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Home Living : October 19th 2010
HLC - HOME LIVING: CENTRAL, Tuesday, October 19, 2010 1 Beware a very costly problem » ADVERTISING FEATURE HOMELIVING They are silent and hungry and most homeowners do not realise they could be literally ''eaten out of their homes'' by anything up to a million termites. Termites cost Australian homeowners an estimated $1 billion a year. Archicentre, the building advisory service of the Australian Institute of Architects, warns wet and warm weather causes a significant increase in damage to houses by termites. Archicentre ACT & NSW state manager Ian Agnew said its home inspection statistics found that 35 per cent of all homes sold had some form of borer, termite, dry rot or timber fungus. ''Borers can be a silent destroyer with the first indication of a problem being when the vacuum cleaner head hits the skirting board which turns into dust,'' he said. ''Homebuyers should be particularly wary of termite problems and timber rot to structural elements and windows." Mr Agnew said Archicentre's pest inspectors had seen homes with as much as $100,000 in damage that would not be evident without a comprehensive inspection. ''It is critical that homebuyers and homeowners seek independent professional advice." Mr Agnew said homeowners should take action to dry out sub-floors by increasing ventilation, removing debris and allowing more air to circulate. ''Inspect timber framing and floors generally for rot, mould and evidence of borers. . . check to see that the earth is not excessively wet. ''Dampness and inadequate ventilation encourage rot, borer and termite attack.'' Mr Agnew said homeowners with concrete floor slabs should now be looking for early signs of termite attack such as mud tubes on the edges of concrete slabs and damaged skirtings and architraves. Cost of termites to Australian homeowners Number of households in Australia: 7.2 million; Estimated number affected by termites: 650,000; Average cycle time: five years; Estimated number of new attacks a year: 130,000; Average rectification cost: $7000-$8000; Estimated annual cost: $1 billion Details: archicentre.com.au Bathroom & Kitchen Renovations Painting New dwellings Home Extensions & alterations First floor addition Patios, decks & pergolas Complete architectural design service Finance available to approved applicants WE CATER FOR ALL YOUR HOME IMPROVEMENT NEEDS Suite 102, 49-51 Queens Road, Five Dock 8753 0856 PTY LTD HOME RENOVATION SPECIALISTS A.B.N. 66 132 232 529 Lic. 208460c 2160059i hlc wk17 HUGE SAVINGS ON ALL FLOOR STOCK! BROOKVALE 724 Pittwater Rd Ph. 99059055 Outdoor Teak LEICHHARDT 800 Parramatta Rd Ph. 95603780 Outdoor Teak, AH Beard & Sealy Bedding KINGSGROVE 103 Vanessa St Ph. 91507760 Outdoor Teak, Indoor & French Provincial Furniture, AH Beard & Sealy Bedding 2115951i hlc wk17 Unique Teak Furniture www.uniqueteak.com.au Quality Teak Outdoor Furniture SALE NOW ON We also stock an exclusive range of French Provincial Furniture + AH Beard and Sealy Beds Steamer ONLY $199 was $399 Metropolitan Built-in Wardrobes Pty Ltd FREE MEASURE & QUOTE SHOWROOM OPEN 6 DAYS Mon- Fri 8.00am - 4.00pm Sat 8.00am - 12.30pm T: 9763 5899, F: 9763 5877 www.metropolitanwardrobes.com.au Unit 6, 1-15 Wentworth Rd Nth, Homebush (off Bellona Ave) 15 YEARS GUARANTEED 2141582i hln wk39 Lic. 137155c 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 Kitcheners Kitchens has a great range of We need clients with homes in your area to of your new kitchen for our brochure when Kitcheners Kitchens made just for youTM ® OM CE Poly vanities with ceramic tops Baths, taps, mirrors & much, much more! $19 9 $19 9 $375 AMAZING PACKAGE DEALS Kitchens Bathrooms & Doors 24 Bridge Street, Rydalmere 02 9898 1200 www.auslux.com.au 2271272K HLCwk41
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