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Is Your Renovation Budget Realistic?

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...

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How A Cross Lease Can Affect Your Renovation Plans

Renovations can be complicated enough without bringing your neighbours into the mix – but if you own a home on a cross lease, that’s exactly what happens. Cross leases are...

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7 Reasons Home Renovation Shows Aren’t Reality

Home renovation shows are hugely popular for a reason: Kiwi’s love anything to do with property and they’re entertaining and inspirational. But we can’t believe everything we see on TV,...

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What Variations Can I Expect On My Renovation?

Even a good renovation project that has been meticulously planned, with detailed drawings, accurate quotes, and a carefully considered building strategy can incur variations. No matter how well prepared you...

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9 Ways To Save On Your Renovation Project

Renovating your home can be expensive. It’s easy to get carried away with elaborate floorplans, trendy fittings, and gorgeous materials – but with some careful thought and smart choices, you...

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Trends in Home Renovations

From lino floors and pastels in the 50s, sunken lounges in the 60s and 70s, bold wall colours in the 90s, subway tiles and indoor plants in the 2010s, home...

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Think Outside the Square – Why sized-based quotes don’t work

Size doesn’t matter as much as you think it does. Whether you’re building a new house or extending an existing dwelling, the floor space involved is only one factor affecting...

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Contingency Planning: Expecting The Unexpected

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 –...

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Renovation Roadblocks: What To Look Out For

Your renovation should go like this: Concept – Plan – Consent – Build – Satisfaction! But too often, that straightforward journey hits roadblocks along the way, which end up slowing...

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

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...

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Home Renovations and Little Ones – Helping Children Cope

Like kids, renovations are loud, messy, and disruptive. But that doesn’t mean children and renovations mix. Children thrive on routine and stability. Renovations – which can involve having to move...

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Renovate or relocate? Working out what’s best for your family

Renovating and moving are two of the most stressful, disruptive life events you’ll ever experience. But if your house is too small, too run down, or just doesn’t work the...

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Making Renovations Run Smoothly: Our Project Management Secret!

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...

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Renovation Realities: When Your Plan Hits A Snag 

Renovations don’t always go to plan.  In fact, more often than not, we hit at least one roadblock during a renovation project. In Auckland, unexpected rock and asbestos, undocumented drainage, rotten flooring...

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Common Renovation Mistakes & How to Avoid Them

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 – contractors, building materials, project...

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Renovation Roller Coaster – What To Expect During Your Renovation

So you’re ready to start your renovation, but are you prepared for the emotional roller coaster ahead? Renovating your home includes highs and lows, twists and turns, dips and uphill climbs....

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