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home interest rates at their lowest for decades, buyers are spoilt
for choice. But with so many banks and institutions keen to lock
you in for the next 10 to 30 years with bells and whistles home-loan
packages, it can still seem like a jungle out there in the mortgage
market. This free resource keeps you informed of how rates are moving,
who's offering what, and how to save money and pay off your loan
sooner. The Mortgage Essentials section is a must for babes in the
woods and savvy homeowners alike.
so the days of women needing a man to change the light bulb are
over, but it'll be a few years yet before I'll dive hands-first
into the toilet cistern to investigate why the loo isn't flushing
properly, and many years more before I attempt taking apart the
kitchen sink in search of an answer to that drainage problem. Can-do
attitude and know-it-all partner aside, services such as Hire A
Hubby are so clever and convenient that becoming Tammy the Tool
Girl has lost its shine. These wonderful men in um, pink shirts
will drain your guttering, fix the fencing, plaster walls, put up
shelving, mow the lawn, fix smoke detectors and even build Fido
a doggy house.
after ideas on how to furnish your home but don't have time to visit
furniture showrooms for ideas, browse through Freedom's condensed
online catalogue. Its collection of pieces should suit a wide range
of tastes and if you're willing to part with $110, one of its decorator
consultants will drop in to advise on decor solutions.
your home looking gorgeous for potential buyers or keen to give
your just-purchased property a new look? Home Beautiful has great
ideas for just about every aspect of the home, inside and out. Go
to the Renovate and Decorate tab for tips and hints on sprucing
up your abode, and click through to the Renovator's Cost Guide so
you can budget for the home improvements.
Blue Printer has less to do with printers than it does with providing
a clever interactive program that allows you to design your own
house plan, which you can then walk through and print. Click on
the wall, door or window icon and once the it appears on the grid,
drag and drop it. Use the Transform buttons to resize and rotate.
say a fresh coat of paint can add thousands of dollars to the value
of your property. Here you'll find easy-to-follow instructions on
priming and painting exterior and interior surfaces, as well as
tips on painting techniques, colour selection and how to peel and
clean paint. If you've got a fast connection, check out the animated
tutorial and visit the homepage for other DIY ideas.
may be a lot of sweat and tears involved, but the DIY option can
save you the kind of sweat and tears that often accompany receiving
an inflated bill for repairs around the home. If you're planning
on going DIY, you'll need to invest in some essential tools of the
trade. Hardwareshop has a wide range and it delivers across Australia.
Just remember the family, and consider getting everyone some earmuffs!
Homes and Gardens
a great place to relax and unwind, but your garden is also another
important selling point for buyers. Spruce it up with some of these
DIY gardening projects - such as adding a water feature, pond or
paving, or creating lattice screens, a kid-safe backyard or a wildlife-friendly
garden. The site also features a section on how to identify and
control pests and diseases and an A-Z listing of plants and advice
on how and where to grow them. Is your home a TV location? If you're
planning a renovation, the Better Homes and Gardens TV show would
like to know.
folks at Dig This say they stock more than 10,000 gardening products.
Choose from an array of trees, plants and shrubs, garden art and
garden care products, as well as tools, pots and containers, gifts
and garden furniture. The magazine homepage has tips on how to create
gardens in small spaces, notes on how to go about designing, as
well as a Just for Kids section.
such as Backyard Blitz, Changing Rooms and Ground Force are taking
the term "watching paint dry" to new literal, albeit less punishing
levels (especially when you've got former Manpower babe Jamie Durie
digging up your roots). Anyway, the point is, if you like what you
see on Backyard Blitz you'll find fact sheets on how to replicate
the results. But be warned, such hard yakka isn't always as sexy
and fun as it looks on TV.
Haven Pools and Spas
time I think of pools, I think of that awful Blue Haven ad with
Peter Sterling in a Hawaiian shirt standing next to an elephant
while trying to flog a pool. The connection between an ex-league
player and a huge wrinkly mammal escapes me. Nonetheless, Blue Haven
claims to be one of Australia's largest pool suppliers with a long
history in the business, so let's not hold the company's advertising
against it. Choose from concrete, above ground or semi in-ground
swimming pools, or splash out and get the spa instead.
of Fair Trading
building a home or renovating, make sure you're clear on what your
rights are when dealing with tradespeople and builders. It's important
that you sign a written contract before any work is carried out,
and that it is done by someone who is licensed and insured. Likewise,
get savvy on your rights as a homebuyer, seller, landlord or tenant
through the Department of Fair Trading's Web site. Go to the Building
and Renovating a Home, and the Owning and Renting a Home links -
they spell out all you need to know about transactions involving
your or someone else's property.
Homesharing is a simple idea. A householder
offers accommodation to a homesharer in exchange for an agreed level
of support. The support needed may be help with the household tasks,
or it may be financial support, or a combination of both. Homeshare
is essentially an exchange that recognises that two people have
needs and something to offer.
Selector.com is Australia's leading
electronic directory of architectural, interior design, building
and construction products and services. Developed in partnership
with the Royal Australian Institute of Architects, Selector.com
is a joint venture between The Home Ideas Centre Pty Ltd. and Architecture
Media Pty Ltd. The Home Ideas Centres Pty Ltd operate permanent
building product display centres in many large Australian cities.
Architecture Media Pty Ltd is 50% owned by the Royal Australian
Institute of Architects and publishes leading architectural magazines
Archtitecture Australia, HOUSES, Architectural Product News and
Housing Industry Association
HIA's Technical Services provides
members with accurate and helpful technical advice across all areas
of residential construction. Information on non-residential building
work is also available to HIA members
Alternative Technology Association
Alternative Technology Association
(ATA) is a non-profit community group that aims to use and promote
environmentally friendly technology. We are interested in renewable
energy sources such as the sun, wind and water; building with natural
materials and conserving energy
Australian Window Association
The Association originated in New
South Wales in November 1991 as the Residential Window Manufacturers
Association. The RWA expanded into a national organisation and was
incorporated on 9th January 1992 , becoming a registerable Australian
body with the Australian Securities Commission. The AWA was founded
by window manufacturers and has always been run by window manufacturers.
Australian Building Energy Council
ABEC’s charter is to shape a National
System of Best Practice which will ultimately lead to better environmental
building performance and underpin changes in overall building practice.
Energy efficient and environmentally designed buildings:
• Improve the productivity, health
and comfort of their occupants
• Provide substantial operating cost
savings over the life of the building
• Are more resource efficient, minimise
impact on the environment and reduce greenhouse gas emissions