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Welcome

Winter activities for cosy nights at home

Simple tips to a more sustainable lifestyle

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An essential guide to a carbon-conscious rental property

Local Loves: Canberra’s National Zoo and Aquarium

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5 winter cocktails to warm you up this winter

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23 WINT E R 20 22 CANB E R R A E D IT IO N E D ITO R Jessica Chamberlain

C R E AT IVE D IR E C T ION Jessica Chamberlain

C O NT R IB UTO R S Amy Braddon Anja Schulze

How to get your home ready to sell this winter

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Welcome Welcome to the Winter 2022 issue of the Inspired Living Magazine. Brought to our community by Blackshaw to showcase and guide readers on current trends and topics about the home, for our nation’s capital. The Inspired Living provides our readers with a unique, behind-thescenes, insight into Canberra’s dynamic property industry and its talented collection of local designers, architects, developers, builders, stylists, photographers, artists and more. “If you’re thinking of selling your home this winter, there is nothing more important than making sure it looks its very best” Our Winter 2022 issue is all about setting the scene for those cozy nights at home, tips to more sustainable living, and what unique experience can only be enjoyed here in Canberra. Our experts also share some helpful tips to get your home ready to sell this winter, or look its best for new tenants. We invite you to discover our stories and share it with your friends, take it home with you and find endless possibilities for your own inspired living.

Belinda Chamberlain, Managing Principal Blackshaw Real Estate

WELCOME

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Winter activities for cosy nights at home As temperatures drop and the days become shorter, it might be easy to stay inside and hibernate for the season, but there’s so much to love about this time of year. Here are some activities to keep you and your loved ones entertained during those chilly days and nights.

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COOKING

MOVIE NIGHT

Nothing will warm you up quicker than turning on the oven, donning

If the weather isn’t inspiring you to head outside, then there’s nothing

your apron and doing some cooking on a cold winter’s night.

nicer than snuggling up on the couch with a hot chocolate, a bowl of

Jump into the kitchen and dust off those cookbooks – bake some

popcorn and some great entertainment. Winter is an opportune time

chocolate chip cookies, decorate cupcakes, make a warm apple and

to revisit old movie classics, binge watch your favourite TV series,

rhubarb pie, or whip up some soft, fudgy brownies to pair with vanilla

or catch up on this year’s Oscar-winning films. Wrap yourself in a

ice cream. For something savoury, nothing hits the spot more than

warm blanket, turn down the lights and allow yourself to escape and

a soul-warming winter pie – think chicken, leek and mushroom, rich

be entertained. If you’re willing to brave the cold, then opt for the

lamb and rosemary, or beef with red wine. For a bit of extra fun and

classic date night – dinner and a movie. Book yourself a table at your

competition, why not hold a cooking contest? Compete against each

favourite restaurant, then go and see one of the latest films at your

other to make the best dish, which will mean even more treats to

local cinema. You can be sure it will be nice and snug there, plus you

enjoy when you’re done. If you want to try something different when

can enjoy all that the candy bar has to offer for dessert. What’s not to

it comes to food, then why not sign up to a local cooking class or take

love?

a private cooking lesson? Bring a friend or loved one with you, make some delicious food and learn something new.

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WINE TASTING Sometimes we need a good reason to get dressed up to break the monotony of winter, so what better way to have fun and warm up from the inside than to go wine tasting. Rug up in your coat and scarf and head to your local winery to enjoy a taste of their finest drop alongside a delicious cheese board. If wine isn’t your thing, then visit your local brewery or favourite bar for a spirit or cocktail of choice. While you might have to get outside in the cold to get there, let’s face it, you won’t stay cold for long after a soulwarming drink or two.

GET YOUR SKATES ON It may be tempting to avoid the hassle of leaving the house, but a trip to your local ice skating rink is definitely worth the effort. Ice skating is the ultimate winter activity, and once you’re carving out some shapes on the ice, you’ll warm up in no time. No matter your age or level of experience, ice skating is a sure-fire way to make you smile and laugh as you show off your skills to your friends and loved ones – and try not to fall down in the process! Photography by Maddi Bazzocco

HOMEMADE HOT CHOCOLATE Winter is a great excuse to stay in your pyjamas all day, and there’s nothing quite like a delicious homemade hot chocolate to top off a lazy day indoors. Whether or not you’re a whiz in the kitchen, you’d be surprised at how easy hot chocolate is to make from scratch. Firstly, you’ll need milk, cocoa powder and sugar. Add the ingredients into a saucepan and whisk until everything is combined and warm, then add some chocolate chips or chopped chocolate and whisk until the chocolate has melted. To make it extra rich and indulgent, you could add a splash of vanilla extract, a sprinkle of cinnamon, a dollop of maple syrup or a dash of your favourite liqueur. For extra decadence, garnish your hot chocolate with whipped cream, chopped chocolate and don’t forget the marshmallows!

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GAMES NIGHT Spending a lot of time at home in the colder months can be challenging as you try to keep

everyone

entertained,

especially

children. Beat cabin fever and pull out old board games, card games and puzzles and get the whole family involved, or turn on your favourite game show and play along with the contestants. If you’re a gamer, then grab the console and get everyone playing along, or if you like something slower paced, then set up the chess board and make a night of it. The internet also offers an endless array of games and entertainment, so you’ll never be without something fun to play.

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BE AN ARMCHAIR TRAVELLER It may be cold and grey and not the ideal conditions to get outside and travel, but that doesn’t mean you can’t dream about or plan your next holiday. Use quiet winter nights to make a bucket list of must-see destinations and start planning your next local adventure or overseas trip. Jump online and research where to go, make a list of sights and attractions, and plan your ultimate itinerary. Seek inspiration on Instagram, online blogs or open up Google Earth and get a birds-eye view of the world.

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LEARN SOMETHING NEW Is there something you have always wanted to learn but never had the time? Whether it’s discovering the art of knitting, playing a musical instrument or speaking a different language, now’s your chance to learn a new skill. There are thousands of free tutorials available online plus lots of great apps to download. Head to YouTube, Lynda and Duolingo and see what’s on offer.

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ESCAPE IN A GOOD BOOK When was the last time you read a good book? There’s nothing quite like escaping in the pages of a great story, but with technology becoming a big part of our lives, for some picking up a book is a thing of the past. So next time you’re looking for something to do, head to your local library or even your bookshelf at home – is there something you’ve never read before or an old classic you could read again? If you don’t have any books or just love your tech too much, download an eBook or listen to an audiobook.

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An essential guide to a carbon-conscious rental property When you’re looking to attract the right tenants, you not only need your property to look its very best, but also consider whether it’s energy efficient. More and more tenants are wanting to reduce their carbon footprint, so it’s important that landlords take that into consideration for current and future investment properties.

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HEATING AND COOLING The nation’s capital has some of the lowest residential electricity and gas prices across the country, but Canberra also has high levels of energy use. According to ActSmart, around half of the energy used, in an average Canberra home, is for heating and cooling, so with your property’s heating and cooling systems being major energy users, their efficiency should be reviewed regularly. According to the ACT Climate Change Strategy for 2019–25, upgrading your gas heating system to an efficient reverse cycle air conditioning system can reduce your emissions by around 14 tonnes over the

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system’s life while saving about $500 annually on heating bills. Likewise, upgrading your gas hot water system to an electric heat pump can help reduce emissions by about 10 tonnes over the pump’s life while saving about $150 per year. If potential tenants see that the property has energy efficient systems or has a high EER, then it will give your property the edge against the competition, meaning less days on the market.

LOCATION Location is one of the most important factors when choosing an investment property, and can be the make-or-break decision when it comes to whether a tenant puts in an application or not. As an investor, one of the key considerations when

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looking for a good rental property is its proximity to public transport links, and as more and more tenants look to reduce their carbon footprint, especially emissions caused by cars, viable public transport routes become more attractive. Low-carbon options, like rail, cycle lanes and walking paths are important factors to consider, not just the features of the property itself. Look for a variety of options that connect the property directly to the city centre or to major transport junctions so alternative public transport options are available. Another consideration when choosing an investment property is how close it is to schools, shopping centres, hospitals, parks, sporting facilities and other local amenities, and whether they can be easily accessed with public transport or on foot or bicycle. Your future

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tenants will be looking for these features, so you should be thinking like this as well.

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SOLAR

INSULATION

Being energy smart is not only good for

If you think you might have poor insulation

Gaps and cracks around windows can

your wallet and that of your tenants, but the

in your investment property, then seek the

be easily addressed with a sealant, and

benefits to the environment are exponential.

services of a professional to conduct an

escaping air around door frames can be

One of the many ways investors can save

assessment. According to ActSmart, an

fixed with weather strips and tubular draught

money and attract tenants is by installing

uninsulated home can lose 40% of its heat

blockers. If you have old windows, consider

roof-top solar panels. According to Solar

through the roof, 20% through the walls, and

speaking to a professional about your

Choice, in Canberra a typical 6kw solar

around 15% through the floor. Inadequate

options for replacement or even invest in

system costs $5,620 on average after

insulation can mean that in winter warm

double-glazed glass. If this is out of your

deducting the STC rebate and including

air escapes and cold air comes in, and the

budget, installing thick curtains and window

GST. While this isn’t a small outlay of money,

reverse in summer. This leads to heating

blinds is an extremely cost-effective way

over the long-term this one-time purchase

and cooling systems working overtime

of increasing your home’s insulation. You

can save investors and tenants a lot of

to regulate the property’s temperature,

might also want to review your flooring

money on future power bills, and can also

resulting in unnecessarily high energy bills

while you’re at it, as even the smallest gaps

add value to an investment property when it

– something that no owner or tenant wants.

between wooden floorboards can leak air.

comes time to sell.

The same thinking applies to doors and

windows. Check if they are well-sealed or if you can feel a draught around the frames and edges.

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5 winter cocktails to warm you up this winter There’s no better way to start or cap off a winter evening than with a decadent cocktail to warm you up from the inside. Here are some of the best seasonal cocktails you can make at home, or if you’re willing to brave the elements, then head out and enjoy some of the tastiest cocktails in town.

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SALTED CARAMEL ESPRESSO MARTINI ● 1 tbs store-bought caramel ● 50ml espresso, cooled ● 50ml coffee liqueur or Kahlua ● 100ml vodka Method 1. Place caramel, espresso and a pinch of salt flakes in a cocktail shaker and stir until caramel has dissolved. 2. Add coffee liqueur and vodka, top with ice and shake until combined and frothy. 3. Strain mixture and divide between two chilled martini glasses and top with finely grated chocolate, to serve.

BLOOD ORANGE GIN AND TONIC ● 45ml gin ● 60ml fresh blood orange juice ● 2 dashes orange bitters ● 120ml tonic water Method 1. Fill a highball glass with ice.

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2. Add gin, blood orange juice, and orange bitters. 3. Top with tonic water and gently stir. 4. Garnish with a blood orange slice and serve.

CARAMEL APPLE HOT TODDY ● 150g caster sugar

BA JAN RUM MULE

● 165ml apple juice ● 1.5cm piece ginger

● 4 cinnamon quills

● Ice cubes

● 165ml apple pie liqueur (substitute Calvados)

● 60ml Black Rum (dark rum)

● Whipped cream, to serve

● 1 ½ tbs lime juice, plus 1 lime slice, to garnish

● Ground cinnamon, to dust

● 1 ½ tbs falernum (Caribbean syrup liqueur) ● 60ml cup ginger beer

Method

● Candied ginger, to serve 1. Place sugar in a medium heavy-based saucepan over high Method

heat with 1 tbs of water. Cook, swirling pan, for 5-6 minutes or until golden and caramel.

1. Muddle the ginger in a cocktail shaker.

2. Using a metal spoon (and being mindful of the steam), stir

2. Add ice, rum, lime juice, and falernum.

in 2 cups (500ml) water and swirl pan until caramel and

3. Shake until very well chilled, then double strain (through a fine mesh strainer, as well as the shaker’s strainer) into a tall glass filled with ice.

liqueur.

4. Top with ginger beer.

4. Divide among glasses, spoon over whipped cream and dust

5. Garnish with a slice of lime and candied ginger.

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water are combined. 3. Stir in apple juice and cinnamon quills, then stir in the

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with cinnamon to serve.


“So no matter your palate, you’re likely to find something that appeals.”

WHERE TO FIND DECADENT WINTER COCKTAILS IN CANBERRA Parlour, Acton Negroni Four Pillars Spiced Negroni Gin, AHD Rosso Vermouth, Campari. White Rabbit, City Jessica Rabbit Salted Caramel Espresso Martini Caramel Vodka, Kahlua, Fresh Espresso, Salted Caramel. Hippo Co, City Albany Expression Starward Two Fold Whiskey, Imbroglio, Coffee Infused Dubonnet. Blackbird Bar, City Trench Town Rock Goslings Black Seal, Appleton’s Signature, Lime, Dry Ginger Ale, Cherry Liqueur, Jerry Thomas Bitters. Bar Beirut, Canberra Don’t Tell Charlie Baron Samedi Spiced Rum, Blood Orange, Lime, Vanilla Gomme, Marmalade.

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Tipsy Bull, Braddon

HOT SPICED CIDER

Hookah Me Up Brix Spiced Rum, Laird’s Applejack Brandy,

● ¼ cup brown sugar

Pomegranate Molasses, Honey, Smoked Salt,

● ½ teaspoon whole allspice

Star Anise, Cranberry Bitters.

● 1 teaspoon whole cloves ● 1 cinnamon stick

Queenies, Kingston

● ¼ teaspoon salt

Nellie Cameron

● 1 pinch ground nutmeg

Four Pillars Sherry Cask Gin, Le Birlou Apple

● 1 large orange, quartered with peel

and Chestnut Liqueur, Regal Rogue Bold Red

● 2 litres apple cider

Vermouth, Ravensworth Outlandish Claims White Bitter Tonic.

Method 1. Place filter in coffee basket, and fill with brown sugar, allspice, cloves, cinnamon stick, salt, nutmeg, and orange wedges. 2. Pour apple cider into coffee pot where the water usually goes. 3. Brew, and serve hot.

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Simple tips to a more sustainable lifestyle Living sustainably means being more conscious of the environment, but it doesn’t have to be difficult or come at a cost. Here are some small changes that can make a big difference, and there’s no better and easier place to start than at home.

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REDUCE PLASTIC

RECYCLE

SAVE ENERGY

On average, Australians use 130kg of

There’s really no excuse to not recycle in

There are many ways to be smart and

plastic per person each year, according to

today’s world, especially when we have

sustainable with your household energy

WWF, and less than 12% of that is recycled.

our very own household recycling bins and

so you can increase efficiency, cut down

Unfortunately,

take

regular collection services. The simplest way

on usage, reduce your household bills and

hundreds, if not thousands of years to

to be on top of your recycling game is to

help the planet at the same time. One of

biodegrade, and can cause irreparable

separate household waste from recyclables

the easiest ways to make a change is by

damage to land, oceans and wildlife. One of

and put items in the correct bins. When

switching off appliances and electronic

the easiest and most effective ways we can

recycling, remove leftover food and liquids

equipment at the wall when they’re not in

be more sustainable is by reducing our use

out of containers before you put them in the

use. Even if TVs, heaters, air conditioners,

of plastic in our daily lives. We can all start by

recycling bin, otherwise soiled recyclables

sound systems, computers, microwaves

avoiding single use plastic bags and taking

could end up in landfill instead. If you must

and coffee machines are not in use, they

our own reusable bag to the supermarket.

rinse your recyclables to get rid of food

are still using energy if the wall switch is

The next most obvious way to reduce plastic

waste and scraps, then add them to your

turned on. Next, make sure your appliances

usage is to say no to plastic straws, plastic

daily dish washing cycle where they can

are energy efficient. Opt for electricals with

cups, plastic plates and buy biodegradable

be cleaned with the water you are already

a high energy efficiency rating – the more

options instead. When it comes to food, we

using. Remember, don’t put your recyclables

stars on the product, the better it is. For

can avoid excessive packaging, especially

in plastic bags as they’re more likely to end

lighting, choose energy-efficient bulbs such

at the supermarket in the fresh produce

up in landfill. Lastly, don’t throw your food

as LED and CFL. When it comes to washing

section. Instead of using the free, single-use

scraps, green waste or garden clippings in

machines, opt for a cold cycle as it uses less

bags, bring your own bag from home. At

with recyclables, but instead put them in a

energy and avoid using the clothes dryer

home, stop using cling film to cover and wrap

compost bin. If you’re not sure what’s what,

when you can. Lastly, take some time to do

food items and opt for storage containers

head online and follow the local government

research to ensure your energy provider

or reusable beeswax wraps instead. Lastly,

advice.

offsets its carbon footprint or takes their

most

plastic

items

stop buying disposable plastic razors and

energy from renewable sources such as

toothbrushes and purchase materials that

wind and solar.

are long lasting and biodegradable, like bamboo.

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“On average, Australians use 130kg of plastic per person each year, according to WWF, and less than 12% of that is recycled.”

REPAIR, REUSE AND DONATE These

days,

fast

fashion

and

cheap

manufacturing means we can replace items as quickly and as cheaply as we bought them, even if we don’t need to, so if we want to be more sustainable, we should try to get more life out of our possessions. Firstly, think twice before buying new clothes. Can something be repaired? If not, can it

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be replaced with a product from a charity store or second-hand boutique instead of buying brand new? If you no longer need something, don’t throw old clothes out, but donate them to charity instead to keep the cycle going. Next, if you have broken electronic items and whitegoods, try to prolong their life by getting them repaired before throwing them away. Some charities, private recyclers and retailers will repair and recycle your items or sell them for parts, so search for one in your local area. Likewise, some manufacturers of batteries, computers and cartridges have their own recycling and trade-in programs, so look into these options before throwing items away.

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Local Loves: Canberra’s National Zoo and Aquarium If you love animals big and small, then head to Canberra’s National Zoo and Aquarium this winter for a unique opportunity to connect with the wonders of the natural world. As Australia’s only combined zoo and aquarium, you can enjoy two attractions in one as you explore over 47 acres of land, get up close and personal with over 200 native and exotic animals, and experience the largest inland saltwater tank in Australia. Here’s what you can see and do at the National Zoo and Aquarium this winter.

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ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS Animal lovers will be thrilled to meet some

If you’re after something a little more

of the world’s most amazing creatures with

adventurous,

countless experiences on offer this season.

encounter with a Sun Bear, go behind the

If you’re a Cheetah lover, you can meet

scenes and become acquainted with Eco

a gorgeous baby cub, get close to a fully

or Ubuntu the Rhinos, or feed a White Lion

grown Cheetah, take a Cheetah for a walk, or

with one of the zoo’s experienced keepers.

have an immersive experience in a Cheetah

There are also interactive experiences with

enclosure. If you love Lemurs, you can go

Tree Kangaroos, Giraffes, Tigers, Meerkats,

into the enclosure and meet the Ruff Lemur

Red Pandas or the Barking Owl siblings,

family where you can feed and cuddle them.

Rocco and Ruby.

you

can

have

a

close

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AWESOME ROARSOME TOUR On the Awesome Roarsome Tour you can expect to come face to face with some of the world’s most dangerous and endangered animals. You can look forward to feeding a Serval, Tiger, Bear, Hyena and maybe even some Leopards! There’s also an opportunity to touch a Python and meet the adorable Meerkats and Otters. This interactive animal tour is held early in the day to maximise your chances of seeing the zoo animals being active.

AFRICAN SAVANNAH SAFARI The African Savannah Safari is an interactive tour that will take you behind the scenes and introduce you to the amazing animals of Africa and beyond. Be prepared to feed a Giraffe, pat a Rhino, and spend some time with Zebras, Lemurs, Cheetahs, and the Siamang Ape family. This tour is a must-do for the whole family.

“You can expect to come face to face with some of the world’s most dangerous and endangered animals.”

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“We booked the Wild Encounter Room... Seeing lions up close before dinner was an absolute treat.” Photography by Jamala Lodge Quote : Google review

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JAMALA WILDLIFE LODGE If you want to take your zoo experience to the next level, then spend a night or two at the Jamala Wildlife Lodge. This world-class luxury hotel will show you the zoo from a whole new perspective, bringing you up close and personal with some of the most dangerous and endangered species on earth. There are three individually designed five-star accommodation options including the Ushaka Lodge, Giraffe Treehouses and Jungle Bungalows each with their own unique wildlife experience.

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WONDERS OF WILDLIFE The Wonders of Wildlife (WOW) tour is the ultimate all-day wildlife experience. This fun and educational experience will give you an insider’s look into the conservation of many of the larger and more dangerous animals at the zoo. The tour includes encounters with Rhinos and Meerkats, providing enrichment for Tree Kangaroos, visiting the off-display Reptile collection, seeing a Cheetah up close, hiding breakfast for the Sun Bears, designing food puzzles for the Monkeys to solve, meeting the amazing Giraffes, as well as feeding Lions, Tigers and Bears!

WILD NIGHT ZOOVENTURE The Wild Night ZooVenture evening tour is one of the best experiences the National Zoo and Aquarium has to offer. This nighttime adventure includes a meet and greet with the animals at the Viewing Park, a guided tour to see the wildlife with your very own driver and special tour vehicle – think Hummers and Can-Ams – plus a hayride for the kids. Enjoy two “African Sundowner” canape and drink stops in front of the animals, as well as dinner in the Viewing Park.

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How to get your home ready to sell this winter If you’re thinking of selling your home this winter, then there’s nothing more important than making sure it looks its very best. Here’s how to make your home sparkle this season.

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“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.” Edith Sitwell

CURB APPEAL

GARDENS

When you list your home for sale, you won’t

Your front and rear gardens also play

get a second chance to make a good first

an important role when it comes to first

impression, so preparation and presentation

impressions so it’s crucial to tend to your

is key. Firstly, put yourself in the shoes of

green spaces before your property goes

a buyer and closely inspect your home’s

on the market. Start by giving your garden a

exterior, including the facade, entry and

thorough clean and tidy by raking old leaves

driveway. Can you see any rubbish, wear

and debris, mowing lawns, and decluttering

and tear, flaking paint, scratches, dents, or is

the yard of tools and equipment. Hire a skip

anything cracked or broken? Make a list of

and throw out anything you don’t need or

any unkempt areas as early as possible so

that doesn’t add value to the presentation of

you have enough time to address them or

the property. For plants, flowers and garden

organise repairs before your property goes

beds, prune where needed and replace old

on the market. Remember, a little bit of effort

or dying plants with new bulbs and seeds

can transform your home from old and tired

best suited for the season.

to fresh, attractive and well maintained.

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Photography by Francesca Toso

“It’s also worth investing in a thick winter cover to prevent dirt and debris from entering the pool over the season.”

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WARM IT UP As the temperature drops across the capital,

You can also add to the mood by making

there’s nothing more important than making

the most of lighting, so turn on all of your

sure your home is warm and welcoming

lights and lamps and light some candles to

when buyers start to come through the door.

give your home a warm glow. Also consider

Keep things comfortable by making sure

adding soft furnishings and accessories

your heating is on at least an hour before

around your home to create a cosy feeling

people start to arrive, but be careful not to

– think textured cushions, thick rugs and

turn it up too high. If you have a fireplace,

wintery blankets draped over couches and

then light it well before inspection time to

beds. All of these little touches will make

add warmth and create an atmosphere of

buyers want to snuggle up in your home

relaxation and comfort. Another plus to

and will show them how cosy it can be in the

having the heating on when buyers arrive is

colder months.

that it will show them that your systems are in working order.


CLEAN AND DECLUTTER If you’re putting your home on the market, then it should be sparkling clean before any buyers inspect it. Start by cleaning and decluttering areas that buyers will pay extra attention to and rooms they will spend the most time in, as well as high traffic areas that attract and accumulate the most dirt. Declutter and reorganise surfaces, especially tables and benches, clean walls and kitchen cupboard doors, and don’t forget to remove dust from blinds, shutters and light fittings. Take the time to give all of your windows a good clean and remove any dirt, dust or streaks. Clean windows will also help enhance sunlight during the darker and more overcast days. Remember, unclean areas of your home will be obvious to buyers and will detract from what should be a wellpresented space.

POOL If your pool hasn’t been used in a while then take some time to give it a good clean before any prospective buyers see it, so remove any sticks, leaves, dust and debris as a minimum. As the cooler weather starts to settle in, you should close down your pool for a few months so consider adding a winter treatment to the water, which usually includes a high dose of chlorine as well as an algaecide – both will help to keep the pool clean and prevent algae growth. It’s also worth investing in a thick winter cover to prevent dirt and debris from entering the pool over the season, which may cause algae to grow.

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