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Simple Steps to Setting Your Home Up for a Quick Sale

If you’re planning to sell your home at some point of time in the near future, you have landed on the right page.

While Australia is regarded as an ideal place to buy or rent a home with a comprehensive range of functional, aesthetically appealing properties, the seemingly competitive real estate market can make it quite challenging for some home owners to sell their property.

But don’t panic!

No matter how competitive the market is, there are certain ways you can make your home stand out in the neighbourhood and grab the most attention of potential buyers.

The following are the most viable yet effective means to improve your home’s value in an instant.

Exterior Wall Treatment
The first thing you would want to make sure when preparing you home for sale is that your exterior looks not just fine but appealing.

There’s nothing better than a fresh coat of paint to rejuvenate the façade of your depilated and old house. However, you don’t want to make your exterior stand out for wrong reasons. So, avoid outright bold tones like green lime or hot pink. Also, applying a render and other protective coatings before the paint can help prepare a fine base for painting.

In addition to a paint job, you must inspect your exterior walls for visible signs of damage like worn or rotten weatherboard panels and gaps between bricks. Paying heed to these small details can go a long way to boost your home’s value.

Spruce Up Doors and Windows
New, sophisticated doors and windows don’t just make for aesthetic appeal but help to make your house more energy efficient thus lowering household running costs.

When upgrading your doors and windows, also pay attention to kitchen cabinets and drawers. Check if cabinet doors, knobs and handles are grubby or need to be replaced. There are a lot of quirky knobs and fancy handles out there in the market that can add a dramatic yet compelling twist to your kitchen.

Rearrangement
Lifting the appeal of your home can be as easy as moving existing things around. Rearranging stuff will not only give your home a fresh, unique look but will make the interior more organised and spacious if done in a strategic manner.

You have all the freedom to get as creative as you can with your rearrangement tactics. While you’re at it, don’t shy away from incorporating unique design themes into your interior design.

The Takeaway
Aside from the tips mentioned above, there can be several other easy, economical and interesting ways to spruce up your home to get sold fast.

While most of these makeover feats can be tackled on your own, we recommend you to hire professionals for a seamless paint job.

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How to Choose Your Paint Colours to Create the Right Mood

Home décor is not just about buying trendy furniture, incorporating expensive accessories and accents or renovating rooms. It is about creating the perfect mood and ambience for your family and visitors.

Colours have a profound effect on both visual appearance and feel of your home. You can imbue your home with style, emotions and moods that reflect your personality and lifestyle by painting your home complimenting colours.

That said, we have gathered a useful piece of information for every home owner who wishes to utilise paint colours to create influencing moods in different rooms of their home.

Kitchen

Colours can work wonders for aesthetics of a kitchen. With endless colour options out there, you can go about creating a variety of moods in your kitchen. By going wise with your paint colour choice you can easily turn even an obsolete and boring kitchen into a vibrant room.

Suitable Hues: Generally, white, grey, red, blue, yellow and green will do for any kitchen space. However, you might want to keep red out if you’re watching your diet as it stimulates appetite.

Foyer and Living Room

The entrance hall and living room area are a place for conversations, entertainment and relaxation. Here you would want to have colours that evoke a sense of conversation, connection and encourage people to sit around and talk. The same goes with the dining room where you want to boost both appetite and conversation.

Suitable Hues: Warm tones like red, turquoise, periwinkle, yellow, orange along with earthy tones like beige and brown work to a great extent to draw people together and create a laid-back ambience.

Bedroom

Typically, a bedroom calls for a serene and relaxing environment. From unwinding yourself to relieve your stress and connect with your partner, the room has to be set in tones that promote health and tranquillity.

Suitable Hues: Colours such as lavender, blues and tints of green are amongst the best choices as they tend to calm the nerves and allow relaxation.

Conclusion

While you may be tempted to pick your favourite hues to paints your home, it is important to realise that those colours are going to have effects that would help serve the goal of respective rooms.

So, be smart while picking your options and make the most out of your investment.

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3 Mistakes to Avoid When Considering to Waterproof Your Home

When it comes to increasing the value of your home, most people would consider repainting the façade or sprucing up the kitchen and even remodelling their bathroom.

What about waterproofing? Don’t water-resistant walls count?

Remember those unsightly damp walls, wet basement floor and leaky windows.

Does it make sense now to waterproof your home?

Waterproofing may not be one of the top things on your to-do list when you seek to spruce up your home but it sure is a great means to add much value to an existing property.

Unfortunately, some home owners skimp on waterproofing while remodelling their home in order to save their money and time. In addition, many happen to take the step but end up making mistakes that put their safety and home at risk.

Stated below are three such slip-ups you must avoid when considering waterproofing for your home.

Don’t do it yourself

The easily available DIY waterproofing kit at a nearby home remodelling store may tempt you to carry out the job on your own. However, you need to understand, no matter how practical and affordable it seems, waterproofing is probably not a DIY kind.

It might save you some dollars initially to not having a professional waterproofing your home, but the lack of inexperience and knowledge of the area will only produce unfavourable results. Also, you could end up damaging your home or assets which might cost you even more than a professional service.

Choosing an ordinary contractor

Hiring a contractor for your home waterproofing needs alone doesn’t ensure outstanding outcomes.

Having only a professional, experienced professional take on the job is necessary to get the most out of your investment. When looking through available choices for local waterproofing contractors, do not settle for the very first contractor you come across. Request quotes from several professional contractors and ask for references from your known ones to narrow down your options to a suitable service provider.

Not identifying your needs

Just a sump-pump or a waterproof paint coating on the walls may be all that you need to protect your home from the brunt of rain water.

However, if you don’t realise your exact needs, you contractor may trick you into getting unnecessary jobs done which they can charge you for extra. To spend your money wisely, ask for a second opinion and substantial reasons for the services your provider suggest to you.

Waterproofing can not only protect your home but save you the damage and unnecessary repair costs that may occur due to water and leaks. Steer clear of these mistakes to keep your home in top condition in the long-run.

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Why Ditch the DIY Urge and Opt for A Professional Paint Job

So, you think you can paint.

Maybe you can. You may be a keen DIYer, and it may seem like a lot of fun to paint your room yourself. But, you sure don’t want to end up having fun and an enjoyable painting experience accompanied by awful results.

A paint job is said to be successful only when you can spot a seamless finish as the end result. That said, paint jobs, whether you want to touch up a room or paint your entire home, are best left to professionals.

To support this fact, we have pulled together a few considerations that will also tell you what’s wrong with DIY attempt.

Painting is a skilled business

It’s not like grabbing a brush, roller and a couple of cans of paint and start wiping the walls with colours. For a paint job to be rewarding, it requires a strategic approach, practice and essential tools.

Professional painters are trained to approach and implement a paint job properly. With years of working in the field, they acquire knowledge and skills which help them determine what products to use on a certain surface and carry out the practice with minimal disruption.

Isn’t that ceiling is a bit beyond your reach?

The surfaces you need to be painted, be it a wall or ceiling, might have corners, slanted sides and steeply pitched tops that aren’t easily accessible. Working on ladders to reach such spaces can be dangerous.

Professional painters are training are skilled and used to dealing with difficulty accessible surfaces and know how to handle critical pant situations. They carry the appropriate safety equipment which ensure the safety of your home and family when in operation.

The after-work hassles

Once you’re done painting, there is a whole lot of mess to clean up. And, it’s not some regular cleaning task you can tackle. The post-paint clutter includes poisonous paint debris, toxic solvents that can’t be cleaned with just a cleaning agent and bare hands.

A professional paint job includes the post paint cleanup and disposal of rubbish as part of their service. Also, hired painters leave less mess to clean up in the first place saving your and eliminating hassles.

With these pointers stated, it makes sense to hire a professional paint contractor for your painting needs. Doesn’t it?

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Add Value to Your Property and Give It an Aesthetic Look with Roof Painting

Australia being a massive country experiences a variety of climate change, the temperature here can range from below 0 in cold regions to unbearable heat in Northwest region.

With such conditions, roof coatings have become a proven option to maintain and restore aging roofs, whilst minimising the impact of roofs on the surrounding environment. However, roof coatings are not a sole solution to cure all the roof related problems that you encounter. But, roof paints when properly applied can be a ticket to a sustaining roofing asset.

Microclimate management with roof paints

Water damping might occur in low-slope roofs, which makes the roofs prone to premature deterioration and eventual leakage. Similarly, a roof on which the outer membrane is exposed to dust, water and other contaminants is subjected to experience localized failure.

There are lots more benefits that come along with roof paint:

  • It offers a cooler environment, thereby minimizing your air-conditioning bills and extends life of your air-conditioning system.
  • It reduces the heat load in the attic space and helps insulation work more efficiently
  • A cool roof can help insulation work more effectively by reducing the heat load in the attic space.
  • It makes older roofs look brand new.
  • It extends roof life by increasing durability and adds value to the property.
  • It allows roof tiles to flex thereby preventing it from cracks and damps.
  • It fills the gaps in order to restrict reptiles and insects to sneak in and also inhibits the growth of algae and moss.

Effective roofing systems and roof coatings are receiving increased attention and recognition in Australia due to the number of benefits that comes along with it.

Whether you’d wish to freshen up your roof with a new roof coat of paint for an aesthetic look, or you simply wish to revamp your colour scheme with changing trends, Astec Piants offers the services you need. Our reliable painters can visit your property and help you with design options at the most affordable rates. Feel free to call us or demand a quote, our executives will make sure to get back to you shortly!

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Repainting the Walls with Render Paints for Long-Lasting Protection

We all desire a beautiful home, but in adverse Aussie conditions, maintaining walls and ceilings is an expensive affair. If you live in a house where the unappealing walls that requires transformation, then considering render painting is the best possible option.

Why should you go for thin-coat render system?

Making a big hole in your pockets every year is daunting. Getting the walls rendered will release this burden for several years as there are many benefits of render paints:

  • Render paints when applied, helps in keeping the house warm from
  • Render paints offer protection against seepage – it will prevent gas or water from penetrating the brickwork, however water vapour will get the room to pass through the walls, thereby maintaining building temperature.
  • Rendering provides protection from cracks and drills – it will cover up the existing cracks and provide protection against wall fractures
  • Self-cleaning abilities- render paints are smooth, the stains and dirt doesn’t last long on rendered walls
  • You get to choose between textured and smooth wall finishing

Why appoint us?

We understand the ins and outs of wall painting, especially when it comes to thin-coat render systems. We help you can get over the typical problems associated with old walls and ceilings, which includes:

  • Flaky paint
  • Cracks and drills
  • Loose /hollow renders
  • Mould and the green growth on the wall (wet & dry)
  • Previous repairs with improper finishing
  • House renovation
  • Rain water penetration
  • Damps and water leakage

Whatever the project requires we are experts in providing wall rendering solutions to give our clients a peace of mind. Our executives will brief you on the rendering work and will also help you choose the best colour combination.

Call us today for a FREE quote or make an online request, our executive will make sure to get back to you ASAP!

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Roof Remodeling: Creating a Roof that Makes for a Perfect Top

A roof is much more than a covering on the top of your home. Aside from sheltering and protecting your home, your roof has a lot to do with the visual appearance of your façade.

For the roof has a major role in making a good visual impression for your home, it is undeniably essential to keep the roof in good shape.

Pick your roof style

There are basically 2 roof styles; Gabble and hipped accompanied by a few other specialised variations of these three basic designs including flat, gambrel, mansard and more.

Gabled roofs exerts a triangular shaped design that includes a peak along with two sloping surfaces intersecting at a ridge. Gable is a common roof style for it easily offers more space for attic or vaulted ceilings and allow enough ventilation

However, a gabled roof can be a risky design in hurricane-prone and high wind areas. If the structure is not fixed with adequate support or improperly constructed, the roof can collapse.

A hipped roof, on the other hand, has all sides sloping downwards, creating eaves covering around your home. Hipped roofs are a common sight in areas prone to hard weather conditions but do require extra framework and bracing in complicated floor structures.

More on colour and texture

Having a sturdy and durable roof isn’t enough. Beyond different roof styles and materials exist texture and colour that influence the aesthetic appearance of the roof as well as the exteriors.

Picking the right colour and texture is as important as deploying the right style or roofing material. The easiest way to come up with an ideal roof paint and texture is to consider the architectural appearance of your house along with your surroundings.

For example, mild earthy shades and wood shingles are well suited to traditional yet ordinary settings. Alternatively, bright coloured and heavily textured roofs help make custom architectural statements. Bold, playful tones can be picked for creating striking exteriors.

The Takeaway

There are plenty of roofing materials, roof styles and paint colours and textures to choose. Go for something that not only suits the architectural design and surroundings of your home but also goes well with your personal style and aptly reflects your personality.

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Exterior Makeovers: Dos and Don’ts of Exterior Painting

Amidst a number of things home owners could pull off to keep their home in good shape, we must admit exterior painting is probably the best.

It is natural for even the best of dwellings to lose their aesthetic appeal over time. Harsh weather conditions, environmental changes and many other factors can be blamed for fading away the charm of your home’s exterior and putting on it a layer of dullness.

Well, fading of exteriors is an inevitable phenomena but certainly not incurable. Just a fresh coat of paint and your home’s exterior is new and rejuvenated all over again, to wow the visitors.

However, with plenty of exterior paint colours, textures and techniques, it can be challenging to get the job done successfully.

To help you out, we have gathered a few dos and don’ts of exterior painting that will make the job a breeze.

  • Do plan ahead
    Weather conditions have direct effects on an exterior paint project. Before you get started, know your local weather patterns. Also, avoid painting on extremely humid, rainy and windy days.
  • Don’t compromise on quality for price
    As hard as it is to ignore cheap prices, cheap paints may help save initially but they can cost large sums in the long-run. Make sure you have quality products for your paint job even if you’ve to pay a few extra dollars for the same.
  • Do consider the existing scheme
    Doesn’t matter if you want to amend your current exterior design or pull off a unique colour scheme altogether, it is always helpful to keep in mind the existing colours of the roofing shingles, bricks and exterior walls. This way, you can easily figure out what you need to change and what would look good on your exterior.
  • Do hire a professional
    No matter how good a DIYer you are, the job of a professional would definitely bring out distinguishable results. With a professional working on your paint project, you can not only avoid physical labour but also you can rest assured of the final outcomes.

In addition to these dos and don’ts, every home owner must understand that a well-painted exterior may not come inexpensive but it’s definitely worth it. Skimping on anything that should be heeded and implemented would only lead to unnecessary trouble and sizable bills.

So, invest your money and time wisely in order to achieve a perfect exterior paint job experience.

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Why Hiring a Painting Professional can Work Wonders and DIY May Not?

There’s no denying that many home owners choose to make it a DIY job when it comes to painting their interiors or exteriors, ending up inspiring others. Unfortunately, not all or say only few are satisfied with the end results.

Whether to save a few dollars or out of your own interest or owing to acquired inspiration, it may seem like a totally-working-for-me opportunity to paint your own home. But, trust us, a professional paint job in no way can be compared to a DIY work.

Let us see how hiring a painting contractor for your painting project can actually be a fruitful investment.

Money Friendly Deal

Initially, a DIY paint job may save you a few dollars but in the long run hiring a pro can be a quite favorable option in terms of costs. Professionals are trained to do their job right, helping you avoid cleanup costs and unnecessary maintenance and repair expenses.

Quality Finish

There are spaces you can’t easily reach for painting including ceilings and roof line. With contractors deployed on your paint project, difficult-to-access areas aren’t much of a concern. The pros come equipped with the necessary tools to ensure seamlessly finished work.

How-To Knowledge and Experience

From effective techniques to top-notch tools, professional paint job have years of practical experience and knowledge that helps them deliver quality outcomes. Bedsides, a skilled team will check your home for damages and repairs if any to get them fixed before painting. Should there be any repair or maintenance needs, the contractors themselves would inform you beforehand.

Safety Measures

From working on ladders to dealing with paint and chemicals, safety becomes a major concern when on a DIY project. By deploying a certified contractor for your painting work, you can rest assured and prevent injuries and accidents while meeting your paint needs.

Managing a remodeling/painting project may seem like an easy task if you possess moderate knowledge and skills. However, a professional job will have completely different results while saving you a lot of money and time ultimately. So, trust only a certified contractor with your painting project and get the most value for your investment.

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Roof Painting Tips: All You Need to Know Before Painting a Roof

Most home owners overlook roof when maintaining their home, hoping no one would ever notice those shingles over their head. Contrary to their belief, a roof makes a major part of any house and influences the appearance of its exterior. Giving your roof a fresh coat of paint as part of the home maintenance project, can totally transform the façade and enhance the aesthetic value of the entire home.

However, before you drag the spray gun to the top of your house, it is necessary that the surface of roof is prepared well for painting. So, here we have a couple of handy tips that will make sure the job is done properly and the end product is exactly what you visualised.

  • Identify the kind of material your roof is made of. Knowing the roof material would help assess the kind of paint and techniques that should be used, the maintenance work required and painting effort and time you can expect to invest.
  • Before you actually get started, have all the dirt, debris and leaves removed from the surface to ensure the roof is in good condition to paint. Not to mention, repair damaged areas, scratches and leaks so that the paint adheres to the surface of your properly.
  • It’s important to not only choose roof paint colours that complement the aesthetic details of your house, but also pick the type that suits your roofing materials. Picking the right paint would make the job much easier and help get a smooth, quality finish.
  • In addition to paint colour and type, it is advisable to calculate the amount of paint required depending on the surface to be painted. Generally, two coats of paint would do when painting a roof. Moreover if you’re not on a DIY spree, you can seek a professional help get the right amount, colour and type of paint for your roofing material.

Apart from paint colour and amount, a painting professional can help you with paint strategies, brushing techniques and the painting tools and materials that you might not have any idea about being a DIYer. Just make sure you have a certified, trained expert by your side in order to make the most out of your invested time and money.

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