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5 Steps to Soil Asbestos Management Planning for Site Owners

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Asbestos remains rather prevalent within Australia’s built environments despite the known health risks associated with asbestos fibres. This is because Australia’s construction sector widely used asbestos-containing materials (ACM) in the time following the Second World War. Therefore, if you’re looking to develop property on a site located within a brownfield (abandoned or unused sites that formerly had heavy industrial activity), it will be wise to ensure that previous occupants did not leave any asbestos from illegally buried waste products and poor removal procedures during demolitions among other historical practices. You can do this by following the practical steps outlined below: 1. Define asbestos risk You will need to engage an expert asbestos soil surveyor as well as assess existing records to determine the likelihood of soil contamination. This critical step will highlight the work that needs to be done in management, helping you to plan in advance for the cost implications – time-loss costs from construction delays, costs of remediation efforts and licencing to allow contaminant handling, etc. 2. Develop management strategy You may have to involve experts and stakeholders to come up with a satisfactory plan of action based on your findings above, and one that causes minimal disruption to your development plans. Formulate an overall plan for remedial work accounting for ACM characteristics, soil type and distribution, cost-benefit analysis, your proposed development plans, local regulations and impact on stakeholders. 3. Formulate plan of work Having a thorough understanding of the site, you can formulate specific procedures to handle your asbestos risk. You must consider your licencing requirements, coordination of remedial work with other ongoing work on the site, site accessibility and layout, plans for personnel and site decontamination, air monitoring and control measures, and waste disposal risks. 4. Select a professional Asbestos is a major health risk but only when its fibres are released into the air and breathed in. Therefore, there is high contamination risk during any work that disrupts asbestos, and such work must be overseen by a competent, qualified professional. You should investigate potential contractors’ accreditation, standards and policies to determine competency. NATA provides this guide to help you assess their proposed plans and methods. 5. Validate your plan Once your plans above have been signed off on by relevant stakeholders (contractors, local and government authorities, investors etc.), ensure that you can access all the validation records. You should also have an asbestos management plan for ACM left onsite. Onsite workers should be trained on the plan so that they can protect themselves and others. There should also be detailed reports on movement of ACM taken out, reuse and/or disposal records, and as-built...

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3 Reasons for Your Manual Garage Door Woes

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Garage doors are the largest movable components in several homes. A faulty garage door poses is a serious safety hazard. Here are a couple of common reasons why your manually operated garage door may not work properly. Broken springs Broken springs are the most culpable reason behind garage door malfunctions. When the torsion or extension springs on a garage door snap, the weight of the garage door may come crushing on your car or anyone standing in the trajectory of the door. Garage doors that use extension springs often expand to slow the speed at which the door closes, and then contract when the door is opened. Doors that use torsion springs operate by winding up so as to lift the weight of the door. Spring breaks are usually accompanied by breaking of the garage door cable. Therefore, you should replace the cable when you are replacing the springs. This is a job that a professional locksmith can help you do safely. Broken lock handle When the lock handle positioned on the outside of your garage door gets broken, you will not be able to open the door, as there is no tension to engage the springs. In order to restore normal service, broken door handles must be replaced with handles of a suitable or compatible brand. A professional locksmith can provide an appropriate replacement for your lock handle at an affordable price, as they usually stock up many types of door lock handles for sale to their clients. This way, you can regain quick access to your garage. Bent track If your garage door is not working properly, it could be that its track is bent out of shape. Because this door component is made of heavy metal material, you will need an expert locksmith to help you straighten it. Once your locksmith has ascertained that your track does not need to be replaced, they will embark on the repairs. Repair work involves placing a hard metal bar behind the bent section of the track. Using a hammer, the bent track will be hit back into its original shape. This is a job that may sound simple, but it requires a lot of dexterity to do properly. Locksmith problems are common in many residential areas and you might occasionally find yourself falling victim to any of these problems. Not being able to enjoy optimal service from your doors can be really stressful. In case of a problem with your garage door, call in an expert residential locksmith; they can fix just about any garage door...

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Building a house with a rooftop garden

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If you want to knock your house down and build a new home with more space, it can be hard to lose your garden and outdoor entertaining space. One of the great new options in your home design is to incorporate a rooftop garden. Here are some of the advantages of a rooftop garden.   Makes the most of the block If you have a small block, even going up an extra storey may not be enough to give you all of the living space that you require. By incorporating a rooftop garden into the plan you can build  to the edges of your block with our sacrificing much needed green space and outdoor entertaining area. More privacy If most homes in your area are double storey, you can get more privacy by building up and then utilising the roof space for a garden. This can be great for people with young children, or people who like some privacy while tanning or entertaining.  Energy efficiency  Rooftop gardens are very energy efficient as they reduce heat absorption. This reduces the need for air conditioning by keeping it cooler, as well as helping to insulate the building when air conditioning or heating is switched on. This can result in big energy savings in the hot Australian summer, creating environmental benefits as well as offering savings on your energy bill. In order to maximise this effect, ensure that any paved areas and furniture are in a light, reflective colour to minimise heat absorption.  Better garden conditions If you live in a block that has previously been used for heavy industry, as is the case in much of the Australian inner city suburbs, it’s all too possible that your soil still has high levels of lead and other nasties. These contaminants can mean any vegetables or herbs you grow in the garden also have a high level of the same nasties. Instead, by building a rooftop garden, you can start fresh with a layer of soil that is healthy and free from nasties, meaning you can confidently eat anything you grow. In many cases, this also means you’ll have higher yields from anything you grow due to the healthier soil.  If you are looking to build a new house on a small block it can be a great addition to include a rooftop garden in the plans. Why not contact a new home builder to discuss how to incorporate a rooftop garden into your new home...

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Co-investing in property with your siblings

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With the growing price of housing in Australia, finding the deposit for a property investment can be hard. If you are not yet ready to settle into a property purchase to live in but want to park your existing home deposit in the property market then co-investing in a investment property with a sibling can be a good option and is becoming more and more popular. Here are some things to consider when contemplating co-investing in property with your sibling.  Will either of you be looking at living in the home? If one of you is looking at this purely as an investment, while the other will live in the property, then this can make the decision in choosing the property harder. Make sure that both parties have an equal or proportional vote in selecting the property you will buy, as you both want to be happy with the decision. Decide early on how to prioritise which areas you will be looking at as well as the type of properties you will look at (houses, units or villas). These will depend on whether you are prioritising something that will earn bigger rentals now or is more likely to have longer term capital gains (but is less desirable at the moment).  How will you manage the decision relating to the property? If one of you is hard to locate with, for example if you are on a working holiday overseas or working in a remote site you might need to delegate authority to the other sibling or use a rental agent to make similar decision in the short term. By discussing early on how you will make any decisions you can avoid later arguments about repairs and bills.  How will you exit the property? While you might buy the property together as singles, over time one or both of you might like to either buy a house by yourself or with a partner and need to access the money you have tied up in your investment property. This might not necessarily come at a convenient time for the other sibling, so it’s best to agree ahead of time on how you will deal with it if one of the siblings needs to sell out before the other. It can be useful to record some of these decisions in a document you both sign so you don’t need to remember all of the conversations. Once you have made all these important decisions it’s time to move on to the next decision, choosing a suitable property. A real estate agent or broker can help you to find the perfect property for sibling property...

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Property Owners: Are You Too Emotionally Involved With Your Investment?

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There’s nothing wrong with being overly proud of owning an investment property, but is this pride interfering with the way you deal with it? As a first-time investment property owner, you need to know about the dangers of becoming emotionally involved with your rental property. Being able to recognise in advance that you aren’t dealing with this situation effectively could stop you from losing money in the future. What Are The Signs Of Emotional Attachment? Before you can tackle being emotionally involved with your investment property, you first have to recognise some of the signs that you have this problem. Do any of these ring true to you when you think about your rental? Your list of rules you expect tenants to abide with is as long as the list you have for your teenager. You constantly think about the property and make up reasons to visit it. You are overly picky about the quality of tenant who applies for the property. You get offended if there is an issue with the property and the tenant contacts you about it. If you nodded your head to any of these statements, then you can admit to having an emotional attachment to your rental that is going to make it hard for you to manage this investment. Why Is Being Emotionally Attached A Problem? There are two main problems when it comes to being overly attached to a rental property. Firstly, you could be overstepping the boundaries of the rental laws of your state with your constant visiting. In Queensland, for example, the Residential Tenancy Authority states you can only enter the property at any time if the tenant agrees. If they do not agree, then you have to give written notice of your intention to enter. If you wish to do a visual inspection, for example, you need to give 7 days written notice, and you can only do this inspection every three months. If you overstep these boundaries, your tenant can lodge a complaint with the RTA. Secondly, requests for improvements to a rental property are going to increase its value at the end of the day, and they are not a personal attack on you as the owner. When you can’t see that, you could be ignoring maintenance requests that will grow into more expensive problems when they are ignored. If you don’t think you can take a step back from the day-to-day running of your property, then you need to enlist the help of a property management company to take care of this for you. When you’re not forced to think about the property on a daily basis, you will be able to break your emotional attachment to it. This means you can make wiser business decisions with your head rather than your heart. For more information, talk to a company like Verse Property...

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Bed Bugs: The Two Best Products For Stopping Them Without Spending A Fortune

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Bed bugs are the silent bandits, staying hidden under your bed sheets and causing mayhem. If you’re suffering from a persistent itch when you sleep in your bed, or you notice small blood spots on your sheets, there is a good chance that you have a bed bug infestation. The reason that bed bugs stay under your sheets, and in dark places, is because they love the warmth and they have easy access to food. Not only do they thrive in bed sheets, but bed bugs are also attracted to areas that contain food sources. This means that you can find them anywhere in your home or even your car. Therefore, you will want to get rid of these nasty pests quickly. In many scenarios, particularly if the bed bug infestation is highly severe, you will likely need to call in a pest treatment professional. However, there are a number of incredibly efficient and cheap tactics you can use in your home to reduce the spread, while protecting yourself from the bites.  The Magic Of Baking Soda Baking soda is an effective bed bug repellent due to the strong drying properties in the powder. As a result, baking soda is effective in absorbing the moisture from the bed bugs. It can therefore act as a strong repellent. There are a few ways to apply baking soda to reduce the impact of bed bugs. If your bed bug infestation is under your sheets, an easy and effective method is to simply sprinkle the baking soda under the bed itself. Along with this, you can sprinkle some of the baking soda directly on your mattress, but only before placing the cover over. This is to avoid smearing the powder on your clothing when you sleep. When doing this, make sure you sprinkle the baking soda in the creases of the mattress. This is because the creases are a popular breeding ground for bed bugs.  It is recommended that you vacuum the baking soda from beneath your bed after a few days, before you decide to re-apply. Lavender Oil As A Handy Alternative While baking soda is the most effective solution that you can use at home, there are alternative options available to you, including lavender oil. While also incredibly cheap, lavender oil is simple to apply and works as a great bed bug repellent. This is because the bed bugs hate the powerful, pleasant smell that is produced by the oil. You can apply a few drops on your bed, particularly on your mattress. This will last for a few days and will help keep the bed bugs away.  ...

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Tips for Buying a Holiday Home

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Making sure that you have enough money to live well in your twilight years is extremely important, but it’s not easy to know how and where you should be investing. But what if your investments for your future could actually enhance your quality of life today and not just in the future? A holiday home is one such property investment – something that will grow in value over time (with luck), that you can rent out to other holiday-makers, and that you can use for your own holiday adventures. But investing in a holiday home is easier said than done. What should you be aware of before you sign on the dotted line so that your investment gives you the best possible return? Rent before you buy. Although you might want to make a purchase straight away, it’s a very good idea to rent for a while in your chosen area and experience it across all four seasons. This is important because you want your holiday home to make money for you throughout the year, and you can only know if this is possible by actually experiencing it during all the seasons. For example, if the main draw of your property is that it’s beach facing but you are unaware that seaweed litters the shore for four months of the year, this could be an issue. Understand the maintenance costs. Just because you don’t spend as much time at a holiday home doesn’t mean that it’s maintenance free. In fact, it could actually require more maintenance than your regular home. For example, oceanfront properties can get attacked by waves, which could lead to things like damage to the paint job of your home, damage to the structural integrity of your home, or even flooding in extreme situations. Be sure to factor in the cost of property management before you invest. Up and coming areas. If you are lucky enough to be able to buy property in prime tourist hotspots, you will almost be guaranteed a certain amount of rental trade as long as your home is kept well – although you should be wary of paying over the odds for any property because you might experience less growth in the value of your property. Instead, it could be worth punting on a property that you believe is in an up-and-coming area for tourism. This way, your initial investment will be lower and there will be greater scope for your investment to grow over...

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Five Tips for Successfully Packing Your Children’s Rooms

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Packing your home for a move is always a challenging process, and children can make it even harder. Luckily, there are tips that can help. When packing your kids’ rooms, in particular, take advantage of these ideas: 1. Progress slowly. Don’t shock your child by packing up almost everything they own while they’re away at school or daycare. Instead, progress through the process slowly. This helps your child acclimate to the idea of moving while also allowing you to get things done. Start with the closets and the least used drawers. Take the opportunity to purge what your child no longer needs and pack the rest. 2. Remove packed boxes. Once you’ve packed the boxes, don’t leave them in your child’s room. For small children, they can be a dangerous climbing temptation, and older children may unpack them. Instead, move them to a central location — a storage pod from a removalist company, your garage or the living room. 3. Leave out some toys. Your kid will need something to do so make sure you leave out at least a few toys, some art supplies or their favorite electronics. To keep it pared down to the essentials, use the box test — leave an unsealed box on their dresser, desk or floor. All of the not-yet-packed toys should fit into it. 4. Get the kids involved. If your kids want to be involved with the process, keep them busy by assigning them tasks. Direct older children to choose toys or clothes to donate to kids in need — knowing they are helping others can be a great motivator if they are reluctant to purge their possessions. To keep kids who are too young to really help involved, give them a small box, and let them pretend to pack some of the toys you are packing yet. 5. Make it fun. Don’t leave your packing to the last moment and attack it in a stressed and harried manner. Instead, start early and make it fun. Listen to music you and your kids have listened to throughout the years in your home, and as you decide which items to keep or discard, take a few moments to remember together. Make it fun for the kids by letting them decorate the boxes with fun art supplies and by dancing as singing as you pack. For more tips on packing children’s rooms or other areas of your home, contact a removalist in your area....

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4 Important Things To Look For In A Commercial Property Maintenance Company

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If you are responsible for the management of a commercial property, working with a commercial property maintenance company can greatly ease your workload. The company can step in to work on maintaining the state of the property while you focus on other aspects of the property such as security, tenancy, and the customers. In general, there are 4 major factors you should look into when looking for the ideal commercial building maintenance provider. Read on to see what they are. Brand reliability Above everything else, the most important quality you should look for in such a company is their reliability. That is, can they deliver as expected? Will they carry out repairs on time and to the expected level of quality? There are several indirect ways to ascertain this. One of them is to check the size of the company. How many staff members do they have and do they have the necessary equipment? You can also ask what other clients (preferably with buildings as large as yours) they are currently serving. You can then contact the property manager(s) there and find out if they are satisfied with the work being done by the company. Variety in services offered Considering that a commercial property maintenance company is supposed to make your work easier, it’s best if they can handle all the jobs you need done. That is, they should be a one-stop-shop for all your maintenance requirements. This will allow you to only work with one company instead of having to look for other companies now and then in order to fill in the left out responsibilities. As such, cross check that they offer everything you need, from property cleaning to electrical servicing, plumbing, outdoor work and gardening, building repairs, etc. Close proximity to your property Another factor worth checking into is how close the company is in relation to your property. The closer the company is, the lesser the transport costs you can expect to pay. Also, close proximity assures you of immediate responses in case of emergencies. Thirdly, proximity helps in ensuring that the maintenance company is aware of any locally-sensitive issues that they should pay mind to when doing their work. For example, they likely will know if the area is highly susceptible to termites, waterproofing, concrete cancer, security issues, etc. Liability insurance Last but not least, make sure your prospective maintenance services provider has a proper liability insurance cover. Professional as they may be, things can go wrong, e.g. injury to clients, damage to the property or damage to third party property. With a liability insurance cover in place, such losses can be compensated in time without unnecessary complications. With the above checked and verified, you can enjoy handing your property over to a maintenance company without having to worry about how your asset will be looked...

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Furnished Apartments | 3 Vital Factors Every Potential Tenant Must Know

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It’s a well known fact that the real estate rental market tends to favour the landlord over the tenant. But that doesn’t mean that a tenant is without any rights. Landlords of furnished apartments have certain responsibilities like ongoing repair and offering the apartment in a clean state. Before signing a lease agreement with your landlord, be sure to know your own rights and consider these vital factors involved in renting out furnished apartments. Check Furniture Closely… And Point out Blemishes in Writing As a potential tenant on the premises, you have the right to inspect every piece of furniture thoroughly, and you must point out any faults in advance in writing. This way you will avoid any future misunderstandings and complications. For example, a couch with a tear on one side should be written down in your property inspection report, so there are no quarrels after your tenancy agreement ends. Similarly, a broken chair leg should be accounted for in the report. Far too many tenants have paid the price for blemishes that occurred in the home before they even moved in. Being clear about faults in advance will ensure that you get your entire deposit back without any deductions at the end of your lease term. Remember verbal agreements are easily forgotten after a year or more, so be sure to have everything in writing to avoid any complications. Monitor All Appliances to Ensure they are in Working Condition Usually furnished apartments come with everything from a refrigerator and microwave to a washing machine and oven. Keep in mind that the rent you’re paying covers the cost of all these items advertised, so ensure that every appliance in the home is in good working condition before signing on the dotted line. It could be difficult to get the landlord to fix an oven a few weeks after you have moved in because you forgot to inspect it. If you find that any appliances are not in working condition, make sure the landlord gets it fixed or replaces it before you move in. It pays to be an informed tenant, because you certainly don’t want to pay the price of repair when it isn’t your responsibility (yet). Get a Proper Checklist of all Items Provided with the Furnished Apartment Every furnished apartment has a different number of items provided by the landlord, so be sure to get a proper checklist that covers every single item — even if it means listing down small items like the number of utensils and plates. Make sure the landlord covers every item in his unit without leaving out any details. This helps to avoid any confusion in the future and will help secure your deposit refund without any possible deductions. Check out apartments like Adelaide Dresscircle Apartments in your area if you’re interested in moving to a furnished...

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