Don’t make THIS mistake when asking a tradie for a quote

Have you ever received a bill from a tradie and thought crikey what happened there??? I know I have! I’ve since learnt a little trick tradies use to make some extra money. Calling a tradie in for a quote actually ends out costing you money that can easily be saved. A tradie might tempt you by offering to […]

How Lawn Drainage Instantly Adds Value to Your Property

When you’re looking into a property, what’s one of the first things you’ll see? Whether you’re buying a new house or a small business, one of the first things you will notice is the lawns. And let me tell you now, no one wants to buy a swampland. Now let’s put yourself in the sellers […]

Forestry Worker Cut From Reparation

Two and a half years after a nearly fatal accident, one forestry worker is beginning to wonder if he’ll ever receive his reparation. Gisborne man Tau Henare was almost killed on the job and has not received any of the $40,000 he should have been paid by his employer – and now he fears the company is […]

Standard of Renovations Prompt Electricians To Compensate

It’s a story told all too often. Someone contracts a renovator only to be shocked with how poorly they performed. Kerrie Hardgrave shared her experiences on a website after she felt ripped off. However this story does have a positive twist! Three electricians were prompted to work for free to complete unfinished and uncertified wiring. One of those […]

Tradesmen Hibernate in Winter

If you’re in need of fixing a leaking roof, a broken furnace or in need of a new gas fire installed, you should probably act sooner rather than later. New Zealand faces a nationwide problem in which the trades industry fails to meet surges of pre-winter demand. Although this is a nationwide problem, Auckland and […]

No More Tradie Surprises

There is an embarrassingly high number of tradie horror stories in New Zealand. Heard the one about the locksmith who got a key copied for every home he visited? (That certainly wouldn’t happen is you use a reputed a Auckland locksmith like Chubb!) What about the builder who never turned up, but charged someone anyway? […]

Tricks of the Trade for Choosing a Tradie

Although it is difficult to sum up ways to choose the best tradie when there are so many professions and points to consider, knowing some general tips can be extremely valuable. New Zealand is a service economy with many tradesmen offering their services and often have little distinguishing features. 1. Licensing is key One of […]