Posts tagged #kiwibank

Five Mini Renovation Projects you can do in a Weekend

It’s easy to underestimate how long it will take to finish a project or you make the mistake of starting too many at once, leaving your house looking more like a construction site. However, not every DIY task needs to be a lengthy process. In fact, there are plenty of projects you can take on that will only require a free weekend and some DIY willpower.

Posted on November 7, 2019 and filed under DIY.

A Renovators Guide to adding Value to your Home

When it comes to spending money on your property, most home owners will consider what will add value to their home. Whether you own your forever home or are using your current property as a stepping stone, making calculated and considered financial decisions can result in your property being worth more than what you invested. We all like a return on our investments, but how is that achieved for your house?

Posted on September 23, 2019 and filed under Advice.

Six | Dollars and Sense - the budget series

Reconciling the Budget

At the end of our Dollars and Sense series, let’s chat about how the final numbers stacked up! Did we stick to our budget, blow the budget, change our budget, follow our own advice, was it worth it in the end?!?

Posted on August 15, 2019 and filed under Advice.

Five | Dollars and Sense - the budget series

Adapting the Budget

If there is one constant in renovating - it is that plans will constantly change! Some changes are big, some are small, some might save you money, some you might choose yourself, but the end result may mean you need to review and adapt your budget. Watch our latest VLOG to see how to deal with the situation head on by adapting the budget.

Presenting your Home for Sale

As soon as a house is on the market it is not only the place you live but a product you have to sell. Whether you are selling your house with an agent or doing it by private sale, consider yourself a key part of the marketing team. Furniture placement, cleanliness and styling are crucial to making the images of your house stand out, your open homes successful and ultimately getting your house the sale price it deserves. Here is how to do just that within your own home...

Advice for Selling your Home

So, you have decided to sell your house. That might be the big decision done, but what next? There are many questions to consider in this process. And everyone’s situation and house is different, as well as the ever-changing property climate, so there is not one right answer. Here is our advice to common questions to help you if you are thinking or have made the decision to sell your home.


Posted on June 24, 2019 and filed under Advice.

Four | Dollars and Sense - the budget series

Spending the Budget

Part Four of our Dollars and Sense budgeting series, we share about how we spend the budget we have set! We give advice on how we price our reno plans, source products, work with tradies and find ways to save as we spend.

Buying the First Project for our Renovation Road Trip

Alexandra. Known as the hottest, driest and coldest town in New Zealand. Have we been here before? We drove through it on our honeymoon 9 years ago. But we didn’t stop. Now we have moved our lives down here. Good move? We sure hope so - and about to find out.

The Property Search for our Renovation Road Trip

Buying a house can be a daunting experience. As with anything, the first step is always the biggest, and when you learn the most. It’s often only through hindsight you realise how much there is to know and what you might have done differently. Our property story to date has been concentrated in one city - Auckland. This focus has helped us become experienced in this market, but we are newbies to doing it out of our hometown.