Stage 2 of Home Ownership or Renting Life Stage – Your Twenties

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.

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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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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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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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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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tiny home movement

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?

Exploring NZ’s tiny home movement

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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Cleaning for ChristmasHolidays are coming and along with them a fun time. There are presents to be had, meals to be cooked, decorations to be made, guests and family to invite over and pretty much a whole lot of pleasant stuff to do.

Do not let the joy of it all get you too carried away just yet!

There are some chores inside the house that await your attention and should never be ignored for long. One such is cleaning for Christmas. That is right, cleaning should be done before, during and after holiday season to ensure your house is ready for it. The cleaner and more prepared your home is, the better overall impression your home will leave in your guests and better time you will all have.

It is likely that this is the last thing on your mind. You probably have a lot of shopping, cooking and decorating to do, so finding the time to do a proper cleaning for Christmas can be tough. This is why you should give yourself enough time and do the more demanding tasks before the guests come.

If you are not so much into doing all this additional work, consider hiring a professional cleaning company for a one-off cleaning of your home. (more…)

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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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hiring a gasfitterIf 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…)

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Bathroom Renovation CostsThis is part three in a four part series where we’ll discuss what features to expect for $3,000 to $100,000-plus when undertaking bathroom renovations and what you need to help you plan your bathroom renovation.

This week we’re looking at bathroom renovation costs for:

Mid range bathroom renovation costs ($12,000 to $30,000)

Location, cost of labour and materials all play a part in the costing of a bathroom renovation.  The average bathroom renovation job in Auckland will definitely cost more than the a similar job carried out in Greymouth. (more…)

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Garage door insulation

Garage door insulation is the process by which entry of heat and cold from the environment surrounding the garage is prevented.

It’s common to see vehicles parked on the drive or up the street at night, even in your own street.

This usually means that there is not enough room in the garage for vehicles as it’s being used for storage. Or you may find it has been converted into a bedroom or study. (more…)

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