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AFFORDABLE WAYS TO ENTERTAIN AT HOME

AFFORDABLE WAYS TO ENTERTAIN AT HOME

Most South Africans run out of money by the 15th of every month. If you want to cut back on your expenses, you could choose to enjoy time at home instead of going out on expensive weekend adventures. There are plenty of ways to enjoy the weekend without needing to step a foot out of your front door. That’s why it’s so important to find a property that you love spending time in. But,...

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PROS & CONS OF CONVERTING A GARAGE INTO A LIVING SPACE

PROS & CONS OF CONVERTING A GARAGE INTO A LIVING SPACE

Many residential plots do not allow for much outward expansion, especially if you live close to the city centre. Unless you are able to go up instead of out, the only other option is to work with the space you already have. But, are you adding or losing value when you convert a garage into a living space? For upmarket properties situated close enough to business and shopping centres to allow fo...

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WILL ADDING STORAGE HELP ME SELL?

WILL ADDING STORAGE HELP ME SELL?

Being organised is the new fad of homeownership. Sellers who take advantage of this trend could potentially increase their property’s value and appeal to potential buyers. If your property is lacking storage space, get creative with what you have and add inexpensive built-in features to make your existing storage space more practical and appealing. If you are selling your home, below are...

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WHAT TO DO AFTER A HOME BURGLARY

WHAT TO DO AFTER A HOME BURGLARY

Crime statistics suggest that unfortunately many South African homeowners may experience their home being broken into at some stage. Dealing with and knowing what to do after a home burglary can be an extremely traumatic experience. That is why security is a top priority for many homebuyers and homeowners alike. However, even with security measures in place, there is the chance of becoming a vi...

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HOW TO CREATE YOUR PROPERTY WISHLIST

HOW TO CREATE YOUR PROPERTY WISHLIST

It can be an exciting endeavour to shop for one of your largest investments. However, before getting carried away with a list of dream features, it is best to define what it is that you want in a home versus what it is that you actually need. After some contemplation, you may find that the ideal home for you and your family is not what you initially thought it would be. Here are a few considera...

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HOW TO KEEP SPIRITS UP WHEN RECOVERING FROM HOME

HOW TO KEEP SPIRITS UP WHEN RECOVERING FROM HOME

During any recovery, emotional wellness needs to be tended to in the same way as physical wellness, particularly if you have to endure a lengthy recovery period from home. Being removed from normal routines and being confined to your own home can have some seriously damaging mental effects – even worse so if you are not happy with where you live. A research study investigated what being p...

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DEALING WITH DOWNSIZING

DEALING WITH DOWNSIZING

The financial burdens that force homeowners to downsize often makes it harder to deal with the complicated emotions that arise when moving to a smaller home. The process of adjusting to a smaller living space is filled with a variety of emotions that are often easier to deal with when you have arrived at the decision willingly rather than begrudgingly, as is often the case when downscaling owing t...

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COSTS THAT INCREASE WHEN UPGRADING TO A LARGER HOME

COSTS THAT INCREASE WHEN UPGRADING TO A LARGER HOME

There comes a time when your home no longer fits your family or your needs. Upgrading to a larger property is often a significant achievement in a person’s life. But, as exciting as the whole prospect might be, and while you might qualify for the home loan, there are other associated costs to consider before taking this next step. Below are the three most important costs to consider befor...

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WILL DOWNSIZING RELIEVE THE FINANCIAL PRESSURE?

WILL DOWNSIZING RELIEVE THE FINANCIAL PRESSURE?

When it comes to financial stress, downsizing sometimes makes the most sense to keep up with the rising costs of living. As tough as it might be, you stand a much better chance of recouping your losses and bolstering your financial position if you sell before you start falling behind on your bond repayments. Below are some of the pros and cons to downsizing: Con: Hidden Costs Be prepared fo...

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3 CONSIDERATIONS FOR PURCHASING A RETIREMENT HOME

3 CONSIDERATIONS FOR PURCHASING A RETIREMENT HOME

For those who are reaching their golden years and are looking to purchase a retirement home, there are several aspects to consider, including the financing of the property, the type of property they want to stay in, and the type of ownership they want to undertake.  Acquiring Financing   Banks are often reluctant to grant finance to investors who are 60 years old and older, which i...

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HOW TO CARE FOR HERITAGE PROPERTIES

HOW TO CARE FOR HERITAGE PROPERTIES

Your home might be old, but does that automatically make it a heritage property? Well, according to the National Heritage Resources Act of 1999, if your home has been around for more than 60 years, technically speaking, the answer to that question is yes. According to the act: “No person may alter or demolish any structure or part of a structure which is older than 60 years without a perm...

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PET-PROOFING YOUR HOME FOR TODDLERS

PET-PROOFING YOUR HOME FOR TODDLERS

Introducing a child to a new sibling is never easy – especially when the new sibling is an entirely different species. Helping your furry first born adjust to its new furless brother or sister can be tricky, but it’s by no means a lost cause. There are several things responsible homeowners can do to foster peaceful co-residence between their toddlers and their pets. Be mindful of yo...

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