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Selwyn Times: November 22, 2016

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40 Tuesday November 22 2016 HOME PROFESSIONALS Big changes for local established business The team at Intelligro are settled into their bright new spacious retail outlet, where there is a great range of gardening and landscaping supplies available. Intelligro can now be accessed from the Main South Road or its new entrance off Weedons Ross Road which is an easier and safer way to turn into their premises. Located further back from their original site, Intelligro which is now closer to the railway line, has been gearing up for the Southern Motorway extension, which will ultimately lead to the firm’s entrance being just from Weedons Ross Road. Intelligro is recognised in the Selwyn area for supplying both home gardeners and commercial landscapers. They carry top quality growing mixes such as their superior vegetable garden mix, screened soil, and a wide variety of barks and mulches to help retain moisture in the garden over summer. There is also a great selection of stones, chips and pebbles that will enhance any landscaping project. Their selection of fertilisers and other bagged products includes nutritious organic compost that Intelligro makes from locally sourced materials. This compost will not only improve crop yield but also assist with plant health. Specialist products available include: Bio Filter, swale and drainage mixes, builders’ mix and crusher dust such as their AP40 which packs down hard for paths and driveways, structural soil mix and specialty growing mixes. Their laboratory technician will organise the production of a mix to meet an architect’s or engineer’s specifications. The best part is that Intelligro is open seven days a week so if you wake up on a Saturday and feel like overhauling the garden, landscaping and garden supplies are just down the road. They supply by the trailer load as a bulk scoop or in bag lots and there are trailers for hire if needed. Join up to Intelligro’s VIP club to receive their regular garden newsletters. This includes lots of information on gardening and landscaping along with details on products available. You will also receive notification of their monthly specials. Sign up when you next visit Intelligro or join on-line via their website, intelligro.co.nz where you can also purchase direct. With Christmas approaching, a novel gift idea is an Intelligro gift voucher. These SELWYN TIMES can be purchased in-store; available in any dollar amount and valid for two years. Intelligro is open seven days a week (with extended weekend hours during the daylight saving months); Saturday, 8am until 5pm and Sunday, 9am until 4pm. During the week the hours are also 8am until 5pm. Sharon CroftS LandSCape d e S ign • Consultations • Design Concepts • Planting Plans P. 329 6229 M. 0274 311 558 s-crofts@xtra.co.nz www.sharoncrofts.co.nz LET’S GET GARDENING INTELLIGRO OFFERS: Expert gardening advice High quality products South-Hort growing mixes VIP rewards Buy in-store and online Handy delivery service For more information, check out our website: www.igro.co.nz or visit our facebook page: www.facebook.com/igro.co.nz 1394 Main South Road, Weedons info@igro.co.nz | www.igro.co.nz | Phone 03 347 9415 New Builds Home Alterations Bathrooms Decks BUILDERS LTD Painting/Plastering Renovations Extensions Kitchens Re-Roofing Insurance Work Phone Keith: 027274 9359 or (03) 325-4452 ktmbuilders@xtra.co.nz Fully Qualified Builder THE PERFECT PLACE FOR YOUR SUMMER PLANTING PROJECTS - Landscaping plants for all gardens - Ornamental & Specimen trees - Canterbury’s largest range of natives - Hedging & Topiaries - Fruit & Nut plants Get great summer planting advice from our friendly team 1133 Main South Road - 0800 800 352 - southernwoods.co.nz NOW OPEN 7 DAYS

SELWYN TIMES Tuesday November 22 2016 41 Looking for a property – what really counts? You are in the market for a new property, scrolling the Internet, examining properties for sale and zeroing in on those with potential. They might be in locations that offer cheaper land, larger houses, or convenience to work or school. You may have visited show homes and open homes becoming confused, overwhelmed or swept away with emotional factors like having everything new, or extra features such as three car garaging. To be happy with your choice, list the features that you need, considering: • Family space – Is there room for the children to play indoors and for television and entertainment units? Should this be open plan or separated? • Kitchen – What needs to be in your kitchen? How serious are you about a butler’s pantry? Is it a whim or something that offers a practical solution to the way you use your kitchen? • Bedroom sizes – What are optimum sizes? Smaller bedrooms may translate to slightly lower building costs while extra space can be useful. When looking at existing homes, consider whether the size of each bedroom is sufficient. • Garaging – A standard double garage once two cars are parked there offers little space for the toys. What toys do you have and could they live with the lawnmower in a garden shed, a cheaper option to three car garaging? If the budget allows and a larger garage with workshop is important, make it a selection priority. • Size of land – Lifestyle properties offer space for children, pets, hobbies, an expansive Your guide to Show Homes & New Sections garden and perhaps a home-run business but they require work so are not for everyone and a compact section might be more sensible if a tight budget or busy lifestyle. • Bathrooms – Second and third bathrooms are great in homes with teenagers and a wet shower room is ideal for young children. A bath might be fashionable though is often not used and its absence could mean a more spacious bathroom. • Laundry – Would a laundry in the garage do the job? • Storage – How much storage do you need? Weigh up what can truly be stored in the garage once vehicles are in, a preference in winter. Garages vary in size so check the size to ensure your vehicles will fit. Look also at where else the house offers storage capacity such as in hall cupboards, a large hot water cylinder cupboard, wardrobes (check their width and depth), walk-in robe, attic storage trusses, as well as the potential for hooks and shelving in the garage for bikes, tools, garden equipment and even kayaks. • Off-street parking – How many vehicles can be parked on the driveway? Will this space be sufficient? • Garden - Is there sufficient space for your children to play or for entertaining? A checklist will allow you to determine what will suit your needs, the point of the exercise, saving you time looking at properties or potential house designs while assisting you to decide whether to buy a new or existing home with both options having advantages and disadvantages. in the Selwyn District