Monday, 18 July 2016

The trials and tribulations of repainting your home: how to make the process quicker and easier!

Recently our family decide to take on the arduous task of repainting our entire house ready for sale. Although we won’t be looking to sell until we find my parent’s dream acreage, now seemed like the perfect time of year to get this project out of the way.

At this stage we have agreed upon a colour, which took a fair few samples to agree upon.
As yet we need to make the next most families with full-time work and other responsibilities it’s seems like this task has been left in the ‘too-hard’ basket until now. So to help my your family and mine get a plan into action, I did some research and here are some tips I have for tackling the task of repainting your home:

1. Keep your paint tray clean

To make the clean up that much easier line your paint tray with a plastic bag or aluminium foil. When the job’s done, simply wrap up the dry paint and dispose of the bag. Replace the bag with a clean plastic bag and keep painting. Simple and tidy!

2. Combine paint and primer

If you are painting onto bare walls, you can reduce the number of coats required by using a paint- and- primer. Not only will this save you time and give you better coverage in one coat, but most brands are now fade and stain resistant and easy to clean. You’ll find that most paint brands have paint and primer combinations available at your local hardware store.

3. Buy the right paint

This may seem like a no-brainer however there is a lot to consider when choosing paint- undercoats, overcoats, primer, interiors, exteriors etc. To help you get it right Masters has come up with this handy paint guide.

4. Cut in carefully
Cutting in is the delicate process of painting along the edges of trim, skirting boards and mouldings, when the area you are painting is too cramped or odd-shaped for a roller. To cut in like a pro, use a small container of paint to avoid overloading your paint brush, hold your brush head like a pencil to give extra control, and invest in a high quality, stiff angled brush. Take you time and don’t rush for a premium result!

5. Roll like a pro

For a professional result it is important to take the time to de-fluff your roller before evenly coating the roller in paint. When rolling start off in a ‘W’ motion then move the paint up and down the wall to ensure an even distribution of paint. Avoid overloading your roller to avoid messy drips and an amateur finish.

6. Use an extension pole

Using an extension pole will give you greater control and ease-of-use when painting to reach ceilings and higher walls without the need for a ladder and unnecessary back pain!

7. Know your paint colours

This tip also seems quite obvious but it can often be overlooked in the excitement of painting your house. It is important to make a record of the paint colours you use in each room in case you need to repaint. Create a ‘general home maintenance ‘ folder in your filing system to store this kind of information.

8. Sand woodwork for a smoother finish

If your painting project involves painting over woodwork including cladding, stair bannisters or timber- lined walls- lightly sand in between each coat of paint to achieve a super-smooth finish. Make sure that any dust from sanding is wiped away before applying your next coat of paint.

9. Use a bowl of vinegar

Put down the panadol packet and get out the white vinegar. To get rid of the nauseous smell of paint fumes known to induce migraines once you’ve finished painting for the day, leave a bowl of vinegar in your newly painted room to soak up the smell.

10. Cover rollers when you take a break

If it’s time for a well deserved coffee break make sure to cover your rollers in glad wrap and put them in the fridge before you boil the kettle. This will ensure that your rollers don’t dry out- less cleaning and less mess!

For a comprehensive booklet of tips that will help you prepare your home ready for sale contact Shelby via for your free copy of the booklet ‘73 Quick & Easy Fix Ups’.

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

10 Simple Steps that will help you approve your granny flat in 10 days!

With the traditional living arrangements of the Australian family shifting due to the ageing population, kids flying the coop later in life and families looking to invest in an additional income stream, the construction of granny flats has become a cheaper alternative for Australian families looking to invest in a flexible living space.

Although some commentators argue that granny flats don’t add value, create backyard eyesores and attract capital gains tax, with almost 5,000 granny flats built in NSW each year it seems granny flats are here to stay!

In recent times we have seen that a granny flat boom is taking over the Sydney property market particularly in the inner western suburbs. Astoundingly between 2009 and 2014 Sydney experienced a 260% increase in the construction of granny flats due to the legislative change allowing 10-day approval.

To ensure that your granny flat is well-designed and easily approved we have a free 10 step checklist to give away. The ‘10 Steps To Approve Your Granny Flat In 10-Days’ checklist is available by simply sending your name, preferred email and contact number to

Acknowledgements: Duncan Hughes, Ingrid Fuary- Wagner & Hannah Hempenstall.

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Places! Places everyone!

Lights, camera….is this mic on?!

Selling your home for a great sale price is all about putting on a great show. It doesn’t have to be a huge money pit to make an excellent stage production though. Investing a little time, money and energy into home staging can add thousands more the perceived value of your home. Here are a few simple tips on how to stage your home to sell;


Hold a garage sale, jump on Gumtree or eBay or even organise a council clean up before you decide to place your property on the market. As by getting rid of old junk, furniture and kids toys for example you not only maximise the space in your home, this will reduce the amount you stuff you move into your next property - moving day made easy!

Alternatively you can store extra furniture or goods you would like to keep off-site in a storage unit, until the property is sold.


Simply, buyers want to be able to see themselves living in your property.

So, that bright purple feature wall in the lounge could be a major distraction to buyers away from the space and style of the home. To ensure that prospective buyers ‘feel at home’ invest in repainting and restyling your home with neutral colours...especially that feature wall.

Another handy tip is to remove all personal touches such as wedding and baby photos, posters hanging in your teenagers room or the signed footy jersey in the man buyers may have other ideas on how they would use this space.


There is a lot to said for the power of paint. Repaint or restain aging cupboard doors in the kitchen and  replace loose doorknobs and handles with modern and sleek fixtures for example to ensure your home appears updated and fresh. Buyers are essentially looking for a home they can move into with little work, so by investing in these smaller details you could add thousands to your end sale price.

Set the stage on a budget

Set a budget and stick to it!

For all of your staging needs discount stores and even Kmart are great places to pick up deals on vases, cushions, lamps etc. Such interior decorations can be used as accent pieces to make your home feel ‘lived in’, for example a great cookbook on the kitchen bench or a geometric vase of artificial flowers on the coffee table in the lounge.

These little details will help buyers picture themselves living in your property.

If you would like any further advice on staging your home ready for sale contact us today on (02) 4628 0033 for your free copy of the critical report: How To Sell Your Home For Thousands More.