Rental Refresher – Tauranga Bathroom Renovation

Rental Refresher – Tauranga Bathroom Renovation
A property manager contacted Maintain to Profit Tauranga for a complete bathroom renovation of their clients aging Tauranga property. The home needed a serious refresh of its dated stylings and designs. The owner decided it was time to overhaul the interior to make it more suitable for the rental market. The first step for this Tauranga home was a bathroom renovation. A Bathroom upgrade can make a serious difference to the feel and atmosphere of a rental and can increase the value of the property. The Shower Originally the bathroom featured a shower bath combo with a curtain. It was decided that the tub was too small and took up valuable real estate for a new toilet. This was all taken out and replaced with an extra-large square shower, adding a bit of luxury to the morning routine. The new shower was extra-large, but still left plenty of room for a new toilet to be added in. Now the rental contained two toilets. This increased the rentals value greatly.   The Walls and Floor Removing the vinyl walls and pulling up the carpet was a top priority. First, we painted the walls a clean shade of white, creating a space that felt hygienic and uplifting. Secondly, we replaced the flooring with hardwood vinyl. Hardwood vinyl is a great option thanks to its indistinguishable look and feel to real wood, but also it is more water-resistant, which is important in an environment with people dripping out of the shower. Also, Its low cost allowed us to create the space envisioned by the owner without compromise. The Sink The old sink...

Almost a third of homeowners get the renovation bug

Almost a third of homeowners get the renovation bug
According to Stuff’s NowNext survey, Kiwis cooped up in lockdowns during 2020 has inspired more than 27 per cent of homeowners to want a renovation, while just 17 per cent said they were thinking of re-locating. The trend is borne out by the Fresh Real Estate Institute of New Zealand data that shows shrinking housing stock, down to 15,000 properties for sale in June compared to more than 20,000 at the same time last year. According to the survey, homeowners opting to renovate and hold on to their current property are playing a significant part in low stock levels. ANZ economist Sharon Zollner told TV news that renovations are up because the borders are closed, so people are channelling their travel money into their homes. “Interest rates are of course extremely low at the moment, so the debt servicing cost is quite reasonable so of course with a renovation, you don’t have to try to scrape together some ridiculously high deposit you do for a new home. So, it is a little bit more accessible for many.” Stuff’s NowNext survey reports that most of the 27 per cent of people who plan to renovate are after a better quality of living rather than wanting to enhance the capital values of their property. Thirteen per cent of those surveyed blamed the lack of availability of tradespeople as a barrier to renovating now. 35% of homeowners plan to do nothing 27% plan to renovate 21% of those surveyed don’t own property 10% said they would buy an investment property 6% want to downsize 6% intend to move to a larger house...

No compromises on quality for new West Auckland MTP franchise

No compromises on quality for new West Auckland MTP franchise
Having started SCUBA diving at the age of 14, new Maintain To Profit West Auckland franchise holder Grant Narbey went on to pursue a career as a commercial diver in the construction and maintenance industry where meticulous planning, attention to detail and quality of workmanship can literally be a life-or-death scenario – and he’s bringing those values to renovations and maintenance projects out West.   “We recently sub-divided and renovated our own home, and I was disappointed by the quality of some of the work and the number of call-backs for work not done or not done properly – it seems me there is an opportunity to bring the skills I learned in project management and getting the job right first time in the dive industry to the renovations business.”   Originally from Timaru, Grant haș lived in West Auckland since 2003 and took up the Maintain To Profit West Auckland region after calling it a day in the commercial diving industry due to all the travel. “Doing our renovations showed me there was an opportunity for strong project management skills, quality workmanship and doing what you say you’re going to do.”   Grant’s focus in West Auckland – which he sees as a region undergoing massive growth and change – is to develop strong relationships with Maintain To Profit’s clients such as property managers and homeowners, as well as the sub-contractors who will help him get the job done. Check out some of our recently completed projects here    “I’m dedicated to the job and dedicated to building relationships based on quality and service,” Grant says. “I value...

Mission Bay Home Renovation Transforms Old Home Into Modern Masterpiece

Mission Bay Home Renovation Transforms Old Home Into Modern Masterpiece
Mission bay is an interesting suburb to buy a home as many properties are in desperate need of renovation. The trendy suburb has always been a desirable place to build and live. Stylish homes dot the streets and with it comes a sense of culture and uniqueness. However, as the trends come and go, so does the appeal of the homes left behind. This client was eager to move into the suburb for its beaches and easy living, but the only affordable homes on the market were extremely dated. So, the client called Maintain To Profit City East. The team at Maintain To Profit is skilled at turning old unfashionable interiors into sleek modern spaces. The Bathroom The first room to get a major overhaul was the ensuite bathroom. Originally featuring a bath shower combo with an old mouldy curtain, ugly 70s tiling and an olive coloured toilet and sink. This all had to go, as time had rendered these out of fashion features faded and fallen apart. The shower bath combo was kept, by request of the client, but remodelled with marble and a glass door. The walls and floor were all replace with large clean white marble tiles also. No more dirty grout. We installed new lighting, illuminating the space is important for the bathroom. The bathroom was left with a clean look that was easy for the owner to keep that way. Your bathroom should always feel rejuvenating and not disgusting. The Living Area The original living area was obstructed with a wall separating the space in two. We had this removed the wall to open...

South Auckland family home renovation

South Auckland family home renovation
After spending many happy years living in their beautiful home in south Auckland, the owners have decided it was time to renovate and modernize their house interior. Being a busy working couple, they were looking for a turnkey renovation and decided to put their renovation into our hands. The house has had its kitchen and bathroom makeover done quite recently, so this renovation’s focus was all bedrooms, hallways, and living areas. Flooring We have removed the original carpet and tiles and installed laminate flooring through hallways, the living room, and a poolroom. Laminate flooring is an excellent choice if you want a high-end hardwood look but need something more durable for pets and kids. It’s installed on PSA Sound Absorbing underlay designed to dampen sounds and insulate the floors simultaneously. The owners love their pets and appreciated the fact that laminate is a much better choice against scratches. The carpet was the choice for the bedroom flooring. Using a high-quality, dense underlay and 61oz carpet is the perfect recipe for long-lasting softness and warmth. Painting We have stripped wallpaper throughout the house, skim the walls and removed all imperfections, added new covings where needed, and painted all the rooms, including their doors and frames. New HWC and exterior door We have also supplied and installed a new exterior Hot water cylinder. Exterior cylinders are becoming very popular, as it’s a great way to gain more storage space previously taken by the bulky cylinder. We have also supplied and installed a new back entrance door and a laundry door. Our clients have decided to go for double glazed PVC joinery....

Winter is Coming, and so Are New Healthy Homes Standards

Winter is Coming, and so Are New Healthy Homes Standards
Landlords, are you losing money to procrastination? If you own a rental property, you will be aware that the clock is ticking on the 1 July new Healthy Homes Standards – your tenants most certainly will be. From 1 July 2021, the fine for failing to comply with the standards within 90 days of any new or renewed tenancy is $7,200, plus the additional costs of making your home compliant and any mark-ups you may face due to last-minute demand. If you fail to provide healthy homes information you could face a charge of $750.   Avoid Confusion One reason some landlords are procrastinating is that the information is confusing. For example, the Government has made wattage, not temperature, the goal of measurement for a rental property living room. One of the new standards also calls for the size of the openable windows and doors to be at least five percent of floor space in each room, while another speaks about ‘noticeable drafts’. An unclear understanding of the standards may result in you paying more than you have to, as well as being caught short. If you’re a landlord struggling to understand the detail of what’s required, talk to Maintain To Profit about getting a healthy home assessment.   Summary of Standards The 1 July deadline – now just weeks away – for implementing the new regulations will require landlords to have their properties up to these minimum standards for new and renewed tenancies: Heating: Every rental property should have one or more compliant fixed heaters that can heat the main living room to the required heating capacity. You can...

Beach house renovation

Beach house renovation
Our client has recently acquired a house in a beautiful coastal location and assigned Maintain To Profit South East Auckland with the project of updating the interior of this three-bedroom brick house. The focus of this beach house renovation was creating a modern and easy care space for their family holidays and possibly full-time living once the owners decide to retire and leave the hustle and bustle of the city.   Kitchen renovation Our client has decided to keep the existing kitchen layout. U-shape kitchens offer a lot of workspace and space for cabinetry. The open-plan room allows one arm of the ‘U” to be made into a peninsula that can be accessed from both sides and used as a breakfast bar. It also offers a lot of storage volume, easily accessible from both sides. With high-quality, German-made hardware, quality stone benchtop, and dense MDF cabinets, this timeless kitchen will last well over 15 years.   Accommodating growing family needs As the family grew, it was essential to focus on making the house kid-friendly and easy to clean. The German-made laminate flooring works great for kitchen and living areas. It’s durable, easy to look after, and the underlay is sound absorbent. Commercial grade vinyl was installed in the bathroom and en-suite. A thick carpet with good quality underlay was the perfect choice in all the bedrooms and the corridor. We also installed industrial carpet in the garage as it might be providing additional accommodation options in times of big family gatherings.   With the new kitchen, new flooring, and newly painted walls, the house looks fresh and ready to...

Best Home Improvement Upgrades to Help you Sell Your Home

Best Home Improvement Upgrades to Help you Sell Your Home
Have you been considering upgrading your home to boost its selling value? Do you know what sort of improvements to prioritize to get the most out of your money? Indeed, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach. However, it pays to know some basic home improvement concepts that you can customise according to your needs, target market, and budget. We listed some of the best house revamp ideas you can tap into to attract more potential buyers and avoid blowing your budget. #1. Work on Your Curb Appeal First impressions matter, so what better way to wow buyers with a beautiful home exterior. There are a ton of things you can do, ranging from repainting the exterior walls, installing flower boxes, cleaning up the driveway, and upgrading your exterior lighting fixtures. To know what you should do for your home exterior, we recommend taking a walk around the property. #2. Revamp the Outdoor Space Outdoor spaces make an excellent addition to any property. It can quickly become another go-to area of the new family who will move in. If you’re looking for a simple upgrade, you can add a patio or deck. It will be the perfect hangout during summer, and it can drive up your home’s selling price by up to 30 percent. If you don’t mind spending a bit more money, you can add a sunroom or perhaps install awnings to create an outdoor lounge. #3. Adding Extra Square Footage Many couples and families looking for new homes strongly value extra square footage. The new homeowners can conveniently turn the spare room or space for storage, kids’ play corner,...

How To Finance Your Renovation Project

How To Finance Your Renovation Project
Renovating your home not only increases the selling value but also improves the quality of your life by transforming the property into your dream home. According to the Westpac NZ Construction Lending Specialist Francis Reade the most popular reasons for renovation include: – Cosmetic tidy ups before selling – Sprucing up the garden – Upgrading the kitchen – Building an extension for a growing family – Building an outdoor living area for entertaining – Adding an extra room for a home business – Building a minor dwelling to rent it out There are several ways to finance your home or investment property renovation without breaking your bank account: A Home Equity Line of Credit If you have enough equity in your home (for example if you house is worth $1 million and your mortgage is $400,000) the bank would give you an overdraft-type of facility that has a mortgage interest rate and you spend it when you want to, providing there is no major structural alterations to the existing home.   A Home Equity or Home Improvement Loan If you don’t have a lot of equity the bank would let you know the pre-approval amount they are willing to lend. The bank would control the loan. The customer would send the bank a copy of the contract and invoices for the renovation and the bank would approve the loan and pay the invoice directly to the contractor when required. Banks usually allow the owner to borrow up to 70 per cent of the property value. Renovation loans can cover a wide range of home improvements including driveways, extensions, landscaping, basic spruce ups like painting and floor coverings, swimming pools and more.   Apply for a...

Renovating an older home without losing its character

Renovating an older home without losing its character
We had the opportunity to renovate the full interior of this home. The owners wanted to update their property to meet the new rental requirements and decided to get everything done at once. The idea is that the space would be more comfortable, attractive to tenants, and have low ongoing maintenance needs after. Removing internal walls We could see how a few changes to the internal layout would optimize the space and make the home more comfortable. We were able to open up the living area by taking out two walls, the walls were not load-bearing so we were able to make the choices without applying for consent. Preserving the home’s original character We fully removed the wallpaper from the interior of the house and plastered and painted the walls throughout. The house had some lovely character features with the molded coving in the living area and some rounded feature corners. We were able to maintain the character by leaving these in place and working around them. Double glazed windows keep winter outside We removed the flooring throughout the home and supplied new carpets and vinyl. The owners opted to remove the fireplace and replace it with a heat pump. Throughout the home, the glazing was replaced with Aluminum double glazing windows and doors for added insulation and a clean and modern look.   Full bathroom renovation We completely renovated the bathroom installing a new bath with a shower over it with a bath screen and replaced the toilet with a new back-to-wall toilet, we installed a single floor mount vanity and mirror with an extractor fan ducted out...

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