Thinking of Selling – Fix the Bathroom

Fixing the BathroomFixing up your bathroom should be on your list of things to do before your home hits the market. Bathrooms are one of the main areas that buyers focus on when looking at homes. Remodeling your bathroom can also boost your home’s value, but these kinds of projects can be very expensive.

Surface remodeling for a bathroom provides you with a more cost-effective way to make this room more appealing to buyers. You can do these projects on your own, instead of hiring contractors. Here are some surface remodeling ideas to consider doing in your home:

  • Refinish your tub. If your tub looks worn, you don’t necessarily have to buy a new one. You can refinish it to give it a fresh new look instead. If you do have a bit more room in your budget, you could also hire someone to install a bathtub or shower liner. Just keep in mind that these liners only last for a few years, which could be a turnoff for buyers.
  • Cover up minor cosmetic issues. If your walls have a few minor flaws, such as dents or holes, consider covering them with pre-fab wainscot. This works well for the lower part of your walls, but make sure you don’t have any mildew or mold growing on them first. Otherwise, you’ll need to eliminate those growths and replace the affected area.
  • Install a vinyl floor. When doing surface remodeling for a bathroom, you don’t have to pay to have an expensive floor installed in such a small area. Instead, install luxury vinyl flooring, plank vinyl or another type of vinyl floor that looks great and is much less expensive than granite or marble tiles.

Classic Castlemaine Merchants Home

In 1892 Mr.Clark, a prominent Castlemaine merchant, purchased a half acre site at 260 Barker Street upon which he had built his substantial home “Clevedon”. Comprising of ten rooms, the solid brick residence featured all the up to date marks of the Late Victorian era with architectural touches that were later to be accepted as common place in the Edwardian era.

Clevedon Manor

Today Clevedon has been refurbished and revitalised, with flair, by the present owners and now operates as a luxury Bed and Breakfast. It has has been a popular destination for hundreds of visitors who enjoy coming to Castlemaine.

Clevedon retains all its history and remains one of the city’s finest homes. This magnificent home has sky high ceilings and a majestic garden shielded from the world by a grand hedge bordering the property. Venture beyond Clevedon and you will fully appreciate its excellent, central location.

Thinking of Selling Over Summer Holidays?

Go VintageAsk someone when the best time of year to list a home would be, and the holiday season is usually not on the top of the list. There are many positive tips for showing your home over the holidays. Enlisting the help of Waller Realty to help in preparing you, your home, and everything associated in the sale of a home is reassuring and comforting during any time of year, especially during the holidays.

Typical home preparation.

Here are some  tips for showing your home over the holidays.

  • Clean every corner of your home.
  • Repair the little things and a few big things.
  • Remove clutter of personal items, extra clothing, large furniture, toys, and pet items.
  • Maintain lawn, clean gutters, trim shrubs, and trees.
  • If weather permits, power wash, paint or stain fences, home exterior, decks and shutters.

Holiday Decor is a plus

  • As a rule, fall and winter themed decor is appropriate and encouraged.
  • Try a minimalist approach when decorating.
  • White miniature lights outside are inviting and add ambiance to a home.

Holiday Open Houses are Inviting and Festive

  • Turn the temperature up to a cozy level.
  • Baking before an open house makes the home smell homey.
  • Making coffee and having it out for potential buyers can make them feel at home.
  • Turning on the lights inside and out gives your home an inviting, receptive atmosphere

Clean and Inviting tips

  • Go through your home daily and remove anything you wouldn’t want potential buyers to see
  • Refresh any air fresheners in bath and kitchen areas
  • Remove trash right away to reduce odors.

Supporting Xtremeinc

XtremeincXtremeInc is a not-for-profit organisation formed in central Victoria in 2009. Central Victoria is a regional hub where talented, artistic, entrepreneurial, hardworking people gather from all over the world.

Back in 2009, performing arts based community leaders and young people in Castlemaine, Kyneton and Bendigo decided it was time to act to address the needs of young people in regional Victoria. Out of this, XtremeInc was born. Their aim is to educate, empower and engage young people through the arts and youth projects. Their mission is to arm them with tools and skills that lead to economic and social self-sufficiency. Their vision is a region teeming with young people who lead active, creative and healthy lives as valued members of their community.

“We need better systems in place to help young people grow and learn, and in my experience, the arts can offer roles in performance, organisation and mentoring – while promoting awareness about issues such as good health, fitness and positive body image. It’s all about creating the right environment.” Sarah Cook, XtremeInc founder.

Adding Colour to Your Home

Adding ColourWorking on making your home look as appealing as possible to potential buyers? You don’t need a degree in interior design to create rooms that look perfect. Following some basic color rules can go a long way toward improving your home’s appearance. You can start with the 60-30-10 rule.

This rule states that you should decorate each room in terms of percentages. Use a dominant color for 60 percent of the room, a secondary color for 30 percent and an accent color for 10 percent. The 60 percent usually means the walls of a room, while the 30 percent generally includes furniture and upholstery. The remaining 10 percent is reserved for decor items or accent pieces, such as a vase of flowers or throw pillows. The small splash of color that the accent pieces provide is enough to make any room more interesting without being too distracting or overwhelming. The secondary color helps balance out the dominant color and keep it from making a room seem too dull, especially when the dominant color is a neutral shade, such as beige. When choosing these colors, make sure you pick ones that complement each other. As long as you don’t pick colors that clash, the 60-30-10 rule should work just fine for your home.

More on adding colour

Colour Decorating Ideas

Five Ways to Add Colour

Adding Colour Without Paint

Features that add to value

Conventional wisdom holds that prospective buyers are drawn to a home’s kitchen, baths, and obvious upgrades such as hardwood floors and large closets. But there are also many overlooked upgrades that help a home stand out, provide additional security, or boost convenience. Some of the most sought after, yet often overlooked upgrades, include:Security Doors

  • In-ground lawn irrigation An in-ground irrigation system offers homeowners a yard that essentially waters itself. Gone are the days of hauling a garden hose across the yard to keep the grass green and the garden soaked.
  • Energy efficient windows Upgraded energy efficient windows may be hard to spot, but they make themselves known by helping keep the house warm, eliminating leaks and drafts, and working to reduce a home’s heating and cooling costs.
  • Cast iron pipes Pipes sit deep in the walls of a home, causing cast iron pipes to easily be one of the most overlooked home features. Cast iron plumbing is far sturdier than the standard PVC pipes and provides more comprehensive sound insulation.
  • Security door  A steel security door offers your family an excellent combination of safety and insulation. A steel door is far more secure than the conventional hollow core door installed on most homes. It also works to dampen exterior sounds and provides exceptional insulation.


Rich Castlemaine Art History

Specimen Gully

Specimen Gully

Night at Specimen Gully

The Wallace/McClelland home and studio offers the artist, or those who yearn to live creatively, a wonderful opportunity to be a part of Castlemaine’s art history.

Blending imperceptibly into the surrounding bushland this quirky, eclectic property offers a rich lifestyle. Aside from the mudbrick home which features brick floors, beamed ceilings and is heated by an open fire and slow combustion stove there is an expansive, light filled studio which has been the scene of many artistic gatherings.

The garden, designed by Michael Wright, a landscape architect, was created to complement the house as an oasis setting in the midst of dry box forest. Once featured in Australian County Style and the Castlemaine Garden festival this garden is in complete harmony with the surroundings.

Country Style Feature

A diverse range of native plants have been chosen to withstand the heat of summer, the severe winter frosts and skeletal soils. They come alive when so many European plants lie dormant.

Live here and you will be surrounded by an endless source of inspiration.

Need to Move Quickly?

Moving HouseIf you’ve suddenly found out that you’ll have to sell your home in a hurry, don’t panic. While you won’t have time to do some serious renovating, there are still plenty of things you can do to make sure you’re home is prepared for buyers.

Use the following tips to get a home ready for sale in 30 days:

  • Start with the exterior. Curb appeal is everything when you’re selling your home. Make sure your front yard looks its best by getting rid of weeds, planting flowers and mowing the lawn. As for your house, give the exterior some fresh paint and new hardware. Pressure wash it as well to make it look as clean as possible.
  • Do small repairs. Fix broken tiles, replace screens with tears in them and take care of any other minor repairs that are needed. Check all of the lights in your home to make sure they work, and replace bulbs as needed. Do routine maintenance on your home as well, such as replacing HVAC filters.
  • Fix up your kitchen and bathrooms. Paint the cabinets, make sure your appliances are coordinated in terms of appearance and replace or refinish the countertops if they’re worn. Clean the grout between tiles in your kitchen and bathrooms, and consider replacing the sinks, toilets and other plumbing fixtures it they’re outdated.
  • Remove personal items and collectibles. Put these in boxes, and make your home appear as tidy and clutter-free as possible.
  • Focus on neutral colors. Paint and decorate interior rooms in neutral tones, such as beige, white or light gray, to make your home more inviting. Stay away from bold colors.

Vibrant Youth Festival



“XtremeInc was formed in 2009 with the purpose of educating, empowering and engaging young people in central Victoria. It’s grown faster than any of us could have imagined, and we’re looking forward to an even bigger and brighter future. It takes an army to raise such a vibrant, dynamic baby as XtremeInc and for that we want to give props to our members, volunteers, board and staff.”

We are helping by providing substantial sponsorship. Explore the Xtremeinc Web Site and learn what you can do to help.

Striking Heritage Home

Vermont Villa

From the moment you arrive and peek through the gate of 140 Johnstone Street, Campbells Creek it is evident that you have arrived at an immaculately presented, historic, Italianate Villa. Currently, as you enter the main drive you are greeted by a wall of perfumed climbing roses and a quick glance reveals carefully considered attention to detail.

Vermont Villa has been here since 1859 and over that time it has witnessed dramatic changes in the region. Various owners have lived here but it is the current owner who has transformed and breathed fresh life into this property.

The house is surrounded by lush, very private gardens which feature an old palm tree. Large timber windows provide plenty of natural light and offer views of a garden that has been sculptured and landscaped with love.

However, it is the area where the landscaped garden merges with the wilder crown land on the other side of Campbell’s Creek that is truly magical. Here the sound of Campbell’s Creek gurgling on its way to wherever it goes provides a very peaceful setting to relax, unwind and feel totally removed from the hustle and bustle of this busy regional town.

Mega Weekend of Events

This weekend there is something for everyone. The region is offering a diverse range of activities with a wide appeal. Inspired to join this vibrant community? Take the opportunity to visit one of our Open Inspections while you are here.

Mega Weekend in November

Maldon Folk FestivalThis is the region to be in come November. The Maldon Folk Festival, Farmers and Artists Markets and the Castlemaine Festival of Gardens all coincide so there is lots of other stuff to do and see while you’re in the area.

Make sure to be there as this historic town springs to life for their annual folk festival. There will be much to see and do including musical theatre, bush dancing, markets, workshops, garden art, competitions, didgeridoo performances and much more.

The Maldon Folk Festival is an event with appeal for everyone including families or travellers in need of some fun!