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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Brick or weatherboard? Choosing the cladding for your new home needs more than deciding what looks best. It’s about the type of home you are building, the cost of the different types of cladding and the location of the house. Let us help you solve the battle of the cladding and choose the right type for you.

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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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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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air conditioningGreat design and installation are both important to the performance of your air conditioning or heat pump. So is having it installed by an experienced installer. If you install it yourself, you may void the manufacturer’s warranty.

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Ask any potential installer about their qualifications and experience. Learn if they follow EECA’s Good practice guide to heat pump installation publication.

Your installer must have the appropriate licence to carry out any electrical work, and issue a Certificate Of Compliance if required.

A professional heat pump or air conditioning installer will have the knowledge to: (more…)

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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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home air conditioningSummer is right around the corner, so now is a great time to organise your home air conditioning unit.

Selecting the best home air conditioning unit and having it installed by a professional through Builderscrack will make all the difference between an efficient system which cools your home at a low-cost and a system which may be expensive to run and not bring much relief from the heat.

Selecting air con 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. Here are a few things to consider. (more…)

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As temperatures start to fall and household prices continue to rise, the need to stay warm without increasing your bills has never been stronger. Heating your home on a budget has never been greater! We’ve got some helpful suggestions for you to minimise your energy usage and keep warm this winter.

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Easy ways to save money heating your home in winter

Start by making the most of natural sunlight during the day, opening curtains to let the warmth in. This can be helped by trimming any trees that prevent sun entering your house. If you don’t have the time to trim hedges or trees, hire a gardener or arborist. (more…)

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preparing your rental propertyWhen preparing your rental property for tenants, it’s handy to have a pragmatic approach to home design and decorating.  Of equal importance is having knowledge of the practical and legal requirements of being a landlord. This includes understanding about a tenancy agreement and the  residential tenancies act.

If you’re converting your own home to a rental property, remember your tenants may not have the same taste as you.  You may love your brown carpet and cream floral wallpaper, but others may not!

If you have bought a property specifically to rent it out, then its best to decorate it with neutral colours. Creating a bright blank canvas is preferable. This will appeal to a wide range of tenants. It also lets them personalise the rental property  without clashing with the decor.

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insulationAn insulation installer often is one of the first people involved in new construction once the frame has been erected.

Before drywall and finish work can be completed, the entire frame of the building must undergo insulation installation to ensure the new structure is energy-efficient.

Many of the building codes have minimums requirements that must be met.

Look for an insulation installer who:

An understanding of installation principles dictate that new building installations pass blower door tests that make a house airtight for the best energy conservation. A knowledgeable installer will have the knowledge of all the gaps, cracks and possible culprits that can make a house drafty.

While residential air sealing technicians work closely with installers during new home construction, many insulation installers are training their own people to become proficient in this ever-growing energy conservation step. Most insulation installations resist heat flow, in or out of the building, offer sound control, and moisture control.

If you’re going to get your walls insulated, firstly:

  • Check local building consent requirements
  • Ensure your wall cavities are dry
  • Check the building paper in your walls
  • Get your electrical wiring checked

For more information visit EECA Energywise

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