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Selwyn Times: August 01, 2017

10 we’re your locals

10 we’re your locals What sets us apart? When you entrust the sale of your home with Harcourts Four Seasons our goal is not just to sell your home. Our experience, our team of highly skilled agents, our local, national and international networks and tested marketing strategies are all geared to sell your home for a premium price. Harcourts Four Seasons are 100% locally owned, our skilled and experienced Sales consultants are supported by a team of equally skilled and experienced support staff. We have 3 offices strategically located in Hornby, Halswell and Rolleston. Our Sales consultants are successful real estate professionals who have an indepth knowledge of the immediate area and surrounding Selwyn and greater Christchurch market place. We are firm believers in “Clients for life” and work hard to ensure that each and every connection with our clients is successful, professional and memorable. We appreciate the importance of what you’ve entrusted to us, so we leave no part of the process to chance. So, if you’re buying or selling, we’ll put the expertise, skill and resources of the entire Harcourts network, both locally and internationally, to work for you. We are here to help, wherever you are on your property journey. It’s our approach to every transaction that sets Harcourts Four Seasons apart. “ At Harcourts Four Seasons, we believe in people first, doing the right thing, being courageous, fun and laughter and above all, enjoying what we do. “ Halswell 379 Halswell Road 03 322 1197 | Hornby 395 Main South Road 03 349 9919 | Rolleston S13, Rolleston Square 03 347 4711 Licensed Agent REAA 2008 New Stage Now Open Home sites from 480m 2 - 705m 2 Priced from $175,000 First National Real Estate Sue Mullins Barry O’Neill 021 244 1325 021 364 422 Visit Us Onsite Cnr Birches Rd & Craig Thompson Dr, Lincoln, 7 days Noon - 4pm Progressive www.flemington.co.nz

2 [Edition datE] Your guide to Show Homes & New Sections 11 in the Selwyn District Winter landscaping tasks for a new build Hard landscaping and ground preparation around a new home can be started now. Ground preparation – Prepare the ground by spreading and levelling out top soil, spraying two or three times to eradicate unwanted twitch couch grass and weeds. Ready lawn can be laid though seed is best sown in spring or autumn. Outdoor wiring – Outdoor wiring for exterior garden lighting, a water feature, spa pool or swimming pool may not have been on the radar when the house was built. Even if planned for the future, it is best to install the wiring for these, before laying lawn and planting out the garden. Water features – Incorporate a pond, fountain or waterfall for a relaxing spot in the garden. Their pumps can be electrically wired, battery operated or solar powered. Irrigation system – An irrigation system can be fitted at any stage. Having it in place before laying the lawn will make it easier to water, aiding its survival. Irrigation specialists are more available in winter so may offer a better price. Garden edging – Garden beds are more easily maintained if edged. Macrocarpa, retaining blocks, old bricks, stones, concrete curbing and recycled plastic board roll are often used, with seamless materials translating to less weeds growing in joints or cracks. Constructing fencing, decks and paved areas – While driveways and main paths are usually laid before house completion, other paving and decks may still need to be built so getting this work underway will provide areas for relaxing outdoors on warm days with a free run for planting and finalising landscaping come spring. Decking may be built using treated pine, bamboo, hardwood or a composite product with the cost and durability varying between each. Apply for a permit if the deck will be 1.5 metres or higher. Seating and raised garden beds around the garden or deck can also be constructed though planting may be left until the spring nursery sales. Creating shaded areas – Screens, fencing and pergolas over outdoor courtyards and decks add interest and provide structure for additional shading like blinds. Alternatively, sun shades or awnings might be chosen and with manufacturers often quieter at this time of year, ordering now should guarantee delivery before summer. Planting deciduous trees – Deciduous trees and shrubs are dormant over winter so now is the perfect time to get these into the garden. Prepare the ground with compost and mulch so moisture is retained over summer. Glasshouses and sheds – A garden shed or glasshouse might be desirable. Kitset options are available at hardware stores or one might be built to suit your setting. Taking care of hard landscaping and preparing the ground for a lawn will give you more time to get out and enjoy the warmer months ahead. Pumps for water features may be electrically wired, battery operated or solar powered. Hardwood is a popular choice for decking. Now is the time to plant deciduous trees. Fencing, paving and installing irrigation can be constructed now.