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5 ways to boost your home’s kerb appeal

When you’re selling your home, one of the first things that potential buyers will notice is your home’s exterior.

Sure the inside of the property is important too, but the outside of the home is where you can make a real impact and create that all important first impression on buyers.

So what can you do to improve your home’s kerb appeal and reel in those buyers?

  1. Landscaping – Don’t overlook the importance of planting trees and plants around your property to make it feel homely and inviting. A bare front yard tends to make a property feel stark and exposed, so add some new garden beds and trees to help bring a bit of life to your front and backyard.
  1. Front door – Painting the entire house can be an expensive endeavour, but if you just want your home to look a little more modern then it might be worth just painting the front door. A fresh coat of paint on the front door can lift the appearance of the entire home and help add property value too. Check out Pinterest for some front door colour inspiration, with bright yellows, reds and blues being extremely popular at the moment.
  1. House numbers and letterbox – Sometimes small things can have a big impact. If your mailbox and house numbers are looking a little worse for wear then consider changing them to add a little bit of style or colour to the front of your home, and give it a more modern look.
  1. Windows and trim – If your windows are scratched, broken or old then your property is bound to look 100% better with new ones. If you can’t afford to replace windows then at least make sure they’re clean and that the trim looks neat and tidy. Adding window boxes can also help add a bit some colour and life to your home’s appearance.
  1. Pressure clean – If your home’s exterior has a build-up of mould, mildew or dirt on it, then a good pressure cleaning is probably the best thing you can do for it. Pressure cleaners can be bought or hired if you want to DIY, or you might prefer to hire a professional exterior cleaner to do the work for you.

Keep in mind that every property is different, so you need to decide what you can change at your property to make the biggest impact. If you would like any advice on improving your home’s kerb appeal then don’t hesitate to get in contact with the Professionals Mudgee Real Estate team.

What were your thoughts on the first Room Reveal?

The Block Bedroom 1If you’ve been following The Block so far this season, you’ve no doubt got an opinion on the first room reveals from Sunday night.  We were incredibly impressed with the rooms offered up to start the new season, especially some of the creative ideas coming from the newbies.  The Blockheads revealed their guest bedrooms, and the results proved that quality materials and finishes will always impress the expert judges.

If you’re planning to build, or are renovating your Mudgee home, it might pay to look back at some of the positive and negatives from the first rooms reveals for handy tips.

  • Create a quality entrance.  Both Alisa & Lysandra and Chantelle & Steve impressed the judges with hand-crafted doors to their guest bedrooms.  Judge Shayna even commented that a good solid door gives energy to a room.  Rather than picking any old door off a shelf, consider how you might create the perfect entrance to your room.
  • We lost count how many times ‘storage’ was been mentioned during this phase of The Block.  Clearly the judges want to see it, and the Blockheads know they need to deliver it to secure a good price at auction.  Regardless of what you’re renovating, always consider how you can best utilise space to provide additional storage areas.  We saw a hidden walk-in robe, floor to ceiling wardrobes, a wardrobe below a floating desk, and a wall of shelves that rotates into fold down bed.
  • Statement art.  While all couples styled their rooms beautifully, the compliments were flowing for Dale and Brad’s choice of statement artwork, as well as Chantelle and Steve’s vintage blind.   Artwork on the walls can often make or break the feel of a room.  While it’s important when selling to keep things a little neutral to appeal to a broader market, a tastefully selected statement piece can really set a room off.
  • Creating a point of difference.  Find a way to make your home special and unique.  Kyal and Kara were the only couple to install under-floor heating, something that was picked up quickly by the judges.  Will this decision make a difference on Auction day?  Only time will tell, but the twins did state that they see these two as big competition.

For more tips on renovating or styling your Mudgee home, keep following our ‘I Love Mudgee’ blog, visit our Professionals Mudgee Real Estate office for your FREE copy of ‘Showtime- 101 Ways to Showcase Your Home for Sale’, or come in and chat to one of our friendly team today.

Which room impressed you the most on Sunday night?

Join the RedFeb relay this February and support heart health.

RedFebWhile February is the month for hearts to be won over with flowers on Valentine’s Day, it’s also the month we’re all reminded to look after our heart health.  Heart disease is the largest killer of Australians, affecting 2 out of 3 families.  Heart Research Month aims to raise awareness about the impact of heart disease, and the need for continuing research.  Our team at Professionals Mudgee Real Estate would love to encourage Mudgee residents to put their heart into supporting heart health, by joining the RedFeb Relay.

The RedFeb Relay is ongoing throughout the month of February, so you can start now with plenty of time left to contribute!  The aim of the RedFeb Relay is to get Australian’s active, while raising support for Heart Research Australia.  You can either walk, run, cycle or swim, or use a pedometer to track your distance in any other preferred sport.  The aim is to add in your kilometres to RedFeb’s community total, and help to make it one lap around Australia – which is equivalent to 27,650kms!  Right now they’re at around 16,000km, so we’re already well over halfway!

All you have to do is:

1. Sign up here and enter your details.

2. Create your supporter page, add a photo and set your fundraising goal.

3. Share your page with your family and friends. Even better, pass the baton on and get them to sign up too!

4. Start tracking your kilometres and log back in to your fundraising page to add your kilometres.

We’d love to see Mudgee residents getting active this month, and with so many beautiful places to go walking, running and cycling in Mudgee, why wouldn’t you want to get outdoors, get some fresh air, and join the Mudgee community in contributing to a great cause?  For some great tried and tested riding routes check out Mudgee’s Map My Ride Page, for walking routes click here for Mudgee’s Map My Walk Page, and running trails are at Mudgee’s Map My Run Page.

How will you be clocking up the km’s this February?

Flix in The Stix – The Best Night Out in the Bush!

Flix in the StixPrepare for the best night out in the bush!  Flix in the Stix is heading to Mudgee this weekend, so clear your calendar for Sunday and make your way down to Gooree Park.

Flix in the Stix will see approximately 80 minutes of short films screened, hilarious comedy act ‘The Axis of Awesome’, and live music from 8 time ARIA winners Eskimo Joe.  Curated by Australia’s Queen of Comedy, Julia Morris (aka ‘J-Mo’), this year’s Flix in the Stix will feature award winning international short comedy films, guaranteed to give you a laugh.  It’s being marketed as ‘The Best Night out in the Bush’, and we can certainly see why – This is shaping up to be a festival you won’t want to miss!

Simply bring along your deck chair, picnic rug, cushions, blanket or beanbags, and of course your singing voice.  A courtesy bus will run 3 trips from the Courthouse Hotel at 5:30pm, 6pm and 6.30pm to Gooree Park Wines, so you don’t even need to worry about parking.  There is no need to book for the bus, simply turn up and jump on board.  You can buy your tickets online HERE for an adult, child or concession holder, and please note there are discounted tickets for groups of 6, so make sure you invite all your friends and family.

For more information please call 02 6372 1020 or visit http://www.visitmudgeeregion.com.au.  Our Professionals Mudgee Real Estate team hope to see you there!

Will you be enjoying all the fun of Flix in the Stix this Sunday?

How important is lighting?

lighting 2For those who are following The Block’s renovations unfold, you will no doubt have seen this week’s ‘lighting’ challenge.  The pairs were given seven hours to create their own bedside table lamps and floor lamp to be used in their guest bedroom.  This may sound reasonably straight forward, but it’s actually a lot more difficult than you might first think.  First the pairs had to consider the design of their lights, knowing they only had 7 hours before they needed to be presented to the judges, and of course the lights had to fit in the style of their rooms.  Lighting is extremely important, and as noted by guest judge Christopher Boots, it can make or break a room.

We thought we’d share a few tips when considering your home’s lighting, for those who are renovating, or simply in need of an upgrade in ambience.

  • Natural lighting is the best source of light, so whenever possible have the curtains open and allow the sun to do the work.  While it’s only been hinted at, future episodes of The Block will see the twins creating a void on their higher level to increase the amount of light downstairs.  Be clever and inventive, and make your home look larger and brighter without extending a wall or adding a drop of paint.
  • There are various types of light; general lighting, feature lighting, decorative lighting, exterior lighting and directional lighting.  When thinking about decorative lights, such as wall sconces, table lamps and floor lamps, it’s imperative that you consider the materials and colours, and the mood you’re trying to create.  As we saw on The Block, different materials can create a very different feel – from the warmth of timber to the industrial look of copper and steel.
  • The illusion of space is defined by light reflected off of the surfaces of the walls. Some types of lighting help with this illusion by further lighting up the wall, while directional lighting and recessed lighting can soften the wall colours.

If you’re designing a room, our recommendation is that you don’t neglect the lighting.  It can be just as important as wall colours, furniture and flooring.  For more tips on styling your Mudgee home or preparing it for sale, please contact our friendly Professionals Mudgee Real Estate team today.

Save money with an extra inspection

save moneyWe all know about property inspections and open homes, but there’s another type of inspection that all buyers can easily organise that could potentially save a lot of drama and headaches post-purchase.  Having a pest and building inspection completed prior to signing on the dotted line will give you peace of mind that you’re getting what you’re paying for, and ensure you don’t wind up with a well styled home that’s actually full of problems just below the surface.

A building and pest inspection will cost you a fee, but we believe this is a small price to pay when you consider the enormity of the investment you’re making when you buy a home.  Whether the house is going to be yours to live in and you want to reap the benefits of living in a sound house, or you’re buying it as an investment and don’t want the hassle of maintenance issues and fed up tenants, it only makes sense that anyone buying a house wants to do so without coming up against nasty surprises down the track.

If you are planning to buy at Auction, remember the building and pest inspection will needed to be done prior to the Auction time, as you will not have the luxury of adding an additional clause on the contract once the hammer goes down.

If you are selling real estate in Mudgee, it’s a really good idea to have your own Building and Pest inspection done prior to putting your home on the market and making it available for buyers to peruse.  This has two large benefits.  Firstly, it will give buyers instant peace of mind as they look through your home, and secondly, if any problems do show up in the inspection you will know in time to do something about them – before buyers are trying to negotiate thousands off the price.

If you have any questions about buying or selling Mudgee real estate, please feel free to contact our friendly Professionals Mudgee Real Estate team today.  We’d love to help make your next move as stress-free as possible.

Join us at Polo in the Paddock

Polo in the PaddockTickets are on sale now for Polo in the Paddock, and our Professionals Mudgee Real Estate team urge you to gather all your loved ones and friends for what promises to be an exciting family event.  Saturday, March 1, will see the picturesque Bunnamagoo Estate Wines host this inaugural event.  All Mudgee residents and visitors will want to mark this on their calendars, as Polo in the Paddock will bring with it delicious gourmet food and wine from local suppliers, and of course some exciting polo being played by local and regional players.  Lee Kernaghan will be the special guest at this year’s event.

Tickets start at just $25, but we encourage you to make the most of the day with a Long Lunch enjoying a private tent with perfect polo viewing and a long lunch including desserts and drinks ($90 per person), a Gourmet Hamper for 2 people including a ploughman’s lunch hamper with local produce and a bottle of Bunnamagoo Estate Wines red or white ($90), a private tent, or picnic space.  Please click here for details.  For more event information, you can check out their ‘Polo in the Paddock’ Facebook page here.

Of course, rather than rushing off to buy your tickets today, please make sure you enter our competition for your change to WIN a FREE Gourmet Hamper – Including entry to Polo in the Paddock and lunch for two.  Head over to out ‘I Love Mudgee’ Facebook Page now and leave your comment at the bottom of our post asking, ‘What’s your favourite outdoor activity in Mudgee’ (from January 30).  Make sure you leave your answer in the Facebook comments rather than on our blog website – The more Facebook likes you get, the more chance you have to win the fabulous Polo in the Paddock Gourmet Hamper prize!

The winner of the Gourmet Hamper prize will be drawn this Wednesday at 5pm, so enter now for the best chance of receiving the most likes then.  Feel free to share with your family and friends so they can help you to victory… and a wonderful day at Polo in the Paddock.

The Block is Back!

The Block Fans V FavouritesIf you’ve had the TV going this week, you may have noticed that the new series of The Block – Fans V Favourites has been launched.  So far we’ve met the fans who got through their tough elimination rounds creating Manhattan lofts, and of course we already know the favourites – Brad and Dale from Season 5 and Alisa and Lysandra from Season 7.  So with at least a little knowledge of what the teams are capable of this year, we’re expecting huge things from this series.  The couples will be challenged to transform a brick warehouse at 47 O’Grady Street, Albert Park, Victoria into four luxury apartments, and we’re dying to see what they come up with!

Already, the elimination rounds have taught us that furniture matters, as does thinking outside the square.  The ‘Manhattan lofts’ that used large statement pieces of furniture, bold pendant lights, and made use of wall art made it through.  Those who played it safe didn’t make the cut.  While we do generally tell people to appeal to the masses as much as possible with neutral tones and styling, it’s easy to see how impressive a room can look when beautiful furniture meets a great eye for design.  If you are styling to sell, we still encourage you not to go overboard, but if you’re styling your home for your own enjoyment, why not add some extra flavour and a little pizazz?

While The Block is generally a nice little escape after work, and good light entertainment to coincide with a full belly from dinner, there’s also a lot to learn by watching The Block.  If you are interested in renovating, or simply increasing the value of your home, we urge you to keep watching, and take note of the ‘tricks of the trade’ you hear along the way.  There are guaranteed to be nuggets of genius from host Scott Cam, foreman Keith, various builders used by the pairs, and of course the ‘Blockheads’ themselves.  Not to mention absolute pearls from the judges, Neil Whittaker, Shayna Blaze and Darren Palmer about styling and finishing the rooms to add value at Auction.  Over the coming weeks we’ll share with you tips and tricks for renovating and turning a profit, while showcasing some of our favourite rooms and ideas from the show.  So grab your popcorn and prepare to enjoy!

Do you have an early favourite going in to this season of The Block?

 

What’s your favourite outdoor activity in Mudgee?

Mudgee outdoor activitiesOur team at Professionals Mudgee Real Estate love to get outdoors, and with so many sensational places to go in and around Mudgee, it’s always easy to find something fun to do.  Whether you’re heading out for a date, a family day, or some ‘me’ time, we’re sure you have your own favourite outdoor activities, and we’d love to hear about them here.

Everybody who shares their favourite outdoor activity in Mudgee will have a chance to win a fantastic prize, kindly donated by Polo in the Paddock.  The comment with the most amount of likes by 12noon on Wednesday the 5th of February (next Wednesday) will receive 1 x Polo in the Paddock Gourmet Hamper – including entry and lunch for 2 adults at Polo in the Paddock on Saturday, March 1, plus your choice of one bottle of Bunnamagoo Estate Wine.  The amazing gourmet hamper is valued at $90, and there’s only one to give away, so don’t miss this brilliant opportunity to win a fantastic day out in Mudgee.

Simply leave a comment below this post on our ‘I Love Mudgee’ Facebook page telling us your favourite outdoor activity in Mudgee, and the most likes by 12noon next Wednesday, February 5, will win! 

Be Brave and Shave!

worlds greatest shave 1This year between March 13 and March 16 people from across the country will be shaving, colouring or waxing for a wonderful cause, and we’d like to urge members of our own Mudgee community to register.  It’s the World’s Greatest Shave, where everybody is invited to get a new ‘do while helping to raise much needed money for blood cancer research at the same time.

According to the http://www.worldsgreatestshave.com/ website, today, 31 Australians will be given the devastating news that they have leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma or a related blood disorder.  That’s more than 11,500 people in 2014.  World’s Greatest Shave is your chance to help them by committing to shaving or colouring your hair between March 13-16, and asking sponsors to help you raise vital funds for the Leukaemia Foundation’s important work.

If you’re not sure where to start, or can’t stand the idea of shaving your locks, don’t worry – There are lots of ways to show your support for this worthy cause.  You can host a shave, create a fundraiser at work or school, volunteer, or simply donate money yourself.

If you’d like to help, please start by sharing this post with friends and family.  The more support the better!  Then click over to the World’s Greatest Shave website and see how you can help.  Registering now will give you plenty of time to drum up support, and ensure you raise as much money as possible for the Leukaemia Foundation.

Will you be brave and shave this March?