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  1. monalisa

    Sarking

    Hi all Wondering if it is worthwhile getting sarking? We area getting a tiled roof. Understand this will help with insulation, as well as reducing the dust - esp important with allergies!!! We have been quoted $2K by the builder.... thinking it may be money well spent in the long...
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    Cost of tiger tails...

    Hi all Just researching on tiger tails - we will require these for electrical wiring on the road for our proposed build. We have been quoted approx $770 per month :eek: (on the assumption we will need these for a 7 month period) by the electricity distributor for the area. So expensive -...
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    Home extensions - any recommendations for Sydney?

    Hi all Earlier this year we bought a property with the intention to knock down re build - however, having gone through the tenders, our numbers were not stacking up. Having had good growth in the Sydney markets, we would rather not put ourselves in the red, and would rather spend the...
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    Is this enough space for a granny flat?

    Hi all Looking at a block (pic attached), and wondering if there is sufficient room for a granny flat at the back? The overall backyard is 228sqm. Thanks monalisa
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    Subdivision in Hornsby council

    Hi all Wondering if anyone has had experience subdividing in the Hornsby council region? Thanks Monalisa
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    Do we need a rain water tank for a granny flat

    Hi all! Wondering if we need a rain water tank for a granny flat. We need one for our home. One builder has said we do...where as the other builder (more reliable!) has only provided for one in the tender. thanks
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    Blinds for our new PPOR - which ones...

    Hi all For our new PPOR that we are looking to build, I am wondering which blinds to go for. Definitely don't want vertical blinds - will be too investment property like! For big windows and doors in the family and dinning areas, I am wondering whether we should go for dual roller...
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    Property manager making late payments and incurring fines

    Hi all Upon reviewing annual rental statements for the last financial year, I learnt that our PM made a number of strata payments post the due date for one of our IPs - despite this having been communicated that strata levies fines for these. These late payments were made by our PM, who has...
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    Balcony or no balcony?

    Hi all We are in the process of obtaining tenders for our home build. Wondering if we should go with a facade with a balcony. We really like the look of it - but I think the balcony may be useless, as its not like we have any views from our block. It does seem like a waste of money, as the...
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    Rewarding yourself on reaching equity milestones

    Hi all Curious on how people reward themselves on reaching certain equity levels/milestones. E.g. when I reach $X in equity, I will go on a world tour. For us, as we had a good year in real estate last year, with Sydney markets doing well, we decided to reward ourselves by going away on a...
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    Home build - flooring through builder, or post handover?

    Hi all As part of our home build, we are wondering if we should get flooring through the builder or do it ourselves post hand over. I understand the quality of standard is likely to be below average. As part of one of the promotion we get 'laminate' or category 1 carpet options only. We...
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    Home build - Ceiling heights and bathroom tiles

    Hi all We are currently going through the initial tender for our home build. A project home. We are considering 2.7m ceiling height for the ground floor... is it worth it? We saw 2.55m today - didn't impress us that much. Secondly, considering getting tiles to the ceiling for the bathroom -...
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    Leave vacant and plan our build or tenant?

    Hi all We are looking to build our home this year. Wondering whether we should rent the house for six months while we plan our build (project home) or whether we leave it vacant in ''hope'' that we finalise the approvals and are ready to construct in the next couple of months. My gut...
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    Is this an easement?

    Hi all Looking at a property for our PPOR build. As the lot is big, we may be able to build a second single storey house in the back yard in future. On the attached diagram there is a diagonal line across it - it is not the sewer. The real estate agent has advised that this diagonal line...
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    Booking last minute trip over the Xmas break

    Hi all!! Looking to book an 8 night trip to one of the Pacific Island destinations. This is from Christmas eve, and back on New Year's day. Family reckons I should wait till next week and it will be cheaper. I reckon there would a whole heap of people looking at last minute deals...
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    Modifying a project home...

    Hi all I have looked at a few project home floor plans, specifically Masterton (which I like the most in comparison with the others I have seen). We are looking at dual occupancy on a corner lot, in Parramatta Council. It is likely that the area for the new house won't be too deep. Most...
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    Front set back - what does this mean?

    Hi all I am going through the Parramatta LEP - as we are hoping to buying land, and building a second dwelling for us. Ideally this lot will be a corner lot. The following re front set back is not making sense to me: not forward of the main building frontage unless integrated into the design...
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    Cost of paint and materials?

    Hi all Need to buy paint for a three bed house, which includes: two hallways, eat in kitchen, dining room, living area, three way bathroom, separate laundry. Need to paint a couple of doors only; no other woodwork (skirtings etc) requires painting as these are stained. So - what does...
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    Stepping up in your investing career...

    Hi all We commenced investing in late 2009, and given our choices, and recent capital growth, we expect to have a total of 10 properties in not so distant future - so far all properties have been acquired in Sydney. We may purchase in Brisbane or purchase a dev site we have our eyes on in...
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    Build costs for a 4 bed + study in Western Sydney

    Hi all Just after rough costs for building a house (single story and double story). We would like a 4 bed + study, formal dining and lounge, family room and meals. What does it cost? What should we keep in mind when building our own home? Anything you would have done differently...
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