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Pest control recomendation

By 14 April, 2014

Hi All.
My young son went to get my esky on the weekend and came across this fella sitting on the side. I have found lots of creepy crawlies over the last couple of weeks so with this latest addition now is definitely time to get my house sprayed.
I’ve read through some old RiotACT articles on [...]

Good data cabler in Canberra

By 12 April, 2014

Any suggestions for a good ACMA registered data cabler in canberra? Looking to add a patch panel, structured wiring in a existing premises, and replace the cable to the telephone lead in.
Appreciate any recommendations, or ones to avoid.
Thank you.

Who to complain to?

So anyway, I have had some lovely neighbours for a while, who have decided to open a museum of rusting items in their front yard – it is a thing of beauty, about 8 cars, a couple of boats and what appears to be a replica of Sputnik 2, fantastic stuff.
Anyway, I am planning on [...]

Our house is being held for ransom by a dodgy building company….

By 26 March, 2014

My partner and I are first home buyers and have purchased a house and land package in Gungahlin. We were taken in by a slick sales pitch, by a well known real estate agency, which included a computer rendered image of the completed home on allhomes.com.au. The listing and subsequent marketing all included an impressive [...]

Residential Tenancy Issue

By 20 March, 2014

Hope someone can help or guide me with this one.
 
I rent a flat-tin-roofed 2bdr property in Fisher and have had a couple of instances with the gutters overflowing during major storms and leaking into the house.
The first time this happened, a couple of years ago, there was some leaking in the master bedrooms which I [...]

Thanks ACTEW energy saving person!

By 18 March, 2014

Really, thankyou.
I love saving energy. These new bulbs are saving lots of energy!
On the flip side, I CAN’T SEE ANYTHING. WHAT THE HELL IS THE POINT OF A LIGHTBULB IF IT DOESN’T LIGHT ANYTHING?
Does anybody know where I can obtain some lightbulbs that actually work? It seems all the shops only have these new fangled [...]

Roofing repair recommendations

By 12 March, 2014

Hi all
Just looking to get a bit of repair done for our roof which is in pretty bad shape. I’m looking for recommendations on some of the solid companies who have been around for a while to rebed and repoint heaps of places. Any recommendations (or at least who to avoid)?
ReACT seems to be a [...]

Fortnightly property management?

By 11 March, 2014

I’m looking for a property manager to take on my two investment properties, which are currently managed separately. My only problem with the current property managers is that neither can manage the accounts on a fortnightly basis. My income and mortgage repayments, as well as the tenants’ rental payments are all paid every second Thursday, [...]

selection of a builder

By 8 March, 2014

Selection of a builder is a risky part of the dream home construction. Currently I am going through it and getting lost in so many builders in Canberra. I liked the display homes of BLD homes. Can anyone share his/her experience about working with them. Thanks

Little black worms

By 4 March, 2014

What are the little black worms that get into houses at this time of year?  They are about 5 to 8 cms long and usually come in at night.  They crawl around for a while (sometimes up the wall)  and then die.  If disturbed, they curl into a tight spiral.  They don’t seem to do [...]

Cattery advice for cat with special needs

By 28 February, 2014

Hi Guys,
My cat was diagnosed with diabetes recently, and later this year I need to leave town for a  few days, and was wondering what cattery options are available in Canberra where she can still have her insulin shots administered when I was away.
Thanks in advance.
Paul

Modern Domain Builder feedback

By 27 February, 2014

Hi – has anyone had a building experience with Modern Domain Builders? We are looking at possibly building with them but there isn’t too much information “out there” about the company, except that they have won a HIA award. Thanks!

Who’s property?

By 23 February, 2014

Property next door is going on the market. Since glory knows when their driveway has encroached onto our property by about 4 feet at the kerb.
Seems this encroachment is not identified by any searches during the transfer, but getting a bit peed off that I have had to narrow my driveway to allow for this [...]

ActewAGL and incorrect credit reporting – what can I do?

By 19 February, 2014

Need some advice please…
Two years ago I moved interstate. As I still had my house in my name, I duly updated my address and contact details with ActewAGL for water, gas and electricity. I also had mail redirection for a year. They sent me all of my subsequent water, electricity and gas bills to my [...]

Costs for tiler

By 18 February, 2014

We are in the process of looking for a tiler and have thus far had one quote from a guy recommended by Blackrock tiles (who were great) where we are purchasing our tiles from.
The tiles will be laid over under-tile heating which may complicate the job slightly, although I gather not that much. The chap [...]

Tralee (Canberra’s own Lucas Heights) starts selling.

By 17 February, 2014

Affordable Tralee a boon for buyers Canberra Times puff piece: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/affordable-tralee-a-boon-for-buyers-20140216-32u7u.html
It’s interesting that the article does not mention the airport noise issue at all. If history is any guide, the residents will start complaining by the time their first rate bill arrives.
When the flight path gets moved over Canberra, everyone should remember [...]

Rent for pets

By 16 February, 2014

Hi guys,
Can anyone suggest for websites or forums to find a rental property which accepts pets. I just need a single bedroom dwelling and a place that allows my pets. I have 2 beautiful dogs.

Crate hire for moving interstate?

By 15 February, 2014

So I am packing up my home and moving to Mexico (well, Melbourne)…
I like the idea of hiring reusable plastic crates instead of cardboard boxes.
(I don’t mean milk crates, but secure storage crates)
I’ve read about crate hire services where the supplier delivers crates to your home and then collects them from your new home a [...]

Rights on property photos

By 14 February, 2014

Hello Rioters,
Does anyone knows about who has the rights of the photos taken by property agent. I thought we have the rights because it’s our property and we paid for the photos taken through the agent. But the agent said that the photos are belong to them and we can’t use them. Thank you.

Land Rent Scheme/Scam

By 14 February, 2014

Yesterday I was sent an advertisement for a property available under the infamous Land Rent Scheme. I was suprised by the $1.2 million+ price tag. especially since the scheme is supposed to assist with housing affordability and there are eligibility criteria for the scheme that would surely preclude anyone eligible from getting such a pricey [...]

Spiders

By 13 February, 2014

Hi, Just signed up. Would like to know if anyone recommend a good pest control place that can treat my place for spiders. I am a complete wus and just cant handle the critters!

Removal of a gas wall heater?

By 12 February, 2014

Hello hivemind, I’m after information about how to remove a gas wall heater.
I have upgraded to reverse cycle and now I want to have the old unit pulled out. Dumb question, what kind of tradesman should I call? Does it need to be a heating/aircon company, or can a plumber do this for me?
Or is [...]

Short term leases

By 12 February, 2014

I am starting to do some research on how to sell my house and buy another and was wondering if anyone has any tips on how to bridge the time between settlements on your old home and the new one in Canberra? If you have done this – and could not move in with family [...]

Housing bubble, what housing bubble? The Canberra’s inner south from 2005-2013.

By 10 February, 2014

Justsomeaussie sent this in challenging the notion that we’ve had a housing bubble in the inner south that’s going to ‘burst’.
What are your thoughts? Is housing in Canberra over priced? due to crash or will we just see stagnation for a while?

When to plant winter vegetables in Canberra

By 7 February, 2014

Greeting Rioters,
My summer veggie patch is going busters at the moment.  Lots of tomatoes, herbs, corn, zucchinis, eggplant, spinach and all the other usual suspects.  Having a great time eating from my own garden.
However, it’s got me thinking about the winter crop.  Broccoli, sprouts, beans etc.
When/how is the best time to get these things going?  [...]

Payment for fences?

By 3 February, 2014

Part question but mostly a rant.
Two of my neighbours recently agreed to replace the fence between them.  The blocks don’t align perfectly so it made sense to also replace a small section (4m) of my fence at the same time. My neighbour (NOT the fencing company) asked me if I was ok with it being replaced, as [...]

Door fitter

By 3 February, 2014

I need to replace an internal door that is starting to warp a little. Not sure why it is warping as it is an internal door well away from moisture/steam sources.
Is anyone who has had doors replaced recently able to recommend someone that might be willing to fit just a single door?
I would go get [...]

Brendan stamps his tiny feet on stamp duty

By 21 January, 2014

For a man with no real power the Liberals’ Brendan Smyth uses the word “must” rather a lot.
In this case he’s telling the government to eat crow over their incompetent stamp duty fiasco:
The ACT Labor government must take every possible step to make sure homeowners are fully compensated after accepting that some of its stamp [...]

ACT Government Committed to Unaffordable Housing

By 20 January, 2014

The good folk over at Macrobusiness have been doing an excellent job over the past week highlighting the ACT Government’s outrageously terrible and damaging policy when it comes to supplying land for new homes (see here, here, and here).
Despite strong population growth, stratospheric house prices, and the ACT Auditor General finding the ACT’s land release [...]

What is a good rent yield for investment properties in Canberra?

By 20 January, 2014

Hi,
New to Canberra. Thinking about purchasing a property as an investment. I’ve been told that investment properties are good here because you get high rental rates.
However, looking at your allhomes site, it seems that rental yields are quite low. Properties that are selling for 500k may be only renting out for $460-470 p/w. If it’s [...]

Empty rental property numbers surging ahead

By 20 January, 2014

Our quick and dirty survey of AllHomes rental listings has some bad news for property owners with houses piling into the market chasing renters who just don’t seem to be there right now.
It will be interesting to see if the start of graduate and student years does anything to remedy this.

The sunflowers have great timing. Images of Canberra

By 20 January, 2014

The first of my sunflower crop.
Another couple of dozen are all set.
Just beautiful
[ED - Got an image of Canberra you want to share with the world? Email it in to images@the-riotact.com ]

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