Changes to Building Amendment Act to benefit homeowners

In 2013, the Building Amendment Act 2013 was passed in Parliament as a result of a review into the Buildings Act 2004.  The amended act introduces measures to improve the building and construction sector, making sure they provide quality affordable homes and buildings for homeowners.

Building Amendment ActThe most important changes to the Buildings Amendment Act are around consumer protection laws ensuring that there is a professional, no-surprises relationship between you and your builder.

The following consumer protection measures which will be coming into force 2014/2015. Continue reading

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Tween Boy Bedroom Ideas – Renovation & Decoration

Teen Boys Sports theme bedroom4Tween boys are at a complex stage where while active and playful amongst friends, it’s important that they don’t feel they’re seen as being childish.

When undertaking bedroom renovations and thinking up decoration ideas for tween boys it’s important to remember this whether you’re doing it yourself or hiring a professional decorator. Continue reading

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Weatherproofing with Insulation for Winter Part 3

weatherproofing with insulationGenerally speaking new houses will have adequate insulation to cope with New Zealand winters. Older homes may have insulation installed ‘here and there’ if at all, and you’ll pay for this with increased power bills.

Hiring an insulation installer may be the most expensive step of weatherproofing your home for winter, but the good news is you won’t have to do it again for a very long time. Continue reading

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Winterizing your House Exterior, Doors & Windows Part 2

This is part two in our three-part series “weatherproofing your home for winter”. Last week we covered inspecting fireplaces, wood stoves and chimneys. We also discussed cleaning your gutters and roofs. Read last weeks blog post. This week we cover winterizing your house exterior, doors and windows.

Winterizing Your House Exterior

winterizing your homeGet rid of leaves and rotting vegetation from around your home and its foundations. Also look for gaps and holes in the exterior of your home and squirt caulk or expanding foam insulation into them. If you don’t have the time hire a handyman to do this for you.

If you have a wood supply, make sure it’s 20-30 feet away from the house and covered with a plastic tarp if it isn’t stored in a shed.

Inspect sheds, attics, cellars or crawlspaces for damage and possible problems while thoroughly securing doors and windows in these areas. Drain garden hoses and sprinkler systems and insulate exposed water pipes where possible.

Hire an arborist to trim tree branches hanging over your house or remove dead trees and branches.

Preparing Your Windows and Doors

Winterizing your homeCheck your windows thoroughly to make sure the glass is in good condition and sits securely in the window frame.  It’s also a good time to check that your doors are sound.

Upgrading to double glazing will reduce your energy bills and prevent condensation.
Look for air gaps around window and door frames and fill them with spray foam insulation specially designed for windows and doors.  Install or replace weather-stripping under doors and around window.
bubble wrap windowsHang plastic over windows or use glad-wrap or bubble wrap. Large windows lose a tremendous amount of heat, especially older windows.

If you place plastic sheeting carefully over the inside windows, it doesn’t look that bad and will lower your heating bill.

 

Don’t forget to check back next week for part three where we’ll discuss insulation and how to weatherproof the interior of your home.

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Winter Weatherproofing your Home Part 1

winter weatherproofingThis week marks the official start of winter on the calendar. Looking at the temperatures around the country leaves us in no doubt that it’s well and truly time to get stuck into winter weatherproofing your for home.

The cold outside should make the warmth inside your home cozy and inviting, but is that outside chill seeping inside?

Over the next three weeks we’ll share some top tips on how you can winter weatherproof your home to cope with a kiwi winter. We’ve got a great mix of tips but don’t forget to share your own top tips in the comments section below. Continue reading

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World Environment Day 2014 & Eco Friendly Housing

world environment day 2014World Environment Day 2014 (WED) on 5 June is the United Nations’ way of encouraging action and awareness worldwide for the environment.

It has grown to be a wide-ranging, global platform for public outreach that is celebrated in over 100 countries.

It also serves as the ‘people’s day’ for doing something positive for the environment.

 

World Environment Day 2014 is the opportunity for everyone to realize not only the responsibility to care for the Earth and to become agents of change. Continue reading

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Global Day of Parents 2014: Is your home friendly & safe for your Mum & Dad?

Global Day of Parents 2014The Global Day of Parents 2014 is observed on the 1st of June and provides an opportunity to appreciate all parents in all parts of the world for their selfless commitment to children and their lifelong sacrifice towards nurturing this relationship.

People are living longer and with this may come a declining mental ability or physical mobility.

Although retirement homes have their place, your aging parents most likely will prefer staying in their own homes for as long as possible. Even if they’re not at the stage of needing supervised care or major changes to their own home, they may find it increasingly difficult to ‘visit’ your home or other relatives. Continue reading

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