Redecorating 101: Give Your Houses A Fresh Look Without Spending a Peso!


After spending a considerable time in our own home, we would start to grow weary and bored with the tedious draperies, the usual furniture, and the normal arrangements but moving to another home is not exactly in our best interest, so we opt to redecorate in order to give our houses a fresh new spin instead. However, more often than not, these redecorations would be rather costly and at other times, they are rather exorbitant leaving us to shake our heads in dismay at our wallets. Fortunately for us, there are several and various ways to give our homes a fresh look—and these ways do not require you to spend a single peso.

So, if you are looking to spice up your old condominium unit in the east gallery place, or are just hoping to have an updated look in your surroundings without hurting your pockets, try these failsafe ways to redecorate your abodes.


Take a gander at your existing furniture and surroundings at home, but instead of looking at them with a pair of eyes that have been accustomed to them, try gaining a fresher and better perspective by looking at them from the eyes of an outsider. Before tossing everything in the trash, try to look back and think what made you buy a certain piece of furniture and accessory in the first place? What made it attractive? Would this ottoman look better in your living area than your bedroom? After reconsidering some options, try rearranging the furniture and see if it makes any difference. The initial step is to take it all in, appreciate what you love and what you have and why.


In your assessment of your current furniture, you may have noticed some items that are already in a state of disrepair which would make it hard for you to appreciate it. Rather than dispensing of these items, try to find ways of repairing it. Inspect your existing furniture and see if you can repair it as this will save you a lot more money than purchasing a new one altogether.


Maybe no amount of repair can help some of your furniture, but that does not mean you should toss them out. They may no longer work as pretty dining room chairs as they creak, but why not use them to create something else instead? Like a French Style Bench? Be creative in repurposing these types of furniture or the materials they are made from. They may no longer serve their original purpose, but they can certainly be used for something else if you used your imagination. Who knew that nondescript home décors could be so versatile?


Another quite innovative way in sprucing up your home décor is to make use of recycled materials that you may have thought of discarding. Have a look at your used mason jars and see if you can turn it into a cool and hanging lampshade? Be creative with the recycling and see if there are any nifty materials you can use to turn into an interesting décor.


If there are pieces of furniture you no longer love and can no longer appreciate, invite your friends to come to your place and ask them if you can swap it out with any of theirs. This is a neat way to discover other eclectic and interesting furniture or home décor without even heading to the shop. Invite more friends to make dilute your choices and make it more diverse.
When it comes to redecorating homes or condominium units, there is no absolute need to spend some money just for a quick update. If you are creative and rather keen on going green and helping Mother Nature, then the list above can be of some use to you.

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People who prefer to get the full profit of their home’s worth would rather sell their homes by themselves rather than entrust it through a broker and have to deal with pay cuts. And since shopping through the Internet has become a rather trendy thing where you can find even the rarest finds online, homeowners wishing to sell their homes have exploited this technological advancement to its maximum advantage. This remains to be a stiff reality even with the downturn in the real estate market, and more and more people think that they can do a better job of selling their homes than the pundits who have been in the industry for years and who have had far more experience than they do.

While selling your homes on your own is not exactly an impossible feat, you may find yourself disappointed with the slow pace or sale you may be getting owing to your inexperience and ineptness. Considering that most of you are novices when it comes to selling homes on your own, it can be easy to commit several faux pas when it comes to pricing our homes, but it is nonetheless, it is a mistake that can easily be rectified. However, before you go on selling your home on your own, it would be great to have an idea of which mistakes to avoid so that whether you are selling your Makati condo or your swanky apartment from uptown, you would be doing it right.

So if you are planning to sell your homes anytime soon, here are the common faux pas you should be avoiding:


One of the mistakes a homeowner commits in pricing his homes is emotional pricing where he prices his home based on nostalgia and sentiment rather than its real value. This is not necessarily a bad thing but if you are listing it at an exorbitant price for which the buyer will not be getting much value at, you will be disappointed with your lack of potential buyers. Homeowners have this propensity of viewing their property with emotional attachment and because of this, inflation in price –when experiences as a child are considered—will ensue. Do remember that although your memories may mean a lot to you and may mean something of value (may it be through your various decorative touches throughout the home), this is not necessarily true for your potential buyer, and they may not share the same sentiment. Price your home as if you are looking at it from a broker’s standpoint and not an owner’s.


You may be selling your home on your own, but that does not mean you are selling your home entirely on your own. At the most, it means that you will do some or all of the work involved in finding a buyer, complete the transaction in the hopes of saving all of or part of an agent’s commission. But this does not mean you will disregard any sort of assistance that could potentially help you. Remember, in this age of technology sources of information and support are available almost immediately and at the click of a finger. If you do not take advantage of this, you will be putting yourself at a disadvantage. To be a savvy seller, you should know when to seek help when you need it.


Buyers can be very discerning and discriminating when it comes to buying homes considering that they have a plethora of houses to choose from. So with this in mind, you have to stage your home correctly in order to entice a potential buyer to buy from you. Impressing a buyer does not always take much as simple things such as paint, good flooring condition, cleanliness, uncluttered walls and well-lit rooms are already a few nondescript but imperative things that would impress a buyer. If you are unsure of the best way to stage your home for viewing perhaps hiring a professional would be best so that they can advise you on the changes you can make to not only attract buyers but keep them interested enough to make an offer.


One thing you must remember when you are selling your home is that you are trying to attract potential buyers and hopefully have them make an offer. Considering this to be the case, you should be sure to put up adequate photos online that buyers seeking for homes to buy online would be able to do a virtual tour of your home—one that would eventually get them to see your property in person. Showcase your home at its best and choose the best photos to upload.

Debunking Misguided Beliefs and Notions Regarding Condominium Ownership


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Quite a number of potential homebuyers are rather uncertain when it comes to investing in a condo Philippines whether it is located in BGC, Mandaluyong or Quezon City. They may either be having second thoughts over the ownership of a condominium unit than a residential home or find investing a condominium hedging in comparison to having their residential lot. Whatever reservations they may have, the final decision of purchase is left up to them.

However, it becomes rather disappointing and discouraging when potential homebuyers would forgo buying a condo unit all together because they may be possibly misled and would solely take some misguided notions and beliefs as verifiable facts.

The propagation of such misinformation limits potential homebuyers from truly seeing the advantages of condominium ownership and would otherwise relinquish what could be a beneficial investment for them.

Albeit, a bit tight on the space, condo spaces are relatively cheaper compared to owning a house and lot that are built on land are easily sustainable compared to residential homes. Much of the concern and ambivalence in purchasing a unit is attached to the idea that these condominium towers and buildings are only good for about fifty years—after which, they would be demolished completely. Apart from that concern is also directed as to the ownership set up of units between homeowners and condominium developers.

These two concerns would cause much trepidation and doubt among potential purchasers as to whether obtaining a condo unit would be a wise investment or not. To address this issue, this article gathered some of the core and usual concerns when it comes to condominium investment, so you would be making an informed choice.

MISGUIDED NOTION: Condominium buildings are only good for fifty years.

This is a fallacy.

No provision in the law would state that condominium units are strictly good for fifty years only. In context, the law says that aside from being more than fifty years old, condominiums must be uneconomical and obsolete complemented with the majority of unit owners who are against its repair and restoration. There is nothing stated or otherwise implied in Republic Act 4726 or the Condominium Act of the Philippines that would allude to the fifty-year lifespan of condominium towers.

Many would argue that it may be implied from a provision under Section 8C. It states in verbatim “That project has been in existence more than 50 years; that it is obsolete and uneconomical, and that condominium owners holding in aggregate more than 50 percent interest in the common areas are opposed to repair or restoration or remodeling or modernizing of the project.”

However, a thorough and intelligent reading of the law would tell us that three factors or elements must be present to deem a condominium building uninhabitable. This would mean that the building has been 1.) in existence over fifty years; 2.) obsolete and uneconomical and that 3.) owners holding in aggregate more than fifty percent interest in the common areas are opposed to repairing or restoration or remodeling or modernizing the project. Succinctly said, if any of these three factors is missing then a condominium building or tower would not necessarily be declared uninhabitable immediately.

MISGUIDED NOTION: Condominium ownership terminates after fifty years.

Again, this is a fallacy.

A careful reading of the law would tell us that what it refers to in the fifty-year rule is the lifespan of a corporation that essentially is the same to unit owners who make up the condominium project. But, it must be taken into consideration that the condominium corporations can be renewed for another fifty years so the ownership would not necessarily end.

Additionally, this is based on the past practice of real estate developers leasing land to condominium developers where they would build their condo structures. The leasing period is limited to fifty years, but nowadays, developers no longer do this and would buy the land where the leasing rule would no longer apply.

MISGUIDED NOTION: Condominiums are not a worthy investment

Though it has been argued that although some condos might outlast fifty years, nothing beats investing in your house and lot that would be more advantageous for investment. But before disregarding the purchase of a condominium, one should carefully examine the various factors that would aid in potential purchaser in arriving at a decision.

Firstly, financial capability is of utmost importance—owning a condominium unit is so much more attainable if you earn less compared to waiting years and years just to save up for the purchase of a house and lot. Additionally, the property taxes on a condo unit are cheaper compared to residential homes.

Secondly, owning a home would have to mean forking out cash when it comes to renovations. For instance, the structure is still exposed to various elements. And if you think about it the funds and time you could save are rather substantial considering that it would not be necessary for you to travel and commute far every day as your residential area is in proximity to your workplace. This is because most condominium towers are strategically positioned around business districts.

So, now that we have enlisted a few of the common misguided beliefs and notions regarding the purchase of condominium units weigh your options well and consider the pros and cons of condo living and see for yourself if it fits your lifestyle as well as your family’s. With all this considered, you can now get started in making a more informed choice when it comes to a condominium or residential home investment.

Where To Find The Right Condo In Metro Manila

Real estate in the Philippines is a growing lucrative industry, indicative of the slow yet steady progress of the country’s economy. New commercial and residential developments are sprouting almost everywhere, even reaching the outskirts of Metro Manila. Developments are seen in Laguna, Cavite, Rizal, Batangas, Bulacan, and Pampanga, and are also slowly gaining momentum in Visayas and Mindanao. Areas in Cebu, Iloilo, Cagayan de Oro, and Davao are seeing mid- to high-rise condominium buildings and subdivisions.

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Condominiums are more popular than subdivisions in highly dense areas due to the scarcity of land area. An example of which is Metro Manila where there are about hundreds, if not thousands, of residential built by Philippine real estate developers. With so many to choose from, here are some relevant information that may help you decide which condominium in Metro Manila is right for you.


If you want to live near amusement parks, some foreign embassies, tourist spots like Manila Zoo, National Museum, Intramuros, and the ever-popular shopping destination Divisoria, then Manila is right for you. Living in a condo near Roxas Boulevard also gives you an additional bonus of seeing the admired sunset by the bay each and every day.

Quezon City

Quezon City is home to two of the premiere universities in the Philippines-UP Diliman, and Ateneo de Manila. Specialty hospitals like Kidney, Lung, and Heart Centers of the Philippines are also found here.  Public transportations are accessible and inexpensive, an added convenience to those who want to live in Quezon City.

Parañaque City

Airports in Metro Manila are located in Parañaque City. If you are one of the many travel enthusiasts, then living in Parañaque City is most convenient for you. There are also several shopping malls and famous churches, such as the National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, commonly known as The Redemtorist Church or Baclaran Church situated in Paranaque City.

Taguig City

One of the fastest growing financial districts, Bonifacio Global City, is situated at the heart of Taguig City. Posh shopping centers, international schools, high-end hospitals, and classy condominiums are found here. For a more upscale standard of living, a condo in Taguig City fits perfectly. However, if you want a laid-back residential area but still within Metro Manila, then a condo in Bicutan would be a great option.

Living the life in the metro can be pretty tough and exhausting to some, but with the right condo, life in the metro will surely be bliss.

Etiquette For Sharing A Condo With Someone

With the prices of condos skyrocketing, it makes a great deal of sense to share rent with other would-be occupants. However before you start looking for someone to share a condo with, you must take into consideration all the inconveniences and etiquette that come with sharing a space with someone else.


Divide the house chores evenly

Unless you can magically persuade your co-renter to do more chores than you do, the proper way to divide house duties is evenly.

It’s quite simple actually. If you are evenly sharing the cost for the condo in metro manila, then it is only logical to assume that all responsibilities regarding condo maintenance (such as sweeping the floor, mopping, or even garbage disposal) should be equally divided between the occupants.

In order to do this, you may employ any of several approaches to dividing the tasks. You can either alternate times when you do duties (like you sweeping during Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, while the other one sweeps the floor during Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays); or you can permanently divide the tasks (as in you washing the dishes while the other takes care of cooking).

Maintain personal spaces sacred

Despite sharing rent for the whole Ayala Land condo, you should always respect each other’s personal space. In other words, no one should be allowed to enter each other’s rooms without explicit permission from the owner of the room. You may even extend the same courtesy to everything clearly personal or private in nature such as toiletries, computers, mobile phones, and other accessories in the condo. You don’t like other people going through your things unceremoniously, without even asking, right? The same goes for the others too.

Be mindful in your words and actions

Living together in the same space is bound to make people overly familiar with each other. And as the cliché goes, familiarity breeds contempt.

This is especially true for people who have been living together for a long time. The thing is, the more time you spend together, the more you get to know each other. And the more you know about each other, the more you realize that no one is perfect – and that everyone has flaws.

The only way to prevent becoming overly familiar is to be mindful about everything you say and do. By always remembering to treat everybody with respect and tact, you should be able to prevent the feeling of uneasiness, annoyance, and contempt against each other’s flaws and mistakes.