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9 things that turn buyers off

September 13, 2018

Real Estate

Know what they are and you can avoid them when it’s your turn to sell. Clingy sellers It can be extremely difficult to let go of a property, especially if it’s somewhere you’ve made a home and stitched together memories. But once you’ve decided to sell you need to commit to that process. Give your agent room […]

How to remove pet hair from your home

September 7, 2018

Real Estate

To avoid a pet hair explosion, the below tips are paws down the easiest way to remove fur from your furniture, floors, and, of course, your clothes. Clean the floors The most effective method to keep your floors fluff-free is to vacuum at least once a week. Alternatively, a robotic vacuum is the way forward […]

When to DIY and when not to DIY

August 27, 2018

Real Estate

That said, there are just some aspects of home improvement that should be left to the pros. Michael Duffy is a renovator but knows what to leave to the professional tradies. Picture: Nat McCommas What you should not DIY Tiling I’ve seen a lot of DIY tiling jobs and I’m yet to see a good one. I’m […]

How to keep your eye on the future when planning a reno

July 18, 2018

Real Estate

Too often, however, these goals come head to head with our shorter-term needs… like getting a roof over our heads. Stylist Catherine Heraghy has learnt a lot from her epic 12-week renovation. Picture: Lucas Muro We sat down with Catherine Heraghy, interior stylist and owner of boutique styling company, The Stables, to find out how she kept […]

How to create a gallery wall

July 9, 2018

Real Estate

“Gallery walls are a great way to display an art collection while also creating a beautiful focal point for your space,” said Dara Segal, founder and CEO of Simply Framed. “When you can use your whole wall as a blank canvas, it allows you to unleash your treasure trove of art, prints, posters, keepsakes, and […]

Insulation tips to keep the cold at bay this winter

June 24, 2018

Real Estate

It’ll come as no surprise to learn that during winter households around Australia switch on their heating in an attempt to heat up their homes. What might come as a shock, however, is that 40% of energy in the average Aussie home is spent on heating (and cooling). What’s worse, 40% of heat can be […]

How to top up your mortgage and reduce your debt

June 18, 2018

Real Estate

This is the analogy used by John Tindall, a Choice Home Loans mortgage broker in Wattle Grove, Sydney, to explain the power of topping up a mortgage; making extra payments, either regular or piecemeal, to pay it off quicker. “Where it’s possible, making additional repayments reduces your debt faster, meaning you pay less interest and […]

What's on over the Queen's Birthday Long Weekend on the Mornington Peninsula

June 8, 2018

Real Estate

The Mornington Peninsula always has an interesting array of things to do on any long weekend but with the Queens birthday weekend almost upon us, it’s time to get thinking about what to do. Here are some top picks for event happening on the Mornington Peninsula. The Mornington Winter Jazz Festival will be having you tapping […]

5 tricks to get the seaside luxe look at home

June 8, 2018

Real Estate

It’s all about finding just the right balance of beach chic and seaside luxe. Follow these quick tricks to get you on your way. Founders of The Beach People, Emma Henderson and Victoria Beattie. Picture: The Beach People Create a mood board Mood boards help you gather your creative thoughts and are a great way […]

How to winter-proof your garden

May 23, 2018

Real Estate

Horticulturalist, landscape designer and Adbri Masonry ambassador Jason Hodges shares his top tips on how to keep your garden great as the cooler months set in. Build a solid foundation Does your garden turn into a soggy mudslide at the first sight of rain? Creating shelter and solid ground are the first steps to consider when […]

Your guide to different types of clothes dryers

May 16, 2018

Real Estate

And if you thought they were just power-hungry, noisy beasts that blow hot air through clothes, read on. The right dryer can add time to your days without emptying your wallet. Check out these different types of clothes dryers that will keep your laundry under control this winter. Drying clothes indoors might be your only […]

Peninsula Grammar Open Day

May 14, 2018

Real Estate

Peninsula Grammar school welcomes you to Open Days and Information Sessions to help you explore the education and choices available to your family. The school holds Open Days each term, and all families are welcome. Come along to the Pavilion and take a tour with a student guide and experience “Peninsula Grammar in action”. This […]

How to keep indoor plants alive through winter

May 13, 2018

Real Estate

It’s not all doom and gloom, though; like us humans adjust our skincare regime when the weather drops, if you slightly tweak how you look after your plants they’re sure to survive the winter and thrive all-year round. To talk you through the five simple tips to care for your plants during winter, Maggie Dunleavy […]

5 organising tips to consider before moving

May 4, 2018

Real Estate

It’s all about some careful planning and focusing on reducing what you take with you to lighten the load. Leave behind what you don’t want (or need) and give yourself a fresh, new start. By applying three simple actions – clear, sort and dispose – you’ll ensure every item has a need and a place […]

10 homely Mother’s Day gifts under $50!

May 2, 2018

Real Estate

Pop your feet up and check out some of the prettiest gifts for your mum (or yourself) this Mother’s Day. 1. A lively gift This plant stand from Bunnings will set you back $15.50 and is the perfect gift for all those wonderful mums that love to bring the outside in. Bunnings Lotus collection plant stand (far left), […]

5 DIY hacks to get your home ready for winter

May 2, 2018

Real Estate

1. Fix up leaking gutters & downpipes Gutters and downpipes are probably some of the least-considered elements of the home, but when they become damaged and need replacing you might wish you had given them a little more thought. Michael Duffy shows how easy it is to fix leaking gutters and downpipes. Picture: Chris Jones “Water […]

Australian Heritage Festival: Ranelagh Estate Guided Walk

April 30, 2018

Real Estate

The National Trust is running their Ranelagh Estate Mount Eliza walks again for the Heritage Festival. This event last year was so very enjoyable, and informative. Places are limited and bookings are essential. Don’t miss out this year! Visitors will be able to enjoy a guided walk including a full commentary from the National Trust Victoria […]

Anzac Day activities across the Peninsula

April 23, 2018

Real Estate

Commemorative services and remembrance marches will be held across the peninsula in 2018 to acknowledge those who served in the war.  The following locations hold events on ANZAC Day Wednesday 25 April 2018: Download the full event program: Anzac Day Services.pdf(PDF, 57KB) or alternatively see below for details: Proudly supported by the Mornington Peninsula Shire. Balnarring Service 9.30am – […]

Kitchen trends 2018

April 20, 2018

Real Estate

“The kitchen is the heart of the home” may be the mother of all clichés but it’s true nonetheless. Frank Laria, design director at the Mint Kitchen Group, and Graeme Metcalf, industrial designer at Dan Kitchens Australia, share their favourite kitchen trends for 2018. In 2018 we’ll be seeing a lot of navy blue, brushed […]

How to dog-proof your fence

April 18, 2018

Real Estate

Pets are arguably one of the most joyous aspects of home life. A fluffy little thing runs up to greet you with a wagging tail at the end of each day, and only expects love in return for a lifetime of companionship? Sounds like a no-brainer to me. Becoming a pet parent, however, is a […]