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Tauranga is a hot spot! It’s one of New Zealand’s fastest growing cities, and in fact housing prices aren’t lagging much behind Auckland. It’s booming for good reason, with an abundance of natural beauty all around, a great climate, and many varied lifestyle options and opportunities for outdoor adventures. Add to this the appeal of a solid economy, and it’s no surprise that more and more young families and outdoor enthusiasts are making the move to relocate to the Bay of Plenty.
The Port of Tauranga is one of the region’s largest employers and provides the infrastructure for many of the area’s exporting businesses. Kiwifruit and avocado orchards thrive here, while forestry and timber exporting operations are also fruitful. The wider Bay of Plenty encompasses many rural communities, charming small towns and Tauranga as one of the country’s largest cities and commercial hubs.
Types of Houses in Tauranga
Refresh Renovations’ Cameron Ironside enjoys working on the many different types of houses that can be found across the area: “The region boasts many old farmhouse style homes with wonderful timber flooring and decent sized sections. But particularly in Tauranga and Mount Maunganui there are also many 70s and 80s homes in need of a makeover, and there is a broad mix of quality.”
He cautions that many of the older, owner-built houses have been constructed or modified without reference to council, which can be a problem. Some areas around Tauranga are very hilly and slips do occur, which means that engineering and foundation work is crucial.
House Prices in Tauranga
Housing prices have increased along with the region’s popularity. The NZ Herald reported in mid 2018 that house prices in Tauranga have reached a record median of $660,000. When you consider this rise in property value, it’s worth considering the best way to renovate your home, and getting it done right first time. Cameron adds: “Renovations require proper project management, and it’s important to get a good understanding early on of the design process and costing.”
Adding Value by Renovating
So what’s the best way of adding value to a house in Tauranga? Cameron suggests that one of the key things to add value while at the same time improving the home’s usability is to open the interior up and creating an open-plan layout. “A typical home of the region is a three to four bedroom house with one bathroom,” he says. “Often, older homes have many internal walls and small rooms, so a common renovation concern is how to open up the home and make it more functional.”
Part of a redesign can be an extension to the home, whether that’s a same level extension, a loft conversion or a basement excavation. (find out about home extension options) This can dramatically improve indoor-outdoor flow too. Also, kitchen makeovers are generally a great way to add value to your house, as are bathroom renovations. Cameron adds: “If your house has only one bathroom, adding an en-suite and walk-in wardrobe to your master bedroom can make a big different to your lifestyle.”
Refresh Renovations offers Specialist Renovation Services
No matter what scale or scope of renovation you are planning, the team at Refresh Renovations Tauranga can help you make the most of your home.
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