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Getting Ready To Leave => Your NZ Budget => Topic started by: Tania on June 19, 2007, 08:20:30 pm

Title: Appliances to take or leave....
Post by: Tania on June 19, 2007, 08:20:30 pm
I've been told by friends in auckland that most houses there have stoves, dishwashers and even in the odd case a fridge....He says it's standard with most houses when you rent.....Is this true?We are heading there or wellies and were wondering whether we should bring these items with.  We are taking most of our stuff in a container....we will rent at first and propobly buy within a year or so...What are your experiences/info..... :confused:
Title: Re: Appliances to take or leave....
Post by: worsie on June 19, 2007, 09:14:34 pm
Well our stuff has just been packed up today  :clap: :clap: :clap: We also off to wellies

Fridge - If your fridge is more than 10 years old its probably illegal in NZ due to the gas or something, we could not take ours with and resorting to buying a new one here in SA. Fridges are very expensive from what I have seen in NZ.

I have also noticed that many place have dishwashers, however ours is on its way.

I really would not take a stove with, we have left ours behind. Every single place i have seen has a stove.

From what I have seen, appliances seem very expensive, and if you are paying for a container you may as well fill it.
Title: Re: Appliances to take or leave....
Post by: Nolan on June 19, 2007, 10:04:47 pm
Rentals have all the appliances we are used to plus often a dishwasher thrown in too, sometimes a few extras, but I wouldn't always count on the condition of these items, see them as bonuses when looking for rentals.

If you are taking a container, them make sure it is as full as you can pack it - at least you know it is paid for.
Title: Re: Appliances to take or leave....
Post by: worsie on June 19, 2007, 10:56:01 pm
If you are taking a container, them make sure it is as full as you can pack it - at least you know it is paid for.

I agree, we have taken everything.

PS, some things are not worth the effort. Lawnmowers, weedeaters etc. I was told to leave them behind because its such a problem with cleaning the grass off them. NZ has something against our grass  :2funny:
Title: Re: Appliances to take or leave....
Post by: Badprop on June 20, 2007, 06:45:00 am
Hiaya,  if you have space in the container, take it with it's no sweat.  If you get on the otherside and they have quality stuff there already, you can sell it and make a better profit there than here.

 
Title: Re: Appliances to take or leave....
Post by: Nolan on June 20, 2007, 08:21:06 pm
Maybe our grass is too strong for them?  :2funny:

Worsie, tell your gardener that he must service the lawnmower and weed-eater - then let him clean off all the grass, unscrew the lawnmower top and brush out all the grass stuck in there, etc. then you will be fine and can take it with  O0
Title: Re: Appliances to take or leave....
Post by: worsie on June 20, 2007, 08:57:08 pm
Maybe our grass is too strong for them?  :2funny:

Worsie, tell your gardener that he must service the lawnmower and weed-eater - then let him clean off all the grass, unscrew the lawnmower top and brush out all the grass stuck in there, etc. then you will be fine and can take it with  O0

Too late, our container is leaving tomorrow. But our gardener is now a proud owner of a flymo and R199 no name brand weedeater.
Title: Re: Appliances to take or leave....
Post by: Nolan on June 20, 2007, 09:44:27 pm
and our domestic is the proud owner of a stove hob and some cupboards and the gardener owns an oven and the rest of the kitchen cupboards.
Title: Re: Appliances to take or leave....
Post by: almostakiwi on June 20, 2007, 10:23:04 pm
The only thing I regret bringing is the fridge, all the places we have looked at to rent cannot fit a double door fridge, We have now baught a smaller fridge for the kitchen and will keep the big one in the garage.

Dont bring the stove, and most places have a dishwasher and some even have a microwave. Haven't seen any places that come with a fridge though. Oh yes, free humidity included in all houses :)
Title: Re: Appliances to take or leave....
Post by: Nolan on June 21, 2007, 07:28:13 am
do most houses have a de-humidifier installed?
Title: Re: Appliances to take or leave....
Post by: worsie on June 21, 2007, 07:39:06 am
Thats weird.

We have a humidifier for my daughters room as she suffers from croupe (not sure on spelling). Guess we won't be using that any more.

Whats the humidily like in NZ compared to Durbs? And are the humidity levels higher in the north of the north island than everywhere else?
Title: Re: Appliances to take or leave....
Post by: Shirls on June 21, 2007, 08:00:35 am
I know my sisters house does not have a humidifier in it... so if you need one, take one just in case!

When we were over in May, I did not notice the humidity. Even in Auckland. But I think summer would be very different.
When we got off the plane in Durbs, we could feel the humidity even at 9.30 at night! But then again we have not had much of a winter here have we?
Title: Re: Appliances to take or leave....
Post by: nazmahomed on June 21, 2007, 01:14:37 pm
I would be surprised if the humidity is as bad as here in Durban. I hope its not anyway...
Title: Re: Appliances to take or leave....
Post by: Rhodan on June 21, 2007, 04:16:50 pm
I've been told the humidity is not as bad as Durban, thank goodness !
Title: Re: Appliances to take or leave....
Post by: Happy Expat on June 21, 2007, 11:41:44 pm
I think Auckland humidity is the same as Durbs ??? I hate humidity and that was one of our reasons for moving. It's not very noticable in the winter, I think it actually keeps it warmer?

Nolan, they don't have dehumidifiers in houses, you have to buy your own, but some houses have a special dehumidifying system in them. O0

I thought people were just being silly about complaining about the houses being cold and damp, but now that I'm living in an old house I can see what they mean :-\
The newer houses are better O0
Title: Re: Appliances to take or leave....
Post by: jafa77 on June 22, 2007, 12:35:23 am
Auckland is humid but it is NOTHING like Durban simply because the temps are much lower. Durban will be 30C and humid. Auckland will be 25C and humid. Big difference. I slept with a duvet in Auckland during summer (most of the time) with the window open. It was nothing like Durban. I am sure others will disagree.
Title: Re: Appliances to take or leave....
Post by: Happy Expat on June 22, 2007, 01:01:33 am
I think it's something that people will just have to decide for themselves ;)
Title: Re: Appliances to take or leave....
Post by: Rhodan on June 22, 2007, 08:38:55 pm
I thought people were just being silly about complaining about the houses being cold and damp

Well you should see the sorry state of affairs of the houses here in SA !

For the last two years we have been renting in brand new townhouses around Midrand, and good lord are they atrocious ! Wind comes through the windows, they rattle, leaks, rain comes through the windows and under the doors etc., damp, the list goes on ... and these things go for R1 million+ !  ::)

Title: Re: Appliances to take or leave....
Post by: Johan01 on June 23, 2007, 07:56:14 am
The new improved SA Building Standards
Title: Re: Appliances to take or leave....
Post by: Badprop on June 23, 2007, 08:11:29 am
The 'in' thing with decorating is to bring the outside in and visa versa.  This way you get to appreciate mother nature indoors.  You can sell these as features when selling the house.
Title: Re: Appliances to take or leave....
Post by: Johan01 on June 23, 2007, 08:13:40 am
That's also why we have so many burglars ... to bring wild life in the home ..
Title: Re: Appliances to take or leave....
Post by: Rhodan on June 23, 2007, 05:35:23 pm
Quote from: Johan01
The new improved SA Building Standards
Quote from: Johan01
That's also why we have so many burglars ... to bring wild life in the home ..

 ;D :2funny:
Title: Re: Appliances to take or leave....
Post by: Happy Expat on June 23, 2007, 11:04:05 pm
You guys are :2funny:
Title: Re: Appliances to take or leave....
Post by: Johan01 on June 24, 2007, 10:54:37 am
Handoeke   6        $30.00   R 159.00
Double bed base         $349.00   R 1,849.70
Doubble bed matras      $349.00   R 1,849.70
Bank beds matresses incl   2 $469.00   R 2,485.70
Duvet cover Dbl Bed           $29.99   R 158.95
Gordyne matching duvet2 dro      $38.84                   R 205.85
Sheet dbl bed             $6.96   R 36.89
Single duvet cover   2        $59.98   R 317.89
curtains   4                        $49.68   R 263.30
sheets single beds   2        $13.92   R 73.78
pillows   6                        $48.00   R 254.40
duvet inner dbl bed           $67.49   R 357.70
duvet inner sngle bed 2       $113.52   R 601.66
hairdyer                           $29.99   R 158.95
TV 54 cm                         $179.00   R 948.70
Lounge 5 seats         $1,599.00   R 8,474.70
DVD payer           $99.00   R 524.70
curtains Lounge           $39.84   R 211.15
Washing machine         $499.00   R 2,644.70
Tumbler dryer         $499.00   R 2,644.70
Iron                           $59.99   R 317.95
vacume                         $129.99   R 688.95
Dining room set 5 seats      $499.00   R 2,644.70
microwave         $209.00   R 1,107.70
kettle                           $49.99   R 264.95
fridge                         $899.00   R 4,764.70
cutlery set           $70.00   R 371.00
snack witcher           $19.19   R 101.71
toaster                           $19.99   R 105.95
      TOTAL       $6,526.36   R 34,589.71

An idea of prizes for new stuff.
Title: Re: Appliances to take or leave....
Post by: Badprop on June 24, 2007, 12:22:13 pm
Johan where did you get these prices?  Want to have a look at the website.
Title: Re: Appliances to take or leave....
Post by: Johan01 on June 25, 2007, 07:37:13 am
Jolene is doing the shopping .. she said she just went in google search, type in eg. fridge NZ and then start hunting. She is doing it with everything. Sorry she did not write down the stores names. When she do the shopping thing again she will take note of the stores. Anycase we will post a list once we start to buy in NZ.

One thing that I have noticed is that a lot of stuff you can buy over the net and have it delivered, eg. PC's. The prizes then is not to bad.
Title: Re: Appliances to take or leave....
Post by: Nolan on June 25, 2007, 09:01:35 am
I also started going through the process of pricing everything new in NZ, but stopped - we just can't leave our stuff here - worked too hard to get the little bit of stuff we have. Here are some of our prices we found :

Double Bed Matress - furniturecity - $600
Bunkbed - freedomfurniture - $800
icemaker - thedeal - $400
dishwasher - thedeal - $500
breadmaker - thedeal - $60
liquidizer - $40
perculator - thedeal - $40
lounge suite - furniturecity - $2000
wall unit - furniturecity - $700
dinning room suite - furniturecity - $800
bedroom suite, incl. bed - furniturecity - $800
kettle - thedeal - $30
dining room & lounge suite combo - furniturecity - $2000
single bed with foam matress - furniturecity - $130

Linen is called Manchester in NZ.

All links are HERE (http://www.sagoingtonz.co.nz/links/essential.php)
Title: Re: Appliances to take or leave....
Post by: janvs on June 25, 2007, 09:03:58 am
Hi,

I think the object is to take your piece of SA with you
When you get lonely and homesick, it helps to see your own microwave, own tv, etc. when you get home at night

Jan
Title: Re: Appliances to take or leave....
Post by: nazmahomed on June 25, 2007, 09:27:11 am
Johan, alot of the appliances go on sale quite often as well so you will be able to pick them up for half the normal price. Try looking at Briscoes and The Warehouse...their sales are amazing. Makes me wish I was there NOW so I could take advantage of them.
Title: Re: Appliances to take or leave....
Post by: Nolan on June 25, 2007, 09:39:09 am
not forgetting that there is nothing wrong with buying secondhand either. You can probably buy all you need for less than half the new price if you look around. The minute you buy new and walk out the shop, it is secondhand anyway.
Title: Re: Appliances to take or leave....
Post by: Happy Expat on June 25, 2007, 09:45:55 am
All our big appliances are 2nd hand from trademe. A year and 7 months later they all still working just fine O0
Title: Re: Appliances to take or leave....
Post by: worsie on June 25, 2007, 10:24:29 am
Hi,

I think the object is to take your piece of SA with you
When you get lonely and homesick, it helps to see your own microwave, own tv, etc. when you get home at night

Jan

100% true, home is where your stuff is.

Title: Re: Appliances to take or leave....
Post by: Johan01 on June 25, 2007, 03:21:20 pm
Yes secondhand is cheaper and there are sales galore .. but somewhere yoou have to start budgetting ... so I rather over budget on this one, then i know we would not come short on the budget.
Title: Re: Appliances to take or leave....
Post by: nazmahomed on June 26, 2007, 07:55:46 am
I would also rather over budget than get any nasty surprises. But I do love sales :clap:
Title: Re: Appliances to take or leave....
Post by: dance on June 30, 2007, 07:31:38 am
Naz at last someone who shares my sentiments.  :clap: Also do not forget the auctions. You get some good nearly new stuff there for next to nothing. If you balance this against the cost of taking a container it may be worth your while to go this route. I know we are. Most of the  furniture is in need of replacing anyway so it will be cheaper for us to start again. I would like to ask if anyone knows about tools. Syd being a fitter has all his own tools and we wonder if we should take them with. They are all in spotless condition so no worries about cleaning etc.
Title: Re: Appliances to take or leave....
Post by: jafa77 on June 30, 2007, 09:37:52 pm
well, I came with 3 suitcases, some books and my photo albums. Why dont you take pictures of your applicances and you can simply look at them if you want a reminder.  >:D :2funny: :heeha:

Then you can buy new Kiwi stuff for your new life in Kiwiland! :clap: :clap: :clap:

I know so many people who now regret having paid for a container. They can buy nicer stuff over here for the same money.
Title: Re: Appliances to take or leave....
Post by: dance on July 01, 2007, 06:04:19 am
Too true I know too many people that have taken furniture only to find they have to sell it again over there cos it does not fit into the home etc. We are not even taking photo albums with. All photos have been scanned and saved to disk. Saves a lot of room.
The good thing is it gives me a great opportunity to get rid of all those ugly ornaments we have kept for years because auntie so and so gave it and would be upset if we threw it out. I have been known to  accidently drop and break a few whilst dusting :whistle: but that can only carry you through for so long ;D
Title: Re: Appliances to take or leave....
Post by: Didi77 on July 01, 2007, 09:42:06 am
Hi Dance my Hubby is also in trade and has his own tools (electrical) - have you decided on the tools? I wonder if we should take his tools with.

I think we will share a container so we can take some sentimental stuff but I will need to buy most furniture new as mine is ancient. I'm looking forward to a new fridge and stove, and like Dance I will NOT miss my mother-in-law’s maroon couch
....
Title: Re: Appliances to take or leave....
Post by: Johan01 on July 01, 2007, 12:32:34 pm
yes I agree with roto, stuff all the old things , a suitcase with a weeks clothes for each, plus the laptops - PC games & DVD for the kids, camera and video - hairdryer and off we go ...
Title: Re: Appliances to take or leave....
Post by: Happy Expat on July 01, 2007, 10:01:02 pm
We did that too, just 3 bags of clothes, laptop and we sent a few boxes and hubby's tool box on a palette (very cheap) O0

Didi if you can afford to take your hubby's tool box, then take it, tools are not cheap here. Hubby says, he's really glad he brought his, even with all the headaches it caused :whistle: O0
Title: Re: Appliances to take or leave....
Post by: Johan01 on July 02, 2007, 06:44:37 am
four more nights ... :heeha:
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Post by: MJ on July 02, 2007, 06:46:41 am
Awesome Johan, I will be thinking of you guys on Friday night.  Are you in your house until Friday?
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Post by: Johan01 on July 02, 2007, 06:50:19 am
nope we leaving on thursday ... will sleep at Jolene's sister thursday and friday on the suttle to the airport ....
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Post by: Happy Expat on July 02, 2007, 07:42:13 am
Yay, so exciting :clap:

Geez, you guys are slowly streaming in here, soon everybody on here (at present) will be in NZ :clap:
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Post by: Eileen on July 02, 2007, 10:28:20 am
four more nights ... :heeha:
Believe me, those 4 pass quickly.  :gl: and enjoy the flight.
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Post by: nazmahomed on July 02, 2007, 10:41:25 am
Thats definitely the idea Linda. I cant wait for it to be my turn. I promise you, I am worse than a kid waiting for Christmas or a birthday. You really are a lucky fish Johan....goodluck with everything
Title: Re: Appliances to take or leave....
Post by: Happy Expat on July 02, 2007, 11:20:41 am
Time will go by quickly for you too, Naz O0
Before you know it you'll be counting down your sleepies O0
Title: Re: Appliances to take or leave....
Post by: Johan01 on July 02, 2007, 02:11:12 pm
no they don't pass quickly ... they should have passed already ... >:D still a lot to do ... waiting for NZ$ and NZ bank account.
Title: Re: Appliances to take or leave....
Post by: Happy Expat on July 02, 2007, 11:56:42 pm
Johan, you must just be destined for good things with all the delays you've had O0
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Post by: Didi77 on July 03, 2007, 08:50:13 am
Hey Johan we will be having a beer on you on Friday!! (and wishing it was us).

But we will see you there in December.

Goodluck if I do not chet to you again and keep us updated on how things are there!!
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Post by: Didi77 on July 03, 2007, 07:28:46 pm
Hey Nolan, any word on what and how on taking our guns with?  :-\
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Post by: Nolan on July 03, 2007, 08:59:39 pm
unfortunately not Didi  :-\
Title: Re: Appliances to take or leave....
Post by: mandyh on August 17, 2007, 02:15:22 pm
Our freezer is old and rusted - not going
Fridge has been repaired at least twice - doubt it will last the journey
Do we buy a combo fridge/freezer here in SA or wait till we get over there?
Been told it's expensive there
Title: Re: Appliances to take or leave....
Post by: Nolan on August 17, 2007, 09:19:22 pm
Mandy here are some links for you to go and compare : HERE (http://www.sagoingtonz.co.nz/links/essential.php#appliances)  O0
Title: Re: Appliances to take or leave....
Post by: worsie on August 18, 2007, 09:57:03 pm
Our freezer is old and rusted - not going
Fridge has been repaired at least twice - doubt it will last the journey
Do we buy a combo fridge/freezer here in SA or wait till we get over there?
Been told it's expensive there

Hi Mandy, here is a copy and paste from another one of my posts

Is it worth taking slightly older fridges/ microwaves or it is affordable to buy new ones there?
If your fridge is a few years old u may not be allowed to bring it, we bought a new fridge before we packed our container in SA. I saw the prices of good quality fridgers, washing machines in NZ and they are very expensive. We paid R7000 for our new stainless steel fridge, (its a lekker fancy one), I priced similar ones this side and they like $2-$3000. We had to change our fridge because our last one belonged to my wifes gran before us, so it was really old.
Title: Re: Appliances to take or leave....
Post by: dance on August 19, 2007, 05:55:11 am
Hey guys I know this is slightly off topic but here goes anyway. we have decided on a shared container so will take the bare mininmum and start over in NZ. I was told to take linen as the quality off sheets and towels are better over here. I would like to know about taking beds. Shou we or not?
Title: Re: Appliances to take or leave....
Post by: Badprop on August 19, 2007, 06:57:12 am
Dance have a look at the links that's in the my move section and then at the catalog's in there.
There are different opinions on what to bring and what not and the catalog's will give you an idea of what is available and at what price O0
I have been comparing prices from there as we too have a few things that will have to be replaced in a few years.  We have decided to get our bed, dining room set, tumble dryer and linen on this side.  All our stuff is 8 years and older so due for replacement anyway.

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Post by: worsie on August 19, 2007, 07:03:13 am
Also check out www.trademe.co.nz, some good bargains on there.

The prices displayed are the bidding prices, not the sale prices. There is a buy now option somewhere that you can select to show the prices/
Title: Re: Appliances to take or leave....
Post by: antonjl on August 19, 2007, 09:54:01 am
Products in NZ are of highest quality. The golden rule for everywhere in the world is always that you get what you pay for.
NZ is a full first world country after all. ;)

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Post by: antonjl on August 19, 2007, 10:13:33 am
Heaters from The Warehouse "Avantair"ones are not of very high quality. Fortunately they have a great returns policy.
1) Bought an oil heater but we where not happy with heating capacity so exchanged it for a fan heater. (talking about $20-$30)
2) Very happy with the lower cost fan heater until it became noisy and we exchanged it for a $50,00 digitally controlled Avantair heater which worked fine until one evening it started  making a funny noise and "BLEW UP" for lack of a better term. Anyways smoke and flames came from it. (Just imagine what could have happened if we where asleep and not switched it off in time?
Took it back for a refund.
3)Bought a Goldair 3 bar fan assist heater with a 5 year guarantee from Noel Leeming and so far so good.

(http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1293/1169200186_276b89e3a7.jpg?v=0)
Title: Re: Appliances to take or leave....
Post by: Badprop on August 19, 2007, 10:20:27 am
Anton you sure are a patient person, I would have blown my top after the 2nd one. 
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Post by: Didi77 on August 19, 2007, 10:40:34 am
Sounds familiar. Sometimes one just have bad luck. ::)
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Post by: antonjl on August 19, 2007, 12:35:38 pm
Badprop I actually found it interesting to try all the types of heaters!
Back in stressful SA I would surely have blown a gasket or 3. Nz does have a calming effect on you in some cases.  ;D  :angel:
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Post by: zatexnz on August 20, 2007, 12:09:58 am
It also depends on whether you insist on buying new vs used.  We bought a refurbished washer and dryer and fridge for less than $1500 altogether.  When we get our own house, I will probably look at buying a newer fridge.  One can get a lot of stuff used.  But it's up to you.  Also, if you have a good bed that you like sleeping on, take it with you.  It's a pain to find a nice bed, when I you can't fall asleep on it in the store to try it out!!  8)
Title: Re: Appliances to take or leave....
Post by: nazmahomed on August 20, 2007, 01:51:13 pm
I think I will miss my bed most of all the stuff that we are not taking with us to New Zealand (which is everything). But, having already made the decision not to take anything with us, I will have to learn to live without it I'm afraid.
Title: Re: Appliances to take or leave....
Post by: antonjl on August 20, 2007, 02:03:08 pm
Don''t worry Naz you can get a good bed at Furniture City in NZ. Their prices are reasonable as well. ;)
Title: Re: Appliances to take or leave....
Post by: nazmahomed on August 20, 2007, 02:48:18 pm
Great. I have already warned hubby that he either gets us a King Size or gets himself a sleeping bag. My son has got into the habit of creeping into bed with us during the wee hours of the morning when I really dont want to get out of bed to take him back to his. It's not exactly my idea of a good night's sleep after that
Title: Re: Appliances to take or leave....
Post by: Didi77 on November 03, 2007, 03:38:54 pm
Some thing I did not know - My mover say that we may not take our fridge as it is not CFC free. NZ regulations.....

Anyone know anything abou this?
Title: Re: Appliances to take or leave....
Post by: Eileen on November 04, 2007, 07:05:42 am
Yip, Didi, General rule of thumb, if its older than 5 or 6 years, it cannot come.
Title: Re: Appliances to take or leave....
Post by: Didi77 on November 05, 2007, 04:25:47 pm
Eileen I wanted a large double door but everyone say I will not be able to fit it into some of the rental houses.

So what to do? Buy a second hand one there on trade me? or buy a new one (for cheaper) here and bring in container?
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Post by: greenfamily on November 30, 2007, 09:06:00 pm
We live close to the sea and a number of items have evidence of rust for instance a fans blades,
what is the position - I cannot remember reading anything to date on the topic- is it a no no or can it do with a clean removing any buildup?
Title: Re: Appliances to take or leave....
Post by: Badprop on December 01, 2007, 05:54:37 am
Green, Magna told me if it is surface rust it should be ok.  Don't take my word on this.  I myself clean anything that has rust on and then spray it with oil or spray paint it.