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Creating the Space for Change

February 27, 2024 by Antone Boustani

1.    Renovating your existing home
Owning a property is one of the largest challenges we all face. Finding the right place then getting a loan to purchase, then going through the ordeal of securing the purchase can make anyone go mad.

Once purchased we then usually go int reno mode. From freshening up the paint to changing the flooring from that horrible carpet from the 80s are usually the first jobs we get to. We all strive to improve our lifestyle and improving where we live is a part of that. 

The other side of the story is selling an old, tired home. How do we get top dollar for our old place. Improving the sale price is what everyone wants. The challenge here is to spend some money to improve the sale price but not to spend that much that it negates the money that goes into your pocket at the end. Improving the kerb appeal of your home is a good cost-effective way to start adding value.

Studies have shown that a large percentage of buyers decide whether or not they are going to buy a home, before they even set foot in a house.

Creating a welcoming entrance to the home that makes a good impression is extremely important. Here are some tips from experienced flippers!!

•    Tidying up the yard
•    Mowing the lawn
•    Washing windows
•    Touching up exterior paint
•    Adding plants and flowers
•    Adding a good quality letter box
•    Adding shiny new street numbers

Once we have taken care of the Kerb appeal the next job is to renovate key areas inside the house. Painting and changing the flooring in the living areas are important. Purchasers always go straight to the Kitchen and Bathroom. How do we fix this with-out breaking the bank?

•    Select a few rooms like the main living room or dining room.
•    Take up old carpet and sand timber floors or install vinyl / laminate flooring.
•    Change a couple of old lights in main areas
•    Paint living room areas in white. It will make the room lighter and seem larger
•    Change taps and cabinet handles to newer ones in the bathroom and Kitchen
•    New floor mats at the entries and bathroom
•    Remove old curtains

We then get to open days or Auction day!!

•    Open all the windows
•    Bake some bread in the oven in the morning. The smell of bread through the home will make a positive impression
•    Leave the pets at the neighbours for the day
•    Tidy up all the rooms.

Renovating when buying or selling the home is tough work. Needing to finish the work by a deadline or Spilling paint on our belongings and taking up old carpet when a couch is sitting on it is impossible. 

De-cluttering your home or having an empty shell when purchasing a place is a great way of making the process fast and easy. But what do we do with our belongings?

2.    Selling a home
So you want to sell your house. Worse, you have to sell your house. Every dollar counts and selling for the highest possible price is what everyone wants to achieve. The next question is how to do this without spending a lot when preparing your property. The following are 25 cost effective tips to get a better sale price.

. Clean everything – You won’t sell if the pace is dirty
. Clear the clutter. Clutter free rooms makes the place look bigger. 
. High pressure - Clean the driveway 
. Clean the mould – Carefully walk around your house and make sure you remove any mould.
. New handles on kitchen cabinets and drawers – Cheap way to update the Kitchen and make $$$$
. Fresh paint – You can’t go wrong with fresh coat of paint on the walls, skirting, trims, doors.
. New letterbox 
. Replace all the light bulbs 
. Forget your style -t your stuff in Storage and rent new furniture to showcase your home.
. Clear all kitchen and bathroom benches – You want your house to appear new, clean and spacious.
. Patch any cracks or dents in the walls 
. Mow the lawn.
. clean the carpet 
. Invest in easy-to-read house numbers. 
. Organise the kid’s rooms 
. Buy a new mat for the front door 
. Hide the rubbish bins 
. Put precious items in a secure location - Use Storage during open houses
. Visit neighbourhood open houses  - Check your competition
. Turn on the lights. 
. Play some good music. 
. In winter – Turn the heater or fireplace on an hour before and in Summer, turn the air conditioner on 20 minutes before so that buyers enjoy walking through your home in a comfortable climate.
. Fresh flowers and candles on 
. Get a good Agent. Do your research and read reviews.
. Accept the markets valuation – Too many sales fail due to a vendor wanting an unrealistic price. If you sell in a falling market and buy in a falling market, you are still winning.

3.    Packing boxes of stuff
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When you do a google search for packing boxes you find that a lot of people out there are looking for information for the humble box. We all know that a box is 4 walls a top and a bottom but that’s not all there is to it. You tend not to need to know about boxes until you need boxes.

Your search begins online, and you end up at a place that sells boxes. It is easy to find yourself in a long aisle looking at boxes and bubble wrap and realising they all look the same. You can wait and hope that someone will walk by that can help you choose. When no one turns up you buy what you think is the correct box and you end up with the wrong box sometimes.

You then have to go back to the place you bought them, wait in a long line to get a refund or store credit. 

It does not have to be this way. Instead of going to a place that sells packing boxes as well as 500 other types of hardware or Software you can go to a place that specialises in packing items, like Kennards Self Storage.

4.    Starting an Online Business
The Global Pandemic has changed the World we live in and changed the way we live in the World. Many industries were shut down and many people  lost their jobs and career opportunities. Being locked down  gave people time to think and create the space for change in their lives. Some people have changed industries, changed careers, retired early, or turned a hobby or skill into an online business. Online business or E Commerce is on the rise. More connectivity around the world has brought us all closer together and shopping online is safer and faster. Why waste time at a shopping centre?

Online Store Ideas.

1.    Start your own clothing line
2.    Sell your art online
3.    Become a freelance writer, designer, or developer
4.    Flip your thrift store finds
5.    Start a blog
6.    Become a virtual assistant
7.    Try your hand at being an influencer
8.    Curate subscription boxes
9.    Develop a niche product
10.  Create handmade goods

Once you’ve decided on an online business idea, you’ll want to do your due diligence and, eventually, give it life. Here’s how to start a business online, step-by-step:

1.    Validate your idea with market research
2.    Develop your product or service
3.    Set up your business finances
4.    Find vendors and suppliers
5.    Build your website
6.    Market your new online business

No matter what the reason for it, everyone needs extra space at some point. The ease of storing your goods is facilitated by the self-storage industry. They offer storers a safe, secure, and well managed space to store valuables, with 24/7 access and on-site box stores helping with your every need. They can also offer you insurance for your stored valuables.

For people running out of space in their home or office setting, a self storage unit provides a secure and economical option for accommodating the extra items. Likewise, self-storage is a sensible option for anyone who’s looking to have an uncluttered workspace by shifting items that they don’t need that regularly, but nonetheless wouldn’t want to lose entirely.

Self storage facilities are a growing industry with plenty of high growth areas near cities, as population growth and property prices make everyone find themselves with a need for bigger space that is affordable. Now there are a lot of Self Storage operators out there. Make sure you don’t get caught out leaving your goods in cheap Storage units that are not clean. Store your goods in a clean secure self storage space. Access 24 hour storage is another feature to look for. Use the space at a convenient time day or night any day of the year.

Kennards Self Storage is the place to go if you need space. Kennards self storage has lock up lockers from 1 metre and all the way up to warehouse spaces and just about every space inbetween.

Our expert team have years of experience working with thousands of happy customers. If you are in-between homes, looking for a space to base your business in, or just want to have a spot for the things you don’t need in your face every day, we can help you.

With over 100 locations and over 100 size choices we can cater to your specific needs and circumstances. If time is an issue, you can complete the whole process from finding a space to the rental and payment from the comfort of your own home.

 Log on to and you can find self storage prices and complete the process in minutes. It really is that easy. You can also order all the packaging material needed to make the move as easy as possible. Storage boxes can also be returned for a full refund if not used or a partial refund if they are in good condition when they have been used. Come and visit and you will find space for change 7 days a week.

Antone Boustani

Antone joined the Kennards Self Storage in 2012 as a Team Support Manager. Progressing to the roles of NSW Rostering Co-ordinator and Waterloo Centre manager led to the position of NSW Operations Manager in 2019. Antone has gained leadership skills at previous roles as a Manager at KFC and Decorug and did run his own business a Deli / Fruit shop called Naremburn Natural. He loves that we are the people that care and how that is achieved through procedures that enable our teams to offer great customer service. He is invested in improving himself and the team around him and believes that doing what you love is the key. Outside work Antone loves travelling overseas as much as getting on the open road and you can find him watching any type of sport but especially cricket.

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