Stage 1 of Your Home Ownership or Renting Life Stage – Teenage Years

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…)

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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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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.

Planting bulbs for 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?

Planting bulbs for Spring

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…)

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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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Budget Bathroom Renovation Like all home renovation projects, there’s 3 levels of renovating: good, better and absolute best. We’ve already discussed getting started with bathroom renovation costs.  Today we’re going to talk about a basic budget bathroom renovation.

The basic budget bathroom renovation (from $3000-$12000)

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A security service or alarm installers will be able to advise and install the best security system for your property or anything else you want protecting.

security serviceSome systems are composed of a simple alarm that sounds when an entry point is breached, while others include monitoring centres where employees will notify the authorities if someone tries to enter your home. Many companies make systems that include motion sensors that attach to your door and window frames.

Some of these systems include other monitoring features, such as smoke detectors, pressure mats that homeowners can place under rugs and windows, and closed-circuit television monitoring. When hiring a security service or alarm installer ask them which services and systems they offer and which are best for your circumstances.

Good home security brings peace of mind to your family and pets. In the case of an emergency, whether its fire, medical or burglary you and/or your security monitoring company will be the first to know. There’s many reasons why choosing to invest in a home security system is a good idea.  A security system can be useful if you travel a lot, or work long hours, you may have a pet or teenagers at home that need protecting.  A medical alarm is useful when you have a loved one who may live alone or be vulnerable and would benefit from that extra layer of protection.

The services offered by a security service or alarm installer include:

  • Alarm installation
  • Motion sensors
  • Perimeters monitoring
  • Alarm repair
  • Home security systems
  • Closed circuit television (CCTV)

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landscaperA landscape gardener  brings knowledge of landscape design principles and plants to help you create an attractive, integrated home landscape.  An attractive landscape increases your home’s value and your enjoyment of the outdoor.

At the beginning, a landscape gardener or architect will talk with you about your landscaping goals and the look you want to achieve.

For example, you may want to increase the value of your house by creating an appealing entrance. Alternatively, you may need turf areas set aside for children or animals or desire the addition of an outdoor entertaining area. The landscaper should inquire about the amount of time and effort you want to put into landscape maintenance, which impact plant selection.

landscaperAfter talking with you, a landscaper creates a formal landscape plan for your review and approval. The plan includes plant selection and placement.

The landscaper may show you a drawing with representations of plants or they may use software that produces a realistic picture of the landscape under several growing conditions, such as maturing plants or seasons of the year.

The landscaper should evaluate the plan against local city council codes and bylaws as well as landscape rules of a body corporate or other organisation before presenting it to you.

The services of a landscaper include:

  • Gardening
  • Landscaping
  • Water features
  • Patios
  • Decking
  • Levelling
  • Pruning
  • Paving
  • Ponds
  • Retaining walls
  • Gazebos
  • Tidy ups
  • Trimming
  • Pools
  • Lawns

Hire a Landscaper and read more about gardening

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