Why You Should Switch Off Appliances and Devices During Load Shedding

With all the load shedding taking place at the moment, switching off appliances and devices during load shedding is a wise choice for three important reasons.


How to Prepare Your House for a Sale

As workers around the country settle into hybrid work situations, many are looking for more space to accommodate a work-from-home lifestyle.



What to expect at Decorex Cape Town, 16 - 19 June 2022

Upcoming Decorex Cape Town can’t be defined by a mere list of reasons to visit!




The New Property Act and What it Means For You

The Property Practitioners Act (PPA), which came into effect on 1 February 2022, is helping buyers make more informed decisions when purchasing a property.



Load Shedding: How to Prepare for Extended Power Outages

The time has come to plan for the possibility that load shedding might be extended further than a few days here and there.



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Starter’s Guide to Flipping Houses

Flipping a house involves buying a property, giving it a facelift, and reselling it for a profit.



5 Benefits of Using a Gas Generator

This article looks at some of the reasons why gas generators may be the better choice for your needs, and for the environment in which they are put to use.



Is Your Home Security Up to Date with the Times?

If your home security alarm system has been installed for many years, it may be time to look at upgrading.



Harvest Celebration at Spier Hotel

Spier, the historic Stellenbosch wine farm, will celebrate the harvest season with a weekend full of fun activities, farm-fresh food and plenty of wine.



Decor and Design Experts discuss New Insights for a Post-Pandemic World

Decor and design researchers are analysing details that include how tech-smart or sustainable your future home will be to evolving working space - either at home, at the office, at a communal shared space.


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Boost your Chances of Becoming a Homeowner with Bond Pre-Approval

By applying for pre-approval you not only speed up your bond application, but also increase your chances of bond approval



Do you have South Africa’s Oldest Rolux Lawnmower?

The search is on to find South Africa’s oldest Rolux lawnmower. It’s the month of love and if breaking out your old and dusty Rolux and sharing it with all to prove your devotion to the iconic South African brand isn’t love, then we don’t know what is.



WORX - The Complete One-Stop Solution for Cordless Power

The WORX range of cordless tools comprises over one hundred 20-Volt cordless power tools - all using the same batteries and chargers.



Samsung Freestyle Fully Portable Screen for Entertainment Anywhere

The Freestyle from Samsung is a brand new fully portable entertainment and screening device that utilises ground-breaking technology for optimal user viewing and entertainment wherever you are.


The Fluid Future Of Water Self-Reliance In South Africa

With South Africa ranked as the 30th driest country in the world, it is no longer a question of being able to blindly rely on governments to supply our agricultural water.



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Samsung Announces Winner of Incredible Bespoke Refrigerator Challenge

In early November the Samsung Bespoke Refrigerator Challenge was launched, capturing the imagination of décor enthusiasts across the nation.



What is an IP Rating?

If you don't know what an IP rating is, it is time to educate yourself as to how this affects items you may already have or are looking to add to your home.



Don’t let the Burglars Play While You’re Away

If you are going away, keep in mind that it is essential that you ensure your home and belongings are safe and secure while the house is empty



5 Worx Tools Win Popular Mechanics Best of the Best Awards!

It is no easy task to be voted as The Best of the Best, but WORX managed to do just that with 5 of their tools.



Drilling, Tapping and Countersinking - All in one process from Alpen

The Alpen PLW M series bits take the guess work out of drilling and tapping as these new combo bits do it all in one process.



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How to Make Money Using your DIY Skills

You have the DIY basics and your skills keep getting better and better at making stuff so why not think about using your skill to make some money?



Massive Savings on the WORX Tool Range

If you haven't yet discovered the WORX range of cordless tools, now is your change to purchase what you need with the special offer on WORX tools.



Win a Weber Braai with Italtile

September is Heritage Month and Italtile is giving you the opportunity to win a Weber braai on Instagram.



Savour a Taste of South African Heritage at Spier

In honour of Heritage Day, Spier is proud to present a limited-edition Wine and Food Tasting Experience.



You Could Win a Million Rand with Easylife Kitchens

What would you do with a R1 Million cash that you can spend on your home, invest, explore the world or splurge?



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Vermont Sales Opens Innovative Trade Exhibition Centre

By revamping their previous head offices into a state-of-the-art small Customer Exhibition Centre, Vermont Sales are now able to showcase world-class brands on a rotating basis



Spier Light Art 2022: Call for Proposals

Spier Light Art 2022 will celebrate people’s unflinching resilience and invite you to reflect on enchantment and exuberance as a way to contribute to this year’s curatorial agenda.



Grace Stevens - How to Be a Baking Business Boss

When it comes to creating bountiful businesses in the baking industry there is no shortage of avenues.



Action Can FR-90 Freeze Releasing Penetrating Oil

The leading international rust treatment from Action Can FR-90 Freeze Releasing Penetrating Oil.



Avoid Scams That Claim Power Savings

There is a new scam that has come to light, one that claims to save you vast amounts of money off your monthly electricity bill.



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Spier Food Garden 2021 Winter Workshops

This winter, Spier Wine Farm is hosting a series of interactive Spier Food Garden workshops, designed to help you get started growing good food at home.



Now You Can Do More At Builders

You Can Now Send And Receive Money, Book Flights, And Pay For Netflix, Amongst Other Things, At Builders.



Improve Indoor Air Quality?

With an increase in cancer rates over the past 20 years, is it safe to assume that your indoor air quality is not a factor?



Official launch of CloutSA and HUB with the 'Right here, Right now' exhibition

Introducing Clout SA, the innovative initiative that is taking South African design to the world



Heating The Home Safely

Winter is the time that families take out the heaters but make sure that your family and your home is safe when you do.



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Choose The Best Bond To Secure Your Dream Home

Whether you are building or renovating a new property, choose the best bond to secure your dream home



It's Child's Play! - How to make Mother’s Day Memorable

Here Are 5 Tips To Making Mother’s Day Memorable.



Have Timber And Board Cut To Any Size Or Shape

Good news for DIY enthusiasts in the Randburg/Roodepoort area, now you can have your timber and board cut to size and have it delivered to your door.



8 Tips To Make Moving Day A Cinch

Carl Coetzee, CEO of BetterBond, offers these eight tips below to make moving day a cinch.



Kreg Accessories For 2021

Kreg launches an all-new range of Technically advanced, accessories, for their new 2021 Pocket Hole Jigs the 720PRO, 520PRO and 720 and Cutting Accessories.



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Difference Between Brushed And Brushless Power Tools?

As power tools become increasingly more powerful, there is now a decision to make between power tools with a brushed motor or brushless power tools - but what is the difference?



We Have 6 Great Tips That Will Make You Love Sanding!

Everyone loves making projects, but the same cannot be said about sanding and, hopefully, this article will make the process a lot easier and less effort.



Introducing 4 Malco USA TurboShear Models

Now you can turn your power drill into a cutting machine with 4 TurboShear options from Malco USA.



Builders Brand New Standalone Store In Midrand

To deliver an improved retail experience for its clientele, Builders is opening a brand-new standalone store in Midrand that offers state of the art technology, a Vida e café and a meeting hub.


Can You Still Sell A House That Needs Work?

While your property is, generally, in a livable state, there are flaws here and there that make it more of a fixer-upper type rather than a new structure.



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How To Stop Spam Callers

How do you block spam callers or prevent spam calls to your cellphone? Easy!



6 Best Ways to Secure Your Home

There are several preventative measures to make your home burglar-proof and protect your family and belongings.



Are You Prepared for Stage 8 Load Shedding?

Energy experts expect load shedding to be a new normal for the next five years, but more than that, we might be looking at Stage 6 to Stage 8 as a huge possibility in the future.



How to Use Online Shopping to your Advantage

It has taken a while, but many South Africans now prefer to shop online due to the many benefits it offers, but what are the advantages and disadvantages on shopping online?



Builders Cresta Opens End-November

The brand new Builders store is opening its doors at Cresta Shopping Centre on 26 November 2020.



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Introducing the WORX product range

Vermont extends its WORX brand product range introducing the latest innovative tools from the factory - second shipment arriving November



The Builders Gift Registry can Make It Happen

Gifts are those surprises that bring light and positivity to our lives. Builders gift registry online including an app that makes it easy to fulfill all your gifting requirements.



Celebrate Heritage Day at Home with Spier

Inspired by Spier's rich wine history, here are some wonderful ways to make this Heritage Day a memorable one that you can celebrate at home.



Unique Quoin Rock Picnics Re-launch in October

Nothing beats a stylish picnic in a natural environment, with an awe inspiring backdrop and if you add dedicated service to that, Quoin Rock is a winning destination for a pleasurable, safe day out.


Get it Delivered or Take Home Yourself?

These days you can have almost everything delivered - at a cost, but if you want to take it home yourself and save some money, make sure you can!



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Cash or Paper Money is Dirtier than a Household Toilet

It's no secret that paper money is dirty, but did you know that it is dirtier than a household toilet - it seems that cash is headed for the trash!



DIY Divas Pretoria and Joburg are Back in Action!

We're taking the necessary precautions in order to bring DIY Divas back in action to a venue close to you.



Bunk Beds Dangerous for Young Children?

As a mother whose son is a statistic of the dangers of bunk beds, you might be shocked to learn the number of accidents, and even deaths, caused by bunk beds.



Women are key to one of the world's most luxurious wines

This Women's month, we celebrate the women harvesters and vineyard tenders who are an integral parts of the world's most awarded wine cellar.



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9 Steps To Take If You Get Locked Out Of Your House

You checked your pocket, bag, and even your car but you don’t have your key on you which means you are locked out of your house!



Why Butlers Pizza Refuse to Open - YET!

Instead of capitalising on the easing of lockdown restrictions and rushing back to their pizza oven’s, Butler’s have taken a far more measured, responsible route.



Update on SPLUMA Certificate and how it affects Homeowners

In accordance with the latest legislation,  all Provincial Municipalities must be compliant with the SPLUMA (Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Act) by no later than October 2020.



Online Learning with ITC-SA Self-Study Courses

In a bid to support roofing professionals and individuals keen on learning during the lockdown, ITC-SA is offering online self-study courses at discounted rates for a limited time, ending 30 April 2020.


Track your Symptoms Daily with the CoronaFighter App

The CoronaFighter app gives users an opportunity to stay calm and screen for COVID-19 and be empowered in the #CoronaFight.



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Win a Festool TS-55 REBQ-Plus-FS Circular Saw with Tools4Wood

Here's an opportunity to use the lockdown to create a DIY project, show off a clever woodworking or DIY hack, or offer advice on woodworking techniques - to win a Festool TS-55 REBQ-Plus-FS Circular Saw valued at over R9,600.


Things to do during lockdown

With South Africa heading into a lockdown that takes effect on Thusday 26 March at midnight, here's a list of things that you and your kids could be doing to keep boredom at bay.



Skills and Crafts that could Earn You Money

As Bob Dylan sang... The times they are a changin', and now might be a good time to look at how your skills and crafts can earn money.



Dust Extractors essential for DIY and Woodworking Workshops

When cutting, sawing, routing or sanding timber or board, these processes create airborne particles that responsible for respiratory disorders and skin irritation, and that's why it is essential to have a dust extractor.


Easter at Spier Wine Farm

This Easter, spoil the entire family with an Easter-inspired adventure at the Spier Wine Farm.



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What is a SPLUMA certificate and do you need one when you sell your home?

The other day I received an enquiry from a reader asking if she needed a SPLUMA certificate to include an awning that was attached to her home.


Vermont Sales Celebrates UJ Young Designers Challenge

For the last number of years, the University of Johannesburg in collaboration with Vermont Sales teamed up with HOMEMAKERS for the inventive Young Designers Challenge.



Making the most of your commute? Step up your comfort with a new ride

Below we discuss affordable second-hand options that can provide as much comfort as a new set of wheels.


Diarise the date for the Spier Harvest of the Arts

The Spier Harvest of the Arts is a showcase of performance that celebrates the annual harvest of grapes with an electrifying show.



Joburg HOMEMAKERS Expo 2020

Don't miss out this weekend when the Joburg HOMEMAKERS Expo takes place at the Ticketpro Dome in Northgate 27 Feb to 1 Mar 2020.



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How to Identify a Good Apple MacBook Repair Store

There are many places to get Apple MacBook repair in Cape Town, however, few have what it takes to fix these machines.



How To Fund Your Next Home Renovation Project

If you're planning to live in your home permanently or do not mind spending money, there are a few creative ways you can fund your renovation project.



Sign Up for Foodie Night School Masterclass

Following up on classes earlier this year, you can now sign up for Foodie Night School Masterclass in conjunction with South Africa's oldest cookery school.



Secure Your Home During Load Shedding

Is your home secure during load shedding? Is your battery-backup system in working order and fully charged?



Is it a Good Idea to Pay Off your Bond?

With so little outstanding on my bond, I'm trying to decide whether the pay the bond off or keep my options open.



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Don't Miss Nightscape 2020

All the reasons not to miss Nightscape 2020, Design Indaba’s public-hearted festival.




Lunch gets lavish at The Hussar Grill

Forget the office canteen and forego that pre-packed sandwich, as the Hussar Grill has re-introduced its perennially popular Lavish Lunch special until the end of April 2020.



Win a Trip for 2 to Istanbul

How would you like to win a trip for 2 to Istanbul, plus other amazing prizes courtesy of Makro?



DIY-Divas launch a New Workshop Venue in Henley-On-Klip

DIY-Divas are excited to announce a new workshop venue in Henley-On-Klip, where you can sign up for basic upholstery to make an upholstered headboard for your home.



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Win a Le Creuset hamper valued at R15,000

Do you want to stand a chance at winning a Le Creuset hamper valued at R15,000?




Foodie Night School Masterclasses

This summer, a renowned grill room and the country’s oldest cookery school collab on Steak Masterclasses



A day out at Spier Wine Farm – in Gauteng!

Enjoy a taste of the Spier farm life in Gauteng when Spier pops up at Casalinga in Muldersdrift on Saturday, 29 February 2020.



Durban rides Design Indaba 2020 wave at KZNSA Gallery

Durbanites need not have FOMO! The renowned Design Indaba is coming to the KZNSA in the form of a stimulating three-day live simulcast.



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Unoccupied and Vacant Home Insurance: What Is It and Do I Need It?

Below are Some of the major reasons you should obtain unoccupied home insurance is if you've left your residence.



Start the New Year with a Sunset Picnic

Spier is making the most of summer and invites you to explore the Light Art magic, enjoy a sunset picnic or relax with live music and sundowners in the tasting venue.



Get Properly Compensated When Selling An Old House

Here are a few methods of getting properly compensated when selling an older home.



Spier’s fun festive workshops to delight children and adults alike

From 17 to 21 December 2019, Spier, the historic Stellenbosch wine farm, will be hosting daily afternoon workshops for adults where you’ll learn about everything you need to make sure this festive season is stylishly personalised.


Can We Survive Without Electricity?

I decided to write this article after reading about the depth of trouble we may be in if Eskom shuts off the power for more than a few hours, perhaps days, or even weeks; can we survive without electricity during this time?


Can I Replace My Spectrum Router With My Own?

Buying your own router has a lot of benefits in general and the price becomes an integral concern.



Benefits You Can Get From Hiring Mortgage Brokers

If you are planning to purchase a property, you have to make sure that you are hiring mortgage brokers.



Things to Consider Before Buying a Beachfront Home

Know your budget and have a clear understanding of the risks involved before buying beachfront property.



6 Different Ways You Can Go About Selling A Property

It is easy to be overwhelmed by the facts and figures of the property market. However, there are six different ways you can go about selling a property.



12 Tips for Staying Productive When Studying at Home

If you’re struggling to get into the studying at-home routine, there are a few simple tips that you can follow to make sure you stay motivated and productive throughout the day.



7 Common Myths About Air Purifiers That You Should Stop Believing

Air purifiers are tested-and-tried devices when it comes to air purification, but some are still hesitant to invest in these.



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