Monthly Archives: March, 2016

Home Renovations: How to Budget Remodeling Costs

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One of the many things that matter when it comes to remodeling your home is the budget. Of course, who would not think about it when your budget is important? Right? Obviously, you also have to save for it. However, home renovations don’t mean you need to spend more and more money for it. You can definitely do the renovations even if you are saving money. Well, that is if you know what and what not to do when it comes to renovating your home.

Although some of you here are living in Manila properties, renovating your kitchen and bathroom in an affordable way as possible is already within your reach. Of course, homeowners who are living in any other real estate property in the Philippines, you can also reach a desirable outcome if you know what to do.

Well, if you are one of those homeowners who want to renovate their kitchen and bathroom yet don’t have enough budget for it, then you can consider doing these below. Of course, below are just simple and affordable tips for you to do.

Hire a home inspector

I know. A lot of you here might wonder and ask, “We are saving yet we should hire an inspector?” Yes, you heard it right. You need to hire an inspector when renovating your home for you to know which part of your home needs to renovate or not. Moreover, this is also one of the many ways you will learn what things to do to prevent you from doing costly mistakes. Of course, inspectors are professionals. And if you don’t know anything about home renovations, you better hire one for you not to regret your decisions later on.

Budget your remodeling costs

This time around, you already know what to do with your home since you already hire a professional to look at that matter. Now, this time, you need to know how to budget the things that are needed for the renovations. Of course, you are not going to buy materials that are not useful for the renovation of your home. You are not just wasting your money, you are collecting useless things at home. so, before deciding on what to buy, you have to determine first on which of the things that are needed.

Be upfront and honest about the total budget

This is one of the things you should not hesitate to do. When it comes to money matters, you need to be upfront and honest about it with the professionals. Of course, you should not force yourself to buy something that is too expensive for you to buy. It is also not wise if you are going to buy expensive things when there are alternatives or cheap materials you can buy. If you are not wise enough when it comes to the budget that is intended for the renovations, it will surely be a trouble on your part – financial trouble especially.

“Do I need a permit for my remodeling project?”

Asking these questions will definitely save you from spending too much money on the renovation. Of course, you have to know which part of your home is allowed to be renovated. Or even you should know if it is really ok for you to renovate your home. And yes, there are communities that are strict when it comes to that matter. You need to have a permit first before renovating your home.

Think beyond sticker price

Before we buy something, one of the things that we usually do is to look at the price tag. Right? Well, it is a good sign that you are a concern when it comes to saving money. However, even if the price is cheaper than the other, if you are not going to need it anyway, then you are also wasting money without being aware of it. Of course, why would you buy something that is not needed anyways. Right? That is why you have to think first before anything else.

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6 Cleaning Hacks You Probably Don’t Know It’s Possible


One of the things we really hate the most is cleaning a stubborn stain. Of course, you need to exert more effort just to remove the stains, which can also be tiring on our part. Agree? For some homeowners, this is one of their nightmares when it comes to cleaning their homes. Unless it’s just a clutter, but cleaning stubborn stains? Well, better get ready!

Sad to say, since not all homeowners know how to remove such stains, they just ignore it causing some germs or bacteria to appear. Yes, we may not notice it on our home, but they existed in our surroundings. How much more if we have stubborn stains at home, germs would definitely love to live in such dirty place. This is one of the reasons why we need to clean our home regularly.

Well, if you are one of those homeowners who are having a hard time cleaning and removing stubborn stains at home, then below are some cleaning hacks you probably don’t know it is possible to remove unwanted stains. And the good news? These cleaning things are affordable and easy methods to do whether you are living in real estate Cebu, or any other real estate in the Philippines. So, fret not!

1. Clean a dirty toilet with Coca-Cola


Some of you here might have heard about this already. But for some people, yes, you read it right. Coca-Cola can definitely clean a stubborn stain in your toilet. It is not just an ordinary soda, it can also be used as a cleaning material for your home. Well, a bottle or can will only cost you a small amount of money. So don’t worry too much about buying Coca-Cola for more.

2. Clean cast iron with salt


This is also one of the cleaning hacks that amazed thousands of people. Salt is not just used for cooking, it can also be used as a cleaning material for a cast iron. Well, all you have to do is simply scrub with coarse salt and a soft sponge. Not just it, the salt is also used to remove oils, food residue and also rust. Isn’t it amazing how salt can clean your things?

3. Clean tight spaces with a ketchup bottle


With the use of ketchup bottles, cleaning your home would be much easier for you to do. Well, all you have to do is simply put the lid on the vacuum hose and you’ll reach even the tiniest places in your home.

4. Cleaning kitchen oil splatters


If you think that oil can only give you greases, then you better think again. You can definitely use kitchen oil for cleaning. By putting a couple of drops of mineral oil on a paper towel and wipe on the greasy surface and the stains will definitely be removed. Of course, you also have to make sure that you wipe the surface properly for as not to make it greasier.

5. Pretreat stovetops with car wax


Using of car wax for cleaning kitchen appliances? Yes, you can! Applying car wax on your stove would result for a shiner stove than you have before. Basically, its end results are just similar to the way you clean your car. And just like how you clean your car, you simply apply a thin layer of the car wash and then wipe it off with a paper towel. Your stove would definitely be shining again.

6. Clean the tub naturally


Nothing beats with the cleaning material with the natural one. Of course, it doesn’t just remove stubborn stains at home, it is also safe for your health. In order for you to have an effective cleaning with your natural cleaning materials, you also have to know what are the things or ingredients to make it effective. Basically, you just have to mix one teaspoon of liquid soap and few drops of an antibacterial essential oil to 1 cup of baking soda. Just add water to form a paste and wipe the tub with a sponge and then rinse with cool water. With this kind of method, the stains in your tub will definitely be removed.


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What Not To Do When Hosting a Dinner Party at Home


One of the most exciting things to experience is having and hosting a dinner party at home. For some homeowners, this can be one of the greatest achievements especially when a party is a success. Sure thing, hosting a dinner party can be stressful, but it is going to be worth your effort when you see your audience or guests that are entertained by you.

However, if you think that being a host is just a piece of cake, then you better think again. Not all hosts are capable of entertaining their guest. Of course, hosting is a crucial thing to do since it can make or break a good dinner party. And if you are one of the people who are assigned to the task, then it is better for you to know the basic guidelines to a good and effective hosting.

To have an effective and successful party, there are just things that you should not do. Of course, that is for you to avoid awkward situations while on the party. Basically, it doesn’t matter where you live, be it in Amaia Scapes Cubao or any other real estate property, a successful dinner party is within your reach. And to give you some idea, below are some things that you should avoid when hosting a dinner party.

Expecting guests to help themselves to food and drink

Although there might be some guests who know where your fridge is, but never expect to help themselves to the fridge and get some food and drink. Of course, it is not appropriate for a guest to go to your house just to have what they want. It is your responsibility as a host to prepare the food and drinks ahead of time on the table.

Not thinking about the flow

When it comes to hosting a party, it is expected that there will be many guests that are going to attend. That means, your home will most likely be surrounded by guests. And not thinking and considering the traffic flow of your home is a no-no. Before anything else, you should arrange or locate your furniture where it is going to be accessible for the guests. For instance, make sure that the table for the food and drinks are properly arranged for as not to be crowded when it comes to dinner time.

Serving food and drink that take a ton of prep on the day of

If you are planning to have and serve some good drinks, then hiring a bartender is going to be a good option. Of course, you don’t want to spend the rest of the party mixing and shaking their drinks, right? You also have to enjoy the night with good drinks. Let the bartender or ask a friend to do and make good drinks.

Not having a plan for music

A party without some music is going to be boring. Basically, you don’t need to hire a band just to entertain your guests, unless if you really want to. A simple music on your phone will do. For as long as there will be good music to add up the ambiance on the party. Moreover, you also have to make sure to choose the right music for the theme. If you want to have a classy dinner party, then never play hard rock music. It will only make some noise and not a good sound. Choose the right music to set the most of the place.

Forgetting to check the thermostat

Remember, there will be lots of guests that will most likely attend your party. That means, there will also be more body heat on the place. Never make your home too hot or cold for your guest to handle. Before you let your guests in, make sure that you have already checked the thermostat of your home. With that, the temperature is going to be right with them.

Leaving your guests to introduce themselves

There are just times that you tend to invite guests or friends who don’t know anyone else at the party. Of course, it is your duty to introduce them to other guests at the party. Don’t just welcome them and give them food and drinks, they will definitely feel awkward on your party.

Trying to do everything on your own

Whether you realize it or not, we all do need a helping hand. Of course, you need someone to help you on that matter. Perhaps, there will be a specific who will be assigned to distribute the food and drinks. While you, it is your responsibility to treat your guests the nicest way as possible. With that, they will definitely enjoy the night.


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