7 Must Haves for Your First Condo

 7 Must Haves for Your First Condo

Most condominiums for sale in Quezon City and other areas of Metro Manila come furnished and ready for its new owner’s use. However, you’ll soon find that you need to get a few more stuff to make living there even better. Listed below are just some of the things you need to have in your very first condo unit.

Toolbox

Toolbox

It doesn’t have to be a big box of tools, but it has to contain at least the basic tools you need for minor fix-ups. These tools include a screwdriver kit, claw hammer, crosscut saw, utility knife, vice grip pliers, needle nose pliers, cordless drill with bits, and a small assortment of nails and screws.

Cleaning Kit

Cleaning Kit

Yes, we know it can be quite a chore sometimes but you got to do it if you want to enjoy a clean home. Get some all purpose cleaner, furniture polish, mopping solution and toilet cleaner for your cleaning agents. Get a mop, broom, dust pan, toilet brush, plunger and microfiber cloth for your cleaning tools.

Emergency Money

Emergency Money

Always leave some cash at home for emergencies. The ATM won’t be online 100% of the time and not all stores or restaurants accept credit cards. It’s up to you to decide how much you’ll leave in the cookie jar or wherever you wish to hide it.

Fire Extinguisher

Fire Extinguisher

In case of fire emergencies, a fire extinguisher can be the difference between life and death. So get one and place it in the kitchen or anywhere in your condo where fires are likely to occur. Oh, and check the expiration date on the extinguisher every now and then to see if you need to get a new one.

Flashlight

Flashlight

Flashlights aren’t just used during brownouts. You can also use it when looking for any lost small objects under the nook and cranny of your home. Just make sure you always have fresh batteries on hand for your flashlight.

Extra Set of Keys

Extra Set of Keys

You always need them. Otherwise, you might end up destroying your doorknob or calling the nearest lock smith, which would cost you. Just entrust it to your housemate or neighbor so you can easily borrow it in case you lost your keys.

First Aid Kit

First Aid Kit

No matter how careful you are, accidents can and will happen. By having a first aid kit in your condo unit, you can easily address most of the minor injuries that might occur. You can either assemble your own kit or purchase one from the nearby drugstore. In any case, the kit should include gauze bandages, iodine solution, adhesive tape, antibiotic ointment, bandages, safety pins, small scissors, tweezers, thermometer and triangular bandage, as well as medicines like aspirin, calamine lotion and aloe vera gel.

One last bit of advice when buying stuff for your first home: always be practical! That means getting high quality and useful stuff for your condo without spending too much money on it. Who knows? Some of these stuff can be a very good investment in the long run!

Creative Interior Design Ideas To Fit Your Personality

Creative Interior Design Ideas To Fit Your Personality

While checking out condominiums for sale in the Scout area, you might be thinking of ways on how you can decorate your new home. Doubtless, you want your new condo’s interior to reflect who you are. Just to help you out, here are some design ideas to show off your personality.

Feminine

Feminine

When you say you want a feminine room, the first thing that comes to mind is a room decked out in pink: walls, ceilings, chairs, and maybe even a refrigerator! But that doesn’t have to be the case—not always, anyway.
•Paint your living room a solid color like sky blue and work around it by color blocking and complimenting it with a bold bedspread.
•Play with patterns by using floral covers for your throw pillows on a green sofa for the living room.
•Balance the sweetness with contemporary pieces like a long necked glass vase.
•Pick a patterned wallpaper for your kitchen-dining area and match it with a red dining table with either transluscent chairs or white chairs.

Masculine

Masculine

A bachelor’s pad, on the other hand, is no place for pink! Instead, you should go with deeper, richer and darker colors. Accent it with the classical white or bright yellow to achieve a really great effect. Decorations may be few but they can make a statement.
•Hang an oversized black and white print atop your comfortable dark grey, Lawson sofa.
•Cozy up in your bedroom with a sleigh bed in a dark wood, covered with a navy blue wool bedcover and cobalt pillows.
•Most men love their television so why not get a black display cabinet to show off not only the TV but books, DVDs, game consoles and trophies as well?
•A dark wood table (like mahogany) with leather chairs would look great in the dining area and it can also double as a working area if you add a steel hanging light.

Modernist

Modernist

Modernism doesn’t always equate with metallic and deep color galore. Rather, it’s clean lines and minimalism. It’s using what little resources you have and making the most out of it.
•If you’re decorating on a budget, hang uniform-sized picture frames with simple artwork on your wall.
•Go with white for your kitchen and a secondary color (such as turquoise) to accentuate it.
•Choose a bed with a dark headboard to be placed against an accent wall painted a bold color like crimson red.
•Pick furniture pieces with dual purposes, such as a stylish sofa which no one would think doubles as a storage area or a bed.
•Nesting tables are great for modernist as they do not take up too much space and when needed, all you have to do is pull them out from under one another.

Traditionalist

Traditionalist

A traditionalist has a home that’s comfortable for any age group, whether they be trendy teenagers, hardworking professionals, or wise senior citizens. Their home is a picture of calmness and predictability.
•For your dining area, try a wooden rectangular table with matched chairs on top of an area rug.
•Accessorize your home with an indoor plant or two. If you don’t have a green thumb, try a pair of lamps with silk shades strategically placed in the places where you’d need them most like the cornor of your home.
•Light Wooden furniture belong in a traditionalist’s home. These pieces are usually a mix of straight and curve lines with some detailed carving.
•Paint your walls forrest green or something that is in the mid-range of tones in a flat finish.
•Choose fabrics that are not too shiny or textured. Florals, muted plaids and small all-over patterns are good picks.

Decide on your favorite style and don’t worry about mixing up a few pieces! After all, it’s your own home and your goal is to make it the best place to go to at the end of a long and tiring day.

6 Things You Should Remember When Buying a Condo in the Philippines

6 Things You Should  Remember When Buying a Condo in the Philippines

In a fast-paced world, living in condominiums can be the more practical choice. That way, you save both time and energy, since your unit might be situated near your school, office, or any other public places you need to go to. So whether you’re looking for condominiums for sale along Scout Area or in Makati, you need to remember these following tips if you want to really get your money’s worth.

Check your budget

There may be lots of condominiums for sale within your area, but that doesn’t mean they all come in the same price. So make sure you pick the unit you can afford, or else you’ll be in big financial trouble. Don’t stint yourself, though; there are still lots of condos with great qualities despite their low costs.

Consider the location

Aside from your budget, location is another factor you should consider when picking a condo unit. Is it close to your office or school? Can it be accessed through public transportation? Are there any convenience stores, eateries, fast food chains, restaurants, malls, or parks nearby? What about clinics or hospitals in case of emergencies? These are just some of the questions you need to answer before you buy a unit.

Get enough space

The size of the condo, as well as how many of you will live there, is also an important factor you should think about before buying the unit. After all, what’s the point of buying a 3-bedroom condominium if you’re the only one staying in it? And if you’re planning to start a family, a studio-type unit wouldn’t be large enough, would it?

Check security features

But condominiums shouldn’t just look and feel comfortable; it should also be safe enough for its inhabitants. Safety is included in Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, after all! So while checking out various condominiums, best observe if they have security guards and strict protocols regarding the safety of the homeowners. Other security tools and facilities like security cameras and admin offices should also be present.

Know the project’s developer

There are lots of real estate developers here and there, consisting of both reputable and new developers. We’re not saying that condominiums made by new contractors are problematic; it’s just that with known veteran project developers, you can better rest assured that your investment is safe and sound.

Get advice from reliable and licensed real estate brokers

Lastly, when buying condominium units, you shouldn’t forget to consult the experts. Engaging with a reliable licensed real estate broker will give you an assurance that the condominium unit you’re buying has good quality. Not only that, when a mishap happens, there is a high chance of you winning the suit because the real estate broker knows how things work in the real estate business.

Believe it or not, buying condominium units in the Philippines isn’t thathard. In fact, the only thing you need to worry about is choosing the perfect one from among many choices! Just make sure you follow these tips and you’ll soon be moving into your new home.

Interior Design 101: 5 Important Elements That Give You Condo the Rustic Look

rustic style condo

First things first: What is rustic style? The rustic aesthetic can be described as retro rural with a modern touch. It may have elements that make it look unrefined and unfinished, but the overall look is modern and clean, making it seem like it was lifted off a Scandinavian home catalogue. There are many ways to interpret this design theme so don’t be afraid to get creative with it and just have fun.

While it may be a bit overwhelming to do a home in one distinct style, you can easily pull off a rustic inspired condo with a few essentials elements. So if you’ve just bought a bare condo for sale in Scout area and you’re looking for a distinct way to give it style and warmth, then these five tips may just do the trick!

Natural wood

Natural wood

One important element that every rustic inspired home needs to have is wood – lots of it! Raw wood works best in terms of look and feel so better get pieces that are minimally varnished. Light wood is ideal if you want to achieve a modern and airy feel, while dark wood is perfect for creating sophistication and stability. Wooden accessories like trays and picture frames would also work well in creating a rustic look for any room in your home.

Unprinted and natural textiles

Unprinted and natural textiles

Forget loud colourful prints if you want to pull off a classic rustic theme. Instead of silk pillow covers and floral inspired sheets, use classic linen and canvas instead! The simpler your fabric choices are the better so if you want theme appropriate curtains, burlap might just do the trick. If you want a bit of panache, you can spruce up your area with animal skin prints. But make sure you don’t go overboard by using two or more different prints in one space.

Rugs made of natural materials

Rugs made of natural materials

Looking for a way to bring attention to your floors without having to retile the entire area? Then you need a couple of rugs made from natural materials to give your room a new look. Jute rugs can add an understated yet put together touch to any room while an animal fur rug (faux of course!) is a playful design element that you can use to make your bedroom or living room stand out. You can also consider sea grass or sisal as other rug material options.

Light neutral walls

Light neutral walls

Since you’ll want to showcase the natural elements of a rustic room, going light neutral on your walls is an absolute must. Stay away from white and choose warmer tones like antique white or white opal. To the untrained eye, all those white shades may seem like the same color, but you’ll see a huge difference once you apply it to your walls.

Simple and understated furniture pieces

Simple and understated furniture pieces

As for furniture pieces, always remember to keep in simple and functional. There is practically limited embellishments in the rustic style so classic pieces will work great with this specific theme.

Have any design ideas you would like to add to our rustic style guide? Do let us know in the comments section below.

Plug, Play, and Live: 7 Appliances You Need At Home

 

Appliances That You Need At Home

While looking at condominiums for sale in Quezon City, you might also want to start thinking of the appliances you’ll need for your new home. Moving to a new home can be very exciting, but it can also be quite costly if you’re moving into a bare unit.

The great thing about living in a condo is that you only need a few key pieces to furnish it. Here are the 7 appliances you need to enjoy comfort and technology in your new home.

Refrigerator

Refrigerator

Imagine what your life would be like without the fridge. Not very pleasant is it? Without your trusty refrigerator, you won’t have ice for your drinks, no place to store leftovers for the next day, and no access to fresh produce without having to run to the grocery every minute of the day. You will have to buy many of your food staples like eggs, milk, butter, and cheese in very small quantities at a time or they will all just go to waste.

Electric Stove

Electric stove

Another important appliance that you need in the kitchen is the electric stove. How else are you going to whip up your culinary delights without the heat? Since most condo developments discourage the use of gas ranges for safety reasons, an electric stove makes the economical and practical alternative. Don’t forget to check the safety features of the electric stove before buying it.

Microwave

Microwave

For small food heating jobs, nothing gets the job done faster than the microwave. The great thing about having a microwave is that this nifty appliance can make popcorn, heat water, and even make a chocolate dessert in just mere minutes. You can also use it to dry up a batch of tomatoes if you ever have a hankering for sun-dried tomato pasta.

Television

Television

Every home needs some form of instant entertainment so a television should definitely be on your list of must buys. After  a long and tiring day at work or in school, you should be able to relax and enjoy watching your favorite television shows or movies.

Electric Fan

Electric Fan

In a tropical country like the Philippines, you need to have at least a couple of sturdy electric fans in your home. Why a couple? Because when summer comes, one isn’t going to be enough to cool you down. Since electric fans come in all shapes, sizes, and colors, make sure to pick out a couple that isn’t going to look tacky with your interior design.

Air Conditioner

Air conditioner

Ahhh yes, the only appliance that matters when temperatures rise in the city. Even though the air conditioner may seem like an expensive buy, there are a lot of models that are not only well built, but cost efficient as well.  Choose brands that offer warranties so you can really get the most out of your money. And with econo features, you won’t have to spend that much money on your electric bill to cool off in the summer.

Washing Machine

Washing machine

Last but definitely not the least, you need a durable, heavy duty washing machine for your condo. While most condo dwellers prefer to get their laundry done by local laundry shops for convenience, you’ll be able to save much more money doing your own load ever week. Plus, you can be sure that your extra sensitive garments are cared for the right way since you’ll be doing your own washing.

What’s your must have appliance in your home? Let us know in the comments section below.

5 Tips to Prevent Your Man Cave from Looking Like a Bat Cave

Man Cave

Thinking of buying that condo for sale along EDSA and turning it into a swanky bachelors pad?

If you’re ready to transition from a college boy lifestyle into life in the fast lane, then here are 5 tips on how you can prevent your man cave from looking like a bat cave. After all, a true gentleman knows that keeping a house isn’t just a lady’s job.

Invest in real furniture

The first thing that you should do for your modern man cave is to invest in real furniture. Gone are the days of the all around futon, because now you actually have the income and the space for real furniture. Look for practical pieces that convey your sense of style and function. If you’re working with limited space, make the most of dual purpose pieces. If budget is a concern, you can always get into refurbishing.

Keep your space clutter free

Just because you have your own condo doesn’t make it okay to turn your living area into a pig sty. Just imagine what your guests will think when they see the clutter everywhere. Go against the male stereotype and actually put effort into keeping your condo clutter free. Set aside a few minutes every morning to make sure that everything is in their rightful place before you leave for work. It’s small habits like this that will help you keep order.

Have a fully functional kitchen

Even if cooking isn’t really your thing, you need to have a fully functional kitchen to survive. Make sure to have the basics around like pots, pans, knives, plates, and whatnot. Don’t just rely on a microwave and rice cooker to get those instant meals ready. Work on creating your very own specialty dish. And the only way that you’ll be able to whip up your own culinary delights is by having a real kitchen.

Know the basics of home repair and maintenance

Men, there is nothing sexier than a man who knows how to do minor repairs. Go beyond changing a light bulb and work your way to unclogging a sink or getting your electrical fixed. Not only are you going to save cash on doing simple repairs yourself, but it’s also going to earn you some serious ‘pogi points’ with the ladies.

Keep it clean

Last but not the least, always make sure that your condo is clean. Part of growing up is knowing how to take care of your own place so it’s important that you have one day each week to do your cleaning. Vacuum the floors, put away your laundry neatly, keep your bathroom spic and span – these are all things that a real man should know how to do on a regular basis. If you have time to go out with your friends for drinks on the weekend, you have time to clean your condo.

Have any cleaning tips or home hacks that you would like to share? Don’t forget to share those tips in the section below.