Increasing the value of your home: The role your lawn plays

One of the first hings any potential buyer notices about your Pretoria home, is the garden. A well-kept lawn creates a great first impression. Any real estate agent worth his salt will tell you the first impression is often when the sale is made.

What to do when your house is on the market, and your lawn isn’t looking great?

Instant lawn is a great option for home owners that want a lush green carpet of grass in double quick time. There are other options, like sowing and artificial grass. Sowing can take up to 4 months to properly settle, and needs constant attention, careful mowing and regular watering. Artificial grass might look great at first glance, but it is very expensive to install. You might even require landfill which will increase the price even further. A Pretoria instant lawn provider can have a new lawn installed and looking great in a matter of days.

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Instant lawn is quick to install, and looks great within a week or two of installation. You will have to water regularly initially, but the lawn will settle within the first month and you can go back to watering 2-3 times per week.

Instant lawns are also natural, and present a number of benefits including:

  • Acts as filter for water and dust
  • Prevents erosion
  • Captures greenhouse gasses, and uses them effectively to reduce your carbon footprint
  • Works as a natural air conditioner by preventing the sun from baking the ground
  • Reduces noise pollution
  • Forms a natural fire break

Natural lawns can also be therapeutic. Imagine sitting in a lush green garden with vibrant flowers and active birdlife. Nothing gets more soothing than that!

For those who live in Pretoria particularly, our lawns form a large part of our life. We enjoy recreational activities on our lawns, kicking the ball around, playing cricket with the family, or throwing the frisbee.

Real grass is much more suited to the typical Pretoria outdoor lifestyle, as it will absorb impact when falling, as well as cushioning your fall and provides much better traction when barefoot.

If you care about our planet, and want to create a safe and fun play area for your family, instant lawn will create a great first impression of your home. Give your local landscaper a call, and ask what they can do for you. And as improving the value of your home, there is nothing more effective and environmentally friendly.

Informative Sectional Title course released

Sectional title is a complex subject that many people don’t quite understand; it has become evident that there is a need for additional training in the sectional title arena. Paddocks is proud to announce the launch of the Short Learning Programme (SLP) initiative – a series of part-time online short courses that have been designed to increase the competence of sectional title service providers and in this way promote a higher standard of service to sectional title bodies corporate.

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The short courses are approved by the University of Cape Town, Professional Development Project of the Faculty of Law, UCT (Law@Work) and result in a certificate issued from the University of Cape Town.

The SLP series of part-time short courses will all be four weeks in length, covering four modules. Students will be tested with weekly multiple-choice quiz assignments. A new presentation of the course will commence every six weeks. As a result, students can start studying when it suits them. The new initiative will be launched with the presentations of the UCT (Law@Work) Sectional Title Meetings short course and the UCT (Law@Work) Sectional Title Sales and Transactions short course. There are several more courses in the pipeline.

All learning will be conducted through the Paddocks Learning Website. Students on the course will be able to ask questions of the course instructors and receive administrative support from the Paddocks team. Students will be able to download comprehensive course notes, watch videos and ask questions on the practical application of the particular course material.

The SLPs have been designed on the wave of success that Paddocks experienced with the Kwiksta courses – where students were able to sign up to complete short courses in a 30-day period and complete the course material at their own pace, but without support. The courses were quite popular, but we believe the added support and the UCT approval will provide added benefit to the sectional title industry.

Law applicable to scheme management is under constant review and it is therefore imperative to keep up-to-date. This SLP aims to educate the busy sectional title industry and help build the level of knowledge and skills in this industry to a platform that all can be proud of.

When dealing with Stillbay Homes, you can rest assured that all our representatives have completed the Sectional Title course.

Choosing the right garage door repair company

The boring old garage door doesn’t usually get a mention when talking about increasing the value of your home. In fact, it is never spoken of, until a garage door repair is imminent. We open and close it a couple of times a day. Rushing out in the morning, and returning home after a long day, we don’t think twice about the garage door when opening and closing it.

garage door repairWhen a garage door breaks down, it can wreak havoc on our lives. Imagine having to unload the groceries, or even worse, your newborn in the rain because of a broken garage door. In Pretoria, the garage door also plays a vital role in your security and safety.

Plenty of home have garage doors that open up right onto the street. This means that your garage door forms part of your first line of defense. Imagine arriving home after dark, and the garage door won’t open. This would put your loved ones at risk.

Choosing a reputable garage door repair company in Pretoria is a vital step in ensuring you don’t have to deal with this too often. From wooden doors (like Meranti) to aluminium doors (like Aluzinc), all automated garage doors will require some maintenance and perhaps repairs over a period of time. This is to be expected, when taking into account the amount of times the average garage door is opened and closed. A garage door is a heavy object, and a powerful garage door motor is required to open and close. This puts a lot of stress on the garage door parts, and the resultant wear and tear can lead to doors jamming and getting stuck.

Next time you open and close your garage door, don’t take it for granted. Make sure to check all the springs, the motor and other moving parts to ensure you do proactive maintenance instead of reactive repairs. At Stillbay Homes we recommend using a online business directory to find a reputable company to help with the repair of your garage door..