Home advice

Home advice

Why you need building insurance and how to switch from your bank

Home advice

If you own a home with the help of a bond, then you are legally bound by the bank to have building insurance in place to protect their investment. But besides being able to pay back your bond should your home be destroyed in a fire, structural insurance also gives you the peace of mind that you will personally be adequately covered.


Protect your home against flooding

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Protect your home against flooding

There's no doubt that weather-related events like flooding, caused by heavy rains, have increased in the frequency and severity over the past few years, often causing damage worth millions of rands.

How to winterproof your home and save money

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How to winterproof your home and save money

With the winter months upon us, now’s the time to take a long hard look at how you can winterproof your home, keeping it in tiptop shape and saving you money in the long run.

What homeowners need to know about insuring a second home

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What homeowners need to know about insuring a second home

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

How to maintain your roof

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How to maintain your roof

Prevention is better than cure. That is why inspecting and keeping your roof in a good condition can make a world of difference to a big roof repair bill somewhere down the line.

Home explorer: everyday risks you need to know

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Home explorer: everyday risks you need to know

The Santam Home Explorer is a unique interactive video guide to making your home a safer place to live for you and your family. We show you where everyday risks can occur and how to prevent them. You can decide which areas of the home you would like to explore by clicking on the interactive areas in the video.

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.

How to maintain your geyser to prevent accidents

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How to maintain your geyser to prevent accidents

It happens when you least expect it. The day your geyser decides that it’s had enough. In fact, Santam’s claims figures show that geysers mostly tend to give our policyholders problems on a Monday.

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.

6 things you can do to make your home safer

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6 things you can do to make your home safer

There are certain things which we all know we should do, but somehow never quite get round to doing them. Let us help make your home safer.

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