End of the Year Tax Depreciation

11 Jun
Order a Tax Depreciation Schedule Before June 30
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12 Day Reno

29 May
12 Day Reno
Renovated and Styled in 12 Days for AIRBNB  and how HomeX Helped
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Is Your Property Manager Working for You

7 Dec '16
Is Your Property Manager Working for You
To help you find out if your property manager is protecting your property the way they should we have put together some very easy criteria for deciding if they have been doing a good job or letting your investment plunge into disaster.
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It Doesn't look like a Laundry?!

23 Nov '16
It Doesn't look like a Laundry?!
The new house had quite an acceptable Laundry - But we wanted more than just a Laundry

A Quick reno was performed and look what resulted
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Buying PPR with a Reno Eye

14 Jul '16
Buying PPR with a Reno Eye
What's the difference to buying an investment vs a PPoR  


Quite a bit as I was to find out  -

This is the story so far
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Can I Claim Previous Renovations

16 May '16

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Three Tips you should know about Property Depreciation

16 May '16





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FREE STUFF FOR RENOVATORS

15 May '16
WHO WOULD LIKE SOME FREE STUFF - WE ALL DO DON'T WE - WELL I'VE COLLECTED A LIST OF PROPERTY INFO THAT CAN BE HAD FOR FREE!!!

YOU MAY HAVE TO GIVE AWAY AN EMAIL BUT ESSENTIALLY ITS FOR FREE AND SOME GREAT INFO TOO
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Energy on the Job Site

30 Mar '16
Energy on the Job Site
Need more Energy?  



Don't have time to Make Breakfast or Lunch?  Need to loose wieght?


What works for me
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Blindsmarter

30 Mar '16
How to get blinds direct from the wholesaler

Don't pay expensive store prices

They will even cut to size
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Quick Reno Savings Tips

30 Mar '16
Some Quick and Easy Renovation Savings Tips
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Rebates - Money Back

29 Mar '16
How to access some free money fromt he Government
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Plan your kitchen to save

16 Sep '15
Plan your kitchen to save
Savings Tips for Kitchen Planning

It's all very well to pick out that wonderful looking kitchen and say I'll have one like that please but there's a cost involved

There are lots of items that can add lots to your final price and it pays to watch out for them
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Termite worries

9 Jul '15
Termite worries
Tricky little money eating bugs - let us show you some real termite damage
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Quick Reno Tips

1 Jul '15
Quick Reno Tips
A few Quick Tips to save you money on your Renovation



Polished Floor Boards on the cheap
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Depreciation for Renovations Made Easy

27 May '14
Depreciation for Renovations Made Easy
Depreciation for renovations made easy

Investment property owners often miss out on thousands of dollars when renovating due to two main reasons:
  1. They don’t know what depreciation entitlements they can claim for renovations or refurbishments to their investment property
  2. They don’t use a qualified Quantity Surveyor to prepare a tax depreciation schedule

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Buying on the Net

25 Mar '14
Buying on the Net
Well it was before Christmas

I knew I had this big reno coming up

so was looking on line for some better priced options

Wish I had had Harvey Norman back then !!

 
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Buying From Unusual Places

24 Mar '14
Buy from a local compay that has a working service team set up - everything looked good on the net it was only when you went to phone that alarm bells rang - loudly.


Pink Basins and more

6 Apr '13
Doing a renovation the other day  - old house you know how it is once you touch one thing you find a million more.  Well I came across a great little resource.  The Demolition Yard.  It has the largest range of windows and doors I have ever seen  and of course the normal bits like timber and VJ's.  The guys that run the show are characters as well which makes the visit even more fun.  I loved that they even have the quirky thinks like pink Basins and yoyo's.  



I guess the moral of the story is not to forget the small out of the way demolition yards for that bit of molding, or door or casement.  When you are dealing with an old house you will find most things there and at a cheaper price than the generic hardware.  (I paid $5 for my 3m piece of scotia!)

The retro look has really made a come back and you can get away with keeping some old fittings and modernising everything around it.

If you are in Brisbane I can highly recommend The Demolishion Yard at Coorparoo - call Peter or John on 3397 0166


Tall Trees Close to Homes

9 Nov '11

Most of us would be aware that a very tall tree growing close to a house is not a good thing.  There’s the potential damage to the foundations of houses to consider and the danger of trees dropping large limbs into yards and onto houses posing a danger to people and property, not to mention the risk of the trees being blown over in bad storms – particularly if they’re older trees or trees with rot or weaknesses in the structure.  Some people might be relaxed about leaves in the gutters, but if leaves are allowed to build up in gutters, gutters fill and overflow in downpours, potentially causing damage to ceilings and interior walls.  And of course dampness leads to attractive conditions for termites and then there’s a termite risk... oh the joys of being a home owner! 
I was researching businesses to fell and lop large trees and clear overgrown residential blocks recently and came across this video.  It has to be seen to be believed!  Do play it with the sound ‘on’ for added effect – although not too loudly if the children are asleep! 
http://youtu.be/MdyfJpTif5w
Can you see the tree wobble as he drops the heavy limbs to the ground?  Shudder!  I’ll keep my feet firmly on the ground thank you very much!




My New Kitchen! And a Complimentary Laundry

25 Oct '11


How to get a free new laundry when you purchase a new kitchen!  As a RenoSave Card devotee, now that I'm undertaking a reasonably sizeable renovation on my PPOR (principal place of residence or 'own home') I'm replacing a very tired old (and rat-smelly) kitchen with a brand new one from Kitchen Connection.  With the 25% discount that RenoSave Card Holders get with Kitchen Connection, I saved $3,391 on my kitchen, without any compromises in my needs and wants whatsoever.  My house badly needs a new laundry as well, so I asked Kitchen Connection to design me an attractive neat and functional one, and according to the design, gorgeous it is going to be!  The cost of my laundry is $2,278 (including cabinets, benchtops, laundry tub and mixer), so it's essentially free!  And I did choose Caesarstone benchtops for the laundry.  Some people might go on holidays with a spare $3000.  Some might buy some great home theatre equipment, or have a fashion spending spree.  Me, I buy a laundry.  Perhaps my love of renovating has gone a little to far!  Still, the value of the house will have increased nicely by the time these all-important areas have been beautifully remodelled and improved by Kitchen Connection, and that's a pretty good feeling.

Just a classic example of how RenoSave saves you serious money on your renovations and home improvments.  The full details of the design, the process, the cost and results, all accompanied by photos and videos, will be available to RenoSave Card Holders in the Card Holder Secure Log-In vault as the project progresses. 


Oh Rats!

23 Sep '11
Do you remember as a child being told to "Go and clean up your room.  It looks like a Rat's Nest."  (I hope I'm not the only one....)  Well, did you ever wonder what a Rat's Nest actually looked like?  I often did, and today I saw one - a real Rat's Nest!  There were no rats at home and I suspect there hadn't been any at home for a long time, as there was no smell around the nest, as you might expect.



Pulling out a 25 year old kitchen today, in preparation for floor sanding next week, we uncovered this beautiful specimen of (what we presume) is a Rat's Nest.  Lovely and warm, and dry, and cosy, with a ready food source nearby!  They're not silly. 

So not only are there termites, spiders, ants, cockroaches fleas and wasps to keep out of our living spaces, there are also rats to keep at bay!

To avoid rat problems, put all food and food scraps away in the fridge or in the bin outside, close off any possible entry points (keeping in mind that vermin only need very small holes to squeeze through if they want to access a warm, dry and cosy home...) and pick up any windfalls (fallen fruit from trees) in the garden.  There are DIY solutions, from rat traps loaded with tempting, tasty morsels, to poison to owning a cat.  And if all else fails, pest extermination companies will be only too happy to help.  Do you have any best remedies to share?  Comment below, if so!


Save on Mattress Disposal

12 Sep '11
Gone are the days of freely dumping old mattresses in skip bins, and although council refuse collections pick up old mattresses, most go to landfill - and over a million old mattresses are thrown out by Australians every year.  Mattresses take up a huge 'air' volume in landfill and are literally filled with many kilograms of recyclable and reuseable materials.  Some skip bin companies won't allow old mattresses in their bins, some charge extra for them, some allow mattresses in the bins, but want to be informed beforehand else there will be an extra fee charged.  So it begs thinking about alternative disposal options for your old mattresses.  I'd never heard of it before today, but there are organisations around Australia that accept, and some collect, old mattresses for recycling and restoration.  Mattresses are filled with many kilograms of steel, wood and foam.  The steel can by melted down and reused; the wood processed into woodchip for mulch or particleboard; and the foam used for carpet underlay.  Relatively clean mattresses can be deep cleaned and sanitised and made available to hostels, motels and charitable organisations.  There is a small fee to the disposer of the mattress, but it's in the range of $15-$25 and this is probably comparable to the fee to put the mattress in a skip bin - and if it's not already, it probably will be soon!  One forward thinking council in Western Australia, Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council, has a mattress recycling service for residents - for an extremely low fee.  Do a Google on mattress recycling and see what comes up - it's quite interesting.  I know where my old 20 year old mattress will be going soon!


Steam Cleaning and Renovation

10 Sep '11
I have fallen in love with a steam cleaner!  Over all of the years that I have been renovating, I have often thought to  myself that at least 50% of 'renovation' is just cleaning up other people's messes.  If something is cleaned and maintained, it looks 100% better than something that is grotty and falling apart.  Does anyone else have the same theory?  Well, yesterday I was shopping in ALDI for some bikkies - you know, those delicious ones that have a chocolate topping?  I came out with two packets of those bikkies, two blocks of chocolate, two shirt and tie sets, a new pram, a grumpy toddler AND a fabulous little steam cleaner for not very much money.  I'm just embarking on a renovation and since, in my opinion, cleaning is the first step of any serious renovation, I figured that a steam cleaner might just make my life easier.  Well, it is just the bee's knees!  I'm sure there are steam cleaners and there are steam cleaners and the likes of Choice Magazine reviews will help the purchaser select the right one for their needs, but I am in love.  I love renovating and delight in swooshing out someone else's grime and making a tidy profit from it, but at the same time I am a bit squeamish about - ugh - dirt.  I don't mind my own dirt, but I swoon at other people's, well, uncleanliness - especially when I have to live with it!  So anything that cleans, shines and disinfects a secondhand living surface is a friend of mine!  The little steam cleaner I bought cleaned, shone and blew away quite a bit of dirt, grime, mould, toothpaste, scum, scale and I don't like to think what else and now I'm much happier to live in that 25 year old bathroom!  The fittings and fixtures still need to be replaced before we move on and sell the place, but for the short term, the master bedroom ensuite looks 100%!  And all it took was a jolly good clean.  Steam cleaning is evidently known for powerful, hygenic cleaning without harsh chemicals.  Elbow grease is all very well, but it wears one out after a short while!  Great for kitchens and bathrooms, windows and glass, I can't wait to have another go and see just what else I can clean with my trusty little home improvement helper!


RenoSave Meets Scott Cam

6 Sep '11


Hey! Look who we ran into at the recent Spring Home Show in Brisbane!  TV personality and the face of CUA (Credit Union Australia), Scott Cam, was at the recent Home Show signing copies of his new book and meeting and greeting with visitors to the Show.  RenoSave’s very own Vivienne Halliday had her copy of Scott Cam’s book personally signed and a happy snap taken with the very personable and easy going former carpenter.  Viv confidently reported back to the RenoSave stand that Scott thought the RenoSave Card was ‘a good idea’!  Well, we did already know that, but thanks for the thumbs up, Scotty, and all the best with sales of the book “Home Maintenance for Knuckleheads”.