TOP CLEANING HACKS

Want to get a head start on your spring cleaning? Here are our top tips and tricks on how to get your home looking sparkling clean going into the warmer months.   So let’s start at the top:   KITCHEN     Stovetop and Stainless Steel – Opt for organic cleaning produces and microfibre cloths when cleaning these surfaces. Products with citruses will have the ability to breakdown grease and grime, while the microfibre clothes will help buff out marks and leave a streak-free shine. Sink – Quickly eliminate bacteria and get your sink sparkling with this hack. Sprinkle bicarb soda in the sink and scrub with warm water. After some scrubbing and a bit of elbow grease, you will start to see your sink sparkle. Wooden Bench Tops –… Read More »

THE ART OF NEGOTIATION

Got your eyes on the prize but just don’t know how to initiate negotiation and enter buyers territory? Good news is, you don’t have to be a skilled negotiator to get a great price for your dream property. Here are some tips and tricks you can use to start negotiating today!   DO YOUR RESEARCH     Not only does this show that you are serious, it gives you a good understanding of the current market. Compile a list of comparable sales and weigh up their pros and cons in relation to the sale price. This will help you come to a conclusion of what you should offer for your dream property. However, it is important to ensure the information you have cited is reliable and recent.   COMMUNICATE WITH… Read More »

SHARE HOUSE TIPS AND TRICKS

It is not always fun and games living with a group of friends. Weekly games night can soon turn sour if someone has disobeyed the household rules. Here are some ideas you can implement to ensure things run smoothly in your share house.   Firstly, it is super important to establish a set of ground rules early on. It is also important to have open communication with your housemates on a daily basis. This will ensure there are no awkward run-ins or any bottled up feelings. TOP TIPS TO KEEP THE PEACE     MAKE A ROSTER   Cleaning, cooking, whatever it may be, make a roster and take turns sharing the load. Write it up and stick on the fridge for everyone to refer back to. This will help… Read More »

HAPPY EOFYS – ARE YOU READY FOR END OF FINANCIAL YEAR?

It is actually hard to believe the year is literally flying by, we’ve blinked and suddenly the end of financial year is upon us. So that means it is time to chase that tax return. As an investor though, do you actually know what you can and can’t claim for. Well, we are here to share our knowledge and ensure you a claiming everything you can and achieving maximum return on your investment. First, What you should know about Capital Gains Tax (CGT) We’ve all heard this term, but it is important to understand what is capital gain? You achieve a Capital Gain when the proceeds from the sale of a property are more than the property’s cost base, and a Capital Loss is when the sale proceeds are less… Read More »

STYLING KIDS BEDROOMS

School holidays are fast approaching, and we all know what that means….MESSY BEDROOMS! In order to try and keep things tidy and keep them entertained these holidays, how about making styling their bedrooms into a fun little project. Not only will they love getting involved, but it may also make them a little more house proud, benefitting you in the long run!   It is important to remember that kids bedrooms don’t have to mean bright pinks and blues, with rainbows, butterflies or cars. You don’t have to skimp on style when creating these amazing spaces for your children. Here are some trend you can easily incorporate that won’t compromise your home aesthetic.   TOP TRENDS FOR KIDS BEDROOMS IN 2019 Vintage Touches: Try upcycling and sourcing cute little trinkets… Read More »

WHAT THE CURRENT MARKET MEANS FOR FIRST HOME BUYERS

We all know that the property market is ever-changing and following the recent election and the cutting of interest rates it is now more important than ever to analyse the market before diving straight in. Here is a rundown of what the market is currently doing, how you can break into it and some tips for making your goal of owning a property a reality.   INTEREST RATE CUT     At the beginning of the month, the Royal Bank of Australia cut interest prices to 1.25%. This cut will see mortgage rates fall although housing prices currently are still in a decline. This decline should not last too long, however, as it is expected that housing prices will start to stabilise as we enter 2020.   The rate cut… Read More »

INJECTING COLOUR INTO YOUR HOME

Colour has the power to transform a space, it can reflect personality, change the mood and help liven up living spaces. Sometimes adding colour can get quite tricky or seem somewhat daunting, but don’t be scared! A lot of homeowners tend to shy away from colour due to the fact that they simply don’t know how to style it properly. Here are some ways you can stylishly inject colour into your home without the lifelong commitment or hefty price tags.   COLOURED TILES, FLOORS & CEILINGS   Don’t just reserve colour for the walls. With the right impact, coloured floors or ceilings can be an out-of-the-box way to spice up a room. Take design cues from the streets of Morocco where muted pinks, oranges and terracotta’s line each and every… Read More »

HOW TO EMBRACE SUSTAINABILITY IN YOUR HOME

Over the last few years, we have heard the word sustainability thrown around quite often. But what does it mean? And how can we introduce it into our lifestyles and households?   Sustainability means meeting your needs without negatively impacting the needs of future generations. This also means becoming more environmentally aware and conscious of how your actions may affect the world around you. Implementing this mentality does not mean you have to skimp on style. In fact, many companies and start-ups have used the sustainability trend to their advantage and are creating amazing and environmentally-friendly products perfectly suitable for even the most stylish eco-warriors.   Here are some things you can implement to embrace sustainability in your home, without sacrificing your creativity or lifestyle.   THE SIX R’S  … Read More »

HOW TO GET YOUR GARDEN WINTER READY

Winter has officially arrived, and although you may have dusted off your winter woollies inside, it is important to remember that your outdoor spaces need love during the cooler months as well. Here is our guide to winter-proofing your garden so you can enjoy the outdoors all year round.   BRAVE THE COLD   Don’t let the cooler temps stop you from entertaining outdoors this winter! Although the sun sets earlier and a day’s become shorter, it is still easy to alter your alfresco and garden to suit the season.   When it comes to cosying up to your backyards, remember blankets, throws and cushions aren’t reserved for indoor spaces only. Bring the indoors outdoors by adding soft furnishing to our outdoor seating areas. Opt for more durable and long-lasting… Read More »

TOP 5 TIPS FOR BUYING YOUR FOREVER HOME

Have you been renting for a while and decided it’s time to buy? Or are you starting to outgrow your current place? No matter your situation, purchasing a property is a big commitment and it is important to ensure you’re a making a smart decision, especially if you are looking for your forever home! If you are currently on the hunt for ‘the one’ or you will be in the next year or so, here are a few things to consider: 1. CAN YOU SEE YOURSELF LIVING THERE IN 20-30 YEARS?       Do you have a plan for your future? If so, what does it include? Will children or pets be in the equation? If so, it is important to consider these plans when looking for your forever… Read More »

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