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Home Living : January 20th 2009
2 HLW - HOME LIVING: WEST, Tuesday, January 20, 2009 Money spent wisely? HOMELIVING Poorly planned and constructed renovations could devalue your properties, warns Angus Kell state manager Archicentre. The warning comes at a time when the $20 billion renovation industry is set to play an extended role in the building industry with people investing the $50,000 to $60,000 it costs to move in renovating their homes and staying put. Mr Kell says low interest rates and the availability of tradesmen due to the downturn are a further catalyst. ''Unfortunately many people invest in property to secure their financial future without a planned strategy or any idea of the cost of renovating their home or investment property,'' he said. ''One of the more disturbing issues is that some people actually devalue their investments with poorly conceived designs or inappropriate materials, providing a negative cash flow for the investments and poor re-selling options. ''Some of the worst examples we have seen involve period houses where poorly designed flat roof extensions have been added, houses painted in garish colours, and money poured into expensive bathroom and kitchen fittings at the expense of light and space. ''Another costly mistake is to inadvertently change the house from one market segment to another, for example converting the third bedroom of a three-bedroom house into a walk-in robe and ensuite will change the house from a three-bedroom house to a two- bedroom one with a drop in value of possibly $100,000 after spending perhaps $40,000 on the project '' The basics of planning and costing the renovation to work within an available budget, combined with a clear understanding of how to tender the work out and manage the renovation project, is fundamental to the success of any renovation. Archicentre has developed an online checklist for renovaters. Visit www.archicentre.com.au. built-in WARDROBES Lifetime Warranty Free Measure & Quote Custom Design Built-in Wardrobes Renovation of existing Wardrobes Sliding Mirror doors in a variety of colour frames Hinged or sliding Federation Doors FACTORY & SHOWROOM Unit 1, 183-185 McCredie Rd, Guildford 9632 5444 Lic. No, 160400C www.waratahwardrobes.com.au 2156783i hlw wk1 New Year Kitchen Sale 20% - 50% off kitchens "If you love cooking like me let Kitcheners custom design your dream kitchen. Plus with great New Year's savings of up to 50% off normal prices on selected ranges, it's never been more affordable to speak to Australia's favourite kitchen company. Plus their award-winning designers can bring the showroom to you." Call 1800 826 144 now (24hrs) for a free design and quote or visit www.kitcheners.com.au DESIGNER KITCHENS FROM $6 TO $60K "Trust Kitcheners for Australia's best custom-made kitchens" Huey * Must purchase kitchen with cabinetry valued over $6000 (ex glass splashbacks, stone benchtops and trade works). 10% deposit at time of appointment. Not valid with any other offer. Huge discounts on new custom made kitchens! Hurry, order today while stocks last! Showroom & Factory: Fax: 77 Larra St, Yennora 9632 1399 Specialising in Shopfront & Domestic Roller Shutters SAVE $$$ - FACTORY DIRECT PRICES Master Lic:408646770 Roller Shutters Shopfront Shutters Stainless Steel Doors Automatic Garage Doors FREE MEASURE & QUOTES Call 9632 1111 www.burwoodshutters.com.au 5% OFF YOUR LOWEST GENUINE PRICE Window Shutters Safety Doors Window Grilles Automatic Gates 2061737i hlw wk15 QUALITY PRODUCTS AT TRADE PRICES MANUFACTURER DIRECT WE SERVICE MOST BRANDS OF SHUTTERS • 10 Year Written Warranty • Fast Professional Installation By Qualified Tradesman • Reduce Heating & Cooling Bills • Deter Burglars • Reduce Noise • Storm Protection ROLLER SHUTTERS FREE MEASURE & QUOTE CALL TODAY 1300 302 822 www.maverickrollerproducts.com.au 2158952i hlw wk41 C/L 196633C ALUMINIUM WINDOWS & SLIDING DOORS BETA - VIEW BETA - VIEW 900x900 (3'x3') $138 1200 x 1500 (4' x 5') $202 1200 x 1800 (4' x 6') $224 1200 x 2400 (4' x 8') $328 web: www.betaview.com.au - email: firstname.lastname@example.org PRICES FOR WINDOW ONLY & INCLUDE GST AVAILABLE IN BROWN, WHITE, HAWTHORN GREEN, PALE EUCALYPT, STONE BEIGE, CLEAR ANO, PRIMROSE FREE QUOTES FOR SUPPLY & INSTALL Unit 6, 9 Kurrajong Rd, St Marys 2150682i hlw wk30 Ph:9623 5611 F:9623 5091 ABN 14 070 225 197 Master Lic No 408872083 Lic 84933c Security lic. no. 408925402 GLASS CUT TO SIZE OPEN SAT BUY DIRECT FROM THE MANUFACTURER AND SAVE $$$ We supply Carports & awning kits Metal roofing Guttering Flashings & all fing accessories DIY OR INSTALLATION ARRANGED M PRODUCTS PTY LTD Servicing all Sydney Metropolitan area Ph 9675 5622 www.zammitroofing.com.au 2122060K
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