by Debbie Alford
Is your career causing your property value to drop?
We’ve all heard of the term “curbside appeal” and we know that is what draws potential buyers in to look through a house which is for sale. Did you know that a home with no curbside appeal is actually valued at a lower price?
One of the biggest turnoff’s for potential buyers is an overgrown garden.
An article called “7 Ways to Devalue Your Property” says “Letting your property fall into disrepair, such as having guttering falling off, unmowed grass, overgrown gardens, peeling paint and cupboard doors hanging off in kitchen will all detract from your home’s overall value.”
Now I know that you might not be planning to sell your home at the moment, but it is important that it is maintained regularly. Small jobs become big, expensive jobs if they are not tended to quickly.
When you open your front door, what do you see? If you see weeds and unweeded garden beds, then it’s time you did some work out there.
I know that you don’t have the time to work in the garden and, even if you did, that’s probably not the way you would choose to spend your day off.
A gardening and maintenance service can be worth its weight in gold. How good would it feel to arrive home after a long day at work and see a neatly mown garden waiting for you? In the warm weather you might even be able to test out that BBQ that was waiting patiently for you behind the overgrown plants.
Call me to organise the maintenance of your property. I find local, reliable tradesmen who will care for your property and make it look fabulous and I will supervise them as they do it.
Home maintenance is not just a lifestyle choice. It’s a sensible investment in the long term value of your property investment.
by Debbie Alford
It’s been a busy and extremely enjoyable time lately for this personal concierge. One of the main tasks in the past fortnight has been researching availability of rental properties and inspection of suitable new homes for clients who are relocating from overseas and interstate.
The two couples who engaged me for this task are professional people – both with a similar budget – what I would call mid range but I soon discovered that finding rentals in this price bracket is certainly a challenge in Melbourne at present.
Thankfully we have been able to secure suitable properties for both couples, so smiles all round!
Another task these past few weeks has been to clear out a storage unit for a client who has lived overseas for the past three years. The contents of the unit include furniture, clothing, electrical good and some boxes that we haven’t been able to get to yet because of the larger items. What treasures will be revealed I wonder? This is a fun job – dirty but fun and we are now in the process of securing a decent price for the used furniture items.
You could say we like to move it, move it!
Need a hand with similar tasks? Give me a call.
by Debbie Alford
Just signed the documents for your new home? What an exciting time for you!
Hmmm now for the packing. How on earth did I accumulate so much stuff you may ask yourself? It’s easy to do, so don’t beat yourself up – I’m sure we’ve all been there.
It’s a great idea to get rid of some of the clutter before you start filling up those boxes for the move to your new home. You may like to follow some of these suggestions to get you on your way:-
If you haven’t used it within the last year you probably never will – out it goes.
If it’s broken and has been so for the last 12-18months, you probably have no intention of ever fixing it or using it – toss it.
If it doesn’t fit you, and hasn’t for a year – in the op-shop pile
If it’s past its use-by-date – turf it
If it’s a gift you are hanging onto because it was a gift, not because you like it or use it – op shop
If I have 20 sets/pairs of the same thing – let it go people!
I’m sure by now you’d be feeling a lot happier about packing up your decluttered house. But what about the unpacking at the other end?
Just imagine coming home to your new home to find the boxes unpacked, your kitchen in order, your beds made and the rubbish removed. There might even be dinner and wine in the fridge for the first night in your new home. Pure bliss!
What “moving house” stories/tips have you got? Would love to hear them!
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