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Kitchen renovation expenses that can catch you unawares

Date: 26 October 2016
No longer tucked away in small dark rooms and out of view, modern kitchens are now the centrepieces of our homes and fulfil many more roles than providing a place for cooking. They are increasingly central to the daily operation of our busy lives, often incorporating study and homework stations, places to eat and convenient places to entertain.

The way we use our kitchens has had a significant impact on how they are designed and prioritised into a home, how big they are and how much money is allocated to them, so it is no surprise that kitchen renovations are one of the most common projects undertaken by homeowners. If your kitchen needs an overhaul, these tips will help you to identify a few areas where hidden costs often lurk.
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Essential reading: all about reverse mortgages

Date: 25 October 2016

Reverse mortgages are becoming more popular as recognition grows among Australia’s seniors that they are living in homes that are rich in equity, even if they are strapped for cash.

However, while reverse mortgages are an excellent financial tool for the retired single or couple in principle, there are pitfalls for the unwary.

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Easy ways to upstyle your courtyard

Date: 18 October 2016
With the warm weather approaching in the southern hemisphere, now is the perfect time to spruce up your courtyard area and get it ready to entertain friends and family. Get rid of all the cobwebs with a good outdoor broom, hose down the dust, throw away all the clutter that has collected over the cooler months and consider repainting your old outdoor setting. If, once your outdoor area is clean, you find it’s now a blank canvas, use some of these simple styling tips to inject some personality into the space and create a spot you want to use.
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Fantastic decorating tips that won't cause permanent damage

Date: 17 October 2016

If you want to make your house a home but you are still renting, then these handy decorating tips can help. They won't cause permanent marks or changes to the house and this will make your landlord very happy. The changes don't have to be intrusive, they can be subtle but make you feel at home.

The rug life

Many landlords shy away from letting their tenants tear up the carpet or stain the floors. There is often too much risk involved and could end up costing them a lot of money to change for future tenants.

Instead, buying a rug can change the atmosphere of a room and it can do wonders for the design. Homes To Love says that a rug can brighten a dark room, change the colour theme and provide great floor protection. It will make a huge difference to the room but not to the bank account, and of course it's not a permanent change.

If you are wanting to make changes to your rented house, then wall art can mix things up without causing permanent damage.

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Watch out for these hidden costs when renovating a bathroom

Date: 14 October 2016

The bathroom is one of the most expensive rooms in the house to renovate – don’t let these extra costs spoil your project.

As the bathrooms in new homes get bigger and more luxurious, the smaller bathrooms typically found in older homes are becoming claustrophobic and dated by comparison; it’s not surprising, therefore, that bathroom renovations are high on many peoples’ hit lists.

When it comes to colour, bathrooms allow us to really have some fun; a quick visit to a bathroom showroom will reveal just how much choice is available in terms of style, colour and materials. But renovating a bathroom does present its challenges and controlling your budget is crucial. These tips will give you some understanding of a few areas where costs can blow out, as well as a little guidance on how to avoid them.
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