5 Things To Look For Before Purchasing A House

Buying a house is a big financial step. Building your own little house, on your own block of land, is all part of the Australian dream. Home builders like Coral Homes make it a daily habit to turn dreams like this into reality. However, if you can’t – or don’t want to – build your house from scratch, then it’s important you thoroughly inspect your potential new home: the last thing you’d want is to be confronted with sudden (and expensive) surprises after you’ve already signed the contract, and footed the bill. To help you make the right purchase, and to help prevent you from ever feeling even a tinge of buyers remorse, take note of these 5 things to look for before committing to buying a home.

1. Check the ceilings are not sagging.

Before signing on the dotted line, and owning a new home, look up at the ceiling inside the house. If you find that it’s sagging or drooping in any way, either ask for it to be repaired, or look elsewhere. (You can use a torch to help you see any protrusions.) A sagging ceiling can ultimately collapse if not fixed. And installing a new ceiling is not cheap. Also, living in a home without a ceiling for any amount of time isn’t pleasant at all, and so it’s best to avoid being in this situation if you can.

2. Check for cracks on walls.

If you find any cracks that are greater than 2mm in width, you should be concerned. This is a red herring that something structurally may be very wrong. And fixing something that’s structurally wrong is expensive, time-consuming and frustrating indeed. Avoid like the plague.

3. Check for mold in the bathroom.

Not only is mold unsightly, but it could signal something much more problematic, such as a water leak from a nearby pipe. You’ll need to cut out the entire section of wall that’s affected, and then possibly fix your pipes. Not an easy job at all. Check for mold first and you should be okay.

4. Check for water stains.

Water stains are costly to repair. In the same way that mold can signal something wrong behind the walls, a water stain suggests that something is leaking and you may need to cut open the wall to find out. Make sure you do a full, preliminary inspection of the house you’re thinking of buying to ensure that no sneaky water stained walls are around any corner in your home.

5. Check the inside of roof gutters.

Even aluminum gutters – which are corrosion resistant and fair well under the elements – can deteriorate over time. Have a look on the roof of your prospective home, and make sure the gutters are in decent condition before handing over all your money. This will save you money in having to install new guttering.

Choosing the right home for you and your family is not easy. It often involves months of research, tons of in-house visits, and lots of talking on the phone: to the agent, to your significant other, and to your bank. Keep the above 5 things in mind when you’re about to purchase your home. And hopefully you’ll make a decision you’re proud of for many years to come.


Photo from coralhomes.com.au

Drones – unmanned robots for delivery

Have you read the – http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/12/01/21710134-jeff-bezos-tells-amazon-customers-to-expect-home-delivery-by-drones?lite and watch its video? If not yet, you better check it out. The drone is so cute flying in the air and delivered a package. If I read it right, the news said that it will be this 2015 that amazon will try out to deliver package through drones – unmanned robot. I hope I am one who will be chosen to receive a package and the robot will land at my yard. It would be so cool mostly when I will receive a package as a gift even if I would not have an order. He-he!

5 Things to Look For When Purchasing Your First Mattress For a New Home

So you have decided to buy a place, or rent, or move in with a friend or loved one. Whichever way it goes you are going to need a new bed and with that a new mattress to put on it. Here are some things you might want to look for to get what you need for the best nights sleep possible.

Warranty and Longevity

Its more important how long your new mattress is going to last, and how long it is going to be comfortable for than how much it costs. You need things that will last for as long as possible. It might be worth forking out an extra couple of hundred dollars for the sake of keeping yourself comfortable for as long as possible. Especially because this is going to be a matter of a decade rather than a couple of years.

Support

You need something that will be supportive rather than just hard or soft. While softness is nice you also need something that will keep you healthy, will cradle your back and massage against your muscles to keep you feeling all right. If you have things like back problems, spinal twinges or muscle issues its even more important that you find something that is both soft enough to be comfortable and firm enough to support you. A latex mattress is something to consider here as they’re form fitting but also comfortable.

Supplementary and Accompanying Products

Does your mattress need a protector? If so what kind? How thick and waterproof does it need to be for the safety of the mattress? These are the kinds of questions someone buying a new mattress needs to be able to answer. Determine what kind of bed frame your mattress needs, what supports, if its only compatible with its own brand and how easy these products will be to replace if anything breaks.

Medical Issue Compatibility

There are some mattresses that have benefits to certain diseases, allergies and issues and some that are bad for them. So if you have any allergies or if you just have weak lungs or problems in certain parts of your body you need to do your research. You need to know what mattresses are better for back pain and what level of softness you need. Research is key.

Who You are Buying From

Its important to know the reputation and nature of the people you buy from. Do not buy a mattress of ebay or from another person. Go to a proper reputable mattress seller. Check out their policies, what they offer and what current users are saying about them. If you know your seller, you know your product

The informed choice is almost always the best choice. Figure out every detail, from the most to least important and make the best decision you can, for comfort, for value, for your health. With a few simple steps you can get twenty years of comfort out of a single mattress.

Photo from latexmattress.com.au

Field trip – ice skating

There will be some sort of field trip this week. I did not sign up yet but I will surely sign up for it since it will just be within the city of where I am living. I hope my homeschool kid will enjoy this so called ice skating for the whole school. I cannot join him in the skating rink since I need to be with my baby girl. But even if there would be someone who will attend to my baby girl, I will still not join him since I do not know how to use the ice skate. He-he-he!

This was taken at Pueblo Ice Arena last year’s field trip (2012). I will be posting new photos then for ice skating 2013.

Popular themes for a teenage girl’s room

Teenage girls are unpredictable, wonderful beings, switching between peaceful creatures one day, to contrary divas the next. The kiss of death for any parental bedroom designer? Assuming she’s still your princess or a princess at all, and pink unicorns and butterflies decorate her daydreams; she’s still little and wide-eye, right? You need to shield her from the world – only, she’s probably more aware of certain facets than you are. Instead of directing her to this option or that, use this time to find out more about your daughter, as she is now and who she wants to become. A bedroom is an oasis, a space reflecting our personalities and inner thoughts, our interests and quirks; a room where you can be you, as chaotic or organised as that may be.

Colour Her World

What is her favourite shade on the colour chart? Purple, green, blue, pink, red, orange…Feature walls have long become a design element for teenage bedrooms (and adult ones as well), drawing our eyes and furthering an ambience created by carefully chosen accessories and flourishes. If she has two colours she can’t decide on – after all, who has just one favourite? – feel free to clash and blend shades, experimenting with swatches and complementing hues. Unless she really loves pink, try to avoid this garish colour; as much as she loves it now, she might grow out of it in her later teens, embarrassed by its rosiness. After the paint is dry and even, take her shopping for a few colour matched embellishments – throw rugs, pillows, curtains, candles etc all add a hint of personality without overwhelming the space.

Don’t Be Afraid to Clash

Do you wince at the thought of mixing florals with neons, pastels with baroque swirls and red with yellow? It may be time to let go of your addiction to uniformity. If your daughter is a bit eclectic, very adventurous and delights in the mismatched world of unique furniture and decorations, don’t be afraid to break the rules. Be bold, be creative; mix, match and layer bright, subdued and in your face colours, tones, linen and accessories. It might sound jumbled and overwhelming, and it can be, if you don’t do it right – strategic chaos requires placement, patience and a keen eye for the big picture, as the final design works piece by piece, without crowding the overall concept.

Shoebox Design – Small Rooms, Big Ideas

Working with a small room can be a nightmare, particularly as your daughter’s life flows from play dates to romantic dates, from sleep overs to rom com parties and a shred of study to punctuate the social atmosphere that she now resides in, online and off. Places like Bunkers can offer some sophisticated space saving choices, from the classic to the modern; the idea of bunks is not new or particularly innovative in itself, though new hutch, storage and study designs are a god send in a tiny apartment or bedroom.

Ultimately, your daughter will want a space that resonates with her, somewhere she feels comfortable, a place to lie back and chill. Bedroom design doesn’t rate in the parenting magazine or self-help books, as it’s probably something you will do together once or twice, but make no mistake, this process can draw you closer together as similarities come out. You may have lost your little girl, but a wonderful young woman has taken her place.


photo from bunkers.com.au

My cousin’s beautiful living room

This is not my home and this is not my living room. This is the beautiful place of my cousin who is living in Las Vegas. With this picture, I can tell that she is a red lover. I thought that she is a blue lover like me. Though, I guess that this color is the color of her baby girl. Anyway, she’s inviting me to visit in her place and my reply is that I will visit her soon. I know when I will be there I can stay free at her place since she has a very huge new home. I also do love to enjoy in her huge swimming pool. Hope to see her and her family maybe next year!

The Formula For A Great Restaurant Experience

A successful restaurant does not come down to luck, chance, or working hard and extra long hours. It’s about following a formula that will guarantee success and provide your customers with a great restaurant experience. Shopfitters Brisbane knows how much you want your customers to continue eating your food, so have created the perfect formula for a great restaurant experience.

Four Critical Success Factors

Four major critical success factors are extremely important in providing a great restaurant experience for your customers. These include food, service, environment, and location. By using all parts of this formula, you will set yourself up succeed, and most of all, make as much money as you can.

Food

Think of your food as the foundation stones of your restaurant. No matter how inviting your ambience is, if your food isn’t at its highest standard, and isn’t consistently good, you won’t get many customers. With any restaurants comes fierce competition, so if you don’t consistently deliver the same high level of quality with every single meal, you’ll be quickly replaced by a better and more experienced restaurant down the street.

Service

Many restaurant owners misunderstand the value of good, wholesome service. They believe that as long as their food is good, it doesn’t matter how curt the waiters are with their customers. This is where they fail! Good service is the essence of a fantastic restaurant experience, and even makes the food taste better! A restaurant might be clean and in a great location, but without excellent service it’s likely to fail. Train your wait staff to interact with your customers, and set a good example for them. Greet your guests and introduce yourself.

Environment

Even if your restaurant is part of a chain, it is important to make it unique and stand out against the rest. Making sure it is clean and allowing customers to see staff clean it regularly, is a great way to create a healthy environment. Remember to continuously empty the bin so it is never full, play the music is at an acceptable level, and keep the bathrooms extra clean. A clean environment is an invitation to come back.

Location

If you are a new business and scouring for places to open up your restaurant, it is very important to choose the right location that will reflect your food and the atmosphere you want to create. Obviously, it pays to have the best spot in town, but mediocre places can work if you make your restaurant stand out from all the rest. Chose a spot where you know the restaurant will become popular and profitable, and make sure it’s easy to access. Nobody wants to travel up five flights of stairs for a mediocre meal! A good restaurant becomes a great one by following these four steps to success. The food, service, environment, and the location of a restaurant is extremely important to make sure your customers continue to return time and time again!

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