Style your home on any budget

first_img IMPROVE THE VALUE OF YOUR HOME ON ANY BUDGET New York bidder secures inner Brisbane investment FOLLOW THE COURIER-MAIL REAL ESTATE TEAM ON FACEBOOK New carpets and rugs always add value. Photo: supplied Brass handles, pendant lights and tapware give a cool space a touch of warmth. Photo: supplied This house at 34 White St, Graceville has been styled for sale by Cape Cod Residential. Photo: suppliedEvery house deserves its wedding day and professional staging may help pay for a honeymoon as well.But former Housing Industry of Australia property stylist of the year, Anne-Maree Russell, says there’s some simple things a seller can do to improve the perceived value of their home before the final dressing. The main living zones at 34 White St, Graceville.“Paint, paint, paint,” Ms Russell said. $100 — paint Try neutral paint tones to brighten smaller rooms. Photo: supplied $5000 — paint, landscaping and new carpets MORE PROPERTY STORIES Give the garden a makeover and don’t forget street appeal. Photo: supplied “Paint is magic. It’s the most important thing.“If we’re talking to sellers six months in advance, our advice is there’s no need to put on a deck, but freshen up the paint, replace the carpets, put some plants at the front door and create a better first impression.”Working with a brand new Hamptons-style home like 34 White Street at Graceville from Sabdia Constructions, the challenge has been to accentuate the possibilities.“Ninety per cent of people cannot visualise furniture in a home,” she said.“So we want to show people scale and what furniture fits in what rooms and we also want to sell them a dream of what it would be like to live there.” The outdoor entertainment area and pool at 34 White St, Graceville. Photo: suppliedMuhammad Sabdia builds between 15-20 homes a year mainly in Brisbane’s inner south east but in the south western suburb of Graceville he found a 582sq m corner block that gave him a 40m street frontage.“I spend a lot of time on design, the layout for that corner blook in general is what works the best,” Mr Sabdia said.“And then you have the really large living, dining and kitchen area with a grand void and the connection between the kitchen, pantry, scullery, mud room and garage, that really flows well.” The functional layout includes ample shelving in the pantry. Photo: suppliedMs Russell has given the five-bedroom, four-bathroom home a coastal luxe theme, starting with brushed brass accents to match the tapware, chandeliers and wall sconces. The bathroom at 34 White St, Graceville. Photo: suppliedCool whites and greys, underscored by the light Herringbone oak floors, are complemented with soft blue accessories with navy velvet as a centrepiece. Navy velvet highlights accentuate the home’s high end finishes. Photo:Anne-Maree Russell has invested five years’ worth of real estate profits into exquisite designer furniture and accessories to style the properties she sells through Cape Cod Residential.Currently her warehouse has enough stock to style up to 25 homes, from luxury pads to the humble first home, and she says a properly styled home could add between $5000 to 25 per cent to the sale price of a property.“Our sweet spot is those family homes around the $800,000 to $1.5 million. That’s where the majority of the buyers are.”She said an average home can be fully staged using between $30,000 to $50,000 worth of furniture and additional props.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa7 hours agoParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours ago $10,000 — paint, landscaping, new carpets, and rejuvenate the kitchen and bathrooms with new handles, fresh tiles and a splashback $1000 — paint and rejuvenate the landscaping Wednesday deadline for Skate Bowl Houselast_img read more

Roxas City buy-bust nets P130-K ‘shabu’

first_imgROXAS City – Ten grams of suspectedshabu valued at around P130,000 was seized in a buy-bust operation in BarangayBarra. Drug suspect Antonio Cerujano Jr. sits handcuffed while antidrug officers inspect items seized from him in an entrapment operation in Barangay Barra Roxas City on April 13. GLENN BEUP/PN The 31-year-old Antonio Cerujano Jr.yielded the suspected illegal drugs, a police report showed. Cerujano was nabbed after he sold suspectedshabu to an undercover cop for P500 around 7 p.m. on April 13, it added. “Cerujano was among those who firstgraduated in the Community Based Rehabilitation Program, pero wala nag expect ang mgabarangay officials nga nag balik siya sapag baligya sang illegal nga droga,”Roxas City police station spokesperson Master Sergeant Ramil Arcangeles told Panay News.The suspect was detained and charged with violation of Republic Act 9165, orthe Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 will be filed against Cerujano./PNlast_img read more

DURO’S RUSSIA NOTES…

first_imgNAIJA FOODSTrust our compatriots when it comes to making fast money. With most Nigerian visitors here trying to cope with the arrays of Russian dishes on offer here, some smart ones resident here are making a kill from selling our local delicacies. One guy from south of the Niger, is offering Nigerian foods for what is clearly exorbitant price of over 600 Rubles (about N6,200) per serving of a plate of Semovita and beef  or chicken egusi soup. Those who desperately desire the stuff are going for them while those who can manage are eating the Russian meals. Don’t ask me what I am eating….AFRICAN SOLIDARITYAfter Egypt, Morocco and Nigeria lost their first matches of the ongoing World Cup here in Russia, most Africans here appear to be their brother’s keepers, sharing emotions together. Everywhere you turn, you hear some folks asking you if you are from Africa. “ We are from Egypt, Sad Mohamed Salah is not our team that lost to Urugauay. Sad, Nigeria and Morocco also lost. Don’t worry, we can get better in subsequent matches” observed an Egyptian who identified himself simply as Abdel.  He is here with his beautiful wife and son. The kid has an Egyptian flag with Salah’s image engraved on half of the coat of arms.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram NAIRA DEBIT CARD MESSAll around the world, Nigerians have the reputation of paying cash for most of their transactions. The introduction of debit/credit cards by most Nigerian banks has hardly changed that attitude of carrying cash around. Although the fear of losing such funds to thieves has sort of reduced that attitude.Here at the World Cup in Russsia those who are stuck to the old habit of cash in the pockets and not on the cards, are smiling, enjoying all that the Russians are offering. At the MacDonald’s, just ten minutes walk from the hotels where most of us are resident in Pribaltiyskaya area of St Petersburg, some Nigerians who wanted to spend from their Naira debit cards got the shock of their lives. After picking food and groceries, the attendant teller asked for money, they claimed not to have the Russian Rubles. One brought out his debit cards from two of the old generation banks with horse and elephants as logos. The POS declined. Several attempts yielded no result. With those on the queue becoming inpatient, yours sincerely tapped the shoulder of the guy with the cards and told him Naira cards no longer work outside the country with the new CBN policies. Of course, they dropped the groceries but had to borrow Russian Rubles to pay for the food. They were lucky got bailed out otherwise would have been hard way to learn…last_img read more