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  • 2019 How much does bathroom resurfacing cost?

    Posted 2019-07-19 01:00:00 by: bossgate

    Had enough of the peach coloured tiles in your bathroom? Or is your bathtub chipped and cracked? Time for a change then, but do you know how much a full blown reno can cost - anywhere from $10,000 to $35,000 and more! If your bathroom is structurally sound and all the various fixtures and fittings – shower, bath, toilet, sink and so forth – are in the right spots then you might be better off resurfacing your bathroom. It’s a relatively easy and inexpensive way to get a new bathroom for a lot less. You will pay anywhere from $150 - $3000 for bathroom resurfacing, depending on the size of your job. Expect to pay $150 to $250 to resurface a small basin or vanity, $400 to $600 to resurface a bath, $1,500 to $2,000 to resurface a free-standing bathtub, and between $1500 and $3000 for a total bathroom resurfacing So how much can you expect to outlay for bathroom resurfacing? This article will help you figure out: How bathroom resurfacing works What you can resurface What you can expect to pay © Adelaide Bathroom Resurfacing How does bathroom resurfacing work? Bathroom resurfacing works by applying a new finish or coating to your bathroom surfaces. If required the surface is first repaired, then cleaned after which a primer is applied, followed by a durable finishing coat. This can be colour coded to any shade you want. The entire process will take a day or two, depending on the surface area involved and typically dries in 24 - 48 hours. You are then free to use your bathroom again. Expect the coating applied to last many years, especially if you follow the manufacturer's care guidelines. What can I resurface? You can resurface the basin, benchtops, tiles, shower or bath. And it’s possible to re-do almost any material – from ceramic to metals, laminates and tiles. Read more: Bathroom resurfacing FAQ’s Renovate or resurface? A new bathroom could cost anywhere from $10,000 to $35,000+ depending on your ...

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  • 2019 How much does rendering cost?

    Posted 2019-07-18 23:00:00 by: bossgate

    Are you looking for a cost-effective way to give your home's exterior a new lease on life? Thousands of Australians are modernising their homes with render. Rendering costs anywhere from  $30 to $50 per square metre, and more if you have a two storey home. This works out to in the region of $12,000 for a smaller family home and $20,000 for a larger double storey home What is render? Traditionally, render has been a concrete mixture spread over the surface of a wall to "render" it smooth or textured. Today, acrylic renders are also available. Rendering is a technique that has been used for hundreds of years in Europe but has more recently become popular in Australia. Read What is Rendering? for more details about how it is done. How much does rendering cost? Renderers charge by square metres. Depending on your location and the rendering service you choose, their rates, including materials, can vary from around $30m2 to $50m2 for a single storey home and will be slightly higher for a two storey home. Some estimates are as low as $15m2, but that is based on a single renderer working at a discount rate. © Living 4 Landscapes The average residential home has about 400 square metres of exterior wall area. At $30m2, a home of that size would cost about $12,000 to fully render. On the high end of the scale, rendering would cost $20,000 at $50m2. The cost is significant, but the results can be stunning. Top professional renovators put rendering high on their lists of ways to add value to a brick home. Most agree that rendering brick can add up to 10 times the cost of rendering to the sale value of a home. Find a Local Renderer now Choosing a rendering service As rendering becomes more popular, the number of rendering services is increasing and prices are coming down. However, the quality of render is going to make the difference between spending your money wisely and wasting it. When comparing rendering quotes, cost is only one ...

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  • 2019 How much does pest control cost?

    Posted 2019-07-18 23:00:00 by: bossgate

    If you have household pests, you want to get rid of them, fast! Not only can they be a nuisance, but they could - in the case of termites for one - cause significant structural damage to your home. The best and safest way to get rid of pests is to hire a professional pest control service. They have the expertise, training and license to carry out this sort of work - especially considering that noxious chemicals are often used. You can expect pest control to cost anywhere from $300 to $700, depending on the service. You may pay $130 for a 3 bedroom house, $170 for a 4 bedroom house, $250 - $300 for rodent removal, $225 for possum removal, $250 for a pre-purchase pest inspection and $300 - $700 for a combined building and pest inspection. For a ballpark idea, think about the size of your property: $130 for a 3 bedroom house (one-off treatment internal and external spray only) $170 for a 4 bedroom house (one-off treatment internal and external spray only) $150 - $275 for indoor flea and tick treatment $250 - $300 for rodent removal $225 for possum removal $180 - $225 for termite control of an isolated area $250 for a pre-purchase pest inspection $300 - $600 for a combined building and pest inspection Read this article to help identify the most common household pests you are likely to encounter, and more detail on how much it could cost to get rid of them. What are the 10 most common house pests? Household pests come in all shapes and sizes - from diminutive bed bugs and termites to ‘cute’ furry possums and the widely reviled cockroach. Here are ten of the likeliest your are likely to encounters in Australia: Ants often infest a food source likely to be in your kitchen or pantry while nesting under paving, in roofing and your walls. Bed bugs feed on your blood, producing bites and welts that can cause an allergic reaction in some people, and lead to poor sleep. Treatment includes chemical powders and fumigation. Bees are ...

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  • 2019 How much does decking cost?

    Posted 2019-07-18 23:00:00 by: bossgate

    Stand at your back door or look out your back window. What's stopping you from going outdoors and enjoying the fresh air? Adding decking is one of the most cost-effective ways to expand your outdoor lifestyle and add value to your home. But how much is it going to cost you? Decking costs anywhere from $200 - $1000 per square metre, depending on the type of timber and specs of your deck. Expect to pay in the region of $200 per square metre for treated pine decking, $320+ per square metre for hardwood timber decking, $350+ per square metre for composite decking and $1000+ for elevated cyclone rated decking Pool decking © 9point9 Architects What type of decking is available? With options in soft, hardwood and composite materials, knowing a little more about the various decking materials can help choose what is right for you. The three most popular types of materials are: Treated pine is the cheapest options. It is easy to work with and can be stained or painted. Hardwood timber decking is more expensive than treated pine, but a number of species are available, some of which are much less expensive than others. Composite decking, also known as plastic decking, is made from a mixture of timber fibre and plastic. It is made to look like timber and comes in a variety of natural timber and "paint" colours. Composite decking usually costs about the same as a mid-priced hardwood decking material but has some advantages. While you have to stain and seal any kind of natural timber, there's nothing to do to composite decking after it's installed except clean it occasionally. For a comparison of natural and composite decking, read our article: Timber Decking vs. Composite Decking. Composite pool decking © AGAP Read more: How to choose the best timber for your decking project What timber for my deck? When it comes to choosing a type of timber, there is a range of options, with different species having distinct colour and ...

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  • 2019 How much does it cost to remove an internal wall?

    Posted 2019-07-18 23:00:00 by: bossgate

    "What can go wrong?" you ask yourself. "It's just an internal wall. I can knock it down myself." A lot can go wrong, as many DIY renovators have discovered the hard way. Internal walls are often structural load-bearing walls. They carry the whole weight of your home. All external walls are load bearing. A builder may charge $1350 per square metre to remove a wall in a timber frame home, and  $1500 per square metre for a brick home. This does not include the cost of permits, engineers reports and any payments to council Interfere with the structural integrity of your home and you could be putting the health and safety of you and your family at serious risk. Which is why this is definitely one job you cannot legally DIY. If you want to remove an internal wall you MUST use a licensed builder to carry out the work. This article will help you figure out: Who can carry out the work for you What to look for when hiring a builder What they might charge you ©Jetcharm Constructions #hiptip: Your builder needs to be licensed and insured to carry out work on your project Make sure your builder is licensed and insured All states require builders to be licensed and insured to carry out work in your home. Depending on where you live, builders will typically hold a particular class of licence. This specifies what scope of work they are allowed to carry out. The class may, for example restrict the licence holder to only working on kitchen renovations. This will be detailed on the builders licence, alongside their name, licence number and the expiry date. Hiring an unlicensed builder is against the law and could lead to a fine or worse. Builders should also carry valid insurance, including professional indemnity, public liability insurance and builders warranty insurance Hiring a builder When it comes time to hiring a builder make sure they are right for your job. Some questions to ask them include: Are you appropriately ...

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  • 2019 How much does window repair cost?

    Posted 2019-07-18 23:00:00 by: bossgate

    Do you need replacement window glass or does your window frame need repair? In either case, the cost of repair can vary considerably. What factors influence the cost of a window repair? Expect window repair to cost $40 to $50 per hour, unless it is emergency repairs are needed, then the price can jump to as much as $150 per hour If it is not an emergency, one or more of several factors will influence the cost* of a window repair: The size of the pane of glass is the most obvious cost determinant but is actually the least important. Always replace the glass with safety glass that at a minimum complies with Australian Standards for window glass. Laminated or toughened glass will minimise the danger of having a major accident in the future. It is more expensive to have the glass replaced on older timber framed windows than aluminium windows because more work is involved. The old putty and glazier's points have to be removed first and then replaced with the new glass. When glaziers replace glass on old sash or double hung timber framed windows, they often find other problems that need to be addressed. One of the most common problems is rotting timber. In some cases, the window can be repaired on site, but in other instances, they may need to take it away and repair it in their workshop or replace the entire window. If a window is sticking in its frame, it could be for a number of reasons. In a best-case scenario, it will be a minor problem that can be fixed easily. In a worst-case scenario, the window and frame will need to be removed and replaced. Whether it's a minor glass replacement job or a major window repair, labour is going to be a major part of the expense. Small jobs are likely to cost more in comparison to larger jobs because the service will factor in travel time. Emergency Window Repairs Glaziers typically charge around $40 to $50 per hour for their services. When emergency repairs are needed, the price can jump to as much as $150 ...

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  • 5 Home updates that will save you money this winter

    Posted 2019-07-18 14:00:00 by: bossgate

    Winter is right around the corner - temperatures are dropping, and electric heaters are already selling out. While renters are stocking up on blankets, hot water bottles and warmer clothes - homeowners have a bit more to think about.  While there are several updates, we must make - such as testing for air leaks, clearing the gutters and testing our smoke and carbon monoxide detectors there are five home updates we CAN make to save money and do our part for the environment.                      These are the five home updates that will help you save this winter season: Install a reverse cycle air conditioner If you're looking to save money this season without sacrificing a warm and cozy home - you'll want to start with the installation of a new reverse cycle air conditioner. Reverse cycle air conditioners are not only cost-effective - they're better for the environment and can be utilized all year. According to yourhome.gov.au "efficient reverse cycle, air conditioners produce only one-third the greenhouse gas emissions of standard electric heaters. The most efficient 5–6 star reverse cycle units produce less than one-fifth of the emissions of conventional electric heaters." The cost of the appliance alone is between $900 and $2,000. A trusted tradie will assist in providing a cost estimation for installation. Reverse cycle air conditioners are a worthy investment your family will be thankful for at the hottest of times and the coldest of times.  Prepare your fireplace Preparing your fireplace for winter is essential. You'll need it inspected, cleaned and cleared prior to the first use of the season. A trusted tradie can assist in ensuring your fireplace is safe for use. A log burning fireplace will save you money on heating bills as you'll be using your electric heaters and blankets less. ...

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  • The 10 Most Popular Dining Rooms on Houzz Right Now (10 photos)

    Posted 2019-07-18 13:00:12 by: bossgate

    This Trending Now story features the most-saved dining room photos uploaded to Houzz since April 1, ...

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  • 10 Low-Maintenance Backyard Ideas (10 photos)

    Posted 2019-07-18 12:05:08 by: bossgate

    Whether you are hoping to conserve water, cut down on time spent weeding and mowing, or just want to make the most of your outdoor space, these 10 backyards prove that low maintenance doesn’t have to mean boring. They get it right with a party-ready bocce ball court, alfresco dining ...

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