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TIPS FOR RENOVATING YOUR AUCKLAND HOME MAINTENANCE & RENOVATION

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Home maintenance and renovation in Auckland can be a risky business, especially in the current housing market. House prices have not bounced back to pre-2007 levels and houses need to be renovated to a high standard in order to achieve a sale in a realistic time period.

Here are our top tips for renovating your home within Auckland that will help you make a profit when selling your home.

1) If you are planning major renovations

make sure that you have the finances in place to cover the entire works, including a decent sized contingency fund in case things don’t go entirely as expected. A property that is stuck at the halfway point of property renovation is likely to be worth less than you originally paid for it!

2) If you are buying a house with the intention of renovating it and selling it to make a profit

You need to make absolutely sure that you buy the house as cheap as possible and cut costs as much as you can when carrying out the works. Doing the work yourself and saving the cost of expensive tradesmen will enhance your profit margin, but remember all works must be completed to a good standard.If you do not have the property maintenance skills to complete the job, it is better to employ someone in the first place, rather than having to pay someone to rectify any mistakes you may make.

3) Don’t take on a home renovation project that you can’t handle.

If you are new to the world of property renovation it’s best to start with less challenging properties. Ideally, homes that just need decorative work are the best starting point. This type of home puts off the majority of buyers as they are ugly, by today’s standards, and most people are looking for a home they can move into straight away. As you get more experienced in renovating houses, you can take on houses with more work needed and potentially make bigger profits.

4) The best way to add value to a home is to add square footage.

Extending a home, when done right, will automatically boost its value. It is important to thoroughly research how much it will cost and how much value it will add to the home first, to ensure that it is a viable option. You don’t want to spend $35,000 adding a bedroom only to find out that it only adds $25,000 to the value. You also need to make sure that it will appeal to its target market. For example, dramatically increasing the number of bedrooms, but not living space is a bad idea as not many families will want a 5-bed house with only one reception room, unless it is priced cheaply.

5) Always keep in mind the end goal: selling the home to make a profit.

It is very easy when in the throes of home renovation to get too attached to the project and fit it out with fixtures and fittings that are to your own taste. It is important to remember that a neutral theme will always sell better at the end of the process and it is not worth paying more for a kitchen because it is the one you would want. If you fall foul of this trap you will be lucky to recoup the money you put into the project, let alone make a profit.

6) If you are not planning on selling the home once renovated, but want to rent it out instead.

You need to think about the on-going property maintenance that may be required. It could well be worth renovating the home with more hardwearing materials in the first place, as you will only incur extra costs to replace worn or broken items in the future. A good hardwearing carpet and durable paint are worth paying that little bit extra for, as it will reduce the cost of the on-going home maintenance required.

Whatever your reasons for renovating a home, it is always important to decide on a budget and then stick to it.

Keep track of your outgoings and keep an eye on the housing market to ensure that you do not lose money, as so many new property developers do. Home renovation can be a very stressful and costly process and you need to make sure it is going to be worth your while.

 

 

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one month ago

Styles come and go, but if your bathroom looks the same as it did in the 1980s, it might be time for an upgrade.

Remodeling your bathroom doesn’t just make it look modern. Bathroom remodeling also can include more energy-efficient fixtures, so you use less water and electricity, and save money.

Before you decide to repaint, retile or replace anything in your bathroom, you want to first answer the question: How much does it cost to remodel a bathroom in NZ?

It really depends on what you plan to do and the size of the bathroom.

Average cost of remodeling a bathroom in NZ

The average cost to remodel a bathroom in NZ is just under $20,000.

For the most part, people who decided to remodel their bathrooms spent from $15,910 to $23,835.

To be sure, you can pay less than the average for the bathroom renovation if you only make a few simple changes to your bathroom or if you do the work yourself. Even so, if you want a complete makeover, you might spend considerably more.

What makes up the cost of a bathroom renovation?

Your bathroom renovation depends on your goals.

Some options will dramatically increase the cost. Others won’t. Before you start to remodel your bathroom, it’s a good idea to determine the scale of the project so that you can avoid going over budget.

Sinks, tubs and showers

People often swap out their old units. Or, they’ll replace a tub with a shower or vice versa. There’s a wide range of costs for this job. At the low end, you might pay slightly less than $400 for a new sink. At the high end, you can wind up paying several thousand dollars. The same holds true for a new shower or bathtub.

Toilets

A basic, low-cost toilet might run $230. A more expensive model, with features like dual flush or one made from higher quality materials, can cost more than $1,400.

Bathroom Flooring

Whether you get new ceramic tile or another type of flooring, the average cost is an estimated $2,023.

Lighting

How much lighting costs depends on how fancy you want to be. A simple light fixture can cost less than $220. Prices rise from there.

Bathroom Cabinets and countertops

The cost of new countertops and cabinets often makes up a big chunk of the cost of bathroom remodeling. You can expect to pay just over $2,000 to more than $26,000 for new cabinets, and from $1,800 to more than $12,000 for new countertops.

Installation

Labor cost for installation is typically 20 percent of the total cost of remodeling.

A low-end bathroom renovation in NZ

If you’d like to keep the cost of your bathroom remodeling on the low side or at least lower than the average cost, you have options. Instead of completely rearranging the bathroom, it’s less expensive to leave the sink, bathtub, shower and toilet where they are. Simply swap the older models for newer, updated versions.

If you don’t have a lot to spend on countertops, you can get lower-end granite or another lower-priced material. You also can cut costs by purchasing lighting, flooring and cabinets off the shelf instead of installing custom fixtures.

A high-end bathroom renovation in NZ

If you have a bit more to spend, you can upgrade your remodeling in a few ways. One option is to get higher-quality, custom countertops, such as quartz or custom-cut granite.

Also, you may want to invest in higher-quality fixtures, such as faucets made of bronze or copper and solid wood, glazed cabinets.

Another big ticket job is moving the shower, tub, sink and/or toilet from one part of the room to another. That also boosts the price tag.

Conclusion

Remodeling a bathroom has several benefits for the homeowner, aside from making the room look better and improving its function. You can recoup around 60 percent of the cost of remodeling when you sell your home, as long as the changes you make are appealing.

Adding another sink to a master bathroom, improving the lighting and making the shower function better are a few examples of bathroom updates that pay off in the long run.

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20 QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN CHOOSING A RENOVATION COMPANY IN NZ

one month ago

 

Selecting the right renovation company is a key step in the journey that leads to your dream renovation

Asking renovation companies the 20 questions below will help you choose the right company to create your dream renovation — and give you confidence in your choice. These questions will also help you better understand key steps in the building process and the decisions you’ll make, in partnership with the builder, to bring your new home to life.

 1) How many years of renovation experience do you have?

 

  2) How many homes have you renovated?

 

  3) Are you licensed and insured?

 

  4) How do you compare yourself to other builders, What are the most important benefits of the homes you renovate?

 

  5) What type of guarantee do you offer?

 

  6) What standard features do your renovation include?

 

  7) Who will oversee the renovation of my home?

 

  8) How and when can I make changes or upgrades before and during renovation?

 

  9) How and when will the final price for my renovation be determined?

 

  10) How often (and when) will I have access to the home during the renovation process?

 

  11) How long will my renovation take to complete?

 

  12) What’s your process for inspection at key points of the renovation, at final walk-through, and to address any matters that need to be corrected or finalized?

 

  13) Ask to see a copy of their standard building contract.

 

  14) how will you track progress on a job vs key milestones and how they propose to handle variations that arise during the job.

 

  15) Ask whether they can provide an independent, written guarantee, and who this is with.

 

  16) Ask what insurances they have, how much they are covered for and what their liability limits are (this will be on their disclosure statement).

 

  17) Ask them what subcontractors they will employ and why they use them.

 

 18) Find out what brands of building materials they will be using.  This will help you understand whether they are using quality products, or substituting lower quality versions.

 

  19) Assess their general impression.  Are they professional in their approach and appearance?

 

 20)  Do they follow a structured process?  Are they listening to what you say and offering helpful suggestions?

 

____/20    (Did they meet your expectations?)

 

Make sure you are looking at ALL your options and you are fully informed before renovating your home.

 

KITCHEN RENOVATION COST CALCULATOR – FOR AUCKLAND HOMES

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November 11, 20170

Kitchen renovations are an important part of any household makeover and there are a lot of things to consider, vinyl vs tiles, new cabinetry and more. Kitchen renovations have great potential to increase the value of your home for resale, or make it more functional for your family.

This Kitchen Renovation Cost Calculator is designed only for you to get an indication of what you can expect to invest based on the provided information  – but there are more factors that could impact on the cost of the project (Eg type of cabinets, type of tile, repair work required, necessary plumbing works, custom requests etc)

Once you’ve generated an estimate for yourself, you can also email it to yourself and our team by clicking on next – we will then follow up with you to discuss your estimate and answer any questions you may have.

Click here to use our Kitchen Renovations Cost Calculator on our website.

 

BATHROOM RENOVATION COST CALCULATOR – FOR AUCKLAND HOMES

one month ago

 

November 11, 2017

 

Bathroom renovations are an important part of any household makeover and there are a lot of things to consider, vinyl vs tiles, new cabinetry and more. Bathroom renovations have great potential to increase the value of your home for resale, or make it more functional for your family.

 

This Bathroom Renovation Cost Calculator is designed only for you to get an indication of what you can expect to invest based on the provided information  – but there are more factors that could impact on the cost of the project (Eg type of cabinets, type of tile, repair work required, necessary plumbing works, custom requests etc)

 

Once you’ve generated an estimate for yourself, you can also email it to yourself and our team by clicking on next – we will then follow up with you to discuss your estimate and answer any questions you may have.

Click here to access our website and use our Bathroom Renovations Cost Calculator.