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SIGNS THAT YOUR TENANTS IS GETTING HIGH IN YOUR HOME
While most news stories paint a very scary reality about the prevalence of drug-abuse in South Africa, the truth is that there is actually very limited accurate data from which to draw these conclusions. However, according to a study conducted in 2012 by Anti Drug Alliance South Africa, 5.8% of their 57,809 national respondents reported using drugs on a daily basis, with ecstasy and cocaine being...Read more
BEST SUBURBS FOR THE OUTDOORSY HOMEOWNER
For the active outdoor enthusiast, knowing which suburbs offer the safest and most scenic walking / cycling / running routes nearby often plays an active (excuse the pun) part in the purchasing decision. According to the Victims of Crime Survey 2018, over 65% of the estimated 280,526 incidences of robbery away from home occurred in a street in residential areas. So, apart from natural bea...Read more
SHOULD I REPLACE MY GRASS WITH ASTROTURF?
There are two kinds of people in the world: those who prefer hardcopy novels over e-readers and vinyl over iTunes. For the purists out there, artificial grass will never make the cut. But, overlooking any subjective feelings on this matter, could installing artificial grass have any effect on the resale value of a property? In general, artificial grass usually has a more positive than negative...Read more
WHEN SHOULD I EXPECT MY ADULT CHILD TO MOVE OUT?
Approximately one in two 18-34 year-olds live at home with parents. As a parent, that means you have a 50/50 chance that your teenager is going to end up living with you for much longer than you might have expected ... THE REASON BEHIND THE DELAY The discrepancy between entry-level salaries and the rising cost of living is one of the largest contributing factors for this delay in leaving the n...Read more
3 BUDGET-FRIENDLY WAYS TO ENTERTAIN FROM HOME
Out of the 261 working days this year, most of us are eagerly anticipating those few December leave days that we’ve worked so hard for. Unfortunately, many of us forget to think ahead and ensure that money has been set aside to allow us to make the most of the holiday season. If you happen to find yourself in this same hopelessly undersupplied boat sailing towards holiday bankruptcy, here ar...Read more
WHEN TO CALL THE COPS ON YOUR NEIGHBOURS
Dealing with neighbour disputes is an unavoidable part of life unless, perhaps, you choose to live on a remote small holding for the rest of your life. Sometimes these issues cannot be resolved no matter how diplomatic, polite and reasonable you might have been when approaching the issue. Luckily, the law is there to help you during these times. Below are the legal grounds on which you may appr...Read more
SHOULD I TRAVEL NOW OR PUT DOWN ROOTS FIRST?
Advances in travel technology have made it that much easier to quench human nature’s insatiable thirst to explore. And, South Africans are taking full advantage of this fact. According to Stats SA’s Tourism and Migration Report of November 2017, the total number of South African residents who left and returned to the country is on the increase. For South African residents, the volume o...Read more
HOW TO FOLLOW UP ON LATE PAYMENTS
You’ve screened the tenant thoroughly and their credit check returned a glowing review. You even built a clause into the rental agreement that stipulated that any late payments would accrue interest payable on the following month’s rent. And yet, your tenant is still late on his/her payments. What is a landlord to do about this? The reality is that every landlord will likely have to...Read more
PROPERTY ADVICE FOR NEWLYWEDS
The notion that newly-wed couples will move from their childhood home into their first home together is as outdated as dial-up-internet. According to the 2015 Stats SA report, the average marriage age for men is 34-years-old and 30-years-old for women. Chances are high that both individuals in the couple will be living in their own place long before the question gets popped. The next question newl...Read more
3 FEATURES YOU NEED TO UPDATE TODAY
While certain décor features are timeless, others are very time specific and, much like the perm and aerobic videos, need to be left behind to make room for updated trends. Below are just three of the outdated home décor features that need to time warp themselves into the 21st Century... 1. Wave Bye-bye to Wooden Walls A popular décor trend in the 1960s and '70s,...Read more
HOW TO PREPARE YOUR HOME FOR TODDLERS
Accidents can happen so quickly – especially when you have a toddler in the house. Though it is beyond anyone’s control to prevent all mishaps, there are certain steps homeowners can take to lower the risks of accidents in their household: KITCHEN Remove: dials on the gas stove when not in use (if possible), switch off electric stoves by the wall when not in use, and store detergen...Read more
ARE ELECTRIC CAR GARAGES THE WAY OF THE FUTURE?
With the ever-rising costs of fuel prices, the thought of trading in your powerful gas-gussler for an eco-friendly electric car is becoming all the more enticing – and property developers are beginning to make this decision even more of a no-brainer. As popularity and demand for electric vehicles in South Africa rise, so too will the demand for properties with built-in charging facilities...Read more