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Saturday, October 13, 2012

R.I.P. Min

Min, the Avonside Blog’s cat, went to meet his Maker early yesterday evening.

The epitome of resilience, he survived five years living homeless in the area until accepting our invitation. Three years on, and after numerous trials and tribulations, enough was enough.

Autosave-File vom d-lab2/3 der AgfaPhoto GmbH

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Friday, October 12, 2012

Southern Response - temporary repairs to houses

Southern Response have updated their website with information for those awaiting either rebuilds or repairs, and wishing to stay in their existing damaged property until then. The following is from the new section (here) :

What should you do if you need temporary repairs to your house?

We are sometimes asked to do temporary repairs to a customer's home to make it more habitable and comfortable, before the main repairs are done, or before the house is rebuilt.  This might cover things like cladding or roofing, insulation, drainage or removal of liquefaction.

If you believe your property needs temporary repairs for you to be able to remain living there, please contact us to talk about your situation.  We look at each request individually, taking into account all circumstances.

We need to ensure our customers live in weathertight, secure homes that they are able to heat, and that their home is structurally safe to live in. 

Temporary Repairs for Rebuilds

If your home needs repairs so that you are able to remain living there until it is rebuilt, the cost of doing these repairs will most commonly come from your temporary accommodation allowance or, if you choose, or from the funds allocated to rebuild your house. 

We will ask you to enter an agreement that the cost of the repairs will:

  • Come from any temporary accommodation allowance you may have through your policy with us, or
  • Be repaid to us by you if you choose to take a cash settlement rather than build with us, or
  • Come from the rebuilding funds if you choose to rebuild with us, or
  • Be funded by an advance from us, which will be repaid by you before your rebuild begins.

We also need the agreement of any financially interested party (bank etc) before we can proceed with a temporary repair agreement.

Customers will need to have a clear understanding that if they proceed down this proposed temporary repair path using rebuild funds, they will have less settlement funds from Southern Response to finally repair or rebuild their home.

Temporary Repairs for Repairable Houses

If you need repairs done so that you can stay in your house until the main repairs are done we will see if we can bring forward some of those repairs to enable you to remain living there. 

We will only pay for repairs to any part of your house to be done once.  If temporary repairs would have to be redone as part of the main repairs, we are likely to choose to cash settle your entire claim so that you can manage the repairs in your own timeframe.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Holy Trinity Avonside - Parish and Community Fair: Saturday 20 October

Saturday 20 October 10 am to 1pm

Children’s activities
Bouncy castle
Books
Entertainment
Plants
Food and Drinks
Raffle
Trash ‘n treasure
Linens

Be surprised at the range of community stalls.
See how our churchyard garden is being developed.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Post-earthquake plasterboard repairs

BRANZ (Building Research Association of New Zealand) have a free two page download called Post-earthquake Plasterboard Repairs.  It is a digital version of the article that appeared in the August/September edition of their publication Build (No 131).

The article covers the problems associated with using plasterboard as a bracing element, the type of repairs that might be used, and the result to be expected. A very useful tool to check against what has been specified for your plasterboard repairs.

For Red Zoners who have been classified as a repair, comparing the repair method proposed by EQC or an insurer against what the article says may be a useful reality check. 

As always, the issue is not about the most economic repair for the insurer, it is about what your insurance policy entitles you to.

The article (free) can be downloaded from here. The BRANZ earthquake repair and rebuilding information page is here (some items are free).

Monday, October 8, 2012

Measuring the impacts of the Canterbury earthquakes on the residential property market.

Lincoln University are conducting an on-line survey to see how prospective home buyers view the risk associated with land zoning (TC1, TC2, TC3) and the likelihood of flooding, how this affects the price they are willing to pay, areas prospective buyers prefer, and construction preferences.

The survey, Residents’ perceptions relating to residential property in Canterbury post the earthquakes is open to all who want to participate and starts here. The survey is for both homeowners and renters. A few questions are detailed however you can leave a question unanswered if you wish. Some questions were unclear when I did it, so left them blank.

The following introductory information is from the Lincoln website.

Professor Sandy Bond from Lincoln University is currently conducting research to investigate householders’ perceptions towards the impacts of the Canterbury earthquakes on the residential property market. The 22 February 2011 Canterbury earthquake had a devastating impact on Christchurch property with the significant damage caused to land and buildings. As at July 2012, 7541 properties have been zoned Red, including 406 properties in the Port Hills - that is, the land damage was so severe that it is uneconomic to be repaired and will not be able to be rebuilt on. The overall impact on the residential property market has been dramatic with the initial number of sales stalling due in part to difficulty getting access to insurance and mortgage finance.

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