Tips for Moving in the Rain

Hands up who has moved house in a torrential downpour.  IT. IS. NOT. FUN.

Slippery conditions can pose a safety hazard, and getting wet in cold temperatures is draining – both physically and mentally. Finally, rain can ruin boxes, damage your stuff and even lead to mold growth if you don’t unpack and dry your things immediately after moving.

Here are some tips to help keep a rainy-day move, a safe, healthy and happy one: Continue reading Tips for Moving in the Rain

Christmas tree alternatives for any size space


Christmas trees are the piece de resistance of decorating your home for the festive season
.  But lugging a giant, living tree into your home isn’t always a possible or cost-effective way to dress your home for the holidays.

So whether you have a tiny space that won’t accommodate a tree, don’t want to fork out the cash for a real one that is going to turn into a spiky, dead log in a few weeks or simply want to change it up, we have an alternative tree design for you. Continue reading Christmas tree alternatives for any size space

The changing face of our first home

You know, we’re really lucky, here in Mudgee, that the dream of owning your first home can still be reality.

We don’t suffer the crippling prices that we’re seeing in the urban fringe, turning many young couples’ hope of achieving the “great Australian dream” into nothing more than clouds of fancy. In fact, first home buyers in Mudgee even have something that their city counterparts could only dream of: a choice of first home properties – all under $300K.

Here’s an interest article on the changing face of our first home, with comparisons from the 60s to today.

Hell no; we won’t go!

nailhouseWe thought this was so funny, we just had to share it!

Holdouts or nail houses (as they are known in China ) is a piece of property that did not become part of a larger real estate development because the owners have either refused to sell or have held out for more.

As a result, builders have to elaborately construct around it, often leaving behind an eyesore so awesome that it’s almost a sculpture!

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Why you should sell your house in Autumn

Property Professor Peter Koulizos explains why Autumn could be the best time to sell your home.

Spring time was considered the best time to sell as the football season was over and more people would attend weekend home opens. Spring time is also a great time to have the garden looking wonderful as the weather is getting better.

The problem with selling in the Spring is if everyone else thinks that this is a good time to sell, they too will put their property on their market, thus increasing supply and possibly dampening demand.

However, a 2010 study by RP Data showed that the best time to sell a residential property is in Autumn. This makes sense for a number of reasons. Continue reading Why you should sell your house in Autumn

Shipping Container Homes

Eco-friendly shelters made out of used shipping containers are big right now.

As the name suggests, these are made from shipping containers which are refitted for use as modular homes; modular meaning they can be tailored to fit the size requirements of their owners.

There is a surprisingly large number of designs, sizes and uses for container properties – houses, granny flats, shops, hotels, offices …and like Mudgee’s latest offering to coffee-lovers, cafes! Continue reading Shipping Container Homes

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