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Creating A Fun, Safe Garden For Your Children

As the mum of five young children, I know how important it is to have access to a safe outdoor space for your children to play. Being cooped up in the house all day isn't good for the kids or the parents, but you also can't let young kids play in a space that's hazardous. When we bought our new family home, there was a lot of work to do in the garden to make it childproof, and we also wanted to make it a fun place for the kids to play. We erected a new fence, fitted a combination lock on the garden gate, had poisonous plants removed, cordoned off the pool and created a play area complete with swings, a slide and outdoor games. I started this blog to share my DIY gardening tips, and I hope you find it interesting and useful.



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2 Important Things to Consider Before Hiring a Custom Homebuilder

by Darlene Jenkins

When you're ready to have your own custom home built, you want to find and work with the right home builder. He or she needs to work with you to create the home of your dreams and ensure the job gets done right and according to schedule. Before you do hire any home builders, note a few important things to consider and discuss with him or her.

1. Note if they're a public or private company

There are pros and cons of both public and private home building companies. A public company has shareholders and investors to satisfy, so there is a risk that they might rush through jobs just to get the sales completed and move on to other homes. At the same time, investors and shareholders want to ensure that a company doesn't get sued for poor quality work and that the stocks are very valuable, meaning that the business has a good record of success with sales and customers. If they're a public company, check the history of their stocks and how they've performed to see if they have a track record of success.

A private home builder doesn't need to answer to stockholders so they may work at whatever pace is best for the home itself. You might check their portfolio of homes and especially older homes, and also check with your local business reporting agencies to see if there have been any complaints filed against them; this will tell you about their quality and the history of their company.

2. Consider how much leeway they offer you in creating a custom design

A custom home builder should work with you to create a home of your dreams, even if your requests are a bit unique. That being said, you don't want to have a home that is unsafe, has a poor view of the outside, or is otherwise compromised in quality simply because you made certain requests about its design and didn't consider these other factors. 

If a custom home builder offers feedback about your requests or notes that some simply cannot be accommodated, this is actually a good sign. It means they want to make you happy but are also concerned about the safety of your home's structure and other factors you perhaps had not considered. Their feedback and interaction can be a good gauge as to how qualified they are to actually build your custom home, even if they can't accommodate every request you make.