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3 Questions to Ask Perth Home Builders

Finding the right builder is a significant step in getting the home of your dreams. Shoddy work can cause you not only heartaches but financial losses as well. To guide you in selecting a builder you can rely on, here are the things you should ask about before sealing the deal. Continue reading →

What to Look For in House and Land Packages

House and land packages are a great way to start with a fresh, new house. It can be intimidating to select from the many types of houses to be built, however, and even more so when you have to consider choosing where to have it built. Here are some pointers to ensure that the three important aspects of a house and land package—estate, lot, and builder—are all to your liking:

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The True and Full Cost of Owning Your First Home

From the viewpoint of the inexperienced, purchasing a home is a pretty simple and straightforward process: take out a loan and use it to buy the house of your choice. Things are rarely that simple, however, as there are other costs that buyers have to consider. Continue reading →

Subtle Signs of a Family-Friendly Neighbourhood

In the past, all you needed out of a home was a place that was near the latest restaurants and nightlife options. Now that you have children, however, what you’re looking for in a place to call home has changed dramatically.

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Pre-Designed Homes: Practicality over Originality

Buying a pre-designed house plan may seem like an excuse to spend less money to live in a cookie-cutter home. The truth is, pre-designed homes have distinct advantages over custom-drawn plans for clients and builders in Perth, WA.

The biggest advantage of a pre-designed house plan is the ability to “tour” the house before it is built to ensure everything is to your liking. Clients can immediately see the way the house is laid out and decide if they would like to use the design. With a custom-drawn house plan, there is nothing to show until it has already been drawn and committed to. Continue reading →

Creative Solutions for Common Home Design Issues

There will always be a point when you look around your home and feel like there are some things you can improve. It could happen as you move in, or months later when you think your home décor needs a few touch-ups. Here are some common home design issues that you might encounter and some creative solutions to address them:

When it lacks warmth

Do your rooms look too sterile, or do they lack that homey feel? Add warmth through hot colours! Moody blues and rusty hues fit many design schemes, and you can play around with them to enhance the cosiness of your home. Use these and other subdued tones in the fabrics or furnishings you use, especially your window treatments, rugs, and pillow cases. You can also incorporate warm metallic colours like bronze into your kitchen. Continue reading →

How to Get the Interest Rate You Want

Every first home buyer dreams of getting the lowest possible interest rate on a mortgage. Low interest rates mean lower monthly payments, which is a huge advantage in and of itself. Therefore, you shouldn’t hesitate to put in a lot of time and effort into looking for the most competitive rates available. If you find the best one, then your time and effort will be well spent.

That being said, there’s often a catch with low mortgage rates. Although you might find a mortgage loan with an impressively low rate, it’s usually available for only a few months after you acquire your mortgage. To make sure that the rate you pay for is the rate you want, you need to consider a fixed rate home loan. Continue reading →