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!

trading up your home

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With so many tradespeople belonging to different accreditation organisations, how do you know which one to use and what tradesmen accreditations are right for the job you want doing? Is an industry based accreditation offer the same as one from the government? We’re here to dive into the mysteries of what the most common tradespeople accreditation are. Let’s jump on in!

Tradesmen Accreditations

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Decorating your child’s bedroom is an enjoyable yet challenging task. Remember to consider your child’s special interests and personality when planning the bedroom decor. Attention to detail helps make the bedroom uniquely suited to your child.

A child who likes rugby, sea creatures or Batman, would love design elements that reflect these interests.

Involve your son or daughter in the design and planning process as much as possible and appropriate for his age. This makes for a great bonding experience!

Builderscrack have some tips for success when decorating your child’s bedroom, but if you are unsure where to start hire a decorator or colour consultant to help!

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Posted In: Auckland, Banks Peninsula, Franklin, Interior Designers, Painters & Decorators, Queenstown

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Autumn is the perfect time to plant almost anything you can imagine, but it is the absolute best time to put down fresh new lawn and trees and the only time that you can plant spring bulbs such as daffodils.

Autumn Planting Tips

As you will agree, a garden without any trees and shrubs feels pretty desolate and lonely when winter arrives. With a bit of forward planning you can have a great looking garden in winter. You’ll find then that Spring will take care of itself. Trees and shrubs give a garden structure, and a backdrop to highlight the beautiful flowers that come up in spring and summer.

Trees and shrubs provide order and accent whether they’re planted as hedges or clipped as fancy topiary. They are also useful to create privacy, tidy garden borders and provide a strong foundation for your garden. As a guide, half to two thirds of your garden planting area should be trees and shrubs.

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spring home renovationsIsn’t the growth appearing outside with new buds on trees and plants simply beautiful? It’s lovely to feel the ground getting warmer with spring arriving and summer just around the corner.

Spring home renovations

Coming out of a cold winter, spring home renovations may seem like a daunting prospect.  Yes, you’ve been thinking about it for months, years even. In your mind’s eye, you can see the fixtures, fittings and flooring coming together beautifully.  You know you want to get cracking on the task, but you’re not sure where to begin.

We’ve talked to industry insiders and experts, putting together a list of 5 tips for starting your spring home renovations. (more…)

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Over the last few weeks we’ve run a series of articles on bathroom renovations and what you can expect to be able to do within various price ranges. This week is our last part in the series where we’re looking at :

The deluxe bathroom renovation $30,000 to $100,000+

deluxe bathroom renovationThe deluxe bathroom renovation may also be known as a full gut job. There’s the budget for getting rid of everything and starting from scratch by having all new fixtures and fittings exactly where you want them. (more…)

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bathroom renovationIf you’re thinking about undertaking a bathroom renovation, then you’ll no doubt be considering what you want to achieve by doing so.  Whether it’s updating the look, increasing resale value or adding functionality, amenities and storage, the scope of your bathroom renovation project will depend on many factors but primarily your budget.

Other factors include how long you’ve been living in your home and how much longer you plan on remaining there.  We’ll also be sharing our knowledge on what features to expect for $3,000 to $100,000-plus, to help you plan your bathroom renovation.

Like all home renovation projects, there’s generally 3 levels of renovating: good, better and absolute best.  In this series of #bathroom #renovation articles we’ll walk you through the basics regardless of your budget. All price ranges are indicative only to give a general guideline. Hire a professional bathroom renovator or designer to get an exact free quote or use our online estimator. (more…)

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summer garden maintenance

It’s sad but true: a beautiful garden doesn’t stay looking fabulous without some summer garden maintenance. Thankfully most of the garden tasks are quickly and easily done, especially if you hire a tradie to do them for you! We’ve put together a list of five of the most common summer garden maintenance tasks for you to schedule these warmer months. (more…)

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RoofersRoofers will install, repair and replace roofing systems, including conventional, inverted built-up, single-ply and two-ply modified.

They also perform damp, water and weather-proofing along with installing and repairing slate, tile and shingles and resurfacing roofs.

roofersRoofers carry ladders to get up onto the roof where they will work to either patch a hole or repair the roof. While some people just get a roof re-shingled, this will only work for a certain period of time. After about 40 years, you often need a new roof. A new roof entails removing all of the layers of shingles in the original roof as well as the tar-paper and, in most cases, the wood underlay.

The wood must then be replaced, new tar-paper put down and brand new shingles put on the roof. When hiring Roofers ensure they are skilled in dealing with guttering and eaves.

When you’re getting a new roof, it’s important to consider the type of material, style, colour and cost.  There’s a wide variety of roof materials now available, including ones that have a variety of eco-friendly advantages. Talk to your roofing contractor about the type of material best suited to your property and lifestyle.

The services Roofers offers may include:

  • Roofing
  • Re-roofing
  • Re-shingling
  • Roof repair
  • Leak fixing
  • Roof leaks
  • New roof
  • Cleaning gutter
  • Gutter guards
  • New gutters
  • Spouting
  • Tile roof
  • Slate roof
  • Wooden roof
  • Metal roof
  • Copper roof
  • Roof pointing
  • Chimney removal
  • Chimney repair

Posted In: Banks Peninsula, Carterton, Central Otago, Roofers

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arboristAn arborist is an expert in the care and protection of individual trees.  They know about the needs of a variety of trees and are trained to provide the appropriate care to the trees.

Well looked after trees are both attractive and add value to your property. Trees that aren’t well maintained will be a significant liability and can even present a safety hazard.

Removing or pruning larger trees can be dangerous work and should be done by arborists (otherwise known as tree surgeons, or tree doctors) who are trained and have the right equipment to work in the trees safely.

Services that Arborists & Tree Cutters provide include:

  • Eliminate branches that rub each other
  • Remove limbs that interfere with wires, building facades, gutters, roofs, chimneys, or windows
  • Remove dead, weak, diseased or insect-infested limbs
  • Train young trees
  • Remove limbs damaged by adverse weather conditions
  • Remove branches, or thinning, to increase light penetration
  • Improve the shape or silhouette of the tree
  • Tree removal
  • Emergency tree care when trees have been storm damaged
  • Plant trees
  • Recommend the right kind of trees for specific locations
  • Develop and implement a plant health care program
  • Cabling or bracing to support branches with weak attachment
  • Aeration to improve root growth
  • Installation of lightning protection systems
  • Spraying or injecting to control certain insect and disease problems

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