Sydney woman, Lu Luo imported half price Chinese wiring. Her company, Infinity Cable Co is in liquidation and she now faces criminal charges. The insulation around the cable will likely become brittle by 2016, potentially breaking and causing an electrocution hazard or risk of fire.
Time to prepare your home for bushfire season Australia’s bushfire danger season has arrived so now is the time to clear leaves from your home’s gutters and run through your safety checklist.
section. You’ll find a wealth of resources that will help you prepare for the natural events that could affect your property.
On page three, we offer 6 steps to help you get prepared.
Is there a ticking time bomb in your home?
We’re all exposed to increased fire risk through spring, summer and autumn, but floods and cyclones are also common occurrences.
Anybody who has had electrical work done in their home since 2010 could be faced with the risk of fire from faulty electrical cables.
First National Real Estate recommends you visit the Australian Red Cross website and explore the ‘Emergency Services in Australia’
A large workforce is attempting to identify where 4,000km of faulty wiring went after
Branded Infinity or Olsent, the cable was sold in NSW (2010/13), Vic, QLD, SA & WA (2012/13) and Tasmania in 2013 only. If you think your home might be affected, contact the person who did the work and ask if these cables were used. If they were, your installer must come back and check whether there is a risk you should not be charged for this service (but your cable will not be replaced at this point). If the cable has been installed, the supplier must arrange for the cable to be replaced.
More information: www.recalls.gov.au Property prices forecast to keep rising A recent report by SQM Research suggests property prices will continue to rise well into 2015. With the Reserve Bank indicating it does not expect to increase interest rates until the September quarter of 2015, it’s not surprising. SQM says all eight capital cities still have room to move in the coming 12 months. SQM anticipates an average rise of 5 to 9 per cent, assuming the official cash rate stays at 2.5 per cent, the economy stays steady, and the Australian dollar stays above US$0.85. In this scenario, the following growth rates are expected: Sydney – 12% Melbourne – 5 to 9% Brisbane – 5 to 8% Adelaide – 4 to 7% Hobart – 3 to 6% Perth – 1 to 4% Both the ACT and NT, however, may see prices ease, following earlier gains.
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For further details contact: Jakub Ratajczak 0448 114 454 firstname.lastname@example.org You may also want to consider your options when it comes to fencing. The more barriers between your home and the outside, the less chance for noise to find its way inside your home. Whether you opt for a standard wooden fence or a more eco-friendly wall of shrubs, put some thought into giving noise an extra obstacle or two to reach you.
Want some peace and quiet? Sometimes there's nothing sweeter than the sound of silence. However, as any city dweller or parent with children can tell you, finding a little peace and quiet can be easier said than done. Fortunately, there are plenty of easy ways to promote tranquillity in and around your home with a little smart design.
In that vein, making sure your home's insulation is up to snuff can help you lower the racket permeating through your walls. Inside Reducing noise inside the home can take a little extra work, especially if you've got little ones running around who are fond of playing at full volume.
Carpeting will go a long way toward dampening noise, as it won't transmit loud footsteps the way hardwood or stone floors do.
Noise from outside the home, whether it be noisy neighbours, construction work or good oldfashioned traffic, can be dampened by investing in thicker doors and windows.
Houses also tend to have plenty of noisy appliances whirring away at all hours of the day. It may be worth it to purchase gizmos that are engineered to run more quietly.
A triple-glazed window will not only offer you a picture perfect view on the world outside, it will also reduce incoming noise.
You can also place rubber pads under appliances like washing machines to cut noise.
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6 steps to prepare for bushfire season Hundreds of homes were lost when serious fires broke out in NSW last October. So, we want to remind you that although it might seem early, and some parts of the country have had plenty of recent rain, this weekend could be the ideal time to check your home’s gutters and run through some precautionary steps.
2. Check that pressure relief valves on LPG cylinders face away from your home. If the outlet faces your home, it could present a more serious risk during a fire. 3. Cut back overhanging trees, mow grass, and rake up flammable leaves.
Homeowners and tenants should take the following steps to reduce their bushfire risk:
4. Dispose of your green waste and dead leaves appropriately. Please don’t dump waste behind your property, on council reserves, or in bushland. Not only does it then present fire a risk to your home, it’s illegal, counterproductive and anti-social.
1. Clear leaves from gutters, downpipes and roofs. Check roof vents and screen them with fine wire mesh
5. Make sure you check that your garden hoses are long enough to reach your property’s perimeter
By doing so, you, your home and your family will be better prepared for bushfire season.
fences. However, please remember that in the event of a fire, town water pressure often drops or fails altogether. Consider buying a portable, petrol driven pump to use from your pool or fire tank. 6. Download the ‘Disaster Watch’ App and any available local fire service Apps. For families considering holidaying away from home this summer, First National Real Estate recommends letting a
neighbour know where you’ll be and how to contact you. Take extra steps like turning off and disconnecting nonessential appliances, close all internal doors, test smoke alarms, and, if you live in a bushfire prone area, check with your local fire brigade for any fact sheets or checklists they may have available. Taking these simple steps now could save lives.
LocalCan storydeath kill a sale?
Would you buy a house that somebody had died in? What if there had been a murder? There can certainly be a stigma attached to properties where a murder has occurred, but let’s face it; plenty of people do die in their homes, so finding a home where a death has never occurred rules out plenty of houses. However, for some people, the idea of buying a home where any type of death has occurred does make them uncomfortable. Although there are no formal rules, agents are obliged to tell you anything they sense you would want to know about a property.
Make sure you ask your agent if you want to know more about the history of a property.
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Published on Oct 23, 2014