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November 01, 2019

Don't Forget to Prep!

DIY prep we’re tempted to skip, but definitely shouldn’t

At the risk of sounding like your Year 11 English teacher, a job well done is all in the preparation you put in. It was true back in high school and it’s true of your next DIY job, too.

Michael Duffy, former Blockhead and expert on all things renovation, admits to being “one for rushing in, picking up the tools and thinking ‘oh I’ll just be careful’.” But that approach rarely works...

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November 01, 2019

5 Things We Learnt from Marie Kondo

With lifestyle practices like minimalism making the rounds in our homes, it’s no surprise Netflix series Tidying Up with Marie Kondo has shot to the top of everyone’s must-watch list.

Maybe you don’t have Netflix. Maybe you don’t like subtitles. Or maybe you just don’t have time to binge the series like the rest of us because you have a life and friends and stuff. Yawn.

Well, don’t worry, because we’ve done the watching for you. And we’ve summarised the eight episodes into five inspiring lessons...

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November 01, 2019

Halloween Colouring Competition Winner Announced!

🕷️👻 CONGRATULATIONS to the winner of our Halloween Colouring Competition... Chloe Emily Rowe!!!! 👻🕷️⁠

You have won a family pass to the Adelaide Zoo! We will be in contact in the coming week to organise your prize.⁠

Thank you to all who entered, your certainly brightened up our offices! 

 

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September 26, 2019

A to Z of items not to forget in your First Home

Getting into your first home can be one of life’s most exciting events. But it can also be somewhat daunting with everything your new life entails – including all the items you’ll need.

We’ve compiled the ultimate A-Z list of all the things you’ll need to set up in your first home.

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Now you’re in your own place you can dress it up any way you please! So gather your favourite pieces and decorate to your heart’s content.

Bathmat

No one likes the cruddy...

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September 26, 2019

Top 8 Vegetables to Plant in Spring

Winter is now over and you’re itching to get back into the garden to plant this season’s crop of vegetables. So which veggies should you choose and how can you ensure they thrive? Here are our top tips.

1. Carrot

It’s hard to imagine an Aussie veggie garden without carrots, and if your thumb isn’t as green as you’d like the good news is, they’re easy to grow from seed. Soft soil without hard lumps or stones is best to avoid weird-shaped...

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September 26, 2019

Top 7 Most Common Issues And How To Spot Them

1. Doors that Stick

What causes it: Shrunken or swollen wood, or door hinges out of alignment.

How to spot it: Open and close every door in the house to ensure they don’t ‘get stuck’ on the frame or require more force than usual to open and/or close.

How much it costs to fix: Nothing, if you can fix it by tightening the door hinges. Otherwise it can cost anywhere between $200-$500 to get a new door frame installed by professionals.

2. Cracks in...

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September 01, 2019

The Hidden Benefits of Gardening

Gardening and being in nature are known to be physically and mentally beneficial. Despite this, many of us are still not spending enough time outdoors.

An analysis of recent research examining the effects of gardening indicated a wide range of positive improvements in social, physical and psychological health.

In the long term, these can all alleviate and prevent various health issues. For example, a bit of weeding and pruning is enough moderate activity to keep adults in good shape and, according to  FULL ARTICLE

September 01, 2019

Simple Appliance Tips to Save Money on Energy

Simple tricks to save money and energy through your appliances

During winter, most people think of the heater as the item driving up the energy bills. But our use of other appliances increases too.

Slow-cooked meals on the stove top and storing leftovers in the freezer all add to the cost of energy. Clothes take longer to dry and we are wearing more of them, so more washing and drying.

On rainy, winter days, most people turn to the dryer rather than risk...

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August 30, 2019

Top 10 Things Buyers are seeking in 2020 and beyond

From swimming pools and garages to a sun-filled aspect, these are the features Aussie buyers are seeking in a new home in 2020, as revealed by Realestate.com.au stats 


1. The ideal layout

Open-plan homes are no longer being sought-after in the way they used to be. The modern buyer is looking for a home with more than one living zone and a seamless flow. 

If you’ve got children, one open-plan living space can mean you’re living on top of each other; a...

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August 01, 2019

Market Snapshot

Sales Market

No ScoMo bounce or interest rate boost for Adelaide, but it is a market that probably didn't need it.

While Adelaide didn't see the heady highs that we saw in Melbourne and Sydney during the boom, it kept powering ahead when both those markets started declining. Adelaide was under the same funding constraints as everyone else, but it had little impact.

Similarly, Adelaide didn't see the same boost in activity post Federal election or interest rate cut that we saw in...

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