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Home Living : December 2nd 2008
8 HLN - HOME LIVING: NORTH, Tuesday, December 2, 2008 No time like now On average, renovators spend $20 billion a year, a significant contribution HOMELIVING Homeowners considering renovations have been urged to bring them forward and use Australian building products as a way of creating jobs. Archicentre managing director Robert Caulfield said a renovation-led recovery could create thousands of jobs. ''On average, renovators spend $20 billion a year, a significant contribution to the economic activity, with an average of $80,000 spent on renovations,'' he said. Mr Caulfield said the dramatic drop in demand for new homes will provide a buyer's market for renovation projects as builders look for replacement jobs. ''Tendering will now come back into the market place as consumers look for better prices in a tightening economy and all sectors of the housing industry sharpen their pencils to get business.'' Mr Caulfield said home renovations made financial sense. ''When people do the figures they... will get far better value out of renovating their existing home than moving.'' ''Moving costs on average $50,000 to $60,000 and includes non-productive property taxes of stamp duty, mortgage duty, plus removalists' costs, legal fees and real estate agency costs.'' Archicentre has produced a free DIY renovation design guide that can be found at www.archicentre.com.au Safety first in bushfire season Bushfire season seems to be getting longer with every passing year, to the point when there is no longer any time when residents in fire-prone areas can relax their guard. Housing Industry Association executive director Graham Wolfe says precautions should certainly be underway by now. ''These include clearing debris that may have collected over the winter from roofs, gutters and any outside areas close to the house such as decks and courtyards,'' he said. ''Timber decks and balconies are a major fire risk and are a path into the main building for a fire. If you are planning to install them consider materials that will not burn, such as metal or concrete. ''In any case you should consult your local authority as there are specific regulations governing construction methods and materials used in bushfire-prone areas.'' Check your access to water supplies that may include rainwater tanks, dams and swimming pools, as well as the mains. A sprinkler system connected to these supplies should be ready in case fire approaches. Do not store firewood against walls or underneath the house and ensure all doors have close-fitting screens. Cut grass close to all buildings short and remove fallen branches that could provide fire fuel. Plant trees and shrubs away from the house, as the open space creates a firebreak. Put screens over any chimneys to catch falling embers. Details: Visit www.tradebuild.com.au ................................................. Dealer Licence No 187520C Authorised 2064180i hln wk12 PHONE NOW For a FREE in Home Quote SPRING SPECIALS 9737 0293 • SAVE UP TO $400 ON DAIKIN DUCTED SYSTEMS • SAVE UP TO $200 ON DAIKIN SPLIT SYSTEMS FIXED PRICE ground floor & 1st floor addi ons DESIGN SERVICE FIXED PRICE ADDITIONS Call 9651 1990 Email email@example.com Master Builder - Gold Lic.56363c MBA Award Winning Builder Affordable Quality FREE Quote Established 15 Years Decks Pergolas Stainless steel wire handrail Lattice Privacy Screens DIY pergola and deck kits Lic No: 170944C FREE LOCAL DELIVERY SHOWROOM OPEN 6 DAYS THOMSON'S OUTDOOR PINE FREE DESIGN & QUOTE 5 CHILVERS ROAD THORNLEIGH www.thomsonsoutdoorpine.com.au POLYCARBONATE AWNINGS Translucent Carbolite Lets in light -- keeps out heat Up to 2.4m projection. No posts Suitable for windows -- doors -- patios 2349069i hln wk1 PHONE: 9980 7611 we reach more active home improvers 86% of Home Living readers have purchased products or services after seeing advertisements in their local Cumberland Newspaper phone 9689 5395 cumberlandnewspapers.com.au advertisenow 2190069 Source: Roy Morgan Readership Survey, June 2006
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