The idea of a tiny home isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. Most of us have accumulated too many possessions that have incredible meaning, sentimental value – maybe we just bought that extra table or two of those awesome lamps because we really liked them! And that’s totally fine. But then comes the question – where do we put it all?
Having a home to call your own is a significant dream for many people, and an amazing achievement for all of us when the day finally arrives. So, to think of cutting down your whole life, of going ‘minimalist’ and keeping just the essentials – well, it’s harder than it seems! So what motivates people to give up their “stuff”? And what do they get in return? We explore the tiny homes trend and what it means for those choosing small over having it all.
The tiny homes movement is a recent popular trend (there’s even a new show about it on Netflix), although people all over the world have been choosing to decrease their environmental impact and live in smaller homes for centuries. Not only is owning a small home much more eco-friendly when compared to the average Australian home, but it really promotes an in-depth look at consumerist culture and the “things” we buy throughout our lives. However for bigger families, going tiny isn’t an option, so it’s really a trend marketed to first home buyers, younger couples, those who feel more in touch with a nomadic lifestyle, or retirees looking for a change. Of course, there are many others who proudly downsized for the benefit of the planet over their own luxuries, and they seem to be the driving force behind the movement as it grows rapidly in popularity over recent years.
Reasons to keep it small:
However, maybe you’re making the move to something smaller to save for your dream future home? Whatever the motivations may be, going tiny is a popular and growing trend that has many followers internationally and at home – there’s even an Australian Tiny House Association! – so the movement is only set to expand.
What about you, do you think you could enjoy living in a tiny home?
Moving to a new house can be overwhelming for so many different reasons – the last thing you want to worry about is having your beloved possessions broken or damaged during the big shift. Although we’re all familiar with the basics of how to sort and pack stuff, there are some amazing hacks we bet you’ve never heard of! Since we know all there is to know about moving, Harcourts can show you how to properly prep your treasures for transportation. Check out the article below for more info!
Let’s just get straight into it – if you’re getting ready to move or you’re in the process, then you won’t have time to muck around! So, here are our top packing tips:
There you have it, some awesome tips for moving day! Good luck from the Harcourts team and remember – organisation is key – it will pay off in the end!
Tasmania is hot property right now. It seems everyone is either flying in to soak up the amazing food and wine culture, see the sights, explore the untouched wilderness or get their hands on their own slice of the island. For Tassie locals and newcomers alike, finding a property you love and making the huge decision to buy in is a complex process, one with many twists and turns. Harcourts Signature are veterans in the business – with highly experienced and knowledgeable staff that really understand the desire to own your own home on this stunning little island. We also know exactly what it takes to get there financially, as well as the correct route to securing the home you’ve always wanted with all the formalities in line. You can trust Harcourts Signature to supply you with the proper information, advice and support you need in making this life changing decision. Here’s a little about what we know, and what we can do for you.
There are so many things to consider when buying a property. It can be an understandably stressful time as you search for the right location, the correct size and style, organise your finances, research the ins and outs, inspect different properties – it can move at a snail’s pace or like a bullet train depending on your unique experience. Harcourts Signature appreciates and understands that every buyer’s experience is different – which is exactly why our agency takes the extra time and allocates the added effort into catering to your specific situation.
We can assure you that we’ve done our research, plus we constantly keep on top of the latest news and info circulating around the housing market. With our finger on the pulse, we believe that now is the time to buy your first home in Tasmania. According to a recent media release supplied by the Real Estate Institute of Australia, the housing market is finally taking a steadier turn. REIA President Adrian Kelly stated that …“We should see the market, which is already showing signs that the rate of price falls is declining, stabilise” (REIA Media Release, June 2019). Kelly further explained that “The rate cut, unlike the last series of cuts in 2015 and 2016 which stimulated investor activity, will benefit first home buyers” (REIA Media Release, June 2019).
REIA went on to state that ‘housing affordability marginally improved across the country in the March quarter of 2019’ and specifically in Tasmania the number of first home buyers has increased 13.1 percent compared to the same quarter in 2018 (REIA Media Release, June 2019). So, things are looking up for those investing in their first home, and Harcourts Signature can guide you on the path to get there. But what else do you need to know?
Money – it’s what (unfortunately) makes the world go around. However, the best investment for your future and a great place to direct all your hard work is in buying a home to call your own. Easier said than done, we get that. Organising your finances, budget, working out your mortgage repayments, potential renovation costs and balancing all your other outgoing expenses can be completely overwhelming. Never fear – we’ve got you. While most lenders require a 20% deposit for buying a property, there are lots of other options when it comes to loans. Harcourts Signature proudly offers a complete service – from sorting out a finance plan, putting you in touch with the right people to talk to, and helping you move into your home – we take care of our clients from start to finish.
Maybe you have the means, but just haven’t found the right home yet? We can help you there, too. It’s what we’re really good at. We know the Tasmanian market and we have eyes everywhere – Harcourts Signature can find the ideal home for you. When considering neighbourhoods, access to services, transport, and especially whether the investment will pay off in the future – we can direct you to all the right info. Looking online is also a great place to start.
There are so many, varied components to consider, but rest assured – Harcourts Signature are experienced in identifying what first home buyers want, need and can achieve. You’re in the right hands with us. Keep up to date with our latest news and posts, or pop in for a chat with a member of our friendly team, today.
As the seasons start to shift and change, what better time than a new beginning for you and your family? Now is the ideal time to sell your home, as spring cleaning gets a whole new meaning – out with the old and in with new memories, in a brand-new space to call your own. Harcourts Signature can help with everything you need to know about selling in spring, so keep reading for some great tips!
At Harcourts Signature, we put our clients first. We know the business extremely well and strive to ensure that all our clients get the best advice and the most return on their beloved homes. There are also some things that you can do however that will ensure your home looks its absolute best come open house and auction day. Here are some of our top tips for getting your property looking spick and span for its new owners.
Well there you have it – some great tips for getting your home ready to sell in the lovely spring season. If you have any further questions or queries, please do not hesitate in contacting Harcourts Signature to chat to a member of our friendly team today! We love helping Tasmanians sell their homes and can’t wait to assist you in beginning a new chapter.
There are some incredible homes out there, and thanks to the beauty of the internet we can see just what it’s like inside some of these amazing homes. Check out the article below for some dream-worthy properties and start your ultimate home wish-list now!
The architectural wonders of home design are in a league of their own these days, as anything really is possible with modern technology, amazing new building materials and a conscious, design-driven mindset to create something that is interesting to look at – and live within. A quick Google search will show you some drool-worthy international homes, but we’ve picked some glorious Tassie properties for you to have a gander at here.
We all know Bruny Island is a place of rugged, natural beauty. The historic importance of the island for local farmers connects with the contemporary spotlight shining on Bruny as a top camping and adventure destination for Tasmanians and overseas visitors. These elements of past and present come together in the wonderful home by John Wardle Architects. Shearers Quarters House is situated on a historic 440-hectare sheep farm, combining rustic practicality with fluid, modern design. The way the property connects with the landscape, cutting into the hillside yet allowing the land to flow through the home via enormous panes of uninterrupted glass, give this property the feel of a luxurious shack. The materials used inside and out – various timbers and corrugated iron – link to the wool shearing heritage of the location. Combined with Scandinavian-like furniture and a simple interior, this property is unique and oasis-like, a shelter that could have always been here, yet has all the modern comforts you’d ever need.
Make sure to keep up to date with our posts as we explore more outstanding Aussie and international properties in the future!
Ever considered building a house out of straw? What about a shipping container? Did you know how many different forms of concrete can be used as eco-friendly building materials? Click on the article below for some unique building options.
These days there are so many incredible and sustainable building materials that can be used in creating truly unique homes – the limit really is your imagination.
Consider locally sourced and naturally occurring materials, such as straw bales. Using a sturdy frame, compacted straw bales can be a fantastic replacement for wood, plaster, stone or fibreglass as they offer considerable insulation when properly sealed. Working well in a hot or cold climate, straw bales are highly affordable, sustainable and a renewable resource – making them quite eco-friendly! A great way to make sure your straw walls are sealed properly and protected against mould or mildew is to cover the bales in mud. This process has been used for centuries and is considerably long-lasting, remaining a popular process for home construction around the world.
Hemp is an amazing product with a hugely diverse range of uses. The latest is HempCrete, a new product out of America made from the inner core of the plant and then mixed with a lime-based binding agent. HempCrete is a bio-composite and so light weight that a block of it can float in a bucket of water! Weighing around a seventh of the weight of concrete, HempCrete makes for an incredible insulator, plus Hemp itself is fast-growing and renewable – win, win!
Would you believe that other plants are now being used as proper building materials? What would you say if you heard that there’s now a structure in New York made entirely out of mushroom bricks? Crazy, right? Well, it’s true! Architect David Benjamin and his firm The Living have experimented in creating a towering structure from Mycelium – made from the roots and stalks of mushrooms and other fungi. The building experiments with ‘Biotecture’, blending the line between biology and architecture, and made its debut at MoMA PS1 in Queens, NYC. The Mycelium was combined with shredded corn stalks and hemp, compacted into bricks that are strong, water-resistant and compostable! While this structure may only last around 3 months, David and his firm continue to experiment with the limits of this fantastic new material.
Shipping containers are all the rage nowadays, and why not? They’re a recycled object, can be tailored to suit the owner’s needs, are easy to live in and basic in the best way – what you do with it is up to you! There are so many amazing examples of the outstanding homes people have created from recycled shipping containers, a quick Google search will show you loads of inspiration!
There are so many amazing, sustainable and recycled materials you can use these days – if you’re building your own home and searching for a way to make your unique property mark – get creative and experiment with eco-friendly or unusual materials.