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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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Bored at Home? Here’s How You Can Spend Your Time Productively While Staying in Your Comfort Zone

 

 

There are a lot of ways on how you spend your free time. It does not matter if you live in a condo in Alabang or any real estate property, you have the freedom to do anything that you want. It is your time; it is up to you what you want to do with it. You may waste it or spend your free time productively.

When we say ‘productively,’ according to the dictionary, it is doing or achieving a lot that produces good results. And when we say ‘spending your free time productively,’ it is doing the things that make you productive. Well, if you want to know what are the things that can help and make you productive, you might consider doing things brilliant ways.

Family bonding

This is also one way to spend a quality time, not just for you but also for the family. Having you around makes a family bonding complete and fun since it is when we tell or share our thoughts and experiences with our family. Cheesy as it may seem, but one way or another, we can have our moral support from them.

Eating together with our family is also a way to bond. Bonding with your families is not just for fun; it is also where we can have a heart to heart talk with them that can bring the family members closer to each other.

Listening to good music

Everyday, we are bombarded with the noise around us. Noises from the vehicles and the people, all these can make your day a living hell which can affect your entire day.

Listening to good music can put you in a good mood. Sometimes, even though you are stressed, it makes you feel relax and at ease. There were also times when you needed some inspirations; listening to good music can help. It can make you do better things when you are in the right mood.

When we say ‘good music,’ it doesn’t mean rock or hard rock. ‘Good music’ is when we listen; it is pleasant to the ears.

Writing

Unfortunately, there are already few people who write. Writing is not that hard as what you think. You don’t have to write an entire article for you to start writing. Writing journals is a good start.

Writing can give you the benefit of telling or sharing what you feel where you cannot share it with others. You can write what you feel for the entire exhausting day, how annoyed and pissed you are, how your boss or friend sucks or how happy you are when your crush talks to you. You write it down.

You are the boss of your writing; you can write what you want and let your imaginations run wild. Just write it down, it is fun!

Reading

What comes to your mind when you hear the word ‘Read’?

When we hear the word ‘Read,’ a lot of people won’t do it since all they know, reading is boring, it can make you feel sleepy, it can make your eyes and head hurt, and it is not fun to read. I know you had those feelings too. But what if these ‘boring’ textbooks can make you productive, are you going to change your mind and read?!

Reading books, magazines, newspapers and other references give you a lot of information that other people don’t have. You know what the ins and outs of today’s are; you know who these particular individuals who contributed significant time to our community or our country, and you will know what to do when circumstances occur.

It is always an advance when you read. Reading can bring you to places where you haven’t been there yet, and it gives you better perspective and understanding of the world. You will also feel confident to whoever you meet since you know something that they don’t.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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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Having Unexpected Guests? Here’s How to Fake a Clean House

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Ok, let’s admit! Cleaning can sometimes be a hassle on our part. Especially when you are too busy with your work or in your school, cleaning is one of the least tasks you want to do. But what if an old friend would pay you a surprise visit? What will you do? Perhaps, all you think about faking a clean home, right? In just 5-20 minutes, you can give an illusion to your visitor that your home is clean. Well, that may be the perks of being smart when it comes to home cleaning hacks, right?

While other people would prefer a deep clean, but for some people who don’t have the luxury of time to clean their home, you can refer to these simple tips below. And whether you are living in 1016 residences or any other properties, you can definitely achieve a clean home. Here’s how:

Entry way

As we all know, the first thing that our guest will see or notice is our entry way. That means, you should take necessary measure when it comes to cleaning it. Remove any clutter and make sure that the place is not dusty and dirty.

Odor control

Bad odor is definitely a no-no! This doesn’t just turn your visitors off, but it will also reflect of you who and what you are. Perhaps, that foul smell came from the waste of your pet, a spoiled food from your fridge, or dishes that are not immediately washed that lingers in your house. why don’t you spray some of your favorite air freshener to remove any unpleasant smell? You can turn on the fan and open your windows to let the smell go away. This is also one way to get the stale air moving.

Clutter control

It is undeniable that we may have things that are scattered anywhere in our house. Perhaps, you hung your clothes on the chair yesterday and you forget to put it back on your closet. And mind you, there’s nothing messier than clutter. Well, just grab a laundry basket, a sack or any other storage available at home and begin to gather your things. Don’t worry about where you should put that particular thing. Just let your things out of sight until after your guests leave.

Living room

One of the important things you should consider to clean is your living room. It is where you will be sitting and visiting the most. And since you’re done making the place good and you’ve already removed the clutter, the next thing you can do is to focus on tidying the surfaces. If there are anything that needs to put away, then you better have it right after decluttering the living room. Or perhaps, you can think about what you can put to make it more attractive to look at.

Bathroom

Your bathroom should always be ready to use whenever your guest needs to use it. And in order for you to achieve such, you should clean your bathroom with a disinfecting wipe or a cleaning cloth and all-purpose spray. Quickly remove all the clutter, change the trash and wipe the down the mirror. Moreover, you should not forget about the hand soap, a hand towel and toilet paper always in ready for use.

Freshen yourself

It is a normal thing to do to freshen up yourself whenever you have visitors coming to your house. Yes, your guests will generally examine how clean your house is. But they will most likely spend more time looking at you than at your house. That is why, you have to make sure that you are presentable enough whenever you meet them. Of course, this goes without saying.

 

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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.