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Joined 12 September 2009
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3 d3 dtravelbugtravelbug posted:
Before After cheap garden

I did a quick, cheap reno on the garden in my villa to sell. Very happy. Sold at first open home.
Mulch $30
Plants $60
Panels $300
Paint $40
I lifted about 1/3 pavers…

3 d3 dtravelbugtravelbug posted:
Investment property

Depends what your goals are and how much money you have
Sydney boom has just ended. and prices are still falling.
Personally I would wait a few more years until…

3 d3 dtravelbugtravelbug posted:
Bathroom Reno Ideas...

Does the bath go to the wall at the other end? I'd mover it up close to the wall by the vanity. I did one and put a hob at…

Bathroom Reno Ideas...
3 d3 dtravelbugtravelbug posted:
Quality of cornice repair

Haha!. I do better cornice than that myself. They should be ashamed of themselves.

5 months5 monthstravelbugtravelbug posted:
What makes cabinets good quality? What questions to ask?

We use laminate in all our rentals. Started putting new kitchens in properties 10 years ago. They all still look great. Couple of chips in drawers in a couple but…

5 months5 monthstravelbugtravelbug posted:
What makes cabinets good quality? What questions to ask?

Can I ask why you want vinyl wrap? I've not heard good things.

3 years3 yearstravelbugtravelbug posted:
Waiting, waiting, waiting

Where can I find a house that's too cheap?
Sounds like the perfect opportunity to buy something cheap and renovate to your dream home (and save yourself some $$ in…

3 years3 yearstravelbugtravelbug posted:
Auctions...how to deal with them?

For a start you wouldn't pay for a pest and building on a property without looking at the contract. You and your solicitor should read the contract. You can sometimes…

3 years3 yearstravelbugtravelbug posted:
Thoughts on mutual banks?

They are fine of you only want one loan. I've found they are not used to investors and not wanting to talk discounts even if you have $millions in loans.

3 years3 yearstravelbugtravelbug posted:
Substitution of Security

Yes I've done that. Speak to the bank ASAP so you have all the paperwork in place for settlement.

3 years3 yearstravelbugtravelbug posted:
Any suggestions of buying investment property in north lakes

Are you asking if it's a good idea to buy there?
If so, it depends what you are buying for. Investment? To live in? What's your goal?

3 years3 yearstravelbugtravelbug posted:
Washing Machine and Dryer placement

It really depends on the layout and space you have.
1- if you have unlimited space.
2- NO!!!
4- if you have a laundry in a cupboard (not a cupboard in…

3 years3 yearstravelbugtravelbug posted:
Paying off debt before home loan application?

They also look at the limits on your credit cards. Even if you pay them off each month. So if you have one (or a couple) reduce the limit to…

3 years3 yearstravelbugtravelbug posted:
Investment property in blacktown/penrith

haha! too true (not the Rupert Murdoch bit).
Personally I would not rush into an OTP now. What happens when it's finished and prices have softened? can you afford…

4 years4 yearstravelbugtravelbug posted:
Land tax on dual occupancy

I assume you are living in it now so getting the land tax exemption due to it being your PPOR. As you are still living there I'd assume nothing would…

4 years4 yearstravelbugtravelbug posted:
Real Estate Auction Rooms/Catalogues in Australia?

There are a few real estate agents that have auctions in rooms. They do around 10 a night. When you look at a place for auction it will list when…

4 years4 yearstravelbugtravelbug posted:
Real Estate Dilemma - opinions please

You forgot to add "in my opinion".
Don't get me wrong, I agree with you but there are those that don't too.
After the last boom there were those that…

4 years4 yearstravelbugtravelbug posted:
Real Estate Dilemma - opinions please

Hi strata struggler. It sounds like you've made up your mind. You are right to consider your borrowing power and not hold off. I'm at that stage too. Getting my…

4 years4 yearstravelbugtravelbug posted:
Real Estate Dilemma - opinions please

How old are you? If you are young don't live in a house for 30 years in an area that suits for when you retire. That's crazy. Things change.
If…

4 years4 yearstravelbugtravelbug posted:
Help! New Kitchen/renovation suggestions please

Hi, I think the laundry is poorly located and waste of space. I would knock the laundry walls out and open it up.
I would design the kitchen incorporating the…

4 years4 yearstravelbugtravelbug posted:
Cost of having a rental home?

You need to add costs such as interest, management fees, water, council rates.
You need to work out perceived rent then do the sums to see how much it will cost…

4 years4 yearstravelbugtravelbug posted:
Home Loan question

Do not pay off the home loan if you are going to rent it out. If you do you will have no deductible debt.
Use the money in the offset…

4 years4 yearstravelbugtravelbug posted:
Which stage should we complete first?

Based on the information I would do 1- minus the roof (unless it is structurally unsound).
Then 3. But assuming there is somewhere to park the cars.
But then again…

4 years4 yearstravelbugtravelbug posted:
First renovation

I think $70,000 is a lot for a reno. It depends what you mean by windows and doors though. Replace them all?
A can't understand why you have submitted plans…

4 years4 yearstravelbugtravelbug posted:
Imported kitchens from China!

Answer- It depends.
We have bought dozens of kitchens from a Chinese Kitchen importer. My Brother in Law is a retired Kitchen installer. He worked for some of the most…

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