How to get going on your paving project with Techno Pave & Projects.

‘Your satisfaction is our guarantee’ – a pretty big statement to make, unless it can be backed up! This is the motto at Techno Pave & Projects where it comes to paving in Pretoria and Johannesburg, and it is as true today as it was when established in 1999.

So, where do you start to get any paving going when you work with very hands on owner and manager, Jacques Barlow and his teams?

  • The first step.

Make the first easy call to a friendly, professional and down to earth team for a free quote, where meticulous attention is paid to exact measurements to lay the groundwork for what is to follow.

  • Reliable consultancy and advisory services.

Once measurements have been taken, Jacques will sit down with you to discuss the type and style of paving you are looking for; the kind of paving that will offer you the best investment, adding fantastic, well-worthwhile resale value to your property, whether it is for residential or commercial property.

This is also where you will start making decisions about whether you are looking for cobble stone paving, brick and masonry paving, flagstone paving and more, which is also when Techno Pave & Projects will make best recommendations about the type of paving would work best with the area you plan to have paved. If it is intricate, beautiful paving you would like to add aesthetic value to your property, you will have come to the right place, no doubt about it!

  • What about segmental paving?

Segmental paving is a job best taken on by true specialists or else you could look at having to repair or replace more often than you would if the groundwork is not prepared properly in the first place. Since cement or brick pavers used to create long lasting, great looking paving in areas such as walkways and patios etc. you will also be discussing just how much foot or vehicle traffic there will be in these areas, especially in the case of driveways and walkways – after all, you want it to last!  Techno Pave is also imminently qualified to take tenders of any size and deliver the same quality, irrespective of how big or small the area to be paved may be.

  • To the drawing board.

This is a really exciting phase of seeing the plans for your paving start taking shape with the assistance of Techno Pave & Projects, and, once again, as true artists who are driven to produce fine art, you can be absolutely certain that by the time the drawing board stage is over and a timetable set for the start and completion of the paving, you will have exactly what you envisioned, and more!

  • What about your budget?

This is another area where Techno Pave & Projects rise to the occasion without hesitation! Whether you have a large or small budget, you are going to get the same consistent standard of paving and highly skilled workmanship that has made Techno Pave & Projects the number one paving company in Pretoria and Johannesburg.

When loyal customers recommend a paving contractor the way that they do with this team, you can be certain that there is a good reason for this! This is where investing in paving will be a high quality investment that will stand the test of time!

  • Finally, the completion!

Once Techno Pave & Projects has set up a paving schedule that will suit you, you can look forward to saving even more money; completion will always be on time, without any dragging of feet, after all, this is a reputation prized by the team at Techno Pave & Projects!

Don’t even waste your time with any other paving company, call Techno Pave & Projects and you can look forward to optimal quality and superb workmanship from a well-established company highly respected in the industry and by their many satisfied clients!

Quality and affordable Paving in Pretoria

Why choose anyone else when you have the best paving company in Pretoria right on your doorstep?

Techno Pave & Projects approaches each new project they do today with the same absolute commitment to excellence and professionalism as they did when they first started trading in 1999, and it is without a doubt that this is the winning formula that has carried this team to its well-deserved leadership position in the paving industry in Gauteng.

The quality and sheer craftsmanship of paving projects and other construction-related projects carried out by the expert teams at Techno Pave & Projects can be seen anywhere from the Tswhane Metro area to the East Rand, West Rand and Brits, reaching right up to Warmbaths!

These guys go where the projects take them, and, there are no limitations to the work Techno Pave & Projects is able to do!

Techno Pave & Projects may have started from humble beginnings, however, with the completely hands-on approach taken by director Jacques Barlow, this company has grown exponentially over the years based solely on the delivery of quality in every sense, and there is no sign that there will be any slacking off with this solid company!

Having grown into a company deservedly regarded as one of the leading, established paving companies in Pretoria, the standards at Techno Pave & Projects remain the same as they have for many years, providing clients with a trusted company that is completely reliable, professional and dependable, with a superb reputation for bringing all projects in on schedule, every time!

Beautiful, intricate paving is the foundation from which Techno Pave & Projects has earned an invaluable following of happy, long term customers who would not even consider looking anywhere else to add beauty and value to their properties, commercial, residential or industrial in the form of paving!

When you choose to work with Jacques and his team at Techno Pave & Projects it becomes a collaboration of ideas in order to reach the design and style of paving that suits you perfectly, and, considering the many years’ worth of experience behind this team, their consultancy and advisory services are invaluable as you make decisions on what is an investment that should give great returns for years to come!

In-depth assessment of any project undertaken by Techno Pave & Projects is then carried over into meticulous planning according to customer specifications, bringing each paving project to life with drawings that reflect every detail essential to the success of the end product.

The ultimate for the team at Techno Pave & Projects is to work with you to make your investment in the best paving in Pretoria a reality, the technicalities will be perfectly aligned, however, added into this will be a taste of the artistic integrity Techno Pave & Projects brings to every paving project they touch.

No matter how big or small your project is, Techno Pave & Projects will present you with a masterpiece of workmanship rarely found in the industry today, and, because you will be in on the entire scheduling process of your project, you will know exactly when you will be able to take your first steps onto your stunning paving!

Contact this really friendly team to plan a free quotation and let Jacques and his team introduce you to quality products at great prices, with no obligation …… oh, and as a result of pressure from long term customers, Techno Pave & Projects has kept taking giant leaps by adding additional services that may just be right up your alley, that is, once your paving is in place!

Techno Pave & Projects takes paving to a whole new level & adds expert additional services into the mix!

If you think that Techno Pave & Projects is only the leading paving company in Gauteng you would be wrong! This company’s core focus may be on designing beautifully intricate paving, using only high quality paving products from well-established suppliers who have a reputation to match Techno Pave & Projects, however, director Jacques Barlow has guided his team to an expansions of services that would never have been thought possible when he started out in 1999!

Jacques is completely hands-on, to the extent that he does the quoting and management of all aspects of project construction, including asphalt laying, proving that the art and quality of the paving offered by this team is in perfect alignment with the fact that Techno Pave (Barlow Bros cc) also specialises in brick paving and civil construction projects designed for simplicity.

These additional services offered by the highly trained teams at Techno Pave & Projects has expanded to such an extent that it includes tar surfacing and road marking, kerbing, earthworks, plastering and tiling, as well as top notch building services in Gauteng.

As if that’s not enough, Techno Pave & Projects displays a fearlessness and absolute commitment based on years’ worth of experience and knowledge to go as far as adding steel fencing and gates, gate automation as well as carports and shade ports to the incredible range of services each team at Techno Pave & Projects is fully trained to carry out with sheer professionalism!

Add to this a list of high profile clients such as ONE Property Holdings, M & T Developments, Creative Housing, Imperial Group, Nersa and MNK Projects (Curro Schools), to name just a few and you have an idea of the quality expected of Techno Pave & Projects!

Of course there is an equally long list of residential clients who have remained utterly loyal to Techno Pave & Projects right from the beginning, in fact, it’s these clients who, over the years, demanded that Jacques add the same quality to other projects they need tackled!

Absolutely nothing stands in the way of this team, and no project is too small or too big for them to take on and complete through expert workmanship dedicated to lasting quality, which is the hallmark of excellence that makes any project a perfect example of what can be expected from Techno Pave & Projects.  This team takes immense pride in their reputation and nothing is going to stop them from maintaining it at the level that has brought them this far!

It’s not just the quality of the paving projects carried out by Techno Pave & Projects that keeps them at the top of their industry, it is also their absolute commitment to supplying quality at affordable prices and laying paving in the most cost effective manner possible, maintaining a standard of workmanship that is unbeatable, no matter how big or small any project may be!

Stunning quality paving is what put Techno Pave & Projects on the map, and it is very much the core of their business, however, any project touched by this team outside of paving carries the same standard of reliability and trust built on a solid foundation over many years!

If you have a paving project you are itching to get going on, let Jacques and his team offer you a free quote, this introduction alone will be enough to assure you that you will be working with the very best paving company in Gauteng – and if there is another type of building or renovation project stewing, do the same, the results will be of the same level of excellence that marks all Techno Pave & Projects work!

Looking for the best paving contractor in Pretoria & Johannesburg?

If this is the case, then Techno Pave & Projects is the team to contact, that’s if you want only the best!

We all know that any investment in paving should be one that should yield long term returns, which is exactly what you can expect and look forward to, lasting long after Techno Pave & Projects has laid the final paver.

This is just one of the reasons that Techno Pave & Projects is the paving company in Pretoria and Johannesburg most recommended for high quality in paving, laid by a team that offers nothing less than the very best in workmanship.

Prices on everything continue to soar, however, with Techno Pave & Projects, you can look forward to working with a team able to produce the very best and still to remain within your given budget.

Jacques Barlow, owner and manager of Techno Pave & Projects, is very hands on, and, having been involved in the paving industry for many years, starting with Barlow Brothers cc, knows paving inside and out, which is exactly what you need when making this type of investment!

Jacques and his team make it simple for you to start the process of planning your paving, starting with a free quote, and, should you decide to go ahead, will work with you on the design of the paving you would like to enhance your property, commercial or residential.

There are no other contractors involved once work starts on your project, with Techno Pave & Projects you will be dealing with one team, from start to finish!

Established in 1999, Techno Pave & Projects not only delivers high quality segmental paving at affordable prices, but adds further cost saving by getting down to brass tacks to get the job done, without any backwards and forwards!

Only SABS approved bricks from well-established suppliers are acceptable to Techno Pave & Projects, and this standard applies to all paving, whether it is cobble stone, flagstone, clay or masonry brick pavers, all of which are of the highest quality possible.

Since one of the largest paving projects carried out by Jacques and his team stretched to 20,000 m2, it’s easy to see that Techno Pave & Projects is capable of delivering the same exceptional standard of workmanship and commitment to the smallest of details, irrespective of the size of any project; if it’s beautifully decorative paving you would like to add around your pool or walkways, Techno Pave & Projects is ready to tackle it all!

To this team, paving is a carefully crafted art, which is precisely why they are always available for advice and guidance as you put your plans in place for adding excellent value to any property; even something as basic and essential as a driveway can be a work of art if that’s what appeals to you!

It’s important to note that Techno Pave & Projects does not simply disappear once the project is completed, there is too much pride in their reputation for delivering a full service to all clients for Jacques and his teams, which means that if something (highly doubtful though!) needs correcting, Techno Pave & Projects will be back in a flash!

Choose the best in paving by contacting Jacques and his team today for a free quote, it is a decision that will leave you with the most beautiful paving in Pretoria and Johannesburg!

Don’t let backyard paving ‘experts’ lead you astray!

Techno Pave & Projects has been designing and installing beautiful paving since 1999, adding lasting value to commercial and residential properties at affordable prices that keep clients coming back, not only for paving, but for a host of additional services that have been added since Jacques Barlow first opened the doors of this reputable company.

If you have ever fallen foul to a backyard paving ‘expert’ there is no doubt that you still feel the pain it caused your budget, not to mention just how unsightly badly laid paving can be! When it gets to the point where you simply cannot tolerate the aesthetic damage bad paving can do to your property, you are going to be a lot more circumspect about who to turn to once you have decided to stretch the budget to replace the initial paving.

You will no doubt spend time asking friends and family about their experiences with paving companies, scrounging through local services ads and Googling for all you’re worth, all of which is pretty time-consuming, especially when you finally have your budget in place and want to get going on clearing the eyesore!

You definitely deserve to start with the best this time around, which means you owe it to yourself to look into all that Techno Pave & Projects has to offer, on every level, from professionalism to artistry and quality at affordable prices!

Trust and dependability are also an essential qualities you will be looking for, especially after a bad experience! All it takes is a quick peep into the background of Techno Pave & Projects, as well as their portfolio of works completed and what their clients have to say about the quality of paving you can look forward to, to feel confident of making an investment that will stand the test of time.

The superb reputation earned by Techno Pave & Projects speaks for itself, assurance in itself that you will have an expert team on your paving project, who pay meticulous attention to detail to complete and deliver your paving on time, every time.

Techno Pave & Projects advisory services are in place to assist with the planning of your paving, and once you are satisfied with the design, will provide you with a schedule of work to be carried out and contact that will keep you updated with the progress of your project, from start to finish.

Whether or not you have fallen foul to unscrupulous paving ‘experts’ working off the back of a bakkie with a complement of workers that change every day, it is important to decide to make the most of your investment in paving by choosing a tried and tested company.

It would be hard to find a paving company in Pretoria and Johannesburg as committed to excellence as Techno Pave & Projects is. Each member of the various teams at Techno Pave & Projects is highly trained to perform specific roles on every project with incomparable workmanship, working as a cohesive team to produce exceptional quality as a whole.

Whether you are adding paving to your property to increase its value and aesthetic appeal for the first time, or planning on finding a paving company that will take the sting out of a previously bad experience, start with Techno Pave & Projects; this will be a decision you will never regret!


Choose beautiful paving instead of lawns to protect the aesthetic & resale value of your property when droughts hit hard!

South Africa has not been spared the spread of global warming and the El Niño phenomena, which has seemed like a distant threat that belonged to the rest of the world, however, by December 2015 it began for many regions in South Africa, to the extent that at least 5 regions were declared disaster areas due to drought!

This drought and the extremely high temperatures made water shortages in many major cities a reality, and, although Gauteng was saved when heavy rains filled the dams and drought restrictions were lifted in February 2017, not even the South African Weather Bureau can predict what could still come to change to turn that situation upside down again.

There are many changes that have taken place, and will continue to do so, as we remain aware of what can and does happen when our dams run dry, and the need for each of us to take responsibility for lowering our water usage in light of future changes brought on by global warming is now becoming a daily part of our lives.

Many people have opted to give up their water-guzzling lawns to lay paving, and to work their landscaping around it in such a way that they are still able to have beautiful gardens, but that they are well-planned, water wise gardens.

Jacques Barlow and his team at Techno Pave & Projects have shared the sadness with which many of their clients have had to give up what used to be beautifully green lawns, however, the beauty and quality of the intricate paving designed and installed by this team has gone a long way towards making the changes a little easier.

There are many ways in which beautiful paving can be a benefit to any home owner, commercial or industrial property, which include:

  • Adding stylish, aesthetic value to any property.
  • Adding exceptional resale value due to the low level of maintenance required to keep paving looking good – provided that it is expertly installed by true professionals!
  • Saving a tremendous amount of water and the municipal costs associated with it.
  • Investing in a solution that will last for many years and carry you through all weather conditions.

If you would like an honest opinion from one of the top paving companies in Pretoria and Gauteng, one that has earned a reputation for being thoroughly trustworthy, dependable and professional, let Techno Pave & Projects demonstrate just how valuable their guidance and advice is after having been in the paving industry since 1999!

These guys don’t mess about, once you have had your site thoroughly assessed for a free quotation, you will already have taken the most important first step to finding that there is a paving company that is committed to supplying only quality products at affordable prices, designed to make the transition a lot easier for you.

Jacques and his team offer an advisory service which is invaluable as part of drawing up meticulous plans for the paving you have chosen, and the design that will simply add more style to your property!

Techno Pave & Projects sell only SABS approved first-grade bricks, which is the same standard you can expect of any paving you select, from cobblestone to flagstones, clay and masonry brick pavers, quality that is only matched by the highly skilled construction teams trained and equipped to handle any and all installations with the highest level of professionalism.

If you are struggling with letting go of your lawn, or are ready for a beautifully paved driveway, walkway, patio or any other paving project you may have in mind, speak to Jacques at Techno Pave & Projects!  After over 15 years’ worth of experience in the paving industry there is very little that he and his team cannot pull out of the hat, taking you from the drawing board to installation without a hitch, on time, every time!


Techno Pave & Project is a real powerhouse; their extended building services are simply an extension of the best in paving!

There is no doubt that Techno Pave & Projects is king of the hill where it comes to providing the best paving in Pretoria and Johannesburg, but who could have predicted that this long-established company could stretch out to encompass versatile building services, making them the go-to team for clients so satisfied with the quality of paving carried out by this team, that they insist that only Techno Pave & Projects is good enough to do so much more.

In fact, this is the main reason that Techno Pave & Projects has had to extend their services to cover an exceptional range of building services in order to meet the demands of these satisfied clients, most of whom have called on Techno Pave & Projects for every new project they would like to take on and be certain of the quality!

Supply and demand is the groundwork for any successful business, whether it is a pool installation company or a paving company, the same rules apply, especially if you want to stick around and continue to flourish in business as long as Techno Pave & Projects has since 1999!

The additional services added to the repertoire at Techno Pave & Projects is testimony of the quality any client can look forward to, whether it is in search of beautiful, intricate paving or plastering and tiling meant to last!

The reason that Techno Pave & Projects has no need for fancy advertising campaigns is twofold. In the first place, this knowledgeable, experienced and skilled team produces only the very best in paving, and if you aren’t sure about this, speak to any customer that has dealt with Techno Pave & Projects! This is the best advertising any business could hope for, and it allows Techno Pave & Projects to continue to offer optimal quality at affordable prices!

Secondly, after all these years in the paving industry, it stands to reason that for every service added to a growing list, Jacques Barlow, owner and manager who keeps his finger very much in the pie, has earned invaluable experience in the building trade, allowing them to produce the same high standard in everything done over and above exceptional paving!

If it is project management of any kind you need, Techno Pave & Projects is the team for you! In addition to this, Jacques also heads up the civil construction services offered, assuring clients of high quality workmanship from the various teams at Techno Pave & Projects.  Each member of every team is trained to carry out specific areas on each project, ensuring that every part of any project will be of the highest quality possible!

Carports and shade covers, asphalt laying, palisade fencing, bollards and more, you name it, Techno Pave & Projects delivers!

Starting with the consultancy services you can expect at Techno Pave & Projects, on to the drawing board and then to final installation, Jacques and his team is able to assist you on any and every project you may have in mind, and it will be an investment in quality that will be well-worthwhile!

If you can think it, Techno Pave & Projects will bend over backwards to make it happen!

As a leading paving company in Pretoria since 1999, Techno Pave & Projects towers above the rest!

How would you like to add real aesthetic and resale value to your residential property, industrial or commercial property by working with the top paving company in Pretoria, one that offers only first-grade quality in any product they use, sold at affordable prices and using only the best of the established suppliers in South Africa?

Not only is Techno Pave & Projects able to offer all of the above for any size paving project, they have also been around long enough to have the expertise and experience to have taken on some major projects that involve up to over 20,000 m2 of paving!

These are not projects for the faint-hearted, yet, whether the paving project is one that is designed for a driveway, patio, parking area or anything else of that size, or a major tender for every type of segmental paving provided by Techno Pave & Projects, the quality and workmanship remains the same!

It is this consistency and commitment to excellence that has taken director Jacques Barlow from humble origins in 1999 and driven Techno Pave & Projects to the top, earning their place at the top of a highly competitive industry based on a long list of satisfied customers that have remained loyal to this team.

It is the pride the team at Techno Pave & Projects has in their reputation that has led these long term customers to push Techno Pave & Projects to add additional services to their portfolio, all made possible through sheer determination to deliver the quality these customers expect out of any project carried out by this team!

Techno Pave & Projects approach paving projects with the same attention to detail and focus that any artist would invest in a work of art, and, based on the beautiful, intricate designs that have been brought to life by this team, it’s clear that what they do is not only for style but for durability!

No Techno Pave & Projects customer has ever had to bring this team in to repair their work not long after the paving has been installed, however, their fundamental values are underlined by a quality guarantee that will see your project completed on time, every time.

The philosophy behind all that is done by Techno Pave & Projects is that every quality installation carried out by these highly trained teams is a guarantee more valuable than any other form of accolade!

You will know exactly what is happening with your paving project, construction project or any other project undertaken by Techno Pave & Projects from the day that final plans are signed off; the policy of the hands-on director Jacques Barlow is one of clear communication in order to make sure that no customer is ever left in the dark or any project is ever behind schedule!

This is as down-to-earth a team to work with as you could possibly find, honesty, professionalism and quality is the bottom line at Techno Pave & Projects; how else would a top paving company in Pretoria reach the level of success this team has if all these qualities were not considered an essential component of their dedication to consistency!

Create beautiful paving designed to last with this team, whether it is intricately designed, or designed for ultimate simplicity, whichever it is, if Techno Pave & Projects is behind it all, you will have made an investment in sheer quality that will continue to pay for itself as the years go by!

Ready to invest in the best paving in Pretoria & Johannesburg?

How would you know that Techno Pave & Projects is the team you can trust above all others to make your investment in beautiful paving in Pretoria and Johannesburg worthwhile?

Here are just a few reasons Techno Pave & Projects is considered the leading paving company in Gauteng:

  • Techno Pave & Projects has a wealth of invaluable experience where it comes to everything to do with paving, accumulated since well before the official opening of the company in 1999. This is a ton of experience that ensures an exceptional quality of workmanship offered by a highly skilled range of teams, and no matter what type of paving Techno Pave & Projects installs, it will last!
  • Highly recommended by previous clients; this is the true measure of any company in terms of whether they can be trusted with your money! Speak to any Techno Pave & Projects client and any doubts you may have had will disappear!  Techno Pave & Projects has enjoyed phenomenal success over the years, and today, most new clients approaching this team do so on third party recommendations.

Add to all the above the unwavering standard of professionalism, reliability and trust that this paving company in Gauteng offers and you have the gold standard in paving at your disposal.

  • Quality paving at affordable prices; as a result of the many years Techno Pave & Projects has been in the paving industry, owner/manager Jacques Barlow and his teams have been able to build long term relationships with only the most trusted suppliers, whether for cobble stone, flagstone or clay and masonry brick pavers, making it possible to offer nothing less than the best in paving at affordable prices. Techno Pave & Projects uses only first-grade, SABS approved bricks – only excellent quality will do for this team!
  • Paving tailored to meet your budget, big or small; yet again, Techno Pave & Projects easily stands head above shoulders of the rest in the industry, working with each client to ensure that no matter how big or small a budget is, Jacques and his team will put every effort into meeting your budget, without adding any nasty surprises to the bill on completion of your paving.
  • Intricate paving designs; Techno Pave & Projects take great pride in the fact that they take a completely artistic approach to designing and laying beautiful, intricate paving, adding fantastic resale value and aesthetic appeal to any property.
  • One stop approach to all paving projects; once you have decided to start on your paving with Techno Pave & Projects, you will only be dealing with one team, from start to finish! The advisory services offered by Jacques comes in very handy once it gets to the design and drawing board stage of your paving.  Meticulous attention to detail leads from the drawing board to installation and final touches, without having to deal with more than one contractor throughout the process!
  • Additional services keep Techno Pave & Projects in the family; over the years clients have demanded it, and Techno Pave & Projects has delivered! Because clients know that they can rely on the quality workmanship delivered by this team where it comes to paving, they have continued to encourage Techno Pave & Projects to stretch their services into other areas they have needed once the paving is complete.

The end result of this is that Techno Pave & Projects is able to offer additional services such as fencing, gates, earthworks, plastering and tiling, to name just a few, proving that anything is possible when put into the hands of Techno Pave & Projects!

No matter what type of project you have in mind the one thing you can be absolutely certain of is that Techno Pave & Projects is game to tackle anything, and to do it every bit as well as well as they produce the best paving in Gauteng – give them a call today for a free quote, or to discuss any other project to do with building!



Quality and affordable Paving in Pretoria

The expertise offered by Techno Pave & Projects makes any paving investment well worthwhile!

Techno Pave & Projects has maintained an unstinting commitment to professional service excellence as it transitions smoothly between being the top paving company in Gauteng and offering additional construction-related services to clients who demand quality workmanship on every level.

Paving is the core business at Techno Pave & Projects, but, with over fifteen years worth of experience across the board and highly skilled construction teams, many clients have turned to Techno Pave & Projects to carry out other projects just as skilfully and professionally as they deliver stunning paving!

Diversifying without compromising on quality is a delicate balance, yet Jacques Barlow and his team have successfully added additional services throughout the years without missing a step, delivering exceptional quality at affordable prices on time, every time!

Some of these additional services include bollards, building, plastering and tiling, tar surfacing, steel fencing and gates, to name just a few, over and above which, Techno Pave also specialises in brick paving and civil construction projects!

If you are looking for confidence in a job well done, Techno Pave & Projects will sit down with you to work through your project to develop a design to suit the job specifications, taking every detail into account, and then deliver a job schedule you can rely on when it comes to project completion!

Techno Pave & Projects is the preferred paving company and building services support team for many residential and commercial building companies, trusted by developers, architects, property agents, sports club and facility managers to deliver quality services at affordable prices.

Jacques and his team are very proud of the reputation they have earned over the years as thorough professionals that can be relied on to deliver outstanding workmanship on any project undertaken, and they work hard to maintain this reputation, offering you a company that has been a trusted name to many satisfied clients over the years.

If you are planning on investing in paving for your home or business but are not sure about which design or type of paver will best suit your specs, please contact Techno Pave & Projects for the best advice about everything you need to make it a worthwhile investment!