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Why your rural home might need an inspection

When you live in the countryside and you’re fully self-sufficient, it’s easy to make the mistake of believing you don’t need professionals to step in. When you’re selling your home or you’re trying to find out if there are any problems with a property that you’re investing in, in a rural area, it’s a wise idea to get a hold of someone that can properly inspect your home for any serious structural damage or any other compromising issues that could—at worst—land you in legal trouble in the future from someone who is buying your home. If there is a major problem that develops with the property in the future, getting a full home inspection will protect you in court, as it will allow you to show the court that your home was in a good condition when you sold the property to your buyers.

http://www.house-inspections.com.au/ do house and building inspections in Melbourne and the surrounding region, and I recently got in touch with them as I was selling one of my properties in the country, “It’s really important that you get an expert to take a look at any properties you’re selling,” Craig from House Inspections stated, “I can’t overstate how important it is that you hire an inspector to look for any problems at your current property or a property you’re considering purchasing.”

I had to learn this lesson the hard way years ago when I bought a property that hadn’t been inspected prior, and a major structural fault in the home ended up costing me four times what I thought it would. I wish I had hired an inspector ahead of time, and I won’t make that mistake again in the future. If you own and maintain a country property, please, please get a home inspector out before you sell the place!

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Famous websites designed by women

As we’ve covered in other articles on this website before, more women than ever are pursuing careers in computers and technology, and that extends to the artistic side of the digital world as well. I wasn’t aware of this, but nearly half of the websites online today are designed by women, which is pretty cool! Some of the biggest and most active websites on planet Earth have been designed by young women who are leading the charge. I’m inspired by the fact that a lot of girls will be able to aspire to careers traditionally dominated by men.

I spoke to Web Designer Zaaax located in Melbourne about this phenomenon, “Yes, there are a lot of women in the web design industry. As a matter of fact, did you know that the head of YouTube’s graphic design team is female?” I found that pretty astounding, “Google employs a ton of women on their design team, which balances out the traditionally male-led industry that is graphic design and brings fresh perspectives to web design. After all, if half of the planet is female, don’t you want a female perspective when you’re designing effective, engaging websites for a wide variety of customers?”

All good points. As I continue to explore the role of women in society, as a self-sufficient woman living in the rural areas, I’m inspired by tales of young women doing incredibly well in male-dominated industries. It’s amazing that the world continues to change, and the entry of so many inspired young female artists into the world of web design is sure to deliver better products and better user experiences for all visitors.

If you’re a young woman and you’re pursuing a career in technology, please write to us using our contact form! We’d love to feature your perspective in a follow-up article. We’re looking to speak to more young female professionals!

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Green living in the country with solar panels

Like many women living in rural areas, I’m keenly aware of what’s going on in nature. Being away from industrial areas has left me with cleaner lungs and a healthier, more self-sufficient lifestyle. I’m conscious of my own health and the health of the environment around my home. Living more self-sufficiently has also led me to pursue more off-the-grid energy sources. I was researching solar panels and turned up some interesting information: more Australians than ever before are switching over to solar energy to save on their annual bills and help reduce their impact on the environment. If we’re going to slow the effects of global warming and create a better future for our children, this has to be a grass roots sort of thing.

Solar Panel Installer, CFP Industries said: “We’re fully committed to helping both residents and commercial enterprises in Australia make the switch to solar energy.” I visited their site and took a look at their mission statement and their past projects, and then I reached out to Daniel with their company and got a comment, “We’re happy that more people are becoming aware of the dangers of more traditional forms of energy. We’re also happy to help regular people in the country reduce their annual bills with a smart investment in solar power.”

Solar panels install easily at your home, and when you look at how much money you’ll save per year by switching over to solar energy as a secondary source of power, you’ll be shocked. I’m in the process of switching out house over to solar, and I reckon the project will take at least a couple of more weeks, but I’ll be so happy when it’s all done and we start seeing the benefits of swapping over to alternative energy. It’s nice to know that I’m doing my part to help the Earth!

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Why every country home needs a sandblaster

If you’re living out in the country with your family, you know that the time will come that you’ll eventually have to strip paint from a surface of an old tractor, your car, or even remove gunk and paint from your home’s exterior wall. Sandblasting is a solution to all of these issues, and it’s good to have one on hand. Apparently, sandblasting is no longer considered safe by health authorities, as it leads to some rare forms of lung cancer. This type of blasting has been replaced gradually with dustless blasting, which is an abrasive tool that fills the same role as sandblasting without all of the health risks.

I spoke to an expert from Bare All Blasting, a local company that specialises in dustless blasting: “The matter of fact is, dustless blasting is a lot safe than sandblasting,” Greg from Bare All Blasting stated passionately, “There are machines available which allow you to use glass particles, shredded tire, plastic beads, or just about any type of abrasive material available to blast away gunk, paint, and material from any surface. These machines are fairly expensive, so if you just need it occasionally for one or two jobs, I might be handy to keep a dustless blasting company in your address book.”

I wasn’t ready to invest in this technology yet, but like all self-sufficient women living in rural areas, I was more than happy to get the latest knowledge on which technology I should and shouldn’t be using. After all, my family’s health is more important to me than anything.

What are your thoughts on this critical tool? Do you use sandblasting services or do you own a blaster? What do you use abrasives for on your farm or at your country home? Leave your comments below or write in to our E-mail, and we’ll feature your comments in a follow-up article!

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Learning computer repair with local women

Headlines in newspapers, magazines, and blogs have been reading the same lately: “Women are fast replacing men in technology industries.” There are more women than ever graduating from college and moving into tech careers, and I think it’s topical to start talking about why women need to think about developing practical skills with computers. Rather than relying on your wiz kid son or your techie husband to fix up your technology, why not embark on your own journey to master your own technology, perform your own home computer repairs, and solve issues with your software and the hardware inside of your computer?

Adee.Melbourne are PC Repair Specialists in Pakenham with a lot of female techs. I had the chance to speak to Clara, who has been repairing computers since she was 13, “I’ve worked for Adee for a while, and I’m really happy here,” She expressed with excitement, “It’s amazing to think that so many young women are entering into the technology sector. I really love repairing computers, and despite the stereotypes that information technology and computer repair is a male-dominated industry, the truth is, there are a lot of women who want to get into this field who are passionate about computers.”

It’s no wonder that more people than ever—both men and women—want careers in technology. In the 21st century, we’re using communications technology more than ever to stay in touch, to find jobs, and even to make money online! If you’re living out in the country, you need to be especially vigilant about the technology you use, because when it goes down, you’re a long trek away from the city where the majority of computer repair companies are located. Like all other domains of country living, you have to learn to be self-sufficient, and computers are no exception to this maxim.