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What to Consider when Investigating Home Security Systems

by Greg on May 6, 2012
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A home security system is designed to do two things: protect your home in the event that there’s an emergency, and give you peace of mind when there isn’t an emergency. Accordingly, you want to have a comprehensive home security system that covers the most likely contingencies. You want to have…

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4 Tips For Making Your Home Appear More Spacious

by Greg on January 27, 2012
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There is nothing worse than feeling claustrophobic in your own home. Many first time property buyers can only afford a small house or apartment to start off with and so space is really precious. Here are my top 4 tips for making your home feel much more spacious. 1. Use light colours in your decorating […]

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5 tips to save on utility bills this summer

by Chris Lang on December 8, 2011
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In these difficult economic times, it is even more important than ever that we find ways to conserve energy in our home. While many people think of winterizing their houses, most do not consider that the summer months can bring big energy expenses as well. Things like running cooling systems and taking extra showers can […]

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5 Tips On Selecting A Good Plumber For Your Home

by Chris Lang on October 9, 2011
Plumber for your home

Plumbers are tradespeople who are competent at laying out or repairing anything around your home that is connected with water. They are the people you call in for help when your storm water drain becomes blocked and part of your home becomes flooded, you have a leak in a water pipe or your hot water […]

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A free giveaway to celebrate the IKEA Family

by Chris Lang on October 15, 2010
A free giveaway to celebrate the IKEA Family

Here is the deal: twenty of you will win a GRUNDTAL hanger for door in this giveaway. Each hanger retails for $14.99, and IKEA Family members pay only $9.99. The 20 lucky winners will get one each, absolutely free, delivered to your door! Why are we doing this? I’m glad you asked 🙂 In case […]

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Dealing with unwelcome guests in your house (part 1)

by Chris Lang on April 17, 2009
Dealing with unwelcome guests in your house (part 1)

Arachnophobia - a man with a spider on his shoulderWhat you’re about to read is not another article about Aussie real estate or the first home buyers – it is about spiders. You may rightfully ask “what spiders have to do with a real estate blog” and my answer is “they live in your piece of real estate and you need to learn to co-exist”.

I am afraid of spiders. Correction: I am not afraid, I am terrified of spiders. This was my only issue with this beautiful country ever since I arrived – the amount of spiders that a person keeps discovering in their house – supposedly the safest place on Earth.

To keep this phobia under control I follow the old saying: “Know your enemy”. For me this is the only way to stop freaking out every time such unwelcome guest crawls out of some dark corner.

I have compiled a list of the venomous and not so venomous spiders that you can find in Victoria, with pictures, symptoms if they bite and suggested treatment. It should help you to identify the spider (and then spray it), and if it bites anyone you care about, to know how to deal with the wound before you rush to the hospital.

And now the “getting to know your enemy” part – prepare for some scary pictures. People with heart diseases, pregnant women and children, kindly leave the computer screen or proceed at your own risk :)

Huntsmen spiderHuntsmen Spider

This is a large spider, with body length of 16-20mm (plus legs), it is famous for hiding in the cars (whenever you forget to close the window) and then unexpectedly jumping on your dashboard. How cute. It occasionally comes into houses, leaving it’s normal hiding place – foliage and trunks of trees.

Symptoms if bites

Local severe pain and swelling, sweating, nausea and vomiting. Not deadly.

Treatment

Firmly apply a compression bandage first around the bite site and then around the whole limb. Immobilize the limb with a splint to delay venom absorption. If you don’t have enough material to cover the whole limb, apply a broad tourniquet to the limb, it is better than nothing—and keep the person from moving.

Black house spiderBlack House Spider

Mostly found in the corners of windows and door frames. Their web has a form of a funnel but they are not the famous Funnel Web Spider, people call them the Window spiders. As the name suggest, they are black, big, with body length 10-20mm and hairy legs.

Symptoms if bites

Nausea, sweating, localized pain and swelling. Not Deadly.

Treatment

Same as for Huntsmen.

To be continued, I know you can’t wait :)

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Household survival tips – how to take control of your family budget and spend less (part 2)

by Chris Lang on December 16, 2008
Household survival tips - how to take control of your family budget and spend less (part 2)

6. Cancel memberships that don’t do much for you.

Do you have memberships in clubs you are not interested in any more? Cancel them and save that money.

7. Cancel your newspaper / magazine subscriptions.

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Household survival tips – how to take control of your family budget and spend less (part 1)

by Chris Lang on December 12, 2008
Household survival tips - how to take control of your family budget and spend less (part 1)

Scientists will back me up on this one – shopping makes people feel better. And the more stressed we are, the stronger the urge to spend some money is. It is important to know that much about the human nature to be able to control ourselves – especially when the economy is in slow-down and money-wise we’re heading towards some unsettling times.

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