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5 Traits that Make Up A Good Home

“There’s nothing like our home.”

Yes, cliché as it may seem, but it is very true! A lot of you here might not realize how having a good home is important to our everyday lives. Although there are times that life at work or in school may be tough, but when you get back home with a feeling of relaxation and satisfaction, it will all be worth it. Generally, it doesn’t matter if you are living in a condo in Cebu or anywhere else in the Philippines, you can definitely achieve a good home.

However, this is also one of the most challenging parts for most home investors – is to find a property that would suit their lifestyle. Perhaps, they don’t have any idea on what and what not to do when it comes to searching a property. As a result, they are not satisfied with what they have at home. If you are one of those homebuyers who is planning to invest in a property, then you better refer to these tips below for you to have a good home.

1. Location, location, location

This is one of the most important things you need to consider before you decide to purchase a property. Determine if the property is accessible to any places. Of course, you are not going to buy a property where it is far from your work or from school, right? That means, when searching for a property, you have to make sure that you are searching for the location that you want.

2. The school district

If you have kids, one of the things you need to consider before you decide to purchase a home is if it is near a school district. This is a smart way to make your kids feel comfortable going to and fro in school. If their school is near from their home, they will have more time in playing and studying instead of a long hour drive. Moreover, you don’t need to worry about your kids too much since the school is just near and you can visit them anytime of the day.

3. The home’s position on the lot

Whether you realize it or not, the position of your house also matters. Is your home near a street? Is it overlooking? Or is your home situated in a place where many people are passing by? When you have a good position for your home, this will give you a satisfaction whenever you want to go out from your home. Also, this is also one of the many ways you can have your own privacy in living.

4. The low crime rate

This goes without saying. But I’m sure you don’t want to invest in a property where you know that crimes are going on. When it comes to home living, safety is one of the things you need to consider before anything else. Moreover, you have to know if the property is too dark where most crimes are made. Or is it too crowded where strangers are everywhere? These are one of the things you need to consider before you invest in a particular property. Of course, this is for your safety and the safety of your family as well.

5. The neighborhood’s character

A lot of you here might not realize that your neighbors also matters. Of course, you are living in the same community. And if there are any misunderstandings between you and your neighbor, then this will not go to have a fruitful living. Well, before you purchase a home, you have to personally observe the neighborhood, and if you think that you feel like you don’t belong in such community, then you have to think again and again before you make your decision on the purchase.


The Right Etiquette for Bathroom Use



As we all know, being clean and organize at home is a must. Who would not like it, right? However, being clean at home doesn’t just apply to your on the outside appearance of your home may it be a house and lot in Cavite, Laguna or anywhere in the Philippines.

Whatever you do, don’t forget that there is also etiquette for bathroom use. Obviously, if you don’t know how to take good care of your bathroom, it will definitely reflect the overall factor of your lifestyle at home.

How much more when you host a party at home? And whether you like it or not, there will always be guests that will use your bathroom. Of course, if you don’t want to be embarrassed or letting your guest feel ashamed, you don’t just clean and organize the venue but also your bathroom. Generally, having the right etiquette for bathroom use is not that hard as you think it is. Just think about what and what not to do when it comes to using the bathroom.

However, if you are a first timer in hosting a party at home, below are some tips for you to follow on how you can achieve a satisfying bathroom use. And mind you, when you have a good bathroom to use, your guests will definitely impress on how good you are in taking good care of it.

Have lots of toilet paper back up





When it comes to parties, you should expect that there are guests who wish to use the bathroom. However, letting your guests call out a request for more toilet paper might not be a good experience for them. It is not just embarrassing on their side, but it is going to be a reflection of your personality, on how prepared are you when it comes to emergencies like this. And mind you, guests who request for toilet papers is not going to be a good experience for both sides.

Have citrus spray or matches handy



For any kind of emergencies like having an upset stomach, you cannot avoid using the bathroom. Of course, you need to let your waste go out. But if you don’t want to ruin your party by having a smelly odor in your bathroom, then you better prepare a citrus spray, this will lessen the odor and the embarrassment felt by your guests.

Hide anything you don’t want them to see

This is one of the most common and obvious things you should never forget. If you have anything in particular that you don’t want them to see, then you better hide it in a safe place. Well perhaps, it’s your napkins, and other stuff women usually use on their body parts. Of course, it is a private thing that you should not display in the bathroom that’s open for guests.

Provide a trash can




For an apparent reason, the trash can is an important thing for bathroom use. And mind you, a bathroom will never be complete if there is no place where they can put their trash such as toilet papers and another kind of trashes. That is why, if you don’t want to make your bathroom dirty or messy, then you better provide a trash can for it.

Clean and especially “boy clean” your bathroom

It is inevitable that guests may sometimes do some messy stuff in the bathroom. Of course, it is also your duty on how you are going to make it and keep it clean. Perhaps, you can provide a signage indicating to clean after their mess, or you can clean the bathroom from time to time. With that, you can make sure that the bathroom is always ready for the next user.

Make sure there’s a plunger in there somewhere


Aside from the trash can that is an important thing to have, you should also not forget about the plunger. Because without it, this might be worse than running out and extra toilet paper. You should complete all the bathroom necessities for you not to have any worries at all. Moreover, if you don’t have any problems with the bathroom use, then you will continue to enjoy the party. Of course, make your guests feel comfortable when in use of your bathroom use.

3 Moving Lessons You’d Probably Learn The Hard Way



It is just a natural thing to move out. Agree? People naturally want to live in a place where they can be proud of and live a healthy and satisfying lifestyle. Who would not want that? Well, it really doesn’t matter if you are planning to move into your new condo in New Manila or any other real estate properties in the Philippines, for as long as you can be contented with the things you have at home, then there is nothing to worry about. However, there are just times that there are some unexpected things we mostly encounter while moving in.

Many of us here believe the saying “expect the unexpected.” Yes, cliché as it may seem, but it may be true to some people who decide to move into their new home. They tend to expect something but turns out or ends up the opposite thing. Later on, you will eventually realize that you are learning something out from moving in a hard way. And yes, you are not the only one since there are also people who experience such things.

Well, if you are one of those people who is planning to move into their new home, below are some tips for you to know about moving in and what you should expect. Of course, this is also one way you can avoid troubles later on. And if problems may arise inevitably, at least, you know what you should do to prevent from experiencing such things again and again.

1. It always costs more than what you expect


When it comes to money matter, it is better for you to have some extra money in your bank to make sure that there will be no financial problems that may arise later on. Of course, there are times that there will be some add-ons that you forget to include on your payments, at least, you still have money that can pay for that particular thing. Not just with the down payments issues, there are also times that you need to have or buy some furniture for your home. And if you don’t have any money to buy such, then you definitely have to endure no having furniture at home. And you definitely don’t want that to happen, right? That is why it is a must for you to budget and have extra money for any case of financial emergencies.

Not just with the down payments issues, there are also times that you need to have or buy some furniture for your home. And if you don’t have any money to buy such, then you definitely have to endure no having furniture at home. And you definitely don’t want that to happen, right? That is why it is a must for you to budget and have extra money for any case of financial emergencies.

2. It’s going to take you longer to clean and move the last bits than it did move all the rest of your stuff combined


When moving in, we usually tend to move first the big furniture at our new home. With that, a bunch of small things will most likely end up taking a lot of trips to get into the moving van. Of course, there will be tendencies that you’ll go to have the “tire-of-moving” feeling. To avoid such, why don’t you try packing things into boxes that go with certain rooms and areas so you can make getting it into a new home much easier? Moreover, you can also cut down that feeling by cleaning room by room the month or so before you move, so when it comes to moving day, you’re it will also be easier for you to move the things in each room.

Moreover, you can also cut down that feeling by cleaning room by room the month or so before you move, so when it comes to moving day, you’re it will also be easier for you to move the things in each room.

3. Renter’s remorse is real and can sometimes ruin the first few days of a new place if you let it

There are just times that out from your impulsiveness when it comes to making life decisions, you regret what you chose. Yes, a lot of you here have experienced such situations that you regret moving into their new home. That means, you just realize it in the later part of your stay. Perhaps, you don’t like the people or neighbors around your since they usually do gossip around the corner. Or you just don’t like the place since the noise and other pollutions are definitely visible to the place where you live.

Hence, it is paramount for you to make sure you are choosing the right property before investing it. Well, if you can find one, you better think again and again if you like or if it’s worth the living or not. It is a must for you to know to make sure that you won’t regret any of your decisions later on.

6 Worst Case Scenarios You Might Encounter In Home Searching

If you think that searching for a home is a piece of cake, then you better think again. Even if you want to invest in house and lot or a condo in Quezon City when you are not careful on the things and decisions that you make, you will encounter troubles in the long run. And I’m sure you don’t want that to happen to you, right? As a home investor, you have to know the things that should and should not do for you to avoid unwanted situations.

When you are a first-time buyer, there will always be new situations that will come your way. You might be familiar with some things, but you cannot avoid situations that can compromise the real estate transactions that you have.  However, you can avoid these situations if you know how to approach those circumstances. Some of you here might wonder and ask; what kind of situations that a first-time homebuyer encounter?

When searching

Whether you believe it or not, there will be hundreds to thousands of real estate property that you can choose. Whether it is an apartment, condo, or a house and lot, there will be lots of them in online real estate listings. And mind you, if you are not careful enough in choosing the right home, then you might regret it later on. Searching for the right home is also a hassle on our part. Of course, you should choose a place where it can fit your lifestyle. And I’ll tell you, even if there are thousands of available places, only a few may suit your needs and preferences.

The upfront costs

One of the deciding factors most home investors usually depend on is the upfront costs. Even if it fits perfectly into your standard, if the upfront cost of the property is too expensive for you to pay, then you might not get what you want to have. And if you are slow when it comes to your decisions about whether or not you are going to pursue on having it even with its high price, then someone will get the property instead. If you’re going to choose a particular property, then you have to make sure that you have enough budget for you to own that kind of property.

A quirky landlord

If you are a kind of person who does not want to be under control over a landlord or a property manager, then you better choose to buy instead of renting. Yes, landlords are quirky at times, but they also have the right especially when their tenants are hard headed when it comes to following the policies and with their monthly dues.

Outdate amenities

Whether you like it or not, not all properties that you invest have the best facilities in their place. And one of the reasons why some property owners don’t invest in a state-of-the-art amenities, it is because even if the amenities are not that classy, there are still people who are willing to invest in that particular home, for as long as the appliance are clean and functioning. However, if you are a kind of person who wants more than the basic needs, then you better find a place that can fit your standard.

When damages are not taken care of immediately

There are some of you here might have experience moving into their new home even if they know that there are still some damages that need repair. Well perhaps, they just move in since the property is all set and they need to move out of their old house ASAP. However, there are also times that the damages are not taken care of immediately. The damages will get bigger and bigger. And mind you, it will be going to be one of your headaches if not taken care of immediately.

Partying neighbours

There will always be times that you cannot control the situations around the neighborhood, especially when they are going to host a party. Of course, you don’t want to be labeled as “killjoy” right? Hence, you have to endure the noise until the end of the party.

Remember, in every situation that you encounter, it may bring you good or bad. It will always be up to you on how you are going to handle unwanted situations that you might face in the long run.

Home Safety: Preventing Halloween Accidents


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Trick or treat—that is the question!

Halloween is the time where you got to enjoy making people scare to death. I bet, you too secretly want to see their funny faces, especially when they got to be really scared. This is also the time when you got to wear Halloween costumes and have some spooky thrills. Without these activities, Halloween would never be fun. Aside from having a lot of fun, one of the things that we really care about is our safety. What else?

If there is one thing that is scary and frustrating enough for us to experience, it is when we can’t fully enjoy the Halloween party. And when we talk about parties and/or any other Halloween activities, accidents can happen anytime and anywhere even in our own house and lot in Cavite. Sometimes, we don’t realize that we are already prone to accidents. However, even if accidents are always there, we definitely can avoid it.

If you think that you are a kind of person who is clumsy in any other ways, then below are some tips for you to avoid accidents, especially when you are having your Halloween party at home. That means we can have fun without getting serious or minor injuries and/or damages.

Tip # 1: Trick-or-treat safety

Trick-or-treat is one of the activities that we, especially kids enjoy a lot. Of course, who would not have fun and be excited when you got to knock at other people’s door and ask them whether they like a trick or a treat?  For you to enjoy it more, you should always be reminded that you should walk, not run around the neighbourhood. Because when you do, you might stumble and injured yourself. And I’ll tell you, you definitely don’t want to continue your Trick-or-Treat.

Tip # 2: Light up the night

One of the important materials that we use when we put up a Halloween party is the candles or luminaries since it adds a spooky glow to your home. However, these things are also a fire hazard. Instead of real candles, you can also go for LED tea lights or wind a string of orange lights around your front porch. With that, it is definitely safe for everybody, and especially for you home. But if candles are really needed, you have to make sure that it is properly secured. Double check if it is ready to use or not and/or do some preliminaries before using it.

Tip # 3:  Clear a path

This is one of the common causes why accidents happen – it is when you don’t clear the path for the people, especially for Trick-or-Treaters. It is definitely blocking the way. If you see some candies and/or any other things that blocked the way, you have to immediately pick it up to avoid serious accidents. Also, it is more appealing to look at when you don’t have any mess on your home – just the Halloween decorations that you need to have.

Tip # 4: Confine pets

If you are having a Halloween party at your home, you have to make sure that your pets are in the safe place. If you tend to let go of you pets, Trick-or-Treaters and/or your neighbours might find it hard to enjoy their party since your dog is too noisy barking at them. And you definitely don’t want to kill the momentum, right? Also, keeping them in a safe place can avoid accidents like dog bites.

Tip # 5:  Practice indoor fire safety

Again, accidents are just there waiting to strike anytime. And if you are hosting a Halloween party, you have to make sure that your home is safely secured from fire. It is a must for you to check your smoke alarms to help make sure they are functional when it’s needed. Also, if you have a fire extinguisher, that would be much better.

7 Simple Hacks on How to Make your Own Home Library

Whether you would agree with me or not, books can never replace e-books! Yes, the convenience e-books can give is also to our advantage. But I would still prefer flipping the pages of my old book at one of the nooks of my Nuvali property. There are even some people who go to school or public library just to read their favorite books or even buy a particular book on the cheapest book store. I bet, book lovers would do what they can just to have the book that they love.

If you are a kind of person who is passionate enough to read and collect books, why don’t you consider having your own library at home? Having your own library at home can bring a relaxing and genuine atmosphere of a modern residence or apartment. Well, it doesn’t take a big space in your home – just enough to accommodate all your books.

1. Bookshelf

First and foremost, before you can have your own library, you have to know where you would like to put your books. You have to know whether you still have enough space in your home for your own mini-library or not. Well, if you don’t have enough space, then there must be a way where you can still put your books. If you are creative enough, then you might want to try installing some bookshelves on your wall – it’s an artistic style to have your own personalized library.

2. Find your library style

If you are a kind of person who wants to take their home library to the next level, you must first determine what kind of style you want for your library. You have to know first what kind of theme, or book order you want to have. If you want to have it a bookstore-style – then sorting the nonfiction books by subject and fiction books alphabetically by an author is also best for larger book collectors. If you want it by theme – then you can sort your books from topics to topics. And if you want to arrange your books by its color, then you can also play with the style.

3. Take care of oversized books

One way or another, books like to be supported. And having proper shelving is one way to ensure that they are. Well, if you have some oversized books, consider laying them flat instead of standing them up. With that manner, it will reduce the wear and tear on the spines. Just make sure to stack them in ascending order, so each book is entirely supported by the book beneath it.

4. Rotate books to spark new interest

We all love to read our books at home, but there are certain books that we really love to read over and over again. Well, if you have that kind of book, why not try rotating it for a new twist of arrangement? You can have it off the shelf and put it on your coffee table, or in a little pile beside your bed, and/or any other places where you can definitely notice it. With that, it will be easier for you to remember that you will be going to have a good read once again.

5. Special care for rare books

Usually, people who love to collect books have a particular book that is distinctive from any other books they have at home. And basically, if you have this kind of book that you really cherish a lot, then you have to make sure that it is not placed in direct sunlight since it can bleach the covers. Moreover, you have to take precautions to protect your investments.

6. Put a bookend on it

You definitely can protect your book even if you don’t have any bookshelves at all. All you have to do is secure a bookend and place it on both ends. Using of bookends is a simple hack perfect for adding a small collection of your favorite books to space without bookshelves. And mind you, it is going to be a lifesaver. Of course, you can have your books even in the kitchen – keeping a seasonal selection of cookbooks within reach on the counter.

7. Get inspired while you work

When you are feeling down, and you don’t have the right motivation to work on the task that you are working on, then why not try reading your favorite book first. Flipping through a stack of inspiring books can be a quick and easy way to spark new ideas.

5 Flower Arrangement Disasters you Probably Doing

Arranging different flowers into one vase is not just about putting them all together, it is also an art. Agree? Well, you better do because flower arranging is really an art!  Yes, the finished product of arranging is beautiful, and you can always integrate the idea in your condo in BGC or anywhere else for that matter.

However, have you ever wonder how to make it more fascinating to look at? Arranging might seem simple for the people to look at, but it is definitely not!

While other people can definitely pull off the design that they want through flower arrangements, there are also some of you here are interested to know and learn about flower arrangements. Well, it is a skill which you can definitely learn just be looking at some people who are used to this kind of art.

Well, if you are one of those individuals who are into flowers and want to take it to the next level, then here are some tips for you to apply for you to have the desired flower arrangements. Of course, it is simple and doable enough for you to apply.

1. Using too many kinds of flowers

There will be hundreds to thousands of flowers that you can choose from; however, it doesn’t mean that all of the flowers that you want to have is allowed to be included in one arrangement. You have to remember that there will definitely be some limitations on to how many flowers in one arrangement. Also, you have to make sure that the flowers that you include complementing each other.

2. Overly mix-and-matching

We all know that each of them has their own unique features. They differ in color, shape, texture, and other visible features. If you want to focus on one particular arrangement, you have to make sure that the flowers that you choose compliments with the other flowers. If you want to have a red rose and wanted to include other flowers in one arrangement, then you have to have a flower that also has a red accent on it.

3. Loosely arranging blooms

When making a flower arrangement, you have to remember to do the “cluster.” If you know how to pull off a few elements together in groups of three, then it will be definitely lovely to look at. Moreover, try positioning the cluster at the edge of your vase for added wow factor. Surely, it will naturally draw your eye and attention.

4. Cutting the stems straight

If you are planning to cut the stems of the flowers straight, then don’t! Cutting it straight would not be stylish and nice to look at. Well, if you want to achieve your desired flower arrangements, then you have to cut the stem on a bias. You can play with it by giving your stems and creating a ‘straw-like’ hydration system and ensures no bacteria that can grow on the bottom of your vase.

5. Not changing the water enough

One of the most important things for you to remember is having the right amount of water in your vase. You have to make sure that the water that you use is clean enough for your flower. Of course, if you use old and dirty water, there are possibilities that your flower will wilt immediately since there are bacteria that are already growing in the water.

If you are willing and serious about learning how to make the flower arrangements, then it is easy for you to learn it when you already know the basics of it. Well, all you have to do is ask some questions on how to do it, and/or do some experimentation on your own on how you can pull a beautiful flower arrangement. As I’ve said, it’s art!