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Home renovation advice

When it comes to home renovations, the Refresh team has done (and seen) it all! We’re more than happy to share our experience and expertise – and you’ll find loads of helpful articles, photos, videos and more on our website.

If you’re interested in a specific renovation topic, select from the categories below. You’re also welcome to ask in person about your potential renovation. If you’d like to talk with one of our friendly team members, please get in touch.

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The A to Z of financial knowledge

The A to Z of financial knowledge

Deborah Carlyon, authorised financial adviser, highlights how most money blunders can be avoided by learning about financial matters early on – it’s as easy as ABC.

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The A to Z of financial knowledge
How to prevent borer

How to prevent borer

When it comes to the integrity of your home, preventing borer, which can promote wood rot, is a major factor that needs to be addressed. David Birttain, Technical Support Manager at Kiwicare Corporation Ltd, answers how you can prevent borer attacks.

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How to prevent borer
Tiled vs acrylic showers

Tiled vs acrylic showers

Showers are an essential component of any bathroom. While baths may be seen as the glamour option when it comes to luxuriant bathing, contemporary showers can also bring a splash of style to your bathing areas.

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Tiled vs acrylic showers
Changes to insulation and fire alarm laws in New Zealand

Changes to insulation and fire alarm laws in New Zealand

Hamish Aitken, Managing Director at Premier Insulation answers how landlords can prepare for the changes to insulation and fire alarms laws in New Zealand.

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Changes to insulation and fire alarm laws in New Zealand
Tips on how to lower your energy bill

Tips on how to lower your energy bill

Low energy consultant and Homestar assessor, Rob Sodeau answers what is an energy efficient home and how this can help lower your energy bill.

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Tips on how to lower your energy bill
9 Steps To Choosing The Right Home Renovation Builder

9 Steps To Choosing The Right Home Renovation Builder

So you’re about to embark on the biggest project of your life, why should you choose a renovation builder rather than doing it yourself, and what should you look out for?

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9 Steps To Choosing The Right Home Renovation Builder
Moves to cool the Auckland housing market

Moves to cool the Auckland housing market

House prices continue to surge across New Zealand topping 20% for the year to 30 September 2015, an 11 year high. Unsurprisingly, Auckland leads at 29%, but the rest of the North Island is now up 16%. High Auckland prices are creating a halo effect as buyers compete for better value in Northland, Waikato and Bay of Plenty.

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Moves to cool the Auckland housing market
How to add value to your home

How to add value to your home

Renovating your home to improve its form and function for your family is one thing; essentially you’re working with a blank canvas – you have the creative freedom to do as you wish within your budget. Renovating with the intention of adding value before selling is quite another.

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How to add value to your home
Manawatu renovation builders

Manawatu renovation builders

With affordable living, short commute times, a prestigious university and exceptional recreational opportunities, the Manawatu is fast becoming an attractive prospect for those seeking a relaxed family lifestyle. As a result, many Manawatu towns have caught the renovation bug.

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Manawatu renovation builders
Checking for asbestos in your home in New Zealand

Checking for asbestos in your home in New Zealand

Rick Peebles from Asbestos Solutions provides advice on how to check your home for asbestos.

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Checking for asbestos in your home in New Zealand
How to make dirty grout clean

How to make dirty grout clean

Mike Syddall from The Tile Depot explains how to make your dirty grout clean.

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How to make dirty grout clean
Should I engage an architect for my renovation?

Should I engage an architect for my renovation?

For many Kiwis, our home is our biggest investment. Home is where dreams are dreamed, families are born and memories are created. When home renovations are on the cards, then, it’s important to get them right first time – because there’s a lot at stake.

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Should I engage an architect for my renovation?
Christchurch renovation builders

Christchurch renovation builders

In Christchurch rebuilding the cityscape is well underway and new suburbs are popping up all over the place. But when it comes to renovating, planning isn’t quite as straightforward as it is in other parts of the country.

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Christchurch renovation builders
A solution for your flickering lights

A solution for your flickering lights

Luke Nutting, owner of Lightforce Electrical, provides a solution for the pesky problem of flickering lights.

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A solution for your flickering lights
Is wallpaper right for your room?

Is wallpaper right for your room?

Is it background or foreground, art or decoration, vulgar or respectable, a substitute, or the real thing, questions Donna White.

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Is wallpaper right for your room?
Auckland renovation builders

Auckland renovation builders

While renovating rather than buying is becoming increasingly popular, Auckland homeowners should thoroughly investigate their options to avoid potential pitfalls.

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Auckland renovation builders