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How to renovate for a mess-free home

How to Renovate without the mess

Renovate or Relocate?

Renovate or Relocate?

 

The ultimate question! One that will surely cross your mind at some stage of your life! Both renovating and relocating bring change and opportunity as well as their own set of risks.

You might love the area you are in, or you may be seeking a change of scenery, and your choice between the two can sculpt you life for decades to come!

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The problem with home renovation TV shows

The problem with home renovation TV shows

They’re exciting, they’re fun to watch, and the results usually look incredible. What’s not to like about home reno TV shows?

Well, for one thing, they often gloss over the most important aspect of renovating a home.

If you’ve caught the itch and are thinking about making some improvements to your home, make sure you aren’t overlooking this one major factor.

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Case Study Should I renovate my 3 bedroom home into a 4 bed

Case Study: Should I renovate my 3 bedroom home into a 4 bed?

Adding an extra room to a home can be a great way of creating value and fetching a higher sale price.

There are however quite a few things to consider before splitting rooms in two or putting up new walls.

In this case study, we look at a recent example of a client who wanted to make his three spacious bedrooms into four small ones.

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How to make your bathroom a selling point

How to make your bathroom a selling point

Bathrooms are one of the most frequented rooms in any home, and yet many home sellers go no further than giving them a bit of a clean when putting their house on the market.

These small but important rooms can in fact be the make-or-break point of a sale, so it pays to spend a little time and money making sure they’re in top shape before opening your doors to inspections.

Here are a few tips on how to make your bathroom look its best.

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5 renovation mistakes to avoid!

5 renovation mistakes to avoid!

Thinking about doing up your home before selling it? Great idea – you could significantly raise your sale price without much investment from your end.

But beware of these five common mistakes people make!

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What to do with your old fixer upper

What to do with your old fixer upper

You’ve got an old, not-particularly-inhabitable property sitting there collecting dust. For years you’ve been going on about doing it up and selling it, or perhaps rebuilding and moving in.

You know you’re sick of it sitting there empty, but you’re not sure what exactly to do with it. Well, now you do – here are your options, with our recommendations included.

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Think Before You Leap

Think Before You Leap

If you’re considering adding a pool, put on your ‘dispassion’ cap for a moment and consider your family home as an investment vehicle. With cap snugly on, ask yourself this: come sale time, is a swimming pool an asset or a liability? And does it matter to you?

Let’s be clear about this. A swimming pool as part of a property sale is a dividing force for buyers. And for some, it’s an absolute deal-breaker, even if your property ticks all the other boxes.

When considering any improvements to a property – including a pool ­ it is always wise to consider improvements in terms of appeal to potential buyers. You’re going to sell the house one day, right?

Of course, for most of us, our house is our home and our homes are where we live, love, laugh and play. As well as lurch-forth from many mornings a week to head to work, so we need and want our homes to be places where we are cocooned, refuelled and nurtured. And for some, having a pool does this. So by all means, get a pool and enjoy it.

But just look before you leap into a pool: literally and metaphorically. Come sale time, the addition of a pool will undoubtedly reduce your potential buyer-pool (pardon the pun) and only maybe increase your re-sale value.

But not everything we do with our properties needs to be about a monetary return on investment. You just need to be clear; is adding a pool a lifestyle investment or a gamble for investment gains?

While many people view the inclusion of a pool as adding great lifestyle as well as property value, others, quite correctly will recognise the regular cleaning, maintenance and servicing costs as a burden.

Think Before You Leap

The suburb you live in and what type of property you have should influence your decision of whether or not to dig a hole in the ground and fill it with water. Homes in inner-city suburbs tend to have a larger percentage of pools, and buyers in these areas will often expect a pool as an inclusion.

Drive away from the inner-city ring and buyer expectations can be very different; with the idea of a pool enticing but the reality of the added cost or burden of running one a not-so-enticing proposition for many.

The bottom line is this: if you’d love a pool and you can afford the time and cost of maintaining one – and you’re not doing it to add value to your property – then proceed forth and enjoy.

There’s no denying that a well-designed, constructed and maintained pool will bring years of fun and pleasure to your family and lucky friends. Yet, if your aim is to add value to a property for immediate gain then

Finally - LEDs hit home

Finally – LEDs hit home

LED lights are finally reaching a level that is set to make them the choice of lighting when it comes to what to put inside – and outside – your home.

You might not see them on the shelves of Kmart just yet, but most lighting retailers now carry several lines of LEDs and they come in everything from strip lighting to downlight globes and, thankfully, replacements for what we would consider “normal” globes that fit into bayonet and screw-in fittings.

When we bought ceiling fans 18 months ago we put CFL globes in them instead of energy-sucking halogens. The compact fluorescents may have used only 11w each but they were awful – a really horrible light that was slow to warm up.

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The essential DIY painting guide

The essential DIY painting guide

It’s one of the quickest ways to give a home a facelift, but painting like the pros requires patience, attention to detail, a steady hand and yes, tedious preparation.

It’s a messy business, with lots of bending, twisting and negotiating ladders, and inevitable dithering over the crucial colour scheme.

Decide up front who lands the back-breaking tasks of heavy sanding and painting the ceilings.

Painting is not just about getting the paint onto surfaces successfully. There’s an awful lot of work involved in not getting paint where it shouldn’t be. Read more