Home Safety: Signs Your Home is Vulnerable to Robbery (And What to Do about It)

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“My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest.”-Isaiah 32:18

 

Our homes are the highest form of sanctuaries insomuch that it is about the only dwelling on earth most humans will consequently feel secure and safe.

Unfortunately, being safe and secure in our homes do not come perfunctorily simply with the purchase and ownership of one. Today, if you wished your families and children to stay safe and your belongings secure, you need to go the extra mile just to attain it. Gone are the days wherein we can simply leave our doors unlocked and windows open to let in the breeze. It is a dangerous world indeed and if you are not being extra careful and vigilant, your home might be a thief or burglar’s next target. However, burglars and thieves do not just randomly rob the house they see upon sight. Arbitrarily targeting homes is detrimental to their plans of mitigating the possibility of getting caught, so expect these unsavory characters to be a little tactical in their insidious misdeeds. But just what is it that makes a home a prime target for burglary?

Well, for one the vulnerable security might cause would-be robbers to easily compromise it. However, even then some homes would still be preyed upon by robbers. So, what could it be? What is it about these homes that make them prime targets to robbers? And what vulnerabilities do they hold that expose them to robbery and have their securities breached? Well, here are some of the things that make you and your homes a premier target for burglars regardless of whether you are living in a unit in Avida Towers Cebu    or a posh and swanky flat elsewhere:

 

Your social status

It has always been said that you should make friends with your neighbors not only to build a cordial and neighborly relationship with them, but to make them as stewards in protecting your home from potential burglaries as well. Although you can rely on your home security installment all you want, know that the every watchful eye of a nosy neighbor can be just as effective. In this regard, your passing acquaintance might just be your best ally in protecting your homes. While we are at that, it is important to keep your travel plans to yourself. Do not go around town telling everyone when you are headed out of town. This is especially true about posting photos on social media. However, tell a trusty neighbor when you are going to be out of town and let them keep an eye on your property for people they do not recognize.

 

Vacation photos

It is easy to get carried away in posting photographs of your epic vacation on social media. Unfortunately, doing so would leave your home’s security vulnerable. Thieves and burglars are digitally-savvy nowadays and are always on the lookout for properties whose owners are out of town. Keep in mind that although your photo might garner a lot of likes, it would also signify friends and acquaintances that you are not at home thereby making your property a prime target for anyone with ill intentions. If you insist on posting photos then at the very least, adjust the settings of your posts so that they are not public. Or you can wait to post your holiday photographs once you get home.

 

The Front Door

We are under the misconception that burglars would not use the front door. After all, they prefer to be not as obvious and by using the front door, they would not exactly be inconspicuous. Unfortunately, most burglaries happen with robbers entering the front door. This is because some homeowners would inadvertently leave their front doors open. Keep in mind that robberies do not just occur at night. They can occur anytime so keep your doors perpetually locked. After all, you will never know if someone posing as a salesman or a delivery person would just be checking if your door locks and trying to see if your home can be their next target.

 

Your Trash Can

They say that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. In this case, what you throw may not exactly be treasure to thieves—but it could potentially lead them up to it. What you throw out gives robbers and thieves several clues as to what might be inside your home. In this regard, leaving cartons of the brand new television you just bought or the gaming set inside the trash outside would be akin to setting yourself up for robbery. It is like you are basically advertising what the robbers could potentially steal from your home. These boxes and cartons might be refuse items to you but it makes you a very attractive target to them. So, keep your boxes out of sight and break them down into smaller pieces in such a way that their labels cannot be seen.

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Home Buying: Five Reasons You Should Opt to Buy Small Homes

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“Love grows best in little houses, with fewer walls to separate. Where you eat and sleep so close together, you cannot help but communicate. If we had more room between us, think of all we would miss. Love grows best in houses just like this.” –Author Unknown

 

In a world wherein size is almost always important and would matter a lot, people would seldom find themselves preferring tiny things when these same things have bigger counterparts. The same sentiment can be applied in choosing homes—how often do you see homeowners going for a smaller home when the bigger one is within their budget scale? In fact, homeowners with families would even consider expanding their homes to have more spacious rooms and living areas insomuch that it would be a wonder why some prospective homeowners would go for diminutive homes to begin with. However, bigger is not always better and you should not be quick to dismiss the subtle charm of small homes. After all, small does not always have to mean lacking but rather enough while big does not always mean spacious, it can be more than what is necessary.

More importantly, while big homes afford homeowners more in terms of space, they become somewhat of a challenge to decorate and furnish whereas you can opt for a straightforward styling and home decorating approach in smaller homes. Moreover, while mansions are generally looked upon with awe, they tend to keep the dwellers apart insomuch that they might never even see each other in a day unless they deliberately wanted to. Homes of modest sizes would not only encourage but compel family members to interact by bumping into each other. In this regard, it can be inferred that love grows best and relationships are cultivated better in small homes. So, if you have been contemplating whether to move into a sprawling stone mansion or to downsize your homes by going for a unit in Avida Towers Centera or elsewhere, here are some of the reasons why you might want to go for the latter:

 

To spend less time on general maintenance

Bigger homes often need quite a lot of upkeep and cleaning and the more features they have, the more expensive the maintenance would be. If your homes come equipped with a pond, pool or any other facility that require maintenance then that would mean another monthly expense to consider if you wish to keep it in functioning order. Your homes need to be spruced up regularly and without a host of professionals and service people to attend to these cleaning tasks; it can be quite taxing for you to do them all. More importantly, it can demand a lot of time from you which begs the question: Is it really worth the effort?

 

To accumulate fewer things

Homes—regardless of size—will always be a magnet for clutter. Unfortunately, bigger homes tend to attract them so much more than their smaller counterparts. As a result, bigger homes would prove to be more of a challenge to organize than small homes. In fact, de-cluttering can be a potential headache for homeowners with big homes (just think of all the things you have accumulated over the years with a space so big!). Sure, you might dedicate time to organizing your household belongings and everything will look orderly for a while. But over time, you would find yourself organizing everything again; it is a vicious cycle and an endless loop unless you had a limit to what you accumulate. With smaller homes, you are constrained to put a cap on the number of things you can accumulate which means less worries about having too much stuff and cluttered rooms.

 

To live within your means

More often than not, people tend to think that their lifestyle needs an upgrade the moment their salary increases. Unfortunately, this kind of behavior can lead people spiraling down to a spending frenzy that might cause them to live beyond their means. To ensure that you do not go broke trying to upgrade our lifestyles; we should fight the belief that the moment we get an increase, our lifestyle has to move ranks as well. Being content without having to validate it with the appropriate lifestyle for our income would make us fare better. Besides, elevating your lifestyle will not necessarily guarantee your happiness and it pressures you to keep up which can be incredibly stressful. Opting for a smaller home is part of being content as there is less of a need to keep up or fill in the perceived deficit in social prestige with household stuff and personal belongings we do not really need.

 

More purchase satisfaction

Contemplating what house to buy is already somewhat of a challenge itself. Choosing to buy a more expensive home connotes a weighty and more grueling decision to purchase it—regardless of how much you have sitting in the bank. Purchasing a home that meets what you need is pretty much straightforward whereas buying a home that is more than what you initially need would constrain you to make the necessary changes into transforming that property into your ideal home. Spacious areas demand higher investment and more customization which can often lead to disappointment if your expectations remain unmet.

 

Use every room in your house

Large homes have more rooms than average homes. These rooms will rarely get used unless you are hosting a number of guests but other than that spare rooms in big houses remain unoccupied. Small homes ensure that each room is being used to its fullest extent which in part, means you are using resources wisely as well.

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Bath and Beyond: Four Definitive Signs It is Time to Remodel Your Bathroom

 

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” There must be quite a few things that a hot bath will not cure, but I do not know many of them.” -Sylvia Plath

To many of us, the bathroom is a place of ultimate comfort. It is that one place in our homes wherein we can relax after a long day and just let go of our stress and worries. In our bathrooms, we are afforded a unique kind of privacy that is not found anywhere else in the home, and with that, we indulge ourselves in the form of a hot soothing shower or pander our penchant for hot bubble baths. For this reason, it was assigned its most apt moniker yet, the comfort room. Today, comfort rooms are no longer regarded as simple and straightforward rooms intended for bathing and cleaning ourselves; rather they have transformed into places paramount to our relaxation. In this regard, our bathrooms should have the semblance of a sanctuary–an optimal environment not only for getting ready to face the day but for a soothing soak as well.

Inevitably, part of your day is going to be spent in the bathroom so you might as well create an ambiance that is not only satisfactorily comforting but one that actually encourages you to spend time in it insomuch that it could become a favorite time of yours in your daily routine. So, if you find yourself dreading morning showers or evening baths, you might want to attribute that to the poor condition or subpar layout of your bathroom. If any of these signs are present in your unit in Avida Towers Cebu or elsewhere, it might be time for a bathroom upgrade or total bath overhaul:

1.) The layout does not make any sense

Do you wonder why the door gets soaked every single time you take a shower? Is the sink placed way too close to the toilet? Are there features that made you wonder why they are set the way that they are? If any of these pertain to your comfort room, it might be that the plan was substandard from the get-go insomuch that you have a resulting illogical layout. While you can choose to bear the burden of a speciously designed bathroom, at some point in your life, it is going to be inconvenient. After a while, taking a shower will feel like a chore if you have to wipe the door routinely and soon enough, what was once a minor inconvenience would now be considered a major annoyance in your daily routine. If you cannot live with a badly planned bathroom, it is time to renovate it.

2.) Storage space is inadequate

Of course, having enough storage is always a pivotal aspect when it comes to choosing a place to live in. Unfortunately, most homeowners are of the erroneous belief that the same sentiment should be applied in creating their bathrooms. Sure, it might not be the first on your list when it comes to having enough storage space in, but if you are dealing with a bathroom that has virtually no storage of any kind then finding a place for your toiletries is going to be a nightmare. You cannot reasonably expect to keep all of your bathroom essentials on the floor at all times and at some point, stacking your towels on the back of the toilet would no longer cut it. Sure, you can hoard as many bathroom caddies you wish in order to store everything you need, but eventually, they would crowd your bathroom and make it feel cluttered and stifled. In lieu of purchasing innumerable caddies, take this chance to upgrade the storage space in your bathroom.

3.) The space no longer feels enough

Over time, your family will grow and what was once considered a charming little bath would now become a cramped area with all of your families’ bathroom essentials. Incidentally, this once cozy place would now feel like a warzone wherein everyone would constantly be fighting for their turn just to use it. Sharing your bathroom with just one other person can already feel like someone is impinging on your private space. Now, imagine sharing one bathroom with your entire family–it does not exactly paint a pretty picture, does it? Apart from affording everyone their own private space, having an extra bathroom would significantly reduce the time needed to get everyone ready and out of the door. Plus, it mitigates the likelihood of any of your family members falling behind their morning schedules.

4.) You are thinking of selling your property in the future

A bathroom remodel is one of the prized features most prospective homeowners would look for. Apart from guaranteeing a boost in your asking price, having an upgraded bathroom can also contribute to a faster sale. So, if selling your home is in your plans, you might want to consider renovating and improving that bathroom today.

 

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Sharing Spaces: Four Excellent Signs You Are Ready to Live Together

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“To be happy with a man, you must understand him a lot and love him a little. To be happy with a woman, you must love her a lot and not try to understand her at all. To a woman, the first kiss is just the end of the beginning. But to a man, it is the beginning of the end.” –Author Unknown

Moving in together can be bliss.

Incidentally, it is also a huge milestone for most relationships—insomuch that in one way or another, it is only one step shy away from marriage. Some might even argue that moving in together is more of a radical change than getting married only because of just how much you would need to adapt to assimilate into your new life. Unfortunately, while moving in together might predictably seem like the next big step most long-term couples would take, there is no right time to do it. Some couples would do it right off the bat, while the rest would wait for a significant number of years before electing to live under one room.

Furthermore, there is a myriad of reasons why couples would wish to move in together, ranging from practicality to quixotic. In some cases, moving in together can be seen as an excellent segue for marriage or at least, a trial period for it. However, while the reasons for moving in may be varied, there are definite signs in your couplehood that would mark your capability and potential for moving in and sharing space together. So, before you and your partner start scouring leaflets for units in Avida Taguig or elsewhere, you might want to know whether you and your partner are ready to take the next step.

Here are just some of the signs that you might be ready to move in together:

1.) You understand each other’s habits

It has been said that familiarity breeds contempt and in some ways, this sentiment might be true. In fact, you might discover just how true that statement might be once you and your partner start living under one roof. It can be that their little quirks that you once overlooked or found cute would irritate you on an everyday basis. Living in proximity to someone whose odd habits can quickly escalate into a fight if they remain unaddressed or if you refuse to understand and adapt to them. Conflicts are inevitable, but if you find that your partner’s habits would constantly grate your nerves, you might wish to rethink your prospective living arrangement.

2.) You can talk about money

Most relationships fail because couples would refuse to address their pecuniary issues. It has been found that money can be a major cause of anxiety in relationships insomuch that some partners might be dishonest about how they spend their money and would only come clean once a financial snag comes up. Before you even consider moving in together, financial struggles and troubles should be attended to and thoroughly discussed. Putting them off until you are already under one roof would be too late. Remember, you are going to be splitting a range of expenses from the rent down to the groceries. If your partner cannot keep his or her finances in order, you cannot realistically expect to keep on picking up their slack. If either of you does not know how to live like a responsible adult, then you might not be ready to live together just yet.

3.) It is inconvenient (and impractical) to live separately

Although spending a lot of time together does not make for a compelling reason to move in together, if your schedules are synchronized and lined up insomuch that living apart is actually inconvenient (not to mention, impractical) then take that as a sign that you are ready. Apart from the obvious benefit of having your partner just in within your reach, living together can significantly reduce your monthly expenses. In this regard, if living together is the most workable tack especially if it means less of a hassle for you, then go ahead and consider it.

4.) You acknowledge that it would be a challenge

Living together, while blissful on the outset, is not always sunshine and rainbows. In this regard, it is pivotal that the both of you have an awareness of the potential struggles you might have to put up with. Moreover, it would make sense if you discussed this head on to avoid conflicts and arguments down the road. Furthermore, discussing what prospective issues you might have would help the both of you manage your expectations from your living setup. No matter how in love the both of you might seem, you are still two different persons and you incompatibilities might flare up when closeted in that proximity. Be sure you know how to handle each other when tensions flare up.

 

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Real Estate 101: The Top Five Red Flags for Homebuyers

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“Home is a place you grow up wanting to leave, and grow old wanting to get back to.” –John Ed Pearce

 

The real estate market has never experienced a rising increase in demand as much as it did today.

While it may experience sporadic periods of highs and lows, the fact remains that more and more people are buying real estate in this decade than any other decade in history. Unfortunately, the resultant effects of this phenomenon can have positive and negative takeaways. For one, the robust real estate market would mean a healthy economy, on the other, however, it could open up the possibility of individuals who would try to leverage the market trend into their favor in the worse ways possible. As it is, the rise in demand for real estate properties would also mean a significant increase in home sellers who would try to sell their properties. However, with the real estate market rife with competition, how do these sellers ensure that their homes would potentially be the one you would select? How do they drive the deal home?

While some would just double their efforts in their endeavor to sell their home, some sellers would resort to less than favorable means in selling their homes. This does not mean that they would outright lie to you, but they would not tell you the entire truth about their homes or it might ruin their chances of striking a deal with you. Sellers who are eager to sell properties in challenging and even difficult communities would not always disclose everything to potential buyers. Unfortunately, getting a professional inspection of every house you tour is not exactly feasible or practical for your finances. Not to worry though, you just have to keep an eye out and be a little more thorough during the house tour. Be meticulous about the houses you inspect and narrow down your choices by doing your own pre-inspection.

Whether the houses you are looking to inspect are located in a lush neighborhood such as Garden Towers or somewhere a little more unassuming, here are some of the red flags you ought to look out for:

 

A major exodus from the neighborhood

Sure, one of the things that a home seller must highlight would be the curb appeal of their homes in order to attract prospective buyers. However, as a buyer, you should not let the visual appeal of the home’s exteriors keep you from examining what is down the street. If you notice that there are several other homes for sale or if nearby businesses have been vandalized or have closed down, electing to live there might not be such a good idea. Talk to your neighbors and ask them about the community. If everyone is looking to leave, you might want to take that as a signal that the home would potentially be a bad investment.

Bad maintenance

Another thing you should look out for is whether or not the home seller took care of their homes and took the necessary measures to ensure its proper upkeep and maintenance while they were still living there. If they horribly failed in this aspect, you might not want to push through with the deal with them. After all, if you can see the gutters with plants growing in them and grime on the home times, it would beg the question: What else did these homeowners neglect and overlook?

Bad smells

A home reeking with fetid smells is a home that has been neglected for far too long. Regardless of whether the smell is outside or inside, it would make you think what sort of surprises there would be in store for you on account of the grody smells. In any case, bad smells should be a huge red flag. However, you should also take into account if the homeowner took the extra measure of spraying their homes in huge amounts of Febreeze or by covering it in potpourri. If the house smells too fragrant and would border on cloying, the home seller is probably trying to mask the more noxious smells.

Fresh paint on only one wall

While it is recommended (at times, even necessary) for home sellers to paint their walls in neutral hues before selling them, there would be something terribly suspect if only one wall is covered and painted. Sure, fresh paint can really bring out the potential of drab walls and boring homes. However, they can also be used as a medium to conceal problems such as water damage, mold or mildew. If the room has strange smells or there are any visible stains in the ceilings or walls, you might want to refer to an inspector who can identify molds and leaks.

Faulty or old wiring

Sure, you are not exactly an electrician but it is best to ensure that the electrical wiring, as well as all the switches, are all in good working order. After all, you would not want to subject yourself to busted circuits, flickering lights, and outlets that do not power anything. If outlets are either warm or hot, there might be an underlying wiring problem which you might want a professional electrician to check.

 

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Moving Day 101: Essential Things You Will Need on Move-In Day

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“Sometimes there are things in life that are not meant to stay. Sometimes change may not be what we want. Sometimes change is what we need.” –Author Unknown

No matter how you look at it, packing for a move can be quite the pain.

After all, how do you sort a significant number of years into different boxes and categories? Moreover, how do you ensure that all of it would fit into whatever number of boxes you have bought specifically for it? Regardless of how organized you are or how logical your approach towards packing is, packing will inevitably be infuriating at some point—especially when the time comes to unpack and arrange your things yet again in your new home. With so many things to pack, it can be rather easy to lose track of things and forget which box has what in it. Furthermore, it can get somewhat difficult to determine whether you have already pre-packed a specific item and if you would need it immediately soon. It becomes even more infuriating to realize that there are incredibly vital things that you would need as soon as you settle into your new place. These are the things essential for either facilitating the move or ensuring that it is as seamless and as comfortable as possible.

In other words, these are the things that you would not wish to spend ages digging around for and trying to find. These should be packed separately and easily accessible the moment you park your car in your new garage. Ideally, you should never pack them inside boxes and keep them in a separate bag in the passenger seat. This bag should be easy to find and should be the last (not the first) thing you load into the car to ensure you do not forget about it. Below is a list of these necessary items so that your move would be seamless and stress-free whether you are moving to Ametta Place or elsewhere.

1.) Checks

Whether you are paying the packers or the moving company who facilitated your move, you are inevitably going to need your checks to pay for something. Sure, you might think you have enough cash with you, but there is a likely chance that in the flurry of moving activity, there will be something—a payment reminder that you will likely forget. It might be something you were not told about until later or just something you might have overlooked. In any case, keep your checks handy.

2.) Toilet Paper

This one should be fairly obvious. After all, imagine the horror of needing to take care of stomach business in your new home only to find out that you have not unpacked the toilet paper? Unfortunately, it can be rather easy to forget, so it is best to keep them in a separate bag. Furthermore, there is a likely chance that someone would want to use the bathroom even before you have all finished unpacking, so have at least three rolls of it ready.

3.) Paperwork

If you have any sense, you would know that any type of paperwork should not be something you have to search for. More often than not, your move would involve a series of paperwork or documents which you need to have with you by the time it happens. Make the move a little easier and more convenient for you by speeding along the tedious process and having these at hand whenever needed. Have them at the ready in a convenient location and make sure you can quickly produce them when needed.

4.) Snacks and Water

Packing and unpacking during a move would require a tremendous amount of energy from you and your family members who are helping out on the move as well. You would need something to munch on every now and then to make sure you do not get too exhausted. Similarly, you would need to drink water as much as you can to ensure that you stay hydrated. Sure, you might think that it would be rather easy to take out food at the nearest fast food shop or have it delivered to your new address. But those would involve waiting, and it is a whole lot more convenient if you just had food with you on hand. Make sure your snacks do not require any sort of tableware to eat such as cup noodles, crackers and the like. Lastly, water would be vastly preferred to juices and fizzy drinks as the former can quench your thirst better which is essential when you are unpacking and arranging your belongings.

5.) Soap

Much like how you would inevitably need toilet paper, you will need soap as well. After all, you cannot expect to eat with dirty hands or hands just washed with water. With this in mind, ensure you always have a handy bar of soap with you. Alternatively, you can use wet-wipes, hand sanitizers or the like, just make sure you have a disinfectant of some sort with you—especially since you are going to be making use of your new facilities (which are likely still covered in dust). An excellent way to do this is to pack those free soaps they give at hotels in a separate bag together with your packed toilet paper. They are easy to pack and convenient to carry around, and their diminutive size does not add much to the bulk.

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8 Add-Ons to Upgrade Pre-Installed Kitchen Islands

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They aren’t there to occupy most of the kitchen floor space. The island offers extra surface during rigorous food prep, storage for cooking items and utensils, and a block keeping hungry guests at bay. Some homeowners aren’t used to the concept of islands and counters. They prefer the traditional dining set.

Contemporary house and lot and condo units have kitchen islands. The structure of these homes undertakes the importance of storage units and maximizing the floor layout. However, the style and form of pre-installed kitchen islands don’t overlap with the homeowner’s acquired taste. A condo at Bonifacio High Street requires a modern piece. It may be something unique and grounded to match the city’s energy.

Try not to fret if the kitchen counter doesn’t fit your style. There are several ways to upgrade pre-installed kitchen islands. These items will elevate and bring the kitchen island to life.

1. Bars

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Towel bars offer the best solutions for organization hacks. Kitchen with limited space will benefit from the smart and efficient uses of these thin bars. Install a long bar to hold or store lids when cooking. It also prevents them getting lost in the back of cabinets. It is also perfect for displaying sets of pans and collection of mugs. Other than hand towels, it solves storage problems by providing *an anchor for baskets.

2. Hooks

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Whether its adhesive hooks, anchors or plain old nails, hooks are organizing superstars. They camouflage wires, conceal plastic trash bags, distribute measure cups, hang kitchen wraps and pot lids, and basket for extra storage. Hooks are smaller than bars so they won’t get in the way of work and existing kitchen design.

3. Stools

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Think of height, style, and comfort when finding the right kitchen stool. First, measure the height of island’s surface. There must be 9 to 13 inches between the seat and the counter. Chair stools are 18 inches high from the floor to the seat. It works with surfaces 28 to 30 inches in height. Counter stools are 24 to 26 inches while bar stools are 28 to 30 from floor to the seat. Counter stools go with tables 36 to 39 inches in height while bar stools require 40 to 42 inches.

The space between each stool is critical for comfort and people’s movement. There’s no problem with style as several materials are complementing various kitchen aesthetics. The island can have a backless, casual or swivel seating.

4. Countertop

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Good news! It is possible to swap existing kitchen counter with something luxe or low-maintenance. The right countertop follows the home’s overall decorating scheme. A concrete countertop provides a variety of looks depending on its color pigmentation and the amount of aggregate in the mix. Stainless steel has a reflective quality making it perfect for small spaces. The reflection gives a beautiful and elegant look. Copper is pliable and ideal to produce countertops with interesting edges. Moreover, it gives off a warm glow to any kitchen. Other materials like marble, granite, and zinc are viable options as a countertop surface. Adding a glass top is also a game changer.

5. Knobs and Pull

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Changing cabinet handles is a non-committal way to enhance the look of an area. Having knobs and pulls prevents stains on cabinet surfaces and lengthens its lifespan. Hardware also provides ease of access to drawers. It must fit inside your hand and feel right to the touch. There must be no sharp edges and ridges. It must be comfortable for your fingers. Knobs and pulls are the jewelry of the kitchen. They must blend into the area, coordinate the pieces of furniture in it and enhance the design. Before purchasing for the entire kitchen, test it out to get the perfect fit.

6. Appliances

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Instead of placing the oven, dishwasher or dryer in a different spot, have it built on the kitchen island. It will give you additional floor area for cabinets, cooking ranges, refrigerator, oven, extra seating or the sink. Installing it on the isle conceals wiring and unalluring backside of the appliance. Most of all, the setup saves the item from damage.

7. Shelves

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Open shelves offer freedom to store and take cooking ingredients and utensils anytime you need them. It also prevents accidents and ruckus from bumping into cabinet doors and handles. If aiming for aesthetic, fret not. Open shelving is charming and classy as it displays food stock and baking ingredients in fancy jars and pretty containers. Customizing the stackables on the shelf uplifts repurposed old bookshelves of drilled wood from a previous project. However, beware of low-lying shelves if there are children at home. Place a glass casing to prevent them from grabbing stuff on display.

8. Trim

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Adding trim to the surface of your kitchen island changes the look and vibe of the kitchen. Uniform scallops produce a vintage, laid-back beach house vibe. Irregularly shaped waves transform the room into a modern and playful dining area. Explore different trimming designs before settling on one to find the best fit for the house.

The kitchen is a small and messy area, but it’s no excuse to make it a work of art. The kitchen island can be the star of the room with the right add-on, finishes, and trim. When this happens, family members and guests can have an enjoyable dining experience.

Real Estate Investments: Four Factors and Aspects to Consider in Pricing a Home for Sale

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“The art of selling one house is different than the science of repeating it flawlessly over and over”-Chantel Ray

An excellent sentiment to keep in mind when it comes to selling homes is to price it right. As the maxim goes, if you price it right, it sells overnight. Should your price it wrong, then it stays on too long. With this in mind, giving your properties a fair selling price should be one of the significant considerations you should take into account. Although there is a myriad of factors that go into a buyer’s decision in closing a deal with a home seller such as the location and features of the home, the asking price of the property is of paramount consideration. However, how does one ensure that the home is priced just right? How do you come up with an asking price that would encourage a timely sale? Indeed, this has been a feat that has evaded even the most seasoned of home sellers as well as professional realtors. Considering that the real estate market is perpetually in an erratic state, coming up with an ideal price that would be a fair deal to both home buyer and seller as well as encourage a quick sale is something that would require years upon years of experience complemented with professional expertise—and even then, it does not always guarantee you an opportune sale.

Numerous studies have indicated that should a home remain on the market for quite a long time, there is a likely chance it would not fetch as much money as it would have when it finally does sell. This can be quite the predicament—especially if you have found yourself stuck with a property that would not sell because you priced it exorbitantly. For this reason, pricing a home correctly from the get-go is an imperative factor to consider. However, while accurately pricing your home to the dot is not easily done, it is very much doable. All you would need to do is to have an understanding as to how to go about the pricing process.

If you think you can con your prospective buyers into agreeing on a higher asking price, you may need one to reconsider that. Take note; your prospective buyers have all the access to a considerable amount of information about your home. With this type of information at their disposal, it will be implausible for a buyer to purchase a home at a price that is considered above market value. Unfortunately, quite a lot of sellers are under the impression that pricing a home higher would result in higher sales. Believing this sentiment could potentially be damaging to your revenue as the longer your home sits on the market, the more inclined you will be to reduce its price. In some cases, you might even be constrained to trimming it so that you can sell it. Pricing your homes right should be a vital consideration—regardless of whether you are selling a home or property in One Serendra or elsewhere. To ensure that value your home close to the appropriate asking price as you can, here are some of the factors you should consider:

1.) The condition of the market

Generally, before even thinking of selling a home, the standard practice is to take a long and meticulous look at the housing market. After all, if you do not scrutinize it well, you would not be able to come up with a realistic asking price. For some time, the real estate market has shown signs of improvement. But, do not let this be the sole basis of your asking price as over the years, there have also been several dips that might consequently result in more dips as time goes on. Selling on a slow real estate market climate means having to price your homes competitively—that is if you wish to move the house. Alternatively, you can bide your time and wait for things to improve. However, if the market does not recover, you would be compelled to pricing your home lower than what it would have fetched should you have begun at the outset.

2.) Compare sold properties

One aspect to consider when pricing your home right is to take a look at recently sold properties that are in your area. Apart from that, look for properties similar to yours and come up with a figure that would be both fair to you and your buyer. The population density of your area should be a consideration. If you live in a particularly populated city, your search should only be limited within a mile of your home’s location for recently sold homes.

3.) Consider current inventory

If you wish to have an approximate feel of how competitive the real estate market is, take a gander at the current home inventory in your area. If there are a plethora of houses similar to yours at the moment, you would need to price your home a little more aggressively to attract attention—particularly in a competitive market climate. However, if there are fewer homes for sale, you can price your homes a bit higher if you wish as there would be quite a number of people looking to buy. However, the main driving point for your asking price is to ensure that your home stands out from the other homes on the market. It should be distinctive and should attract attention.

4.) Compare active properties

Apart from taking a look at the overall home inventory in your area, another thing you should consider doing is to analyze other properties that are currently for sale while you, yourself are selling. Homes that are already on the market have already gone through the very same processes you subject your homes go through. With this in mind, the prices of these homes would give you a rough estimation of how much your asking price should be. If you priced your homes higher than comparable homes, you run the risk of the house sitting and not selling. As a result, your home would be less valuable.

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9 Home Decorating Finds To Score This 2018

Shopping for home decoration is similar to buying clothing.

You must take note of the measurements, quality, color, and material among other things. A lot goes on with interior decoration. Visiting the right store on top of scouring the pieces you wish to include in your home proves to be a source of a headache when you are at a loss for ideas.

A new condo for sale in Makati is in dire need of decorating. Luckily, luxury malls like Glorietta and Greenbelt are just around the corner to provide you with your decorating needs. If you plan to go for a haul or just redecorate, you must add these ten items on your list to score during your shopping trip.

1. Contrasting palettes

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Fusing bright and unexpected colors such as oranges and blues or purples with earth tones complement audacious personalities. These color combinations can work on small items and trinkets as well as pieces of furniture. Ashley Home Store at Glorietta 3 has signature home furniture, accessories, and mattresses.

2. Dark paint

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Rooms with enough light from windows can take on a dark color. Midnight blue, charcoal or terracotta are some hues you can try for a bold interior. True Value at Glorietta 1 offers a wide selection of paint colors

3. Decorated fireplace

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A standard feature on top of chimneys is the mantel-piece design. It makes the area feel outdated. Covering the outer walls of the fireplace with wallpaper or paint is more tasteful.

4. Disco ball

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Adding a disco ball in the living room or entertainment area makes an instant party place. The ball doesn’t provide illumination, but it’s an excellent reflector. Contemporary home stores like Dimensione may have one lying around their showroom.

5. Geometric shelving

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Irregularly shaped storages double in form and function. They are highly useful in keeping the space organized while adding design.You can opt for a standee that is a work of art in itself, or you can install some storages on an empty wall. Paint its inner part with bright hue to make the items out. A store like Home Bound has stunning pieces of functional furniture.

5. Lampshades

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An efficient way to change your home without spending too much, you start with the small items. Changing your lamps shades with bolder patterns and brighter colors improve the aura of the room. Try exploring A Touch of Elegance at Glorietta 4 for lighting inspiration.

6. Patterned flooring

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For the bold and loud characters, you can place your focus on the floor. Stencils or printed details like Moroccan-inspired or paisley patterns effortlessly brightens the area. Paint splats over solid colors is a simple way to include design while giving life in the space. Handyman has every decorator’s needs in store.

7. Oversized pendant lights

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Pendant lights or enormous chandelier changes the ambiance of the room. The oversized item dictates the personality of the area. To keep the balance of the room, ensure that the size of the light pendant is within the size of the table underneath it. Decor, a lighting boutique at Glorietta 4 has a variety of overhead lighting options.

8. Upholstery

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Another way to include patterns in your home is by installing brightly printed fabric on your chairs. If covering the whole things seems overboard, keep one side in a solid hue. The remaining side works with loud prints or patterns. The pieces at Victoria Mondiale combines comfort and aesthetic.

9. Unpredictable side table

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You can try a different surface instead of the usual four corners. A table with unexpected features – wooden vine-like legs or animal-shaped body – are ideal conversation pieces. Some surfaces can stand alone while others need support like a glass topper. Muebles Italiano has furniture pieces inspired by generations of culture and artistry.

Indeed, the malls of Makati CBD solves decorating woes. Glorietta guarantees to fill your condo unit with class and style. Most of all, it will amplify the color your life has to offer. These pieces will make you look forward to your time at home.

The Top Four Mistakes First-Time Homebuyers Make

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“You cannot have everything you want, but you can have the things that really matter to you.” –Marissa Mayer

 

Buying a first home in today’s real estate market should be relatively easy. However, for those who are going into the venture sans the experience, it can be rather confusing and a tad bit frustrating at times. As of recent times, the housing market is showing no signs of declining and slowing down—in this regard, many prospective homeowners would feel incredibly confident about the timeliness of their purchase should they choose to buy a house now. However, if one travels through the unchartered  (in the case of first-time homebuyers at least) paths of buying and acquiring homes, mistakes and oversights are easily made. If you are a budget or have saved up for this monumental milestone (as is the case with most first-time homebuyers), you cannot really afford to make any error that would inevitably lead to a financial blunder.

Regardless of how small a financial mistake might be, making the wrong move in a saturated market would often lead to pecuniary remorse and inevitably, home buying misery. Unfortunately, first-time homebuyers are predisposed to committing these errors if they are left to their own devices and are armed with insufficient information. In any case, you can mitigate the chances of committing these lapses if you are equipped with prior knowledge prior to making your first purchase. Whether you are eyeing your first home to be in Avida Towers Cebu or elsewhere, here are some common first-time homebuyer mistakes you ought to avoid:

 

Buying a home that is too expensive

What is expensive and cheap is relative to how much the homebuyer actually earns. However, regardless of what kind of home you are looking to purchase, you should always remember to stay within your budget. How much you can afford largely varies but it depends on your debt to income ratio. Remember, you are not only going to be spending for the home alone, you would also have to take into account your monthly utility bills, groceries, insurance, etc.

Not hiring a realtor

As this is your initial venture into buying a home, it would bode you well if you worked with a professional whose expertise is in how real estate works. More often than not, homebuyers would rather forego the assistance of a real estate agent thinking that this is just another expense. Sure, it might be another aspect to pay for but think of it as a worthy investment. After all, you would stand to spend more should you purchase a home without the aid of an agent.

Not leaving room in the budget for other expenses

Unlike renting, owning a home would mean that if something breaks, you have to fix it. However, most first-time homebuyers do not seem to realize this. As a result, they would often not leave any room in the budget for any other expense. Your budget should not only comprise of what you pay for the initial down payment of your first home. In fact, it should cover a myriad of things. In this regard, you should also ensure that you leave enough to have extra money each month should you ever have the need for it.

Putting too much or too little down

Coming up with the down payment is already a major challenge when it comes to buying your first home, so defraying most of your home’s total price should be a good thing, right? Not necessarily. Putting up too much money for the down payment would cause a severe imbalance on your money savings and as a result, you may end up bungling your monthly budget. In this regard, you should not be overeager about paying up majority of your first home’s total price. Instead, pay just enough that you would still have a little legroom in your monthly budget to ensure you can cover any other expenses should you need it. Remember, you cannot always plan for every contingency, so should an emergency happen, you want to be adequately prepared financially.

 

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