6 Things To Do Before Hiring A Mover

 

 

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 condo in Quezon City or any other real estate properties in the Philippines, 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.

Four Features of a Good Neighborhood

 

 

Love thy neighbor as yourself, but choose your neighborhood. ~Louise Beal

One of the most crucial aspects to consider in purchasing a home is the neighborhood. As it is, you are not only there to buy a comfortable home to live in, but you are buying into a neighborhood where you would raise your children and foster relationships as well.

Considering this to be the case, it is a good idea to carefully scrutinize every single facet your potential neighborhood has in such a way that when you have ultimately arrived at a favorable decision, you can see yourself and your family acclimating to the new environment well.

Every single one of us may have a different set of standards for when purchasing a home, but a universal characteristic for these homes regardless of whether they may be billeted in a condo in Mandaluyong or any other lush area is that they should all be from good neighborhoods.

So what are the various characteristics that would make a good community? Read down below to find out.

1.) It should encourage greater mobility

Apart from accessibility, your neighborhood should offer its residents the convenience of getting around not only for motorists but for pedestrians as well. It should provide an equal ease of access and mobility for everyone. In the same vein, your neighborhood should be equipped with adequate parking spaces for cars or motorcycles and similarly should have sufficient pathways for pedestrians.

These pathways should be well lit and should accommodate pedestrians of any kind (cyclists and people on non-conventional vehicles such as Segways, Skateboards, wheelchairs and the like).

2.) It should have features that would add to the overall comfort and convenience of residents

A comfortable and safe home is one thing. But a good neighborhood complemented with essential establishments within its vicinities such as places of work, malls, recreational facilities and hospitals is the penultimate factor in deciding whether a home is billeted in a good neighborhood.

This provides its residents easy access to major establishments and would make city living rather easy.

3.) It should have adequate security measures

One thing you should never compromise when it comes to choosing a neighborhood is safety. It is imperative that each and every single one of your family members can truly feel at safe whether they are coming home from work or school or are making their daily commute towards their destination.

One thing that can guarantee you that a neighborhood’s safety is of paramount interest to the developer is when you see visible security personnel such as security guards doing rounds at random hours of the day. Take note, your home is a place of sanctuary, and if your neighborhood is not even safe, to begin with, any potential breach into your homes is not entirely impossible.

4.) It encourages social interaction

People are social creatures, and in choosing a neighborhood, it is important that you consider the potential neighbors you might have should you integrate yourself into their social sphere. One aspect if a good neighborhood is one that has an established sense of community and belonging among its residents. This is because should you be their neighbor, you would know that your neighbors would be more than willing to help you should there be anything you need.

Community facilities such as playgrounds, sports courts, and other recreational amenities would provide easy avenues for neighbors to interact and bond.

Last, but not the least characteristic that one should consider in choosing a neighborhood is that it should have character. Whether that may be the artsy neighborhood where most lost artists, vocalists trying to find their voice and soul or revolutionary chefs or an emerging hub for young corporate employees looking to establish a family.

Whatever it may be, make sure it has that one distinct and identifiable character that would strengthen your affinity towards it. This would set your neighborhood apart from all other communities and make it uniquely you—a home in an environment you can truly come home to.

For Homeowners: Morning Rituals You Should Try To Become A Winner

 

 

One way or another, our home plays a big role in achieving our goals in life. And whether you realize it or not, the activities we do at home can also affect our attitude for the entire day. That only means, your day will always start and ends at home. But let’s face it! It is not all the times we encounter happy moments at home. Sometimes, we need to reevaluate the things that caused a gap or tension around our home.

Although problems may be around the corner, successful people won’t allow such unwanted situation to ruin their day. It doesn’t matter if you are living in a condo in BGC, Taguig, you too can have a good morning vibes. But the real question is – HOW?

Basically, starting your day right at home is not that hard as you think it is. Although there are times that you need to adjust to adapt the situation you are in, then you must also know that there are also certain ways where you can follow to make sure that you can achieve the desired outcome. And to give you some ideas, below are some morning rituals or things most successful people do at home.

They wake up before or just after the sun rises with ease

Always remember that mornings are important. It can either break or make your day. If you are not keen enough in doing the right thing every morning, then you might not like the way you start your day. However, successful people avoid such unwanted situations by getting up early before or just after the sun rises. Just so you know that you can always get good vibes and other benefits when you wake up early since it put your mind at ease and prevents you from panicking when it comes to time management.

They revisit their to-do list made the night before

One of the nature humans have is being forgetful. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t mend it, right? That is why having a to-do list is one of the important things you need to have. It’s not just about taking down notes, but it also helps you to remember the things you need to do for the day. And revisiting it the night before makes sure that you don’t forget important things or tasks. Moreover, for you not to be confused, you better check the tasks that you have finished working with.

They get active

Successful people don’t just settle for a norm. They tend to seek constant change in everything they do. That is why engaging in physical activities makes them feel energetic and productive to the every task they do. Moreover, engaging in an active lifestyle would also mean they are physically and mentally fit to do the everyday tasks. Well, there are actually a lot of activities you can engage with. You can do some exercise such as running, a 7-minute full body workout, 20-minute yoga session or a 30-minute jog around your neighborhood. This will keep your body fit for the day.

They do something that reminds them of their goals

One thing that most successful people never forget is to set their focus on their goals. And one thing that helps them remember such is doing something that would keep them in mind that they have something to reach and that is their aim. The more they are focused on their goal, the more chances they will be most likely to get what they want in life. That is why they tend to start their mornings with activities that would draw them closer to their goals.

They update their knowledge bank

Every day is a learning day. Yes, cliché as it may seem, but this holds dear and true to every successful people. Although they may have a lot of experience already, they still strive to learn something new each day from the people around them. Moreover, they also tend to read books that would help them gain more knowledge on a particular topic. That is why they will always find a way to learn something out from everything they observed.

Home Security 101: Five Essential Things to Have and Do

My house is my refuge, an emotional piece of architecture, not a cold piece of convenience. ~Luis Barragan

Our homes, may it be the cheapest house and lot in Laguna, Philippines, are our personal sanctuaries where we should feel most safe, protected and at home. It is that one place that we can count on to shelter and shield us from any harm that the outside world may bring upon us. The living spaces we reside in do not only function as dwellings but safe places where we can foster the growth of our children, nurture and cultivate relationships and serve as the comfortable respite from the day’s activities.

This is why any form of breach into our private refuges is the pinnacle of any homeowner’s trepidation and anxiety. It matters not whether you are living in a lush estate or elsewhere because burglars do not discriminate. When they see an opportunity to steal, they will steal.

Installation of home security equipment and gadgets may be a way to discourage unsavory, uninvited guests and pilferers from marking your home as their next potential target. And though installation of these state of the art devices would allay your fears of possibly having your house burgled, complementing them with classic security measures would be your home’s best avenue for security.

And the great thing is? Some of these would not even cost you anything at all.

1.) Update exterior locks

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Deadbolts may look clunky and may seem outdated, but they should be the primary lock when it comes to your exterior doors as this is the primary door that separates your home from the outside. Your throw bolt which is the part that enters the door frame should extend deep into the frame.

It does not stop there, however. You should also make sure that your windows (especially the old ones) have window locks installed that still work well.

2.) Choose solid doors

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When it comes to exterior doors, you should not want anything fancy such as glass doors which are not only easy to break but would give potential miscreants and thieves a peek into what they can potentially steal from your homes.

Exterior doors should be made entirely from wood or are otherwise wood covered or enclosed in a steel shell. Additionally, these doors should not be weaker than the lock you place on it.

3.) Consider having a dog

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Dogs do not only function as your furry and cuddly pet companions, but they can also serve as your home’s chief in security as well. They do not have to be incredibly huge so as to deter robbers from raiding your homes as their bark would be enough to prevent thieves.

Dogs are known to be loyal to their owners and would easily recognize who is an unwelcome guest. Alternatively, if you are allergic to dogs, you can install security alarms that would mimic a dog’s bark.

4.) Trim areas where robbers may potentially hide

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Having a beautiful lawn can aesthetically augment any home, but having an unkempt one can be to your disadvantage. Bushes, shrubs and trees positioned near doors and windows can be tricky spots for robbers. This why they should be routinely trimmed and cut down. Thieves can easily hide behind these plants and go undetected.

5.) Have a safe

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If there is an imperative need to invest in anything that would contribute to home security, acquiring a safe should be your first bet. These safes do not only function as an obstacle for your thieves in accessing pivotal documents and items, but they also keep those precious items in case of a fire which effectively doubles its purpose.

Should you have documents (marriage certificates/licenses, birth certificates, social security cards) and small items of great value (jewelry and spare cash for an instance), placing them inside a safe is the best way to conceal them or if discoveredkeep them from falling into a thief’s hands.

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Home Living: How to Deal with Bad Neighbors

A bad neighbor is a misfortune, as much as a good one is a great blessing. ~Hesiod

Say what you may about choosing the perfect location for your home, but it remains a fact that you can never be as discriminating and selective when it comes to your neighbors.

Where you live is of no consequence as you can have a luxurious and posh townhouse or a luxury condo Philippines Ayala, but unless you live in a gated abode with walls high enough not to be breached, interacting with your neighbors is an inevitability. No matter how you put it, living with bad neighbors is still a pressing social issue until today and unless you could afford a change of address, you would need to do something about it in order to make your home living a lot more pleasant and comfortable.

Dealing with these types of neighbors can elicit a range of reactions from being passive-aggressive to receptive and accommodating with the latter being the favorable one. Settling with irksome neighbors amicably can cause you a lot of stress but, as it would negatively affect your experience at home, it would be best if you dealt with it and communicated your concern.

The worst that could happen is that they would be uncooperative, but at least you conveyed your issues. The ball would be now in their court in addressing your complaint. If you have a bad neighbor (or think you might be one), consider the steps below in dealing with them.

1.) GET TO KNOW EACH OTHER

This is more of a precautionary measure than an actual solution, but it works. Introduce yourself to the community or befriend new neighbors, say a little “hi” and “hello”, maybe borrow a cup of sugar of some garden tools to start establishing a rapport and a working friendly relationship. Chances are, whenever your neighbor starts doing something that may cause you to take issue, it would be a lot easier to convey your problem than be all awkward about it if they were strangers to you. Additionally, constant chafing neighborly issues rarely happen between two neighbors who actually are in good terms with each other.

2.) DOCUMENT THE PROBLEM

If a certain issue arises, keep notes and photos if necessary. This can assist you in evaluating the problem (or whether there really is a problem), give you some information that would back you up when you tell your neighbor your concern. Finally, when worst comes to worst and everything escalates, you have proof to show authorities instead of looking like a whiny and finicky neighbor.

3.) COMMUNICATE

Do not readily assume that your neighbors are well and aware what your issues are—chances are, they do not know they may have less than neighborly practices. Discuss your concerns with them. Be open and direct about it and be respectful as well. Ask for their side and propose a solution that might be favorable to the both of you and compromise. Whatever you do, do not lose your temper as this will only aggravate the tension between you two.

4.) CHECK WITH YOUR OTHER NEIGHBORS

This does not necessarily mean you are snitching on your infuriating neighbors. This means you are trying to find out if you have a solid claim and whether your other neighbors are experiencing it as well. If some of your neighbors are experiencing the same predicament as you are, they may be more than willing to assist you in resolving it. So, when the time comes that you would confront your errant neighbor regarding your issue, you may have someone to come with you to talk it out.

5.) GET A MEDIATOR

A neutral party that is rather experienced in the area of settling disputes amicably may succeed in resolving your issue better than you can—especially if your bad neighbor is willing to talk. This will save you a lot of money instead of taking up your claim to court and in most cases, it is free and much less hassle. Try looking for a neutral third party or a friendly neighbor who is not involved in the issue in any way and have them assist you in dealing with your concern.

Should You Go for a Remodelled or a Brand New Home?

If you think that all homeowners are happy about housing dilemmas, then you better think again! Particularly for extended families, one of their dilemmas is whether or not they are going to have a bigger home through renovations or renting  Better yet, they would contemplate whether to buy a  house and lot in Philipines. Some of you here might wonder and ask if whether of the two are advisable to do. Well, you have to expect that there will be a lot of homeowners who will answer either way.

Of course, there will also be a lot of advantages you can have when you choose either of it. But there are just times that you need to pick one for you to move on to the next process. Well, if you are one of those homeowners who is struggling in making some decision on which of the two, then you might want to know some tips for making an informed decision.

Know what you are getting into

Sometimes, not planning ahead or making an impulsive decision can ruin the things you might want to have. When you decide something, it is your responsibility to know the things that must and must not do for you to achieve your desired outcome for your home.

You also have to remember that doing things without any careful planning is also not a wise thing for you to do. Of course, you have to know if that particular property is suitable for your family or not. Moreover, you have to know how to balance which of the two are more applicable on your end. And before you make the final decision, know first the basic things.

Check your finances

Your budget is one of the most important things for you to consider. Without enough budget, it is going to be hard on your part when it comes to the down payments – that if you are aiming to have a new home. However, if you are planning for some renovations instead, of course, money is also involved. You have to have a budget of the things you should use for you to do the renovations and all.

Also, if you are aiming to invest in a new home, you have to make sure that you are free from other debts, check your credit cards if it’s still applicable for you.

Define your renovation requirements

When it comes to repairs, some of you here are planning to have a full home renovation. That means they will renovate their entire home. If you do, then you better think again first. Unless it’s your property, then it might be reasonable for you to renovate your entire home. But if not, you are just renting the lot or house, and then renovations might not be an ideal thing for you to do.

Investing in a new home might be applicable on your end. If you do, you don’t have to worry about any renovations. All you have to do is seek help from a real estate broker and do the things that need to accomplish; then you can already have your new home.

Don’t over-improve for the neighborhood

If you are planning to go for renovations, you have to know what you are doing. For instance, if you intend to extend your kitchen or any other room for an extra square footage, how sure are you that your neighborhood will approve to it?

As a homeowner, you also have to be considerate of your neighbors. It is also one way you can get along with your them and live a healthy lifestyle.

Get ready for a different kind of stress if you move

Moving out can also be stressful. It is distinct from the other stressors that we have. Of course, there will be a lot of things for you to think about when you move. Thinking about where to put your stuff, or what kind of vehicle are you going to use to move your belongings and other big furniture.

Expect the expenses

Whether you choose to stay and renovate your home or buy/rent a new home, there will always be costs that you need to have. Either way, there will always be monetarily involved. That is why you have to prepare enough budget when you decide to do such.

Home + Minions = Awesome DIY Home Décor

Shout out for minions!!! Who hasn’t heard yet about minions? Everybody does, right? From kids, teens to adults, minions are popular. They are everywhere, be it in memes, miniatures, and even food chains are promoting the little cute yellow creature who loves bananas.

And if you are one of those minion fans, you’d definitely do whatever you want just to get that lovely little thing – and a collection of those is one step you’d definitely do. However, when you are an avid fan, you just don’t end up collecting, you would want to go to the next level and decorate your home with minions.

Whether you are living in a house and lot at Cavite or any other real estate, you certainly can decorate your home with minions, And I’ll tell you, it’s going to be an impressive home décor you’d going to have. Well, it’s mostly a DIY. That means you have to be creative and imaginative in decorating for you to achieve the desired outcome.

If you are curious about how you can have them at home, below are some examples on how you can decorate your home with minions.

1. Make cool minions with terracotta pots and outdoor paint

If you have a garden at home, you might want to have some changes. Instead of using an ordinary flower pot, why don’t you turn it into a minion pot?

Things you’ll need:
2 big flower pots
12 small flower pots
Paint (yellow, blue, black, gray, white)
String

With these materials, you can form a minion pot. Well, you can have the 2 big flower pots as the body of the minion, the 8 small flower pots would be on the left and right hand of the minion, and the other 4 small containers would be for the feet on both sides. Use the string as the handle for both hands and feet. And for you not to be confused with what you’re going to do, especially when it comes to its color, you better have a picture beside you for you to follow.

2. Paint mason jars into minions

Aside from the miniature that you already have collected, you can also have minions made out from a mason jar or any other small jars. And instead of throwing your jars away, be creative in making your cute minion.

Things you’ll need:
Mason jars or other small jars
Paint  (yellow, blue, black, gray, white)

With the use of the right color, it will be easier for you to paint the jars since it is small. You just have to make sure that before you’re going to put the minion’s eyes and/or mouth, make sure that the color of his body is properly and completely dry, for as not to jeopardize the design.

3. Garden tool tire holder

If you have any used tire in your backyard, you can definitely also used it to make a garden tool tire minion. This is the time when you got to be creative when it comes to the storage of your garden tools such as your rake, shovel, hand pruner, utility bucket and other garden tools that you will need in gardening.

Things you need:

3 tires (or as many as you want)
Paint (yellow, blue, black, gray, white)

In painting the tires, since its color is originally black, you have to make sure that it is properly coated with the right color. If you think that the application of the paint is just light, then you have to paint it again, for the black colored tire not to be seen. Do this step with the other tires. Let the paint dry first under the heat of the sun before filling it on the top of the other tires. And as for its hands, you can use a tube steel metal for it.

Doing these DIY home decorations is simple yet fun to do. Of course, it is not just you who will love the design, I’m sure, your kids and/or visitors will appreciate on how you creatively make a minion out of your used things. Well, you just to be imaginative enough for you to make it the way you wanted it to be.