Most of us have a strong urge to do things by ourselves when it comes to any home improvement project, yet some tasks warrant professional work.
Driveway installation is one of them. Even if you only intend to install a short driveway, you should still seek an expert to perform the job. That’s because you this project often requires to you use heavy machinery.
In New Zealand, you can start to choose driveway contractors in Auckland by asking for references. Prepare a list of questions such as those about honouring contracts, work ethic and total expenses. It may be best to ask for a contractor’s recent clients to use their opinion as a gauge, whether or not to hire the service provider.
You may even take it a notch further by asking for the clients’ permission to see the contractor’s work at their home. Documented proof of the company’s liability insurance is also important. Be suspicious if the contractor becomes uncomfortable when you bring the topic up for discussion. After all, your home’s value may be affected by any faulty work on your driveway.
Auckland Home Values
Your driveway remains a part of your house, which determines the overall value of your property. In Auckland, the local council said that home prices in the region rose 45 per cent since 2014. Houses in Waiheke have 64 per cent higher values, while those in Ōtara-Papatoetoe and Papakura increased 62 and 61 percent, respectively.
The Auckland Council said that homes in the latter two areas have become more expensive due to their locations, which are “relatively central but affordable compared to the inner city.”
As home prices in Auckland increase, you should only seek professional help when planning to do a home upgrade. Resist the urge to do it yourself, as you could end up spending more to fix your mistakes.