4 CHRISTMAS TABLE SETTING IDEAS TO IMPRESS YOUR GUESTS

Can you believe it’s only two weeks until Christmas!? In the mad rush to get everything prepared for the festive celebrations, one thing not to forget is a stylish and festive table setting. Usually overlooked, a well thought out table setting will not only boost your guests Christmas spirit but will be sure to impress. With so many options to choose from, our Marketing and Communications Coordinator Kristy, has put together some ideas and inspiration to help you choose the perfect one for you!   COLOURFUL Christmas is a joyful time and what screams fun more than colour! But don’t over do it. Keep it simple with a white table cloth and build it up from there. Try three to four colours to avoid too many colour clashes. We love… Read More »

POOLS IN RENTAL PROPERTIES- WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

For those lucky enough to have a backyard pool, you’ll already know it’s not all rainbows and daises. With drowning as one of the leading causes of death in children under 5 in Queensland*, owning a pool is a huge responsibility. When it comes to a pool in a rental property, the lines can be blurred as to who is responsible for what. To help you out, iThink property manager Peta, has outlined everything you need to know to keep yourself out of trouble this summer.   ENSURE YOUR POOL IS COMPLIANT Owners of pools & spas in Queensland must ensure their pool complies with the pool safety standard.  There are strict laws about fence heights, gates and other necessary inclusions. To help you out here are a few rules… Read More »

4 INTERIOR DESIGN TRICKS TO BEAT THE SUMMER HEAT

Summer is almost here, which means so is the sweltering heat. Nothing drains your energy and dampens your mood more than 40+ degree days or heat waves, so it’s time to think smart about your interiors. By taking the time to think about what interiors are turning your home into an oven, you can make your summer a more enjoyable and comfortable one. To help you out, here are a few interior design tricks to cool down your house and help it breathe easier from iThink Sales Agent, Caitlin Noble.   SOURCE: THREEE BIRDS RENOVATIONS CLOSE IT UP We’ve talked about this tip before in our blog ‘Get your home prepared for the warmer weather’, but it’s an essential! The best way to keep the sun and heat out is… Read More »

5 MUST KNOWS WHEN BECOMING A LANDLORD

With property becoming a top investment pick for Australians there is no wonder we have more landlords than ever before! If you’re thinking of jumping on the bandwagon it’s important to do your research, especially if you are a first timer. Lucky for you, iThink property manager Tara Graham has put together some must knows for you when becoming an investor.     HIRE A PROFESSIONAL PROPERTY MANAGER The ‘do-it-yourself’ method of managing your property is becoming increasingly popular but to save you the headaches it’s best to leave this up to the professionals. Do you really want to be woken up at 3am with an emergency maintenance request? Property managers are the tenants first point of call and have systems in place to handle maintenance requests, rent arrears etc…. Read More »

BIDDING AT AUCTION – DO’S & DON’TS

We’ve talked you through the important steps pre-auction in our previous post but what do you once you’re at the auction? Do you hide at the back of the room? Bid quickly? Get a professional to bid for you? We’ve talked to one of our auction experts, iThink Sales Agent Adam Boettcher, to find out the do’s and don’ts when bidding at Auction.   DO MAKE SURE YOU’RE PREPARED Before you arrive at the Auction make sure you are prepared and have everything ticked off on your pre-auction checklist. If you are unsure of what you need to do or need a head start take a look at our tips to prepare yourself for auction.   DO ARRIVE EARLY If you haven’t pre-registered to bid this tip is particularly important…. Read More »

TIPS TO PREPARE YOURSELF FOR AUCTION  

Buying at Auction is an increasingly popular method of sale but also can be very nerve racking! Here at iThink we strongly believe in the Auction process as it generally results in a quicker, less complicated sales process. However it is important to do your research and understand the Auction process to avoid any confusion or costly mistakes. To help you out here are some of our tips to prepare yourself for Auction from one of our iThink Sales Agents and Auction Specialist Trent Quinn.     KNOW THE DIFFERENCE- PRIVATE TREATY VS AUCTION The auction process is a very different method of sale compared to a private treaty. The main difference is when you buy at auction there is no cooling off period afterwards. This means if you are… Read More »

4 REASONS TO HIRE A PROFESSIONAL PROPERTY MANAGER

While many investors may think the ‘do-it-yourself’ method of managing your property is more financially rewarding, it’s important to weigh up the pros and cons. Yes, it may save you some money but the time, effort and at times high stress involved can often significantly outweigh the cost of using a property manager. To save you the headaches, here are four reasons from iThink Head of Property Management Angie Lester as to why you should hire a property manager so you can get back to enjoying life!     BETTER TENANTS Professional property managers have a process for choosing the best tenant for your property. All potential tenants will go through a screening process where they run background checks, previous rental & employment history etc. Property managers will also give… Read More »

CLEANING HACKS THAT WILL IMPROVE YOUR LIFE

It’s rare to find someone who likes cleaning and looks forward to it! It not only takes up a lot of time but it also can be very costly. To save you spending all day cleaning or leaving your house smelling like a hospital, our customer service extraordinaire Kate Weier has given us some cleaning hacks using basic household items vinegar and lemon!   VINEGAR There are so many ways to use vinegar as part of your cleaning routine! Just google ‘How to use Vinegar in your home’ and you will be exposed to what feels like an infinite number of ways to use it! To save you the trouble of rambling through them all here are some of the best:     Window Cleaner Mix equal parts of water… Read More »

4 RULES TO KNOW WHEN YOUR LANDLORD IS SELLING

When a tenant hears that their rental property is up for sale they tend to panic- don’t! Just because the owner is putting the property on the market this doesn’t mean you need to pack your bags! Both you and the owner have rights and it’s important to understand them. Our Head of Property Management, Angie Lester is here to give you a head start, with some basic rules every tenant should know!     YOUR LANDLORD HAS THE RIGHT TO SELL As the owner, your landlord is within their rights to sell the property whenever they want to, even if it does fall during your fixed lease agreement. But don’t panic! You do have rights.   YOU MUST BE INFORMED BEFORE THE SALES PROCESS BEGINS Once the owner decides… Read More »

RENOVATING A QUEENSLANDER

Queenslanders are packed full of original features, that deserve plenty of love and respect when renovating your home. Queenslander style houses provide great opportunities to value add to your home simply by respecting the original features that are loved by so many. We’ve asked Nicole Cox, also known as ‘The Builders Wife’ for some tips how to renovate a Queenslander whilst also respecting and preserving the original features. SOURCE: HANNAH PUECHMARIN VJ’s VJ boards are common in most Queenslander homes. The character they bring is both timeless and sought after. When painting your VJ’s, take a tip from the experts and spend time prepping your walls before applying the paint. Gapping your VJ’s is the best way to show them the love and respect they deserve and will create a… Read More »

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