How To Minimise The Risk of A Budget Blowout in Home Renovations

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Embarking on a home renovation is an exciting time, filled with the promise of transforming your current living space into your dream home.  But renovations are known for being expensive and we have all heard horror stories about homeowners spending thousands more than anticipated. One of the most effective ways to keep your renovation dream…

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Why Postponing Your Renovations Will Ultimately Cost You More

Man considering delaying his home renovations

Have you been dreaming about a new open plan kitchen or perhaps the addition of a new luxurious master suite but were put off when interest rates started creeping up a couple of years ago?  Now you’re hearing stories about how expensive it is to build in NZ.  So what do you do? Do you…

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What Home Improvements Can You Do Without A Consent?

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Imagine stepping out onto a sun-drenched deck through a set of doors that were once a window.  Or entertaining your friends and family in a new open plan kitchen and dining space rather than being isolated from the action while preparing the meal. There are many improvements you can make to your home without incurring…

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Navigating Renovation Fears – What Can Go Wrong & Our Solutions

Couple worried about their home renovation

A sleek, modern kitchen with marble countertops, plush carpet, better outdoor flow… dreaming about a renovation is exciting. But before long, the worries start to creep in. It’s understandable. We’ve all heard of those reno nightmares – blown budgets, shoddy workmanship and ever-extending timelines. They are real possibilities and why plenty of our clients have…

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Common Renovation Mistakes & How to Avoid Them

renovation company one tree hill

Renovations are complicated. It’s easy to talk about renovations, adding on another room or ripping out a wall, but the reality involves a number of moving parts – carpenters, multiple sub-trades, building materials, project managers, labour costs, consents – that don’t always work together. Getting it right can be stressful, time consuming, and incredibly expensive.…

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5 Reasons Why A Recession Is A Great Time To Renovate!

Renovating in a recession

With mortgage rates increasing, stubbornly high inflation and subdued business and consumer confidence, you may be wondering whether now is in fact a good time to undertake home renovations. Despite all the doom and gloom, if funding is available and not likely to cause financial distress, there are some upsides to renovating your home in…

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Making Renovations Run Smoothly: Our Project Management Secret!

Renovation company greenlane

Renovations require a lot of project management and still don’t always go to plan. Some projects go off without a hitch, while others are delayed for days or weeks as they wait for contractors or materials to turn up. If you’re renovating your own home, these delays can be incredibly disruptive. You and your family could…

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Fixed-Price v Charge-Up:Choosing Your Renovation Building Contract

renovation company glendowie

You’re facing a dilemma – do you undertake your home renovation under a fixed-price or a charge-up building contract?  There’s one thing everyone knows about renovations, it’s that they can be expensive. We’ve all heard horror stories about homeowners spending thousands more than they wanted to, builders making mistakes and adding to the cost, and…

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Is Your Renovation Budget Realistic?

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What you need to know first If you’re dreaming of a transforming your home, the renovation costs will almost certainly be on your mind. Even the planning stage of a renovation involves some costs.  So it’s worth making sure you can afford the build, before you begin investing in things like consents and drawings. In…

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Contingency Planning: Expecting The Unexpected

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When you’re renovating, unexpected costs are not really unexpected. The majority of projects involve some sort of unforeseen problem or added expense. It’s just the nature of building work – particularly when you’re working with an existing structure with unknown issues. That’s why contingency planning is so important. Before you start work on your renovation project,…

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