Archive for the ‘Tips’ Category

Why do I need insurance as soon as I sign a contract to purchase a property?

February 2019

Under a standard contract in most Australian states, the property is at the risk of the buyer on the first business day after the contract date. This means that if the property is damaged between the contract date and settlement, the buyer cannot pull out and must proceed with the purchase of the damaged property with no price reduction.


If the property … Read the full post »

Who is responsible for mould in a rental property?

What is mould?
Mould is a fungal growth that thrives on moisture. It can grow in your home during the wetter months when conditions are damp, dark and poorly ventilated. Mould can grow in your bathroom, kitchen, cluttered storage areas, wall and roof spaces and behind furniture.

Health issues 
When mould dries out or is disturbed, it releases spores which can cause illness in some people or … Read the full post »

Do I need to have a licensed builder for my building and pest report?

Monique Robert | 15th January 2019


If you are purchasing a property in Queensland, you have the right to make the contract of sale subject to a satisfactory building and pest report. We recommend in most cases that you do this and if you do so, you will generally enlist the services of a licensed builder and pest inspector who will inspect the property and complete a thorough structural examination and … Read the full post »

Installing Airconditioners In A Unit Complex

Monique Robert | 7th  January 2019

Do we need body corporate approval to install air-conditioners in our unit?

We are fast approaching the middle of summer and Cairns has not forgotten to remind us just how warm (or  HOT!) she likes to get. Air-conditioning throughout the home used to be considered a luxury, but now more and more homes in Cairns are becoming fully air-conditioned for comfortable living.

One of the questions we … Read the full post »

Going away for Christmas?

Monique Robert | December 2018

It’s that time of the year again where all the family get together to enjoy the Christmas holiday season! If you have been lucky enough to dodge having the Christmas celebrations at your place and don’t expect to be home for a few days or weeks, it is important that you leave your property safe and secure for your return. Below are a few suggestions of … Read the full post »

Do I need to have my property cleaned before settlement?

Monique Robert | December 2018

Nothing is worse than believing you are extremely house proud only to discover a layer of dirt and dust on the window sills and behind every piece of large furniture and appliance in the house when you are moving. The answer to whether you need to ensure every inch of the house is thoroughly cleaned after removing your furniture is more of a moral issue than … Read the full post »

Emergency Maintenance

Whilst we hope your tenancy will be trouble free, situations may arise that require urgent attention. Emergency items are generally those that could cause injury to the tenant or damage to the property. This may include:


Broken or burst water pipes | Blocked or broken toilet | Serious roof or gas leak | Dangerous electrical fault | Flooding or rainwater inundation | Breakdown of cooking facilities (oven and/or cooktop) | Failure or … Read the full post »

RENOVATING | The Ultimate Checklist

October 2018 | Troy McGuane
Renovating any home can be tough. From all the costs involved, to deciding which contractor to hire. So much can go on during a renovation that it’s easy to miss things and get lost in the process. We’ve created a renovation checklist to make the whole process easier!

Create Your Priority List… Read the full post »

TO SELL OR RENT | Can you financially afford to sell?

September 2018 | Troy McGuane


In today’s real estate market, when selling your home, it can feel like you have limited options. Values are just beginning to rise, and buyers can be picky. If you are able to sell your home – go for it! This is the best option.

But what if you can’t financially afford to sell?

The answer is to … Read the full post »

SPRING | The big selling season

September 2018 | Troy McGuane
You’re thinking of selling. Spring, the big selling season, is almost here and you know that is when your property will look its best. The garden – whether yours, a neighbour’s or the strata body’s – will be at its prime and the warm sun on ground creates a sense of excitement.

But just … Read the full post »

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