Brick or Weatherboard – Choosing the Right Cladding for Your New Home

Brick or weatherboard? Choosing the cladding for your new home needs more than deciding what looks best. It’s about the type of home you are building, the cost of the different types of cladding and the location of the house. Let us help you solve the battle of the cladding and choose the right type for you.

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Posted In: Bricklayers, Builders, Carpenters, Far North, Fiordland, Franklin, Gisborne, Gore, Grey, Hamilton, Hastings, Hauraki Islands, Horowhenua, Hurunui, Hutt Valley, Invercargill, Kaikoura, Kaipara, Manawatu, Manukau, Marlborough, Masterton, Matamata-Piako, Napier, Rangitikei, Rodney, Rotorua, Ruapehu, Selwyn, South Taranaki, Uncategorized

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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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Posted In: Ashburton, Auckland, Banks Peninsula, Builders, Buller, Carpenters, Carterton, Central Otago, CHB, Choosing Tradespeople, Christchurch, Clutha, Coromandel, Dunedin, Far North, Fiordland, Franklin, Gisborne, Gore, Grey, Hamilton, Hammerhand & Labourer, Handymen, Hastings, Hauraki, Hauraki Islands, Horowhenua, Hurunui, Hutt Valley, Inspectors, Invercargill, Kaikoura, Kaipara, Kapiti Coast, Kawerau, Locations, Mackenzie, Manawatu, Manukau, Marlborough, Masterton, Matamata-Piako, Napier, Nelson, New Plymouth, North Shore, Opotiki, Otorohanga, Pacific Islands, Painters & Decorators, Palmerston North, Papakura, Paving Contractors, Piling & Foundations, Plasterboard Fixer, Plasterers, Plumbers, Porirua, Project Managers, Queenstown, Rangitikei, Rental Property, Resource Management, Rodney, Roofers, Rotorua, Ruapehu, Scaffolding, Selwyn, South Taranaki, South Waikato, South Wairarapa, Southland, Stratford, Surveyors, Tararua, Tasman, Taupo, Tauranga, Timaru, Waikato, Waimakariri, Waimate, Waipa, Wairoa, Waitakere City, Waitaki, Waitomo, Wellington, Western BOP, Westland, Whakatane, Whanganui, Whangarei

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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Posted In: Auckland, Carterton, Clutha, Far North, Fencing and Gates, Heating Professionals, Newsletters, Tararua, Tauranga

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…)

Posted In: Ashburton, Auckland, Banks Peninsula, Builders, Cabinet Makers, Christchurch, DIY Guides, Dunedin, Far North, Horowhenua, Hurunui, Manawatu, Manukau, Painters & Decorators, Plumbers, Rental Property, Tilers

winter weatherproofingThis 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…)

Posted In: Auckland, Central Otago, Cleaners (Exterior), Clutha, Far North, Fire Services Professionals, Fireplace Installers, Glaziers & Windows, Grey, Hamilton, Handymen, Hastings, Hauraki, Heating Professionals, Insulation Installers, New Plymouth, North Shore, Opotiki, Plumbers, Queenstown, Roofers, Ventilation Specialists, Whakatane, Whanganui

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Kid's Bedroom

Your kid’s bedroom is a space for him or her to  relax, play with friends and spend time alone.

When decorating a kid’s bedroom, ask them questions. This way you’ll understand what they want and can present them with some options.

This will help you get them interested in making their own choices and teach them about compromise and staying within a budget.

The whole process of decorating a children’s bedroom can make for some great parent-child bonding time. Embrace those things that are special about your child and let their personality shine through. Builderscrack have some tips to help you do this.  But if you are unsure where to start, you can hire a decorator or colour consultant to help!

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Posted In: Auckland, Clutha, Coromandel, Far North, Interior Designers, Painters & Decorators

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Winter gardening tips for March and April in New Zealandwinter gardening tips

A successful garden provides a visually interesting variety of colour year-round.  Builderscrack has some winter gardening tips for you! Start by incorporating a blend of trees both evergreen and deciduous, mixed up with flowering shrubs, spring bulbs, perennials and annuals.

In climates with mild winters, cooler months are a good time for flower colour and fragrance.

For climate control, choose evergreen plants for protection from cold winds and deciduous plants around the house to let the winter sunshine stream in. Here are some top gardening tips for the next couple of months. (more…)

Posted In: Arborists, Dunedin, Far North, Fiordland, Gardeners & Lawn Mowing, Landscapers

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Swimming PoolA swimming pool specialist is a tradesperson skilled in the installation, maintenance, repair and removal of swimming pools.

Swimming pools come in many different shapes and sizes, and can often be tailored to a specific location and area.

A swimming pool contractor will have a great knowledge of the ins and outs of different types of pools.Some pools are built into the ground, whilst others are above ground.

A Swimming Pool specialist will initially consult with the homeowner to make sure that the swimming pools dimensions and locations meet with council regulations and your requirements.

They will then use a backhoe dig, contour and grade the walls of an in ground swimming pool. Next the wall panels are assembled and aligned using sections, nuts, bolts, transit and an electric air gun. The next step is for premixed concrete to be poured between the dirt wall and wall panels to enable the anchoring of the bottoms of wall panels and cross braces.

Gravel will then be spread into the hollow foundations to make a drain field and then trenches will be dug and drain tiles will be laid uphill of the pool site to divert ground water.  Pipes will then be laid out and connected for water inlets, filters and return valves.

Swimming PoolCement is then mixed and poured into the foundations, then the swimming pool contractor will spread and smooth it evenly throughout the foundations allowing it to set.  Heater parts are next to be assembled, connecting the gas, oil or electrical lines and the heater is started to check it is working. The liner is installed into the pool and the pump is started to fill the pool with water.

A concrete deck is then built around the pool and it is fenced off in accordance with local council regulations.  Then any parts of the above-ground pool are laid out and assembled and the pump is checked again and the pool is checked for leaks.

When hiring a Swimming pool specialist check if they also maintain and repair the pool and other related equipment, advise home owners and sell chemicals to prevent problems with pool water.

 A swimming pool specialist may offer services such as:

  • Pool installation
  • Pool maintenance
  • Swimming pool repair
  • Pool removal
  • Filter installation
  • Filter repair
  • Pool heating
  • Installing Spa pools and  Jacuzzis

Posted In: Far North, Fiordland, Hastings, Hauraki, Swimming Pools

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A scaffolder is a building professional who specializes in putting up scaffolds and platforms. Scaffolders erect scaffolds related to building construction.

scaffoldingPutting up scaffolding starts with determining the requirements for the job and making a plan. Scaffolding is classically made from metal pipes which can be clicked together to create a frame which is easily configured as needs change. Wood can also be used.

As it is put up, platforms are established for holding tools and walking. The scaffolder also erects safety measures such as nets to catch dropped tools. When the job is finished, scaffolders dismantle the it and take it away.

Scaffolding is needed for some building construction, along with painting, renovation, and restoration of all sorts of structures. A scaffolder may work as part of a team of people to put up a stable, well-anchored scaffolding which may stay up for weeks, months, or years, depending on the job. It may need to be adjusted and reconfigured every so often as the job progresses, and a scaffolder may have special concerns if restoration work is occurring, as he or she wants to avoid damaging the structure beneath the scaffolding.

When hiring a scaffolding professional check their reviews and references to make sure they are have knowledge of all applicable building laws.

A Scaffolding installer or tradesperson may:

  • Install scaffolding
  • Dismantle, remove and adjust scaffolding
  • Provide stairway towers up the side of a building
  • Add temporary weatherproof roofing
  • Offer custom designed encapsulation systems
  • Provide and install commercial Rubbish Chutes
  • Provide propping systems to support scaffolding

Posted In: Dunedin, Far North, Fiordland, Scaffolding

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house cleanersWhen you decide you want to hire domestic cleaners, get them to come to your house and do a thorough assessment of what you want doing.  Cleaners will provide a variety of services, not of all which you may want or need so it’s important to agree on what jobs you do want doing and how long it’s expected to take to complete them.

Check if your cleaners will be supplying their own cleaning products and tools or whether they’ll be using yours. Find out if they work alone or if a team will come to your home or business to get the job done.  Ask for references and read the reviews about them on Builderscrack.

Domestic or industrial cleaning will be done by professionals who take their job seriously and what is required to complete it to a high standard.  Once they’ve established what you need doing, and how often, you’ll need to organise access to the property on a regular basis for them if the work is ongoing and not a one-off.  A professional domestic cleaner will be able to utilise all the best cleaning supplies and equipment to make sure the job is done well. Often it’s only after a big cleaning job is done, that you’ll realise just what a difference it’s made!

Their work tools include cleaning carts, mops, buckets, dusters, brooms, vacuum cleaner, towels, garbage bags and cleaning solutions.

The services of cleaners include:

  • Exterior cleaning
  • Interior cleaning
  • Water blasting
  • Vacuuming
  • Bathroom and kitchen cleaning
  • Office cleaning
  • Home cleaning
  • Waste removal

Hire cleaners for your home or business today

Posted In: Cleaners (Exterior), Cleaners (Interior), Far North, Fiordland, Rental Property

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