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How to Turn Your House into the Perfect Holiday Rental

13 January
Laurie Raikes

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Top tips to maximise the earning potential of your holiday home

It’s every Aussie’s dream to have a holiday house to call their own. But what if your weekend retreat could also generate income for you when not in use? Well, you can achieve this – but it requires some careful planning and a few important adjustments in the way you design and present your home. You’ll need to think about things from your guest’s point of view, and make sure your house has everything they need to have a relaxed and happy stay. So, if you’re thinking about dabbling into the holiday rental property market, here are our top tips to help you make it a success.

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Our Most Popular Blog Posts of 2016

2016 saw us publish almost 50 blog articles with all manner of helpful information about building a modular home, as well as our popular Design Focus series.

We thought you might like to check out our list of the 15 most popular posts from the last 12 months, in order of popularity:

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Quick and Easy Ways to Avoid Stress When You Move

Moving house is a stressful time – there’s so much to think about, organise and do that it can give you a headache before you even start.

But the good news is, though, that it doesn’t need to be that way. With some careful planning and smart preparation, you’ll avoid stress and make the day of the move run much more smoothly.

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How to Build on a Limited Budget

9 December
Laurie Raikes

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One of the biggest upsides to building a new home, is that you can design and build a house that perfectly suits your needs – and this is possible even when you have a budget to stick to.

If you’ve decided to build, rather than buy an existing home, there are lots of decisions that need to be made to make your dream become a reality. And if you’re like many people, and working with a strict budget, the choices you make will have a direct impact on how far that budget goes. So how do you work out where the money needs to be spent and know when it’s okay to splurge a little? Below we share some top tips to help you get the most from your hard-earned money.

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3 Optional Extras That Will Boost the Value of Your Modular Home

2 December
Laurie Raikes

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Clever modular home upgrades to increase your resale price.

When you build a modular home with Anchor Homes, the list of standard inclusions is extensive, which means your completed house will be ready to move in and enjoy straight away. But if you want to take it up a notch and move your home to the next level, you can choose to add some additional items. Upgrades including outdoor living spaces, sustainability features and carports and garages can improve your lifestyle, save you money, look amazing - and importantly, boost the resale value of your house. So, which upgrades are the must-haves? Here we share our top three value-add extras.

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Best Four-Bedroom Modular Homes

A hand-picked selection of our favourite large modular homes

If you have a growing family, or are thinking of starting one, a four-bedroom modular home will give you the space you need. Our four-bedroom range includes large and spacious homes, compact options, and plenty in between.

Here we’ve shared our top four picks, and these include both modern and traditional designs. They’ve been chosen with country, beachside, and suburban living in mind and all have the flexibility to include decks or verandahs so you can relax and enjoy your outside space. You’ll find we have an impressive range of four-bedroom modular homes available, and here are four of the best.

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How to Build Your Dream Home in Under 16 Weeks

If the idea of building a new home appeals to you, but you don’t want to wait 6 months (or more) to move in, then a modular home might be the solution you’ve been looking for.

Modular homes are built much faster than conventional homes – in fact, a modular home can be completed in as little as 12 weeks. But how is it done? Here we explain.

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10 Wacky Home Improvement Ideas that Will Improve Your Quality of Life

11 November
Laurie Raikes

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Whether you’re building or renovating, you want your new home to be comfortable and stylish, and to make life easier for you and your family. So how can you achieve this?

There are lots of conventional items you can include to make your home just that little bit more special – from heated bathroom floor tiles to a verandah or alfresco area. But if you’re looking to create a real talking point, check out these 10 ideas for wacky, yet practical, home improvements.

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Design Focus: Suburban 2-bedroom Modular Home

In this instalment of our popular Design Focus blog series we cover the 2-bedroom Suburban modular home design.

The Suburban is our most popular design thanks to its compact design and affordable price point. One of the best value 2-bedroom homes on the market today, the Suburban is ideal as a holiday home or as a small residence in a rural setting. 

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The Rise of Modular Homes [Interview]

This article is an interview with our very own Laurie Raikes and originally appeared on the Building Connection website. It is reprinted here with the kind permission of the Building Connection team. 

Modular homes are currently experiencing a new surge in popularity. Kate Jordan talks to Laurie Raikes of Anchor Homes about the latest developments in the industry.

Stylish, well-built prefabricated homes are a relatively new development; it’s only in the past decade or so that prefab buildings have come into their own. For those not au fait with a modern prefab home: it’s a building constructed almost entirely within a factory (including the electrical and plumbing fittings), that is then shipped to the building site. Also known as modular or transportable buildings, these constructions have recently thrown off their poor reputation.

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5 Golden Rules of Modular Home Building

If you’re looking for a fast and affordable way to build your new home, modular homes can be a great option. But just like conventional building, you’ll need to do some groundwork and careful planning to find out if it’s the right way to go for you.

So where do you start? Here, we’ve put together a list of 5 essential tips that will show you how to make it happen – how to choose the right property, builder, design and finishing touches so that the end result is the home of your dreams.

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Best Three-Bedroom Modular Homes

Three bedroom homes are perhaps the most popular size bracket in our entire range of modular homes. 

That being the case, three bedroom homes also make up the largest number of designs in our range, which means you'll have a lot to choose from! 

We've put together this list of what we think are the top 4 three-bedroom modular homes in our range. We've chosen these homes to make sure we include a three bedroom home for every need, from a modern family residence through to a beach-side holiday home. 

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Considering Building a Modular Home? Here’s What You Need to Know

Modular homes are becoming an increasingly popular option for those looking to build their dream home. And why not – they are faster to build than conventional homes, are sustainable, and are often less expensive.

If you’re about to embark on a new home build, it’s definitely worth considering a modular home, and here are a few reasons why:

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How to Guarantee an Easy Move - Our Moving Checklist

If you’re like most people, the thought of moving is extremely stressful – there’s so much that needs to come together for it to be a success. The key is to plan ahead and be organised – and our Moving Checklist will help you do just that.

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4 Best Two-Bedroom Modular Homes

Two bedroom modular homes are a popular choice for people looking for a compact family residence, or for those building a holiday house. Two bedroom designs are also often used as dependent person units, granny flats, or guest houses to supplement an existing dwelling.

Two bedroom homes offer a good balance of size and affordability. With modern modular design innovations we're able to build two bedroom modular designs that are both energy and space efficient while looking great. 

In this article we'll take a closer look at four of our most popular 2-bedroom modular designs.  

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The Top 10 Benefits to Building a Modular Home

If you’re tossing up whether a conventional build or modular home is best for you, it can be a tough decision to make. There are positives to both, and negatives too. You might feel that modular homes are an “unconventional” way to build, but this is not the case. 

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8 Tips to Go House Hunting Like a Pro

9 September
Laurie Raikes

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When you’re searching for the perfect new home, it’s easy to fall in love with certain features of a home, and lose focus on the things that you really need. A beautiful garden might seem essential, but you’ll kick yourself in the long run if the house doesn’t also fit your budget and have all the features you actually need.

Buying a house is probably the most important purchase you’ll ever make, so make sure you have a clear picture of what you’re looking for and don’t get swept up in the hype. Here’s 8 tips to help you stay focused, organised and find the house you want.

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How to Build a Low-Maintenance Home

Enjoying your home — and not being a slave to it  — is what homeownership should be about! However, many of us go to our holiday homes for the long-weekend, and end up spending half the time that we should be relaxing, mowing the lawns, cleaning the gutters, staining the deck - the list goes on!

We've put together this list of tips for create a low maintenance home so you can spend more time relaxing and less time having to worry about keeping everything ship shape.

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Design Focus: Shoreham 16 Modular Home

 

This week in our Design Focus series we’re looking at the large 3-bedroom Shoreham 16 modular home design. This design is the "big sister" to the similar Shoreham 14 design, which we profiled a few weeks ago in this series. 

The Shoreham 16 is a large modular home design that’s ideal as a family residence or a holiday home capable of accommodating larger groups. Its main distinguishing features are its dual living areas (in the form of a lounge room and separate living/meals area), spacious open plan main area, and versatility when it comes to facade options.

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Want to Build a Sustainable Home? Why Modular is a Great Option

Building a sustainable home brings many benefits, both in the short and longer term. By incorporating eco-friendly and sustainable practices during the design and building stage, you can reduce both the environmental impact and the running costs of your new home.

A modular home is perfect for those who are looking to include sustainable features – and here’s why:

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