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There is no user manual for all aspects of homeownership, from moving, to taking occupation and to maintaining and understanding common and uncommon defects. Albert van Wyk has more than 38 years’ worth of building experience and has put all he has learned into a

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Did you know that inefficient, badly fitting windows can heat up your house by a whopping 75% in summer – and account for a third of total heat loss during winter? “This can obviously add significantly to your electricity bill so it’s really worth checking that

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Are you one of the lucky South Africans that received an annual salary increase in the last year? Chances are that even if this is the case you are now, on average, R200 poorer than you were two years ago. According to a BankservAfrica survey the

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Gerhard Kotzé, MD of the RealNet estate agency group, says there are basic maintenance checks that every homeowner should do at least annually. This will ensure that your home is always sale ready. Not only is this a great way to maintain the value of your

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A study conducted by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) revealed that apart from a safe neighbourhood, the factor that influenced home-buying decisions the most was a home’s energy efficiency. Adrian Goslett, regional director and CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, says that these are

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Deciding to build your own home, or take on major renovations is an exciting endeavour. Homeowners are sure to encounter many challenges and even possibly unexpected expenses in the process, and will have to take a few calculated risks to end up with the home

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