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 [...]
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 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
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 [...]
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.
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!
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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!
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 [...]
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 [...]
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?
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? [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 first of my sunflower crop.
Another couple of dozen are all set.
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Every year around this time, Canberra gets its annual heat wave and the mercury hits around 40 degrees. Its something of a blessing in disguise to be able to go back to work, and the refuge of an air conditioned office only to dread going home to your sauna-like house. There are a few easy [...]
New Scientist has an article on Australian climate policy (no, this is not an excuse for the nutters on both sides to break free, you know who you are) which contains an interesting aside about Canberra:
In an as-yet-unpublished study, Hanna and her colleagues found that older suburbs in Canberra with more trees were up to [...]
Our quick and dirty survey of rental listings on AllHomes shows the new year getting back into gear with a big rush of new properties listed as available for rent.
One suspects this is in part some holiday backlog but next week will tell the tale.
Having thoroughly failed to find enough round tuits to install a water tank myself, I’m considering hiring someone to do it for me.
Have you had someone install a rainwater tank and electric pump (but not necessarily the plumbing to the gutters) recently? Who did you hire? Did they do a decent job?
At this point I’m [...]
One week before moving into a rental property, the landlord/agent decided to back out of the rental lease agreement which was signed back in mid-December. The agreement was counter-signed and witnessed by one of the agent’s assistants.
Since I wasn’t going to move in until mid-Jan, agent had agreed to let me pay bond and 2 [...]
I have a carport that I would like to enclose.
Does anyone have any recommendations for getting a carpenter in Canberra to frame the walls?