Subletting Alternatives: Four Reasons You Should Rent Out Your Units to AirBnb for the Long-Term

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“Ninety percent of all millionaires become so through owning real estate.”-Andre Carnegie

Today, the logistics and avenues for real estate investment are continuously evolving in such a way that it caters to almost, every consumer’s demand and convenience. Back then, we saw our rental properties as profit generators and expect our prospective clients to ride us through the tide for at least six months or more. People who are in the vicinity for a short period, however, would have to rely on lodges, bed and baths and hotels. Fortunately, through technology and the influence of the Internet, Airbnb was created. This app allows people to sublet their rental properties for shorter terms while tenants get the satisfaction of living in a place akin to home sans the exorbitant accommodation bill. As a result, a symbiotic relationship is created between the host and tenant in such a way that the host gets short-term profits every time the property is rented out while the tenant has a place to stay for a few days.

However, instead of renting it out for a few days or weeks, you should start considering having it rented out for the long term. Well, if you have an empty unit in Avida towers Cebu, you might want to consider expanding your Airbnb offering. Here are the reasons why:

1.) You live in the right neighborhood

Not all communities are created the same. There are some neighborhoods that are ideal for cultivating familial relationships while there are those that are ideal for young professionals looking to find their place in the world. If your property is any of two, there is a likely chance that a lot of individuals would be seeking it out. Airbnb provides families and individuals alike a unique avenue to look for a neighborhood that suits their lifestyle should they ever relocate to an unknown city. If you happen to be in the right neighborhood, your listing is a premier pick for long-term lease.

2.) You wish to have more time on your hands

Managing an Airbnb property that has people walking in and out almost every single day can be time-consuming, and if you have a day job, this can sometimes be impossible to pull-off. If such is the case, then you might want to reconsider your short-term listing and offer it for long-term as you would only need to find tenants and that is it—you are done with work. Finding long-term tenants dispenses of the need to update your listing and calendar every day. Needless to say, you would not need to clean and prepare your property every single time a tenant leaves giving you more time to yourself.

3.) You have a second empty home

In lieu of having your second property unoccupied and empty, why not open it up for a long-term rental on Airbnb? It might not occur to you yet, but it could potentially be a profit generator—so, in this regard, do not simply have it empty and sitting ducks. If you do not wish to have various strangers in and out of your home, consider having it rented for the long-term. Not only will this ensure you have a steady income for months at a time, but you would worry less knowing that you do not have different people coming in and out of your property.

4.) You want to be paid on time

An excellent advantage of listing in Airbnb is payments and getting paid on time. Airbnb requires tenants to pay using their credit card which means that rent will be given on time via the service you listed. This is a significant advantage for landlords as it ensures they would not have to worry about clients defaulting on their rental payments.

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Home Decorating 101: Five Fail-safe Tips and Techniques to Picking Paint Colors

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“I found that I could say things with color and shapes that I could not say any other way—things I had no words for.”-Georgia O’Keefe

It has been said that we should paint our lives with the colors of the rainbow. If we apply the same sentiment to how we decorate our houses, then our homes should not only possess interesting furniture and décor but appropriate paint colors as well. However, choosing the best color can be a bit of a challenge to most of us considering that there is a myriad of lighter and darker tones for a singular hue—and that is not to mention that the color palette itself is already a multitude of various colors. So, how do we reconcile our inability to select an excellent paint color and decorating our homes with fresh hues? How do we ensure that the colors we do choose do not clash with our furniture? Well, whether you are billeted in a condo such as Avida Towers Centera or elsewhere, here are the fail-safe techniques and tricks you can use to choosing the right paint color:

1.) Do not pick your paint color first

It may seem counterintuitive considering that it is only natural to get the biggest things done first. However, picking your paint color should be the last thing you do. Observe the surroundings of your home and have a rough picture of how you want it to look like when it is all done. With this in mind, choosing your furniture and interior decorations is paramount to selecting the right color. After you have selected your furniture, you will have a much easier time in picking the right paint color.

2.) Start small

It is pretty often that big projects such as painting a home can be a bit overwhelming and undoubtedly, some of us will have little to no idea where to start. If you are unsure of where to begin, then start with the small rooms first such as the bathroom or hallways between rooms. Should you be undertaking this paint project yourself, paint the area that is quickest for you to accomplish so that you can see the results as soon as possible. This would then make it easier for you to change should you not like the results.

3.) Consider the lighting

Before selecting a color, it is imperative that you consider the lighting of your homes. Paint stores have light boxes installed in their shops so that you can accurately test paint chips in various light settings. If you wish to see the truest color, natural daylight will reflect it; incandescent lighting brings out the yellows and warm tones while fluorescent lights tend to cast sharp blue tones. With this in consideration, choose the colors most appropriate for the type of lighting you have in your room. Intense colors would appear bright and overpowering when used next to a big window or exclusively on walls. However, it would look stunning when used as an accent wall with indirect light.

4.) Test paint colors against fabrics and furniture

The paint colors you choose should complement the furniture and fabrics within a room to ensure that they do not clash. To check if a particular color would look appropriate with your furniture, paint a piece of paper or poster board and hold it up against various pieces of furniture and fabrics contained in the room to see if it goes well together. You do not necessarily have to match colors, but be sure that the undertones work well together.

5.) Have a color theme

This does not necessarily mean you have to paint your homes in a singular color, but you have to consider how the results will look like once you are done painting the entire home. In essence, this would mean that you consider how rooms will look like when standing in another—especially if these rooms open into one another. If you wish to go with one color exclusively, then play with contrasts and paint some rooms a few shades darker or lighter.

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Home Is Where The Heart Is: Five Ways to Make Your Home More Inviting

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“The greatest investment and greatest fair deal and enterprise is family, cozy homes. A cozy home is based on cozy people. Cozy people are not brought and imported; they are made from the time of birth to the time of infinity.” -Harbhajan Singh Yogi

 

Home is where the heart is.

This is a familiar adage that sagely proclaims that our homes should be a form of sanctuary—a haven if you might, where we are called not only to rest our bones and weary bodies but somewhere we can feel safe and comfortable. Our homes should not only be structures made of bricks and stones but that place where every single one of us can look forward to going after a long and tiring day. As it is, the best memories are forged in a home that cultivates a cozy and inviting atmosphere—one that beckons visitors to come in, have guests linger for a little while longer and make family members never want to leave. Indeed, a place such as this would give you the fondest memories and a relaxed lifestyle.

However, how does one create an inviting home? How do you ensure you can cloak it with an inviting aura that entices people to stay? Whether you have a condo in Manila or a flat elsewhere, here are some of the creative ways you can create that inviting atmosphere:

1.) Let your front door and entryway set the inviting tone

An excellent way to establish an atmosphere that beguiles is to set the tone first. In doing so, you will not only be making a good first impression, but you would create enough interest for your guests to discover more about your home. Elevate your curb appeal and never underestimate the inviting power of a front door and entryway. Install a welcome mat and a few potted plants by your front door. Furthermore, you should make sure that this area is clean and devoid of any clutter.

2.) Use color and other design tricks to pull eyes through your space

In designing an inviting space, consider your guests’ perspectives. With this in mind, you should pay close attention to utilizing a creative design at the farthest point of view. An excellent example of this is to install a painting on the far wall just across from your front door. Emphasize this design piece by adding more fun art and lighting beside it. This design aspect alone will intrigue your guests and would pull them through your home all the while inviting them to explore your space.

3.) Have as many leafy, long, trailing and green plants

Incorporate natural elements into your home and make it seem eco-friendlier by strategically placing green, long and trailing plants all over the place. Potted plants not only make your home seem au-naturale, but they also enliven the space by bringing life to it. Additionally, the abundance of plants promotes a relaxing and calming ambiance that would be ideal for individuals looking to have a little relaxing space after a long and busy day.

4.) Personalize at least one furniture piece

One way to make your home more inviting and a lot more unique is to have at least one personalized furniture piece. This furniture piece can be anything—from a reupholstered furniture designed in a fun fabric or artwork you made yourself—let this be the distinctive feature of your home that sets it apart from the others (and keep it from looking like the inside of a catalog). Furthermore, personalized furniture pieces or design pieces make for excellent conversation starters as well.

5.) Have good smell linger in your home

One great way to make a significant impact on your guests is not only to stimulate their visual senses but their olfactory sense as well. Rid your house of any bad smell and have a signature scent you can have lingering in your home. If you want to take the natural route, place a vase full of fragrant flowers and it will do the trick. Alternatively, you can use potpourri as well. If you have a sensitive nose and are adverse to fragrances, then at the very least make sure your home does not have any bad smells lingering about.

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Five Important Things to Know When Living Alone

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“True independence and freedom can only exist in doing what is right.” -Brigham Young

So, you have graduated college, established a career and are now prepared to embark on your life’s next milestone. You have saved enough money to finally live on your own and away from your family to discover new heights and reach your fullest potential. Indeed, living alone can be quite a thrill. The freedom and independence that come along with it are nothing short of exhilarating. However, while living alone means no one can prevent you from doing anything and everything you like, it does not mean that it comes without a set of responsibilities. Before you start scouring the metropolis for prospective Manila properties you can live in, know that living alone means having to fend for yourself. After all, you only have yourself to rely on so it would be understandable to expect a degree of answerability to yourself as a consequence.

For some, the responsibilities that do entail in living independently may be too cumbersome to handle, while others may flourish in their solitude. Regardless, if you have even given living alone some consideration, here are things you should know and expect:

1.) There will be unplanned expenses

No matter how meticulously you partitioned your monthly salary for utility bills, groceries and the like, know that there will be unplanned yet inevitable expenses. No, these are no the things you buy on a whim or an impulse. There are likely events that would cost you to fork some cash in order to maintain a semblance of livability in your home. An example of this is an appliance breaking down on you or some plumbing repairs that would need to be immediately taken care of. These are things that cannot wait until the next month for repairs if you want to live comfortably.

2.) You need a decent amount of money

Suppose you have gone through leaflets and scoured the web for the ideal home and found one. To your surprise, it is just within your budget. Unfortunately, it might not be as simple as you think. Apart from the money you pay for rental dues, there might be a security deposit you would need to defray as well. Depending on where you live, your landlord might even request a consigner for the least. To top all that, if you are going to live in an unfurnished flat, you would also need to have your own furniture to fill it up with. With all this in mind, it is important to have a decent amount of savings before deciding on living alone.

3.) Read your contract

If you are planning on renting out a flat, take note that you need to read your lease contract thoroughly. This is because the contents within are legally binding and if you neglect to read it, you may be inadvertently agreeing to something you actually do not. It might be tempting to skim over a lot of pages instead of poring over them then sign it at once, but you will be glad you did not do that if you find something you are not amenable to. Remember, should you break your lease, you are bound to pay up.

4.) You cannot take everything

You might want to pack every single thing you have in your parents’ house that you own, but know that this might not be possible. For one, the space you have might be limited and another thing, you will have more work to do and would have to expend more effort. Additionally, you might end up just filling your new flat with a lot of clutter as well.

5.) You need to spruce up

Living alone means cleaning up for yourself unless you want to live in a hovel. Everything you own would inevitably get dirty and the longer you put them for cleaning later, the more grime they accumulate. Apart from your dishes, you are responsible for your laundry and the general cleanup of your flat. So, if you want to live comfortably (and healthily I might add), it is best if you clean up regularly.

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Hassle-free Move: Four Tips and Tricks to Make Moving Day Stress-Free

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It is no doubt that moving day can be one of the stressful days you will ever experience in your life. Of course, collecting, stashing away and moving your entire household is no easy feat, so you are inevitably going to encounter a lot of stressors along the way. After all, in the years that you have lived through your old home, stripping it down of your possessions and packing them away can seem like a herculean task—especially if you have spent a significant number of years accumulating your belongings. However, there are ways of ensuring that your moving day goes on without a snag and without ruffling any of your family members’ feathers. Your moving venture might be a huge endeavor, but with a solid strategy and good planning, you can be assured that it would go smoothly for the most part.

So, whether your change of address is to a condo in Manila or elsewhere, here are some tips that will help you make your moving day easy and stress-free:

1.) Start weeks or even months in advance

If you live in a relatively small home with a meager number of possessions, you can start packing weeks before your moving day. However, if you live in a sprawling home with too many valuables to count, you might as well start as early as you can—even months prior to your moving date. Although your moving date may seem rather far, it is best to make some progress in your packing than be overwhelmed with the sheer number of things you have to do come moving day. True, it might be tempting to leave packing at the last minute—especially if you dislike living among boxes or have to use some things inside them. But you will be glad to have packed earlier than you should have. Just remember to pack the things you are not regularly using first and leave your daily essentials for last.

2.) Be organized

Being organized is key during your move as it aids you in staying on top of things. To make sure you stay organized during the move, have a list of all the tasks that you need to do and divide them in weeks. This would give you ample time to complete whatever is written on a particular week’s list. A typical organized moving day list would consist of eight weeks of their own respective tasks.

3.) Clean out the clutter

Clutter can not only induce headaches, but they are eyesores as well that would do nothing to prove visual aesthetics. If you have a lot of clutter lying around at home, it would be a good idea to start getting rid of them before you even start packing. In this way, you would feel a lot more organized. Additionally, getting rid of the clutter would prevent you from packing things you would not necessarily need in your new home—saving you from all of the frustration in getting rid of them once you unpack and get settled into your new place.

4.) Label your boxes and bags

To know where items to be packed should go and to easily identify which is which, you should label all of your boxes and bags. Apart from categorizing them and knowing what the contents inside are, this would also help you determine which boxes and bags are to be opened and unpacked first. Typically, this is best done if the box is labeled according to where its contents will be placed (labeled per room). However, it would also be ideal if you also wrote and included the contents in its label. Boxes that contain important and sensitive documents such as birth certificates, insurances, passports and the like should be placed in a secure folder and should have a different marking than the rest. Ideally, this folder should be in your person at all times.

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Five Steps to Turning Your Flat into An Elegant home

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“Do you know what elegance is? It is not only what you are wearing, it is how you wear it, who you are inside. It is the way you decorate your house, what you surround yourself with, what books you read and what your interests are.” -Carolina Herrera

Without a doubt, achieving elegance in our homes would be difficult as elegance is subjective, much like beauty is. Incorporating a bit of elegance in our homes is not straightforward and can feel a bit frustrating at times. However, there are universal concepts that we can all agree on that would make a home truly elegant such as the ones below. Whether you are sprucing up your condo unit in Arbor Lanes or looking for a way to bring a touch of sophistication to your homes, here are the steps to making your homes truly elegant:

1.) Select a color theme

A color theme that does not clash and highlights the most important aspects and elements of your home is imperative in turning your homes into an elegant dwelling. Select a color palette consisting of at least 2-3 main colors with 3-4 complimentary colors—make sure that these colors go well together and would work in harmony. A good example is to tale main colors such cream, brown, and green while your complimentary colors should be shades lighter or darker than your main colors. Examples would be ivory, beige, and champagne. Do not go for colors that heavily contrast each other unless you are looking to contrast colors for a specific feature in a room.

2.) Choose the main items to highlight

Highlighting a main object in a room not only gives it significance, but it significantly increases the elegant and sophistication factor of your room. Some of the items you can highlight are major furnishings such as book shelves, a large sofa or even the room itself by utilizing creative paintwork and excellent carpeting.

3.) Create a focus in the room

Unlike choosing main items to highlight, the focus of a room should be the center point or feature that would catch the eye upon entrance of the room. It should draw eyes and start conversations whenever people are in the room. It can be a rather uncanny object such as an unusual chair or bookcase, an intricately framed mirror, a wall of photos or an abstract painting. Let this be the one attraction of the room and let everything else support and complement it. Remember to only add one focus as when you incorporate too many aspects; it creates visual noise that would result in a stressful rather than a unified look.

4.) Clean up the clutter

Clutter is another source of visual noise, and it tends to detract a room’s elegance and beauty. Stuff such as mail, magazines, shopping catalogs and even remote controls should be stowed away as it is not pleasing to look at with the rest of your décor. Do not have too many items or trinkets on display and set a rule on how many items should be on any counter or table surface.

5.) Select beautiful things to give your home a soul

Let your décor speak about your home’s character as well as show a glimpse of what their inhabitants are like. One of the features of an elegant home is a well-loved home, so decorate but do not go overboard. Select some of the most beautiful things that have some meaning to you and place them strategically in your home. Some souvenirs from your travels may do the trick, a unique center piece on your dining table or works of art you have done are great selections for this. Additionally, these items are also great conversation starters as they create a spark of interest in a home. Steer clear from overly minimalistic kind of decorating as they make your homes look dull and without life.

 

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A Simple Guide for Finding a Retirement-Friendly Home

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Let’s admit it! Not all of us would have thought about having a retirement-friendly home, right? Obviously, one thing that would first come up into our minds when we talk about home renovations is the modern way of renovating the house. Well, modern design is not that bad at all. However, if you are living with elders, you also have to think about having a retirement-friendly home whether you are residing in South Park District or any other real estate properties in the Philippines.

But if you are one of those homeowners who just doesn’t have any idea at all on what and what not to do when it comes to home renovations, then you might want to consider these home features that would make up a retirement-friendly home.

Accessible kitchen counters

For some homeowners, just because they are tall, that doesn’t mean they are also going to make high countertops. Of course, you also have to ensure that everyone can access to it, especially when it comes to the elders. Make sure that the edges of the counter are also not pointed that would lead to some accidents. Moreover, choose a home design with kitchen countertops that have the right height.

A ground floor master bedroom

When it comes to elders, you have to treat them in a gentle way. That is why having a ground floor master bedroom is one of the things you can do for them. It is expected that some of them already have arthritis, back problems, and other physical health conditions that could affect their mobility as they age. Of course, this matter should not be taken lightly. Make sure that they will not be struggling when it comes to go to and fro from their bedroom.

Lever-style doorknobs and faucets

This is also one of the many things you should consider before deciding some home renovations. Make sure that the doorknobs and faucets are easier to grab and open or close, especially when both hands are busy handling things. This is also one way to prevent them from hassles, especially for someone with shaky hands.

Open floor plans

Having an open floor plan will be much easier for the elders to navigate and walk around the house. They won’t be worried about tripping off due to the things in front of them. Open floor plans will also give them enough space to move around the house. For family members, this is also one way to keep an eye on your elderly relatives easily.

Removing the walls of your home is one thing that can make a retirement-friendly home. With the spaces provided, this will invite more nature light from your windows to come in and make your living space feel comfortable.

Non-slip, no-trip showers

One of the struggles most elders experience is the shower. Of course, the bathroom would be slippery, especially after using it. Even if it is just a minor accident due to a slippery floor, this can lead to displaced joints, slips and other serious injuries. I’m sure you don’t want that something bad might happen to the elders, right? And God forbid!
That is why it is a must for you to install floor-to-ceiling glass doors and level the bathroom floors to prevent accidental falls. Moreover, you can use non-slip mats, rugs and small tools that would help the elders move without any accidents while using the bathroom.

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Feng Shui 101: 3 Ways to make your Home a haven of good Fortune for the year of the Rooster

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“Feng Shui is the study of the environment and how it affects people. It has nothing to do with luck and everything to do with space that promotes feelings of happiness and well-being”- Cathleen McCandless

“Feng Shui is about reclaiming your life’s energy and directing it towards balance and purpose. The result is greater harmony in your space and life.” -Wahida Young

One of the best ways to usher in the new Chinese New Year is to make certain that your home is auspicious to the designated Chinese Zodiac. According to Chinese Zodiac enthusiasts, 2017 marks the year of the Fire Rooster or alternatively known as the Fire Phoenix. Feng Shui experts have slated this year as an excellent time for transformation. Incidentally, homeowners are known to make some new changes during the start of the year which would make it the perfect opportunity to begin your own home’s transformation. To make it more favorable for this year of the rooster, utilize the tips below so that regardless of whether you are living in Ayala Bacolod or elsewhere, you would invite good fortune in.

1.) Make sure your home is ready

At the start of any year, whether Chinese or Gregorian, it is always best to welcome it by cleaning your home. In fact, a general practice of feng shui is to clear away the clutter in your homes to improve the flow of energy. Without a doubt, a clutter free home makes for less stress and it would be a whole lot easier to arrange and decorate as you wish and make it even more auspicious for the coming new year.
After making your place ready, you can then identify which sectors of your home are considered lucky and unlucky for this year. With a compass, identify which areas of your home are the south, north, east, and west ends.

2.) Ward off bad luck

For this year, Chinese Feng Shui master has identified the south, southwest, west and northwest as the unlucky sectors of the home for 2017. Do not place too much emphasis on these areas lest you invite misfortune such as accidents, financial challenges, accidents and even harrowing experiences. To prevent an “activation” of these unlucky sectors, it is best not to linger or sleep in any of these areas. As an added precaution, you can put five stones in a can and place it on the south side of the home. This will aid the metal element to neutralize the earth element which is the bringer of misfortune. Additionally to counteract illness, place a glass of salt or a salt lamp in the northwest area of your home. Prevention of burglary, theft, and betrayal can be done by placing a glass of water in the southwest sector and when placed in the west, it can ward off misunderstandings and anger.

3.) Inviting good fortune

Of course, there are also ways to invite good fortune and luck in the new year—particularly in the north, center, east, southeast and northeast areas of your home. The more time you spend in these areas, the better your chances are of enhancing your luck. Apart from lingering in these areas, you need to make sure that they are well-lit as this is one of the surefire ways to make them more receptive to positive energy. Additionally, colors would play a pivotal role in bringing good fortune to a home all of which would depend on the direction a home is facing. This is incredibly ideal for those with homes who are in need of a fresh coat. So, if you are planning to repaint your home, consider the color that would best enhance the energy that flows around it.

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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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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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