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How to Design your Dream Kitchen

Jane Eyles-Bennett - Monday, July 17, 2017

The kitchen and living spaces are typically the hub of your house; and whether the others in the 'hub' are helping or just watching, it’s often where you'll connect and bond after a day at the office or school. Most people prefer an open plan layout for this reason; simply to fit all the people who want to congregate there. Since it's such a draw card; it needs to not only function well, but all look great too. (Read More)

Should you renovate before you sell?

Jane Eyles-Bennett - Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Most people assume that doing a full renovation before they sell will result in a higher selling price. Sometimes this is true, but not always. Before deciding whether to renovate to sell, you should do a bit of research and work out if renovating is right for your circumstances; and what areas you should spend your renovation dollar on.  (Read More)

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Warren Ave, Mt Albert, Auckland, NZ


This tired two bedroom rental unit was purchased for $270k. After only one month of renovations following a Renovation Action Plan prepared by us (and a total cost of just $15k), it is now worth upward of $375k! Original rent earned was $240 per week and increased rent after renovation is $375 per week (which includes whitegoods). The yield has increased from around 4.5% to 7.2%. Not the greatest photos in this gallery - but certainly the most profitable!
 
 
We recommended renovating part of this kitchen and adding some new storage units and a dishwasher to create a modern, usable space for half the cost of replacing it entirely.
 
We advised the exact wall and floor colours to improve the appeal of the lounge room significantly.
Without spending mega-dollars on replacing the handrail and ballustrades, we recommended that the entry staircase be modernised and given a fresh, crisp look to introduce the unit itself - a good choice of paint colours and some new carpet did the trick.

The bathroom itself orginally wasn't too bad, so a few tweaks we recommended - including a new vanity and mirror, shower screen and toilet update it for minimal cost. Having the knowledge of the correct colours and products to use and where can make the differtence between a definate DIY job and a designer result.
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