Everything you want to know about building a home, renovating or home maintenance can now be found on consumer.org.nz.

From choosing a section, to district plans and resource consents, we’ve got information to help you make good decisions. After all, your home is one of the most expensive purchases you’re ever likely to make.

You’ll also find product information about heating, designing for energy efficiency, outdoor living, safety, security and insulation.

Previously much of this material had been housed on a Consumer NZ site called Consumerbuild. But for ease-of-use, we’ve updated it and shifted it to consumer.org.nz.

The housing industry has undergone major regulatory change in recent years. For instance, a written contract is now mandatory for building work costing $30,000 or more. This protects your interests and sets out your rights and obligations. It also gives your building contractor an incentive to build right the first time.

There’s lots of other stuff you should know about before you even think of building or renovating. And it’s all on the site.