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Upper Hutt Leader : July 20th 2011
2 UPPER HUTT LEADER, JULY 20, 2011 NEWS 2148529BU Talking Real Estate with Steve Slicker Hi folks, Even though winter is upon us and the market is quieter than peak times houses still come to the market even though the outside doesn't look as good as spring/summer so I thought I would offer some thoughts on focusing on winter presentation. Many people concentrate on interiors when putting their house up for sale. For good reason, the inside is where purchasers will be living and sleeping. But overlooking the exterior of the house can undo some of the good work home sellers have done inside when they de-clutter, paint and generally pay attention to maintenance. Purchasers start making judgements from the minute they step out of the ca r and a bad first impression can stay with them when they go inside. Untidy or damaged gutters, cobwebs or overgrown gardens brimming with weeds, might just make purchasers decide you don't care about your home and make them wonder how good your attention to detail is in the areas they can't see such as plumbing and wiring. Cleanliness is important, even people who don't mind their own dirt and clutter usually notice other peoples. Before putting the house on the market, stand at the curb and have a critical look. This is the first view your purchasers will see. Does it measure up? Here are seven things that are easy to do and will make a difference to the exterior of your house. 1. Sweep paths and decks. 2. Clean gutters, window frames and eaves. 3. Don't forget to wash outdoor or deck furniture if you have it - in winter it is easy to overlook if you're not using it like you do in summer. If it is grungy and decrepit, borrow or buy something that suits your home. It's not expensive in the scheme of things. 4. Clea r away odds and ends - even those that a re lurking in the less visited parts of the garden. Remember purchasers will see EVERYTHING. Old plant pots and broken toys or tool, even the half-finished projects or building materials that look like works in progress to you, all these spoil the look of your house. 5. Organise for high pressure hoses to clean mould or moss from brick work or stone. 6. Invest in a bit of mulching - it makes garden beds look tidy and the property look nurtured and loved. 7. Put in some colour where you know people will notice it. You can use pots if that is easier. Just make sure they are kept watered as drooping plants are worse than no plants at all. There is no guarantee that with all these things done that the next person viewing will buy but remember you are in competition with a lot of properties and any advantage will help! If you are thinking of selling your home please call me on the numbers below or contact me via email firstname.lastname@example.org alternately fill in your details on my website www.steveslicker.com Kind regards, Steve Slicker (04) 212 6787 0275 661 949 Advertorial MANAGER: JENNY RUSSELL email@example.com The Upper Hutt Leader is published by Central Community Newspapers, a division of Fairfax New Zealand Ltd, and printed at 35 Bouverie St, Petone. The registered of ce of Fairfax New Zealand Ltd is 40 Boulcott St, Wellington CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING: Classified: firstname.lastname@example.org Ph: 528 9654 Fax: 528 3021 154 Main Street, Upper Hutt Now available online at: www.uhleader.co.nz Our Top Ten Stories on: stuff.co.nz go to Newspapers/Upper Hutt Leader Order Photos online at: pix.ccn.co.nz EDITOR: ROSEMARY MCLENNAN email@example.com SPORTS EDITOR: COLIN WILLIAMS firstname.lastname@example.org Delivered to 21,740 Homes and Businesses throughout Upper Hutt, Stokes Valley, Manor Park and Haywards 3874157AA For all your HOME LOAN NEEDS! Helen Wilkes 04-939 6058 76 Gibbons Street, Upper Hutt 2881327AG Voice of the refugee A bright future: Makuei Aken proudly holds Beyond The Dark Journey, a refugee anthology in which four of his stories are published. By JIMMY NESS Former refugee Makuei Aken is express- ing his struggle and making his voice heard in the world of arts and music. Aken's stories, poems and music have earned him one of Arts Access Aotearoa's national awards, the 2011 Big A'' Winton and Margaret Bear Young Artist Award. The contest recognises the cre- ative achievements of people who have faced personal barriers. Aken is to receive his award today at Parliament and says he is very excited. To me it was quite a big shock. I thought there were some people there who were better than me. It was quite unbelievable.'' The 21-year-old Trentham student fled Southern Sudan at age nine. He spent five years in a Kenyan refugee camp before moving to New Zealand in 2003 with his aunt and two cousins. It was pretty tough,'' Aken says. There were a lot of things we went through. The place was pretty dangerous. My aunty was the only adult who was looking after four of us.'' Aken learnt guitar at school and records music from his home. He began telling his story after writer Samson Sahele encouraged him to talk about his childhood during a Wellington Refugees as Survivors Trust workshop. Four of Aken's stories and poems were later published in a refugees' anthology, Beyond the Dark Journey. Sahele says he believes Aken's ability to write short stories and poetry has enormous potential to influence the wider refugee community. [He is] an insightful, creative young man who has a dream to become a writer. He is very focused and determined. By receiving this award he will be seen as a role model for his community and inspire other young refugees.'' Aken is studying information tech- nology at WelTec and hopes to study pol- itical science in the future. He says he will always pursue music and writing. To be able to put your thoughts on paper is a great thing.'' Old boy now in chair A St Patrick's College old boy, Gerard Tully, has been appointed as its new rector. He is expected to join the staff later this year, possibly towards the end of term three, and replaces Philip Mahoney who left last year. In a joint statement announcing the appointment, board of trustees chairman Dennis Boyle and board of proprietors chair- man Brian McGuinness said applicants were of the highest quality'' and those shortlisted included a teacher from over- seas. Mr Tully is an extraordinarily well- credentialed person and will bring a wealth of experience to our college'', the men said. Most importantly, he embodies the Marist charism that gives our college its identity and sets it apart from other schools. Throughout the interview process he was very clear that Silverstream must be a gospel-based school'. Gospel teachings are his guiding principles and will underpin the ongoing development of the college under his leadership.'' The statement described Mr Tully as a passionate Catholic, with the spiritual development of the college of utmost importance to him, as it is to the Society of Mary and both boards''. An example of his commitment can be seen in his involvement in the Marist edu- cation project. This project promotes the Marist educational ethos to staff, students, parents and boards. It includes the Marist youth leader pro- gramme and staff professional development programme, which Mr Tully has led.'' Mr Tully attended St Pat's Silverstream as a boarder. He taught maths at Welling- ton and Naenae Colleges, where he is cur- rently on the staff, was deputy principal of Porirua College, principal of Challenge 2000 College (for troubled youth) and rector of St Patrick's Wellington for five years where he enjoyed considerable success in lifting the performance of our brother college''. One of the most important features of the appointment process was consultation with all stakeholders including students, parents and the Society of Mary. Staff, senior students and the boards had the oppor- tunity to meet Mr Tully and question him. Mr Tully is married to Gabrielle Tully and they have three children aged 20, 16 and 13. His interests include theatre, and coaching and watching rugby. He is also a keen walker.
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