3 home improvement tips to stay safe during the pandemic

first_img 32SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details These days, you’re definitely spending more time around the house than you’re used to. Even if you’re back working at your office, you’re not gallivanting around town during your free time. There’s a good chance that this has made you realize there are some things that need to be done around your home. Whether it’s a fresh coat of paint, the need for pest-control, or you’ve just come to the realization that your house isn’t big enough for everyone to be spending so much time there together, if you’re going to make some home improvement moves (or just move) here are three steps you should take to keep yourself safe.Don’t hire whoever is cheapest: It’s pretty easy to find someone to come out and do work at your house right now, and it’s great that you can help out small business owners and their employees during this difficult time. While you might normally shop around to hire someone who’s got a good reputation and is somewhat affordable, right now you should change your thinking. If you’re looking to keep your home COVID-free, find out which company has the best safety practices during this crazy time. Don’t be satisfied with the first company you talk to. Make some calls. Paying a little extra for workers who are focused on keeping your home sanitary is definitely the way to go in 2020.Don’t hire anyone if you don’t have to: You may want to avoid re-shingling your roof or trying to be an amateur electrician, but there are a lot of jobs you can handle yourself. The right YouTube videos and a little elbow grease can go a long way. Let the experts handle the complicated stuff, but for anything easy to learn, try it yourself and keep strangers’ germs out of your home.Prepare your budget: Another good way to keep your home germ free is to plan ahead and make sure you have the tools you need to kill any germs that could be waiting to enter your home. Have extra PPE available for anyone who’s doing work at your house and make sure to sanitize any surfaces or handles that anyone has touched/will touch while working. If you’re renting something like a carpet cleaning machine or a moving truck, remember to sanitize the parts you have to touch while making use of these tools.last_img read more

The value of smashed avocado on toast has become a tangible measure in the property market

first_imgDoes your suburb’s property profits mean you’ll be eating avocado toast all day?SINCE demographer Bernard Salt first suggested people could save faster for a home deposit if they gave up buying smashed avocado on toast at $22 a pop, it’s become a tangible – if tongue in cheek – measure for the property market.Taking his comparison further finder.com.au has run the figures on how many plates of smashed avocado you could buy a day with the capital gains in our top performing suburbs.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor9 hours agoIn Queensland’s top capital growth suburb of Teneriffe the level of growth of the median house price last year was $1164 a day.By Salt’s measurement that would be the equivalent of 53 serves of smashed avocado on toast a day – a lot even for the most hungry of hipsters. Property profits in some suburbs can buy an awful lot of breakfast.Next on the list was New Farm with an increase in the median $822 a day or 37 serves of avocado toast.At Minyama on the Sunshine Coast, about 30 serves of the breakfast staple a day will match the same price growth, while in South Brisbane and Milton it was 29 serves.Money expert at finder.com.au Bessie Hassan said some people had truly hit the jackpot seeing their property prices grow so substantially in the past year.last_img read more

No ‘crow’ for woman caught speeding to help injured bird

first_imgA woman was caught speeding after rushing to help a bird that was in distress.Tara Lafferty works for a Co Donegal animal charity and was answering a call in Letterkenny on July 20th last. Ms Lafferty appeared at Letterkenny District Court today charged with speeding at 62kph in a 50kph zone at Ballyraine, Letterkenny.Ms Lafferty, of Kilbarron, Rossnowlagh told the court “I work for an animal charity and I was on my way to inject a crow when this happened.”She said she did not pay the speeding fine as she wanted to explain to the court what had happened.She asked Judge Paul Kelly if he could avoid giving her penalty points on her license.He replied that it was out of his hands but reduced the fine to €50 in the circumstances.No ‘crow’ for woman caught speeding to help injured bird was last modified: October 1st, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more