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TO STAGE OR NOT TO STAGE?


You have your property ready to get on the market and fly but it is empty and looking a bit bare. It is certainly different to that warm homely feel you want to portray to your prospective buyers. Have you heard of home staging/styling? It is brilliant idea that originated in the United States and has taken the Australian property market by storm, capturing small units to luxury homes. So, what exactly is home staging? To put it simply, it is about understanding your property, it's best features and selling points then styling the property based around these attributes. It involves strategically positioning props and furniture to enhance these features and selling points, and thus getting into the buyer's mind to create a dream home and lifestyle. I think we can all agree that a home with no furniture, no lamps and no artwork would be considered very bare and to some, most unwelcoming. It is not surprising that a staged home tends to sell faster and achieve a higher price - it is ...


PLANTS, PLANTS, PLANTS


How to make your home a plant paradise with indoor plantsPlants add life and colour to any environment, so if you are not blessed with a large outdoor area, indoor plants are a sure way to spruce up some liveliness into your home and purify the air. Indoor plants are suitable for any space, whether it be large or small, and believe it or not, there are many plants that require very little maintenance. If you have been avoiding indoor plants because you are concerned that they are too difficult to keep and will need daily care, think again and reconsider! The following is a list of 10 indoor plants that are survivors of all environments.1. Air PlantsAir plants, or the technical term - Tillandsias, are a unique plant because they do not need soil to survive. They are a small plant that can look great on a shelf, in the kitchen or in the bathroom. They require some sunlight and a mist spray twice a week. 2. Aloe VeraAloe Vera - the medicinal plant! It is a great plant to ke...


HOW TO SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL BUSINESSES DURING COVID-19


How to support your local businesses during the coronavirus pandemicSocial-distancing is the name of the game right now, and it is essential we all do this in order to slow the spread of Covid-19. However, as much as we want to stop coronavirus, in doing so we don't want to destroy our small businesses. The current second lock-down of Melbourne is without a doubt going to affect us all, but particularly those businesses that have already bore the brunt of the first lock-down. Governments around the world have taken drastic measures to slow the spread of coronavirus. Many businesses have been given two options - either close your doors or remain open following strict legal requirements. Businesses such as gyms and recreation centres have been forced to close for the second time, restaurants back to only operable serving take-away, retail remaining open but only allowing a limited number of customers inside the shop at any one time. With the government telling everyone to STAY HOME and o...


MOVING HOUSE CHECKLIST


Checklist for moving to a new house: Moving to a new house is often a very exciting event, however it can also produce a great deal of stress. It is not just the change that can cause stress, it is all the little things that need to be remembered so the move is a smooth and easy process. Due to coronavirus restrictions in Melbourne, most people will not be moving during the next couple of weeks, however when the time comes that you will be moving – being very organised is key! 4 weeks until moving day:   Create an inventory of everything you own. Make sure to note any scratches or marks on furniture. You can revert back this list if you suspect your furniture has been damaged on the move. Dispose of everything you do not need and book a hard rubbish collection if you require. Start to use up all frozen food in the freezer. Finish all ingredients in open packets and those that will be expiring before your move date. Make a list of all special items that will require special ...


ACTIVITIES TO DO AT HOME


Home Activities   Keeping ourselves entertained and busy at home has never been more important than it is now. Coronavirus restrictions have meant that Melbourne residents are in a strict lockdown, with only 1 hour of exercise outside per day. 23 hours inside our homes leaves us with a lot of time to think, be lazy, binge watch tv, eat and drink, play board games, entertain our children and catch up on sleep! The activities just mentioned are of course OK for some period of time, but a lot of us are stuck with two questions – “how can I use this enforced time at home wisely and be productive?” and “what are some fun activities to do at home to keep entertained?” Entertaining and unique activities to do at home: 1. Throw and indoor picnic Set up your living room just like you’re having a picnic. Throw down a rug, pop open a bottle of wine (or two), make a delicious platter of cheese and meats, and enjoy the company of your housemates or fam...


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