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.

When Contractor Relationships Go Wrong

When Contractor Relationships Go WrongYou put a lot of faith into relationships with those that come into your home. For many, a home becomes an additional child, because let’s be honest – you frequently put just as much work into a home as you do into one of your offspring. You care about it just as much and often; it costs just as much money. There’s nothing wrong with this. You should be incredibly excited to have a new home, and we’re sure that you want to give it the tender loving care that it deserves. To that point, you bring in the best. You [hopefully] do your research. You look into the contractors in the area that are going to do the best job and for the best price. It can be tough, but, hopefully, it’s worthwhile. That is… if you do it right.

Unfortunately, (and never if you work with the Restumping Melbourne team) there is always the possibility that the contractor that you work with simply won’t make the cut. It may not be a good fit personality-wise. It may be a question of the work costing far more than you anticipated. It also may be a question of the work taking far longer than you thought. Regardless, you should never feel bad about cutting a contractor loose if he or she is not living up to your expectations. There are just a few things that you need to know:

  • Do your homework in advance. We know, we know, we say it all of the time. But in this context, it’s extra important, because you’re letting someone into your home and honestly, being very trusting that they’ll live up to their word or their marketing. You’ll feel extra safe and comfortable if you have conversations with loved ones who can truly vouch for those that are helping you enhance your dream place-to-live.
  • Get everything in paper. We live in a digital age and believe us – we’re all about saving trees. But don’t take that as an excuse to not get everything in writing. Email, form online, printed copy… it doesn’t matter. You want your contract, the timeline, all costs associated and who to call if you’re not happy with the work being done. If any contractor pushes back on this, you should know that he or she is not the right person to work with.
  • Don’t feel bad about pushing back. Too many of us are shy or confused when it comes to the work being done on our houses. That’s why questions are so important. Believe us, they should expect questions about their work – the process, the materials, etc. If they get cagey about such thing, again – you’re not working with the right people and should reach out to the Restumping Melbourne team immediately.

As noted above, reach out. We have our customers’ interests at heart, and that’s why we share articles like this on our blog. If we can’t take care of the work for you, we can surely point you in the right direction.

Kicking off the New Year with Home News

Kicking off the New Year with Home NewsOh, 2020. We have a good feeling about you. We shared it in our previous post, but we have a feeling that the feeling of being excited about a new year will continue for weeks to come. Enough about feelings. We’re on to the facts. The fact that the Restumping Melbourne team is and will always be committed to sharing information about what’s important to us with you. It was in our New Year’s resolutions after all. The buck doesn’t stop with us doing a good job at reinforcing the foundation of your home. We like to go above and beyond and that means that once a month, we’ll always search the Web or search our memories for the best conversations that we’ve had about the work in the home renovation industry that really piques our interest. If it piques our interest, chances are good that it will pique yours. So, if you’re new – (first of all, peruse the previous articles on our site about home renovations) welcome! And if you’re a veteran, you know that you can read on for the best of the Web this month:

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Plan to Repay Taxpayers for Home Renovation

We’d be fools if we weren’t gossiping in a slight way about Meghan and Harry. After all, they continue to make headlines about leaving their roles within the Royal Family and basically redefining what their lives will look like. A big question here was about the taxpayer dollar and how exactly they plan on making their money. Well, while many conversations and negotiations are still occurring, it’s important to read articles like this one. Meghan and Harry recently renovated their current home – Frogmore Cottage (Windsor), which was paid for by taxpayers’ dollars (pounds, if we’re being precise). While you might have seen a different outcome with different individuals, these two are dedicated to the people of their country and will be paying back the entire amount. You can read more information here.

Edible Landscaping

Edible landscaping? Sounds simply like the plants that you purposely add to your garden or your yard in order to supplement a healthy meal. Well, that’s no longer simply the case. In fact, more and more of landscaping schemes are becoming partially or fully edible. Flowers, plants, fruits, vegetables – you name it, it’s becoming the focus. There are many benefits associated. For one, you’re saving a lot of money at the grocers. For another, your landscaping’s aesthetic is even higher and more valuable. And finally, it’s a great habit and time well spent… either for you on your own, or for you and your children. Check out this link here.

15 Home Decor Trends

And as always, we must head to the inside of your humble abode. If for no other reason, then to remind you that teams like that of Restumping Melbourne make sure that your interiors are as comfortable as possible. Ah, the above-mentioned New Year. 2020 will bring a dozen or more great techniques and trends to up-level your home and put it ahead of its game. Check out this list – no spoilers here – from Good Housekeeping.

Short Term Fixes to Reinforce Your Foundation

Short Term Fixes to Reinforce Your Foundation
Source: Aquaguard Foundation Solutions

Home renovations can be a relative and objective term to all homeowners. You may have the greatest budget around and on a regular basis. On the flip side, you may have minimal amounts of cash that you can invest to up the quality of your life at home or minimal time to oversee projects. The latter is probably one of the biggest reasons that our prospective clients say, “no, I’ll wait to take care of this until a later day.” It’s completely understandable, but a challenge that the Restumping Melbourne team is here to circumvent.

We’re experts in the business of underpinning, reblocking and Restumping. If you’re unfamiliar as to what these entail, they’re tried and true methods to take a good hard look at the foundation under your home and provide whatever services you need so that that foundation stays sturdy and intact.

While our pricing is competitive and our service is unsurpassed, we are sensitive to the fact that not all of our customers will always need the full package. The key here is looking at the initial signs that something could be wrong. Don’t ignore these. Cracking in the walls? Something to keep an eye on. Doors that don’t properly open or close? Definitely something that you want to keep in the back of your mind. There are many other signs and catalysts – all of which you can learn more about on the Restumping Melbourne blog.

So, if you’re keeping an eye on the signs, you’re going to have early visibility into the likelihood that something wrong is going on. The next question is the scope of the work that needs to be done. You don’t always need to have the entirety of your foundation replaced. Instead, you can explore the crawl spaces underneath and see exactly where the problem areas are. Caveat – Band-Aid fixes are called such for a reason. If you don’t properly take care of small areas of your foundation, they can easily turn into greater and much more expensive needs – in fact, with great speed.

Here’s one great short-term fix that we wanted to profile today – the insertion of steel or wood “shims”. They go in between the wood structure and the concrete blocks. There is a hitch, however. They’ll have to be reinforced every few years. The repair requires some labour, as well as regular monitoring and minor maintenance in order to ensure that your home’s foundation is truly stable.

The second solution to highlight would be helical piles. These would replace the existing concrete blocks that are already in the foundation. They’re great because they allow the interior of the home to live on top of a load-bearing stratum which can withstand even the toughest of weather conditions. We’re talking about a solid, consistent base.

More to come on this topic. If you have questions in the meantime, please reach out to our team. We can’t wait to hear from you.

Why Do We Even Need Foundations?

Why Do We Even Need FoundationsHappy New Year to all of our valued community of customers. Happy New Year to our team and all of our family and friends. It creates a warm feeling in your stomach, doesn’t it? You accomplished hopefully everything that you wanted to, and now you’re on the hunt for your next set of goals. We know that we are. We aim to have the mindset each day, but when there’s a holiday involved, specifically geared to inspire, there’s even more reason to challenge ourselves. We challenge ourselves for you and also for ourselves so that we can grow as teammates, employees, a company and as a general service that we can offer you.

Sometimes that means going back to basics and answering the simplest questions that you need the answers to. One such? Why on earth do we even need foundations? We know what they are, and hopefully, you do too. If not, definitely make a point to peruse the entirety of the Restumping Melbourne blog. It’s a wealth of knowledge. It discusses what foundations are, how we build them, the different tools and materials that we take advantage of, how they’re maintained and the role that they play in the bigger picture of your dream home. It’s a lengthy list. We can’t reiterate enough the importance of painting the broader picture for you and your knowledge. Only then you can feel comfortable about making updates to your home.

So, back to our question. Why does a home need a foundation? It’s not like it’s going anywhere, right? Wrong. The land and soil on which our properties are built shift each and every day. When there’s a big rainstorm, the soil will compact and shift. Conversely, when there’s no rain, the soil can dry out and not cause the fortitude that you need to keep your home in place. She’s a fickle mistress, that Mother Nature. Either way, there’s a massive opportunity for your home to move one direction or the other – not something that you want to happen.

We’re sure that it must have been an interesting conversation back in the day – the process of determining exactly how to stake your home into the ground so that it was as permanent as possible. The mechanisms and processes have changed over hundreds of years, but the premise remains the same. We know that there will be a continued evolution of said processes over thousands of years to come, as companies like Restumping Melbourne think through the right materials that leave the smallest carbon footprint, but still make sure that you maintain yours.

We do this with your input and feedback and value it more than we can say. Especially as we move into 2020, please continue to provide us with your thoughts and opinions on your experience as we restump, reblock or underpin your property. We’re excited to connect and more than happy to answer any questions that you may have.

Setting a Foundation for the New Year

Setting a Foundation for the New YearWe hope that the pun wasn’t lost on the audience that normally checks out the Restumping Melbourne blog. We also hope that the pun wasn’t lost on the prospective audience of those that are newer to the Restumping Melbourne blog, and we furthermore want to welcome the prospective audiences of those that are newer to the Restumping Melbourne blog with open arms. Hi! We’re Restumping Melbourne and we are so excited that you’ve stopped by. As noted by the title of the blog post, we’re all about foundations. We’re all about foundations in the metaphorical and the literal sense of the word. But, given that it’s the end of the year and we’re headed into 2020 with a blank slate, there’s no better time to think through the more metaphorical sense of the word. Here are our thoughts on the best ways to set you up for success:

Best Ways to Create a Money Goal for 2020

Let’s first think through your budgets. We have all of the resources in the world to share (thanks to the Information Age), and the best ways to ensure that your money goes the longest and gives the biggest. We want you to donate, we want you to figure out your current finances and we want you to be cognizant of the best budgeting goals for the coming years. Here is one of our favourite articles.

5 Ways To Prepare For The New Year

We want to cater to audiences of all types and ages, and we know the age of home buyers and owners is becoming younger and younger. Thank you, millennials for purchasing homes, we’re excited to cater specifically to your needs. That means that we need to be prescriptive about the best ways to reach you all and the best advice that we can provide. The end of the year can be particularly important for this audience as they think about how to head into a fresh start. This can be tricky, but don’t worry, we have all of the right information that you need. Check out this link for more information.

How to Make the Most of the Fresh Start of a New Year

A big piece of the New Year is making sure that you have the best mindset and are ready to start fresh, coming January first. Sound daunting? No problem, there is an abundance of tools that the Restumping Melbourne team can share with you. But, it goes beyond that. Zen Habits can tell you all about it, but our favourite tip that they share is to simply ‘let go’. Per their Website, “  Many times we are held back by the tangled web of previous failures, commitments, emotions, barriers. We cannot change careers because we’re used to what we’re doing and it’s too hard to change. We cannot find time to get healthy and fit because we have all these other things to do. We cannot find time for our loved ones because we have too many commitments.” Wise words, right? You can learn even more about the art of Zen here.

It’s a lot to take in, we know. But if you want a partner-in-crime, please reach out to the Restumping Melbourne team.

House Budgeting Heading into 2020

House Budgeting Heading into 2020In the 1920s, the twenties were referred to as quite an age of decadence. Think about movies like The Great Gatsby. Those were parties for any decade, let alone one that was leading into the Great Depression for many different countries. We’ve come a long way since then, but that doesn’t mean that thinking tactfully about the ways that you’re spending your money are any less important. Some things never change, but some things do. Some things like having far better resources and information to ensure that you’re making the best decisions. The New Years’ season is most popularly the best time to start making goals, and the vast majority tend to have something to do with money. It doesn’t matter if it’s how you save it, how you spend it or how you donate it, the end of December is a gut-check to stop, think about it and determine exactly how where your wallet’s contents will go over the coming months.

It can be stressful! And that’s the purpose of today’s Restumping Melbourne message. We want you to be proud of the money that you’ve made and excited about the ways that you spend it. Here are some tips and tricks as we say farewell to the year that was 2019.

First of all, you need to look at your debt and the best ways to manage it. Easier said than done, right? Well not if you ask experts like Dave Ramsay, who knows exactly what he’s talking about. His tips include the following:

  • Start Emergency Fund
  • Pay off Debt
  • Build Emergency Fund
  • Invest
  • Save for College (if applicable)
  • Pay off Mortgage
  • Build Wealth and Give to Charity

Once these are in place, it’s far easier to think about where your money can go – be it to improve your current home or plan a whole new one!

Yes, this is where the math comes in. And sometimes, math is no fun. But, it’s unavoidable. Here’s where we tapped Investopedia:

  • “To determine if a home is affordable, calculate your entire debt-to-income ratio: all your monthly expenses divided by your gross income.
  • Homeownership involves a variety of ongoing costs, including homeowners’ insurance, property taxes, and repair/upkeep expenses.
  • Affording a home means being able to make at least a 20% down payment on it; otherwise, you’ll incur costly private mortgage insurance.”

The best part is that we live in a day and age where you have all of the tools possible right at your fingertips. You can take advantage of applications like mint or these shared from Nerd Wallet.

And while we may be a *wee* bit biased, and probably say that far too often on our blog posts, we truly believe that the best way to get your questions answered is when you work with a company that reinforces homes from the ground up – literally. From your foundation to your finances, the Restumping Melbourne team is not just there for you during the holidays, we’re here year-round.