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Home Living : May 17th 2011
4 HLS - HOME LIVING: SOUTH, Tuesday, May 17, 2011 Handy hints to add value to house » ADVERTISING FEATURE HOMELIVING What you do today will make you money tomorrow. And as an architect body rightly puts it, the money for homeowners lies in fixing faults and avoiding flaws becoming a deal- breaker when the house is put in the market. Here, Archicentre ACT & NSW manager, Ian Agnew gives some handy hints to add value to your property and get ready to sell well. Maintaining living conditions inside the house Maintain a reasonable circulation of air in the house, to prevent stale air, excessive humidity and condensation, all of which may affect your health and cause materials to deteriorate. Items such as stoves, clothes dryers and showers should all be well vented to the outside of the house. Maintaining the interior of your home can be as simple as opening windows and doors to let fresh air flow through. Maintaining services Have gas leaks fixed immediately. Check the colour of your cooktop's gas flame for signs of contamination and danger -- natural gas should burn blue. If in doubt get your appliance or supply line checked by a qualified service person. Fuses that blow with increasing regularity indicate a wiring problem and should be attended to immediately. Do not attempt any rewiring work yourself. Maintaining tiled wet areas Bathrooms and laundries and kitchen sinks are naturally wet areas. Regulations require an impervious finish to all surfaces that are exposed to water, from shower bases and walls, bath surrounds and basin or sink splashbacks. Ceramic tiles fulfil this function well as long as certain features are maintained. Ensure adequate waterproof seals around shower screens, fixtures and shower bases. Check for cracked or drummy tiles and loose or missing grout in showers, surrounds and splashbacks. Archicentre has a guide that provides an indication of costs of renovation and repairs at archicentre.com.au DON T PAY TOO MUCH CALL NOW FOR FREE MEASURE AND QUOTE INTEREST FREE TERMS AVAILABLE (TAP) 2151099i 17/5 1300 289 655 www.blindandshuttercentre.com.au
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