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HOW TO KEEP YOUR HOME SECURE DURING LOAD SHEDDING

People are more prone to mischief under the cover of darkness. An increase in criminal activity is therefore yet another of the undesirable consequences of load shedding that keep many South African homeowners up at night. Installing security systems in one’s home has become more important ... Read more

RULES FOR LEASING TO DISABLED TENANTS

Legally, landlords may not reject tenants based on their disability and must grant them the same opportunity to apply for tenancy as all other applicants. If you receive such an applicant, it is advisable to speak to an experienced estate agent with knowledge on this topic, or an attorney who can pr... Read more

VALUE VS APPRAISAL: WHICH VALUE SELLS MY HOUSE?

Like the three ghosts of Christmas, you will be faced with three evaluators when you put your property on the market: a real estate agent, an appraiser from a financial institution, and finally, your local government. But, what do they all mean, and which number is the one you ought to be worrying a... Read more

WAYS YOUR HOLIDAY PLANS CAN HELP YOU BUY A HOME

Though not the most important factor to consider when purchasing a home, the way in which you prefer to spend your long weekends and leave days can help you make a decision when caught between options. Below are the nice-to-have features each kind of holiday-maker might like to add to their prope... Read more

HOUSE RULES FOR KEEPING SNAKES AS PETS IN SA

As if movies such as Anaconda and Snakes on a Plane didn’t act as warning enough, many still choose scales over fur, venom over drool and fangs over puppy teeth. Though the SPCA opposes the trade of any exotic or wild animals (such as snakes) as pets, emphasising the often tremendous amounts o... Read more

KITCHEN RENOVATION SURVIVAL GUIDE

Kitchen renovations are often fraught with dust, displacement, and surprises. To avoid running into serious problems, make sure there is room both in your budget and in your timeline. If you’re planning a big reveal dinner to show off your new space, it might be better to wait until the renova... Read more