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…)
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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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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Many homeowners are under the false impression that the vast majority of winter damage comes as a result of unusually cold temperatures. What causes most damage is the drying due to cold air and the up and down fluctuation of temperatures that comes during winter. Add to that the general lack of rain, those causes a lot of stress on plants and can make them much more susceptible to winter damage. This is especially true if the plants are not native to the climate and suitable for the environment. Some plants just need a little extra help to get through the winter unscathed. A few preventive steps and a little bit of your time are all it takes to protect your plants against the most common plant problems during winter. Here are some other things to keep in mind as you work to protect your trees and to help guard against winter damage.
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.
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.
The tiny home movement has definitely come to New Zealand, especially since the Christchurch earthquakes which have seen kiwis both living out of and doing business out of remodelled containers. But why has the tiny house movement gained so much traction and caused excitement lately? Is it a genuine trend that’s both socially and economically advantageous? Or is it just the next not-so-big thing in house design?
Since the mid 1940s we’ve seen the average size of a kiwi home almost double to approx 200m2. But at the same time the number of people per household has shrunk to 2.5 and is still shrinking. So we’ve often now got half as many people living in twice as much space as our parents or grandparents did.
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Repairing appliances can be a time-consuming and costly. It can mean going without your dryer or dishwasher while you wait for a qualified appliance repair man to come and fix it.This makes it tempting to go out and buy a new one. But is this the best use of your money both financially and environmentally?
Consumer magazine recommends you don’t spend more than 50% of the cost of a new product on repairing an old one.
For dishwashers, microwaves, fridges, stoves, washing machines and driers, unless they’re past their life expectancy, look at getting them fixed. If you’re worried about the cost you can use our free online cost estimator to get an idea or get a free quote from one of our qualified tradespeople. That way, you won’t just be saving money; you’ll save a whole lot of time. (more…)
If you’re looking to hire a plumber, gasfitter or drainlayer, then there’s a few things you need to know first.
We’ve spoken to Colleen from Hutt Gas & Plumbing and she’s been kind enough to put together a few words of advice for all you homeowners looking at getting gas, plumbing or drain laying work done. (more…)
One of the benefits of building a conservatory is the potential to add a lot of value to your home.