Month: May 2017

Five tips for buying a new home in Sydney

If you are planning to move to Sydney then this is the right page for you. The real estate in Sydney is really booming now and this is the right time for you to buy your home. Here are few tips that will guide you through the process, and help you choose the perfect home.

Remember, it is a daunting challenge to buy a home in Sydney, especially, if your budget is low. With about 4.76 million people living in 665 suburbs, finding a good home can be tough.  It is always good to plan your approach well in advance before buying a home. After all, buying a home is an expensive project and you should think well before stepping into it.

Planning for future

Think about your future before buying a home. Take your time to decide on the length of time you are planning to stay in the new house. Will it suit your needs? Will your family be comfortable? Think about the renovation and selling costs of your house if you are planning to move after a couple of years. Think about certain things like schools, hospitals, shops, friends and family when deciding to buy a home.

Make a wish list

Think about your current priorities and what you do not want in your new house by creating a wish list. If you are planning to have a pool in your new house, do you think it would suit your budget? What kind of property do you wish to buy? Will you be able to handle a lot of pressure? These are some things that you should think about and write down in your wish list.

Travelling to work and school

Another important factor to consider as a family is the length of time to travel to your workplace or school. Are you comfortable with that? Remember, this is a daily routine and hence you should put this as your top priority.

Renovations

If you are planning to renovate the home, think about the costs associated with creating new space in your house or rebuilding new areas of your home.  At the time of selling you should take into consideration the real estate market in Sydney. Take a note of the floor plans and make sure if that suits you. Check the storage spaces, and the number of rooms. If you are not sure about that, you can always get help from experts.

Know the locals

Before buying the home, it is always a good thing to know about the local area. Hang out in the local café or park to know more about the local people in the area. After all, it is a huge investment and you should think about the new house from different perspectives.

These are few things that one should consider before buying a home in Sydney. As long as you are concerned about your budget and have a clear idea what you want, you can easily find a home, especially in the current situation of real estate in Sydney. To find out more goto www.sevenrealestate.com.au. 

How to make a unique nappy cake

So you have a friend who is having a baby and somehow you were elected to throw the baby shower. You have the food. You ordered the invitations. Pulled out your fancy serving dishes. But what is missing? A nappy cake!

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It can serve as a nice focal point, in case people need a reminder for why they are there drinking mimosas on a Saturday afternoon, as well as being a practical gift for the parents-to-be.

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Step 1

Buy the champagne. If you do not regularly drink champagne you will be surprised at how many different kinds there are and also how many different price points they come in.

Step 2

Find your platter. Either buy one from a discount party store, they have tin ones that are very inexpensive or cut your own out of sturdy cardboard or plywood.

Step 3

Begin rolling diapers. Put two of the wee diapers together and roll them. Fasten shut with an elastic band.

Step 4

Encircle the bottle with the rolled up diapers, fitting as many as possible into the ring. Then slip an elastic band around the entire thing to secure it.

Repeated the process to form an outer ring.

Then put an elastic around the entire ring to hold it securely to the bottle.

Are you keeping count yet, because that is already a lot of elastic bands. Don’t try to make due with the ones you have dug out of your junk drawer. I’m warning you now.

Step 5

After you do this you might notice that there is a bit of room. Take the opportunity to slide some unrolled diapers in around the bottle.

Pat it all into place so that the top is as even as possible.

Step 6

Now we are going to use our tissue paper to cover this entire layer.

No one wants to see the faces of licensed characters all over, and if you haven’t realized it yet all things for babies have licensed characters on them.

First, take two sheets of tissue paper and layer them together. Then, fold it into a square.

Step 7

At the centre corner cut a series of slits that are roughly equal to the radius of your champagne bottle.

Step 8

Carefully unfold the tissue paper and slip it over the neck of the bottle.

Tuck the strips in around the top of the bottle. Don’t worry too much about the top since there will be another layer of diapers covering it.

Carefully smooth the tissue paper down around the sides of the diaper. Get one of your larger elastic bands from your package and stretch it over the entire thing.

I will say that another set of hands is very helpful at this point. If you can grow yourself another set, please do, otherwise have someone around to give you a hand, literally. I crack myself up sometimes.

Trim the excess tissue from around the edges, however, make sure that you leave enough tissue paper to tuck under the layer of the cake.

Step 9

Now begin the second layer.

Take some of the unwrapped diapers and wrap them around the bottle until you achieve a thickness that is half as thick as the rolled up diapers. Is that as clear as mud?

How about this then, your bottom layer is two rows of rolled diapers plus a bit. Your top row will be one row of rolled diapers. You want this layer to be half way in between so that it creates nice symmetrical layers.

Step 10

Repeat the process for the second and third layers. However, remember that on the top layer you do not need to cut slices into your tissue paper. It is going to be a nice flat surface.

Step 11

Stand back and admire your handy work. Yes, it isn’t supposed to look finished yet.

Step 12

Now we are going to wrap the sides of the cake with a white satin ribbon. Think of it as the fondant layer. Since the ribbon is not as wide as the diapers I needed to use two rows on each layer, securing them in the back with the magic of scotch tape.

Step 13

Wrap the decorative ribbon around the layers. I tied the ribbon in a knot in the back of the cake. Then wrapped the co-ordinating ribbon around the knot.

Step 14

Make a bow out of the matching ribbon and stick it on the top of the cake and make some long “tails” to hang down.

There. Your diaper cake is done. Let the party begin.

Goto www.deliciousbuds.com.au to find out more about nappy cakes.

Top tips to buy furniture for your home

Okay, let us think about a situation where you have a wonderful home and would like to add some elegant furniture to set up. The first thing you do is go furniture shopping without any clue what to get and what suits your home style. Here are few things that will help you buy the right kind of furniture for your home and if you are planning to sell some old furniture, decide what to look for in a furniture buyer.

Long term thinking

Always think long term when you buy furniture. Remember, you cannot invest a lot of money for furniture. Therefore, the furniture piece that you buy for your home should last for a long period of time. Take your time in deciding which furniture would best suit your home and purchase it when you are happy with your plan. As long as you have planned a budget for buying the furniture, this will not be a problem.

 

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Quality is important

It is always good to buy furniture that has good quality. You would only want to buy furniture that has a long warranty and quality guarantee. The buyer should always keep this in mind when purchasing their furniture.

 

Clear idea about trends

If you are looking for trendy furniture then remember that fashion tends to change over the course of time. Therefore, it is always good to choose furniture with a more simple design.

 

Seek professional advice

As furniture buyers, it is a good thing to get professional advice from experts. After all, they are in this field for quite a long time, and you can get a lot of information about buying furniture. Hiring the services of an interior designer can save you time in choosing furniture. They always have the right ideas about choosing the right furniture for your home.

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Quality leather matters

When it comes to upholstery, using quality leather always matters. Low quality leather tends to worsen over a period of time.

 

Now that you have got a clear picture about choosing the right furniture for your home, let us think vice versa. What do you look for in a furniture buyer if you are planning to sell your old furniture? Here are few points that may help you.

 

  1. Check out their reliability in websites like yellow pages, gum tree, etc. Most of the furniture buyers will be listed out there and you can get enough information about them.

 

  1. Find out if they value your furniture in the right way. Some furniture buyers do not quote the right price.

 

  1. If you have antique pieces, it is always good to choose antique furniture buyers as they can ascertain the value of the pieces better.

 

  1. Ask your friends and family if they have hired a furniture buyer before and get to know about them.

 

  1. Check out if they are able to collect the pieces from your home directly. There are many stores that try to hassle you.

 

We are sure you would have come to a conclusion about choosing the right furniture for your home and what to look for in a furniture buyer to sell your furniture too. Remember, the best furniture will always make your home look good, and first impressions always count!

 

Goto www.insidesign.com.au to find out more.