Mobile Real Estate: Options, Ideas and Trends for Wanderers

Where To Look For Friable Asbestos: Advice For Home Renovators

Posted by on Nov 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Where To Look For Friable Asbestos: Advice For Home Renovators

In some Australian states, experts estimate that you’ll find asbestos in up to 98 percent of homes built before 1976. As such, when you decide to renovate an older property, it’s likely that you’ll need to consider the risk of asbestos. The most harmful type of asbestos – friable asbestos – is not as common as non-friable asbestos, but you need to thoroughly check your property for this material before you start any type of renovation. Learn more about potential hazards in your new renovation project with the following tips about where to look for friable asbestos. Flooring Asbestos was once a popular material with builders in Australia because of the mineral’s excellent natural insulating properties. Asbestos was also cheap, durable and heat resistant. As such, the manufacturers of vinyl and linoleum floor coverings often used asbestos as a backing for these popular materials. When renovating an older home, these older floor coverings are particularly hazardous. As you rip the linoleum or tiles from a bathroom or kitchen floor, you’re likely to disturb significant quantities of friable asbestos particles. Before you tackle these parts of the home, get an asbestos expert in to analyse the surface area, so you know if you need to take special precautions. Ceiling insulation Asbestos was also a popular choice for ceiling and roof insulation. To keep costs down, some contractors would literally just pump friable asbestos particles into roof cavities, creating an efficient and cost-effective way to regulate the temperature. These contractors often worked extensively in certain parts of Australia. For example, one contractor worked extensively in Canberra, Queanbeyan and the surrounding areas, so properties in these suburbs are more likely to have the problem. You cannot assume this material is only in a ceiling or roof cavity. In fact, before you renovate any walls, ceilings or cornices, you need to check for asbestos. This risk also means you need to check for friable asbestos before you tackle a wiring project, unless all the wiring is surface-mounted. Hot water pipe lagging Just as friable asbestos could keep the home warm, hot water pipe lagging and boiler insulation materials also benefited from this mineral’s natural properties. Unfortunately, the fibrous material used on pipes and boilers can flake and powder easily, creating a serious health hazard. This type of friable asbestos normally has a protective coating. If the coating is damaged or broken, you can easily inhale the friable asbestos particles, so you need to take extreme caution. The protective coating comes in various colours and isn’t always easy to recognise. As such, you should always get a qualified asbestos removal expert to inspect any suspicious areas. Stoves Asbestos fibres are naturally heat resistant, so manufacturers often used this material to insulate stoves. While the material may remain intact, if you decide to replace the stove with a newer model, you may dislodge and release friable asbestos fibres. It’s not always easy to spot friable asbestos on an old stove. For example, door gaskets on older models may pose an asbestos risk. As such, it’s better to assume the stove is a problem so you can take all the relevant precautions. General household items Australian manufacturers also once used friable asbestos for a variety of household items. If you’re renovating an older property, you may find...

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Save Time During Your Move With These Five Tips

Posted by on Jul 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Save Time During Your Move With These Five Tips

Moving to a new home can be incredibly time consuming, and if you are trying to juggle kids, your job and other responsibilities in the midst of your move, it can be hard to come up with the time you need. Luckily, there are a lot of ways to save time during a move. Check out these time-saving tips: 1. Streamline the decluttering process As you start to pack for your move, declutter your possessions. Donating, selling or throwing out items saves you time and money as you don’t have to move as much stuff or pay for it to be moved. However, if you are not careful, you can waste a lot of time in the decluttering process. If you decide to donate everything you don’t want, do not waste time making multiple trips to the charity shops. Instead, make a donation pile, and arrange to have it picked up by a charity organisation the morning of your move. Similarly, if you opt to sell your possessions, do not sell them individually. Writing ads, fielding calls and meeting with buyers is time consuming. Instead, hold one sale to get rid of everything – although it may net you less money, it wastes less time in most cases. 2. Buy extra packing supplies Every time you have to run to the shops to get extra supplies for your move, you waste time. So that you are not caught without tape or other packaging materials in the middle of your move, always buy extra. If you think you need one roll of tape, buy two. It means you are spending a few extra dollars at the shop, but it also means you don’t have to waste an hour later running back to the shop to buy more supplies. 3. Colour-code your boxes and pack them in an organised fashion While you are packing, always keep the idea of unpacking in your head. You don’t want to have disorganised boxes containing items from a range of rooms in your home. Rather, you want boxes that are well organised in a manner that makes them fast to unpack once you get to your new home. For example, pack all of the contents of a kitchen cabinet, an office desk or a living room bookshelf together so when you get to your new home, you can unpack that box quickly and easily as everything goes in one spot. To make moving the boxes from the removalist truck to your new home fast and easy, colour-code all of the boxes. That way, you, your friends or the removalists can quickly bring boxes to the right room, meaning you don’t have to worry about sorting and moving them again later in the process. 4. Use the government’s “Change My Address” service In addition to moving all of your possessions, you also have to do a lot of paperwork. You have to alert your car insurer, your credit card companies and anyone else you do business with about your new address. With all of those tasks on your to-do list, you don’t need to waste time filling out multiple government forms changing your address. Luckily, you don’t have to. The government has an easy online form that you can use to change the address on your...

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5 Reasons Victorians Choose To Auction Their Homes

Posted by on Dec 8, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Thousands of Victorians auction their homes every month, but it’s not always easy to decide if this is the right option. While real estate agents will often give you advice, it’s important to know the factors you need to consider before committing to an auction. If you want to sell your home, but you’re not sure how to do it, learn more about the reasons why an auction sale is often the best choice in Victoria. Helps you get a quicker sale Real estate agents often recommend an auction when a seller is in a hurry. Some sellers need to raise cash quickly, while others may have a new life overseas and simply can’t wait long for a sale to go through. Since 2010, clearance rates on Victorian auctions have remained above 50 percent. In 2014, clearance rates have not fallen below 65 percent, proving there is a strong property market for these sales. With an auction, you have control over the process. You can set your price, listen to buyer feedback and hold the auction in a fixed period. With a traditional sale, the transaction can take months or even years. Creates a different emotional journey for buyers The auction process puts your buyers into a different emotional journey. You allow them to look around the home, ask questions and fall in love with the property before the matter of price even comes up. With a conventional sale, the price is nearly always the first thing a buyer will see. This emotional environment puts the seller in a stronger position. By the time potential buyers come to the auction, they often have an emotional attachment to your property. This can drive price and pace, which is music to any seller’s ears. Allows you to plan your time more effectively Selling a property is a stressful time in anyone’s life. If you’re planning an overseas move or just trying to buy another property to move into, the auction process allows you to plan more effectively. You can set dates for your open house visits, you can set a fixed time for any meetings or discussions with buyers and you can pencil in your auction date. Auctions are good for sellers that need certainty and want to carefully plan their time. For example, Victorians living overseas may prefer the structure and schedule of an auction sale because they don’t want the process open for an undefined period. Helps you get a premium price For a seller, the best possible outcome during an auction is to end up with multiple bidders aiming to get the property. When this situation happens, prices can often escalate and auction sales are generally responsible for all the record-breaking prices in Victoria. An auction is often a good way to play the property market in areas of high demand. If your property is on a street where nobody has sold their home for some time, an auction could tease out a lot of buyers willing to pay a premium. An auction is also a good strategy to test the market if you don’t really know what the property is worth. Simpler terms The auction process is contractually simpler for both parties and can help sellers avoid some of the pitfalls of traditional sales. For example, there...

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