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.


5 Most Effective Eco-friendly Home Cleaners

If there is one thing that can make our home sparkling clean, that is when we use a home cleaning material. Agree? When we talk about cleaning our home in condo Cebu City, there will always be home cleaning materials that will be used. Everybody uses a home cleaner, right? Who wouldn’t? Of course, how can we make our home clean enough when we don’t use any cleaning materials?

Cleaning our home has already been part of our daily routine in our lives. It is also one way to keep our environment clean and in order. We clean our homes for us to live a healthful lifestyle and also to avoid diseases that may cause when the surroundings are not healthy enough to live in.

There are actually a lot of home cleaning materials that we can use which keeps our home away from any unhealthy things. However, there are also cleaning materials that are not advisable for us to use at home. It contains chemicals that are already harmful whenever we tend to breathe or touch it. Well, if you are a kind of person who really cares about his/her health, then you can definitely use some of these eco-friendly home cleaners at home.

1. Carbonated sodas

A lot of you here might wonder and ask, “Soda? Seriously?” Well, you are not alone wondering whether these drinks can really help clean your homes since all we know that sodas are the beverage that we drink. Yes. Soda is one of the cleaning materials that can make your home sparkling clean. It contains ingredients that are harmless to you and of course also to the children. So, you don’t have to worry if you want to let your kids help you with some cleaning chores.

2. Baking soda

Baking sodas are only used for cooking? Then you have to think again. Using of baking sodas can also help you in cleaning your home. It is a powder that contains minerals that neutralize acids to increase the cleaning power of detergents by balancing the pH level of the water. All you need to do is add the baking soda into the vinegar to create a foaming reaction, then it is all set for cleaning. You can also make your kids help you with it since it is also harmless and they can also enjoy watching the foam that was created by the baking soda.

3. Vinegar

This kind of cleaning ingredient is the cheapest cleaning material that you can use. Of course, you can definitely find and/or get the vinegar from your kitchen. Vinegar has an ingredient that cleans off grease and stains. You can definitely use vinegar to clean off your mirrors, glass, wood floors and any other things that you want to clean. All you have to do is just mix the vinegar with water and spray it on that particular thing.  Using of vinegar is also gentle and harmless, yet it can clean anything including stagnant odor.

4. Vodka

Yes, vodka should not only be your favorite alcoholic drink but one of your cleaning materials as well. Vodka has an alcohol ingredient that can also help dissolve and eliminate odor in your home. It can also make your things and/or pieces of furniture sparkling clean. All you have to do is spray a little vodka on your windows and/or any other parts of your home then the dirt will come off.

5. Soap

The soap is one of the most common cleaning materials most people used in their homes. Since it is cheap and is available in your laundry area and/or in the stores nearby, you can definitely use it immediately. Using of soap can also make your home clean enough since it has an ingredient that can take off the dirt and the grease of a particular furniture.

Cleaning your home doesn’t need to be that hassle, you also don’t need to use harmful chemicals just to make your home sparkling clean. Now discovering and with the help of eco-friendly cleaning materials for your home, you can definitely clean your home without compromising your health. Also, you can now enjoy cleaning with your kids since they can also help you with the cleaning chores.