18 Apr
2014

10 Mistakes To Avoid When Selling Your Home

Selling your home isn’t something that you do every day-unless you’re a real estate agent. Over the years I’ve honed my skills in learning what works when it comes to selling your home, as well as what doesn’t.

Fortunately, other people have made these mistakes so that you don’t have to!

1. Ignoring an estate agent’s style tips

We all develop personal connections to our homes, but sometimes those connections mean that it’s hard to see our home through the eyes of a potential buyer. An experienced agent should know how to present your home in a way that will maximise your home’s selling potential.

2. Underestimating the importance of street appeal

First impressions matter, and potential buyers driving past or inspecting your home will take notice of your property’s exterior. In my experience, people buy in the first five seconds and justify throughout the inspection. Make a good impression from the outset and keep up to date with the mowing and weeding!

3 Under-investing in marketing

A targeted, wide-ranging marketing campaign designed to reach as much as possible of your buying audience is essential. Buyers fall into different groups and demographics, and a high quality marketing campaign will reach out effectively to all of these.

4. Not being switched on about going online

In our office, it’s where about 90% of our buyer enquiry comes from. The more you invest here the better. Only a small percentage of buyers look beyond the first page of property search results!

5. Being afraid to commit to a sale price

Committing to a sale price isn’t an easy task, but it’s one that should be a much easier decision when you consider that almost half of all potential buyers will pass over properties with no listed price. Why? It seems too hard, or worse, they fear it will be out of their range. Take the plunge and name a figure.

6. Holding out for a better price

Though it can be tempting to wait for a better offer, the property market doesn’t play by the rules of Who Dares Wins, so think twice before rejecting that initial offer. In my experience, often the first offer is the highest we’ll receive, and almost every record price we achieve comes from an offer made within the first thirty days.

7. Taking offers personally

A low offer on your property is not a reflection on you, or even on your home. Instead, they’re representative of a willingness to commit to opening negotiations. I always encourage vendors to see a low offer as a starting point rather than a final figure.

8. Opting for appointment-only viewings

Although there is the odd exception, for the most part opening your home for inspection is essential to ensure it’s seen by as many potential buyers as possible. We get around 10 times the buyer traffic if it’s open for inspection as opposed to by appointment viewings.

9. Cutting costs when choosing a real estate agent

If you think the best agent is expensive, try hiring the second best & see how much that costs you!

10. Failing to keep up with property maintenance

It’s almost always cheaper to do it yourself than to let the buyer use it as leverage for a price reduction.

I recently sold a home in Aspley where the building and pest report identified multiple maintenance issues at an estimated repair cost of $15k! As expected, the buyer tired for a $15k price reduction. I intervened & re-quoted with a local trusted trade and they seller got the job done for $3k. Fortunately, I managed to salvage the deal without a price reduction. However this could have been avoided or worse the deal could have fallen through.

So call that plumper you’ve been avoiding! For real estate Aspley, contact Justin Watt of Watt Realty today.

3 Apr
2014

GRID-BASED LAYOUT METHOD FOR WEB DESIGN IN BRISBANE

With any beautiful design or structure, from architecture to painting, there lies beneath it a grid-based layout from which these creations were originally derived. It is, in essence, the unseen mathematical component of all design that, for many web designers, has become standard in the pursuit for the perfect web design.

To understand what a grid-based layout for web design is, we first need to understand why it is referred to as “grid-based.” A grid is a structure consisting of intersecting straight vertical and horizontal guidelines that are made up of margins, flow-lines, columns, rows, gutters, modules, and spatial zones. This potentially complex composition provides the perfect structural base that allows a web designer to create graphic elements from, or to organise content within. It is this reason that grid-based layout is used in web design.

By using grids in the website design a sense of uniformed structure is achieved for the overall website, this helps achieve better usability for website visitors as they are able to navigate and engage with the website much easily than if the content was simply thrown together without structure. Another reason grid-based layouts are used is efficiency. By designing to a grid, the actual design process is simplified because design guidelines are already in place, therefore making it easier to decide on design elements, such as width and height.

When using grid-based layouts in our web design, we can either create our own grid, or download a ready-made grid template. If we create our own grid, we will need to rely on what option works best for us and the web design project we are working on. It is therefore valuable to follow some simple guidelines when creating our own grids. These are:

• Use only enough columns as needed for the web design. In other words, if you are only going to use ten columns, then only create ten columns – and not twenty.
• Watch the spacing. As a general rule, columns should have the same number of pixels across as rows are high.
• Don’t box yourself in. If you need to move outside of the grid for specific graphic elements, then do so. A grid is only there for structural support, and is not the end product.

If creating your own grid-based layout isn’t appealing, or you simple do not have the time to invest in it, then downloading a pre-designed grid template is available. There are many online sources that provide such templates, and by downloading a grid template you can save on time and have, at your disposal, an effective grid template ready to use.

It is important to re-emphasise that grid-based layouts for web design should not be mistaken for a strict rule by which all graphic elements or content must adhere to. Naturally, when creating anything we can move beyond specific rules in order to achieve our creative goal, and grid-based layouts are no different. If we use grids as a structural guide in our web design, then we are better able to create amazing web designs that will not only appear organised on our web page, but will hopefully inspire and engage every website visitor. Article from, nets and webs web design brisbane

 

 

 

17 Apr
2014

Johnny The Jester – Brisbane’s Adult Magician

Johnny The Jester – Brisbane adult magician – is probably unique in the whole of Australia, if not the world.

Johnny has what is, in effect, a dual personality, both of whom share the same name. The first Johnny the Jester is an adult comedy magician who will amaze at corporate events, weddings, birthday parties, trade shows, at the races, or any other function where you want to entertain and impress your guests, visitors or customers.

For the past six years, Johnny has been entertaining the crowds at major shopping centres in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, and it takes a very special type of entertainer to be able to do that on a regular basis. Johnny was also the only Brisbane magician to be hired by the Queensland government to entertain over 170,000 people a the opening of the Second Gateway Bridge. If you were there, then you have already seen Johnny at Brisbane’s biggest ever one day event. In 2008, on World Youth Day, Johnny was the only children’s magician to entertain the huge crowds at the Pope’s visit to Sydney.

Johnny The Jester is also a regular volunteer at the Royal Brisbane Hospital Wonder Factory and has appeared at the Mater children’s Hospital on Christmas Day for the last seven years.

Then there is the other Johnny, the kids magic show entertainer. For his kids shows Johnny has several animals including Dorothy the dove and Stewart the rabbit, both of whom disappear and reappear in a comical fashion which simply has the kids screaming with laughter. Johnnny’s magic show lasts for 45 minutes and then he goes on to his other true love which is his educational live python demonstration. He is probably the only snake charmer living in Australia today.

Johnny believes passionately that our wild creatures need protection and always brings at least two different types of pythons to his shows. The amazing thing about this is that he actually lets the kids hold and play with the pythons! You simply would not believe the amazement of these children when they get to have a python slithering around in their hands. (It’s perfectly safe – Johnny always makes sure the pythons have had their dinner before he brings them to a show!). If you have ever had the experience of a ten foot python sliding across the back of your neck you will know why the kids just go wild for it.

But Johnny’s show is also educational in that he explains to the kids the differences between the pythons and explains where they come from. For example, he may have a water python which lives near rivers and creeks and then a Common Brisbane Carpet python which you may well find in your own back yard.

Johnny also explains to the kids what to do if they find a snake of any sort either in the wild or in the back yard and the vital importance of looking after our local habitats in order to conserve not only the snakes but all living creatures.

If you are thinking of booking Johnny The Jester for your corporate function or just for your kids party (and why wouldn’t you?) you can actually “try before you buy”. Johnny performs between 6.30 pm and 8.00 pm every Friday at the Everton Park Hotel, Flockton Street, Everton Park and at the Monier Hotel, Monier Road, Darra at the same time every Saturday night.

To book the amazing Johnny The Jester for YOUR event just call 0412 068 868 or complete the form at his website: http://www.johnnythejester.com.au/magician-for-birthday-parties/

16 Apr
2014

Fairy floss machine hire brisbane

Parties, or any event that gathers a number of people in a single location, are always filled with fun and enjoyment. Food, people in good spirits, and a whole lot of merriment fill the air of any event where children and adults alike gather to celebrate a special occasion.

One sure thing that can always bring a smile to anyone’s face, be it a fully grown adult or small child, is fairy floss. Fairy Floss King, Brisbane’s best provider of fairy floss machines, has been in the business for more than fifteen years. Fifteen whole years of bringing smiles to birthday parties, fund raiser events, school fetes, and even corporate work events. This trusted and reliable fairy floss provider is the best that you can find in the whole Brisbane area. Together with their machines and/or operators, you get to enjoy four hours of fairy floss, hundreds of sticks, a sugar mix, a table, and three full flavors to choose from. Free delivery is available in Brisbane, Logan, Redland, Gold Coast, and Ipswich. Fairy Floss King also offers other party needs to complete any party.

What once was only available in carnivals and circuses can now be had at your very own backyard, school, or corporate building. You can opt to hire the machine only and operate it by yourself, or hire an operator with the machine to eliminate the hassle of setting up and making the fairy floss for your guests. This will give you more time to focus on other things at your party and actually enjoy the event itself. If you want to make the fairy floss by yourself, though, it definitely won’t cause any problem as the machines are easy to operate and can start concocting the perfect fairy floss in just a few seconds.

Aside from giving your guests a great party atmosphere with Fairy Floss King, you can also hire the machines to make money at your event. Selling fairy floss at your school event can be a fantastic way to raise funds for charity or for any other purpose. Set up a Fairy Floss King booth and watch guests line up to get their taste of three available flavors and colors to choose from. Little girls will delight in the pink floss with a full raspberry flavor. Little boys will also enjoy the blueberry flavor that comes in the color blue, and green for apple. Every child in the event will definitely enjoy a fairy floss or two.

Fairy Floss Kings offers two packages for you to choose from: Package 1 consists of hiring the machine only, for $220, while Package 2 consists of hiring the machine plus the operator for $220 and $25 for the operator’s fee. With these packages come 250 paper sticks, sugar mix that’s good enough for 250 serves, and a table for set up. You can enjoy the machine right at your event for a whole four hours, making it a staple at your party. Should you need a generator, especially if your event venue is outdoors and away from an electric outlet, Fairy Floss King can happily provide it for you for an additional cost of $150.

Along with these packages, fairy floss machine hire brisbane can give you everything you need for a fantastic party. You can opt to add other party equipment such as Jumping Castles, a popcorn machine, and snow cones together with the fairy floss machines. Fairy Floss King will happily provide you with combo deals to create a complete party package for your event.

Fairy Floss King’s website is very easy to navigate. Should you have any questions about hiring fairy floss machines, you can easily go to the website where big, bold, colorful letters welcome you to an array of photos of Fairy Floss King’s previous clients and events. Everything you need to know can be found on the website’s Frequently Asked Questions tab. If you want to hire Fairy Floss King, a contact number can easily be reached with a friendly customer service agent on the other line to help you book a machine for your event. You can also fill out an online form where information such as your date of event, delivery address, required machine delivery time, mode of payment, and other essential information are needed to book your Fairy Floss King machine.

Welcome your guests with Fairy Floss King and expect your party to be unforgettable, keeping your guests happy with these delicious sugar concoctions.

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15 Apr
2014

Brisbane Bond Cleaning – How to Get Your Bond Back

The scariest thing when it comes to moving at the end of your lease is the cleaning; in order to guarantee that you get your bond money back it is more sensible to hire a professional cleaner to do your dirty work. Sure, it might seem like you can do this yourself, but be careful enough not to under estimate the amount of hard work required. Just imagine where to begin with those never cleaned appliances all around the place, for example how would you clean a light fitting that is full of insects and most likely have never even been dusted. If you still hope that you can do this yourself, just hear this out and decide whether spending your weekend knee-deep in dust and grime is really worth it rather than hiring a professional to handle the situation.

Bond-cleaning-brisbaneIn most cases bond money is normally equivalent to a full month’s rent so it is worth cleaning for. And hiring a professional is not that much expensive if you think about it. A cleaning package including almost all the required services could be bought for a flat fee of $200-$300 on average. For example if you hire B’Bright cleaning service all the required services are available in a single package, that is bond clean, carpet clean and pest control at a very affordable price. But the reason why your choice must be B’Bright cleaning service goes beyond that. B’Bright ensures the quality of service by providing a 100% satisfaction bond back guarantee. That is after the cleaning if you are still going to lose your bond due to any cleaning issue that is covered by the service you bought from B’Bright, they’ll happily return and rectify the problem, ensuring that you get your bond money back. Of course, when the real estate agent learns that you have called B’Bright to handle the situation that will hopefully eliminate the likelihood of any nit-picking. So no worries there if you choose B’Bright!

B’Bright offers cleaning services for both domestic and commercial clients and it is one of the dominating competitors in the industry. And for your better comfort it is highly recommended by estate agents as your bond cleaning service provider. At B’Bright, the mission is to provide quality service at a cost effective price for their valued customers. B’Bright is there whenever you need the cleaning as it is open 365 days. You have to be careful when hiring someone to do your cleaning, because at the beginning the package might seem very affordable to mere eye, but when the bill comes at the end of service you can’t believe how it flew up so high! The wise choice here is to allow B’Bright take care of your cleaning needs because then you do not have to worry about these hidden surcharges, B’Bright certifies that the bill is hidden surcharges free. So don’t hesitate to make the choice, why should you get your hands dirty when the ideal professional cleaner is out there? Just call B’Bright and focus on your move and new home without being dragged back to scrub your old one.

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