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Selwyn Times: July 25, 2017

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PROUDLY PROUDLY CHRISTCHURCH CHRISTCHURCH OWNED OWNED TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2013 384 384 0600 0600 A Christchurch Star Company Community Newspaper Kea (Nestor Notabilis) Ladbrooks, Tai Tapu, Leeston, Lincoln, Southbridge, Prebbleton, Halswell, Rolleston, Templeton, Burnham, West Melton, Darfield, Arthurs Pass LARE A 2 08 proident, sunt. Excepteur sint. BY TOM DOUDNEY One of the district’s major promotional events wi l not go ahead next year but an organiser says she is hopeful this is no th end. The bie nial Celebrating Selwyn, which promotes local exhibitions, art studios, restaurants, gardens and It has b en run every two years since 2 07, including in 20 1 shortly after the February earthquake. In Lorem Ipsum Contact: Proudly loca ly owned 2 08 it won the Sensational Selwyn award for community impact. Celebrating Selwyn chairwoman Wendy Rockhouse said organisers have had to a cep they didn’t have the manpower to try and get more groups registered in time to produce promotional material ahead of th event. “It was te ribly disa pointing for LARE A 2 08 est laborum." proident, sunt. Excepteur sint. 9 Masefield Drive (entry from Countdown and McCauley Str et) (Nestor Notabilis) BY TOM DOUDNEY One of the district’s major promotional events wi l not go ahead next year but an organiser says she is hopeful this is no th end. The bie nial Celebrating Selwyn, which promotes local exhibitions, a l art of studios, us, especia restaurants, ly myself,” gardens Mrs and Rockhouse said. “I think Celebrating Selwyn has a place in the calendar because there is so much diversity out here but it wi l n ed to have people that are prepared to work at it. I have put in hundreds of hours myself - and you n ed to. • Turn to page 2 Sti l chopping at 74 – p4, p5 W edons Dragons win –p14, p15 WITHOUT COMPROMISE It has b en run every two years since 2 07, including in 20 1 shortly after the February earthquake. In DAILY BREAD Turn to page 19 (6 0g Varieties) ro lestonsquare.co.nz Ph 03 347 9192 Proudly managed by Co liers Real Estate Management Limited Lorem Ipsum Contact: EACH No Limit BAKERIES Proudly loca ly owned 2 08 it won the Sensational Selwyn award for community impact. Celebrating Selwyn chairwoman registered in time to produce promotional material ahead of th event. “It was te ribly disa pointing for 9 Masefield Drive (entry from Countdown and McCauley Str et) (Nestor Notabilis) W edons Dragons win Sti l chopping at 74 – p4, p5 –p14, p15 WITHOUT COMPROMISE DAILY BREAD Turn to page 19 (6 0g Varieties) ro lestonsquare.co.nz Ph 03 347 9192 Proudly managed by Co liers Real Estate Management Limited EACH No Limit BAKERIES 12 2 [Edition datE] Show home Guide Homes by Parklane “Standout Homes for a Standard Price” Flemington, Lincoln 6 Craig Thompson Drive Wed to Sun 12pm - 4pm Wigram 2 Harvard Avenue Mon to Fri 9am - 5pm (03) 341 3000 or 029 201 2453 www.homesbyparklane.co.nz Strategic Homes Halswell 6 Derek Anderson Drive Longhurst Estate Wed to Sun 12pm - 4pm Ph (03) 963 8841 or 0274 359 333 www.strategichomes.co.nz David Reid Homes Casebrook 231 Highstead Road Fri, Sat, Sun 12pm - 4pm Prebbleton 80 Farthing Drive - opening September Ph Jason 021 514 424 or Lynda 021 335 707 www.davidreidhomes.co.nz Build 7 - Christchurch Prebbleton - Flemington Viewing by appointment only Ph Jamie 021 783 001 www.christchurch.build7.co.nz Peter Ray Homes Prestons 28 & 30 TeRito Street 12pm to 4pm Tues to Sun Faringdon, Rolleston 5 & 7 Stanford Way 12pm to 4pm Sat, Sun, Wed & Thurs Wigram Skies, Wigram 32 & 34 The Runway, 12pm to 4pm Mon to Sun (7 days) www.peterrayhomes.co.nz To advertise in The Showhome Guide Contact Elaine: (03) 364 7436 elaine.moon@starmedia.kiwi The best kept secrets to selling your home Selling Secret #1: The first impression is the only impression No matter how good the interior of your home looks, buyers have already judged your home before they walk through the door. You never have a second chance to make a first impression. It’s important to make people feel warm, welcome and safe as they approach the house. Spruce up your home’s exterior with inexpensive shrubs and brightly colored flowers. Entry ways are also important. You use it as a utility space for your coat and keys. But, when you’re selling, make it welcoming by putting in a small bench or a vase of freshcut flowers. Selling Secret #2: Always be ready to show Your house needs to be “show-ready” at all times – you never know when your buyer is going to walk through the door. You have to be available whenever they want to come see the place and it has to be in tip-top shape. Don’t leave dishes in the sink, keep the dishwasher cleaned out, the bathrooms sparkling and make sure there are no dust bunnies in the corners. It’s a little inconvenient, but it will get your house sold. Selling Secret #3: The kitchen comes first You’re not actually selling your house, you’re selling your kitchen – that’s how important it is. The benefits of remodeling your kitchen are endless, and the best part of it is that you’ll probably get 85% of your money back. It may be a few thousand dollars to replace countertops where a buyer may knock $10,000 off the asking price if your kitchen looks dated. The fastest, most inexpensive kitchen updates include painting and new cabinet hardware. Use a neutralcolor paint so you can present buyers with a blank canvas where they can start envisioning their own style. If you have a little money to spend, buy one fancy stainless steel appliance. Why one? Because when people see one high-end appliance they think all the rest are expensive too and it updates the kitchen. Selling Secret #4: Take the home out of your house One of the most important things to do when selling your house is to depersonalize it. The more personal stuff in your house, the less potential buyers can imagine themselves living there. Get rid of a third of your stuff – put it in storage. This includes family photos, memorabilia collections and personal keepsakes. Staging simply means arranging your furniture to best showcase the floor plan and maximize the use of space. Selling Secret #5: Don’t over-upgrade Quick fixes before selling always pay off. Mammoth makeovers, not so much. You probably won’t get your money back if you do a huge improvement project before you put your house on the market. Instead, Get your messages into homes throughout the Selwyn District. Delivered to every home & rural letterbox (also available at selected pick up points). Selwyn Times Selwyn Times EVERY TUESDAY inside Selwyn Times For full information on placing your advertising call: Lynette Evans Ph 021 222 7831 | email: lynette.evans@starmedia.kiwi do updates that will pay off and get you top dollar. Get a new fresh coat of paint on the walls. Clean the curtains or go buy some inexpensive new ones. Replace door handles, cabinet hardware, make sure closet doors are on track, fix leaky faucets and clean the grout. Selling Secret #6: Conceal the critters You might think a cuddly dog would warm the hearts of potential buyers, but you’d be wrong. Not everybody is a dogor cat-lover. Buyers don’t want to walk in your home and see a bowl full of dog food, smell the kitty litter box or have tufts of pet hair stuck to their clothes. It will give buyers the impression that your house is not clean. If you’re planning an open home don’t leave your pets around. Selling Secret #7: Play the agent field A secret sale killer is hiring the wrong real estate agent. Make sure you have an agent who is totally informed. They must constantly monitor the multiple listing service (MLS), know what properties are going on the market and know the comps in your neighborhood. Find an agent who embraces technology – a tech-savvy one has many tools to get your house sold. Selling Secret #8: Light it up Maximize the light in your home. After location, good light is the one thing that every buyer cites that they want in a home. Take down the drapes, clean the windows, change the lampshades, increase the wattage of your light bulbs and cut the bushes outside to let in sunshine. Do what you have to do make your house bright and cheery – it will make it more sellable. Selling Secret #9: Half-empty closets Storage is something every buyer is looking for and can never have enough of. Take half the stuff out of your closets then neatly organize what’s left in there. Buyers will snoop, so be sure to keep all your closets and cabinets clean and tidy. Lorem ipsum dolor Lorem ipsum dolor Selwyn Times dedicated to getting you outstanding results & making our district a better place to live. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation u lamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit e se ci lum dolore eu fugiat nu la pariatur. Excepteur sint o caecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mo lit anim id est laborum." Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit e se ci lum dolore eu fugiat nu la pariatur. Excepteur sint o caecat cupidatat non proident, sunt. Excepteur sint o caecat cupidatat non Price: $ 000,000 Sale by Deadline Wednesday 13th May 5pm (unle sold prior) YOUR LOGO R E A L E S T A T E events, was due to be held over a fortnight next year in March However, a lack of both volunt ers and expre sions of interest from groups wishing to be involved means it has now b en ca ned. 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Excepteur sint o caecat cupidatat non Selwyn Times Somewhere: 221 Christchurch Road, Christchurch Open home Sunday 2.30-3.30pm M-A MATSON & ALLAN REAL ESTATE LIMITED 500,000 light show BRIGHT LIGHTS: This year’s Pre bleton Christmas display at Carl and Maur en Seaward’s Shands Rd property is almost ready to open – and the couple say it wi l be bi ger and brighter than ever. • Story, page 8 Celebrating Selwyn canned QUALITY More than a shopping centre! 70-76 Ro leston Drive, Ro leston Ladbr oks, Tai Tapu, L eston, Lincoln, Southbridge, Pre bleton, Halswe l, Ro leston, Templeton, Burnham, West Melton, Darfield, Arthurs Pa s 500,000 light show BRIGHT LIGHTS: This year’s Pre bleton Christmas display at Carl and Maur en Seaward’s Shands Rd property is almost ready to open – and the couple say it wi l be bi ger and brighter than ever. • Story, page 8 Celebrating Selwyn canned QUALITY Price: $ 000,000 Sale by Deadline Wednesday 13th May 5pm (unle sold prior) YOUR LOGO R E A L E S T A T E events, was due to be held over a fortnight next year in March However, a lack of both volunt ers and expre sions of interest from groups wishing to be involved means it has now b en ca ned. Wendy Rockhouse said organisers have had to a cep they didn’t have the manpower to try and get more groups Phone: 021 000 0000 email: loremipsum@lorem.co.nz a l of us, especia ly myself,” Mrs Rockhouse said. “I think Celebrating Selwyn has a place in the calendar because there is so much diversity out here but it wi l n ed to have people that are More than a shopping centre! prepared to work at it. I have put in hundreds of hours myself - and you n ed to. • Turn to page 2 Somewhere: 221 Christchurch Road, Christchurch Open home Sunday 2.30-3.30pm M-A MATSON & ALLAN REAL ESTATE LIMITED 70-76 Ro leston Drive, Ro leston FREE TUESday NOVEMBER 18 2014 379 71 0 Selwyn Times FREE TUESday NOVEMBER 18 2014 379 71 0 Selwyn Selwyn Times Times A Star Community Newspaper Kea Ladbr oks, Tai Tapu, L eston, Lincoln, Southbridge, Pre bleton, Halswe l, Ro leston, Templeton, Burnham, West Melton, Darfield, Arthurs Pa s Selwyn W EK CO MENCING TUESDAY, 5TH MAY, 2015 ‘The Experts’ Committed to exce lence, service and the local community. Lef to Right: Andrew Taylor, Susan Davis, Jo Counse l, Stephan Knowler, Jackie De rick, Chris Flanagan, Tracey Roberts, Juliet Flanagan, Co nie van der Klei, Joe Brankin ROLLESTON P: 03 347 9949 | DARFIELD P: 03 318 8204 | LEESTON P: 03 324 3704 | www. marealestate.co.nz Printed on high impact Gloss! 99C A Star Community Newspaper Kea Selwyn W EK CO MENCING TUESDAY, 5TH MAY, 2015 ‘The Experts’ Committed to exce lence, service and the local community. Lef to Right: Andrew Taylor, Susan Davis, Jo Counse l, Stephan Knowler, Jackie De rick, Chris Flanagan, Tracey Roberts, Juliet Flanagan, Co nie van der Klei, Joe Brankin ROLLESTON P: 03 347 9949 | DARFIELD P: 03 318 8204 | LEESTON P: 03 324 3704 | www. marealestate.co.nz Elaine Moon Ph 021 079 3339 | email: elaine.moon@starmedia.kiwi 99C

13 Fix those minor defects Start out front, cleaning, clearing and decluttering the yard to make a good impression on buyers. It’s a rare house that doesn’t have defects. Even newly renovated ones can have features that detract for buyers. But there are ways for sellers to deflect attention from them without pretending they’re not there. The three main ways of dealing with defects are: 1. Fix them. 2. Draw the eye away from them. 3. Use them as a selling point. Simple defects can be fixed easily. Start out front. Overgrown bushes can be trimmed, or replaced with a few matching plants, old fences and front doors can be painted or stained, and the paths cleaned. Do this even if a property is a do-up. You want to give the impression that buyers can move into the house and chip away at the work in their own time If you have time and money, paint sills and eaves using accents. Inside, the first thing buyers see is the hallway, which can be brightened up with a lick of paint. The neutral paint trick can also be used to paint over dated wallpaper, completely changing the look and feel of a tired house. Bathrooms and kitchens are important to buyers, and the eye settles on vanities and benches. These can be resurfaced relatively quickly to give a modern look. If the seller can’t repaint or tile the bathroom bring in high quality matching towels, which become a feature in the room and draw the eye from the less than desirable walls and features. Nice vases and flowers will do the same. Replacing handles and knobs to draw attention away from the units themselves. This reduces the number of “I have to do this” thoughts in potential buyers’ minds. Drawing the eye away from a multitude of sins is exactly the thing to do. If you see an empty house the eye always goes to marks on the carpet and walls and this will lower the price expectation.” Drawing the eye to the furniture and furnishings, creates better flow, and de cluttering makes buyers feel the home would be a nice place to live in. The other way to handle the property’s defects is to raise them with the buyer before they see them. If the carpet is bad, for example, you can say: “Hey, they were going to replace the carpet but they decided to leave it to you to choose a new carpet and priced it accordingly.” Finally, good old fashioned elbow grease is essential in all properties to remove those sins that are simply cleanable. Artisan Homes Builders of superior homes. Built to last. Silver medal winner in Registered Master Builders 2016 House of the Year Awards Artisan Homes Office & Showhome 5 Broomleigh Drive, Faringdon Artisan Homes New Showhome 72 Blakes Road, Prebbleton Open Sat & Sun 12–4pm Office & Show Home: 5 Broomleigh Drive, Faringdon, Rolleston New Show Home: 72 Blakes Road, Prebbleton Phone: 03 374 9172 or Rob: 021 324 876 E-mail - robin@artisanhomes.co.nz Megan and Lee have a young family. So we designed them a home to grow up in. Start your own story 03 348 1994 | www.peterrayhomes.co.nz