Do You Trust Your Renovations Contractor?

Do You Trust Your Renovations Contractor?
When it comes to renovation project, we believe the most important step is finding a trustworthy renovations contractor. We’ve all heard the horror stories of a nightmare contractors who cause delays and generally complete work of poor quality. However, what you might not consider is the sneaky contractor. ‘Sneaky’ Renovations Contractor When we talk about a ‘sneaky’ contractor what do we mean? Simply put, a sneaky contractor goes out of their way to bring down costs without the full knowledge of the homeowner. Typically, this is done by using cheap alternative building materials. While in theory this isn’t sneaky behaviour. It soon becomes malicious when the contractors’ prices don’t reflect the quality. But what if the prices are reflective of the true material costs? We may still define a contractor as ‘sneaky’. Especially if the homeowner is not made fully aware of the implications of cutting costs. Stuff.co.nz recently published a story of an Auckland home using non-compliant wiring. During a major renovation, the electrician found dodgy wiring inside the walls. The cable used was not rated to New Zealand standards, and had they caused a fire, the homes insurance may not have covered the damages. Luckily, these homeowners had an honest electrician who found the issue and explained the significance of the problem. However, it isn’t uncommon for contractors to slip thing by the owners, either to bring their price down, or to increase their margins. What does an honest renovation contractor look like? Not to paint a grim picture of all contractors, but it is important to stay vigilant when working with home renovators. As tempting as...

The New Zealand Gib Shortage

The New Zealand Gib Shortage
  Yet another supply shortage is plaguing the New Zealand building sector. Builders across the country are struggling to get their hands on Gib plasterboard, with some expecting to wait as much as 9 months for a shipment of plasterboard. There are reports of a gib black marketing popping up with people reselling gib for upto five times the usual price. With one builder paying over $5,000 for 26 sheets of plasterboard on trademe. First it is important to understand how this shortage started. Aproximatly 95% of plasterboard in New Zealand comes from just one supplier. “GIB” is the brand name this supplier uses for its plasterboard, which has since become synonymous with plasterboard. During the first few covid 19 lockdowns, New Zealand’s sole provider was forced to shut down its factory, ceasing production of gib. This lack of supply caused companies to stockpile on gib causing a shortage for smaller builders without the facilities to store gib long term. Even with production ramping up to 24/7, supply has been unable to meet demand. More people than ever are renovating and building new homes.  So, with one supply shortage after the other how can any NZ renovation be expected to take place? Well, unless your builder has a steady supply of gib you may be out of luck. The earliest one can expect gib to return to the market is July. Otherwise you might find your bathroom renovation may have to be put on hold. So, what can you do right now? If you were planning to start some renovations then this will surely throw a spanner in the...

How to Survive a Major Renovation in an Age of Building Delays

How to Survive a Major Renovation in an Age of Building Delays
Surviving the strain of living through a major renovation is more gruelling than ever as the building materials shortage is in many instances doubling the amount of time families have to co-exist with the dust, the noise and the disorder of a building site. Mark Trafford, managing director and founder of the national renovations franchise Maintain To Profit said however, that with an active coping plan in place, families are still getting through what is both a stressful and rewarding event in their lives. “I lived through a major renovation of a 1970s house with a young family – the children were two and five years old, so I understand that it can be tough.” Trafford says living on-site while the house is undergoing a major renovation can create health and safety hazards. “You also get builders turning off the power and water so they can work, which can very hard on a family, if you don’t have coping strategies. “The lucky families are the ones that can afford to put the furniture in storage and move into an Airbnb, but even then the budget is getting hammered by extended stays in the Airbnb (or with family) due to scarcity of building materials. With the building materials shortage worsening, Trafford says relationships between builders and customers can become strained as frustrations build-up, but current circumstances are beyond a builder’s control. “During our first renovation, we lived downstairs for two months while they renovated upstairs, and then when the upstairs was complete, we moved downstairs for two months. It was very stressful, especially when tradespeople turned up at 7am and...

Hamilton Home Extension: Picking the Right Contractor

Hamilton Home Extension: Picking the Right Contractor
One of our favourite types of renovations here in Hamilton is to add on a home extension. If you are feeling like your home is bursting at the seams, or maybe you just want something a little larger, then a home extension is perfect for you. It can be a daunting task to add on an extra room or two. But in the end you will be left with a more functional and appealing home. Building a home extension is a great way to increase the value of your Hamilton home. Even if you plan on moving out, building an extension first can be worth it just for the increase in property value. With all that being said, adding an extension is anything but a walk in the park. Experts agree that this is one of the more challenging renovations. It is vital to find an experienced contractor capable of managing such a task. When approaching a renovations company it is important to be aware of the home renovation process. Here are the 4 stages of building a home extension: Planning both over the phone and in person Design concepts Working drawings The Build It is important to find a contractor you can trust. Through the design and planning phases your contractor should guide you through the process. By working with you to come to a solution that is ideal for you and your budget. As qualified specialists they should offer you advice and rough cost estimations throughout the journey to ensure everything is understood correctly on both sides. Once the plans are laid and approved by your local...

Can You Remodel a Kitchen for $5000?

Can You Remodel a Kitchen for $5000?
Everyone dreams about that new kitchen renovation. However, the main factor stopping most people is simply the cost. So, what if your budget is tight, what can you achieve? Can you remodel a kitchen for $5000? The short answer is no. Even the most basic kitchen renovations and remodels can cost well over $15,000. With the average remodel costing more than $20,000 it will be tough to achieve anything worthwhile on a tight $5,000 budget. That being said, it doesn’t mean you can’t get away with a few upgrades. Assuming your kitchen is small, a budget of $5,000 could be enough to refresh your kitchen. Keep in mind that with a budget so small there will be considerable limitations, both in scope and quality. To achieve a kitchen renovation on a budget it’s important to plan out what exactly you need and what you are willing to forego. On a budget of $5,000 you may only be able to change a few things. For example, fitting your kitchen with new appliances may be the maximum you can achieve. Instead you could opt for new flooring, bench tops, or splash backs. However you may only be able to choose one. Therefore it is generally worth it to hold out until you can do it right. There is no point throwing money at a kitchen renovation that will leave you with essentially the same kitchen as when you started. If you are interested in a kitchen remodel, give us a call on 0508 2 73668. Our expert team is more than happy to advise you on the ideal budget for your...

Are home renovations still worth it in 2022?

Are home renovations still worth it in 2022?
Last year we saw an explosion in demand for home renovations. This was also accompanied by a continuation in the growth of house prices. In 2021 we saw house prices in Auckland rise a staggering 27.9%. So, if that is the case then can renovations still be considered a wise investment? Meaning, is it worth the effort and money to try to increase the value of your home if it is going to increase anyway. While we have certainly seen house prices skyrocket regardless of the condition of the home. There are still many great reasons to renovate your investment property.  Rental Property One big reason to renovate is if you own an investment property you plan on renting out. Many people do not see the worth in renovating a rental. Many will disagree with us here, stating that the renovations will wear out by the time they are ready to sell. While this is true to some extent, we must consider the benefits first. Good home renovations of around $6,000 – $7,000 can help you attract higher earning tenants. With such an investment into say your kitchen, one could easily collect an extra $20 – $30 rent a week.  Home Renovations before market If you are ready to sell and move on elsewhere it is still worth renovating in our opinion. Depending on the condition of your home, a renovation could add significant value to the listing price. Generally we see a doubling of initial investment for a well suited home. A new kitchen could increase your final price as much as $10,000 for a modest investment. If...

2 Best Bathroom Renovation Trends of 2022

2 Best Bathroom Renovation Trends of 2022
By far one of the most popular renovations we complete is the bathroom renovation. People are addicted to renovating their bathroom for a few reasons. Firstly, nothing makes a home feel cheap like an old dodgy bathroom. Second, the small size of most bathrooms puts it in the budget of your average homeowner. Thirdly, bathroom renovations tend to follow trends more than any other room. Following trends can be a great way to make your home feel modern and beautiful. However, trends tend to fall out of fashion extremely quickly. Leaving you with a brand new bathroom that can feel tacky within just a few years. So when looking at the new bathroom renovation trends of 2022 it is important to take them with a grain of salt. Instead of telling you to hop on these trends, we’ll try and pick out the ones we think are timeless. Keeping it natural One of the first trends that we predict will be timeless is incorporating elements of nature into the interior design. This doesn’t necessarily mean bringing in huge house plants. Rather, using natural colours, natural light and a little bit of texture. A lot of modern bathrooms could be summed up as white rooms with white light. While this style is commended for its clean aesthetic, it can be rather dull. Instead switch up the white walls for some neutral, natural tones such as a Spanish white. Paired with creamy marble flooring will create a space which is far more pleasant and comforting. For obvious reasons many of us cannot install massive windows in our bathrooms without scaring off...

3 Things to consider for old home Renovations

3 Things to consider for old home Renovations
Old House Devoport / GPS 56 As we enter a new year old homes only get older and in more need for a renovation spruce up. The most common old home we come across is the highly sought Victorian Villa. Those living in the central Auckland suburbs such as Parnell, Ponsonby or Herne Bay will be very familiar with the charm these old homes bring to the neighbourhood. So, if you are looking to buy into a piece of New Zealand history then one must be prepared to make a few modifications. There are over 85,000 villas that have yet to be upgraded or renovated so there is a good chance of buying something that needs a little extra love. Here are 3 renovation tips for renovating old homes 1. Respect the Street Facade The real reason people fall in love with old homes is the look. That’s to say, people like how the home looks from the street. Therefore when renovating an older home such as a villa it is important to take a restoration approach when working on the exterior.  Respecting the design of the old home when approaching a renovation can add some challenge, but in the end you’ll be left with a piece of living history. That is why it is work home exterior restoration and upgrades. 2. Old Home Interior Renovation – Gut it all It’s important to remember that old homes tend to not be up to modern standards. Typically, old homes are cold, have terrible draughts, and do not account for sunlight correctly. Furthermore, the layout of bedrooms and bathrooms leave much...

3 home renovation trends for 2022

3 home renovation trends for 2022
Get excited for the new year by exploring some of the new renovation trends for 2022. Whether you are looking to spice up your home or add some value to your property the latest trends may offer you some great ideas. Renovating can be a lot like fashion, so it is worth considering the fad factor of the follow list. Just like fashion some things can quickly become tacky. However, we think we have found 3 renovation trends that are here to stay. Colours are back For the last few decades homes in Auckland have slowly become walls of greys and whites. Although there is nothing wrong with this as it creates a nice clean look it is rather boring. We are beginning to see people following the home renovation trend of paint their home neutral colours. Neutral colours bring a little life into the home without doing anything crazy. The natural colours reflect earthy tones with when paired with an inoffensive shade of green can create a soothing space. The rise of the home office If you thought the rise of the home office was a covid-19 trend, then you are wrong. Thousands of people have gotten a taste of working from home and are not turning back. Simply, working from home is here to stay. With that will come a demand for home office spaces. We expect many Kiwis to follow this renovation trend in 2022. Either by converting an unused room, subdividing existing spaces, or building extensions. Sustainability Unlike some of the more stylised trends on this list this one is here for the long run....

Full Home Renovation: Property Overhaul

Full Home Renovation: Property Overhaul
This month we completed a major overhaul on an old property that had fallen into a stay of disarray. The home had become extremely outdated and unpleasant to the modern real estate market. The Kitchen, carpet, deck, bedrooms, and bathrooms all desperately needed a renovation. The complete home renovation was a lengthy process but resulted in a home that felt brand new and greatly increased the value of the property. Laying Carpet The first step of this home renovation was replacing the old shag carpets. Upgrading the flooring in an old home is a quick way to significantly increase the comfort factor of a home. Going from worn down shag to a brand-new soft carpet makes the home more liveable and pleasant. However, we quickly ran into an issue. The particle board flooring had rotted away in the hallways, master bedroom, kitchen, and lounge. This all had to be replaced before we could lay down new carpet and vinyl flooring. New bedrooms The lounge of this 114m2 home was quite large and it was decided to put up a few walls and create 2 new bedrooms. Adding new bedrooms is a brilliant way to increase the property value of your home. If your house can afford to sacrifice some space without becoming too cramped, then we would highly recommend adding a new bedroom or two during your home renovation. Kitchen & Bathroom Renovations   The finishing touches to the house was removing the old cabinets and appliances and fitting a new custom deigned kitchen, complete with a white stone bench top. For the bathroom we completely gutted everything, replacing...

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