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Home Living : January 18th 2011
4 HLN - HOME LIVING: NORTH, Tuesday, January 18, 2011 Take time to have a look HOMELIVING People buying homes worth more than $500,000, who are usually trading up as second-, third- or fourth-home buyers with an established financial position, are more likely to buy a house without a property inspection. Younger first-home buyers, especially professionals with little equity but with more consumer awareness and very little margin to make financial mistakes, generally take a more thorough investigation into the property, including undertaking a pre-purchase property inspection, says Archicentre. Archicentre, the building advisory service of the Australian Institute of Architects, says on average around 80 per cent of homebuyers do not undertake a property inspection. ''With the property market swinging back to favour buyers, and many properties being passed in at auction, rising interest rates and people renovating rather than moving, home- buyers will have time and bargaining power on their side to limit risk in future through the use of a pre-purchase property inspection,'' Archicentre ACT & NSW state manager Ian Agnew said. National statistics compiled from Archicentre's pre-purchase property inspections show some 30 per cent of homes for sale have faults which could cost thousands of dollars in repair. ''With DIY super funds becoming a major player in the property area, people buying a property to boost their retirement savings can quickly find their investment becoming a negative if they pay top price for a property which immediately needs repairs and maintenance before being leased,'' Mr Agnew said. ''Typically, Archicentre often receives a call from home-buyers who have moved into a home and very quickly discover problems, such as cracking, leaky roofs, termites or re-stumping.'' Archicentre's pre-purchase home inspection statistics reveal all homes inspected had a range of faults, including illegal building, rising damp, roof faults, faulty electrical wiring and cracking. Details: archicentre.com.au COMPARE OUR PRICES! PLANTATION SHUTTERS GLOBAL SHUTTERS & BLINDS PTY LTD TEL: 1300 128 230 www.gloshutters.com 2119221m 6/4 Tue41 *plus installation charge, price quoted for a minimum order of 2m2 One wonder! Help is just one click away with the handy FirstCall pendant. Click! and it automatically phones your family and friends. No monitoring fees. No contracts. For greater peace-of-mind and securit y for loved ones, make FirstCall your first call! Medical Alarms CALL 1300 994 096 or www.firstcallconnect.com.au 2127800K HLN wk29 Kitchens Bathrooms Doors Laundries Toilets from $19 5 full ceramic 4 panel solid timber maple Doors Crazy! $135 30% off Custom Made Kitchens SALE Vanities from $199 Solid timber maple French Doo Crazy! $169 AusLux Stainless Steel Sinks from $110 24 Bridge Street, RYDALMERE - off Victoria Rd Ph 9898 1200 www.auslux.com.au OPEN 7 DAYS Mon - Fri 9.00am-5.00pm Saturday 9.30am-2.00pm Sunday 9.30am-1.00pm Bathroom Accessories from $15 Taps from $45 Shower Screens from $375 NEW YEAR Home Improvement BUILT-IN WARDROBES SHOWER SCREENS www.completewardrobes.com.au • Small Business Award Winner 2136780i nst wk22 BUILT IN WARDROBES FACTORY DIRECT PRICES BUILT IN WARDROBES FACTORY DIRECT PRICES PH: 9890 7477 PH: 9890 7477 • FREE MEASURE & QUOTE • LIFETIME GUARANTEE Made to suit your budget & needs • Style • Service • Variety • Full range • Accessories • Hinged Doors • Sliding Doors • Over 20 years exp. Sydney Wardrobe Company Pty. Ltd www.sydneywardrobe.com.au Lic: 185628C 2152887i hln wk40 Give your windows & doors a new look. Widest range available. Internal and External Timber and Aluminium, Internal Shutters, Motorised Blinds, Blockout Blinds, Roman Blinds, Sunscreen Blinds and more... Phone Yvette or Kris Burbage today for a free measure and quote on 9981 4443. www.boomerangblinds.com.au Blinds &Shutters
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