Some purchasers are still under the impression that swimming pools need to be enclosed. In 2011 draft regulations were published requiring pool owners to enclose their pools with a fence or to have a pool net and pool alarm.
However, in 2014 the proposed pool by-laws were abandoned as the councils’ capacity to implement the law was in question, the cost consideration that property owners would incur to comply with these safety measures and then there was a lack of statistics on drowning incidents in private pools in comparison to drowning in rivers, dams or any other form of open water.
So no, private pools do not have to be enclosed or have a pool net and alarm fitted.

We have seen the price of electricity increase by about 300% in the last 5 or so years and there is no sign of any relief to come. So, what can be done?

There are many things the home owner can do, these range from relatively inexpensive to very expensive:
1. The quickest and least expensive is to replace old incandescent lights with the new LED ones – an average home should be able to reduce the lighting consumption by at least 60%. Payback on this investment will be about 1 year depending on how much you use the lights.

2. The next step would be to replace the electric geyser with either solar, heat pump or gas systems. These are more expensive, but will still pay for themselves within 5 years.
These two items alone will save the house owner about 50% of their total monthly account.

3. Swimming pool pumps consume anything between R500 to R1000 per month depending how long the pump runs for and the size of the pool. The pool pumps can now be replaced by solar ones. Again, the pay back is around 5 years. There are also solar covers available for pools which will block out all light to the pool and the pump can be turned off during winter months completely and the pool will remain blue and algae free when you remove the cover in the swimming season.

4. Roof insulation is a must – about 30% of heat loss in a house is through the roof.

5. Put some form of film on the windows, about 50% of heat loss is through them.

I hope this will give you some ideas on how to save on your electricity costs.

For more information contact by email on: andy@energy360.co.za

1. Kerb Appeal
One of the first and lasting impressions of a house is its kerb appeal, façade and entrances. Be sure that lawns are trimmed and flowerbeds tidied up. Any garden or household refuse should be removed Exterior facades of the house should be freshly painted if they have been allowed to deteriorate. Attend to the roof if necessary. The front door and the general entrance to the house should be fresh, clean and inviting to visitors.

2. Paint if necessary
Keep to neutral colours and a coat of paint can freshen a house completely.

3. Internal repairs and maintenance
Imagine a main bedroom or kitchen where door hinges of built in cupboard are missing or broken with door knobs missing. Such items invariably detract from the appeal of the house and can usually be fixed up at relatively low cost. Wall to wall carpets should be cleaned if necessary and dirty marks on interior walls cleaned.

4. Fix Utilities
Dripping taps in a bath stained yellow is off putting. It is recommended to check all plumbing and fittings are in good order and have been cleaned. Mildew on tiles and bathroom ceilings should be removed.

5. Remove clutter
Create a feeling of space by removing unnecessary clutter. Tidy up built in cupboards. Many prospective buyers will want to see inside to know how much storage space is available and a tidy cupboard gives the impression of ample space.

6. The entertainment area
The pool should be clean and sparkling. A green murky pool does not hold appeal for prospective buyers and often indicates problems. If there is a water feature it should be turned on. If the weather permits the patio area always looks attractive if cushions and umbrellas are out.

7. The garden
Pick up the dog poo! Nothing puts off a prospective buyer than standing in a pile of dog mess! Try and keep the lawns tidy and add colour pots – pots are not fixtures and can be taken with you when you move but you can make the plainest garden look appealing with some bright flowers in pots.

8. Lighting
There is a need for good lighting when the house is being shown to prospective buyers. Dark, gloomy rooms rarely appeal to people. On the other hand, when curtains are opened to let in the sunshine the cheerfulness of the house is displayed to its best effect during daytime showing. For evening viewings or dull days, turn on all the lights.

9.Homely feel
Lastly, fresh flowers, soft music and pleasant aromas all add to the appeal of the home. On showdays, frozen bread or vanilla essence in a low heated oven gives the home a fresh homely atmosphere.

1. Position of the Property
2. Price of the Property
3. Terms of the Sale
4. Condition of the Property
5. The Estate Agent

As a seller you can control 4 out of 5 of the above but you cannot control the “Position” of the property.
You will all have heard estate agents shout “Position, Position, Position”. The position of your property will dictate price, resale potential and is undoubtedly the number one factor as to why a property sells at a given price.

Cherry Grove is proud to have agents that believe that in order to be a good estate agent we have to be all of the following:
1. Trustworthy
2. Honest and Ethical
3. Knowledgeable – this includes industry knowledge and area knowledge
4. Hard working and focussed
5. Have our clients best interests in mind
6. Have the desire to reduce our clients stress
7. Give the best possible advice
8. Deliver on our promises
9. Assist all parties when there is conflict