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…)
If you’re planning on installing balustrades or wondering if you need to, then you’re in the right place. We’ll walk you through the process of identifying if you need a balustrade, the options you have and how to make sure it will meet the current NZ Building Code. Let’s jump to it!
A balustrade is basically a safety barrier. It can vary in appearance from simply a rail with supporting balusters, all the way to a full fence. It’s often confused with a bannister, which is a type of handrail. Both have the same purpose though: to keep you safe.
A balustrade is needed wherever there is a drop of more than a metre, such as on a deck, staircase or balcony. The NZ Building Code clause F4 says that “a barrier is needed when someone could fall vertically one metre or more.” (more…)
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Whether you are building or renovating, at some stage you will need to consider your downpipes and spouting options. We’re lucky in New Zealand that we have many options when it comes to rainwater collection systems. With downpipe and guttering manufacturers all praising their own products, it makes finding a non-biased opinion about choosing the best type and material challenging.
That’s why we’ve put together this comprehensive guide on how to choose the right material and type of spouting and downpipes for your home. (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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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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The autumn months of March, April and May are the best bulb planting months. The more effort you can put into planting bulbs for spring, the better the rewards during winter and spring.
If you’re planning to planting bulbs for spring, look out for bulbs arriving from March. This helps you get your favourite varieties from the best new stock. Did you know that Tulips flower magnificently if kept in the fridge for 8 weeks before planting?
Even if you only want to plant a few bulbs for spring , they make more of a statement when planted in close groups rather than scattered about. Daffodils create an amazing pop of yellow colour in your garden. (more…)
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.
Double glazing windows has become a good deal more popular in New Zealand since building laws changed for new buildings. This has also meant that homeowners of existing properties are now more interested in retro fitting double glazing to their homes.
This is something that can be done quite cost effectively regardless of whether you have aluminium or timber window frames.
Retrofitting double glazing means that you’ll replace your single glaze windows with double glazed ones. The actual process is both fast and unobtrusive. The only real difference you’ll notice is a more comfortable home environment all year around. (more…)
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.