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Owner Builder Keys To Success

Owner Builder Keys To Success

Being an Owner Builder is a great responsibility to ensure your dream home is built on-time, on-budget, and on design. A lot of people are taking the decision to be the owner builder of their homes these days – and for excellent reasons. You can save yourself hundreds of thousands of dollars, create the perfect environment to suit your family lifestyle, and then sell for a respectable profit when the time comes. However, going down the owner builder route isn’t always as simple as it might seem. There are a number of pitfalls that can get in your way, quash…

New Home Build Pro’s and Con’s

New Home Build Pro’s and Con’s

A new home build can be the most exciting and creative process designed to provide you with a dream residence. Or is it all it’s cracked up to be, both negative AND positive? Building your own home doesn’t have to be something that you treat as a daunting or unthinkable option. Many people rule it out without even knowing the pros and cons of taking this path forward. On the other hand, you shouldn’t rush into a new home build without being aware of what it all entails. So, to ensure that you’re fully aware of what’s involved in all…

Pest Extermination In Hard To See Places

Pest Extermination In Hard To See Places

Pest extermination isn’t anything most of us want to face. From possums in the roof to stray cats preying on your birdlife, it’s easier to get rid of pests you can easily see. But what about small and tiny pests, especially when you don’t know how they gaining access. No one wants to find that their house is now also home to a family of pests or vermin. Unfortunately, most homeowners don’t act until it’s too late and they find that they have an infestation on their hands. But, you shouldn’t let pest extermination get to that point. There are…

Mobility Loss: Build A Winning Home Anyway

Mobility Loss: Build A Winning Home Anyway

Mobility loss is often something home owners don’t anticipate when they build or buy their dream home. But it doesn’t mean you have to sell. Becoming less mobile is something that impacts millions. Whether it’s due to age, injuries, or trauma doesn’t matter. It can make life a little more difficult. Thankfully, there are ways to overcome mobility loss and enjoy your home. Here are five mobility loss ideas that can help you restore maximum enjoyment of your property. In turn, they establish the perfect foundations for a satisfying life too. What are you waiting for? Let’s get to work….

Home Emergency Tips So You’ll Sleep Easier

Home Emergency Tips So You’ll Sleep Easier

Does the thought of a random home emergency keep you up at night? Do you have the skills to fix most things that may go wrong with your home? There’s nothing worse than having to deal with a home emergency. Annoyingly, you are often completely unable to predict when an emergency is going to unfold. And when one does happen, it can be all too easy for the panic to set in, making it impossible to think with any common sense. As a result, you might not act in the best possible way! Don’t worry, though, I’ve collected some great…

Can Your Home Handle The Heat?

Can Your Home Handle The Heat?

How will your home handle the heat when the summer rays come beating down? It’s not only about cooling down when the weather heats up. Now that summer is finally in full swing around half the world; you may come to realize something – your home was never ready for it! How is it going to handle the heat? Even when you’ve been counting down the months, looking forwards to the longer days and lighter nights, and planning your weekends out in the sunshine, you never thought to consider your home. And why would you? With all the excitement of…

Nightmare Tenants? Here’s How To Salvage Your Property

Nightmare Tenants? Here’s How To Salvage Your Property

Nightmare tenants are those that turn up on television tabloid news shows, usually running away from the camera. They are the ones you DON’T want renting your property. These days, lots of people are investing in property and it can make sense. One of the most popular ways to make a healthy turnover from property investment is to rent it out to either long-term or short-term tenants. Whether you go for long-term or short-term tenants is up to you. People who live in tourist hotspots often prepare to rent out their property as a holiday let. However, those who don’t…

Strip Back Layers And Find A New Interior Design Approach

Strip Back Layers And Find A New Interior Design Approach

Strip back and lay bare the bones of your home. It just might be the interior design approach you need. When we turn our hands to interior design, we often add things to our homes. We stock up on new furniture, lay new carpet, and add yet another layer of paint. What we invariably don’t do is strip back. So if you often feel the need to pile on extra layers, it might be worth considering a different method. Next time you redecorate, why not strip back instead? It may seem extreme, but this may be what you need to…

Beat Winter Blues With These Home Improvements

Beat Winter Blues With These Home Improvements

Beat winter blues with four surprisingly easy home improvement ideas that will keep you snug as a bug in a rug. Everyone tries their hardest to prepare their home for upcoming seasons. To beat winter blues, most people will have heating units and radiators cleaned and refreshed to prevent them from getting blocked. Others will have their insulation inspected and perhaps replaced. Are you one of the fortunate ones considering replacing your central heating with a completely new system? Then when the glow of summer arrives you may find yourself installing window film to keep the solar rays out. Others…

Call An Expert: Home Repairs You Shouldn’t Do Yourself

Call An Expert: Home Repairs You Shouldn’t Do Yourself

‘Call an Expert’ should be the catchcry of DDIY – Don’t Do It Yourself. Because there are four important jobs that the unqualified mustn’t attempt. It’s good to know how to do things around the house, especially if you’re a homeowner. The ability to fix minor repairs before they become major issues can save you money and increase the longevity of your house. Whilst many painting jobs can be done yourself for others you should call an expert! You can teach yourself some DIY that you must know, such as unblocking the sinks or repairing light fixtures. However, if you…

5 Real Estate Tips for Purchasing The Right House

5 Real Estate Tips for Purchasing The Right House

Real estate tips are usually given by agents when you decide to buy a home. However, you probably need to understand the top 5 real estate tips BEFORE you engage an agent. First time homeowners may struggle with the realities of real estate which can be comprehensive. In addition to all the financial implications of purchasing a property, there are also other considerations such as your children, the size of the home, local amenities, location, and even the weather. This is where following some real estate tips becomes very handy. Buying a home is, after all, a hefty investment that…

Home Budget: Spend A Little To Save a Lot

Home Budget: Spend A Little To Save a Lot

Is your home budget balanced? Would you like to learn about some simple little ways to actually save while you spend? To save some money you sometimes have to spend a little money. This may sound like a complete oxymoron but just think about it for a minute. The word ‘bargain’ alludes to value. We all read reviews before we buy a product because we don’t want to buy something cheap that is going to break and thus see us have to buy it again. That totally breaks the home budget. We want something that is good value, and that…

Planning To Move House? Plan To Move Your Car!

Planning To Move House? Plan To Move Your Car!

When you’re planning to move house there are a million things to do and remember. Well, here’s one more. It’s a stressful and difficult time when it comes to planning to move house. This sort of job gets even worse when you start thinking about moving to another country. A lot of people think they’ll sell their car and buy another one in their new city. Is this the right move? Buying and then selling a car can make the overall move much more stressful. And, it often leaves you without a car during a time you need one the…

Pretty Things To Do For Increased Home Protection

Pretty Things To Do For Increased Home Protection

Increased home protection is something with which many people keep up-to-date primarily to keep loved ones safe not necessarily possessions; although both may be considered important. There is no argument that protecting your home and family is very important. Whether you want to focus on protecting them from thieves, natural disasters, accidents, or something else, you don’t want to compromise on your style to do so. You still want a house that looks beautiful, helping to keep you and your loved ones safe at the same time. With that in mind, here are seven pretty things you can do for…

Environmentally Friendly Interior Design Options

Environmentally Friendly Interior Design Options

Environmentally friendly building supplies, decor, and appliances are increasing in popularity as each year passes. Most home lovers actively seek high energy ratings, sustainable building products, and environmentally friendly devices. There are various environmentally friendly benefits to a properly realized personal environment. The first thing you should consider is the way your interior design makes you feel. Too much clutter and a busy overall theme that doesn’t match your personal taste are not going to resonate well with you. Apart from decorating your home the way you find pleasing and soothing, you should also keep the sustainability of your home…