Short Guide to Planning Your Home Renovation Project Today

Short Guide to Planning Your Home Renovation Project Today
There are plenty of reasons why homeowners want to renovate their properties. Some want to create a comfier place to raise their family or avoid moving to a new place. Others aim to bump up the property’s market value. Regardless of the reason behind the project, it’s definitely handy to plan things ahead. With a comprehensive plan, you can avoid spending more than you intend to. Also, you can finish the project on time. Are you thinking of getting some projects done before the year ends? Whether you’re looking to build an extension or revamp one or more rooms, having a detailed renovation plan can help you save money and manage your project schedule better. Check out the short guide below so you can jumpstart your project. Defining the scope of your project Before you can set your budget or timeline, you need to define the specifications of your project. Start with narrowing down which parts of the house you need to work on. Are you planning on adding a new room from scratch?  Also, determine what sort of materials you prefer to use. Do you want something that’s budget-friendly? Are you leaning towards high-end upgrades like brass fittings and granite countertops?  By creating a detailed plan you can have an accurate cost estimate, determine if you need building consent, and find the right professionals.   Finding the right people to help you While it can be tempting to go for DIY renovations, it’s more practical to hire a professional. It will help you avoid wasting time and money on trial and errors and repairs.  When looking for a home...

Should You Engage A Builder Or An Architect When Renovating?

Should You Engage A Builder Or An Architect When Renovating?
With international travel of the cards, thousands of kiwis have decided to invest their travel savings elsewhere. Naturally, as we have spent more time at home, there’s the desire for home improvements and renovations, with updated bathrooms and kitchens, improved outdoor areas, or some extra room to move. Now is the perfect time to put that extra cash to good use and improve the value of your home. But before you commit, you need to know whether you should engage a builder or an architect. Let’s dive into the answer and find out what’s best for your renovation project.   Should You Engage A Builder Or An Architect When Renovating? What Do Architects Do? To help answer the question, it’s helpful to know exactly what an architect does. Architects have a considerable amount of education behind their degree, with at least five years of university study, and several years of practical work experience. To practice in NZ, they must be registered with the New Zealand Registered Architects Board (NZRAB) and meet the requirements of continuing professional development. Architects know their way around the Building Code and are experienced in a wide range of areas – from landscape design to structural engineering. There is a range of ways for an architect to be involved in a home renovation project. They can create a design that works for you and your family within the constraints of an existing house – and help you navigate building regulations. Beyond providing the blueprints, they can also help oversee the construction process to ensure the building is functional and aesthetically pleasing. Some architects may offer...

Your Complete Guide to Renovations Costs in New Zealand

Your Complete Guide to Renovations Costs in New Zealand
Plenty of folks in New Zealand love to renovate their homes. Some do it to increase their property’s market value while others simply want to have a better, comfier, and more functional home. This 2020, the country has seen a massive increase in home renovation projects. The upward trend is believed to be caused by several factors. The first one is the low-interest rates on financing options. Then, there’s also the lack of things to do because of the pandemic. Home renovations also rose to popularity because many people want to bump up their property’s value while the market remains stagnated. Also, a lot of homeowners look into renovating their property so they can accommodate their growing family and save money on relocating. Lastly, there are a lot of citizens who recently moved back to the country. Most of them had their fixer-uppers remodelled to become their home. If you’re also keen on doing your remodelling work for your property, there are some key things you need to look into. For starters, you should know the general renovations costs in New Zealand. This would allow you to set your expectations and plan for the project. To understand the finances involved in renovating a residential property, check out the guide below. Factors that affect home renovation costs in NZ It’s quite impossible to provide a ballpark figure for the cost of renovating a property in New Zealand. According to Westpac, Kiwis spend around NZD 2,000 plus or minus 10 percent per square metre. The prices can significantly vary because of certain factors. Knowing and understanding them will help you come...

How To Comfortably Work From Home

As many offices are still shut all over the country (and the world), a lot of us are dipping our toes into the waters of working from home. Despite the worry of the global pandemic, working from home sounds pretty great, right? After all, there is a super short commute to the “office”, you can work in your pyjamas and the fridge is just down the hall. But, once you get stuck into it, you start to discover that working from home is nothing like working at your desk in the office. The set up isn’t the same and the distraction level is huge! So, what can you do? Well, Maintain To Profit have all the best ways that you can create the ultimate office setup from home. After all, many of us will be working from home long term now. Why You Need A Home Office At the beginning of the lockdown period, the dining table might have been a great spot to work. Possibly because it was the only spare space in the house. But as the weeks stretch on, you start to realise the drawbacks. It’s noisy, you get interrupted all-the-time, and it is not ergonomically friendly. There is even the potential it is giving you a sore back or a sore neck. You need a proper office space. Because you can’t transport your corporate workspace to your home, it is time to recreate it… but make it better! That way, you can work efficiently from the comfort of your house without any of the risks to your health and wellbeing.   Creating The Perfect Home...

Renovating On A Budget

Renovating On A Budget
So you’ve moved in to your new home and are champing at the bit to pull out the kitchen, bathroom, rip up the carpet and swap out those tired light fittings. It’s easy for the excitement and enthusiasm to get the better of you as you rush to turn a tired old property into a modern masterpiece. But no one experienced home renovator says it’s best to take time out and carefully plan what needs to be done, as opposed to what you assumeshould be done and to look at all the options before spending more than you need to. Mark Trafford of Maintain To Profit has been investing in and renovating property in both the UK and from his current home on Auckland’s North Shore for more than 25 years. “If you are renovating your own home and you are planning to stay there for some time then wha’s the rush?” says Mark. “I know some home owners who have spent 10 years getting their home just how they want it – one room at a time as they got the money.” His advice is to live with what you have for a little while and see if the kitchen or bathroom can be remodelled rather than replaced. “That’s the cheapest, most cost effective option,” he says. “You can even spray kitchen doors and bathroom cabinets,” he says. But you are best doing the work in stages and planning it out over a few years starting with the most important rooms first. While the kitchen and bathroom are often first port of callfor a rip-out and replace job,...

More bang for bathroom buck

More bang for bathroom buck
Whether you’re looking to rent out and see your investment grow, or flip a property quickly and move on, be assured tenants and buyers will be looking closely at the quality of the bathroom. “The bathroom is a major touchpoint for people looking to rent or buy homes,” says Maintain To Profit operations Director Dean Larritt. “You don’t need to spend too much, but they do need to be done well.” First and foremost, says Larritt, always put a bath in when there is space. “A bath is ideal for families, and a shower over bath is a handy space saving option that can make life easier with young children,” he says. “Just make sure you aren’t using one on an external wall with a window as this will increase the maintenance cycle.” Larritt says that bathroom suites can come quite cheap these days, but suggests always buying branded vanity and tapware, like Methven. “Then if you do have a part failure, it’s easy to replace.” If you are fitting a separate shower, Larritt recommends a fully sealed enclosed unit if it’s for a rental, and to have it installed by an accredited shower fitter. “It will reduce maintenance, but only if it’s done right. An accredited installation should come with a three to five-year warranty.” Larritt notes that moisture is a major issue in bathrooms, so if you are renting, then installing a shower dome can pay dividends. He also says it’s vital to install an extractor fan. “Make sure the power is attached to the light switch with a timer to start after a minute and an over-run....

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