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June 8, 2010

First impressions count

There’s no denying that when it comes to property investing and making money from renovating, first impressions count.

Changing the first impression of a property is the second highest returning “add value” technique. Here’s why…


In this day and age most potential buyers start their search for properties online. They look up the locations they’re interested in, enter their budgetary constraints and select certain property profile details that they require.

Only once they’ve got the search results of this initial selection do they start prioritising which of these properties interest them. Out of the ones that look interesting to them, they’ll go and drive by a number of them and have a look at them from the outside before narrowing it down even further to a select few that they’ll actually inspect.

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May 21, 2010

Re-stumping a house – the right way!

Re-stumping is one of those aspects of renovating that’s a bit of an unknown to a lot of people, and as such can be a bit scary. I’d like to give you a few pointers.


When it comes to re-stumping I’d first like you to consider that an average home is likely to have around 90 to 100 stumps. This is something you might be able to just go and check for yourself. On average it costs around $70 to $80 per stump (material and labour) to get a house re-stumped so keep that in mind when getting quotes. You can pretty easily work out roughly what your job might cost by multiplying the number of stumps with a cost per stump. This figure will and should include the cost of getting a permit.

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