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The Dodgy Tradie… Are You Keeping Him Alive?

Get rid of that dodgy tradie

Would I be wrong in saying that the tradie profession suffers from some bad publicity?  Has anyone else noticed how current affair programs just love their “dodgy” tradie stories and even create set-ups just to “catch them out”?   I have watched a few and find it interesting how they all have the same storyline – the homeowner admits the tradie offered them a price well below other comparable quotes, then AGREES to pay cash with no contract, and also AGREES to hand over a 50% upfront payment!

Now does that look and feel all above board to you? That conversation alone should have had the homeowner running for cover.

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Building new home

A Home Renovations Guide – Eastern Suburbs Sydney

Planning to renovate your Sydney Eastern Suburbs home?

When you consider that the Eastern Suburbs stretches through some of Sydney’s most iconic locations such as Bondi Beach, Randwick, Double Bay, South Head, and Maroubra, it’s not hard to see why people are eager to live in this area; it’s like owning a piece of heaven. Read more

Building new home

5 Tips When Building A New House

Building The Home of Your Dreams!

Building a new house could be one of the most stressful experiences of your life. However, so long as you know the right steps then it can also be just as enjoying and fulfilling.

Here are five ideas and tips when planning on building a house.

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Kitchen Renovation

Top 5 Kitchen Renovation Mistakes to Avoid

Transforming your kitchen successfully

The kitchen is one of the busiest parts of the house. Often, you will find people gathering in it engaging in lively talks as they cook and indulge in good food. As it one of the most hardworking spaces in your home, investing on a good kitchen is well worth it. If you are planning for a kitchen renovation, here is a quick guide on mistakes you should avoid.

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Home Renovation

Looking For Great Home Renovation Ideas?

Where to find great home renovation ideas

Are you looking for great home renovation ideas? Don’t fret anymore. We have compiled a list of ways how you can find ideas and get inspired.

If the answer is no, there’s no need to worry about it. While it would be great if you can come up with a wholly original home renovation idea of your own, it would still be a good idea to look around and find inspiration from a lot of different places. And yes, there are many sources from where you can draw great home renovation ideas. Here are some of them.

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Sydney renovations

Sydney Renovations: How to Increase Your Sydney Home’s Value

Sydney renovations will increase the value of your home

If you are planning to sell your home or just simply want to add value to to it, then a renovation is the perfect solution. A home with extra rooms, a deck, a sun room or a gorgeous bathroom will significantly increase its value.

However, not all all renovations are built equal. Some may even degrade the value of your Sydney home. You have to be extra careful and make tasteful choices when renovate your Sydney home.

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Bathroom Renovations

Tiling Sydney- Why Its Important to Let a Professional Do the Tiling

Why you should only trust a professional to do your tiling

Tiles are a versatile, durable and easy to clean surface material, ideal for a range of high traffic areas. They are often preferred over carpet in hallways and living rooms for their hypoallergenic nature. However, there’s a lot of variation in the physical characteristics of different tiles (size, texture, light reflection, porosity, colour and thickness) which need to be taken into account when choosing tiles, and selecting the right professional tiler to assist.

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Renovating… “Who Am I Appealing To, You Or Me?”

Renovating… “Who am I appealing to, you or me?”

Maggie, a Tradebusters service user had just purchased the new in-style, egg shaped bath tub for the bathroom which was about to be renovated by Dave (the bathroom business) in our trade network. She rang us up in a panic with this question –  “Have I made the right decision in buying it? I just love this egg, but my friends think I should go for the standard modern line shape. What do you think?”

Tradebusters responds “It depends!”

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Get More From Selling Your Home

How to sell your home

Last week I was speaking to a user of the Tradebusters service (let’s call her “Jane”) who having purchased a new house six months ago and carried out some renovation improvements, just recently had her property re-valued. Jane was delighted to share that the valuation revealed an incremental increase of $70,000 in property value, and that’s after the renovation costs. Not bad considering the renovation works were completed in less than three months. Read more

Versatile Pergola Design Ideas for Any Outdoor Space

Versatile pergola design ideas

A pergola is a garden feature that forms a shaded walkway, passage or sitting area, often with retractable screens for added versatility. It differs from eaves or a veranda, in that it is usually a separately constructed feature with open sides.

In terms of home improvement fashion, the pergola has come a long way since it was first used described in the mid seventeenth century. A range of different frames and covering materials are now used, from highly engineered sunproof fabrics to arbour-like trained creepers including grapes, bougainvillea and ivy. Here are a few of our favourites:

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