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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...

Bathroom Renovation At Bassett Road, South West Auckland

Bathroom Renovation At Bassett Road, South West Auckland
The team at Renovations NZ are specialists at bathroom renovations and have recently completed another bathroom in South West Auckland, at Bassett Road. The old bathroom’s time had come, and the owner wanted to give it a new look, so he called in the team at Renovations NZ to get the job done. The bathroom before the renovation: As can be seen in the photos, it was definitely time for a make over. We decided to go with a clean and crisp white look with dark tiles to bring some contrast to the mix. A new bath, shower, toilet and basins were installed along with the tiling, walls and ceiling being redone. After the renovation:      We are very happy with the outcome of this project and would like to help you do your bathroom renovation. If you are on the fence about doing your bathroom, talk to our team today to discuss what your options are. You might just find that it’s within your means! A bathroom renovation can give a new lease on life to your home, especially if it’s an older home with the original bathroom design. It will also add value to your home, should the time come to sell. Give our team a call today and let us design and build your perfect...

Welcome To Our New Kapiti Coast Owner

Welcome To Our New Kapiti Coast Owner
We have a new owner who has taken over our Kapiti Coast division. We would like to extend a warm welcome to Marise Mettrick! Marise is now our Kapiti Coast renovation specialise who will be working with you if you are building in the area. Whether you are doing a simple one room renovation, a home extension or building a new home, Marise is your woman to complete the project. With over 15 years of experience in project, facilities and asset management, Marise brings a very high level of detail and planning to every project to ensure it is delivered on time and within the allocated budget. Marise also passionate about customer service and is focused on  communicating with her clients and and trades to ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience. Marise’s passion for all things property has been longstanding and she is excited to abot being part of the Renovations team. Marise is married, has a teenage daughter, and when not working likes to spend time with family and friends. If you are planning a renovation in Kapiti Coast, Marise is who you need for the job. She will ensure that your project will go as smooth as possible and provide the results you are after. Contact us today to get Marise on your project!     Check Out More Recent License Holders   Randy Offenbaker – Tauranga License Holder   Mike Wilson – Hamilton License...

Looking for a New Deck Before Summer?

Looking for a New Deck Before Summer?
Building a deck is a perfect way to extend your living space into the outdoors. And who doesn’t love the great outdoors, especially in the summer? In theory, it’s as simple as building an adjacent platform or a freestanding structure in your yard. But, in practice, building a deck requires a lot of planning and careful consideration. Firstly, you need to decide on the size, location and design of your deck. Secondly, you need to consider the type of material to use as well as the level of maintenance and costs involved. Then, of course, there are building codes and regulations to take into account. Check out the following guide to help you in planning for your new deck. Decking Material From hardwoods to treated pine, there’s a decking material to suit every budget and application. Choose a material that can withstand the climate conditions in your area. Keep in mind that some materials are quicker and cheaper to maintain, while others will need regular upkeep and treatment. Below are some of the common options for New Zealand decks: Hardwoods. Tropical hardwoods are commonly used for decking due to their extreme durability, resilience and natural appeal. They look, feel and even smell great. While they have a tendency to split or splinter in our low humidity climate, oiling and coating will easily solve this issue. With regular maintenance, hardwood decks can retain its stylish look for many years. Kwila is the most popular hardwood decking, although it has water-soluble tannins which can bleed and stain surrounding tiles or concrete. Another popular option is Vitex, a creamy-grey timber that bleeds...