Renovations NZ Now Offers Renovation Financing

Renovations NZ Now Offers Renovation Financing
A pre-sale spruce-up, an updated kitchen, some extra space – whatever your renovation goals, you can get all the help you need from Renovations NZ. We’ve got the design acumen, the best builders, the most reliable project managers, and now we even offer renovation finance! Many home owners fail to achieve their renovation dreams due to a lack of funds. So we’ve gone one step further to ensure we help as many Kiwis turn their dream house or kitchen into reality. With our financing option, you can take out a loan through Gem Finance (a subsidiary of Latitude Financial Services Ltd). To apply, you must: Be 18 years old or older Be a NZ resident Have an NZ bank account Have an NZ passport or driver’s licence Agree to a credit check, our authorisation statement & terms and conditions To avail, select the correct finance form for your location and complete it. Personal loan vs. Extending your mortgage Many Kiwi home owners choose either to take out a personal loan or to refinance their existing home loan to fund their renovations. Which is better? It depends on personal situations. If you have built up enough equity in your mortgage, paying for project can be as simple as refinancing your existing home loan. In essence, this is the same as taking out a new home loan. You can borrow the money based on your existing home equity, and refinance by increasing your loan size. The interest rates are often lower than for personal loans. Nevertheless, some people might choose personal loans over a mortgage for good reasons. One, the application...

Full Home Renovation Completed In Matakatia

Full Home Renovation Completed In Matakatia
Here is a recently completed full home renovation in Matakatia, Whangaparaoa that we are very proud of. Everything from the home exterior to the bathroom, kitchen and bedrooms was redone. This is what you call a full home makeover. Let’s start with the exterior. For this home the owner wanted something a little different, so we decided to open up the whole side of the house to create an open living area that was one with the outdoors. Imagine having dinner there on a warm summer evening with a cool breeze whisping through!   Next is the interior, with a crisp white chosen as the base to give the home a light, summery feel. Each room then had it’s color theme hand-picked, to give each one a unique feel and experience when you go from one to the next. The kitchen also got a complete overhaul, sticking to the white theme.    Each bedroom got it’s own color scheme, that, while fitting with the rest of the house, gives each room it’s own individual flare.     The bathroom also got a complete do-over, with new tiling and all new bathroomware. The owners were extremely happy with their new home and we are proud of the work our Rodney Renovations Team did. Are you looking to renovate your Rodney home? Our Rodney team specialise in all home renovations and can do a job like the one above for you. We cover all areas in the Rodney district including: Orewa Red Beach Silverdale Whangaparoa Waiwera If you’d like to discuss your Rodney home renovation project, give us a call today on...

Keeping Up With Renovation Costs

Keeping Up With Renovation Costs
Let us start by stating a fact: Your home renovation will cost more than you think. Renovations are typically variable, so if you don’t plan your steps carefully, the costs can easily add up. And next thing you know you’re faced with a bill you’re not ready to handle. It could become a major financial setback that could put your family and relationship into peril. In extreme cases, it could lead to marriage break-ups or even bankruptcy. Whether your renovation project is grand in scale or modest, success lies in smart planning. How to plan You usually take on a renovating project with a vision in mind. But when you start thinking of all the work involved, it’s hard to know exactly where to start. For this reason, it’s recommended to enlist the help of a renovation specialist early on in the process. A professional can help guide you through a project that is realistic for your budget, whilst taking into account your needs and priorities. If you plan to take on the project by yourself, make sure to spend as much time as needed to figure out the exact costs of the materials you need. Consider things like shipping fees and the time it takes to finish each part of the renovation. Take note that paint needs drying, cement needs curing, etc. Find out how much renovation costs in your area Materials and labour costs vary widely depending on location. As a rough guide, the cost to renovate per square meter in Auckland ranges from $1,800 to $2,500. Anything over $3,000 is a prohibitive cost, which means you...

Home Renovations With Highest Return At Resale

Home Renovations With Highest Return At Resale
With the increasing property values, many Kiwis prefer to put their money into improving their existing homes rather than buying a new property and relocating, which is costly in itself. As well as enhancing the aesthetics of a house and adapting its use to changing lifestyles, renovations add value when it’s time to sell. While all renovations boost a property’s value, some give higher returns than others do. So which projects exactly add the most value? Kitchens The biggest value-add in will come from the kitchen, which could rake in about $50,000-$60,000 in return. Understandably, kitchens have become the social spot of many homes in New Zealand. It’s become more than just a place for cooking and eating, but a focal point for gathering and family bonding. However, looking at the 2018 figures from Refresh Renovations, homeowners actually prioritise bathrooms (19.2 per cent) more than kitchens (14.9 per cent). This may be due to the fact that kitchens are expensive to renovate. In fact, a basic kitchen remodelling project can set you back by $10,000 to $30,000. If you don’t plan it thoroughly beforehand, the figure climbs rather easily and can get out of hand. Too often, the biggest cost there is manpower. If you think about DIY-ing to cut your expenses, think carefully. Going the DIY route may extend the duration of the job, and you may even pay more in buying or renting equipment for certain parts of the project. A lot of people don’t realise that time they spend on DIY renovations is time they could be spending in other money-generating pursuits. If you want to...

Renovations In Auckland Are Becoming More Affordable…

Renovations In Auckland Are Becoming More Affordable…
The news is out: New Zealand’s economy is taking a downturn as the global economic outlook continues to weaken. According to the official statement of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand released in late March 2019 (RBNZ): “The Official Cash Rate (OCR) remains at 1.75 percent. Given the weaker global economic outlook and reduced momentum in domestic spending, the more likely direction of our next OCR move is down.” The housing market has already reached a plateau and interest rates are staying low. That being said, now’s the best time to get going with the renovation plans you’ve been putting off for years. Home remodelling is becoming more affordable, so if you have the money, take advantage of this downturn to pick up remodelling projects you’ve always wanted to make. Yes, not too many homeowners would think about renovating during a recession. And that’s what makes renovating during an economic downturn cheaper. Top-notch talent like builders, plumbers and electricians will be more available. And guess what? They will be offering their services at lower rates. Not to mention, building materials like bricks, concrete and rebar will be cheaper than what they normally cost. When the economy bounces back, prices are going to skyrocket. Of course, if you are renovating in order to make more money in the end, you need to be wise about picking the projects to spend money on. Just last year, Stuff NZ shared a list of home improvement projects that make a good investment: Bathrooms – Big or small, bathroom improvements definitely has some of the highest return on investment. This is the area most...

Driveway Restoration In Auckland

Driveway Restoration In Auckland
Here is an interesting job the team at Renovations NZ was called to solve and recently completed. A little bit different from the usual home renovation. After some heavy rain, the driveway on this property took a hit and was unsafe to continue using. The side of the driveway retaining got washed out, causing it to be unstable. The team at Renovations NZ got to work to restore the driveway so that the homeowners could use it once again. The new driveway was of ‘original construction’, however, to replace it, this required us to help the client with Engineering, townplanning/draftsman, building consent, resource consent, Traffic Management plan to Auckland Transport then put Traffic Management Systems in place to allow us to bring in the diggers, trucks, and concrete trucks to allow us to construct the foundations of the new driveway just over 3m below the footpath level. Here are the specifications used for the job:   Our team had to completely dig out and remove what was left of the original driveway, and begin building the new driveway from the ground up.   Our team in action building up the foundation of the new driveway:   This project took 2 years to complete from the date the driveway got washed out until the completion date, with the process requiring: Building consent Resource consent Auckland transport traffic management plan Engineering EQC Town planning It was one big job! But now it’s finished and it’s safe to say both our team and the home owners are happy to have an operational driveway once...

Welcome To Our New Auckland Central Licence Owners Joseph And Mike!

Welcome To Our New Auckland Central Licence Owners Joseph And Mike!
Renovations NZ is pleased to welcome our two new Auckland Central licence owners, Joseph and Mike to the team! Both Joseph and Mike come with a huge range of skills and will be your go to guys for renovations in the Auckland Central area.   Joseph is a hardworking, practical, reliable individual who takes pride in performing tasks efficiently and in an organised manner. He is a trained, skilled and experienced installation and maintenance technician, with considerable experience working in residential and commercial environments. His reputation as an honest and conscientious tradee who can be relied upon to perform tasks given to him and his work history reflect his commitment to deliver projects on time and on budget. Joseph brings this ‘hands-on’ experience to his role as Operations Director. Mike has considerable international experience influencing and directing strategic decision-making processes to facilitate the growth and development of start-up and growth businesses in competitive global markets. He has held a variety of senior executive roles in the broadcast media industry, managing business-critical projects for future, profitable growth in this competitive, high technology industry sector. One of his most significant achievements was creating and leading Corinthian Television’s successful bid to secure a £150 million contract with The Walt Disney Company in the UK, from concept, design and build through to completion; a venture which he then led as CEO.  Mike was also personally head-hunted by Richard Branson to establish, lead and build the television division of the Virgin Group. Mike brings experience in business development as well as general and financial management to his role as General Manager.   If you...

Renovating in Hamilton? Maximise your investment!

Renovating in Hamilton? Maximise your investment!
Hamilton’s median house price reached a record high of $562,000 last April, according to Real Estate Institute of NZ Statistics. Meanwhile according to some Trade Me property data, the average asking prices have hit a record $645,900 in May. This trend is expected to continue for some time. Demand for homes is quickly outstripping supply. The disparity is so huge that, according to a Stuff NZ report in June, Hamilton will need around 900 new property listings for the market to balance itself out. Nevertheless, confidence at both ends of the market is rising, leading to increased competition among buyers. Homes above $1 million are currently selling strong, representing 3.3 percent of total city house sales during the first quarter of the year. On the other hand, high-end lifestyle properties located along the edges of Hamilton are even selling around the $2 million mark. The median government value of homes sold in the city in April alone was $415,000 with a relatively quick median selling rate of 36 days. In other words, the market is in favour of the seller. So if you have plans of putting your property on the market, now’s the best time! To take full advantage of the market right now, you may want to consider some do-ups to increase your property value and guarantee a quick sale. These are the home improvements known to bring the best return: Walls Nothing spruces up a home’s look and vibe easier than freshly painted walls. Go with the interior colour trends of today to give your home a modern look. Or stick with neutrals to appeal to...

West Auckland Kitchen Renovation

West Auckland Kitchen Renovation
Here is a job we did recently which shows the process of a kitchen renovation, this one having been done in a house in West Auckland. Most times when a person wants to renovate a part of their home (or the whole home), it’s usually due to the fact that it’s outdated, starting to get run down, and the features and appliances are starting to age. Typically, it will look something like this: As was the case here, the home owner wanted to renovate the property to bring it to market. This means they needed something new, modern, and which stood out. When we get a project like this, the first step is to create the concept based on the space we are working on. For this kitchen, this was the concept we came up with: As you can see, the renovation concept featured an entirely new kitchen, new paint, floors and fixtures. Out with the old, in with the new. All parts of the design are then agreed upon by the home owners to ensure that the concept is what they are after. The new design gives the kitchen a crisp new look, and makes it suitable for modern day appliances. This is the real life result of the kitchen renovation: Some aspects were changed when it came to the final design but as you can see the concept gives a good indication as to the finished result. This is typical of the process of a home renovation and will be what you can expect when you renovate your home. Contact us today to begin your...

Full Home Renovation In Ryburn, South East Auckland

Full Home Renovation In Ryburn, South East Auckland
Another renovation by our South East Auckland renovations team, this time in Ryburn with a full home renovation including kitchen rebuild, bathroom restoration and living room area. These are the photos before the renovation, and as you can see, the time had come for an update. The styling of the home was very outdated, and was beginning to get run down. The appliances were also up for a change so this was the perfect time to get everything sorted.   Our renovations team went in there with the new design and a determination to create the perfect home for the owners. Everything from top to bottom was redone, including ceiling, floor and walls. New paint, new flooring, new appliances, and new furnishings all went in. This was the final result: After the renovation was completed, we received this letter from the owner: “I’d like to once again thank you and your team for the exceptional finish on the renovations. I have had a lot of great comments from friends and family. Your attention to detail is amazing. Your quick dealings with any changes and concerns was fantastic. Great work Thanks. Much appreciated Linda Walsh” We could this home renovation a complete success and would like to help you turn your dream renovation into a reality. Speak to our team today to get started on your...