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HOW TO MAKE A NEW PROPERTY SMELL LIKE HOME

HOW TO MAKE A NEW PROPERTY SMELL LIKE HOME

Each home – whether it’s newly built or has been lived in for many years – will have its own distinctive smell. When viewing a property, keep in mind that most odours are removable unless the scent is coming from outside of the home. While it will take time to make a property smell more like your own, there are ways to speed up the process: CUPBOARD CLEAN-OUT When a new owne...

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SHOULD I SELL WHEN DEVELOPERS MOVE IN NEXT DOOR?

SHOULD I SELL WHEN DEVELOPERS MOVE IN NEXT DOOR?

Choosing to avoid a dust cloud of ongoing construction for the next few months (or years), many opt to pack up their things and leave the moment developers move in next door. However, this might not be the most prudent financial decision, and here’s why: SELLING EARLY LOWERS YOUR ASKING PRICE Selling next to a construction zone is going to negatively affect the price of your property. Th...

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BLUNDERS TO AVOID IN BABY’S FIRST BEDROOM

BLUNDERS TO AVOID IN BABY’S FIRST BEDROOM

The only thing limiting your ability to decorate your new-born’s bedroom is how far your creativity stretches. But, as free as you are to decorate however you choose, are there any mistakes homeowners can make when getting the room ready for the new addition to their family? AVOID GOING OVERBOARD As fun as it can be to decorate your child’s bedroom, consider how quickly your child...

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HOW TO CHOOSE LIFE COVER FOR YOUR BOND

HOW TO CHOOSE LIFE COVER FOR YOUR BOND

Applying for a home loan is an exciting time in any person’s life. Preoccupied with your new beginnings, the last thing that comes to mind is what will happen in the event of your untimely death. But, while you might not be thinking about it, the financial institution with whom you’re dealing certainly will be. WHY DO I NEED IT? Life cover is the assurance most financial institutio...

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LOAD SHEDDING LIFE HACKS

LOAD SHEDDING LIFE HACKS

The risk of national power interruptions continues to exist well into 2019. Homeowners should keep a watchful eye on Eskom’s load shedding schedule and follow the power utility’s social media feeds for any announcements so that plans can be made if a blackout has been scheduled for your area. If you happen to spot the announcement in time, here are a few ways to help you prepare for...

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TIPS FOR BUILDING AN ECO-FRIENDLY HOME

TIPS FOR BUILDING AN ECO-FRIENDLY HOME

We’ve come a long way since the days of Asbestos ceilings and long-drop toilets. In the modern building age, we now have recycled rubber roof tiles and water-saving flush mechanisms. Those building a home from scratch today have the opportunity to build an entirely eco-conscious home from the ground up. ENLIST AN ECO-SPECIALIST In general, the whole process of building can be incredibly...

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HOW TO AFFORD A HOME LOAN ON A SINGLE INCOME

HOW TO AFFORD A HOME LOAN ON A SINGLE INCOME

Being on the market is never easy. But, if you stay focused, you won’t be on the market for long – well, at least not when it comes to property. Many believe that owning property on a single income just is not possible. But, the over 40,000 single females and over 35,000 single males who have already purchased property across South Africa in 2018 will beg to differ. While it might b...

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A MODERN APPROACH TO MEETING THE NEIGHBOURS

A MODERN APPROACH TO MEETING THE NEIGHBOURS

There are many reasons why it could be helpful to befriend your neighbour; one of the most important these days is to find out whether the electrical outage was caused by local load shedding or simply by forgetting to pop in your voucher code earlier that evening. But, now more so than ever before, making contact with the people who live next door can be a tricky endeavour. People tend to keep to...

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SIGNS THAT YOUR TENANTS IS GETTING HIGH IN YOUR HOME

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...

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BEST SUBURBS FOR THE OUTDOORSY HOMEOWNER

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...

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THINGS WE OUGHT TO BE CLEANING ANNUALLY

THINGS WE OUGHT TO BE CLEANING ANNUALLY

A new year brings with it a new opportunity to start on a fresh slate. Get the year off to the right start by completing your list of annual household chores before the year runs away from you. As irksome as these chores might be, neglecting them will inevitably result in costly repairs and the overall devaluing of your property. To protect the investment value of your home and prolong the lifespa...

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SHOULD I REPLACE MY GRASS WITH ASTROTURF?

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...

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