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How I Smashed Yet Another Suburb Record

A prized waterfront location with gobsmacking views of Sydney harbour doesn’t necessarily guarantee top dollar when you come to sell. Amid all the property bloodbath headlines, you have to be highly strategic in order to entice buyers to pay top dollar and secure a speedy sale. That was certainly the case with this luxury property…

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Apartment Transformation on a $20k Budget

Selling a property in a challenging market requires that extra creative push to make sure it’s in tip-top shape and stands out from the crowd. This tired-looking Sydney apartment was definitely a candidate for a sizzling makeover, however the owner’s limited budget meant there was no cash for an all-out, no holds barred renovation.  …

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$2,000 kitchen makeover

With its dated eighties cabinetry and severe lack of storage, this kitchen required a major rethink in order to better capitalise on the existing space. A bookcase served as the owners’ pantry, and sat beside their large fridge and chest freezer on the only free wall, visually blocking one whole side of their kitchen. There…

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Mother’s Day master bedroom makeover

A special makeover for a single mum of 2 battling breast cancer highlighting the importance of a good financial plan. On Monday, I had the honour of doing a special master bedroom renovation in just 6 hours (yep, you read that right) for Cath, mummy to 8 year old Georgia and 12-year old Lily. No-one…

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How to make your bathroom look luxe for less

There’s no getting around the fact that a full-blown bathroom renovation is a costly, time-intensive and stressful affair. It requires an army of trades and your bathroom is likely to be out of action for several weeks. That’s why it makes so much sense to work with your existing bathroom, and avoid the nasty surprises…

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Retro makeover for an ugly duckling facade

This house in the Hunter Valley has a most unusual roofline: in fact it is so wacky, the home was dubbed by locals “the Kentucky Fried Chicken house”. My renovation strategy was to cosmetically refresh the front facade and right side of the house only, due to the home owner’s budget constraints. Down the track,…

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$2,000 Boho Bedroom Makeover

This bedroom project is the first step in the transformation of Mick my chippie’s unrenovated home in Sydney’s west. Recently married, Mick and his new wife Joanne bought this modest brick house just one month ago, so they have their work cut out turning it into the dream home it will undoubtedly become. With Mick’s…

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$70,000 value uplift in 9 days on whole house reno

The three sisters who owned this unrenovated suburban house in Sydney’s west were caught in a bind and desperately needed my help. With Sydney house prices in freefall, and similarly unrenovated houses in this suburb failing to sell, they knew their best chance of securing a quick sale was to do a well-targeted renovation. However, they…

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How you can achieve instant street appeal with White Knight Ultra Pave

The owners of this Californian bungalow are the first to admit they made a bad choice with the original colour scheme for this facade. What they thought was going to be a striking grey, turned out to be blue, and they’d never got around to updating the colour scheme. So it was time to get…

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How to makeover your backyard for $3500

Turning your backyard into an entertainment zone can add tens of thousands to your property value. But how do you get your backyard Spring ready without blowing your budget? The key is making simple strategic changes that make a big impact. Here’s what I achieved in one of my rental properties in just 1 day,…

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Six top hacks for maximising small spaces

Housing affordability isn’t just stretching the pockets of Aussie buyers, especially in cities like Sydney and Melbourne, it’s also stretching the imagination of designers. Modern apartments are generally showcases of compact design and generous storage, while older apartments make me wonder where on earth previous generations stored all their stuff? Luckily, I quite enjoy getting stuck into…

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Savvy Ways to Save On Your Kitchen Reno

We all know your kitchen is the most important room in your home, but if you’ve been putting off a reno because it all sounds too hard,  you’ll be pleased to know there are some clever shortcuts to make it easy. For example, you can gloss over the bones of your old kitchen carcasses with…

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How to renovate for profit in 3 weeks

How to renovate a whole house the right way, is a popular question. This is one of my investment properties in Sydney’s west, in a suburb that demonstrated great capital growth potential when I purchased in August 2016 – and has continued to gain in value.   Importantly, this was the kind of rough diamond…

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Bathroom Blitz… A designer makeover in 2 days for under $3K!

Australians love their bathrooms. In fact in new builds, we’re now building on average 2.6 bathrooms into every family home!* So it goes without saying that if you’re Renovating For Profit you need to pay particular attention to your bathroom if you want to lure buyers in or uplift your property value and build equity. Bathrooms are…

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5 tips to keep your head at auction

Whether buying or selling at auction, it’s possibly one of the most pressured and stressful situations you’ll find yourself in. Even if you think you’re mentally prepared, it’s easy to crumble when the spotlight falls on that prized property. If you’re the potential purchaser, that can be catastrophic. So here are a few tips to…

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Cherie’s Gladesville Apartment Renovation

Homeowner Jen bought her apartment in Gladesville NSW, quite a few years ago. Until now, the apartment has remained mostly the same as the day she moved in. Built in the 1970’s, Jen has been wanting to renovate for some time to change her home from an outdated piece of real estate, to a fresh and modern apartment…

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Cherie Barber’s Get The Look – Byron Bay

There are a dozen different styles that would have suited a coastal gem like my Byron Bay holiday home, from contemporary to Hamptons or Scandinavian. But there was only one choice for me: Mid-Century. Coastal relaxation set in a retro 1960’s and 1970’s theme, with a modern twist, is a perfect synergy. Buying this picturesque holiday…

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Cherie Barber’s 100th Home Renovation

If 100 home renovations were a birthday, Cherie Barber, aka the Renovation Queen™ would be receiving a letter from the Queen. In the 90’s Cherie never knew she’d become Australia’s favourite renovator but she has done that by flipping houses for a profit and not being afraid to teach other people how to as well.…

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Cherie’s Whole House Colyton Renovation

Homeowners, Janet and Fred bought this western Sydney home in 2016, with the aim of building a property portfolio for long term wealth accumulation. The couple deliberately purchased an “un-renovated” property so that they could do a cosmetic renovation and add instant equity and rental yield to the property. On completion of the renovation, they…

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Asbestos In Your Home? Be Aware!

Asbestos could be anywhere, and you need to be aware! Especially for renovators, the risks need to be understood. Australia was among the highest consumers of asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) in the world. Multiple products still lie hidden in one-third of Aussie homes built or renovated before 1987 including brick, weatherboard, fibro, clad homes, flats, and…

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