Category: House

How to choose the right house and land package

It’s important to do your homework when thinking about purchasing a house and land package, even before you start to inspect display homes. There are two basic options for a house and land package:1.) Purchase the land and then build a house2.) Buy a house that is already built on the desired land Each of…
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6 reasons why we love 70s homes

Unique, rebellious house design was as good a reason to love the 1970s as any fondue dinner party, David Cassidy album, Farrah Fawcett hair-do, or pair of flared jeans. Architects broke away from convention in the 70s, designing homes that did not conform to a style beyond being eclectic and original. While these homes eschewed…
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10 tips for a top laundry

The laundry is no longer the little room at the back of the house that you try to hide away. It has become a focal point for modern buyers who want an organised workspace rather than an indoor junkyard of everyday junk that doesn’t have a home elsewhere. An average of six hours each week…
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7 tips to feng-shui your home

Embracing the ancient Chinese spatial laws of feng shui is a leap of faith for those who don’t believe a home can have a money or relationship sector. Yet, the philosophy can contribute to making every room feel calm and happy. And if you are preparing your house for sale, the art of feng shui…
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11 tips to help deal with a deceased estate

Selling the home of a lost loved one can be painful but it doesn’t have to be traumatic. Here is our guide to help you understand the process and minimise friction with your relatives.   Insist the executor of the estate is the contact person for the real estate agent. This avoids any confusion or…
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Should you render your home?

Rendering is one of the most popular options to brighten the street appeal of a brick house. Over the past decade, many suburbs have had their character fundamentally changed by owners who have either rendered existing houses or rebuilt with a render finish. Render gives a home a modern appearance and is worth considering if…
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Life’s a beach with a coastal garden

It’s a wonderful feeling to sit in a coastal garden and enjoy the distant metronome of waves crashing on the beach. Beach houses with a cleverly designed coastal garden leave an indelible impression, especially on prospective buyers seeking a new home in a beachside suburb. A coastal garden is a stunning asset for the property.…
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Why heritage homes love tuck pointing

If you own one of Australia’s favourite architectural designs – Federation, Queen Anne or a Californian bungalow – then you’ll likely to know all about tuck-pointing. It’s the art of restoring bricks, mortar and stonework by grinding back loose or compromised materials and replacing them seamlessly so your home looks as good as new. The…
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10 ways to brighten your fence

Garden fences are a reality of life but that doesn’t mean they have to be an eyesore or boring. You can use to brighten your border with a variety of approaches. Conventional methods to hide an ugly fence, including bamboo screens, vinyl panels and fast-growing vines. Or, you can give your garden an additional splash…
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Fireplaces are a hot item with buyers

Few features warm the hearts of prospective property buyers more in cooler months than a fireplace. From a purchaser’s perspective, a beautifully presented fireplace – especially one that retains the style of the original architecture, adds character and warmth to any room. Whether you have a period or modern home, fireplaces can be a major…
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