Now is the time to build

With all the doom and gloom in the press about money lately, you could be for­given for pad­lock­ing your wal­let, stick­ing it in a chest and bury­ing it in the garden.

Central Otago Mirror - - YOUR OWN HOME -

Truth be told, how­ever, hard times can bring op­por­tu­nity for the canny con­sumer, as strug­gling re­tail­ers and ser­vice providers start to re­duce prices and ex­pe­ri­ence in­creased avail­abil­ity to pro­vide those very ser­vices for you. So per­haps, far from bat­ten­ing down the hatches and throw­ing away the key, now is rather the time to dig out your read­ing specs and be­gin por­ing the pages of the in­creas­ingly des­per­ate dis­count mail that makes its way into your let­ter­box with metro­nomic reg­u­lar­ity. Have you tried and tried again to find a suit­able builder, plumber or other trades­man to carry out your ren­o­va­tion or build­ing project over the past few years? Well now is the time to try once more and likely get sat­is­fac­tion at last, as com­mer­cial projects go on ice, new build hous­ing slows and trades­peo­ple be­gin to find a few gaps in their sched­ules for the first time in a long while. Con­sider this also. There’s a long and no­ble tra­di­tion of thrifti­ness among New Zealan­ders, none of which has been for­got­ten dur­ing the re­cent times of rel­a­tive af­flu­ence – just ask your grand­par­ents. So why not reap­praise that DIY project in the light of the new eco­nomic Zeit­geist? You might just find that with a few clever tweaks here and there you can change the global Whoa to your per­sonal Go.

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