Stage 3 Life Stages Home Ownership – Home DIY When You’re Thirty-ish

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…)

Posted In: Auckland, Carterton, CHB, Handymen, Horowhenua, Hutt Valley, Insulation Installers, Invercargill, Palmerston North, Security/Alarm Service, Tauranga, Timaru, Waste Removal

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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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This is part two in our three-part series “weatherproofing your home for winter”. Last week we covered inspecting fireplaces, wood stoves and chimneys. We also discussed cleaning your gutters and roofs. Read last weeks blog post. This week we cover winterizing your house exterior, doors and windows.

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Posted In: Cleaners (Exterior), Door Professionals, Glaziers & Windows, Invercargill, Kawerau, Manawatu, Palmerston North, Papakura, Queenstown, Rangitikei, Tauranga, Waimakariri

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Flooring doesn’t have to be boring. Here’s our pick of 8 fancy flooring ideas with a unique twist on carpet, tile and timber. What’s your favourite? Tell us in the comments below.

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Wooden puzzle pieces flooring

Floor fun fit for any room!  This floor is cut from an assortment of plywood, but a similar effect can be easily done with vinyl.  Hire a professional to get the flooring laser cut and laid for a precision finish and save some time and frustration with a jigsaw.

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Posted In: Carpetlayers, Flooring Contractors, Hutt Valley, Kawerau, Manukau, Palmerston North, Rangitikei

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upholstererAn upholsterer is a tradesman who can measure, cut, sew and fit cloth or leather to furnishings such as sofas and chairs.  Upholsterers are also able to apply padding and coverings for bedframes, cars and boats.

All upholsterers can craft upholstery for new furniture as well as old furniture that has reusable frames.

Almost all furniture has a wooden frame and sofas and chairs also have a coiled spring construction which is covered by a layer of loosely woven fabric which is known as webbing.  Cushions that contain padded foam are covered with upholstery material and fit on top of the webbing.  The backs and sides of sofas and chairs are usually also padded and covered in fabric. An upholsterer will fasten fabric to the underside of the furniture with staples, screws or tacks to protect it.

upholstererWhen hiring an upholsterer, check if they know how to measure, cut and sew heavy weight, durable fabrics as these are most often used for creating upholstery.

Rather than throwing out old furniture, many poeople prefer to have their furniture upcycled by an experienced upholsterer.

Upholsterers can also advise homeowners whether their chairs or couches have strong frams that are worth upcycling. They can also replace the webbing, fabric and padding as well as create soft cushions.

Some upholsterers can sew curtains and other soft furnishings. Homeowners may select upholstery and drapery that match to give their living rooms a whole new look.  Upholsterers can advise homeowners on how to clean and maintain their new drapes or furnishings.

The services an upholsterer may offer include:

  • Seat upholstery,
  • Chair upholstery
  • Seat restoration
  • Lounge suite upholstery
  • Furniture repair
  • Lounge suite repair
  • Lounge suite recovery
  • Car upholstery
  • Marine upholstery

Posted In: Palmerston North, Upholsterers, Wellington, Whangarei

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turfinstallerA lawn grass or turf installer is a tradesperson who can assess your tur and lawn needs, then provide and install prefabricated or artificial grass.

A lawn grass or turf installer will often visit the site to work out how much grass you require and then explain to you the pros and cons of each option.

Artificial grasses have a particular grain direction. Before rolling out the grass, the turf installer will make a note of the grain direction, then they will roll the turf onto the prepared sub-base. Once it’s laid out they’ll position it accurately and stretch out wrinkles, staking the turf before it’s stretched or pulled to keep it from shifting.

Once the turf is positioned, the edges will be trimmed with a razor knife or carpet cutter so they’re perfectly straight. Nails are used to secure the edges of the turf and should be spaced every 30cm, or as required.

A grass or turf installer services will often include:

  • Turf laying
  • Artificial turf laying
  • Turf repair

turfinstallerArtificial turf or grass is a low maintenance product but there’s a few things you can do to ensure it lasts for many years. Each day pick up any animal droppings and every month blow off the turf with a leaf blower to clear off leaves and dust.

This won’t take long and will keep your turf looking great.

Every few months brush your turf against the grain to get it to stand up and make clearing off leaves and dust easier.  You can brush the turf with a stiff outdoor broom, carpet rake or power broom. Each year check the infill and seams.  Hire a professional lawn grass or turf installer to install and maintain your turf.

Posted In: Masterton, Matamata-Piako, North Shore, Palmerston North, Turf & Grass

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solar panelA solar panel installer is a tradesperson who is skilled in the installation of solar panels on and around your house. These can be used to heat water, and provide electricity to your house.

The simplest form of solar power is the solar electric panel. These panels utilise photons to generate electricity.

These photovoltaic panels are either free standing rigid sheets used to harness the sun’s energy or are set into the roof. You can also get peel and stick laminates, if applicable with your roof type.

A solar power installer will harness the suns solar rays through solar panels and cells to power your home.  When hiring a solar panel specialist, they’ll work with you on the design, planning and installation of solar energy projects.

Solar power is an eco friendly and renewable form of energy and the demand for it is growing.

Firstly, you’ll have an initial consultation where your home will be visited and assessed.  Thne the installer will design a plan that includes the best approach based on the latest technology, your homes unique characteristics and your budget.  From there they’ll oversee the specific details of the installation.

Solar panel installers may also work in a maintenance role.  If you experience problems with your solar power panels they will be available to remedy them. They may also perform evaluations or recommend improvements on your existing sytems.

Solar Panel installers will be familiar with specialised equipment including transformers, photo voltaic modules and inverters just to name a few.  They may use IT to track projects and energy savings.

Solar power is a great way to cut power bills, and solar power is storable.

Services provided by a solar panel installer include:

  • Solar heating
  • Solar hot water
  • Solar power
  • Solar panel installation, maintenance and repairs
  • Consultation on the best solar panels for your home

Posted In: Pacific Islands, Palmerston North, Papakura, Queenstown, Rangitikei, Solar Installation

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gas fitterIf you have gas installed in your home, then you will need the services of a registered gasfitter or installer at some stage.  For your safety all gasfitters are required to be registered by the Plumbers, Drainlayers & Gas Fitters board. Unlicenced work is both unsafe and illegal.

Gasfitters ensure appliances and connections are safe and won’t be dangerous. They are able to safely install, remove, repair or maintain a range of household gas appliances including heaters, hot water systems, central heating, ovens and hobs.

A gasfitter will not only install and service natural gas appliances and fixtures, but they’ll be able to install anything related to these like gas meters, valves, burners and regulators. They’ll be able to maintain and repair all this equipment.  Often plumbers also do gas fitting, but as they require a different skill set, check that they are licenced to do gas fitting.

A gasfitter may provide the following services:

  • Read and interpret plans, drawings, or specifications
  • Measure and mark points where gas equipment is to be located
  • Test pipe work used for gas appliances
  • Install gas pipes, appliances and flues
  • Install gas pressure regulating and gas detection systems
  • Maintain gas appliances, pipes and equipment required for the operation of items that use flue gases

Gasfitters often use the following tools:

  • Crescent Wrenches
  • Pipe Wrenches
  • Hacksaw
  • Flaring Kit
  • Pipe and Tubing Cutter
  • Pipe Bender
  • Pipe Threader

Hire a professional Gasfitter and Installer

Posted In: Gas Fitters & Installers, Otorohanga, Pacific Islands, Palmerston North

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