Ebdentown, Upper Hutt

4 hours ago

Up for grabs: The Golden Ticket

Eric Janssen Reporter from Dominion Post

Only 10 days to go in Westpac Stadium's competition to win a grand sporting prize. Have you voted yet?

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17 hours ago

What's On: Have a go at dragonboating

Jenny from Melrose

Have a go at dragonboating with Wellington's breast cancer surviver team CanSurvive and supporter team Can2. No experience necessary (you just need to be able to swim 50m). Email cansurvivedragonboatteam@gmail.com
Have a go at dragonboating
  • Whairepo lagoon
4 hours ago

What's On: CAMERAPERSON Kirsten Johnson, USA 2016

David from Brooklyn

Cinematographer Johnson assembles excerpts and offcuts from her remarkable career to evoke an assortment of uneasily resolved questions about ethics and compassion in documentary film. See trailer at https://www.filmsocietywellington.net.nz/
CAMERAPERSON Kirsten Johnson, USA 2016
  • Embassy Grand
13 hours ago

Who's on your new Council Upper Hutt?

The team from Upper Hutt City Council

The results are final and newly elected members officially come into the office today.

Thank you to everyone who made their vote count by 12 October.

Find out who'll represent the view of your City and your community for the next three years on our website.
Find out more

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1 day 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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1 day ago

Poll: Would you pay to use your neighbours' swimming pool?

The Team Reporter from Stuff

People rent out baches, rooms in their houses, their garages and car parking spaces, so surely hiring out swimming pools is the next logical step.

A new app lets people hire their private pools by the hour, but it hasn't come to New Zealand - yet.

To read more, click here.

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Would you pay to use your neighbours' swimming pool?
  • 27.5% Yes please!
    27.5% Complete
  • 72.5% No, that's weird.
    72.5% Complete
1126 votes
1 day ago

Have you discussed organ donation with your family?

Katie Townshend Reporter from Dominion Post

Once upon a time a woman loved a man so much she gave a part of herself to save him. He was dying, so she let him have a piece of her body, and it made him well. And they lived happily ever after.
Kiwis are not big on donating organs, with a bill aimed at increasing donation and transplant rates … View more
Once upon a time a woman loved a man so much she gave a part of herself to save him. He was dying, so she let him have a piece of her body, and it made him well. And they lived happily ever after.
Kiwis are not big on donating organs, with a bill aimed at increasing donation and transplant rates poised to become law. Stuff looks at those giving and receiving the gift of life. Have you discussed your organ donation wishes with your family?

1 day ago

Together with New Zealand Police we're shutting the gate on rural crime! 🐮❤️

The Team from Neighbourhood Support New Zealand

Learn more about our new rural crime prevention signs, now available for purchase to the public, on our website: neighbourhoodsupport.co.nz or click the 'Read More' link below. 📰

#safercommunitiestogether

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1 day ago

Have you had a plant stolen?

Mikaela Wilkes Reporter from Homed

Hi neighbours,

We're to keen to know if pot plant and garden thievery is still a common problem and what people are doing about it.

If you've had a pot plant or something else taken from your garden in the last year and would like to share, could you please email homed@stuff.co.nz … View more
Hi neighbours,

We're to keen to know if pot plant and garden thievery is still a common problem and what people are doing about it.

If you've had a pot plant or something else taken from your garden in the last year and would like to share, could you please email homed@stuff.co.nz with your name, your neighbourhood and a quick recap of what was taken and how it happened.

We'd love to hear from you!

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1 day ago

Poll: Should the government keep the 90-day tenant eviction notice?

The team from Neighbourly.co.nz

People will have to put up with offensive behaviour from difficult tenants if the government goes ahead with plans to remove the 90-day notice period for evictions. What do you think? Should the government keep the 90-day tenant eviction notice? Vote in the poll below.

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Should the government keep the 90-day tenant eviction notice?
  • 82% Absolutely - I’ve personally dealt with bad neighbours
    82% Complete
  • 12.8% No - tenants could be evicted unfairly
    12.8% Complete
  • 5.2% I don’t have an opinion
    5.2% Complete
998 votes
1 day ago

Do you need a new couch and two chairs?

Ian from Birchville

We are updating our living space and have very much loved 3 + 2x1 seaters that we are willing to give away.

We have had this suite for over 10 years now we originally were going to donate it to the salvation army but they obviously didn't want it and we can't bring ourselves to take it … View more
We are updating our living space and have very much loved 3 + 2x1 seaters that we are willing to give away.

We have had this suite for over 10 years now we originally were going to donate it to the salvation army but they obviously didn't want it and we can't bring ourselves to take it to the dump because we love it too much.

Yes, it is starting to look a bit tired with a few tears here and there and the fabric probably needs a clean but the bones are still really good.

So do you know of anyone who has just moved and is needing some interim furniture or a young family that isn't precious about getting things dirty?

flick me a message and I will send you photos. It is currently sitting in our garage and you will have to arrange for it to be collected

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1 day ago

We've got some big news!

Stuff Fibre

A huge thanks to all our Stuff Fibre customers for their support with winning 4 major awards at the Broadband Compare TUANZ Awards.

We're thrilled to have won the Supreme Award - Broadband Provider of the Year - as well as Best Fibre Broadband Provider (for the third year running), Best … View more
A huge thanks to all our Stuff Fibre customers for their support with winning 4 major awards at the Broadband Compare TUANZ Awards.

We're thrilled to have won the Supreme Award - Broadband Provider of the Year - as well as Best Fibre Broadband Provider (for the third year running), Best Broadband Innovation and the People’s Choice Award.

Not yet a customer? Nows a great time to join a winning team >> https://stuff-fibre.co.nz/
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1 day ago

Dance Party HQ

Kim from Brown Owl

Dance Party HQ - ladies come and join us dancing in the dark every Wednesday night at King Lion Hall, King St Upper Hutt. $5. Freestyle dance to great music. This weeks playlist below.

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1 day ago

Glass Desk with shelf

Melissa from Silverstream

Good condition
700w x 745h x 450d

Price: $30

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