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HOME SAFETY MEASURES YOUR CHILDREN NEED TO KNOW

HOME SAFETY MEASURES YOUR CHILDREN NEED TO KNOW

There is only so much you can do to your property to make sure it is safe and secure. After that, you need to make your children aware of the risks and know how to deal with the situation responsibly. Teaching children about home safety principles will ensure that they remain safe and that they then carry these lessons with them for the rest of their lives. Below are a few safety tips that pare...

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THINGS YOU FORGOT TO BUDGET FOR WHEN RENOVATING YOUR KITCHEN

THINGS YOU FORGOT TO BUDGET FOR WHEN RENOVATING YOUR KITCHEN

The only thing of which you can be certain when budgeting for any renovation project is that you’ve more than likely under-budgeted on at least one expense. To help prevent you from drowning in unexpected expenses when the holes in your budget begin to show, below are some of the most commonly overlooked expenses in any kitchen remodel:    1) Damaged Flooring  If you do n...

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WHAT IS PRE-APPROVAL AND WHY IT MATTERS

WHAT IS PRE-APPROVAL AND WHY IT MATTERS

Have you ever left the house without first checking the weather forecast? Confident that you know how the day will turn out, you pop on a pair of shorts and a t-shirt and head out. Soon, the weather takes an unexpected turn for the worse and you’re sat shivering in the corner with nothing but a serviette to cower under. Beginning your house hunting without first acquiring pre-approval on...

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TIPS TO HELP SELLERS GET THEIR FULL ASKING PRICE

TIPS TO HELP SELLERS GET THEIR FULL ASKING PRICE

Selling a property for the full asking price can be challenging, especially within the current market where supply far outweighs demand. Everybody is looking for a bargain which means that sellers are going to have to convince buyers that their home is well worth its asking price. These days, sellers are not ill-informed. Thanks to internet access and property portals, buyers have access to all...

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REACH YOUR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION TO OWN YOUR HOME

REACH YOUR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION TO OWN YOUR HOME

Realistically, it will be tough to meet your resolution in time for the next New Year’s celebration if your goal is to purchase property but you’ve yet to put aside a single penny towards it. However, it might be possible for those who set a timeframe and develop a valid plan to achieve the goal within these parameters. The key is to have the perseverance to stick to the proposed st...

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5 BACK-TO-SCHOOL PREPARATIONS FOR HOMEOWNERS

5 BACK-TO-SCHOOL PREPARATIONS FOR HOMEOWNERS

The gates of Chaos are about to be opened as most South African children head back to school. Luckily, there are ways to avoid the panic on the first morning back at school and prevent backpacks from flying as your half-dressed children scramble into the car before you follow through on your threat to leave without them … Below are some ways to make your home back-to-school ready this Ja...

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3 TIPS FOR CREATING A WATERWISE GARDEN

3 TIPS FOR CREATING A WATERWISE GARDEN

Saving water is crucial for the preservation of our environment – particularly within the South African context. According to a report released at the end of 2018 by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), temperature increases in the sub-Saharan Africa region are projected to be higher than the global mean temperature increase; which translate into greater risks for droughts a...

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HOME PREPARATIONS FOR PET-PHOBIC VISITORS

HOME PREPARATIONS FOR PET-PHOBIC VISITORS

Your mother-in-law glares at you from the opposite end of the table, her white Christmas dress now muddied with paw-print polka dots left by an overly excited greeting from her four-legged grandchild. You glance over at your deathly allergic father-in-law beside her who appears to be doing a Rudolph impersonation as the cat curls its tail under his nose and digs its claws into his lap. These are t...

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4 SAFETY PRECAUTIONS FOR THE HOLIDAYING HOMEOWNER

4 SAFETY PRECAUTIONS FOR THE HOLIDAYING HOMEOWNER

Before you pack your bags and print your boarding passes, there are a few things you need to get in order at home to ensure uninterrupted holiday bliss. Below are the four safety precautions you can put in place before you leave for your vacation: 1. Secure your home Before you leave, cut back any plants that are near to your outdoor security beams so that they don’t trigger your al...

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BUDGET-FRIENDLY WAYS TO KEEP YOUR HOME COOL THIS SUMMER

BUDGET-FRIENDLY WAYS TO KEEP YOUR HOME COOL THIS SUMMER

Condensation drips from your water glass as the sun streams through your living room. The dodgy ceiling fan whirrs wildly above your head, but you’d sooner risk decapitation than endure another minute of this heat. Summer is coming. But, you needn’t dread it. There are loads of ways you can prepare your home so that it stays cool in the days to come. Rather than quick fix solutions,...

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3 NEW HOLIDAY TRADITIONS FOR YOUR NEW HOME

3 NEW HOLIDAY TRADITIONS FOR YOUR NEW HOME

Whether it’s setting up the tree as a family on the 1st, baking Christmas cookies with Grandma on the 24th, or gathering for a meal on the 25th, most households have their own set of December traditions that make their holiday season memorable. It’s these kinds of holiday traditions that make selling a property difficult. It’s not easy to say goodbye to the rooms that once hou...

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INVEST IN YOUR OUTDOOR SPACE TO SELL

INVEST IN YOUR OUTDOOR SPACE TO SELL

Although kitchen and bathroom renovations still top the list as the upgrades that add the most value to a home, outdoor space is becoming a hot commodity as plot sizes shrink, making them a prime space in which to invest some money to attract potential buyers. An outdoor home improvement project will not only assist in maximising the enjoyment of the property’s outdoor spaces, but it will al...

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