5 Worst Decorating Trends Homeowners Should Avoid

“If you wait until you have enough money to decorate and make your own it will never happen. If you wait until you can afford to buy everything new you are missing the point. It is the old, the new, the made, the hand-me-down, the collected, the worn (but loved) things in your home that make it your own.” – Stacy Risenmay

If there’s one thing that completes a home, that would be its interior design. Decorating a home is a great way to give your home a sense of belongingness and comfort. Without such, your house would be as empty as it feels. Whether you are living in a real estate Manila or any other real estate in the Philippines, there’s no reason for you not to decorate your home.

But there’s a caveat, though, homeowners should also be mindful of what and what not to do when it comes to interior or exterior designing. To give you an idea, we list down some worst decorating trends that a homeowner should avoid.

Colored appliances and bathroom fixtures

Colors are crucial when decorating – it can break or make a home. However, choosing the wrong color would ruin everything. Many homeowners would prefer using neutral colors to make sure that it would look good on your home. Moreover, if you are color blind, make sure to ask help from the professionals to guide you on what color should you use to achieve a desirable outcome.

Plastic furniture covers

Although plastics may be a convenient thing to clean since you can just wipe the dirt out, it is not attractive to use plastics at home. If you do not want to get your furniture dirty, then you can use a pretty cloth to cover it. Not to mention sofas with plastic covers, it is a turn-off. That means, if you want to cover it, then use something that would also look nice on the sofa.

Artificial plants

As much as possible, never display fake or silk plants. It is a turn-off when you use such plants. If you want to decorate plants at home, make sure it is fresh. Of course, plants would not just give you the right ambiance at home, but putting them is also beneficial to our health. That means you have to make it fresh to make sure you will get the necessary benefits from the plants.

Matching patterns

There’s nothing wrong if you try to match patterns. However, if you want to have a stylish home, then make sure to use your creativity to achieve such. For instance, try to avoid matching your drapes with your throw pillows and sofa. Keep in mind that too much of a good thing is also a bad thing for interior decoration. So, try to think of an alternative where you can incorporate each design at home.

Wall-to-wall carpet

Carpets are a good thing to have at home. A wall-to-wall carpet is even considered as an expensive thing a homeowner could have. However, this may not always be the case. For some people, having a wall-to-wall carpet at home is a no-no since it may be placed for dirt and germs to gather more than anything else, especially when you do not clean your home regularly. This may cause you some health risks due to an unclean carpet.

Leopard print

It does not matter if you like leopard print or not, but this design is a no-no at home. This trend would only look tacky when applied to home decor. And one thing is for sure; you do not want to ruin the design of your home.
As a homeowner decorating a home may give you so many things in mind for you to consider. Things such as what’s good and what’s not? Or what’s in or what’s out? However, if you know what you want to do with your home, then it would be easier for you to decide the right decoration for your home.

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3 Big Lies You’ve Been Telling Yourself About Renovations


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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5 Hacks to Visually Enlarge Your Small Space

Hands up if you are one of those people who live in small spaces! Have you ever feel that your walls are already closing in on you? Like you don’t have any space available for you to freely roam around your home? Well, fret not! You are not alone! Yes, there are actually a lot of homeowners who share the same sentiments as you do.

However, just because you have a small home, you can’t do anything about it anymore. Generally, it doesn’t matter if you live in house and lot for sale Philippines (Cavite specifically) visually enlarging your small space is within your reach.

Thinking about what and what not to do when it comes to improving the interior design of your home can sometimes be daunting and challenging. Of course, you need to think about the things you need to do for you to achieve a desirable outcome of your home. And to give you some ideas, below are the top five hacks to visually enlarge your small spaces at home.

No worries! These tips or hacks are easy for you to use in your own home.

1. Lighten up

Choosing the right color for your home is one of the most important things you must consider. Of course, the color of walls can help visually expand your space. Well, you can go for a white color for your walls. Although some of you here might think that white is just a plain color, but never underestimate it since it can do wonders when it comes to expanding your space. But you can also go for pastel colors if not for white.

2. Use vertical stripe patterns

Just like wearing vertical stripes clothing, you can also go for vertical stripe patterns for your walls, or even with the floors. You can trick the eye into making an object appear taller or longer. Of course, this is also one way you can maximize the effect in your home. well, before deciding to use vertical stripes pattern, just make sure that you get a permission from your landlord. With this, you don’t have to worry about putting some vertical designs for your home.

3. Use mirrors strategically

Mirrors are not just for your own purposes. You can also use mirrors to trick that you have a bigger space at home. Moreover, mirrors can also help maximize the effect by placing a big mirror directly across the room from the window. With this, it will create an illusion of an endless space. However, you should also be careful when it comes to the installation of it. Make sure to avoid placing mirrors to reflect objects that are not easy on the eyes, since it can create an illusion of a cluttered home.

4. Utilize the vertical space on your walls

Aside from using vertical stripes pattern for your walls, you can also use the vertical spaces available at home. Well, you can place some bookshelves in an empty space. Or you can also buy rails to hang pots, pans, and spices, especially when you have a vertical space in your kitchen. And yes, it does not just give you an illusion of having a bigger space; this will also help draws the eyes upwards making your small space larger.

5. Buy proportioned furniture that does double duty

One of the many reasons why your home feels like there is no space available is because you have so many things that are cluttered inside your home. And in order for you to avoid such, why don’t you buy proportioned furniture that does double duty? With this, you will not be worried about what and where you should put your furniture since you have already some space or storage available for it.

See? Having an illusion that you have a bigger space at home is not that hard as you think it is. Of course, you just have to make sure that you are doing the right thing when it comes to what and what not to do when decorating your home.

Valentine Activities You Probably Didn’t Know You Can Do At Home

Valentine’s Day is one of the most awaited days for most couples or lovers. This is the time when they can express their love for one another than any other ordinary days. But celebrating Valentine’s is not just about going to a fancy restaurant, or book a hotel room. Whether you both live in Abreeza Residences or any other real estate properties, you can still have a wonderful day and night with your partner.

Sad to say, not all of us know what awesome things or activities they can do at home. As a result, they tend to have higher expenses every Valentine’s Day. However, if you are just creative enough when thinking about what you can do to make it a fun and exciting activity, then you definitely can have a memorable day.

Of course, Valentine’s Day should not always be expensive. It’s not about money; it’s the thought that counts. So, whatever you do for as long as you do it by heart, then it’s definitely a good thing. Well, for those couples who are still thinking about what to do, below are some ideas you can get for you to do this upcoming special day.

1. Go half and half on the night

If you’re planning to have a dinner at home, you can go for half and half. That means you can have first the meal on the half of the night, and a dessert for the other half. You don’t have to do it all at once. Moreover, this is also one way to enjoy your dinner.

2. Have an 80’s love movie marathon

Modern day movies are a cliché, but if you are into lovey-dovey, or cheesy and all, then try watching 80’s love movies. It would be a perfect ingredient to set the mode of the night. Of course, it’s not just about all those cheesiness, but you can also get a good moral when it comes to handling love for each other.

3. Cook dinner together

For some, this is one of the most fun parts when preparing for your night. Of course, you’re both cooking for each other. The more hands-on you are, the more you can feel that one is trying and giving their best effort just to make the night a memorable night ever.

4. Have a Valentine’s breakfast

Celebrating Valentine’s Day doesn’t just happen during night time. You can have the celebration as early as the morning. You can cook your love one pancake and tea or coffee, or you can have a meal for breakfast. It’s all up to you. With that, you’re already setting a romantic mode early morning.

5. Game night


Of course, Valentine’s Day is also not about romantic mode. You can also have fun first by playing games. Well, it doesn’t have to be a hassle game where you will run and jump. You can have board games or card games. At least with that, you’re setting a fun and exciting mode for both of you.

6. Have an indoor picnic

One of the most exciting parts of the night is the food. Of course, you get to taste the delicious food your partner made just for you. Well, if you don’t know anything about cooking or baking, then you can definitely look at the recipe book for guidance.

7. Have an “I’ve been dying to see this” movie marathon

We all have this thing that we really want to do or see. However, there’s no time or you can’t think of a way to find or do such thing. That is why this is also the chance for you to surprise him/her about the things they really want to see for a long time. With this, they will like you even more.

8. Cocktail Vs. Dessert: Make Both!

If you both can’t decide which of the two you want to have, then why not make a cocktail and a dessert. With that, you don’t have to make some dilemma on which is better. Moreover, you have more choices rather than having just a dessert or a cocktail. Why not enjoy both?!

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.

Moving Mistakes: What Not To Do When Moving

Whether you realize it or not, there is more to a successful move than merely moving your things out of your house. Even if you are moving across the town or in Abreeza Residences, it takes a big process. It requires careful planning, budgeting, and a good strategy to successful move your belongings. Overlooking these simple factors may lead to a disaster and headaches. And I’m sure you don’t want that to happen, right?

Some of you here don’t want to move to a new home since it’s a hassle thing to do. Yes, indeed it is! Especially when you don’t know anything about moving things, it would be hard on your part. However, if you just know simple techniques on how you can effectively and successfully move things, and without committing these commonly made mistakes, you will have no problem when it comes to moving.

Not planning your move

Deciding to move out impulsively would mean trouble. Perhaps, some of you here decided to move out due to unwanted situations and wants to move out immediately without knowing what to do and where to go. If you do such thing, make sure that there will be someone where you can temporarily stay.

But I’ll tell you, it is not a wise decision. When you are going to decide to move out, you have to make sure that you plan it ahead of time. It is for you to have enough and ample time to prepare, think and decide on where and what kind of property you are going to move in. With that, it will be less hassle thing for you to do.

 Hiring a less than reputable mover

When you have a lot of things to move out, it is best for you to hire movers. However, you also must be careful when it comes to hiring and choosing one since there are movers that are not professionals and might cause damage to your expensive and valuable things. Yes, hiring professional movers might be expensive, but it is better than having a lot of damages on your belongings.

Not getting an estimate

Do you know that moving can also be costly? Yes, even if you are spending a little amount of money, however, it is still counted as your expensive. And don’t forget to count the fees of the professional movers; you also have to pay them for their service. If you decide to move, you have to make sure that you have enough budget for the move. If you don’t have any, then it might be one of your financial headaches later on. Again, if you are going to hire professional movers, don’t settle for less to avoid unwanted damages. That also means you have to pay their standard moving fee.

Packing too much stuff

If you think that there are certain things that are not used to you, then you better leave it behind. Don’t pack too much stuff; it will only create a mess in your new home. If you think that you have appliances that are totally no use to you at all, then it is up to you whether you are going to throw it away, leave it behind, or give it to your neighbour. Who knows, they can still make use of it than you do.

Packing the day before

If you think packing is an easy task to do, then you better think again. And if you think that packing would only take half a day, or you are just going to pack merely just for the sake of packing, and then you better stop. If you don’t want to have any hassles and headaches and all, you better pack your things properly. You have to make sure that you have packed them separately to avoid confusions on where and what kind of box did you put your kitchen utensils. Moreover, when you pack, you have to make sure to labelled or name what is inside. With that, it will be easier for you to search your things when you need them.

Not having your new home ready in time

Do not move if your new home is not ready for occupancy. It is not a wise decision to do so. If you think that there is still a need to clean your new home, then you have to do it before moving in. With that, it will be much easier for you to unpack when the things or spaces inside are all set and ready for other things.

Simply knowing these techniques would not be enough, you have to you know the basic steps/process, for you to achieve your desired outcome. Of course, if you do, then you will have an effective and successful move.

Deserted Real Estate Listing? Revive it With These 4 Simple and Effective Steps

Yes, you have successfully put your property in the real estate listing, but how sure are you that homebuyers can immediately notice it? Do you know that not all home sellers are successful in selling their homes because most buyers were not able to notice their property? Whether you have a home in Manila properties, home buyers will definitely be interested in it if they have just noticed your listings.

The presence of your property online is one of the very important aspects for you to consider in order for you to achieve the desired outcome. Moreover, you have to make sure that your listings should stand out from the other real estate listings. But sometimes, we just can avoid having our property list at the bottom of the line. That is why, homebuyers will not notice your property at all.

If you are one of those home sellers who have a deserted real estate listing, it is your duty to revive it and make it on the top rank than the others. Of course, there will be competition in the world of real estate listings, and you also have to be competitive for you to survive.

1. Provide new and more comprehensive information

You can’t deny that there will be a lot of properties that are newer than yours, or more suitable to the homebuyer’s lifestyle than yours. That is why, it is also your duty to make some changes on your information. Make it tempting enough for your potential home buyer will engage on your property. If there are some changes that you have made in your home, then you also have to site or include it on the details that you have made.

Moreover, in order for your listing to stand out, you also have to include writing detailed and quality descriptions and include keywords that are commonly used when such properties are searched for online.

2. Take new photos

The photos are also one of the most important factors for you to include. Without it, it is impossible for your potential clients to appreciate your property. Of course, take a good angle on your photos. If you think that that particular angle is appealing, then include it. You also have to sell your home through pictures. The pictures are there to know whether your property is suitable for their lifestyle or not.

With a good angle, you can already engage your potential buyer through pictures. And if you have a good picture, homebuyers will most likely be interested in it.

3. Staging to increase appeal

One of the many ways you can increase the appeal of your listings is through staging a property. That means you have to transform a home for you to increase its saleability. Well, you can include simple yet elegant furnishings like neutral couches, tables and chairs, or anything that can add appeal. With that, buyers can imagine how the spaces would look like when they are going to put their own belongings.

Also, if you are going to stage your property, more and more home buyers are going to be interested in investing in your home.

4. Reduce the price

Whether you agree with me on this or not, the price of your home will be the deciding factor of most homebuyers. If they think that it is still too expensive for them, then they might decline your offer. Of course, they will not buy or invest in a property impulsively. One way or another, the price of a property is one of the things most homebuyers need to consider.

Well, if you think that your real estate listing is already deserted, then it is your duty to revive it in order for you to have a potential buyer. When you do, you will eventually realize that it is not late to make some changes after all.