Stage 4 Lifestyle Series – Trading up Your Home When You’re 40-ish

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!

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You’ve achieved the Kiwi dream and now own you first home! It’s time to start thinking about home DIY, but where should you start and what can you do? In this third article of our Life Stages of Home Ownership series, we’ll walk you through the tasks you can do and those you should call on a tradie to do for you.

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Appliance repairRepairing appliances can be a time-consuming and costly. It can mean going without your dryer or dishwasher while you wait for a qualified appliance repair man to come and fix it.This makes it tempting to go out and buy a new one. But is this the best use of your money both financially and environmentally?

Consumer magazine recommends you don’t spend more than 50% of the cost of a new product on repairing an old one.

For dishwashers, microwaves, fridges, stoves, washing machines and driers, unless they’re past their life expectancy, look at getting them fixed. If you’re worried about the cost you can use our free online cost estimator to get an idea or get a free quote from one of our qualified tradespeople. That way, you won’t just be saving money; you’ll save a whole lot of time. (more…)

Posted In: Appliance Technician, Auckland, Central Otago, CHB, Electricians, Hauraki Islands, Horowhenua, Hutt Valley, Opotiki, Otorohanga

home maintenance tasksChristmas is just around the corner. If you’ve been putting off getting home maintenance tasks done around your home over winter, you’ll be pleased to know that Builderscrack has qualified tradespeople available now to consult with you, or get a free online estimate.

Get ready for summer with 5 home maintenance tasks

 Tune up your air conditioning: Prevent emergencies and be safe by hiring a tradie to tune up your air conditioning. Not only will this keep it running and your summer electricity bills low, but a tradie will check that there are no fire hazards with faulty wiring.

Roof check: Now is a great time to inspect the roof for problems. The rain has subsided so there are more opportunities to hire a professional roofing contractor to find any small problems before they get bigger.

home maintenance tasksClean gutters: Regular cleaning will help prevent clogging and unnecessary leaks and is best done twice a year.

Remember that it can be dangerous to get up on the roof. So hiring a specialised gutter cleaning company is a great idea.

Window check: The key to successful window maintenance is to routinely check the sealants. It’s a good idea to inspect weather-stripping for any faults and replace it immediately if there is an issue.

Pressure wash: The best way to maintain your home’s exterior is to clean it with a safe pressure wash. This will remove dirt, stains and mildew. Before washing make sure you cover plants, electrical outlets and windows to avoid any mishaps.

That’s just a few home maintenance tasks you can get done now before Christmas madness descends upon us. If you’re not sure what needs doing around the house, our tradies can help. Experienced in a wide range of specialities, they can advise you what else may need doing to keep your home in tip top condition this summer.

Posted In: Auckland, Buller, Carterton, Choosing Tradespeople, Cleaners (Exterior), Electricians, Hamilton, Handymen, Hastings, Hauraki, Napier, Nelson, New Plymouth

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Feng ShuiAdvances 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.

Feng Shui tips for your office

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. (more…)

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mother's dayIt can be difficult to come up with ideas for gifts for Mother’s Day. What else is there apart from the usual chocolates or flowers? Don’t choose a gift that probably won’t last a week. Give Mum something she really wants and can still enjoy in the weeks and months that follow. (more…)

Posted In: Auckland, Central Otago, Christchurch, Cleaners (Carpet), Cleaners (Interior), Electricians, Hauraki Islands, Hurunui, Invercargill, Plumbers

preparing for winterAutumn’s begun in earnest and now there’s a noticeable chill in the air, preparing for winter is a top priority. If you’re anything like us you’ve been looking longingly at your heater wondering if it’s too soon put it on in the evenings or if now’s the time to hire a handyman to chop and stack some wood for your fire.

Now that you’re thinking about preparing for winter, here are three things you can do right now.

Homeowners guide to preparing for winter

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buying an old houseAre you considering buying an old house? Old villas and bungalows can be charming, but with age, often comes problems.

While we’re drawn to older homes which are often oozing with character, they can quickly become money pits and the source of endless frustration for homeowners. So, if you are unsure if an older home is right for you, here’s three questions to ask before you sign on the dotted line.

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budget bathroom makeoverA total bathroom makeover potentially costs tens of thousands of dollars, which may not be realised at sale time if you’re planning on selling your home. Or, if you’re renovating a bathroom in a rental property, updating smaller parts of the bathroom can still have a serious impact.

Whether its lighting or plumbing fixtures, cabinetry or new tiles, you can give the bathroom a whole new look with a budget bathroom makeover.  A fresh coat of paint or using drywall to provide texture are two great ways to update the walls. (more…)

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led lightingLED lighting has long been the next-best thing in retail and commercial lighting by designers, but now, they’re catching on with homeowner’s thanks to their energy efficiency.  LED lighting can incur higher upfront costs. However, you don’t need to wait a long time to recover your investment in energy savings.

LED lighting

Light-Emitting Diodes (LED’s) provide many benefits as they burn cool and emit clean, colourless light similar to natural daylight. They also provide significant energy savings as they will last from 35,000 to 200,000 hours. This compares to 1,000 hours for incandescent or 8,000 for compact fluorescents. (more…)

Posted In: Appliance Technician, Auckland, Electricians, Hamilton, lighting, North Shore, Rotorua, Tauranga, Waikato

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