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Property GUARDIAN

March 14 2014

IMMACULATE PRESENTATION Proudly marketed by Debbie Boon and Mick Hydes Bayleys FURTHER DETAILS RENOVATION

renovation tips to finish on time and on budget every time

DESIGN

DESIGN YOUR OWN HOME WITH THESE HANDY HINTS

REAL ESTATE

A GUIDE ON HOW TO GIVE YOUR HOME THE BEST CHANCE OF SALE

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INDUSTRY NEWS PRICES DOWN ON 2013


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Immaculate presentation Interested in this property? 41 Archibald Street Tinwald

Debbie Boon 027 448 4006

If you are looking for a three bedroom property where presentation is important to you, don't go past this one. Large master bedroom plus two double bedrooms, updated and decorated throughout with immaculate gardens. Privacy is assured with all street facing windows being tinted. Have peace of mind with children or pets with the fully fenced section. This property is just the ticket!

Deadline Sale - The vendor invites offers in the vicinity of $278,000 by 2pm, Tuesday 25 March 2014 Web ID 517549 www.bayleys.co.nz

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HASTINGS MCLEOD LTD 217 West Street ASHBURTON ashburton@propertybrokers.co.nz 03 307 9176

Hastings McLeod Ltd Licensed under the Real Estate Agents Act 2008

DEADLINE PRIVATE TREATY

A GRAND OLD LADY

WEB ID AU36041 WESTSIDE 42 Havelock Street The current owners of this charming villa have loved this home for the past 28 years. They have found it an easy and comfortable home to live in raising a family, operating a business and also a B&B from home over the years. Now is your chance to enjoy this character 6 bedroom home with two living areas. The location is fantastic on a 1280sqm centrally located corner section well landscaped mature gardens for both shelter and privacy. View By Appointment DEADLINE PRIVATE TREATY Wednesday 2nd April 2014 at 4.00pm

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OFFERS OVER $260,000 WEB ID AU35899 $172,000 WEB ID AU35883 $389,000 WEB ID AU35401 DEADLINE PRIVATE TREATY WEB ID AU35886 EASTSIDE TINWALD WESTSIDE EASTSIDE 6 Adams Street 25a Manchester Street 88 Belt Road 25 Porter Street Beautifully presented bungalow with two Back unit of two. Set nicely for the sun, Hidden away on a private rear section is Three large bedrooms, 2 living areas and 2 2 3 3 living rooms, two bedrooms plus sunroom. this home offers affordable housing on an this very well presented three bedroom separate kitchen. Well placed to catch all Recently insulated and heating provided by easily manageable section. Nice outdoor home with hidden computer nook. Sun day sun. log burner and heat pump. A timber deck areas with accessible carport. As a home or drenched conservatory off living area. VIEW Saturday 15 Mar 10.30 - 11.00am 1 1 1 1 extends from living room providing late investment. Room for all the toys with double internal DEADLINE PRIVATE TREATY (unless sold evening sun trap. access garage plus separate double garage. VIEW Saturday 15 Mar 10.00 - 10.30am prior) Wednesday 26th March 2014 at VIEW Saturday 15 Mar 10.00 - 10.45am

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OFFERS OVER $220,000 WEB ID AU35569 TENDER WEB ID AU35869 DEADLINE PRIVATE TREATY WEB ID AU35892 $289,000 WEB ID AU35977 WESTSIDE EASTSIDE WESTSIDE EASTSIDE 9 Belt Road 59 Davis Crescent 7 Mason Place Flat 2, 350 Burnett Street A well situated property in a central This home has experienced an unbelievable Great family home close to Allenton school A really nice townhouse close to town in 3 3 3 2 Allenton location close to College and makeover, brand new kitchen and and shops with a farm styled kitchen with excellent condition. The two bedrooms are Domain. This property would make an bathroom. walkin pantry. generous with good wardrobe space. ideal development site amongst other Separate kitchen, with morning sun, VIEW Saturday 15 Mar 11.00 - 11.30am VIEW Saturday 15 Mar 11.00 - 11.45am 1 1 1 1 quality homes. Currently rented at $300 opening to living area. Patio enjoys privacy TENDER closes Tuesday 25th March 2014 DEADLINE PRIVATE TREATY (unless sold per week. Provides ideal land bank and sun. Single garage has auto door at 4.00pm prior) Monday 17th March 2014 at 4.00pm opportunity. opener. 2 2 2 1 VIEW Saturday 15 Mar 11.00 - 11.30am

WESTSIDE TOWNHOUSE

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WONDERFUL PARK VIEWS

OPEN HOME OFFERS OVER $265,000 WEB ID AU36107 OFFERS OVER $410,000 WEB ID AU35565 WESTSIDE TINWALD 50 Harrison Street 31 Nursery Drive An established townhouse located in a Located in desirable Nursery Drive is this 2 3 convenient westside location with great appealing three double bedroom home street appeal. with large kitchen, dining, living upstairs A sunny and spacious 2 bedroom home overlooking the park. Extra large internal 1 2 with benefits of internal garage access. access garage with the ability to fit three Easy care, private gardens make this cars, great storage. property appealing. 1 2 View By Appointment VIEW Saturday 15 Mar 11.45 - 12.15pm

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HASTINGS MCLEOD LTD 217 West Street ASHBURTON ashburton@propertybrokers.co.nz 03 307 9176

Hastings McLeod Ltd Licensed under the Real Estate Agents Act 2008

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OFFERS OVER $499,000 WEB ID AU36023 OFFERS OVER $499,000 WEB ID AU36027 OFFERS OVER $265,000 WEB ID AU35889 NEGOTIATION WEB ID AU35790 EASTSIDE EASTSIDE TINWALD WESTSIDE 157 Kermode Street 33 Chalmers Avenue 140 Grove Street 115 Harrison Street Executive, sunny brand new three Stylish living on easy care 470sqm section, Three double bedroom home with updated Have a bit vision on this one. Located in a 3 3 3 2 bedroom plus office townhouse in a very this three bedroom plus study home is a kitchen and sunny lounge opening to deck great area. Do it up, or rent it out or build convenient location. Sunny and light open must to see. Open plan living and area. Three car garaging plus carport and your own family home on this good plan living, dining and fantastic kitchen entertainers kitchen with fantastic storage plenty of off street parking. Nice and Allenton section. 2 bedrooms plus 2 2 1 1 area opening to patio. Separate lounge throughout. Features include heat pump, secure 490 m2 section close to Tinwald sunroom, partially modernised kitchen, heated by gas fire. gas fire, some tinted windows, three school. separate bathroom all on a good toilets. Phone to view. cornersite. 2 2 3 1 View By Appointment View By Appointment

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CHARACTER AND CHARM

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BRAND SPANKING NEW

$418,000 WEB ID AU35551 $348,000 WEB ID AU35424 $395,000 WEB ID AU35404 OFFERS OVER $385,000 WEB ID AU35428 WESTSIDE EASTSIDE WESTSIDE EASTSIDE 72 Wills Street 379 Burnett Street 34 Havelock Street 85A Oxford Street Pleased to be able to offer this terrific This truly is a real family home- 3 large Character abounds in this stylish "Billy We have available this well designed 3 3 3 3 family home located on Wills Street in a bedrooms, very good wardrobe space, Thomas" bungalow. Located close in this house/townhouse that has been upspect top Ashburton location. The home has (master has walk-in), with office at the "dress circle" location is prime real estate. with most all the bells and whistles many features: built on a quarter acre entrance. The 2 adjoining living rooms Three bedrooms and two spacious living including quality carpets and curtains, LED 2 1 1 2 section, three good sized double heated with approved log burner plus heat areas together with a modern down lights (for energy efficiency) gas bedrooms, ensuite off master bedroom, transfer unit. Ranchsliders open to patio. kitchen/dining area opening out to a sunny water heating, and cook top, auto garage updated kitchen. deck. door. 3 2 2 2 View By Appointment View By Appointment

GREAT ADDITIONAL LAND- 50 HECTARES

WEB ID AR35910 DEADLINE PRIVATE TREATY MAYFIELD Mayfield Klondyke Road View By Appointment This property located between Mayfield and Montalto DEADLINE PRIVATE TREATY Wednesday 26th March 2014 has lots to offer. Good rainfall and strong soils to at 3.00pm mention a few. This property is in a "as is" state. All ready for replanting in trees or clearing stumps etc and put back to grazing.

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FORESTRY/FARMING - 51 HECTARES

WEB ID AR35993 METHVEN Pudding Hill View By Appointment A great opportunity exists for someone looking for a forestry prospect with duck and deer shooting thrown in. Or someone looking to clear the flats and/or return them to grazing. Keeping the Douglas Fir for retirement funds.

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HASTINGS MCLEOD LTD 217 West Street ASHBURTON ashburton@propertybrokers.co.nz 03 307 9176

Hastings McLeod Ltd Licensed under the Real Estate Agents Act 2008

123 HA- LOWCLIFFE, ASHBURTON

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WEB ID AR35626 DEADLINE PRIVATE TREATY LOWCLIFFE 1176 Isleworth Road View By Appointment "Mahara Farm" is a well appointed arable/dairy DEADLINE PRIVATE TREATY Friday 21st March 2014 at support unit approximately 13 kilometres southeast of 4.00pm Hinds in the favoured Mid-Canterbury district. Irrigation is serviced from a 74m well and 2 shallow wells providing low cost application at 5mm/ha/day. Well sheltered environment on good Lismore soils. Stylish 27 year old 3 bedroom home which utilises natural timbers for an earthy feel. Good range of implement sheds and yard area provides an excellent balance for the property. A productive unit in a popular area.

MT ALFORD STATION

WEB ID AR35729 DEADLINE PRIVATE TREATY ASHBURTON 307 Lochheads Road VIEW Wednesday 19 Mar 1.00 - 3.00pm An opportunity to lease 203 ha approx. of farmland DEADLINE PRIVATE TREATY Friday 28th March 2014 at close to Mt Somers. This largely flat farm on free 4.00pm draining Ruapuna and Mayfield soils is suitable for a wide range of farming options. Soil tests average for Olsen P 42 and ph 5.79. Property has been run as a sheep and beef farm with some cropping. This bare land block could be leased in two parts. A lease for 5 years on a 3 + 2 basis. Leased land is highly sought after especially in the upper plains area. Don't miss this opportunity to expand your farming business.

RAKAIA LIFESTYLE

$660,000 WEB ID AU32594A RAKAIA 102 Wolseley Road You will be impressed with this outstanding property set in established grounds on 2.4 hectares. Spacious 259m2 home with open plan living and separate lounge. 4 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and separate laundry. Internal access to large double garage plus detached garage with study provides ample room for the handyman/retiring farmer. View By Appointment

ELBOW ROOM AND SPACE

WEB ID AR35505 DEADLINE PRIVATE TREATY ASHBURTON 51 Alford Forest Settlement Road View By Appointment Mt Alford station comprises a total of approx. 1580 ha DEADLINE PRIVATE TREATY Friday 4th April 2014 at in two blocks separated by the North branch of the 4.00pm Ashburton River. Situated 35 kms NW of Ashburton on sealed road. Mt Alford Block- 400 ha easy to steep hill and 130 ha of flats. Pudding Hill Block- 800 ha hill and 250 ha of flats. Soils are Staveley stony silt loam and Ruapuna stony silt loam. The current vendors have a "core" flock of ewes and beef cows plus trading and grazing stock and producing silage depending upon markets and climate. Very reliable rainfall and a "summer safe" property. The property features 3 homes and a good range of farm buildings.

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$199,000 WEB ID AL34677 HINDS 49 David Street 1.8HA leasehold property with 4 bedroom 4 villa homestead set in sheltered and mature grounds. Kitchen/Dining, separate lounge, HRV System. Rent $7000 per 1 annum. Paddocks for the pony, space for the children. Peaceful for the parents. Ring now! 2 View By Appointment

WINDROWING BUSINESS

NEGOTIATION WEB ID AC32746 ASHBURTON Windrowing Business September 2013 valuation of modern plant approximately $610,000 plus GST. Successful business covering from the Selwyn River to the Rangitata River. Concentration of efforts in the Dorie, Pendarves, Wakanaui and Flemington areas in the heart of Canterbury arable land. View By Appointment


Industry News

House prices drop by Toni Williams market.” He said KiwiSaver was also another scheme people were not aware of and how it could help them get into housing. Mr Hurley said general house prices in Mid Canterbury were obviously lower than Auckland due to the number of people competing for those properties. He said the drop in figures was in keeping with the market. “There is a wee bit of caution over what is going to happen. “The banks and a lot of economists are saying that the interest rates are going to start going up and I know there is a lot of pressure on the Reserve Bank Governor to push interest rates up. “The other thing, I think, is we are coming down from a high last year.” Mr Hurley did not think people should be put off buying property now as interest rates were good. “The rates at the moment are still attractive and so are the long-term rates the three years, two-year rates, and even out to five-year rates are attractive.” However, he said the predicted rate increase of 0.25 of a per cent base point would have a direct impact on those long-

term rates. Nationwide real estate figures in February sales were down 7.6 per cent on the same time last year. The national median price of $415,000 was an increase of $33,000 or 8.6 per cent compared to February 2013. Waikato/Bay of Plenty, Hawkes Bay and Canterbury/Westland all recorded new high median prices of $350,000, $305,000 and $399,000 respectively. REINZ chief executive Helen O’Sullivan said national sales had eased. “The results for February show further evidence that the national sales volume trend is easing, with only two of twelve regions showing an increase in sales volumes compared to February 2013.” She said market feedback showed first home buyers

might be “tentatively returning with some assistance to certain markets”. “This is by no means a consistent message, with views decidedly mixed across the country; some regions are reporting increasing interest from first home buyers, while other report little in the way of activity.” “The lift in the national median price, and in particular the lift in the national median price, and in particular the lift in the Auckland Housing Price Index may be evidence of more activity taking place in higher price brackets, beyond the reach of most first home buyers.” Ms O’Sullivan said while the total number of sales was down 7.6 per cent, the number of sales in the $600,000 to $1 million price bracket was up 9.2 per cent.

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The average price of Mid Canterbury houses sold in February has fallen by $25,000 compared to the same time last year, according to latest figures by Real Estate Institute of New Zealand. The average house price sold in Mid Canterbury last month was $290,000 – in February 2013 it was $315,000. It had dropped by $7,000 on January 2014 sales figures. The 47 houses that sold in Mid Canterbury in February 2014, took just on average 32 days to sell, according to the figures. McGregor Real Estate owner, Trevor Hurley, said Ashburton was on par with national figures and down on sales from last year. He thought that could be a result of the first homebuyers being hit by 20 per cent deposit. “There is a bit of a pull back on sale prices right across New Zealand and that’s probably the result of the first home buyers being hit by 20 per cent deposits. He said banks and mortgage brokers were getting round it with 10 per cent deposits. “This is helping those (firsthome buyers) but that is taking a long time to get into the

FOOTHILLS PARADISE

Staveley

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Set on 8.0 hectares of productive summer safe soils in the picturesque foothills. The home is built with coloursteel cladding using straw bales with a plaster finish on the internal walls creating exceptional insulation maintaining warmth in the winter and cool in the summer. A self sufficient sustainable organically farmed lifestyle property where an abundance of produce can be harvested.

For Sale Offers over $550,000 View by appointment www.bayleys.co.nz/517469 Mike Preston

M 027 430 7041 B 03 307 7377 mike.preston@bayleys.co.nz

DREAM LOCATION, DAIRY GRAZING/ Staveley CONVERSION Flynns Road This 94 hectare property has gone through extensive development in the last six years. New pastures after drainage, subdivision, laneways, upgraded stock water and large amounts of fertiliser and lime where tests indicated. Staveley enjoys regular rainfall (approximately 1.5m per year) and an idyllic location.

Deadline Sale

All offers on or before 4pm, Wed 16 Apr 2014 View by appointment www.bayleys.co.nz/517454

Jon McAuliffe

M 027 432 7769 B 03 307 7377 jon.mcauliffe@bayleys.co.nz

WHALAN AND PARTNERS LTD, BAYLEYS, LICENSED UNDER THE REA ACT 2008.

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GRAZING, CROPPING, FINISHING

Alford Forest

IRRIGATED BARELAND

Mitcham

156 Goughs Crossing Road

Deadline Sale

Seldom do properties of this size and location come to the market coupled with an efficient irrigation system and quality Lismore soils. This 78 hectare bareland block presents an exciting opportunity to the new owner to increase their land base or farm as a stand alone unit. Currently used as a grazing, finishing and cropping property which has excellent shape for the effective irrigation.

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All offers on or before 4pm, Thurs 3 Apr 2014 View by appointment www.bayleys.co.nz/517536

Jon McAuliffe

M 027 432 7769 B 03 307 7377 jon.mcauliffe@bayleys.co.nz

All offers on or before 4pm, Thurs 20 Mar 2014 View by appointment www.bayleys.co.nz/517297

Mike Preston

M 027 430 7041 B 03 307 7377 mike.preston@bayleys.co.nz

WHALAN AND PARTNERS LTD, BAYLEYS, LICENSED UNDER THE REA ACT 2008. WHALAN AND PARTNERS LTD, BAYLEYS, LICENSED UNDER THE REA ACT 2008.

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IMMACULATE PRESENTATION 41 Archibald Street If you are looking for a three bedroom property where presentation is important to you, don’t go past this one. Three bedrooms, updated and decorated throughout with immaculate gardens. Its just the ticket. WHALAN AND PARTNERS LTD, BAYLEYS, LICENSED UNDER THE REA ACT 2008.

Tinwald

ITS IDEAL!

Ashburton

Deadline Sale

2/122 Cass Street, Ashburton

For Sale $225,000 View by appointment www.bayleys.co.nz/517490

The vendor invites offers in the vicinity of $278,000 by 2pm, Tues 25 Mar 2014 View Sat 10-10.30am www.bayleys.co.nz/517549

Debbie Boon

M 027 448 4006 B 03 307 7377

Mick Hydes

So close to town this two bedroom unit has an updated kitchen and bathroom. Lovely and warm with a heatpump. Currently renting for $285 per week, a great investment or first home opportunity. WHALAN AND PARTNERS LTD, BAYLEYS, LICENSED UNDER THE REA ACT 2008.

M 027 437 9696 B 03 307 7377

INVESTMENT SPECIAL

Ashburton

32 Clark Street, Allenton

Price by Negotiation

Add to your investment portfolio with this very tidy two bedroom solid brick house. Open plan living heated by a new clean air approved log fire. The exterior painted surfaces were painted last sumer so maintenance cost’s should be minimal for some time. Good tenants in place who are keen to stay. WHALAN AND PARTNERS LTD, BAYLEYS, LICENSED UNDER THE REA ACT 2008.

Mick Hydes

M 027 437 9696 B 03 307 7377 mick.hydes@bayleys.co.nz

Mick Hydes

M 027 437 9696 B 03 307 7377

Debbie Boon

M 027 448 4006 B 03 307 7377

A LITTLE CRACKER

Tinwald

139 Harland Street

Deadline Sale

WHALAN AND PARTNERS LTD, BAYLEYS, LICENSED UNDER THE REA ACT 2008.

M 027 448 4006 B 03 307 7377 debbie.boon@bayleys.co.nz

The vendor invites offers in the vicinity of $200,000 View Sat 11.30am-12.00pm www.bayleys.co.nz/516887

POTENTIAL TO SUBDIVIDE

This extremely tidy bungalow is well insulated with a fabulous Tinwald location. Three bedrooms, open plan living with new log burner. Easy-care section with great fencing.

Debbie Boon

The vendor invites offers in the vicinity of $247,000 by 2pm, Tues 18 Mar 2014 View Sat 10.45-11.15am www.bayleys.co.nz/517460

Mick Hydes

M 027 437 9696 B 03 307 7377

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WHALAN AND PARTNERS LTD, BAYLEYS, LICENSED UNDER THE REA ACT 2008.

Tinwald Deadline Sale

All offers on or before 4pm, Thurs 27 Mar 2014 View by appointment www.bayleys.co.nz/517461

Jon McAuliffe

M 027 432 7769 B 03 307 7377 jon.mcauliffe@bayleys.co.nz

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PLAN YOUR NEW HOME

Ashburton

EXECUTIVE HOMESTEAD WITH PROVEN INCOME

Hepburns Road

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446 Dromore Methven Road

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All offers on or before 4pm, Thurs 10 Apr 2014 View by appointment www.bayleys.co.nz/517550

Mike Preston

M 027 430 7041 B 03 375 4700 mike.preston@bayleys.co.nz

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Ashburton For Sale $1,850,000 + GST (if any) View by appointment www.bayleys.co.nz/516443 Jon McAuliffe

M 027 432 7769 B 03 307 7377

Mike Preston

M 027 430 7041 B 03 307 7377

WHALAN AND PARTNERS LTD, BAYLEYS, LICENSED UNDER THE REA ACT 2008. WHALAN AND PARTNERS LTD, BAYLEYS, LICENSED UNDER THE REA ACT 2008.

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Renovation

Home renovation by Amanda Wright Property Renovation is one of the most rewarding experiences a home owner can undertake, yet more often than not the process is extremely stressful for the home owners. Coming out of a recession many people either cannot afford to move to a larger property, or are in a negative equity situation, where they owe more money than their house is currently worth. Others may have simply outgrown their current house but don't want to move away from a great neighbourhood, schools and friends. More and more people are making do with the home they have, and renovation has become an increasingly desirable alternative to

selling up and moving home. Renovating your property can not only improve the way you live in and enjoy your home but if done right it can also add value and increase your home's future selling potential.

Renovating to add value Typical residential property renovations that will add value to your home include: • Laying new flooring • Replacing the kitchen and bathrooms • Installing double-glazed windows • Converting unused space (e.g. loft, garage) • Extending your property Not all renovations will improve your property's value – overextending, removing important

features or adding awkward or small rooms could actually reduce the value of your property. Renovate to suit the property - large kitchens and additional bathrooms in familysized homes are more likely to add value, as would adding a garage or off-street parking to a property in a busy, urban area. If you are extending, try to ensure the addition matches the architectural style of the existing house. Adding a modern extension can look good on an old property, but it may be difficult to sell if it doesn't appeal to your target market. Similarly, ensure your renovation will appeal to the tastes of the average buyer if you are planning to sell in the future. Faux Tudor beams might be to your taste but they are not everyone's cup of tea. Decor

can easily be changed but structural features are costly to put right.

Renovating to sell If you are renovating to sell, you may be able to do a relatively inexpensive makeover to freshen up the property and make it more attractive to buyers. However, don't invest money that you won't get back when you sell the property. Check the current value, ask a realtor how much they think the home would be worth if it was renovated and what type of renovations they would recommend to get the most bang for your buck. A reputable estate agent should know their marketplace and be able to offer you helpful advice.


Renovation

Renovation projects

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• Lay new flooring • Paint kitchen cabinets and change handles • Replace aged worktops/ sink/taps etc • Repaint key rooms (kitchen, bathroom, living room, master bedroom) Fix broken fittings and fixtures N IOand T Tidy up the garden add a C AU deck. Keep the decor fairly neutral so it appeals to the maximum number of people, and style

the rooms with the target market in mind. For example, a dining room in a family sized home will probably be in more demand than an office, and all bedrooms should be set up as such. Parents with larger families might appreciate an ensuite bathroom in addition to the family bathroom so they can escape the chaos and relax. In a smaller property appealing to young professional couples, a home office might be more in demand than a third bedroom or dining room.

If you're planning a big project, it's wise to use professional contractors and a qualified project manager to ensure the renovation runs to time and budget. If you have no experience, trying to do these things yourself could result in a poor renovation or completely blow your budget. Ask friends and colleagues for their recommendations in order to find a good contractor, or have a flick through your Guardian Property Guide to see who is out there.

When it comes to budget, it depends on the size of the project and what changes are being made. Changing some of the fixtures and fittings can be very cost effective and you may be able to tackle some of this yourself to keep costs down. However, making structural changes can cost thousands of dollars and will require specialist trades-people. Ensure you know what your budget is and how much your property is currently worth and likely to be worth after renovating before making any plans.

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71 Racecourse Ave SOMETHING SPECIAL

On offer is a modern zincalume home with fantastic north facing outdoor entertaining area. The main house comprises 3 bedrooms with master bedroom dining area and lounge all accessing the sunny deck. An added benefit is the separate sleepout giving you the 4th bedroom with its own bathroom. Detached oversized double garage. Easy care, low maintenance all around it is worth inspecting. Available to view now. Open Home Sunday 16th March 3.00-3.45pm

2 Lilley Place SECRET GARDEN

This hidden gem offers a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle. A low maintenance two bedroom home with double glazed windows, free standing wood burner, heat pump, dishwasher, single attached garage. Open plan design but with clearly defined kitchen, dining and lounge areas offer a good amount of space for the owner. Toasty warm having recently been double glazed. Don’t delay it is worth checking out today. Open Home Sunday 16th March 4.00-4.30pm

Free market or rental appraisals now. Phone 303 3093 covering all of Mid Canterbury

www.methvenrealestate.co.nz | 127 Main Street, Methven | (03) 303 3093

Selwyn Allred Principal 0274-388-493

Mark & Rachel Allred Property Consultants 0274-909-991 Mark 0272-429-799 Rachel

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Annie Dwyer

Property Manager 027-886-0179

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Office Administrator 303-3093


Home design

Home design hints by Amanda Wright When you’re building a new home you’re in the fortunate position of starting with a blank sheet of paper. That’s exciting but it also means that other than monetary and space restrictions, there are no boundaries, no rules, nothing and no one to guide you if you elect to design yourself. When you’re playing around with ideas on a piece of paper, wondering how it’s all going to come together, take few of the tips below on board to help shape your home design. Outdoor/indoor flow is vital

for modern living. Make sure your doorways have shelter from rain with eaves or porticos. Outdoor living in New Zealand can be done for much of the year in northern climates, less so down south, but it is essential that shade is provided. Consider waterproof shade either through shadeclothes that are waterproof or solid roof materials If you can’t afford to install outdoor heating, make provision for it by running gas pipes or electrical wiring during the build.

Look at running your music outdoors with outdoor speakers. It’s actually more considerate for the neighbours as you don’t need volumes up as loud to be able to hear it. Sightlines for children’s play

Spend money on quality fittings wherever you can. areas can be incorporated into your design early in the process. Separate spaces for children (no matter how old) can be a very valuable asset to living. Lighting is vital to enhancing a home’s natural features and ambience and don’t forget to install outdoor lighting, or cable it up even if you can’t afford the lights yet. Run speaker cable and computer cable throughout your house, even if you cannot afford to install computers and speakers – add them later! Ensure the materials you

build your home from are of good quality from reputable suppliers – from the framing you choose, to the cladding, electrical cabling and plumbing to glass, roofing and interior linings. Fittings can be changed out – you cannot change your framing. Spend money on quality fittings wherever you can. If you’re building, site levelling beforehand can be an excellent way of making the full use of your property – making space for entertaining areas, kid’s play areas or parking. Don’t be scared to move dirt around – it’s never cheaper than before things are built. Above all else, think about how you want to live in your new home and build it around your requirements, needs and desires – this is the ultimate benefit in building your own dream.

What do you want? What style of house – traditional or contemporary, Tuscan villa or modernist masterpiece? How do you live your life – lots of outdoor living or sheltered retreat? And if outdoor living, what amount of shading do you want and how


Home design will you incorporate into your design?

Number of rooms? How do the various rooms interact with each other – living room with kitchen, living spaces with sleeping, and work spaces with leisure? What kinds of things do you want to do in each room – some will be specific and can be purpose designed, others will have multi-use requirements? Do you have children? How old are they and what spaces do they require? How long are you planning to stay there and what will your children want/ need in three, five or ten years’ time?

it’s sloping then you have the option of levelling the slope or having different parts of the house at different levels. How will you incorporate new technologies into your design for home theatre, telecommunications and smart home technologies? How will your entranceway work for things like dropping keys, shoes, bags, coats, etc? Will it have shelter from the weather? Will you step straight into your living area? How does your planned

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How to market your home by Amanda Wright Before a buyer even starts looking at the size of the pool or how modern the kitchen appliances are, if their basic needs aren’t illustrated clearly in your marketing, then the buyer will flick past your listing faster than you can say “under floor heating”.

home and don’t want to give everything away immediately, but to entice them to at least do a drive-by or attend your open home; you need to impress them straight away. Just as you need the exterior of your home to be immaculate to encourage them to step in the front door;

market. It could come down to something as simple as fence height or the fact that you have an in-built irrigation system, these positive details can really make a difference in the desire of a buyer to want to know more. Don’t just repeat features that the buyer can clearly see in the

on what makes your home

There is no better way to initially view a home than in the comfort of one's own pajamas at home in front of the computer, looking at a 360-degree tour. Some buyers won't even consider a property listing if it doesn't include a virtual tour.

unique, and what aspects give your home an advantage over the others currently on the

In today’s modern world of internet browsing, mobile phone apps and widgets, a potential buyer can browse many listings over the time it takes them to drink their latte. Forget weekend after weekend of pounding the street to and from different real estate display windows, savvy house shoppers are browsing for their dream home during commercial breaks on television or by flicking through their iPad while on the treadmill. It’s a generation of ‘here and now’, and ‘I love it, I want it now’, so if you don’t have the information displayed that they are looking for, chances are they won’t come chasing you, they will simply move on to the next attractive proposition. So what is the information that potential buyers want to see immediately? Plentiful information on-line. Buyers want a good chunk of information immediately. Understandably you want to attract people to your

Buyers want to be initially wowed by a photo, and they want to see lots of photos, and photos of rooms from different angles. A home with only a few photos uploaded is likely to make a buyer move on, as they won’t be able to get a true feel for all of the property. Go one step further and invite a videographer to create a virtual tour of your home. These virtual tours are gaining in popularity, as buyers today begin their home searches online.

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with bright, well-lit, clearly focused professional images that really showcase the positives of the property.

you need your marketing face to be impressive to entice them to want to discover more. A lack of information is an immediate turn-off and ‘too much hard work’ to dredge out all the necessary facts and figures. So if your approach is ‘less is more’, then that less really needs to be full of quality, informative property enticements.

Get descriptive When there are many comparable homes on the market, simply throwing out a property address while mentioning the numbers of bedrooms and baths is insufficient information for a prospective buyer. It doesn't tell them why they should make an appointment to see the home. Effective marketing tells a buyer why your particular home is better than the many of others on the market, and why they really must come and see more. Really focus on what makes your home unique, and what aspects give your home an advantage over the others currently on the

photographs, really dig deeper to express the home in all of its hidden glory.

Professional images A picture certainly does paint a thousand words, especially when it comes to selling a home. While agents do their best to capture your home beautifully behind the lens, it may be worthwhile investing in a professional photography shoot. Buyers won’t be impressed with trick photography or photo-shopping to make the property appear better or bigger than what it really is, but they will be impressed

With your photos and video listings, be sure to upload in as high resolution as possible, so the buyer can print them off to show friends and family, and make the sharing of the photos and video simple at the click of a button, again for ease of sharing. Savvy buyers of today want to share their ‘find’ on social media sites such as Facebook to get the opinions of friends and family.If your property is for sale via a private treaty rather than auction, then list your asking price. A prospective buyer doesn’t want to guess how much your house is worth, they want to know immediately. Buyers wont hang around and wait for the price to be listed.

Buyers won’t be impressed with trick photography or photo-shopping to make the property appear better or bigger than what it really is, but they will be impressed with bright, well-lit, clearly focused professional images that really showcase the positives of the property.


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