Understanding the Differences Among Tradespeople Accreditations

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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House foundationsWhen you’re building a house you start from the ground up, with the foundations. There are 3 types of foundations to choose from. You choices depend on the type of home you are building and where you’re building it. A proper foundation does more than just hold a house up. It keeps out moisture, insulates against cold weather and resists movement of the earth around it. One more thing: It should last forever.

House foundations

When you’re building a new home, consult with your builder and other design professionals to see what kind of foundations for a house are suitable for your particular needs. A mix of slabs, basements and crawlspaces are common in New Zealand. But slabs becoming more and more popular over recent years. In wet and coastal areas such as the Waitakere Ranges, it’s not uncommon to build houses up on posts. (more…)

Posted In: Auckland, Foundation Specialists, Gore, Hamilton, Mackenzie, Manukau, Porirua, Rangitikei, Renovation Specialists, Resource Management, Rodney, Waikato, Waipa, Western BOP, Whakatane

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Your bedroom is your private space and sanctuary to retreat to away from the world at the end of each day.  But is your bedroom all it can be?  Maybe you’re thinking of hiring a tradie to renovate your bedroom with new carpet, wallpaper and curtains? Or are you wanting to give your existing decor a makeover with some new soft furnishings?  No matter what your aspirations are, we’ve got 6 inspiring and romantic Valentines Day bedroom renovation and decoration ideas for you.

Bedroom renovation ideas

Renovate with red

Red is synonymous with Valentine’s Day. Whether it’s a dozen red roses or the wrapper on your favourite chocolates, we all love something in red on this special day. Using red paint strategically in the bedroom can give your love life some vavoom!

bedroom renovationSexy red walls with a tall window, striped bedding, roman shades and an elegant sofa

Shelving is sexy

If you’re sitting there thinking ‘yeah, nah its not’ then take a look at this!  Not only is this shelving practical for storing everything thats scattered over the floor and bed, it looks hot…  A handyman, cabinet maker or builder can help you create shelving that’s perfect for your love nest.

bedroom renovationBe inspired by this sexy shelving with a convex curve  

The red carpet treatment

Red carpet is not only elegant and classy but the right shade of red may hide a multitude of sins!  Teamed with some contrasting bedding and soft furnishings the right red carpet or rug will add the finishing touches to your love den.

bedroom renovationContemporary red carpet with white bedroom decor

Our wonderful office mates over at felt.co.nz inspire us every day, so we’ve asked them to come up with a few valentines day gift ideas that you can buy now to start of complete your bedroom makeover.

Rustic regal chairs

These two classic chairs add luxury to any room with patterned fabric and red velvet.   Finished with quality upholstery material, they’re also very robust.

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Aroha print

These A4 digital prints are hand coloured with powdered dye to make each one completely unique.

bedroom renovation

Love wins every time

These screen printed pillow cases will bring a bit of fun to your bedroom.  Furthermore, each screen is individually cut by hand and printed onto 100% cotton pillowslips.

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Whether you’re hiring a tradie to get cracking on your romantic bedroom makeover or checking out the felt.co.nz Valentines Day gift guide for inspiration we hope you have a wonderful day celebrating love in all its forms.

Posted In: Cabinet Makers, Competitions, Curtains & Blinds, Flooring Contractors, Queenstown, Rotorua, Southland, Taupo, Wellington, Whakatane

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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staircase installation Building a staircase incorrectly can seriously hurt you or another person so it’s important  to hire a staircase installation professional.

A stairway, staircase, stairwell, flight of stairs, or simply stairs is a construction designed to bridge a large vertical distance by dividing it into smaller vertical distances, called steps. Stairs may be straight, round, or may consist of two or more straight pieces connected at angles. (more…)

Posted In: South Waikato, Staircase Specialists, Taupo, Waitomo, Whakatane

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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)

Posted In: Auckland, Fire Services Professionals, Security/Alarm Service, South Taranaki, Timaru, Waikato, Whakatane

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pest controlA pest control operator or an exterminator, uses special equipment, treatments and preventive measures to remove or control the infestation of detrimental animals and insects from homes, commercial buildings and land.

An exterminator may be an independent contractor or work for a pest control company or government agency.

The most common insects a pest control operator deals with are cockroaches, fleas, bedbugs, spiders, ants and termites. Hives and nests of bees and wasps are other common targets for extermination. Animal pests often include rats, mice and other types of rodents. Occasionally, birds that have nested in buildings are eliminated by a pest control operator.

pest controlHomeowners frequently hire pest control operators to schedule inspections when they hear of pest problems experienced by their neighbours. Many exterminators offer free inspections. These inspections generally entail the operator examining the home and yard of the resident.

The pest control operator commonly inspects the home from top to bottom, looking in foundations, basements, attics and other areas that are popular hiding places for pests. They also typically scrutinize outdoor buildings, such as sheds or garages and look under shrubs and trees for signs of infestation.

Following inspection, the pest control operator will prepare a report for the homeowner that outlines areas of concern and recommends plans of action.

These action plans often include spraying with chemical or natural compounds, setting traps, sealing up suspected points of entry and obliterating nests and suspected breeding areas.

If the homeowner agrees and signs a contract, the operator typically schedules an appointment and returns with a crew to do the job. Residents are frequently required to vacate the premises if toxic materials are part of the pest removal program. Safely segregating pets during the procedure is normally recommended as well.

The majority of pest control companies provide on-the-job training that ordinarily takes two to three months to complete. The training generally includes instruction on safe administration of the treatment products and how to conduct comprehensive inspections.

Pest Control Services include:

  • Extermination
  • Assessment
  • Control
  • Spider spraying
  • De-cob webbing

 

Posted In: Pest Control, Whakatane, Whanganui, Whangarei

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paving contractorA paving contractor is a company that constructs paved surfaces such as roads, sidewalks, concrete floors.

Many paving companies specialize in either residential or commercial work, though some may perform both types depending on the scope of the project and the equipment required.

When hiring a paving contractor they will first must meet with homeowners and provide estimates to secure new projects. He may be hired to lay a new driveway, patio or concrete floor, or to repair structures such as steps or walkways. Some companies may focus on landscape paving, including both installing poured surfaces and laying stone products such as pavers or outdoor tiles.

paving contractorMost paving work is performed using large pieces of equipment. A paving contractor may use a paving machine to smooth out a freshly laid road surface, or an excavator to prepare the earth for paving.

Large tamping machines help to flatten out dirt or gravel surfaces, and concrete trucks keep concrete and other paving materials mixed and ready to pour.

The paving also may use a dump truck or tractor to haul stones, gravel or asphalt, or to carry away excess dirt and waste products.

The services of a paving contractor include:

  • Laying driveways
  • Laying pats
  • Paving patios
  • Paving driveways
  • Paving paths
  • Washing paving
  • Paving courtyards
  • Driveway repair
  • Driveway maintenance
  • Resurfacing
  • Paving pools
  • Paving porches
  • Paving kitchens
  • Paving bathrooms
  • Paving garages

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