Green your world: Grow veggies in recycled containers

Jul 1, 2019 8:00:00 AM Share this:

If you’re keen on being ‘green’ and healthy this year, now might be a great time to plant up a veggie garden and start growing your own salad, soup and stew ingredients.

You really don’t need a lot of space to plant and grow your vegetables.

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Topics: DIY, Gardening, Recycling

How to design a lawn-free landscape

Jun 24, 2019 8:00:00 AM Share this:

With climate change affecting weather around the world, many homeowners are replacing turf with low-maintenance landscape ideas.


Designing a garden with permeable landscaping not only makes sense for drought conditions, it's also a way to protect your house and garden from damaging storms and the possibility of flooding.
 


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Topics: Harcourts South Africa, DIY, Landscaping

Renovation Trends this Summer

Jan 28, 2019 8:00:00 AM Share this:

With summer back in full force, some of us are feeling the urge to get back into renovating our properties.
Once the renovations are done, many home owners are opting to sell due to demand for homes across the country.

The focus on spending money smartly and making practical enhancements has drawn buyers to slightly older homes. For those thinking about upgrading a property, keep in mind the trends regardless of whether it is going to be sold or not.


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Topics: DIY, Tips on selling your home, Home Renovations

To repair or not to repair: interior

Jan 21, 2019 8:00:00 AM Share this:

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When it comes to preparation, Olympic athletes leave no stone unturned.

Because the competition is so intense, preparing for the Olympics becomes life and death, with endless months of training, and unyielding focus. Preparing for a game of soccer down the beach with some friends – not so much.


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Topics: DIY, Repairs, Tips on selling your home, Harcourts Real Estate

Colour Psychology: How to Make Your Home Feel Good

Jan 7, 2019 8:00:00 AM Share this:

Ready to paint? A little colour psychology may be just what you need to create soothing and productive moods. The colours of the rooms in your home are a direct reflection of your personality. While most of us may not spend a lot of time thinking about that, it affects us every day. Colour can influence our moods and our thoughts.


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Topics: DIY, Advice, Home Tips, Harcourts Real Estate

Bring your bathroom up to date

Dec 24, 2018 8:00:00 AM Share this:

Bathrooms are one of the rooms in your home that can add value for buyers. The team at Resene have some great ideas for bring out the best in your bathroom.
While it’s often one of the smallest rooms in your home, that doesn’t mean bathrooms need to be bland and boring.  Use the right colours together, add the right materials and that poky little bathroom space can easily become an oasis of calm.

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Topics: DIY, Home Decor & Furnishing

Organizing Your Garage Like a Pro

Nov 12, 2018 8:00:00 AM Share this:

A messy garage is overwhelming, to say the least. After years of accumulating “stuff” a good purge is necessary, especially if you plan to move.

The actual process of purging and organizing a garage is simple, yet time consuming. Allow yourself plenty of time – perhaps even an entire weekend to truly go through every item and determine its place.


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Topics: DIY, Advice, Home Ownership, Home Tips

Tips on how to Design a Clean Easy Home

Oct 25, 2018 5:59:39 PM Share this:

In my never-ending quest to find more time to relax, put my feet up and enjoy a glass of wine and a good book, I’m writing today about designing your home in a way that helps to minimize your cleaning time.

Whether you are contemplating a remodel or designing your dream home as a new construction, your choices in layout, finishes and furnishings will all impact the amount of time you spend cleaning. So sit down, put your feet up and pour yourself a glass of wine. But before you pick up that book, read the tips below and see if some of these will work for your home.


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Topics: DIY, Advice, Home Decor & Furnishing, Home Tips

Upcycling your Home

Sep 24, 2018 8:00:00 PM Share this:

With the Winter season comes indoor pursuits. It’s the perfect time to clean up and decorate around the home. Try ‘upcycling’, the popular transformation of discarded or useless items into something new or useful. Here are a few ideas for inspiration.


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Topics: DIY, Winter, PropertyFocus, Home Decor & Furnishing

Adding value to your kitchen when selling your property

Mar 12, 2018 8:00:00 AM Share this:

Kitchens are widely touted as a room of a house that can add value when it comes to selling your property. But not all kitchens are created equal. What can you do to yours to catch a potential buyer’s eye and persuade them to make a good offer?
As with any pre-sale renovation or spruce up, keep a tight rein on budget. Talk to your agent about what your asking price should be before and after a kitchen makeover. Then set your budget at a portion of that difference that you’re comfortable with.


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Topics: DIY, Selling your Home, Tips on selling your home, Home Renovations