Tips for Increasing Your Property Value

There is no doubt about it, landscaping increases the value of your property. Not only does it make your property look beautiful, it shows everyone that it is a well-cared for property. If you wanted to buy a property you would certainly be less interested in one that had long, straggly grass, half-dead shrubs and weed-filled gardens. You would even suspect that the roof might leak, just by looking at the garden!

Whether you are selling your home or not, it is easy and fun to get your outside area into great shape, especially knowing that the value of the home will rise by up to 11%, as discovered by a Michigan University study. Here are some tips that will provide good value in your landscaping or garden maintenance efforts.


What to do Before Applying for a Binding Financial Agreement

A binding financial agreement is usually sought from the courts when a relationship has broken down and the parties have divorced. In some cases the distribution of assets can be decided between the two parties without recourse to a court decision on the matter, but most often there is no agreement, so the matter must be decided by the Family Law Court and both parties should be represented by experienced family lawyers such as Robertson Hayles.

However, you can’t simply apply for a court decision as soon as the divorce is final. First of all, seek advice from a family lawyer and if this is too costly for you, there is a free legal service available through the Family Relationship Advice Line or the Legal Aid Service in your state.

Using a dispute resolution service

The Family Law Courts require you to have genuinely attempted to come to an agreement through a dispute resolution service. The benefits of going this route are that you have more control over the process and it is much more affordable, not to mention quicker. So you can get on with your new life much more quickly when you work out an agreement with these people.


Website User Experience Testing

Testing the user experience of your new or redeveloped website should be an important step during the process before the big launch. Undertaking expensive website redesigns, redevelopments and upgrades can all be for nothing if the final product results in a site that is not logical, easy or targeted perfectly to the intended user. Once you understand the way users interact with your website, you are in a much better position to gain their attention for longer and to ultimately convert them into customers (or whatever the overall goal may be).

How To Undertake User Experience Testing

Paying a professional usability testing company to undertake testing for you is not within the budget of every webmaster or small business owner. While this methods provides arguably the best results, alternatives are now available that allow advanced user experience testing for a fraction of the expense of a professional consultation.


6 of the Latest Landscaping Trends

Beautiful Sydney landscape design always adds value and beauty to your home and increases your enjoyment of life. It should never be an afterthought, or given less attention than it deserves because how we live our lives affects our health and longevity, so anything that can give you a change to relax and enjoy your leisure time is well worth the cost and effort. Here are some great landscaping trends that have made 2016 more enjoyable and will continue to do so for those who implement them.

  • More people now are seeing the value of consulting professional landscapers and landscape designers – and allowing them to transform their surroundings. It saves you a great deal of time and effort when professional landscapers do the work and you can be sure it will be done properly.


What Do You Want From Your Holiday In Bali?

You may think there is only one thing anyone would want on their holiday to Bali and that is fun. But there are different kinds of fun and what one person likes is not necessarily what another would think of as fun. For instance, some people go to Bali for the amazing theme park with some of the longest water slides in the world, while others are more intent on seeing the temples or other sights. Still others want to go on hikes or white water rafting.

So before you set off, or even book accommodation in Bali, think what it is you really want to do when you get there. Once you know the main areas of your activities you will be able to book accommodation that is near to them and save time and costs in travelling. If you ask Bali accommodation experts Easy Villas Bali villas are a good choice of accommodation as most have pools so you don’t have to depend on going to a beach if you want to cool off or just take a dip.

Why You Need Lawyers for a Binding Financial Agreement

Some things – like writing a Will – don’t need to be done by a lawyer, but an experienced family law firm like Robinson Family Lawyers is essential to create a Binding Financial Agreement (BFA) between two parties that is considered legal. Unfortunately, the breakdown of relationships these days is a common occurrence, so couples often make such an agreement before the marriage in order to protect their assets.

So if you are going to do this there will need to be not one, but two lawyers involved; one to act on your own behalf and one to act on behalf of your fiancée. Each one has to give their client – you and your fiancée – separate legal advice and they then have to sign a Certificate saying that they did so. Without these Certificates, the BFA will not be legally enforceable. Each party must be given a copy of both Certificates.


Bought a New Home? Beat the Removalists

When you buy a new home the decision is usually made taking into consideration your budget and your lifestyle needs. Even if you love the look of your new home, you may want to change something before you move in, so don’t book Brilliance Removalists Melbourne too far ahead of time. In fact, it’s a good idea to go through your new home before you move in, jotting down notes about what you don’t like and can afford to change.

While the house is still empty is the ideal time to have any renovations done because you won’t have to move furniture around. And of course, you won’t be living there so the noise and dust of the renovations won’t drive you mad.  So what kind of renovations are likely? Even simple ones can make a difference to the kind of life you will lead in your new home.


9 Essential Components of Graphic Design

Many amateurs throw up a website any old how and wonder why they don’t get any visitors or any conversions from the few visitors they do get. While such a website may be fine for personal use, a business website or blog needs to have a more professional look and feel.

This happens via graphic design. It has been explained this way: Design in not just to do with looks, it has to do with how it all works. So what are the essential components of graphic design?

  • Some people concentrate of the first page to the exclusion of other pages. In fact, each page of your website needs to have a clear purpose that caters to the needs of your visitors. It should inform, entertain or amuse and give a clear call to action, offering at least one way to allow your visitor to interact with you.
  • Good communication. This does not mean being wordy. The best communication is short and to the point. If it must be long, it should be broken up with white space, bullet points, attention grabbing subheadings, images and even video.

Separation and Divorce

How to Get Through Separation and Divorce

The break-up of a relationship is never easy to get through, but it is sometimes necessary, to get your life back together the way you planned for it to be. A family law firm can help you when you are at your wit’s end, not knowing what to do for the best. While there is much information online, a solicitor can give you advice that is specific to your unique circumstances and they can also support you.

It makes a big difference to be able to talk a problem through with a professional who knows all the legal ins and outs of the matter. They can explain all the ramifications of a certain decision, something that people may not understand fully because they are too close to their problems, as well as being emotionally upset about everything.

It is usually better to try and settle things out of court. For a start it is a speedier process and it is also a great deal cheaper. Having a solicitor on your side will facilitate matters and help you understand how you can proceed to get that separation and divorce underway with the least amount of strain and stress.

A Bug In The Dark

A Bug In The Dark

Our language is so curious. “I have a bug,” we says, and the mental images can be varied: we hold a small cage with a little bug in it; we cradle a bug in her hands; a bug sits in our throat. The latter is probably the closest to what we mean: an invisible organism (bacteria or virus) has taken hold of us, attacked our integrity, and caused us to have certain symptoms such as a cough or a stomachache. The image is compelling, but is this really how we get sick?

Our notions of sickness are peculiar to our time and culture. Immersed as we are in this culture, these notions have the aura of absolute truth. We KNOW that bacteria exist: smart people see them under the microscope, and are able to influence them in one way or another. We KNOW that certain bacteria or viruses are associated with the appearance of certain symptoms: smart people tell us so. They also tell us that the fact that the “bugs” appear together with the symptoms means that the bugs caused the symptoms.