutters should be on your top list. Make sure to have a roofing experts who can check your roofs, if it needs to be replaced or just a simple repair can do. It is very important to find someone who knows roof and gutter repairs for perth so that even heavy rains falls down, you can be assured that you will be sleeping in comfort. 

Check your walls

Check your walls for any damages and cracks that may leak once the heavy rain comes.  Make sure to use plaster intended for the walls,  Keep out those leaks by using a specialized wall paint that you can use in the exteriors. 

Check your pipes

It is also important to check your water pipes, clogs should be removed. Make sure that irrigation are properly working. 

Check your windows and doors

Make sure that it can be properly closed and intact. 

Check your surroundings or backyards

While preparing for the inside, make sure to check your surroundings too, especially if your home has a backyard.  Make sure that big branches of trees should be away from your house, so in case heavy wind blows them, it would not hit your home causing further damages. Secure your small pots and plants. 

It is always a good thing to prep your home before the big rain comes over so you and your family can have a good night sleep and peace of mind. But of course, it's very important to stay alert and informed.  You and your family's safety is the most important. 


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How to Choose the Right Material for Your Kitchen Countertops

If you're ready to upgrade your kitchen, one of the main areas you need to focus on is your countertops. After all, these are one of the focal points in your kitchen, as well as where you'll be  preparing your meals. Therefore, you want to be certain that your countertops aren't only attractive, but also functional.

There are many different countertop materials to choose from, and while the variety gives you a lot of freedom to decide which is best for you, the sheer number of options can also make the decision overwhelming. To make things clearer, check out the tips below for choosing the right material for your new kitchen countertops. 

Natural Stone

Natural stone is one of the many durable materials available in the world of kitchen countertops. It provides a tough exterior that can stand up to a really active family. Plus, natural stone contains variations in textures and colors so you can have a unique looking countertop that no one else has. Although marble and granite countertops are the most well known and most popular of all of the natural stone options, be aware that there are also soapstone and limestone options available, and these are common choices with those who want a clean, modern, and sophisticated appearance. 

Some of the pros associated with natural stone countertops include the fact that they're long-lasting and durable. This classic countertop material won't go out of style, and it's also heat-resistant. However, this material is porous, so you'll need to have it sealed when it's installed and regularly maintain it by resealing it to ensure aesthetics and food safety. Also, in addition to being expensive, natural stone materials like limestone and marble are softer and more liable to chip or crack with time and use. 
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Laminate 

A more affordable countertop option for your kitchen would be laminate. This consists of a thin layer of plastic resin that covers particleboard or plywood. With advancements in the world of printing, along with edge options, laminate countertops can now mimic more expensive metal, wood, and stone countertops, so they're a great option for those who don't have a big budget but like the look of other materials. 

The great thing about laminate is the fact that it's stain-resistant, as well as scratch-resistant and heat-resistant, so this is a very durable material that could last a long time if properly maintained. This translates to getting a lot for you money. Plus, the material is also easy to clean. However, you should be careful with hot pots and pans, as well as sharp knives, as these could damage the laminate. And once you have deep scratches, cracks, and scorching in these countertops, you can't repair them. 

Wood

Wood is king in the kitchen, from wood floors to wood cabinets. But did you know that it can also be used as your countertop material? Wood countertops produce an instant sense of charm and warmth throughout your kitchen. And while butcher block is currently the most common option, you can also find crafted wood slabs. 

Wood countertops make excellent prep areas, especially since they can withstand chopping and cutting without dulling your knives. These countertops are also long-lasting, and even though the material might wear a bit with use, it will actually become more charming over time. However, it should be noted that wood countertops are vulnerable to heat, moisture, corrosive chemicals, stains, and acid. The wood can expand or shrink in extreme moisture or dryness, and it also requires routine maintenance and sealing for food safety. 

Eco-Friendly Options

Eco-friendly materials can now be found throughout your home, and your kitchen countertops are no exception. Check out the many environmentally conscious buying options available, from paper composites, which are a combination of pigments, recycled paper, and resin, to recycled glass countertops and those made of bamboo. Even though these materials may be a bit harder to locate in some areas, they're growing in popularity, so they're easier than ever to find. 

The great thing about bamboo is the fact that it's really easy to clean. Recycled glass countertops, on the other hand, are heat-resistant, stain-resistant, easy to clean, and really durable. And paper composite countertops are also easy to clean and surprisingly durable. However, be aware that bamboo countertops need to be regularly treated and sealed to avoid being susceptible to burning and scratches. Also, recycled glass options might break, scratch, or chip, especially with heavier impacts. And paper composite options are also susceptible to stains and scratches. 

Now that you know a few of the most popular countertop options and their pros and cons, you can make the best decision for your kitchen.
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Get Ready for the Family Reunion


You can't remember the last time that you brought your extended family members together. Everyone is spread out across the country. Visits are far and few between. You usually see each other at a wedding or a funeral. Why not take advantage of the summer and good weather to plan a family reunion? Life is short and you need to make the most of every minute. That means spending time with the people you love. Make quality moments happen and reunite with those you love while you have the chance.


Pick Your Place
Your family reunion doesn't have to break the bank. You can hold it in your backyard, choose a state park, or find a location that provides a pavilion. The most important thing is to pick a setting that will accommodate all of your guests. You'll also want to be prepare for any type of weather. While an outdoor party is ideal, you may have to deal with bad weather. Make sure you have a place to take cover and bathroom facilities. 



Think About Sleeping Arrangements
Everyone is going to need a place to stay. You can band together with relatives who live near the reunion location to give your guests a place to sleep. Otherwise, look into local motels and hotels. It may be possible to get a decent discount when a large group is making a reservation.



Plan Your Refreshments
You need to feed a large group of people at a family reunion and you want everyone to be happy. You can cater or ask friends and family to contribute a dish for a potluck style meal. Top off the day with a refreshing dessert. Gelato Products supplies frozen yogurt spoons  and more when you want to dish up something cool.



Don't Forget the Pictures
When you gather family together from near and far, you need to find a way to capture the memories. Use your cell phones or put out disposable cameras. Consider hiring a photographer for the afternoon. You can also set up a photo booth with silly hats and accessories where everyone can take turns to take pictures. When your day comes to a close, you can create a photo album that will bring back those special moments for years to come until you get ready for the next gathering.

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Top 10 Tips for Termite Control

As the winter comes to an end, the warmer spring and summer months can’t come fast enough for the majority of people. With longer days, more greenery, blooming flowers, sunshine and the opportunity to do more outdoor activity, however, also comes the dreaded appearance of swarmers, or winged termites. As it’s the season for breeding and establishing new colonies, springtime is prime termite season – so ensuring that your home is protected against these pests is essential. 

With the ability to chew through wood, wallpaper, carpets and other floorings, it’s no surprise that termites cost homeowners $5 billion in property damage annually, and can even permanently damage the structure of a home depending on the species of termite and how long the damage goes undetected. Luckily, there are a number of steps that homeowners can take to protect their property from termite damage. Here are the top ten. 

1. Check Wooden Areas

Because termite damage can go unnoticed predominantly in wooden areas, it’s important that you check any wooden floors, window panes, door frames, and skirting boards regularly for any noticeable changes possibly caused by termites. Although it’s essential that these checks are carried out during the warmer months, it’s a good idea to continue checking all year round. 

2. Eliminate Damp

Because termites need moisture in order to breed and thrive, it’s important to reduce or eliminate any moisture around the house. If there is any damp in the property it’s important to get it repaired, and set measures in place to prevent it from returning again in the future. 

3. Check the Roof

If there is any rot, mold, or other moist areas on your roof, it can become a prime breeding area for termites. Routinely checking your roof and ensuring that any soffits, fascia or rotted roof shingles are replaced immediately is vital to preventing termite infestation.

4. Divert Water

Because termites thrive in water and other moist areas, diverting the flow of water away from your property is important to preventing them. The use of correctly functioning guttering, downspouts, and splash blocks can achieve this. 

5. Inspect the Foundations

You should inspect the foundations of your home frequently for any signs of termites. Mud tubes, which are used by termites to gain access to a source of food, bubbling or cracked paint, and wood that has a hollow sound when tapped are all signs of a possible termite infestation.

6. Keep a Gap

Because soil is moist, this makes it a perfect breeding ground and area in which termites can thrive. In order to keep the termites in the soil and out of your home, it is advised that you maintain an 18-inch gap between the soil and any wooden areas of your property. 

7. Store Wood Safely

If you have a log fire and use firewood to heat your home, the stored wood can become a prime location for termites, even if it is dry. For this reason, those homeowners who do use a log fire should store any firewood at least twenty feet away from the house when not in use. 

8. Ask a Professional

Even if you don't think that you have a termite infestation in your home, it’s advisable to schedule a routine annual termite inspection. Most homeowners’ insurance policies do not cover for termite and wood-boring insect damage, meaning that if you do spot a problem late on, it can be expensive to repair. A professional will not only be able to provide expert advice on how best to protect your home from termites, they will also be able to spot any early signs of termite infestation that you may have failed to notice.

9. Maintain

Stripping and mortar around the foundation and windows of your home can quickly become a breeding ground for termites if left unattended or in need of repair, so it’s important to pay attention to these areas and make repairs whenever necessary. 

10. Don’t Ignore Leaks

Although a leaky faucet or a dripping tap may not seem much of an urgent job, allowing these problems to go unrepaired can only attract termites to your home by producing extra moisture. Keeping on top of your water and drainage system and ensuring it stays in top condition is essential 

to preventing termites. 

How do you ensure that your home is protected from termites? Do you have any handy tips or advice on termite control for other homeowners? We’d love to hear from you in the comments.
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Furniture Buying 101: Tips and Tricks to Remember

A house is never a home until you select the most appropriate furniture for each room. Boasting style and a unique sense of taste, there is indeed a flavor suited for nearly every space imaginable. Although purchasing new furniture is not rocket science, there are still a few tips to take into account and a handful of mistakes to avoid. If you have started looking at house or condo for sale listings or ads, it’s probably a good idea to check out these two topics in greater detail.

Never Forget Character

It is all too often that homeowners are led to believe that furniture needs to be completely coordinated. Unfortunately, this can lead to a dull and boring environment. There is nothing wrong with placing an antique coffee table alongside modern items or displaying a second-hand armchair with character amongst more minimalist pieces. If anything, you will be able to punctuate the essence of each room with an added sense of character.


The Price Tag

You and your family should never spend more than necessary. It is a fact that some price tags are negotiable; however, never rely on your bargaining skills alone. Take a look online for similar designs or the same make and model. Write down the lowest prices and bring these with you to the retail store. It is more likely that the salesperson will be able to match (or come close to) your asking price. 

Beware of Interest-Free Financing

This is a bit of a loaded term. While the repayment period may indeed be free, any failure to meet your monthly obligations is likely to result in exorbitantly high interest rates being tacked on in the future. These can be as much as 20% or even 30% in some cases. Always ask for the "fine print" to be explained before swiping that credit card. 

Liability and Damages

You must be excited about your newly acquired property and eager to equip your new home with all kinds of products. But what happens if a brand new set of dining room furniture and the table is damaged upon delivery? Who is responsible should a leg of a large sofa suddenly snap off after only two months of use? The damages that you are liable for, as well as those covered by the supplier, must be absolutely clear before any type of purchase is made. 

Otherwise, you could find yourself having to cover out-of-pocket costs that do not seem entirely fair. 

Be Bold

Finally, never be afraid to let your personality shine through with regard to your furniture choices. Your home should be defined by pieces that make you feel the most comfortable with. Let's never forget that furniture is meant to be enjoyed by the entire family for years to come. Always be willing to think outside of the proverbial box.

Furniture is an important investment and choosing the right type is as much of a science as it is an art form. These handy suggestions can help you approach this task with the right perspective and mindset.
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