RE/MAX balloon logo

Living

Most Recent Living Articles

Showing: 73 - 84 of 144
3 STEPS TO BECOMING A ZERO-WASTE HOUSEHOLD

3 STEPS TO BECOMING A ZERO-WASTE HOUSEHOLD

There are so many reasons you should live a greener lifestyle – if not for the benefit of the environment, then at least for the benefit of your own pocket. According to GreenCape’s Waste Economy: Market Intelligence Report 2017, 65% of the waste (around 38 million tonnes) that South Africa creates is recyclable. That amounts to an estimated R17 billion/year worth of resources that cou...

Read more
CAN YOU AFFORD A 100% BOND?

CAN YOU AFFORD A 100% BOND?

I’m sure you have heard the advice before, and if you’ve yet to hear it, you can be guaranteed that the words “The sooner you can get into the property market, the better” will echo through your eardrums before you reach the age of 35. But, is it wise to take out a 100% bond just to enter the property market sooner rather than later? For the year ending 31 March 2018, 42...

Read more
HOW TO SAVE FOR YOUR DREAM FURNITURE

HOW TO SAVE FOR YOUR DREAM FURNITURE

Purchasing a property is only the first step in the journey. Finding furniture to match your new home – and your budget – is the next step in creating the home you have always hoped to have. The key to achieving this is to have a plan and the patience to stick to it. Like all good things in life, your ideal furniture is not going to arrive overnight – unless you are willing to...

Read more
HOW TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE INTEREST RATE CUT

HOW TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE INTEREST RATE CUT

It’s been a month since the interest rate cut was announced by the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) at their second meeting for the year on 28 March, but what does it all mean for you? Reserve Bank Governo, Lesetja Kganyago, announced that the interest rates would be cut by 25 basis points. In laymen’s terms, this means that the repo rate (the rate at which the Reserve Bank lends mon...

Read more
PET-PROOF YOUR PLACE

PET-PROOF YOUR PLACE

Bringing a pet home for the first time is an exhilarating experience. But, responsible pet owners will need to ready themselves for the arrival of the furry new addition to their family in the same way they might prepare a home for a newborn. Puppies and kittens are adorable little mess monsters that just want to explore their new surroundings. Beyond the possible damage they might cause to your h...

Read more
PRE-WINTER PREPARATIONS

PRE-WINTER PREPARATIONS

Summer lovers be warned: the tell-tale signs of Autumn are here. The mornings now greet us with an icy embrace and evening creeps in earlier and earlier each day. But, there is no need for frost-phobic homeowners to sound the alarm bells; plenty can be done to prepare for this coming snuggle season. Strengthen your first line of defence The thought of Autumn’s arrival makes many unpleas...

Read more
FIX YOUR HOME OR SELL AS IS?

FIX YOUR HOME OR SELL AS IS?

What do you do if you want to sell your home, but it is in need of repairs? If this is the situation, you have a tough decision to make about what makes more financial sense. Either you will have to delay selling the home and spend the money to get the property in tip-top shape, or you can place it on the market and take the knock on the asking price.  It goes without saying that a home in...

Read more
KEEP YOUR HOME LOOKING FRESH

KEEP YOUR HOME LOOKING FRESH

Giving your home a fresh coat of paint is a simple yet highly impactful way to refresh its look and increase its aesthetic appeal, making it more appealing to potential buyers. Not only will a new coat of paint make your home more attractive, but it can also influence the perceived value of the property. However, it is important to select the right colour to complement the home and its surrounding...

Read more
FIVE WAYS TO FEEL AT HOME FAST

FIVE WAYS TO FEEL AT HOME FAST

The buying process is over, and the moving truck has delivered your household goods to your new property. Now it’s time to unpack and turn your new house into a home. Here are five tips to get you through the labour-intensive process a little easier: Divide the work You have friends and family who are willing and able to help – get them involved. As the saying goes, many hands...

Read more
GREYWATER SYSTEMS - AN EFFECTIVE WATERING RESOURCE

GREYWATER SYSTEMS - AN EFFECTIVE WATERING RESOURCE

In times of drought or water restrictions, greywater systems are an excellent way to keep your garden looking great, which will add to the aesthetic appeal of your home when you decide to sell. One of the areas in the home that takes a vast amount of water to maintain is the garden. In fact, statistically South African homeowners consume between 30% and 50% of their household water usage on mai...

Read more
TIPS FOR ESTABLISHING A WATER-WISE GARDEN

TIPS FOR ESTABLISHING A WATER-WISE GARDEN

Saving water is crucial for the preservation of our environment. With homeowners in South Africa consuming an estimated 30% to 50% of water on maintaining their gardens, it is an area in the home where the most water can be saved. Currently, in the Western Cape homeowners are prohibited from watering their gardens with municipal drinking water due to this very fact. While an attractive, establishe...

Read more
MAKING THE MOST OF SMALL SPACES

MAKING THE MOST OF SMALL SPACES

Regardless of whether you are purchasing your first start-up home, downsizing or moving in with roommates, finding ways to maximise small spaces can be a big advantage. Here are a few tips you can use to make the most of smaller spaces: Declutter Ideally, when it comes to downsizing or maximising small spaces, it is best to reduce clutter as much as possible and only keep the items that a...

Read more