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The most important tip is to be patient, stay calm, and accept that it is happening.

A few tips that can help should the power stay off for longer periods.

  1. Fill a few 2L bottles with water and freeze them. When the power goes off, move 2 or 3 of them into your fridge and limit the opening and closing of the fridge door. Leave the other bottles in the fridge and only take them out once the others are down to 25 % ice, swap them out for the frozen ones. This should keep your fridge cold enough to preserve your food for at least 8 hours. The ones in the deep freeze should stay frozen for at least 12 hours. Most importantly, remember to minimize the opening and closing of the door.
  2. Keep your power bank charged up and ONLY use it when the power is off. If you know that you are in for a few hours of down time during the day, switch your phone to low power mode ASAP to preserve battery life.
  3. Invest in a rechargeable camping light from Cape Union Mart or any camping store. They last a good few hours and are bright enough to read, play board games, and generally have lights around the house.
  4. A car phone charger is and absolute necessity.
  5. Keep a stock of groceries that do not require cooking (unless you have a gas stove). Canned products that have a longer shelf life are a good way to go.
  6. When the electricity is on, fill a flask or two with boiled water to use for baby’s bottles/tea/coffee etc.
  7. Plan outings during scheduled load shedding time. During the day, it can be managed better than at night when it can be depressing sitting in the dark. A movie, date night, some late-night Christmas shopping, hanging out with friends… all of these can reduce the stress of load shedding.
  8. If it fits within your budget, look at getting an inverter, or a generator. Even the most basic system will give you a few hours of the minimum: lights, chargers, TV and maybe fan.
  9. To ensure that you can still cook or heat food and liquids during load shedding, invest in a small, yet powerful, cooking device such as a solar cooker or a 2-plate gas stove. You could also take precautions before your power goes out, such as cooking in a Wonder bag.


  1. Secure the Doors

Don’t help a burglar stroll in through the front door (34% of them do!).Inspect all of your exterior doors to make sure the door frames are strong and the hinges are protected.

If you’re moving into a residence that someone else used to call home, change the door locksSA property pages. That way you won’t have strangers out there with a key to your house, and you can make sure your locks are the best on the market.

PRO TIP: Reinforce sliding glass doors

Intruders love sliding doors, so make sure yours are protected .You can go old-school and use a window bar or dowel in the track to keep the door from being forced open. If you want a high-tech solution, add a door sensor or glass- break sensor. These will alert you if the glass door is tampered with—and should scare off thieves.

2. Lock the Windows

Doors and windows are the most common entry points for burglars. Unfortunately, manufacturer latches on windows aren’t always effective—and sometimes they’re downright flimsy. If you don’t like the looks of your window latches, beef up security with locks  or key-operated levers. But you don’t have to stop there.

We have some other good ideas to help make your windows burglar-proof.

  • Reinforce glass .
  • Install window  or glass break sensors.
  • Add burglar bars
  • Plant prickly bushes under first-floor windows (but be sure to keep them trimmed).
  1. Light Up the Landscape

Vandals, burglars, and other criminals don’t like to be in the spotlight. Keep bad folks at bay with ample outdoor lighting. Place lights around your front and back yards, along pathways, and near the garage and other outdoor structures. Not only will you make intruders skittish, you’ll also cut down your risk of a stumble on your way up the front steps.

Make your outdoor security lights even more effective with these tips.

  • Use motion-activated lights.
  • Save energy with solar-powered lights.
  • Put outdoor lights on a timer.
  1. Don’t Forget the Garage

This entry point to your home is becoming more popular with criminals. And even if they can’t access your house, chances are you have plenty of good stuff stored in the garage. Make it a habit to lock all doors to the garage—both interior and exterior.

You may also consider keeping your garage door opener in the house. That way a burglar can’t grab it out of your car. And if you use a security code to open the garage, make sure you keep it secret and never enter it in front of delivery people, neighbours, or anyone else.

Here are some more easy ways to secure the garage.

  • Upgrade to a smart garage door opener.
  • Cover windows to hide the goodies inside.
  • Secure garage doors with extra locks (or even zip ties!).
  • Use home automation—and never leave the garage door open again.
  1. Set Up a Security System

Your new home should have some form of a security system, whether it’s a basic DIY system or one that comes with professional monitoring and home automation. Today there are plenty of home security options for every budget and every level of protection.

To choose a system that you’re comfortable with, evaluate the needs of your neighbourhood and your house. You can contact your local police department for neighbourhood crime statistics and help doing a home security evaluation of your home.

And keep these factors in mind as well:

  • DIY installation vs. professional installation
  • Customer service and brand reputation
  • Smart home capabilities
  • Up front and monthly costs


  1. Lock Down Your Wi-Fi Network

Your home wireless network is a doorway to your personal and financial information. And if you use home automation, it can also make your house vulnerable to a break-in. If your Wi-Fi network is connected to smart home gadgets or your security system, it could give criminals direct access to your home.

But you don’t have to leave yourself vulnerable. Use our tips and tricks to keep hackers off your home network.

  • Secure your wireless router.
  • Home Security Enable WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access) or WPA2 encryption.
  • Rename and hide your home network.
  • Use a firewall.
  • Install antivirus and anti-malware protection.
  • Create strong passwords.

PRO TIP: Protect kids with parental control software.

If you’ve got little ones, chances are they go online for both homework and fun. Keep them safe from online predators and cyber bullies with a parental control app, router, or software package. These tools can even help you limit screen time and enforce device-free family dinners.

  1. Eliminate Hiding Places

Trees and shrubs may give your house curb appeal, but they also give burglars a handy place to hide. Trim down trees and plants close to your home that could be used for cover. Opt for smaller flowers and bushes instead. If you have trees near windows, either remove them or reinforce those windows with extra security.

And don’t neglect the rest of your home’s exterior—use these best practices to keep things locked up tight.

  • Always put away stools and ladders.
  • Lock gates, sheds, and other outdoor buildings.
  • Don’t tempt thieves by leaving pricey goods on display in the yard.
  • Add security signs and stickers.

8. Add Security Cameras

You’ve probably seen headlines about burglars being foiled by security camera footage. This is one home security solution that works as both a deterrent and a means to get justice. You can get security cameras that are part of a complete home security system, or you can use cameras that work on their own.

Whichever way you go, we recommend using a security camera with a mobile app, so you can see footage in real time and store it if you ever need to go to the police.

Check out our other must-have features:

  • Motion detection
  • Night vision
  • Wi-Fi capability
  • Two-way talk
  • Local or cloud storage
  • Weatherproof casing for outdoor cameras

9. Get a Safe

In the event that someone gets by your other home security strategies, make sure that valuables are protected. An in-home safe is a secure depository for everything from jewelry to vital documents like passports. You want a safe that is fire-resistant, waterproof, and heavy enough that a thief can’t walk away with it.

Follow these suggestions to get the most protection from your safe.

  • Look for safes with redundant locks (that’s two locks on one safe).
  • Select the right size safe for the valuables you want to protect.
  • Decide if you want a portable safe or one that’s anchored.

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PRO TIP: Secure firearms in a gun safe.

Firearms are desirable items for a burglar. On average, around 230,000 guns are stolen during household burglaries every year.³ A gun safe keeps your weapons out of the hands of criminals and protects your family from the risk of a tragic accident.

10. Use Home Automation

If you’ve been tempted to turn your regular house into a smart home, security is one compelling reason to follow through. Home automation can give you remote (or scheduled) control of lights, door locks, security cameras, smoke alarms, and other safety devices. You can get real-time alerts about suspicious activity, so you can respond quickly and thwart potential thieves.

Here are some of our favourite ways to use home automation to increase security.

  • Schedule lights (and your TV) to turn on and off when you’re on vacation.
  • Scare away porch pirates with two-way talk through a smart doorbell.
  • Get an instant video feed whenever someone walks up your driveway.

Before You Go

Figuring out how to secure your home doesn’t have to be a chore. Use these tips to get started. And relax—you don’t have to do everything at once.

Identify which strategies are most important to you, and make a plan to add the rest later. Being aware of potential security risks and taking action early is the best way to keep your home and loved ones safe.

And if you’ve got a great security tip that we missed, let us know in the comments!



Choosing the right Building Contractor for your project

Selecting the right building contractor for the job will determine the overall success of your building project. A building project whether it’s small renovation or a complete overhaul of a project is an expensive undertaking and by researching your builder, it can ensure the overall success of your project.

Your contractor will be tasked with making crucial decisions and their knowledge and experience will result in your project experience being a positive or negative one.

Use this guide to ensure you find a good contractor, capable of the project:

Finding a good builder

  • Ask your architect for a referral
  • Have a look in your community newspaper
  • Ask friends for trusted referrals and testimonials
  • Look around your neighbourhood for contractors currently working on projects and ask the homeowner for their opinion on the contractor
  • Browse the internet
  • Once you have identified your top three options, contact each one for an initial quotation

Do your homework

  • Ask the builder for at least three references of their past work, make sure you get the addresses and contact numbers for each of them and check them out. Do not work with a contractor who will not give you any referrals.
  • Ask for information on their current job and go visit the site and chat with the owners to get their feedback. It is the best way to gauge the building contractor operates on a site.
  • Make sure that the contractor is a registered member of the Master Builders Association or the National Home Builder Registration Council (NHBRC).
  • Make sure you have both your builders company and residential contact details
  • Check that your builder has a valid insurance policy that covers the project and personal liability
  • Find out who your builder’s suppliers are and whether they are creditworthy
  • Check if a Health and Safety Plan is required for your project and if your builder is able to produce and comply with one
  • Check the registration details of the electrical and plumbing sub-contractors that the builder will be using with their respective associations. Make sure you do this as an unregistered electrician will not provide a valid Electrical Compliance Certificate.

Managing the project cash flow

  • Provide your short-list of builders with a drawing, a specification and a pricing schedule from your architect. This will make their quotes easy to compare
  • Make sure that the quotes are broken down into various items and not given as a lump sum so that you can compare the quotes properly
  • Take note of items that have been left off the builders quotes as you may need to purchase these yourself
  • Ask your builder to give you rates in their quote for items you may wish to extend or upgrade during the project
  • Check that the quality of the material and finishes that have been costed are of the standard you would like

Appointing your builder

  • Make sure that you have a detailed contract that has been signed by both parties
  • Work out a payment schedule before you sign the contract. This should be based on a works schedule according to the progress of the project

Make sure you stay involved by visiting the site often and overseeing the payment schedule to ensure that the project runs smoothly and according to the standard, and time-frame that you have specified.

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African Inspired Decor

Africa is trending. We are in the spotlight for everything from fashion and film to visual arts and design and of course our epic rugby team. Creating a space in your home that is inspired by the African aesthetic is a great idea if you’re keeping up with décor trends. African décor and design elements can give your home a warm, sophisticated feel.

Decorative tribal elements are easy to achieve and never go out of style. Incorporating raw elements and hand-crafted items like woven baskets and mats are a good start. We love bright beadwork, monochromatic prints and well thought out colour schemes to create African ambiance in your home or office. Here are a few elements you can include to get the perfect look.

Raw Materials

Raw wood, leather, and stone are three key elements to incorporate into your African inspired space. It gives a sense of earthiness and keep in mind that earthy colours can be found in metals like gold, bronze and even silver.

Tapestry Play

African skins are not the only way to bring an eclectic look into your space. Although they still work well, consider making use of beautifully designed wall tapestries or carpets. Wall tapestries are great because unlike wall art, you do not have to frame it to make it look stylish.

Bright Accents

Bright colours may be a given when creating an African inspired room, but balance is key. Consider using monochromatic items in your furniture and artworks and add bright accents with artisanal crafts, scatter cushions and lampshades or vice versa.

Indoor Plants

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Surrounding yourself with typically African greenery is a sure way to create the illusion of being outdoors. Africa is all about spending time outdoors and taking in the fresh air and warm sun. Recreate this feeling inside by incorporating indigenous house plants.

Handmade Goodies

Handmade is usually local and local is lekker. We have so many creative artisans in South Africa that it’s a must to support local artists. Include handmade art or crafts to bring subtle flair to your space. Sometimes it’s the small things that put the big picture into perspective.

African inspired décor is not just for upmarket guest houses and game lodges anymore. Balancing modernity and authentic African design is easier than ever because there’s so much to choose from right here on our doorstep. The trend has taken over the world, but unlike other continents, we do not have to search far and wide to find exclusive African pieces. Enjoy Africa in Africa.


‘Cheaper’ homes in South Africa are hot right now – in some cases even selling for above the asking price

  • Properties priced between R250,000 and R500,000 are experiencing a strong third quarter, a new report by FNB showed. 
  • Due to increased demand, 5% of properties in that bracket is sold above asking price. 
  • FNB said there is a lack of supply in that bracket which leads to strong house price growth

South African residential properties priced between R250,000 and R500,000 are experiencing a strong third quarter, with some properties sold at 5% above asking price, a new report from FNB revealed.

The FNB Affordable Housing Insight for the third quarter of 2019, released on Tuesday, showed a third of properties in the R250,000 to R500,000 price range sold below initial asking price.

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The average discount offered for the R250,000 to R500,000 market, also known as the gap market, was 12.7%.

In contrast, over 95% of properties in the higher end of the market sell below-asking price, at approximately 10% discount, the report said.

On average, properties in the R250,000 to R500,000 bracket remained on the market roughly 6 weeks, with 13 average viewings.


In the higher-end market, properties spend 16 weeks on the market with 9.6 average viewers.

The report showed that in South Africa 35% of transactions are typically for buy-to-let, compared to 50% of transactions in the R250,000 to R500,000 bracket.

FNB Home Finance CEO Lee Mhlongo said there is an inadequate supply of lower-end residential properties which contributes to strong house price growth.

“Prospective home buyers are looking and finding value in affordable housing. We believe that a better pipeline of supply, especially within the gap market, will go a long way to improving homeownership in our country,” Mhlongo said.

Mhlongo said emigration and relocation-related sales remain low in affordable housing bracket but is more prominent in higher price segments.

The FNB Affordable Housing Insight was compiled through surveys with the country’s top real estate agencies in Gauteng, Western Cape, Eastern Cape, and KwaZulu-Natal.

Bathroom renovation styles

Whether you’re tackling a bathroom remodel with the help of a bathroom designerarchitect or contractor, knowing which style resonates with you can be a big help. Read on for the need-to-know details about 10 popular bathroom styles, including colour palettes and key features of each look.Bathroom styles
  1. Transitional Transitional bathrooms gracefully walk the line between traditional and contemporary, with just enough detailing to please both.  While elements of traditional and contemporary styles are both present, transitional bathrooms don’t veer far in either direction. Key features of transitional-style bathrooms:
  • Shaker-style vanity
  • Light-hued stone counters, floors or wall treatments in materials such as marble and quartz
  • Undermount sink
  • Subway tile
  • Pedestal bathtub
  • Glass shower enclosure
  • Classic lighting such as drum pendants, updated chandeliers and sleek wall sconces.
Colour palette: Whether you opt for cool or warm hues, the colours in a transitional bathroom tend to be soft and subtle. For a richer look, consider blue, brown, grey or wood tones. Bathroom style
  1. Modern Modern bathrooms are sleek and streamlined, emphasizing strong horizontal lines. Clean, flourish-free details keep the focus on the architecture. Key features of modern-style bathrooms:
  • Floating vanity
  • Glass shower enclosure
  • Freestanding bathtub
  • Minimalist faucets
  • Streamlined lighting
  • Frameless mirrors
Colour palette: The focus of a modern style bathroom is on the architecture, which means the colour palette tends toward crisp, clean white, subtle neutrals and black. Pops of colour show up in the form of accessories such as bath towels and plants.
  1. Contemporary Contemporary bathrooms fully embrace the latest in technology, materials and trends for an of-the-moment look with clean lines and minimal adornment. Contemporary bathrooms can (and do) break the rules, but as a whole they stay away from heavy embellishments and traditional shapes. Key features of contemporary-style bathrooms:
  • Sleek vanity
  • Minimalist faucets
  • Glass shower enclosure
  • Statement tile
  • Slim-profile mirrors
  • The latest digital tech such as digital shower controls and smart mirrors
Colour palette: A black-and-white palette is a popular choice in contemporary bathrooms, although any high-contrast colour combination can work. Bathroom style 4
  1. Traditional Traditional bathrooms are timeless, comfortable and refined, with gleaming surfaces and high-end materials. Unlike minimalist modern bathrooms or trend-conscious contemporary bathrooms, traditional bathrooms favour a healthy amount of decorative detail and classic elegance. Key features of traditional-style bathrooms:
  • Furniture-style vanity
  • Elegant stone counters, floors or wall treatments
  • Antique-style lighting
  • Classic bathtub such as a claw-foot or pedestal style
  • Dressing table
  • Wainscoting, wallpaper and decorative moulding
Colour palette: The colours in traditional bathrooms tend to be soft and relaxing. Subtle neutrals and pale shades of blue and green work well, or consider deeper shades of blue, brown, grey and wood tones for a richer look. Bathroom style 5
  1. Farmhouse Farmhouse-style bathrooms balance the rustic appeal of regional, rural heritage with simplicity-loving modern sensibilities. And while farmhouse bathrooms today often incorporate modern elements, this isn’t the place to experiment with trends: Think simple, honest and homespun. Key features of farmhouse-style bathrooms:
  • Shaker-style vanity
  • Barn lighting
  • Wall panelling
  • Claw-foot bathtub
  • Sliding barn doors
  • Trough sink
Colour palette: Farmhouse bathrooms favour simple, natural colour palettes. White with crisp black trim is a popular choice; for richer hues, look to nature-inspired neutrals and other classic colours. Bathroom style 6
  1. Rustic Rustic bathrooms embrace the natural beauty of the outdoors, pairing rugged materials with warm, cozy textiles to create a welcoming space. Today’s interpretation of the look can lean more (or less) contemporary depending on your personal design sensibility. Key features of rustic-style bathrooms:
  • Wood or wood-look vanity
  • Vessel sinks made from stone or copper
  • Natural stone counters, floors and wall treatments
  • Copper bathtub, Japanese-style soaking tub or classic claw-foot
  • Hardware in weathered finishes such as oil-rubbed bronze, antiqued brass or hammered copper
  • Warming details such as kelim rugs and filament light bulbs
Colour palette: Rustic style bathrooms echo the hues of natural materials such as stone and warm woods with paint colours and accents in similar shades, for a rich, cozy look. Industrial
  1. Industrial Inspired by factories and warehouses, industrial style bathrooms are simple, utilitarian spaces where raw materials and tough fixtures and finishes take centre stage. Favouring practical, hard-wearing surfaces, industrial bathrooms find beauty in the way things work rather than in surface ornamentation. Key features of industrial-style bathrooms:
  • Glass-and-steel shower enclosure
  • Raw materials such as concrete, stainless steel, brick and cinderblock
  • Trough and basin sinks
  • White subway tile
  • Hefty sliding doors
  • Exposed pipes and gear-like hardware and faucets
Colour palette: The raw materials used form the foundation of the colour palette in an industrial-style bathroom, with an occasional pop of saturated colour. Beach style
  1. Beach Beach-style bathrooms are light and airy, with a focus on natural materials, coast-inspired colours and a casual, easy going mood. Beach bathrooms can lean traditional, contemporary or somewhere in between — the important thing is to keep the mood relaxed and breezy. Key features of beach-style bathrooms:
  • Bold tile
  • Spacious shower
  • Textured elements such as pebble tile, weathered wood and mother-of-pearl
  • Wall panelling
  • Statement wallpaper
  • Accents in breezy coastal colours
Colour palette: Beach bathrooms use colours inspired by the sand, sky, and sea to create a sense of place. Crisp white paired with seaside blue is a popular palette, though it’s certainly not the only option. For a more vibrant take, look to leafy greens and bold corals inspired by the tropics. Mediterranean style
  1. Mediterranean Mediterranean bathrooms emphasize natural materials like wood, brick and stone for a casually elegant, earthy look inspired by sun and sea. While Meditteranean bathrooms can incorporate contemporary touches, the focus is on classics that have stood the test of time. Key features of Mediterranean-style bathrooms:
  • Ornate lighting
  • Colorful tile
  • Burnished metals such as hammered copper, wrought iron, oil-rubbed bronze and antiqued brass
  • Statement mirror
  • Whitewashed walls
  • Vessel sinks in rounded and organic shapes
Colour palette: Rich hues inspired by the warm earth and sparkling sea look striking in a Mediterranean bathroom, especially against a calming backdrop of white and natural wood.Craftsman
  1. Craftsman Craftsman bathrooms spotlight the simple beauty of natural wood and quality workmanship within a warm, cozy atmosphere. Craftsman style bathrooms are natural yet refined, and simple without being fully minimalist. Key features of Craftsman-style bathrooms:
  • Shaker-style vanity
  • Handcrafted tile
  • Rich, medium to dark wood tones
  • Natural stone counters, floors and wall treatments
  • Artful stained glass
  • Warm lighting in rectangular and square shapes with geometric details
Colour palette: Craftsman-style bathrooms feature rich earth tones, vibrant greens and warm neutrals that coordinate well with natural wood.
Sell your home

Spring – the perfect time to sell your house.

Spring is upon us right now, and people are starting to come alive after winter hibernation. This also means that people are starting to potentially think about moving house which is something that may be on their mind , and possibly yours as well ?. Young families’ little ones are now at schooling age and parents need to consider moving to their preferred school district .

Maybe you are looking to downsize, or look at a larger home for your growing family ?

As the weather gets warmer, buyers are more willing to get out and explore and families are more eager to move during the summer months and to make a new start in conjunction with the New Year, and they will need to find and make offers on their homes several months prior.

If you’re considering placing your property on the market, now is the time, and if you’ve had your property on the market during the winter months, here are some tips to help you rejuvenate it for those spring buyers.

12 Tips to help you sell your property this spring:

  1. Wash windows inside and out, and polish all mirrors.

Sparkle is free, and it sells homes. A potential buyer may not realize why your home seems so inviting, but will feel drawn to it if the windows are spotless and your mirrors reflect sunlight. Cleaning is the first step in preparing your home for a sale.

  1. Wipe down all cupboards – especially the kitchen.

The two primary rooms buyers pay more attention to are the kitchen and bathroom. If you spend any additional time cleaning any rooms it should be these. Most kitchens sell homes by themselves! Wipe down any grime, dust or dirt on the outside of your cupboards with a damp cloth, and also pay attention to your stove backsplash area.

  1. Check your cornices and skirtings – if they look drab, give them a lick of paint

Experienced buyers will always look at your floor, your skirtings and cornices. It is a tell-tale sign to see if there was any damage in the house previously – such as a burst geyser or rising damp that could easily bring down your asking price. If you can get away with a quick wipe-down of these surfaces – great! But if they’re looking rather tired, a quick coat of paint on your skirtings will make the world of difference to the rooms without having to paint the walls!

  1. Rake the yard and trim the back bushes.

Clean out any dead shrubs, leaves and debris in your lawn. Don’t let overgrown vegetation block the windows or path to the entrance. Cutting bushes and tree limbs will let the sun inside and showcase the exterior of your home. It will also seem like you looked after the place and took pride in your home – which is very appealing to house hunters.

  1. Mow your lawn diagonally and don’t miss the edge lawn along your driveway and sidewalks.

 Artfully-manicured lawns are given an edge and tell buyers you pay attention to small details. Diagonally mowed lawns make your yard appear larger.

  1. Transplant bright coloured flowers in planter boxes or buy flowers in containers.

Yellow flowers specifically stimulate buying urges. After a long winter, everybody is anxious to see the first signs of spring. Yellow and pink “vygies” and daisies induce feelings of happiness and contentment. Arrange containers in groups of three or five near the entrance.

  1. Clean drapes, curtains and blinds, and open every window.

Send your window coverings to the dry cleaners or wash, dry, and press them. Toss blinds into a soapy bathtub for a quick wash. Get rid of all accumulated dust and spider webs. Crisp linens and a spring-time breeze through the windows invite the season inside.

  1. Set out fresh flowers.

Freshly-cut Delicious Monster branches, lavender stems or jasmine bunches bring life to your space. Natural scents are more appealing than artificial, and trigger fewer allergies among those susceptible. Clever home staging brings colour and fragrance indoors.

  1. Clean & Polish floors to a high gloss.

Give your hardwood floors a quick once-over with a wooden floor polish, but not too much to make your potential buyers slip! Make your ceramic and linoleum floors twinkle and shine. If you really want to go the extra mile, bleach dull grout and thoroughly clean all area rugs. By the time you’re done, you’re probably not going to want to sell anymore!

  1. Utilize towels, throws, and pillows in light colours like pastels.

Even if it means replacing items, towels, linens, throws and sofa pillows are inexpensive accents you can buy. In soft spring colours, they will light up a room. Or get neutral colours you could use again all year round. Layer towels on bathroom towel racks and place a nice throw over your bed to make it feel more inviting.

  1. Offer an outdoor mat for cleaning shoes.

No matter where you live, spring weather is often unpredictable. If it’s raining, give buyers a place to stash umbrellas and wipe their feet before entering your home. Having an outdoor mat at both your front door and any outer door will also help keep your house clean especially after the hard work you’ve just put in to it to make it clean!

  1. Turn on the bedroom side table lights.

Even with a beautiful sunny day, having your bedside table lamps on, makes for an inviting ambience.

We know that keeping things constantly neat & tidy is sometimes a pain. If it gets too much for you, hire a cleaner for an extra day, or make use of an on-demand cleaning service for a few hours before any viewings. It may seem like a lot of work, but it’s going to increase demand and get your house sold so much faster when you do.

Paying attention to the little things, will also help you get closer to your asking price – especially when someone can’t find any fault.


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