How to choose an acreage home design

Acreage living is fast becoming a popular choice for people looking for more space and a laid-back lifestyle. And it doesn’t have to be expensive, as many aspiring homeowners are discovering.

Acreage offers unique lifestyle benefits

Often surrounded by beautiful scenery, bushland and breathtaking views, acreage homeowners enjoy a level of privacy, peace and space that simply can’t be duplicated in the suburbs. In most cases, excellent schools, shops, cafes and other amenities aren’t far away, so you can enjoy the best of both worlds. Many acreage owners fully embrace the extra space by creating beautiful gardens, building a chook pen or a stable for horses, or even cultivating a vegetable patch – the list of options really is endless.

How to make the most of an acreage home design

The beauty of building on acreage is that you’re not limited by space, so it’s important to choose a builder who can help you build a home that will make the most of the extra space, views and orientation while providing a layout that delivers modern acreage living, designed to suit your family’s lifestyle.

Unlike more compact homes designed for smaller blocks, acreage homes have the luxury of sprawling open plan living all on one level, giving you the freedom to consider features such as a grand entrance, multiple living areas, or a spacious family kitchen complete with a walk-in butler’s pantry.

Most of all, acreage living is all about integrating your home design with the beautiful surroundings. The perfect way to create a seamless connection to the outdoors is with a generous alfresco area, the perfect spot for relaxing with family and friends.

Orientation & views

One of the major advantages of building on acreage is the ability to choose the best possible orientation for your home. Consider which rooms need to be protected from the hot summer sun, and which rooms would benefit from the low winter sun. Ideally, the living areas should face north. You may also want to position your home so your alfresco area is sheltered from the wind, but still allows cool breezes to flow through the house in summer. Finally, think carefully about the views you can capture from your new home. Ask your builder to help you establish the perfect orientation that makes the most of scenic views while maximising energy efficiency and comfort.

How to Get Your Home Ready for Spring

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As winter comes to an end, it’s time to start preparing your home for spring! Snowstorms and other winter conditions may have caused property damage or left debris around the yard.

Address these potential issues to get ready for the flowers, greenery and warmth that spring brings! Here are a few ways to start readying your home for the new season.

Clear the Gutters

It’s time for April showers! When rainfall levels increase, it’s important to make sure your gutters are clear from debris. If they become clogged, your home could be at risk for serious damage caused by leaks and flooding.

Removing the leaves and sticks left behind by fall and winter weather can help prevent water from overflowing from the gutters. To get the job done, grab your ladder and someone to spot you for safety.

Use a gutter scoop, shovel or an old wooden spoon to remove any debris, then wash away remaining dirt with a hose. To prevent any drainage problems, make sure to direct the downspouts away from your house to help prevent possible foundation damage.

Clean the Windows

A great way to welcome the season is to open the curtains and let spring’s natural light shine in. However, you’ll want to clean your windows first. Winter conditions may have left behind streaks and dirt that could mar your view of the beautiful spring scenery.

Take time to thoroughly spray and wipe down each window on the inside and outside to ensure the maximum amount of light comes in. Make sure to use the correct glass cleaning products to prevent streaks and lint-free towels to ensure no extra dust gets left behind!

Test Indoor Alarms

Properly functioning smoke alarms can help keep you and your family safe in an emergency. Take this time to test all your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. It’s also important to change the batteries for these devices at least twice a year.

To check the alarms, press the test button and wait for a loud alert sound. If you don’t hear it, make sure to replace the batteries or the alarm altogether.

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How to do a Post Christmas Purge

After the holidays I always crave simplicity! I love layering in cozy textures and seasonal décor for the holidays, but I’m a minimalist at heart. With the New Year comes a distinct desire for less…of everything! Each year, sometimes starting as soon as Dec 26, I do a thorough post-Christmas purge! I love returning the house to a clean, simple, and bright space ready for what’s to come in the year ahead.

How to Declutter & Organize Post Christmas Purge

  • 1. Get rid of garbage + recycling
  • 2. Declutter holiday décor
  • 3. Everything in it’s place
  • 4. The “one in = one out” rule
  • 5. Create a spot for donations
  • 6. Tackle one room at a time
  • 7. Involve your family in decluttering
  • 8. Invest in new storage
  • 9. Make it cozy

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Property Valuations 5 things you should know

Valuations are an essential aspect of the property investment game and because their result can be so crucial, here’s five elements to understand about the process.

1. It’s not an exact science

Valuers are only human; therefore the determinations they make as to fair market value of a property will be somewhat subjective in nature.

There’s also the prospect of the valuer being legally liable if they place too high a price on the property, and the bank subsequently loses money on the loan.

Many in the property industry believe this threat to the valuer causes them to be conservative with their estimates.

2. It’s not a real estate appraisal

Real estate agents can be notoriously bullish when it comes to appraising property, because they want to secure the listing to sell your property and they know they’re competing against other agents for your business.

They’re also well aware that home owners and property investors alike, want to achieve a good price for their dwelling.

So although most agents are very professional, they can alter their estimates upwards to meet your expectations.

This is in contrast to independent valuations, performed by valuers without any vested interests.

They are tasked with one duty only – valuing the property in question.

And importantly, the end value they attribute to the property makes no difference as to how much they get paid.

3. Not all valuations are created equal

We often talk about valuations like there’s only one generic process undertaken by every valuer; however this is not the case.

But as a property investor, you need to be aware that how the valuation is carried out can have a direct influence on the end outcome.

Full valuations are, as the name implies, the most comprehensive and involve a complete internal and external inspection of the premises, as well as researching comparable sales and the overall local property market.

Restricted valuations; often referred to as “kerbside” or “drive by” valuations, involve market research as well as an external inspection of the property.

You can see why it might be problematic for the valuer to never set foot inside your property before making their assessment.

4. Comparable sales are relied on heavily

One of the main forms of data a valuer consults to determine their estimate for your property is comparable sales in the area.

That is, recent sales of dwellings close to your property and similar in type and size.

Comparable sales can sometimes be difficult to obtain in remote areas or for buildings with unique features and styling, so this can make it trickier for valuers to come up with figures.

In other words, the less comparable stock there is to use as a yardstick, the more likely valuers will be to rely on their own subjective interpretation of what your property is worth.

5. You can be a part of the process

Most property investors are not aware that they can actually assist the valuer in their assessment of your premises.

You can also be present throughout the valuation to answer any questions they might have, with all information about the property close at hand.

While you don’t want to appear to be tampering with, or trying to influence the independent process, it doesn’t hurt to give valuers any information that might be pertinent to their judgment, such as improvements undertaken since purchase.

Getting the best valuation outcome:

While we may not always get the result we want from an independent valuation, property investors can be pro-active when it comes to achieving the best potential outcome by:

  • Providing your own list of well researched comparable sales – a valuer may or may not use this information.
  • Obtain your own valuation and request a review if you’re not happy with the figure provided by the bank appointed valuer.
  • Ask to see the valuation report so you know how they’ve worked out the price for your property and can read any additional comments made.
  • Do your own research and have a thorough understanding of the local property market.

Remember, nothing gives you more power in the property investment game than well-rounded knowledge.

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