The home renovations that will give the best return on investment in South Africa right now

chrisc

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Having been renovating houses for 33 years, I'd suggest

Remove
1 - Tarred driveways
2 - Driveways made from 450mm concrete slabs
3 - Ungalvanised steel windows - fit powder-coated aluminium and preferably intruder-proof glass
4 - Untidy and damaged garage doors
5 - Horrible vibracrete walls - the "wagon-wheel" design is the worst
6 - Worn out carpets
7 - Ugly light fittings
8 - Pelmets for curtains

Install
1 - A neat kitchen with built-in appliances, a large pantry
2 - Neat bathroom
3 - Pay attention to the hot and cold water supply
4 - A brick-paved driveway with real bricks
5 - A lift-up or sectional overhead door (I like Alu-Zinc)
6 - Sand and seal the floors
7 - Tiles only in kitchen and bathroom
8 - Neat light fittings
9 - Curtain rods
10 - Pay attention to the condition of the ceiling - no strips
11 - Fit a modern electrical DB with plenty of plugs
12 - Pay attention to insulation
13 - A tidy and water-wise garden, a minimum of grass
14 - Driveway gate and motor
 

chrisc

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Yes, also replace the incandescent bulbs with LED equivalent

I found no good making short-cuts. You need a reliable builder, carpenter, tiler, painter, electrician and someone to assist with the design if you don't have the imagination

My son in law is an architect and we have planned 11 renovations together, He spots things I miss, and vice-versa
 

rietrot

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Having been renovating houses for 33 years, I'd suggest

Remove
1 - Tarred driveways
2 - Driveways made from 450mm concrete slabs
3 - Ungalvanised steel windows - fit powder-coated aluminium and preferably intruder-proof glass
4 - Untidy and damaged garage doors
5 - Horrible vibracrete walls - the "wagon-wheel" design is the worst
6 - Worn out carpets
7 - Ugly light fittings
8 - Pelmets for curtains

Install
1 - A neat kitchen with built-in appliances, a large pantry
2 - Neat bathroom
3 - Pay attention to the hot and cold water supply
4 - A brick-paved driveway with real bricks
5 - A lift-up or sectional overhead door (I like Alu-Zinc)
6 - Sand and seal the floors
7 - Tiles only in kitchen and bathroom
8 - Neat light fittings
9 - Curtain rods
10 - Pay attention to the condition of the ceiling - no strips
11 - Fit a modern electrical DB with plenty of plugs
12 - Pay attention to insulation
13 - A tidy and water-wise garden, a minimum of grass
14 - Driveway gate and motor
Then also this is about ROI. So be careful not to over capitalize. You seem to be doing a lot.
 

Brontosaurus

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Having been renovating houses for 33 years, I'd suggest

7 - Tiles only in kitchen and bathroom

So what should the rest be? Carpets are fscking disgusting and don't belong anywhere in a house.

My whole house is tiles with the exception of the bedrooms, which is laminate flooring. Is this considered bad?
 

rietrot

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So what should the rest be? Carpets are fscking disgusting and don't belong anywhere in a house.

My whole house is tiles with the exception of the bedrooms, which is laminate flooring. Is this considered bad?
Laminates or vinyl are good. Real wood if you want to be fancy.
 

Emjay

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3 - Ungalvanised steel windows - fit powder-coated aluminium and preferably intruder-proof glass

Intruder proof glass good enough to not require burglar bars? We are renovating our home slowly using only cash so need to do it in phases. My biggest gripe is the burglar bars. They really spoil the entire look, feel and flow of the house.

7 - Ugly light fittings

One of the most underrated way to improve a home. Those ugly boob lights were the first on my list to be replaced. It's also an inexpensive way to bring a home up to date.
 

nazmo

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we recently bought an older house in rondebosch. Before we moved in:

1) ripped out all the old worn windows and redid entire house with aluminium frames (including front door)
2) removed outdated BIC and redid them in all bedrooms
3) installed dimmable LED downlighters in all the bedrooms
4) Sanded and resealed all wooden flooring
5) refurbished the fireplace and fitted a gas unit (for now)
6) removed as much vegetation as possible, neaten up garden, simplify it (making provision for waterwise)
7) repainted most of the inside of the house, except rooms thats not occupied (time was a factor)

Basically fresh walls, ceilings, downlighters and new window frames made a MASSIVE difference
 

rvZA

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First off, you are never guaranteed that you will ever get your money back on any renovations you do at your home. You may end up hundreds of thousands of Rands in the gutter.

Secondly, with a government gunning for EWC, and taking away property ownership rights, your current property may not be worth the value of the paper the deed is printed on.

Until we get clarification on EWC and the future of the ANC in government, properties remain a bad investment in SA.
 

Priapus

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Having been renovating houses for 33 years, I'd suggest

Remove
1 - Tarred driveways
2 - Driveways made from 450mm concrete slabs
3 - Ungalvanised steel windows - fit powder-coated aluminium and preferably intruder-proof glass
4 - Untidy and damaged garage doors
5 - Horrible vibracrete walls - the "wagon-wheel" design is the worst
6 - Worn out carpets
7 - Ugly light fittings
8 - Pelmets for curtains

Install
1 - A neat kitchen with built-in appliances, a large pantry
2 - Neat bathroom
3 - Pay attention to the hot and cold water supply
4 - A brick-paved driveway with real bricks
5 - A lift-up or sectional overhead door (I like Alu-Zinc)
6 - Sand and seal the floors
7 - Tiles only in kitchen and bathroom
8 - Neat light fittings
9 - Curtain rods
10 - Pay attention to the condition of the ceiling - no strips
11 - Fit a modern electrical DB with plenty of plugs
12 - Pay attention to insulation
13 - A tidy and water-wise garden, a minimum of grass
14 - Driveway gate and motor

Out of interest; why no tarred driveways? I plan on pulling up my driveway - its brick, but that horrible pattern, half cut brick **** that is coming up.
 

Priapus

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First off, you are never guaranteed that you will ever get your money back on any renovations you do at your home. You may end up hundreds of thousands of Rands in the gutter.

Secondly, with a government gunning for EWC, and taking away property ownership rights, your current property may not be worth the value of the paper the deed is printed on.

Until we get clarification on EWC and the future of the ANC in government, properties remain a bad investment in SA.

Of please **** off with your anti-government, EWC speech, in every thread. Go post in the News section or some ****.
 

gimpex

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So what should the rest be? Carpets are fscking disgusting and don't belong anywhere in a house.

My whole house is tiles with the exception of the bedrooms, which is laminate flooring. Is this considered bad?

I think he means changing tiles in kitchen and bathrooms has a better investment potential than changing tiles elsewhere

That’s how I read it anyway
 

RedViking

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Having been renovating houses for 33 years, I'd suggest

Remove
1 - Tarred driveways
2 - Driveways made from 450mm concrete slabs
3 - Ungalvanised steel windows - fit powder-coated aluminium and preferably intruder-proof glass
4 - Untidy and damaged garage doors
5 - Horrible vibracrete walls - the "wagon-wheel" design is the worst
6 - Worn out carpets
7 - Ugly light fittings
8 - Pelmets for curtains

Install
1 - A neat kitchen with built-in appliances, a large pantry
2 - Neat bathroom
3 - Pay attention to the hot and cold water supply
4 - A brick-paved driveway with real bricks
5 - A lift-up or sectional overhead door (I like Alu-Zinc)
6 - Sand and seal the floors
7 - Tiles only in kitchen and bathroom
8 - Neat light fittings
9 - Curtain rods
10 - Pay attention to the condition of the ceiling - no strips
11 - Fit a modern electrical DB with plenty of plugs
12 - Pay attention to insulation
13 - A tidy and water-wise garden, a minimum of grass
14 - Driveway gate and motor
/thread
 

Thor

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Yes, also replace the incandescent bulbs with LED equivalent

I found no good making short-cuts. You need a reliable builder, carpenter, tiler, painter, electrician and someone to assist with the design if you don't have the imagination

My son in law is an architect and we have planned 11 renovations together, He spots things I miss, and vice-versa
Do you mind send me his details.

Not sure if I can or can't afford it, but in essence, I live in a Sectional title and I got permission to build a nutech wall (to make the balcony wall higher for better privacy.

But they want a sketch / drawing of what it will look like and I'm not 100% sure what my design options are.
 

rubber_otter

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Having been renovating houses for 33 years, I'd suggest

Install
1 - A neat kitchen with built-in appliances, a large pantry
2 - Neat bathroom
3 - Pay attention to the hot and cold water supply
4 - A brick-paved driveway with real bricks
8 - Neat light fittings
9 - Curtain rods
10 - Pay attention to the condition of the ceiling - no strips
11 - Fit a modern electrical DB with plenty of plugs
12 - Pay attention to insulation
13 - A tidy and water-wise garden, a minimum of grass
14 - Driveway gate and motor

I just bought a house with all of these. It was really well thought out and the owner put a lot of effort in here. Hoping I can maintain his level of perfection here.
 

Enzo Matrix

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First off, you are never guaranteed that you will ever get your money back on any renovations you do at your home. You may end up hundreds of thousands of Rands in the gutter.

Secondly, with a government gunning for EWC, and taking away property ownership rights, your current property may not be worth the value of the paper the deed is printed on.

Until we get clarification on EWC and the future of the ANC in government, properties remain a bad investment in SA.
Omg we have a live one folks
 
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