Major Qualities that Determine the Market Value of Your Home

Identifying the future market value of a real estate property can be tricky. After all, there’s no foolproof means of identifying how much home properties will cost years from now.

Experts could lay out predictions based on our country’s current economic growth. However, this still has its own considerable margin of error. This is why we bring our attention to the notable factors that have helped shaped the market value of the current homes for sale.  Take a quick look at the list below.

Craftsmanship

This has something to do with the artistic design of your place. Detailed and great-looking houses are favorite properties of clients who pay priority to the aesthetic appeal of a home. This is exactly why a lot of current homeowners are looking for the chance to renovate their places.

Those who have plans on selling their properties in the near future are likely to invest in the beautification of their homes to make sure that it would look attractive on prospect buyers even after years of usage.

Amenities

Many house for sale at present lack the basic furniture needed by residents to settle down. However, there are units, like the Ayala land properties that are already full furnished and ready to house buyers. All the properties inside the house such as sofa set, music component and furnished bedrooms can all contribute to its overall pricing.

Location

Strategic location has always been a crucial factor in any real estate business. It is an unspoken rule that the more accessible the property is, the higher is its price.

Therefore, homes that are located near schools, malls and train stations or major highways will have the advantage in pricing. After all, buyers are likely to favor homes that are accessible and convenient for their work.

Safety and Security

This doesn’t come as obvious as the first three but it’s one vital consideration that affects the estate’s market value. Houses that are located on a safe neighborhood is more sought after compared to those situated in areas with high crime rates.

In fact, many buyers are now using this factor as a determining factor in choosing their home. This is also why subdivisions and villages are highly salable. Given the area’s tight and advanced security, homeowners feel confident of their safety.

Comparable sales

This is otherwise known as the market data. It refers to the current selling prices of synonymous estates at the time of purchase. As we’ve said, this can be tricky. The real estate industry is fluid and there is no guarantee that the current prediction will give you a hundred percent accuracy in the future.

If similar properties are priced low during the time when you decide to sell the property, there is a good chance that you will receive a low offer too.


Owning a house is a dream by many. However, recent records have shown that more homeowners are now selling their properties at a lower price. While the current cost is subject to change, one could say that boosting the first four factors in our list could at least give you an edge against the competition.

Before selling your home, it’s best to consult experts who can assist you in the whole process and could advise you on the best way to optimize the sell. Their expertise in the technicalities of real estate can also come in handy when you cannot decide which the best buying offer is.

As early as now, it’s good to start evaluating the good points in your property as well as those that need improvement.  Take care of your real estate property and boost its market value!

Major Factors that Affect the Real Estate Market this 2016 and Beyond

The real estate is one giant business. It encompasses everything that has something to do with land and infrastructure. It’s size and global demand is the very reason why many investors are attracted to put their money on the business.

But with the increased number of entities who choose to start their own businesses in this industry comes more challenges that are swaying the stability enjoyed by this sector. Here are the major factors that are affecting and helping shape the future of this industry.

Change in the quality of demand

 We’re not new to the high demand of private residences. Families are now looking for the chance to live in their dream house and the real estate business is more than willing to provide land and space. However, the current rise of foreign businesses operating in the country also gave way to the emergence of different real estate demands.

A good example would be those office leasing request and government establishments. There is a visible spike in the demand for this type of infrastructures which also forces the real estate owners to reevaluate their priorities.

 Debt burdens

With loans that are already becoming very accessible, many people resort to borrowing money from banks and even from private entities to fund something. There’s nothing wrong with borrowing money. However, this also becomes a long-term burden for people who pay.

Potential clients who might have been interested to buy a land property would be discourage to do so unless they have paid the entirety of their debt. Plus, there seemed to be a growing number of people who chooses to live together with their families to reduce the expense in buying a home.

Global market change

Just like any trend, the status of real estate changes. This is highly dependent with factors such as local and global demand.

Every time there is a considerable change that affect the business, prices and supply could also change.

Taxes and other payments

Business owners who runs any real estate ventures have their own responsibility when it comes to paying something. This can also be affected by the taxes they’re mandated to pay. Same goes for owners who wish to buy a new home.

The expected taxes or mortgage could become a burden especially if one still has debts to pay.

Country’s economy

Investors are generally attracted to countries with robust and promising economic growth. However, this is largely affected by the current condition of a place’s economy. A country’s current economic policies could largely dictate the direction from which real estate magnates should go.

Likewise, it could also spell out the amount of investment a venture would likely attract.

Industrialization

Last is the current status of industrialization. If we try to look out the changes in our society compared to twenty or thirty years ago, you’ll see a significant change.

Today, we see more buildings and establishments being constructed to service different purposes. The more industrialized the place is, the higher the possibility of encouraging business owners to set up their own.

After all, more people would mean more opportunities to sell.

Despite the challenges experienced by real estate, it’s undeniable how its still considered as one of the leading industries.

In the Philippines, the demand is pretty much high and the capacity of owners to supply is also competent. So you shouldn’t be surprised to see more incoming construction around the major cities. Considering Philippines’ healthy BPO industry and generally low-cost living, more and more foreigners are expected to divert their attention towards us and build company branches.

 

 

Smart Things to Know About Philippine Real Estate

Over the years, lots of businesses have taken on the spotlight for being the next big thing in the industry. With the onset of digitalization, this trend has gone on invading not only the first world countries but basically any place around the world with a healthy market potential.

Among the most prolific industries at present is that of real estate. With many people now wanting to own their own properties across major cities, it’s no longer a surprise to see a surge of companies offering land properties at different cost.

Same trend can be observed in the Philippines.

As of 2015, reports of the country’s growing GDP and foreseen good potential has gained the attention of lots of foreign investors from different countries. With this increase in investment comes the growing need to put out establishments for each company branch.

Here, we see a domino effect affecting not only the big company owners but even those regular workers who are encouraged to secure their own space in the city just near the company they work for.

This drastic increase of real estate demand can be considered as good news both for local and foreign investors. By investing some of your assets to the venture, you have a high potential of growing your money in line with the increased sales in land too!

To get an overview of how these land selling is paving, here are few vital information provided by Rappler.

  • 12% of the entire real estate project is devoted to socialized housing. These are properties owned by the government intended for the less privileged citizens of a particular community. Those housing programs you hear about are part of this category.
  • 16% belongs to the low-cost housing category. These are those properties that most of the working Filipinos can afford. A lot of them can be seen in urban areas where the center of the country’s workforce is mostly located.
  • 9% is part of the middle-income housing. These are those houses or properties that are bigger and more conveniently situated than the low-cost properties. People who have higher salaries can afford these properties.
  • 23% are part of the so-called high-rise residential condominium. You see a lot of this in Manila, though Cebu is catching up well. These are those condo units usually sold out to businessmen and even foreigners who wish to stay in the country for a certain period of time. The place doesn’t need to be sold out. Some owners prefer having their properties leased.
  • 40% of the real estate business is those land masses that do not fall under the previous categories. These could include lands that are not yet developed. Those that are vacant and are yet to be sold out could fall on this category too.

Judging from the good performance of the Philippines in terms of its overall economy, we see why there are many business owners who prefer to setup their companies here. For aspiring real estate investors, this could mean a lot of things.

Just make sure that before jumping into any kind of investment, you have first verified the credibility of the company you wish to invest upon. There are several huge real estate magnates in the country and they’re very much open for investors.

However, the challenge comes on how you could get in touch with the right agents to have your money invested on the right project.

Needless to say, you’ll have to learn about the risks and benefits of these projects too. You must understand that at the end of the day, investing is a risk and there’s a huge potential of losing money. Weigh your options well and go for those who can offer a credible opportunity.

Four Advantages of Living with Extended Family

 

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“It is through our extended family that we first learn to compromise and come to an understanding that even if we do not always agree about things we can still love and look out for each other.” –Sara Sheridan

 

Close family ties and tight-knit relationships are two characteristics that are definitive of Filipino culture.

The typical family home of a Filipino does not only consist of the parents and the kids; but it also extends well beyond to the other relatives such as the grandparents, the aunts, and uncles (and in some cases, even the niece and nephews). It is for this reason that Filipinos foster a great relationship with their relatives as they have been known to see their formative years with them in the home. In fact, save for a different few, Filipino children are known to live in the family home until the day get married, and even then, there would be couples who would choose to continue to living with their parents or several in-laws. Well-meaning friends and relatives may offer some unsolicited advice about living independently and would regale you with stories as regards the wide liberty afforded by independent living.

True enough, there are a lot of benefits when it comes to living alone (no one to boss you around, free to make your own choices without anyone’s interference or disapproval, etc.—truly an ideal setup for a millennial to live. However, not everyone is fortunate enough to afford to live on their own and may have to continue seeking board and shelter under the roof of the very home they spent their childhood in. Here are some of the very great reasons for living with extended family in one home:

 

1.)    LESSER BILLS TO PAY

When you are billeted under one roof, regardless of whether it is a residential home such as anvaya cove or a condominium unit in east gallery place, the reality is you have to earn your keep. You cannot expect to keep on mooching off from your parents or relatives and in a sense; it would give you some semblance of financial responsibility by taking the initiative of paying a fraction of the bills. Sharing economic responsibilities would reduce the family’s money strain and would grant you a wider leverage over where your money goes.

2.)    YOU WOULD NOT NEED ANY HIRED HELP

Considering that there are more heads in one home, the division of household tasks would be incredibly easy. Additionally, parents would not have to worry about leaving kids with nannies or hired help as the grandparents can do it—a better alternative as these are people you actually trust. Similarly, young adults can take care of their older family members who might have special needs.

3.)    LEARNING FROM EACH OTHER

One of the many perks of living in a multi-generational family is hearing the many anecdotes our grandparents would tell us about their time during the Second World War, or even how the times were vastly different than it is today. In the same vein, younger kids would be able to teach them how to use the personal computer, social media, and other modern technology. This is also the type of relationship that would foster strong bonds.

4.)    THERE IS ALWAYS A FAMILY SUPPORT STRUCTURE

Living with extended family means that the adults can share their burdens, worries, and responsibilities to the other adults,  they can also ask for advice from older family members. Likewise, kids would have a closer relationship with their cousins as they would be able to routinely play with them while they are at home just as siblings would do. As a result, a cultivation of various values and shared principles will ensue and naturally, it would form a close family support.

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Home Renovations 101: Four Renovations That Increase a Home’s Value

 

 

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Renovations come in many kinds. There are big ones, and there are small ones. However, while all renovations may be an excellent way to increase the value of your home, not all of them can deliver to that effect. More often than not, major renovations would greatly help in increasing a home’s value, but there are other times wherein some relatively minor change could achieve just that. The key here is to choose carefully what kind of renovations in your home in order to achieve the increased value that you want. This is crucial because unnecessary improvements would cause you to incur expenses which would not do you any favors at all.

There are many home improvement projects that may look feasible and are enticing to do and undertake. However, these do not necessarily add value to your home especially during a dismal home selling market. Even worse, some can even diminish the asking price when you do decide to sell. Knowing what renovations to add is pivotal not only in saving money but as a future investment as well. Here are some helpful tips in discerning which projects you should invest in and which ones you should skip. So that when you are either putting up your Pasig house for sale or have a house and lot for sale in Tagaytay, you would be guaranteed that these additions would justify the price they fetch.

1.) Remodel the kitchen

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One of the best features of a home is a good, functional and modern kitchen. This is why prospective buyers would look for something of the same in the potential house they buy. A tidy, spic and span modern kitchen will do wonders to improve the overall aura and value of a home. To give your kitchen that much needed facelift, you have two options: You can replace or recover depending on the state of your current kitchen and the budget you have allocated for such project. Remember that the key areas that are in need of attention when you are looking to replace or recover are the benches, cabinets, drawer fronts, skirting and handles as these are the most noticeable. Choose a singular color scheme that would sit well with the overall theme of your kitchen to add to its allure.

2.) Update the bathrooms

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Bathrooms are not called comfort rooms for nothing, so it is best that the ones in your house live up to that name. Comfort rooms should not only be clean, but they should exude an aura of comfort and coziness. A dated bathroom would immediately turn off prospective buyers and would significantly lower the fetching price of your homes. A bathroom update need not be expensive; you can already achieve wonders just by replacing fixtures such as cabinet fronts, faucets, as well as lightings. Be creative without breaking the bank in updating your bathrooms.

3.) Give your house a curb appeal

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Make your house a bit more attractive and enticing to potential buyers by adding an interesting aspect outside in the form of a curb appeal. If your house does not look appealing from the outside, there is a very big chance that prospective buyers would not even make it inside. You want your house to look welcoming and attractive, so make sure the outside would be enough to make the potential buyer conduct his scrutiny a little further by coming inside your home. Paved driveways, fresh painted exteriors, a beautiful and mowed lawn—these are just some of the things that would add bonus points to your curb appeal. Simply sprucing up the deck or your patio with furniture will give you something to enjoy and will even attract future buyers.

4.) Paint!

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The house’s paint is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to add value to it, yet this remains to be the most neglected. No matter what kind of buyer you have, any house with peeling paints or washed out ones are extreme turn offs as it would show the owner’s utter disregard for the appearance of his/her home. When you decide to apply a fresh coat of paint in your houses, however, remember that it extends beyond the exterior. Apply it everywhere such as the home’s interior walls, the siding, the trim and other associated elements such as decks and sheds. Neutral colors might be the best way to incorporate a versatile look to any area, but do not be afraid to introduce a splash of colors to give it a fresh new look. Just try to steer clear from the super-bright colors such as neon hot pink and yellow.

 

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Top 5 Decisions New Home Buyers Must Consider

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Purchasing a property is an ideal investment one can make. For some people, owning a home is a fulfillment of their dream. But just like any other investments, there are pros and cons when it comes to real estate investment. Before you decide to choose a particular property, there are things you need to consider for as not to regret any decisions later on. And it does not matter if you plan to invest in any Ayala Land properties, you need to be mindful of the preferences you have for a dream home.
However, if you think that investing in a property is just a piece of cake, then you better think again. There are certain steps or guidelines you need to know and follow for you not to experience real estate nightmares. Just because you like a particular property, that does not mean it is best for you to have. Especially if you are one of the first time home buyers, you should consider these things below before you jump into any decisions.

1. Whether to work with a Realtor

While it is true that hiring realtor is important in real estate transaction, it is still up to you on whether or not to hire one. Off course that if you have enough knowledge about the whole process of the transaction. However, if this is your first time in buying a home, then it is best for you to hire a professional agent to make sure that you will have a smooth process of the transaction. Moreover, if there are any confusions about the process, you can always ask your realtor about it. They will be the one who will explain what and what not to do when it comes to real estate investment.

2. Whether to work with a buyer’s agent only

There are some real estate agents are buyers agents or some are sellers agents and some do both. That means you have to know which of the parties you wish to work with. Choosing the right agent is can be a tricky thing to do. That is why it is best for you to be keen when it comes to your decision. Of course, you also have to weigh which party should you trust to make sure that your real estate investment is a success.

3. What neighborhoods to look in

Whether you realize it or not, the community plays a big factor when it comes to healthy living. Obviously, you do not want to live in a place where you are not sure of the safety and security, right? That is why, when you go for house hunting, you have to make sure to ask what kind of neighborhood it has. Moreover, this is one of the many things you can make sure that your family will have a healthy environment to grow up with.

4. What you can afford

As a homebuyer, this is one of the most important decisions you need to consider. Never invest in a home that you cannot afford. Purchasing an expensive property that is beyond your primary income can give you a headache later on. This will lead to a financial problem if you are not careful in choosing and deciding on the kind of property you are going to purchase. Moreover, there are a lot of resources available in the real estate market. You can choose the right property for you to have.

5. Whether to deal with potential problems in the home

One way or another, there will be problems that can be found during the final walk-through of the property. That is why you need to make sure that there will be no damages that can ruin your son-to-be-home. And to give you a proper look at your home, it is advisable to hire a professional to make sure that everything is going to be okay.
Although decision-making can be a little bit tricky especially when you do not know anything about real estate, you can achieve a desirable outcome when you know these tips above.

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Home Living: Clutter Hotspots and How to Deal with Them

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“Clutter is stuck energy. The word “clutter” derives from the Middle English word “clotter”, which means to coagulate—and that is about as stuck as you can get.” –Karen Kingston

Inexplicably, we always end up with more clutter than we desire. Over the years, it would seem that clutter multiplies by itself without any real assistance from us, and this is especially true for small spaces such as studio apartments and some condominium units.

Whether it may have been from years of accumulating stuff or a certain disregard for proper disposal of unnecessary items, clutter remains to be one of the biggest problems a small space owner can have, and it is one of the primary sources of stress as well. Little apartments and small spaces come with a big responsibility regardless of whether you are living in a condo in Davao or an apartment in bgc, the fact still stands. Follow these tips to maintain a clutter-free home without having to purge all of your stuff.

1.) Empty the sink

After a long tiring day at work, it could mean spending too much energy on washing the dishes after just making a meal. However, if you do let it pile up in the sink or temporarily concealed it somewhere guests would not notice when they come over), this should be your top priority cleanout area. Immediately wash the dishes and dry them over on a drying rack. Take care of putting them in place later, just do not let them pile up.

2.) Rethink Recycling bins

Recycling bins with open tops are easy avenues for stacking clutter and a potential pit for an overflow of rubbish. Alternatively, replace your open bins with a waste receptacle with a lid or stack another bin on top which would aid you to sort paper from plastic and would double your space for trash bins in just the same amount of area. Switching to closed bins would also encourage you to take out the trash more often than open bins as being unable to close the lid on a waste bin would tell you that it cannot accept any more rubbish.

3.) Manage your mail

If you tend to leave stacks and heaps of mail and bills lurking anywhere in your home, then a quick fix to manage this before it becomes a permanent eyesore is to have a basket where you can set it down. A slim magazine file is a good alternative as well if you need to separate must-read mail from the unnecessary catalogs you receive if you are the type of person who loses things in a pile.

4.) Stop shoe piles

Too many pairs of shoes can be an eyesore, but if you are a collector you would need to find an appropriate place to store them in, Ideally, culling the pair of shoes you own is the best way to go about this dilemma but if this is not an option, try placing them underneath your bed. Purchase a shoe cubby storage with slots for different kinds of shoes which you can fit underneath your bed or at the bottom of a closet and do not waste space by turning them into your shoe den.

5.) Let your closet breathe

Inevitably, your small space is going to come with a small closet and dresser. With this in mind, it is imperative to prioritize what you store in them based on usage. Plan your ensembles and outfits according to the season. If it is summer, it would be more than fine to store your clothes for the rainy days such as coats, jackets, and sweaters in somewhat inaccessible places. These apparels can be stored in a box underneath your bed or even underneath your closet and can be taken out when the appropriate season for them comes.

 

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Home Living: Six Tips for Pet Odor Removal

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“Without pets, my house would be clean and my wallet would be full but my heart would be empty.” -Anonymous

It has been said that a house is not a home without a pet. Indeed, our four-legged friends have made our lives a lot easier and a lot less lonely with them hanging around in the house. Pets are extremely excellent companions especially for those of us who live alone as they are something akin to a family. Having pets has been so common that even some condo and apartment policies allow their condo unit owners or tenants to have them. However, as with anyone who lives with an indoor pet over time, the smell can get a tad bit unbearable.

Pets may be your beloved companion or regarded as family, but they are still animals nonetheless. This means that they can still like to get into rather gross things and would create messes for us to clean up from time to time. And really, no one would like their homes to perpetually smell like a wet dog or a litter box. Grooming and looking after our pets are both ideal measures to keep them fresh and clean, but these measures can only get so far when it comes to deodorizing your homes. In essence, you need to take the extra mile if you want your homes to smell fresh again and fortunately, there are a lot of resources you can utilize to minimize pet odors. Whether you are living in a lush condo such as arbor lanes or in a house and lot in Ayala Bataan, welcome fresh air into your homes once again with these tips.

1.) PAY ATTENTION TO LESSER KNOWN AREAS

If your pets are not on a leash and are known to freely roam around the house, they might have created messes and odors you would not normally notice on a superficial cleanup session. Common areas that may have missed your notice and your cleaning sessions are the baseboards, the insides of cabinets, along windowsills and under sinks. If something still reeks even after a thorough sprucing up, check these areas out and start scrubbing.

2.) OPEN WINDOWS ON NICE DAYS

It is always good to welcome fresh air into our homes and if you are looking to get rid of pet odor, then this is always a good option. Open some windows and let fresh and natural air In. This will help lift some malodorous smells from your furniture, carpets, and curtains. If it is a nice windy day out, keep a window open.

3.) USE BAKING SODA

It is safe to assume that when you have furry friends with you in your homes, small accidents can happen. Baking soda will be your best friend in your attempts in getting rid of the small. It is a universal safe odor neutralizer utilized for decades to eliminate any kind of odors in your home and not just ones caused by your pets. It works well on carpets and is non-toxic making this a great alternative to chemical cleaning solutions.

4.) INVEST IN A GOOD AIR FRESHENER

Air fresheners normally just mask the odor and would not actually eliminate the bacteria and germs that cause said odor. Once the scent is away, your homes will reek of odors once more. Some air fresheners would event aggravate the smell making it imperative for you to find a good air freshener. Do your research before purchasing and make sure that these are non-toxic. Visit your local pet shop; they have a lot of these that may be suitable for your homes.

5.) KEEP THE LITTER BOX IN AN OPEN AREA

Give your feline pets an easier time to locate the litter box by placing it where it is easily accessible. Additionally , it is a good idea to strategically place it in areas with plenty of ventilation. Do not store it in enclosed places or the odor will be exacerbated. Scoop litter regularly to prevent any lingering smells.

6.) CLEAN CARPETS, RUGS AND FURNITURE

Carpet, rugs, and furniture are all household items that your pets may have urinated on. If left unattended, this can potentially seep into the fabric or material and would spread deep into them. Routinely clean them to guarantee that they are free from odor as leaving it for days at a time will make it potentially develop into an odor more rancid.

 

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Home Living 101: Disaster Proofing Your Home

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“We cannot stop natural disasters but we can arm ourselves with knowledge; so many lives would not have to be lost if there was enough disaster preparedness” –Petra Nemcoya

Natural disasters, no matter how well-prepared we are for them, are inevitable. A lifetime of savings in buying and annually paying a home, months of erecting and establishing that very same home can all be gone in the blink of an eye and without warning. Whether this disaster may be a fire, a typhoon/hurricane, a freak tornado, earthquakes or destroyed by constant inundation—nothing will truly prepare you for losing a home which you have worked all of your life to build. For this reason, disaster preparedness as well as disaster-proofing your homes are imperative measures you need to undertake in order for you to take on any sort of brunt these fortuitous disasters may bring. These are crucial in keeping your home base and the members residing in it safe.

So, take a look at the measures listed down below because whether you are looking for a rental lot in abreeza residences or are looking to buy a lot in Alveo Laguna, knowing how to prepare yourself and your homes for an impending natural disaster can make all the difference between surviving and not making it.

FLOODS

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Safeguard electrical sockets and appliances at home

One very precarious situation you would be in the event of a flooding is electrocution. For this reason, your sockets, raise switches, wirings and circuit breakers should at least a foot above the expect flood level in your area. When water starts rising outside, be sure to keep appliances in elevated areas to prevent them from breaking or electrocuting you. If your house is constantly inundated in the event of a storm or a rain, it might be time to renovate and elevate the area.

Anchor and raise outdoor equipment

Electrical power units and generators should never sit on the ground or those backup facilities will be rendered useless by the inundation of water. In the same vein, fuel tanks and the like should be anchored and raised above your flood level. If these are unanchored, they have the tendency to break free and severed supply lines will contaminate the surrounding ground.

Determine how water flows around your house

Take a look at the grading or slope of your home (generally the angle of the ground that would direct water to or from your house). Then observe how the water flows or accumulates in the event of a torrential rain. It is best if your home is built in a way that water would drain away from the building. If your stress is prone to inundation even in the event of a light rain, talk to the home association as to how you can remedy this.

EARTHQUAKES

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Strengthen your walls

Walls are often vulnerable to collapse during earthquakes and even more so are cripple walls. These walls are short, wood-framed walls found above the foundation in crawl spaces or in some certain homes, basements. Have your contractor install a plywood or cross-bracing in order to fortify these cripple walls which would reduce the risk of collapse.

Add strapping or bolts to strengthen the connection between the home and the foundation

This is imperative if you do not want your home to collapse in the event of an earthquake as this will reinforce your home. Your contractor should be able to do this. Additionally, if you have water heaters installed at home, have them strapped to a wall so that it is less likely to break away and cause damage.

FIRES

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Make sure there are no overloaded sockets or wires

One way to start a fire is to precariously overload a socket with too many extension wires that would be connected to a lot of plugs. Another cardinal sign that you are overloading your wires is continuously blowing a fuse when you are turning on a particular light or using a certain electrical outlet. Call your electrician as soon as possible to prevent a fire hazard.

Double check your smoke/fire alarms

If there is one vital alarm you should have at your home, it should be a smoke alarm that is working at all times. To make sure they are, they should be checked at least twice a year and immediately replaced should there be any glitch or anything that is faulty with it that would prevent it from sounding off at the appropriate time.

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6 Things To Do Before Hiring A Mover

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What comes to your mind when we talk about moving out? Perhaps, a lot of you will think about what to do to make sure that there will be no damages while moving the things. That is why most people would prefer hiring some professional movers to make sure that their things are still intact after the transfer. You may be moving into your new home in Avida condo Davao or any other properties, hiring a mover is a good choice. However, you also have to know that not all movers are professional enough to do their job properly.
There are actually a lot of things you need to consider before deciding what moving company you should choose. And if you are one of those people who are first timers in hiring a mover, you might as well refer to these tips below on how you can effectively hire a mover.

1. Get recommendation

One of the things you might want to consider is the recommendations from your family and friends. Since they suggested that particular moving company, that means they trusted them when it comes to handling the things of their clients. Obviously, they will not recommend it to you when they know that mover is not that trustworthy enough to do the job properly.

 2. Do an initial screening

When choosing the right moving company, don’t just stick to one option. You must have a list of the companies you may want to hire. And for you to know if they are good enough, do some initial screening on them. Well, you can base your judgments on the reviews from their clients on whether they have a good service or not. And if they don’t have high ratings when it comes to the services they gave, then you might as well find another one.

3. You should end up with at least three or four companies to call for an in-home estimate

After narrowing down your options, make sure to end up with at least three or four companies on your list. Well, that is for you to make sure that if one is not available at that moment, then you still have the other three options for you to call. Just make sure that those remaining companies in your list are all trustworthy and professional enough on their field of work.

4. When an estimator comes to your home, show home everything

When you hire a mover, you should also expect that there will be estimators that will come to your home. Of course, they have to know how many moves will it takes to transfer all of your belongings to your new home. From the things in your closet, backyard, basement, and even in the attic, you have to show them everything. This will also give the estimator an idea on how much you should pay for the overall moving package.

5. When you’ve gotten all your estimates in, compare the bids

Whether you realize it or not, each moving company has their own way to estimate your things. That is why it is a must for you to know which company offers a lower price than the other. Moreover, don’t forget to make sure if there are any add-ons on the overall cost of the moving process.

6. Make sure your moving company has the license and insurance it needs to move your things legally

For you to avoid any complications later on, you need to make sure that the company you choose is legally enough to do the job. At least, if there will be some problems later on, at least you know where to complain. Moreover, this is also to ensure that they are not any scammers who will trick you will a higher price yet with a lower quality of moving services.

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