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Selwyn Times: October 31, 2017

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2 12 [Edition datE] Your guide to Show Homes & New Sections in the Selwyn District Great ways to maximise storage space It can be hard to judge the amount of storage needed in a new home and while there is something to be said for decluttering and not holding onto possessions no longer needed, there will still be items that are useful and you wish to keep. The size and design of a home largely determines the number of cupboards and storage space available yet opportunities exist for making the most of the space available so the home is more easily kept tidy and clean. When looking at a house plan, consider where storage might be included. For example, open shelving might be fitted in a living room wall and more shelves included in a cupboard for maximum storage, with it worth measuring the height of items and siting shelves accordingly. Including more kitchen cabinetry where space allows, is another option as is corner cupboards where space might otherwise be lost. A Lazy Susan makes it easier to access items though can reduce the amount that can be stowed in the cupboard. Full length A built in laundry bin hides dirty washing. or half vertical tray cupboards are also handy for chopping boards, patty tins, large flat platter dishes and baking trays. Would it also be worth taking some cabinetry up to the ceiling in the laundry, kitchen or garage? Allow room for a laundry trolley or basket as well as mops, brooms and perhaps the vacuum cleaner. A laundry bin built into the cabinetry is also perfect for hiding dirty washing. Pre-manufactured shelving systems in hall and laundry cupboards, as well as wardrobes are attractive however, assess whether these work with what you want to locate there and whether built-in shelves might be better. Having space for stackable plastic bins containing children’s toys might also help keep a bedroom tidy, especially if a smaller room. Attic garage roof trusses are a wonderful way to provide a place for less used items. The trusses need to be incorporated into the design at planning stage and will cost more however, the extra dollars may be justified, especially in a smaller home. Access is via an attic ladder and the trusses are only possible if the roof pitch is not too low. Built-in or customised shelving can fitted in the garage along with bike racks, hooks for tools and even hammock style netting that can be strung up to hang below the roof. If you have a smaller courtyard garden, rather than purchasing bulky outdoor furniture stackable seating could be chosen to offer extra places to perch when entertaining. Raised garden beds with extra wide tops are also good, while outdoor play equipment and balls can be tucked away in a chest or ottoman. Having an outdoor shed offers a weatherproof place for garden tools, the lawnmower and bicycles and helps make the garage more spacious while a lean-to shelter provides a dry place for firewood, potted frost sensitive plants and outdoor furniture over winter. Cabinetry in a living room provides extra storage. Attic roof trusses provide a place for less used items. Artisan Homes Builders of superior homes. Built to last. Silver medal winner in Registered Master Builders 2016 House of the Year Awards Artisan Homes Office & Showhome 5 Broomleigh Drive, Faringdon Artisan Homes New Showhome 72 Blakes Road, Prebbleton Open Sat & Sun 12–4pm Office & Show Home: 5 Broomleigh Drive, Faringdon, Rolleston New Show Home: 72 Blakes Road, Prebbleton Phone: 03 374 9172 or Rob: 021 324 876 E-mail -

2 [Edition datE] Buying a property? Get a building inspection 13 Would you get a mechanic to inspect a used car before you bought it, or would you just get a mate who knows a bit about cars to take a look? Prospective property buyers face a similar conundrum – do they pay for a building inspection before making an offer, or just ask a builder friend to check the place out? Buying a car is worrisome enough, but the emotional and financial stakes are a lot higher when it comes to buying property. If you’re going to make a serious investment in something that will have a huge impact on your family’s health, wealth and wellbeing, it pays to get the best advice you can. Ideally, this means engaging a building inspector who can identify significant defects, future or urgent maintenance issues and problems caused by gradual deterioration. They will look for structural problems, any evidence that the property is a leaky building, issues caused by deferred maintenance (such as weatherboards rotting due to peeling paint) and areas where there is damp or mould. This is a visual inspection – a building surveyor will check in the ceiling and under the floor, but they will not cut holes in walls or carry out any other invasive testing. The whole property should be checked, including fences and any garages or sheds. They will collate their findings in a detailed and easily understood report. Getting a good property inspection carried out isn’t cheap though, particularly if you’re unsuccessful in buying and have to repeat the process. You have a range of choices, from enlisting a builder mate to using a qualified and insured inspector. You can also make an inspection a condition of your offer on a property. If you choose this option, the report must be prepared by a suitably qualified building inspector in accordance with accepted principles and methods. If you then use the report’s findings to get out of the contract, you must provide the seller with a copy of it. Either way, the more you invest in this exercise the safer you will be if things don’t turn out as you had expected. The property pre-purchase inspection industry is not regulated in New Zealand, however the Real Estate Agents Authority (REAA) recommends using a qualified building inspector who has professional indemnity insurance, understands the strict legal requirements of their role and carries out their work in accordance with the New Zealand Property Inspection Standard. This is important because they will help protect you if something goes wrong later on. If you discover problems with the property that should have been evident in a building inspection, you can make a complaint to the professional body that the inspector belongs to and seek compensation through the courts. If you buy a property based on a report by someone like a builder mate who is unqualified and/or uninsured, you could end up owning some expensive problems. Even worse, you may severely limit your ability to seek damages if the property has significant issues that would have been picked up by a more thorough inspection. You have limited other avenues if things don’t turn out to be how they were represented to you. You may be able to rely on the warranties included in the sale and purchase agreement by the seller. They are required to confirm that (among other things) any work they have done on the property was carried out in accordance with any necessary permits or consents required by law. You may also have other legal options which you should speak to your lawyer about. REAA strongly recommends that you speak to a lawyer before you sign the sale and purchase agreement to understand this more. If you are looking to buy it’s a good idea to get in touch with a local building inspector as soon as you start your property search. Ask friends and family for their recommendations and request a sample report from any inspector you contact to get an idea of the kind of information they provide. Real estate agents can sometimes offer building inspection reports to prospective buyers on behalf of vendors. Treat these as a starting point rather than a definitive diagnostic guide to a property. Paying for your own report means you know the credentials of the person who prepared it, you can be sure of its impartiality and you can seek redress if needed. Depending on what a building inspection finds, you may be able to use a report to help you negotiate with the vendor over price or repairs. Even if a report only finds minor issues, you can still use it as a road map for future maintenance. Knowing what you’re in for is invaluable when you’re buying property, no matter how many times you’ve done it before. The New Zealand Institute of Building Surveyors and the Building Officials Institute of New Zealand both hold lists of qualified property inspectors. See or for more information. Visit Our New Showhome Village Featuring seven of Canterbury’s leading building companies The Flemington Showhome Village is now open. Find your perfect house and land package within a well regarded community. Each home site has been created to enjoy the best possible aspect situated amongst Lincoln’s rural outlook. First National Real Estate Sue Mullins 027 244 1325 Visit Us Onsite Corner of Birches Road and Craig Thompson Drive, Lincoln. 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