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3 Ways to Make Your Front Door More Secure

Are you worried about your house being broken into? Given that there are 200,000 burglaries in Australia every year, this fear is not unfounded. If you’re looking to increase your home security, don’t spend all your money on security cameras — as simple as it sounds, securing your front door is also crucial in preventing a burglary. One company in the United States found that the majority of burglars entered their victims’ homes through the front door. Here are 3 ways to prevent such brazen thieves from getting into your property.

Upgrade to Solid Wood

The first thing you’ll want to think about is your door itself. Do you have a hollow core door? While these doors do have positive points (for example, helping to keep a house cool), they offer very little protection against intruders. Being hollow inside, these doors can be easily kicked down by a strong burglar. …

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Four Items You Need to Convert Your Garage Into a Safe Storage Space

Your child’s going to uni, and you want to turn his room into the guest room you’ve always dreamt about. First, however, you need to find a place to store your child’s band instruments, extra clothing, books, electronics and other items he or she left behind. The garage is the ideal solution, but before placing much of what your child owns into the garage, you should take some time to prepare.

Here are four essentials that can help you convert your garage into a safe storage zone:

1. Shelving

Ideally, even if stuff is in boxes, you don’t want to set it on the floor of your garage. That makes it impossible to clean the floor of your garage with a hosepipe, and it also puts your child’s scrapbooks, clothing and old art projects closer to curious rodents or other threats. Instead, make sure to add shelving to your garage. …

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Questions You Might Have About Installing a Glass Shower Screen

A glass shower screen is a great way to open up a small bathroom; not only does it make the space seem bigger, but it also might reflect light so that even the smallest space seems brighter and more welcoming. They also work with any décor, so you don’t need to worry about constantly changing the shower curtain when you get new linens for the bath or decide to repaint. If you’re thinking about a glass shower screen, note a few questions you might have and then discuss these with a contractor as needed.

1. Do glass shower screens always show water stains?

If you’ve ever seen a glass shower screen with water spots or hard water buildup, note that this may be the fault of the water itself and a lack of regular cleaning. If your home has very hard water, meaning a lot of calcium and other sediment, …

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Family Fire Safety: Do Your Kids Know What to Do?

Do your kids know what to do in the event of a house fire? Family fire safety is something that should be addressed with your children to ensure that if the worst was to happen, everyone can quickly get to safety. So what are some of the things that should be discussed?

An Evacuation Plan

A family fire evacuation plan should be determined.

  • Draw a plan of your home, with all exits marked. These exits should include the windows. Your children should know of all the available exit points if they should ever need to evacuate your home.
  • If your children’s bedrooms are on the second floor, they should be instructed to make their way to a particular section of the roof (after exiting via a window) before waiting for assistance. Older children might be able to safely make their own way down to ground level.
  • A meeting point needs
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Important factors to consider when you want to sub-divide your land

Land sub-division comes with many benefits. Many landowners are considering such options under the current marketing conditions. If you have a large area of land, sub-division may be the right thing for you. Here are a few things you need to consider when you want to sub-divide your land.

Limitations 

Before you can begin the sub-division process there are some things to keep in mind such as limitations. Neighborhood covenants, deed restrictions, and ordinances may keep you from sub-dividing your land. You can get a professional title review from a real estate agent to see if any of these reasons or more apply. It may also be smart to purchase title insurance to protect you and your buyer or buyers.

Profitability

Depending on how much land you have, dividing a large area of land into smaller pieces could increase your profits. Lots can be sold to multiple buyers or even …

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Maintenance Tips for Your Multi-Split Systems Outdoor Unit

A multi-split air conditioner will allow you to cool or warm multiple rooms in your commercial building without going through the hassle of turning on several traditional window units installed in each room. What is more, unlike window-type units, which are notorious noise makers, noise-causing parts like the compressor and the condenser fan are found in the outdoor unit of multi-split air conditioners, resulting in less disruptive noise. Considering these benefits, multi-split air conditioning is an ideal solution if you are looking for a cost effective and a quiet way to regulate temperatures inside your business premises.

If you are making an upgrade from window-type units to multi-split air conditioning, you will have to take extra maintenance steps to ensure that your new air conditioner’s outdoor unit remains working properly for as long as possible. Here’s some useful advice on what you can do.

Cover the outdoor unit.

Will the …

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