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Rental inspection checklist: Tips to organise your home


  If you rent a property in Australia, it’s almost inevitable that you’ll experience a routine rental inspection during your tenancy.   These inspections can cause stress because many tenants don’t know what to expect (or what’s expected of them!)   Thankfully this rental inspection checklist will reduce your stress levels and help you prepare for your next routine inspection.   What is a routine rental inspection, and how often are they performed?    If your rental property is managed through a real estate agent, you should expect your property manager to perform a regular inspection.   This inspection is done as part of your agent’s responsibilities to the property owner for two main reasons: To ensure the rental property is being cared for; and That any repair/maintenance issues are reported/addressed.  In most tenancies, you should expect a routine inspection to take place a few times a year. ...


The 10 most popular interior trends we loved in 2021


The must-have interior looks for 2021 had one thing in common – they all helped make the home feel like a true sanctuary. Photo: Supplied   It’s been a year that has once again seen us spending more time in our homes than we could ever have imagined. It makes perfect sense, then, that the must-have interior looks for 2021 had one thing in common – they all helped make the home feel like a true sanctuary.   Here’s our round-up of the 10 most coveted decor and design trends of the past 12 months.   Sculptural furniture The puffier the better. Avila leather modular sofa from Coco Republic. Photo: Alicia Taylor   Curvaceous pieces, from delightfully puffy sofas to shapely coffee tables, have been enjoying their time in the furniture spotlight. And long may that continue!   As interior stylist Aimee Tarulli of Archer Interiors says: “Overall, architecture trends are very square – we love tha...


Pymble: The leafy upper north shore suburb where residents 'don't want to leave'


Pymble's tree-lined streets and large blocks have helped it become a family favourite. Photo: Vaida Savickaite    With large leafy blocks of 900-plus square metres and a prime location among the upper north shore’s coveted private schools, Pymble is a long-standing family favourite. “It’s a great place to bring up a family,” says Rowan Lazar of Ray White Upper North Shore. “The schools are the biggest drawcard: you’ve got Pymble Ladies’ College here and private schools up and down the train line.”   Pymble’s proximity to the city and amenities have made it a popular suburb for families. Photo: Vaida Savickaite   Ravenswood, Abbotsleigh, Knox Grammar and Barker College are all within easy reach by train, with buses available to Masada College and Brigidine College in neighbouring St Ives.   Lazar, who spent his formative years in the suburb, says Pymble prices have skyrocketed in ...


How hybrid working has changed the way we live in our homes


The Woodward family are among the many people who have made changes to their home to suit the new hybrid working lifestyle. Photo: JESSICA HROMAS   Love it or loathe it, the ability to work from home has become one of the most profound social changes of our lifetimes.   For some, it means the freedom to sleep in late, put the washing on during breaks between tasks and play with the dog while pretending to be absorbed in a Zoom meeting discussion. For some, it’s the capacity to skip the commute and work solidly without as many interruptions.   And for others, WFH entails loneliness, boredom, a lack of motivation and the absence of corporate culture, mentorships, career growth and job satisfaction.   But for everyone, it’s involved spending a lot more time at home and noticing what it might lack in terms of private spaces to work, outdoor areas for a breath of fresh air and an environment that’s conducive to creativity and calm. ...


Ready for a revamp? How to create a timeless interior


You might love it now, but will you feel the same way in 10 years' time? Photo: Stocksy   Dreaming of ripping out your late-’90s bathroom and replacing it with a more modern, Pinterest-worthy pink version? Perhaps your mind is set on a new forest-green kitchen or turning your sanctuary into a shrine to everything rattan.    When it comes to spending time and dollars on a renovation – or just giving your decor a reboot – it never hurts to remember that your latest home love affair can fade quickly.   “Trends come and go, the same as in fashion. They come and go all the time,” says interior designer Sarah McPhee. So how can you design a space that won’t leave you cringing in five, 10 or even 20 years’ time? When it comes to furnishings, McPhee says it’s all about incorporating a mix of styles.   Just remember, trends come and go: WOWOWA’s super colourful remake of a 1960s house...


Three reasons house prices will flatten after a period of skyrocketing growth


House prices across Australia continue to rise but there are signs the red-hot property market is cooling. Here’s why.   Australia’s property market appears to be slowly losing momentum after prices skyrocketed to astounding heights earlier this year.   But it’s not necessarily good news, with analysts saying part of the reason for the slowdown is because house prices have become so unaffordable that more and more first homebuyers are being locked out of the market.   In Sydney and Melbourne in October, the monthly rate of growth has more than halved since the highs seen in March, when they grew by a staggering 3.7 per cent and 2.4 per cent respectively, according to analysis by CoreLogic.   Perth recorded its first negative monthly result since June last year, with values nudging -0.1 per cent lower.   At the other end of the spectrum, Brisbane has taken over as the fastest growing market with housing values up 2.5 per cent in...