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Selwyn Times: November 29, 2016


HPM_CHC009 PH: WEB: EML: 10 Better returns. Less hassle. We can take care of the details when it comes to managing your investment property, giving you more time to relax. Our detailed approach to everything from selecting the right tenants to effectively handling rent arrears and maintenance issues, means our customers have real peace of mind knowing their investment is in good 0800 RENT HPM hands. Our exceptionally high occupancy rates, make for better returns too. Contact us today to find out how we can add value to your rental investment. Building blocks to a new home As Cantabrians continue to move forward, when building a new home, here’s a reminder to pay attention to some of the fine details... Anyone intending to build a new home should have the builder’s contract checked out by an experienced lawyer. A payment schedule can also minimise financial risks. Issues that you may have to deal with include: the deposit, guarantees and warranties If you want to compare building companies, it’s important to get down to finer details such as how many power points there are per room, the type of windows you are having or which paint finishes are included. Questions to ask builders include: • Do you have a completion guarantee and how does it work? • Is there a loss of deposit guarantee? • Is the company a Registered Master Builder and does it use thirdparty written guarantees? • What is the schedule for payments? • How are the deposit and progress payments administered? • Are they held in a solicitor’s trust fund? • Will the master franchisor complete the build if the franchisee goes out of business • What are the exact specs? • Are the prices fixed? • What is excluded from the build? • Are there any restrictions on driveways or any other connections? • Can you speak with clients who have just completed a build? Do your homework before you decide on a building company and you will have a less stressful time once the building process starts. REAL ESTATE SPECIALISTS 6 Lowes Road, Rolleston oNE MoRE lISTED! 50 Park Lane, Rolleston opEN hoME: Sun 4 th Dec 12.15-12.45pm oFFERS ovER $569,000 Ready and Waiting for you to Enjoy! This lovely 4 bedroom home has fantastic street appeal and once through the front door you will feel instantly at home. The spacious open plan living area can cater for any occasion with a separate lounge, study nook and direct access to a sheltered sun-drenched patio which everyone will enjoy. The property’s NW aspect showers the home in natural warmth while an added bonus is the solar panels for water heating, ensuring you never run out of hot water and lower power bills. Well placed on a fully fenced, family-sized section, this home ticks a lot of boxes so you will not want to miss out! Contact Mike now to find out more. oFFERS ovER $539,000 Stop looking, Start living! This superbly presented 4 bedroom home will not last long! Offering a new kitchen, 2 new bathrooms, LED lighting throughout as well as new paint and carpet, this expansive 226sqm home is hard to fault. Not only will the interior tick a lot of boxes, but the exterior is stunning with a fantastic entertaining area, and a fully fenced landscaped section. This is a lovely family home, and is close to great schools, shopping areas and recreational facilities. Homes like this are in high demand, so don’t miss out, contact Mike today for further information on how this could be your next home. 30 Bermuda Drive, Hornby oNE MoRE lISTED! opEN hoME: Sun 4 th Dec 12-12.30pm DEaDlINE SalE 5pM 12Th DECEMbER (uNlESS SolD pRIoR) opportunity Knocks! Act now for your chance to get a foot on the property ladder with this lovely 3 bedroom, permanent material home. Situated on a 641sqm section (more or less), this tidy home offers a modern kitchen with attached dining, a separate lounge as well as a double lock up garage. Perfectly enjoyable as it is, this home also offers ample scope to further improve and update to your own personal tastes. If you’re looking for your first home, your next home or an investment, this could be it. Contact Mike for further information. Mike Goatley 027 249 5561 Chris Finnerty 021 274 6041 Trevor McIvor 027 444 2814 Nicola Curtis Administrator Real Estate Specialists Ltd Licenced REAA (2008)

11 Your guide to Show Homes & New Sections in the Selwyn District Staging a property Staging is a relatively new technique in presenting a house for sale where furniture and furnishings are used to enhance an empty house. The practice of staging is not new. A decade ago exceptional properties may have been staged however, in the last five years, this practise has increased. Many real estate agents are proponents of staging, believing that it assists people to visualise how their lives would fit within a house they are viewing. Seeing nice furniture in the home can also lead to a buyer making a quicker decision, translating into a reduced time that a house is on the market due to a wider group of people showing interest in securing the property. “People buy what they see. If they see a nicely dressed house, they can envisage themselves and their furniture in that environment,” says Mike Goatley from Rolleston’s One Agency. “If a house is empty at the time of sale, a smaller portion of the market will find it easy to compare the area of each room with the size of their own furniture and visualise how it would look in the space.” According to Mike, a staged property creates more interest with more buyers thinking: ‘Yes that’s me.’ This leads to the potential for more competition and a better sales price. Research conducted in the United States supports this theory and while hard to quantify, the belief is that staging could lead to a sale price ten times greater than the cost of staging. “Staging a house, generally puts a property into the sell zone, ahead of an empty property even where the latter is as good as or offers more,” adds Mike. Karen Askew has been staging her own properties for ten years and for the last five years has operated home staging businesses, X Factor Home Presentation and more recently Signature Styling. “The challenge is to understand how particular furniture and furnishings can add to a house, changing the perspective of room size to make it look larger,” explains Karen. “With an older house the eye will focus on imperfections rather than what the room could be. Staging minimises this.” Karen emphasises that staging goes beyond colours and styles. While these are important, it is more about providing the person walking into the room with a possibility. “The premise behind auctioning a house is to get people emotionally involved so they will compete to win the property,” says Karen “Staging also provides an emotional connection.” While most of her work is with empty houses, Karen also advises people on how to de-clutter their homes while adding in key pieces to present the house to its best advantage. Sellers regularly tell her that once they see their house staged, it looks so good they often wish they were keeping the property. “We create an atmosphere that they didn’t even realise could be created,” adds Karen. Home Styling & Staging Services Make your house stand out from the rest Karen Askew | Cell 0274-324-542 Facebook page – Signature Styling | Website –