One of the trends that has emerged over the last 18 months and shows no sign of abating, is South Africans’ increased investment in home improvement.
On the country’s #1 online home services marketplace, Kandua.com, the number of monthly requests for home improvement services have more than doubled over this period. With more time spent at home, homeowners want to make their spaces more comfortable or more suitable, either with small upgrades or full-scale renovations, and Kandua makes that process easier than ever.
On Kandua.com you can easily get up to five quotes in a few minutes from vetted and reviewed professionals. There are over 25 000 independent professionals and small businesses listed across more than 100 services: carpenters, electricians, builders, painters and much more.
Kandua was founded with the mission to shorten the distance between having a skill and making a living from it. Thousands of small service businesses and independent professionals have verifiable skills but lack access to the market. At the same time, many homeowners are in need of these skills but often put off a job because the quoting process can be overwhelming when you know nothing about the contractor and the work they do. Kandua’s super simple interface is underpinned by surprisingly sophisticated tech, taking the stress out of home improvement and making it easy for home service providers to find customers.
Make your home improvement a success
Home improvements can be extremely stressful. We asked our Pros for some tips on how you can avoid unnecessary delays and costs:
Let the Pros handle it
You probably already know to leave electrical work to qualified electricians – mistakes in this department have more serious consequences than unsightly fittings. However, even a job that seems simple on the surface, like painting, is best handled by a painter who will choose the right paint and get a perfect finish.
Talk to your Pro first and make sure you understand each other
Most unhappy outcomes start with simple misunderstandings. Be clear about what you want, and make sure you know what your Pro will need to make that happen. The more detail you can provide your Pro, the better they will be able to advise you.
Be transparent with your Pro
Have you tried to DIY that faucet before? Is there a damp issue that you’ve been battling with? Did you change your mind on something? Secrets and surprises are great in your favourite series, but can spell disaster for your project.
Get all your materials before the work starts
With home improvements, most tasks need to be done in a very specific order. If the tiles you want are out of stock or there is a delay with a custom-built cabinet, it could mean pressing the pause button on the whole job.
Give yourself a buffer
Once you strip the paint, chip out the tiles or lift the floorboards, there might be a nasty surprise waiting. That may mean extra time and costs on things like repairs or waterproofing. If you’ve given yourself grace time and an emergency budget, you can take this in your stride.
Ready to get going? Connect with an experienced, reviewed pro from Kandua today.
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