Pros and Cons of Filling in a Pool

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In Australia, it is estimated that over 10 percent of homes have a pool, which is a very high percentage compared to many other parts of the world. Apart from a very favourable climate, there is obviously also a cultural aspect to it, with wealthier suburbs seeing a much higher percentage of pool ownership, given the status it invokes. Households with children are also far more likely to have a swimming pool, as are people in the hotter states, with Queensland seeing pool ownership at almost 20 percent.

Is a Pool a Good Investement?

Many people assume that a pool increases the value of a house. However, due to the installation costs, a lot of times, any value added at the end of the day is negligible to the person who built it. There are exceptions to this. For example, in more affluent suburbs where pools are more common, a house without one may not fetch as much on auction day due to not fitting in with the expected standards of the area. These houses would typically be far more expensive though, and the expense of a pool install would not be as large a percentage of the overall home value, compared to a pool constructed on a smaller block in a more affordable suburb.

In cases where the pool area is the dominating enclosure of the backyard, as opposed to a tasteful feature, filling in a pool may actually increase the value of the home. Yes, Australia’s climate is ideally suited to a swimming pool for many months of the year, but outdoor entertaining is also a huge part of the Australian way of life. With a pool filled in, a multitude of options become realistic possibilities, with any number of them being a vast improvement to an otherwise rather confined backyard.

Obtaining Your Geotech Report

Bear in mind, there would be a number of hurdles to cross prior to starting the filling in process, with the most obvious being the necessary engineers report. This geo-tech report is vital to ensure important checks are carried out to identify any potential slippage or drainage issues with the ground. Before this is done there is actually no way of knowing what the total cost of the filling in project will be, and even once the report has been submitted, as in any construction project, there is the potential for unseen costs to crop up before the completion of it.

You Don’t Need a Pool to Stay Cool

Something that also needs to be taken into account before filling in a pool is that it can be hard for homeowners to imagine the change in lifestyle the absence of a pool will result in, especially during the intense heatwaves of the summer season. Obviously, there are many weeks not suitable for swimming and these periods will most likely be at the forefront of someone’s mind when considering filling in their pool. But consideration should also be taken when contemplating weekends at home in the scorching heat.

In saying that, there is an almost endless array of water play alternatives that don’t require more than the backyard tap. A long hose, coupled to a hose sprinkler attachment, along with water pistols and other water play activities can provide hours of amusement for toddlers right through to older children.

Thankfully, modern homes are typically far more capable of coping with both cold and hot extremes in temperature than in times past and indoor games and relaxation are a realistic alternative to a pool when they can be carried out in the comfort of climate-controlled surroundings. This means that a swimming pool is not the be-all and end-all on a hot summer’s day and in fact, due to the sheer intensity of a scorching summer’s day, an indoor alternative is occasionally required regardless.boy-jumping-through-sprinklers

Is a Pool a Waste of Money?

The benefit of filling in a pool, despite perhaps the initial financial outlay to achieve this, is that over time, this money will gradually be ‘earnt’ back through savings in pool maintenance. While pool maintenance costs may not be perceived as a waste of money, they undoubtedly arise over time and can accumulate quickly when living with the luxury of a pool. These pool expenses involve things like the cost of pool chemicals, which need regular checking and adjustment to ensure clean and healthy water and the cost of running the pool pump which is reflected in the increased electricity bills. In addition to these regular costs, there is also the ever-present chance of the unforeseen. Expenses may pile up relatively quickly due to leaks in the pool plumbing or failure of components such as the pool pump, or accessories like skimming baskets and pool vacuums.

Green Level Lawn Alternative Provides Endless Opportunities

Another obvious benefit of filling in a pool would be the classic lawn alternative. A perfectly level lawn, with quality turf, lends itself to being the ideal outdoor area suitable for any occasion. In addition to being the perfect space for families with children to run around and play outdoor games, it lends itself conveniently to being transformed into an evening entertaining area when complemented by some outdoor furniture and lighting.

For the animal lovers out there the absence of a pool will clearly open up the yard for their furry friends, which will first and foremost benefit homeowners with large or active breeds of dog.

Creating Your Dream Garden Retreat

With significantly more invested in landscaping, the backyard previously limited to swimming in summer months has the potential to become your very own dream garden all year round. Depending on the amount of maintenance desired, the area previously occupied by a pool can be landscaped into different levels creating a multi-use backyard. A Bali Hut could be used as the focal point of one corner of the garden, accessible by a paved path, surrounded by a variety of plants, stonework, and an iconic water feature to create an oasis overlooking the rest of the garden. To give it a more practical element, why not add a traditional pizza oven to enhance the dining possibilities at this secluded, shaded corner.

There’s Never Enough Space!

For households that need more storage space or an additional working area, filling in a pool would create much-needed space to set up either a garden shed or a workshop type set up, to house longer-term car projects or to store materials. The advantages are many, one being that this would immediately free-up the driveway for day to day use and provide a secure, undercover location for items that would otherwise perhaps have cluttered the garage.

Projects that initially would be off the cards or unrealistic due to the space they take up would suddenly become more viable, enabling more leisure time to be spent doing something productive and enjoyable. A car project, for example, is not something one starts in a garage unless it receives the green light from the better half of the household due to the indefinite aspect of the timeline, as well as the additional dust, noise, and mess that ensues.

This is where the ingenuity of a separate shed or workshop to house, for example, a car project, comes in. Having a dedicated space for a long term hobby or venture takes the pressure off the need to complete it purely to free up space, and also eliminates the constant hassle of having to navigate around it day-to-day. The advantage of this is that nothing needs to be rushed just for the sake of it, and unexpected delays, for example, whilst waiting on parts, etc. don’t mean the end of the world as it isn’t in anyone’s way. Parts dismantling are able to be done in an orderly fashion and everything will always be found where one left it, safe from the random ‘clean-ups’ that other areas of the property typically succumb to by zealous family members.

Make Space for a Home Extension

On a larger scale, another benefit of filling in a pool would be the option down the track of building an extension, or something detached – be it an office, rumpus room or granny flat. This would invariably increase the value of the property as well as meeting the needs of the household in question. However as touched on earlier, this kind of financial investment would obviously need to be carefully evaluated due to the costs associated with filling in a pool.

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Why Would You Fill in a Pool When You Can Just Sell?

Some homeowners who aren’t particularly vested in the property may find it more straight forward to sell the property and purchase something more suitable to their requirements, rather than spending a significant amount of money on a backyard project of this magnitude which they aren’t guaranteed to recoup, at least in the short term.

Water Safety Issues Either Way

One factor that also is eliminated with the filling in of a pool is the stress associated with the risk of drowning. Having a pool free backyard changes the dynamics of a household with potential reductions in insurance premiums, no need for compulsory fencing and compliance inspections, as well as (relative) peace of mind when children are playing in the backyard on their own.

Despite the increased supervision required around kids and pools, one advantage of retaining a backyard pool is the familiarity children gain with water from an early age. Confidence to jump in can be seen in the youngest toddlers and small children can rapidly become capable of swimming, even before they have attended official lessons. Spending time in the pool is a great form of exercise, especially in this day and age where it can be a constant struggle to reduce ‘screen time’ throughout the day.

The Convenience of a Backyard Swimming Pool

Sure, it is possible to drive down to the local pool or head to the beach, but for families with children, this often becomes an exhausting expedition that needs to be timed to perfection to fit around nap times for the youngest family members, as well as the need to drag everything back and forth from the car including towels, eskies, picnic blankets, sunscreen and so on. All this coupled with the fact that when one child has ‘had enough’ then the pressure is on to pack up and get out.

The opposite of this is the serene, tranquil surroundings of the humble backyard pool. Parents have the opportunity to cool off during toddler nap times, and young children can be rinsed off and brought inside if they start to get cold or simply want out of the water. Energetic teenagers who would otherwise pace the house in boredom waiting for their turn on a game console have the chance to engage in some healthy outdoor activity and burn off countless calories in the pool, solving all number of conflict scenarios before they even arise.

The Filling in a Swimming Pool Discussion is Complex

Filling in a pool does certainly have a host of both valid and enticing reasons associated with the conquest of valuable square meters of backyard real estate, but it’s a decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly, especially for families with young children or for people in areas that experience sustained periods of gorgeous weather.

When push comes to shove, comprehensive research does need to be done and either way, things will cost money, be it pool maintenance or the expenses surrounding a pool fill-in project. Nothing in this world is free, and it’s definitely worth investing in something one is passionate about, whether that be choosing to get a geo-tech report and getting some pool fill in quotes from professionals and going from there, or choosing to enjoy the blessings a pool brings with it.

At the end of the day, there is no black and white, yes or no answer to the question of whether one should fill in a pool. There are just too many variables to take into account, when it concerns the type of ground and soil a pool is situated on, proximity to neighboring fences, the chance of decreased or added value to the property overall and as covered in-depth – the lifestyle situation of the homeowners that need to make the final call.

Mr Dig has years of experience in excavation and construction. Call Steinar today to discuss options for your backyard swimming pool.

How to Check Hydraulic Oil Level on an Excavator

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Checking the hydraulic oil on an excavator is a simple, yet important task that should be performed each day as part of the routine maintenance checks prior to operating an excavator or other hydraulic machinery.

Checking the hydraulic oil on an excavator is fairly straightforward, even for a beginner and the steps involved include ensuring the machine is cold and parked on a firm, level surface. Additionally, the boom and bucket must be positioned in accordance with manufacturer instructions to ensure an accurate reading. From there it is generally a matter of locating the hydraulic oil tank and ensuring the oil level is between the minimum and maximum marks on the oil sight glass.

Various Types of Excavators

There are some differences between the various makes of excavators:

  • Kobelco excavators, for example, will require the operator to ensure all cylinders are retracted including the bucket cylinder to ensure maximum amount of oil is in tank.
  • Hitachi excavators on the other hand, will require the operator to do the above, with the exception of the bucket cylinder, which needs to be fully extended and placed on the ground prior to checking the oil level.

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Again, highlighting the difference between the two:

  • The sight glass on a Kobelco excavator will typically be visible through the cab window
  • On a Hitachi, the access door to the main pump will need to be opened to view the sight glass.

If in doubt as to the correct way to check the hydraulic oil on a particular excavator, always consult the user manual, which is commonly found in the back pocket of the operator’s seat.

General Safety Precautions

General safety precautions include removing the key from the ignition before checking oil as well as ensuring there is no pressure in tank, prior to removing the hydraulic oil cap in the event of it needing to be topped up.

Obviously as an owner/operator, the incentive is to ensure the longevity of your investment. But even purely as an operator, it is in the operator’s best interest to ensure a thorough pre-start check is carried out prior to use, to avoid being liable for pre-existing damage to the machine, or in the case of rental equipment – being blamed for neglecting to carry out mandatory checks listed in the rental agreement.

Grades of Hydraulic Oils

There are a number of hydraulic oils on the market, ranging from hydraulic oil used in excavators, right through to food-grade oil found in food processing plants. The most common hydraulic oil types for excavators are 46-grade and 68-grade oil. The numbers refer to the viscosity of the oil. The easiest way to remember it is: the lower the number, the thinner the oil. As a rule, whatever oil grade is specified by the manufacturer, is the one to go with.

Hydraulic Oils vs Motor Vehicle Engine Oils

Hydraulic oil differs from motor vehicle engine oil in a number of ways:

  • Firstly the purposes of these two oil types are inherently different. Hydraulic oil’s primary function is to convey power in hydraulic machinery whilst in a 4 stroke engine, the main purposes of the oil are to lubricate, quieten and cool the engine.
  • Engine oil contains a lot of additives required to combat contaminants as a result of the combustion process. In theory many engine oils would function in a basic hydraulic application, but hydraulic oil would not have the ability to protect an engine.

“As a rule, whatever oil grade is specified by the manufacturer, is the one to go with.”

Function of Hydraulic Oils

As mentioned above, hydraulic oil is required in an excavator as it is the medium by which power is conveyed. Every action you observe an excavator doing is hydraulically operated. Excavators are able to track forwards and backwards by the means of a left and right hand hydraulic track motor which receive oil from the main oil pump which is connected to the diesel engine. A hydraulically powered slew motor allows the excavator to swivel around 360 degrees, whilst the boom, stick, and bucket are all operated by cylinders connected to the main hydraulic circuit. Buckets can also exchanged for various hydraulic attachments depending on the task at hand. These include hammers, augers, and grabs, to name a few.  

Prices of Hydraulic Oils

There are many different hydraulic oil brands on the market, at varying prices. As hydraulic oil is a relatively minor percentage of the overall maintenance costs on an excavator, it does make sense to pay for quality oil. If not buying directly from the dealer, at least ensure that it is a recognized brand and that it meets the manufacturer’s specifications. As the saying goes: Cheap oils are more expensive in the long run.

Lifespan of Hydraulic Oils

Hydraulic oil does deteriorate over time. One of the greatest factors affecting the life of hydraulic oil is the overall operating temperature of the oil. But seeing as there additional variables in play to determine at which point hydraulic oil requires changing, the safest and most logical option is to stick with the (usually conservative) intervals listed in the machine handbook by the manufacturer. In theory, if the hydraulic oil is well filtered, is not contaminated by moisture, and is operated at a relatively cool operating temperature, it could in all likelihood far exceed manufacturer recommended intervals. However, the average owner/operator might not be aware of the options available when it comes to the cost of regular, in-depth oil analysis, compared to routine hydraulic oil changes.  

Oil Levels

It is important not to overfill the oil on a hydraulic system as this will not allow for oil expansion, causing oil to leak out of the breather or filler cap. A low oil level in a hydraulic system is usually an indication of a leak somewhere that needs to be addressed. Running a hydraulic system with little to no oil can damage the hydraulic pump and other internal components. An obvious sign of low oil when operating an excavator is loss of hydraulic function which may be caused by something as simple as a blown hose.

Hydraulic Hoses

Aside from the usual wear and tear hydraulic hoses encounter through repeated movement and exposure to the elements such as UV rays, a common cause of hose failure is incorrect installation or routing of the hose. Installing a hose with a twist in it of only 7 degrees can drastically reduce the hose life by as much as 80%. 

Additionally, failing to route a hose correctly can cause it to rub against other hoses, mountings or components, leading to premature wear of the outer cover and eventual failure of the hose itself. To ensure maximum hose life, always ensure that hydraulic hoses are the correct pressure rating, that fittings are tightened correctly and that hoses are secured properly through the use of clamps, ensuring that any bends in the hose do not exceed the maximum bend radius specified by the hose manufacturer.

“Installing a hose with a twist of only 7 degrees can reduce the hose life by as much as 80%”

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Safety

In addition to the safety factors touched on earlier, there are other safety aspects to keep in mind when checking, changing or filling oil:

  • If a leak is suspected, never run your hands along hoses or components in search of the leak to avoid the risk of fluid injection injury.
  • Use other, safer means to identify potential leaks such as a mirror if you are unsure of the location of a hydraulic leak, along with the appropriate personal protective equipment such as glasses and gloves.
  • Potential hazards when filling oil include the manual handling aspects of lifting and carrying hydraulic oil containers.
  • Another important safety aspect when working on or around excavators is to maintain positive communication with people around you. Never assume anything.
  • When checking oil for example, make sure the machine is not able to be started and operated. Standing within the slew radius of an operating machine can have disastrous consequences.  

If unsure of the hydraulic oil level of an excavator due to a cloudy sight class, or poor lighting, always double-check. This might mean physically removing the hydraulic oil cap on the tank to confirm the level is correct. Taking the time to ensure oil levels are correct is an important element of good maintenance routines.

The above information is a general guide only. Always consult the operator’s manual relevant to your specific machine and use the recommended oil. Hydraulic systems on excavators operate at high pressure and any repairs should be carried out by a qualified technician.

Excavators – The Importance of Preventative Maintenance

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Aside from the initial purchase price of an excavator, a considerable amount of money is required for the up keep of all heavy plant equipment, whether it be a skid steer, excavator or dump truck. A heavy plant dealership or independent workshop will obviously bill out all the labour spent on a particular service or repair, as well charge the customer for the parts and fluids used such as hydraulic oil and filters, grease, engine oil and other elements that may need replacing.

Carrying Out Own Maintenance on Heavy Vehicles

Many owner-operators around Australia choose to carry out a lot of their own maintenance on their trucks, trailers and excavators. One of the main reasons is to save money. As a rule, a dealership will normally recommend pre-emptive action on any number of things such as windscreen wipers on the cab of an excavator that look a bit worn, or recommending a bearing, hose or other item be replaced. Aside from having the best interests of the customer in mind and providing customer service that goes ‘above and beyond’ this is also in order to avoid the risk of being blamed for a subsequent breakdown, as well as the additional repairs generating more profit for the dealership. Owner-operators, on the other hand will perhaps stagger the various repairs needed, whilst closely monitoring the worn item in question, in order to get maximum life out of it as well as spreading out the amount of money being invested in the maintenance of their excavator at any given time.

Another reason why operators carry out their own maintenance is to be able to do it in their own time. A dealership will typically require the excavator for the day, whilst someone carrying out their own maintenance can do it after hours, or between excavation work, which saves relying on the availability times of the dealership.

Getting Maximum Life Out of Parts

The risk of attempting to get the maximum possible life out of, for example, hydraulic hoses is that there is such a fine line between a worn hose and a blown hose. On the surface waiting for a hose to fail before changing it out with a new one seems like the most economical way of getting maximum life out of it, but there are many downsides to neglecting replacement of a hydraulic hose until it actually fails.

The main negative aspect of a hose failure is that it is often unexpected and usually at the worst possible time. Whilst every operator prays that if a hose failure does occur, it is at a convenient time like the end of a day or at the completion of the job, not everyone is this lucky. Downtime from a blown hose or other worn part finally failing can be a lot costlier than if it was changed slightly prematurely.

Extra Challenges with Under House Excavation Breakdowns

An excavator operator carrying out delicate under house excavations has enough on their mind already, like ensuring they avoid digging into existing electrical or plumbing infrastructure such as wiring or piping without having to face the prospect of their machine breaking down at the same time. A breakdown whilst carrying out an under house excavation is something to be prevented if at all possible, as it is often difficult to retrieve the machine due to limited access. Usually the only option is to have the machine repaired onsite which can incur hefty call out fees and after hours rates if it is a weekend.

Home Demolition Project – Where to Start

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A residential demolition project, despite starting out as a fairly small-scale affair, can be a hassle to do without the help of a contractor who specializes in demolition. Demolition contractors can carry out in a day or two what may take the average home owner weeks or months. Why? Most of this comes down to priorities. When people finally come home from work and have dinner, the last thing they generally want to do is work on a home project, whether it be painting, carpentry, or in this case demolishing something that has been on the ‘get rid of’ list for perhaps the better part of a year.

The very nature of demolition is messy and a half-finished demolition project that gets chipped away at one day a month can quickly become an eyesore. This can be avoided if your budget allows for it, by hiring a demolition company to take care of it.

Examples of Home Demolition Projects

Some things in your front or backyard that may warrant demolition could be something like an old garden shed that is past its use by date. Other things that contractors can demolish in an effective manner are things like old concrete garden paths and concrete garden bed borders that were all the rage in some point in time. Other small-time demolition projects could be a disused chicken run or dog enclosure.

Benefits of Using a Demolition Contractor

There are a lot of benefits in engaging residential demolition services for these kinds of home projects. A big advantage is that all the waste can be disposed of in the correct manner and you can avoid having remains stacked along your fence or dumped along the side of your house, which could be a tempting alternative when carrying out a demolition project yourself.

Another huge plus is the speed at which your demolition project is carried out at. An experienced demolition contractor is equipped with power tools and other equipment that perhaps you would have to go out of your way to buy otherwise. They can accomplish in a weekend what you would otherwise perhaps be doing in your spare time over weeks or months.

Get a Demolition Contractor – and Spend More Time doing what you Love Instead

Aside from sparing you the physical exertion associated with actually getting out there on the tools and demolishing your own garden shed for example, it also reduces that burden of having it constantly in the back of your mind as something that needs to get done. Think about it, every time you have a spare Saturday, even if you do spend it playing golf, cycling, or other form of leisurely activity, that project awaiting you in the backyard is nagging at your conscience, not allowing you to fully enjoy the activity you have immersed yourself in for the day.

So, if you do have a home demolition project on your to do list, be it a shed, a run-down granny flat, green house, or other structure taking up space and often on your mind, pick up the phone and get a demolition contractor around to do it all for you. Don’t leave it until next month, you’ll be kicking yourself as it is, for not getting around to it earlier.

Investing in a Driveway Excavation – First Impressions Count

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If there is one thing many real estate agents agree on, it is the impact that an impressive driveway has on a potential buyer’s first impression of a house. A house with a gleaming driveway and a well-maintained front yard is already well on the way to attracting a good price at the time of sale.

Environmental Factors that Influence Deterioration of Driveways

All driveways will at some point require excavation and re concreting or paving. This is inevitable due to a number of reasons. One of these is the Australian climate. The long, dry summers we experience, coupled with a lack of rain throughout our winters during times of drought, cause the soil density to change over time. Add to this the weight of the average car being driven in and out of a driveway twice a day or more and you will start seeing cracks in concrete as the underlying surface shifts over time.

Machinery Required for Driveway Excavation

If you have come to the point where your concrete driveway is riddled with cracks and uneven surfaces a driveway excavation is the way to go. Concrete is a tough material to work with and requires machinery to remove it. On a smaller scale you can hire an electric jack hammer and strategically attack one square metre at a time. This can be both time consuming and exhausting due to the rapid movement of the hammer, as well as the incessant noise these contraptions emit. Even with a good pair of gloves and a quality set of ear muffs, this is not something you want to be doing for two days straight. Neither is it something you want to start at 8am on a Sunday if you value the good relationship you have with your neighbours.

If your concrete is particularly thick, or you are not physically able to use a jack hammer, another option could be to hire a small excavator with a hydraulic hammer attachment that will do the hard work for you. Yes, the noise level will be the same, if not worse due to the sound of the excavator, but you will be able to carry out the work from the comfort of the operator’s seat. Bear in mind you may need a licence to operate it, but your equipment hire company should let you know if this is the case.

Removing Rubble during Driveway Excavation Project

Once your concrete driveway is broken up into manageable chunks, its time to start stage two: clearing the rubble. Again, depending on budget, physical abilities and the number of people available, it may simply be a case of getting an able-bodied team in with a bunch of wheelbarrows to manually clear the rubble. However, to save your back from all the lifting, you can also get in a skid loader, or a skid steer.

A skid steer, commonly referred to by one of the brand names that produce them, Bobcat, is uniquely qualified to assist in driveway excavation. It is manoeuvrable, small enough to access narrow driveways, and when fitted with a 4 in 1 bucket, is probably one of the most versatile small machines in its class, well suited to driveway excavation.

There are also many reasons some people would choose not to engage in this kind of work themselves and hire a contractor to do the entire job. Mr Dig has extensive experience in driveway excavation.

Tips for Managing Home Contents During a Home Demolition

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One decision owners of old homes are often faced with is whether to sell, engage in extensive renovations or simply to knock down the entire residence and start over. In many cases the cost of a home demolition and rebuild is similar, or even cheaper than extensive renovations. By staying on site, as opposed to selling and buying a new home at a different location, a lot of costs and fees can be avoided, such as stamp duty. Demolition is an exciting milestone in the process of building your new home and careful planning can make the process run as smoothly as possible. This article explores effective ways to manage your contents, make a profit here and there and avoid double handling.

What Goes into Storage and What Doesn’t?

Now is the time to think about what you want to keep for your new house and what is time to upgrade. If you have been living with old worn out furniture, now might be the time to get rid of these, rather than paying to keep them in storage. You can put items up for sale for free on Gumtree or Facebook groups. Money earned on sales and saved on storage fees can help to pay for new items that fit into your brand new home.

Selling Off Old Whitegoods

Similarly, it might be a good time for whitegoods such as fridges, washing machines and driers that have had their time to go. Selling off unwanted items or even giving them away means fewer items for you to dispose of and fewer items to store, saving you tip fees and the like. It also saves you time and effort moving them into your new home, only to decide then that you would actually like to replace them.

Salvage Items with Resale Value

Even if your home is old, there may be items that are in relatively good order that can easily be sold online. Take photos of things like laundry benches, vanities, bathtubs and kitchens before you pull them out. Even if you only make a small profit, at least you don’t have to worry about disposing of them or pay extra tip fees. Organising a garage sale is a fun way of getting rid of smaller unwanted goods and you might make a few dollars.

Reusing Quality Materials

There are some items that may not look particularly attractive or valuable, but may still have use for you. A fresh coat of paint can bring old doors or skirting boards to life. A stainless steel laundry sink could also be used in your new home. It may not seem like a lot, but it is surprising how a lot of small things add up and you can end up saving a considerable amount of money. Don’t forget your outdoor assets either. Pavers, for example, have a long life and could be used in your new outdoor entertaining area. Plants take years to establish, so rather than starting fresh, keep some of your favourite ones.

Move the Rest to Storage

The rest of your contents can then go into storage where they will be safe and secure while your home demolition takes place and your new home is built. When the time comes all your belongings will be ready to be picked up in one place.

Is it Time to Fill in Your Backyard Pool?

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A house with backyard pool has been the ultimate luxury for Australians for many years, and the concept is still attractive to many potential home owners. But all good things come to an end and for some home owners, this applies to their swimming pool. Some are choosing to fill in or demolish their swimming pools rather than pouring time and money into ongoing maintenance or upgrades.

Do Your Research Before You Decide

If you are considering filling in your pool, it’s smart to weigh up the pros and cons and to do some real number crunching, comparing the cost of the pool demolition to how much you would need to spend to maintain or repair the existing pool. This article outlines some of the most common reasons people choose to fill in their swimming pools.

The Pool is Hardly Used

There are several reasons that pools are no longer used and one of the most common ones is that the kids have grown up and moved out. Additionally, the weather may rarely be warm enough to entice you to jump in and the time spent cleaning the pool simply isn’t justified.

Excessive Pool Maintenance and Repair Costs

If you employ someone to maintain your swimming pool, eg. clean it, check the filter, water levels and maintain pH levels, it might be very convenient, but it also cost money. Repairs are also inevitable when you own a pool and no matter how small, they do add up. A pool pump might need replacing or repair, and this may simply not be in the budget.

Remodelling and Compliance with New Requirements

While you might have been in a position to maintain the pool in its existing form, new requirements which are sometimes placed on pool owners and require specific actions are more than you had bargained for, and it’s simply not viable. If the pool is old and in need of a substantial upgrade, this could be an investment you simply can’t afford.

You Just Want the Space for Something Else

While a pool can be a great source of entertainment for young and old, it’s not the only way to spend time at home. If the backyard is quite small, there may not be much space to use it for anything else if you keep the pool. There are so many other options, like a landscaped garden, a patio or simply a patch of lawn.

Pool Demolition is not a DIY Project

Before you remove your pool really think about it, weigh up the advantages and disadvantages, and make sure that everyone in your household is on board. If you do end up deciding to get rid of your swimming pool, make sure you engage professional demolition services. Experienced contractors will be able to get it done quickly and efficiently, leaving you with a clean slate that you can develop.