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When it comes to today’s swimming pools, most homeowners are torn between the three primary pool types: concrete pools, fibreglass pools, and vinyl liner pools.

While each popular pool style has its own set of advantages and disadvantages a concrete swimming pool is undoubtedly the best.

Here is why.

An Outstanding Level of Durability

One of concrete’s finest strengths is the exceptional durability that allows it to withstand anything from harsh weather conditions to abrasions. When concrete is used as the material to build a pool, the pool lasts longer and becomes durable against external factors, such as scratches and dents. And in the event that its durability is compromised in the form of minor cracks, wears and tears, a concrete pool is very easy to repair and doesn’t cost that much to get fixed, allowing you to save a significant amount of money in future repair costs.

Highly Customisable with Unlimited Design Options

Fond of creatively tweaking the surroundings of your home? Then you’re going to love the outstanding swimming pool design versatility of concrete swimming pools. Unlike fibreglass pools that are manufactured according to a particular set of specifications, there are no limitations on the shape, size, colour and style of a concrete swimming pool. You can choose the amount of ledges, steps, and the varying depths of your concrete pool. Oh, and you can even add an outdoor spa to the design to make it look even more stunning. All of this is possible because concrete pools are built on the location, and concrete is a very versatile construction material.

Enhances the Beauty of your Backyard

Concrete looks so good that it has the power to add an extra layer of beauty to your backyard. And with the classic pool appearance it provides, concrete is definitely one of the best pool types if you’re looking to improve the aesthetic appeal of your property’s exterior. Apart from that, you can make your concrete pool more aesthetically pleasing by installing add-ons like custom-designed retaining walls and water features. And because concrete is highly customizable, you will never run out of beauty-enhancing design ideas for your concrete swimming pool.

Boosts the Monetary Value of your Property

When a reliable material like concrete is used to install something permanent like a pool, it can instantly improve your property’s value, especially it’s installed by high-quality pool builders like Steller Pools. And since it is a very durable type of material, the monetary value boost it brings will remain for a long period of time. Other than that, the many additions you can add to a concrete pool enables you to increase its value even further.

 We get it life it just so so busy. From working to running around for your kids it is hard to keep up with even the most basic chores around your house. Put it into perspective the average working adult spends 38 hours per week away from home just to make a living even more hours when you are a full time parent or if you add parenting into the mix.

Much-needed chores such as deep cleaning of bathrooms, cleaning the fridge, changing of linen, gardening and lawn mowing get put to the side.

What are your options?

  1. Practice time management so you will be able to do the house cleaning work yourself (possibly between the hours of midnight and 3 am) or

  2. Bite the bullet and enlist the services of a professional cleaning company

If you are not totally convinced here is some further points to consider

  1. Professionals do quality work

When a cleaning company advertises that they do quality and professional work, chances are that it’s actually true. Professional cleaning companies care about the reputation of their business and the satisfaction of their customers, because these two aspects determine whether or not their business would succeed. And since they care about excellence too much, you can expect that they will be providing services of the highest standard to your property.

Other than that, professional cleaning companies have well-trained and -equipped operatives.

Most cleaning companies can also offer additional services such as carpet cleaning, gutter cleaning and even window cleaning.

2.  More quality time with your family

I use to spend the weekend running around doing all my housework now that I have hired a cleaner means I get to spend more time with my family.

3.  Value for money

Time is money. I picked up the phone and called a cleaning company after tracking the time I spent cleaning in one week, this was amount I should pay myself. I used this number to weigh the cost benefit of hiring a cleaner. A professional cleaner is also a lot faster than me.

I am totally hooked on my cleaning service in Wollongong. What do you think? Have you had a cleaner or use a cleaning company? Would love to hear your feedback.

Ingredients

500g potatoes scrubbed and cut in quarters
Olive oil
4 eggs (or however many for your family)
250g haloumi cut into thin slices
200g baby spinach leaves

Mustard Dressing
2 tbs olive oil
2 tbs white balsamic vinegar (I only had brown)
1 tbs dijon mustard
1 shallot – chopped finely
1 tbs honey

Method

Cook the potatoes on the stove top until tender – Heat a large frying pan and add olive oil and the potatoes – cook until golden brown. Season and remove from the pan adding the haloumi and cooking until golden brown. Make the dressing by adding all the ingredients and giving them a good mix together. After the haloumi is cooked, add half the dressing to the pan and turn off the heat. Gently toss together the spinach, potatoes, haloumi. Serve topped with poached eggs and drizzled with warm mustard dressing. Season and serve immediately.

 

Have you got locked out of your property?

Whether you are unable to access your home, office, or car due to a key or lock issue, there are plenty of locksmith companies out there that provide their services to property owners, however how do you choose a locksmith? This topic came up after one of us was recently charged an obscene amount of money by a local locksmith to be let in when locked out of their home by accident.

Also with the current scans about https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5548903/Dodgy-backpackers-posing-locksmiths-scamming-residents-thousands-dollars.html

We have put a couple of bits together to check out before engaging with a locksmith.

Check for legitimacy

Research the business online, Facebook for any reviews and confirm they’re using a local address (Google maps will show you what it looks like).

Check for Licenses

In Australia to be a locksmith you need your security license. A proper locksmith will carry this around in their wallet, it is the size of a driver’s license ask to see this.

Insured

As with any trade insurance is important. Especially though for a locksmiths, making sure the insurance covers damage to a property.

Fully Equipped Mobile Locksmith

Make sure you are engaging with a fully equipped mobile locksmith for convenience if any additional parts are needed for the job.

Call out fees

While getting a cheap locksmith is not recommended we recommended to ask upfront what the call out fee is, this will avoid being shocked when you receive a bill and this is especially for an after hours or an emergency service.

Pay with a credit card

All legitimate businesses today take credit cards. It’s the safest way to pay because you’re protected against fraud. Don’t pay cash as there’s no way to trace it, and no recourse.

 

Ingredients

6 sheets puff pastry & 1/2 cup honey mustard
300g broccoli – chopped finely
1 1/2 cups grated cheddar
1 1/2 cups grated mozzarella
1 egg – beaten lightly
3 tsp sesame seeds

Method

Preheat the oven to 200oC.

Line two oven trays with baking paper. Using a plate as a guide, cut six 22cm rounds from the pastry. Spread the pastry with the mustard. Combine broccoli, and the cheeses in a large bowl and season. Place a handful of the mixture in the centre of each pastry round. Use all the mixture, fold over to the enclose the filling, crimping the edges to seal. Place the pies on trays and brush with the egg, and sprinkle over the sesame seeds. Cut four slashes into each pie.

Bake for 25 minutes or until golden and puffed.