Having left our teenage years behind, we enter our twenties stage of looking towards home ownership and possibly moving away from property renting. While this used to be the time we’d consider buying our first home, rising house prices have mostly put a stop to this dream. However, in some part of the country, buying your first home in your twenties can still be a reality with some clever planning.
When it comes to knowing what to look for when buying a new home, we’ve got your back! Let’s dive into the world of first home ownership … (more…)
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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.
Isn’t it always a case of the grass is greener on the other side of the fence? Townies are showing increasing interest in selling up and moving to a lifestyle block. Country living offers benefits including fresh air, more space and quiet living. What could be better? Yet what we don’t consider is the unwanted smells and noises rural locations welcome newcomers with.
Retaining walls are often given a bad rap. Yet they are both functional assets and decorative features within our gardens. Designed to be strong enough to hold a load of soil, as well as look attractive, they increase our outdoor usable space. As structural engineering plays a part in their construction, they are best left to expert tradespeople.
When you’re building a house you start from the ground up, with the foundations. There are 3 types of foundations to choose from. You choices depend on the type of home you are building and where you’re building it. A proper foundation does more than just hold a house up. It keeps out moisture, insulates against cold weather and resists movement of the earth around it. One more thing: It should last forever.
When you’re building a new home, consult with your builder and other design professionals to see what kind of foundations for a house are suitable for your particular needs. A mix of slabs, basements and crawlspaces are common in New Zealand. But slabs becoming more and more popular over recent years. In wet and coastal areas such as the Waitakere Ranges, it’s not uncommon to build houses up on posts. (more…)
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.
A foundation or piling contractor is a tradesperson skilled in the development of foundations of a building. The house foundations are the system on which the home sits. Sometimes the house foundation rests upon the footings and supports the floor system – as with conventional foundation walls.
There are many different types of foundation, such as masonry, concrete, wooden and piles. Piles are typically used where the available soils are unable to support the necessary loads with the use of more traditional spread footings and their supported masonry or concrete foundation walls.
Concrete piles are components of a foundation which is driven into ground to make sure it’s embedded deeply. Pile foundations require a lot of concrete piles during construction, and the piles will connect to the footers of the foundation. They distribute the weight of the building, which reduces the risk of collapse.
It’s necessary to hire a foundation and piling contractor when building a house, as without the correct foundations a house can be very weak.
There are various regulations around piling and foundations, which a specialist will be able to advise you of when discussing the job.