Buying vs. Renting

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Would you rather rent a house or buy your own? Each has its own advantages and disadvantages so take good care in choosing the right option. One would suit your needs while the other could prove be not advisable. 

If you knew that you will be staying on a particular location for several years, if not forever then buying a house of your own is your best bet. It is better to shell out money for amortization rather than spending on monthly rent. The house would eventually become yours so why not splurge for it?

If you are someone who is constantly moving from one city to another, then suit yourself on an abode for rent. Choose one that does not have a contract that locks you for more than a year. That way, you would not be forced to stay on the place longer than you want.


Property Investor

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For a budding property investor, there is a gigantic amount to seize on board prior to making their initial or yet succeeding property investments. This is why it is serious to acknowledge that they take on board all the issues and clarifications needed. The property investor should one by one guarantee the “so-called” buyers so as to keep away from the probable property investment negative aspects. A property investor always desires to comprehend the threats that is being acquired in investment property. Asset investment has for all time been a great long-standing investment but there are hazards to consider too.


Young, Free and a New Space

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After college or prior college, most students start to move out of the house and find the right space for themselves. This may not be the best decision for some but is one of the most exciting thing to do, most especially that there are no parents around. However, first thing is first and that is to scout the right place. After solving all your nerve issues by moving out for the first time, finding  house that will suite both your needs and personality is a top priority. Budget is the first thing to consider before moving in the new place you will eventually call home. Accessibility, checking out on the area that is accessible to the most things you need and love is vital. Size is also an important factor to consider as this will be the basis for your items that needs to come in the new area.

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Getting A Good Space

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There are a lot of customary and superstitious beliefs when it comes to buying spaces. This is dependent on which country you are. However there are other countries that adapt these beliefs and practice these constantly. Buyers even consult experts in fields of feng shui to ensure that good luck, prosperity and wealth will dominate their space. Nevertheless, it is always wise to take a look around different spaces prior to buying. Location and accessibility should be highly considered. People who are looking for commercial spaces should check around prior to settling where they will put up their business. Housing spaces are also flourishing these days giving people a lot of option. Those who are in a tight budget should consider the price of the space prior to buying. The space of an apartment or commercial space should also be checked as this will serve as a long term good investment.

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Feng Shui

small_264142639Let’s say for example you and your partner are pad-hunting, and have found a gorgeous apartment. Bravo! You love it for the possibilities all this space offers you, he or she loves it because of the gorgeous view and the fantastic sunsets in store. Both of you are thrilled with the prospect of signing on the dotted line and officially calling this Home Sweet Home – however, what does it say for you luck-wise?

Some people are mindful of the feng shui of a place before they fully decide to buy or move into a place. Feng shui is an ancient Chinese geomancy that is believed to enhance the quality of life via the flow of Qi, or Chi. Qi or Chi is what translates into life forse and luck, and some believers are very attentive to what this says for them. Features of a home such as wooden beams above doors, the position of a bed vis-à-vis a window, or even where you decide to place your aquarium all have an effect in feng shui.

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Scrutinize!

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Last post, we focused on the importance of taking your handy carpenter’s measuring tool with you when shopping for a new living space. For today, we’ll focus on giving the pad a very thorough see-through before purchasing.

When you’re looking to buy an apartment, there are a lot of points to consider and scrutinize. As mentioned earlier, we covered measuring the space in our last post. Other points to inspect are just as important, and will help you determine if this apartment is worth your time and hard-earned money:

    Ventilation – Does your apartment allow fresh air and breezes to travel in and out? Is healthy air circulating through your apartment? Good ventilation ensures the air in your apartment is dry and pleasant, and prevents the build-up of mold.
    Drainage – Are all the pipes in order? Are any pipes in need of repair or replacement? Are the bathroom materials sturdily-made or roughshod?

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Measure It!

So, you’re shopping for an apartment, and want to make sure this is going to be a good investment. Perhaps you want to buy an apartment to live in, or maybe see purchasing a pad as a viable source of passive income for yourself in the future. Either way, buying an apartment is a good investment early on, as long as you know what to look for in a good investment.

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First off, you’ll probably want to bring a measuring tape or a carpenter’s retractable ruler with you when you go shopping. Knowing how big the space is is a very important aspect. If you were to live in it, would it be too small for you, or too big for you? Looking at the measurements of the place, how many people would be able to live comfortably here with all their stuff? A bachelor? A single lady? A couple, pets included? A family? Will the place be easy to clean? These are just some questions you’ll need to ask yourself.

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Keep it Clean for New Year’s!

We’re less than half an hour away from 2013, and many households all over the planet are a-buzz with preparations to ring in the new year. Tantalizing smells are wafting from different kitchens all over the planet, busy-bodies are either out shopping for the evening feast or sending heart-felt greetings to loved ones and friends.

One equally important aspect of preparing a home for the new year is cleaning! Have you started your cleaning routine yet? If not, let’s get your clean on.

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It’s always a good idea to start with the bathroom. Make sure to scrub the soap residue not only off tile surfaces, but also on tile grouts and metal fixtures. Make sure to also clean your porcelain pieces, and disinfect them well. Never leave the bathroom entirely wet, as this can breed bacteria and undo all your hard work. Try to sop up the excess wetness with a squeezable mop or a chamois.

Dust the corners of your living space; if you have a vacuum cleaner, make sure to get all those hard-to-reach areas with the finer tips that come with your device. Don’t forget to vacuum over fabric surfaces such as a sofa, a carpet, and others. After Vacuuming, sweep smooth surfaces with a broom to catch anything else the vacuum cleaner may have missed.

Put all things in their proper place, toss scraps and other things that call for tossing. Air out your sheets, open your windows wide, and welcome the new year with a clean home and peace of mind!

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Give Your Loft a Lovely DIY Look!

Congratulations! You are now the proud owner of a spacious, classy loft apartment. Give yourself a pat on the back for making a great choice. You have every intention of making this a warm, welcoming home, and it will take every shred of creativity in your to do it. Are you game?

1) Mobiles! Having a second floor means having a low ceiling on the first floor to hang your mobiles from. Mobiles are also a fun way to experiment with balance, color, material and design. If you love working with paper, consider making an origami paper crane mobile. You can opt to use brightly-colored or traditional Japanese-print paper. Wooden sticks, or metal rods? You decide.

2) Wall hangings a-plenty. The wall beside the stairs is a great place to hang your framed pictures, tapestries, and other wall hangings from, as they can also serve as great conversation starters. If you love books, why not install shelves along the stairs to show off your prized tomes?

3) Paper garlands for bannisters. The rails and bannisters leading up tot he second floor can serve as a place to put cheerful garlands on. Whether it’s a “happy birthday” made of paper letters, colorful cardboard dots glued on a line, or even vivid-colored Papel Picado, they’re sure to add a lot of personality to your sweet home.


Decorating Lofts

 

Lofts are on one of the most fun and challenging spaces to decorate. Lofts are known to have high ceilings and large spaces. It originated from Paris where it was used as art galleries perfect for hanging paintings. It then transitioned to being a popular home.It is very unique and contemporary. Here are some tips to making your loft a great living space! Steps to a dream home:

Determine the size of your place and think of how you can divide it. Dividing the space should be based on your needs. The division can be done with the use of furniture. Choosing a color palette is also important. This is somehow another way to divide the space. You can use bright colors in the living room and tone it down to a less vibrant color. Adding metal to lofts make it more modern. It’s a good idea to add stainless steel stuff in your kitchen. Another good trick is investing on storage. Put a lot of shelves and hang stuff. A loft is better if it is kept neat.