The 2019 residential design trends you need to know about

At the beginning of every year experts weigh in on what we should be loving and what we should be tossing out in order to be on-trend 2019. When it comes to global home trends, organising sensation Marie Kondo says we should bid farewell to anything that doesn’t spark joy, Pantone is declaring we need ‘Living Coral’ in our lives and Vogue is envisioning more concrete and terrazzo in our near future. But what about at a local level? Is Hamptons so last year? Will greenery in the home continue to grow in popularity? And will...

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5 ways to protect your garden from the heat

Summer shouldn’t mean the end of a thriving garden. Implement the following into your gardening routine and, with a bit of extra care, your plants and lawn will make it through the hottest months. 1. LAWN CARE Adjust the height of mower blades to cut as high as possible; the roots won’t get as hot and dry so your lawn will stay greener. Apply a soil-wetting agent such as SaturAid, Wettasoil, Seasol Super Soil Wetter and Conditioner, or Yates Waterwise Granular Soil Saturator for Lawns to help water soak into the soil and stay there....

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Home, Smart Home

Smart home 101: All the things you need to know about this evolving technology. It’s simpler than you think to adopt smart tech at home, even if you’re not renovating. This easy guide will send you straight to the top of the class. Every room in your home is already filled with technology. Washers, dryers, routers, hair straighteners, laptops, sound systems, air conditioners — technology began to invade our homes decades ago. But the problem, to put it frankly, is that until recently it’s been ‘dumb’. All of it is disparate,...

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Here’s how you can make the most of an open home inspection

Source: Domain.com.au If you were given an hour to decide whether a property could become your future home, do you think you would make the right decision? The reality is, that’s about how much time most people spend physically inspecting a property before buying it. An hour seems like an absurdly small amount of time to determine whether the home you’ve chosen is the right one. However, given our busy schedules, it’s not surprising that buyers make a decision after spending so little time in their future homes. Seasoned house hunters...

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Hidden costs to look out for when buying your first home

Getting your foot into the door isn’t cheap, but sometimes it’s where the money is spent that comes as a shock to first-home buyers. It’s not over once the deposit has been saved and the winning offer made. Experts have identified five areas where hidden costs might be lurking, and how a buyer can avoiding paying more than they need to. 1. Pre-purchase research Anna Porter, a property valuer and principal at strategic property investment company Suburbanite, said budgeting for pre-purchase inspections is important. “There’s a...

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How to spend less than $5000 preparing a rundown home for sale

  Securing the maximum price on auction day is front of mind for any vendor. But getting top dollar for a property that needs work can be challenging, especially if your budget for improvement is tight. Renovating is one way to improve the value of a home prior to sale, but significant improvements can be costly and time consuming, and not everyone has the spare cash to splash on an extensive reno. So how do you get the best price for your fixer-upper for under $5000? How to prepare a rundown home for sale for under $5000 Paint interior...

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