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Does a swimming pool add value?


As the summer heatwave hits, the idea of a swimming pool in your backyard is an alluring one. And surely you can justify the cost by the value it will add to your home?

Not necessarily. In fact, the opposite may be true. In some cases swimming pools can put off prospective buyers who fear the ongoing maintenance costs and time, the dangers to small children or the amount of space pools can take up on the section.

Of course the decision to install a swimming pool isn’t usually all about your property re-sale value, it’s about the personal enjoyment of you and your family. But if you’re considering it there are some things to think about before proceeding.

Location, location, location.
It’s stating the obvious but do you live in a warm enough region that will see you use a pool more than a few days a year? Also consider how close you are to the beach or good local public swimming pools that may offset the need to take on the expense and ongoing maintenance of a pool yourself. This will also influence property buyers shopping in your area. Consider the average house prices in your area. Do you risk over-capitalising by spending on a pool? If you need to recover that cost when it comes time to sell you may put off buyers who find the property too expensive for the area you’re in, and fail to attract bigger spenders who aren’t interested in your area. Talk to your local real estate sales consultant. They can give you an idea of what people are spending in your surrounding area and what you can expect for your property before or after the addition of a pool.

Size matters.
Consider the size of your section. Will the addition of a pool take up the majority of your backyard? If so that may deter a number of buyers looking for a good size section. Large pools can make your section seem smaller and less usable, particularly to those who don’t prioritise the need for a swimming pool.

Shop around.
If you’re committed to getting a pool for your own family to enjoy but are mindful of the impact it may have when it comes time to sell your home, do your research on all the different styles and construction options of pools available. Try to find the “happy medium” of a pool that will meet your needs without taking over your budget or section. Too cheap and it may not age well, putting buyers off by appearing scruffy and high maintenance, too expensive and you run the risk of over-capitalising

Make it sparkle.
If you do have a pool, whether you’ve inherited it with your house or added it yourself, make sure it is in tip-top condition when you come to sell your property. Make sure it is scrupulously clean, fenced to meet the legal requirements and that all surroundings such as fences and decks are well maintained.

Indoor Plant Guide // 2017

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PEACE LILY
Level of care – Easy

Peace lilies, also known as closet plants, are a popular choice for offices and homes. When it comes to indoor plants, peace lily plants are some of the easiest to care for.

Light/Water – Medium-to-low light and only watering when the top of the soil is dry will keep the lily standing tall.

Display – Display in a modern planter adjusting to your house or rooms theme.


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CACTI
Level of care – Easy

There are many varieties of Cacti available that are suitable for indoor planting, including Prickly Pear, Rose Pincushion, Euphorbia and Rebutia.

Light/Water – Require only modest amounts of water when soil is dry and prefer direct sunlight. Before watering your cactus, check to see if the soil is dry. Then water well, especially in the growing months which is April through to mid September. Placing Cacti in a bright sunny window is usually best.

Display – Display your Cacti in a planter.


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SUCCULENTS
Level of care – Easy

Succulents or sometimes fat plants, are plants that have some parts that are more than normally thickened and fleshy, usually to retain water

Light/Water – Most varieties need at least half a day to a full day of sunlight. After planting, water in well and allow the soil to dry slightly between watering.

Display – Succulents can be used in vast ways – such as glass containers (see image), planters and containers.


MOTHER-IN-LAWS TONGUE
Level of care – Easy

A great houseplant for beginning gardeners.  It is a very carefree type of plant that likes dry soil and air, which makes it perfect for many indoor environments. If you want to share the plant, it can be divided or started from a leaf cutting

Light/Water – Little water, only when the soil is dry ( 1/4 cup of water every few weeks). This plant also likes bright, indirect light.

Display – This plant used to be known as a background plant surrounded by lots of other smaller plants – now many people display them as a bold feature. Try having it in a pot plant in a nice corner of your home.


HEARTLEAF PLANT
Level of care – Easy

Heartleaf philodendron is a popular house plant because it is extremely easy to grow. It’s also known as the Sweetheart Plant. Heart-shaped, glossy leaves emerge bronze, then quickly turn green. The leaves are typically 2-4 inches.

Light/Water – Moderate to bright light, but no direct sun. Will tolerate low light. Keep soil lightly moist and allow surface to dry out between watering in winter. TIP! Yellow leaves are caused by over watering.

Display – In a hanging pot for the leaves to flow down into a vine OR into a planter allowing the water to drain through.


FIDDLE LEAF FIG
Level of care – Moderate

This indoor tree type plant grows over 15 metres tall in it’s natural habitat and up to 3 metres indoors, although they can be topped to prevent them growing taller.

Light/water – A brightly lit spot is needed without direct sunlight and water when the top soil becomes slightly dry and reduce watering in the winter.

Display – They’re the type of plant that looks great near doorways, hallways, fireplaces and other featured parts of a room