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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Stylish Fully-Renovated House in Three Kings!

Stylish Fully-Renovated House in Three Kings!
Maintain to Profit Auckland has done it again! They have successfully completed a full house renovation in Three Kings, which resulted in a fresh stunning transformation. When you start a new full house remodeling project, you need to hire people whom you will give you honest feedback. In short, you need to hire people you trust. Full house renovations allow you to customise your home according to your taste and preference. This is the perfect opportunity to create your dream home and make it a space you would want to live in for many years. Maintain to Profit Auckland experience in providing affordable full house renovation across Auckland will allow you to understand better the main benefits of investing your money into high-quality home improvement services. Check out these top three reasons why this full house renovation in Three Kings is a total fab: 1.Increased Home Value From a new fresh coat of paints to lighting fixtures, the house is transformed into a whole new look. From attractive colour palettes and classic designs, Maintain to Profit Auckland has drastically improved the value of the home by modernising the interior, refreshing the exterior, and reliving the once a lifeless house. Whether your home is outdated or run down, implementing retouches can drastically improve the perceived value of your home for years to come. 2.Maximised Space Homes can get cramped over time, resulting in the space looking small and outdated. At Maintain to Profit Auckland, they know what it takes to uplift the cluttered spaces of the house to maximise the area. They carefully selected the right colour scheme and altered...

Did you DIY during lockdown

You might have been inspired to create your own home office space or to finally finish some of those jobs you have been meaning to get around to at home. We would love to see your handy work! In fact, we would love to see it so much that we are offering Mitre 10 vouchers as a prize for the best effort. Share your project with us and be in the draw to win… 1st Prize: $500 Mitre 10 Voucher 2nd Prize: $250 Mitre 10 Voucher 3rd Prize: $100 Mitre 10 Voucher To enter, all you need to do is post Before and After photos of your project explaining why you decided to undertake the project to our Facebook Page. The nitty gritty: As a right of entry you consent to Maintain To Profit using your images for marketing purposes on Facebook, our website and in our newsletter.  Judges decision is final. All entries must be received by 31st May 2020. The winners announced on Facebook in the first week of June. Can You Do Better Than Our Tradies? The Maintain To Profit team have been taking advantage of the great weather and completing some DIY jobs of our own. Are your DIY efforts better than ours? Or maybe we inspired you to complete a job… Ramin from our South Auckland branch built a new bed… check it out here. Dean from the North Shore has been painting up a storm… check it out here. The West Auckland team converted a Garage into a new living space… check it out here. Can you do better? Show us your handy...

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...