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Top 5 Bathroom Trends Right Now

Ah, Bathrooms … they’re one of the hardest rooms for anyone in a home to renovate. Fixture heavy & trade labour intensive can often mean people get overwhelmed or too scared to tackle this room, for fear of not getting all the steps of the process right … Now we’ve become a nation of #stayathomes,…

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How To Choose The Right Carpet For Your Home

Let’s face it, carpet feels so nice under your foot, particularly in the winter months. But selecting the right carpet for your home involves more than merely casting your eyes over a few colour choices in your local carpet showroom! There’s a stack of factors to consider so you’ll need to know the right questions…

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Budget Fixes To Improve Your Home

With so many of us, forced to spend time at home (over the last few months) during lockdown, you may now have noticed all the little things around your home, that could do with some attention. Renovating doesn’t always need to be an expensive exercise. Sometimes, the simplest of changes can make the world of…

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Is The New HomeBuilder Scheme All It’s Cracked Up To Be?

We all know Covid-19 has turned the world upside down. On Australian home turf, the Federal government has been super pro-active in delivering a wide range of grants to help people & businesses stay afloat, financially. I recognise the tough job they have which I truly applaud them for. As we speak, newswires are spinning…

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10 Day Cosmetic Renovation Nets $40,000 + Profit

Many of you will know by now, that I personally love renovating & am passionate about educating others on it too. Why? Because renovating (although often hard work) has changed my life financially. But renovating is not always as simple as what it seems on a lot of renovation TV shows. So for my latest…

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How To Master Your Kitchen Renovation Budget

Like it or not, your kitchen will be the most expensive room in your property to renovate. And rightly so, it’s the one space internally that adds the most value, according to bank valuers. If you’re planning a dream kitchen to your own home and the primary goal is to create a kitchen to enjoy…

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How To Protect Yourself From DIY Accidents During Covid-19

Let’s face it, coronavirus has turned normality on its head. As most countries have sensibly gone into lockdown, most of us common folks, have been forced to spend a fair amount of time within the confines of 4 walls in our homes. For those lucky enough to be able to work from home, the days…

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Coronavirus is Tax Deductible!

I’m not sure who coined the phrase “positives can be taken from every negative”. While it’s hard to see the sense in any of those words right now as we all bunker down, rest assured, good can come from bad. In this week’s blog, I’m aiming to spread my little dose of positive, amongst all…

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Top 5 Property Tips For Handling The Coronavirus

It’s official, the Covid-19 situation is scary. Who would have ever thought, a few months ago, that we’d been dealing with such a major global issue? I’m not going to regurgitate all the things that have and are happening …To be honest, I’m sick of hearing it all. I’ve stopped watching the news. What I…

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4 Mini Makeovers on a Shoestring Budget

For those who think I’ve been a bit quiet on the renovation front lately, this week I thought I’d bring you a round-up of just some of the makeovers I’ve been busy with. As many of you know (especially those who follow me on Facebook), I’m a regular on Channel 9’s Today Extra show. Here…

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How To Recover Financially After A Separation

Over the last few months, I’ve had a few people write into me, asking for tips on how they can get back on their feet financially following a relationship separation or divorce. Unfortunately, a relationship split signals more than just the formal end of a union. For many, it triggers the start of a tumultuous…

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How To Design the Perfect Walk-In Pantry

A walk-in pantry is high on buyers’ wish lists, which makes it a space that potentially adds great value to any property, especially if it’s part of a modern family kitchen. Unfortunately, the average walk-in pantry is poorly designed and too often becomes a dumping zone, crammed with clutter. It’s a telltale sign if you…

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Granny Flats: How Dual Rental Income Is King

You’ve heard it all before, and you’ll likely hear it for years to come; granny flats are in. That’s right: latest reports show that over 10,000 granny flats were built in Australia in 2018, and numbers have continued to climb with around 6,000 of them built in NSW alone. In a country of bullish house…

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How To Research A Property Like A Seasoned Professional

So, you think you’ve finally found the one? Months of searching online, the rollercoaster of anticipation, knock-backs and near wins – they’ve finally resulted in success. You’ve found a property that seems to tick all the right boxes. Yay! Before you get too excited and rush into signing a Contract of Sale, take a pause…

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The 5 Secrets of Successful Savers

Let’s face it: one of the biggest hurdles to buying property these days is scraping the money together for that hefty deposit – especially the 20% deposit most banks love. Without the generosity of parents or a timely windfall, it’s harder than ever to get a foothold in many of Australia’s cities and regions, particularly…

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How to Green Your Home
(& Help Combat the Drought)

If there’s something that recent times have shown us, it’s that weather patterns are starting to change the way we live. Widespread drought, followed by ferocious “mega” bushfires, and then the strange hailstorm last week that ripped through Canberra on its way to the coast… we’ve had it all these past few months. It’s got…

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Rentvesting: How To Fast Track Your Property Journey

It’s a buzz word that’s only been coined in recent years and that’s because it’s a relatively new trend that allows cash-strapped Aussies to get a foothold in the property market – without compromising on the lifestyle choice of where they live. I’m talking about “rentvesting”. In this scenario, you rent where you want to…

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Asbestos & Bushfires: What You Need To Know

Like everyone right now, I’m overwhelmed by the devastation and loss caused by the current bushfire crisis. Millions of hectares devoured by fire, lives & animals lost, thousands of homes reduced to rubble, cities and communities choking in smoke… it’s impossible to find words to describe the enormity of what’s occurring right now. My heart…

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5 Fears That Financially Hold Us Back

New year, new goals, new you… but what if you’ve spent 2019 procrastinating about buying property when that was your last new year’s resolution? If you’re forever finding a reason why now is not the right time to buy, it could well be your mindset that’s holding you back. The sad reality is that most…

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6 Ways To Make a Small Kitchen Sizzle

Not everyone has the budget for a designer kitchen or the space for a large, open-plan kitchen, but we can all employ some of the clever tricks designers use to make any space look bigger and better. It’s about stretching both your budget and imagination to make the most of all the inventive products and…

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5 Bathroom Blunders To Avoid

It’s no secret that a new bathroom is one of the most labour-intensive and challenging renos you’re likely to tackle, especially if you’ve decided to project manage it yourself. Brace yourself for weeks without the convenience of a shower and loo, and for the procession of tradies a typical bathroom reno demands. Luckily, with the…

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Flatpack Vs Custom Kitchen

Let’s face it, renovating a kitchen is not for the faint-hearted. This engine room of the home can be out of action for weeks on end, as tradies come and go. While it might be tempting just to outsource the job and pay a kitchen showroom to design and project manage the whole thing for…

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Easy Hacks: How to Upcycle Furniture for a Custom Look

Before you dismiss that cheap stool or basic set of shelves, consider giving them a stylish new twist with these really easy DIY tricks. With just a spray of bright paint or some vibrant fabric, you can give any ordinary furniture your own personal stamp. I recently did a segment on Channel 9’sToday Extra show…

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How To Profit Through Every Property Cycle

Ask anyone who understands market cycles when to develop property and they will probably tell you to purchase development sites in a time of recession or trough and to sell the developed property when the market is on the way up. While this sounds like a logical plan, it can be notoriously difficult to time…

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5 Ways to Make Your Airbnb Rental Stand Out

With so many people jumping on the Airbnb bandwagon, leaving guests spoilt for choice, it’s more important than ever to make sure your property stands out. Lame copy, fuzzy photos and poor presentation simply won’t cut it in today’s highly competitive short-term rental market. You want your property ranking high up in search results, and…

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The Trick To Using Pink

We all know colour trends come and go, but some shades have timeless appeal – like pink, for example. Its staying power in interiors and homewares has lasted long after Pantone named “Rose Quartz” its colour of 2016. It’s a popular accent colour in retro interiors (think pink bath, tiles or pedestal basins) and the…

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Add a Touch of Luxe to Your Old Laundry

It might be one of the most practical rooms in your home, but with research showing Aussies spend more than a year of their lives slaving over their laundry, it’s no wonder the old wash room is now getting its time in the limelight. Sure, it doesn’t have the pulling power of an amazing kitchen…

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