Should You Spend Money On Your Existing Home, or Sell up and Move Somewhere Else?Do you complete a Home Renovation, or sell up and move? Always an interesting question… LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION … What do you like about where you are? Is it safe? Convenient? Close to good schools / colleges? Transport? Does your street have good parking for you, family and visitors? Is it on a side road,...
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Building a house in New Zealand: costs and regulationsAs New Zealand’s housing market continues to heat up, more people than ever are turning to building their own home as an alternative to buying a house. While this is a very appealing option to avoid the stress of endless auctions and potentially save some cash, there’s nothing worse than planning your dream house and...
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House and land packages: pros and consFor many people, buying a piece of land in their preferred location and building their own new house on it is the Kiwi dream. However, this doesn’t come without its challenges – it can be hard to find and buy the piece of land you want, to choose the right building contractors for your project,...
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9 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t DIYIf you’ve got it into your head that your home needs renovation work and you think it’s a simple DIY job, then there’s clearly a lot that you need to consider. Before you head down to the garage or the hardware store and get yourself into a real mess, here’s 9 reasons why you shouldn’t...
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Home Alterations for Safety and AccessibilityAt Smartway Builders, we’ve worked with almost every kind of homeowner to help make their dreams become a reality. Whether it’s a home renovation, remodel, or extension, we can understand and explain the potential limitations before you spend thousands of dollars on unnecessary work. In this piece, we’re going to talk about how we approach...
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The Process We Go Through When Building or Renovating a HouseThinking about renovating or building your dream home, but not sure where to start? Smartway are Wellington Builders with a clear and straight forward building process. We dot all of our I’s and cross all of our T’s so that you don’t have to worry about anything. Step 1: Getting to know you We get...
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Environmental Factors to Consider When Building a New HouseBuilding in New Zealand is governed by a lot of rules and regulations. Love them or hate them, we need to abide by the rules when undergoing a home renovation or building a new home. These regulations are influenced by where you live in New Zealand as much as how your house is built. Thankfully,...
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Popular Home Designs for Beachside PropertiesWho doesn’t love the beach? Ocean, sand, rocks and an entire ecosystem breathing beneath the swell of the water. Long walks, surfing, making sandcastles with the kids … having a beachside property is a Kiwi lifestyle dream, whether it’s to live in permanently or to keep on the side for holiday getaways, and we’ve seen...
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Smartway Builders is Helping Tawa MenzShed Get off the GroundWe’re all about being active members of our community, which is why we’re helping with the creation of Tawa MenzShed. Everyone should have a warm and welcoming place to meet new people, share experiences, and learn new creative and practical skills. What is MenzShed? For those who don’t know, MenzShed is a non-profit charitable organisation...
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Dreaming of a Dream HouseOur team has been involved with building lots of new homes in New Zealand, and not one has been the same as another. Humans have very specific, unique tastes, and what better way to showcase them than by building a house? Those given the opportunity to build themselves a home are able to express their...
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Building Licenses ExplainedYou might be wondering why builders need a license – I mean, doesn’t experience count as a qualification? You’re right, experience matters, but being licensed shows the public and potential clients that the builder meets a minimum standard of competency and enables them to carry out or supervise restricted building work. A license is a...
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Where Do I Find a Good Builder?Finding a good building company can be as difficult as trying to find a perfectly ripe avocado in the grocery store. If you’re building a new home or planning a house renovation, finding the right building company is crucial. You’ve got the vision, but it will be the builders who turn your ideas into a...
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Building a Beach House for Future SummersA beach house can be a worthwhile investment that can bring you happiness and some extra income. As a secondary home, it is ideal for summer holidays away from the city, special occasions and parties such as weddings and birthdays, and renting out to travellers when you aren’t occupying it. It can be your own...
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Adding a Master Suite Extension to Your HomeThinking of adding a master suite extension to your home? Read on to find out how it can add value to your property, and the steps to consider before investing time and money into a home extension. Benefits of Extending a Master Suite There are many benefits to home extensions. It can be a great...
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Dear Santa: All I Wanted for Christmas Was a HomeNew Zealand has the highest rate of homelessness in the OECD. According to this year’s OECD statistics for homelessness, per capita we are sitting well above Czech Republic which came in at second place, and close to double the rate in Australia, which placed third. That means almost 1% of New Zealanders are living on...
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Building vs. Buying a Home: Pros and ConsOwning a house is a classic Kiwi dream, but what’s the best way to go about turning fantasy into reality? Is it better to buy a piece of land and build a home from scratch, or are you better off buying an existing dwelling? Let’s take a look at the pros and cons for each...
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10 Ways to Avoid Poor Quality WorkIt’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of renovations and new builds, but it’s just as easy to lose focus and wind up with work that doesn’t meet your expectations. If you’re beginning a new project, keep in mind these 10 do’s and don’ts to avoid poor quality work. Do Hire a Professional...
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