18 hours ago

What's the value of my property?

Garry Tranter from Price My House for Free Limited

Find out what your home is worth online for free!

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We use local area experts to estimate what your property is worth without the inconvenience of having an agent visit you. This is a free, no obligation service from local Licensed Agents.

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Find out what your home is worth online for free!

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We use local area experts to estimate what your property is worth without the inconvenience of having an agent visit you. This is a free, no obligation service from local Licensed Agents.

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10 days ago

How to spot real potential in a home when you're house hunting

Garry Tranter from Price My House for Free Limited

Searching for a home can be incredibly confusing as it’s usually a case of juggling priorities and deciding what you’re prepared to compromise on. It is often easy to overlook a home’s potential because of cosmetic flaws that you find annoying, or you may fail to see how minor tweaks could … View moreSearching for a home can be incredibly confusing as it’s usually a case of juggling priorities and deciding what you’re prepared to compromise on. It is often easy to overlook a home’s potential because of cosmetic flaws that you find annoying, or you may fail to see how minor tweaks could make it work for your lifestyle.

Houses requiring major renovation, or that have structural problems, are another matter but often a little adjustment to your mindset can reveal assets in a property that aren’t immediately obvious. Here are our tips to help you to evaluate a house and recognise its true potential.

- Location, location, location

There’s one thing no amount of makeover magic can change and that is the golden rule of location. If you see a property with a good aspect that’s in your preferred area it may be worthwhile stacking the odds in its favour and taking a considered look at what minuses could easily be converted to pluses.

Proximity to good schools, work, friends, family and amenities are factors that are a vital part of day-to-day life so it’s important not to get distracted by minor niggles. Make a checklist of what can easily be done to address negative factors before you discount a property that’s in your suburb of choice.

- Forget the furniture

Too often buyers will check out a home and are put off by the furniture, wall colours or drapes. You aren’t buying the contents or the owner’s taste and cosmetic changes like new floor coverings, light fittings and colour schemes are relatively inexpensive quick fixes that can make a huge difference to ambience. Look past any clutter or style faux pas and imagine the home with your own furniture in place and a fresh colour palette.

Similarly have a good look at bathrooms and kitchens – these are big ticket items and if they are in good condition small tweaks like a new bench top, cupboard handles, taps or a slick vanity may be all that’s needed to update the look.

There’s not much that can be done to address cramped, dark rooms, but if a house has airy, light-filled living areas and generous bedrooms there’s a lot of minor touches that can transform how you feel about a place.

- Fix the floor plan

Some houses have a confused floor plan that can be very off-putting and make it hard to imagine how you will use the space. Assess whether rooms are fit for purpose or whether you could alter the general flow by changing how you use each area. It is worthwhile checking what walls are load-bearing as often big changes can be made for little outlay by knocking down walls that aren’t structural to create bigger living spaces.

Similarly have a look at traffic flow around the house. Are doorways placed correctly for fluid movement from room to room or is there an alternative placement that would encourage a seamless transition to each space? Also have a look at annoying things like rooms that have two or more entries – too many doors make a room disjointed and placement of furniture a hassle but it’s often an easy fix to close up some walls to make the room feel inviting.

Indoor/outdoor flow is a major consideration for modern living. If a property lacks a connection to the outdoors get your builder to assess the potential for opening up living spaces and give an estimate for how much it would cost. Often there will be a straightforward solution such as putting in French doors or building a deck with sliders to completely alter the atmosphere of a house.

- First impressions

The kerb appeal of a house can play a big influence on how you view the rest of the property but it can often be something that can be improved without too much hassle. Look at the fencing and gate, front path, access to the front door and general presentation to see what can be improved. If the property is overgrown this is a quick fix to remedy, or it may be that some landscaping is needed to soften lines. Feature pots either side of the front door, an attractive outdoor light fitting, or a new front door itself are all little tweaks that can make a house feel more inviting.

If the section hasn’t been well-maintained it’s worth imagining what it would be like with a tidy up. Tatty fencing, areas that need water blasting, aged pavers and worn outdoor furniture are all cosmetic things that can influence how you view a property. Conjure up an image of how it would look with a makeover, some feature plants, a designated outdoor living area or some shelter to see if you can transform the section into a welcoming space. If the property is overlooked by neighbours a quick-growing lilly-pilly hedge may be the answer to any privacy concerns.

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34 days ago

What's the value of my property?

Garry Tranter from Price My House for Free Limited

Find out what your home is worth online for free!

No agent visit required!

We use local area experts to estimate what your property is worth without the inconvenience of having an agent visit you. This is a free, no obligation service from local licensed agents.

Go to … View more
Find out what your home is worth online for free!

No agent visit required!

We use local area experts to estimate what your property is worth without the inconvenience of having an agent visit you. This is a free, no obligation service from local licensed agents.

Go to www.pricemyhouseforfree.co.nz... to find out more.

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49 days ago

11 Easy Eco Swaps That Will Help You Reduce Plastic And Waste

Garry Tranter from Price My House for Free Limited

By switching this for that, you can make your household tread more lightly on the earth
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1. Soap bars

Ditch plastic bottles in favour of solid shampoos, conditioners and dish soaps (Ethique and Ahhh Cosmetics offer good locally made options). To help these products last longer, invest in the … View more
By switching this for that, you can make your household tread more lightly on the earth
.

1. Soap bars

Ditch plastic bottles in favour of solid shampoos, conditioners and dish soaps (Ethique and Ahhh Cosmetics offer good locally made options). To help these products last longer, invest in the Dunedin-made Block Dock to ensure your soap dries properly between uses.

2. Metal pegs

Bento Ninja’s stainless-steel Forever Pegs won’t go rusty and they last longer (and look nicer) than their plastic counterparts.

3. Ceramic coffee cups

If you buy coffee on the go and don’t have a reusable cup yet, this should be the one swap you make right now. There are lots of beautiful options, including these Pottery for the Planet cups, from AU$25. Also keep an eye on uyo.nz, which has a guide to the cafes that will let you bring your own cup, container and much more.

4. Biodegradable dish brush

Bye, bye plastic dish brush, hello wooden brush with replaceable, biodegradable head. Yeseco Dish Brush $15.95; replacement heads $16.95 for 3, are stocked at Natural Things. (Bench organiser sold separately)

5. Reusable straws

Swap disposable straws for reusable or biodegradable options. Just $19 will buy you three glass straws, plus a cleaning brush and bag made in New Zealand from offcuts so you won’t be caught out next time you order a cocktail or smoothie.

6. Bulk buy

Reduce your plastic packaging by shopping for pantry staples at a bulk foods store. If you don’t live near a good one, Wanaka-based Honest Wholefood Co offers a local delivery service, as well as a nationwide postal option.

7. Beeswax wraps

Cling wrap can’t be recycled, even in the soft plastic recycling scheme, so switching to a reusable option is an easy environmental win. Try Hawke’s Bay-based LilyBee wrap for the ultimate beeswax solution. From $7 for a small wrap.

8. Reusable takeaway containers

Keep a container and cutlery in your bag or car and say no to takeaway packaging. Australian company Ever Eco makes beautiful stainless-steel containers, tumblers and reusable cutlery, as well as other useful eco objects. Little Bird Organics stock the handy products too.

9. Shopping bags

Now that supermarkets have gone plastic carry-bag free, an eco bag is an essential swap. Don’t forget to also bring produce bags for fruit and veges, and containers for the butcher and deli.

10. Cloth wrapping

Save on wrapping paper, tape and ribbon, and practise the Japanese art of furoshiki (cloth wrapping) with this reusable linen gift wrap. Alternatively, cut up vintage fabric, or reuse wrapping paper and ribbons along with paper tape.

11. Portable ply laptop stand

Instead of buying a plastic or metal laptop stand, check out the Happy Lappy, made in New Zealand from sustainably sourced plywood. The best part is your purchase of the portable stand will see 20 trees planted in Madagascar.

Words by: Fiona Ralph. Photography by: Bauer Syndication.

59 days ago

What's the value of my property?

Garry Tranter from Price My House for Free Limited

Sometimes you just want to know what your property is worth without having a real estate professional visit your house.
The appraisal may be for insurance, a bank appraisal, or just because you are curious about the value of your home.
This is a free property appraisal carried out online by … View more
Sometimes you just want to know what your property is worth without having a real estate professional visit your house.
The appraisal may be for insurance, a bank appraisal, or just because you are curious about the value of your home.
This is a free property appraisal carried out online by handpicked area experts using a comparative market analysis (CMA) system. The more information you provide the more accurate our area specialists can be.
This is an estimate of the likely sales price of your home or property in the current market. For a more accurate appraisal or information on the best method of sale for you, just contact us at admin@pricemyhouseforfree.co.nz and we can guide you further.

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85 days ago

What's the value of my property?

Garry Tranter from Price My House for Free Limited

Sometimes you just want to know what your property is worth without having a real estate professional visit your house.

The appraisal may be for insurance, a bank appraisal, or just because you are curious about the value of your home.

This is a free property appraisal carried out online by … View more
Sometimes you just want to know what your property is worth without having a real estate professional visit your house.

The appraisal may be for insurance, a bank appraisal, or just because you are curious about the value of your home.

This is a free property appraisal carried out online by handpicked area experts using a comparative market analysis (CMA) system.

The more information you provide the more accurate our area specialists can be.

To find out more go to www.pricemyhouseforfree.co.nz...

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92 days ago

Flyer Delivery Needed

Garry Tranter from Price My House for Free Limited

Hi Neighbours

We are looking for a reliable person who is looking to earn some $$$ while getting fit and enjoying the Wellington weather!

We need people who want to deliver flyers in Khandallah, Hataitai and/or Wilton.

If you are interested email Lori at info@pricemyhouseforfree.co.nz as soon as… View more
Hi Neighbours

We are looking for a reliable person who is looking to earn some $$$ while getting fit and enjoying the Wellington weather!

We need people who want to deliver flyers in Khandallah, Hataitai and/or Wilton.

If you are interested email Lori at info@pricemyhouseforfree.co.nz as soon as possible.

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93 days ago

Tips to help create the ultimate raised vegetable garden

Garry Tranter from Price My House for Free Limited

1. Keep it simple
You can’t beat raised vegetable beds for convenience. They’re much easier on your back than in-ground beds and their elevated height means weeds won’t spread so quickly from lawns and other areas. You can also build them anywhere, even over existing concrete, and they’re … View more
1. Keep it simple
You can’t beat raised vegetable beds for convenience. They’re much easier on your back than in-ground beds and their elevated height means weeds won’t spread so quickly from lawns and other areas. You can also build them anywhere, even over existing concrete, and they’re ideal for sloping sites. If you’re a newbie gardener, they’re more manageable than in-ground beds because you don’t have to worry about testing the pH or improving the quality of your existing soil. Just fill your raised bed with the good stuff that’s specially mixed for growing veges, which you can buy at any garden centre or landscape supply company.

2. Built in
When built well, raised vege beds add smart structure to the garden, which is important when space is tight and your vege patch is close to outdoor living areas. If you use similar materials or colours, the beds can be integrated beautifully with existing built elements. You can also use them for seating by using a wide capping on the tops.

3. Position
The ideal location for raised vegetable beds is virtually the same as in-ground types: level ground (although they can be built on slopes if built across, not down the slope), a minimum of 6 hours of sunlight a day, shelter from wind and frost, and proximity to the kitchen and a hose or other water source. A north-facing position with little shade from overhanging trees and buildings is perfect. However, there are always variations in gardening and veges can be grown in a variety of different aspects, even facing south. It just depends on the type of crop you want to grow.

4. Number of beds
For new gardeners, 3-4 small raised beds will be plenty of work to start off with. You’re better to begin small and have gardens that are well maintained and productive than try to manage several larger beds and give up because it’s all too hard.

5. What soil mix?
There are lots of options when it comes to vege-growing soil mixes, but the chief requirement is that it’s nutrient-rich and free-draining. To make your own, use sterile (no weed seeds) topsoil mixed with homemade or mushroom compost, sheep pellets or other animal manure, hay, bark fines (a fine bark blend) and other organic material.

6. Material choice
Timber boards, stone, brick, concrete block, untreated macrocarpa and corrugated steel are all good options. Ground-treated timber should be lined with polythene so the chemical preservatives used to stop rot won’t leach into the soil. Untreated macrocarpa and other timbers such as cedar contain natural anti-fungicidal oils that are safe for growing edibles.

7. Size
The most important dimension for raised beds is width, to ensure you can easily reach across to the middle from all sides for weeding and harvesting. For access from three sides only, the ideal width is about 1m; from all sides, about 1.5m wide. The length is up to you but it is cheaper if you build to fit standard timber sizes. The depth depends on the veges you want to grow. Aim for around 500mm for root crops such as carrots and potatoes, but for shallow-rooted crops like leafy greens, beds can be 300mm deep.

8. Water
Because the soil in raised beds dries out more quickly, you need to water them more often. You may also need to mulch in summer. Time-poor gardeners could consider a pre-made self-irrigating garden bed or use a wicking system which involves building a reservoir for water below the soil level, meaning less water evaporation.

9. Ready-made
While a key advantage of built-in beds is they can be designed to fit your space, it’s sometimes easier to buy one of the many pre-built raised beds now on the market. Some come with self-watering systems and covers to keep the bugs out and protect crops from wind and heavy rain.

10. On the grass
If you’re planning to build a raised bed on a lawn, kill the grass first by covering it with sheets of cardboard or a tarpaulin for about 6 weeks, or skim off the grass with a sharp spade. Cover the bottom of the raised bed with a thick layer of newspaper or weed mat to prevent grass or weeds growing back.

11. Be safe
Before you start digging holes for posts and so forth, check that there are no water, gas or electricity pipes below. And don’t build a raised bed on a wooden deck unless you are sure it can take the weight.

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111 days ago

What's the value of my property?

Garry Tranter from Price My House for Free Limited

Sometimes you just want to know what your property is worth without having a real estate professional visit your house.
The appraisal may be for insurance, a bank appraisal, or just because you are curious about the value of your home.
This is a free property appraisal carried out online by … View more
Sometimes you just want to know what your property is worth without having a real estate professional visit your house.
The appraisal may be for insurance, a bank appraisal, or just because you are curious about the value of your home.
This is a free property appraisal carried out online by handpicked area experts using a comparative market analysis (CMA) system. The more information you provide the more accurate our area specialists can be.
This is an estimate of the likely sales price of your home or property in the current market. For a more accurate appraisal or information on the best method of sale for you, just contact us at admin@pricemyhouseforfree.co.nz and we can guide you further.

www.pricemyhouseforfree.co.nz...

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120 days ago

Live with less plastic

Garry Tranter from Price My House for Free Limited

Hi Neighbours

Small changes make a big difference! Try these tips to help you on your way to living with less plastic.

#plasticfreejuly

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136 days ago

Plastic Free July

Garry Tranter from Price My House for Free Limited

Plastic Free July is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution – so we can have cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities.

Be a part of Plastic Free July by refusing all single use plastics!

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127 days ago

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle - Plastic Free July

Garry Tranter from Price My House for Free Limited

By following the three R's we can help create a more sustainable future for our planet.

Reduce what you buy - ask yourself if you truly need it or can you re-purpose other items that you already have.

Reuse plastic items as much as possible.

Recycle correctly and choose to buy recycled … View more
By following the three R's we can help create a more sustainable future for our planet.

Reduce what you buy - ask yourself if you truly need it or can you re-purpose other items that you already have.

Reuse plastic items as much as possible.

Recycle correctly and choose to buy recycled products.

By reducing, reusing and recycling we can all help minimise landfill waste.

#plasticfreejuly

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156 days ago

Price My House For Free

Garry Tranter from Price My House for Free Limited

Find out what your home is worth online for FREE!

We use local area experts to estimate what your property is worth without the inconvenience of having an agent visit you.

This is a free and no obligations service.

Go to www.pricemyhouseforfree.co.nz... now to find out more.

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164 days ago

Hmm I wonder what my house is worth?

Garry Tranter from Price My House for Free Limited

www.pricemyhouseforfree.co.nz... is here to answer this question for you!

We use local area experts to estimate what your property is worth without the inconvenience of having an agent visit you. This is a free, no obligation service from local Licensed Agents.

Don't hesitate go to … View more
www.pricemyhouseforfree.co.nz... is here to answer this question for you!

We use local area experts to estimate what your property is worth without the inconvenience of having an agent visit you. This is a free, no obligation service from local Licensed Agents.

Don't hesitate go to www.pricemyhouseforfree.co.nz... now!

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