Lockdown is the perfect time to add value to your property

Get your property shipshape for the post COVID-19 market. 

The silver lining to this lockdown is that many of us now have time to spend on improving and adding value to our properties. We all have long ‘to-do’ lists for around the home, so take advantage of this opportunity to tick some jobs off your list, especially if you are thinking of putting your home on the market when this crisis settles down.

Start outside
Spend your downtime tidying up around the garden and yard. Not only is it therapeutic and good exercise, but your front lawn and garden are the first thing potential purchasers will see. Take a hard look at your property and see what areas need the most love. Weeding, cleaning down the exterior walls, removing cobwebs, cleaning the windows and touching up paintwork (if you have the paint in storage) are all good options. Read more

Declutter your home, calm your mind

Decluttering, minimising what you own and generally living a simpler life with less possessions, was all the rage in 2019 but it’s possibly even more relevant in 2020 as we hunker down to wait out COVID-19. 


The recent lockdown has been unsettling, with many of us working from home, keeping housebound children occupied or trying to fill our days in other ways. Feeling anxious, disoriented or downright grumpy is to be expected, but one way to calm your mind is to bring order to your surroundings. Now is the ideal time to organise your home and you can even get the kids involved to keep them off their devices for a while.

While many of us don’t like the idea of throwing away treasured possessions accumulated over a lifetime, we may appreciate the benefits of living in a well organised, less chaotic space over the coming weeks. Decluttering doesn’t need to be painful; in fact, it can be fun, so here are seven creative ways to declutter your home.

  1. Start Small.
    If you don’t let yourself get overwhelmed early into your decluttering journey, then before you know it, you will have removed a week’s worth and then a month’s worth of items – and not miss them.
  2. Fill one bin bag.
    One of the most talked about decluttering techniques is to grab a large bin bag and see how quickly you can fill it. While much of what is collected may well be rubbish, there is also a chance that it contains items of value that can be donated to charity in the future. Clean and store the items worth giving away.

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Your Guide To Choosing A Real Estate Agent

Your Guide To Choosing A Real Estate Agent

When it comes to selling one of your most valuable assets, your home, it makes sense to take time in choosing a real estate agent that is qualified and knowledgeable and has the right tools and strategies at their disposal.
When speaking with sales consultants, don’t be afraid to ask the right questions to make sure you trust your consultant and to make sure you’re confident they have the experience to sell your home quickly and for the best price.

Here are some things to consider:

Is your salesperson qualified?

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Five ways to make your home a healthier place to live

Five ways to make your home a healthier place to live

It may be good to have one of the latest kitchen designs in your home, or a great looking wet room. But, it’s not just the look of your home, that you need to concentrate on. It’s important that you take care of your own health, and that of everyone who lives in your home.

This is why it’s a good idea to check out ideas for making the property a healthier place to live in. Here are five ways you can go about making this happen.

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Preparing your property for sale

Preparing Your Home For Sale

Preparing Your Home For Sale

 Here’s some great tips to help get your home ready for sale

First impressions really do count and that’s why it’s important that you thoroughly prepare your home for sale. We’ve pulled together this handy list which points out things potential buyers are most likely to notice. Walk around your home and take an objective look at everything in it – put yourself in the buyers’ shoes.

In general

  • Clean everything
  • Flowers are a nice touch
  • Eliminate clutter wherever possible as this creates the impression of spaciousness

Kitchen

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Add Value to Your Home with Home Improvements

Add Value to Your Home with Home Improvements

Owning a house is a never-ending project, and if you wish to blissfully enjoy the perks of your own home and move its value up a bit on the property ladder, you may want to know about what projects are good to invest in. So, let’s see which Home Improvements are good for you to consider to add value to your home.

Make sure your property is sound structurally

Before you even think about making your interior improvements, you need to remember that no home should have structure issues unattended to. So, get your tools out or hire a professional and start here. Check the foundation and check for any weathertight issues. Next check your floors and see if they have any issues eg. loose floorboards. Then check your walls, look for any wall damage eg. cracks in the gib, check for any insect infestation, and if required consider adding insulation. Then, you can focus on the roof and look for any rotten joists or timbers, replace any missing or damaged flashings, treat any rust or fix broken tiles. Read more

Adding value to your garden

Add value to your Property with your Garden

Add value to your Property with your Garden

Spring and summer are a popular time to sell your home, but where do you begin? Most people will spruce up their property by decluttering and cleaning their house, but many people don’t realise how much impact their garden can have. Here are some easy ways to help ensure your garden adds value to your property before you put it on the market.

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Mortgage saving tips

Cut The Cost Of Your Mortgage

Cut The Cost Of Your Mortgage

Here are some tips for trimming the cost of your mortgage from our partners at Mortgage Express.

As a property owner, paying off your mortgage before you retire is important. Once you hit retirement age, the last thing you want is to still be saddled with debt. Here are some ways to help reduce your total mortgage and essentially help you pay less for your property.

Shorten your term

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Should you sell first or buy first?

Should you sell first or buy first?

Should you sell first or buy first?

When you’re looking for a new home, one of the first things you need to consider is the order of events – do you sell your existing property before you buy, or after? Here are some factors to consider before taking the plunge.

Buyer’s market or seller’s market?
When buyers are plentiful, but properties aren’t, homes generally sell quickly. In a seller’s market, there is less risk associated with buying first and then selling your existing home. However, sellers in this kind of market may be less likely to accept an offer that is conditional upon you selling your home, so you could end up owning two properties for a period of time.

The average time it takes to sell a property varies from region to region and from month to month, so it’s important to talk to your sales consultant to get advice about current market conditions, recent comparable sales in your area and the possible demand for your property before making a decision to buy first. Read more

THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO HOME SECURITY by Lauren Schneider

THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO HOME SECURITY by Lauren Schneider

Lauren Schneider and her team and recently created a guide for people interested in researching and improving home security. This covers a good amount of the basics like helpful habits and types of security systems, but it also goes into some newer issues like smart home security and “porch pirates”.  The Ultimate Guide to Home Security 

Here we have published just one section of her work under the heading of :

HELPFUL HABITS FOR HOME SECURITY

Establishing a few simple habits can greatly increase a home’s overall security. Of course, homes in Colorado Springs military bases have some level of “built-in” security, but these tips can be helpful for anyone. These habits are inexpensive to implement and may use features your home already has.

  • Lock doors and windows. Check them every time the house is left empty and make keeping them locked the “default” setting for door and window locks.
  • If the house has an alarm, set it. Many homeowners find setting the alarm at each departure an inconvenience. But it is a simple habit to form compared to dealing with the aftermath of a break-in.
  • Get to know the neighbors. One of the best forms of home security is having more protective eyes watching a property; especially when the owners are at work or on vacation.
  • Keep bushes trimmed. Overgrown vegetation can serve as camouflage for a burglar. Keep hedges trimmed and the house visible.
  • Keep entrances well lit. Install and use lighting around entrances. Solar, motion activated or timed lighting can provide added security in the absence of an owner.
  • Maintain doors and windows. Older and deteriorating doors and windows are easier targets for burglars. Keep them maintained, repaired and replace as necessary.
  • Don’t advertise your absence. Avoid announcing your absence publicly on social media. Have mail and newspaper delivery stopped when away for several days or more. Keep lawns mowed.
  • Leave a radio on in your absence. A talk radio station can be particularly effective in creating the illusion someone is present in the home.

Get in the habit about taking home security more seriously. Consider it each time you leave. With enough practice, safety will become second nature to homeowners.

If you are serious about securing your home, then we highly recommend that you visit and read Lauren’s helpful article!

The Ultimate Guide to Home Security 

By Lauren Schneider