Sunday, September 17, 2017

Five Expenses You Do Not Foresee When Moving In

“Now, one thing I tell everyone is to learn about real estate. Repeat after me: Real estate provides the highest returns, the greatest values, and the least risk.”-Armstrong Williams 

Moving into your first flat is extremely exhilarating—the level of independence and accomplishment you feel is nothing short of extraordinary. By this time, you might have already paid in full or likely settled a down payment to move in, and you would not have to worry about more expenses till the utility bills come. Unfortunately, we can only wish this were true. The truth of the matter is: there are a lot of surprise expenses in store for you on moving day, so it is better to be forewarned.

In an ideal scenario, everyone would be afforded anywhere from five to seven days to prepare and just focus on moving in. In this way, you would not be caught off-guard and unprepared. However, this would likely be an impractical scenario seeing as a majority of individuals would not have that kind of time. So, if you are preparing to move into your new flat—may that be in Avida Towers Centera or elsewhere, here are some expenses you can likely expect when you move in.

1.)    Ability or lack thereof to get packages 

Depending on where you live, packages left on your front door can potentially be snatched and stolen just within minutes if you were not at home. This is an especially rampant occurrence if you live on a busy street. However, this does not have to become a habitual occurrence, all you would need to do to address this problem is either of two things. Your first option would be to stop ordering from online retailers and settle for buying things from physical shops instead. However, as that is an unlikely compromise to make, get a PO box address instead (which would cost you) or schedule your packages so that you can be there to receive them shall they arrive. Choose the best tack that works for you.

2.)    Start up/ Transfer Fees 

Moving into a new place means that you are likely going to be paying a fee. This fee would most likely include all of your utilities that cover the cost of setting your new account. Similarly, if you are moving from another play, the fee would cover the cost of transfer of your account to a new location.

3.)    Cleaning and household supply cost

While your flat is not likely to be filled with grime when you first move in, you cannot reasonably expect it to be pristine either. So, you can expect your first round of cleaning and household supplies to set you back by a couple of thousands or more. Furthermore, if you want your flat to be professionally cleaned, you can expect this amount to be a lot higher. You will be pleased to know however, that after this initial thorough cleaning, you would most likely not need to purchase the very same items for at least six months or so. But they are required on the get-go to ensure you make a sanitary move-in.

4.)    WiFi Connection 

Unless the building already comes with an internet connection, you are going to likely need your very own. Even then, you would still need to have your own standalone connection as relying on the building’s connection will only leave you with frustration (you are sharing the same connection with your neighbors as well). So, if you need to be perpetually connected online or are at least a frequent user of the internet, expect to spend the installation of a router in your flat.

5.)    Treats for yourself 

Moving into a new flat can be potentially exhausting—what with all the effort required in moving your things from one place to another. Considering this, it would be a bit of challenge to refuse a treat or two. Little gifts for yourself, albeit unnecessary, are inevitable. After a grueling day of moving, you would most likely want to dine out so as not to deal with dishes and cooking. Furthermore, you might even want to schedule a day in the spa—these are not all necessarily bad, just ensure you budget them accordingly.

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Friday, August 25, 2017

Transform Your Office To A Place That Makes You Stay

Staying in the office translates to one thing - stress.

The workload, deadline, and the demands of the job takes the life out of you each day. It makes you look forward to home, curl in bed or binge-watch Friends. Unfortunately, adults don’t roll like that (most specifically the professionals). They learned the hustle and bustle of life through the years of plowing to get to where they are.

Even if you aren’t in the high ranks or at the top spot, you are still a professional. It doesn't matter if you're dealing with Ayala properties or fast-moving consumer goods. What you need to do now is to make yourself look forward to your day at the office. The solution is a case-to-case basis, but here’s a thing you can do to change your attitude: revamp the workspace

It’s the easiest and fastest way to give yourself a boost when you don’t feel like spending time at work.

1. Spread positivity by having tiny decors.

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Have items and trinkets that make you feel good inside. If you have a passion for arts and crafts, bring one or two of your finished work in the office. If it’s on canvas or paper, frame it and mount it on the wall. Sculpture, carving, figurine or handcraft is perfect on the desk or table. Looking at these pieces will inspire you to get you back on track of things.

If the item has a bold color, avoid placing additional decors that will just distract you. The piece may also distract the client. Some decorations are not applicable for the office. Try matching the decor with the room design. Minimalist decorations are your safest bet.

2. Increase efficiency and productivity by rearranging furniture.

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Arranging the furniture in your space isn’t just for the sake of aesthetic. The placement of your desk in the office influences how you work. Desks should not be at the back of a door or entrance. It makes the space crowded, and the people who are coming in and out of the door will keep you from focusing on the task at hand. The same goes with co-workers sharing the same cubicle or table.

There should be enough room for each person. The distance between desks and chairs must be consistent in all coworking spaces. Also, place your desk in a spot that allows you get a full view of the room or the floor.

Other than the distance, the room layout is also important to make you efficient during work hours. It takes less time when everything you need to accomplish the job is within arm’s reach. The printer, photocopier and a cabinet full of supplies should be a few steps from your desk or placed in the area.

3. Give life by adding a lamp and a fresh batch of flowers

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Proper lighting decreases the dark areas of the space which can cause eye fatigue and headaches. Ample lighting is helpful especially when the job involves excessive screen time. When there’s enough light in your workplace, you can work with ease.

If you’re in no position to request changes on the overhead light, get a desk lamp. It allows you to adjust the direction of the source of light which makes you work comfortably. Choose a lamp that doesn’t use fluorescent light. That kind of light causes headaches and will gradually drain your energy.

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Next, a bunch of flowers or an indoor plant refreshes the air in the space. If the room uses AC, there should be a ventilation system to change the air. If not, the plants will do it for you. The smell of the flowers will energize your senses while the colors give the eyes a break from the monotony of the office.

You can also apply these changes to your home office. You can DIY or hire an interior designer to help you. Make sure they know and understand the concept of what you want to see in the space before letting them take charge of the changes. Make your office a place that will excite you to get ahold of your daily tasks.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Sustainability in Urban Design

It is not enough for a place to be habitable. It also needs to be sustainable.

Urban design is the process, design, and organization of public space, transportation systems, and open space. With half of the Earth’s population crowding in cities, urban design needs to take a hard look at its mechanisms. Each city must commit and choose sustainable development. Philippines, in terms of population and the economy, exponentially grows each year. But, the land areas of its cities remain the same. The same rings true in other cities across the globe. Three (almost four) billion people stay in these urban areas. Therefore, the role of urban design has a significant impact in today’s contemporary way of life.

According to a United Nations’ (UN) report, 60% of the Earth’s population will crowd cities by 2030. This is not good news for various reasons. 

Millenials are slow to pick up the traces of needing change concerning their way of living. Thus, it is better for the current millennia to have the collective movement of individuals, industries, and countries to commit to change. The foundation of inhabitation - the Earth, is ruined and its cries are getting louder. The natural structure of planet is sacrificed to have the luxurious comfort of the modern life. The towering skyscrapers, concrete housing units, and asphalt plazas are chosen over the lush greeneries and the natural wonders of the world.

Urban Development

Urban development is a perennial threat to nature. Fortunately, developers like Ayala Land Inc. (ALI), considers the site’s ecosystem in their planning and design. Bobby Dy coins the term “eco-efficient.” It is a simple yet effective word that summarizes the purpose of their city districts. Natural resources or the natural state of the land area should not be sacrificed because of urban design and development. ALI patterns their design to the area’s original state.

The best example of eco-efficiency is their dynamic suburb in the South, Nuvali. Nuvali has a long stretch of green grass park and open spaces. The structure mixes modern suburban living with green zones and forestry. It also encourages recreation and outdoor activities which are refreshing for the modern dwellers.

Organization and Open Spaces

Although aesthetic plays a major role in urban setting, it is important for a developer to consider general public interest and not be biased towards age and way of living. When the city or structure is open to everyone, the need to have access to additional public infrastructure is removed. The environment becomes inclusive and inclined to only one goal – providing for the years to come.

Ayala Land is best known for their wholesome urban design. The company follows its focus areas as a guide during planning - resilience, pedestrian and transit connectivity, eco-efficiency and local economic development. 

Their latest land developments incorporate wide spaces and parks. Having these spaces encourages time off the digital world and physical activity. It also lessens the dependence on vehicles as these places are conducive to walking. Most importantly, it discourages cul-de-sacs which can be rampant in urban areas. The design also creates low-carbon cities because they become walkable and mass transit-oriented. This is much more sustainable and healthier for the people. It also gives a high quality of life to residents.

Economic Vibrancy

A thing, structure or endeavor that is sustainable is said to solve today’s problems while also providing for the problems of the future. Generations to come should meet their own needs using these structures and environment-friendly solutions. Thus, it should be an enabling environment.

Rapid urbanization puts pressure on resources. Densely-packed cities can lack sources of fresh water supply and strain the living environment and public health. During planning, local and small-scale businesses are heavily considered. The shops and stores should be strategically placed so they may contribute to poverty reduction. There should also be designated spaces for public utility and health services.

Cloverfield, an ALI development in the North, is an example of a well-planned community that employs living, retail, and health. The development has a residential tower, shopping mall, park and a hospital - all within walking distance.

Well-planned public spaces commune communities and people together. Physical and cultural activities, recreation and play, are also encouraged. The spaces restore a sense of place, identity, and pride in an area, and play a significant part in attracting businesses and jobs. Thus, poverty is reduced.

Technology has picked up speed on constructing mega cities, but it has not made low-carbon cities. Local and international urban development still have a long way to go. Choosing to be sustainable goes back to planning, where all the aspect of the building is considered. When the vision for the future is clear, urban design will manifest through eco-efficient development.

Monday, August 14, 2017

The Big Sell: Experts Share Pitching Advice

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Another day at UP Ayala Technohub, slaving for 8 hours. You have an idea brewing in your head. You also have a plan to improve your group’s communication system and project management style. But these powerful ideas or well-kept backup plans are just in your head, and won’t matter unless you share it with the group; most importantly, to your superior. Until then, it will just be a plan or idea that won’t be making the changes you envision for the company.
The aim is to have their approval. To hear that sweet sounding yes is a melody to the ears, which makes you fly high in the sky even if it means being buried in paperwork. Before that, you have to face your boss, the management or who ever it is you have to talk with to settle the proposal. Sometimes, it only takes one chance for the person or committees to decide your faith, so it’s better to ace it on the first try.
Few experts had a say on how to successfully present a pitch to a challenging audience. To show off your ideas without a hinge, read on to find what the experts had to say to amp your presentation.

John Rood of Next Step Test Preparation

John Rood suggests to lay out how managements should judge the project’s success quickly. What are the indicators that the project will be a success? Having a specific goal will help you set measures of success or key performance indicators (KPIs) early on. Step-wise goals or buildable goals are easier to digest than having a long-term goal. It also suggests that fewer risks are involved. Thus management is more accepting of the idea.
To reduce the risk of rejection, form alliances with those in the upper levels of the company who will approve the pitch. Test out the waters, talk with them to see what clicks and what doesn’t.  It will also help you improve and expand your idea. There will be instances when they will see the details you may have overlooked. The more feedbacks you get for your pitch, the better you can prepare for the actual and formal meeting.

Phil Chen of Systems Watch

It’s not enough to just have the proposal ready; it’s also important to prove you can handle it. They want to see a work ethic that can sustain the onset of the project throughout its growth. You have to show redeeming qualities - agility, thoughtfulness, and efficiency.
Remember that you still have current task and projects. Phil Chen advises preparing an outline that illustrates the order of your priorities. It will show you still have the time and resources to lead a new project. The outline is especially useful if you haven’t proven your leadership potential.

Brian Honigman of

Brian Honigman shares a piece of advice that isn’t often followed. Composing a polished plan shows the time a thought invested in it. It also shows you’ve reviewed potential problems along the way. It suggests you can take charge and lead the project which will help convince the management of the proposal.

Kenny Nguyen of Big Fish Presentations

As much enthusiasm you show when presenting the project, prepare to defend your idea when objections arise. Being able to justify your proposal is particularly useful when negotiating with investors. You should not be swayed with counter-arguments no matter how logical they may seem. Withstand the onslaught of questions and prepare a counter-attack. 
Thus, when answering the management or investors’ queries, pay attention to the current inquiry only. Give a simple and straightforward answer. Avoid getting thrown off your train of thought by overthinking the panel’s questions.

Jyot Singh of RTS Labs

The benefits of the pitch should be clear - how will it add value to the company. Jyot Singh says the presentation should be directed to those benefits and the ways how it will be utilized by the audience of your presentation.
A presentation that states the advantages of the projects creates a positive mindset over the project proposal. With that, keep your winning statement simple.

Adam Stillman of SparkReel

Of course, create visual aids. Adam Stillman knows the importance of visual aids. Visuals are powerful; they help make the plan seem real and relatable. Visual aids also hold power regarding communication as the information comes much faster and lingers in the form of memory. 
When creating visuals, concentrate on the essentials. If it allows you to explain the project, return on investment and growth strategy for five minutes, then you’re good to go.

These experts know what they’re talking about, and you should too. When proposing an idea to top level management, remember to account for risks. The less risk involves, the higher the chance to get their approval. A clear-cut and carefully constructed plan will cover the basics. No matter how polished the proposal is, there will be details which aren’t acceptable to the audience. Hence, prepare to defend your ideas during the presentation. It means you can handle it the pressure and sustain the project.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Moving On: Five Packing Tips for A Stress-free Move

“There is always a sadness about packing. I guess you wonder if where you are going is as good as where you have been.” -Richard Proenneke

Moving is considered to be one of the most stressful events one would go through in life. More often than not, you would have to find prospective buyers for the home you are putting sale, and on top of that, you have to pack a significant number of years' belongings. Indeed, when you add this all up, packing to move can be an incredibly overwhelming experience—so much so that you would often feel burned out and anxious. However, this does not have to be the case as there are techniques and tips you can undertake to ensure that on the day of your move, you would not be too stressed. After all, there are a lot of things involved when it comes to moving houses and not just packing alone, so you could at least do with the least amount of anxiety on moving day. So, before you move into that condo in Manila or elsewhere, here are some tips you should keep in mind:

1.) Declutter

One of the initial steps you should take when packing is to declutter. You cannot expect to take every single item with you into your new home as there are things you would not necessarily need anymore. Once you have collected all the things you do not need, decide whether you want to sell or donate them. Alternatively, you can also throw them away. By decluttering, you are also providing yourself an avenue for the organization of your things, and in this way, you can pack easier and much smoother.

2.) Plan what will go where

As said above, decluttering is an opportunity for organizing stuff as well. Organizing your things is imperative when it comes to packing because it would make sorting them out into which rooms they will go much easier. By now, you should have a rough idea of how you want your new house to look like—especially since to how your furniture and other personal elements will be positioned. An excellent tip for this is to have a copy of a plan of your old house and a plan of your new ones and designate your belongings as to where you want to position them.

3.) Color code the plan

Seeing as you already have a rough idea of where you want your things to be moved during your move-in day, the next step is to do some color coding. On the floor plan of your new house, use sticky dots and assign each room a color. After which, you can go around the house and start attaching color coded stickers on various items. On the moving day itself, all you would need to do is follow the color-coded plan which would remarkably speed up the process.

4.) Elevate your labeling game

By now, you should already know that labeling your moving boxes is an integral part of packing. However, do not simply smack them with labels that designate each room. Instead, label it in a way that you would be able to identify which boxes contain valuable items and would need to be opened straight away and those that can wait until you have everything unpacked. To do this, each room should have a designated “essentials” box which must be unpacked immediately. It could be labeled with a star sticker or a red marker or anything that would make it easily identifiable as an “essentials” box.

5.) Essentials

One of the dreaded things on moving day is not being able to have access to the things you need when you need it. After all, there is nothing more frustrating than having to use the toilet without any tissue paper or trying to find your pillows after a long and stressful move. With this in mind, pack essential items such as paperwork, valuables, kitchen essentials, toiletries, spare clothes, etc. in your own car. It should be with you at all times as you would not want to run the risk of having the movers lose them.

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Quick vacation? Make it Happen, Make it Makati!

For the people in the labor force, hustling every day is tiring and draining. Other students seem to drag themselves to school. Sometimes, you just end up all-day on your bed on weekends even if you promise to enjoy yourself. But not anymore! It is your time to get up and explore the wonders of Makati City.

Makati City is a home for skyscrapers, condominiums, shopping centers, Ayala Malls and establishments, and recreational activities. Whether you are a going for a daycation or a staycation, you will surely enjoy your sweet escape in this city.

Below are only some of the must-visit sites in Makati City:

1. Glorietta

Perfect for a daycationer who needs to go shopping (real shopping or window shopping) within a day. Aside from tons of choices and variety of stores to be seen in Glorietta Malls, you will also enjoy a peaceful scenery and picturesque buildings along the way. Not to mention you can also treat yourself a movie in Ayala Mall cinema.

2. Ayala Museum

Other students might have visited Ayala Museum already for a class requirement. Why? See for yourself and indulge in excellent art and historical pieces. Ayala Museum is open Tuesdays to Sundays, from 9 AM to 6 PM. There is also a library facility, Filipinas Heritage Library, with the same operating schedule.

Aside from Ayala Museum, you can also visit other similar establishments like Makati Museum, Philippine Army Museum, and Yuchengco Museum.

3. Ayala Triangle Gardens

Wanting to distance yourself from the everyday hustle and bustle? Take a good walk in Ayala Triangle. You can unwind and connect with nature, and at the same time eat at different restaurants and stalls surrounding the Triangle.

Ayala Triangle Gardens is a perfect place to visit during Christmas season where you can witness majestic light shows at night.

4. Washington Sycip Park

A privately owned park in Makati which nests different flora and fauna, Washington Sycip Park is another good place to stroll and jog. You can also spot many birds in the Park such as pied fantails and yellow-vented bulbuls.

There are also other parks to visit in Makati City, particularly Legazpi Active Park, and Makati Park and Garden.

5. Guadalupe Ruins

One of the oldest stone church in the Philippines is located in Makati City. Yes, that's Guadalupe! Perfect to celebrate the Holy Mass if you are having a quick get-away on a Sunday, or maybe waking up from your hotel or condo staycation. If you're looking for a serene place to reflect and enjoy, then you should schedule your visit in Guadalupe Ruins.

6. City Kart Racing

Looking for some fun and adventure? Ready, set and go to City Kart Racing at Circuit Makati! Whether you're a first-timer or a competitive kart racer, you'll have fun in City Kart Racing.

In addition to City Kart Racing, for more recreational activities to do in Makati, you might want to check out Mystery Manila, The Escape Hunt Experience, Kodanda Archery Range, Ball Pit Manila, and Music 21 Plaza.

Now you have a short list of where to go and what to do in Makati, for staycationers, it's time for you to look for a place to stay. Given a wide range of options to choose from, be sure to pick the one that will complement your “vacation mode”. Fairmont Makati, Raffles Hotel, and Holiday Inn & Suites Makati are just a few of the luxury hotels in Makati. You will be relaxed in seeing the magnificent Makati skyline at night.

Remember, it is not how much you spend on your vacation but how you indulge yourself in the experience. So for your next quick get-away, make it Makati!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

3 Crucial Factors When Finding The Right Condo to Rent

"Real estate is an imperishable asset, ever increasing in value. It is the most solid security that human ingenuity had devised. It is the basis of all security and about the only indestructible security." - Rusell Sage

Whether you plan to purchase or rent a property, real estate is still an ideal investment one can make. It does not just give you the sense of security or belongingness, but it also gives you the lifestyle that you need. If you are one of those home investors who is planning to rent, then you can also decide whether to go for a condo for rent in Makati or any condominiums in the Philippines. Either way, you can still get the desired property.

Sad to say, not all people can find the right condo for them. Perhaps, they do not know what and what not to do when it comes to property hunting. Keep in mind that not thinking about the important things or qualifications that make a good property can ruin everything. One thing is for sure; you do not want that to happen, right? So, to give you an idea, we list down the top 3 crucial factors every home investors should consider.

1. Affordability

There's nothing wrong with choosing an expensive property. However, if you cannot afford to pay its mortgage, monthly dues, maintenance fee, etc., then this may not be your wisest decision. The moment you decide to rent a condo, make sure you know your financial status. When you do, you will be able to determine what type of property you are going to find. Always keep in mind that being able to afford the rent is the key factor in property hunting. Even if you like that particular property so much, you still need to see to it that you can afford it. Another thing, try to find properties that are in your price range, this will prevent you from tempting to invest in an expensive one.

2. Safety

When choosing for the right condo, you also have to make sure to think and consider its safety. Check whether the place is not dangerous enough for you to live in. Moreover, it is also a must for you to check whether the building has security cameras. This is to make sure that there will be no any suspicious person that would attempt to do bad things. Also, checking out crime reports in that particular area is also a good thing to do to ensure safety and security within the place.

3. Location

The location of the property is one of the most crucial factors you should not forget. No matter how beautiful your unit is if the place is not accessible enough when it comes to the transportation, malls, school, then you might have a hard time getting to and from your home. When choosing the right condo, make sure to check the location. If you think that that particular condo is far from your working place, then you need to find another. Do not settle for the condo that you do not like since you do not have any choice. Keep in mind that you have a lot of options online. All you have to do is to pick the best one that would suit your lifestyle.

These tips mentioned above may be simple, but it will guide you to a successful property hunting. Again, if you want to achieve a desirable outcome, then it is a must for you to think about these important tips before you invest in that particular property.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Top 5 Ways To Create An Ideal Room

Did you know that a happy and productive life starts in your room? As a kid, you probably didn't care about how messy your room can get. But as you get older, you'll eventually realize that having a sleep sanctuary is essential to living a better life. After all, your bedroom is where you begin and conclude every single day. Keeping your room clean, tidy, and organized would make a sleep sanctuary.
Regardless of where you live; be it in South Park District or any other real estate in the Philippines, there is no reason for you not to have the right design for your bedroom. Here’s how:
  1. Start an idea book and create a floor plan

To create an idea room, you need to have an inspiration on what you want to have or do with your room. Perhaps, you can gather some inspirational images and collect the best in an idea book. By getting some inspiration from different images, you will eventually know what you want to do. And once you have the general view of your design, you can now start arranging or renovating your room. Moreover, having an inspiration will help you choose which design will suit your taste and for your bedroom.
  1. Decide which furniture to keep

Bedroom makeover would also mean deciding which furniture you have in your room to keep. Of course, you are not going to put all your furnishings in one place. Right? This will only make the room look congested. That is why it is necessary for you o know what furniture is best for your room. Moreover, before you buy anything new, consider updating your existing furniture with fresh paint or knobs. With this, you are not just saving a lot of money, but you are also saving some space for your room.
  1. Incorporate photos of friends

There will always be advantages when you display some pictures of your room. Perhaps, this can give you some motivation or inspiration to do the things you love and reach your dreams. But aside from displaying your picture and the picture of your family, you can also have the picture of your friends. With this design, it will sure to give you an opportunity to have some recent photo printed. You can put them on frames or a tape up in a rotating display.
  1. Try a small DIY project

An excellent way to decorate your home is to make it personal. That means, incorporating creativeness in your project would make a great room. Perhaps, you can have some old things that you might want to recycle and make it into something useful for your room. Give it a touch of your personality. With this, you can do the things that are on your mind.
  1. Think about color and lighting

When it comes to bedroom makeover, you do not just think about its design but also its color and light. Whether you realize it or not, these will give your room an in-depth. But before you decide to buy paint enough for the whole room, you can use extra-large paint swatches or get sample-size amounts to trying out colors directly on the wall to prevent any costly mistakes. Moreover, the right lighting can instantly make the biggest change in your room. That means, you also have to be mindful when choosing the right lighting fixtures that will look good in your room. Perhaps, you can add some ambiance with cafe lights strung across the ceiling, and install some dimmer switch for an overhead fixture.

Friday, April 14, 2017

6 Things Homeowners Should Consider When Buying Mattress

If there's one thing that makes us feel comfortable whenever we want to rest, then it would definitely be our mattresses. Its soft and comfy feature that makes us wants to stay on the mattress as long as we want to. And especially when we are too tire from work or school, then our mattresses is one thing that can solve such stresses. Of course, it doesn't matter what if you live in Solstice or any properties in the Philippines, having a comfortable lifestyle is within your reach.
But you cannot achieve these things when you don't have the right mattress for your home. Yes, choosing the right mattress matters the most. When you have the right mattress, you will have a better rest at home. However, if you are one of those people who doesn't have any idea at all on how to choose the right mattress for them, then below are some things to consider before buying a new mattress.
  1. Research online before going shopping

If you don't have any idea at all, then you better ask help with Google or any other websites that cater mattresses. You have to know what kind of materials that are used to have a soft and comfy mattress. You also have to know what brand sells the most comfortable mattress in your place. And don't forget about the benefits you can get when you purchase one.
  1. Know that firm mattress aren't always better for your back

Just because they are called a mattress, that doesn't mean it is good for your back. Sometimes, it gives you back pain instead. Well, refer to tip number one. You have to do your research for you to know what kind of mattress is best for you.
  1. Talk to your doctor

This is one of the important things you should consider before buying a mattress. If you have any health condition, then you better talk first with your doctor if it is ok for you to use a mattress. Yes, some doctors may not sleep experts, but you also have to keep in mind that they know your health conditions. That is why, for you to be safe, you consult a doctor first before you decide to purchase a mattress.
  1. Shop at a store that specializes in mattresses

This is one of the things you should consider. Obviously, you are not going to trust the comfort of your mattress to shop where it is not well-known for it. Also, you might not know if you can trust the shop for it.
  1. Pillow tops aren't for everyone

Just like any mattresses, pillow tops aren't for everyone. Yes, there are kinds of pillow that are intended for a particular individual. There are times that that particular pillow might not be advisable for your back. That is why you also have to make sure that you need to know what kind of pillow to best fit for you for as not to regret any decision you made.
  1. Adjustable beds are a great option

If you are looking for a more relaxing experience, then adjustable beds are a great option for you. Whenever you feel like sitting down instead of lying, then you can adjust your bed to elevate your head and knees for a better position. In this way, you will feel more relax than not having one.
If you are concern with the lifestyle you have, then you also have to make sure that you will not regret the decision you just made. Also, if you there is anything that you need to know, don't hesitate to ask the seller about the mattress that you are going to purchase. With that, you will know if it is worth it or not.

Friday, April 7, 2017

6 Golden Rules For Bathroom Use Every Homeowner Should Know

As we all know, being clean and organize at home is a must. Who would not like it, right? However, being clean at home doesn't just apply to your on the outside appearance of your home. Whatever you do, don't forget that there is also etiquette for bathroom use whether you are living in Manila Properties or any other real estate properties in the Philippines. Obviously, if you don't know how to take good care of your bathroom, it will reflect the overall factor of your lifestyle at home.

However, if you are a first timer in hosting a party at home, below are some tips for you to follow on how you can achieve a satisfying bathroom use. And mind you, when you have a good bathroom to use, your guests will impress on how good you are in taking good care of it.

1. Hide anything you don't want them to see

This is one of the most shared and obvious things you should never forget. If you have anything in particular that you don't want them to see, then you better hide it in a safe place. Well perhaps, it's your napkins, and other stuff women usually use on their body parts. Of course, it is a private thing that you should not display in the bathroom that's open for guests.

2. Provide a trash can

For an apparent reason, a trash can is important thing for bathroom use. And mind you, a bathroom will never be complete if there is no place where they can put their trash such as toilet papers and another kind of trashes. That is why, if you don't want to make your bathroom dirty or messy, then you better provide a trash can for it.

3. Clean and especially "boy clean" your bathroom

It is inevitable that guests may sometimes do some messy stuff in the bathroom. Of course, it is also your duty on how you are going to make it and keep it clean. Perhaps, you can provide a signage indicating to clean after their mess, or you can get personal clean the bathroom from time to time. With that, you can make sure that the bathroom is always ready for the next user.

4. Have lots of toilet paper back up

When it comes to parties, you should expect that there are guests who wish to use the bathroom. However, letting your guests call out a request for more toilet paper might not be a good experience for them. It is not just embarrassing on their side, but it is going to be a reflection of your personality, on how prepared are you when it comes to emergencies like this. And mind you, guests who request for toilet papers is not going to be a good experience for both sides.

5. Have citrus spray or matches handy

 For any emergencies like having an upset stomach, you cannot avoid using the bathroom. Of course, you need to let your waste go out. But if you don't want to ruin your party by having a foul odor in your bathroom, then you better prepare a citrus spray, this will lessen the odor and the embarrassment felt by your guests.

6. Make sure there's a plunger in there somewhere

Aside from the trash can that is an important thing to have, you should also not forget about the plunger. Because without it, this might be worse than running out and extra toilet paper. You should complete all the bathroom necessities for you not to have any worries at all. Moreover, if you don't have any problems with the bathroom use, then you will continue to enjoy the party. Of course, make your guests feel comfortable in when for bathroom use.

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Friday, March 31, 2017

5 Qualities to Look When Hiring a Cleaning Service

It is given that a clean home is a good and healthy home. And whether you like it or not, you have to clean your home to ensure you're living in a clean and healthy environment. But let's just admit! Cleaning our home is one of the hassle things to do, especially when we have limited time to tidy things up. That is why some of us here would prefer hiring a cleaning service than seeing their home in a state of mess. Whether you are living in High Park or any other real estate property in the Philippines, cleaning services are willing to extend their help wherever you live.

Well, if you are one of those homeowners who is planning to hire some cleaning services, then below are some qualities you should look before you can decide to hire them.

1. Extensive experience in the field of commercial cleaning

When you hire someone in the cleaning services, it is expected that they know what to do when it comes to cleaning your home. Of course, they should know how to clean different kinds of stains or rusts found in your home. If you think that they are not good in their field of cleaning, then you might as well find other cleanings services that can deliver a clean and satisfying outcome. Moreover, you also have to know if that specific person who will clean your home has enough experience in cleaning their client's home to ensure that they can clean your home properly.

2. Sophisticated tools and equipment

One of the must-haves of a cleaning service is that they are equipped with sophisticated tools and other cleaning equipment. Of course, without those things, cleaning their client's home would not be a satisfying one. Moreover, not just having good tools, you also have to make sure that their cleaning equipment is not noisy for as not to disturb your neighbors. It should be well maintained to work in good condition.

3. Customized customer service

When it comes to cleaning, not all homes are all the same cleaning routines or patterns. Some of you here might want an extensive cleaning, and some might want a lighter cleaning. That would depend on how messy your home is. Of course, when you hire someone, you also have to expect that they know what to do in everything you want them to do. If you want them to clean a hard and stubborn stain, you also have to expect that they can make it clean with the use of their tools. Well, you just have to make sure that it is still possible for them to clean. Just be considerate of them, though.

4. Quality of work

There are a lot of cleaning services in the Philippines where you can choose from. Of course, before you can decide on which cleaning service you would like to hire, you also have to make sure that they have a good background. They are known to a good cleaning company. And if you think they are not that known to be a good one, then you better think again before hiring them. You don't want to regret hiring them later on, right?!

5. Professional workers

Yes, they may be working in a cleaning service, but it doesn't mean that they are not going to apply professionalism on their work. Of course, you are dealing with your clients. You also have to professionally approach your clients in a way where they will like not just the way you deliver your task but also with your personality. You don't know; your clients might be one of your potential repeat clients shortly. You have to value them as much as you value your work.

Moreover, you also have to make sure that the workers know how to respect every decision that a client would make. That means, whatever you request to them, they would deliver the things or whatever what you want without any murmurs and showing other unwanted attitudes.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Four Reasons to Invest in Real Estate

“Real estate is an imperishable asset, ever increasing in value. It is the most solid security that human ingenuity had devised. It is the basis of all security and about the only indestructible security.” -Russel Sage 

Over the years, investing in real estate has been one of the most reliable and efficient ways to generate income. In fact, an investment in real estate is almost always guaranteed to be a profitable venture if you complement it with entrepreneurial and savvy marketing skills. Seeing as investing in real estate is one of the tried and tested methods of generating profit, it would be safe to assume that it falls under the category of a great economic enterprise. With this in mind, if you are one of the savvy entrepreneurs who is looking to diversify your business profits, then it is high-time you get into real estate investment. Be prepared, though, as being a real estate investor is not an easy endeavor. It requires discipline, commitment and a bit of patience (You cannot expect to sell big right away). However, it is one of the excellent ways to build and generate wealth in the long term.

Here are some of the reasons why you should begin investing in real estate:

1.) It is easy to get started

Unlike any other field of profit-generating enterprise, investing in real estate is relatively easy to get into. In some cases, if you have extra properties in prime areas such as an Ayala Land condominium in Taguig, you can already get started. Home values increase over time, and when they are situated in prime places, you can even have a premium fetching price for them. If you started proactively investing in real estate today, you would see just how easy it would be to generate profit.

2.) Steady cash flow

One of the easiest ways to have a constant cash flow is to have a string of properties rented out while waiting for the monthly rental fee to be paid by tenants. As managing rental properties requires minimal supervision and management, you can spend more of your time in building other businesses, reinvesting in more real estate or even traveling. The cash flow generated from rental properties is not only steady and stable; it is predictable as well which is perfect for entrepreneurs who are looking for a startup investment with minimal risk involved.

3.) The property generally appreciates

More often than not, when the loan os being paid down, a real estate's value generally goes up. Recessions may occur, and the values have sporadic intervals of being either high or low, but over time values do increase. There is appreciation in the real estate properties you buy. If this is hard to believe, take a look at your existing real estate property today. How much did you have to pay back when you purchased it? How much do you think it would cost you today? That should be enough to address your doubts.

4.) It is a tangible investment

Unlike shareholder stocks, real estate property investments are substantial, tangible and in a sense, physical—one you can feel, look at and touch. For many investors, this is a comforting thought, and in many cases, it feels more real to them. While it remains as a psychological comfort, for the most part, the monetary benefit it entails is undeniable. Amidst the erratic state of the real estate market and with fluctuating market demands, you can at least rest easy with the knowledge that the property you have and the land it is situated on have a semblance of tangible value. The same cannot be said for shares in a financially bankrupt company.

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Friday, March 3, 2017

6 Golden Rules When Sharing a Room With a Roommate

"I have the best roommates in the world! It creates a fun sense of family... and that's really important to me. Things can get so lonely without it." – Kristen Bell

Whether you agree with me on this or not, there are certain things that sharing will always be fun. Some of us here who live with a roommate are used for sharing. They usually share things that they think the other can use, and vice-versa. It is also in the sharing of things you can create a bond with each other. And of course, whether you are living in a condo for rent in Makati or any other real estate residences, you can enjoy sharing things with your roommates.

Just imagine if you and your roommates are so strict with the things that you have at home. You'd don't want to live with them, right? That is why sharing can also be important in many ways.  And of course, there are a lot of things you can share with your roommates. To give you an idea, below are some of the things you can enjoy sharing with your roommates.

1. Dishes and cups

Aside from the kitchen appliances that you should share, you can also share with your roommates your dishes and cups at home. Also, it would not hurt if you are going to share with the kitchen utensils you have at home. And another thing, not just with the kitchen things, but also when it comes to washing the dishes. If washing the dishes is not your thing, then you better clean the table. With that, you still slip the chores equally.

2. Rugs/carpet

Just imagine if you have a lot of rugs or carpet for each of you in the house. It is not nice to look at, right? That is why rugs and carpets are the things you should also share with your roommate. Well, just make sure that you all know the rules and regulations when it comes to rug or carpet cleaning.

3. TV/Entertainment

Of course this one, you don't want to turn on two different TVs at the same time, right? Of course, it doesn't just irritate our eyes and ears; it also eats up our electricity consumption. Well, you both just have to agree on what kind of show that you both want to watch. With that, you will avoid misunderstanding just for the movie.

4. Utility bills

When it comes to sharing, it doesn't just mean that you are only going to share things. Of course, you should also share the bills you have at home. Each one of you uses electricity, that's why it is also all your duty to take care of the bills. Divide the bills equally to avoid fighting over for that matter. Moreover, if you think that you don't have any budget yet, then you have to ask for consideration with your roommates politely. With that, they might give you a chance to pay your share later.

5. Kitchen appliance

You should expect that you and your roommate should share appliances. Of course, you are living in the same house or condo. That means, you only have one kitchen that you should share. Moreover, when it comes to the mini-fridge or microwaves, it is best for you to share those kinds of appliance for you do not have a bigger bill on its electricity.

6. Electrical gadgets

This is also one of the things you should share with your roommates. Of course, you sometimes also have the need to use electrical gadgets such as the vacuum cleaner, coffee maker, laser printer, hair dryer, pencil sharpener, laser printer, camera, alarm clock and many other things.

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Living with Pets: How to Become a Responsible Pet Owner

Admittedly, there will always be a fun part when having pets. Aside from having them as a great companion, they can also be beneficial to our health. Yes, you heard it right. There are a lot of studies that show pets can increase scientific evidence to prove that they are helpful in keeping their owners mentally and physically fit.  Pets are also believed that they can help speed up the recovery of the patients. Moreover, they are also good to have when you have kids at home.

However, there are just some homeowners who don't know what and what not to do when it comes to responsible pet ownership. Perhaps, all they know is that for as long as the pet is in good condition t hen it is okay. But for you to a good owner for your pet, there are just some things you need to consider before you have one in your home. Well, you can start preparing your home whether you're living in a real estate Cebu or any properties in the Philippines. Here's how:

Area rugs love to hold onto fur

If you are not keen when it comes to choosing the right rugs for your home, then you better learn how to look for a rug that would also be a pet-friendly.  This is also one way to prevent health risk especially for those people who are suffering from asthma. However, if you don't have any idea at all on how to choose a good one, then you have to buy an area rug where it has a lot of different color or rugs that are similar to the color of your pet's fur. With that, you will know where your pet will most likely stay.   Moreover, don't forget to consider your pet whenever you want to buy a new rug. Make sure that your pet will also like it.

Couches and pets either become best friends or worst enemies

Always remember that pets don't care about how good your furniture is, for as long as they know they can be comfortable playing or sitting on it, then they are going to stay on your couch. However, if you have couches that are made of fabrics, then this might not be a good choice for your pets. Of course, the fabric of your couch can be damaged by the claws of your pets. Moreover, you also have to expect that pets don't care about being dirty. For as long as they want to do something, then they usually do the things they just feel like doing.

Are you about to buy something that you don't want your pet anywhere near? Reconsider!

Buying furniture is not a bad thing at all. In fact, this is one way to make your home a place where you can be proud of. However, if you think that you don't want your pet to go anywhere near it, then you have to reconsider buying it. Perhaps, you can try other things that have the same features you want to have. Moreover, if you think that it is not that useful to you, then you better think again before buying it. That particular thing will only damage when you are not careful enough in placing that thing in your home. Of course, always remember that your pet can sometimes also be playful.

Owning or having a pet at home is not that bad as you think it is. You just have to make sure that you know what and what not to do when it comes to responsible pet ownership and on how you are going to prepare your home for your pets.