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25 WAYS TO CREATE A GREEN AND HEALTHY HOME

Posted by admin on November 18, 2014

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Doing your part to protect the environment once meant separating paper from plastic in your recycling bin and buying organic greens that you carried home in a reusable bag. But these days, there is a lot more you can do to create a green and healthy home.

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WHY ARE PLANT AND MACHINERY VALUATIONS REQUIRED?

Posted by admin on November 1, 2014

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New costs and market values of productive plant, machinery and equipment are continually spiralling in our volatile market due to economic instability in South Africa. This affects all projects, be it planning for a new capital project, or modifications and upgrades to existing plant and machinery.

Whether for insurance or financial statement purposes, a considerable amount of research must be undertaken, in order to achieve a sufficient understanding of the asset, as well as the current markets and values.

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7. CREATE A SECURE LIFESTYLE (PART 7 OF 7)

Posted by admin on September 25, 2014

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Let’s face it, we live in South Africa, a country in which crime is a reality. Security measures are therefore actually selling features, as people want to feel safe and secure in their own homes. If your house is free standing and not located within a security estate or complex, it is even more important to improve your property’s security measures. You will increase your peace of mind and the appeal of your home for potential buyers if you do decide to sell.

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6. FRESH COAT OF NEUTRALITY (PART 6 OF 7)

Posted by admin on September 23, 2014

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Customizing your house is great if you plan to stay there, but extreme colours and themed rooms can scare potential purchasers away if you are planning to sell. Colour is a personal thing - one person's harmonious colour scheme is another's crime against humanity. Don't let differences in personal taste affect the sale of your house. If you have customized every room with extremely bright or dark coloured paint, wallpaper or wall fixtures, you may want to consider toning it down a bit.

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5. EXTRA ROOMS AND CONVERSIONS (PART 5 OF 7)

Posted by admin on September 18, 2014

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Add an additional bathroom - If you have purchased a house and will be settled in for say the next 5 years, it’s worth adding a 2nd bathroom to a 1 bathroom home, or a 3rd bedroom to a 2 bedroom house. These are bigger and more costly projects but they will make life easier with no queues in the morning and no sibling squabbles over space, as well as add value that can be recouped in the medium term.

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4. BATHROOMS AS GOOD AS NEW (PART 4 OF 7)

Posted by admin on September 16, 2014

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Bathrooms are the 2nd most valuable rooms in a house after the kitchen. Try keeping bathroom suites white or neutral in colour. If you have a coloured suite, work with the colour in various shades.

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3. UPDATE THE KITCHEN (PART 3 OF 7)

Posted by admin on March 19, 2014

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The kitchen is the most valuable room in a house as it has the highest rate per square metre to finish. Since everyone wants a great kitchen, it can make the difference when buyers are unsure regarding the purchase of a house.

The kitchen is one of the most popular rooms for purchasers to scrutinize, but that doesn't mean you have to re-gut the whole thing. If you have a small budget, the following can be done to update a dated kitchen without the expense of refitting it:

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2. MAINTAIN & UPGRADE FLOORING (PART 2 OF 7)

Posted by admin on August 28, 2013

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Carpeting is an important area to maintain and keep looking new and clean. That doesn't mean you have to replace it when selling your house. If your current carpet is still in good condition, simply hire a professional carpet cleaner to freshen it up.

On the other hand, if the carpeting is old and worn out, consider retiling as this will make an immediate and effective improvement to your house. You shouldn't purchase new carpeting when selling your house because today’s trends are leaning towards tiled or wooden flooring and the new owners may not like the carpeting and tear it out anyway.

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1. CREATE EFFICIENCY (PART 1 OF 7)

Posted by admin on August 26, 2013

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Lower your monthly property expenses by making your house more efficient. Not only will the lower municipal consumption bills save you money every month, but it will be a selling feature to prospective buyers. 

There are various ways in which this can be done:

  • Install proper insulation to keep the heat in during the winter months and the cold out during the summer months;
  • Replace all your bulbs with energy efficient ones;
  • Install a solar geyser as the geyser is probably the most energy draining item in your house;
  • Place a rainwater tank in your garden for irrigation purposes or install a borehole.
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SPEND YOUR MONEY WISELY

It is possible to overcapitalise your property, in other words, improve it to a point where it becomes one of the most expensive properties and significantly above the average sale prices in your area. It is important to take note of your suburb and surrounding area and keep your house similar to ensure you do not expand or renovate your house out of the market. This does not mean that you should neglect on the upkeep and maintenance of your house.  

It is not a good idea to take on major renovations when you are ready to sell your house because you may not recoup your investment. When trying to increase the value of your house you must be realistic; fitting a new kitchen will not necessarily increase the asking price, especially if the roof is caving in. Make sure the overall condition of your house is good and inspect things like the electrics, plumbing and gutters. 
Ensure that the condition of your house can’t be used against you (i.e. remove an excuse for a buyer to negotiate down on your asking price). Generally speaking, space will add the most value to your home. Turning the loft into an extra bedroom might be costly but will add value to your house.

We have 7 tips which will help increase the value of your property and we have outlined them below. More detail on each will follow over the next couple weeks, so be sure to keep tuned in:

  1. Create Efficiency
  2. Maintain and Upgrade Flooring
  3. Update the Kitchen
  4. Bathrooms as Good as New
  5. Extra Rooms and Conversions
  6. Fresh Coat of Neutrality
  7. Create a Secure Lifestyle


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If you don’t have the time or inclination to do it yourself, Valuetec can help. From as little as R1 600, you can get a ‘Personal House Consultation,’ which includes a market valuation report to ensure the correct asking price if you are selling your house and helpful hints to present your home better and make it more saleable. Contact us today on: 012 333 4179, drop us an email at: info@valuetec.co.za or visit our website: www.valuetec.co.za

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