5 reasons a pre-purchase building inspection is essential

It may seem one of the more tedious aspects of buying yourself a home, but building inspections are a blessing.

It may seem one of the more tedious aspects of buying yourself a home, but building inspections are a blessing. It’s surprising...

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When is it prime time to sell your house?

They say change is the only constant in life, but how do you know when it’s time to sell your home?

Is it time? Lifestyle changes are often the reason behind the decision to sell. But keep in mind that the decision to sell may not coincide w...

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How to indentify an ugly duckling property

Being able to spot an “ugly duckling” – a property which presents badly, but has the potential to be great – is a fine art. It can be learned, though.

Ugly ducklings are often overlooked because they look like hard work. But many can be transformed into beautiful, profitable swans, wit...

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Thinking of building a granny flat?

When a house is starting to feel a little cramped, the backyard is the logical place to seek some extra space.

But while "building out the back” is popular across the country, it requires research and planning. Homeowners often ask for advice about b...

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The REAL Reason home owners renovate and decorate

Over half of home owners who renovate or decorate their homes are looking to add value to their properties

Under Half of home owners believe their decorating and renovating efforts will increase the value of their property by between $20,000 and $100,000....

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The Profit of Adding a New Bedroom to Your Home

Home owners understand that adding a bedroom will increase the value of their property, but by how much exactly?

While a combination of factors ultimately determine the value of a property, adding a bedroom to a house valued between $500,000 and $1 mill...

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Auction tips for Buyers

Property auctions can be intimidating, especially for first-time buyers, so knowing what to do and what not to do is essential.

Be prepared Pre-auction preparation is absolutely vital to success. Would-be buyers should talk to the selling agent, research comparable pro...

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Establishing a property’s true value

With the real estate market continuing to roll from strength to strength, trying to determine a property’s true value is an ever-present chall...

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How to deal with meth contaminated properties

How to deal with meth contaminated properties... Methamphetamine (P) contamination is a growing concern for owners and property invest...

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Should you Buy a Property with Family or Friends?

On face value, the notion of pooling your financial resources with family or friends in order to buy a property makes perfect sense.

It immediately increases your buying power, and for many first home buyers, it’s potentially one of the only ways they can afford to get into ...

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Seasonal Selling

They say spring is the time to sell, but a knowledgeable seller on the market can take advantage of any season!

While historically agents have told vendors to hold off selling until spring, many people simply sell when they need to. nowadays it’s less abou...

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Moving house like a pro

If there’s ever a time to embrace a comprehensive checklist, it’s when moving house.

The daunting process of shifting homes – whether to the next suburb or another city – can be streamlined by using a detailed checklist and timel...

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Negotiating the purchase price - What to do...

There’s much more to negotiating a purchase price than meets the eye. It’s a fine art, requiring careful research and a clear strategy.

Understand the process Knowing as much as possible about a potential property transaction and how it will run benefits buyers That extends...

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Signs a suburb is about to soar in value

Understanding the factors that trigger price growth helps ensure you pick a winning investment at the right time.

When it comes to investing in property, capital growth is king. While income helps you hold on to your investments over the long term, it’s capita...

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Being Frugal with Renovations

When renovating a property destined for sale, it’s all about the bottom line, so knowing how to skimp but still get a great price, is vital.

The very first consideration if renovating a property you plan to sell, is to ensure you have a strong enough market to make it work. Even when you ...

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What to look for when buying in a new neighbourhood

Choosing a new neighbourhood can be a tough decision for a family.

While price is often the determining factor, particularly if you’re upsizing your home, it still makes sense to narrow the search to inclu...

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Should I invest in new developments?

For investors looking to buy real estate, there’s two options; buying new or established.

For the majority of investors, established property is a far better option than investing in a new development. This is because capital growth p...

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How to sell your home looking its best

When it comes to selling your home, first impressions can be everything.

The feeling that potential buyers get when they see your home for the first time can be the difference between them returning to inspect a secon...

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10 things to inspect before buying a fixer upper

Before you take the plunge, make sure you tick off the top 10 things to consider before purchasing...

Have you been inspired by The Block and Grand Designs and harbour dreams of buying a rundown property, preferably in a good neighbourhood for be...

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6 Essentials before making an offer on a home

You’ve found your dream home and you want to make it yours. Here are the six essential things to do before placing an offer on a property.

1. Does the vendor accept offers? First off, it’s important to check if the vendor is even in a position to field and accept offers. Some agents...

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Building vs Renovating - how decide which is best for you

Knocking down and rebuilding can be a more cost effective option than renovating an old home. But there’s factors you need to consider on both sides.

The top six things to consider for renovating versus building new: Weighing the costs If you’re planning an extensive renovation...

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Do you need moving insurance?

Amid the chaos of moving house, it’s easy to overlook things, but researching moving insurance is one job that shouldn’t be neglected.

Like any other kind of insurance, moving cover provides peace of mind and financial protection, but experts say it’s important to read the fine pr...

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Figuring out what a property is really worth..

If a property is listed without a price how do you know what it’s worth?

Build affinity with the agents When agents pitch for the vendors business, they will generally have to come up with a range of comparab...

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A few conditions to check before buying a home

Attending an open for inspection can be a discouraging task for anyone, no matter how experienced you are.

Don’t let the styled décor sway you too much, there’s more to your new home than just how much you love or hate the i...

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Summer Maintenance tips



Now that summer is finally upon us and the days are longer it is a good time to get on top of general home main...

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5 Reasons to get a Inspection



5 Reasons to get a Pre-Purchase building Inspection Getting a Pre-purchase Building Inspection before buying a home can seem like just...

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If walls could talk

You wouldn't need us!


Buying, selling, renovating or building a home can be a stressf...

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Waiuku Post Editorial

December 2015


When you engage a building inspection company to do a pre-purchase /pre-sale building inspection there are a number of key elements of the d...

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Maintenance of Timber Window Joinery

Re-painting and Repairing


Timber window joinery requires regular maintenance to maintain weathertightness and ease of use. One of the easiest maintenance tasks you ca...

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Exterior Cladding

General Maintenance


The first step to maintaining the exterior cladding on a residential home is to determine the type of cladding that has been installed. ...

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April Editorial

Timber Subfloor Maintenance


Older homes in New Zealand are more likely to have a timber subfloor and in some cases timber piles. These subfloors require regular che...

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Roofing Maintenance

Maintenance tips for most roofing types


The roof of a home is one of the most important components of any dwelling and most types of roofing require regular maintenance to maintai...

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