10 Good Tips for the property purchase in South Africa

  • Look for a competent property consultant, who is independent from the advertising estate agent, who can speak your mother tongue as well English fluently.
  • A competent consultant must know the region as well as the particular spot in question especially with regards to security and building quality. These are basics for the evaluation of a property in South Africa.
  • You have to decide if you prefer sea views (not too close to the sea to avoid too much wind), mountain view, maybe with vineyards or rather in idyllic property with an established garden. This defines the price of the property remarkably.
  • Determine the size of the plot and the house prior to your property search. The white community of the country in generals builds bigger houses on bigger plots than in European countries.
  • Determine if you wish to live in the city, in a suburb or in the countryside.
  • Determine if you wish to live in a gated security estate or in a freestanding house, or in an apartment complex. A gated security estate usually offers higher security.
  • Keep in mind that the main areas with bigger windows should be north facing otherwise it is going to be very cold during winter months.
  • Check the surroundings of your property in question for vacant plots. Vacant plots can indicate building activities and especially building noise for years to come.
  • Purchase a property with a swimming pool of at least 20 meters of length, or with big enough grounds in order to build such a swimming pool at a later stage.
  • Determine if you wish to have domestic staff living at the premise, e.g. a maid, nurse or gardener, you will need enough space for a “wendy house” or maid’s quarter on the property in order for you to have the necessary privacy.