Posts Tagged ‘Home Improvements’

Rental Properties: Repairs Versus Improvements

If you own an investment property knowing the difference between a rental property repair as opposed to an improvement is essential, in particular when it comes to boosting the returns of your property and maximising tax benefits. The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has cracked down on property owners after receiving a multitude of incorrect claims; and they treat these two terms differently.
What counts as Repairs and Maintenance?
The easiest way to … Read the full post »

Energy-Efficiency at Home

These days we are all more conscience of energy consumption, not just its costs but also the wider implications and impact on the environment.  It doesn’t take much to incorporate eco-friendly habits into our daily lives and save some cash at the same time.   Below are a few simple tips on how to lower your carbon footprint.

Electricity: Maximise Efficiency, Minimise Use

One of the biggest ways we can make change is … Read the full post »

Investment Property: Tax Deductions

Well, we are now six weeks into a new financial year, which means (if you haven’t already) it’s time to think about submitting your tax return.  If you are an investor with a rental property (or properties) there are deductions you can claim for against some of the expenses you incurred during the past financial year.

It is important to note you can only claim deductions for expenses that relate to … Read the full post »

Indoor Plants: Why We Need Them!

There are many benefits to keeping indoor plants, not only do they enhance the overall appearance of a space and add some personality and warmth into a room, but they have many other benefits including making us feel good!

Below are seven benefits of keeping indoor plants:

Reducing stress levels – studies have found that plants in your home or office can make you feel more comfortable and relaxed.
May sharpen … Read the full post »

Maintaining Indoor Plants

With downsizing and high-density living a trend that is here to stay, there’s an increasing market for indoor plants; despite garden sizes shrinking, many of us still like to have some greenery in and around our homes, as plants not only enhance ambience and promote calm, but they also produce oxygen (critical for our survival).  Plants are an essential part of any home, and if well maintained boost aesthetic appeal … Read the full post »

Property Goals 2021

Happy New Year to you and your family; we hope it will bring you and your loved one’s happiness, health, and prosperity after what was a challenging 2020 for many.

At this time of year many of us reflect on our goals for the year and make resolutions, often revolving around health, amongst other things; but what about your property goals?  Have you made any?

Below is a check list you might … Read the full post »

Make Your Spring Garden Shine!

Whether you are on a house block or have a small courtyard garden in a duplex or townhouse; spring is the season for planting and growth, and as the weather warms up and the sunshine sparkles just the little bit brighter – our gardens just love spring as much as we do!

One of the keys to a great spring garden is soil.  The more nutrient-rich the soil, the more your … Read the full post »

Sprucing up the Garden…Handy Tips

When it is time to sell, it is critical to have the gardens looking as good as possible – the outdoor area is one of the first impressions buyers have of your property, and if this is looking a little ordinary, or even worse – shabby, they may not even get out of the car.

Improving the appearance of the front of the home, even on a minimal budget, can make … Read the full post »

Is Your New Year’s Resolution to Renovate?

Happy New Year everyone. We hope you celebrated the way you wished, and the recovery was effortless! We are excited about what lies ahead in 2020, and in fact the next decade, and we are gearing up for another busy year listing and selling in and around Mount Coolum.

If RENOVATION is on the agenda for 2020 – there are many things to consider prior to undertaking any works, alongside budget … Read the full post »

Increase Rental Income & Deductions!

Australia’s renovations industry appears to be profiting from weaker economic conditions and tighter lending standards, with alterations and additions to residential buildings hitting a historic high recently.

Australian Bureau of Statistics Building Activity data showed a 6.6 percent increase in alterations and additions in 2018; this trend has continued into 2019 on the back of a softer market, indicating homeowners and investors seeking to improve capital values and increase rental income … Read the full post »

Feng Shui…Balance & Harmony in Your Home

Increasingly we are reading and hearing more and more about ‘Feng Shui’ particularly in the home and office.  Some buyers place great value on a home’s Feng Shui when seeking to purchase, so it is certainly something to be aware of and take on board if possible.

Firstly, what is Feng Shui?  Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese practice focused on balancing and harmonising the energies in your home; aligning the … Read the full post »

Solar Power Benefits!

With summer on the way and energy prices continuing to rise; if you haven’t already invested in solar power – now is the time!  In Australia we enjoy more sunshine than any other continent on earth, so nothing makes more sense than tapping into the abundant energy the sun provides to power our home and minimise not only our utility bills but our carbon footprint.

Benefits from investing in solar power:

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