Home Maintenance: Five General Home Upkeep Tasks You Should Do Once a Year


“A marriage is like home maintenance. When the smoke detector starts and keeps beeping without fire, you fix it. You do not buy a new house”-Author Unknown

To start the brand new year right, you might as well get started on that list of resolutions you have committed to doing all-year round. If one of the items included in your list entails doing a better job in the maintenance of your home, there is no better time to begin this task than at the start of the year. In doing so, you would be coming home to a fresh, organized and functional home all-year round. Moreover, it is that time of the year where you can expect to have an influx of clutter. After all, if you had decorated for the holiday season, there is a likely chance that you have purchased and accumulated more décor items. Furthermore, this is the time of the year where you will be entertaining fewer guests seeing as the holiday season just ended.

So, whether you are billeted in a Makati condo or elsewhere, commit to doing these home maintenance tasks once a year (preferably at the start of the year) and give yourselves and your home a fresh start for 2018:

1.) Clean your roof

A great start to having a fresh home that feels just like new is to get your roof clean. Apart from being the first observable thing your neighbors would notice, it is also one of the things your visitors will take note of when they are visiting. In this regard, you certainly would not want an unattractive roof. As cleaning the roof would not exactly be the easiest task, it is best if you took care of it at the beginning of the year. Check your roofs for algae or for any signs of disrepair and if the damage is beyond what you can manage, it is best to call in the professionals.

2.) Keep your documents sorted

If you have important files (such as deeds and titles), it is best to store them in a safe place and in an organized matter. Moreover, sensitive and personal documents such as passports, credit card statements and the like should be kept in order as well. If you have them cluttered in your study, then commit to having them organized. In this way, should you need them, you would be able to easily find them. Discard those that you do not need immediately.

3.) Clean out your drawers

Organize every drawer and shelf you have in your homes and clean every single one of them. Get rid of the unnecessary clutter and organize the things in them. If you have not gotten around to sorting the items out, it is best if you start now. Remember not to lump all kinds of items together and ensure that every shelf or drawer has a designated purpose.

4.) Service the air conditioner

There is a good and likely chance that after a year of running, your air-conditioning’s filter would probably need cleaning. If your unit is particularly old, it would be a good idea to have it fixed at least every season. Ask for the assistance of a service crew and have it cleaned and if you are quite adept at it, you may choose to clean the filters yourself. Be sure to check the drainage for any clogging and have the coils cleaning if you have the unit serviced.

5.) Inspect the fire extinguishers

If your home does not have a fire extinguisher, then it is high time that you buy one now. However, if you do already possess one, ensure that you check the fire extinguishers routinely. Check for the expiry date and if it has any war on it. Ensure that it is placed in an area that is easily accessible so that it is within reach should there be an emergency. Always remember to have your fire extinguisher checked as the last thing you would want in the event of a fire would be a faulty one.

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Four Common Household Pests and How to Get Rid of Them


Without a doubt, one of the most infuriating things a homeowner has to deal with in their home is having it invaded by any type of creepy crawlies. These unwelcome critters would be a homeowner’s nightmare as they bring with them a myriad of health complications and diseases should they not be immediately exterminated and eliminated. Fortunately, there are a lot of effective methods to get rid of your uninvited guests when they have started an infestation in their homes. Furthermore, there are also ways which would prevent and discourage them from seeing your home as a potential hosting site or at least avoid the worsening of it. Although none of these methods involve spraying them with toxic chemicals, they are nonetheless efficient in getting rid of them. Apart from that, these alternative methods are proven to be better as artificial pest repellants, sprays, baits, and poisons can be potentially dangerous or even lethal if they are accidentally touched or ingested.

If you have been looking for safe alternative methods to getting rid of the pests or an effective prevention method from a pest invasion (whether that may be a condo in Manila or a flat elsewhere), here are some of the environmentally-friendly and healthy ways to be rid of them (depending on what kind of pest they are):

1.) Ants

Ants are common pests in homes—especially when you have food lying around anywhere. Their dwelling is mostly constrained to soil next to or under buildings, along sidewalks or near various trees and plants. But they also love warm and damp locations, so be sure there are none of these in your home. To be rid of them, simply store your food right away and immediately clean up any spills—and make sure that no crumbs are left. To further deter ants from entering your homes, sprinkle natural ant repellents such as coffee grinds, paprika, chili pepper or pure cinnamon at entrances where ants make their entry.

2.) Bed Bugs

They are kind of like fleas—only that they are on your bed and can be incredibly annoying when you are trying to sleep. As their moniker suggests, these critters love to call beds their homes as it allows their flat bodies to easily hide in between seams of the mattresses, headboards, behind wallpaper, bed frames and the like. While bed bugs are not exactly considered as a public health hazard, they can be a nuisance as they prevent you from getting enough sleep at night as caused by the itching. In severe cases, they can even trigger an allergic reaction. To get rid of them, wash and soak potential dwelling areas (sheets, pillows, etc.) in hot water. Have it dried in the hottest possible setting for at least thirty minutes. Then thoroughly clean the mattress by scrubbing and vacuuming it. Lastly, cover your mattress with a bed bug cover. However, if the infestation is beyond your control, it might be time to get rid of it.

3.) Rats and mice

Rodents may look cute, but they are anything but. Among the pests identified in this list, rats and mice are considered the most dangerous as they bring with them some potential diseases such as Leptospirosis for example. Typically, people who do not dispose of their garbage properly are the ones usually plagued with rats and mice, but these pests would also thrive in sheltered indoor and outdoor locations such as basements, tool sheds, and attics. To get rid of them, you must control your environment Do this by sealing holes between the outdoors and your indoors. Practice proper garbage disposal and seal food in tight containers.

4.) Cockroaches

Cockroaches love warm, humid areas such as heating pipes and drains, but bathrooms and kitchens are also fair game to them. These critters must immediately be exterminated as they can transmit bacteria such as Salmonella and E.coli which can cause a myriad of diseases. Prevent an infestation from happening in your home by making sure your counters are spotless (wipe them with white vinegar), drain your sinks regularly and store food properly.


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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.


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!


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.

Apartment Living: Five Tips In Keeping Your House Plants Alive


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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Spruce Up an Old Garden in these Five Affordable Ways


“Why try to explain miracles to your kids when you can just have them plant a garden?” –Robert Brault

The scorching summer heat has not exactly been kind to our plants. And if you have a sprawling garden or a small lawn wherever you may be billeted, your plants are most probably parched in this season under this weather by now. If you are fortunate to have a garden or patio area in your homes, no matter how small, there are more ways to make it more appealing instead of leaving it to fend off for itself under the intense summer heat.

Some of these ideas would not even cost you a single peso at all. Creatively bringing your garden back to life does not necessarily require you to possess a green thumb either as even simply cleaning or weeding out your garden, scrubbing the patio or adding a bit of color and paint to the woodwork can breathe life back into your otherwise  lackluster garden.

All the labor involved in your endeavor does not have to fall onto your shoulders either as this can be a joint family effort which you, your family or your kids can enjoy. Remember, your garden or your patio is one of the places in your home where you can truly relax and unwind. So it is best if you give it the appropriate ambiance by doing a bit of redecorating because a garden no matter how small, whether located in the suburbs or in a bustling city like a townhouse in Manila, is a place of tranquility and respite.


1.)    Paint your fences in eye-popping colors


Exploit the season’s colors by applying them to your wood panels and experience the summer feel and vibe all year long. Painting your wood panels with ice cream colors will guarantee you a livelier and cheerier looking garden and it would certainly add more interest and life to your garden. However, if you do not want to commit to a Technicolor color scheme for your backyard, you can try something less permanent such as using a colored ribbon to hang a series of glass bottles from your fence at varying lengths and colors. Keep things interesting by popping a flower in each of them and you will achieve the same effect.


2.)    Install your plants in unexpected planters


Break away from conformity and conventional gardening by installing your plants in unexpected places for a more creative twist. Have your flowers planted in the basket of an old and unused bicycle, or maybe some old wellington boots, or even the drawers of a painted chest of drawers you once had. The possibilities are endless and you will effectively be putting your old junk to good use instead of just throwing them away.


3.)    Install DIY wind chimes


Do not make your garden only a beautiful sight to see but make it a place that is heavenly as well. If you have some old keys gathering some dust at the bottom of your drawers, put them to good use and paint them in various colors and thread different lengths of string through each one. Hang them from a durable stick and hang them from a suitable place in your garden space to create tinkles and mesmerizing sounds on a windy day.


4.)    Give your garden some extra storage


The space beneath your garden benches could be a potential hub for gardening materials. Turn this empty space into a quick storage fix by adding makeshift curtains which would conceal all the clutter inside and in turn, give your garden that extra storage space while embellishing it at the same time.


5.)    Get creative with the lights


There is no absolute need to spend a lot when it comes to giving your garden an aesthetic illumination effect. Simply use your old Christmas lights and line the pathways with ropes and drape those fairy lights around your bushes, shrubberies, and archways. Add them to mason jars and achieve a more subtle yet creative lighting effect.


Your garden is not only a place for you to unwind and relax, it is also the ideal spot for entertaining visitors. So, if you have some extra cash on hand, do not hesitate in revamping the environment by adding a barbecue grill or a good patio set that would be perfect for entertaining guests as well as a relaxation from a long day.


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5 Most Effective Eco-friendly Home Cleaners

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

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

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

1. Carbonated sodas

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

2. Baking soda

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

3. Vinegar

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

4. Vodka

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

5. Soap



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

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

5 Things to Consider Before Remodeling Your Home

If there is one thing that makes our home a better place to live, that is when we plan to remodel our home. Of course, who would not want to live a nice and healthy home, right? That is why, whenever we think that our home needs a change, we remodel it. Whether you are living in Alveo land Bacolod or any other Philippine properties, you can definitely remodel them to what you want.



Yes. Remodeling your home can sometimes be daunting since there are also some things that you have to think and consider before remodeling your home. Of course, if you want to remodel your homes successfully, then you have to think of a plan to achieve your desired outcome of your home.

Unfortunately, there are people who tend to remodel their home without any plans on what they want to do. It is definitely a no-no when you want to make your house a nice and a satisfying place to stay and live. Now, here are some things to consider before remodeling your home to avoid any complications and regrets later on.

  1. Decide if You Will Do It Yourself or Hire Professionals

For you to make sure and finalize on the things that you want to do, you have to know whether you will do the renovations on your own or you want to hire some professionals. If you are planning to hire a professional or an interior designer, you have to make sure that you have the right budget for you not to be in short when it comes to the cost of the renovations and their fees. And if you are planning to do it on your own, you have to make sure that you know what to do when it comes to renovating for you not regret it later on.

  1. Formulate a Plan for Funding Your Project

Do decide to renovate your home when you don’t have the right budget for the renovations. That will only lead you to a financial problem later on. If you are really decided in renovating your home, then you have to make sure that you can come up with the budget that is intended and/or needed for the renovations. You have to make some ways on how you can raise a particular amount of money to fund the renovation process.

  1. Become Comfortable With Managing Contractors and Work Crews

There will always be a thing that we don’t know what and how it should be done. With that, don’t hesitate to call and/or ask for help with the contractors and/or work crews. You can definitely hire them provided that you have the budget in funding them and also for the materials that will be used. Also, contractors and/or work crews that you hires knows what to do when it comes to the renovation of the house. If you want them to do a particular thing, all you have to do is instruct them and they will get it right away.

  1. Consider The Resale Value Your Efforts Will Produce

If you are one of those people who renovates their home for them to sell it, then you have to think of a plan on how making the renovation a success. Success in not just accomplishing the desired outcome of the renovation but also, you have to consider if it is worthy of selling. Then there you will know that the renovation that you have is a success since there is a person who wants to buy your home.

  1. Develop Plan for Saving on Home Remodeling Costs

We all know that remodeling our home can sometimes be daunting, especially when we talk about the budget and/or the fund that will be used. If you are a kind of person who want to fully renovate or remodel their homes with their desired interior and exterior design, then you must also consider coming up a budget that would match your desired outcome. Having the right budget and/or money is essential when you want to remodel your home.