Fall 2021 Landscaping

Fall 2021 LandscapingIt’s still a bit bizarre for the Restumping Melbourne team to include “2021” in titles for reports, articles and more, but it’s right around the corner whether we like it or not. In our minds, and probably one of the reasons that we’re the best in the business at restumping, reblocking and underpinning services in the area, you have to be prepared for what’s ahead. It means that you’ll be ahead of the game for sure, but it also means that you’ll be less stressed with a clearer head and plan, making whatever you’re working on much more pleasant.

When we work on your properties, we spend the vast majority of our time outside in one capacity or another. So, as we’ve mentioned a time or two on the Restumping Melbourne blog, landscaping and gardening have become a piece of our business whether we planned for it or not. We’ve seen what works and we’ve definitely seen what could use a tweak in the future. So, as we’re looking toward the future and the season ahead, we thought we’d share our recommendations for fall 2021 landscaping. Read on for more information:

One way that homeowners and renters will get creative this fall and throughout the year will be looking at unique footage in your real estate to set up a garden. There’s a misconception that gardens need to of a certain size, located in a certain space or even shaped a certain way, but where’s the fun in that? We’ve noticed more and more articles about balcony gardens, which are a great opportunity for several types of properties – especially apartments or condominiums. As long as your plants are receiving the water and the sunlight that they need, you’re in good shape.

This next trend may be a bit controversial but hear us out… “wild gardens”. They’re pretty much exactly what they sound like, leaning into large swaths of colour, not pruning trees and shrubs as often and just generally appreciating your great outdoors for what it is. Just be careful that you’re not planting things so close that their roots encroach on each other’s spaces.

Permaculture gardens will continue to gain popularity, especially with the increased interest in ensuring our homes are sustainable, as well as durable and beautiful. Permaculture gardens depend on the natural elements – sun, water, and wind. That’s all you get for these. The thought is that the natural elements will provide everything your garden could possibly need, including food, water and shelter. If you’re looking for bonus points on the sustainability scale, you can use these gardens to focus on fruits and vegetables that you and your loved ones can enjoy all year round.

This is by no means an all-encompassing list, but if anything, it can and should serve as a springboard for conversation about the trends that you’re excited about. Let us know. The Restumping Melbourne team would love to hear from you.

Home News for December

Home News for DecemberWhat a year! What. A. year. There are both few and so many words to describe it. We’ll get to the positive ones in a minute – which we like to focus on – but we do have to give some Restumping Melbourne blog lip service to those that have been a little bit more challenging. Our community of customers and employees has been hardworking, creative and resilient and because of that, we’ve been able to traverse a crazy year and make it out the other side. With trepidation, we can’t wait to share this same post next year (consistency is one of our positive traits we’ll discuss in a minute) and smile at the growth that 2021 shows for all of us.

Back to consistency. It gives us such joy to be able to share posts like this one on a monthly basis. No matter what has changed around us, we’re able to go back to what we love most – taking care of your homes and ensuring that they’re as safe and comfortable as possible. We’ve learned a lot and will continue to do so, and these monthly news round-ups are a great way to point to articles that have helped us build our skillset. Drumroll… read on for the last of the year 2020.

How the Construction Industry Is Changing

We wanted to start with something forward-looking, something full of hope. If you look at the history books, you can see in an instant how far building dream properties has come. So, it’s crazy to imagine what other evolutions could take place even over the next five years. As the article’s key point states, “The techniques and methods used to develop structures are varied, employing a number of different technologies and ideas” and as the title itself claims, “From ‘airspace developments’ to 3D-printed schools: How the construction industry is changing”. We couldn’t agree more and don’t want to provide any more of a teaser. Read the whole article here.

Best Herbs To Grow in Your Garden

When the Restumping Melbourne team works on any property, it’s impossible to not have a discerning and slightly judgmental look at your garden. It’s not because we think you’re doing anything wrong – rather, looking at the exterior of your property is just a check-off the list of things we need to do to ensure that the foundation of your home is safe and secure for decades to come. So, we can’t help it! But, in return, we make sure to include landscaping advice in these monthly emails. Today’s topic is herb gardens – sensible and beautiful. They’re wonderful to look at, hopefully, minimal maintenance if things are done right and you’ll elicit delicious herbs for meals. Take a gander at this article and you’re sure to learn a thing or two if it’s a project in your future.

Clean and Simple Cleaning

There are fewer things than keeping your home clean during the holidays that you look forward to. But we promise it can be both rewarding and perhaps even fun if you follow guidance like that of this article. Clean and simple are the key words. We know that we appreciate both and we bet that you will as well. Visit this link for more information and stay tuned next month for a proper news kick-off of 2021.

How We Craft Our 2021 Goals

How We Craft Our 2021 GoalsIt would be smart, sensible and logical to assume that we craft our 2021 goals the same way that we’ve crafted our goals for all of the previous years since the inception of Restumping Melbourne as a company. Well, we don’t know about you – but we’ve found that sometimes it’s fun to throw smarts, sensibility and logic out the window. That is to say that every set of goals and resolutions that we put together as a team is completely different from one year to the next. In fact, it’s a valuable exercise for us to reference old thoughts and notes and see how much we may (or may not) have grown.

Well, that time has come for this year and while our lists will be brand-new, there are foundational values that we always ensure are used as our North Star for planning. We don’t look at putting together goals and resolutions as homework, a chore or a task. We look forward to the exercise – a chance to smile and pat ourselves on the back as well as lean in as hard as possible to one of the most cliché times of the year to push and motivate ourselves. Feeling in the same boat? Or maybe you’re the opposite and a little bit stuck. Here are our guiding principles if writing your 2021 goals is on the to-do list this week:

  1. Make goals for both your personal and professional lives. There is a lot of respect for “work-life integration” or “work-life balance” and we appreciate and support that. Neither can work without the other in both models, so you want to pay them each the proper love that they deserve. Think through what worked really well at work this year and why? Were your best days those where you got exercise in the morning and your worst those when you realized you’d spent on lunch? You can paint a picture of your perfect life, and incorporate both work and life.
  2. Keep your goals measurable. You can have a couple of more holistic and aspirational goals that remind you about certain behaviors you’d like to embody, but it’s so much more satisfying at the end of the year to be able to say, “yes, I did run 20 kilometers ten times this year!” When we say measurable, the Restumping Melbourne team recommends that you look at duration of goal, cadence of goal, output of goal and/or deadline of goal.
  3. Set rewards for yourself to look forward to when you complete your chosen goal. They can be big, they can be small, they can be inexpensive or they can be something that you save your wages for months (that could even be one of your goals!) All that matters is that it’s something that you look forward to and that spurs you on when you’re feeling frustrated. Many find success in tying their rewards to their goals, but that’s entirely up to you!

Good luck!

Happy Holidays from Restumping Melbourne

Happy Holidays From Restumping MelbourneThere are a lot of different emotions that come with the holidays. You’re probably a little bit stressed about what different plans look like, what to get the pickiest member of your family for a present or how to sit your eccentric aunt at the annual celebratory dinner. We get it, while advertisers would have you believe that the only thing associated with the holidays is smiles, that’s simply not the case. That said, we want to limit any stress that you have and instead focus on what a banner year this has been. You have a lot to celebrate – you made it! No matter what happened between January 1 and now, we only have to look forward to exciting and rewarding things ahead.

As we’ve mentioned in past posts, when it comes to the holiday season, we look forwards, focus on the present and get excited about the future. There’s no other way to do it. You have to be accountable for both the wins and the losses from the previous year. Of note, there is no shame in having losses. We work on all sorts of properties and that means that we learn lessons all of the time. Sometimes you stump us (which we love by the way) and it takes us just that little bit longer to figure out a solution. There’s no doubt that the Restumping Melbourne team will be able to reinforce the foundation of your home through our restumping, reblocking and underpinning services – it’s just a question of how. We take stock of every project, what went right and what could have gone better and you know what? We always learn from our lessons.

That’s looking backward, and we have to be honest – there weren’t a ton of constructive lessons in 2020. We’re pretty proud of our team and the work orchestrated. The teamwork, the creativity, the patience and more… all contributed to a banner year for the business. Now, let’s talk about the present. A huge virtual high five through the computer or whatever device on which you’re enjoying the Restumping Melbourne blog goes out, not only to our employees but also our customers. Why our customers? You may ask. Because you pushed us to be our best. And that is all that we ask of you. We hope that everyone reading this article is taking a week or two to spend time with family and appreciate what’s really important – hopefully in a home whose foundation has been properly reinforced!

We know that 2021 is going to be even better (even though society and that whole COVID thing might have set 2020’s standards low), so it’s been so much fun thinking about what we want to achieve next year. It’s not even achieving… we’re ready to smash our goals and set new ones every month. In fact, if you have ideas or requests, let us know! The Restumping Melbourne team is always excited to hear from you.

The Relationship Between Landscaping and Your Foundation

The Relationship Between Landscaping and Your FoundationWelcome to the Restumping Melbourne blog! If you’re someone who visits on a regular basis or someone who is saying hello for the first time – the respect and appreciation level from our team is the same. We know that the most valuable asset that we have is you – our current and prospective customers. So, the purpose of this blog is to serve up on a silver platter any sort of information we can that’s informative, engaging, and entertaining – related to both the foundation of your home (restumping, reblocking and underpinning does tend to be our specialty), but moreover – your HOME! Every part of it… Interior, exterior, if you call it yours, we call it our responsibility to help educate you about making it your best.

Landscaping… why should that be any of our business? We’re not landscapers or gardeners and we certainly don’t have any business pretending that we are. That said, when you work on the foundations of homes, you are working at eye-level and seeing all sorts of things in the landscaping space that you wouldn’t normally see in such an intricate degree. We LOVE this, and we love sharing all of the details that we learn, thanks to the extehttps://www.restumping-melbourne.com.au/nsive variety of properties that we work with.

So, what’s the relationship? Let’s break it down:

  • Landscaping and the foundation of your home have more in common than you think. Your landscaping can serve as the best warning that there may be upcoming foundation damage that you’ll need to contend with. It’s easier to find than you may think. All you need to do is wander around the peripheral of the home and ensure that the star of the show is the landscaping – no cracks, no slants, no excess moisture. All of these are signs that you should call the Restumping Melbourne team.
  • You also need to be pretty strategic about your landscaping in relation to your foundation. As beautiful as they are, the best flowers and shrubs have roots that can pull down a lot of other home components in the vicinity. You want to do your homework in advance of any sort of planning to make sure that the roots of your chosen scheme don’t wrap themselves around any of the foundation components. If you’re at all concerned, again – the Restumping Melbourne team is here to answer any questions, survey your property and just generally be there for you throughout any home renovation process that you’re concerned about.
  • Seasonal is the final keyword here. Plants change every season; weather changes every season and the needs of your home change every season. This is nothing to worry about; rather, it’s just something to be aware of, depending on what sorts of projects you’re about to embark on – spring, summer, winter, fall.

Common denominator and broken record? Call us. No matter what’s going on, the Restumping Melbourne team is passionate about making your house a home.

November Home News

November Home NewsThere’s never a dull moment when it comes to your home. The Restumping Melbourne team wouldn’t have it any other way. It keeps us on our toes. We love to learn and improve and change in all of the best ways possible. And we get to do that every day. Not all of our competitors are so lucky. They’re wonderful at what they do, we enjoy the industry and everything that comes with it. But there’s a great difference between those who are proficient at what they do and those that challenge themselves to get out of the creativity box, so to speak. Well, put us in the latter department and chalk it up in part to one of our favourite monthly rituals – our home news round-ups. Read on for the sites and articles we found this month that we just keep returning to. And we think that you will as well.

Borrowing to Build Your Dream Home

One of, if not the number one reason that deters prospective homeowners from signing their name(s) on the dotted line is cost. It’s not even as simple as too expensive or well-priced, there are an abundance of other variables in play that speak to whether you’re ready to take a great leap of faith and buy your next (or first!) home. But it doesn’t need to be that way. Talking about money in relation to homes seems very confusing but conversely, we’re lucky because there are so many tools and resources out there to educate you and walk you through the process. And that includes borrowing money to buy homes. It’s becoming less of a novel idea and more of the norm… for good reason. Check out this link for more information.

Construction Loan

In the same theme, have you ever heard of construction financing? In a nutshell, as summarized in the very headline of this article, “A construction loan is financing for building your own home that requires at least a 20% down payment.” This doesn’t speak as directly to those of you who are buying completed homes, but if you’re looking to design and you’ve been worried about money, you might want to explore construction loans. You can even convert it into a regular mortgage upon completion of the building. These loans cover a whole host of things, including permits, labor, materials and even the cost of the land. One thing to keep in mind though; while mortgages have much longer-term periods, that’s not the case with construction loans, so as always, do your homework! And visit this article, because we know that we learned a lot!

We don’t have the main challenge detailed in this article; in fact, it’s getting warmer and warmer. But the best maintained home is one with an owner who thinks ahead, so now you have your insight into what to do with your garden when we finally do deal with colder weather. Hydroponic gardens are all the rage, helping ensure that you can bring those seasonal delights inside and continue to cultivate them. “For Aerogarden, a company selling hydroponic gardens, sales jumped 384 percent in the two weeks of March, a time period that followed most state lockdowns. From April through June, sales were up 267 percent year over year.” Learn more here.

Foundation Damage: The Missoula Floods

Foundation Damage- the Missoula FloodsLet’s face the facts… we wouldn’t be in the business that we are without a lot of external factors, none more so than Mother Nature. She’s a fickle lady, we’re all aware of that, but it continues to amaze us – across the industry – the impact that the weather, seasonal changes, climate change, etc., can truly have on our lives. For lack of a better term, we’d probably say that it ‘wreaks havoc’. Sigh. There’s nothing in the grand scheme of things that we can do about that, but it’s a valuable reminder that we need to stay ready to meet any of the challenges that our Restumping Melbourne prospective and current customers send our way. Sure, there were probably days when we were stumped by the challenges that you’d throw at us. Those days are no more. How did we get to such a confident place? We learned. And we continue to learn. And aside from just sharing tips about building your dream home or about cultivating the most innovative garden, we’ve found great fun in tracing steps back to determine exactly why reinforcing your foundation is so important. We’ll shed floodlights on different historic events over the coming months, hopefully providing eye-opening intel into exactly why you want to reinforce your foundation.

Today’s event is the Missoula Floods, which took place in the American state of Montana. They’ve also been referred to as the Spokane Floods (Montana borders with another state called Washington, which is where Spokane is found) or the Bretz’s Floods. They did a huge number – cataclysmic glacial outburst floods that took no prisoners as they covered the vast majority of the eastern part of Washington and down near the beautiful Columbia River Gorge. You’re probably scratching your heads thinking, ‘when did this take place? I would have heard about this!’ Well, it was a little bit before our time – back to the Ice Age, in fact.

These floods became important back in the 1920, when scientists dug into the research and wanted to know why this had happened. What they determined is that these floods were caused by periodic sudden ruptures, right there on the ice dam of the Clark Fork River. The Clark Fork River created the Glacial Lake Missoula, bringing everything back together.

You don’t necessarily have to worry about floods in the area where you reside, but it is good to know how they work. Excess moisture can be one of the greatest causes of foundation damage, and often not one that you can avoid. But what signs have we seen? Well, according to sources, after the rupture of each ice dam, the water would head straight down the Clark Fork River, causing tonnes of flooding in both eastern Washington and even in neighbouring Oregon. Rupture complete, ice would reform, and the whole routine would begin again.

We find great intrigue and interest in the history that’s led us to the business that we’re so passionate about. We hope that you do as well!

Does it Make Sense to Fix the Foundation of an Old Home?

Does it Make Sense to Fix the Foundation of an Old HomeThe Restumping Melbourne team loves homes. We have such respect for them. Working on the foundation at each property that we’re fortunate to work with, we only scratch the surface of the number of challenges and opportunities that architects run into. Architecture truly is a beautiful thing and we’re grateful that we get to play a role in supporting its shape and structure. That brings us to today’s topic – old homes. Even the term seems to have negative connotations, doesn’t it? Well, we certainly don’t think that’s the case. We think that older homes laid the groundwork (pun intended) for every innovation that’s come since.

The most beautiful things need to be well-taken care of. The best care costs money. And money isn’t anything that any of us want to shake our heads at. That’s just one of the many ways that the mindset at Restumping Melbourne is different than that of other companies in the restumping, reblocking and underpinning industries. We keep money in your wallet so that you can be excited and rewarded about your current project.

Today’s project is fixing your foundation. A reminder for our new readers – fixing your foundation is necessary for a number of reasons, not least of which is that you want your home to be safe and comfortable. The signs will always be there. You’ll see small cracks in your walls, ceiling or floors, you’ll see excess moisture where it shouldn’t be, you may even notice that the floors start to tilt a little bit. All of these are key reasons to give us or an expert in your area a call.

But the real question is whether it’s worth making the investment in the project? And that brings us back to the point of today’s post. The short answer is that there’s no correct answer, but there are a couple of thoughts that you should ponder:

  • Are you planning on living on the property for a long period of time? If so, having a tricky foundation will impact your quality of living, so we recommend making the investment.
  • Surprisingly in the same vein, if you’re planning on selling your home in the near future, it’s absolutely imperative to make sure that the foundation is shipshape. Look at it as a necessary investment – otherwise, you’ll just have to pay to have the foundation leveled once the deal is signed and then you don’t necessarily have ownership over choosing a contractor.
  • Are the signs at a noticeable caliber? We like to look at any cracks that are more than 1/8 inch. It can be a challenge to not jump to conclusions and have an eagle eye looking at every nook and cranny of your home. But not every blemish should be considered something to worry about. The Restumping Melbourne team always likes to say, “better safe than sorry,” but we’re always happy when the results are safe.

Setting up Lights Outside a House (Part 2)

Setting up Lights Outside a House 2You know that if we’re doing more than one post on a topic, it’s something that we care about. Unfortunately, that’s an increasingly broad range of topics. As soon as the Restumping Melbourne team learned that our work plays such an important role in the puzzle of your home, we scampered in all sorts of different directions, learning as much as we possibly could.

We treat learning in a variety of different ways, but the first word that comes to mind is ‘comprehensive’. That’s why, many a time, we need to give topics at least a couple of posts on the Restumping Melbourne blog, so that you know that we’re so much more than underpinning, restumping and reblocking services. Recently, we talked about the fun and excitement of adding lights to the exterior of your home. Quick debrief – these are not just relevant during the holiday season (although we’re guessing that they’ll be even more fun and exciting this year), instead, they can be put up all year around. We covered off probably the most fun of the steps, the whole “brainstorming and planning” step. Now it’s on to the logistics:

Safety should always be a priority. Make sure that any extension cords you’re using are for outdoor use as well as indoor use – that could be a weather emergency before you realize it. All packaging should explain this. This is also why we recommended the gloves mentioned in the previous post.

Make sure that all of your purchases work. Hey, if those lights don’t turn on during a test inside or outside, they’re going straight back to the store and there are no issues there. Don’t try and pretend that it will be okay, lights that don’t work will just annoy you more over time. In the same vein, if you’ve bought multiple packages of lights, especially those that are supposed to look the same colour, give them a test by holding them side by side. Same thing goes for accessories like light clips. Some use things like clothespins or staples, but we recommend that this is an area in which you invest. Believe us, you’ll use them for other home renovation projects as well.

There are LED lights (which can hue one way) and incandescent light bulbs (which hue a totally different way). Have some fun as you organize which lights, you’d like to use on different parts of your home. Our biggest recommendation is that you keep like-typed lights together for a cohesive look. There are also different places on your home where styles of lights will look best – like icicle lights on your roof. But, insider knowledge… LED lights WILL save you money on your energy bills every month as they’re much better for the environment.

Once all of the work is complete, you’ll just want to ensure that it stays that way. That means choosing a timer or timing feature, so that you’re not hopping out of bed at hours far too early or late, wondering if your lights are still dazzling the street.

October Home News

October Home NewsThe changing of seasons always means a bunch of different things and they might be more confusing than ever. If there’s anything that we can (and will) continue to repeat and reiterate is that Restumping Melbourne, our team, our practices and our model of engaging with the community will never change. Come whatever situation arises in the world, we are steadfast in our commitment to offer the best restumping, reblocking and underpinning services around. In addition, we’re always going to contribute to and evolve this blog, so that we can be your supporters in any home improvement projects you have going on. So, once a month, don’t think that this home news round-up is going anywhere. In fact, if you have ideas for content or questions about any of the articles below, don’t be afraid to ask! We’re here for you and can’t wait to start or continue conversations. Read on for our favourite finds on the internet this month related to your dream current or future home:

In our first article covers technology that our team may not necessarily need, but should be an important awareness for consumers and homeowners. A company called Buildots has rolled out a software focusing on image recognition on building sites. What’s it’s purpose? To determine what sorts of delays or errors are occurring in the building process. As the article states, “AI is starting to change various aspects of construction, from design to self-driving diggers. Some companies even provide a kind of overall AI site inspector that matches images taken on site against a digital plan of the building. Now Buildots is making that process easier than ever by using video footage from GoPro cameras mounted on the hard hats of workers.” Read the full article here.

Landscaping is and will always be an integral part of any dream home, so we also keep a close pulse on what’s going on here. The good news is – it’s a lot. But we know that 2020 has been tough for many sectors of the economy and landscaping/gardening has not been exempt from that. It’s important to look forward, to get lean as teams, to be creative in the services offered to customers and to be able to pivot when necessary. This study takes a look at landscaping in 2027. Yes, you read that right. It breaks down landscaping by segments like mowing, laying sod and others. Check out the page here.

You’ve heard about minimalism. A lot. But what about maximalism? We thought so. This is a burgeoning idea, but it’s gaining headway with a lot of home designers. As those that reinforce the foundation of your home, we’d be remiss if we didn’t caution against a tonne of things on your floor, walls, etc. if you have any concerns that you have foundation damage, but if not – this article is for you. Learn more here.

Like we said, we’re always looking for ideas and striving to be better. Reach out to us – we’re excited to hear from you!