What time of Year does the auction process work best?

With Spring well underway, will the auction process become a popular choice amongst sellers this season? 

The auction process can have a positive impact on the outcome of your sale at any time of the year. However, according to Camp Hill expert and Director of Place Coorparoo, Andrew Bradley, auctions in spring seem to have a higher success rate, especially in inner-city and high demand suburbs like Camp Hill. 

“With spring being a busy period for the property market, homes will be more likely to sell under the hammer,” says Mr Bradley. 

Wondering why is this the case? There are two main reasons. 


Competitive Buyers 

When buyers are competitive it is more likely that your home will sell at a higher price. Throughout the months of Spring the market is strong, meaning more and more buyers are looking to secure a piece of real estate and will go to greater lengths to secure a home. 

“In a hot market, competition between buyers rise. The more competition throughout the market, the more in demand your home will be,” Mr Bradley tells us. 

“With Camp Hill already being a very in-demand suburb, the auction process can really benefit sellers in the area throughout this season, as the rivalry rises,” says Mr Bradley. 


Higher Volume of Buyers 

Sellers will experience a higher number of buyers attending open homes throughout the warmer months, which is why Spring seems to be the best time of year to sell. Andrew believes this is also the case when it comes to buyers attending auctions, making the auction process for sellers potentially better than a private sale. 

“Warmer weather usually attracts more buyers onto the streets, meaning more people are likely to attend auctions throughout the Spring selling season. With Camp Hill being a suburb with plenty of outdoor activities to tend to, people will be out and about during the months of Spring, making attending auctions less of an effort and an easier way to secure a property.” 

“Along with the festive season around the corner, buyers are determined to be settled into their homes in time for Christmas and the New Year. The auction process makes this a simple way for them to secure their piece of real estate,” says Andrew. 


There are also many other benefits of going to auction all year round. These include; disclosed sale price, vendors are protected by the reserve price, the terms are decided before the auction and it is known for homes to sell prior to auctions with buyers fearing to be out-bid on the day. 

“Throughout my time as a Real Estate Agent, I have seen that auctions can draw more urgency to the sale of a property. In areas like Camp Hill we have seen homes sell under the hammer for prices well above the reserve and I’m certain we will continue to see these results over the next few months,” says Andrew. 

The weather isn’t the only thing we will see heating up this September and if you’re interested in getting your property on the market in time for peak selling and auction season, get in contact with Andrew here.


What to Know Before you Build your own House

Making the decision to build your own house is daunting yet exciting and proper planning is key to ensuring this process is successful for you.

When constructing your own home, you’ll need expert assistance, yet the most important part of the process is the planning before any physical work begins.

Expert assistance when planning your build is crucial. We caught up with Steve Keim, owner and builder at SLK Constructions, on what to know before deciding to build your own house.

Establish a budget

If you decide to build your own house, you’ll need to balance your dreams with your budget. Although you may have an idea of what you want, ensuring your budget allows this dream is important.

“Know what your budget is before you even start looking to build a new home,” says Steve.

Steve suggests engaging with a loan specialist and gaining an understanding of what you can actually afford before beginning the process. Without a clear budget and the correct financial help and guidance, you won’t be able to move onto the next step.

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Photo Credit: SLK Constructions

Finding the right land

Steve suggests that while people typically have an idea of where they want to live and the kind of house they’d like to build, there’s a better way of approaching it.

“Finding the right block of land before deciding what kind of home you’d like to build is essential, especially when it comes to budget. Irregular or sloping blocks can add to the cost of building. Often, knocking down an existing house can be a cost effective way to secure the perfect block of land to build your own house,” says Steve.

Steve tells us it’s important to check for easements from the council before deciding on a block of land, including positioning of sewers, stormwater and overland flow. These elements can affect the positioning of your floor plan and new home if this has already been determined.

Another factor to consider is the surrounding homes. Your dream home won’t be perfect if it doesn’t suit the surrounding neighbourhood.

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Photo Credit: SLK Constructions

Project builder vs custom builder

When comparing the choice of a project or custom builder, there’s a few things to consider. Firstly, a project builder will use a pre-designed build whereas a custom builder will create a home to suit your ideas specifically.

According to Steve, getting a fixed price quote that includes the site works and foundations or slab is essential. Establishing a relationship with your builder will determine the success of your new home.

“A custom builder will be able to cater better for you block, design and inclusions. You should never let price be the deciding factor when making the decision to build your own house,” says Steve.

“Over the 16 to 24 weeks of a typical build, your builders are building the home you and your family could potentially live in for the next 16 to 24 years. Therefore, it’s important to find the right builder to ensure your home will suit you and your families wants and needs.”

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Photo Credit: SLK Constructions

Using a custom builder means your home won’t be the same as typical off the plan builds. If you’re deciding to build your own house to sell as an investment, a custom build will be what makes your house different to others. This means you will have a higher chance of selling the home at a better price and at a faster pace.

If you’re currently in the process of building your own house and would like some expert real estate advice to get the best out of your investment, you can find Andrew’s contact details here.


The 4 Best Plants For your Bathroom

Plants are a great way to achieve an easy ‘wow-factor’ in your bathroom.

They add a natural element to the space along with an extra bit of colour and flare, however, it’s important to know which are the best plants for your bathroom, as not all plants can survive in this particular space.

The bathroom may not be the first room that comes to mind when considering getting indoor plants for your home, but your bathroom provides an ideal growing environment for specific plants. Here are five of the best plants for your bathroom.


If you want to add a tropical vibe to your bathroom, consider styling with an Orchid.  Known for their temperamental behaviour, Orchids are one of the best plants for your bathroom and can happily live there for months. They keep their gorgeous flowers for months at a time and can thrive in bathrooms due to complimentary damp, warm conditions a steamy bathroom produces.

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Snake Plant 

If you’re a serial plant killer, then the Snake Plant is the best plant for you and is also a great plant for your bathroom.

This particular species can tolerate various conditions. Surviving in situations with no light or bright/direct light, they also require little to no water. Keeping them in a Humid bathrooms minimises the need for direct watering, too. They are a low maintenance,  unique pop of greenery to your bathroom.

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Weeping Fig

If your bathroom has the space to cater to a larger plant, the Weeping Fig will be perfect. This particular type of plant is a perfect plant for your bathroom because they enjoy humidity and bright light. In some cases cold drafts can cause Weeping Figs to lose their leaves but they are quick to recover.

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Heart Leaf Philodendron

This little gems look fantastic hanging in baskets or planters,making them a perfect choice for small spaces like your bathroom. Heart Leaf Philodendrons are hard plants to kill, making them an excellent low-maintenance choice. The steam and mist from your shower will be a great watering session for your plant, ensuring no need for regular watering. This is by far one of the best plants for your bathroom.


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[VIDEO] Coorparoo | How to Style Your Coffee Table

Coffee tables are as practical as they are an opportunity to really inject some style into a space, especially when selling your property. The essentials are needed, such as your remotes, a cup of tea and a place to stash your current book, but they aren’t the items you want to be using to style your coffee table when selling.

It’s no secret that living rooms are a crucial consideration for buyers. A coffee table has the ability to act as a centrepiece of the room, and with thought-out, beautiful and planned styling, coffee tables can set the mood and create a focal point for the entire room.

Luckily, we’ve got some great styling advice. We caught up with interior stylist, Marion Taylor owner of Tailored Home Styling, to get her top tips on how to style your coffee table when selling your property.

Tip 1: Ground your items

The first thing you will need when styling your coffee table is something to ground your items.

For example, Marion suggests using a tray and a book as the base of the setting.

“The purpose of the book and the tray is to ground the other items in your setting. These elements become the heart of the setting and are an important element when styling your coffee table,” says Marion.

Tip 2: Rule of three’s

When it comes to home decor, the one rule you must follow in terms of the decorative aspects, is the rule of threes.

“The rule of threes is an old styling trick. It’s something I like to follow as I feel things look better and well placed when they are in a group of three,” says Marion.

Styling ornaments in a groups of three is easy on the eye and always makes the setting look complete.

Tip 3: Adding natural elements

As usual, when styling any space, adding a natural element is key to bringing nature into the room.

Marion likes to add greenery or flowers to her coffee table setting.

“Greenery gives the overall look light and depth. If you have flowers or a plant on your to use when styling your coffee table, they will tie into the colour scheme of the room and give it an earthy, less sterile feel.”

Tip 4: Add something translucent

A translucent item adds another element to the b

ase of the setting, without creating cluster.

“What I like to use when styling is either a glass vase or a see-through sculpture. This adds interest to the overall look without it looking over done,” says Marion.

Tip 5: Variant heights

To add depth to the coffee table setting use items that are different heights.

“Variant heights within your setting creates a line of variation for the eye, which is visually pleasing,” says Marion.

Tip 6: Add a scented candle

Candles are the perfect decorative item to set the mood.

Not only does the flame create a warm sensation and feel, a candle always looks lovely and peaceful.

Marion suggests using a scented candle to further set the mood of the room.

“Scented candles are everyone’s best friends when it comes to styling. It’s an effortless yet important styling trick.”

[VIDEO] Camp Hill | 3 Tips on Styling Character Homes

An important part of the selling process, is ensuring your home is in tip-top shape and looking its best for open homes.


Potential buyers need to feel a certain emotion towards the home, which can be achieved through styling.


When it comes to styling character homes, blending the old with the new is key.


We sat down with Interior Stylist and Owner of Look Home Staging, Heidi Fenton-Smith, to find out her top three tips on styling character homes.

Camp Hill | 5 Easy Tips to Help Maintain Your Pool

There’s nothing better than jumping into a swimming pool to escape the heat on a hot summers day in Brisbane.

But purchasing a home with a pool for the first time can be daunting because with a pool comes hard work and maintenance.

“Australia is lucky enough to have the highest per-capita rate of pool ownership in the world, with 1.2 million pools across the country,” says Matt Boogaard from Pool Spot Camp Hill.

So how do you go about maintaining the cleanliness of a pool?

As a local pool expert, Matt has prepared five general maintenance tips to help the Brissy pool owners.

1. Ensure there’s sufficient water circulation

Every pool has a pump and filter. In most pools, the pump pulls water from the skimmer box on the side of the pool, pushing it through the filter and returning the water to the pool.

The filtration system should ideally run for at least four hours a day in winter and eight hours a day in summer. This will keep the pool water clear.

Additionally, the leaf basket inside the skimmer box will require regular emptying to prevent debris from blocking the water flow to the pump.

Automatic pool cleaners often connect to the skimmer box and therefore also should be checked for blockages.

If there’s insufficient water circulation, the pool water can turn cloudy or green. If the pump is running without sufficient water flow it can be damaged.



2. Sanitation & water chemistry

Most people know that swimming pools are treated with chlorine and are familiar with the corresponding smell.

The smell associated with chlorine can be a result of high chlorine or low chlorine.

Insufficient chlorine can result in the pool becoming a haven for bacteria and algae.

High chlorine can irritate the eyes of swimmers and can damage the pool equipment.

It’s also important to correctly ‘balance’ the pool water. This refers to having the pH, total alkalinity and calcium hardness in the correct ranges to prevent swimmer discomfort, damage to pool equipment and the pool surface.

You can buy home test kits that vary in complexity, although most pool shops offer water testing services.



3. Cleaning

Scooping up the leaves from the surface will make the pool more visually appealing.

Brushing the walls and waterline, and vacuuming the pool will give it a full thorough clean and help prevent problems with algae and staining.


4. Water level

Without enough water in the pool, the pool circulation system can run dry, causing damage to the equipment.  This can often be overlooked by some pool owners.

If you are holidaying for more than a week, ask a neighbour to check the water level for you while you’re away.

Top up the pool with a hose – ideally the water level should be ¾ the way up the skimmer mouth.

The regularity of this will vary depending on the weather.

If you’re finding you frequently need to top-up the pool, it may be a sign of a leakage.


5. Safety

While the pool should be a place of fun and enjoyment, there are also risks associated.

Always supervise young children using the pool.

Ensure the pool gate can’t be opened by a small child by checking the latch and hinges, and never leave or prop the gate open.

It’s important to make sure there are no toys or climbable objects near the pool fence to avoid the temptation for a child to climb over.

Pool chemicals can also pose a danger to children as well as adults. Always keep pool chemicals out of the reach.

When adding pool chemicals, always wear eye protection and follow the instructions on the container. Never mix pool chemicals with other chemicals.


[VIDEO] Coorparoo | Is Your Home Ready for a Building and Pest Inspection?

A building and pest inspection is an important process in selling or buying a home.

The result can determine the end result of your sale or purchase. That’s why getting an expert to conduct a thorough search is crucial.

We caught up with Fred Broekman, a Senior Building Consultant from All Suburbs Building Inspections and Reports, who gave us his top tips for sellers and buyers when it comes to a building and pest inspection.

[VIDEO] Coorparoo | These 3 Easy Tips Will Transform Your Home

Modern and newly built houses can sometimes feel sterile, so adding a touch of character and style can help make it feel like a home.

Regardless of whether you’re intending on living in the house or selling it, it’s a good idea to make the spaces feel warm.

If you’re selling, you’ll want to appeal to buyers’ senses by highlighting the potential to help them envisage how it would feel to live there.

368 Chatsworth Road, Coorparoo is a newly built home that has been styled for comfort and family living, oozing charm the moment you walk in.

We caught up with the talent behind the styling, Shane Calvino from Calvino Designs, to hear her top three tips on how to make a modern house feel homely.

You can see more of this beautiful property here.