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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Welcome to the first of six articles about the home ownership and renting life stages we pass through over the years. As we discuss each stage, we’ll identify the jobs you can and can’t do around your rental or owned home and when you should get the professional tradesperson in.
As a teenager or young adult, the first property you live in after you leave your parent’s home is most likely to be rented. You may be the one with your name on the tenancy agreement or simply a flatmate. As the named tenant, you pay a weekly cost to live in the rental property directly to the landlord. Clicking on the image above will take you through to reach Tenancy Services. They can help you with further information on the basics of renting and flatting.
If you are a flatmate, you pay it to the person whose name is on the tenancy agreement and they pay the landlord. Whichever you are, ensure you get a receipt or pay via internet banking so you have a record of payments made.
As a tenant, you must inform the landlord immediately if you notice anything which needs fixing. This also includes maintenance work to be done, regardless of how the damage occurred. This is to ensure that your flat remains safe and the landlord can arrange to fix the problem. (more…)
New Zealanders typically live in a home with either wooden or aluminium windows. These two types of joinery are well respected by both builders and homeowners alike. However, people have their favourites and with good reasons. That’s because there are pros and cons for both aluminium and wooden joinery. Ultimately the decision rests with you in choosing the joinery type best for your home.
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Generally 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.
This 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…)
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Great design and installation are both important to the performance of your air conditioning or heat pump. So is having it installed by an experienced installer. If you install it yourself, you may void the manufacturer’s warranty.
Ask any potential installer about their qualifications and experience. Learn if they follow EECA’s Good practice guide to heat pump installation publication.
Your installer must have the appropriate licence to carry out any electrical work, and issue a Certificate Of Compliance if required.
A professional heat pump or air conditioning installer will have the knowledge to: (more…)
As temperatures start to fall and household prices continue to rise, the need to stay warm without increasing your bills has never been stronger. Heating your home on a budget has never been greater! We’ve got some helpful suggestions for you to minimise your energy usage and keep warm this winter.
Start by making the most of natural sunlight during the day, opening curtains to let the warmth in. This can be helped by trimming any trees that prevent sun entering your house. If you don’t have the time to trim hedges or trees, hire a gardener or arborist. (more…)
An insulation installer often is one of the first people involved in new construction once the frame has been erected.
Before drywall and finish work can be completed, the entire frame of the building must undergo insulation installation to ensure the new structure is energy-efficient.
Many of the building codes have minimums requirements that must be met.
An understanding of installation principles dictate that new building installations pass blower door tests that make a house airtight for the best energy conservation. A knowledgeable installer will have the knowledge of all the gaps, cracks and possible culprits that can make a house drafty.
While residential air sealing technicians work closely with installers during new home construction, many insulation installers are training their own people to become proficient in this ever-growing energy conservation step. Most insulation installations resist heat flow, in or out of the building, offer sound control, and moisture control.
If you’re going to get your walls insulated, firstly:
For more information visit EECA Energywise