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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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MILLENNIAL TENANT DICTIONARY

MILLENNIAL TENANT DICTIONARY

If you overheard your tenant explaining to a friend that their landlord was being really extra about this lit party that was thrown for bae’s birthday the other night, would you have any idea of what they were saying? Considering that most South Africans can only afford to purchase property in their late thirties, it is highly probable that most tenants belong to the Millennial generation...

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HOMEOWNING BUDGETING BASICS

HOMEOWNING BUDGETING BASICS

The initial costs of owning a home can be a bitter pill to swallow but with careful financial discipline and planning, the dread of the pending debit orders will lessen over time. To make things more manageable, start by organising your finances into a real-time budget by recording your current expenses for the month. After this, you can work out realistic goals of how much you can afford to put a...

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SELL IN FIVE SIMPLE STEPS

SELL IN FIVE SIMPLE STEPS

Selling your home but have no idea where to start? Below is a step-by-step advice for first-time sellers… Step 1: Pick your price You can’t sell without a price. A realtor can provide an assessment for you that will provide a realistic selling value on your home. Find an agent who knows your area well and can tell you what properties in your area have sold for – not just wha...

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6 STEPS TO SAVING FOR A DEPOSIT IN 5 YEARS

6 STEPS TO SAVING FOR A DEPOSIT IN 5 YEARS

According to data recently released by FNB, the average age of a South African home buyer has increased from 38 to 44 this year. That’s largely because, if you take a realistic look at the property market, you will discover that you will need a minimum of R100,000 to use as a deposit and to cover the various other expenses on an entry-level property. Even if you take out a 100% access bond,...

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HOW TO PULL OFF A SELF-MOVE

HOW TO PULL OFF A SELF-MOVE

Moving into a new home comes with such a long list of expenses that hiring a professional moving company is one of the first expenses that many buyers tend to try and work around. While using a professional moving company will reduce the risks of damage to your furniture and injury to yourself, smaller moves can be done effectively by yourself if you plan carefully and take all the necessary preca...

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FATHER’S DAY DIY PROJECTS

FATHER’S DAY DIY PROJECTS

Biltong, socks, ties – you’ve done them all. Why not try something different this Father’s Day and take some time to reconnect with your dad by tackling a DIY project with him? Not only is this a great way to spend quality time together, but it is also a great way to leave behind a long-lasting memento of how much you still care about him. Of course, the type of project you ta...

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5 STEPS TO CREATING A HOME CINEMA

5 STEPS TO CREATING A HOME CINEMA

Before the cold and wet days set in, it’s time to stock up on your microwave popcorn and get around to that home-theatre conversion you’ve been dreaming of since you were five. If you need a little justification for this indulgence, home theatres are actually a great value-add on any property – especially if you are in the luxury housing band. Buyers in this market are usually...

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HOW TO PREP YOUR HOME FOR PET-SITTERS

HOW TO PREP YOUR HOME FOR PET-SITTERS

The bags are packed and the tickets are booked. But, what happens to your beloved pets while you’re away? An empty home is easy enough to leave behind when you are travelling: simply switch off all appliances, shut all taps, lock up and leave. But, the process becomes somewhat more complicated when you have to leave furry loved ones behind. The amount of time a pet can be left alone varie...

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5 WAYS TO REDUCE YOUR WINTER ELECTRIC BILL

5 WAYS TO REDUCE YOUR WINTER ELECTRIC BILL

The cold, wet Winter weather often translates into more nights spent at home, which can cause electricity bills to skyrocket. Most of us already live according to strict budgets, so finding ways to reduce our electricity consumption during this season would be ideal. Not to mention that a lowered electric bill is also a more environmentally responsible way of living, which is something we should a...

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4 QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR APARTMENT’S SECURITY GUARD

4 QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR APARTMENT’S SECURITY GUARD

The gates are closed and there is a security guard onsite – I should be safe, right? The unfortunate reality is that this is most often untrue. Many buyer’s take for granted that the security or concierge at the front desk is well-trained and familiar with policies and procedures for access control. The fact is, this is often simply not the case. If you want to make sure your apartm...

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