Hot Tips For Home Prep This Winter!

Use this checklist to prepare your home for winter

  • Check your home’s heating and air conditioning system.
  • Paint, caulk and seal exterior wood.
  • Seal your masonry and hard surfaces.
  • Check your drainage.
  • Clean your gutters.
  • Clean your chimney and order firewood.
  • Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

CFA’S Top Tips For Home Safety

In the kitchen

  • Never leave cooking unattended.
  • Keep tea towels and cloth pot-holders away from the stove. 
  • Keep grills, fans and cooking surfaces free of grease. 
  • Replace faulty appliances. 

In the lounge room 

  • Keep toys, clothing and curtains away from heaters. 
  • Ensure heaters are turned off when you go to bed. 
  • Keep a fire screen in front of open fires. 
  • Keep candles, incense and oil burners away from anything flammable. 
  • Keep lighters and matches away from children. 

In the bedroom 

  • Don’t smoke in bed. 
  • Don’t leave an electric blanket on for more than 30 minutes. 
  • Don’t put anything on top of a bed when an electric blanket is on, including objects, pets or people. 
  • Have a smoke detector in every bedroom. 

In the laundry 

  • Clean the lint filter in the clothes dryer after each load. 
  • Let the dryer complete its cool-down cycle before stopping it. 

In the home office 

  • Never overload power boards. 
  • Don’t use faulty devices. 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates regarding Sales and Inspections

Restrictions on indoor gatherings

The Stay at Home Directions (No 3) dated 7 April 2020 (SAHD) restrict the number of people who may gather in indoor spaces to two people, providing that, unless an exception applies, a person must not enter a residence unless:

  • no other person is in that space; or
  • only one other person is in that space; or
  • more than one other person is in the space, but all of those persons ordinarily reside at the same premises as the person.

Inspections for lease and sale

Clause 11(3)(c) of the Stay at Home Direction (SAHD) allows a person to permit another person to enter their place of residence if it is necessary for the second person to enter the premises for the purpose of their work. Therefore, a person may permit an estate agent to enter the person’s place of residence to allow the estate agent to undertake their work related to the place of residence.

Inspections of occupied properties

Clause 11(3)(d) of the SAHD allows a person to permit another person to enter their place of residence if the second person is entering for the purposes of attending a private inspection of the premises for the purposes of a prospective sale or rental of the property.

Private inspections of an occupied/tenanted residential property are permitted to be organised. An inspection is only permitted where an estate agent and one other person (the person for whom the inspection is organised by private appointment) are present at the premises.An inspection where an estate agent, the prospective tenant/purchaser and a resident of the premises are all present is not permitted. In this case the resident of the premises will have to leave the premises, and should do so for a reason permitted under the SAHD, namely, to obtain necessary goods or services, for care and other compassionate reasons, to attend work or education or to exercise. Those in isolation or quarantine should not leave their homes.

Inspections of vacant properties

Private inspections of a vacant residential property are permitted to be organised. An inspection is only permitted where an estate agent and one other person (the person for whom the inspection is organised by private appointment) are present at the premises.

Inspections of tenanted properties

Inspections by vendors or landlords

A vendor or a landlord wanting to enter a property to inspect it is permitted to do so if they have served a valid notice to enter the premises under the Residential Tenancies Act 1997.

Inspections by estate agents

An estate agent is permitted to enter residential premises to exercise lawful duties as part of the exercise of their occupation, including to inspect a property on behalf of a landlord or vendor. Restrictions on indoor gatherings do not apply to an estate agent entering an indoor space where it is necessary to enter a property in the exercise of their occupation. Accordingly, an estate agent may enter premises to conduct an inspection on behalf of a landlord or vendor irrespective of the number of residents of the property present at the time.Estate agents, vendors or landlords conducting any inspection should ensure compliance and high levels of hygiene. See the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) information on appropriate cleaning and disinfecting.

More activities may be restricted as the coronavirus (COVID-19) progresses. Estate agents should monitor the DHHS website for up-to-date information.

We encourage you to reachout to us via [email protected] to discuss your particular situation and to read further information please head to Consumer affairs victoria on the below link.https://www.consumer.vic.gov.au/resources-and-tools/advice-in-a-disaster/coronavirus-covid19-and-your-rights

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Refresh with A Fresh Coat of Paint!

It is so important to stand out in today’s world. Today, we have more to distract us than ever before. In the world of real estate, to make an impact, little things can go a long way. 

In today’s blog, we talk about how a small investment can lead to big returns. For example, how just a coat of paint can refresh an old home, giving it new life. If you are selling or renting out it’s important to put your best foot forward and brighten up the living space.


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