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  1. Hi hopetown, I agree with John. Further, I have...

    Hi hopetown, I agree with John. Further, I have two recent comparable examples. In one case the builder ask me to get the construction insurance and in the other he said he had it but I needed to...
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    I have just been through the file and can't see...

    I have just been through the file and can't see it, sorry. Ask them for a proposal for the job and they will give you a better one, both a few years newer and for your site. Sorry about not being...
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    Survey Company provide a valuable costings...

    Survey Company provide a valuable costings spreadsheet, with current rates for all the services and stages. I plan to use them next time, but only "found" them after I had already started.
  4. Best value, thermally efficient windows for rentals?

    I have just started the design of two-story duplex, each 80msq, in Wellington. While seeking to maximise our long-term rental return, I want to build houses that tenants will want to stay in. I will...
  5. Wellington City Council rates for 2018-2019 are online

    Although higher than last yer, I was plesantly surprised by how little they rose. Not like insurance, which has jumped 20-30% recently.
  6. Jon, if you must have it wider for the full...

    Jon, if you must have it wider for the full height, explore the cost of a consented alteration to remove the eve/overhang on the offending edge of the current house. While not free, it will be much...
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    I know of one developer who was told no to a...

    I know of one developer who was told no to a request to do the same thing in Wellington (different regional authority). His solution was to 'shave' 20cm off the corner of the existing house. Much...
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    I agree that the mortgage payments are a worry,...

    I agree that the mortgage payments are a worry, Nick G. If tenants can't live in the house and the rent stops coming in, how does one keep paying the mortgage? And even if you can cover this from...
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    I recently had 100 m sq placed for about $95/m....

    I recently had 100 m sq placed for about $95/m. Some was already boxed by retaining walls and was already gravel base but needed compacting for reasons you described. I went for fibre mesh rather...
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    Donna, in my experience the cost of moving a...

    Donna, in my experience the cost of moving a house is largely fixed no matter how far. It has to be picked up and put down, but a few more kms makes little difference to the price.

    Paul.
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    philip30, will the duplex be a design and build...

    philip30, will the duplex be a design and build or prefabricated? I ask because we have indicative permission for a duplex also, so I am looking at options. Call me and lets catch up.

    Paul.
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    QBH (Quick Build Homes) that are usually...

    QBH (Quick Build Homes) that are usually delivered in a shipping container, but moving assembled house is an option. It is pricey and with a back section access was too difficult.. $1k - $1.5k...
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    Hi Philip, I have just completed building my...

    Hi Philip, I have just completed building my first one and am actively planning the second. I had watched the idea for a few years (through three versions of the web site and a couple of trading...
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    A relative had a house built in Titahi Bay 20 ish...

    A relative had a house built in Titahi Bay 20 ish years back clad in it and it still looks wonderful. She washes it down 1-2 times per year, but no painting, deterioration, etc. It still looks new.
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    Thanks for sharing. Where do you get the...

    Thanks for sharing. Where do you get the materials for at that price? And what are you using underfloor (ceilings all insulation in our places).
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    I have bought Earthwool from...

    I have bought Earthwool from http://www.earthwoolglasswool.co.nz/BuildForNextGen/buy-insulation-online/ a number of times. Good prices and delivered to your door.
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    A friend of mine just completed a new build at...

    A friend of mine just completed a new build at Aokautere (rural Palmerston North) with an extremely well insultated slab (Maxraft I think), pipes through the slab for heating divided into seven zones...
  18. Anthony, thanks for this. My accountant seems...

    Anthony, thanks for this. My accountant seems uncomfortable with me claiming the interest but I will read a little more and speak with him again.

    Ross, this is also my understanding regarding the...
  19. Seeking references on two Wellington-based drainage contractors

    Needing some new drains constructed to subdivide a large section I approach a number of local drain layers/civil works contractors. The job involved extensions to the public stormwater and sewar, as...
  20. Interest costs on mortgage to purchase house that is vacant on possession date

    Am I allowed to claim the interest costs from the purchase date until the property is tenanted? I understand the deductibility of interest on a rental house while the house is generating incomes and...
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    I'm with jimo on this, get the cabinets repainted...

    I'm with jimo on this, get the cabinets repainted and consider new benches (cheap from a box store and they will recommend an installer. Maybe change the splash backs. Otherwise, it looks good.
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    Common with mortgagee sales. One house I know of...

    Common with mortgagee sales. One house I know of went up for auction three times over 18 months and was withdrawn each time. The owner coughed up money at the last moment.

    Still, worse for the...
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    I have twice managed people out of places...

    I have twice managed people out of places purchased in a mortgagee sale, both times they were the owners. No expert but have a few insights (below) and also happy to talk on the phone. Both times it...
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    Some of the ventilation kits can suck some air...

    Some of the ventilation kits can suck some air from the ceiling/roof cavity and some from a (warmer?) living area, mixing, and pushing into the bedrooms. My heat pump installer has offered this for...
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    Ventilation requirements

    Ben, the building code specifies the ventilation requirements for residential spaces. Although it does not specify windows this is the common method. Forced air ventilation is how others have...
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