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Home Living : May 10th 2011
HLN - HOME LIVING: NORTH, Tuesday, May 10, 2011 9 Architect tips to add value to your home » ADVERTISING FEATURE What you do today will make you money tomorrow. As a prominent architect body rightly puts it, the money for home owners lies in fixing faults and avoiding flaws. Here, Archicentre ACT & NSW State Manager, Ian Agnew gives some handy hints to add value to your property. From experience and carrying out thousands of pre-purchase inspections and advice reports on housing, Archicentre, the building advisory service of the Australian Institute of Architects, recommends home owners give their home a regular overall inside and outside maintenance check and attend to problems before they get worse. If you think small cracks, mould and odd smells in the house are not major problems with the structure of your home, think again. It could mean water damage, destructive pests or deterioration. Maintaining roof space Your roof frame and ceiling rafters can warp and deflect over time and usually there is little chance of a serious problem developing. But, by re-roofing with a material heavier than the original covering, you can do serious damage unless the roof framing is strengthened. If you notice unusual smells when examining the roof, this could indicate the intrusion of animals or water. Animals can cause damage such as stained ceilings and chewed wiring, so remove them and get an electrical safety check once the pests are gone. Make sure your roof insulation is appropriate for your climate, spread evenly throughout the roof space and kept well clear of downlights, electrical transformers and other possible heat-generating devices. Uneven or inadequate insulation can lead to heat leakage or uneven heat gain and increased energy bills. Electrical hot spots can be a serious fire hazard. Maintaining ceilings and walls Most plaster walls will crack in time, but provided your footings and foundations are sound, often all that is required is to patch cracks when re-painting to improve appearances. However, recurring cracks may indicate a structural problem. Condensation and roof leaks may eventually cause the walls and ceilings in old homes to bulge as the plaster, fixings or framing deteriorates. If the bulging plaster sounds hollow when tapped, re-plastering or new plasterboard may be required. If your house is brick, check the walls regularly for rising damp, which is caused by a breakdown of the damp- proof course, brought on by damp external conditions and often made worse by inadequate sub-floor ventilation. Next week: Tips on maintaining living conditions inside the house HOMELIVING Ready to install Designer Aluminium Doors and Panels with PERSPEXTM Acrylic Inserts ph9417 6111Unit 20, 380 Eastern Valley Way, Chatswood www.allplastics.com.au firstname.lastname@example.org *Conditions apply with warranty and guarantee. Complete aluminium door solutions. Five designer profiles. Over twenty decorative colours. Half the weight of glass. Impact resistant - won t shatter like glass. Won t show finger marks like glass (frost only). Appearance of sand-blasted glass (frost only). Pearlescent, 8 colours (soft metallic shimmering Perspex). Ideal for splashbacks (not behind cooktops). Lifetime warranty on Hettich hardware. 10 year guarantee on PERSPEXTM acrylic inserts. L L L L L L L L L L Ali Edge® Slimline 55 Panels Room divider, High Gloss Perspex Black+Printed Matt Black Ali Edge® Slimline Doors Australia's widest range of plastics and associated services. 2032016i 10/5 Frost Perspex Colours Fan Ali Frost Doors TM glassrooms | conservatories | garden rooms ground & 1st floor extensions BUILDER OF QUALITY EXTENSIONS Designed and built for your lifestyle. Call for an obligation free in-home consultation. Showroom: 152 Russell Street, Emu Plains email@example.com www.classichomeimprovements.com.au Create an improvement that will allow your home to breathe fresh living space 2080015i 19/4 MULTI-HIA AWARD WINNERS LICENCE NO: 66902C 1300 721 150
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