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THESE 5 RENOVATIONS WILL HELP YOU BUILD A HOME YOU CAN BE PROUD OF.

All of us have dreams and plans for the future, whether it’s enjoying it on holiday with our grandkids or going to the weekend footy game with your significant other. One dream that we all have however is to have a comfortable and unique house that you can be proud of and you know – is yours.

The reality of the problem though is that a lot of the houses these days cannot sustain an aging demographic. From equipping them to handle aging Australians to making homes a more comfortable and livable environment.

While it’s easy to put off thinking about aging in place, it’s important to start considering this possibility as early as possible and while you still have the capabilities to renovate your home – with ease.

What you don’t want to do is think about remodeling your house after you’ve had a health related incident.

Whether you’re shopping for your ‘forever home’ or thinking about how to renovate your current property into one, you’ll probably need a home with these features in order to successful age in place.

1. A no-step entry

This is the very first harsh reality that you have to accept. At some point, you could be facing the possibility of having a health related injury that could leave you in a wheelchair. So, it’s important that you plan to have at least one entrance into your home that doesn’t require going up the steps. If you’re interested in a hassle free way to install a no-step entry, contact one of our carpenters.  

2. A slip-proof bath and shower

The second harsh reality is that the bathroom and especially shower area is prone for slips and falls which could result in major injuries! You’ll want to outfit your place with grab bars to avoid accidents. If the prospect of installing grab bars into your bathroom reminds you of a nursing home – don’t worry, modern and contemporary grab bars can double up as towel racks or toilet paper dispensers as long as they’re properly anchored.

3. An accessible bedroom and bathroom

One-floor living is a concept that’s missed quite often when it comes to aging-in-place. If you’re bathroom and bedroom are located on different floors, it might be a good idea to extend your house or renovate a large living room into an additional bathroom / bedroom.

4. A prep-friendly kitchen

If cooking for your grandchildren is one of your biggest dreams, then it’s important that your kitchen is ready and elderly friendly!

What does that mean?

Install multiple-height counters, reachable storage and a microwave, and drawer dishwashers that don’t require you to bend over. All of these things can make food preparation a breeze.

5. Technology

Technology is one of the greatest enablers for aging-in-place. With the boon of smart home gadgets, you’ll be able to control your security, music, lights, temperature and even home entertainment system from the comfort of a single remote.

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What to do with Spring and Hay Fever Coming to Australia

Spring cleaning is something that has been a tradition to many homes, or sometimes can be seen as a huge hassle. But with the oncoming hay fever season quoted to be the “absolute worst!” hayfever season ever to hit Australians, it’s time to glove up, buckle down and get cleaning!

The main attributor to the oncoming bad hay fever (aka allergic rhinitis) season is due to the recent winter rains!

What causes hay fever?

Before we can get down to the nit and gritty of how to stop hay fever, you need to understand what it really is. Hay fever is an allergic reaction to environmental allergens such as pollens, dust mite, moulds and animal hair. These allergens are completely airborne and can cause huge amounts of headache and stress.

Although the large majority of people who are affected by hay fever do not consult medical practitioners, if you are in the rare situation where it’s causing you disturbing amounts of pain on an extremely regular basis, it’s recommend that you consult with a medical professional seeking further advice on how to prevent or at least minimize the effects of hay fever.

Hay fever is simply your immune sytem detecting a harmless substances and thinking that it is a harmful one and ultimately releasing certain chemicals to prevent those from continually happening! Its symptoms include sneezing, runny nose, itchy ears, watery eyes and headaches! These symptoms are meant to protect your body either by trapping and expelling the allergen or by swelling body areas, such as your nose so that the allergen / pollen can’t enter anymore.

Hay fever is mostly a trait that you inherit from your parents. People with asthma or eczema are more likely to have hay fever as opposed to those that don’t have it. About one-third of those with hay fever also have at least a mild sense of allergic asthma.

What should you clean? 

Don’t be a hoarder, start with veto’ing items that you don’t need. Clean out all those items that you’ve kept for years and thought to yourself that “might be needed in the future”. Get the bin ready and make sure you’ve applied to the council for a pass to remove hard waste!

Let’s be honest here, it’s not needed and just collecting dust that’s just going to add into the dismay of the oncoming hay fever season, avoid the sneezes and be good to your nose and your house!

What first though? There’s so much to clean!

Cleaning is often underrated and there’s a reason why Spring Cleaning.

A good place to start is the rooms that you spend the most time in. To prevent any hay fever symptoms during the clean, make sure to wear a mask and / or protective eye gear to stop allergens getting into your eyes.

Start with your bedroom. 

  • Change your bedsheets
  • Clean the furnishing (cabinets, chairs & wardrobes)
  • Gives the walls a good wipe down to make sure there’s no lingering dust
  • Vacuum / mop your floors! This is a big one, dust can collect in the nooks and crannies of your room

Then move into other rooms in your house.

Rinse and repeat with your living room, kitchen and bathrooms to hay fever proof your entire house.

Remember what we said earlier about it being an inherited trait? You’re doing this for the rest of your family as well as yourself! Get cleaning!

How else can we prepare ourselves?

If you get it really, really bad. Just stay indoors on windy / bad pollen days.

Keep your windows closed, doors closed, remove some or all carpets and unnecessary furnishings like throw pillows. Use synthetic pillows and encase mattresses in allergy-free covers. Wash clothing often. Keep pets out of bedrooms.

Don’t get confused with air purifiers, studies have shown that these air purifiers have little to no effect on helping you with allergens.

Keep your car air-conditioner in check. You clean your house, so why not make sure your car is clean too! If you’re on the road all the time and spend a large majority of time in the car make sure you take the time (before hay fever really hits) to make sure it’s allergen free!

Be aware of the pollen count, make sure that you get information from the TV, radio or local newspapers of days when pollen counts are highest to avoid and minimalise your time exposed to airborne allergens.

Choose low pollen days for any types of outdoor work, this includes gardening or any outdoor projects that you may have lined up.

Keep away from parks and grassy areas when pollen counts are very high.

Keep eye drops close to you, to ensure that your eyes are moisturized. This will help to sooth them and clear them of any pollen / allergens.

Get into the habit of wearing protective eye gear as this lowers the risk of pollen entering your eyes and causing your eyes to swell up.

When you’re preparing to vacuum your house, make sure that your vacuum cleaning bag has been recently replaced.

If you’re a smoke or around smokers, lower the consumption rate or stop all together as this increases hay fever symptoms.

Pets are a huge commonality among those with strong hay fever symptons. This is because pets bring pollen and other allergens into the house. If you’re bringing them indoors, it’s recommend to wash them or wipe them down before they get into the house!

Use products such as Vaseline to sooth your eyes and nose. They can also act as a deterrent when placed inside the edges of your nostrils as it stops pollen from getting through.

Finally, if nothing works and it’s absolutely imperative for you to head out, then consult a medical professional with regards to hay fever medication. Some types of medication that are available include anti-histamines in the form of tablets and nasal sprays.

I don’t have the time to clean everything!

Work 9-5 and don’t have the time to clean your house? Don’t worry, we’ve got professionals that do it for you on Servicing Australia. We source the absolute best, most thorough and most trusted cleaners in your local area so that you can be sure they’ll make your house allergen and hay fever proof before Spring really hits!

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Four Simple and Easy Ways to Give your Room a New Look

This time of the year, there’s a strong urge to give our rooms a makeover to prepare it for the latter half of the dreaded winter. With that in mind, we’ve created four simple tips that we believe will give your room a refreshed look to help you push through the coldest months of the year.

Winter Cleaning

Forget Spring Cleaning, get it done now and stay motivated every morning by waking up in a refreshing room. Unconventional ways to reenergise yourself!

Out with the Old

Replace ancient unwanted furniture with new modern pieces that offer more vibrant colours or replace your pillow covers to keep up with modern design trends.

Add depth into your rooms

Bring new dimensions into your rooms with ceramics, vases or unique lamps that offer texture and oomph into your room. Adding a blanket with the slightest bit of texture can really transform the look and feel of your room!

You can also look into creating a terrarium to add a green accent to your rooms!

Add a new coat of paint

Refresh your room and battle the winter with a new coat of paint! There’s nothing more energising than updating your entire rooms décor with a new paint.

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The Advantages and Disadvantages of Renovating

With the recent boom in the real estate market, it’s been quite evident that property has been chosen by many Australians as the investment of choice!

On Servicing Australia – day in and day out we see hundreds of people looking to renovate their homes however there are also some that can be on the edge about renovating, so we’ve decided to compile an objective point of view that will you understand the benefits of renovating.

Advantages

Once the bank re-values your newly renovated property, the paper profits that come from a renovation will be huge! In the sense with regards to the profits, you’ll be able to prevent maintenance fees as the property will be brand new with functioning equipment!

These are just some of the advantages of renovating your home, with the right budget and without over spending you’ll be able to make tens of thousands in equity! Even if you’re applying a new coat of paint to your walls or installing a new carpet you’ll be able to see the gains in no time.

If you have a home design that you’ve already dreamed about, then this is it. This is the opportunity to finally make your dream become a reality.

Disadvantages

Just because you can afford a renovation doesn’t mean that you should. You need to understand that there are tolls that this takes on you and your family. You’ll have to source approval from the council and consolidate with tradespeople on a daily basis with regards to the cheapest materials and the renovation times.

If you’re spending too much money – you’re probably losing money. If you have a budget. Stick to it.

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