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Handing over the keys: your property settlement day checklist

A home sale success doesn’t end on the auctioneer’s hammer or when your buyers sign the dotted line of a sale and purchase agreement. A lot happens in the period after you sell your house, particularly when preparing a property for settlement. To help, here’s a checklist to keep your home sale on track.

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There’s positive things to gain from rental changes: Owning a rental property is still a great investment!

By David Kneebone: 2019-03-20

Remember 2018? It was quite a year for the rental industry; seemingly coming to a head in August when the Government asked the public for feedback on new proposals aimed at making life better for renters.

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Lodge City Rentals February update

By David Kneebone: 2019-02-22

In some ways, February for students isn’t too different to June for dairy farmers; bags are packed and cars loaded up as belongings are shifted from one house to another.                      

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9 living space renovation tips you might not have considered

You’ve heard it all before: new paint, new carpet, new open-plan, but what kind of options do you have beyond these basics in your living space renovations?

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Is it time for a house recladding?

A well-maintained, quality exterior cladding system is the key to making a good impression on both guests and potential home buyers, but all too often New Zealanders are putting house recladding and other exterior house renovations on the backburner.

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Don't forget the roof! Why roof maintenance matters

Whether you intend to sell your house or live in it for the next twenty years, knowing how to maintain a roof is vital to keeping your home safe, and its value growing.

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The best sources of home renovation ideas for 2019

Let’s forget budgeting, return on investment and property value research for a moment, and focus on the best part of renovating (apart from finishing)—finding inspiration. Once you’ve found your project muse, it’ll help keep you motivated until the last brush stroke.

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House extensions FAQ: what homeowners need to know

House extensions are the renovation of choice for homeowners who need more space, more function, or want to add more value to their home.

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Your crystal ball property predictions for 2019

By David Kneebone: 2019-01-21

2018 saw a fair bit of rental-bashing. Between the advocacy groups and the media attention on the Government’s proposed legislation changes, New Zealand’s “damp, unlivable homes,” and the proposed RTA overhaul, it was a big year for us dispelling myths and correcting untruths.

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Laundry designs and renovations: 4 crucial need-to-knows

After the kitchen, bathroom and living areas, the laundry might seem like the last renovation on the list. But rather than rushing through it, it’s worth taking the time to consider how its design and features will tie in with the rest of your home.

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