Home is where the heart is … and while this can refer to a homesick traveller it also refers to your actual place of residence.
Which is why it’s important to look after your home.
This can have many benefits, such as keeping it looking good, maintaining its market value, and of course keeping your spouse happy!
If you have small children you’ll know how hard it is to keep the home tidy.
A new lick of paint can go a long way to freshening up appearances.
A decent playroom, even in a small flat, can be established with some creative thinking and great use of space.
Floor tiles can crack so it’s a good idea to start with quality when first laying them. Keep some spares in the garage.
But keep the garage clean and ‘junk-free’ so that you don’t feel the need to call a professional snake catcher when you want to find the spare tiles one day.
If you prefer carpets, make sure they’re not tougher to clean with your vacuum cleaner than hacking through the Amazon jungle.
The simple task of a shower or bath can have the joy sucked out if the geyser doesn’t work properly or if the pressure is out of sync in the shower.
Get a proper plumber to get this sorted for you. Same goes for the toilet. Nothing worse than when it doesn’t flush properly. Or leaks.
Security is a big issue in South Africa and there are various options at varying prices. Burglar guards need not make the home look ugly.
Outside lights and beams and such, like security gates and steel fences may detract a touch from the aesthetic beauty of a property.
But this will be overridden by the reassurance a potential buyer will feel seeing them in place.
Big gardens are great for entertaining and growing all types of flowers and herbs, but they require a lot of work to maintain.
However, mowing the lawn and cleaning the pool can be a great way to de-stress and get some exercise.
The kitchen is a place some hate and some love.
With a little guidance from a kitchen expert, a new design can open up space, and go a long way to seeing the ‘chef’ have a whole lot more fun when making meals.
And get a dishwasher that works.
Same rules apply with regards washing machines and tumbles dryers, although be warned, the latter can guzzle electricty faster than you devour cellphone data.
When it comes to electronics in the house, get decent stuff, otherwise you’re going to have to replace or call our technicians more often than you want.
An air-conditioner can go a long way to keeping cool in Africa’s humid summers.
Don’t skimp on quality when it comes to beds, furniture, linen and curtains. Is there any better feeling than sinking into a comfortable bed at the end of a long day?
If you enjoy watching TV, a decent couch or chair is a must – and local physios and chiroprators will tell you it’s all about posture.
There are numerous ways you can spruce up your home in terms of the bricks and mortar, as well as the ‘movables’, how you furnish your home.
Take the time to consult the experts and professionals in their fields. It may cost a little extra but will pay off in the long run.