Immaculate garden speeds up settlement

Anyone who has sold a property in Perth or anywhere  in Australia for that matter, will know the frustration of a delayed settlement date. Especially if you’ve already had or purchased another property. But what are the factors that effects settlement?  What can you do to prevent any delays and speed up the process?

The short answer is that there are many factors, and prioritising them in order is a very difficult task; since it differs depending on your current situation. But something that I have read was about how immaculate the property looks will actually speed up the process. Well with that being said, let’s talk about immaculate gardens! Yep, an immaculate garden – believe it or not will tend to speed up the settlement process. Since we’re talking about gardens, I think it is fair to say that this post belongs right here in this blog!

After talking to an agent representing Settlement Agents Perth, of whom you can find out more about at their website: http://www.perthsettlementagentswa.com.au they’ve said the following to why an immaculate garden could very well help speed up your settlement process..

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Looks is Everything

Whether we like it or not. People tend to perceive quality based on looks, especially if they have no other things to compare it against. So it is in your best interest to make sure your property, including your garden is immaculate and presentable. That way, the buyer will itch to move in!

What You See is What You Get

Similarly to the above, what you see tend to be what you will be getting. What do I mean by that? Well, if the outside is clean and well looked after it will usually mean that the inside of the house is also very presentable.

Australians Loves Gardening!

Let’s face it, us Aussies love to spend our time outdoor doing the garden. If you don’t believe, all you have to is look around you.. the next time you go to a barbeque; just have a look at their garden. Most often than not it will be very presentable.

So what do you think? Does a nice looking garden will  make a buyer want to move in earlier? Comment below!

The True Cost of Renovating

Somewhat related to our backyard garden that we always maintain and strive to make it look better. Renovation, in general is the same – whether it’s outside or inside the house.

The first thing we should consider when planning for any renovation project is the cost so we can start drafting our budget. Some folks would think that remodeling will only cost them less only to find out that the price is far beyond their expectations.

Today’s generations are big spenders when it comes to home improvements and renovations. They are most likely to hire professionals to upgrade their houses. But compared to older homeowners, younger generations are more skeptical with project quotes.

While giving an exact number on how a renovation project would cost, some necessary expenses are mostly present in this kind of job. Know what to expect so you can decide how much should be your budget and which renovation suits you.

Outside Paving Options

Outside the house, there are plenty of ways to make it look better. For example by having paving done. Nowadays there are many options for paving, for example liquid limestone, exposed aggregate or cement. On the internet there are many sites showing examples of real work done. For example this liquid limestone Perth site.

Home Expansion

According to some reports, homeowners typically spend an average of $40,000 for home development or additional space. The cost will range from $5,000 up to $100,000 depending on the requirements of the client. It is a huge price so think if you are willing to invest in creating another room or just make improvements to the existing space.

Kitchen and Bathroom Upgrades

Nowadays, kitchens are a most favorite location in many houses. Thus, kitchen upgrades are included in the major renovations that homeowners would like to discuss. On the average, they would spend $20,000 on remodeling this area.

Those who prefer high-end jobs and would like to have built-in appliances, countertops, cabinetry and new flooring, the renovation cost can come closer to $40,000. If the price scares you, do something less upscale. You can paint the cabinets or replace wood elements with the help of a local worker to save on the professional fee.

Bathroom remodeling is another costly project next to upgrading the kitchen. The average cost is $9,000 depending on the fixtures and other additional like installation of a bathtub, a new faucet or cabinets.

RENOVATION PERMITS

Aside from the cost of materials, appliances, and workforce, a remodeling job will require you to get a working permit. While they are not major expense contributors, forgetting to get one will result in fines. You can spend $900-$1,500 on permits depending on the city guidelines.

Renovation projects at home can be costly, and there are certain fees along the way. However, planning before constructing will aid you in reducing or even eliminating additional expenses.

We believe that it is one of the joys of a homeowner to improve his or her house by hosting all sorts of remodeling projects. It feels empowering and at the same time, you are adding value to your property. However, the cost of it could overwhelm you so you must work around and find the best deal possible.

Simple Ways on How to Reduce Waste at School

We are a strong believer that education is forever. So it comes to no surprise that we support local schools! With that being said. This post is an info article on how to reduce waste at your school.

Every school has a large number of students. And then, every year the population of students is growing. Therefore, schools are expected to produce more and more wastes. But, too much waste in school may lead to problems.

Can you imagine how many tons of wastes are collected every day in all schools in your city? Many students do not really care about this waste issue. It could have been better if every student will be concerned about the waste around them.

If you are walking around your school campus, you will see trash cans around. But, these bins are not enough for students to use. Even a trash can inside the classrooms and washrooms are not enough to accommodate all the wastes that students produce every day.

This concern is not only for the school administration to manage. It is also a responsibility of every student. If you are a responsible school officer, staff and a student, then you have to do something.

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Reducing the School Waste

To minimize waste production in school, everybody must cooperate. Now, if you are one of those who cares about the school’s environment, then here is a list of ways on how you are going to reduce waste in your school.

  • Reducing wastes during lunch time

Lunch time is the busiest time in school. Everybody is eating in the school cafeteria. Students find their own spots and eat together with their friends. So, during this time. You can see waste everywhere. You won’t even find an empty trash can for your rubbish.

We can only minimize wastes if the students have their own packed lunch, where their food is prepared in a reusable container. Another way of minimizing waste is to buy food from the school cafeteria, where glass plates are used. And then, buy food that you can finish. This means that you do not need to buy too much food and dump the unfinished food.

When it comes to your drinks, you may bring your washable and clean jug. In such way, you can also save some money. If you buy beverages, then why not buy the ones that you may recycle.

  • Reducing the use wasted paper

In the washroom, why not bring and use a clean towel to dry your hand after washing instead of using paper towels? Most of the time, excessive use of toilet paper and paper towels makes the wash room messy. And of course, we can’t stop students from using those in the washroom. But, we have to do something about cleanliness in the washroom.

Sometimes, the students use too much paper when writing. After writing and made a mistake in the work. They throw the paper away and that will fill the bin inside the classroom. We must encourage them to minimize doing that by keeping those unwanted paperwork and use for recycling.

The students also have reading materials. They subscribe on the monthly issues, but leave it anywhere after receiving it. Let them keep it for recycling.

Sometimes, the school gives too much paper for student notices. Instead of using a paper, why not announce the notice to the whole school or ask the teachers to inform the students about it when they are in the class?

What Size Skip Bin Do I Need?

We often asked, “What is the right size of skip bin to choose and use?” But we realized that visualizing the differences of container sizes is difficult. While estimating the capacity of it is quite challenging, the tips and guide below can help you decide on this matter.

Consider the type of waste materials and the particular job of your skip bin. Is it for a regular household or a business establishment?

  • Think of it this way: a cardboard box that has the dimension of 1 m length, 1 m width and 1 m depth is equivalent to one cubic meter. How many cardboard boxes can handle the waste materials from your home or office? The size of a skip bin is always expressed in cubic meters (m³).
  • Some people find it easier to estimate using wheelie bins and trailer loads. A standard trailer measures 6 x 4 ft which most of us can picture. he volume of the trailer is also about one cubic meter. Hence, one should determine the number of trailers they need for their waste management.
  • The measurement of a wheelie bin is the most common comparison most people use. However, it also comes in various sizes. In general, every three 330-liter wheelie bin is almost equivalent to a cubic meter skip bin. From here, you can calculate how many liter of rubbish can fill your skip bins
  • Most bins have a “do not fill above top” label on them. It is illegal to fill it higher that the rim to prevent spillage during transportation. The amount of rubbish you can place in the bin depends on how you utilize the space. We suggest you cut the green wastes in smaller parts and minimize air space.

Other Guides

Consider the following comparisons a guide to make visualization easier.

  1. 10 microwave ovens are equal to a cubic meter.
  2. A 2-seater sofa approximately measures to two cubic meters.
  3. Six monoblock chairs and a table are roughly equal to three cubic meters.

Know that large skip bins also have weight restrictions so you cannot just dump any large item on it. An overfull bin is not possible to lift or carry. Likewise, you should check its capacity limitations and general safety to follow waste disposal guidelines set by your local government. The maximum safe lifting limit of a skip bin is 3 tons.

Experts also recommend using the skip bin that is one size bigger if you are still not sure. Most of us tend to underestimate the amount of waste we need to dispose of especially during general cleaning days.

Thus, you can always use that extra space in the bin. Likewise, you can avoid overfilling and additional costs if you’ll choose a bin that is one size larger. It is also helpful to make a list of the items you will be putting in the skip bin.

Now that you already have an idea on various sizes of skin bins, you need to estimate the amount of waste your household or commercial space will generate. You can opt for a 2m³- 3m³ for regular cleanup jobs. Some providers offer up to 6m³ and 8m³ skip bins which suit demolition jobs or moving to houses.

To calculate the amount of waste, pile it up and measure the width, height, and length of the stack. Multiple these three and you can have an estimate volume.

Fortunately, some companies also provide bin size calculator to help their customers decide accordingly. They also provide size guides, details and measurements of the services they offer.

Protecting Your Garden From Pests and Other Dangers

gardenprotection3What good is a well-manicured garden if it is susceptible to pests and diseases that harm plants and the soil? Sometimes, garden protection is the one little detail that most newbie gardeners forget to put focus on. Yet it is the one major element that, if taken for granted, can wreak havoc on your beautiful garden, giving you constant headaches, and the pain of doing everything all over again.

Admittedly, no garden is totally free from pests and diseases. Predators like dogs, beetles, deer, caterpillar and the pesky fungal infection can create huge long-term problems.

Here are some natural ways to protect your flower and vegetable garden from pests and diseases.

 

Choose plants wisely

gardenprotection1One of the most crucial steps a gardener can take to prevent from all sorts of diseases to proliferate in a garden is to pick disease-resistant plant varieties. Taking time to do some research on various plant varieties to know if they are disease-resistant or not goes a long way in protecting your garden right from the start. It is also a good idea to consult with reliable nursery and garden staff to get the latest info on plant diseases, especially fungal infections. The key to fighting against diseases is prevention, so do your research and plant wisely.


Build Physical Barriers

An effective deterrent to unwanted visitors infiltrating your garden are gates and fences built to repel predators of any size. Row covers, similar to the kind used in commercial nurseries, can be used to protect tender plants from strong rain, light frosts, as well as the wayward insect, caterpillar, birds and small rodents. You can also put mesh netting over shrubs and fruit trees to protect from bees, birds and bats.

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These are just a few tips that you can start with in designing a well-protected garden. Remember that not all gardens are the same, so you need to find the method and system that forms the best defense against pests and disease. The best part is that there many solutions you can try out and pick the best one. Most of all, a gardener needs to be always vigilant and prepared. Prevention is key, so setting up defenses is much better than reacting to problems that have already happened

Above all else, enjoy your garden! Cheers!

 

Getting into organic gardening

organic-1 Growing and maintaining a healthy organic garden doesn’t seem to be as difficult as one would think. In the beginning, many horticulturists and growers were hesitant to change their ways and just stick to the conventional methods of gardening that produce quick results using manufactured seeds, artificial insecticides and growers, and chemically-supported processes. But these days, there are arguable a lot more gardeners keen on growing their own plants, flowers, and fruits organically and naturally.

You might ask what the different between organic gardening and regular gardening. The term “organic” used to sound so alien when it first burst into the scene, largely by more “bohemian” and “esoteric” growers and agriculturists, more commonly termed health nuts or hippies. But the scientific community questioned the term “organic” and claimed it lacked a certain empirical basis, thus relegated to the status of a “fad” or “trend”.

But after a certain time, everyone eventually wanted to have plants, trees, and most especially, their food to be more safe and healthy, and sustainably grown, harvested and maintained. Thus, organic farming grew in practice, and by association, so did organic horticulture.

The main organic_02aim of organic horticulture is to grow fruits, flowers, ornamental plants and vegetables of any kind without using chemicals and synthetic additives that may harm the environment. This means using natural fertilizers and minerals, and giving back to nature what one takes away, thus promoting a healthy balance for the environment.

Organic horticulture continues to be developed and promoted by various organizations and gardening communities in different parts of the world. They exchange ideas and processes to help promote the practice, as well as discover better ways of sustaining natural processes. Most organic gardeners follow the principles of soil building and conservation, pest management and heirloom variety preservation.

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It’s a challenging method of tending your garden but once you get the hang of it and start to understand the differences between the plant families and how each respond to a particular form of natural fertilizer or soil preparation, the easier it will be for you in the long run. It’ll help you as you propagate seeds, plant them, and care for them for the long term. Over time, it will equip you with the knowledge of nutrient cycling strategies, how best to prepare them for the natural seasons, a more efficient and natural garden design

There are a lot of online guides and video tutorials on how to get started with organic farming or gardening. For best results, it would be advisable to get in touch with the nearest organization that promotes organic gardening in your particular area. Pretty soon, your garden will be lush and healthy and you will have peace of mind knowing that healthy soil means healthy produce and thus, healthy people.

Welcome to my garden

My garden is all about blooming trees, healthy bushes, and bright little flower pots all bursting in wonderful color under blue skies and a sunny Australian sun!

watergarden1I mostly locate all my gardens and trips in and around Perth and most parts of central Western Australia. I try to visit as many gardens, plant growers, nurseries as much as I can, and I also put in some reviews and features on some of the most exciting plant and garden festivals and exhibits in the same general area.

Oftentimes, I find myself in other parts of Australia, checking out the parks, botanical gardens and almost anywhere one can find beautiful gardens and plants!

Keep your thumbs green! Cheers!

Ben