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5 Handy Hints For Cleaning and Moving

Property Rental Cleaning

As if moving house and the whole cleaning process is not enough sometimes you come across really tough stains and areas that are not coming up as well as you hoped. I came across these 5 Tips and thought they were great and ideal to share. Hope they help. Christina

Ovens – Bad odours left by oven cleaner will disappear if you put some orange peel on an oven tray and bake it for a few minutes.

Door FramesAluminum window and door-frames will regain their shine if you rub them with a cloth dipped in ammonia.

Fly ScreensTo clean dust from fly screens without removing them, put on a pair of rubber gloves and, from the inside of the house, rub all over the screen with both hands. The dust will come off and fall to the outside windowsill for easy collection.

FridgesMoisten a cloth with methylated spirits and wipe the rubber seals on your fridge to clean them and prolong their life. Once the power is turned off, fridges and freezers should be wiped out with warm water and pure soap. Wipe down with vanilla essence or leave an open packet of bicarbonate of soda in the fridge to absorb odours.

Moving Heavy AppliancesBefore moving heavy appliances such as fridges or washing machines, slip on a pair of rubber gloves. They have a good grip and make the job easier.

(Source :  Written By Marion Barnes –The Easy Way Out

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Are You Frustrated Tenants Who Can’t Find a Property? These 9 Hot Tips will Help Smooth the Process

Sick of nobody calling you back, no details on the internet, finding the property is already gone or talking to someone who has not even seen the property? I hear you. As if finding and moving house is not enough – nobody seems to want to help?

So How Can We Avoid Some of These Frustrations , What Can We Do?

  1. Get clear on exactly what you are looking for.  Have a list of NOT negotiable items and a list of ideally it would have …….. and be located………. Price range ………. and timeframe.  Lease term etc
  2. Prepare your application.  Most application forms are similar in their requirements.  100 points ID, employment confirmation, previous rental history, etc.  Check out our 9 Tips to getting your application approved and faster.  The key is to be ready to act fast, ideally give your fully completed application at the inspection.
  3. Prepare standard emails.  A list of your requirements including not negotiable items, price range and suburbs along with preferable moving in date, term of lease.  Always attach a reference from previous agent/landlord or a copy of your previous ledger (if they are good!).  Email to all Property Managers with properties in your preferred area and resend every 7-10 days.  Whenever you request an inspection also attach ledger and 3 or 4 lines indicating why you will be a good tenant.
  4. Set your real estate alerts on realestate.com.au and domain.com.au.  Sometimes properties upload to one site faster than another.  We have seen up to 4 hours difference in uploading time.
  5. If possible check the main websites realestate.com.au and domain.com.au 2/3 times/day remember the early bird catches the worm.
  6. Call at your first opportunity to try and arrange inspections on suitable properties.  Try always to mention why you are good tenants and believe this to be a suitable property.  (They are more likely to let you in if they don’t think you will be wasting their time).
  7. You need to nicely push to see suitable properties as quickly as possible, the faster you do this the less likely you will end up in a multiple application situation and have the frustration of missing out.
  8. If you need approval for pets or want air-conditioning added etc., ask first before you waste your time viewing the property. If you want something extra like air-conditioning you may need to offer a little more rent, find out if the owners would consider this.
  9. Stay calm/nice – yes, you may have emailed or called 3 times with no response but remember they are looking at whether or not they would like to rent a property to you and they will not want a tenant they think is demanding or difficult. (Frustrating as this may be!).

I have experienced all of the above frustrations first hand when we sold and had to find a rental quickly.  It was certainly a shock to the system.  We had a great application (I know as this is what we do) but alas the process was still not easy!

I hope these suggestions are helpful and would hope as a prospective tenant for our agency you would always be treated with respect and promptness. If you have something else that has worked well for you please let us know, we would love to share it with others out there searching.

All the best with your search.  Be sure to email us your exact requirements to profilerentals2@remax.com.au and we promise to email matching properties within 24 hours of them being listed.


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Five Toddlers Drown in QLD Swimming Pools Every Year – How Safe Is Your Pool?

Why should swimming pools be fenced?

On average, five toddlers drown in Queensland swimming pools every year.  Lets make sure our pools are fenced appropriately to help reduce this number.

Who is responsible?

The owner of the swimming pool Is responsible for installing and maintaining a pool fence and gate.  If a tenant buys a pool that requires fencing, they are classed as the pool owner and must ensure that the pool is fenced.

Is having my pool fenced enough?

 No.  You must also:

  • Maintain your pool fence and gate latch
  • Ensure the gate is always closed and the latch locks automatically
  • Regularly check your fence for damage and ensure objects nearby do not allow a child to climb over the fence.

What about above-ground pools?

If your pool is above ground, you must ensure that:

  • The walls of the pool are at least 1.2 metres high all the way around
  • The sides of the pool are free of bracing, indents, projections, and filtration equipment
  • Any pieces of equipment (e.g. ladders and filters) are enclosed by a fence with a self-closing gate.

Does your fence comply?

Checklist for pool fences

Before contacting your local council for an inspection, you should check the safety of your pool fence by completing the checklist below*.

Check your pool fence

  • I have a pool fence separating my pool from my neighbour.
  • I have a pool fence preventing access from my house to my pool.
  • The outside of my pool fence is at least 1.2 metres high all the way around.
  • The bottom of my pool fence is less than 10 centimetres off the ground all the way around.
  • All vertical or near vertical fence posts are less than 10 centimetres apart.
  • All horizontal or near horizontal fence rails are at least 90 centimetres apart.
  • The top of my pool fence is at least 1.1 metres above any low horizontal fence rails.
  • My pool fence is well maintained – there are no holes, or broken posts or rails.
  • My pool fence is at least 1.2 metres away from any object that would allow a child to climb over the fences – BBQs, trees, rocks, shrubs, furniture, etc.

Check your pool gate

  • My pool gate closes by itself from any open position.
  • My pool gate latches by itself when it closes.
  • My pool gate opens outwards, away from the pool.
  • I never prop open or tie back my pool gate, or otherwise obstruct it from automatically closing.
  • I have a latch release which is at least 1.5 metres above the ground or covered so a child cannot open the gate.

Building a new pool

I have a sign warning people that I have a pool under construction, and it is clearly visible from the road at the front of my property.

I have obtained certification for the fence around my new pool prior to filling it with water.

Check the doors and windows

Check any doors and windows that could allow a child to go from your house directly to the pool area.  If the pool was built after 1991, there should be no such doors unless your local council has granted and exemption and it is still valid.

All windows should be child-resistant.  This means that windows are at least 1.2 metres above the floor or do not open wider than 10 centimetres or have been fitted with security screens.

*This checklist applies to pools constructed after February 1991.  For more detailed information on pools constructed before February 1991 visit www.dip.qld.gov.au or contact your local council.

Pool fencing laws

For more information on state government pool fencing legislation, contact the Department of Infrastructure and Planning:

Department of Infrastructure and Planning
PO Box 15009 City East Qld 4002 Australia
Tel 1800 153 262 free-call
Fax +61 7 3237 1248

Your local council may have pool fencing laws with additional requirements.  You should abide by both state legislation and local laws.  Contact your local council for information and advice on the pool fencing standards in your area, or to arrange a compliance inspection.

CPR signs

For pools constructed on or after 1 October 2003, there must be a sign with CPR instructions clearly displayed near the pool.  To obtain a CPR sign contact the Queensland Ambulance Service, the Royal Life Saving Society of Queensland or your local pool shop.

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