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 Auckland West MTP franchise

No compromises on quality for new Auckland West MTP franchise
Having started SCUBA diving at the age of 14, new Maintain To Profit Auckland West 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...

A staged reno – St Andrews

A staged reno – St Andrews
A staged reno – St Andrews We appreciate that when you decide to renovate your home there will be some disruption to everyday life! Especially if you decide to completely renovate your home. Sometimes it isn’t an option to move out of the property. Recently, a customer of ours decided she wanted to complete a full renovation of her home – but due to space we organised a staged approach to the renovation to allow her room to move furniture around and gave her a break between each stage. Stage one – This involved the renovation of the bathroom/toilet, master bedroom and spare bedroom. The project during this stage took 4 weeks Stage two – We moved into the lounge and kitchen area. We removed the wooden lining in the lounge area and replaced the raking ceiling with gib, for a paint finish. She designed a whole new kitchen and removed the wall between to the two areas to open up the floorplan. Stage three – Involved refreshing all the outdoor living areas. New decks, a ramp for access, raised flower gardens and new fencing was built. This stage was dependant on weather but was completed quickly within 2 weeks. Adopting a staged approach to renovations is an option when you start planning your project – we are happy to work in with your requirements as we want to provide you with a smooth reno process from start to...

Our renovation process – Bathrooms

Our renovation process – Bathrooms
A majority of the renovation work we do for customers involves some kind of upgrade to a bathroom. Whether you are wanting to simply put in an new acrylic shower and touch up the paint job? Or you want to re-design the floorplan, strip back the linings and possibly tile all walls and floors? Demo phase: Our builders will focus on the demolition stage during the first 1-2 days of the project. If you are moving the position of the shower/vanity or bath this stage enables the builders to pull back the wall linings for the plumber to come in and run their pipework. We do often find evidence of leaks during the demolition stage and if this does happen during your renovation we do make it priority to advise the customer along the way so you know exactly what is happening at every point of the project. Plumber/Electrician: Both these trades are incredibly important, but often aren’t onsite for as long as other trades as they need to work in and around the builder. As you can appreciate there is often limited space in bathrooms so subtrade tend to be booked on separate days/time to allow them the space to get in and get their jobs done efficiently. Stopper/Painter: This stage requires multiple visits to site for both the stopper and the painter – for good reason! They need to apply multiple coats of plaster and paint – which also need to dry and be sanded back. Tiler: Tiling takes the longest amount of time out of all the trades. If you are having a fully tiled shower...

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