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Many of us are already feeling the chill these autumn mornings. Now’s the time to make a list of maintenance type jobs to get your home ready for winter. Be sure to read our blog series ‘Winterizing your home’ for some job ideas.

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  1. Winter weatherproofing your home
  2. Winterproofing your homes exterior, doors and windows
  3. Weatherproofing your home with insulation

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preparing for winterAutumn’s begun in earnest and now there’s a noticeable chill in the air, preparing for winter is a top priority. If you’re anything like us you’ve been looking longingly at your heater wondering if it’s too soon put it on in the evenings or if now’s the time to hire a handyman to chop and stack some wood for your fire.

Now that you’re thinking about preparing for winter, here are three things you can do right now.

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keep your home cool

One of your top priorities in summer is to keep your home cool. But on days with no breeze and a cloudless sky, this is a challenge. Thankfully there are some low cost ways of keeping the temperature down inside. Check out our hot tips on how to keep your home cool this summer.

How to keep your home cool in summer

With rising temperatures, it’s great to head to the pool or the beach to cool down. But when you’re at home, keeping cool can be a problem. Cool drinks, loose clothing and a hat will only work so far. That’s when it’s time to explore the ways you can cool down your home itself.

  • Another smart way to keep your home cool is to reduce the amount of late-afternoon sun that falls on your windows.  If you have large areas of glass facing the sun, shade these areas with awnings or deciduous trees. That way you can still get the sun into your home during winter.
  • If shading from the outside isn’t an option then installing thermal curtains or blinds will stop the sun getting in during the summer. They’ll also help keep your home warm in the cooler months.
  • Ceiling mounted or portable fans are an energy-efficient option to cool down your house. If you’re using a heat pump as an air conditioner, keep your windows and doors closed so it only cools the spaces you’re using.

What are your keep cool in summer tips? We’d love to know, so please share them below!

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renovation ideasWith the promise of sun, we often start collecting house renovation ideas. A new bathroom, replacing wooden window frames or adding on another storey, there are so many options.  Now is the right time to start considering what renovation could be done at your house. We’ve put together a list of four essential renovation ideas to help make your home your castle.

4 home renovation ideas to do before summer

This summer, your home will be ready and so will you. Get stuck into these jobs now because summer is too good to spend renovating.

  1. Home Insulation – Did you know that early summer is the perfect time to get home insulation installed? Insulating your home at the start of summer helps you achieve a cooler home. Furthermore, it also reduces air-conditioning bills and often can be installed cheaper at off-peak times.
  2. Air Conditioning – If you already have air-con installed, get it serviced now. Or you could get a unit installed now because the peak season is coming and installers will be fully booked.
  3. Indoor-Outdoor Flow – With daylight savings, we’re all loving being outside after work. Fold back your freshly painted french doors and open your home onto the deck. You deserve to enjoy a BBQ outdoors with a fine NZ wine in your hand. This summer, it’s your chance to embrace the dream, enjoy your yard and modern el fresco living.
  4. Get a Swimming Pool – Turn your home into a resort with your very own swimming pool. It provides a sparkling backdrop whilst you enjoy your BBQ dinner. Then you can chill off with a dip or two.

This summer it’s time to start enjoying your home and lifestyle. List your job today here on Builderscrack and enjoy the tradies chasing you for a change. With plenty of renovation ideas up their sleeves, you’ll have the home of your dreams within a flash.

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Warmer weather sees many of us hunting for home renovation ideas. Should you update your kitchen? Consider installing a new bathroom? Or will you add an extension on to your home? Because of daylight savings, contractors work longer hours. If you get started now you can avoid the headache of trying to schedule renovations during school holidays. Because there is nothing worse than kids under your feet when a renovation is happening!

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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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Ideas for home improvement projects

Your home is your castle, but now it’s the middle of winter, you’re probably tired of being stuck inside so much, especially if there’s home improvement projects you’re eager to get started on.  While some renovations just have to wait until spring or summer, there are plenty of home improvement projects you can hire a tradesperson to tackle right now!

Replace interior doors

home improvement projectsNew doors are a great way to improve your home’s interior and can really add to its style.

Replacement doors featuring raised panels, carved embellishments or frosted glass inserts all add architectural interest and depth. Or you could use glass panels to allow more light through. (more…)

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Queens Birthday weekend kicks off the official start to winter. You may be thinking there’s not a lot that can be done to your home during the winter months, but think again! Here’s your very own Midwinter Home Renovation Checklist, which you can use to work out what needs doing at your home.

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