Home Stories 2017 Spring Edition

Spring homekeeping tips Check Batteries in Smoke Alarms

The Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) and Country Fire Authority (CFA) recommend changing your smoke alarm battery at the start and end of daylight savings. Because we have a variety of different building types and fire management systems, if you are unsure how to do this, or whether your alarm allows you to change the battery, please speak with your housing officer. Prevent Bugs

Would you like to learn how to stretch your money further? Do you need help addressing debt? Would you like to learn how to start a personalised budget with the help of an expert? Housing Choices residents can access FREE and confidential one-on-one support with a Good Money Coach. Resident Testimonials: “absolutely great and I would recommend this to other residents.” “They give some good tips” “they explained everything to me it was very detailed and give me all the information I needed to know” Call (03) 9495 9630 or send an email to choices@gsmicrofinance. org.au to set up an appointment today! Alternatively, you can contact your Housing Officer or Naomi on 1300 312 447, who can arrange an appointment to suit you.

As the weather warms, insects return in search of food. Don’t put out the welcome mat.

Instead, make sure all dry goods are stored in airtight containers. Wash your pet’s dishes as soon as they finish meals. Check seals on trash receptacles and wash all containers

and bottles before recycling. To avoid a household of unwanted guests who come looking for food and water, make a nontoxic, homemade repellent:

Pour equal amounts of water and white vinegar into a spray bottle, and shake to mix. Then spritz the solution in water-resistant areas where ants are common, such as kitchen floors or the crevices in painted baseboards from which the pests often enter. You can also use the repellent outside, spraying patios, porches, and picnic tables before family and friends gather. Clean House Siding

Most common types of siding (brick, wooden, aluminium, and vinyl) should be sprayed down twice a year with a garden hose to remove grime. Eliminate Clutter Where You Can Freshen up your rooms by removing unnecessary objects from tabletops and shelves, storing them. Replace them with a single arrangement of fresh flowers. Line-Dry Laundry Now that the warmer weather is on its way, cut down on your energy bills by drying linens and clothing outdoors. It will smell fresher and your whites will brighten in the sun. Soften still- damp towels in the dryer.

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