Time to hire a roofing contractor? Here’s what to look for.

hire a roofing contractorIf you’re the average homeowner, you mightn’t be paying a lot of attention to the state of your roof over the winter months. It’s raining and dangerous to get up there at this time of the year if it’s wet and slippery.

So it can be hard to know whether you need to hire a roofing contractor until it’s too late and there’s visibly significant water damage, for example.

Deciding whether roof repairs are necessary can be done in a number of ways. We recommend you hire a roofing contractor to inspect your roof and undertake repairs and maintenance for safety and ease of mind, but if you’re keen to at least take a look yourself, here is a few things you can look out for: Continue reading

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Feng Shui for your home office

feng shui home officeAdvances in technology and the rising cost of petrol means more and more people are working from home.  Whether you’re an office worker ‘telecommuting’ three days a week or an enterprising SAHM (stay at home mum) starting her own business, it’s important to spend some time and money on creating a home office to set you up for success.

While a separate room away from other distractions is really important, it isn’t always practical or possible so we’re going to give you some fabulous Feng Shui tips to help you make the most of the space you’ve got. Continue reading

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Budget Landscaping Ideas from Former #allblacks player Andy Ellis

Budget Landscaping ideas from Andy EllisToday we’re pleased to share with you a guest blog post by Andy Ellis.  Andy is a former All Black who is part of an illustrious group being the 11th Crusader to reach 100 caps.

Andy is involved with KamoMarsh, an award-winning Garden Design and Landscape Architecture firm based in Christchurch, New Zealand.

For almost 40 years, KamoMarsh have worked on a diverse range of projects, creating beautiful landscape garden designs that both inspire and invigorate those who use the spaces.

Not only is Andy a natural on the field playing for the #allblacks, he’s also a natural when bringing together a range of landscape design elements to complement the environment and make the best use of natural resources and existing landscape features.  Read on and discover Andy’s top budget landscaping ideas put together especially for you! Continue reading

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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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