It’s spring. The sun is shining, the flowers are in bloom, the birds are chirping, the grass is green, and you are feeling considerably more cheerful as the cold months have come to an end. With the bloom of the jacarandas comes a reinvigoration in the property market for those on a house hunt. Not only does spring give you a great excuse to declutter and commence a spring clean, but it also provides the perfect environment for an open home.
If you are considering selling your property this spring and wondering how you should prepare your home to sell in the property sales boom, we’ve compiled some useful tips to ensure you’re ready!
Probably the easiest and cheapest alteration you could make to your home is to declutter it.
Reducing the number of personal items filling your home not only allows for a cleaner feel but it also allows visitors to envisage themselves living in the property, not to mention the wonders it does for your closet and cupboard space!
Embrace the spring clean
Ensure your windows and mirrors are sparkling, wash the curtains and blinds, have your carpets professionally cleaned, polish tap fittings, hardwood floors and door knobs, rake the lawn and trim the bushes. Attention to detail is vital in making your home look its best (and only requires a bit of one-on-one time with the dustpan and brush)!
Set your home apart from the rest
The finer details might not be glaringly obvious to a buyer; however, these small touches are a cost-effective way of setting your home above other options on the market.
Set out fresh flowers or freshly clipped lilac branches, integrate towels, throws and pillows in complementary colours throughout your house, offer an outside mat for guests to clean their shoes, fill the sink with ice to chill bottled water for visitors or set out individually wrapped treats in cellophane or ribbon. Each of these small gestures are not only cost-effective but will ensure your guests feel at ease in your home.
Use a Real Estate Agent
As buyers and sellers spring into action, the property sales race is likely to be very tight. Utilising a real estate agent will help you to be at the front of the pack. At Arrive we have an amazing team of professionals ready to value your house, suggest a niche method of marketing tailored to perfectly suit you and you home, and to offer you a suite of services to mold your house into an irresistible property.
If you are interested in finding out more on how to sell your home this spring, please feel free to contact us at Arrive. We have a number of professionals with a wealth of skills and knowledge, ready to help you in your sales journey!
The Ultimate Guide To Brisbane School Holidays This September
The ultimate guide to school holidays this September…
With school holidays just around the corner, you might be scrambling to keep the kids occupied. But fear not! We have compiled a list, from the Brisbane Kids webpage, of our picks of the best activities to keep the little ones entertained all day long…
THE GRUFFALO – Gardens Theatre, QUT Gardens Point
CDP are bringing The Gruffalo to life just for Brisbane Kids during the summer school holidays. Based on the award winning children’s book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, the audience will be introduced to 3 not so nice characters as Mouse makes his journey through the deep dark woods to find some hazelnuts to eat.
From Saturday 22 September until Sunday 7 October, there is plenty to keep the kids entertained at our activities held in the store entrance across from Småland.
Kids can make their own paper animals, paper plate and peg craft. Don’t forget about our Spring Treasure Hunt which can be collected at the entrance, a reward to be enjoyed is available to those to finish it.
FREE INFLATABLE LASER TAG – Indooroopilly Shopping Centre
Indooroopilly Shopping Centre’s third floor will be glowing these school holidays as the Centre hosts FREE glow in the dark, inflatable laser tag. For those who think they have played laser tag before, Brisbane Kids will be excited to know that Indooroopilly is adding extra elements to their laser tag zone so it is not your usual run of the mill laser tag, the Centre will impress with a glow in the dark labyrinth, full of inflatable objects to hide behind with smoke machines and laser beams to provide fantastic entertainment for the whole family.
CITY OF LOGAN’S IMAGINATION CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL – Logan
There’s 170 activities over 16 days that are free or low cost fun for children 0 – 12 years including a muddy wonderland, ninja obstacle course, cooking, dancing, art and craft and even how to make robots work.
When: 22 September – 7 October
Where: Various Venues in Logan City
Cost: Mix of FREE and ticketed events- Bookings required for some events
Jellyfish Bloom – a spectacular lighting installation comprised of enormous, iridescent jellyfish – has floated into the Gold Coast’s favourite shopping destination Robina Town Centre as a free experience for locals to enjoy until 30th September 2018.
ALICE IN WONDERLAND – Brisbane Arts Theatre, Petrie Terrace
Prepare for a curious adventure in the much-loved Alice in Wonderland. Featuring all of your favourite characters, the Brisbane Art Theatres presentation of Alice in Wonderland is sure to be a hit for the whole family.
Date: 22 September – 10 November 2018 ( every Saturdays, selected Sundays and Tuesday to Friday (Sept/Oct school holidays) @ 11am
Time: 2pm weekends and 11am weekdays during the school holidays
For more great ideas visit www.brisbanekids.com.au, particularly the Brisbane Kids Event Calendar which is a great resource for everything happening in our city for the rest of the year that your children will love!
Australia is home to somewhere between 600,000 and 700,000 fauna, many of which can be found nowhere else in the world. Around 84% of our plants, 83% of our mammals, and 45% of our birds are endemic to Australia (or found exclusively in Australia only). As humans, we depend largely on animals for produce such as foods and medicines that keep us alive. Not only this, but we rely on much of our ecosystems for recreation and tourism. Biodiversity keeps the world spinning around.
With the ever-increasing pressures of climate change, reef deterioration and the rise in endangerment of many animals and insects, it is becoming more and more imperative that we make some changes to our lifestyles to keep our beautiful world, and the creatures that live on it, alive.
How can you help to protect Australia’s biodiversity?
The Australian Government’s Department of the Environment and Energy has some great tips to preserve our local flora and fauna.
Generate a natural habitat in your garden – research plants that are native to your area and create a sanctuary for local birds and other wildlife.
Pull up any weeds that have popped up in your garden – educate yourself on what flora are native to your area, what appears to be a harmless plant could be a weed with the ability to cause significant damage if it spreads to bushland.
Be a responsible pet owner – ensure your cats and dogs are de-sexed, and if you can no longer keep them, do not release them to the wild.
Reduce, reuse and recycle – consider ways to reduce the amount of rubbish that ends up in landfill and the waterways. Many things can now be recycled.
Start your own compost bin – organic matter like vegetable peelings which usually ends up landfill is great for your garden. Start composting and you can reduce the need for chemicals and fertilizers in the garden and improve the health of your soil.
Only put water down the drains – Oils and chemicals may start at the kitchen sink but end up in our waterways and seas and can have detrimental impacts on flora and fauna living in streams and rivers. Instead of using commercial cleaning chemicals try using white vinegar and bicarbonate of soda.
Painting over a wall patch so it looks invisible isn’t easy—ask anyone who’s tried it. It needs to be done carefully in order to look good.
As a property manager or landlords, we have all seen this too often:
Paint ripped off when tenants are trying to remove double sided tape wall hooks
Doorknob smashing hole in the wall.
Can you repair this by just painting over the spot? Well, it depends. Will anyone ever looks at it? Sorry, but it will be painfully obvious what you did. So this depends on how critical the observer is. If I was your landlord and I saw a poorly done patch when you were moving out, I’d mutter a few obscenities under my breath, then quietly mention to you about how you just forfeited your bond unless you have it fixed.
The problem is that paint won’t match that well. The colour difference will be obvious. Plus, due to the hole in the surface, there will be small shadows that will be quite obvious, so you will need to fill in the surface so it is smooth, BEFORE painting. Anyway, if you tried to paint in just that small area with a brush, one would easily see the texture differences from painting with a brush compared to what was an original roller applied paint surface.
However, maintaining the rich colour and smooth finish of your home’s interior doesn’t mean you have to repaint the whole room to fix the dents, dings, scratches and marks that can, over time, mar your walls’ surfaces.
By using the proper technique and the right colour, you can touch up select spots of your wall paint, and keep your walls looking flawless and freshly painted again. however, in most cases, it’s easier just to repaint the entire wall.
Storm Season Is Approaching… Is Your Home Storm Ready?
With Storm Season approaching, we have compiled some tips to ensure you and your home stay safe
During storm season in Brisbane, clogged gutters are some of the most common culprits of damage to
property. Ensuring your gutters are clear of debris is a key factor in safeguarding your house.
Full gutters can cause drainage problems resulting in an overflow of water escaping onto your property; and eventually can cause the gutter to fall off due to the weight of the water.
Full gutters can also cause the water to become stagnant creating the perfect breeding ground
for mosquito larvae to hatch. Stagnant water can also cause an unwanted odor.
Water pooling can also cause your gutters to prematurely rust.
If you believe that your gutters might be blocked, please email : email@example.com so that
we can potentially arrange for this to be attended to.PLEASE NOTE: Please do not climb on ladders to assess the gutters
If you have any trees on your property (even ones that don’t directly hang over your home), ask yourself these questions:
Does it appear that the branches need to be pruned?
Is there a large amount of deadwood on these trees?
Do any trees appear to be unstable?
Are there any trees/branches growing into POWER LINES?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, please CONTACT firstname.lastname@example.org so that
we can have a professional address the issues, ensuring you and your family stay safe this summer.
Important Updates and Contact Numbers
It is very useful to keep a list of emergency contacts, including the SES and Energex, in the case of a
fallen powerline or power outage. The Bureau of Meteorology also has great updates on any weather
patterns that could affect you, visit bom.com.au
Here’s the push you need if you’ve been considering buying your first (or another!) investment property…
The owners 112 Archer Street sought the help of our property management professionals, Adam and Jodie, to lease the home they recently purchased.
After receiving some handy tips in how to transform their house into an irresistible rental property, Archer Street was snapped up in 5 days, $50 over the appraised rental price!
Our owners orchestrated a major landscaping revamp, installed a brand-new kitchen, a fresh coat of paint throughout and applied plenty attention to detail to bring this tired house into a grand home.
At the completion of the rental process, our owners said this about their experience with Arrive:
“Arrive – in particular, Adam, Karen and Jodie – have been an integral part in our investment property renovation. Arrive happily and regularly met with us to offer advice and assistance to help us get most out of the property. Arrive’s knowledge of property investment and management has helped us create an attractive home to renters and our portfolio. We are glad we engaged Arrive and look forward to our continued success together.”
Have a look below at the amazing transformation of the house on the corner with the white picket fence…
Kitchen During Renovation
Some more images of this great rental property
If you are thinking of purchasing an investment home, are looking to upgrade your property or begin renting a property please feel free to contact us for some professional advice!
In a world full of plastic, carbon offsets, smog, melting ice and the degradation of our reefs, the need for us to make proactive action in combatting the negative trail we leave on our environment is becoming more and more urgent. At Arrive, we would love for all our tenants and owners to be educated in ways they can help rewind the deterioration of the beautiful Earth we live on.
For more than 17 years, Sustainable House Day has provided a great opportunity for hundreds of thousands of people to visit some of Australia’s leading green homes – ones that are not only environmentally friendly, but cheaper to run and more comfortable to live in.
Sustainable House Day gives visitors a chance to inspect firsthand houses that have been designed, built or renovated with sustainability in mind as well as the opportunity to talk to owners and receive unbiased advice.
Register here to attend Sustainable House Day on Sunday 16th September 2018 and to receive information in advance of the day.
In 2017, 29,049 people visited 206 homes across Australia and explored ways they can make their house that little bit more sustainable (and put their conscience at ease!).
You can also donate a gold coin at the open homes. Last year the donations amounted to $12,060.85 which went to charities chosen by the individual homes! Individual charities can be found on each home’s profile pages.
We have compiled a list of properties near our area listed below:
Swallowtail: Tiny House on Wheels in Salisbury 4107
Petrie Terrace Renovation in Petrie 4000
Urban Forest House in Bardon 4065
Sustainable Horticulture in Darra 4076
For more information on the houses near you, please visit: sustainablehouseday.com.
If you visit a sustainable house, or make some additions to your home in celebration of Sustainable House Day, we would LOVE to hear about it.
Contact us through phone: 3343 3737, email: email@example.com or on our social media platforms: arriveaus (Facebook).
In our current climate, you will be hard pressed to find someone who hasn’t been touched, or doesn’t know someone who has, by mental illness. It affects people of all ages, demographics, genders, nationalities and cultures. It has no barriers and is a silent killer. We live in a world of amazing modern medicine that can cure us of some of the most fatal physical diseases, however, the true killer that has bared its fangs is the one that comes from within. In a world of Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter (the list could go on…) it is becoming easier and easier to start feeling a bit buried under in the pressures of ‘self-promotion’.
Unfortunately, as a society we are still trying to overcome the stigma around mental illness. Some may find it hard to express the way they are feeling because it is sometimes seen as a sign of weakness or is discredited as not ‘a real illness’.
If you are one of the lucky ones who has avoided a mental illness, sometimes it can be hard to empathize with someone who is really struggling. It is vitally important to never discredit the way someone is feeling because it is a feeling you might not have felt yourself. RU OK Day, this Thursday 13th of September, is the perfect day to check in with your mates, your family, your son, your daughter, your dad or your mum, your neighbour, your colleague or the guy you sit next to on the bus to work.
If you have noticed someone around you becoming more irritable, more withdrawn or is less interested in the things they used to love, maybe it is time you had a conversation that could change a life and ask ‘are you okay?’.
At Arrive, we have been wondering about how we can help. Ruokay.org.au has some great resources if you are struggling or if you are planning on asking a friend if they are okay which we have listed below…
Getting Ready to Ask…
The first step is to ask yourself: Am I ready?
Am I in a good headspace?
Am I willing to genuinely listen?
Can I give as much time as needed?
The second step: Am I prepared?
Do I understand that if I ask how someone’s going, the answer could be: “No, I’m not”?
Do I understand that you can’t ‘fix’ someone’s problems?
Do I accept that they might not be ready to talk? Or they might not want to talk to me?
The third step: Have I picked my moment?
Have I chosen somewhere relatively private and comfy?
Have I figured out a time that will be good for them to chat?
Have I made sure I have enough time to chat properly?
How to Ask
If you feel the aforementioned criteria have been met, you can now:
1. Ask R U OK?
Be relaxed, friendly and concerned in your approach.
Help them open up by asking questions like “How are you going?” or “What’s been happening?”
Mention specific things that have made you concerned for them, like “You seem less chatty than usual. How are you going?”
2. Listen Without Judgement
Take what they say seriously and don’t interrupt or rush the conversation.
Don’t judge their experiences or reactions but acknowledge that things seem tough for them.
If they need time to think, sit patiently with the silence.
Encourage them to explain: “How are you feeling about that?” or “How long have you felt that way?”
Show that you’ve listened by repeating back what you’ve heard (in your own words) and ask if you have understood them properly.
3. Encourage Action
Ask: “What have you done in the past to manage similar situations?”
Ask: “How would you like me to support you?”
Ask: “What’s something you can do for yourself right now? Something that’s enjoyable or relaxing?”
You could say: “When I was going through a difficult time, I tried this… You might find it useful too.”
If they’ve been feeling really down for more than 2 weeks, encourage them to see a health professional. You could say, “It might be useful to link in with someone who can support you. I’m happy to assist you to find the right person to talk to.”
Be positive about the role of professionals in getting through tough times.
4. Check In
Pop a reminder in your diary to call them in a couple of weeks. If they’re really struggling, follow up with them sooner.
You could say: “I’ve been thinking of you and wanted to know how you’ve been going since we last chatted.”
Ask if they’ve found a better way to manage the situation. If they haven’t done anything, don’t judge them.
They might just need someone to listen to them for the moment.
Stay in touch and be there for them. Genuine care and concern can make a real difference.
Worried Someone Is Suicidal?
Contact Lifeline for crisis support. If life is in danger, call 000
For more information about this great cause, visit ruok.org.au.
Are you able to pass on the full cost of water consumption to your tenant?
The simplest way is to have a qualified plumber attend the property to inspect and issue a Water Efficiency Certificate. The Master Plumbers Association of QLD has developed a specific Water Efficiency Certificate QLD and it’s the responsibility of the Landlord or Real Estate Agent to contact a plumber, requesting a water compliance certificate QLD to be issued for the rental property.
What are the minimum requirements for water charging?
Landlords can pass on the full water consumption charges, including bulk water delivery, providing the following criteria are met:
the rental property is individually metered,
the rental property is certified, water efficient; and
the tenancy agreement states that the tenant must pay the water consumption costs.
What does a Water Compliance Certificate QLD cover?
The Queensland Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Regulations 2000, state that the following key conditions are required to attain a Water Efficiency Certificate, QLD:
The rental premises must be individually metered or bulk water be delivered by a vehicle.
All internal cold water taps, except those serving a bath, are to deliver a maximum of 9 litres of water, per minute.
Shower heads are to have a maximum flow rate of 9 litres per minute.
Toilets are to be dual flush, with the maximum flush volume of the full flush to be 6.5 litres, and the maximum for the half flush being 3.5 litres and a maximum average flush volume of 4 litres (based on the average of 1 full flush and 4 half flushes).
Important note for water charges for tenants in QLD
As the Landlord, you will still receive the water bill and pay the full amount then provide your tenants with a copy of any water bills or evidence of water consumption to verify the amount to be charged. Tenants will not be billed directly by water supply authorities.
Note: Tenants have one month to pay the agreed amount for water consumption after the lessor provides evidence of the costs to the tenant. The lessor/agent can not require the tenant to pay more than the billable amount, or charge tenants late fees.
To obtain a Water compliance Certificate for your property, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
For a small investment of $88 (plus parts if required), your property could become water compliant, allowing you to oncharge water to your Tenant.