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...

Kiwi renovations: Three ways to party after 10

Kiwi renovations: Three ways to party after 10
The average Kiwi is dining out less in favour of socialising with friends and family at home, a trend reflected in the home renovations and maintenance market where spending is going the way of bigger kitchens and new entertainment areas – but noise is a problem. Homeowners have discovered the joys of home cooking and hanging out. Kitchen make-overs, bar areas, swimming pools and new entertainment rooms – complete with pool table – are the trend at the moment, along with home gyms. However, these improvements raise the challenge of finding ways to be less disruptive after 10pm. While Covid-19 may be turning most of us into homebodies, most seem to have decided to make the most of it by transforming our homes into places where we can live, work, play and exercise. Unfortunately, these kinds of activities generate noise, and if homeowners want to get the best out of their homes, they need to take into consideration the needs of their neighbours. 1. Soundproofing Increasingly, homeowners are looking to soundproof parts of the house, like the gym and entertainment areas. A practical idea would be to have a dedicated entertainment room lined with noise control plasterboard that is purpose made to dampen sound. The same goes for the home gym. Music and loud weights slamming down on the floor can be very disruptive. If you want a home gym, it has to be a place you want to go and train. Systems, climate control, lighting and music will make the difference between wanting to go into the home gym or avoiding it. 2. Weatherstripping for interior doors You may...

Bathroom Renovation – What Can I Get Done at My Budget?

Bathroom Renovation – What Can I Get Done at My Budget?
Tired of the same bathroom design? Do you have a dated bath? What about your bathroom walls and lighting fixtures? If you’re not happy with what you see, you need to plan your next bathroom renovation project. And what better way to start it than setting your budget so you know what sort of upgrades you can afford or how you can finance your project. As your home improvement partner, we want to help you conceptualize your bathroom improvements based on your budget. Hopefully, our quick budget guide below can help you figure out what to include in your plans. $10,000 – $20,000 Think a $10,000 to $20,000 budget is not enough for a bathroom renovation project? Think again! As long as you have a clear idea of what you should work on first, you can undoubtedly  maximize a tight bathroom reno budget. Walk around the bathroom and make a mental note of the main problems you want to address. Then prioritize them accordingly. With a $10,000 to $20,000 renovation budget, you can choose to upgrade one or two aspects of your bathroom. Some examples of these upgrades include the following: – A new standard size shower – New toilet  – Heated floor – Cosmetics upgrades (floor tiling, wallpaper, wall repaint, etc.) $20,000 – $50,000 On average, major bathroom upgrades cost somewhere around $20,000 to $50,000. So, if you have this amount of budget, you can add several things to your plan. You might want to consider changing the room’s layout to make room for a tub, for starters.  You can also work on the plumbing or install higher-spec...

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...

Your Local Renovators – Renovating the Auckland Suburbs

Your Local Renovators – Renovating the Auckland Suburbs
Renovations in the Auckland Suburbs Are you looking to renovate your home in the Auckland suburbs? Would you like to improve your home and make changes to all your rooms? Are you seeking to change every area of your house in Auckland? If you said yes to all these, then you’ve come to the right place. Get to know the experts behind Renovations in the Auckland Suburbs. Auckland is the country’s central for renovations, building and construction at the moment. If you just want to do up your Auckland home to make it more modern, update it’s looks and improve it’s function, a renovation is for you. Here are the professionals working at Maintain To Profit Renovations along with their pet projects and achievements: Mark Trafford – Auckland North Shore Licence Owner Mark left school at 16 and worked his way steadily up the corporate ladder through construction supply and fit out organisations. He managed one of the largest electrical wholesalers in the United Kingdom for 10 years and returning to New Zealand continued his senior management career in the kitchen industry and commercial fit out sector. Mark has extensive sales and marketing and business management skills and the ability to lead the brand with his real passion for property and renovating. Contact Mark Trafford on 0275736688 or email mark@maintaintoprofit.co.nz.                               Our North Shore team recently completed an interior renovation of a home on Hobson St in Auckland City. This home, unlike a lot of the houses we do, wasn’t falling apart, but the owners...

Maintain To Profit Renovations Now Offers Renovation Financing

Maintain To Profit Renovations Now Offers Renovation Financing
A pre-sale spruce-up, an updated kitchen, some extra space – whatever your renovation goals, you can get all the help you need from Maintain To Profit Renovations. We’ve got the design acumen, the best builders, the most reliable project managers, and now we even offer renovation finance! Many home owners fail to achieve their renovation dreams due to a lack of funds. So we’ve gone one step further to ensure we help as many Kiwis turn their dream house or kitchen into reality. With our financing option, you can take out a loan through Gem Finance (a subsidiary of Latitude Financial Services Ltd). To apply, you must: Be 18 years old or older Be a NZ resident Have an NZ bank account Have an NZ passport or driver’s licence Agree to a credit check, our authorisation statement & terms and conditions To avail, select the correct finance form for your location and complete it. Personal loan vs. Extending your mortgage Many Kiwi home owners choose either to take out a personal loan or to refinance their existing home loan to fund their renovations. Which is better? It depends on personal situations. If you have built up enough equity in your mortgage, paying for project can be as simple as refinancing your existing home loan. In essence, this is the same as taking out a new home loan. You can borrow the money based on your existing home equity, and refinance by increasing your loan size. The interest rates are often lower than for personal loans. Nevertheless, some people might choose personal loans over a mortgage for good reasons. One,...

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