Finding your backyard cluttered with tools, kids’ playthings, and furniture you don’t always need? Maybe you need somewhere to store your seasonal pop-up pool, and your garage is already full to the brim. No matter what you’re wanting to safely stow away to keep your garden or house free of visual distractions, an outdoor storage solution of some kind is surely what you’ll be harking after. But don’t just settle for a run-of-the-mill shed: these days, outdoor storage solutions come in all shapes and sizes, with many multi-purpose in function. We’ve brought together the best of the bunch below. Make your woodpile into an architectural feature It’s no secret that the average back-of-the-house woodpile can be a bit of an eyesore. But don’t despa ...
Renovations to Add Value to Your Bathroom
The bathroom is often the room in the house that most needs a makeover, as it’s easy for it to get dirty and for fixtures to become worn. But bathroom renovations don’t always have to take up huge amounts of time and money. There are plenty of ways to do bathroom renovations on a budget that you can complete over a weekend. Repainting and updating all of the little details is enough to transform your bathroom into something new. Here are a few simple tips for bathroom renovations that will help increase the value of your home. Repaint the Walls and Tiles Repainting your walls and tiles is the most cost-effective way to give your bathroom a makeover. New paintwork can make a huge difference to the whole look of your bathroom. White walls are always an excellent option as it is timeless in its simplicity, and likely to appeal to most home buyers if you decide to sell. White paintwork also helps to brighten up the entire space and reflect the light, which is particularly usefu ...read more
2017 Auckland House Price To Income Ratio and House Price To Rent Ratio Comparing
House price to rent ratio is the measurement of the profitability of owning a house. House price to income ratio is the measurement of the affordability of owning a house. Here we have listed a few major cities in the world with known high house price, comparing the affordability and profitability to see where the Auckland housing price is among them. House price to income ratio 2017 In above chart, the higher ratio means lower affordability. Most of the Asian cities have very high house price to yearly, median household income ratio. Hong Kong (36.15), Beijing(33.75) and Shanghai(32.62) is on top of them. London(27.8) is among them. Comparing to cities from USA, Canada and Australia, Auckland(10.09) is behind the Vancouver(13.12), New York(12.95), Sydney(12.4) and San Francisco(12.11), hi ...
Why Western Australia Housing Prices Fall?
Western Australia Housing Prices Falling Up To 30% Recently NZ Herald and Australia ABC news has reported that Western Australian housing market has fallen around 30 per cent from the peak of the market in 2009. In Perth, the median housing price has dropped 8 percent in two years and is expected to further drop off another 2 percent over the next year. Just two years ago, Western Australia had short of 11,000 houses. But now, it has shown an oversupply of 14,6000 dwellings. There will be more oversupply by next year. It is the worst nightmare to house owners, especially to property investors. People are facing the huge pressure of paying back mortgage. Perth was once the Australia's fastest growing city, with population surged from 1.44 million in 2006 to 1.69 million. Between 2005 and 20 ...
END OF SUMMER CLEANING LIST
In New Zealand Autumn is a time of celebration, Rugby and Rugby League has just started a new season, The leafs are changing color. As summer starts to wind down our homes will need a re-freshening. Spring cleaning is all about clearing away the clutter and brightening up our homes in time for summer but autumn cleaning is all about getting your home ready for those cold wet winter days and nights that New Zealand has. Here are a few things that we recommend you get done before autumn is in full swing. Gutter Cleaning Cleaning out yourguttersis probablythe single most important thing you can do as part of your autumn cleaning.Guttersthat are not cleaned out regularlycan block up and overflow and can flood back into the roof and wall cavity. Failing to maintain your gutters can become a very costly repair to your home. It's always a good idea to do a thorough gutter cleaning before the leaves begin to fall and another one once all the leaves on all the tree's around you house has fallen ...read more
Data Visualization: Where are Kiwis Moving in 2017
MovingPros - a free New Zealandmoving company comparison website - did a study recentlybased on their stats and data since the start of the year. See the graphic below: Interestingly, MovingPros data shows 65% of Kiwis are fleeing from Auckland, which is apparently a hot topic in the media for the past 6-12 months - due to the house and real estate prices in Auckland. The data collected (from 1,000 samples since the start of 2017) also revealed a few other interesting stats: 23% of Kiwis moving are heading to Wellington. 57% of Kiwis moving overseas prefer to live in Australia Only 7% of Kiwis are moving to Auckland - while 65% are fleeing from the city. 14% are leaving Canterbury 13% of Kiwis moving to Bay of Plenty ...read more
Top 5 Reasons to Low Pressure Wash Your Home
Top 5 Reasons to Low Pressure Wash Your Home Why should you Low pressure wash your home? Those of us that live in New Zealand know what it’s like to deal with crummy weather. It gets really hot, really cold, really wet and then really dry. The weather is unpredictable! Washing your home is the best way to get rid of mould, mildew and stains on your home’s brick/wood patio or your house's exterior walls. Take the first step to protecting your home by getting afree power washing estimate from Wash Rite House Washingtoday! Wash Away Mold and Mildew. Washing Saves Money:First and foremost, washing is smart preventative maintenance, likegutter cleaning, for all exterior surfaces and can prevent costly repairs to your property. Furthermore, power washing is one of the least expensive cleaning tools or large surfaces such as your home’s exterior. Washing Prevents Permanent Damage:Winter grime can cause serious damage and stains to your home and exterior surfaces if not prope ...read more
10 Roof Maintenance Tips from Wash Rite
10 Roof Maintenance Tips from Wash Rite 10 Roof Maintenance Tips That Save Money and Unnecessary Headaches Installing a new roof can be expensive and it’s usually a major disruption for most Homeowners. That’s why inexpensive inspections and maintenance on a regular basis make perfect sense.A well designed roof maintenance program will keep your roof functioning properly, keep your warranties intact, and ensure that you get the maximum useful life from your roof. Inspect the roof on a regular basis:Inspections are designed to find minor issues before they become major issues. You should schedule inspections before or after seasonal changes and after major storms. A proper inspection will always include looking in the attic for leaks. Keep your roof free and clear of debris:minor debris such as leaves, small limbs, and sticks can damage your roof, prevent proper drainage, encourage algae & moss growth, and encourage wood rot. Inspect / repair seals, joints, and flashing:Thes ...read more
6 Surprising Tips To Clean Concrete
6 Surprising Tips To Clean Concrete Summer in New Zealand means BBQs, swimming, and outdoor activities. And, with the kids not in school than the kids will be spending most of their days outside playing, running, and having a good time. Whether it is a BBQ, swimming, sidewalk chalk drawing, or some other activity, a surprising number of summer activities revolve around concreted areas. Here are 6 somewhat surprising household items you can use to keep your cement clean and safe for you, your kids, and any guests you may have for those fun summertime activities. Ammonia: effective at cleaning discoloration from your concrete. Mix 1 cup of ammonia with 3 liters of water and scrub the discolored concrete. Hose the cement down when you’re done. Diet Coke: Surprised? Well, don’t be Diet coke is actually really great at removing rust stains from cement. Use coke zero with hot water and scrub the rust stained concrete areas. Oven-Cleaner: Spray those spots of oil, grease, and tran ...read more
Aucklands top Real EState agents
Acrucial fact to keep in mind is that 20% ofReal Estate agents sell 80% of all houses,but don't worry we have the top 20% of all Real Estate agents for your area (See Top Agent List Below) Real Estate Agents are a critical part of the selling process, and can offer unique insights and experience when selling your home. The top Realestateagents help shoulder some of the stress – helping you focus on what matters most that is selling yourhome. When you select the best Real estate agent to sell your home, you’re performing a rigorous job interview for a prized position.You’re choosing a stranger for an incredibly important task – one that requires trust, expertise, and adaptability.Your expectationsshould be demanding; you’re selling one of your biggest assets. Top Real estate agents should have the high degree of professionalism and dedication to their work. They should have a good reputation, and still be committed to impressing you and working hard to get ...read more
Selling your Home
Selling your Home- Do you want to know how much is your Home is worth? The Sell Up website was created to help answer that veryquestion. We have tips on selling your home,valuation,legal adviceandengagingthe right Real estate agent.You will find links toinformative real estate websites and a list of the Real Estate agents with a trackrecord in selling and marketing property. So lets get the ball rolling-If you don't have time to get your house in great condition for selling, you should consider paying someone to do it for you. There are plenty of good companies that can prepare your home for sale. Be careful about spending too money making home improvements before you sell your property . Major renovations may make your homemore quickly but not necessarily for more return.Low cost, high impact improvements, if they have the potential to increase the value of your property, arehighly recommended. http://www.sellup.kiwi/ ...read more
10 Questions Landlords want to ask a professional painter
After what seems like a long wet winteras wehead into October 2016 the barbecue weather is starting to heat up. This means all those nagging out door jobs are starting to be scheduled in including paint work. Or maybe your lovely tenants have left your property with a few issues that need attention. Platinum painters have taken some time out of their busy schedule to sit down with us and answer a few questions. 1. When contracting a painter, how can I tell if they're going to do a good job? It could differ person to person. Perhaps great communication would be essential as it is your first point of contact. Showing up on time for all meetings. Details provided in quote, ensuring nothings left out from the beginning. And of course knowledge of the products and systems to complete the job. 2. Is it normal to charge a deposit? Yes, with most trades you will find a deposit is requested to cover materials. Dependent of course on the size of the job. For a touch up or small job perhaps not. ...read more
Selling a tenanted property
Landlords sometimes decide to sell their properties and whilst this can be for any number of reasons, we must be able to effectively handle this process. The process of selling a tenanted property can often present challenges simply as it involves managing the relationships between the property owner, the tenant and the sales agent. Although the law is quite clear around how this process must be handled, the biggest contributing factor for issues of problems that arise, stem from a lack of clear communication between the parties involved, who often have competing interests, or a lack of understanding around the obligations as laid out inThe Residential Tenancies Act 1986 The best advice we can give (other than communicate, communicate, communicate!) is to firstly consider the tenant and how they may react to this news. After all there is a chance that they may be asked to leave their current home. They may also not be aware of their rights in this situation, so taking the time to prope ...read more
How to paint the exterior of your house
How to paint the exterior of your house Painting your house comes with several benefits. The two most notable among them are the nice new look that comes with a fresh coat of paint and the protection that new paint gives to the home exterior. However, house painting is a big job and for many, the task can seem daunting. This will lead many to hire a house painting service or make the mistake of putting it off indefinitely. While exterior painting may be a job that does require a lot of time and decent amount of labour, it is something that you can do on your own. With the right tools, some careful planning and the will to put the effort in, a homeowner can do a fine job of painting their home exterior. Planning the Job Any major home improvement like house painting will require a planning ...
Home Cleaning in 5 Easy Steps
If you are having some trouble with effective cleaning at home, perhaps you need to re-evaluate your methods and techniques and try a little different approach. Or it could be that you simply cannot manage all of the work because you have a busy schedule that allows little flexibility and almost no free time. It is easy to neglect cleaning duty if you are busy. In fact, home cleaning is one of the first things that you cut when you have little free time on your hands. This, however, is a mistake for 2 major reasons: one is that cleaning is one of the most important tasks you have to do around your home and it ensures a healthy environment, and second is because usually effective cleaning comes down to having a good routine established. In order to achieve the latter you can consider follow ...
Interior Design for Easy Cleaning Solutions
As the rooms of your home are of great importance, no matter where you are around the world you will need to consider ways you can improve with smart interior design solutions. There is no reason to make your interior design work in such a way as to make house cleaning a nightmare, as the right interior can make all the difference in the world. The right interior design solutions can spare you a whole lot in terms of cleaning efforts, so you would do well to consider a few things before you can call it a day: If this will help you should decide upon renovating your home by using some non-porous materials that will be easier to handle during your house cleaning sessions. Solid surfaces are a great beginning for the task, as they would be a lot easier to maintain as well. A great example of ...
Cleansing of Appliances and Devices at Home
From PCs to game consoles, TV screens and kitchen robots - there are plenty of electronic devices at home that need a regular maintenance. Moreover, you should be prepared and know how to remove unexpected spills and dirt in order to prevent the devices from malfunctions or other damages. Here is a short list of tools and activities that you should use during the home appliances cleaning, as well as regular maintenance. Let`s begin with the tips and tools for maintenance: Keeping the good condition of your electronic devices is the key for preventing them from getting dirty. Thus, a great idea is to make a schedule for maintenance of the entire house and to put a new column only for the electronic devices. Keep in mind a couple important factors while compiling the schedule: The most frequ ...
Five Ideas to Make Moving House Easy
It's often said that moving house is one of the most stressful experiences we go through, but it really doesn't have to be that way! There's a lot you can do to make moving easier and with the right attitude, you could even find yourself having fun! - Follow these top tips to ensure your moving experience is a walk in the park. 1. When it comes to removals, the most important factor you need to pencil in is time! Whether you're planning to throw everything into a box or treat your move like a military operation, these things always take longer than you think, so make sure you don't underestimate how long your move will take. Start packing non-essentials well in advance of your move and avoid taking everything you own. Instead, why not take the opportunity to declutter and get rid of all th ...
The Best 5 Types of House Carpet Cleaning Methods
While you are spoilt by choices on selecting carpet cleaning company for your house or office, it is important to know the different types of carpet cleaning methods used by companies as not all the methods work for your carpet. Here are the a few types of carpet cleaning in the market: Hot Water Extraction Cleaning Normally known as steam carpet cleaning. Hot water extraction cleaning uses high pressured hot water to agitate the carpet fibre, dissolve dirt inside the carpet. Hot water extraction cleaning involves application of detergents on soiled surface, agitation of carpet with brush, then followed by rinsing. After detergent settle in the carpet for a short period of time, the carpet will be "washed" by a cleaning equipment to rinse the detergent thoroughly and finally being left to dry in room temperature or air conditioned temperature An average sized carpeted office space of 3000 sq ft would usually take about 2 hours to clean and will take more than 4 hours to dry. Most compa ...read more