Creating the Best First Impression for Your Home

Creating the Best First Impression for your HomeFirst impressions are everything, right? And there are a lot of different ways that you can define what a first impression is for you. Raise your hand if the most recent (and important) first impression you can remember had to do with someone important. The team at Restumping Melbourne is guessing that a lot of you are raising your hands. Some first impressions go really, really well. If you’re smiling right now, we’re thinking that it must have worked out with a boss, a friend, a significant other or another paramount character in the story of your life. If you’re grimacing or slowly lowering your hand behind your back, there is NO shame in that, but we’re thinking that the last ‘first impression’ that you had may not have gone quite as you wanted it to.

The Restumping Melbourne team aren’t experts at relationships, but we are experts at your home, and both require a really solid foundation. Both can also really benefit from premium first impressions and those can be just as complicated with your current or future home as any friendship or relationship that you might run into. You’re lucky. You stumbled upon our blog and we have a wealth of knowledge to give out. Here are some of our favourite tips.

  1. Don’t spare the necessary expenses. We don’t want you to go crazy, but we also don’t want you to shirk the dollars that could pay off big in the long run. Homes are expensive, no doubt about it, but they can also be your greatest asset if you treat them right. If it’s the difference between a hundred dollars on a couple of different materials for your fence, go big. You’ll make that money back ten-fold not too far down the line.
  2. Have a vision. We’re guessing that when you moved into your current home, there were things that you were really passionate about. There were also probably things that you weren’t the biggest fan of. Both of these are totally fine, but it’s an opportunity to have a clear and personal vision. Favourite colours? Favourite flowers? A type of windows that you really can’t stand? You already paid the money for the home, make it your own and let your personality show!
  3. Take care of your home’s exterior. The Restumping Melbourne team are big fans of reinforcing not just the foundation of your home, but every other part of it as well. Sometimes that has to do with the premium materials we use, other times it really is all about advice – sweet, short and simple. You take care of the things that mean a lot to you, right? Your home’s exterior should fit squarely in this bucket. Regular maintenance, upkeep and chores will remind you why you’re so proud of the first impression your home creates for any visitors that you may have.

If you have questions, please reach out to the Restumping Melbourne team. We’d love to hear from you.

How Long Should Different Parts of Your Home Last?

How Long Should Different Parts of Your Home LastIt would be nice to assume that when you move into a new home, it’s good to go. That you can cross over the threshold, dust off your shoes and cross “moving into a new home” off of your list. Ah, that would be a nice life, wouldn’t it? And here’s the tricky part. It will seem that way for you for a while. There’s a reason that when any kind of structure is on the market to be sold that it most likely looks its best. You’re not going to spend an arm and a leg on a property that looks like it has seen better days unless the price tag matches the quality.

So, if you’re selling a home and trying to make as much money as possible, the Restumping Melbourne team is guessing that you invested a dime or two to maximize its value. And when prospective buyers see the home, it’s looking its shiniest and the most enticing to sign on the dotted line. You move in. All is well.

And then time passes. And slowly but surely, different parts of your home start to deteriorate. Sometimes, we’re going to be honest, it’s a hundred per cent on you. Whether you frequently take showers without ventilating your bathroom, it’s inevitable that you’re going to build up mould, which can be pesky to maintain or remedy. If you have a large or active household and the floors are scratched up on a regular basis, you can hardly blame that on anyone but you and your loved ones.

But there are also the general baselines that you can keep in mind (and somewhere in a reminder book) about how long parts of your home’s structure should last. Here are just a few:

Ceilings: Your ceilings should last between 20 and 25 years. This sounds like a long time if you’re just moving in, but think about (and ask about) the history of the home. One of the big variables that the lifespan depends on is whether the old roof was removed at any point. Others include questions around levels of shingles and proper ventilation.

Floors: The magic number for floors is 25 years or even more. This should come as no surprise if you think about how highly certain historic styles of flooring are prized in well-known buildings. The trick with floors is you need to take very good care of them, cleaning, buffing and polishing on a regular basis.

Windows: We’re rounding out this list with windows and perhaps you’ve started to notice a theme in numbers. Windows last 20-25 years. Windows don’t need a tonne of maintenance per se, but they’re not something that you can forget about either. The great thing about windows (and doors as well), is that they’ll start to show any signs of wear and tear early on. If they don’t swing shut properly, or stick when you try to open them, it’s time to call in the experts or embark on a home renovation project.

The Things You’ll Want to do Before Any Move

The Things You'll Want to Do Before You MoveFor some, moving locations, homes, businesses, towns or even countries, can be a stressful and traumatic move. We assume that you’re leaving a little piece of your heart in wherever you live and it’s understandably hard to say goodbye to any chapter. Then, on the other hand, we have our friends who may have been racing out the door the second they knew that they had another place to live.

But, not so fast. We know that there are lots of exciting moments in your chapters ahead, but first, there is some work to be done. In order to not only do the right thing and leave your current homestead in its best state but also to maximize your return on investment, there is a little bit of a to-do list that you should follow. Restumping Melbourne has your one-stop guide to the things you’ll want to do before any move. Read on for more information:

  • Put together a plan. Moving is no joke and there’s no reason to create your own stressful situations if you don’t have to. Whether you live alone or with a big family, have a meeting and discuss who is packing what and when, who is responsible for what chores, etc. Also, just make sure that you’re on the same page emotionally. Remember that you’re all in this together and if one of you gets annoyed, all of you will most likely quickly become frustrated.
  • The almighty packing adventure. We recommend that you tackle organization and packing before you deep clean your property for a multitude of reasons, some of which can be really satisfying. Here’s betting that you find a valued object that’s been missing for many years, hidden deep behind a bed or a chair. Packing also helps you immediately de-clutter. It’s a well-known fact that moving is stressful and so if you don’t have a surefire reason to pack something, you might prefer to put it in the pile for ‘reduce, reuse, recycle.’
  • Figure out where the aforementioned items are going. There are tonnes of options around the area. We’ve written about them before and will continue to do so on a regular basis. This is a much better way to allow your items to move on without continuing to any landfills.
  • Finally, it’s time to deep clean. This is where the aforementioned plan comes in to play. When done right, you can rotate either through rooms, by person, or by task. There are no right or wrong answers, only what feels the most comfortable for you. All we ask is… don’t wing it. Checklists? Great. Tips in one common place? Yes. Communication at all times, including around which materials to use to clean? Bonus points.

All of these are just pieces of the puzzle in what truly should be one of the most exciting moves – no pun intended – of your life currently. While times may be unique right now, the Restumping Melbourne team will always be there for you and your loved ones, not just reinforcing the structure of your current or future home, but also always answering any questions you may have to make you feel safe and comfortable.

How to Handle Renovations When Times are Uncertain

How to Handle Renovations When Times are UncertainRaise your hands if you believe that home renovations are easy, simple, fast and cheap. If you’re raising your hands right now, the team at Restumping Melbourne wants to know what your secrets are and how you’re so enthusiastic. For the rest of us, there are different words that are associated with home renovations. Some that come to mind are stressful, long, expensive, complicated, ever-changing and more. There’s nothing wrong with these words, but they are realistic indicators of what you’re going to experience if you choose to change up your home or your business. We’re not saying it won’t be worth it – hopefully, it definitely will be! – but as with most good things, it will take hard work.

That’s all during normal times. But no matter where you live right now, what phase you’re at in your life, what challenges you’re coming up against or how things have had to change, the COVID-19 pandemic is certainly impacting many different industries and all of our lives in different ways. But pandemics don’t get the team at Restumping Melbourne down and they shouldn’t get you down either. That’s why, today, we’re talking about how to handle renovations – even when times are a bit uncertain.

First things first, is it necessary right now? If there are leaks in the roof, problems with the foundation, mould in the walls or other items of this calibre, there’s no time to waste and contractors will understand. They’ll rush to your defence in a timely manner, taking into consideration the different adjustments they’ll have to make while working in your home. These most likely include not being in the same space as you, wearing protective gear, and disinfecting everything around them.

Conversely, if it’s not necessary right now, it’s time to exercise some patience. This can be even more difficult, but if you’ve had your heart set on aesthetic updates to your home, you might just have to wait a little bit longer. There’s nothing wrong with this. You’re probably not socializing much or hosting giant get-togethers, this additional time just allows you to complete your project right… in fact, you might be able to do it better and more creatively.

We also recommend that you plan ahead. Even if you know that a project needs to be parked for a few months, still maintain ongoing contact with your contractors and consultants. You should do this for a few reasons. You’ll want to continue the conversation around what you’re looking for and in the loop about costs and plans. But you also want to do this for the benefit of those that you’re working with. Guesses are good that their calendars are going to fill up quickly in the back half of this year and you don’t want your project to be put on the bottom of the pile or on a large waiting list.

Questions? Projects you need completed? Reach out to the Restumping Melbourne team by phone or email.

A Calendar for Home Check-ins

A Calendar for Home Check-insLet’s be honest, we could all do with tips and tools to keep life as routine as possible right now. You might have been the most disorganized person of all time prior to COVID-19, or even regardless, and now you’re craving lists and plans to make you feel as accomplished as possible at the end of the day. The Restumping Melbourne team welcomes you with open arms! You’ve found your people – those that relish order and process; it’s the only way that we continue to be the best in the business. Of course, we love the creative process and pushing ourselves to new limits when working with new materials or determining the best ways to reinforce the foundation of your home. But it would be utter chaos if we didn’t return on a regular basis to the ethos and the strategy that make the Restumping Melbourne team exactly who we are. There will be posts when we flex those creative muscles with you… this is not one of them.

Cleaning your home may seem like a mundane chore right now or it might just seem like kismet timing that you finally have the hours that you missed to complete everything that you’ve been meaning to do for so long. That can either cause pride or stress (or, let’s be honest – every emotion in between!) Take a breath. Know that you’re doing all that you can. Carve out a little bit of time on a regular basis to take care of your home and be strategic about what you’re taking care of. Here are our thoughts:

Daily:

Sanitize: The COVID-19 virus can live on surfaces for up to three days, but a global pandemic shouldn’t be your excuse for not cleaning down the counters. You may live alone or with a giant brood, the germs are still there and they are quick and easy to annihilate.

Weekly:

Dust: This differs all over the world, but spring fever and allergies are definitely a thing. Even if you’re not spending a tonne of time outside right now, having a light layer of dust on your furniture and floors is the easiest way to end up with a cough or sneeze.

Laundry: Believe us, we’re all about comfort and wearing what works best for you. But not doing laundry shouldn’t be the reason that you can’t wear your favourite jumper while you’re spending time at home. Think about it, it takes a couple of hours tops and will be done before you know it.

Dishes: Don’t become the household that defaults to throwaway plates, utensils and napkins. You’ll feel ten times better if you’re sitting at your table (or on your couch – no judgment) with a beautiful plate of food in front of you.

Monthly:

Check the outdoors and specifically the base of your home for foundation issues (see how we slipped that in there). Gutters before leaves pile up, pipes in case the weather gets too cold and water freezes and any plants or flowers that have seen better days.

Look at that! Far easier than you thought, right? Reach out to the Restumping Melbourne team with any questions and stay safe out there.

Checking in on our Communities During COVID-19

Checking in on our Communities During COVIDThe Restumping Melbourne team believes that there are baselines in customer service when it comes to operating a business. For some, they’re lower and for some, they’re obscenely high. While we like to assume that we veer towards obscenely high, all that matters is that we’re proud of our values and the greatest one is that we put our customers first. You have an abundance of options when it comes to companies that reinforce your foundation through restumping, reblocking and underpinning and you picked us! We love that about you and we want to show you how much we appreciate it. That’s not just through the materials that we choose, the speedy timelines that we follow or the craftsmanship that we’re proud of – it’s the person-to-person connection with each and every one of you.

COVID-19 is affecting all of us – all over the world. For some, it may be directly. For others, it may be a family member. And for still others, it means that your daily routine is impacted in more ways than one. Maybe you can’t take your children to daycare or school, so they’re home with you all day. Maybe you yourself can’t go into your place of work and you need to get creative about ways to add value to your employer within the confines of your home. The bottom line is that we’re all in this together. Key word – together.

The Restumping Melbourne keeps hearing the term “the new normal”. Who knows what that means? Chances are, travel, interaction, commerce and the hobbies that we’ve grown so fond of, won’t look quite the same in the coming months or even years. But you know what, we’re fortunate enough to be growing and learning in an age with a plethora of resources and opportunities. Here are some of our favourites to keep you inspired, educated and enthused about the coming days. We’ve got each other and we’re going to get out of this just fine.

  • Read your local news on a daily basis. It’s most likely the most objective; larger outlets can have a bias that will cause you nerves or anxiety in a number of different ways. Your local writers and newscasters are closest to your community, giving you a sense of comfort.
  • Carve out time every day to connect with at least one family or friend. For some of us, this is the most connection that we’ve had with those closest to us! – and that’s wonderful. Technology means that in many places, a heartfelt conversation that can change someone’s day is just a couple of clicks away.
  • Learn a new hobby and get excited about it! A new language? There’s an app or books for that. Cooking? You may just become the next famous chef, just by spending a little bit of time in the kitchen. It doesn’t matter what it is as long as it stretches your brain.

Part one of two this month, readers, so check back to learn more and more about ways to keep your home safe and comfortable and yourselves happy and engaged. We’ve got this.

Keeping Your House Clean This Season

Keeping Your House Clean This SeasonThere’s a reason that they call spring the season of cleaning. It’s a fresh start. For much of the world, the weather is getting warmer and many are shaking off their winter blues. For us, it’s quite the opposite, but fall still has a warm and welcoming vibe that many look forward to year after year. This year happens to be a wee bit different – with the widespread growth of the coronavirus. That said, it doesn’t change the enthusiasm that the Restumping Melbourne team have to share every bit of information we have or find, to make sure that we’re all set up for the most success.

And that, our friends – starts with cleaning. Here are the Restumping Melbourne tips this season to ensure that your home is spick and span and a place where you not only feel safe coming home to, but you also are happy to host everyone in your circle of family and friends with no qualms at all. Read on for more information:

  • Make it a regular practice. We’ve discussed this before and for good reason. It’s easy enough to clean your home once and think that it will be good for an extended period of time. It’s also easy to blur your eyes here and there and bit off the easy chores that only take five to ten minutes to complete. We’re here to dissuade that practice. That five to ten minutes not only makes your home clean and comfortable now, but it also ensures that further on down the line, you don’t have to spend thrice that amount of time for the same chore when dirt and grime continue to build up. It’s all about attitude. If you have a positive one and put regular chores (be it daily, weekly, monthly) on your calendar or set an alarm, there’s no way to get around it. You’ll feel much better when they’re complete and can even plan a reward for yourself as an incentive.
  • Do it as a family. It doesn’t matter how big your household is or how it’s designed; if everyone in your household understands the importance of regular chores, it makes everyone’s lives easier. Science has even shown that if you integrate chores into your younger family members’ lives at an early age, there are a multitude of behavioural benefits that you’ll see later on down the line.
  • Do your homework on the different products that you plan on using. There is no shame in going all-organic, and there is equally no judgment if you’re someone who believes strongly in the power of Clorox. Either way, if someone was to ask you a question about the products that you’re using, you should be able to answer it. They’re cleaning your home – one of your greatest investments – after all.

We know that it’s not the most fun check off of the to-do list but believe us – the Restumping Melbourne team believes it to be one of the most worthwhile. Questions or need tips? We’re here whenever you need us.

March Home News

We know that there is a lot going on in the world right now – the word Corona may strike a chord with some of our readers. It’s a terrible pandemic and here at Restumping Melbourne, our hearts go out to everyone impacted. Know that we’re here as an evergreen team of resources – be it related to your foundation, your home, or the best way to take care of your general property, while we figure out exactly what this thing looks like. That sounds vague, but the beauty of the Restumping Melbourne team is that we always want to come to the table as your biggest advocate when it comes to your dream home. And for both our newcomers and our returning fans alike, we bring you the March instalment of home news. Looking for the latest trends in interior design? Tips on how to reinforce your foundation using only sustainable materials? You’ve come to the right place. Read on for the most current information this month:

11 Daily Habits to Keep a House Clean and Tidy

We’re sure that the word “clean” is top of mind for the vast majority of us. While germs are frequently passed from person to person, they can also easily live on many of the surfaces that we see throughout our homes. Instead of being constantly worried, this article will help with a number of quick tips on your to-do list that will put your mind at ease. Some are obvious – make your bed in the morning! It will look better if nothing else; others are more creative, get the whole family involved. This instils not only a sense of responsibility but also a sense of pride in your home. Check out this link for more information.

Host the Best Backyard Parties

The weather is getting cooler, but that doesn’t mean that you need to completely negate your outside areas as canvases for prolific get-togethers. In fact, it means that you can get even more creative and still enjoy the great outdoors before it gets just a bit too cold. From food to drinks, to outdoor activities, we quite like this article as your one-stop-shop, next time it’s your turn to host your neighbours or your family and friends. Visit this site to learn more.

How to Inspect Your Own Foundation

It’s been a while since we’ve shared an article of this type, but it is our bread and butter. Restumping Melbourne is best known for our unique and tried-and-true methods of reinforcing what makes your home… well, your home. Restumping, reblocking, underpinning – all are buzzwords that we’re very familiar with. But they can be very confusing or fuzzy to many of our prospective customers or blog readers. People don’t realize that their foundations need to be reinforced, and on a regular basis, no less! So, how do you know? What are the tell-tale signs to look for? Never fear, we’re here to share. From cracked ceilings to sloped floors, this article can help. Click here if you think this information is right up your alley.

Questions? We’re here. Stay safe out there.

Reinforcing Apartment Buildings

Reinforcing Apartment BuildingsWe live in all sorts of homes. Note that the Restumping Melbourne team said “home” versus house. That’s because, depending on the size of your family, where you live or a myriad of other factors, there’s no longer a right answer as to the proper size or shape of your home. The Restumping Melbourne team loves this so much because it means that whenever we get to reinforce the foundation of your home, we never know what we’re going to deal with. We might be walking into the perfect plot of land that needs little to no work. We also might be walking into a total nightmare… and we’ll love it either way. It stretches our brains, it makes us work even better as a team, and in the long haul – it just continues to teach us the knowledge that ensures we remain the best in the industry when it comes to restumping, reblocking and underpinning.

There are obviously differences and exceptions when we work on different sorts of plots of land. A big thing here is – how much will the home weigh? Are we talking about load-bearing that’s spread around a large plot of land, or a very tall building that doesn’t have a ton of width or length? This is where we really need to buckle down, think about the right materials and processes, and most importantly – think about you. There is no bigger asset to the Restumping Melbourne team than our customers, and today – we’re focusing on those that live in apartment buildings.

How does one specialize in supporting the foundation of apartment buildings? You know that there are many more people involved, many more families that have different ways of living and that are coming and going at more frequent intervals. We know one thing – apartment buildings and condo complexes aren’t going anywhere. In fact, we’re only going to see more and more of them as the world’s population increases.

The big difference here, between homes that have fewer stories, is that you want the stumps or the parts that really support your foundation, to go far deeper into the ground. When they do, you know that if the common culprits like weather, soil shifting or even events like earthquakes, won’t have nearly as much of a detrimental effect as they would if you didn’t have the stumps at such a deep depth.

They say that all good things are built from the ground up and that all good things take time. We’re not sure if that’s the case all of the time, but we do know that the foundation is a big reason why buildings of this size and stature can take longer to (literally) get off of the ground. But hey, this is a job that you want to have done right, correct?

If you’re looking for more information as someone moving into a new structure, or are a builder who is looking to embark on the journey of starting the next local apartment building – let the team at Restumping Melbourne know.

How to Maximize the Space of Your Property

How to Maximize the Space of Your PropertyThere’s an interesting psychological aspect to choosing, renting and buying a new home. There’s euphoria about this next step or chapter in your life. And there are ultimately many different stressors that also come along. Too often, you just want to get the process over with, so you choose a property without asking the really important questions that can impact you in the long run. But, honestly – how are you supposed to know? We’re sure that you’re being inundated by multiple different opinions about what you really should be looking for and why. The Restumping Melbourne team is here as the single source of truth. We have no agenda, besides simply offering you the advice that can help you be as serene and happy throughout this process is the biggest win of all for us. Over the next few months, we’ll tackle those questions that you should be asking – as they relate to your foundation – and as they relate to your property at large. Today, we’re talking about maximizing space.

Many homes or properties are staged when you first see them. This is strategic because it helps you envision what furniture or décor would look like in the space when you finally move in. This is a double-edged sword because it can inspire that look and feel that you’re going for, but it can also be deceptive about what can be fit in the room. Some rooms look larger with furniture in them; some rooms look smaller. There’s an easy way to evade this. You can do so by taking your own measurements and trying to look at all spaces with a clean and basic eye. The same is true for your backyard and any landscaping that you might be pondering.

We’re just as partial to your backyard space, as we frequently help price out and install components like verandahs and decks. They’re a win-win, that’s for sure… but they can eat up a valuable chunk of the yard if you’re not aligned with others living in the home about how that space will be used.

That brings us to our most important question and call out for the day… know exactly how your space will be used. If you have a valid reason as to why you need to knock down a wall and create a larger hosting space for your friends and family, well, we think that’s wonderful. Conversely, if you’re in a rush to buy a place, and you see that certain areas aren’t conducive to your daily routine, we strongly recommend that you hold off. Yes, those that work in construction, real estate and home renovations can be passionate about making decisions quickly, depending on the market, but at the end of the day – your biggest investment should be in you.

Questions? Let us know! The Restumping Melbourne team is always here to start this very important conversation.