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Property GUARDIAN

June 27 2014

Quality in prime location Proudly marketed by Rachel Curd, Property Brokers FURTHER DETAILS

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Quality in prime location Interested in this property? 2 Argyle Place

Touches of charm greet you as you step inside this spacious 240sqm family home in the esteemed Argyle Place cul-de-sac. The moment you approach the property you are captured by its beauty. The large lawn area at the front is the perfect place for the kids to kick a ball around or relax in the afternoon sun. Inside are three large double bedrooms which will impress. The master room has a very generous sized walk-in-robe with an ensuite. The home boasts spacious adjoining living areas and an open plan kitchen which enhances the sense of space. The living area is heated by both heat pump and compliant pallet fire. Panel heaters are installed in all three bedrooms ensuring year round comfort. Nitestore heater conveniently placed in the hallway – this along with the natural sun does make it a warm home. HRV system also. Separate spacious laundry with great storage cupboards.

No shortage of garaging and room for all the toys with a large internal access double garage with a rear single roller door leading to a separate double garage or workshop. All this is complimented with well landscaped and private 1124sqm grounds which complete the picture. If that isn't enough, Argyle Park, Allenton School and Allenton shopping centre are only a walk away. Tranquillity and privacy are assured with a host of features to satisfy the most discerning buyer.

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Phone 027 228 9401

Deadline Sale Closing Friday, July 11 at 4pm (unless sold prior) Web ID: AU37639 www.propertybrokers.co.nz

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

Hastings McLeod Ltd Licensed under the Real Estate Agents Act 2008

EXTRA CLOSE TO TOWN

A LOVELY FAMILY HOME

GREAT 1ST HOME

YOU'LL WANT TO OWN THIS!

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$189,000 WEB ID AU37583 OFFERS OVER $370,000 WEB ID AU37394 $225,000 WEB ID AU37676 $319,900 WEB ID AU37671 ASHBURTON WESTSIDE EASTSIDE WESTSIDE 2/52 Cox Street 8 Russell Avenue 30 Princes Street 18 Miller Avenue Very well presented two bedroom unit Super spacious living areas, three Tidy 3 bedroom home on small easycare, Calling first home buyers. Fantastic 3 2 3 3 3 with single garage and store shed. Floor bedrooms, bathroom and toilet upstairs, 421m2 section close to East Street. New bedroom first home immaculately mounted heat pump will ensure warm in shower and toilet downstairs. Double logburner, stainless steel cylinder and presented inside and out. This home basks winter and cool in summer. Easy care and garage with internal access. An rewired. The freshly painted exterior is a in all day sun and is cosy and warm with 1 2 1 1 low maintenance. opportunity not to be missed. top job and sparkles (all new guttering). ecan friendly fire and underfloor insulation. Newly landscaped gardens. Great deck to enjoy summer days. VIEW Saturday 28 Jun 10.30 - 11.00am VIEW Saturday 28 Jun 10.30 - 11.00am

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SPACE, STYLE AND LOCATION

SIZE REALLY DOES MATTER

STRONG BONES

ACTION REQUIRED!!

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OFFERS OVER $470,000 WEB ID AU36660 OFFERS OVER $645,000 WEB ID AU33645 OFFERS OVER $269,000 WEB ID AU36581 NEGOTIATION WEB ID AU36812 WESTSIDE WESTSIDE TINWALD EASTSIDE 66 Cameron Street 20 Westpark Close 11 Graham Street 51b Peter Street Always sought after in this location. Your chance to secure this lovely sunny 3+ Quality home of over 300sqm. You will not 5+ Built for all day sun, this home has great 3 2 Substantial family home within easy replace this home in this location for this family sized living areas and three double townhouse with easily accessible garage walking distance to towns main amenities sort of money. Super sized kitchen, dining bedrooms. One bathroom, separate toilet (with internal access) and located just a all the things you would expect to find in and living area with separate lounge, both and laundry. Single garage plus carport. short stroll from the town centre. Vendor 2 2 1 1 this quality home and more including with excellent indoor outdoor flow. Five Fully fenced and very private. Close to has moved out and is prepared to consider spacious living areas, a wonderful bedrooms and an office. Tinwald amenities and schools. all reasonable offers. conservatory. 2 3 1 1 VIEW Saturday 28 Jun 11.15 - 11.45am VIEW Saturday 28 Jun 12.00 - 12.30pm VIEW Saturday 28 Jun 12.00 - 12.30pm VIEW Saturday 28 Jun 11.15 - 11.45am

SO CLOSE TO TOWN

MODERN STYLE LIVING

NEAR NEW

MAKE ME YOUR OWN

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OFFERS OVER $328,000 WEB ID AU37395 OFFERS OVER $299,000 WEB ID AU37493 OFFERS OVER $410,000 WEB ID AU37251 $210,000 WEB ID AU37126 EASTSIDE EASTSIDE WESTSIDE EASTSIDE 19a Cox Street 79 Grey Street 3 Somerset Grove 91 Cox Street Substantial three bedroom townhouse, Reward yourself and own this super sunny A lovely near new home located in a well A lovely three bedroom home that boosts 3 3 3 3 separate bathroom and ensuite. Spacious townhouse situated eastside within the established street. Surrounded by other potential. This property offers character and sunny living areas. Double garage with Avenues. Upstairs open plan living with all quality new homes. Spacious open living and an opportunity to further enhance and internal access. Well fenced and private day sun and under floor heating. Double and two toilets provides for a well add value. An upgraded bathroom and 2 1 1 1 section. Many little extras. Viewing a must. garage on easy care smaller section. Would designed home at an affordable price. Easy large kitchen provide plenty of appeal. suit a busy professional couple. care section with minimal landscaping. VIEW Saturday 28 Jun 12.00 - 12.30pm VIEW Saturday 28 Jun 2.15 - 2.45pm

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WESTSIDE TOWNHOUSE

OPEN HOME $265,000 WEB ID AU36107 WESTSIDE 50 Harrison Street An established townhouse located in a 2 convenient westside location with great street appeal. A sunny and spacious 2 bedroom home 1 with benefits of internal garage access. Easy care, private gardens make this property appealing. 1 VIEW Saturday 28 Jun 3.00 - 3.30pm

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

Hastings McLeod Ltd Licensed under the Real Estate Agents Act 2008

IT'S ALL BEEN DONE!

TRANQUIL & AFFORDABLE

LOVELY LOCATION

QUALITY- PRIME LOCATION

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$375,000 WEB ID AU36551 OFFERS OVER $190,000 WEB ID AU37044 $650,000 WEB ID AU34905 DEADLINE PRIVATE TREATY WEB ID AU37639 WESTSIDE EASTSIDE WESTSIDE WESTSIDE 19 Walshs Road 57 Hakatere Drive 22 Charlesworth Drive 2 Argyle Place This home has been renovated throughout, Sit back and enjoy the lifestyle Upper Fabulous new home in the popular Lochlea Touches of charm greet you as you step 3 2 4 3 three double bedrooms, two living areas Hakatere Huts has to offer. Fully furnished, subdivision. Four bedrooms, master has inside this 240sqm family home. Inspection and good size conservatory. Heating by the two bedrooms plus sunroom, spacious tiled shower in ensuite, great kitchen with will impress. way of heat pumps and eco friendly log lounge with log fire. Large kitchen, butlers pantry, and living areas that open VIEW Sunday 29 Jun 1.30 - 2.30pm 1 1 2 2 burner. Modernised kitchen. The home is bathroom/laundry facilities and separate onto patios, perfect for entertaining. DEADLINE PRIVATE TREATY (unless sold on high water pressure for a great shower. toilet. New carpet. Enjoy the sun filled Double internal garage. prior) Friday 11th July 2014 at 4.00pm deck. 2 2 4 VIEW Sunday 29 Jun 1.00 - 2.00pm VIEW Sunday 29 Jun 1.00 - 1.30pm VIEW Sunday 29 Jun 1.00 - 2.00pm

IT'S ALL HERE!

BRAND NEW HOME (235sqm)

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PRIVATE AND SUNNY

SPEND A BIT, MAKE A BIT

$548,000 WEB ID AU37438 $499,000 WEB ID AU33824 $495,000 WEB ID AU36250 NEG AT $158,000 WEB ID AU37402 EASTSIDE WESTSIDE EASTSIDE EASTSIDE 18 Orchard Grove 9A Allison Street 7 Orchard Grove 92 Beach Road Classic 'L' shaped home built to catch the We are pleased to market this four This lovely home is ready for you. Located Good looking two bedroom cottage with 4 4 4 2 sun. Spacious living opening to patio and bedroom home, ensuite and walk in in a popular culdesac in Braebrook, this separate lounge, laundry and bathroom. private section. Four bedrooms, ensuite wardrobe in master and two living areas. property has 4 bedrooms, master with Fully fenced, easy care section with a new plus office area. Move on in and enjoy this Great storage and built for morning and ensuite and walk-in robe, large living area single garage. Does need D.I.Y but hard to 2 2 2 1 quality home in the popular Braebrook afternoon sun. Good sized second and substantial kitchen. find at this price. subdivision. Great garaging. bathroom. Double garage with internal Double internal access garaging. View By Appointment access. 2 2 2 1 VIEW Sunday 29 Jun 1.45 - 2.15pm View By Appointment VIEW Sunday 29 Jun 2.00 - 3.00pm

MODERN, LOW MAINTENANCE HIDDEN GEM

CANAL SIDE LIVING

$495,000 WEB ID AU37075 OFFERS OVER $355,000 WEB ID AU34107 $168,000 WEB ID AU36963 WESTSIDE EASTSIDE ASHBURTON 19 Falcon Drive 78 Oxford Street 8 Trent Place Attractive four bedroom home in Allenton A lovely and sunny character home Don't look past this prime canal side section. Limited 4 3 cul-de-sac. Sunny and warm with two positioned on a private setting with opportunities for canal side living within stage 5. living areas opening onto private deck. established, large and impressive grounds. Own your own 817m2 canal access section positioned Convenient location with shopping and to capture all day sun and great views. An affordable 2 1 schooling close by. Excellent double garage A spacious three bedroom plus office option for a sought after Lake Hood lifestyle. with room for the boat and trailer. family home with plenty to offer including View By Appointment excellent garaging, accommodating 5-6 2 6 View By Appointment cars.

SOMETHING DIFFERENT

NEG. AT $390,000 WEB ID AU36919 EASTSIDE 3/168 Walnut Avenue This quality three bedroom townhouse is 3 generous in size with a large floor area of 218 m2. Well designed with elevated living which enhances outlook and provides a 1 sunny aspect. A central location and easy care grounds makes this property ideal. View By Appointment

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EASY LIVING AT LAKE HOOD

BRAEBROOK BEAUTY

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$579,000 WEB ID AU37015 OFFERS OVER $499,000 WEB ID AU36749 DEADLINE PRIVATE TREATY WEB ID AR37386 ASHBURTON EASTSIDE ASHBURTON 30 Torbay Avenue 7 Magnolia Drive 226 Alford Forest Settlement Road Open the door and be impressed with the This spacious quality built 4 bedroom Attractive mostly flat bush edged bareland lifestyle 4 4 welcoming entranceway and view of the home sits on an easy care 690 m2 section farmlet with imposing views to the hills and Mt Hutt. canal with bi-folds opening from the in the Braebrook subdivision. Featuring a Small area of maturing Douglas Fir adjoins the hill. 3 lounge. The home is positioned to catch all large entertainers kitchen large well fenced paddocks and yard area with large 2 bay 2 2 day sun with doors opening from dining living/dining plus second formal lounge haybarn. Power at the roadside. Ten minutes to and living areas to the glass fenced section. both open to patio and sunny outdoor Methven, close to Mt Hutt Skifield and many other area. outdoor activities. 2 2 View By Appointment View By Appointment

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DEADLINE PRIVATE TREATY (unless sold prior) Friday 11th July 2014 at 4.00pm

8.0937 HA - BARELAND

DEADLINE PRIVATE TREATY WEB ID AR37388 ASHBURTON 226 Alford Forest Settlement Road In two paddocks with power along the road frontage. An excellent development site in a very popular location with a wide variety of alpine, bush and water activities near to hand. A quiet private area. View By Appointment DEADLINE PRIVATE TREATY (unless sold prior) Friday 11th July 2014 at 4.00pm


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

Hastings McLeod Ltd Licensed under the Real Estate Agents Act 2008

VENDOR SAYS SELL!!

WEB ID AL37390 ASHBURTON 145 Wakanui Road View By Appointment 10 hectares of quality irrigated silt loam soils only a few AUCTION (unless sold prior) kilometres from town. Featuring a near new three 11.00am, Sat 12th July, 2014 bedroom home with sunny kitchen/dining plus large lounge with log burner. Separate formal dining room. Also a self contained sleepout. Buildings include 12m x 19m lock up shed with three phase power. Three 55 tonne silos plus 30m x 12.5m green house. Green house needs new cover. Older store sheds. Opportunity for lifestyle and income. Ignore past pricing Vendor says SELL.

"CANOWINDRA" 8 HA

AUCTION

60.8 HA FOOTHILLS ENVIRONMENT- METHVEN

WEB ID AL37331 ASHBURTON 376 Wakanui Road View By Appointment "Canowindra" means home in the aboriginal language AUCTION (unless sold prior) and this is a fine home to carry that name. Located just 11.00am, Sat 5th July, 2014 5km S.E from the Ashburton Town Centre this 4 bedroom home set in mature grounds offers peaceful country living within easy commuting distance from town. Modern kitchen/dining room, sunny living room plus large peaceful lounge. Spacious country laundry, bathroom plus separate shower room. Looseboxes. Fertile Wakanui soils and good subdivision.

SIMPLY STUNNING-28.8HA

NEGOTIATION WEB ID AR36309 METHVEN 409 Line Road Situated 4km from the thriving town of Methven, this property will appeal to the discerning buyer. A superb 4 year old home with 4 bedrooms, 2 living areas. A dairy support block in recent times, currently mostly in kale. Access to BCI water. A stabling complex is an added bonus. This is a rare opportunity in a highly sought after district. View By Appointment

STUNNING VIEWS

WEB ID AR37376 DEADLINE PRIVATE TREATY ASHBURTON 226 Alford Forest Settlement Road View By Appointment Nestled at the foot of Mt Alford this attractive small DEADLINE PRIVATE TREATY (unless sold prior) Friday 11th farm is in 7 titles, has approx. 10 HA Douglas Fir July 2014 at 4.00pm plantation and some bush. Ten minutes to Methven and close to Mt Hutt ski field. Productive well fenced paddocks and good range of farm amenities. 4 bedroom basic homestead and self contained single bedroom guest unit. Great dairy grazing or finishing alternative. Location renowned for snow skiing, boating, tramping, fishing. Breathtaking Canterbury environment.

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$472,500 + GST WEB ID AL26381 ASHBURTON Wakanui Road A rare 8 hectare corner site with many attractive building sites. Full open views over town to the Southern Alps and Mt Hutt. All in good pasture on quality soils ideal to develop your landscape. Well fenced and power at the roadside. Town 'n' Country with the boundary only 1km away. View By Appointment

AUCTION

ELBOW ROOM AND SPACE

$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


WHAT A NEAT PACKAGE!

Ashburton

LOVINGLY MAINTAINED

Ashburton

298 Moore Street

Price by Negotiation

66 Cameron Street

Price by Negotiation

Welcome home to this perfectly positioned three bedroom home. Situated for the sun it boasts large open plan living, galley kitchen, attached garaging and extra 3mx4.5m garage/workshop. Walking distances to the CBD it is a must see. WHALAN AND PARTNERS LTD, BAYLEYS, LICENSED UNDER THE REA ACT 2008.

The Vendor invites offers in the vicinity of $389,000 View Sat 10-10.30am www.bayleys.co.nz/517799

Mick Hydes

M 027 437 9696 B 03 307 7377

Debbie Boon

M 027 448 4006 B 03 307 7377

Four bedroom home with three year young kitchen Spacious conservatory and louvered patio. The large living area, heated by heat pump and gas fire . HRV system installed Double garage and lots of outbuildings including a shed and glass house

The vendors invite offers in the vicinity of $470,000 View Sat 10.45-11.15am www.bayleys.co.nz/518211

Mick Hydes

M 027 439 9696 B 03 307 7377 mick.hydes@bayleys.co.nz

Debbie Boon

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

M 027 448 4006 B 03 307 7377

ONE UP

Allenton

SLICE OF PARADISE

Tinwald

70 Alford Forest Road

Price by Negotiation

70A Tarbottons Road

Price by Negotiation

This property will suit the growing family. It comprises one bedroom and a large games room on the first floor and three bedrooms, a living, kitchen/dining plus bathroom and garage on ground floor. The interior has just been painted and exterior timber areas painted about a year ago. WHALAN AND PARTNERS LTD, BAYLEYS, LICENSED UNDER THE REA ACT 2008.

The Vendor invites offers in the vicinity of $338,000 View Sat 11.30am-12.00pm www.bayleys.co.nz/517590

Mick Hydes

M 027 437 9696 B 03 307 7377

Debbie Boon

M 027 448 4006 B 03 307 7377

LOCATION, VIEWS AND AFFORDABILITY

Allenton

14 Bathurst Street

Price by Negotiation

This unique property is a must see. Three bedrooms then up to the kitchen and living areas where the view can be captured on the deck. Attached garaging and workshop with a super easy care backyard. Just a stroll to Argyle Park

Debbie Boon

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

Set on 4007sqm this new architecturally designed property is finished with quality fixtures and fittings and offers a slice of paradise to its new owners. The well designed kitchen is the hub,complete with huge butler´s pantry. Four double bedrooms, master with WIR , beauty area and tiled ensuite. WHALAN AND PARTNERS LTD, BAYLEYS, LICENSED UNDER THE REA ACT 2008.

The vendor invites offers in the vicinity of $840,000 View Sat 12.15-12.45pm www.bayleys.co.nz/517694

Debbie Boon

M 027 448 4006 B 03 307 7377

Mick Hydes

M 027 437 9696 B 03 307 7377

The vendor invites offers in the vicinity of $315,000$325,000. www.bayleys.co.nz/517941 M 027 448 4006 B 03 307 7377 debbie.boon@bayleys.co.nz

Mick Hydes

M 027 437 9696

QUARTER ACRE WITHIN THE AVENUES 291 Cameron Street Be the first to inspect this three bedroom bungalow within the Avenues. Modernised kitchen and bathroom for easy family living and BBQ and patio area for entertaining. All on a sunny quarter acre section. WHALAN AND PARTNERS LTD, BAYLEYS, LICENSED UNDER THE REA ACT 2008.

Ashburton Price by Negotiation

The Vendors invite offers in the vicinity of $365,000 www.bayleys.co.nz/518008

Debbie Boon

M 027 448 4006 B 03 308 7377

Mick Hydes

M 027 437 9696

DESIRABLE LOCATION WITH SIZE AND OPTIONS

Mount Somers

156-172 Lochheads Road

Deadline Sale

328 ha - Three titles freehold Modernised homestead and cottage Full compliment of farm buildings and yards Excellent fencing and laneway systems Higher rainfall area and possible BCI scheme irrigation water At present well farmed traditional sheep and beef with dairy grazing - many possible options

All offers on or before 4pm, Thurs 17 July 2014 www.bayleys.co.nz/518213

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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Industry Comment

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Esther Wallace

The rental market here in Ashburton is still growing with many people from Christchurch either buying rental properties here or moving here to rent. I believe owners are seeing very good returns on their rental investments with generally higher gross yields than for similar properties in other parts of New Zealand. We advise our landlords to prepare their rentals as they would expect to live. A good tidy rental attracts good tenants. Insulation, heating and tidy appearance are things tenants are seeking in a rental. With the number of rentals out there at the moment and higher rental prices, tenants can choose to be picky about what properties they are going to rent. A good property manager is the key to having a more positive experience as

a landlord – they take away the day to day hassles and allow you to know that your investment is being looked after. I have meet many people who have tried renting their house out themselves and have horror stories from when it goes bad. I believe in most cases the key factor that ultimately affects the success or otherwise is finding the right tenant which is no easy task. Similarly there are also stories of tenants treated poorly by private landlords, who would prefer only to deal with a property manager, to ensure they are respected as individuals and not treated unfairly or judged in any way. The property manager can act as an impartial ‘middle person’ in dealing with any issues that may arise. One major advantage a property manager has is that they do not have an emotional attachment to a property that owners naturally have. As such we look purely at the facts. We check to make sure the person who applies is indeed that person and references are checked thoroughly. It is essential to make sure people actually do have the ability to pay the rent and will look after the property they live in. One without the other does not equate to a successful rental experience for anyone involved. Having a good tenant placed in a property is just the beginning of process. It is essential that a tenancy is managed day to day – checking rent is paid, regular inspections to check the house is being well looked after and to

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organise maintenance on the property. A property manager takes the calls from tenants late at night and weekends when ‘Murphy’s Law’ hits with leaking hot water cylinders, blocked drains or simple inconvenient hassles such as misplaced keys. We have good relationships with tradespeople and are able to get urgent jobs fixed as quickly as possible even in weekends and holidays. Our professional recording of all rental transactions and property related invoices via statements is an essential key to enable a rental property to be run successfully. We can access information showing exactly what the tenant owes on any given day, regardless of whether they have missed any rent in the past and caught up again, or pay irregularly which can prove to be confusing if you do not record this information correctly. This can prove to be very invaluable especially in situations where the rent arrears have got out of hand and there may be a need to turn to other avenues such as court. It is also essential for those end of year tax returns. The value a property manager can add to your rental investment is so much more than what they cost in fees (which may be a tax deductible expense) especially when the phone rings at 10pm on a Saturday night with a tenant crying on the phone that the hot water cylinder has burst! If you own or are thinking of owning a rental property feel free to call us for Property Management advice.

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INVESTMENT HOLIDAY COTTAGE WHITESTONE 3 Superb holiday letting or

NG rental cottage. Attractive

Oamaru stonework. Use yourself summer or winter and rent out the rest of the time. Part of four cottage complex. Can be managed long or short term. Two bedrooms, each with ensuite. Sleeps up to six. Comes with furnishings and appliances (incl. crockery).

$390,000 BRINKLEY RESORT - Brinkley Village offers you to own a holiday home at an entry level price. These units are in a good condition and worth inspecting. Each consists of a one bedroom studio apartment with spa bath, kitchen and own entrance plus a two bedroom fully contained apartment. Both have access to a laundry in between the units.

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central location, this home has been fully renovated to produce something special. On offer is a three bed/two bath character home, fully furnished. Warm interior, character features include bay windows and French doors. Open plan kitchen/ living, wood burner and heat pump. Positioned for all day sun.

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$395,000

RAKAIA GORGE - Relax at

the Rakaia River Gorge, 10 minutes from Methven. This affordable one bedroom unit (can sleep four). Stunning views of the Alps and mighty Rakaia River. Fly fishing, jet boat, golf, skiing Mt Hutt and the clubfields, mountain biking, tramping(walking) all close by. Can be used full time, or rented, or holiday let or home. Good returns can be made here.

$155,000

OUTSTANDING PROPERTY

Outstanding offering with an abundance of space. This home embraces elements of yesteryear and today, while integrating them into an outstanding property that is both timeless and timely. The character bungalow won’t disappoint those who seek a gracious and charming home in an established lifestyle setting. For Sale by Deadline Private Treaty, offers closing June 30, 2014 (unless sold prior). Price guide, low to mid $600k’s.

Time to put your home here and get it SOLD!!! Listings needed Free market or rental appraisals now. Phone 303 3093 covering all of Mid Canterbury

www.professionals.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

OJ – Martin Dodson

Urban / Rural Property Consultant 021-743-394

Annie Dwyer

Property Manager 027-886-0179

Amanda Pannett

Office Administrator 303-3093


Home Security

Child proofing your home is with the kids having left home you don’t have to think of those things anymore.

TERRY LOBB

I had the pleasure of looking after a 3-year-old on Thursday morning. She wasn’t well enough to go to kindy in the morning so she came and visited me while her mother was sitting an exam. I haven’t had a little one in my house for years and I suddenly panicked that my house was not very child-proof. As a young couple about to start a family you are gently eased into the child-proofing process. As your child grows you make changes in your home to cater to a growing inquisitive little person. And years down the track

I must admit when our kids were growing we did have some mishaps as we weren’t always as prepared as we should have been, especially when it came to securely fencing the section.

I tended to put child-proof locks on the laundry and bathroom cupboard doors only.

There weren’t always enough hours in the day to do what was required as we were full on with a

DIY renovation as well. One of the most memorable prompts we had to secure our section was when Hamish, all of about 18 months, escaped. We had a well fenced area with the latch of the gate too high for him to release, so we thought. I was very pregnant and we had spent the morning in the garden and he had been my little helper. I thought perhaps he had wandered inside and put himself to bed and when I went into check he wasn’t on his bed or on the couch. I then started to go through the house looking under the beds in the wardrobes and behind any places he liked to hide. He wasn’t anywhere in the house and by this time I was starting to panic as he had been climbing things for a

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while and I had this horrible dread that he had climbed over the gate and out on to the road. After ringing David at work and breaking the news to him about having lost our first born I went back outside and tried to retrace what we had done that morning. Then I heard a laugh and followed it. Here was Hamish quite happy playing with the neighbour’s cat on their back porch. He was completely oblivious to the major panic that I had been in. Dusty the cat had been in our section and he had followed him through a hole in the base boards of the deck, crawled under the deck, under the house, popped out the other side, over the driveway and through the hedge. He was covered in dirt from having crawled under the house.

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Alford Forest Road

• 25.3384 hectares zoned Business D and Rural A • Located above the Ashburton Industrial area • Part of Rural A land on and over stop bank a convenient location to town centre Opportunities Here•• In Ashburton An opportunity to expand the Ashburton Business • One hectare lifestyle, Company Road Deadline Private Treaty D area • Large four bedroom home, spacious sunny living area Offers may be considered • Present access off Melrose Road • Attached double garage, in-ground swimming pool on or before 3pm • Five bay workshop and storage shed Tuesday 22 July 2014 • Well sheltered and private section Colin Gilbert • Subdivision potential B 03 307 8710 • Inspection by appointment only M 027 434 3478 www.pggwre.co.nz ID: ASH2684276 H 03 308 4438 PGG Wrightson Real Estate Limited, Real Estate Agent, REAA 2008

Industrial Investment Alford Forest Road • • • • • •

Ashburton

25.4603 hectares zoned Business D and Rural A Located above the Ashburton Industrial area Part of Rural A land on and over stop bank In a convenient location to town centre An opportunity to expand the Ashburton Business D area Present access off Melrose Road www.pggwre.co.nz ID: ASH2672582

Deadline Private Treaty Offers may be considered on or before Wednesday 3pm 9 July 2014

Colin Gilbert B 03 307 8710 M 027 434 3478 H 03 308 4438

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Home Security

essential Lesson learned, small children crawl through small gaps and will follow a pet anywhere. With the panic over the base boards on the house they were quickly finished off that weekend so that we would have no more escapees. When it came to securing things in the house I tended to put child-proof locks on the laundry and bathroom cupboard doors only. This was mainly due to the fact that we lived in a small house with hardly any storage up high so there was nowhere to put cleaning agents and the like so we just secured the cupboard doors. Our door handles were low as well, being a villa, so we couldn’t just shut a door because door handles could be opened at an early age. It took a while to get used to the locks and often I nearly ripped door handles off trying to open them. I never secured kitchen cupboards but taught the kids that they were out of bounds. They never held anything that was going to harm them anyway so I saw no point in locking them. I think too often we go overboard with securing areas and kids don’t learn what they can and cannot touch. I was fortunate that neither of my kids drew on walls or peeled wallpaper off, they were definitely inquisitive and pushed boundaries but we always encouraged lots of play and positive activities. Definitely limited the TV, and I refused to buy a PlayStation and when we finally did get a computer that was limited as well. One of the most important things we did was put a slide bolt on the top of the back door. Hamish was a sleep walker and we woke one night to find he had taken his toys to the end of the passage and was sitting inside the back door playing in the dark. He had been able to open the door for a while now and we had a dreadful feeling he might just open it in his sleep and wander outside. So consequently we secured the door so this couldn’t happen. Fortunately for me I never had to put ornaments or treasured items up high. As they were part of the decor the kids never seemed to think they were toys, apart from a stereo unit I had on the fridge. Hamish had seen me put cassettes in to play from time to time

and one day he dragged a chair up to the fridge climbed up and parked one of his little matchbox cars in the cassette recorder bit. Posting little treasures was always a favourite past time, fortunately the stereo was the only thing that got damaged. Fortunately for me, having a 3-year-old in the house again who was feeling a little under the weather went well.

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Hamish and Bailee’s Duplo train set came in handy and we built a village and she was quite happy playing away if I was close by for an occasional cuddle. Such a pleasure to have her for the morning and she was quite happy to stay with me. I am available for speaking engagements for small groups or larger organisations and can be contacted below. Terry Lobb is an interior/kitchen designer and personal colour and style consultant who takes a holistic approach to living with colour, texture and style — email: terry@terrylobb.com; website: http:// terrylobb.com Above: No go, kitchen cupboards weren’t secured but the kids were taught that they were out of bounds. Previous page: Duplo, handy in keeping a 3-year-old happy.

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Flooring

Choosing the right rug With the cooler months upon us, the addition of a rug or two to the home is a great way to breathe new life into a room and make it look more cosy. Since the buying market has so many choices it might be wise to prepare before going shopping. There are several things you can ask yourself to get you pointed in the right direction. COLOUR

Colour is important. If you are adding to an already-decorated room, stay with the colour scheme. You should choose one colour, your favourite, to play up in the rug. In this way you have not only added some perk to the room, you've also spruced up the colour scheme with your favourite hue. If you are starting afresh, create a colour scheme with at least three colours that best fit your personal palette, then build from there. If you have colours that you are using in the room, take swatches with you so you can choose the colours correctly rather than relying on memory. FIBRE

Then there is the choice of fibre. Area rugs are made from a variety of fibres but the best and most durable fibres are wool, sisal and bamboo. They are all resilient, easy to maintain and have a long life. To make that long life even longer,

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consider putting a slip pad under the rug. The pad not only helps keep the rug in place, but also gives a little cushion under the rug.

picture frame and the furniture being the picture or artwork itself?

a big enough rug so the chairs sit on the rug even when pulled out and in use.

of newspapers and place that template on the floor where the rug will actually go.

If the rug is going under the dining table, be sure to allow for

If you aren't positive what size you want, create a template out

Visualising is always the best way to make a decision.

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Size is always something that poses a question. Do you want a small rug just under the lounge room coffee table? Do you want the rug to fit up to the sofa and extend just beyond the coffee table?

The best and most durable fibres are wool, sisal and bamboo

Or do you want the rug to fill a good amount of the room and have the sofa sit on the rug, with the rug being like a well-matted

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Decor

Freshen up your home It’s time to get your house ready for market, starting with one room at a time. In this article, we look at the process of painting a room, from preparation to finish.

Brushes The brush you use depends on the job and the grip you use depends on the brush. Trim and sash brushes with pencil handles are grasped much as you would a pencil, giving better control for intricate painting. With beavertail handles on larger brushes, you will need a stronger grip as the brushes are wider and heavier. When loading a brush the aim is to get as much paint on the wall as possible without dribbling it all over the floor or yourself. It should only take you a few times to gauge how much paint your brush will hold. With the first dip, move the brush around in the paint to open the bristles and let the brush fill completely. It will be easier to pick up a full load if you jab the brush gently into the paint with each dip. Gently slap the brush against the inside of the paint tin or lightly drag it across the inside edge of the lip to remove excess paint. To “cut in” neatly paint up to a line where two edges or colours meet - use a trim brush with bevelled bristles. Paint five or six strokes perpendicular to the edge of the ceiling or the wall then smooth over these strokes with a single, long stroke, painting out from the corner first, then vertically. Where the wall and ceiling come together, use downward strokes on the wall first followed by smooth horizontal strokes.

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On the ceiling itself, cut in strokes toward the centre of the room. Then paint a smooth horizontal stroke on the ceiling that follows the direction of the wall..

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Painting a room is one of the easiest and most affordable home improvement projects you can do. Another cutting-in approach, beading, can almost eliminate the need to use masking tape to protect one painted area from another. Use a bevelled trim brush with long bristles and press the brush lightly against the surface, then, as you move the brush, add just enough pressure to make the bristles bend away from the direction of your brushstroke. Keep the brush away from the other coloured surface. The bent bristles and the pressure will release a fine bead of paint that will spread into the gap.

With both methods of cutting in, it is better to have a brush that is too dry than one that is too wet. This is detailed work so take your time. Concentrate on a small area with attention to detail and the big stuff takes care of itself.

Rollers As with brushes, the roller you choose depends on the surface and the finish you require. Fill the well of the roller tray about half full, and set the roller into the middle of the well. Lift the roller and roll it down the slope of the tray, stopping just short of the well. Do this two or three times to allow the paint to work into the roller. Then, dip the roller into the well once more, and roll it on the slope until the pile is well saturated. You will know when you have overloaded the roller as it will drip en route to the wall. The most effective method of painting with a roller is to paint two or three-square-metre areas at a time. Roll the paint on in a zigzag pattern without lifting the roller from the wall, as if you’re painting a large M, W, or backward N. Then, still without lifting the roller, fill in the blanks of the letters with more horizontal or vertical zigzag strokes. Finish the area with light strokes that start in the unpainted area and roll into the paint. At the end of the stroke, raise the roller slowly so it does not leave a mark. Start with a roller stroke that moves away from you. On walls, that means the first stroke should be up. Go to the next unpainted area, and repeat the technique, ending it just below or next to the first painted patch. Finally, smooth the new area, and blend it into the other finished one.

Prepare room for painting It is best to remove all the furniture from the room but if this isn’t possible, cluster the furniture in one area and cover it and the floors with drop cloths. And take down the curtains and the hardware. If you are painting over a newly primed wall, you can skip the preparation. But if you are painting over a previously painted or second hand surface, look for rough, peeling or chipped areas. The best way to find flaws is to hand sand, taking off any high spots. If you find flaws, now is the time to fix them. Plaster and fill holes and sand smooth. Prime any timber surfaces before repairing any faults. Scrape older windows and doors to remove any flaky or peeling paint then sand smooth and blend into the area around it. If you get down to bare timber on woodwork don’t forget to prime. In the last article we covered the importance of primers and sealer undercoats.


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Ceilings When rolling paint on a ceiling, maintain a wet edge to avoid creating lines and ridges. If you are using fast-drying paint, you may have to work quickly, without stopping. Using an extension handle means you can paint from the floor instead of from a ladder that has to be moved around the room.

Walls Paint the entire wall before stopping so the painted areas won’t lose their wet edges. Whether you paint in sections from top to bottom or from side to side across the room is up to you.

Tight spots You probably won’t have enough room to use the zigzag technique over and under windows and above doors and doorways. Instead, just roll the paint on horizontally. For areas that are narrower than the standard roller, use a smaller roller or a paintbrush. A roller will give you the same surface finish as the rest of the wall

whereas brushes apply paint less evenly and tend to leave trails.

the door. This makes for a tidy finish and faster painting.

Now that we have covered the walls and ceilings, it’s time to move onto windows, doors, skirting boards and trim.

On ornate doors, start by painting the inset panels at the top of the door.

Doors, windows, trim Even when the walls and ceilings - the largest painting surfaces in a room - are coated, the job is far from over. Painting the trim, windows and doors can take as much time, if not more.

Painting the skirting boards, windows and doors in your room can be just as time-consuming as painting the walls. Doors with smooth, flat surfaces are easily rolled, but doors with inset panels can be tricky. No matter what type of door you are dealing with, paint the entire door without stopping, otherwise the lap marks may show. Before you start, remove the doorknobs, the plates behind them, and the latch plate on the edge of

Paint all the panels and the moulding around them. Then work your way down from the top to the bottom, painting the top rail, middle rail, and bottom rail (the horizontals) with back-and-forth strokes. Then paint the vertical sides with up-and-

down strokes. Painting windows will be quicker with a sash trim brush, angled slightly across the bottom to make it easier to get into corners and tight spaces. Work inside to outside, top to bottom, cutting up to the glass first, trying to get 1-2mm on the glass to create a good seal. Finish with the reveals or face of the window, then the sill.


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June is a good time to. . . TOD PALENSKI

Plant your garlic and shallots. The general rule of thumb is plant on the shortest day of the year (21 June) and harvest on the longest day (21 December). Split your strawberries and keep the closest runner (the little stems running off that go on to make new plants) to your main clump. Remove the other runners and dispose of them or grow your strawberry supply by planting them elsewhere in the garden. Without the runners your original strawberry plants will fruit more because they won’t be competing for nutrients from the soil. Now’s also a good time to cut all the leaves off your heleborus, otherwise known as winter roses – this will help produce taller flower stems. The weather is getting cooler now – so remember to check your cauliflowers aren’t getting hit by the frost, and fold over their leaves to protect them. If you've already planted your broad beans, check they aren’t fall-

ing over. If they are, stake them by putting a stake at each end of your crop and wrapping string around them all. Prune and tidy up your roses. Before you prune, spray them with lime sulphur – this knocks off all the leaves and sends them into a dormant state. It also gets rid of diseases like rust, scale and black spot. Once you’ve given your roses a light prune with hedge clippers – give your trees, including fruit varieties, a prune as well. June can be a wet month, so it's the perfect time to fertilise your soil. A good fertiliser for this is nitrophoska blue - available at your local garden store. If your soil is wet and hard, or your lawn isn't drying out, try using gypsum. Gypsum breaks down soil and encourages drainage. If you spend time fertilising and caring for your soil now, you'll reap the benefits come spring. Lastly, start replanting or planting your native trees while the soil is nice and wet but not too boggy from winter. Tod Palenski, Awapuni Nurseries www.awapuni.co.nz


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