Townsville Bulletin - Townsville Eye : 2019-01-12

Arts : 18 : 18


HANG THE EXPENSE COLLECTING ART BRINGS PLEASURE AND LASTS A LIFETIME WOR DS : T R AC E Y HO R D E R N ....................... I f I had pots of money, I know exactly what I would do. Assuming my home had all the required comforts and conveniences, my money would be spent on art. A lot of people think that art is the last luxury, or lowest priority. But in reality, it is art that lasts; it is art that brings true joy and meaning to our lives. Art, as the saying goes, washes away the dust of everyday life. I’m especially lucky to know many artists. I could say without much exaggeration that half my friends are artists of one variety or another – painters, sculptors and potters. The only joy greater than buying a piece of art is buying art from someone you love and someone you want to support in their hard choice to be an artist. Everyone knows the inherent poverty of choosing to make a living from art, especially in the ‘emerging’ phase. I’m not suggesting buying any piece of art from someone just because you care about him or her, but if you truly love something an artist you are acquainted with has produced, if you can, my strong suggestion is to purchase it. If my home was to go up in flames I know exactly what I would grab – and that would be my favourite, precious, irreplaceable original paintings. They will be with me until the end and will probably happily adorn the walls of my aged care room facility. TIDYING UP THE FRONT OF YOUR PROPERTY CAN BRING BUYERS THROUGH AND GIVE THEM A GOOD IMPRESSION THAT CAN PAY OFF IN THE SALE PRICE If you’re not sure what colour to choose, have a look around at similar homes in your area and see what works for them. Don’t neglect the fence and windows. It’s no good going to the effort of painting the house if the other areas are faded and peeling. WOR DS : C H A R L I E A L B O N E S E L L I N G H O U S E S AU ST R A L I A ....................... I f you want to attract buyers, the front of your house has to have street appeal. But what if you’re stuck with the only ugly duckling on the block? Here are few simple ways you can minimise the impact, without breaking the bank: Have a good look around and see if there’s anything that needs fixing or tidying. A number of unfinished little jobs can suddenly look like a big job. the same and pass it by. New plants are great for hiding a multitude of sins. They can smarten up most gardens. The impact of unsightly posts or pillars can be reduced with large pots and new plants, and if you’ve got time to grow them, creepers. Remember, kerb appeal has never been more important. With a little effort your ugly duckling can be transformed into a beautiful swan, and buyers will love it. GO GREEN A heavily concreted yard or driveway may be practical, but it’s not very pretty. Replacing concrete with turf makes the front of a property more inviting and homely. But remember to keep your lawned areas watered and tidy. Dead grass, overgrown pathways and weeds speak volumes to potential buyers. A NEW HUE KEEP IT TIDY A lick of paint is by far the most effective way to inject new life into a property. It can transform a dull dated exterior. If the outside of your house looks a mess, potential buyers may think the inside will be Watch Selling Houses Australia on Foxtel. PICTURE PERFECT GET TO THE ART OF THE MATTER WITH THESE STUNNING PAINTINGS WORDS : T R AC E Y HORDERN The Girl Without The Pearl Earring, by Dale Rhodes, POA, Pack Gallery Station St, Bangalow, [email protected] Remembering Shanghai, by Caitlin Reilly, POA, La Palmera De Elche by Kate St James, $950, 18 TOWNSVILLE EYE, Saturday, January 12, 2019 EYEE01Z01MA - V1 PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTED BY PRESSREADER +1 604 278 4604 ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW

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