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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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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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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Believe it or not, but this year the Year of the Kitchen. Okay, well maybe we’ve exaggerated that a bit, though many homeowners will consider kitchen design trends before renovating their kitchen at some point through the year. However, this year does see the start of many new exciting kitchen trends, as well as the continuation of a few favourites. Whether you are installing a complete new kitchen or partially renovating an existing one, we’ve got you covered with these new kitchen design trends.

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Appliance repairRepairing 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…)

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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…)

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Kitchen trends: small details can make or break!

Kitchen trends revolve around a mix of beauty and function. Having a great kitchen designed for easy of use has dictated the kitchen trends we see today. Like all home decor, trends do change.

This makes it important to ensure your kitchen styles can be easily changed. An open plan kitchen is popular nowadays. With large open spaces, it gives homeowners plenty of entertaining options. But there are many small aspects of your kitchen style which need to be considered too.

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gardenerA gardener is a tradesperson who tends and cultivates a person’s garden including plants, shrubs and trees.  They may prune and maintain your garden on a regular basis or on a one-off basis for a general tidy up.

The term gardener may also be used to describe garden designers and landscape gardeners, who are involved chiefly in the design of gardens, rather than the practical aspects of horticulture.

A good gardener will maintain and improve the look of your outdoor area based on consulting with you over what you both want and need.  They will then do the work based on their own knowledge of growing healthy plants next to each other. Some may work as professional groundskeepers around retail, hospitality and municipal environments.

A gardener commonly uses:

  • Tools (shovel, hoe, rake)
  • Gloves
  • Watering can
  • Hose
  • Seeds, soil and fertilizer
  • Insect repellent
  • Insecticides, and pesticides

lawn mowerHiring a lawn mowing contractor or service to handle your mowing will make maintenance of your outdoor areas much easier. Contractors will provide services for both residential and commercial properties.

As the characteristics of lawns will vary, this will also affect the price charged.

A lawn mowing contractors services include:

  • Mowing lawns
  • Edging lawns around walks, driveways and curbs
  • Blowing glass clippings off patios, walks and driveways
  • Lawn Fertilization Service
  • Lawn Aeration Service
  • Weed Prevention Service

Posted In: Gardeners & Lawn Mowing, North Shore, Opotiki, Otorohanga

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Underground services professionals provide infrastructure installation and maintenance services.  From drilling to installation of cabling for power and communication, as well as pipelines for water, sewer, gas and stormwater. Additional capabilities include design, operation, construction and maintenance design of dewatering services.

underground servicesWhen hiring an underground services professional for drilling services, ensure that they are able to work well in a team environment, and handle projects of all sizes. They should also be certified.

Underground services professionals also include:

  • Electricians
  • Plumbers
  • Communications
  • Demolition Experts
  • Excavation Experts
  • Project Managers

Posted In: Auckland, Christchurch, Matamata-Piako, Opotiki, Underground Service Professionals, Waikato, Wairoa