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WORKING FROM HOME? YOU COULD QUALIFY FOR TAX DEDUCTIONS

WORKING FROM HOME? YOU COULD QUALIFY FOR TAX DEDUCTIONS

When it comes to tax deductions, homeowners are entitled to certain claims if they are working from home. In these cases, the onus falls on the homeowner to prove that a particular amount is deductible, as well as justify the claim by showing the calculation of how he or she arrived at the deduction figure. Although many homeowners will qualify for a tax deduction, it is sometimes a difficult t...

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5 SAFETY TIPS TO CONSIDER WHEN USING A MOVING COMPANY

5 SAFETY TIPS TO CONSIDER WHEN USING A MOVING COMPANY

Moving homes can be a physically draining task. Deciding to make use of a professional moving service can eliminate a lot of the hassle and make the process much smoother. If you do decide to enlist professional help, below are 5 safety tips to consider when using a moving company: Use a trusted and reputable moving company It’s always best to use a mover that’s been referred to...

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CHANGE YOUR BEDROOM DÉCOR TO HELP YOU SLEEP

CHANGE YOUR BEDROOM DÉCOR TO HELP YOU SLEEP

The countless sleep monitoring and wind down apps currently available paint a worrying picture of the health of our sleeping habits. With our high-powered lifestyles, many of us are battling to switch off at night. Yet, a few simple changes to your bedroom décor and routines can help you sleep peacefully. Change your bedroom routines According to renowned behavioural strategist, Joni Pe...

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3 TIPS FOR CHOOSING THE MOST EFFECTIVE HOME INSULATION

3 TIPS FOR CHOOSING THE MOST EFFECTIVE HOME INSULATION

Considering the current energy crisis and growing environmental concerns, installing effective home insulation ought to be a requirement. Not only is it the best way to prevent heat loss in the winter and retain cool air in the summer, but it’ll also save you money in the long run as it’ll reduce your energy consumption. If you want to prepare your home for the warmer spring and summer...

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5 AREAS TO SPRING CLEAN THAT WILL REDUCE QUARANTINE STRESS

5 AREAS TO SPRING CLEAN THAT WILL REDUCE QUARANTINE STRESS

Your Seattle coffee has been replaced by instant coffee and commuting to work means going from your bedroom to the kitchen. Your time in quarantine may be shedding light on spots around the house prone to disorderly chaos. You’re probably storing more supplies and groceries than usual to avoid frequent trips to the store – and possibly to accommodate more people living under one roof....

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HOW TO PREPARE YOUR PETS BEFORE YOU GO BACK TO WORK

HOW TO PREPARE YOUR PETS BEFORE YOU GO BACK TO WORK

The lockdown has been a dream without end for our furry friends who have had us humans work beside them day after day. But, as we slowly return to business as usual, more and more pet owners will have to bid their good boy’s goodbye as they head back into the workplace. For pets with anxiety issues, this can lead to expensive consequences for their owners.         To ens...

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WHY YOU WON’T SAVE MONEY IN LOCKDOWN BY SWITCHING YOUR HOME LOAN

WHY YOU WON’T SAVE MONEY IN LOCKDOWN BY SWITCHING YOUR HOME LOAN

During the property boom years of 2006 and 2007, switching home loans from one bank to another was a fairly common practice among homeowners in South Africa. Now that interest rates are at a historic low, you might be considering switching your home loan to negotiate a better deal so you can spare some much-needed cash during the lockdown. While you might be able to negotiate a better deal, it...

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HOW TO GET YOUR HOME WINTER READY

HOW TO GET YOUR HOME WINTER READY

The days are getting shorter and the nights are getting colder – these are the tell-tale signs that winter is coming. There is no need for frost-phobic homeowners to sound the alarm bells; plenty can be done to prepare for this coming snuggle season. As we’re all homebound due to the pandemic, now is the perfect time to start preparing your home for the frosty weather. Below are a f...

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5 FUN ACTIVITIES TO DO WITH DAD THIS FATHER’S DAY

5 FUN ACTIVITIES TO DO WITH DAD THIS FATHER’S DAY

Father’s Day is your opportunity to show your dad just how much you appreciate him. Dads are best known for their life advice, being handymen, and most notoriously for their dad jokes. If you’ve ever told your dad that you’re hungry, he most likely gave you the classic dad response, “Hi hungry, I’m dad.” This Father’s Day, instead of buying your dad pow...

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7 TIPS FOR CREATING A PRODUCTIVE STUDY SPACE

7 TIPS FOR CREATING A PRODUCTIVE STUDY SPACE

With schools slowly re-opening across the country, many parents find themselves homeschooling their children until they are allowed back at school. Whether your children are learning from home fulltime or simply need a space in which to complete their homework, creating the perfect study area at home can increase your child’s engagement and help keep you sane.   Pick the perfect stu...

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AVOID THESE PITFALLS WHEN BUYING BEFORE A VIEWING

AVOID THESE PITFALLS WHEN BUYING BEFORE A VIEWING

Until the threat of COVID-19 is contained, many buyers who want to take advantage of the record low-interest rates or who are serious about buying over this time might prefer to purchase without ever stepping foot into the home. Though technology makes it possible, buyers should be very thorough before signing the legally binding offer to purchase. Below are some pitfalls buyers should avoid wh...

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4 FEATURES BUYERS WILL LOOK FOR POST LOCKDOWN

4 FEATURES BUYERS WILL LOOK FOR POST LOCKDOWN

Shaken by the effects of COVID-19, the world is going to be a very different place long after we emerge from the national lockdown. When it comes to selling in a post-lockdown world, buyer preferences are likely to be very different than before. Below are some of the features that might become increasingly popular as we slowly emerge from the national lockdown.  1. Extra space to work or s...

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