Pittwater Life October 2017 Issue

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Bill & Alfred. Election Deep Dive. Secret Men's Business. Eyes in the Sky.

Home Special

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your home to a new front

door mat.

Specialist help

If any part of your spring

cleaning seems like ‘too

much’, refer to our specialist

providers whose ads are

sprinkled throughout the

magazine and in this feature,

as well as our Trades &

Services section (page 56) to

locate local professionals to

do the job for you.

ADDING VALUE

A professional exterior clean

and a fresh lick of paint will

always help add value to your

home. Other value-added

details include:

n Super-tidy garage spaces

with built-in storage.

n A remote control garage

door.

n An outdoor kitchen.

n New blinds and/or curtains.

n An automated louvre

roof to define an outdoor

entertaining area.

n New all-weather cushions

for outdoor seating.

n A safe and tidy garden

(check trees and fencing are

in good order).

n Beautifully presented

interiors that champion

a natural, lived-in feel

(check out our wonderful

local small businesses for

furniture, linens, fittings

and accessories that reflect

the Northern Beaches

lifestyle).

n Air conditioning.

n New carpet or polished

floorboards.

n A new bathroom (keep it

neutral but add some ontrend

accessories such as

indoor plants).

n A new kitchen with highquality

appliances such as

built-in water filters and the

latest cooking innovation

– induction cooktops with

extractors built into the

benchtop (see Bora ad

page 37 – could this be

the beginning of the end

to grease-filled overhead

extractor fans?).

SPRING INTO

DOWNSIZING

Whether you are an empty

nester or a retiree moving

to a smaller home, making

the move to downsize is far

from easy.

Here, downsizing expert

Angie Kelso from Nannies &

Helpers shares some tips to

help with the process.

Prepare. First, think about

what you have, what will fit

into the new house and get

rid of what you don’t need.

Draw a floor plan of your

new house to ensure your

furniture will fit in the new

space. Don’t clutter the new

house with old furniture that

needs repair or paint.

Enlist help. Get your

family and friends on board,

ask if they want any of your

things.

Plan. Take your time, attack

one room at a time, and clean

the inside of cupboards and

wardrobes as you go.

Love it or leave it!

Make a list for each room, put

a coloured tag on furniture

i.e. blue to keep, green to

give away to family or friends,

red to charity, yellow for

dump/council disposal day.

Get rid of what you don’t want

as quickly as possible. Out of

sight... out of mind.

Get quotes. When you’ve

made decisions about keeping

or disposing of major furniture

items get several quotes from

removalists.

Stay focused. Write a daily

or weekly schedule so you are

really organised and have a

good plan of action. It is very

satisfying to cross items off

the list!

Assess. If you have items you

think might be valuable – get

them professionally assessed

and then decide if they should

be sold at auction or if that

valuable painting should hang

on the wall in the new house!

Sell. Make money from your

move. Have a garage sale, sell

items on eBay or a local online

website.

Don’t be sentimental.

Make a decision and stick to it.

Do you really need three sets

of china, nine wooden spoons

or two irons?

Reduce your load. Give

your children their school

projects, baby book, school

reports and photographs.

Tackle paperwork.

Keeping all your old paperwork

is a waste of space. Scan

documents to your computer

and file the important papers

to keep them safe.

Stop buying food.

Use-up the pantry items by

incorporating in meals and eat

the food in the fridge.

Storage. Think about the

new house – have you enough

36 OCTOBER 2017

The Local Voice Since 1991

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