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My unit in Sorrento gets a makeover and WOW

A long time ago I purchased a 2 bedroom unit that had been renovated with “Eagles” colours all bright yellow and deep blue.

The unit is situated across from a park with ocean glimpses from the lounge and ocean views from the front porch and it made me think that I could live here, in my “Old age”.

Over the years and a few tenants I have been fixing the plumbing and other bits and pieces and decided I had enough of fixing and it’s time for some upgrades.

I found Gary Randall and his adorable good looking teenage son who was able to do the job for me renovating the bathroom, laundry and also kitchen floors and then I found Tony Pace who will come to do the painting. So stay tuned for the finished product!

Let’s have a fresh start with new tenants in an adorable unit just a stroll from the beach and all the cafes.

And the award for Best lawn goes to….

Every day when I leave or come home, I drive past a beautiful carpet of lawn that is fresh, lush and really makes you feel like you just want to take your shoes off and walk on it.

There are a few homes that have nice lawn but the best lawn in our whole neighbourhood is at number 5 Minden Rise, Sorrento.

Sue Coultas looks after with the help of her son Jeffries and I don’t know what they do to it to keep it so green and fresh because it looks like a lot of work but it sure is a pleasure to look at.

I’m not the green thumb type myself, which is probably a good thing because I have nothing but concrete!

What are your tips for great lawn all year round?

Spring into action and get your home ready for Summer

With spring just around the corner, now is the perfect time to start thinking about the future and getting ready for the Summer months ahead.

While it’s not too hot and on the days the sun is shining, why not head outside and clear out the weeds, trim the trees and bushes and make your garden ready for Summer. Excess weeds that are left and die off and dry up can also be a fire hazard so keeping your gardens clean, fresh and manicured can help your property look good and be safer too.

Spring is also the perfect time to get rid of the extra clutter around the house and in the garage. You know those empty boxes, broken things and stuff you no longer use or need, well why not put them in the bin or take them to the Good Sammies if they are still usable.

If you do have a lot of things that you just want to keep but have nowhere to store them, there are plenty of shops around now where you can get some great storage containers to store things and organise your belongings instead of just shoving them into a cardboard box. Stores like Howards Storage World has a lot of great options and ideas to help you and they are located all around Perth.

Also, if you have any old newspapers you have piling up please let me know and I can come and collect them and give them to the Lions Club.

Perhaps you are thinking of selling and don’t know where to start? Well doing all these things are the best thing you could do before getting someone in to give you a market appraisal.

There is nothing like having a clean, fresh house free of clutter, although having a cleaning fairy would be a lot easier, I promise doing it yourself will make you feel cleaner, fresh and free of clutter.

With the end of the year fast approaching and if you are thinking of selling or would simply like to sit down with a market expert, then contact me on 0416 188 752 or email me

Spring brings all things creepy crawly and woods worst nightmare …… Termites!

Over the next few months both home owners and tenants should keep their eyes peeled for termite activity in and around the house because early Spring is when they are on the look out for their new home.

Termites start to scout for food and new housing around this time of the year with all the moisture in the air and the temperature starting to rise with Summer on it’s way, making it ideal for re colonising.

Here is some tips to discourage Termites from using your home as their new nest

  • Termites are attracted to wood, so remove potential termite food such as old stumps, timber stack and building refuse away from your home
  • Remove all waste timber from construction activities that is left in place or stored under the house
  • Use treated or naturally resistant timber when it is in contact with, or close to, soil
  • Fix leaking water pipes, drains, showers, sinks etc, plus capture water from air conditioning units as termites are attracted to water
  • Termites prefer humid conditions, so keep air under the house dry by improving sub-floor ventilation, drainage and access
  • Termites cannot chew through properly laid concrete, so ensure concrete slab is properly designed, compacted, and cured
  • Termite colonies can sometimes be located – it is possible to eliminate colonies by killing the reproductives (the queen and the king).

Regular inspections are the most important part of controlling termites before they do any damage so call your local Pest Inspection company or give me a call for a referral.



Does your home need a makeover? Then why not contact my newest member to my business directory

Interior Style Solutions

Michelle Brown is owner of Interior Style Solutions. She has qualifications in Human Resources, Management Practice and a Diploma in Interior Design. She has worked in this field since 2004. Services include:

  • Home Staging
  • Interior Styling
  • Colour Consultations
  • Home Organisation

Coming from a family of Interior Decorators and residential builders, it felt it quite natural for me to move in a similar direction. I have lived in South Africa, Canada and Australia and love to interact with people from different backgrounds and cultures. The one thing I’ve found we have in common is that we all want a comfortable place to call home. This is what I endeavour to do, create a home with comfort and style. feel free to call or email me for a quote.Michelle

Cleaning out your pipes using current technology could save you money

The other day I got a call from my property manager saying that I would have to call a plumber again for the fourth time in 2 months to fix a blocked toilet in one of my investment properties.

I called Mal Howse who is in my business directory and he suggested that I spend some extra money and call Matt Dorington who use’s a special camera that has “tunnel vision” to find the problem.

Matt did his job and sent his camera down the pipes and also quoted on the job to repair it and due to the cost being a few thousand dollars and the depth they would have to go to dig  and fix the problem Matt had to send the video to the Water Corporation to ask permission to do the job as it was close to the Council’s pipes.

Today I got the best surprise in my life!

After inspecting the video the Water Corporation said that they will do the job and the owner (Me!) will not be charged for it. Is this a great pressie or what?

If you are having serious blockage  issues maybe this is the way to go!

Get Matt and his magical camera to find the problem and you too could save lots of money repairing pipes over and over again!

Make sure you get a Structural Report done when buying and also attend it if possible

When buying a property I always suggest to buyers to place an offer subject to a Structural report being done on the property and it coming back structurally sound.

Also, that they should be at the property while the Building Inspector is there so they can ask any questions and be told “straight from the horses mouth” that although there maybe a couple things wrong and the property may need some TLC, it doesn’t mean that it isn’t structurally sound.

In fact, some people may see a house in really bad shape or may look like a “lemon” but after having a Structural Report done from a qualified Building Inspector they find out that actually the house is Structurally sound and the “bones” of it are really good and strong and it just needs some cosmetic adjustments and TLC to make it look pretty again.

By rights, you should know what your getting into when buying a new home, whether your going to live in it or rent it out, you would want peace of mind that the roof is not going to collapse on you while your sitting watching tv, or the stairs are going to give way while walking up to bed one night. So having someone know whether the home you are about to buy is safe is definitely something worth investing in.

With all the home renovations being done you also want to make sure that if any were done in the house your interested in, that they were done to Australian Building Standards and have council approval.

It’s just always better to be safe than sorry and if there is nothing wrong, well then you have a great house and it’s worth buying.

I recommend Houspect and have always used them and will continue to refer them as they have always been a great company to deal with but feel free to call me for any further information or with any questions you may have.

Save water in your garden and keep the money in your pocket

Households are the biggest users of public water and approximately 44% of household water is used outside the home.

There are many ways you can plan and maintain your garden and outdoor areas so they use less water, but are still attractive and colourful places to be.

Following and using some of these tips can not only save water but can keep your water bills down and keep the money in your pocket.

Also reduce water wastage by checking all taps and pipes for leaks because remember, one leaking tap can waste more than 2,000 litres a month.



Here are the Water Corporation’s top 10 gardening tips:

  1. Apply a soil improver with a soil wetting agent
  2. Choose waterwise plants
  3. Hydrozone your garden – group plants with similar water requirements together
  4. Make your verge more water efficient by replacing surplus lawn
  5. Apply between 5-10cm of waterwise mulch to reduce evaporation
  6. Only water once on your rostered watering day
  7. Get a trigger nozzle for your hose or use a watering can
  8. Install a garden bore
  9. Use a pool cover
  10. Use products displaying the Waterwise Approved and Smart Approved WaterMark symbols.

If you have any tips or advice about how you save water and would like to share please let us know and we can all save water together.

Tips On Sprucing Up Your Real Estate Investment Properties

Thinking of Selling an Investment property or looking for new tenants and you need to spruce it up, but don’t want to spend a lot of time or money doing it? Well here are several quick and easy (and inexpensive) ways improve your property.


A new lick of paint can go a long way when pepping up a home’s appearance. A fresh coat of paint can make a home look as good as new. Also, consider recovering the trim with a semi-gloss paint just to brighten things up a bit more. If you do decide to repaint the interior, go with a white or beige colour – something that is neutral, it’s always easier if a prospective buyer can see their furniture fitting in with what they see.

You can also paint kitchen and bathroom cabinets to give them a new and improved look. Use a white semi-gloss paint to cover up stained or crazy coloured cabinets. A quick coat of paint is less expensive then replacing the cabinets and it can really make them shine. If you want to go all out, purchase some new cabinet handles. Simple round handles can be picked up for 40 cents or more at big name home improvement stores.

Replace Outlet and Light Switch Covers

Resist your desire to paint over the old outlet and light switch covers. Instead, purchase new ones and replace them.

Replace the Trim

If the home has wood trim that has seen better days – replace it. If the trim is a different colour to the walls make sure to use Painters Green tape to avoid getting paint where it is not needed.

Buy New Doors or Handles

Just like the outlet covers, bite the bullet and replace doors in the home. For as little as $25 you can replace an old, out of style door with a basic hollow-core door. If you really want to go all out, drop an extra $10 for a more stylish six-panel door.

If you don’t want to replace the doors, or they don’t need replacing improve the door handles instead. New door handles can make a Sorrento Living Letterboxplace look less grungy.

Speaking of doors, replacing the front door of your home is a good way to make the appearance of a home brighter. For about $130 you can buy a nice, heavy door. If you don’t want to replace it, or if the door is structurally sound. Try painting it with high-gloss paint. Use a courageous colour, like red or green, which makes the door “pop” when you look at the house.

Buy a New Letterbox

For about $30 you can replace your property’s letter box. If you really want to make a statement, buy something unlike anyone else’s on the street. You can get a nice, colourful box for about $60. Add another $10 to your investment and you can get a good, study post to plant your new mailbox on.

 If you are ready to sell an investment property and would like an updated market appraisal just let me know.

Plan, Scan, Shred, Toss – things to help you declutter your paper

Are you drowning in paper? The key is to reduce incoming paper and create an easy storage system, so it won’t find its way to a pile. Whether filed or piled, many of the papers that accumulate in a household don’t need to be kept. Sorting them and deciding what to keep can sometimes get overwhelming. Maybe the following can help you;

  • Plan ahead to minimize paperwork by shifting to make payments online and cancel paper bills. If you prefer paper bills, you don’t need a fancy filing system. Just get a folder, dividers and a hole punch. Have one section for each bill, such as rates, electricity and phone.
  • Walk around the house and pick up every loose paper. You won’t believe how many papers get tucked away here and placed there. Pick them up. Put them in a pile. Then sort.
  • Invest in a scanner to scan all receipts and bills and save them on your computer and organise them in folders ready for tax time and then shred or recycle
  • File everything and organize your files so you could walk someone through your folders over the phone
  • There isn’t always time to deal with things as they come in. Create a ‘drop point’ with a box or basket. Put bills and receipts there and set aside a time each week to file them.
  • Stand over the bin or recycling as you open mail, so you immediately toss away unwanted junk mail and envelopes.
  • For paper memories, like your kids’ artwork, give each family member a container. Once it’s full, decide what to keep and what to throw out.
  • Cancel unwanted magazine or catalogue subscriptions. Don’t keep newspapers and supplements, thinking you’ll get around to reading them. Read them or throw them out. Donate magazines or recycle them after you’ve read them.
  • Invest in a paper shredder so that when it comes time to cleaning out the personal bills and such your personal information is secure and prevents identity theft
  • Keep personal and important documents such as birth certificates, property titles in home safes or filed away under lock and key.

Sorrento Living Filing OrganisationRidding yourself from these piles of paper that are usually bills can be exhilarating but don’t think because you can’t see the bills that they aren’t there and you can go shopping …. haha ok maybe you deserve something after all the cleaning you have done.

If you have any tips about organising paper and decluttering or Spring Cleaning at all please post it in the comments box below.

Happy Cleaning!



Out with the Old, Too Small, Too Big, Broken and just plain Daggy with a Closet Spring Clean

Last week it was the bathroom and laundry but going through your Closets and drawers can be a very liberating and exhilarating experience and is one thing that should be done when Spring Cleaning.
Here are some tips to help!
  • Take everything out and sort into three piles: keep, donate and toss. Be ruthless!
  • Use the three Fs. Does it fit? Does it flatter? Is it fashionable? Don’t keep clothes just because you might fit into them again, or they might come back into fashion – styles change.
  • The toss pile should be items that aren’t in good-enough condition to donate, such as things with unfixable broken straps, holes or stains.
  • Get rid of the ‘toss’ and ‘donate’ bags straight away. Put the toss one in the bin and take the donate bag to your local charity.
  • Plan how everything will be arranged. You may need wire baskets or clear plastic boxes. New coat hangers can make a huge difference.
  • Decide the best way to organise your clothes. Either group like items together by putting shirts, pants and skirts together, or organise them in respective categories, like casual, work and dressy.
  • Put items you wear often, eg work clothes, within easy reach. Casual clothes can go in shelves.
  • Store shoes you wear regularly in hanging shelves which attach around the rods with velcro. Store the rest underneath in a basket or box.
  • Use over-door hooks in wardrobes, or attach stick-on hooks inside doors for belts and scarves.
  • Put wire-rack drawers under short hanging items. They’re perfect for socks, hosiery or underwear.
  • Make use of under-bed space. Store off-season clothes, bags and shoes in big plastic containers.

Sorrento Living Closet Cleaning OrganisationThis is definitely one job that deserves a feet up, coffee in one hand (Cocktail if your prefer) and chocolate in the other moment once completed and will help the needy as well as yourself.

We will tackle the kitchen next week.

Happy Cleaning!