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.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Condo Living 101: What You Need To Know When Living Solo

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Undoubtedly, purchasing a condo unit is one of the long-term investments you can make. Not to mention the rapid increase of real estate development in the Philippines, more and more homebuyers are already into homebuying. Whether you plan to invest in a condo in BGC or any other residential buildings in Mega Manila, there will always be a profound feeling involved.

If you decide to invest in a condo, keep in mind that there are certain policies you need to abide for you to have a peaceful and satisfying lifestyle. To give you an idea, here are some condo buying advice from the experts that you can apply to your situation.


Look for a unit you can comfortably pay for with single income


This is one of the things you should not miss to consider – whether you can afford to pay that particular condo unit. Although a lot of us here are single and want to invest in a condo, there are also certain expenses that you need to pay. 

That is why, if you are living solo and you don't have anyone who can help you when it comes to financial matters, then you might as well look for a unit that you can afford to pay. And yes, there are a lot of affordable condo units that you can afford without compromising its quality.


Expect for more expenses


When it comes to investing in a condo, you also have to know that there will also be a lot of financial situations that you need to face. Of course, you also have to expect that there will be additional fees for HOA projects and other utility bills that you need to pay. Moreover, you need to have an assurance that you have some money to spare when it comes to emergencies.


Don't be afraid to start small


Just because you want to invest in a condo unit, that doesn't mean you are going to have a bigger space immediately. Remember, you are going to live solo, and if you want to invest in a condo unit that is big enough for you, then you might as well make sure that it will also suit your lifestyle. 

However, you must also be practical when it comes to choosing the right condo unit for you. Yes, some units are just too big or too small for you. That is why you need to make sure that you inspect the place before you decide to purchase one.


Clean up your credit history


Cleaning up your credit history is one of the things you need to make sure. Of course, when you have a clean history, lenders are willing to let your borrow money again and again since they know you can afford to pay them back. 

Moreover, your credit history will also reflect on what kind of borrower are you. If you want to make a good impression to the lenders, you need to clean up your credit history through paying your previous debts.


Remember the 20% rule


A lot of us here don't know what 20% rule is. Agree? Most real estate developers require a 20% down payment, to secure that you are going to purchase that particular condo unit. For instance, if you are planning to buy a Php2.5 million, then you need to shell out Php500,000 upfront. 

But fret not! There are also real estate developers who implement a staggered payment scheme where you can settle the deposit in two years -time.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Homeowners Tips to Shopping Interior Accessories Online

Shopping items for our home interior is a fancy by a lot of owners. In fact, many people who own properties in the city make sure that they purchase new accessories yearly to give their places a fresher look.

To some, visiting furniture stores and malls gets the job done, but for owners who don't have much time to hunt items from different stores, shopping online is the next best alternative. In fact, many people prefer this method primarily for convenience and fast delivery.

However, with the number of online shops available in the country, it can be difficult to choose from whom you should get your accessories. Before you start adding an item on your cart, do take the time to have the following tips at hand.

Get a list of the most trusted online shopping sites.


As we just mentioned, different shopping sites are offering various goods online. Some have been in business for quite a while, and others have just started. While they may all offer synonymous product lines, it's important to consider the credibility of the shop to make sure that what they are selling are authentic goods.



Search online and make a list of the potential shop names you find. Visit their social media pages if any, and see what other customers are saying about them.

Make a list of accessories you wish to purchase.


Making a list is vital because it helps you stay on track. Instead of randomly picking accessories that look good, it's best to visualize the things you want to put up in your home interior. Needless to say, be sure you stick to your list when shopping.

Find coupon codes and other discount opportunities.



One advantage of online shops is their frequency in giving discounts. They offer certain percentage off on select products anytime and not just during holiday seasons. Also, you might be able to avail of a particular discount by finding coupon codes online. There are even some who offer discounts for buyers who download their official app and make the purchase from there.

Don't base your shopping list to current trends.


Trends come and go. And with the dynamic market, we have at present, including the fast-paced social media sharing of content, it's no wonder why trends don't last for months. If you buy based on trends, then chances are, you will no longer find the items great once the hype has gone down.

A basic rule of thumb when buying is to stick to what you need and stay true to your preference.

Check the quality of the product sold online.


Any shops can claim to have the best product line selection in the market, and it's their right to do that. But there will always be shops who offer something better. Advertising and promotional material could give you an idea of what the product is all about, but it does not entirely guarantee the best quality out there.

Before making the purchase, make sure to verify the specific built of the material. What is it made of? Who are the manufacturers? If you have a favorite brand, then look for those goods sold under the said brand.

Read product reviews from actual customers.


Last but not the least, consider reading some reviews or testimonials online. What are customers saying about the product? Were they satisfied with the item? What are the most common concerns or issues often raised in forums and social media? This should give you an idea on the quality of the goods.

In fact, actual comments from customers are more reliable compared to most of the ads you see on various media platforms.

Decorating one's home is crucial to convenience. Your place is where you spend most time relaxing, so it should ideally make you feel at home. Owners who own properties such as real estate in Cebu should take the time to see what specific accessories can they add to make them feel more at home.