Welcome to our July edition of TILT. Soggy gardens, leaking roofs and roaring fireplaces; all conjure up different aspects of the colder winter months around Australia. While some of us truly need to embrace underfloor heating and log fires for the coming few months, for others it may simply mean not having to turn the air-conditioning on for a change!
If you are not one of the lucky “northerners” and are looking for tips on how to keep warm this winter, here are five we love the sound of:
- Cook a chook!
By that, we mean simply find an excuse to use your oven. It will warm the kitchen and surrounding rooms, plus the smell will do wonders for your senses.
- Cover up your windows.
They say up to 40% of heat escaping from your home in winter is from uncovered windows, so heavy curtains will keep the warmth in.
- Layer, Layer, Layer…
Layer your floors, by adding carpets and rugs over wooden and tiled floors (plus another layer to your feet with warm socks!).
- Hot air rises!
If you have ceiling fans check whether they have a reverse/ winter setting that will turn the fan anticlockwise and push warm air back down into the living areas.
- Let the sunshine in.
Let nature do its thing by allowing the sunshine in during the day, but keep unused rooms closed off from the rest of the house.
Now that you can get warm and cozy, are you ready to settle in and wrap your head around some of the finer details you need to know when buying or selling, renovating or building property? This month we have sourced for you a great collection of must-know tips and insights from a range of industry professionals. Take a closer look at:
- Our new series on Building Contracts Basics; aimed at explaining some of the fundamentals about how building contracts work, the choices you will need to make when entering into a building contract, and how those choices affect what will happen on your build.
- Great insights into the 101 of conveyancing terminology and the legal documents and terms you will see when buying and selling a property.
- Some handy jargon busting to debunk “roofing” terminology and help you in your conversations with roofing trades and experts.
- Our handy reference guide and template for what to expect when it comes to progress payments.
Simply click here to download your July edition of TILT to read at your leisure.
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