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Can renovations be done quickly?

Televisions shows like The Block may make the renovating process seem quick and easy but the reality is often very different.

Renovating your home takes time, patience and money, and if you want good results it is important not to rush into anything.

Whether you’re renovating one room or an entire house, renovating takes careful thought, planning and budgeting and it is important to take the time to source different quotes and find certified builders who will carry out the job to your satisfaction.

When you hire someone, be clear on the price and what it includes in regards to materials and services, and what timeframes you can expect the work to be completed in.

Keep in mind too that there is a possibility that unforeseen problems arise during the renovation (for example termites or structural issues) so your timeframes and budget could be stretched further than you intended. This is why it’s important to always budget for more than you initially expect to pay.

If you want to tackle a renovation project DIY-style, it is still worth talking to professional builders and experienced renovators for advice to ensure that you’re not taking on more than you can chew. A bad renovation job can cost a lot of time and money to fix (not to mention it can be dangerous), so if you haven’t renovated before it’s probably a good idea to invest in the services of a qualified tradesperson.

You can save money by doing some of the easier tasks yourself, such as painting or clearing out an area, and call in a tradie for more difficult tasks.

Overall renovating can be extremely rewarding and it can add substantial value to your home, but it is important to take your time, ask lots of questions and make the right decisions for your home.

Have you renovated before? Did you have any renovating stories to share with the rest of the Fairfield community?

Is your home making the right first impressions?

Despite the old saying “don’t judge a book by its cover”, many homebuyers establish opinions about properties based purely on what they look like from the outside.

Think about the last time you took a walk down the street – did you comment on what other properties looked like?

Many homebuyers like to drive or walk around a neighbourhood and inspect a property from the outside before they decide to look at the inside, so those first impressions really do count and may be the deciding factor on whether or not a property gets a call.

So take a good look at your house and ask yourself what first impressions it could be making.

–       How does the garden look? It’s a good idea to make an effort to regularly mow the front lawn and to prune trees and shrubs.

–       Keep pathways clear by removing leaves and weeds and by cleaning away any dirt.

–       Make sure that there are no unattractive items left laying out the front – this includes things such as kid’s toys, garden equipment, old newspapers and mail etc.

–       Check that your fences and gates are up to scratch. If they’re looking a little worse for wear you could replace damaged palings or possibly repaint the entire fence.

–       Don’t forget to make sure your front entrance is looking its very best. This can be done by cleaning up the front door and offering a welcome mat. If you have a doorbell, check that it is in working order.

Once your front yard is all cleaned up, stand across the street from your house and ask yourself if there is anything that looks out of place or catches your eye.

Perhaps there is something simple you can fix up to help your property give a better first impression.

If you would like any advice about improving the curb appeal of your property then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with one of the team at Professionals Fairfield Real Estate.

 

Will you be spring-cleaning your Fairfield home this year?

Spring is almost here, which means we can all look forward to longer days and flowers out in full bloom.

For many, spring is also about the all-important spring clean up and so now is as good a time as any to start stocking up on cleaning supplies and garbage bags and boxes to throw away all of those things you have been accumulating in your home throughout the year.

If your home is in need of a serious cleanout, you may also need to arrange for a skip bin, or an upcoming trip to the tip.

Once you have all of your supplies, it’s time to start getting into your cupboards, draws and rooms and sorting through everything you no longer need or want.

Trying to decide what to keep and what to throw away can be difficult, so don’t do it alone. Ask someone to help you out and be there to tell you when you’re holding onto something that you’re really never going to use again.

If there are some items that are still in good condition but that you don’t want anymore, then consider selling them on eBay or perhaps even asking your friends on Facebook if they’re interested in taking it off your hands.

Once you’ve de-cluttered, it’s time to start cleaning.

A spring clean calls for all of those jobs that you don’t do in your regular cleaning such as deep cleaning carpets and rugs, cleaning out your refrigerator, freezer and pantry, replacing batteries in smoke alarms and making sure that everything is in general working order.

You may also like to use this time as a chance to redecorate and give your home a fresh new spring look.

If you’re finding it hard to get motivated to spring clean this year, then consider motivating yourself with a reward at the end. Maybe you could buy new linen or accessories for your home? Another idea is to turn your clean up into a party by turning up your favourite music and inviting your friends over to join in.

If all that fails, then think about that great feeling you’ll have when your home is clean and looks like brand new again.

Spring might not officially begin for another week, but there’s no harm in getting in early, especially if you plan on selling your property this spring selling season.

For more home tips and advice you can keep following our posts at Living in Fairfield.

Of if you’re looking to sell your home this spring selling season then feel free to give us a call at Professionals Fairfield Real Estate.

Do you have a long-term financial plan?

Are you hoping to buy a new home but haven’t figured out how you are going to afford it yet?

If you don’t have the finances to pay for a property now, then it’s time to start saving. That means setting yourself a specific target and figuring out how much to put away each week in order to reach your goal.

A lot of people put off buying their first home or their dream home simply because they think they can’t afford it, but one of the biggest problems is that many don’t make a financial plan now that will allow them to invest in the property they want for the future.

If you want to save for a home mortgage, start looking at ways you can save more money. Can you get extra work? Can you make lifestyle sacrifices to get ahead?

It’s not a bad idea to sit down and figure out what your property plans are and how much you will need to afford them.

Sure, it might take a few years before you can afford the property you want but you have to start somewhere and it is better to start saving today rather than being in the same position in a few years time with still no savings to your name.

If you’re looking to start saving for a new home it doesn’t hurt to get advice from professionals. Talk to financial advisors who can offer the best advice on how you can start growing your funds to help reach your goals.

 

How to impress at your next rental inspection

rental inspection If you’re a renter in Fairfield (or anywhere else in Australia) then you might have a routine property inspection coming up.

A property inspection is simply a chance for your landlord or property manager to check out the property and ensure that everything is being maintained and kept in working order. For the tenant, a property inspection is also a good opportunity to let their property manager know whether there are any issues to address with the property.

Most renters like to give their rental property a big clean up before inspection day, and this is definitely recommended if you want to impress your property manager.

If you want to make sure you are fully prepared for your next rental inspection, here are some property preparation tips to keep in mind.

  1. Walls – Ensure the property’s internal walls are free of any damage or marks. If there is an issue such as cracking or water stains you should let your property manager know immediately.
  2. Floors – Vacuum before your inspection and ensure floors are checked for stains.
  3. Cupboards & drawers – Clean and wipe down cupboards and draws and check that they’re all functioning correctly.
  4. Appliances – Appliances should be in working order. If anything isn’t working as it should, let your property manager know.
  5. Windows/doors – Clean all windows and doors and make sure they are in working order.
  6. Bathrooms – It’s a good idea to give the bathroom a thorough clean to ensure it is free or any marks or soap scum.
  7. Property exterior – For those renting houses or townhouse, ensure that the outside gardens are all well maintained and that pathways are clear.

Before inspection day, tenants should also remember to keep their communication details up-to-date so that they can be properly advised of their inspection date. It is also a good idea to fill out any maintenance forms before inspection day so that the property manager can address this for you.

If you are renting with Professionals Fairfield Real Estate and require any advice or information about your rental property, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with one of our team today.

Buying with friends

Buying with friends The price to get into the property market may seem like it is becoming further out of reach for a lot of young Australians, and so an alternative buying pathway for some is to buy a property jointly with a friend or colleague.

Generally when we think of joint property buyers, we think of couples, but in an age where people are marrying later in life or deciding they would prefer to remain single, it is not uncommon for property buyers to decide to enter a joint property agreement with a friend or a business partner.

When buying with someone else (whether they are your partner or not) it is important to decide whether you want to sign a Joint Tenancy or a Tenancy in Common.

In a Joint Tenant arrangement if one party dies, then the joint tenant automatically owns the property even if a will says otherwise. This type of arrangement is generally suited to those in a close relationship.

A Tenancy in Common works a bit differently. In this type of agreement, if someone where to pass away, their share would be inherited by whoever is named in their will. Each owner in a Tenancy in common can also hold smaller or larger shares of a property (it doesn’t need to be 50/50), and transact on their share independently.

A Tenancy in Common is generally recommended for those in a business arrangement, or for friends, looking for options to get into the property market for a lower price.

Before any property is purchased however, you should always gain advice from legal and financial experts to make sure that each party can meet their obligations and that everyone is getting involved in a situation that is in their best interests.

If you have any questions about buying in Fairfield, or about any other property matters, please feel free to contact one of our friendly team at Professionals Fairfield Real Estate today.

Are 2 bathrooms better than 1?

Are 2 bathrooms better than 1Do you think two bathrooms are better than one?

Some people may not see the point of having a second bathroom, but the truth is that they can help add value to your property.

If you search for properties for sale in Fairfield with one bathroom and then compare their asking price with properties with two bathrooms, you will see that there is a significant difference in asking price. The same goes if you do a search for rental properties, renters will pay more for an extra bathroom and some may limit their search to two or more bathrooms.

Apart from the value that an extra bathroom can add, I’m sure we can all agree that they can make life easier, especially for big families with lots of people getting ready at once, or for people who like to have a separate bathroom for guests to use.

If you live on your own or are simply happy with the one bathroom however, then there’s probably not much point in adding another one. But adding an extra bathroom could be something to keep in mind if you want to add value to your home or if you just want to have a bit more personal space, then an extra bathroom could be for you.

We’re interested to hear what others in Fairfield think about the one or two bathroom debate, do you think one or two bathrooms is better?

For more real estate advice keep following our Living in Fairfield blog, or feel free to come and have a chat to one of the team at Professionals Fairfield Real Estate.

 

Would you buy your house?

Would you buy your houseWhen presenting your home for sale it goes without saying that you want to make the right impression on Fairfield’s buyers. The best way to do this is to stand back and ask yourself “would I want to buy my own house?”

If you answered “no” then you need to ask why that is. Do you need to renovate some parts of the house? Does your home need a big clean out?

It’s important to present your home to the best of your ability and to fix and tidy up everything you can so as to get the best possible sale price.

Here are some common home chores that are sometimes forgotten about when presenting a home for sale:

–       Mowing the front lawn

–       Emptying and hiding away bins

–       Collecting mail

–       Removing letters, drinks and other miscellaneous items on benches

–       Clearing away laundry left lying around

–       Removing cleaning products from view

When someone visits your property with the potential to buy they want to imagine a new lifestyle for themselves, and this can be ruined if they are left imagining the chores of everyday life instead.

So when you go to prepare your home for inspections, put yourself in the buyer’s shoes and try to imagine what first impressions they might be getting as soon as they glimpse your front yard.

If you would like any advice on how best to present your home for sale then don’t hesitate to come and have a chat to one of our friendly team at Professionals Fairfield Real Estate.

The Best Renovation Apps

renovating appsWhat did we all do before we had smartphones? Last week we talked about the best real estate apps for homebuyers, but if you’re renovating then there’s quite a few apps available for that too, here are some worth checking out:

MagicPlan

The MagicPlan app allows users to draw out floor plans by simply standing in the centre of a room and then pointing their smartphone camera at the rooms corners. The app can then create floor plans in PDF, JPG or DXF formats.

iHandy Carpenter

Who needs to buy expensive builders tools when you can use your smartphone instead? This app offers some handy carpenter tools including – a plumb bob, surface level, bubble level bar, steel protractor and steel ruler all in your pocket.

Dulux MyColour

If you often find yourself wondering what colour paint has been used in other people’s homes then this is the app for you. You simply take a photo of the paint colour you like, tap on the colour you want to copy and Dulux will let you know which one of their paints most closely resembles that colour.

Handy Man DIY

If you want to carry out your own renovations, this app provides instruction video guides to help you undertake smaller renovation tasks.

Sun Seeker: 3D Augmented Reality Viewer

This app uses compass and camera information to help track the position of the sun, which can help renovates figure out how they can maximise sun exposure in their homes.

There’s plenty more renovating apps out there, have you used any to help with your renovations?

5 Useful Real Estate Apps for Fairfield Homebuyers

real estate appsIf you’re currently on the property hunt, then you may want to equip yourself with a few handy real estate apps for your smartphone or tablet that will help make your search a little easier.

Here are five of our favourite real estate apps:

realestate.com.au

This one may seem obvious, but it’s a very handy app as it allows you to browse properties while you’re on the go. Just like the realestate.com.au website, you can sort properties by location, price and property features and you can also save properties for viewing later.

Commbank Property Guide

The Commbank Property Guide combines useful information from RPData and realestate.com.au to offer valuable property insights such as sales data and property listings. This app can be handy for assessing what the market is like in a particular area and for finding out about the latest property hotspots and trends. This app also suggests local Commonwealth Bank lenders.

AroundMe

This app helps you discover more about your potential new neighbourhood by letting you know where all the important amenities are such as banks, cafes and shops. This app is particularly handy for those who are new to Fairfield and don’t know the area very well.

Evernote

If you want to take notes or photos of the properties you’re viewing then Evernote is a great app to use. The app can share information across all of your devices and once you start using it you’ll probably find that it becomes one of your day-to-day apps even after your property hunt is over.

CrumbTracks

This app is similar to Evernote in that it can be used to keep track of property notes and photos, however this app has been created specifically with homebuyers in mind and has the added benefit of a mortgage calculator that could be useful when you want to figure out monthly payments on the spot.

These are just a few apps that can be useful when looking for property in Fairfield but don’t forget the power of a phone call! If you want news or insights on the Fairfield property market you can give Professionals Fairfield Real Estate a call on 02 9727 5122 or you can bookmark our website professionalsfairfield.com.au.