Basic Problems, Basic Solutions: 8 Everyday House Problems and their DIY Solutions

Home DIY Solutions

Keeping your condo in tip top shape can be a bit of a challenge for busy moms. But don’t let the everyday clutter and sudden repairs frustrate you!

Here’s our list of 8 DIY fixes for those everyday house problems. Definitely a must read for those looking to buy a condo for sale along EDSA.

Laundry Baskets

Messy laundry room

Hate seeing your laundry baskets scattered all over the place? Keep your laundry area organized by storing those laundry baskets in a simple dresser. This way, you can just slide your laundry baskets out when you need them, and put them back in when you’re done.

Catchall

Lost items

If you’re having trouble keeping track of where you last put your keys and ID cards, set up a catchall near the entrance of your condo. Having a catchall is a great way to store those random odds and ends so you’ll always know where to look.

Kitchen Peg Boards

Limited Kitchen Cabinet Space

Unless you live in a condo with a full size kitchen, you’ll have a hard time finding storage for your kitchen essentials. One way you can add easy access kitchen storage to your unit is by utilizing the walls. Simply put up this peg board on your kitchen wall and voila! You have extra kitchen space for those pots and pans that you use every day.

Spice Jars and Spice Rack

Spice Storage

Spices can be tricky to store. While it’s common practice to store bottles of spices on a wall rack, constant exposure to sunlight has a way of affecting their scent and taste.  The solution? Store your spices behind a cabinet door. This way, it will be easy for you to find what you’re looking for, without compromising the quality of your spices.

DIY Nail Polished Key

Confusing keys

If your house keys are all identical, you’ve probably already wasted a lot of time trying to figure out which ones go where.  A nifty trick is to paint each key with a different nail polish color so that you can easily differentiate them.

Cleaning Supplies Storage

Cleaning Supplies Storage

Shower caddies can be useful everywhere. If you need a place to store your cleaning supplies and other odds and ends, a sturdy shower caddy in the laundry area can provide the perfect space saving solution.

Charging Cord

Messy Charging Cords

One way to make sure that your charging cords will always be where you left them is by attaching it to the side of your nightstand with a binder clip. This way, you’ll never lose another charging cord again.

Fluffy Pillows

Lifeless pillows

Take your flattened pillows and put it under direct sunlight for at least 3o minutes. The heat from the sun will absorb the moisture and make your pillows plump. The sun also acts as a natural disinfectant so if you need to sanitize your linens and pillows after a bout with the flu, the sun is at your disposal.

You can always make your life a lot simpler with the help of everyday household materials. Do you have any DIY home hacks that you swear by? Share your ideas by commenting below.

Part of the Family: 7 Dog Breeds That Are Perfect for Condos

English Bulldog

Buying a condo for sale along EDSA may not be that easy for dog lovers. With most condo associations discouraging pets inside the complex, you need to find a condo that will welcome not just you, but your furry baby as well.

When you’re living in a condo, every inch counts. This is why when it comes to your pets, size matters. Taking care of a pet can get a bit overwhelming, especially if you don’t really have the space for it. But if you’re one of those people who can’t live without a dog in tow, it’s just a matter of choosing the right breed that will suit your living space and personality.

Here’s our top picks of dog breeds that are perfect for condo living.

Chihuahua

Chihuahua

The rule of thumb is, if the dog can fit in your bag, then it can definitely fit in your condo! Weighing at around 4 pounds, the Chihuahua can win your heart over with its affectionate demeanour. It’s also considered to be one of the most intelligent breeds around so you’ll have a lot of fun training it to do tricks. The only problem is its tendency to bark incessantly, so you might want to start early training on this one.

English Bulldog

English bulldog

If you’re not really the high maintenance type of dog owner, this medium sized dog is the best breed to have. Since it doesn’t really like to move around much, you can both get lazy and cuddle on the couch without having to feel guilty about it. But make sure to take it out for regular walks, at least.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

One of the reasons why this breed is quite popular with condo dwellers is its natural calm. With its ability to adapt easily to new surroundings, you’ll seldom see the Cavalier King get agitated.  If you’re looking for a friendly dog that will play nice with other dogs in your complex, then this would make the perfect addition to your family.

Shih Tzu

Shih Tzu

Although this breed doesn’t need that much room to be happy, the Shih Tzu requires a whole lot of pampering from its owners. This small breed can make the perfect companion if you’re looking for a dog with energy, smarts, and of course, the looks.

Pug

Pug

Weighing in at 14 to 18 pounds, this compact breed is all sorts of adorable.  If those big eyes and adorable nose doesn’t make you fall in love with the Pug, I don’t know what will. Growing to only around 10 to 14 inches in height, the Pug is so small that you can even train it to hang out with you on your bed. Just don’t forget to give it its daily exercise if you don’t want it getting bored or depressed.

Boston Terrier

Boston terrier

This gentleman on the list will make any condo look good. But make sure to keep an eye on him because he can be a bit of trouble if left alone for long periods of time. This breed can keep its barking to itself so you don’t need to worry about the neighbours complaining.

Bichon Frise

Bichon Frise

This breed may sound all fancy, but it can be very territorial and protective over its adopted family. This dog will only bark when there’s someone at the door so if you’re looking for a small energetic guard dog for your condo, this one might be your best bet.

Do you have any favourite dog breed you’d like to add to this list? Let us know in the comments section below.

A Creative Studio: Brilliant Design Ideas for Studio-Type Condo Units

Studio Room Designs

Living in a studio type condo may not seem very luxurious, but it can be quite cosy if designed well. What it lacks in space makes up for its functionality and style. It can be quite a challenge to design studio condominiums for sale in Quezon City, but you can transform that small space into a home that will suit your lifestyle. All it really needs is a bit of patience, resourcefulness and a bit of creative flair.

Here’s our take on design ideas that you can easily do that will turn your studio type condo into your very own city haven.

Studio Floor Plan

Have a plan

Just like with any design project, you need to have a plan first. This way, you’ll know just how much space you have to work with. Take out the floor plan for your unit and start designating areas for the living area, dining and kitchen, and of course, the bedroom. This will act as your guide as you go through the design process.

Studio Type Room

Be smart with your stuff

Since you’ll be working with limited space, you need to be smart with your stuff. This is no time to hoard or hold on to things that you won’t use regularly so make sure to buy wisely. You can also avoid cluttering your area by picking out appliances and furniture pieces that won’t crowd your area. Go for minimalist furniture pieces that are high on functionality.

Studio Room

Choose storage wisely

Storage is a big concern for people who choose to live in studio condos. With such limited space, it can be very difficult to find a place for all your important items and assorted knick knacks. You can hang hooks on walls, use furniture pieces that double as storage space, and place stylish storage boxes under the bed and couch. The trick to getting the most out of storage is to make every square inch count.

Studio Type Glass Mirrors

Use glass windows and mirrors to your advantage

Placing mirrors around your studio condo will give it the illusion of being bigger and well ventilated. Same goes for large glass windows. Glass and mirrors are great at reflecting light, which can make rooms seem a lot spacious than they actually are. Use a variety of different sized mirrors to add visual interest to your room.

Studio Room Frames

 

Create a focal point

Having a focal point is a great way to put a unique design element into your studio condo. Going big on your wall decor may seem counterintuitive, but it can sure add a punch of color and individuality to your living space. A photo wall doesn’t just add style to your space, but it also shows off your personality.

Try not to over think it when designing your studio apartment because the more ideas you try to incorporate into your design, the more cluttered it’s going to feel. Set a theme so that you have style guide you can follow. When in doubt, just follow this simple rule: Keep it simple, light, and relaxed.

View from the Top: Pros and Cons of A Penthouse

Penthouse View

Want to live life at the top? If you’re looking for condominiums for sale around the Scout area to complement your fast paced lifestyle, then a penthouse might just be the perfect property choice for you. But is living on the top floor everything that you think it is?

Although there’s no exact rule for valuing top floor units, expect penthouse living to set you back a small fortune. The highest apartment will always command a premium since they come in limited quantities, so if you want to enjoy your view from the top, be prepared to shell out your hard earned money.

Roof Party

The Pros

  • Privacy

Since most developers allocate 1-2 units at the top floor, you get to enjoy that sense of privacy that your neighbours at the lower floors don’t. If you want to keep away from the peering eyes of your neighbours and enjoy some much needed peace and quiet after a long day at the office, it’s time that you invest in a penthouse unit.

  • Security

You also get better security since top floor units are not easily accessible by burglars from the outside. But of course you shouldn’t take that as your only assurance.  If you’re going to buy condo units, make sure that you invest in a development that prioritizes your safety and security above all else.

  • Roof deck access

Top floor units are lusted over for exclusive roof deck access. So if you want extra space for a private party, you can have all the space you want out on the roof deck. That’s if, and only if, the building administration actually allows you up there. Remember, safety first.

  • The view

There are no words to describe the view you get up there. Just imagine how livelier the city will look like when you’re at the top. For many condo buyers, the view itself is already worth the hefty price tag.

Elf_Elevator

The Cons

  • Loud Crowds

Having easy access to the roof deck definitely has its perks, but it can also cause unnecessary hassle when large crowds gather for a party. If your building’s rooftop access is shared, then it might be a bit problematic for you when others use it.

  • Building Integrity

Living on the top floor of an old building makes you vulnerable to rooftop leaks and other structural problems, so future maintenance work may be a drag. Make sure that your building administration takes care of these costs so you don’t end up paying extra money for repairs.

  • Nature Hazard

Nature’s rule is the higher you are, the stronger the winds are felt. When you’re living on the top floor, there’s the tendency that the slightest storm will feel more like a wind tunnel than a safe haven. That’s something that most people won’t tell you. You’ll see nature at its best and worst from the top.

  • Elevator Dependent

Living on the top floor will make you totally dependent on elevator access so be prepared to wait for your turn. And since you’ll be going up and down a lot, be ready to make new friends along the way.

So what do you think? Is penthouse living the way to go? Let us know in the comments below.

Upgrade! 5 Reasons Why a Condo Is Better than an Apartment

Condo is Better Than An Apartment

Most people think the difference between a condo and an apartment is that one looks fancier than the other. Even though both seem very similar in principle, there’s actually more to condominiums than meets the eye.

If you’re currently considering buying your family a couple of condominiums for sale in the Scout area, you need to look into whether condo living is actually better for you in time.

Here are the top 5 reasons why you should upgrade to a condo.

swimming_biking_running_modern amenitiesModern amenities

Condos are the better choice for you if you’re looking to enjoy modern amenities like a pool or clubhouse. With so many condo developments springing up across the metro, you can easily take your pick of the development with the best amenities. It may cost you a bit of extra in monthly dues, but the convenience of having a fitness center in the same building definitely makes up for the extra cost.

security cameraSecurity features

It’s an absolute must for condo developments to implement safety measures to its residents so if you’re concerned about security, condo living might just be the best option for you. Compared to living in an apartment where you don’t really have the privilege of knowing your neighbours, living in a condo can give you some peace of mind.

maintenance toolsProblem free maintenance

Probably the biggest benefit of living in a condo is that you don’t have to worry about the maintenance over the shared areas in the property. There’s a dedicated team of people who are tasked to maintain the grounds, from the grassy open area to the halls of the buildings. If you ever encounter plumbing or electrical problems, all you have to do is call on the building manager to get that dealt with. This is a great perk for people who are busy with work or travel and don’t have the time to maintain their homes.

communityShared community

Condo living fosters a sense for a close knit community so if you want to live in a place where you can get chummy with your neighbours, look for a condo that has an intimate feel to it. Condo associations are not just known for implementing the rules, but on some occasions, putting together fairs, parties, and even mixers for residents.

financeBetter financing options

Last but not the least, owning a condo has become easier these past years so even if you don’t have the money to pay for your chosen full price, you can work around your finances in order to get the best deal. If you’re looking to purchase a condo, during preselling is the best time to stake your claim. It will not only save you some serious cash, it will give you a chance to put money in an investment that will pay for itself in the long run.

More and more people are looking into buying condos so it’s important that you don’t just follow the trend, you actually make it work to your advantage. Want to know what kind of property would be best for you? Don’t hesitate to fill out our inquiry form below.

Where the Heart Is: 4 Ways to Make A Dinner at Home Romantic

Romantic Dinner

White tablecloth, elegant centrepiece, strings playing in the background while you look into your lover’s eyes in the candlelight. As Valentine’s Day quickly approaches, we’re giving you insider tips from our love experts on how you can turn regular date night into a night to remember, without the hefty price tag of course.

Buying a condo for sale along EDSA this year may mean you have to cut back on your spending, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get creative with showing your date just how much they mean to you.

Set the mood for love

You may not see your home as the ideal date place at this moment, but with a bit of creative draping, some fresh flowers, and your best dinnerware, you can set the mood for romance. Decorating your already simple yet elegant home to a place fit for romantic dinners is actually quite easy. The trick is to make use with what you already have on hand. A plain white sheet over a table adds an element of simple elegance, while a vase of fresh flowers is always a welcome centrepiece to any table setting. Take inspiration from your favourite fancy restaurant and arrange your dinnerware how their staff would to make your dinner look and feel special.

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Create a Romantic Playlist

Music always sets the mood for loving, so a romantic mixtape is a must have for that special date night. If you need suggestions for romantic songs, get sound inspirations from music streaming apps like Spotify or Deezer.  Whether you’re into country or indie, or an eclectic mix of both, you’re sure to find the perfect playlist to set the mood for the night. Create a playlist that you will both enjoy by mixing classic love songs, sexy songs, and love ballads together for a tasteful evening.

Lady and the Tramp

Cook your best dish

There’s something very sexy about a man or woman who can whip up a meal, so let this romantic dinner be a challenge to you to improve your cooking skills. You don’t have to prepare a 5 course dinner if you can’t handle that yet. You can start with an appetizer – main course – dessert menu for that special night. Just make sure that the dishes you’ll be putting together are dishes that you and your date will enjoy. No matter how simple the meal, the important thing is that you cook with your heart.

Prepare a special treat

Don’t forget to cap off the night with a special treat for your date. Whether it’s a surprise acoustic performance of your favourite love song, or a trip to the rooftop to have wine while you look at the city skyline, preparing a special treat is guaranteed to turn a regular date into a truly memorable experience.

Romance is definitely in the air for Feb-ibig. Whether you’re single, married, or just a hopeless romantic, make sure to show your loved ones just how much they mean to you this month.

Have any romantic tips to share this Valentine’s day? Let us know in the comments section below.