10 Common Renovation Mistakes And How To Avoid Them

There is no denying that deciding to renovate your home is super exciting. Finally getting your home to a place you are happy with is incredibly satisfying. But, renovations can be costly, especially if they aren’t done right. There are lots of common mistakes that people make, regardless of whether they choose to renovate themselves or use the professionals. Let’s take a look at those mistakes now so that you can avoid making them too!   Mistake 1: Budget Every renovation project should have a budget. That means you don’t end up spending more than you intended. However, you need to ensure that you have a realistic budget in mind. Obviously, $5k is not going to get you a completely overhauled brand new kitchen, but it would definitely freshen the space and modernise it if you spend your funds wisely. Make sure your budget matches your expectations for the project. Mistake 2: Plans Renovating without a plan in mind is like driving to a destination for the first time without a map. You might get there in the end by following your nose, but it will take longer, probably cost more and cause a lot of unnecessary frustration. Having a plan that details exactly what the end outcome will be makes the renovation process a lot smoother.   Mistake 3: DIY While some jobs can totally be done yourself, there are times when you need to call in the experts. Unless you are a builder/plumber/electrician etc. then it is unlikely you will have the required skills (or legal requirements) for certain renovation projects. Don’t take on more than your...

Why Now Is The Perfect Time To Renovate?

Why Now Is The Perfect Time To Renovate?
No house is perfect. After living in it for a while, there will always be things that you would like to alter. It might be as simple as hanging new wallpaper or as major as an extension. Whether it is a change in circumstances, a growing family, or simply the need for a change, renovations are always on the cards. But, when is the right time to do those renovations? Funnily enough, right now could be the perfect time to get them underway. After all, we are all spending a lot more time at home, there might be some holiday savings that you have squirrelled away, and you could be enjoying a newly renovated home in time for summer! Sound good? Then, read on to find out more about why now is the perfect time to renovate your home.       Spending More Time At Home During April and May, New Zealanders spent a LOT more time at home than ever before. During those 8 weeks of social restrictions, you might have noticed some things about your home that you wanted to change. Now that lockdown is over, many people are embracing a new way of living. You could potentially be working some (or all) days from a home office or simply continuing habits that keep you closer to home. If you are working from home or spending more leisure time there, you might find that certain spaces need some modification. You may need to introduce a home office or a great entertaining area for all those home-based gatherings. Renovating is the perfect solution, allowing you to enjoy...

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...

Auckland Builders Are Busy!

As pretty much everyone in New Zealand knows, houses in Auckland have been popping up left, right and center. Everywhere you turn, you will see construction, builds and new homes all around. Every building and renovation company is swamped with work and struggling to keep up. The housing crisis can be attributed to a number of factors, including very large numbers of immigrants coming to New Zealand in recent years. Builders have been doing everything they can to keep up with demand, but the demand keeps increasing. The government has announced plans to build 34,000 more homes in Auckland over the next 10 years to try to keep up with demand. What are some risks and issues this causes? This kind of demand and shortage creates a lot of surrounding issues such as very high pricing, both for houses and services such as building, lower quality of the work, due to them rushing to meet more demand and underqualified and unqualified workers being hired as there are just not enough qualified workers to do all the work. Many people are cross qualifying to make more money. Where there is a market there is business and as per the numbers above you can see that the building industry offers a lot of opportunity to many that want to earn more money. However, the negative side of this is that some individuals are less qualified and experienced and tend to charge the same amount as the experienced and qualified ones, while providing work that is not to the same level. What can you do to avoid these risks? There are several...

Renovations In The Eastern Suburbs Of Auckland

We at Maintain To Profit Renovations are your one stop shop in all things to do with renovating, remodeling or rebuilding. We work as your partner who is qualified, certified, experienced and ready to go. We are alongside you from the initial design idea to the end. We provide superior renovations for superior homes throughout New Zealand, for example we have many happy clients in the eastern suburbs of Auckland like Mission Bay, Remuera, Orakei, Howick, Clevedon, Pakuranga, Panmure, Glen Innes, the list goes on. Let’s look at five areas of your home that we can help with. Home Extensions. Whether you have a growing family, decided to work from home, need extra room for your guests or just need more space, we can help your ideas come to life. An extension certainly costs a lot less than buying a bigger house and can save all the stress that goes along with buying and selling. Adding an extra bedroom is surprisingly inexpensive. Or maybe you want an extra living area so you can put the kids in one while you relax in the other. Again you will find the cost not that expensive. Or if you can’t go out have you though about going up? Also one popular thing to do nowadays is to turn the garage into an extra room, a great idea as the garage already has walls, a floor and a roof. Renovating a garage actually costs about half of what you would spend on a new addition. As you can see there are a lot of options in home extensions and we can help you...

Do You Have A Leaky Home? Get Assistance For Repair!

Unfortunately, during the 1990’s the building standards in New Zealand were not quite up to the standard that they are now. As a result, many homes were built poorly and over-time started to leak. If you have a leaky home, we may be able to help. Because the building standards did not specify how to use metal flashings when building, builders used poor sealants and silicons as a replacement. These were not up to the job and over time let water in. In 1998, the government at the time decided to allow the use of untreated timber in home construction. This made the problems even worse. Because this became such a widespread problem, the current government has decided to offer assistance to owners of leaky homes, helping them financially to pay for the repair. If you believe that you own a leaky home, you will most likely be eligible for assistance. Contact us at Maintain To Profit Renovations and we will be able to help you to get the assistance you need to repair your home....