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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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!

Balustrades

What is a balustrade and do I need one?

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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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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One of the most popular selling points of a kiwi home is the indoor outdoor flow. Whether you’re thinking of selling or just want to realise the potential of your home and the plot it stands on, considering indoor outdoor flow is important.

Indoor Outdoor Flow

Indoor outdoor flow

The secret to unlocking the potential of both spaces is blurring the boundaries between inside and outside. This works regardless of the size of your garden compared to the size of your home. Select from our great ideas below to improve indoor outdoor flow and make the most of your property. (more…)

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painting your home in winterIf you’re like many people, the idea of painting your home in winter sounds crazy. But did you know that winter is an excellent time to paint your home? Builders and property developers don’t wait for spring time to hire a painter and neither should you.

Today’s modern paints will dry quickly and adhere well. Here’s four great reasons to hire a professional decorator and start your painting project today. (more…)

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waste removersA waste remover is a tradesperson who will remove any unwanted objects from your property. Waste can refer to natural waste, garbage, recycling, white ware, construction waste, among other things.

A waste remover can also provide you with a skip or bins, and can be contracted to remove waste on a weekly basis. They can provide garden, office, home, green and/or commercial rubbish removal services.  Waste removers can also deal with deceased or liquidated estates in a sensitive manner.

When hiring waste removers check whether they’ll deliver a skip which you can fill yourself, or they’ll come onto your property and remove the unwanted items such as old appliances, broken furniture, renovation rubbish, old sheds and more. Anything and everything you have no further use for.

If you are a landlord who has had tenants move out leaving your rental property in a uninhabitable state, waste removers can handle this for you – with your permission they may go under the house, into the office, warehouses, garages and sleepouts to clean up after the tenants.

Some items waste removers can remove from your property include:

  • Moving out junk
  • Old furniture including beds,tables and mattresses
  • Wood, timber, metals, builders waste
  • Computers, televisions, electrical goods, whiteware, stoves, washing machines, dryers
  • Crockery
  • Rubbish from under the house
  • Carpet
  • Renovation/builders waste
  • Baths. sinks, shower units
  • Cabinets,doors,windows
  • Garage junk
  • Spa pools
  • Garden sheds
  • Trees, branches, grass clippings

Rubbish removal services include:

  • Bulk rubbish removal from your site
  • Paper and cardboard recycling services
  • Supplying rubbish bags, wheelie bins and paper recycling boxes

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painterA painter or decorator enjoys working with their hands and take pride in the details. Some of the jobs they do include painting, decorating and wallpapering. When you hire a house painter they will provide an accurate quotation for services to the homeowner.

This contains the project scope, the time line for completion and the cost for labour and materials.

Most homeowners will obtain two or three quotes from different painters, and then select the firm that provides the greatest level of quality for the best possible price.

Upon acceptance of the quote by the client, the house painter must purchase the correct quantity of paint in the required colours. Some house painters list the exact brand and shade of paint in the quote. It is the painter’s responsibility to determine exactly what type of primer and paint is suitable.

painterThe amount of preparation required before painting varies considerably by job. Some locations will require wallpaper or paint to be removed and the surface prepared with primer or other material. Other jobs simply require the surface to be cleaned, so that the new paint can adhere to the surface.

The method used to apply the paint varies, depending on the type of paint and the surface itself. For example, oil-based paint is best applied with a roller, while latex based paint can be sprayed onto the surface. The size of the project, the colours used and the layout of the walls also can affect the method used.

The services offered by a painter or decorator include:

  • House painting
  • Roof painting
  • Window painting
  • Hallway painting
  • Door painting
  • Fence painting
  • Deck painting
  • Interior painting
  • Exterior painting
  • Decorating
  • Bedroom decorating
  • Wallpapering
  • Stopping with plasterboard

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