Dominique Fletcher works in the marketing team for Schneider Electric, New Zealand. She recently went through a switchboard upgrade in her home, and has written about the experience to help other homeowners who might be considering one as well.
My husband and I bought our first home almost five years ago. At the time we purchased the NZ housing market was fierce. I remember the feeling when we finally managed to secure a house that we could afford was not only relief (because we could stop spending our weekends scouring neighbourhoods and attending open homes) but also excitement to make the place our own.
With barely any furniture to our names, we rolled into our two-bedroom 1970’s brick and tile unit like it was a palace, parked up some camp chairs in the lounge, and toasted to our new massive mortgage and the banana coloured walls throughout. It wasn’t pretty, but it was ours.