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garage makeovers geared towards multifunctionality

Garage makeovers geared towards multifunctionality

Remember when a garage was used for parking your car and storing your tools? You can return to this idea with a little thought and plenty of organisation. The New Oxford Dictionary of English defines a garage as: “a building or shed for housing a motor vehicle or vehicles”. But if the current trends of …

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heat seekers staying warm this winter

Heat seekers: staying warm this winter

Winter is upon us and for homeowners and renters, that often means one thing: staying warm. With the nightly and early-morning temperatures set to plummet, particularly in southern Australia and New Zealand, The Real Estate Voice offers several energy-saving, eye-catching and heart-warming ways to stay snug and cosy this winter.  On the surface Feature fireplaces …

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bank of mum and dad chips into affordability crisis

Bank of Mum and Dad chips into affordability crisis

Surging property prices that are fuelling the national and multinational housing affordability crisis are leading many first-time homebuyers to a trusted financial source: The Bank of Mum and Dad. Concerns that parental financial assistance is contributing to record house prices are not unfounded. Analysts note that in the March quarter, 60 per cent of first-home …

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using free market appraisals to your advantage

Using free market appraisals to your advantage

Go to your letterbox and, most weeks, householders will find an offer of a free market appraisal from one or more real estate agents.  Designed primarily as the first contact point in what agents hope is a lifelong relationship, the obligation-free quote can be a positive experience for interested parties, depending on how it is …

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child proofing your home

Child-proofing your home

Bringing up babies and toddlers is challenging enough in the outside world. Your number one asset warrants the highest level of protection in all environments, but particularly on the home front. Help is at hand With sound advice, the right safety measures and surveying your young charge under an ever-watchful eye, you can safeguard your …

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how to create a portable vertical garden

How to create a portable vertical garden

Vertical walls of decorative vegetation have been popular in Europe and other countries with high-density cities, where ground cover is at a premium, for years. Professional installations on a large scale — such as the 24-storey Tree House in Singapore, Patrick Blanc’s CaixaForum in Madrid, the towering green wall at One Central Park in Sydney …

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safe as houses securing your home for holiday enjoyment

Safe as houses: securing your home for holiday enjoyment

Prevention is always better than cure, especially in the case of potential home burglaries. Are you planning an Easter getaway or a future holiday? If you’d prefer not to use a housesitter while you’re away, you should follow our home-security checklist.    For example, is your home-security system being used for the purpose it was designed? …

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