23Aug/19
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Beginners’ Tips For Designing Effective Balloon Decoration

Regardless of what type of event you may be hosting or planning, high-quality balloon decoration is crucial to the success of your event. Indeed, they can help create a positive and care-free vibe for a birthday event, engagement party or anniversary celebration. However, it’s very important that you don’t go over the top or get lazy when it comes to designing and accessorising the party space. So, if you need a bit of help, read the following guide outlining effective and simple beginner tips.

 

Don’t go over the top

The thing about using a balloon decoration is that the purpose is to augment and brighten up your party. If you go over the top, your balloon decoration can become a distraction or get in the way. Think about it this way: you probably don’t want any inflatables near the dance floor or around the food, as they will likely just get in the way and frustrate your guests. Imagine trying to dig into a slice of pizza only to have an inflatable floating around near your face. It’s annoying, right?

 

Keep it simple

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At the end of the day, just keep it simple. When you’re planning where to put your balloon decoration, think about where it will have the most practical value. If you’re hosting your party at your home, a noticeable balloon decoration attached to your letterbox or front veranda will help your guests locate where the party is and where to park (if they are driving).

On the other hand, you might be hosting your party at a public venue or function centre. If it quite hard to locate, consider placing inflatables on a group table or out the front of your private room. Your guests will certainly appreciate it.

 

Choose a colour scheme that works with the event

When it comes to designing your balloon decoration, the colour scheme is equally important. If you’re helping with a child’s birthday party, you could either go with the child’s favourite colour or a delivery of multi-coloured inflatables. When it comes to young children, you want to help build excitement; purchasing bright, vivid inflatables is always a good step in the right direction.

However, if you’re planning an engagement party or an anniversary function, multicoloured balloons may come across as facetious or childish. If you want your event to be formal and mature, a simple delivery of white inflatables with nice patterns is a great way to go. Break up the white monotony with light pink, crimson and a lemon yellow inflatables or ribbons to add some vibrant colour to the special day!

 

What balloon decoration works best?

There are so many different styles and methods that you can use to design and accessorise your inflatables. An inflatable arch is a great way to welcome your guests, however, it does take a lot of time and effort, meaning you’ll probably need to set aside a few hours before your party.

woman holding heart-shaped balloons

If you’re planning an engagement party, it’s quite easy to form your inflatables into the shape of a love heart. Celebrate the upcoming nuptials in style with a cute little inflatable love heart! Having said this, for the more exotic forms of balloon decoration, you’ll need some tape and/or string to ensure that your inflatables stay in shape. For example, if you want to make a row of inflatable columns, you’ll need to form your inflatables into clusters.

One of the easiest ways to do this is to fill up two inflatables and knot them together via the leftover latex on the neck of each balloon. Place a small piece of tape over the knot to ensure they remain connected and stable.

20Aug/19
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When Hot Water Cylinders Sell The Customer Short

Hot water cylinders are great investments when homeowners access their goods through a reliable brand.

From natural gas and electric to solar models, there is enough variety and competition in the market to meet the needs of individuals from all persuasions.

However, there are examples when customers are sold short, experiencing problems and setbacks that causes more stress than the cylinder is worth.

These are instances where the business has let their community down.

 

Customers Regularly Sent To Online Troubleshooting Help

One of the great frustrations with customers who invest in hot water cylinders is being sent by the business to a website or app to try and fix the issue at their end. Of course this is an initial step that can save the user and the business for time and money, but eventually the problem can reach a point where a specialist has to be consulted and appointed. Customer service is convenient when there is an online portal to use, but it can quickly become a cost effective measure that is the default option to delay and frustrate constituents.

 

Faulty Thermostat Readings

Whilst solar models have come a long way with their complimentary inverter products that are compatible with smart devices, older hot water cylinders from electric and gas providers have to rely on thermostat readings. This is the only real indication of performance and notifying the homeowner about any potential threats or fault within the system. Should the readings be consistently inaccurate to illustrate a higher or lower reading, that is an indication that the technology offered by the brand is below industry standard. Some simple steps like resetting the thermostat should be investigated before any major decisions are made, but inconsistent readings will become a problem that has to be addressed.

 

Low Lifespan

As an industry rule, hot water cylinders should last on average anywhere between 8 to 12 years before they need to be replaced or upgraded. Tankless models will enjoy a longer lifespan but the average model should not begin to experience faults or malfunctions for close to a decade. If the item happens to suffer with performance issues or dies outright before that 8-year mark, that is an illustration that the homeowner has been sold short. The only true means of protection in this instance is a comprehensive warranty, but even this element can be up for debate.

 

shower roomShort Warranties

Given the knowledge for an expected lifespan for hot water cylinders, the warranty agreement should reflect that level of expectation and protect the consumer’s investment. Tankless models can last upwards of two decades if it maintains its integrity, yet the standard policy for most products will see a period of 5-10 years issued. Shorter warranties that fail to live up to this minimum expectation is doing the homeowner a major disservice, opening up the potential for their item to be replaced and paid for in full to double the costs and add to their stress and anxiety levels.

 

No Future Proofing Option

An investment in a natural gas or electrical product might be suitable for a household in 2019 given the right circumstances, but the rate of innovation with hot water cylinders ensures that solar energy production is the way forward. This is where the inclusion of a future proofing option is beneficial for the consumer, having a framework in place by the team of installers when that event approaches in the coming 5 to 10 years. If the provider fails to produce on that count, they are selling their constituents short and showcasing one of two facts – they don’t care about the need to future proof properties or don’t have the expertise to carry it out. Either fact is unsettling.

 

Summary

By and large most local outlets who provide hot water cylinders don’t suffer from these shortcomings. Given the ability for consumers to rate and rank their peers online, word will quickly spread for brands that fail at their core duty. Yet it is always worthwhile to be mindful for businesses that place profit and convenience above their responsibility to their constituents.

 

Housewarming: A Traditional Celebration

The move finished (or almost), the boxes unpacked and the new housing ready (or not): and if it was time to think about your housewarming? It is in France this medieval tradition which celebrates the installation in a new apartment or a house. But what is its origin?

The cogwheel: A Term From The Middle Ages

An essential tool for cooking in the Middle Ages, the rack allowed at the time to suspend the pots (usually used for soup or stew) over the fire in the fireplace. This metal rod with several notches was used to adjust the height of the containers relative to the flames to adjust the cooking temperature. However, the utensil was traditionally the last installed in a new home: the opportunity to invite all those who committed to the construction of the latter for a celebration where one then suspended said rack before sharing a meal. The custom has remained and one “hangs the housewarming” symbolically still today.

You Too, Hang The Housewarming!

Do you also want to organize your housewarming after finishing with the moving boxes? Be methodical and think first about your guest list, depending on the size of your home. Block a date, ideally at weekends, and let your guests know well in advance. Do not forget to warn your neighbors (unless they are invited themselves) to prevent any noise-related complaints and, during the party, do not forget to bring newcomers to the house. The Object of the evening!

14Jun/19

Disassemble And Reassemble Furniture For Easier Transportation

For transportation, but also doors, patio doors or hallways: dismantling your furniture (and therefore, reassembling it) may be a must when moving. But beware! Be sure to follow some good practices, so you do not have any bad surprises when you settle down.

Why Dismantle His Furniture?

The reasons to dismantle your furniture when you move are many. The most obvious reason is the passage of doors, windows, hallways, and stairs. Rather than trying to go into force or with many maneuvers, it is better to lose a few minutes! Disassembly also makes transportation safer, especially if you rent a moving truck. Disassembled, a shelf a little wobbly will be less likely to suffer fatal shocks during the trip. Finally, disassembly is also a good option if you plan to store your furniture for a certain period, for example, in a movable guard. This will save you space and maximize space.

If it is tedious, the dismantling of a piece of furniture may ultimately prove a time saver: less hassle for moving and transport during the move, less risk of breakage of the furniture (and therefore long day in the central commercial to buy one) and space used in the case of prolonged storage.

Dismantling Furniture: Our Advice

Before disassembling your furniture, memorize its structure. Take out your smartphone or camera, and take it from every angle; even make a commented video if you can: a piece of furniture always looks simple when installed, but once disassembled, its elements can all look alike and give you cold sweats. Take care to store the screws, bolts, dowels, and tools used for disassembly in a sealed envelope that you will tape to the furniture or keep in an accessible carton during your move. Write in pencil the name of each item on it (front right door, shelf two bottom, etc.) and finally, do not forget to protect your furniture, even disassembled, during transport!