Home Living: Six Tips for Pet Odor Removal

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

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

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

1.) PAY ATTENTION TO LESSER KNOWN AREAS

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

2.) OPEN WINDOWS ON NICE DAYS

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

3.) USE BAKING SODA

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

4.) INVEST IN A GOOD AIR FRESHENER

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

5.) KEEP THE LITTER BOX IN AN OPEN AREA

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

6.) CLEAN CARPETS, RUGS AND FURNITURE

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

 

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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.

Five Ways to Conserve Water and Cut down Your Water Bill

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Without a doubt and over the years, water has become a rather scarce natural resource so much so that essentially, it could be considered as a commodity rather than an ecological supply. And with the atmospheric heat reaching impossibly high levels, we have quite possibly been living with a potential onslaught for an oncoming drought. Seeing as this is the current circumstance we are in, it would be understandable if your water bills are pricier than they used to be–which is probably one of the reasons why you should start conserving water more.

But regardless of whether you are trying to go green and help mother earth or just basically cutting down on utility costs, there is a real and certain advantage to conserving water. Additionally, conserving your water supply would likely prevent water pollution in nearby rivers, local watersheds, and lakes. Apart from that, another great perk is through water conservation, you can extend the life of your septic system as you will be effectively reducing soil saturation and reducing any pollution due to leaks. If this is not enough to convince you of its many benefits, then perhaps the easy ways to do it below will. Because whether you are billeted in a residential home, or are currently settling in condominium units such as arbor lanes, there is a multitude of ways you can conserve water and cut down on this particular utility bill and below is just a fraction of them.

TAKE SHORTER SHOWERS

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More often than not, the shower offers us a certain kind of solitude that allows us to wallow deeply into our thoughts. However, this avenue for contemplation is often equated to wasting too much water during long showers. To prevent this from happening, limit your showers to approximately 5-7 minutes and whenever possible use the traditional pail and dipper as you will be conserving more water this way.

CHECK FAUCETS AND PIPES FOR LEAKS

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Leaks from pipes and faucets can really accumulate without you noticing. A worn faucet with a small drop can yield up twenty gallons of water per day while larger leaks can waste hundreds of gallons. With this is in mind, you should routinely check your pipes and faucets for leaks.

USE YOUR DISHWASHER AND WASHING MACHINE SPARINGLY

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Although dishwashers and washing machines were intended to make arduous tasks more convenient and easier to accomplish, these are also two main appliances that waste a lot of water. Whenever possible, hand wash your dishes and clothes especially if there is a smaller number of plates and clothes than usual. Use these appliances only when you are assured they are fully loaded with dishes and utensils or a full load of clothes for optimum water conservation.

DO NOT LEAVE THE WATER RUNNING WHEN RINSING DISHES

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Leaving the water running while rinsing your soapy dishes is one of the ways you waste a lot of water every single day. If you have a basin, fill that with water instead and rinse your dishes and utensils there. Another way to do this is to gather your washed dishes in a dish rack and rinse them with a spray device or a panful of hot water.

STOCK UP ON RAINWATER

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Whenever possible, install a basin or a catch barrel somewhere in your house and nifty pipes which would divert rainwater into the catch barrel during the rainy season. This would enable you to save extra water which could be used for a variety of things such as watering your yard and garden, cleaning your cars and even giving your dogs a bath. As much as possible, do not use a water hose as likewise, this is another way you would be wasting water daily.

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5 Lies Homeowners Probably Believe About Home Renovations

There will always be advantages when you renovate your home. Agree? Imagining what your home would look like would an exciting venture. How much more if you aim to achieve the desirable outcome? It is inevitable that you can do some renovations or improvements on your home whether you are living in Alveo Quezon City or any other properties in the Philippines.

Ok, let’s face it! Some of you here might think that renovations is not that important at all and will only cost you a lot. Of course, it will if you don’t know anything about renovations and all. However, if you just know the basics of what’s and what’s not to do, then you might avoid significantly and costly mistakes in renovating your home.

Sad to say, some homeowners believe on lies about home renovations. That is why, they are committing costly mistakes, which they have regretted it. Well, if you are one of those homeowners who are planning to do some renovations, then you might as well know the lies about most homeowners believe – which you shouldn’t.

1. You don’t need any permits

If you think that renovating your home, do need to have permits, and then you better think again. Some properties require you to submit an appropriate permission before you can do the renovations. Well, if you don’t know anything about it at all, then this might cause you into trouble for not following the policy of your community. Moreover, permits are there to authorize you to do the renovations for any case someone is there to ask you about it.

2. Improvements always pay off

It is one of the common misconceptions of most homeowners. They always think that whenever they renovate, they will always have something in return. Sad to say, it is always not the case. Home renovations may not pay you off. That is why, before you decide to have some improvements on your home, you have to be sure that you won’t regret your decisions later on. Moreover, if you renovate your home without any plans at all, it might commit costly mistakes. And I’m sure, you don’t want that to happen, right?

3. Hiring a professional is expensive

Not! Of course, not all professionals have expensive fees. Some professionals offer services at an affordable price without compromising the quality of their work. Moreover, if you don’t hire professionals, doing home renovations on your own may cost you more than hiring one. You are hiring a professional that can do the work faster and easier. All you have to do is expect a better outcome.

4. Good contractors are available 24 hours

 
It is not true. When a contractor is good enough when it comes to home renovations, you have to expect that there are also a lot of homeowners who likes to hire that particular contractor – not just you. That means they are not available anytime you want them to be. Sad to say, some homeowners fail to see that coming, that is why they tend to do a last minute bookings. As a result, the contractor that they want to hire is not available. Some of them resort to a not so good contractor, which definitely can jeopardize the quality of the renovations.

5. Reusing materials is a no-no

It’s the opposite instead. If you have a lot of materials left from the previous improvements that you have, you can reuse it. It is not true that it will cost you a lot more. In fact, this is one of the many ways you can save your budget for the next renovations you have at home. Well, you just have to make sure that the materials you use are still safe and durable enough for your home. If not, then you better find another one that can be still of use.

Are You a Socially Responsible Homeowner?

 

 

If you think that owning a home is enough to become a good homeowner, then you better think again. Being a homeowner is not just about living in a comfortable home and living up with your lifestyle. It is also about being responsible for the surroundings or community that you are living. Whether you are living in a real estate Cebu or any other real estate property that you are in, it is still a must for you to be a good and responsible homeowner.

Unfortunately, there are some homeowners who just don’t have any idea at all what are the responsibilities of a homeowner. Perhaps, all they know is that for as long as they live comfortably at their respective homes, then they are good. Well, not! Well, if you are one of those homeowners who don’t have any idea at all, then below are some things for you to remember.

Be mindful of your trash, including noise and light

When we talk about trash, it is not just about our waste we have at home where we should throw away. Sad to say, there are a lot of homeowners who don’t know what other types of “trash” they unknowingly create. Well, one of the “trashes” that we are talking about is the noise pollution. Of course, the noise is already becoming a bothersome and a huge problem in the city. Inconsiderate drivers who usually can’t wait to have his/her turn in traffic honk loudly.

Moreover, aside from the noise pollution, you are also adding up light pollution. Yes, glaring lights are one of the things your neighbours might not want to see since it can disturb them, especially when they are about to go to sleep. If you are a responsible homeowner, you should also be mindful of the things around you.

Change your mindset and the way you travel

Just because you have a private car, it doesn’t mean you cannot minimize and change the way you go from place to place. For instance, if you usually use your car for a fifteen-minute walk to your gym, then you have to try walking instead. With that, you are not just saving your gasoline, you are also minimizing the air and noise pollution people make. Well, it doesn’t go to hurt your time and effort if you just spend walking around your neighbourhood.

Moreover, if you are athletic and energetic enough to do the biking, then you can also have to do it sometimes. With that, this is also your chance to mingle with new friends and your old friends.

When looking for a home, be smart on choosing where to settle
If you are one of those people who are planning to move, you have to make sure that you also know what things that you should do best. Not just for you, but for the community as well. For instance, if you have worked with that particular company, then you might want to consider moving to the nearest place where you can live. Of course, this saves up the time to travel and wait for a long hours traffic. Also, you will most likely have a healthy and comfortable living when you like the place where you stay.

Create an economical and sustainable home

Whether you realize it or not, the things we do the effect of our personal choices we make in our daily lives. Of course, it doesn’t just affect you but also, the things you do also affects to the surroundings and the people around you. That is why, you have to be careful and think twice or even thrice before doing what you want to do, especially when it is not to your advantage.