Ways to boost the equity value of your property
Mar28

Ways to boost the equity value of your property

If you are planning to sell your property in the near future, you want to list it with the intention to sell it as quickly as possible for your desired sales price. To achieve this, your property needs to appeal to buyers and attract an influx of offers from them to purchase the property. Real estate agent comparison website LocalAgentFinder believe that it’s no secret that beautifully designed properties sell for more. By using the following staging tips, you can improve the interior and exterior design appeal for your property and increase the equity value that your property will sell for. Make the exterior of your home ‘Welcoming’. Typically, potential buyers will drive by the property to assess whether or not they would like to go ahead with an open house inspection. Some ways to make the exterior of your property appear more inviting include: Cleaning and sealing walkways, driveways and paths. Make your walkways, driveways and paths more appealing by cleaning them of debris and sealing them. Presenting a neat garden. Lure your buyers into the dream of owning your property by presenting an attractive garden. The plants should appear fresh and green while the grass and shrubs should be trimmed neatly. Source Freshly painting the exterior of the property. A fresh coat of paint can breathe a new lease of life into properties. Just take a look at the before and after pictures of the property below. Before Source After Source Make the rooms inside the property feel like suites. Source The bedrooms and living rooms will strike the purchasing chord with potential buyers if the property is presented right. You want browsers to connect with the property emotionally and this will be achieved through the interior décor that is used for the property. For example: Long flowing curtain drapes Mirrors and glass objects to improve the natural light within the room. The use of subtle artificial lighting through lamps and reflective LEDs. Enticing cushions, sofas, rugs, duvets and throws. Ensure the home is sparkling clean! The cleaner the property looks, the more appealing it will be to buyers. Get rid of any items that appear to clutter the property and get the windows gleaming and the floors shining. It is the cheapest way to make your property appear more presentable. Sell the private getaway spaces that the home has to offer. Sell the idea that the property owner can get away from it all without having to leave the comfort of their property. Pitch the getaway areas of your property such as: Private cinema Pool room Man Cave Private terrace Private office Granny flat Make sure...

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Awesome Railing – Works of Art for Deck, Balcony and Stairs…
Mar27

Awesome Railing – Works of Art for Deck, Balcony and Stairs…

Choosing the best  railing design for decks can be tricky. The most common  residential deck railing design is built on-site using pressure treated lumber, with the vertical balusters regularly spaced to meet building code. Cable railings typically use stainless steel cables strung horizontally.Glass balusters and glass panels open the view while still providing safety. With the increasing popularity of composite lumber for decking, manufacturers are providing composite railing components. Other options include wrought iron and sheet steel, into which custom designs can be cut To help you find the best railing, I assembled this list of more than two hundred different pictures of deck railing ideas and designs, organized by type for quick reference. Even better, some handrail designs have a 3D model available for download and use in architectural design programs like Chief Architect, AutoCAD, and SoftPlan. Take a look at these curved railing pictures. The first gallery shown here is of a beautiful log home with an awesome covered porch and open deck. The curved wood  is what really makes it special. This deck takes it all the way with two different curves. The rock work on the columns and some of the walls are a great match for the wood work. Take a look at these pictures to see what they look like. Pictures are the best way to visualize what a construction project will look like when completed. Check out these handrail pictures to see. Let’s get started with my Favorite  Ideas! image via awoodrailing.com image via awoodrailing.com image via awoodrailing.com image via awoodrailing.com image via awoodrailing.com source:...

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Magical Christmas Home Decorations
Dec10

Magical Christmas Home Decorations

Christmas is one of the most important holidays of the year that lasts a day. From the first days of winter, we want to decorate our interior in fun and festive way. It is a time of reunion with family and friends. Decorating is fun. The dining room is the heart of the celebrations: this is the point of reunion and sharing meals. At the end of the year, we find ourselves around the table to share good food and drink, good wine with our loved ones. If you are looking for original ideas for decorating your home or apartment, we invite you to discover our selection with 10 examples of interior and exterior decoration, inspired by the magic of Christmas. photo via pusamania.org photo via www.digsdigs.com photo via doublemesh.com photo via www.nilebliss.com photo via homesthetics.net photo via www.hgtv.com photo via www.digsdigs.com photo via www.diyncrafts.com photo via www.msucculent.com photo...

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The Cutest Christmas Decorations with Sleds
Dec07

The Cutest Christmas Decorations with Sleds

Which Christmas decorations to choose for your interior and exterior? There are only three weeks before Christmas. With arriving in December, we begin to decorate our house and preparing for the family celebration. The Christmas tree is, of course, the nessesery symbol for every Christmas decoration. Natural tree, artificial or alternative, its presence is important to get the Christmas spirit at home. What is the other element that makes us think of December 25? Santa Claus ? And yes, Santa Claus with his great sleigh and cute reindeer . Today we’ll look at how to decorate the interior and exterior with large and small sleds without Santa, but sometimes with reindeer! Take a look at our gallery ! image via mvrattery.com image via www.digsdigs.com image via www.digsdigs.com image via theminimalisthome.com image via tiphero.com image via www.digsdigs.com image via www.howto-simplify.com image...

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15 Wonderful Christmas Stairs Decoration Ideas
Dec06

15 Wonderful Christmas Stairs Decoration Ideas

Christmas is an amazing holiday which everybody loves, days are left before the main holiday of the year. We can’t wait to start decorating our homes, it’s time of miracles and fairy-tales! Decorating the stairs is very important. There are lots of things you can use for this purpose, add some fir and mistletoe branches, stockings, hanging pinecones, wreaths, burlap bows. And don’t forget the lights… At night, the décor will become magical ! Look at the photos below and get inspired by these fantastic ideas! image via decorationforlife.com image via londonbeep.com image via londonbeep.com image via londonbeep.com image via www.alittlepieceofdebbie.com image via www.pinkous.com image via www.bhg.com image via dsgnhomee.xyz image via fashion.eduheadlines.com image via housetodecor.com image via housetodecor.com image via housetodecor.com image via fustany.com image via designmag.fr image...

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Signature style tips to consider when moving into your new home.
Oct13

Signature style tips to consider when moving into your new home.

Are you someone that is considering a move to a new home in the next six months? Whether you are buying or renting, it is likely that you will be moving into an empty nest. You will get the bare essentials of the skeletal interior framework for the accommodation you will move into, however if you want to make your new house a home, then you will need to invest in furniture and interior furnishings to add character to your home. Do you know what edge you can add to your new place? Below are five ideas to get your creative interior design juices flowing. Be one with the Earth with a more rustic design. You can create a chic rustic look inside the home if you know exactly what to invest in and where to place it to create the maximum effect. A rustic look inside your home should make it feel more cosy and serve as a place for you to escape. Wood will be your base of choice. Ideally, you will be able to expose the wooden elements of your home’s interior. If this isn’t possible, then invest in wooden furniture to give your home more of a cottage feel. Look into investing in vintage décor for the dining room table, wooden stools and wooden cupboards. Add animal styled hides as rugs for flooring and framed antique prints to hang around the home. If you have a fireplace, then you are in luck to add to the cottage feel. If not, then check out some of the bio or gel fireplace options that you can install into the home to add to that ‘cosy moment by the fire’ aspect that you want inside a rustic home. Improve the social aspect of your home by enhancing the lounge and recreational areas. It is very easy for people to get caught up in the bedroom and to use it as their living space. You can enhance the look and feel of your other rooms with sofas and lounge chairs that look and feel comfortable. Three seat sofas are generally the most appealing, although you can also consider recliners and chez longs, which will give you the option to entertain guests or chill out with friends and family. You can click here to view some more sofa designs from Interior Secrets. Add a touch of elegance and luxury with a minimalistic design. Most of us love the thought of getting comfortable in an aesthetically pleasing environment. There is the desire to ‘live it up’ in a five star hotel. However, why not bring the luxury of a top hotel...

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Top tips to consider before hiring a roofing contractor
Oct12

Top tips to consider before hiring a roofing contractor

Have you ever been in the position where you know you need to tend to the roof of your home, but you have no idea where to start? You are not alone. Many Australians face a similar predicament and need to rely on the expertise of an expert. The thing is, if you have no idea what to look out for in a roofing expert, how do you know you are making the right choice? Experts in Roof restoration services in Melbourne would like to give you the following tips to give you confidence in your decision when hiring your roofing contractor. Ensure that you hire a roofing contractor that can assist you with all building/council regulations and approvals. You need to check any changes to your property with your local council and ensure that you receive approval prior to the commencement of your building project. For example, the Logan city council in Queensland requires roofers that are re-roofing with dissimilar materials (such as replacing corrugated iron roofing with tiles) will require building approvals from the council. You can view an example factsheet here, but it is essential that you check with your own local council. Failure to receive approval may result in severe consequences by ordering the removal of the building work that was conducted. image via roofresto.com.au Ensure that you hire a licensed roofer. There are different skillsets that are required by different roofers. Special skills are required to ensure that the building remains waterproof and that the water runoff is controlled. The materials that are used on roofing jobs differ as well, with metals such as zinc-aluminium and concrete or clay tiles being used. Many Australian states have different license requirements for the different type of roofing jobs. Check for the roofing license classes from the list below. Roofers Re-Roofing Metal Roofing Glazed Roofing Cement Roofing Conventional Roofing Bituminous Roofing Be aware of warranties and guarantees that you should be entitled to. Don’t be shy to ask the roofer about warranties and guarantees with the roofing work that they will be doing on your home. Warranties are important, as the investment into roofing is a large financial commitment. By having a warranty in place, it can protect you against future fees should any issues arise with your roof. The warranty and guarantee should offer: A coverage period (Is it for 5 years? 10 years?) The warranty or guarantee should be written. Covers defects in the materials (For shingles or metal roofs) Covers the workmanship, such as the misapplication of flashings. Weather protection such as storm damage caused from wind, rain, hail or any other natural elements....

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5 Perfect Additions To Your Alfresco Area
Sep22

5 Perfect Additions To Your Alfresco Area

An alfresco area has the ability to bring comfort and beauty to any home. It serves to be much more than just a patio with a grill.  When designed properly, there are five major components to make an outdoor dining area absolutely perfect. The focal point of the alfresco area will be the patio furniture, it is the congregation point.  The most important part of choosing materials is deciding which ones suit the needs best.  Aluminum is a very light weight material, that resists corrosion, and an aluminum patio set is easy to clean, making it a low maintenance cost option.  The down side of aluminum is that it isn’t very strong, and won’t stand up to heavy usage. Steel is heavier than aluminum and much stronger so if it is maintained well, it can last a very long time.  Because steel will rust, it becomes very important to purchase stainless or galvanized steel. If you choose a painted steel, it is imperative to keep up with repainting to make sure the set doesn’t rust away.  Cast iron patio furniture is the heaviest and most durable of the three types of metal furniture but falls into the same rust issues as steel with regards to maintenance.  Wood and plastic furniture are also available, but for longevity over maintenance purposes, metal is the way to go. The next major addition will be the barbecue.  There are many different types and styles, ranging from small charcoal grills to full built-in outdoor kitchens.  The type, style and fuel choice become more of a preferential decision, but there are so many choices that there is guaranteed to be something to match the furniture styles; the only restriction becomes space available and price. One addition that will make your alfresco area absolutely perfect, and will extend the outdoor season, are gas or electric outdoor patio heaters.  Unobtrusive and for the most part unnoticed, these heaters will keep you warm on cool nights, and depending on how cold the winter is, the use of outdoor patio heaters can even extend the outdoor season all year long.  Because of their low energy consumption, they won’t hike up your electricity bills.  If the lines are already in place for a natural gas grill, it is an easy addition to blend in outdoor patio heaters to the infrastructure already in place. Lighting is a major addition to an alfresco area.  Just like grill styles, there are many different types of lighting depending on the needs of the area.  Building mounted, ground mounted, pole mounted, ambient or overhead lighting will each bring a different type of illumination, so again it is important...

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The knockdown/rebuild Project Guide
Sep17

The knockdown/rebuild Project Guide

To quote a famous Australian film, “A man’s (or woman’s) home is his (or her) castle,” and while Darryl Kerrigan from The Castle was definitely house proud, he was also always trying to extend his property and to build up on his home with various extensions and add-ons. He also struggled with the fact that it was impossible to shoehorn all of the different things into the place that he wanted to. Suffice to say, Mr Kerrigan might have been better off with a complete rebuild as opposed to various renovations. It might have turned out cheaper as well. The very phrase ‘knock down’ fills some people with abundant fear as they imagine the process of getting all the works underway – never mind the question of where do you live in the meantime while the work is being completed. To address these concerns, we’ve created a list of some of the most important things to consider in this handy guide so that you can understand the knockdown rebuild process in its entirety. Image Courtesy: https://www.facebook.com/boutiquehomesvic/ Step One – Know your budget When you’re considering a complete knockdown and rebuild of your home, it’s important to know what you’re doing this for and what you hope to achieve. If you’re hoping to achieve a good return on your investment (ROI) then the budget may be more restrained than if you’re building the ultimate family home. Once you’ve established the what and why, you need to consider how long you want to hang onto your property – as the more you invest, the longer you’ll want to hold onto it for a better ROI. Step Two – Figure out the planning controls You need to figure out the planning controls on your property – as in how the property is zoned and whether there are any overlays on the property. Every property is zoned in some way – as in commercial, residential, business zones – but not every house has an overlay. A type of overlay that you’re probably familiar with is the heritage overlay. This can cover buildings, land, gardens and even trees – basically anything that is considered to have heritage importance. As a result of this, it’s vital to know the what’s what about the zoning, before you even so much as pick up the phone to call the builders. Image Courtesy: https://www.facebook.com/boutiquehomesvic/ Step Three – Designing your home You have a couple of different stages here Sketch designing your home – This is the process of determining how the home can be built (is it a north-south block, are there any landmarks blocking light etc) Designing...

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Modern Stone Wall Interior Designs
Aug16

Modern Stone Wall Interior Designs

In this post we are going to present you some modern stone wall interior designs that will fascinate you. If you’re having doubts about how stone will look like an in interior space or if you think that it gives a cold atmosphere to the place, you are wrong. Nowadays, stone is one of the most used materials for creating modern designs. It is natural material and is suitable for every part of the house, from the kitchen, to the living room and the bedroom. It is perfect for making combinations with other natural or natural-like decorative elements, such as plants. It can be combined with almost every color and has the ability to give a royal appearance to every space. The walls made of stone can be really good combined with wood. Check this combination and you won’t regret. For more inspiration and ideas take a look at the gallery below. image via buildsimplehome.com image via www.contemporist.com image via denoxa.com image via www.homedit.com image via www.amazinginteriordesign.com image via decorcology.com image via www.healthqu.com image via www.luugiadecor.com image via www.sintezplus.com image...

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