Archive | November 2013

5 tips to prepare your backyard for the summer season

Our research shows outdoor maintenance is the most uncompleted job around the home, with around one-fifth of home owners neglecting year-round jobs like tidying unruly backyards, fixing damaged fencing, cleaning gutters and spraying weeds.

With summer just around the corner bringing fire and storm risk – and NSW already experiencing the full effect of a wild weather event – this week we’d like to give you five tips to prepare your home ready for summer and all that it brings.

 

Rooftops

Clear dry leaves and debris from gutters, and install metal leaf guards if you’re in an area at high risk of bushfire. Gutters blocked by debris can also cause overflowing water to run down the inside of your walls, causing serious damage.

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Lawn maintenance

It’s the simplest thing to do, but people often neglect it. Keep your lawn short and remove any build-up of materials like dry leaves or dead branches that are flammable or can cause damage to your home in strong winds.

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Secure loose items

Keep timber, woodpiles and any flammable materials such as petrol away from the house, covered and secure. Also ensure damaged structures such as fencing are fixed and secure.

If a storm is approaching, ensure all outdoor settings such as table and chairs, clothes line and pot plants are all secure.

 

Backyard drainage

If your backyard is prone to flooding in heavy rainfall, you may need to build water trenches or install a long term drainage solution. These options prevent flash flooding and soil erosion. Speak with your local ‘Hubby’ about the best approach for your backyard.

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Nearest access to water

For those in areas at risk of fires, consider your nearest water access point and ensure you have a long enough hose to reach all sides of your house.

It’s better to be safe than sorry! If you don’t have the time or skills to prepare your home for the summer season, give your local Hire A Hubby a call on 1800 803 339 or visit the website www.hireahubby.com.au.

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Choosing doors that are stylish and secure

With summer fast approaching, you may be thinking about how to best ‘open up’ your home with doors or windows that allow you to bring the outdoors indoors.

On top of improved air circulation, reduced energy bills by utilising natural light, and getting more out of each day they can also add a decorative touch to homes with plenty of styles and colours to choose from. However, maintaining safety is also crucial.

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This week we thought we’d cover a few things to consider in making the right choice.

Security a priority

Household burglary is one of the most common crimes in Australia and while we’re not trying to scare you, it does mean security should feature high in your decision making.

Security doors can be used in conjunction with a wooden or glass doors, providing an extra barrier against quick break-ins. Likewise security screens provide extra protection for windows around the home.

Durable performance

Australia has a fluctuating climate, so choosing a door that will withstand the test of time is important. Most doors are made from durable materials including stainless steel and hard wood but look for those with performance testing. Check testing against weatherproofing as well as attempted break-ins.

Bring the outdoors indoors

It may be the need to keep an eye on the kids in the backyard, or simply a desire to keep a spatial connection with the outdoors, but choosing windows and doors that bring the weather and ventilation from outside indoors is a great way to make the most of your home and locality.

Here are just a few of the latest options for your home.

Bi-fold door:

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French door:

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Patio door:

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For help on choosing doors that suit your desires and your home, give your local Hire A Hubby a call on 1800 803 339 or visit the website www.hireahubby.com.au.