Stage 3 Life Stages Home Ownership – Home DIY When You’re Thirty-ish

You’ve achieved the Kiwi dream and now own you first home! It’s time to start thinking about home DIY, but where should you start and what can you do? In this third article of our Life Stages of Home Ownership series, we’ll walk you through the tasks you can do and those you should call on a tradie to do for you.

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Posted In: Architects, Auckland, Builders, Carterton, Choosing Tradespeople, Christchurch, Electricians, Glaziers & Windows, Hurunui, Hutt Valley, Kaikoura, Otorohanga, Pacific Islands, Palmerston North, Piling & Foundations, Plasterers, Plumbers, Project Managers, South Waikato, South Wairarapa, Southland, Stratford

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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…)

Posted In: Builders, CHB, Christchurch, Clutha, Earthquake, EQC Help, Foundation Specialists, Hauraki Islands, Hurunui, Inspectors, Inspectors & Valuers, Insulation Installers, Napier, Nelson, Opotiki, Project Managers, Renovation Specialists, Resource Management, Surveyors, Waipa, Waitaki, Western BOP

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Ever noticed that great roofs don’t get the attention they deserve? With a watertight roof being one of a home owner’s major concerns, it’s surprising how little attention roofing material receives. We’ve always known that roofs are important. They’re the crowning glory so to speak of your home. That makes choosing the right materials for your roof of high importance.

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Posted In: Bricklayers, Builders

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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…)

Posted In: Auckland, Central Otago, Cleaners (Exterior), Clutha, Far North, Fire Services Professionals, Fireplace Installers, Glaziers & Windows, Grey, Hamilton, Handymen, Hastings, Hauraki, Heating Professionals, Insulation Installers, New Plymouth, North Shore, Opotiki, Plumbers, Queenstown, Roofers, Ventilation Specialists, Whakatane, Whanganui

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summer garden maintenance

It’s sad but true: a beautiful garden doesn’t stay looking fabulous without some summer garden maintenance. Thankfully most of the garden tasks are quickly and easily done, especially if you hire a tradie to do them for you! We’ve put together a list of five of the most common summer garden maintenance tasks for you to schedule these warmer months. (more…)

Posted In: Banks Peninsula, Gardeners & Lawn Mowing

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hiring a roofing contractorHiring a roofing contractor is a big decision. As building professionals, they can help you with repairs and re-roofing. Installing a new roof is often one of the most expensive and important home renovation projects you’ll do as a homeowner.

Your roof is the first line of defense against all-weather extremes from gale force winds to heatwaves. So it’s important that you select both the best roofing company and materials.

Durable products, quality installation and competent workmanship are critical to protecting your investment.  Here’s what to consider when you hire a roofing contractor. (more…)

Posted In: Ashburton, Choosing Tradespeople, Kaikoura, Mackenzie, Manukau, Marlborough, Roofers

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skylightA skylight is a window built into the roof of a house in order to allow natural light to come into the house directly. They may be installed for aesthetic purposes, or as part of a heating system. There are many different types, such as ventilating, fixed, tubular, flat, round, polygon, pyramid, dome, ridge and lean-to. Your specialist will advise you of the best suited type for your desires.

A skylight is essentially a window that’s built into the ceiling/roof of your home to let natural light directly in.

They may also be installed to be visually appealing or as part of a wider passive-heat strategy.  There are a range of skylights available all with different designs, materials and components. When hiring a skylight installer, ask them what options they recommend for your home.

skylightIt’s not common to select a skylight that’s too big for your house, when you’re trying to add as much natural light as you can.  The best ones have a poorer insulation value than the same space of roofing, so the bigger it is the more heat will escape in winter and enter in summer.

Therefore it’s recommended to consider how much sun your roof gets and the temperature variations between winter and summer before deciding on the sizing.

It’s a general guide that a skylight will let in 8x as much light as a similarly sized window.

There’s three types generally available in wide use.  A ventilating skylight, a fixed sky light and a tubular sky light.

The services offered by a skylight installer include:

  • Skylight installation, repair and modification
  • Consultation on the best skylight options for your home

Posted In: Fiordland, Franklin, Gisborne, Grey, Hamilton, Skylights

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RoofersRoofers will install, repair and replace roofing systems, including conventional, inverted built-up, single-ply and two-ply modified.

They also perform damp, water and weather-proofing along with installing and repairing slate, tile and shingles and resurfacing roofs.

roofersRoofers carry ladders to get up onto the roof where they will work to either patch a hole or repair the roof. While some people just get a roof re-shingled, this will only work for a certain period of time. After about 40 years, you often need a new roof. A new roof entails removing all of the layers of shingles in the original roof as well as the tar-paper and, in most cases, the wood underlay.

The wood must then be replaced, new tar-paper put down and brand new shingles put on the roof. When hiring Roofers ensure they are skilled in dealing with guttering and eaves.

When you’re getting a new roof, it’s important to consider the type of material, style, colour and cost.  There’s a wide variety of roof materials now available, including ones that have a variety of eco-friendly advantages. Talk to your roofing contractor about the type of material best suited to your property and lifestyle.

The services Roofers offers may include:

  • Roofing
  • Re-roofing
  • Re-shingling
  • Roof repair
  • Leak fixing
  • Roof leaks
  • New roof
  • Cleaning gutter
  • Gutter guards
  • New gutters
  • Spouting
  • Tile roof
  • Slate roof
  • Wooden roof
  • Metal roof
  • Copper roof
  • Roof pointing
  • Chimney removal
  • Chimney repair

Posted In: Banks Peninsula, Carterton, Central Otago, Roofers

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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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