What To Do And Not To Do When Renovating A Kitchen

February 15th, 2018

The kitchen is a very special location where many family and friends spend their time together. Whether it’s during a dinner party, or it’s Christmas morning and you’re hosting people; a kitchen setting must have two things, a welcoming feel and a personalised touch. Designing interiors, especially in a kitchen, there is no where to hide, and usually when someone is looking at purchasing a property, if the kitchen is not to their liking, or it lacks certain crucial aspects, chances are they may not have any interest in it.

There is nothing wrong with renovating on a budget, as it’s all about ensuring every dollar spent is put to the best use. Don’t underestimate the power of a good paint job, and for those that have limited finances, there are ways to modernise the kitchen. Painting over the 80’s themed cupboards with a more pastel colour will completely transform the area and instantly provide a nice update. Those flowery tiles behind the stove can easily be removed, and replaced with neutral coloured tiles.

Flooring is a large part of a kitchen, and even if the amount you have to spend on it is minimal, laminate floorboards are a cost-effective option that look fantastic and won’t empty out your savings account. Remodelling can involve a great deal of work, or very minimal changes; depending on what requires more of an update, be selective if you’re doing part moderations. There would be no need to replace the island benchtop table, all it may require is for the bottom of the benchtop to get repainted.

There are so many amazing homeware stores that are able to meet your exact specifications; from Bunnings to IKEA, it can sometimes be the smallest detail that can complete the look of a kitchen. If you have outdated orange chairs, they can easily be replaced with a mixture of wooden and steel look. Don’t misjudge the power of light switches and handles can have in a kitchen, and while these items are usually relatively cheap, you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the results.

While renovating a kitchen is both an exciting and anxious process, the end results are generally worth the stress and sometimes tears. All it takes is a little patience, even though it can be at times a slight inconvenience.

Extending Your Home

October 3rd, 2016

Ok, so you’ve decided to extend your home and create more space for you and your family, this is all exciting however before you break out the bubbly, there are a number of steps to consider. Due to the high housing prices, many people are choosing to extend their homes, and stay in the area and that’s a fantastic idea if you have the space to do so.

The average ground level extension is around $1,450 per square metre, as we recommend you do an incredible amount of research to ensure that you’re 100% certain to go ahead with the change, as the consultation and planning process can be costly. We also suggest looking into how much bigger you would like to extend, as the Development Application is a fixed cost. Ensuring that you establish a set cost before the process commences will guarantee there are no added charges.


If you have a tight budget, we suggest that you only include the things that are a necessity, such as the structure, carpet and other essentials as other features inside of the property can be added at any time in the future.

If you have the funds to do so, we recommend selecting the most appropriate blinds for your home. Depending on what type is best suited for your lifestyle; whether you like the simplicity of roller blinds, or would prefer the more noticeable option of roman blinds, there are many to choose from, the trick is to do your homework. If your formal living area requires are more refined look, curtains may be the way to go. Curtains can be tied back at any time and cater to whatever colour suits your style. While many are lead to believe curtains do have a more regal look, they’re not always the best option, it depends on the room and what you prefer.


Even though you might receive an exact figure on the cost of the whole change, there may be some unforeseeable circumstances such as problems or extras that may need to be resolved urgently. Hiring an experienced builder will ensure that all elements are completed correctly.

If you require any further details, such as for walls, carpet or blinds, contact your nearest store today.

All You Need To Know Before Demolishing & Building A Home

September 13th, 2016

So you’ve decided to remain in the same location and build a more modern home for you and your family with more space. Building a home is incredibly rewarding and is one of the only ways you can actually ensure that every single element in the home, from the stove to the curtains is tailored to suit your style. From dream to reality,  while the process before beginning can take on average around nine months, gathering estimates, getting council approval and finalising the design and quotes should take as long as is needed for you to feel comfortable that the most desired outcome will be acheived.

Demolishing a property can be an incredibly messy process, and we recommend you hand over as much of the work as possible to a highly reliable business. You will have to obtain permission before commencing the job and provide evidence to those who carry out the task. There are also safety regulations that must be followed, including the hiring of a temporary fence to ensure there are no intruders.

Once you have your Development Application and Construction Certificate, we suggest hiring a Project Manager, who will organise contractors and help fast track development. From sourcing timber for the construction process to finding a reputable concrete business to enhance the setting of your outdoor area, Project Managers are usually highly experienced and will be watching over the whole process.


It’s crucial that all tasks are completed by professionals, as the building structure must be constructed while following all rules and regulations. From laying the plumbing beneath the slab to the electrical wiring getting installed after the brick work has been completed, it’s crucial that these steps are done correctly to avoid any issues taking place once the home has been built.


Before you start the process, do your homework; get a number of quotes, and all of the hard work and money will be work it, as you’ll enjoy a beautiful new home, without having to shift from your dream location.

Why You Should Renovate Your Bathroom

December 1st, 2015

A Bathroom is an important place in a home, although many people think that the more visible areas should receive the most attention, this important room is where a great deal of time is spent. A modern looking bathroom is something that many people gravitate towards, with beautiful shiny white tiles on the walls along with darker colour cupboards, this provides the perfect contrast.




From brushing your teeth to putting on make-up, bathrooms are a necessity in your everyday life. Whether you would like to renovate the whole room, or were thinking about altering some of the elements, we’re going to make some suggestions as to how you can improve your bathroom.

Selecting a bathroom vanity top can be challenging, especially when there are numerous options to choose from. When looking at the choices, you want to get materials that are able to withstand soap, cosmetics, toothpaste and more. We recommend marble, laminate and tiles as these options are less likely to receive damage if some type of element were to accidently spill on it.

If you’re thinking about a simpler way to update your bathroom and would like to alter the sink, there are several options available. Basins come in a wide selection of prices and styles, giving you the opportunity to choose the right one for you.




If you’re on a tight budget and looking to spend under $100, than hiring a handyman to paint the bathroom is an excellent and cost effective way to freshen up the appearance of a room that’s used on a regular basis. Select the right colour for your home and watch your bathroom instantly look brand new.

If you live in or around the Mackay area and would like some assistance with your bathroom renovations, or to hire a handyman, contact Budget Guys Property Services today.

Affordable Air Conditioners

July 28th, 2015

Its winter and absolutely freezing, your heating is on all day and you cannot wait until summer arrives. In the meantime, before the beautiful flowers blossom and the extreme weather hits our shores, one thing to really look for is an air conditioner. The first thing that may come to mind is the price and how you may not be able to keep up with the cost of the system. However if you really do your homework and shop around, no doubt you’ll be able to find an inexpensive air conditioner that operates efficiently without it having to use a great deal of power.

There are a number of factors to consider when searching for the right cooling system, we’ll walk you through the process and make suggestions in helping you select the right air conditioner.

If you’re on a strict budget, we have a couple of suggestions for you; portable air conditioners are a great way to cool a room without having to complete any major installations. All you have to so is plug it into a power point and its good to go!



Some of these convenient systems may use up a great deal of energy, the best way to guarantee your unit is efficient is to check the energy star rating. Enforced by the Australian Government, it allows consumers to compare different air conditioners based on the amount of energy they consume. A portable cooling system is only best if you only need to cool one area, prices start at an affordable $300.

If your budget allows for a little more money to be spent on an air conditioner, than this option may be for you. Wall air conditioners are also a wonderful way to keep you cool during the summertime, prices start at around $450 and can go up to anywhere in the thousands. Having a cooling system installed will take up hardly any space in your home or office. There is no need to ever move it and every couple of months all you have to do is wipe the unit to ensure there are no dust particles inside. Also, it’s imperative to call a technician if at any time your system is not functioning properly, as this could cause your electricity bill to increase.



All wall air conditioners must be fitted by a highly qualified technician, to ensure all systems are installed correctly.


How to Care for Your Ducted Air Conditioning System

March 16th, 2015

Ducted air conditioning in the home or office is a great way to keep cool whilst not having to worry about inflating costs.  Ducted air conditioning is the cheapest air conditioning solution in Mandurah and is the most efficient cooling system on the Australian market today.

To keep cool during these hot Western Australian summer months continued maintenance and cleaning is crucial.  Some important steps that need to be taken include; cleaning your filters regularly, performing regular checks and having a yearly professional maintenance service.


Cleaning ducted air conditioning filters is easy to tackle yourself and should be done every 3 months.  Simply unscrew the retaining nut and remove the exposed filter.  Ensure you check the filter is a reusable filter and not a disposable one!  If it is a disposable filter, replace the filter with a highly efficient filter, not a cheap one.  to clean a reusable filter simply slide the filter free of its frame and hose off until all dust and grit are gone, do this from both directions.  If the filter hasn’t been cleaned for a while it may need to be soaked in the sink with hot soapy water to ensure all build up is gone.  Remove all excess water from the filter and allow it to dry naturally.  Once completely dry, return the filter to the frame and screw back together.  If you are unsure of how to do this, simply contact your local air conditioning technician team.


Secondly conduct regular system and proficiency checks.  This is to ensure any leaks or blockages are detected early.  If you think that your ducted air conditioning system is malfunctioning or that a section of your house or office is not cooling as well as other rooms it is best to call your local AC technician.  Keeping continued maintenance and repairing minor breakages now helps to save money down the track.

Lastly, yearly maintenance is crucial for all cooling and heating systems. Professional checks, maintenance, and cleaning ensures your system is running smoothly and the life of the unit is extended.

If ducted air conditioning units aren’t properly cared for there are a few things that can happen.


Sickness – Dirty filters are a breeding ground for bacteria and germs.  Because of the nature of ducted systems, germs and bacteria are quickly spread through the home or office. If you have noticed that when one family member or staff member gets sick and quickly spreads throughout the home or office, dirty ducts could be why .

Increased Bills -Secondly blocked or dirty filters mean the ducted system has to work harder to keep the property cool.  This increases power usage, power bill costs and causes the system to malfunction or break down completely.

Have your ducted cooling system professionally cleaned today and see the effect it has on your power bills in the future.

Moving Large or Awkward Items?

February 6th, 2015

Most household items are easy to pack and stack in nice neat boxes. Clothes, crockery, books, pillows – they all can be placed in bags or boxes with ease. But what about those awkward items such as coffee machines, fish tanks, mirrors, TV’s, exercise bikes or wine collections? Large or bulky items are a bother to wrap and relocate. Even if you want to do most of the move yourself it is best to get a professional removal team in for big, heavy or breakable items.

NT residents looking to move have a range of removalist companies to choose from. Arbon’s Removals & Storage are the specialists in awkward and heavy removal jobs and provide relocation for local, interstate and global moves.


As well as offering services for packing and moving your items, Arbon’s Removals & Storage also provide tips on how best to deal with particularly large and awkward items.

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Still want to go it alone?

If you decide you want to try move your own items to save on costs, make sure you are prepared for some heavy lifting, to buy materials and to hire a truck or trailer.

The weeks leading up to a move you can start collecting boxes, bubble wrap and readying blankets and towels to protect your items or you can buy boxes and packing materials from Arbon’s Removals And Storage or another removal company in the Northern Territory.

Professional packing materials are guaranteed to protect your items during a move and are abundant. Turn away from the old newspaper and dodgy boxes and opt for professional cartons, bubble wrap, plastic coverings, tarp, boxes, pillows and labelling.

When wrapping yourself take extra care to wrap and cover any edges. Desks, sofas and whitegoods can get dinted and scuffed if exposed.


Lift with care.

Moving home can be a stressful and rushed procedure but safety should never be rushed. Professional movers have been taught to lift and carry heavy awkward items and follow OH & S standards. They also have machinery to help load and unload possessions into trucks. If you have decided to move heavy or awkward items yourself don’t rush the process.


Bend your knees to pick heavy items up without rounding or straining your back. The most common injury during a move is a back injury due to people trying to lift with their back. Injuring your back is never a risk you should take – no matter how much you might save.


Make sure you get help on a move from friends, family or a professional removalist whether you are moving the whole home or just a fridge.

For more advice about packing and moving, or to request a quote for your next move talk to the friendly team at Arbon’s Removals & Storage.


Renovating an older home? Know the risks.

February 5th, 2015


Asbestos is a fire-resistant and durable mineral fibre. In Brisbane and all over Australia asbestos was used to insulate homes. It is a fantastic barrier against heat, noise and as mentioned before is fire resistant. Not only was it placed in walls, flooring, decking and roofs but was also mixed with other substances. Asbestos can be found in cement and plaster making it a great risk for home renovators.p4150096

Asbestos Use

Up until the early 1980’s materials mixed with asbestos were utilised in building construction. Products containing asbestos were used right up until the late 1980’s. Products that may contain asbestos if your home is older than 40 years include gutters, roof felt and shingles, cement, board siding & under sheeting, soffit boards, main panels and fuse boxes, walls, stucco, blown-in insulation, deck under-sheeting, downpipes and sadly the list goes on. This may seem overwhelming but there are now as many asbestos removal companies in Brisbane as there are asbestos cases. When renovating or demolishing an older house there is a high chance of coming across asbestos-containing materials so get in a professional before you begin your project.

If products made of asbestos are in good condition and left undisturbed, they do not pose a significant danger of releasing asbestos fibres into the air. However, once these materials have been disturbed or start to deteriorate then they pose a threat. Often a problem arises when material containing asbestos is drilled, sanded, moved, broken or dropped. During a renovation one or all of these actions are probable.

To avoid this risk have an asbestos inspection and asbestos removal company come in before you start your DIY project.



The Hazards of Asbestos

Once asbestos is released into the air it becomes a hazard. Asbestos fibres are incredibly fine and can stay afloat in the air around a construction or demolition site for hours. Breathing in asbestos fibres causes a range of serious health problems the most common being lung disease and lung cancer. Asbestosis is the most common result of asbestos inhalation. It’s what the scarring and stiffening of the lungs caused by inhaling asbestos dust is called. Asbestosis causes breathing difficulties and can lead to fatal diseases like pneumonia and heart disease. Exposure to asbestos has also been documented to cause lung cancer and mesothelioma. The thing about these diseases is they take years to expose themselves and by this time it’s too late. Don’t take the risk of working with asbestos and hoping nothing happens, you will regret it in years to come.


What you Can Do

If you are planning a renovation project and know your home is older then 40 years make sure you get in an asbestos removal and inspection team. Ensure the company you choose is licensed and qualified to remove asbestos and that the staff are knowledgeable, wear appropriate gear and are happy to give advice.

More information for asbestos in Brisbane can be found online at http://www.deir.qld.gov.au/asbestos/.

Remember when it comes to the health of yourself and your family it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Call an asbestos removalist for your next renovation project.


How to Prevent Dirty Ducts in Your Hobart Home

January 30th, 2015


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Dirty ducts reduce the efficiency of any HVAC system, increase power bills and contaminate the air. Dirty ducts can be the cause of a range of health problems affecting you and your family. Ducted systems spread germs throughout homes quickly and the pipes are the perfect place for mold, fungi and germs to breed. Attempting to clean ducts alone is not only hard and time consuming but can put your ducts at risk. It is best to hire in an air conditioning and heating professional to do the deed.

Here are some steps you can take to take to ensure your ducts stay clean and your family healthy.

  • Have your system regularly cleaned – Regular maintenance and cleaning performed by a HVAC Technician can keep contaminants from growing in your ducts. All heating and cooling systems should be inspected and cleaned every six months to ensure maximum air flow with minimum power.2
  • Close ducts– Close your ducts when you are not using them. If you only use your ducted heating in the winter then close off your ducts in the summer, this will stop foreign objects falling down into the ducted system. Another time when it is crucial to close ducts is during renovation work. Dust, debris and dirt can easily fall into one duct and be spread throughout the whole home or office. Close your ducts when you are not using them.
  • Clean new ducts – Check new ducts installed into your Hobart home to make sure they have been thoroughly cleaned.  Ensuring ducts are not left with little bits of debris, carpet, oil or other foreign objects will increase the life of your system. Don’t be shy about checking during an installation.
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  • Keep your home clean – The air circulating through your ducts may have germs, dust, hair and other forms of pollution circling through them. Keeping a clean home limits the impurities and toxins in the air, this in turn will keep your ducts clean in-between maintenance appointments.

It’s important to note that dirty ducts can be a flag for other problems in a home or office. If people are constantly getting sick or there is a bad odor coming from the ducts in your home there may be an underlying problem such as a serious mold problem, wet foundations or asbestos.

What Fence is Right for Your Property?

September 2nd, 2014

Fences say a lot about a property and who owns it.  Whether it is residential, commercial or even industrial property the first thing seen and thus first impression given off  is  the fence.  It is important to have a secure, aesthetically pleasing, affordable and modern fence for any property, but with so many choices out there, what fence is right for you?

Colorbond: Colorbond is a popular choice for residents of Karratha and other Western Australian towns and it is easy to see why.   It always looks great, it comes in 14 colours and has clean, crisp lines on both sides of the fence.  Colorbond is installed to with hold cyclones, bush fires and is resistant to termites.  You will most often see this fencing in suburbia.

Colorbond Fencing

Colorbond Fencing


Security Chain-wire Fencing: Chain-mesh fencing is the preferred fence for secure perimeters.   It is not just used to keep people in but also out.  It is often used for prisons, railways, tennis courts, power stations, schools and parks.  It comes in a variety of colours and sizes to suit the need.

Chain-wire Fencing

Chain-wire Fencing


Gladiator Fencing:  Gladiator fencing is another popular fence for schools as its tough, tall but open and airy.  The fence is strong, pre-galvanised and finished in the colour of your choice and with a powder coating.  Gladiator fences are manufactured to Australian Standards and come in an array of thicknesses and heights.

Gladiator Fencing

Gladiator Fencing


Pool Fencing:  Australia gets hot, really hot so lots of Aussies invest in a pool.  If you are lucky enough to have a pool you need a fence and gate to avoid tragic accidents.  Thankfully pool fencing is now stylish and comes in a range of colours and styles.  You can pick from Colorbond, gladiator, wooden, hedge or brick.

Pool Fencing

Pool Fencing


Wooden Fences:  Wooden fences are classic and aesthetically pleasing.  They are good for towns that don’t get too much rain and are cheap to install.  The humble fence still has its merits but is losing popularity as it’s high maintenance and someone gets stuck with the “ugly side”.

Wooden Fence

Wooden Fence


Stone, Brick and Concrete Walls:  Heavy walls made of stone and brick are being used less as fences and more as retaining walls.  They make a stylish and sturdy addition to any backyard and are a landscapers dream to work with.  They are practical and come in a range of gorgeous styles.

Retaining Wall

Retaining Wall


No matter what style you choose you need to ensure a professional installs your new fence.  Australia is prone to flooding, cyclones and extreme heat.  Don’t let the weather get away with your fence!