News / Thu Apr 2022

How to increase your property value


WORDS Rache Blom

When deciding to do improvements to increase the value of your home, it is important to not spend more than you can get. You can build a palace and it won't mean anything in the wrong area. Make budget-appropriate choices that are sustainable, durable, and on-demand. As mentioned above, small improvements can make a big difference. This is also true, with not only eye-catching features but going above and beyond. Keep all certificates up to date, this might include electrical, roof, and plumbing certificates. When doing an upgrade make sure you have the certificate to prove the infrastructure is still up to standard. It will also be beneficial to talk with your insurance company to make sure the installers and certifications are accepted by them. Fancy Finishing's Have you ever heard the saying, you eat with your eyes? The same goes when buying a home. Adding eye-pleasing exterior improvements will automatically make buyers look twice. Consider upgrading garage doors to modern steel or wooden option. Replace old frame windows with big aluminum frames that are not only eye-catching but also more durable. Nothing looks better than well-maintained exterior walls and roofs. Keep painted exterior maintained, and stick to neutral colors like grey, white and brown. Kicking it up a notch, you can add cladding and vinyl stone to your walls. Replace big windows with open sliding doors and let the light shine through. Although it's a jungle out there, it does not mean you should hide in the bushes. If your property has a garden keep it trimmed and open. Gardens can be a big selling point, keeping in mind who your buyer will be. Interior upgrades are just as important. Bathrooms and kitchens will most probably always be the biggest attraction. Modern twists can be made to floors, tiles, and walls while sticking to a low budget. Simply changing handles, taps, and showerheads can make a big difference to a dated home. Flooring is one of the biggest changes one can make to the style of the home. Whether you are leaning against clean and crisp tiles, or stylish vinyl flooring, make sure it is durable and installed to last for years to come. Small improvements can make a huge difference to the eye and the devil will always be in the detail.


FANCY FINISHINGS


Have you ever heard the saying, you eat with your eyes? The same goes when buying a home. Adding eye-pleasing exterior improvements will automatically make buyers look twice. Consider upgrading garage doors to modern steel or wooden option. Replace old frame windows with big aluminum frames that are not only eye-catching but also more durable. Nothing  looks better than well-maintained exterior walls and roofs. Keep painted exterior maintained, and stick to neutral colors like grey, white and brown. Kicking it up  a notch, you can add cladding and vinyl stone to your walls. Replace big windows with open sliding doors and let the light shine through.


Although it's a jungle out there, it does not mean you should hide in the bushes. If your property has a garden keep it trimmed and open. Gardens can be a big selling point, keeping in mind who your buyer will be. Interior upgrades are just as important. Bathrooms and kitchens will most probably always be the biggest attraction. Modern twists can be made to floors, tiles, and walls while sticking to a low budget. Simply changing handles, taps, and showerheads can make a big difference to a dated home. Flooring is one of the biggest changes one can make to the style of the home. Whether you are leaning against clean and crisp tiles, or stylish vinyl flooring, make sure it is durable and installed to last for years to come. Small improvements can make a huge difference to the eye and the devil will always be in the detail.


"MAY YOUR WALLS KNOW JOY MAY EVERY ROOM HOLD LAUGHTER AND EVERY WINDOW
OPEN TO GREAT POSSIBILITY"
-Maryanne  Radmacher-Hersey

HIGH -TECH SMART HOUSE

Comfort and security will never go out of style. If you want to elevate your home to its highest potential, make your home a smart one. Automated garage doors and gates are almost a given these days, Making your home a smart one will depend on what scale you need it to be. Smart homes offer big security for owners whether they are home or not. You have endless options when making your home smart. Lights and blinds can easily be controlled over a smart device. Doors, gates, and garages are there to provide security step it up a notch, with smart technology making it easy to control visitors' entry to your property. It can also deny access when needed and lock by itself. Smile for the camera. Put your home under 24/7 surveillance that you can check on from anywhere. This surveillance option can be voice automated when you want to check in with your kids or pets. Also, a great option for seniors as they can see the entire property from the safety of inside the home.

Control temperature by, turning on the aircon or fireplace before even stepping into your home. Smart homes using artificial intelligence are becoming increasingly popular and almost nothing is impossible. Putting a price on an automatic flushing toilet, while running a bath is hard but Smart technology for your home is expensive and professional installation is a must. Do some research into what is needed and what programs to use. Smart technology can be built into new houses or can be installed in a ready-to-use kit.

HEAT IT UP

One of the best investments you can make is installing gas in your home. Gas geysers and stoves have become increasingly popular among homeowners. Replacing gas geysers and stoves with gas can save consumers up to 60% on electricity usage. It is also convenient when the dreaded load shedding hits. Gas heaters are a more appropriate name if that is what it does. Unlike traditional geysers, gas heaters only heat on usage. When water or gas is used that needs to be heated a flame ignites and the water or stove will be heated. With the geyser, it is important to choose the right size. Gas heaters work with how many liters are needed to be heated per minute, For example, a 12L geyser will heat 6-12L of water per minute. An average bathtub takes about 16L per minute to fill up. You will not be able to install a gas line yourself. An SAQCC gas installer is needed for installation, according to South-African Law. Gas is not something to play with, and trying to install it by yourself will only put you and your family in danger.
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