16th of August

Alternative Solutions to Tarp Pool Covers

When most people think of pool covers, they think of tarp pool covers. Homeowners use pool covers to keep the surface of the water free from debris, and also to keep kids and pets away from the water. However, tarp covers can also be frustrating to use and install. Tarp covers are cheap, but they look ugly and require as much maintenance as the pool. If you have trouble with tarp pool covers, here are several alternative solutions.

Avoid Manual Retraction with an Automated Cover

One of the biggest nuisances with using a tarp pool cover is the difficulty to retract the cover when needed and then place it back in. You can avoid this hassle with an automatic pool cover. These require more installation than a tarp cover, but it’s definitely worth it for the later convenience. You can easily retract an auto pool cover in a matter of minutes. No more messing with ropes!

Prevent the Caving in Effect with a Solid Pool Cover

Tarp covers notoriously cannot hold weight. If an animal or a person decides to work across a tarp cover, it will cave into the water. If you buy a pool cover to prevent people or animals from falling in, then this effect would render the cover useless. Also, snow and rainwater can accumulate and create a puddle right above the pool, which becomes a nightmare to clean.  You can avoid these problems by using a solid pool cover than a tarp one. Solid covers can hold weight, like that of a pile or snow or even an adult. It will cost more but the money will be well worth it.

Use a Pool Enclosure for Winter Swimming

Do you want to swim in the winter? Then a tarp pool cover will not keep the water from freezing. A better solution is building an enclosure that will keep the snow out and the heat in. You will need to heat the pool inside the enclosure to prevent freezing. The enclosure will protect the pool area from the wind and other elements of winter so you can swim even when it’s hailing outside. Tarp pool covers definitely do not offer extra protection in the winter like an enclosure.

Vinyl Covers Last Longer

Tarp covers are made from cheap plastic and quickly wear out when exposed to the elements. For a sturdier solution, consider vinyl, which will last longer. Automatic swimming pool covers made from solid material generally last longer than tarp.

Avoid the Need for a Pump with a Sliding Pool Cover

Tarp covers require a submersible pump to prevent water from accumulating above the covering. This is an additional expense that also complicates maintenance. You can avoid a pump by opting for a solid cover that slides in and out automatically. Water does not accumulate like a puddle on top of these, therefore cleaning is easy.

Use a Pool Enclosure for Privacy

Tarps do not offer privacy when swimming, obviously. A pool enclosure, on the other hand, does. If you don’t want neighbours snooping while you are swimming, build an enclosure around the pool.

Use a tarp pool cover if your needs are minimal. Otherwise, consider the above options.

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2nd of August

Relocating to London & Facing the Property Challenges

The capital city of the UK is a vibrant and exciting place to visit, and each year it attracts thousands of tourists. As well as people flocking there to visit, London is also full of young professionals who move to the city to find work and higher-paid jobs. While the city is full of exciting new opportunities for graduates and those looking to move up in their careers, the property market comes with its own challenges which must be faced.

Other people are looking for properties

It’s not like moving to a quite suburban area where there is little movement and few people looking to buy and sell. The London property market is almost constantly booming, since people are searching for their first home, a business address or a second house to rent out. Whether you’re looking for a rental property or you’re hoping to buy your own place, there are countless other people after the same places. You might find that you consistently lose out to other people who are outbidding you or proving to be more suitable tenants/buyers.


Location, location, location!

If you’re looking for a Fitzrovia property or a house in another popular part of central London, this will come with its own set of problems and challenges. Not only is it more expensive to buy or rent somewhere the closer you are to the centre, but there is also more competition with people trying to buy or rent the same properties. You might find that you have to sacrifice the central apartment you really wanted, and spend more time commuting to work in the morning. In many cases, you’ll find yourself having to think about what is really important to you when it comes to living in London. Do you want to pay more for the location you really want? Are you happy to rent a smaller-than-average apartment just to be near Westminster or the West End?

Finding a sizeable property can be difficult

This is particularly true if you’re moving to London with your family and need some extra space for everybody to live. While there are large properties in London, these come at a cost, and if you’re a graduate or you’re starting out on a junior salary, it might not be possible to afford a property which is big enough. When you’re on your own and you’ve only got to worry about having space for yourself, you can rent a room in a family home or a tiny studio somewhere in the centre without having to worry too much. However, bringing other people along with you can create extra problems that will have you scratching your head and thinking of a way around it.



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30th of July

How to Save Money While Shopping

It might be odd to read the words shopping and saving in one sentence, but it is possible. You just have to re-wire your brain to adjust to things you might typically be used to. Shopping, whether you love it or hate it, is unavoidable. So why not learn how to shop smarter and save a few bucks while you are at it? Plus, the good news is that none of these are supremely complicated tips to remember either. You can easily incorporate them into the first few shopping trips, and after that it simply becomes second nature. Take a look at these here.

Do Not Pile Up Items on Low Price

In other words, do not load up on things just because they come with a low price tag. For one thing, if the store has slashed the prices excessively, it means they want to get rid of those items in the first place. For another, small price tags end up with big receipts. They add up, so just because you think you struck a bargain, that is not necessarily true. Avoid splurging for no good reason. Get your hands on something you need or really like instead, and save the rest for the same, to shop on another day.

Eat Before You Shop

This is not so much of a problem when you are shopping online, but it definitely is a problem when you are shopping in person. Especially when you are at the mall. Whilst yes, there is nothing wrong with bingeing every now and again, you could end up spending more money than you planned on because of all the snacks you keep buying. This is actually really useful when grocery shopping, since it prevents you from buying a whole heap of groceries you do not need. Have a good meal beforehand, that way you can just enjoy an ice cream perhaps or something if you must nibble. Unless of course you have some restaurant coupons Australia that you would like to make use of, in which case, gorge away.

Shop Around

Interestingly enough, the best way to save money on shopping is by shopping around. That way, you get to see what all the deals are on offer for that particular product by comparing different retailers. That is of course, provided you have enough time to shop for whatever it is you need anyway. This is one of the main reasons people always say shop early whenever possible. There is a very high chance of you being able to lock down a great deal in the process. Check both online and with retail stores to scout out your options.

Stick to A Budget

This one is more about the strength of your willpower, but is quite effective if you can manage it. Lay out a budget and more importantly, stick to it. Most tend to forget all about this the minute they set foot into a store. By sticking to your guns, you will realise that eventually you not only have what you need, but you have also managed to save some money in the process. Pretty much the definition of killing two birds with one stone!

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17th of July

Useful Tips for Buying Exterior Doors in Australia

Exterior doors play an important aesthetic and functional role in a home. Most home decorators don’t pay attention to doors, but how they look matters a lot. Also, exterior doors are one of the most important security features of a home. These should be able to operate conveniently for people living in the home, but also keep intruders out at the same time. Therefore, buying a new exterior door should never be done without careful research. If you are looking to buy new exterior doors for your home, here are several useful tips to keep in mind:

Consider Whether the Exterior Doors Need Replacing

Do you really need to buy new exterior doors? If you are on a budget, this is a very important factor to consider. If the old exterior doors in your home are physically damaged (rotting, cracks, hole, etc), then the doors will definitely need replacing. If the doors are no longer operating smoothly, first have a repairperson check the hinge mechanism. Don’t buy new doors on a whim. First, inspect the existing ones to make sure you absolutely need new exterior doors before spending money.

Know the Types of Exterior Doors Available

There are so many options available for exterior door buyers. So, it’s important to first understand the types of doors available. Sellers use unique terminology to describe different types of doors. For example, an outswing door is a door that opens out, while in inswing door is a door that opens inside. Then there are sliding doors, such as aluminium sliding doors Adelaide. A left-handed door is a door that has hinges on the right, and a right handed door is one with hinges on the left. “Panels” on a door defer to the decorative rectangular patterns. “Lite” refers to glass in doors. Being familiar with the terminology will help you find the right type of door for your home.

Understand Materials

Exterior doors are made from different types of material like wood, aluminium, and vinyl. Wooden doors are the most sought after, possibly because wood provides a traditionally elegant look for homes. Wooden doors are also heavy, sturdy, and durable. But expect to pay a pretty price if you want wooden doors. There are also other materials to choose from that offer different benefits and low costs. If you want a nearly impenetrable door, then steel doors are the best. If you want an elegant door at a budget price, then fibreglass is a good option. Fibreglass is also a great energy efficient option. Research different materials before you buy.

Don’t be Afraid to be Garish with the Entry Door

If you are shopping for a front or an entry door, then you can choose a highly decorative option that will definitely make an impression on guests. For entry doors, it’s worthwhile to spend money on an expensive and elegant design. You can go for an eye-popping colour as well. An appealing entry door will definitely increase the value of your property as well.

When buying doors, consider accessories as well, such as door knockers. Once you have taken all the above mentioned factors into consideration, you will be ready to buy exterior doors that suit your budget and tastes.


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