Friday, December 2, 2016

What To Do Before Moving Out

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To invest in your own house and lot in Cavite can be one of the things that we can be proud of. That is why we sometimes can't wait to move out and stay in our new home. We feel excited to live a life where we can say that we can be contented just by staying at our house. Of course, that we need to move out first from our old house.

Of course, you don't want to leave your previous house empty yet full of trashes and other things that you want to junks. In moving out, there are also things that you need to do for you to make the next owner of the house have a good impression on you and your family.


Accomplish packing and inventory


Sometimes, this can be the most hassle part in moving out – to pack things out. Of course, you need to think about how and where would you put your stuff, especially the fragile ones on the storages or the boxes that you have.

When packing, it is just a matter of how you arrange your stuff to have more space for more things to fit inside the box. It is a matter of how you segregate the small ones from the bigger ones for you not to be confused and be panic later on in finding your things.

Making an inventory of your things can also help you in determining whether you lost something or not. It will also help you know what the things that are still needed when you are already in your new home.


Pay all the bills or balances


When you move out, it is also your responsibility to pay all the pending balances of the bills that you have. Make sure that you have a clean record of the finances when it comes to the payments.

The tendency when you still have a pending balance of the electricity, water bills and other bills that you have to pay is that there will be financial problems when you don't settle your accounts.


Dispose of the unnecessary


There will always be things that we don't need at all, in all we want to do is put it on junk, or we want to throw the things that are not needed away. Even if it is just a small thing, you have to dispose or throw it away properly.

You can have and put the things that you want to dispose of in a plastic bag, or any other storages for as long as it will be kept and dispose of properly. And if that thing is big enough like a cabinet that you don't need it already, you can wait for the garbage truck to get it. In that way, your house or outside your house will not be messy enough.

Do cleaning and maintenance


Of course, as a previous owner or a tenant, it is just your responsibility or duty to clean the house before you move out. If there are things that are painted on the wall that is not good to look at, then as much as possible, try to clean it away.

If you think that the faucet in your kitchen is broken, you can also have it repaired for as not to make the next owner be hassled about it. With that, there will be a possibility that the next owner of your previous house will have a good impression on you, on how you maintained the cleanliness of the place.

Well, moving out may sometimes be a hassle on our part, but there are no other feelings that we can have when we move out – that is to be excited to live in our new place.

Friday, November 25, 2016

For Homesellers: What to Avoid When Selling A Property



Being a real estate agent can also be one of the biggest breaks when you sell houses that would also cost millions worth of cash. Yes. There are properties such as the Park Point Residences that are expensive to have and live. Of course, it will be a good and satisfying lifestyle when you lived in that particular place. Well, that if they are lucky enough to have a good buyer who is on the go to buy it.

Well, it doesn't mean that that real estate agent is already not good enough in the real estate industry, there are just some things that they need to avoid to have a smooth and successful real estate transaction or deal with their clients. Now here are the things that a real estate agent must avoid, especially when dealing with a client.

Rushing into the market

Do not rush things and find an immediate buyer when you have decided to sell your house. You do not know; there are still a lot of potential buyers that are willing to buy your house in a higher amount than the other buyers.

If you think that you need to have a buyer asap, then you can still scout buyers who are still willing to have the price that you are offering for your house. You have to make sure that the buyer is willing to pay that particular amount than the other, then decide whether to choose him/her.

Hiring the wrong agent

Yes. There are also agents that you cannot trust when it comes to selling your house. They just don't have enough knowledge to deal that particular matter. Even though you think that that broker has enough knowledge, yet is not trustworthy enough to handle a real estate transaction, then you have to think twice before hiring one.

If you have a good agent, you will have a smooth business deal with the broker and the client. And especially when dealing with money matters, you also have to be very careful when it comes to it for as not to have some problems later on.

Not showing your property in its best light

One of the things that can add beauty to the house is the light. Whether if it is a natural light or not. You have to make sure that there will be enough light in the premises of the house. When there is a good lighting in the house, the client will appreciate it since they can see the beauty of the place.

If you want to let your client see the beauty of the house when it is dark, especially when the house is overlooking the city, then you have to let them see the house during the night. But if the client wants to have a clear view of the house, you can let them see the house during the day. It is best to let your client see the beauty of the house when it is morning for as not to have too much lighting in the afternoon.

Not being willing to negotiate

If you are the owner of the house, you have to learn to accept negotiations from your clients, especially when dealing with money, since there will always be some negotiation when it comes to that matter.

Don't be complacent on the things that there are still a lot of people who want to buy a house, but if you think that the price that the client want to have, and it is still fit on your standard of your price, then you have to sell it. It is better than nobody will buy your house at all.

Friday, November 11, 2016

How to Make the Best of Bad Neighbors


If there's one thing that frustrates us the most, that would be having a bad neighbor. Nobody wants to get tangled with neighbors who are not that approachable towards us. However, whether you like it or not, we just can't avoid meeting or encountering these people in our community. It does not matter if you live in a condo in Taguig or any real estate property in the Philippines, you should know how to make the best out of your bad neighbors.

Before you decide anything, you have to make sure to get to know them. It is in this way where you will know what and what not to do the moment you approach them. The worst that could happen is that they would be uncooperative, but at least you conveyed your issues. The ball would be now in their court in addressing your complaint. If you have a bad neighbor (or think you might be one), consider the steps below in dealing with them.

Ignore it

This is probably one of the most important piece of advice you should consider. As much as possible, if you think that these people don't bring good on you, then you have to ignore them. Of course, it would only make situation worst if you go with the flow. Not to mention if you also get irritated and approach them in the wrong way. As much as possible, try to remind yourself that it there is no good in dealing nonsense things. So, you better cool down and ignore them.

Moreover, one thing is for sure; you do not want to live a life that is full of people who tend to mess up people's lives. That means, if you want to live a happy and peaceful life, you should ignore and let it slide.

Bring it up

If you think that you can't tolerate a particular issue, then you have to bring the topic up – of course, you also have to do it in the right and approachable way. The moment you decide to settle with your bad neighbor, make sure that you are not in a bad mood. This is to prevent any heated arguments later on. And another thing, before you go back to your respected homes, make sure you already settled with your neighbor. There should be a clear understanding of the issue.

See if anyone else will side with you

If talking with your neighbor won't work, then you try seeking some help from your other neighbors. Perhaps, they can help you with the solution on how to deal with that particular neighbor. Moreover, talk with them about the problem and see if they can lessen the tense of the situation. However, if your neighbor is experiencing the same situation as you are, they may be more than willing to assist you in resolving it.

Report it

If ignoring and settling the issue between your neighbor won't work, then it is best for you to report it. Just make sure you are calm for as to achieve the things you want to happen. Reporting your neighbors should be your last option, especially for major situations. Moreover, try looking for a neutral third party or a friendly neighbor who is not involved in the issue in any way and have them assist you in dealing with your concern.

Dealing with bad neighbors may be a hassle thing to handle. Of course, who would want to ruin a good relationship between you and your neighbors, right? However, if things come to worst, you should know what and what not to do when it comes to dealing with them.

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Easy and Affordable Ways to Turn Your Bathroom into a Sanctuary

Hands up if you are one of those people who take hours to go out of their bathroom! Of course, who can resist the cold or hot shower, right? But sad to say, not all of us can experience such pleasure since we do not have the same bathroom style. But just because of our bathrooms are different, that does not mean you can't have yours too.

Whether you are living in a bungalow-type house, condo in Mandaluyong or any real estate property in the Philippines, you can transform your ordinary bathroom into a sanctuary? To give you an idea, we list down some easy and affordable ways on how to achieve such bathroom at home.

Floral arrangement



Having some plants or flowers on your bathroom is one thing you can do to liven up your space. Considering its freshness, you definitely would want to have it in your bathroom. Also, complete your floral arrangement with lime slices. It is one of the most affordable ways to refresh its air.

Vertical garden




Who says you can only display some greenery on your kitchen or living room? Of course, you can place a vertical garden to add some beauty to space. A hanging wall planter is ideal for small space bathrooms and a contemporary version made from recycled plastics. The decision of it would depend on how you want it to look like. So, you have to be creative enough when it comes to its designs.

Teacup Candle




Sometimes, the ambiance of a bathroom would be complete when there are no any candles at all. Of course, you have to choose candles that are stylish enough to use and display in your bathroom. Perhaps, you can have a teacup candle placed on the side of your counter. Candles do not just give you the right vibe, but it would also give you the proper decoration for your bathroom.

Watercolor painting




Another way to decorate your bathroom is to hang a painting. Perhaps, you can have a beach painting since it brings a relaxing and calming vibe on it. However, if you want something different, you just have to make sure that the picture can give you something that would help sooth your mood.

Oyster shell catch-alls




Admittedly, one of the most frustrating things one can experience is that we do not have something where we can put our jewelry. Of course, you don't want to lose your value things, right? However, if you just have something that can hold your jewelry such as the oyster shell, then it would be a great thing to have. You can buy oyster shells at any flea market. And of course, you can have an alternative way to put your valuable things.


Makeup brush holder




If you are a fun of having makeup brushes, then make sure you have something that can hold them. Instead of putting your makeup brushes in a drawer, why don't you display it? Of course, it does not just add beauty to your bathroom, but it would also be a convenient way to look after your brushes. You don't have to worry about where to put them since you have a holder placed in the bathroom. And of course, it is also a creative way to display it in a makeup brush holder.

Bath caddy




For those who have bathtubs at home, having a shower caddy is helpful. You can use it whenever you want to read a book or drink some wine while sinking yourself on the tub. There are a lot of bath caddy styles you can choose from – it is up to you to choose what's best for you.

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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Home Inspection Checklist: Things to Inspect Before Moving In

Moving into your new home is one of the most exciting days a homeowner can have. It can even be an overwhelming experience sometimes. But did you know that real estate experts advise inspecting your soon-to-be-home before you move in? Regardless of the property you chose, be it in Ayala Cebu or any real estate in the Philippines, homeowners should and must consider home inspection. To give you an idea, we list down some things you should inspect and double check.

Foundation

Checking whether the foundation of the house is durable or not, is not that hard as you think it is. All you have to do is make sure that the base of the walls and the ceilings in each room do not have any cracks or holes. But if you are not sure about it, you need to seek help from the experts to check and fix any particular problem. It is in this way where you can ensure you are safe in times of earthquakes and other natural disasters.

Lot

Inspecting the lot is as important as the others. Check whether the drainage appears to be away from your soon-to-be-home or not. And even check the areas if it is soggy or not. This way, you will know whether the property is safe enough for you to live.

Roof

If you do not want to have a leak on your roof, then you better inspect it before you move in. You should also make sure to ask the previous owners about when was the last time the roof was replaced.

Exterior

Do not just inspect the interior of the house, but also with its exterior. Make sure that there are no ruined paints and other damages. Also, check whether there are any dangling wires or any loose boards – make sure they are properly fixed.

Attic

If the property you chose has an attic, then don't skip to inspect it as well. Make sure that its interior is without any damages or leaks. Also, try to check if there are any way where air can get it. This is to ensure that the place would not be suffocating enough to get in.

Interior evidence of leaks

Again, if you are not sure about how to fix leaks, then you should seek help from the experts. They will be the one to inspect your soon-to-be home if there are any leaks or not. This is also one way to ensure that you will not have any problems with it later on.

Basement

This is also one of the places at home where you should inspect. Make sure that the basement is not damp and not creepy enough to visit. Also, make sure that the area has an adequate insulation to ensure that you will not be suffocated whenever you get inside.

Electrical

Make sure that all of the electrical wiring of the property is properly fixed. Check if there are any obvious malfunctions, whether the switches are working or not, and even check if the outlets are grounded. In this way, you will ensure that there will be no accidents caused by these damaged wiring.

Plumbing

If your faucet is not working, then there might be something wrong with the pipes. Make sure that you check if there are anything that makes the pipes clog which causes the faucet not to work.


Generally, inspecting your soon-to-be home is not that hard as you think it is. Again, if it is your first time with the home inspection, you need to seek help from the experts. This is to ensure that every single detail or structure at home is properly checked. Also, you can also feel safe living in your dream home.

6 Easy Steps to Fix Your Kitchen Faucet


Whether you realize it or not, you don't have to call an expert whenever you see a minor damage at home. This will definitely cost you a lot even if you can fix it on your own. Let's take your kitchen faucet, for example, if you have just the basic knowledge about it, then you can fix such without calling for any help. Whether you are living in Ayala Premier Taguig or any real estate in the Philippines, there is no reason for you not to know the basic tricks on how to fix your kitchen faucet. Below, we list down easy steps on how you can fix it without any hassles at all.

1. Remove the sink makes (most) everything better

Before you start with the repair, it is better for you to remove the sink first. In this way, it would be easier for you to reach and fix the pipe or anything that needs to be fixed. Moreover, this will make the fixing done in a faster and convenient way as possible.

2. Shut off the water main

You definitely don't want the water to splash all over you and on the kitchen, right? That only means you have to shut off the water supply to make sure there will be no water wasted during the repair. Moreover, this is also one way to conserve water and energy at home.

3. Replace supply lines too

If you think that the problem why your kitchen faucet is not functioning, then it is better for you to replace the supply lines too. Perhaps, the supply lines are damaged and can't pump up water in the faucet. And most importantly, make sure that the supply lines are correctly installed to ensure that it would work.

4. Ease the edge with cat litter

Generally, fixing your kitchen faucet may require you a lot of effort. That means, to make sure you will not hurt yourself or have some bruises, then you can use a bag of kitty litter to lean on. It is in this way where it would be convenient for you to work with the repairs.  However, if you do not have any kitty litter, then you can have a bag of laundry, pillows, bagged sand, or anything relatively soft that is as high as the floor of your kitchen base cabinet will do.

5. Use this cheap "Miracle too" to get to those basin nuts

Cramming your fingers into the tight space of basin nuts is not that simple as you think it is. Instead of making your life harder, you can definitely use the basin wrench. However, if you do not have such tool, you can buy them at an affordable price.  Generally, bottom-mounted faucets are connected above the sink, while the top-mounted faucets are secured on the bottom and have a base plate. That means it does not matter whether you pulled the sink out or not, the process is still the same.

6. Clean countertop

Of course, once the repair is done, you should clean your countertop. This is to ensure that there will be no toxic chemicals, or any elements risky to our health. Moreover, you can also use cleaning materials and detergent to make sure that the countertops are properly cleaned.


Fixing your kitchen faucet is not that hard as you think it is. For as long as you know what and what not to do when it comes to the repairs, then it you can definitely fix it on your own.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Starting in Real Estate Investing

"Real estate cannot be lost or stolen, nor can it be carried away. Purchased with common sense, paid for in full, and managed with reasonable care, it is about the safest investment in the world." – Franklin D. Roosevelt



If you think investing in a real estate is as easy as counting 1, 2, 3, then wait until you get down to its process. Buying a property is undeniably exciting, yet it can be overwhelming as well. If you plan to invest in Ayala Land Properties, some things are crucial for you to assess and consider – from choosing the right property to signing of the contract. One of the leading resources on real estate investing and experienced investor, Carl Dy, would give a few tips for homebuyers on how to start investing in a property.

But before you start with the investment, Dy pointed out one thing – time management. And yes, time management plays a significant role in a successful real estate investment. Many of us may be struggling financially. How much is the down payment? How much should we pay monthly? How much is the overall expenses? With this in mind, money matters the most. Carl Dy pointed out that potential homebuyers should maximize their time to achieve a particular amount intended for the investment. When you do, then all of the steps will follow.

STUDY


Choosing a property can be challenging and daunting. You do not just choose just because you like the interior or exterior design. Of course, you also have to consider a lot of things before you decide to purchase. Apart from the appearance, you have to study the location. Make sure that it would be convenient on your part in going to and from your home. Another thing you should study and consider is the neighborhood. What kind of community is it? What kind of neighbors you'd probably be meeting every day? Is it safe in going home even at late night? Considering the neighborhood would give you an idea whether if it is safe for you to live in or not.

DEVELOP A STRATEGY


Again, real estate investment is not a piece of cake. Just because you already have chosen a particular property, that does not mean you're done. Nope! As a homebuyer, you still have to develop a strategy on how you can successful achieve and have your dream home. For first time homebuyers, it is advisable for you to hire real estate professionals for you to be guided on what and what not to do when it comes to its process. They will guide and let you understand if there are any clarifications. Moreover, never go on an impulsive buying – you may not like the result.


SIMULATE YOUR PURCHASE


One important factor when buying a property is to make certain. That means you have to think over and over again before you decide. Perhaps, you can ask some "what ifs" or anything that would answer your questions and clarifications with regards to the property. Again, never go on an impulsive buying. Simulating your purchase will give you an idea whether buying that particular property is worth your time, effort, money and most importantly, your life. Of course, you do not want to live a life where you just can't enjoy it. Right?


CHECK YOUR FINANCES


The moment you decide to invest in a property, make sure you have enough money for the down payment. Purchasing property without enough budget would only lead to financial problems later on. However, do not just focus on the down payment alone. You need to know how much the overall cost is. Moreover, as a homebuyer, you need to have a good credit score to ensure lenders would allow you to borrow money. A good credit score will also determine if you are a good payer or not. If you do, then borrowing money for your dream home is achievable.



Starting in Real Estate Investing

"Real estate cannot be lost or stolen, nor can it be carried away. Purchased with common sense, paid for in full, and managed with reasonable care, it is about the safest investment in the world." – Franklin D. Roosevelt



If you think investing in a real estate is as easy as counting 1, 2, 3, then wait until you get down to its process. Buying a property is undeniably exciting, yet it can be overwhelming as well. If you plan to invest in Ayala Land Properties, some things are crucial for you to assess and consider – from choosing the right property to signing of the contract. One of the leading resources on real estate investing and experienced investor, Carl Dy, would give a few tips for homebuyers on how to start investing in a property.

But before you start with the investment, Dy pointed out one thing – time management. And yes, time management plays a significant role in a successful real estate investment. Many of us may be struggling financially. How much is the down payment? How much should we pay monthly? How much is the overall expenses? With this in mind, money matters the most. Carl Dy pointed out that potential homebuyers should maximize their time to achieve a particular amount intended for the investment. When you do, then all of the steps will follow.

STUDY


Choosing a property can be challenging and daunting. You do not just choose just because you like the interior or exterior design. Of course, you also have to consider a lot of things before you decide to purchase. Apart from the appearance, you have to study the location. Make sure that it would be convenient on your part in going to and from your home. Another thing you should study and consider is the neighborhood. What kind of community is it? What kind of neighbors you'd probably be meeting every day? Is it safe in going home even at late night? Considering the neighborhood would give you an idea whether if it is safe for you to live in or not.

DEVELOP A STRATEGY


Again, real estate investment is not a piece of cake. Just because you already have chosen a particular property, that does not mean you're done. Nope! As a homebuyer, you still have to develop a strategy on how you can successful achieve and have your dream home. For first time homebuyers, it is advisable for you to hire real estate professionals for you to be guided on what and what not to do when it comes to its process. They will guide and let you understand if there are any clarifications. Moreover, never go on an impulsive buying – you may not like the result.


SIMULATE YOUR PURCHASE


One important factor when buying a property is to make certain. That means you have to think over and over again before you decide. Perhaps, you can ask some "what ifs" or anything that would answer your questions and clarifications with regards to the property. Again, never go on an impulsive buying. Simulating your purchase will give you an idea whether buying that particular property is worth your time, effort, money and most importantly, your life. Of course, you do not want to live a life where you just can't enjoy it. Right?


CHECK YOUR FINANCES


The moment you decide to invest in a property, make sure you have enough money for the down payment. Purchasing property without enough budget would only lead to financial problems later on. However, do not just focus on the down payment alone. You need to know how much the overall cost is. Moreover, as a homebuyer, you need to have a good credit score to ensure lenders would allow you to borrow money. A good credit score will also determine if you are a good payer or not. If you do, then borrowing money for your dream home is achievable.



Friday, September 9, 2016

4 Things to Expect When Living in an Expensive Apartment


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For some tenants, renting such expensive price doesn’t matter at all. But if you are one of those people who are into budgeting and wants to cut down expenses, then you might as well think about it again and again. There might be something that you can do to make it more affordable. Well, if not, then consider moving out.

Renting a pricey property is inevitable especially when you are in a rush to move out from your previous household. And whether you choose to move into a house and lot in Nuvali, the price would definitely vary depending on how good you negotiate with your landlord. However, not all of us are lucky to have a good landlord who considers negotiation. As a result, they don’t have any choice but to rent a pricey apartment.

To give you an idea, below are some things to consider on what and what’s not to expect when you happen to rent in a pricey market.


Expect to compromise


If you are dreaming of fancy furniture in your apartment but can’t achieve those desires since your rent is high, then you might want to consider improving things. 

Instead of having an expensive wall d├ęcor, you can have some fancy wallpaper. It can still make your apartment look beautiful and elegant yet with an affordable price. Of course, you also have to make sure that you can properly make the decorations look good in your home for as not to compromise its beauty and design of the place.

And if you are planning to buy expensive things, think again if it’s worth your money. If you believe that it is not that useful and relevant for you, then you might as well skip that thought of buying such expensive things. Remember, you’re renting a pricey apartment. At least, save your money for it.


Anticipate additional costs


When you are a tenant, you have to expect that sooner or later, your landlord will have an increase in your rent. Of course, you also have to know what and why your landlord is raising. 

Well perhaps, the marketer price is also increasing, that is why they also are increasing, or there are some renovations they do to make the apartment look good and liveable. With that, expect additional cost.


Be prepared to jump quickly


Again, one of the best solutions you can have when you can’t already afford the rent is to move out. Of course, you don’t have any choice before that’s why you avail the property with such price. 

But now, you have an ample time to find another apartment for you to live. Moreover, there are actually a lot of properties that are affordable enough for you to have. Just make sure that you also choose apartments of your choice for as not to have some regrets later on.

Also, before you move out, make sure to clear any pending issues or bills with your landlord. With that, there will be no problems at all when you are ready to move out.


Consider sharing the burden


If you think that you really can’t afford to pay the rent yet you also have no choice since the apartment is near your school or work, then you might want to consider asking your friends and family members if they are willing to live with you and divide the rent. With that, you might survive having and residing in that apartment.

Generally, having a roommate is not a bad thing after all. In fact, they just don’t just accept their responsibilities when it comes to paying their monthly dues but also, you can have some good and memorable experience while living with them. Additionally, you might need them when in any cases of emergency.

Friday, August 5, 2016

How to Identify a Good Landlord


Whether you like it or not, renting in Davao apartments or any other apartments in the Philippines, you will always have to encounter different landlords. Generally, it is the landlord who will have the authority over the property before you rent it out. That means, before you move into your new home, it is a must for you to have a real estate transaction with the owner or the landlord of the property. But sad to say, not all owners are approachable enough to deal with their clients.

Having a good landlord is important for you to live a satisfying and peaceful life. Of course, you do not want to have some headaches just because your landlord will not understand you and on your situation. Before you decide to rent an apartment, you have to make sure that the owner is good enough to prevent any misunderstandings later on. And for you to have some ideas, below are some tips for you on how to identify a good landlord.

A good landlord is responsive and keeps open communication with tenants.

This is one of the most important things you need to consider before you choose any apartments. You have to make sure that the landlord is approachable enough, especially when it comes to the things you want to clarify with. Of course, if your landlord is not available to have any transactions with their tenants, how can they know the needs of their tenants? Right? Moreover, when it comes to repairs and other things that need to be done at home, you need to contact the landlord first to make sure that they will approve what you want to have.

Moreover, it is important for a landlord to be responsive to their tenants at all time for as not to make any delays when it comes to the needs of their tenants. Landlords who also considers the needs of their tenants is also a good sign that you will not have any problems with them later on. Of course, you also have to make sure that everything will be okay to prevent any misunderstandings later on.

A good landlord respects your privacy.

We all want to have some privacy. Who would not it need it? Right?  Of course, you do not want to have a landlord who usually asks questions about your personal life, right? This is also one of the many ways you will know that that particular owner respects their tenants. Of course, each of us has our personal life. That means a landlord should not be nosy about it. However, they also have the right to question your actions, especially when it involves issues about the property that you are renting.

And most importantly, a good landlord will not make any changes to your apartment without asking you, or give negative feedback about your decorating style, or any other things that you want to do with your room or space. They will respect on what you want to do with the apartment for as long as it will not do some damage to the place.


A good landlord explains your rental agreement clearly and answers your questions honestly.

Never decide to move into your new apartment when you do not understand the terms and condition your landlord gives to you. Of course, without understanding the rental agreement, this will lead to misunderstandings later on. Before you move in, you have to make sure that you and the landlord will have an agreement on a particular thing. Moreover, you also have to make sure that the owner clearly answers all the confusions and questions. With this, you will know what and what not to do when you start moving into your apartment.

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

5 Reasons Why Sharing Food With Your Roommates is an Advantage


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As we all know, sharing is an act of generosity of a person. And believe it or not, many friendships are formed because of sharing food. How much more when you share your meals with your roommates? This gives an opportunity to build a rapport between you and your roommates. Even if you are sharing a room in a condo in Cebu, Alabang, BGC, Davao or any other condos in the Philippines, you can definitely achieve a good bond with your roommate.

Although a lot of us here would agree that food is essential for our daily consumption. However, it would not hurt you and your wallet if you share your meals with your roommates. Who knows, they might do the same to you. Well, if you are a kind of person who is not used to sharing their foods, then you might want to know why sharing of foods can also be to your advantage.

And mind you, you will definitely enjoy sharing your foods with them.

1. Communicate regularly

Whether you realize it or not, sharing of foods can help you communicate with your roommates. Of course, you need to find a topic to discuss or any random things that come to your mind, for as long as it would not be awkward for the both of you eating in the kitchen together with nothing to talk about.

Moreover, this can also be a chance to share his or her experiences in life, which you can learn from them too.

2. Cook together

Having a roommate who knows how to cook is an advantage. Of course, just by observing how they cook and what ingredients to include, you can definitely learn from them. Moreover, this is also the chance for the both of you to know each style of cooking. Perhaps, you both have your own recipe to share.

With that, you are not just cooking your favorite food or dish, but you also give your roommate a chance to learn a new recipe.

3. Split with the expenses

There will always be times when you and your roommate decide to do some groceries for your daily food consumptions. With this, you are not just sharing the foods, but you are also saving money by splitting the food expenses with your roommates.

Of course, you also have to know who to budget the food for it to fit for the entire week. However, you also have to be considerate. Make sure that you and your roommates have a fair split of everything to avoid misunderstandings just because of the food.

4. Knows the best and affordable restaurants in town

When both of you share the same interest when it comes to food, then this will also give you a chance to share your favorite restaurants to hang out. One way or another, you can definitely share where what restaurants that have the best food choices yet with an affordable price.

Who knows this can be the start of you both hanging together at that particular restaurant? Moreover, this is also a good chance to know which fast food chains are open 24 hours. This is good when you decide to have some midnight snacks.

5. Sharing home chores

When we talk about sharing, that does not only mean sharing of foods with your roommates. Of course, you can also share the daily chores at home. Perhaps, you can have some routine on who gets to cook and who gets to wash the dishes.

With that, it will be a lot easier to clean the house since you and roommates are helping out together.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

How to Spend Quality Time at Home Without Spending Money


Whether you realize or not, we all spend money every single time. How much more during weekends? This is the time where most people get the chance to go to malls and any other places where they can have fun and enjoy the moment. Of course, it is not a bad thing at all. In fact, you need such recreation to make sure you will have a work-life balance. However, do you know that you can also enjoy your weekend at home? Although some of you may find it boring, there are actually a lot of things you can do at home. You will not just enjoy what you do, but you will also be productive on such matter.

Generally, it does not matter where you live to be it in park point residences (or nay other residences in the Philippines), you can definitely enjoy your weekend at home without spending too much on the money. And to give you some ideas, you might want to refer to these tips below.

Set goals

This is one of the things you need to consider when spending your weekend at home. Of course, you need to know what you want to do in order for you to be productive as of the moment. If you are a kind of person who just loves to  do some DIY then, you can create something that would unleash your creative side. With that, you are not just doing some productive things, you are also saving money.

Setting goals will also help you decide on what you need to do for the weekend without spending too much of your money.

Define no-money

Ok, let's just admit! Not all of us here understand what "no money" means. Does it literally mean that you are not going to spend a single peso? Well, that would be impossible for us to do. Generally, the definition of no-money is all up to you. If you think that you can go on a day without spending on a single coin, then this can also apply to you. However, this can also mean that you are not going to spend too much on a particular thing. If you want to buy some chips, you can spend. But not to the extent where you are spending too much without mindful of the things that you have just bought.

Plan ahead

This is one of the things you should also consider if you want to save money. For some, the best time to have a no-money weekend is during the first or fourth week of the month. Perhaps, that is because these weeks is "pay the bills" time. When you have a particular plan in the mind, you are going to be obliged to do the things that are planned. Moreover, it will be much easier for you to do a particular that are as planned.

Get creative

Of course this! There's nothing more precious than spending your time alone and unleashing your creative side. If you are a kind of person who usually wants to watch television all day, then you need to stop. You have to do things that can make your more productive. Perhaps, you can read a book or do something that would not make your bored at home. Again, you are not just enjoying your time at home, but you are also doing things that can make your productive. And of course, you also have to choose things that can entertain you for you not to get bored easily.

Go outside

Just because you spend your weekend at home, that does not mean you cannot go outside. Of course, you can! You can definitely have a walk around your neighborhood. This is also one of the many ways you can know your neighbors more. Especially if you are new to your place, you can stroll around and familiarize where and what place that can best spend your time.

Friday, June 10, 2016

5 Things That Can Ruin Your Living Room Design

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If there is one room that would immediately welcome your guest, that would be your living room. Where else? Unless you have a front yard, then living room is the common place where most homeowners warmly welcome their visitors. And if you succeed with designing your living room, then this is one way to give your visitor a good first impression on your home.

Although planning or arranging your home may sound easy, but wait till you do it on your own. There are just times that it may also be challenging on your part especially when you do not have any idea on what and what not to do when it comes to its arrangements.

Arranging your living room can make or break a good impression on your visitor. Perhaps, they would think about how creative enough in considering what arrangements you should have for your living room or perhaps, the opposite. But sad to say, not all homeowners can achieve a desirable outcome on their living room design. As a result, they are not satisfied with living with it.

And if you are one of those homeowners who does not have any idea on how to arrange properly, then you might want to refer to these tips and try to avoid these things that can cause to ruin your living room. Of course, whether you are living in a condo in New Manila, house and lot in Pampanga or any other real estate properties in the Philippines, having an appealing living room is within your reach.

1. Uncomfortable furniture

Having uncomfortable furnishings is a no-no. Of course, one reason why living room is important since it gives us the chance to feel relax when we need some time for ourselves. The living room is also used for entertainment for our family and friends to have more bonding together. However, if you have an uncomfortable furniture, this might kill the fun. And I'm sure you do not want to experience this kind of nightmare. Right?

2. The wrong paint color

Whether you realize it or not, the color of your wall matters the most. If you do not know what to paint on your wall, then you better consult an interior design for you to avoid costly mistakes. Of course, your walls can also give life to your home. And if you have the wrong paint color, then you might not like living in your home. And most importantly, a good wall color will give a good impression to whoever may visit in your home.

3. Bulky overhead lighting

One important factor when it comes to living room design is to create a sense of light and roominess. Obviously, you want the person who is in the living room to feel comfortable while taking some rest or entertaining his or herself. That means lighting is an important factor to have. Try not to have a bulky light, where it may look dull and your ceilings to appear lower that they are. Well, you can look for light fixtures with slim lines, open designs, and if you want to reflect light, then try something with crystals.

4. The wrong size rug

Whether you realize it or not, your rug is also one of the important factors you need to consider. It does not just add beauty to the room but is also give us the feeling of a cozy and comfortable living room. However, if you do not know how to choose the right rug for your living room, then you might not be satisfied with its outcome.

5. Following trends

Although trends may give us some living room design ideas, you have to know that not all patterns are good for our room. This might not give you the best look you want to have. Remember that each living room has a unique way of styling, arranging and decorating it to make it more appealing to look at. Some trends are not good to look at when it comes to doing it in our living room.

Well, for as long as you know the don'ts of the living room arrangements, then you are free to do whatever style you want.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Worst Decorating Mistakes You Should Avoid



If there is one thing that frustrates us the most that would be committing mistakes in home decoration. Who would like to commit mistakes, right? However, there are just times that we tend to do things without even thinking whether if it is nice or not. Even if you are living in Davao apartments or any other real estate in the Philippines, it is inevitable that we sometimes commit mistakes. As a result, most homeowners or even you too are not satisfied with the outcome of your home design. Right?

Yes, not all of us here are able to achieve a great home decoration. But of course, you can definitely avoid such when you know what and what not to do when it comes to home design. And if you are one of those homeowners who tend to commit mistakes, then you better refer to these things below and try to avoid these mistakes all over again.

Not investing in a durable furniture

This is one of the common mistakes most homeowners made. They do not want to invest in a furniture that is durable enough for them to have at home. Although there are furniture that are expensive enough for you to buy but minds you, it is definitely worth your investment. Of course, you do not need to buy and spend for furniture because your previous furniture is already damaged. And if you are a kind of person who does not want to spend too much, then you better invest in durable furniture.

Moreover, this is also one of the many ways you can save your things from damages. Since you have a good and durable furniture, you need not worry about moving your things from time to time without breaking or damaging it.

Buying generic art

Although buying a generic art may be good sometimes, but it does not mean you are going to have some collection of it. If you are creative enough to make your own art or do some paintings on your own, then you can definitely have some of it. Of course, instead of spending some money out from the arts of other people, why don't you try doing it on your own. Well, you do not just save a lot of your money, but you also got the chance to show and prove yourself that you can definitely do some artworks.

Generally, if you want to showcase your artworks, then why don't you try putting some designs on your home? With that, your family and friends will definitely be able to recognize that you are a good artist. Of course, this is also one of the many ways they will also appreciate your works.

Purchasing furniture from the same place

When it comes to designing your home, it is not always pretty to look at having some furniture from the same store. Of course, you definitely do not want to make your home look like the showroom that you saw in the store. Right? That is why, you need to be creative enough to look at furniture in different stores. That is to make sure that you will have the design that you really want to have. Who knows, you can find a lot of other furniture that would match the theme of your home than the previous store that you just bought. Right?

However, if you are not sure enough about what kind of furniture that would match the style of your home or even with your lifestyle, then you better find an interior designer to make sure that you will definitely have the design that you want for your home. This is also to make sure that you will not commit costly mistakes while doing some home decorations.

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Friday, May 20, 2016

5 Ways To Make Your Home Smell Amazing

Have you ever visited a home where bad odor lingers in the air? Or have you ever experience feeling uncomfortable due to dullness and lifelessness of the place – definitely not a good feeling, right? Of course, who would want to stay in such a place? However, it is undeniable that there are still homes out there that don't have a pleasant smell. Perhaps, it is because of their pets that were not taken care of properly. Or some dirty dishes that were not washed immediately. If you are not keen enough when it comes to the sanitary of your home, it will definitely create a foul smell.

Basically, we all want to live a healthy lifestyle at home. That means, we also have to make sure that there will be no foul smell that would linger in the place. And if you think that there are just some things that can cause the foul smell, then you better find a way where you can control it. It doesn't matter if you are living in any condos near Makati, having an amazing smell on your home is now within your reach. Here's how:

1. Light a candle



One of the things most homeowners do when they feel like their home is having a foul smell, they would light a candle. Perhaps, you can use a scented candle to make sure that the smell would be gone completely. Candles can give you a fresher smell especially when you add a few drops of an essential oil to the mix to make it more scented. And to make it more appealing, you can definitely use a mason jar or jam jars to hold your candles.

2. Simmer some spices



If you think that spices are used only in the kitchen, then you better think again. You can definitely use some spices to make your home smell good. Well, all you have to do is to simmer them in a small pot of water on your stove. And once your home smells all warm and you can now smell the spices, then you can already turn the stove off. After which, you can let them dry and you can also use them a few more times before they lose their fragrance.

3. Enlist your slow cooker



If you don't want to use your burner, then you can also use a slow cooker instead. This will give your home an amazing smell, especially when you add some few drops of your favorite essential oil. Moreover, this is also one of the safest ways to use spices, especially when you are not around in the kitchen.

4. "Bake" an air freshener



Have you ever heard about "baking" an air freshener? Well, if you haven't heard something about it yet, why don't you try it? Of course, if you know what and what not to do when it comes to the procedure of it, then it is not that hard as you think it is. Just make sure that you take some extra precautions before doing such. Placing the air freshener in the oven and set it to 200F for as long as you want the smell to last.

5. Cook something



One of the most simple and common ways to make your home smell good is to cook something good also. Of course, good food will always bring good smell especially when it is properly done. Well, you can have some stews, braises and other meals that smell good. With this, it doesn't just give you an amazing smell in your home, but it will also boost your appetite to eat.

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Friday, May 13, 2016

How To Find The Right Real Estate Agent For You

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As we all know, searching for the right real estate agent can be daunting and frustrating. Of course, you have to make sure that you are hiring a trustworthy realtor and not just some unprofessional and incompetent one. That is why there are some precautions you make before you decide on who to trust. Being careful on who you trust is not a bad thing at all. In fact, this will give you an assurance that you are looking for the right partner for the investment.

But sad to say, not all home buyers are able to find a good one. Some of them are just unprofessional enough to do their job. As a result, there might be some misunderstandings between you and your realtor, which is not a good idea to start your investments.

Whether you are planning to invest in a condo unit in Alabang or any other real estate in the Philippines, you still have to make sure that you are hiring the right one for you. Here's how:

Tell me about yourself

Asking questions to your real estate agent is not a bad thing, not at all. In fact, this is one way you will know your agent on how good they are when it comes to their field of work. Of course, don't just ask about their past experiences in the real estate industry.

Try to ask them about what interest them the most. This is also one way to build some rapport between you and your agent. And if you think that the agent is done talking about his self, then you better get back to the business.

Selling skills

One of the things that bring success to the real estate investment is on how good your agent sales talks. Of course, this is one way that one can be interested in purchasing a particular property.

Since they know what and what not to do when it comes to letting their potential customer engage with the property, then it is going to be a success for them. And yes, it is all up to the agent on how good they are when it comes to their selling skills.

Home sense

Generally, a good agent knows how it is to be like when one plans to purchase that particular property. Of course, they should also have a sense of home where they can convey to their clients. As a buyer, they should also know if the agent excels in helping them buy or sell homes.

Or if they are willing to the extent their effort just to know the starter condo market or the 18th century or a multi-million dollar estate market. Obviously, real estate agent should be aware about that of all people, right?

Location, location, location 

The location is one of the most important things a buyer should consider. They should know whether or not the agent that they hired knows the location of that particular property or not.

When an agent is familiar with the location place of the property, then they will also most likely know the basic things they need to know about the property they have chosen.

Moreover, this is also one way to know that your realtor is good at places, especially when it comes to the location of the properties.

Organizations & affiliations

Yes, finding a realtor can be daunting and frustrating. However, if you just know what and where to find a real estate agent that has a good track record, then it would not be that hard for you to do.

In finding one, find out how many organizations and affiliations your agent belongs to. And if you think they have a good background their respective fields, then you can rest assured you will have a successful real estate investment.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Things Not To Do When Landscaping Your Yard



There will always be advantages when you have a beautiful landscape. It doesn't just give you a beautiful view on the outside, but it also reflects on how you take good care of your home. Generally, if you think that landscaping your yard is just simple to do, then you better think again. There are actually a lot of things you need to consider before you do the landscape. Moreover, you also have to think about what and what not to do to avoid costly mistakes.

Generally, landscaping would be easy when you know what to do. And of course, even if you're living in Ayala land properties, having a better result is within your reach. Sad to say, not all homeowners are able to achieve a beautiful landscape. Perhaps, they failed to plan what design their landscape should be. As a result, they are not satisfied with the outcome of it.  And for you to avoid the same mistakes with the others, you might want to refer to these things that you should definitely avoid when it comes to landscaping your yard.

Installing plants along your house foundation that will quickly outgrow the space


This is one of the common mistakes most homeowners do when it comes to landscaping. They tend to install plants along their house foundation without realizing that their plants can quickly outgrow the space. And mind you, it is definitely not nice to look at when you don't take good care of your plants. If you are planning to install a plant in that particular spot, then you have to make sure that that particular plant would not grow quickly. Moreover, you also have a great choice of plants to add more beauty to the place.

Employing ground covers that do their jobs too well


When it comes to landscaping, one of the many things you should consider is outgrowing of the weeds. I'm sure you definitely don't want to make your landscape look abandoned due to the lack of care, right? That means, there is a need for you to see to it that there will be no weeds that would make the landscape ugly. And one of the things you can do to avoid such is having a ground cover that would help you cover the soil in order to prevent weeds from growing.

Making snap judgments regarding the selection and use of mulch


If you think that you can use any mulch in your landscape, then you better think again. And this is one of the common mistakes most homeowners make.  When choosing the type of mulch, you have to think if your soil is compatible with it. And if not, then you definitely should choose the other type of mulch for you to have a better result. Moreover, if you don't have any idea on what kinds of mulch should you use in your landscape, then you better ask for an expert to guide you in choosing the right mulch.


Failure to position plants so as to achieve an optimal display


Landscaping is not just about designing your yard. You also have to think about what kind of design should you do to that suit your home and lifestyle. Moreover, it is also important to consider the spot that is intended to transform into a landscape. If you think that that particular spot is not good, then you better think of a better idea on how you are going to use that particular spot wisely. But you should also be careful not to overdo the landscape design, this might not have a good and beautiful result as what you have expected.

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Friday, April 15, 2016

Ways on How to Be a Courteous Roommate When Moving Out


Whether you realize it or not, moving in and out of your home is just one of the normal things most people experience. Agree? Of course, we want to live in a place where we can feel at ease and satisfied. Who knows, you might be one of those people who are planning to move out and invest in a real estate Makati, or any other real estate in the Philippines, right? However, moving out can also be daunting and frustrating especially when you are already close to your roommates. Well, who would be happy when you got to leave your friend? Right?

Generally, you definitely don't want to leave your roommate hanging or without any idea at all that you are moving, right? However, if you are a kind of person who is struggling when it comes to being courteous while moving out, then you might want to apply these tips below on how to be a courteous roommate when moving out. With these, you will be able to leave your previous home with an eased mind.


Check in with your roommates to see if they found someone to take over your lease


This is one of the things you should also consider before moving out. Basically, one of the many reasons why you agree to have some roommates is because of the lease, right? That means, if you leave, your roommate might have some hard time in finding another person that can help divide the payments for the apartment. Before anything else, you have to make sure that you talk about it to see if the found someone to take over your lease. With these, your roommate will not go to have a hard time paying the rent alone.

Determine what need to be done to prepare for the next tenant


Of course, this! You definitely should not leave your room without cleaning, right? Before you leave, you have to make sure that your room is clean for the next tenant to use. If there is a need for your room to repaint it or any repairs, then you better do. This will give a good impression on the next tenant that you are a good renter since you have a good and clean home. But of course, you should also talk about it with the landlord before you do anything else with your room.

Return any keys, garage openers, mailbox keys and gate sensors


These things are not yours. Of course, it is your duty or responsibility to return all of these things to the right owner before leaving the place. Also, you have to make sure that these things are not lost. If you lost one of these things, then you also have to make sure you can talk to the landlord about it.

Clean out your food in the fridge and pantry


Although you may have a roommate that can help you clean your food in the fridge and pantry, it is still your responsibility to clean it yourself. If there are any food left in the fridge, then you better throw it away or give it to your roommate for them to eat it instead. Don't let your roommate clean your leftover food in the fridge. I'll tell you, this will leave a bad impression if you do. Remember, you are trying to be polite or courteous before you move out. That is why you have to make sure that you clean it yourself.

Take the time to say goodbye to your roommates and wish them luck


This is one of the things you should never forget. Of course, it is a must for you to say goodbye to your roommates. Although there are times you and your roommates may not be in a good situation lately, you still need to say goodbye to give some respect that you are moving out. And if you have roommates that are close to you, then you might want to throw a little farewell party before moving out. In this way, you will still have good vibes even if you are moving out from the place.

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