Helen Kapalos lists cool warehouse conversion in Collingwood

Posted on July 17, 2017 in Abercromby's , Auctions , Selling


FORMER news anchor Helen Kapalos is selling her stylish apartment in Collingwood’s sought-after Foy & Gibson precinct.

Exposed brickwork, soaring timber ceilings, rustic floorboards and a loft bedroom are highlights of the chic two-bedroom pad at 11/109 Oxford St.

The warehouse conversion, in the former factory’s “Bohemia” building, has a price guide of $980,000 to $1.078 million and will be auctioned on July 22.

Read the Herald Sun article here: http://www.realestate.com.au/news/news-just-in-helen-kapalos-lists-cool-warehouse-conversion-in-collingwood/?rsf=syn%3Anews%3Anca%3Ahs%3Asocref

THE BIG MOVE - Kids and Moving

Posted on July 13, 2017 in General Interest

Moving to a new home can be one the biggest changes that a family can face especially for young children, so it is important to take them into consideration.  With proper and sensitive planning, these changes can be put into positive framework.

The following are a few points to take into consideration.

  • Prepare your children for the move by giving them lots of information about the reasons for moving, and letting them know what they can expect in their new home.
  • Invite children to talk about their feelings with you.
  • Listen to what they have to say and assure them that you understand.
  • Avoid being over optimistic and insisting everything will be wonderful.  Even if the new home is fantastic it may still take time for them to adjust.
  • Try not to take it personally if your child is having trouble adjusting to the move and blames you for causing it.  Try to explain that sometimes big decisions need to be made and some cannot be avoided. 
  • Provide emotional support and understanding.
  • Share the feelings that you may have had during your childhood.
  • Don’t forget to share your feelings with someone, adults sometimes need support as well.
  • Focus on the positive aspects of your new home, neighborhood and community.

Young Children

  • Minimise changes to the child’s routine and avoid any other new experiences such as toilet training, new foods, a new pet etc. 
  • Prepare for the move by using fantasy play with your child to act out the moving process with toys and stories.
  • Expect some regressive behaviors such as thumb sucking, sleep disturbances or bed  wetting before and after the move.
  • Involve your young child in the moving process by encouraging them to pack at least one box of their own things.
  • Personalise your child’s boxes by providing labels, stickers, rubber stamps or color pens to mark the boxes.  Perhaps your child can create their own labels.
  • Create a story book of the move by taking photographs at various stages of the move.
  • Keep in mind that young children live in the present.  Don’t be surprised if moving in the weeks ahead has little meaning to them.

Older Children

  • Help your children say goodbye to friends by encouraging them to have a party or informal get together.  Make a scrap book as a keepsake.
  • Give them specific jobs to help with the move and let them know that their assistance is essential.
  • Gather information from contacts regarding information about the new community. 
  • Make contact with clubs or sports organisations that your family would be interested in. 
  • Highlight any excellent facilities that they may not have had in their neighbourhood.
  • Contact the new schools for information on their activities and programs.
  • Some people tend to have the children looked after while they are packing and organising but this is not necessarily a good idea.  It may help involving them completely in the activities of the move.
  • Above all try and keep life as normal as possible, concentrate on the positives but ensure you understand their feelings.




THE BIG MOVE - Who Do You Need To Contact

Posted on July 13, 2017 in General Interest

Did you know that it is compulsory to notify some organisations of your change of details?

  • These include, Vic Roads within seven days for your vehicle registration & driver’s license, and the Electoral Office. You will also have some organizations like banks, insurance companies and doctors, where you will need to change your details also. 
  • Australian Taxation Office...This particular change of address must be done in writing. For the ATO’s most recent address please look in the latest white pages A-K.  The letter must include: your tax file number, your old address, your new address and the date that it comes into effect, also three copies of identification.
  • Electoral Office...We have enclosed a change of address form/s for the Victorian Electoral Commission or you can go to www.vec.vic.gov.au.
  • Utilities...When disconnecting / reconnecting your utilities you should call them at least 48 hours before your moving date.  We recommend a week or two before to avoid any unforeseen delays.
  • Water Authority...Please contact the appropriate water authority 48 hours before your settlement date to create an account and have the meter read.  Your solicitor should then on settlement date forward the transfer of ownership documents to the water authority.
  • Telephone...Disconnecting your telephone it will only take 1-3 hours.  However, connecting at your new property can take between 1-5 working days so remember to call a week or two before you move.


THE BIG MOVE - The Day of Your Move

Posted on July 13, 2017 in General Interest

So the big day has finally arrived!

Walk around the house with the removalist to show them exactly what you want done, however remember they are the experts. Show them what you will want as soon as you arrive at the new house. They can pack these items last.  

  •  Keep children out of the removalists’ way.
  •  Leave your forwarding address and/or contact numbers for the new owners/occupants.
  •  Have your final payment for the removalist ready.
  •  Carry with you—keys, valuables & any important and or legal documents.

 The Move OUT:

  •  Take one last walk through the house to check nothing has been left behind.
  •  Ensure all windows are locked.
  •  Ensure that all lights, taps and power points are turned off as well as at the mains switch.
  •  Lock up and leave the premises only when everything is loaded and the removalists are on their way to your new premises.
  •  Send someone to the new premises to let the removalists start unpacking as soon as they arrive.

 The Move IN:

  •  Oversee the placement of your large items of furniture. This will save you time and     energy later on.
  •  Check to see that all of your utilities are connected (telephone, water, gas etc.)
  •  Check to see that you have hot & cold water running from all the taps.
  •  You shouldn’t try to unpack everything on your first day. Begin with the essentials like perishables, food/drinks and make up the beds.
  •  When appropriate, introduce yourself to your immediate neighbours.


If you would like any further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact our office on 9864 5300 as we would be more than pleased to help you make your move as trouble free as possible.

Here at Abercromby’s Real Estate we wish you all the very best with your move and also wish you a warm welcome into your new community.





THE BIG MOVE - 1 Week To Go

Posted on July 13, 2017 in General Interest

As you know all know by now, moving home can be one the biggest changes that a family can face.


So with only 1 week to go before the big day, here is yet another check list of things to do:

  • When you are at the final inspection, bring along a measuring tape and measure your large furniture items so you can figure out the best position for each in the new premises.
  • Also when you are at the inspection take a note of where and how many telephone outlets there are.
  • Cancel /redirect your newspaper delivery service.
  • Organise any last minute household repairs and cleaning.
  • Contact your new local council to receive information on garbage removal in your new  area.  
  • Organise to spray for pests in your new property. 
  • Start to contact your family, friends and services with your new details.
  • Start contacting banks, clubs etc with your new details. If you have children, don’t  forget to change their details where needed as well. We have attached a checklist for you.
  • Start using up all your frozen and fridge foods. Use up as much of your pantry foods so you don’t have to transport them.
  • Confirm your removalists and their arrival time.
  • Collect all instruction books/warranties for appliances staying with the house for the new owners/occupants (e.g. stove, oven, dishwasher, heating/cooling system, hot water system, etc.) and leave them in the top kitchen draw with your contact details.

If you would like any further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact our office on 9864 5300 as we would be more than pleased to help you make your move as trouble free as possible


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