Hid­den costs

The Northland Age - - Opinion -

If it is a fact that houses can be built right here in Awanui for less than $200,000, let’s cel­e­brate. The re­sults should mean more jobs for those seek­ing work.

Most want­ing to own their own home might do well to ques­tion the add-ons, ie. the to­tal cost of own­ing the roof over your head. The build is only part of the cost. Ac­count for ex­clu­sions.

Con­sider price paid for the land on which to place your less than $200,000 home. What of the elec­tri­cal and plumb­ing? If in­cluded, any up­grade comes at a cost.

Sup­pose your sec­tion is not level. Per­mits, cross­ing re­quire­ments can cost thou­sands. Kitchen cab­i­nets, bath­room fit­tings, floor cov­er­ings, nets, drapes, blinds; all costs. As is paint and wall­pa­per, if out­side what is sup­plied.

A garage is re­quired? Con­crete pad, paths, fenc­ing, lawn de­vel­op­ment, add to costs.

Ad­ver­tised is a ba­sic kitchen pack­age at $2672 per­haps these are sup­plied as part of the $200,000.

A solid wood burner may be re­quired. The price of the per­mit and the two to three me­tres of wood re­quired may cause a re­think. Per­haps a heat pump.

Ev­ery­one needs a warm home. It is a ba­sic, we are told.

For those able to pur­chase a lo­cally-built home, great, but con­sider please the to­tal paid/ bor­rowed could be con­sid­er­ably more than $200,000 sees them into a new home.

My orig­i­nal let­ter only asked that vot­ers think care­fully about what is not be­ing said. Pur­chas­ing a new home is no dif­fer­ent. Be aware, or should I say be­ware the hid­den costs.

Years ago the build was con­sid­ered to be about a third of the cost of own­ing a home. BERYL CURREEN


let­ters pub­lished in your edi­tion of July 5?

In pub­lished or­der, Cather­ine Mu­ru­paenga-Ikenn writes with typ­i­cal assuredness of cit­i­zens’ ris­ing con­cerns about wa­ter se­cu­rity and of global wa­ter

short­ages and the deep­en­ing cli­mate cri­sis.

All pop­py­cock of her own imag­i­na­tion. Is that brief enough?

An Aus­tralian rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Peo­ple for the Eth­i­cal

Treat­ment of An­i­mals writes, quite ac­cu­rately, if sen­sa­tion­ally, of bobby calves torn from their moth­ers and vi­o­lently killed.

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