Archive | May 2016

Tips on How to Find The Right Air Conditioner Repairman

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Have you ever notice whimpering noises coming from your air conditioner? Is your AC blowing hot, musty air into your room? If so, then you better find an air conditioner repairman immediately. Perhaps, some of you here might wonder and ask if it is really necessary to call a professional air conditioner repairman when you can do it all alone. Well, you may have a point. But hiring one can help you fix your AC without any costly mistakes.

But whether you like it or not, finding the right air conditioner repairman can also be challenging and daunting. Of course, you are not going to hire someone without making sure that they can do their job professionally, right? Who knows, they might be one of those people who pretend to be a repairman but at the end, they would scam you with that. However, you can definitely avoid such unfortunates if you know how to find the right air conditioner repairman. And most importantly, it doesn’t matter if you are living in a townhouse Manila, you can definitely have the right repairman to fix your AC.

Ask someone you can trust to recommend a good technician

Asking some recommendations from your family or friends is one of the things you can do to find a good one. If they can recommend you, someone, that means they know how good he is when it comes to repairing any AC at home. Generally, your family or friends will not recommend a person that does not do their job professionally. Well, it is definitely up to you to consider their recommendations.

Look in the yellow pages or yelp

If your family and friends do not know anyone that is professional enough to repair any AC, then you can definitely look in the yellow pages or yelp for any air conditioner repairman. Of course, you will definitely find hundreds to thousands of people who do the same job. However, you also have to be careful when it comes to choosing the right one. You definitely do not want to be a victim of their scams, right? That is why, before deciding to hire someone, you have to make sure that they are good and professional enough to do their job.

Make a short list of the top three names and research them

After searching some names from the yellow pages or yelp, narrow your list down according to their ratings. If that person or company have higher ratings or have good and satisfying reviews from their clients, then you might want to consider listing it down to your top three list of names. Well, you down with three to make sure that if one is not available or their schedules are full, then you can definitely skip to your next potential repairman that you would like to hire. Moreover, you also have to make sure that these top three names have an excellent performance when it comes to giving their clients their best services to make sure that you will still get the right repairman.

Check with the Business Bureau to ensure the company is in good standing

If you are a kind of person who is skeptical enough when it comes to choosing the right repairman, then you might as well check their background. In this way, you will know what kind of company or people they are when you do a background check. Moreover, this is also one of the many ways to make sure that the person you are about to hire is professional enough and the license to do the job.

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Four Survival Tips for House Hunting

 

 

House hunting is easy. It is the catching it part that is difficult. ~Susan Gale

One of the major milestones you encounter in life whether you are a newlywed couple, a couple with kids, or an individual seeking to be more independent is finding the perfect home to live in and begin a new life.

And this milestone in life entails a very exciting and fun activity known as house hunting. The prospect of looking at new beautiful places whether it is a condo in Cebu City or a house and lot in Davao and envisioning what it would be like to finally live in them can be enthralling, and for a while, it can be.

But then again, this is before reality creeps in on you. This is before you realize that you would want to move out of your current residence right away. And you might have the reasons (overbearing in-laws, a new job that requires your move immediately, etc.) for doing so. It seems like the budget you have is not adequate enough for the kind of wish list you have for your home.

When you do find a house that is at the right price, a lot of logistics seem to be involved such as the mountain of paperwork and as it is this kind of pressure can really stress you out. To make sure you do not let the stress of house hunting get to you, here are tips on how to survive it.

1.) Know the difference between your needs and desires

If you are buying a house from a bottomless cash coffer, then your home can come equipped with all the necessities and all the features you would want in a house. However, if you are scouting for homes on a budget, then certain compromises must be made. Know the distinction between your wants and needs and ask yourself some questions when you are doing so. Is it absolutely necessary to have a backyard pool? Or can you use the community’s pool instead? Though location may be a crucial factor in making your final decision, certain extraneous features can be compromised. Do not get too caught up checking off every item on your wish list or you would end up disappointed.

2.) Do not let aesthetics get in the way

The hackneyed phrase, “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” is not only right for individuals, but for choosing homes as well. Remember to look beyond the visual aspect of your home. Although everyone may want a beautiful home, it is equally important to consider the location and structure as well are far more important if you can get the house at the right price.

3.) Brace yourself for anything unexpected

No matter how meticulously you have planned your house hunting strategy, the reality is there are certain things that you can never plan for. An example of this is perhaps when you are buying a foreclosure. Just as you are about to seal the deal, you would find out that there is another existing mortgage on the house with a second bank causing it to decline on your offer.

Maybe you will discover your new condo is peppered with termites. Should the worst occur, stay calm and collected. Be ready for anything to come up and just welcome that as an opportunity to look for a better home.

4.) Prioritize

Know that the most important step when it comes to house hunting is to set priorities. Determine what is essential to you and know which aspects you can try to compromise on. In the same vein, this is where you distinguish your wants from your needs and come up with a list that would help you look for houses with a realistic mindset.

House hunting can be a fun and thrilling experience, but as it is, it could be stressful to potential home buyers as well. So, when you are browsing homes in, keep these tips in mind to make your experience in finding that one perfect home truly rewarding.

Five House Shopping Tips For Newlyweds

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So, you have said your “I do’s”, went on a Caribbean honeymoon and have envisioned what your life is going to be like for the remainder of your years with your new spouse. Well, apart from finally getting hitched, the next major milestone is buying out a home where you can commence your life as a couple, raise a family, cultivate and foster relationships and nurture your children. The prospect of house shopping together may seem like a thrilling and exciting experience but do keep in mind that this is a major commitment and would require careful consideration. Do not simply decide on the first house you would like. Remember, in most cases, you could not simply and easily discard your hold home in favor of a new one—especially if you are still paying for it.

Regardless of whether it is a Rockwell condo unit in Makati or an apartment in Cebu when it comes to house shopping, it is imperative to invest wisely and have a strategic plan as to exactly how you and your spouse would go about it. To make sure you would not have any regrets with your choice, create a buying strategy that would aid you in choosing a house. Here are fourteen tips that should aid you for this major milestone in life.

1.) Take a look at your financial situation

After spending money for your wedding, it is important to have some left for you to start your life out as a couple. This is because one of the initial steps you would take is to purchase a flat where you and your new spouse would stay. Seeing as it is vital to consider your financial situation before investing in a home, it is imperative to have a price range and a maximum price. Talk it over with your spouse and make an honest assessment of your individual and joint financial situations. From there, create a budget as this will allow you to build a budget for your home immediately and determine the type of house you can afford.

2.) Set a realistic goal

Do not have ambitious housing goals if your financial situation cannot afford it. Manage your expectations and keep it realistic. Have a clear understanding of what you both want and have an idea on how much money you have for your down payment and how much more you would need to save up. Remember, your cash equivalent should be twenty percent of the property’s selling price for deposit to secure a housing loan.

3.) Learn how to prioritize

Learn what you would prioritize as a couple whether it is the size, design, location, etc. You may agree on a lot of shared ideas but find that you would have to compromise in order to have an ideal home—especially if you cannot agree on all the aspects you want in a home. Write these priorities down and keep the high-ranking items on your priority list in mind when you are house hunting.

4.) Save up

This one is pretty straightforward and would need no further elaboration. However, some couples would neglect this very critical step in an attempt to make sure their new home would be as “livable” as it can be by buying a lot of furniture without even stopping to consider the annual payment dues for their home. At whichever point you are in the process of buying a home and regardless whether you are renting or buying or are still deciding, do save up enough money. Apart from spending on the house itself, you would still have the insurance utilities, overall expenses, and taxes to consider as well.

5.) Choose a Community Carefully

This is a vital step as this will determine your overall experience when it comes to living in your home. Remember, safety is of utmost importance so be sure to look into the reported number of crimes in the neighborhood you choose to buy a house in. Consider the location as well, if the neighborhood is in close proximity to schools, offices, churches, malls, etc. or at least has an access for it. Remember, the neighborhood is one of the pivotal factors that would determine how long you would stay in your home. Be very sure it meets your needs not only for the short term, but for the long run as well.

 

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Why Living In Apartment is Best For Busy People

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Living in an apartment has been popular these days. Considering the boosting of the economy that allows people to have their respective jobs, apartment investors has rapidly been increasing. But whether you like it or not, there are also pros and cons when it comes to apartment living. That means, living in an apartment may not be practical for everybody.
Yes, one can choose whether to live in an apartment or a house. But if you are looking for a place where it can be to your advantage, especially when you are a busy person and want to live solo, an apartment may suit your lifestyle. Here’s why:

No repairs

One of the duties of a landlord or the owner is to make sure that the building would be in its proper state or structure. That means, if there are any damage that needs to be repaired, they will be the one who will keep track on that particular matter. Moreover, if you have some leaks, cracks and other damages found in your apartment room, then it is also your duty to tell your landlord or the owner of the apartment that it needs repair. With that, you will not need to worry about finding some time just to repair the damages.

Amenities

This is one of the things most busy homeowners want to have. Of course, who would not want to chill and feel relax after a long stressful day at work? Right? Living in an apartment would also give you a chance to use their amenities such as the swimming pool, a tennis court, a fitness room and other things that you might want to use.

Location

One of the many reasons why most people prefer living in an apartment is because of the location. Perhaps, the apartment is just near or a walking distance to their work. Or it grabbed their attention since the location of the apartment has a low crime rate with low cost of living. Of course, the location is also one big factor that helps people decide on what apartment they want to have; be it in Davao apartments or any other apartments in the Philippines.

Security

Basically, apartments have their own security guards who roam around the place making sure that everything is in order. Guards are also strict when it comes to the visitors. They would most likely ask the visitor on what and who they want to visit. Of course, that is to make sure that there will be no suspicious person that can enter the vicinity of the place. Also, apartments have CCTV installed in the designated areas to ensure safety for everyone.

Short-term commitment

If you are just looking for a place where you want to stay for a short period of time, then apartment living is best for you. You don’t need to worry about your future stay since the landlords are there to guide you on what you need to do during your stay. Moreover, the lease and other monthly dues can also be negotiated. Just make sure that you won’t have a bad record with the owner or landlord for you to make some adjustments whenever you need them one day.

Cost

When it comes to living solo, there are actually a lot of things you need to think about especially when it comes to your everyday expenses. How much more when you also have monthly dues that you need to consider? However, living in an apartment would be a great help since there are apartments that are just affordable for you to have. You don’t have to worry about the lease and any other monthly dues since it is definitely within your reach.

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Steps to Hosting a Housewarming Party After Your Move

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Moving into a new neighborhood can be daunting and can cause you a lot of stress. The new environment, the new home you are living in, the new people who are your neighbors—these are all factors that would contribute to how good or bad your experience in that particular neighborhood will be in the future. One way to make sure you would be settled will into your new community is to make sure you befriend your neighbors and introduce yourselves to them as you will be spending time in close proximity to each other and in cases of condominium units, you would only be a wall away from each other.

Though throwing a housewarming party after your move may be the last thing you want to do, and can be a little bit intimidating, this is the best way to introduce yourself to the neighbors and an avenue to make potential friends that are within your vicinity. Regardless of whether you are billeted in park point residences or 1016 residences, it is important to get to know your community and make some friends. Keep the affair simple so that you would not have to stress about the cleanup after. Your guests are not expecting anything lavish either as they are aware that you have only just settled in.

1.) Keep it simple

The first step to a successful housewarming party is to decide who would be invited to the affair. Would this be a party exclusive to the adults? Or should kids be included? Another thing to consider is to keep things simple and not too fancy. The best time to host a housewarming party is probably in the afternoon where you can simply serve snacks and cocktails instead of a full course dinner during the evening.

2.) Easy snacks

It is a good idea to know and decide what you should serve before deciding on a time. Go with a snack that is appropriate to your chosen theme and time. To make sure that efforts and plans are kept to a minimum, go for an afternoon tea which would be served after lunch or an evening cocktail soiree after dinner. It does not take much to serve a few finger foods, some hor d’ oeuvres, cocktail drinks, tea, and juice.

3.) Tidy up

You want to make a good impression on your neighbors so make sure that your house is spruced up and ready for entertaining guests. Having just settled in and moved is no excuse– simply cleaning your home before you have moved in or unpacked should be an easy feat to do. You do not need to make sure that every nook and cranny of your home is spotless, just make sure it is clean and tidy enough to welcome guests.

4.) Arrange the party area

Seeing as you have only settled in, there will be places in your home where you cannot accommodate guests for the meantime. So, with this in mind, arrange a place that already has a semblance of what it should look like after you are done unpacking and designate that as the party area where the food will be served. Make sure this place is thoroughly clean and is a good place for your guests to relax and converse with each other.

5.) Relax

Do not be too wound up about making your party a success or impressing your new neighbors. Instead, relax and strike up a conversation with them. As this is your first time in meeting them, make sure you allow for enough time to get ready before their arrival. Keep everything casual and mingle with them. Make sure the overall atmosphere is welcoming that breeds camaraderie and before the affair ends, you will have made potential neighborhood chums.

 

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Spruce Up an Old Garden in these Five Affordable Ways

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“Why try to explain miracles to your kids when you can just have them plant a garden?” –Robert Brault

The scorching summer heat has not exactly been kind to our plants. And if you have a sprawling garden or a small lawn wherever you may be billeted, your plants are most probably parched in this season under this weather by now. If you are fortunate to have a garden or patio area in your homes, no matter how small, there are more ways to make it more appealing instead of leaving it to fend off for itself under the intense summer heat.

Some of these ideas would not even cost you a single peso at all. Creatively bringing your garden back to life does not necessarily require you to possess a green thumb either as even simply cleaning or weeding out your garden, scrubbing the patio or adding a bit of color and paint to the woodwork can breathe life back into your otherwise  lackluster garden.

All the labor involved in your endeavor does not have to fall onto your shoulders either as this can be a joint family effort which you, your family or your kids can enjoy. Remember, your garden or your patio is one of the places in your home where you can truly relax and unwind. So it is best if you give it the appropriate ambiance by doing a bit of redecorating because a garden no matter how small, whether located in the suburbs or in a bustling city like a townhouse in Manila, is a place of tranquility and respite.

 

1.)    Paint your fences in eye-popping colors

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Exploit the season’s colors by applying them to your wood panels and experience the summer feel and vibe all year long. Painting your wood panels with ice cream colors will guarantee you a livelier and cheerier looking garden and it would certainly add more interest and life to your garden. However, if you do not want to commit to a Technicolor color scheme for your backyard, you can try something less permanent such as using a colored ribbon to hang a series of glass bottles from your fence at varying lengths and colors. Keep things interesting by popping a flower in each of them and you will achieve the same effect.

 

2.)    Install your plants in unexpected planters

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Break away from conformity and conventional gardening by installing your plants in unexpected places for a more creative twist. Have your flowers planted in the basket of an old and unused bicycle, or maybe some old wellington boots, or even the drawers of a painted chest of drawers you once had. The possibilities are endless and you will effectively be putting your old junk to good use instead of just throwing them away.

 

3.)    Install DIY wind chimes

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Do not make your garden only a beautiful sight to see but make it a place that is heavenly as well. If you have some old keys gathering some dust at the bottom of your drawers, put them to good use and paint them in various colors and thread different lengths of string through each one. Hang them from a durable stick and hang them from a suitable place in your garden space to create tinkles and mesmerizing sounds on a windy day.

 

4.)    Give your garden some extra storage

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The space beneath your garden benches could be a potential hub for gardening materials. Turn this empty space into a quick storage fix by adding makeshift curtains which would conceal all the clutter inside and in turn, give your garden that extra storage space while embellishing it at the same time.

 

5.)    Get creative with the lights

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There is no absolute need to spend a lot when it comes to giving your garden an aesthetic illumination effect. Simply use your old Christmas lights and line the pathways with ropes and drape those fairy lights around your bushes, shrubberies, and archways. Add them to mason jars and achieve a more subtle yet creative lighting effect.

 

Your garden is not only a place for you to unwind and relax, it is also the ideal spot for entertaining visitors. So, if you have some extra cash on hand, do not hesitate in revamping the environment by adding a barbecue grill or a good patio set that would be perfect for entertaining guests as well as a relaxation from a long day.

 

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Ways to Stay Friends with Your Roommate

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There will always be fun and exciting feeling when living with a roommate. They are not just there to make friends, but they can also be a great help especially when it comes to dividing all the expenses from the rent down to any repairs of your apartment. But let’s admit! Although there are a lot of advantages we can get from living with a roommate, there are just times that living with them can also be a nightmare.

Whether you like it or not, there are pros and cons when you live with them. And if you are not used to having someone living with you, then this might be a challenge on your part. But fret not! It doesn’t matter if you are living in Davao apartments or any other apartments in the Philippines, you can definitely live a happy life together with them. Here’s how:

Eat dinner together at least once a week

It is understandable that you may not be able to eat together with them considering the busy and different schedules that you have. But at least, take the lead to dining at least once a week with them in your apartment or in any affordable restaurants. Remember that a good food can also give you a good friend.

Cook dinner together

If you both have the spare time, you don’t you plan to make a good food together? Perhaps, you can make your favorite dish. And when it comes to the expenses for the ingredients, then you can both talk about it. You don’t have to worry since the budget you can spend is just affordable enough than eating in a restaurant. At least, give yourself a time to bond with each other by cooking some dinner together.

Go for a walk

Going on a short walk together is one of the many ways you can build a good relationship with them. Perhaps, if you don’t have anything to do in your apartment, then why don’t you go both decide to go for a short work. You can go to places that you want. Or you can also go for a walk in your neighborhood. This is also a good exercise.

Support your roommate’s interest

As we all know, we all have a different interest in life. Your interest may not be your interest and vice-versa. However, even if you both don’t have the same interest, at least you show them how supportive you are when it comes to their likes. Of course, don’t encourage them to continue doing such interest. However, if you feel that there is something wrong, then you can also support them by giving them good advice when it comes to that matter.

Spend time with your roommate’s family and friends

When you become friends with your roommate, there will be possibilities that they will invite you to their family’s or friend’s gatherings. As a good roommate and friend, you should also spend some time with them. Again, show some respect especially when it means so much to your roommate.

Hang out together

This is one of the simple yet effective ways to bond together. If you have the time to spend, then why don’t you hang out together? Perhaps, you can go for a good window shopping, watch a movie, or go for swimming at the beach or pool, or go to your favorite band who are having a concert. You don’t just enjoy the things you do, you also have the chance to free yourself from any stress you have at work or in school. Have fun and enjoy!

Talk

There is nothing like a good talk with your roommate. It doesn’t matter what kind of topic you want to talk about for as long as you both are having a good time listening to each other’s stories than it is definitely good to have. Moreover, this is also one the many ways you can build trust with each other. Who knows? Your roommate has some personal problem and he/she just want someone to talk to. Of course, you can be that person. Of course, you also have to be a good sport when it comes to that. Perhaps, you can give some good advice to him/her that they may be enlightened somehow.

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