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What homeowners need to know about insuring a second home

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Does my current home insurance cover my second home as well? Here's everything you need to know about insuring a second home.


What you need to know about buying a car

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What you need to know about buying a car

Buying or selling a car? We spoke to some of SA’s leading car experts and motoring journalist to get their advice on what you need to know about buying a car. Their useful tips will help you make the right choice, get the most value, and take better care of your car.

How to buy a second-hand car in 10 steps

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How to buy a second-hand car in 10 steps

Here's the ultimate guide on how to smartly buy a used car in just ten steps, with car journalist Wilmer Müller.

5 ways to increase the value of your car before selling

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5 ways to increase the value of your car before selling

Before buying a new car, you will likely need to sell your old one. You can easily increase its value by keeping maintenance up to date and sprucing it up with a few clever tricks just before you sell it. Adam Ford, second-hand car expert and TV presenter, lists five tips that will give you the competitive edge and help you earn the most cash from your sale.

5 lessons advanced drivers can teach you about driving

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5 lessons advanced drivers can teach you about driving

Sharpen up you driving skills with 5 tips from an advanced driving instructor – helping you stay safe on the road with Santam.

What you need to know when moving to a new home

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What you need to know when moving to a new home

Recently, we spoke to five local experts to get their advice on what you need to know about buying a home. Their useful tips can help turn a stressful time into a happy one.

Your offer is accepted & you're about to move

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Your offer is accepted & you're about to move

You're furiously working through the paperwork with one eye on the move, here are some tips to make sure the move goes smoothly and your new home is safe and secure.

20 surprising things you’ll need when moving house

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20 surprising things you’ll need when moving house

Moving is notoriously stressful – there are thousands of things to think of as you uproot your beloved home. The most important thing to decide is whether you will use a removal company to help you pack and unpack, or whether you will pack and they will move?

6 hidden costs of buying a home

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6 hidden costs of buying a home

They say the costs of buying a home can be as much as 10% of the asking price, from admin fees to the more unexpected defects waiting for you. We spoke to an estate agent to uncover some of the most common cost surprises, to help you plan better:

Making an offer and applying for finance

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Making an offer and applying for finance

It’s easy to get carried away when searching for the perfect house, here Santam gives advice on making an offer for a new home and applying for finance.

5 essential checks before buying a home

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5 essential checks before buying a home

You’ve found your dream home, the price is right and you can’t wait to move in. We talked to expert builder Marc Kilner of Kilner Construction to share five essential checks you need to do before signing on the dotted line.

5 things to consider when choosing a new neighbourhood

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5 things to consider when choosing a new neighbourhood

Shopping for a new neighbourhood? Don’t be dazzled by a great house or what you see on the surface. Do your homework and take a good look around. We chatted to Paul Burger, Patrol Coordinator of the HarLyn Neighbourhood Watch, about some things to look out for in a new neighbourhood:

How to increase the value of your home in 24 hours

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How to increase the value of your home in 24 hours

Selling your home? You can easily increase its value in a weekend with a few carefully chosen DIY or décor projects. With the help of Jeanne Botes, Décor Editor of Elle Decoration, we break down 24 hours with tips that will take your house from fixer-upper to fabulous find.

7 ways to find your dream home and neighbourhood

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7 ways to find your dream home and neighbourhood

Its easy to get carried away when searching for the perfect house, here Santam give 7 tips that will help you find your perfect home.

5 mistakes people make when buying used cars

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5 mistakes people make when buying used cars

Buying a pre-owned car is usually a better investment than buying one new, since new cars lose about 25% of their value as soon as they leave the showroom. The prospective buyer needs to be wary, however, especially when buying a used car privately.

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