Home, Smart Home

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

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

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

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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A checklist for keeping your home maintained throughout the year

A checklist for keeping your home maintained throughout the year

Want to stay on top of things this year? Domain.com.au reveals what maintenance you should do throughout the year, starting with what to do right now.   To do now: Exterior repairs: It isn’t too late to make a few improvements to the exterior of your home, but don’t tackle anything too big. Take the time to make minor deck repairs or paint your fence, just make sure you give it a good clean and light sand first. Plan your year: The end of summer is a good time to plan any home improvements you want to complete throughout the year. Get...

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Is it time to downsize? What to look for so it’s right for you.

Is it time to downsize? What to look for so it’s right for you.

Source: realestate.com.au There comes a time in many people’s lives when you start to weigh up how big your home really needs to be.   There’s empty rooms left, right and centre, the garden suddenly seems enormous and your knees creak every time you climb those stairs. You really just don’t have the same needs as you used to.   It might be time to downsize. But how can you be sure to choose the best property for you?   If you’re a senior, stick with single-level. Remember those knees? It’s only going to get harder to...

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