Effective staging of your home exterior
by Super User
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Effectively Staging Your Home's Exterior Might Be Easier than You Think   

If you’re planning to sell your home, the path to success is making all the necessary preparations so that it stands out from the rest of the neighbourhood and gives off the impression of a property well-maintained, both on the outside and inside. First impressions count a great deal in the real estate industry and they can be a crucial factor in sealing the deal. If you neglect your home exterior and fail to make it appealing and inviting, potential buyers will drive by and never return.

If you’re aiming to get top dollar, curb appeal is your ace in the hole, so make sure you spruce up your home exterior to help sell the interior as well. A beautiful front yard, welcoming porch, neat back yard, and maintained landscaping are key factors that will lead your buyers into thinking they could be the ones enjoying in all that splendour.

Here are several useful tips guaranteed to help you achieve your goal.

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How to paint your ceiling like a pro
by Super User
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How to Paint a Ceiling Like a Pro

A new coat of paint can work wonders for the visual appeal of an interior space. This is one of the easiest and most affordable home upgrades, but there are still a couple of important things to keep an eye on. Unlike wall painting, the task involves elevation and contortion. What is more, the whole process can be rather time-consuming due to details that surround the painting, such as prepping the surface and emptying the room beforehand. So, to come out on top, it is best to take lessons from seasoned pros able to make short work of any ceiling.

Prep work

To set the stage for painting, remove all furniture from the room. This will facilitate the free flow of traffic while you go about painting. If you cannot move some stuff, use drop cloths to protect them from paint splatters and mishaps. In case you are painting only the ceiling, you also have to cover areas where the walls meet the ceiling with painter’s tape. Do the same with mouldings that adorn ceiling edges. As for those who are painting the whole room, they should always start with the ceiling.

In any event, the prep stage is essential for project success. To kick it off, apply a coat of primer. It will provide a stain barrier and potentially enable you to use only one coat of paint to finish the project. Also, a stain-blocking primer is effective in covering flaws such as roof leaks, tobacco smoke marks and other stains. One of the most commonly used products is a spray can of pigmented shellac. At this point, you may also inspect the ceiling for bumps and crud that tend to emerge over time. Try sanding with a drywall sanding paper to deal with them.

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Buying A House? Don’t Make Mistakes!
Buying A House? Don’t Make Mistakes!
by Super User
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5 Things Every First Home Buyer Should Know

 If you’re getting ready to buy your first home, here are five crucial things you need to know.

1.  Help is at hand!

As a first home buyer in New Zealand you may be eligible for various types of support.

  • If you are a citizen or permanent resident, have never owned property before and earn less than $85,000 (or $130,000 combined income if you are buying with other people), you could qualify for a Welcome Home Loan. This is a special mortgage underwritten by Housing New Zealand.

With a Welcome Home Loan you’ll only need to save a deposit of 10% instead of the standard 20%, which can make it much easier to get into your own home. However, this will mean you’ll pay more in interest over the long term, since you’ll be borrowing more – and you’ll also have to pay a 1% Lender’s Mortgage Insurance premium, to protect the lender in case you can’t make your mortgage payments.

  • If you have been a member of KiwiSaver for at least three years you may be able to draw money from your super fund to use as deposit on your home.
  • If you have been contributing consistently to Kiwisaver for at least three years you could qualify for a KiwiSaver HomeStart grant of up to $5,000 towards your home deposit (or up to $10,000 if you are buying a new-build home).
  • 2.  You need to be disciplined about saving

Even if you do qualify for a Welcome Home Loan and only need a 10% deposit, saving can be the most challenging thing about buying your first home.

While you are saving, house prices may continue to rise, so it can feel like you never get any closer to your target.

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