To move or not to move

The long-anticipated annual vacation period is now over. Back to reality, back to work, back to school and back to thinking about the enjoyment we get from our homes. Whether we spent time away at a holiday resort, in a rental home, or did the proverbial 'garden route' in the comfort of our own homes and gardens, we certainly would have reflected on the pro's and con's of our own property.

Questions to consider is whether it is time to move to a more upmarket home which suits your lifestyle, or downscale to a more practical home to suit your family, or do you need to move to an area closer to your place of employment? With the inevitable implementation of the e-Tolls on the Gauteng freeways, the cost implications of daily travel have raised awareness of the unwelcome increase in travel costs, and the consideration of moving to avoid these unnecessary costs.

Craig Hutchison, CEO of Engel & Völkers Southern Africa acknowledges that to move home could be very stressful, so your reasons for moving must be thought through carefully, with consideration given to the cost of the actual move as well as house-hunting, both of which can be a time consuming activity. 'However,' as Craig continued, 'by visiting our Engel & Völkers website at you will be exposed to a variety of properties in your suburb of choice, and within your price bracket, and this should lighten the burden of house hunting. Our highly trained and skilled property sales advisors are there to assist you in the whole property 'shopping' exercise, so that you can continue your normal daily functions while making an informed decision. Also, please feel free to contact us to find the office and property sales advisor closest to the area where you are consider moving to.'

Our own in-house E&V Financial Services team can also assist you in establishing the maximum bond that the bank will grant, so that you can frugally plan for your new property investment. For a confidential analysis and assistance with your finance application, email or call 0860 22 77 77.

Once you have found the perfect property, then the exciting creative thinking and planning process of your new home will re-energise you. This is a really wonderful way to enter the first few months of 2014.

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