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...

Character Plus – Bungalow living areas renovation

Character Plus – Bungalow living areas renovation
  Transformations of old, character homes are some of our most favorite renovation projects. The combination of the old character features with new designs looks stunning, and the final result is exceptional.   The focus of this bungalow renovation was the main living areas and the flooring throughout the house. Living Areas Transformation The renovation of the living areas evolved around the heart of the house – the kitchen. The kitchen area was re-gibbed, we installed new lighting, tiled the splashback, and painted all the living areas. Placemakers supplied the kitchen cabinets as the owners had an established relationship with their kitchen designers. The new kitchen compliments the character of the house and looks very classy Hardwood Floors Restoration A huge difference was also made by sanding and polishing all the hardwood floors. The polyurethane coating will protect the floors against scratches. With regular maintenance cleaning, a floor finish can last up to 10 years. Switchboard Upgrade Part of the renovation was also installing a new switchboard. The house had the old type of switchboard with the wire fuses, which don’t work well to protect against fatal electrical shocks. Please check out Maintain South East Auckland  Facebook page or our blog to learn more about the switchboard hazard.       Please email Maintain To Profit South East Auckland or give us a call on 022 071 9540 to request a FREE, no-obligation quote for your renovation or maintenance project....

Kitchen Renovations Layout Ideas To Get You Started

Kitchen Renovations Layout Ideas To Get You Started
Here in the Waikato, kitchen and bathroom renovations make up the bulk of our work, and for good reason. Upgrading one of these rooms is the easiest way to bring some luxury into your life and boost the value of your home. However, with so many design choices it can be hard to make a start. So, we’ve decided to make a handy guide to start you off in the right direction for starting your kitchen renovations. Home Layout Probably the most important factor that will influence the design of your new kitchen is the size and shape of your house. Different homes have different layouts, meaning there is no single ‘best’ kitchen for everyone. Those living in an open-plan tend to have a lot more space to work with, and find themselves flowing from kitchen to living space fluidly. A large kitchen island would be a perfect design decision to compliment the living style encouraged by open-plan living. Those in a smaller home might want to have a think about how they use their kitchen. Do you need a large hob, or can you get away with something smaller in favour of more room on the counter-top? The golden triangle for kitchen renovations If you are totally stumped on planning the layout of your kitchen, a great starting point is the golden triangle. This simple design principle basically breaks your kitchen down into 3 key areas of interest: The stove, the sink, and the fridge. Using the golden triangle one would place these 3 things within a couple steps of each other in a triangular shape. Overall, there...

2 Home Renovations Tips for a Cosier Home

2 Home Renovations Tips for a Cosier Home
Home renovations are more than just upgrading the kitchens and bathrooms. Although popular and great for first time renovators, the real magic of home renovations is the ability to transform a living space into a cozy livable home. Too often are homes built cheaply with little consideration given to interior design. We’re going to share some secrets to achieving a cozy living space that are sure to make you happy or boost your properties value drastically. Lighting Lighting is one of the most important and overlooked aspects of home renovations. After all, it is easy to imagine what removing a wall might do to the space, but how will a well place light bring life to that space. We are a huge fan of installing pendant lights. A pendant light with a nice shade will give a soft even glow to a room. They also help to create spaces in larger environments. Placing the dining table under a pendant light can help separate the space in one’s mind from the lounge just a few paces away. Downlights with a dimmable switch are a must have in every room. The ability to control the mood of the room brings a unique level of adaptability. The ability to watch a movie with just a little bit of glow brings another level of warmth and coziness to the home. All Home Renovations Need Colour White walls are a popular design choice in many modern homes and for a good reason. White walls make a space feel clean and more spacious. However, the main reason for white walls is safety. It’s hard for...

Bathroom renovations: Space versus saleability

Bathroom renovations: Space versus saleability
Kiwis chasing the ultimate luxury in bathrooms are renovating in record numbers as New Zealand moves into summer. However, one renovations company is advising homeowners on how their bathroom renovations decisions may impact their ability to sell. Urging homeowners to consider that a successful future sale may well hinge on what they do with their bathroom now. Mark Trafford, managing director and founder of national renovations franchise Maintain To Profit, says it’s not unusual to have to remind homeowners to consider the needs of future buyers when renovating. “For example, a couple whose kids are all grown up and out of the home may ask us to remove the bath to free up space. The only trouble with that is that when the house is sold one day, you’re potentially ruling out young families who need a bath for the kids. “You can’t bathe a baby in the shower.” Trafford says the desire to make a bathroom bigger is understandable, particularly in a time when big bathrooms are fashionable, but there are other ways achieve a sense of space. “Bathrooms are by far our most popular renovation, so we have a lot of experience turning small pokey bathrooms into beautiful functional spaces. For example, nobody really wants a toilet in the bathroom but separating out the toilet and bathroom won’t necessarily make your bathroom look smaller if done properly.” Trafford says you could split the bathroom and toilet with a divider or separate the two entirely by perhaps sacrificing a cupboard. “You want enough functionality and space to move freely, but you also want to create the impression of...

Deck Renovation: Start Now For Summer

Deck Renovation: Start Now For Summer
With Summer approaching fast, it might be time to get a move on that much needed deck renovation. With building supply shortages and the potential for summer lockdowns it is the best time to renovate your deck so you can have a space to kick it back in the heat. West Auckland summers are best spent on the deck with a BBQ after all. Why start now? If you’ve seen any headlines over the past few months then you will have read about the building supply shortages plaguing the industry. Timber has been one of the hardest materials to source for building and renovators. This makes the job of building a deck rather hard, seeing as they’re typically made of wood. Getting a head start could be the difference between you getting your project completed in time for summer and not. Amendments to building consents have doubled since 2020. As many builders are forced to change plans to incorporate alternative materials that are more readily available. With materials taking weeks and sometimes months to arrive, early planning is your best bet. Many building companies are already beginning to enact waiting lists for clients. Our advice is to get in contact with a team like Maintain To Profit early and have your finances sorted now. That way extensive plans can be made and materials ordered. Decking timber in particular is still facing a three-to-six month lag. So even with early planning that dream summer deck renovation may still be out of reach. It is best to get in contact with a renovation specialist sooner rather than later if you have...

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