Essential House Renovation Ideas to Get Ready for Summer

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.

Posted In: Fiordland, Franklin, Kaikoura, Kaipara, Newsletters, Renovation Specialists, Swimming Pools

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Kitchen trends: small details can make or break!

Kitchen trends revolve around a mix of beauty and function. Having a great kitchen designed for easy of use has dictated the kitchen trends we see today. Like all home decor, trends do change.

This makes it important to ensure your kitchen styles can be easily changed. An open plan kitchen is popular nowadays. With large open spaces, it gives homeowners plenty of entertaining options. But there are many small aspects of your kitchen style which need to be considered too.

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Posted In: Interior Designers, Kitchen Designer, lighting, Opotiki, Otorohanga, Papakura

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solar panelA solar panel installer is a tradesperson who is skilled in the installation of solar panels on and around your house. These can be used to heat water, and provide electricity to your house.

The simplest form of solar power is the solar electric panel. These panels utilise photons to generate electricity.

These photovoltaic panels are either free standing rigid sheets used to harness the sun’s energy or are set into the roof. You can also get peel and stick laminates, if applicable with your roof type.

A solar power installer will harness the suns solar rays through solar panels and cells to power your home.  When hiring a solar panel specialist, they’ll work with you on the design, planning and installation of solar energy projects.

Solar power is an eco friendly and renewable form of energy and the demand for it is growing.

Firstly, you’ll have an initial consultation where your home will be visited and assessed.  Thne the installer will design a plan that includes the best approach based on the latest technology, your homes unique characteristics and your budget.  From there they’ll oversee the specific details of the installation.

Solar panel installers may also work in a maintenance role.  If you experience problems with your solar power panels they will be available to remedy them. They may also perform evaluations or recommend improvements on your existing sytems.

Solar Panel installers will be familiar with specialised equipment including transformers, photo voltaic modules and inverters just to name a few.  They may use IT to track projects and energy savings.

Solar power is a great way to cut power bills, and solar power is storable.

Services provided by a solar panel installer include:

  • Solar heating
  • Solar hot water
  • Solar power
  • Solar panel installation, maintenance and repairs
  • Consultation on the best solar panels for your home

Posted In: Pacific Islands, Palmerston North, Papakura, Queenstown, Rangitikei, Solar Installation

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plumberA plumber is someone who specializes in the installation and repair of pipes which are used to carry water, gas, sewage, and wastewater. These pipes are often collectively referred to as “plumbing”.  When a new building is being constructed, a plumber is typically part of the construction crew.

He or she determines where pipes should be laid, and takes care of the installation of these pipes. They also typically connects the internal plumbing to external fixtures like sinks, showers, and washing machines. A plumber may also handle gas lines for heating and cooking, and some pursue certification in heating and cooling systems as well. Often, they work in concert with an electrician, a professional who specializes in electrical matters.

Plumbers also repair breaks and replace old piping. A plumber may be called to unclog a toilet, fix a leaky faucet, or to check on old pipes which may be warped or leaking. Things like drains and repiping can also get quite complicated, and plumbers sometimes uncover unpleasant surprises like rot during their course of their work, which may necessitate getting another professional involved to fix the problem.

The services of a plumber include:

  • Fixing leaks
  • House plumbing
  • Water cylinders
  • Guttering, sewage and drains
  • Pumps and taps
  • Shower installation and repair
  • Toilet repair and installation
  • Bath repair and installation,
  • Hot water pressure
  • Drainlaying
  • Filtering
  • Bathroom renovation
  • Waste water
  • Sink and washing machine repair

When hiring a Plumber check that they are currently registered

Posted In: Auckland, Hamilton, Plumbers, South Waikato, Wellington

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air conA heatpump and air con specialist is a tradesperson with the skills required to install heatpump and air con systems. They are able to assess your needs and provide you with a good solution for your home heating and cooling problems.

A good installer will be qualified and have all the knowledge and skills to provide an excellent product.

Selecting air conditioning for your home is a major decision.  It’s an important investment today which will play a key role in your energy bills for years to come.  When the summer heat is at its peak, you’ll want the best, most reliable cooling possible.

It’s not recommended to buy and install it yourself as you may void the manufacturer’s warranty. Hire a professional installer today.

The services of a heat pump and air con will be able to:

  • Advise on the correct size unit you’ll need
  • Advise whether there are environmental issues to think about like sea spray, or sulphur
  • Advise on where the indoor and outdoor units should be put
  • Install the air conditioning so that it’s compliant with any rules and regulations
  • Advise on what you need to do to maintain your air conditioning unit, and provide you with contact numbers to call for servicing or problems
  • Provide a written warranty for the heat pump and its installation
  • Provide a lesson in getting the best out of your heat pump. Read the operating manual, but also get a practical hands on lesson which includes basic heat pump operation, using the remote, thermostat and timers, what the different modes are and how to clean and remove air filters

Posted In: Heating Professionals, Ruapehu, Selwyn, South Taranaki

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handymanIf you’ve been delaying small but important home maintenance tasks because you don’t have the time or skills to DIY then it’s probably a good time to hire a handyman.

The jobs handymen can do vary and most are more than capable of completing small-medium construction projects from remodelling a room to repairing a damaged floor.

They can also work in gardens, paint a house and troubleshoot plumbing or electrical problems even if this means having to refer you to a professional electrician or plumber to fix a major problem.  The list of jobs handymen can’t do is smaller than the list they can do.

Handymen are not allowed to do the following jobs unless they have the current legal licences and qualifications:

A Handyman can usually provide the following services:

  • Painting: Many handymen are adept painters for jobs where a professional painter and decorator aren’t required
  • Wall hangings: Hanging objects on the wall such as mirrors, paintings, and TV’s can be tricky if you don’t know what you’re doing. A handyman knows what tools are needed to make sure the object stays fixed to the wall safely.
  • Cleaning: If your patio, pathway or driveway need cleaning, a handyman can use a pressure hose to remove grime, leaving it looking new again
  • Gardening: A handyman can be useful for many small maintenance jobs in the garden where a professional gardener or lawnmower contractor isn’t required.
  • Carpentry: If you’re needing a new door fitted or some new shelves put in, a handyman can do this along with any other small carpentry related jobs.  A licenced builder may be required for larger buildings, but a handyman can erect sheds, cubby houses or other small structures.
  • Kit and flatpack installation: A handyman has the skills and tools for installing kit/flat packed items such as furniture, carports and kitchen cabinets

Handymen usually charge by the hour, working as fast as they’re able.  There maybe additional fees for emergency or after hours jobs so check first.  Handymen are useful as they can perform a wide range of repair jobs all at once, which means you only have to call one person rather than several different tradespeople to deal with all the small problems that occur in your home.

Handymen often will pride themselves on coming up with innovative and inexpensive solutions to fix your homes problems, saving you time and money. Read more about what questions to ask when hiring a handyman.

Posted In: Handymen, Rangitikei, Rodney, Rotorua

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appliance technicianAn appliance technician is a tradesperson who is installs, maintains and repairs appliances, parts and systems.  Technicians will have a general and wide rage of knowledge about appliance repair and be able to work on different types of machines and fixtures.

Some appliance technicians may specialise in a particular range of expertise, such as plumbing and electrical, or in the type of appliance the service, for example, ovens and fridges.

An appliance technician may be self-employed, work for a repair shop or contract to a retail store.

A technician may need to take an appliance apart to diagnose the problem before providing any parts and completing repairs. Then they will put it back together.  This work may be done in your home or in their workshop.

Performing maintenance on small appliances such as microwaves and vacuum cleaners is one of the tasks a technician may perform. This kind of work is often done in a repair store. Some jobs will only need simple repairs, like changing a belt on a vacuum cleaner while others might need further investigating to find and fix a fault.

Larger appliances require routine maintenance by trained appliance technicians. They may also install or fix washers, dryers, ovens and dishwashers. Technicians may also need to do repairs on damaged electrical systems or gas ranges.

Appliance technicians should have an understanding of electricity and physics to stop accidents while doing repair work. Appliance technicians may receive special training to work on refrigerators and freezers, learning about the proper handling and disposal of dangerous refrigerants.

An appliance technician will use many tools including:

  • Cutters
  • Strippers
  • Scissors
  • Blades
  • Crimp tools
  • Modular plugs
  • Adaptors

Appliance TechnicianAppliance technicians service a range of brands including; Fisher and Paykel, Sunbeam, Mitsubishi, Panasonic, Delonghi, Breville, Sharp, Kenwood & Whirlpool. A professional technician will be able to service dishwashers, fridges, freezers, ovens, microwaves, washing machines and dryers.

Hire an Appliance Technician

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antenna installerAn antenna installer is a tradesperson who specializes in antenna installation. The installation procedure is often based on a number of factors; reception quality for the area, house construction, type of antenna and mounting and number of outlets required.

Antennae are generally mounted as high as possible in primary reception areas with few obstructions.

In New Zealand, it may be necessary for an antenna installer to point two or three antennas in different directions in order to receive signals for all channels.

A channel is the frequency on which a program is transmitted. There are high and low bands each for a different VHF channels. The same program is transmitted on differing channels nationwide to avoid any interference.

Key terminology used by an antenna installer includes:

  • Diplexer – Combines the signals from both VHF and UHF antennas into one cable to connect to the wall plate or television.
  • Amplifiers – Used to boost the signal to ensure that an adequate signal is fed to each TV.
  • Dipole – The fundamental form of aerial.
  • Matching – An antenna must be matched into the load.
  • Gain – The improvement in signal level in decibels given by a particular antenna, compared to a standard reference antenna.
  • Front to back ratio – The ratio of signal strength picked up by the front of the antenna compared to the signal picked up by the rear.
  • Reflector – An element slightly longer than half a wavelength spaced at a small distance behind the dipole to improve front-to-back ratio.
  • Ghosts – When a signal is reflected from an obstruction such as a building and arrives later than the direct signal causing multiple images or ghosts to appear on the TV screen.
  • Splitter – A device for feeding two or more receivers from one antenna cable.

Tools commonly used in antenna installation include; Coaxial cable strippers, Coax cable, crimpers, Coax cable insertion tools, Site survey tools, Satellite Dish Alignment Tools.

With the switch from analog to Digital TV, you may need to get a Freeview antenna installed, so hire an antenna installer today.

Posted In: Antenna Installers, Ashburton

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