Cleaning up After a Flood – A Homeowner’s Guide

Flooding is one of the many natural disasters New Zealand is prone to. Repairing your home and cleaning up after a flood is not something any of us enjoy. Quite often the damage is severe and requires professional tradespeople, as well as council permits and inspections. Then of course there is the myriad of insurance assessments to deal with as well. Often with such a big job, it’s hard to know where to start first. That’s where our homeowners guide to flood clean-up is useful.

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Posted In: Builders, Cladding Professionals, Fire and Floods, Fire Services Professionals, Foundation Specialists, Inspectors

A house fire is a tragedy no matter how large or small.  The most important thing to remember is to have smoke alarms, get them checked regularly and have an escape plan with all family members prepared and practiced every 3 months.  A house fire is devastating, regardless of how much damage occurred. Your first instinct may be to begin the clean-up and repair work, but there are several key things to work through first.

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Posted In: Asbestos, Builders, Cleaners (Exterior), Cleaners (Interior), Fire and Floods, Fire Services Professionals

Thinking about getting your teenager out of your hair by sending them to boarding school? Well there is actually another option and that’s converting your garage into a teenagers bedroom instead. The pros are that you’ll still be able to keep an eye on them and they’ll have their own space. Cons would be that they still have the potential to be surly and irritate you.

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But all in all, a garage conversion is a great idea for increasing the liveable space in your home and raising your home’s value. It’s also a great if you don’t have the land space to add another room extension. (more…)

Posted In: Builders, Door Professionals, Fire Services Professionals, Garage Doors, Inspectors, Interior Designers, Plasterers, Plumbers

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. (more…)

Posted In: Auckland, Central Otago, Cleaners (Exterior), Clutha, Far North, Fire Services Professionals, Fireplace Installers, Glaziers & Windows, Grey, Hamilton, Handymen, Hastings, Hauraki, Heating Professionals, Insulation Installers, New Plymouth, North Shore, Opotiki, Plumbers, Queenstown, Roofers, Ventilation Specialists, Whakatane, Whanganui

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A security service or alarm installers will be able to advise and install the best security system for your property or anything else you want protecting.

security serviceSome systems are composed of a simple alarm that sounds when an entry point is breached, while others include monitoring centres where employees will notify the authorities if someone tries to enter your home. Many companies make systems that include motion sensors that attach to your door and window frames.

Some of these systems include other monitoring features, such as smoke detectors, pressure mats that homeowners can place under rugs and windows, and closed-circuit television monitoring. When hiring a security service or alarm installer ask them which services and systems they offer and which are best for your circumstances.

Good home security brings peace of mind to your family and pets. In the case of an emergency, whether its fire, medical or burglary you and/or your security monitoring company will be the first to know. There’s many reasons why choosing to invest in a home security system is a good idea.  A security system can be useful if you travel a lot, or work long hours, you may have a pet or teenagers at home that need protecting.  A medical alarm is useful when you have a loved one who may live alone or be vulnerable and would benefit from that extra layer of protection.

The services offered by a security service or alarm installer include:

  • Alarm installation
  • Motion sensors
  • Perimeters monitoring
  • Alarm repair
  • Home security systems
  • Closed circuit television (CCTV)

Posted In: Auckland, Fire Services Professionals, Security/Alarm Service, South Taranaki, Timaru, Waikato, Whakatane

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