HOW TO: MAKE THE MOST OF A SMALL SPACE

Just because your space is small, doesn’t mean you have to compromise functionality and style. If you have a pokey bedroom, a tiny laundry or a super small bathroom, here are a few tips and tricks from iThink Customer Service extraordinaire Lacey Burns, that you can implement to ensure you are making the most out of your space. SOURCE: THREE BIRDS RENOVATIONS  DECLUTTER Decluttering is the first, and probably most important step. Small spaces can get cluttered extremely quickly, so it is super important to ensure you are only keeping items that are completely necessary or serve a particular purpose. Otherwise, the space just looks messy and it will hinder its functionality. When it comes to small areas, less truly is more so keep this in mind when styling and… Read More »

HOW TO: PREPARE YOUR HOUSE FOR A VACATE

One of the most stressful tasks when you’re vacating a tenancy, is ensuring your property is in tip-top shape. Under the General Tenancy Agreement (GTA) you sign at the start of your lease, it’s your obligation to ensure you leave the property in the same condition as when you moved in otherwise you will lose your bond. To make sure this doesn’t happen to you and you receive your bond back, here are a few top tips and tricks from iThink Property Manager, Bek Sheahan.     MANDATORY MAINTENANCE To start off, there are a few compulsory cleans you must do no matter what. One is carpet cleaning, and the other is pest control (if you have had pets). Please see below for more information on both of these: Carpet… Read More »

HOW TO: MAKE AN OFFER

Making an offer on a property can be daunting, especially if it’s your first time! It’s a massive financial decision and is one you don’t want to mess up. The actual act of making an offer on a private treaty is quite straightforward and will be easy once you chat to your real estate agent but the tricky part is making sure your offer is the one that they choose. So how do you make sure you are making an offer that will give you the best chance of securing your home? iThink Sales Agent Mark Costello has put together a list of tips on how to successfully make an offer.     ATTEND AN OPEN FOR INSPECTION If you’re interested enough to be thinking of making an offer on… Read More »

HOW TO: HOST THE PERFECT DINNER PARTY

Dinner parties are the perfect way to get together with friends and family, especially in these cooler months when the weather outside is slightly unbearable. iThink Property’s Director- Marketing and Business Development, Kylie Walker has put together a list of tips and tricks that will crown you the ‘host with the most’ this winter season.   START PLANNING EARLY Before you can even start thinking about the menu, you need to set a date and time. Round up your guests and set out a date that is going to suit everyone. Once you’ve locked in a date and time you can start gathering all your ideas, polishing up your best cutlery and curating the perfect playlist for the night.     SET A THEME Setting a theme for your dinner… Read More »

TOP 5 REASONS TENANTS LEAVE A RENTAL

As a landlord, there is nothing more stressful than when your property is vacant. To help minimise the risk of this happening to you, you need to make sure you look after your property & tenants. iThink Property Manager, Katrina White has put together a list of five reasons tenants tend to leave their rentals, along with tips and tricks you can implement to avoid the constant chop and change of tenants in your property.   MAINTENANCE     If a tenant constantly has to deal with leaking roofs, clogged pipes and pest problems they are going to get frustrated. Having to contact the property manager, lodge a maintenance request and schedule a suitable time for trades etc. can become time-consuming and quite irritating, especially if it happens continuously! One… Read More »

HOW TO: RENOVATE YOUR KITCHEN ON A BUDGET

Is your kitchen in need of a freshen up, but think you don’t have the dollars to do it? Think again! If your kitchen is looking a little worse for wear, there are plenty of ways you can revamp it for minimum spend. Take a look at or tips from Sales & Marketing Consultant, Kelli McKellar on how you can give your kitchen a makeover without blowing the budget.   SOURCE: HANNAH BLACKMORE   A FRESH COAT OF PAINT Your cabinets and drawers are a focal point in the kitchen so are usually the first thing people want to update. But often, your cabinetry is in good shape, and it’s just the exterior which looks a little worse for wear.  An easy way to fix this is with a fresh… Read More »

ORGANISING TIPS FOR THE BIG MOVE

The one thing that really puts a damper on all the moving excitement is packing. There is nothing more tedious and frustrating than going through every room from top to bottom to ensure you have everything packed, organised and ready to be transported to your new home. Lucky for you, iThink Customer Service extraordinaire, Lacey Burns has compiled a list of tips and tricks that will help take the stress out of moving.   MAKE A CHECKLIST     Grab a notepad and take a walk through your house, jotting down a list of jobs that need to be completed before the move. By having this all in front of you, you can check them off once each item is completed. It also might help to create smaller checklists for… Read More »

STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD WITH TENANCY SKILLS INSTITUTE

We are sure you’ve heard plenty of tips and tricks on how to make your rental application stand out from the crowd, but we’ve got one that will actually work! Introducing the Tenancy Skills Institute.  The Tenancy Skills Institute have listened to the struggles of property managers and tenants to create a training program dedicated to teaching tenants the necessary skills needed to find and maintain a tenancy. The program is a saving grace in the eyes of property managers and tenants. So how can you jump on board? Here’s everything you need to know from iThink Property Manager Peta.   WHAT IS THE TENANCY SKILLS INSTITUTE? “Everyone deserves somewhere safe to live. Real estate agents and property managers equally deserve great tenants.” This is the main driving force behind… Read More »

FIRST HOME BUYERS: TOP TIPS FOR BUYING YOUR FIRST HOME

Purchasing your first home is a big deal so it’s okay to feel a bit scared about the whole process! It’s a big financial and emotional investment and one you need to get right the first time. To help the process seem a little less stressful and daunting, here are some of our top tips for first home buyers from iThink Sales Agent, Matt Hawkins.   DO YOUR RESEARCH     When preparing to buy your first home, it’s essential you understand the process and what’s ahead of you. Be prepared and do some research, so you are confident and realistic about your opportunities. Having a clear idea of what you can afford will be the key. There’s nothing worse than falling in love with a place, then finding out… Read More »

TOP INTERIOR TRENDS FOR WINTER

With the cooler weather starting to kick in, it’s time to update your interiors to combat those cold and dreary days. iThink Sales and Marketing Assistant, Taylah Antoniolli has put together a list of some stand out styles that will have you wanting to stay inside all winter long. MUTED HUES & DIFFERENT TEXTURES SOURCE: Pinterest,  TLC Interiors The pastel shades of pink, green and blue have now developed a more mature feel. This season will showcase muted hues of burgundy, dusty pinks, forest greens, soft blues and cinnamon tones. These colours contrast warm undertones to produce a richness to your space, without feeling to heavy or overpowering. To add an extra touch to your room, try incorporating textures such as light timbers, soft leathers and silky velvets in the… Read More »

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