Tracey Mackenzie November 23rd, 2017
You’ve hit your 40’s and have started thinking about trading up your home. Should you find something bigger to accommodate your teenagers? Will you do the DIY route or call in the tradies? Where can you go to learn home DIY skills? There’s a lot to consider and we’re going to talk about it all!
Once you’ve owned a property for a few years, you start to look at things differently. We’ve often outgrown our first home and are starting to think about the tough questions. Should you add an extension? Does your kitchen need a facelift? Can you live with your old bathroom anymore? Or maybe we up and move to yanother house?
Often it is easier to sell and then buy a new home, but before we do, a spruce up is usually needed. With years of drawings on the walls, a neglected garden and an outdated colour scheme, it can seem like an enormous job. But never fear, because we’re here to help you out!
40 is the new 30, or so they say. You’re not over the hill yet and never too old to learn something new! When you’re trading up your home, now is as good a time as any to learn. These three NZ businesses offer great home DIY classes:
As a homeowner, you are responsible for all the maintenance and repair work for your home. Obviously, it makes sense to sell your home in the best condition possible, to get you the highest price. But which jobs should you do yourself and when should you hire a tradie?
There are several times to call a tradesperson. The first is when you don’t know how to do a job, are unable or unwilling to learn it due to time or other factors. The job may benefit from a trained professional or it’s a legal requirement to use one. Home DIY jobs such as stripping wallpaper, painting a room or replacing a broken tile are usually done by the homeowner.
Jobs such as replacing broken fence palings, re-grouting your bathroom and installing new door handles could be done by the homeowner, but you’re probably better off hiring a tradesperson.
Then comes the jobs you need a tradie for. All electrical, plumbing and structural building work requires a licensed tradesperson. This is because they usually need building consent and to be code compliant.
You can find out more about LBPs and RBW by reading our article Restricted Building Work (RBW) & The Licenced Building Practitioner (LBP).
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