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Top 4 Decorating Mistakes Homeowners Are Still Doing This 2017

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Decorating your home is one of the things that excite us the most. Although there are times home decorating can also be challenging and frustrating, but the end results would pay it off. Of course, that if you are doing the right home decorating techniques. However, there are just some homeowners who just didn’t realize that they are repeating the same home decorating mistakes all over again. And mind you, this is not a good habit to start with.

 
Whether you are a tenant in a Makati condo for rent or any other properties in the Philippines, there is no reason for you to commit the same mistakes again. And if you are one of those homeowners who doesn’t have any idea what mistakes they are making, then below are some common decorating mistakes most homeowners are still doing.

1. Having more than one focal point

Having a central point at home is used to feel more inviting and offer a more comfortable place to stay. This feature can be your picture, mirror, or dramatic piece of furniture that catches every person’s eyes. But there’s a caveat though; a good focal point can only do once. If you tend to have more than one focal point at home, this might not be a good idea, since it can make the room feel disjointed and leaves a person’s eye without any rest.

 
For you to be comfortable, you have to choose one focal point that would complement the place. Don’t be overwhelmed with the spaces you have at home and just choose one to make a good and satisfying focal point.

2. No considering your lifestyle

Just because the interior or exterior home design is a trend, that doesn’t mean it is also good for you. Nope, not all! Obviously, you are not going to do some renovations to your home if you don’t even need it, right? But if you still continue to follow the trend without any knowledge on whether or not it fits into your home, then you might regret your decision later on.

3. Too many throw pillows

Throw pillows are one thing that gives beauty to our home. Apparently, it doesn’t just add beauty; it also provides us with the feeling of comfort whenever we want to relax at home. Throw pillows can also give a homey feeling or ambiance on the place. However, having too many throw pillows at home is also not nice to look at. Instead of giving us the comfort that we want, it provides us with the feeling of annoyance since we don’t know where to seat already.

 
When it comes to adding throw pillows on the couch, you have to make sure that there will be a space where you can still seat. Perhaps, 2-3 pillows on a couch are enough.

4. Not testing your paint color

Colors are important. The color of your home doesn’t just add beauty, but it can also create a mood or ambiance at home. And if you are not careful enough when choosing the right color paint for your walls, then you might not like the result of the interior and exterior design. Before anything else, you should not forget to test the color before choosing and buying a particular paint. If you think that the color of the paint is a little bit dry to look at on your walls, then it is better for you to find another paint that would match or complete the design of your home.

 

Moreover, you also have to make sure that the paint is durable enough to last longer than any other paints. Yes, some paints can easily be torn off especially when it rains. So, you have to choose the right color paint for you home.

 

Following the trend when it comes to home design is not a bad thing at all. In fact, it is one of the many things you can upgrade your home design into something new. However, before deciding to follow such design, you also have to think again and again if you need it, or if it is worth it. Think and then decide. With that, you will know what and what not to do when it comes to the design of your home. Of course, this will also prevent you from committing costly mistakes all over again.

 

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Home Inspection 101: Things To Inspect During Your 5 Years of Owning a Home

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Ok, let’s just admit! Not all of us here would like to expect something that isn’t happening yet, right? That is why most of them do panic whenever something they don’t expect. However, if you know that something such happens, then you know what and what’s not to do when it comes to fixing your home. And whether you like it or not, repairs at home is also inevitable whether you are living in Solstice or any other properties in the Philippines.

 
Well, if you are one of those homeowners who are curious about on what to expect, then below are some of the things that might help you get ready especially when it comes to home repairs.

Leaky faucets, running toilets

You might not want to experience repairing such leaky faucets and running toilets, right? And not all of us here know how to fix those damages. I know, fixing these stuff is annoying since you have to deal with dirty and smelly water and all. That is why you already have to know on what and what you should not do when you experience this. Of course, you don’t want to do more damage. Right?

For you to successfully repair such, you have to know the basics. Or if not, you better hire someone or a professional who knows better when it comes to the repairs and all.

Jammed disposal

It is a must in your community or even as a homeowner that disposal of your garbage should be in a proper way or method. Of course, this is to prevent any troubles when it comes to your wastes. Moreover, most communities are strict in that particular policy since they know that if garbage is not properly disposed of, it is not good for the environment and the community.

However, if the disposal of your garbage is jammed or clogged, you might be fixing it on your own or call some help to the people who knows better. Or even hire a professional for you to fix it. Again, don’t do things on your own if you don’t know anything about it at all, it will only cost you. Better save it and hire someone. With that, it makes the work easier and faster.

Peeling cracked paint and siding

Of course, this, if you are not keen about what paint you used when you first paint your home, you also have to expect a peeling, cracked paint and siding. Well, if you notice that the paint of your home is already peeling, then you better find quality paint. Make sure that you apply the paint correctly for as not to have some peelings on your walls.

If you don’t know anything about how to paint properly, then you better find or hire a professional to do the work to make sure that you will have a good and satisfying outcome. Do not do things on your own especially if you don’t know anything about it at all. It will only cost you a lot more.

Concrete cracks

Cracks on walls are dangerous especially when there are earthquakes. A little shake on your home might cause more damages to your home if not taken care of immediately. Of course, if you want to be safe while living, then don’t wait for the cracks to widen. You should always think safe at all times.

Nail pops

This is dangerous if you don’t notice it on your home. This can be the reason of your injuries or a serious wound. Before you let your kids roam around the house, make sure that there will be no nail pops around the corner. It is dangerous. When you find one, make sure to get it or simply punch to drive the nail deeper. With that, it will be safe for you kids.

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For Homeowners: Things To Avoid When Decorating Their Living Room

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Living room is one of the important areas we have at home. Of course, it is in the living where we usually gather and have good moments together with our family and friends, and it is also where we spend our spare time to entertain ourselves. Well, it doesn’t matter where you live. Whether you live in condo Cebu or any other condo units in the Philippines, you can still have your living room.

Well, if you are one of those homeowners who don’t have any idea at all when it comes to the arrangements of their furniture, then you better stop and read these tips below for you to know what makes your living room look bad. Of course, avoid these things.

Following trends

There is actually no wrong if you follow home décor trends. But there will also be danger when you tend to follow different trends – it might not look good on your living room. Just because it is a trend, it doesn’t mean it also good for the living room. No, not all. As a homeowner, it is your responsibility to know your living room and the kind of ambiance your home has by heart. With that, it is easier for you to determine what design would you like to have for your living room. Give some personal touch to it, not just simply following the trend. This is also one of the many ways to give your home a homey feeling.

The wrong paint color

This is one of the most common mistakes a homeowner can do. They Paint their home with the wrong choice of color. Remember, the color of your home plays a big role when it comes to beautifications. When you have the wrong color, you will most likely have a hard time finding the right furniture or interior design that would match the color that you choose. Moreover, you might not want that particular color which leads to not having the enthusiast to make some decorations at all in your home.

Bulky overhead lighting

For some homes, having a bulky overhead lighting might not be a good idea for them. Unless you want your home to look heavy and your ceilings to appear lower than they really are, then going big might not be for you. Moreover, if you want to have a sense of light and roominess, you better not choose the heavy fixtures for your room – it doesn’t look good. Well, you better look and choose light fixtures with open designs, slim lines, and try something with crystals on it if you want to go stylish and to reflect some light on it.

Uncomfortable furniture

One of the most common misconceptions of most homeowners is that, whenever they see something that looks great, they include it in the arrangements. Just because they look good it doesn’t mean that it is also fine to include it in your living room. Remember, the things found in your living room are mostly useful. And if you think that that particular thing is not useful at all, then you better find other furniture that can be of use. It is better to find another one than filling your living room with useless things.

Some of us here don’t realize that they have been arranging their furniture in a way where it ruins the style and beauty of their living room. Yes, not all of the arrangements are stylish and good enough for the area. Of course, before you decide what you should do with the furniture you have for the living room, you also have think about whether or not the things you want to include would fit perfectly with the other furniture.

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Housekeeping 101: Five Steps to Eliminate Clutter in Any Room

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“Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” –William Morris

As the minimalist lifestyle has been making waves, it is only natural for us to eliminate all the unnecessary clutter we have lying around our houses. Over time, accumulating stuff becomes inevitable and without a doubt, they could be one of the reasons for our stress. Clutter in any part of the home is not only an eyesore, but it would take up valuable space as well—space that you could have used for something else. Apart from the routine cleaning you would do weekly or monthly, do a bit of de-cluttering as well. Give your homes that much needed breather whether you are living in a condominium unit in Sedona Parc or a residential home anywhere else with these easy steps.

1.) Set an overall goal

Know what you want to accomplish by the end of your endeavor. This is the most crucial step as it would assist you in having a vision of what you want to achieve in your mind. Be specific when enumerating what your goals are such as saying: I will declutter and organize the kitchen downstairs so that cooking would be a more eventful affair; I am going to organize my books by title so as to make it easier for me to read books which I have not read. It is imperative that you state your goal and your reason for doing it and similarly, you should write it down to give you a little nudge for whenever you do not feel like doing it. Put it in an easily visible place. Do not forget to take pictures before you start to give you that dramatic effect of a before and after scenario.

2.) Gather your tools

You might be under the mistaken impression that eliminating clutter would not take a lot of tools, but on the contrary, a successful decluttering would involve four kinds of essentials tools which are containers. These containers should be categorized into Trash, Storage, Give Away/Sell or Put Away. Containers can be anything from bins, laundry baskets, excess baskets or trash bags—whatever you have access to.

3.) Pick a room or area

When you are looking to declutter your entire home, it would be better if you focused on one area first before proceeding to the next. In this way, your focus would not be diverted and in the same way, you would actually see some visible progress. If you are up for the task, choose the biggest challenge, but you may need to break it into little chunks as you go. However, if you have never been particularly successful with decluttering, it would be best if you selected a smaller area so that you would not have a much more difficult time. Suppose you are decluttering the kitchen for this week, start with the utensil drawers on Monday, have Tuesday for the cabinets and so on. Keep going until you have successfully completed the project.

4.) Plan a time

Inevitably, you are going to have to find an appropriate time to schedule your decluttering. WE are all busy, but that does not mean you should neglect to do this altogether. If you are setting aside time for cleaning, consider the schedules of those around you as well. Having kids run around when you are cleaning can prove to be a hassle, so schedule it around your tots nap time. If finding time proves to be difficult, find a fifteen-minute block a day to do what you can. Do this little by little until you finally make some progress.

5.) Dump the leftover clutter

Your goal is to eliminate clutter as much as you can so it is only natural that you deal with the pile quickly before it starts accumulating again. Take the trash, bag it all up and get it out. Similarly, take the items you need to give away and deliver them where they need to go. Do not wait as this will only encourage or tempt you to keep them or worse; these items will start to mix which would be a waste of all your sorting work.

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Apartment Living: Five Tips In Keeping Your House Plants Alive

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Plants are a good alternative to having pets in a condo unit or apartment.

More often than not landlords or some certain condominium policies keep us from having any four-legged company in our homes, but having plants in the apartment is a great alternative. It may not do tricks for you, play fetch or needlessly ask for attention but it gives your living space that truly lived-in feel. Additionally, plants can be a good alternative to people who are allergic to pet dander or fur and for people who do want something to take care of but cannot commit to doing some because of their perpetually busy schedule.

Unfortunately, some of these plants never make it. The fact is a plant’s growth being stifled inside a pot is vastly different than having a plant grow in soil. But this is not to say that is impossible either. More often than not, the survival of a plant in your apartment needs a little more dedication and commitment on your part. There are ways of providing your plant the kind of environment it ought to have for it to thrive regardless of whether you are billeted in a condo or in an apartment. Read below for a few of these tips so that even if you are living in a Davao apartment or a condo in bgc, your plant will survive.

 

1.)    Assess your humidity levels

Indoor plants are different from outdoor plants when it comes to humidity. Indoor plants need to have the right consistency in order for them to thrive. Considering the Philippines is a tropical country, your plants are likely to require more humidity. One thing you can do is to place gravel at the bottom of your plant’s container and place the planter in a dish with water. Spritz your plants with water from time to time as well to keep them hydrated.

2.)    Drainage and overwatering

Watering plants whether indoor or outdoor is essential. But keep in mind that anything more than just adequate is bad for your plants. Your plant’s roots will rot if they are overwatered or improperly drained. Make sure your plant has drainage products that would help it keep the balance between wet and dry. Apart from keeping the soil moist, it should also be allowed to dry a bit between watering sessions as this will help your plants stay alive longer.

3.)    Let the light in

Water is vital to plant survival, but so is light. Survey your condominium unit or your apartment. If you have observed that you do not have a lot of natural light, then indoor plants may not just be an option for you as they will die faster without any natural light to aid them with their lifespan. Conduct the appropriate research and know what kind of light your plant requires whether it is direct sunlight, partial or is best left in the shade.

4.)    Choose your plants wisely

Some plants thrive as an indoor house plant while others do not last too long.  So, choose your plants wisely. If you cannot be committed to care for your plants as much as you want or as much as they need, opt for plants with more resiliency. Snake plants, aloe, African violets are low-maintenance plants that do not require a strict watering schedule and would not need meticulous care.

5.)    Do not move plants too much

Rearranging your furniture might constrain you to move your indoor plants as well but you may want to reconsider. Your plants, just like pets would like to stay put in one place. If a plant is thriving is a particular space in your residence, it would cause it to go in a state of shock if you moved it around. Once you have found the ideal place for you plant wherein it can get the right amount of sunlight, let it stay put and do not move it around.

 

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Why Do We Need To Conserve Energy At Home

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As we all know, conserving energy is a must. Perhaps, some of you here already have an idea on what and what not to do when it comes to conserving energy at home, since there are a lot of articles that talks about things that help conserve the energy. However, not all of us here are able to grasp and understand why we need to conserve energy at home. Of course, it does not matter if you are living in a condo in Taguig or a condo near Makati, you are not excepted in conserving energy.

Although most homeowners have their own ways in doing their thing, but we all have the same aim – to conserve energy. Perhaps, a lot of you here might be wondering whether if conserving energy is important or not. Well, if you are one of those people who share the same sentiments, then below are some reasons as to why we need to conserve energy at home.

Energy efficiency saves you money

Whether you realize it or not, conserving energy saves your money big time. Of course, you are paying the bills. And if you use too much energy, your electric bill would definitely go up. Not to mention when you use appliances that are not energy saver, it will definitely add up to the cost of your bills. If you want to save money, you have to buy energy-efficient appliances, making energy-efficient home improvements, and taking energy-efficient actions every day.

If you think that buying energy saver appliances can cost you a lot, then you better think again. These kinds of the appliance are affordable enough for you to buy them for your home use. Replacing incandescent light bulbs with energy-efficient halogens, CFLs or LEDs saves you more than the previous one. And most importantly, you also have to observe proper measures such as turning the lights off or the AC off if it is not in use. With that, you can definitely save you from worry about your bills.

Energy efficiency improves the economy

Aside from it help us save a lot of money, we have also helped our economy by conserving energy at home. How much more when we practice conserving energy not just in our home, but also in business establishments? This will definitely help businesses and city, towns and governments save on a much bigger scale. Well, think about saving millions to billions of money while conserving energy. And if they have the money, they can definitely put up other establishments to create more jobs for the unemployed. See how conserving energy can save us a lot of headaches?

Energy efficiency is good for the environment

Always remember that not all appliances are eco-friendly. Most of the appliances produced chemicals when is use that can definitely destroy our Mother Nature. However, if you just convert your appliances that are friendly enough to the environment, then you are also helping our community by protecting them from harmful risks. Moreover, through converting your appliances into an eco-friendly one, you are also conserving and saving a lot of money.

Energy efficiency improves national security

Perhaps, not all of us here know this, but energy efficiency safeguards our nation by decreasing the overall demand for energy, and the need to import and transport fossil fuels. Of course, this also paves way to our country’s independence when it comes to our resources. Moreover, with energy efficiency, we can save energy resources for future generations to use.

Energy efficiency enhances quality of life

Of course, this is the most important thing we need to achieve. Whether you realize it or not, conserving energy can improve the quality of life that we have. Generally, we will have a more comfortable life in our community since there are not dangers when it comes to harmful pollutants. Moreover, you can also be productive at home and at work through taking advantage of energy efficiency in office buildings and production processes.

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3 Big Lies You’ve Been Telling Yourself About Renovations

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Whether you like it or not, there will always be a time when you get to decide to have some renovations at home. Perhaps, you get tired of living in a dull and boring place, and you need some inspiration that is why you decide to do some remodeling. Or you’ve even noticed that there are already damages in your home that needs to have some repairs. No matter what the reasons are, there is still a need for you to renovate for the betterment of your home. Who would not like it? Right?

Unfortunately, not all homeowners can achieve the desired outcome of the renovations. Perhaps, they do not have any idea at all on what and what not to do when it comes to home design. As a result, they made some costly renovation mistakes. That means, renovating your home should not be taken light to avoid committing mistakes. Generally, it does not matter if you want to have some renovations in your house and lot in Quezon City or any other real estate property in the Philippines, having a good home is within your reach.

If you are planning to remodel your home, you have to make sure that you are doing the right thing. Of course, you also have to know the basic things when it comes to home renovations. That means you should also not believe the lies most homeowners tend to think. As a result, they regret their decisions on the long run. And I’m sure you do not want to happen to you.

Lie # 1. “Home renovations always pay you back.”

This is one of the many lies most homeowners believe. They tend to believe that improvements will pay them back that is why they do some renovations even if it is not that necessary to have. And mind you, renovating your home without even thinking if it is worth your time, effort and most importantly, your money, then it is not a good idea to have one. Of course, you are all wasting all of it. Before you decide to remodel your home, you have to make sure that it is necessary enough for you to do. If not, then this might not give you a good result in return.

One of the things most homebuyers or renters would usually look for a home is not just about how good your home is. Yes, the appearance of the property may be an advantage, but you also have to make sure that the property has a high quality for the people to be interested in buying or investing in your property.

Lie # 2. “You can do it all yourself.”

Whether you like it or not, you definitely cannot do it all by yourself. Of course, you need someone that would help you with the renovation. You also need someone who can hold the other end. And mind you, you will definitely be exhausted when you tend to do the renovation all alone. However, when you have a helping hand, your work will much easier and faster for you to do. You also do not need to put yourself in an awkward situation or position since there is no one who can help you with it. Well, you need 2-3 people for you to be able to accomplish the task as soon as possible.

Lie # 3. “Do it right – no slapdash remodeling allowed.’

Although it is true that we need to follow some measures when it comes to remodeling our home, that is not always the case. When it comes to renovating or remodeling your home, it is a must for you to follow what you really want to have for you to be able to appreciate the outcome of it. Of course, you also have to make sure that you are still doing the right thing when it comes to the dos and don’ts when remodeling your home. With this, it will be much easier for you to make the renovation done since you know what and what not to do with your home.

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