Home Renovation After COVID Lockdown

Home Renovation After COVID Lockdown
The COVID-19 outbreak pushed numerous countries around the world to temporarily close their borders both to local and foreign travelers. In addition, several governments have enforced lockdown or community quarantine to control the movement within their territories. As a result, the majority of the population ended up spending time in isolation inside their homes. To cope with boredom and stress brought by the situation, folks have been trying all sorts of new hobbies. Some turned to social media for entertainment. Others find solace in creating new things like arts and crafts. There are also plenty who decided to spend their leisure time planning their renovation projects. And with the lockdown lifted, homeowners in the country have started conceptualizing and executing their plan. Now is the Perfect Time to Renovate!    In New Zealand, the increased number of home renovation projects is one of the most common post-lockdown trends observed. In the span a few months, there has been a steady rise in the demand for tradespeople. Last June alone, an online job posting site called Builderscrack reported a 30 percent increase in the number of work listing for tradies. As a result, Stuff.nz advises homeowners to move fast with their renovation projects mostly because of the high demand for tradies and the limited pool of talents available. If you want to revamp your house or a small part of it, you definitely need to get it done so you can finish just in time for the winter season. Where Do You Start? All that time spent in isolation has probably made you realize how ugly some parts of your...

Successful Bathroom Renovation In West Auckland

Successful Bathroom Renovation In West Auckland
A bathroom renovation is an investment. An upgrade, big or small, can bring a tremendous amount of benefit. That is because a bathroom renovation is not just about form and aesthetics, it is also about function. Here are other benefits of upgrading a bathroom.  Improves comfort A small spaced bathroom can look larger with the right colors and patterns. A simple and boring bathtub can be transformed into a relaxing spa-like tub. An upgraded shower head provides an extra appeal into the overall look of the bathroom.  We spend an awful amount of time in the bathroom,  it is only right to upgrade its looks and function to make our bathroom experience more comfortable and relaxing. With the right bathroom renovation, you can achieve the highest comfort and relaxation. That is the main benefit of upgrading your bathroom.  Improves aesthetic Another benefit of a successful bathroom renovation is that it makes the bathroom look so much better. In turn, it will make your home a lot more appealing. With an appealing bathroom and home, you won’t be embarrassed to show it off to your guests. It also gives you a sense of pride to have a beautiful and well-maintained bathroom.  Increase the value One of the reasons why bathroom renovation is a good investment is that it increases the value of your home. When you sell your home, potential buyers often look at the condition of the bathroom. If your bathroom is good, the potential buyers will be easily convinced that the whole house is a good buy. Save money on utilities An old showerhead can be costing you...

Overwhelmed By All The New Bathroom Vanities On The Market

Overwhelmed By All The New Bathroom Vanities On The Market
Overwhelmed By All The New Bathroom Vanities On The Market? With These Tips Of The Trade, You Get The Best for Less? Stock vanities have come down in price – A lot! On the back of recent manufacturing advancements, we can now mass-produce sturdy, elegant bathroom vanities for cheaper than we ever could in the past without compromising on quality. Not only do these bathroom vanities look great, but they’ve gotten so much easier to install. Anyone with a weekend to spare and some basic tools can piece together a bathroom vanity all by themselves. It’s no secret, the DIY crowd loves a good, cheap bathroom vanity. However, an easier install benefits us all. If you’ve got too much on your plate, or absolutely no desire to attempt installing a bathroom vanity yourself, a simpler, quicker install helps your pocket too. You pay less for labour and have a bathroom that’s ready to use in hours, not days. The availability of affordable modern units means that there has never been a better time to upgrade your bathroom vanity. A bathroom vanity isn’t just about housing a hairdryer and the clean towels. A bathroom vanity can bring life and pride into a bathroom that just isn’t working, improve on your home, and will definitely increase the value of a house. Bathroom Vanity Quality Considerations To Get A Good Product. Quality is about two things – looking good and lasting a long time. For reference, here’s a unit we replaced. This style was all the rage back in the 90s. Now it just looks dated. The brown/cream colour of that overhanging...

Has Lockdown Highlighted The Need For Renovations?

Has Lockdown Highlighted The Need For Renovations?
The response to the COVID-19 virus has meant we New Zealanders have spent a lot of time in our homes lately. Almost overnight, we went from going about our usual routines to being at home 24/7. That change would have looked different for every family. Some would have needed space to work from home, an area to homeschool the kids, a space to relax, or even room to accommodate extra family members in your bubble. When you spend a lot of time in the same space, you really start to see things you wouldn’t have noticed before. Suddenly, your home can seem too small, too big, or not quite right for your needs any more. Instead of selling up in search of the perfect property, it could be time for some renovations. That way, you can create the exact home you need for your lifestyle – whatever it might look like. Has lockdown highlighted the need for renovations at your place? Then here’s what you need to consider… Making Your Home Work For You Your home is your castle and at any time it should function in a way that supports your lifestyle. However, your lifestyle might have changed a little bit lately! To match that new lifestyle of working from home, having family members working from home, or finally fixing that aspect that hasn’t been functioning well, you might be eyeing up some renos. The thing about renovations is that it is not a “one size fits all” situation. You want to ensure you are making the right kind of changes for yourself, your family and the way...

Bathroom Renovation Howick

Bathroom Renovation Howick
Bathroom Renovation Howick Our clients at this property in Howick wanted a complete change of style and flow in their bathroom. The layout of the house was easily optimised by removing a separating wall between the toilet and what was a small bathroom. We also took away a small section of the hallway and moved the entrance to create a large open space bathroom.                                                            Choosing the right tile When choosing the colour scheme of your bathroom we recommend choosing a tile with a neutral colour scheme. All tiling in wet areas require a waterproofing membrane which has to be redone every time you re-tile an area. The tiling you choose can create a wow factor but it can be costly. We recommend thinking long term when you make a choice. Consider you budget. Budget for your bathroom renovation is a major consideration of most of or clients. While a floor to ceiling tile like this one is absolutely stunning; it also nearly doubles the cost of standard painted bathroom. High-end items like tiling and custom made frame-less shower increases the cost whereas the standard fitout of a bathroom (with an acrylic shower, vinyl on floor, painted walls, toilet, vanity and towel rail) costs around $12,000. A bathroom with full floor to ceiling tiled bathroom with a custom made shower is around $23,000. We recommend considering your budget and needs carefully before you make a...

Live in South West Auckland? Renovating?

Live in South West Auckland? Renovating?
If you live in one of the following suburbs: Anawhata Bethells Beach Glen Eden Glendene Green Bay Henderson Herald Island Hobsonville Huia Karekare Kelston Konini Kumeu Laingholm Lincoln McLaren Park Massey New Lynn Oratia Piha Ranui Royal Heights Sunnyvale Swanson Te Atatu Te Atatu Peninsula Te Atatu South Titirangi Waiatarua Westgate West Harbour Western Heights Whenuapai Then you are eligible for a Free quote and even finance! Talk to your local Maintain To Profit Renovations NZ specialist today and plan the future of your home and/investment today! Some Feedback on recent work! Create your dream with Maintain To Profit Renovations NZ Today What a nice way to start this week. We have received this lovely testimonial from our client at a recent home renovation project in Onehunga: Lance and the Maintain To Profit Renovations NZ Team renovated our 1930s bungalow. A wall was removed to create a new open planned living space, including a completely new kitchen. A deck was built to improve the flow from the new inside living space to the outside. The bathroom was extended, tiled and fully fitted out. New wardrobes were built in the bedrooms and a new linen cupboard was in the hall. All the wiring in the house was removed and completely redone, including a new switchboard. Significant plumbing work was done including installing a new hot-water cylinder. The interior walls painted and floors redone (sanded and varnished). We really enjoyed working with Lance and the Maintain To Profit Renovations NZ Team. Right from the start Lance was very proactive in taking the time to visit (a number of times) and run...

The cost of leaks and water damage

The cost of leaks and water damage
Water leaks around the Home: During winter at the majority of our work comes from leaks within the home and the water damage they make. How can you tell if water is leaking? As a home or rental property owner it is important to deal with leaks fast before the damage builds up. Usually depending on the source of the leak there are signs. Signs you have a leak: A large water bill, this can indicate issues with your plumbing Noises from your pipes could be a sign that your pipes are loose Unpleasant odor, this can be caused by a clogged pipe or broken sewer Damp Walls or ceilings and floors could be a sign of roof leaks, leaking pipes or bathware Poor water pressure may be an indication that you have a leak before the tapware Poor water quality can be caused by degraded pipes or a leak Over flowing gutters, these can cause excess water to seep in through the roof or the walls How to check for a leak: A simple way to check for leaks is to turn off all appliances and taps inside and outside your home and then check if your water meter is moving. You could also take the meter reading before you leave the house after switching all water off and check again a couple of hours later. A check like this will give you an indication of a slower less obvious leak. How to prevent a leak: There are some simple things you can do to avoid some of these from happening: Empty your shower trap regularly because buildup...

How to select the right kitchen

How to select the right kitchen
When it comes to kitchen design, there are many options to choose from, but not many sources offering information on what the options are. Are you planning a kitchen renovation at your property? We have put together the information on the most commonly used kitchen cabinets in NZ and give you tips on which ones may be right foryou. Types of Kitchen Cabinets: Solid Wood Melamine Particle Board Melamine MDF Ply Wood Melamine particle board and Melamine MDF are the most commonly used materials in New Zealand. MDF is an engineered wood composite that is similar to particle board but is much denser and stronger than particle board and more resistance to water damage. Plywood is the other option but because of its high price is not very popular for residential use. Ply Wood is a material manufactured from thin layers or “plies” of wood veneer that are glued together with adjacent layers having their wood grain rotated up to 90 degrees to one another. Plywood is stronger and more water resistant compared to Particle board or MDF board. To give you a better idea about those products have a look at attached photos. Cabinets: The inside of the most kitchen cabinets in New Zealand are constructed from Melamine particle board. This is a product manufactured from a wood bi-product core sandwiched between two layers of melamine material. To increase our product quality, we use Melamine Plywood for our under sink cabinet which is most resistance of all three options against water and moisture damage. Doors: Melamine doors The greater percentage of kitchens installed in New Zealand still consist...

Benefits of renovating your home

Benefits of renovating your home
Why Renovate your home? Kiwis love a good renovation and there are few better markets in the world to achieve gain than Auckland. There could be many reasons why you would want to renovate your home. You may want to add value to your property, add more space to your home, add rental value or simply create a more modern and comfortable space. It’s important to choose the right renovation team to do your work. Always research contractor feedback as you could end up with poor quality of work or being out of pocket. Always go with a team who you feel that you can trust with your most precious commodity. Financing a renovation can come from your own pocket, or you can speak to the bank. Banks are aware of the reward and value of renovations and it straightforward to seek further finance to fund the cost of your project. With a great team who  provide a start to finish quote with no surprises it will be a straightforward process. Any contractor worth using will be able to provide you with a final of cost before the renovations begin. Which renovations add Value? It’s no secret that the most important areas of your home to renovate are the kitchen and bathroom. You can achieve a simple fresh and modern kitchen to suit your taste for as little as $15,000 including appliances. When it comes to kitchens costs can go as high as you want if you are wanting a more tailored and specific look for your home. Remember that there is a threshold to the value you can...

Adding value by renovation

Adding value by renovation
Kiwis love a good renovation and there are few better markets in the world to achieve gain than Auckland. There could be many reasons why you would want to renovate your home. You may want to add value to your property price, add more space to your home, add rental value or simply create a more modern and comfortable space. It’s important to choose the right renovation team to do your work as you could end up with poor quality of work or being out of pocket. Always go with a team who you feel that you can trust with your most precious commodity. Financing a renovation can come from your own pocket, or you can speak to the bank, banks are aware of the reward and value of such renovations and it usually isn’t very difficult to seek further finance to fund the cost of your project. With a great team who will provide a start to finish quote with no surprises it will be a straight forward process. Any contactor worth using will be able to provide you with a final of cost before the renovations begin. It’s no secret that the most important areas of your home to renovate to add value to your home are the kitchen and bathroom. You can achieve a simple fresh and modern kitchen to suit your taste for as little as $15,000 including appliances, prices can go as high as you want if you are wanting a more tailored and specific look for your home. It is important to remember that there is a threshold to the value you can...