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The Best Plants and Screens To Block Out Your Neighbours


The trend towards smaller block sizes and larger houses means the likelihood of having neighbours overlooking your private areas is increasing, and entertaining areas where people tend to be noisiest are in closer proximity.   Luckily, there are some handy solutions for blocking sight lines and even cutting out noise from the raucous residents next door so you can restore your backyard bliss.   Install A Privacy Screen Depending on where your chosen relaxation area is situated, it’s possible to block sight lines using off-the-shelf or custom-built screens. Available in a range of materials, screens can also improve a backyard by creating zones for different activities.   Contemporary backyards will benefit from screens made from modern materials such as aluminium, or laser-cut steel or plastic, with various designs available to suit your space. You could also choose screens made from timber or lattice for a more traditional look, or natural options like...


Roofing Terminology


Is a roof repair or replacement in your future? If you’re a homeowner, the answer is probably yes.   Whether or not you decide on a metal roof, taking a little time to learn ‘roofing terminology’ can be especially helpful when discussing your current roof issues with a roofing contractor. It will also benefit you with the knowledge when reviewing a roofing quotation.   APEX –  The points where the two slopes of the roof meet at the ridge. The tallest point of the roof. APRON FLASHING –  A one piece flashing, such as is used at the lower side of a chimney that penetrates a sloping roof. BARGE BOARD –  The board covering the roof timbers on the gable or skillion end of a roof, fixed parallel to the roof slope. BATTEN –  A batten is a piece of timber or metal channel installed horizontally on top of the rafters to allow sheet metal to be laid and fastened. BMT –  Base Metal ...

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Questions You Must Ask Before Buying That Investment


Buying is exciting and scary at the same time, so to ensure you minimise your risks and maximise your profits, Sam Saggers presents this ultimate buying checklist.   We all use both emotions and logic to make decisions in life, and it seems we are often wrong as much as we are right, yet we all seem to get by okay. But is that enough to buy real estate well? If you want to become a successful property investor it’s vital that you have a practical and logical buying system in place that allows you to make good decisions based on the facts.   Two Great Ways To Mess Up A Deal   In my many years in property I have learnt that there are two common ways people make a mess of – or miss out on – property deals. The first is being too emotional and the second is being too analytical.   Overly analytical people suffer a different form of trap. They will analyse a deal often beyond what is necessary. They have a tendency to take matters too far, and s...

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Prepare Your Spring Garden For Sale in 7 Steps


Spring is here and we have got gardening on our minds! It’s a wonderful time to be in the garden, as the warm weather causes plants to wake up from their winter slumber and bloom with new growth. Landscaping can maximise your property’s potential of selling at the greatest price and give a great first impression! Here are our tips for maximising the appeal of your Spring garden.     1. Lawns! Keeping lawns maintained with edging makes your landscaping appear easy maintenance – a popular selling point!       2. Mulch and WeedWeeding and mulching your plant beds will help your garden appear low-maintenance and well kept. Choose a utility mulch such as pine bark or forest fines, rather than typical ‘gardener-preferred’ options such as lucerne and sugarcane. Utility mulches look neater, and when you’re selling it’s less about function and more about appearance. Avoid mulches that are too “out there&rdq...