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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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.renting

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.

Who is responsible for repairing things around your flat when you are renting?

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…)

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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!

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Aluminium or wooden windows – which is best for me?

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.

Wooden Windows

 

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Many of us are already feeling the chill these autumn mornings. Now’s the time to make a list of maintenance type jobs to get your home ready for winter. Be sure to read our blog series ‘Winterizing your home’ for some job ideas.

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  1. Winter weatherproofing your home
  2. Winterproofing your homes exterior, doors and windows
  3. Weatherproofing your home with insulation

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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.

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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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Hire a Licensed Building PractitionerWhen starting home renovations or maintenance, decide whether you need to hire a Licensed Building Practitioner to carry out restricted building work (RBW).  We’ve some easy to follow guidelines here but we also recommend that you check the LBP website.

How to hire a licensed building practitioner

As the homeowner, you must make certain that the people you hire are licensed to do the work.  First of all, you must verify they hold a valid license. Don’t take their word for it.  Ask to see their photo ID and check their details against the public register. (more…)

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installing a new fenceYou’re considering installing a new fence in your backyard and think you’re ready to do it yourself.  But are you? Do you have every single thing you need? Are you positive that what you’ve planned will deliver exactly what you want, in terms of privacy and use-ability?

There’s nothing more frustrating than making it half way through a fencing job, only to discover that you’ve forgotten something crucial. (more…)

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