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TIPS FOR BIRD-OWNING HOMEOWNERS

TIPS FOR BIRD-OWNING HOMEOWNERS

Able to do the one thing we all wish our cats and dogs could do, birds offer all the companionship value of our furry friends with the bonus of being able to respond to us in a language we can actually understand. Here’s a few ways homeowners can ensure the health and happiness of the feathery friend in their home:   Check the local animal by-laws According to the Western Cape Gover...

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WHY IT’S A GOOD IDEA TO BUY IN HOUT BAY

WHY IT’S A GOOD IDEA TO BUY IN HOUT BAY

While there has been a general cooling down in prices in the Cape Town market, there are still certain pockets that continue to do well despite the current economic climate. The suburb of Hout Bay is one of them. The suburb continues to grow in terms of value largely because it offers so many appealing features for permanent residence. Here are just some of the reasons the area remains so popul...

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THE UPS TO DOWNSIZING

THE UPS TO DOWNSIZING

It can be difficult to adjust to a smaller home. But, if it’s any consolation, most South Africans who have bought new properties are living in much smaller homes than the ones they grew up in. According to data from FNB, the average size of a full title stand in 2017 measured just 552 square metres. That is almost half the average size of homes built in the early-70s (1,063 square metres)....

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RULES FOR UPSTAIRS LIVING

RULES FOR UPSTAIRS LIVING

Though there are no legal requirements governing behaviour for upstairs neighbours (though there really ought to be), we encourage you not to be that neighbour everyone loves to hate. Life has a funny way of returning what you put into it. You will have to leave your apartment from time-to-time, and the angry stares from the rest of your complex are going to make your life equally as uncomfortable...

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WHICH PAINT COLOUR HELPS ME SELL?

WHICH PAINT COLOUR HELPS ME SELL?

Curb appeal might be subjective, but it’s not difficult to imagine that the listing of the bright blue home with a yellow roof gets less attention than other more neutral homes. Colour can have an exceptional impact on buyers. Understanding the costly and labour-intensive effort it would take to repaint a home, most buyers simply choose not to look passed the fact that a home is not painted...

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HOW TO SURVIVE THE SCHOOL HOLIDAYS

HOW TO SURVIVE THE SCHOOL HOLIDAYS

The third term break is upon us and, whether you’ve planned for it or not, your children are going to be at home for the next week. Why not take a few days leave and enjoy a mini staycation with them? Treating yourself to a short ‘staycation’ might also be a great way to revel in the reasons why you love your home without breaking the bank. Here’s how to make the most of...

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UNPACKING THE CONTAINER HOME TREND

UNPACKING THE CONTAINER HOME TREND

The container home is a trend developed as an affordable housing option that originated in Australia. However, rather than being regularly implemented in low-income areas in SA, the trend seems to have gained more traction in the affluent market that make use of the container to create multi-million rand examples of innovative architecture instead of affordable housing. The question is, why? Th...

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GARAGE RENOVATION MISTAKES TO AVOID

GARAGE RENOVATION MISTAKES TO AVOID

Garages, particularly in sectional units, are a great value-add – more so if the owner has renovated it into a space that holds additional value apart from keeping a car cosy at night. A neatly renovated garage with clever storage solutions can do a great deal towards making a property more sellable. But, only if homeowners are able to avoid these common mistakes… Create multifunct...

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DIPLOMATIC GUIDE TO NEIGHBOUR DISPUTES

DIPLOMATIC GUIDE TO NEIGHBOUR DISPUTES

You’re immersed in a dream in which you are about to be handed a cheque for R100 million. As the tips of your fingers are about to connect with the fantasy cheque, the shrill sound of a power tool drills into your subconscious and hurtles you back into reality. It’s your neighbour doing yet another DIY project at 2am, and you cannot bare it a moment longer. But, what is there to be don...

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HOW TO OPEN A BUSINESS FROM HOME

HOW TO OPEN A BUSINESS FROM HOME

As more and more employers choose to allow their staff to work remotely, the home business model has grown in popularity, with many new entrepreneurs choosing to start their business from home rather than in a business district. But, what are the legal implications of operating a business in a residential area? Getting in the Zone Zoning laws prohibit most businesses from operating in a reside...

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HOUSE RULES FOR KEEPING PETS IN SA

HOUSE RULES FOR KEEPING PETS IN SA

The amount of views a cat video on Youtube racks up helps us realise how much we love our animals. But, as much as we might love them, there are certain laws by which we need to abide if they want to avoid running into trouble with the authorities. The Animal Protection Act of 1962 sets out regulations for all South African pet owners. Those who choose not to follow these rules will receive a pena...

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4 WAYS YOUR HOME COULD BE MAKING YOU SICK

4 WAYS YOUR HOME COULD BE MAKING YOU SICK

If you stand any chance of defeating the odds and remaining healthy in face of the onslaught of runny noses and phlegmy coughs that await you beyond your boundary walls this flu season, then you need to be aware of the many hidden germs loitering around your living spaces that pose potential health risks. Below is a list of just four of the ways our own homes could be making us sick… #1...

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