“The ache for a home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.”-Maya Angelou
So you have finally found the perfect place to rent. What is next?
Well, initially you would probably focus your attention and most of your energy to ensure that your tenant rights are respected—and you are right to do so. After all, you are holding up your end of the bargain by routinely paying your monthly rental fee, so you would reasonably expect your landlords to treat you with a degree of respect and ensure that your rental spaces are up to par. While there is nothing wrong with this, it is also best to cultivate a good relationship with your landlord and neighbors. Not only does this foster an amicable culture, but it would also mutually benefit everyone. Consequently, it would mean lesser headaches for your landlord while you can also count on them should you ever have any concerns or issues about your rental property. Furthermore, having a friendly relationship with your neighbors promotes a sense of community and would generally make your life in your rental property much easier.
When it comes down right to it, being a good tenant and having a positive relationship with your landlord would generally make your life in your rental property much easier. Remember, you might be paying to rent the space, but at the end of the day your landlord still owns it. So, treat your property with as much respect as you would expect from your landlords—regardless of whether your living quarters is a room for rent in Cebu or a Makati apartment for rent. Here are some of the ways you can be a good tenant:
1.) Read your lease.
Your tenant’s rights are meant to protect you while your lease agreement is meant to protect your landlord. Legally speaking, if you commit a breach in any part of your agreement, you can be sued or legitimately evicted. With this in mind, it is best to thoroughly ready your lease. And by thoroughly, we mean every paragraph, every sentence and every word. Make sure you understand the context and what it entails. Take note: Your lease agreement would become legally binding once you sign it. In this regard, be sure that you and your landlord are in agreement with every section before you affix your signature onto the document.
2.) Changes to your lease should not be made arbitrarily
Before making any sort of changes to your rental property, be sure to notify your landlord first. Understandably, you might get a tad bit bored with your wallpaper—especially if you have been in the same unit for quite some time. However, this does not mean you can immediately tear down the existing paint. Remember to always refer back to your lease should you wish to incorporate any changes. If your lease contract explicitly states that you are not in authority to make changes such as having pets or tearing wallpapers down, be sure to get a WRITTEN EXCEPTION from your landlord. This serves as your protection should your landlord find cause to sue you stating that you breached the lease contract. Be sure to have it in writing and keep it. You might need it should you move out.
3.) Pay your rent on time
Nothing can be more infuriating to a landlord than a tenant who cannot pay their rental dues on time. Asking for extensions during emergency situations can be overlooked, but do not make a habit out of it. Make sure to routinely pay before your rent is due or on its due date. After all, you would not want any surprise visits from your landlord and it certainly would make the atmosphere awkward from the both of you. Should any financial snags prevent you from paying on time, let your landlord know ahead of time. More often than not, they would be very understanding.
4.) Be respectful
“Do unto others as you would have done to you”. While this adage might seem cliché, it is very much applicable to you. Be courteous and respectful and your landlord will likely treat you in the same manner. If you have any issues with your neighbors, as much as possible resolve them without the assistance of your landlord. Do not be passive-aggressive and address the problem head on. Your goal is to find a resolution and never to prove a point or see who was right. Remember, fostering an environment of peace begins with a good relationship with one another—including your neighbors.
5.) Treat your rental as if it was your own
Although your rental is yours only temporarily, treat it as if it were yours. Take care of the property and try to maintain and preserve its condition back when it was rented out to you. Apart from ensuring that you get your deposit back once you finally move out, it would also put you in the good graces with your landlord. Keep it clean and maintain it. Understandably, your rental unit will go through the typical wear and tear, but you should not cause any undue major damage to it. Not only would this eat your security deposit, you might even be asked to pay for it out of your own pocket.
Teenagers of today are design-conscious and up-to-date with the latest trends. Whether its fashion, graphic design or interior decorating, they back up their knowledge through research. They may act as if they know everything there is to know, but they are living in childhood and adulthood. Some of them aren’t ready to give up their toys or collectibles from the past. As their parent or guardian, you can help them transform their bedroom into a polished and sophisticated sleeping quarter at Arbor Lanes.
Teen bedrooms must include features specific to their age without sacrificing design. It must be vibrant and full of energy. It must allow movement while providing an escape from the demands of the world. A functional bedroom must have the basics – bed, study desk, bookshelf, vanity, and storage units. Your teen’s bedroom becomes ten times better when it has a few pieces of furniture that would contribute to its look. You can add the five pieces of furniture below to improve the style of your teen’s room.
1. Armchair/Bean Bags/Couch
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Other than the chair for the desk, there must be additional places for sitting. Teenage years is the decade when friends and classmates come over to hang out. These children have limited cash and a strict curfew. Thus, they would instead crash in your child’s room or chill in the family room. When that happens, you’ll need an extra couch or couple of bean bags to keep your guests comfy.
If you want to add a pair of bean bags in your teen’s room, you must select a chair with removable and washable cover. The bean bag will last longer when you can throw its cover in the wash. Washing does a better job at cleaning than spot cleaning. You must also select a chair with the right filling. Polystyrene bead fill is light but breaks over time. It’s best to look for an eco-fill that is safe and non-carcinogenic. The bean bag must also be big enough to support the user and provide a comfortable seating position.
Beanbags are perfect in a laidback bedroom theme. Teens who wish to achieve a chic and elegant bedroom can opt for armchairs. Armchairs have different varieties and styles. There are curved armrests and boxy seating. It also uses various fabrics and patterns for upholstery. An armchair with a neutral cover is versatile but avoid using white if you want minimal upkeep. Armchairs and bean bags will work on small spaces and extensive floor areas with heavy pieces of furniture. If there’s extra space in the room, you can go for a couch. Sofa beds are great for slumber parties or group school work the teens need to rush.
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When talking about dressers, it’s critical to know about design, quality, finish, and construction. Keep in mind you can customize its pulls and handles. Focus on the material, the number of its drawers and size as well as material. There are different types of wood used in making chests, and they differ in price points. High-quality dressers have a shiny finish, wood-on-wood glides, and center-rail support. Again, measure the width, height, and depth it will accommodate.
3. Full-length Mirror
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Since teens are conscious of their appearance, a full-length mirror can reassure if their outfit is up to par. The mirror provides a breath of fresh air into your space. It reflects light so small rooms will benefit from the extra shine and brightness. Shape, size, and style are the most important things to look into when buying a mirror.
The shape of the mirror can dictate the mood of the room and accentuate the features of the area. A long horizontal mirror emphasizes width while a tall vertical reflector accentuates height. Boxy shapes give a sense of order while rounded and curved frames soften the visual environment and add a whimsical look. A carved or ornate frame is best for traditional bedroom themes. Still, it is an excellent contrast to modern elements of design. Simple frames and those made of unusual materials suit casual bedroom while whimsical frames and distressed looks complement country and whimsical rooms.
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An ottoman is an understated piece of furniture. It is a padded upholstered seat. It resembles a bench without the arms. It can be square or round and used as stools or footrest. Homeowners often neglect the advantage of having one in the bedroom. A square-shaped ottoman enables you to extend the size of your coach. Meanwhile, round and rectangular ottomans are great coffee tables and centerpieces.
You can also purchase ottomans depending on their function. Cocktail and storage ottomans are elevating the room’s overall appearance.
5. Side Table
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If you are looking for pieces of furniture to fill the sides of your bed, you can add a pair of side tables. It’s crucial to think of the height of the item next to it. The table must be equal or below the furniture next to it. It creates a seamless visual flow and makes it easy to reach items on the table. Similar to armchairs, mirrors, and ottomans, side tables also come in several shapes and sizes. You can use your side table to contrast the existing furniture in the area to offset harsh lines, soft textures, or bold colors.
Some side tables have drawers and open shelves for extra storage. Having these features will depend on how you plan to use it.
Armchairs, bean bags, dresser, full-length mirror, ottomans, and side tables are few of the pieces of furniture to add in a teen condo bedroom. A teen’s bedroom is similar to a self-contained apartment. They don’t mind its size as long as it has everything they need. They have space to invite their friends over, finish their homework, and sleep. The right style, shape, size, and color will help reflect their personality and complete the design of their room.
“Often what’s wrong with some modernist houses – they’re kept vacuum-sealed all the way through. And then people wonder why they haven’t any atmosphere.” – John Stefanidis
We all hate damages. Especially when your favorite thing is broken, we feel like we have already lost a very important thing in our life. Whether you like it or not, damages at home are inevitable. One of the reasons is probably because you consistently used that particular thing. It does not matter if you lived in a condo for rent in Bonifacio Global City or any condominiums in the Philippines, you will find damages at home.
But just because might notice some damages, that does not mean that it is going to be a big deal. There are a lot of damages where you can fix it yourself. You do not need to call a professional just to fix it for you. Keep in mind that some damages may be simple enough for you to mend it. To give you an idea, we list down some things you have at home where you can fix yourself.
1. Uneven shower stream
If you know that there is something wrong with the shower, then you should check behind the shower’s handle. There is a valve that is responsible for correctly mixing hot and cold water, and kept the pressure consistent. But before you do the fixing, make sure to shut off the water to the shower, then you can now remove the screws holding the handle through the use of plier and the trim plate on. After, install a replacement pressure to balance the cartridge.
2. Toilet bowl scratches
This is also one of the many things at home where you can fix it yourself. If there are any bowl scratches or anything that keeps the bowl from flushing, then you can clear it with a drain snake. Scrubbing the marks with kitchen scouring pad is also another thing you can use to fix the toilet.
3. Sluggish vent-hood suction
When you have poor suction in your kitchen sink, then you probably need to replace the motor. But before you start fixing, always remember to shut the power to the hood and remove any filters. You also need to pull out the fan blade and find the motor’s wiring harness. Unclip it and unscrew the motor from its blanket. And then attached the replacement motor and reconnected the harness before you install the fan blade again.
4. Dripping dishwasher
This is one thing that we hate whenever it is damaged. Keep in mind that constant use of the dishwasher, the thick rubber gasket along the edge of the tub can also become brittle. That is why, it is important for you to examine the gasket and gently pull it out and reseat it into the tub, and then run the dishwasher. However, if the dishwasher is still leaking, then you should get a replacement gasket and install it in the same way.
5. Slow dryer
It is a must for a dryer to have a proper airflow to finish a load of clothing. However, if your dryer is not working, then this might not a start to wash your clothes. To fix it, you need to remove the front panel and housing cover and unhook the door switch’s wires. Behind that is the blower wheel, remove it from the motor shaft with snap ring pliers. You then need to slide the new wheel in place and test that if it spins by hand. If it does, then you have to reassemble the dryer back to its form.
When it comes to home design, it is not just about how it looks or how pleasing it is from the inside and out. Yes, the appearance is an important factor. But an exceptional home design involves the emotion of a person – on what they feel about having such design. Or on how they convey their personality through the design of their home. However, not all homeowners can grasp the importance of a good home design.
Perhaps, for as long as they have a place to stay, then they are cool with it. This may be acceptable, but not a good reason for not having a good design for your home. And it doesn’t matter if you are living in a condo in Manila, having a pleasing home design is within your reach.
Increase peace of mind
Aside from the convenience, you can also have peace of mind in such a way that you don’t have to worry about costly mistakes. Having a good home design would also be beneficial for those homeowners who leave each day, obsessively worrying if everything in their home is in order.
Create a setting for living
Having a satisfying home design would also create a place that looks and feels liveable. It will give you the right ambiance for your home to make you feel comfortable and relax. However, just imagine a messy and lifeless home; you don’t want to live in such place. Right? Well, that would be most likely the scenario if you don’t care less about designing your home.
Enjoyment of a well-designed home
Some people may not be able to realize the value of having a good home design. But when you do, you’d definitely enjoy living in such place. How much more when you personalize and optimize your home? Aside from giving your home a look you wanted, you can also experience having a good feeling and impression to it.
Sets lot of limitation
Yes, designing your home may depend on the things you want to have. However, you also have to know that there are some limitations that you need to consider. Well, limitations such as making sure that the things would match perfectly with the other furniture at home, and other dos and don’ts when it comes to home decorations. But don’t look at the limitations the negative way, this is also one way to make sure you will have a good and satisfying outcome.
Saves money and increase convenience
When you do home design properly, this will give you the freedom to save a lot of your time and money. Homeowners can also experience convenience while living at home. There’s no need to trip yourself from the corners due to the sharp edges and wrong arrangements.
Keeps you and your family save
Before you start designing your home, you need to think about what to do to make sure that everything would be in order. Thinking about how to make the edges of the table or the chair safe to avoid any accidents, and considering the electrical cords that your children might be playing are the things you need to consider when planning for home design.
Having an optimized functional space design
This is also one thing you need to consider when designing your home – having a functional space design. Obviously, you are not going to design your home without any plans on what to do with your room, right? Perhaps, you can have a room for entertainment where you and your family can bond. Well, make sure that there will be enough space for everyone to move around.
The wow factor
As we all know not all homeowners, have a wow factor on their home. However, if you or your family and friends can say wow, then you have a good design on your home. There will always be a feeling of satisfaction from the entrance to every room of your home.
Condo living is one of the things most people want to experience. Who does not want it, right? That is why more and more people who want to invest in a condo. Whether you plan to stay in a condo for rent in Makati, or any other condos in the Philippines, there are just certain things you can experience only if you are living in a condo. But before you decide to invest or rent in a condo, there are also certain things you need to know about renting or living in a condo.
Renting a condo unit is not that difficult as you think it is. Yes, there might be certain things you need to follow for you to have a peaceful living, but that don’t mean that you are bound to its rules. Of course, if you just know what and what not to do when it comes to condo living, then you might be able to adapt its environment of it.
What to search for
When we talk about searching, there are different kinds of searches. That depends on what you are looking for. That is why you need to know what kind of condo unit you want to rent for you to save some time and effort when it comes to finding one. Moreover, you should also be clear what you want for a condo. With that, it will be easier for you to find a condo unit that suits your lifestyle.
Where to search
There are a lot of ways you can find condos for rent available. You can find it through online, or some posters given by some real estate agents or you can even find a condo for rent in the newspaper classifieds. It doesn’t matter where you find the property, for as long as it fits on your standard, then that particular condo unit might be for you. Of course, aside from these sources, you can also ask your friends if there are any available condos for you to rent. Who knows, they might know somewhere that is way better and affordable than the other one.
Set a budget
Your budget is important. You cannot rent a particular condo unit when you don’t have any budget for it. Of course, where will you get the money for the down payments, the monthly dues, utility bills, and other expenses that you need to pay? Right? Without any proper financial stability, then you might get into financial trouble later on. That is why, before you decide on where and what condo unit you want to rent, make sure that you can afford any payments that you are obliged to pay. Moreover, there are a lot of condo units that are affordable enough for you to have. So, better choose the ones that you know you can afford.
Know the rules and regulations of the condo
Again, there are certain rules and regulations when it comes to living in a condo. Of course, you are living in a community; you should also expect that there are some policies that you need to abide for you and your neighbors to have a good and satisfying lifestyle in the condo. And if there are certain things or rules that you don’t want to follow in that certain condo, then you better find another one that would also fit your lifestyle. Of course, you don’t want to live in a place where you don’t want to abide any of the rules, right?
Read before you sign
This is one of the most important things for you to consider. Of course, you don’t want to experience headaches when you rent a particular condo, right? That is why, before you agree to any conditions the condo has, then you have to read and go over with it again and again before you sign it. Making sure that everything is in your likings is one of the things that prevent you from having a bad experience when you rent a condo.
Moving into a better home is inevitable. Who wouldn’t want to have a sweet and satisfying home, right? That’s why we tend to move out for a better lifestyle. However, whether you decide to move into a Makati condo for rent, there is still a need for you to notify somebody about your move. Of course, that is to avoid confusions and troubles later on.
Some of you here might not think about it, but notifying is a crucial thing for you to do. Yes, we want to have some privacy when it comes to our personal information. But at least, you should also give a heads up to the people who are important to you. If you don’t, they might have a hard time keeping in touch with you. Telling these people below will ensure that there will be a smooth moving process, which also prevents various hassles and problems in the long run.
1. Family and friends
I’m sure your family and friends are not strangers, right? That means you have to notify them when you move out. At least, if they are planning to visit you in your home, they know where your new home is. Tell them the right address for you to be guided properly without any signs of being lost in the place.
If you live before in a rental home, then you also have the need to notify your landlord before moving out. Of course, you also have to know if you have some pending monthly payments which you forgot to pay. You don’t want you and your landlord to settle your accounts in the court, right? Yes, some landlords are strict enough when it comes to the paying of bills. Well, you’re lucky if you have a landlord who tolerates with that matter.
3. Current employer
Unless you are just moving into a condo where it is near to your office, then notifying your employer about your move is a must. This is one way your boss can send relevant paper works through delivering it to your doorsteps without any hassles at all. Or if not, there are also possibilities that you need to resign since your place is way far from the office, and there’s no way you can be on time at work. At least, your employer will have an ample time finding a new person for your position.
Aside from making sure that you have paid your monthly rentals, you also have to make sure you also have paid your utility bills before moving out. Of course, that is to prevent lapses and other past-due bills you have before. Also, you have to inform your service providers that you are moving out. With that, they can disconnect the services you avail if you decide to. Moreover, notifying utility companies that you are moving will give them a head up when it comes to your electricity, water, telephone, cable, internet, domestic waste collection, etc.
5. Financial institutions
Informing that you have a new address to your financial company that you have can save you from having problems when it comes to keeping your finances in order. You have to keep the company updated on your personal information to avoid any financial confusions later on.
6. Government agencies
This is one of the people you should never forget to notify. Of course, you don’t want to have some problems when it comes to your documents, right? Moreover, if you forget to notify them, this might be the reason why you can’t have and avail advantages since you are registered in the other government agency. Make sure to tell them your full information for as not to avoid complications later on.
Purchasing a property is one of the largest single purchases one will make in life. And when it comes to real estate investment, saving for your first down payment and building home equity can be a way to build wealth for your future. That only means, saving money for a down payment should not be taken lightly. However, If you think saving is as easy as you think it is, wait until you get started.
It’s not to scare you, but to give you a heads up on what’s typically going to happen especially when saving for a down payment. Regardless of the property, you want to invest; be it Solstice or any real estate property, there are certain things to consider when saving.
Find affordable alternatives
The moment you decide to invest in a real estate, compromising is one common thing you need to consider. For instance, you can drop your gym membership for exercising at home. Or perhaps, lose the cable subscription and sign up for Netflix. Having these as your alternative, you can save as much as you can. One thing is for sure; you can still continue to live your life without spending too much on the things you do not need. Moreover, think twice before you buy something – you may not need that particular thing.
Yes, saving may be hard, but that does not mean you should hate it. That means you can break you savings goal down into manageable chunks, and think of a low-cost reward for yourself. After saving a lot of money in week or month, you can treat yourself to a dinner, or something that you want to have. However, you should also be mindful of the price. Just because it is your reward, you should also spend a lot of money on it. Of course, that should also not be the case. Since you are still saving for the down payment, you should also be mindful of the things you are want to buy.
Turn your savings into more savings
Did you know that it is possible for you to turn your savings into more savings? Perhaps, you can consider high-yield saving accounts, certificates of deposit, peer-to-peer lending and mutual funds. Moreover, you have to make sure to get solid advice about whether your timeline is appropriate for various investment options. But if you are not sure about these alternatives, you can go for high-yield accounts. This is one of the most conservative choices you can make since they are insured by the federal government.
Turn your hobbies into side gigs
Whether you realize it or not, you can turn your hobbies into money. How? There are people out there who can appreciate an individual skill where they are willing to pay for your ability. Let’s take painting, for example; some people would buy your artworks. Or perhaps, if you are good at playing piano, guitar, drums or any instruments, you can offer some lessons. With this, you are not enjoying doing your hobbies, but you also earn extra income out from it.
Although saving money can be challenging and daunting, that should not be that hard as you think it is. You can make it fun while you are saving money for the down payment. Moreover, this is one way you can achieve your dream home.
“It’s not how much money you make, but how much money you keep, how hard it works for you, and how many generations you keep it for.” – Robert Kiyosaki