Saturday, April 30, 2016

Laundry Problems: How to Remove Chocolate Stains from Bed Sheets

We all love chocolates. In fact, it is one of our all-time favorite foods. However, chocolate can also be annoying especially when it gets to our bed sheets. And let's admit! Removing chocolate stains is one of the most hassle things to do when it comes to doing our laundry. Who would have fun removing such especially when the stain is stubborn? And how much more when you kids who just love to eat chocolates? Whether you like it or not, having such stains are unavoidable.

Removing chocolate stains is one of the dilemmas most homeowners or parents faced. Of course, they don't want to have a dirty bed sheet at home. Generally, removing such stains is not that hard as you think it is for as long as you know what and what not to do. And even if you are living in a condo unit Cebu, there is no reason for you not to have a clean and stain free bed sheet. However, if you are one of those homeowners who are still struggling in removing chocolate stains, then you might want to refer to these tips below.

Remove excess chocolate

One way or another, there will always be a small piece of chocolate that would probably be left on the sheet. And for you to remove such, you better use a butter knife or a spoon and get rid of the excess chocolate from the fabric. But be careful, don't use any sharp objects that could cut or damage the fabric. When removing, make sure that you don't spread the chocolate to the clean parts of the cloth. This will only make the stain even bigger.

Moreover, it will definitely be tricky to remove a chocolate stain when it is already dried and hardened onto the fabric since it can damage the fabric. When this happen, you should not scrape away or do anything but to skip to the next step.

Rinse with cold water

Cold water is a good remedy for stains. Rinse the stained cloth with cold water and allow the stains to travel back through the least amount of fabric. Although it may not remove the chocolate stain completely, but at least with this step, it will help wash away as many stains as possible without setting it permanently.

But you also have to be careful. Never use a hot or warm water to rinse a stained cloth. This will only make the stain stubborn since this will actually set the protein-based part of the stain. However, using of cold water may seem counter-productive since chocolate also has an oil-based stain component which makes it easier to remove the stains.

Rub in some liquid laundry detergent

This is one of the things that can also help the chocolate stain removed. Just gently rub the liquid detergent into the stain and allow the clothing to sit for 5 minutes. Do not rinse immediately. After sitting for 5 minutes, you can now soak the cloth in cold water for 15 more minutes. And every 3-5 minutes, rub the stained area by a hand wash. Repeat these steps until the stains can be removed. Rinse stained area completely. Take note, if you don't have a liquid detergent, you can substitute it with liquid dish soap.

Try a stain remover

If you think that the chocolate stain is really stubborn. Then you can try a stain remover or any bleach available. Treat both sides of the stained cloth so that the stain remover would penetrate fully on the stain itself. And when the stain is completely removed from the fabric, wash the sheets normally in the washing machine or through hand wash. With this, you can now dry the sheets properly.

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Friday, April 29, 2016

For OFWs: Tips on How to Invest In a Property For Your Family Back Home

As we all know purchasing a property is a good investment. And it is everyone's aim to have the home of their dreams. Who wouldn't like that, right? How much more for OFWs? They also strive hard just to achieve their goals in life.  Although most of them are eager to invest in a condominium for sale in Manila, there are circumstances they just can't avoid.

Some of them may have no idea on what and what not to do when it comes to real estate investments while others are just too far to personally check the property that they want. But do you know you can definitely have the investment even if you are far from home? If you are one of those OFWs who want to invest yet don't have any idea on how then you might want to refer to these tips below.

Conduct a self-assessment

Investing in a property is indeed a wise idea. However, the investment can also make or break you if you are not ready for it. Never decide to invest in a property if you think you are not you are not mentally, physically and most importantly financially prepared. Before anything else, you have to think if you save enough money for the down payment? Or think about how much you can afford basing on your current income. With that, you will know how to prepare you are when it comes to the investments.

Do your own home and broker research

Since most OFW investors are out of the country, that doesn't mean you can't find the property that you want. Research is an important thing for you to know what property is best for your family. Through research, you will know what the property looks like and its price.  Moreover, don't forget to find a good real estate broker online. Check their background if they are trustworthy enough when it comes to their field of work.

Take an active part in narrowing down your home choices

Generally, there are hundreds to thousands of property available online. And for you not to be confused on what property you should choose, you better have a clear view or description of the property you want to have. If you want to have some garage, then don't look for properties that don't have. Determining what you really want in a home will make the process of investment even easier and faster.

Elect someone who can best represent you during the home buying process

If you are out of the country, it is only natural for you to assign your spouse, child sibling, or a close member of the family to represent you when it comes to the real estate transaction. However, you also have to make sure that that particular person who you choose is also trustworthy enough to deliver the task properly without any confusions and hassles.

Practice communicating with your broker and/or representative via email

When it comes to real estate transaction, you should expect that there will be a constant communication between you, the broker and the representative from your family. That means you have to check your emails from time to time for any updates about the transactions. Moreover, it is also important for you to be reachable in a time of the day for any case there are some questions that they need to ask from you. Constant communication is important to avoid any misunderstandings and confusions on the transactions.

 Make sure that terms of your negotiation also reflects on your home buying contracts

Always remember that you are investing your time, effort and most importantly your money. It is definitely your duty to double check the details in the contract. If there are any confusion in the contract, you have to ask the broker to make sure that everything is in order.  Making sure will safeguard the agreement made between you and the real estate agent.

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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Apartment Living: How To Brighten Up Your Space

There's nothing more frustrating than having a dull and lifeless apartment. Agree? Yes, you may be renting a space in Davao apartments or any other apartment spaces in the Philippines, but that don't mean you are not going to be mindful of the place you are living in since it is not yours anyway.  However, if you want to live a satisfying lifestyle, then you better start to brighten up your apartment space. And mind you, you will definitely have good vibes when you do.

But sad to say, considering the busy schedules that we have from work or school, we tend to forget how to brighten up our space. Sometimes, we even tolerate things that are cluttered in our rooms since we don't have enough time to clean up. Right? However, whatever your excuses may be, there is still no acceptable reasons why you can achieve a desirable apartment space. And if you are one of those people struggling on what and what not to do when it comes to decorating your space, then you might want to refer these tips below.

Pick up fresh flowers

Whether you realize it or not, having flowers inside you apartment can brighten up the mood. If you feel like you need something that is fresh, then flowers are advisable for you to have. it doesn't just add beauty to your apartment, but it has also health benefits you can get when you have fresh flowers in your apartment. Moreover, if you want it to be more stylish, then you may choose flowers that are also appealing to the eyes. Perhaps, you can have a bouquet of flowers and put them in a stylish vase.

Buy lamps or open the blinds

If you feel like your apartment space is dark enough, then you have to purchase a lamp or open the blinds. Of course, you definitely don't want to live in a space where everything is dark, right? A good lighting is also important for you to consider to make sure that you can see clearly on the things around you. Moreover, this is also one way to protect your eyes from the dim light that you have in your apartment.

Plant succulents

Aside from the flowers that you can have at home, you can also have succulents. It doesn't just look good on your apartments pace, but it is also beneficial to your health. Moreover, you definitely would want to have one in your apartment since it is a pretty cheap, fun to put together, and it is also an adorable way to get some low-maintenance green outdoors.

Rotate your apartment's colors

One thing that can add life to your apartment space is the choice of your color. If you have a darker shade of color at home, then you will most probably have a darker themed apartment. However, if you are one of those people who wanted to brighten up their apartment space, then you also have to make sure that you choose colors that are light. Well, you can also choose pastel color to have some accent on each of the design on your room.

Find local produce

If you think that the things in your apartment are the only things that need a fresher look, then you better think again. This is also the time for you to go for a fresher and healthier lifestyle by buying and eating healthy foods. You can definitely check out your local farmers market or even groceries for a great deal of pretty and fresh food. Don't compromise your healthy with junk foods. Remember, the healthier you are, the brighter your lifestyle will be.

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Friday, April 15, 2016

Take it From the Expert: Condo Buying Advice on Living Solo

As we all know purchasing a condo unit is one of the long-term investments you can make. Considering that the increase of real estate development is rapidly increasing, more and more homebuyers are also into real estate investments. And you can be one of those people who might be planning to invest a condo unit in Bonifacio Global City. Who don't want to invest one? Right? However, investing in a condo can also be daunting and frustrating especially when you plan to live solo.

Basically, living in a condo is not just about living your life to the fullest. As a homeowner, you also have to know that there are certain policies you need to abide in order for you to have a peaceful and satisfying living in the said community. Following the guidelines you have can prevent you from experiencing unwanted situations in the long run.

But if you are one of those people who are planning to live their lives solo, then there are also certain things that you need to know when it comes to condo buying. And to give you some ideas, below are some condo buying advice from the experts you can apply to your own situation.

Remember the 20% Rule

A lot of us here don't know what 20% rule is. Agree? Generally, most real estate developers require a 20% down payment, to secure that you are going to purchase that particular condo unit. For instance, if you are planning to buy a Php2.5 million, then you need to shell out Php500,000 upfront. But fret not! There are also real estate developers who implement a staggered payment scheme where you can settle the deposit in two years -time.

Look for a unit you can comfortably pay for with  single income

This is one of the things you should not miss considering – whether you can afford to pay that particular condo unit. Although a lot of us here are single and want to invest in a condo, there are also certain expenses that you need to pay. That is why, if you are living solo and you don't have anyone who can help you when it comes to financial matters, then you might as well look for a unit that you can afford to pay. And yes, there are actually a lot of affordable condo units that you can afford without compromising its quality.

Expect for more expenses

When it comes to investing in a condo, you also have to know that there will also be a lot of monetary situations that you need to face. Of course, you also have to expect that there will be additional fees for HOA projects and other utility bills that you need to pay. Moreover, you need to have an assurance that you have some money to spare when it comes to emergencies.

Clean up your credit history

Cleaning up your credit history is one of the things you need to make sure. Of course, when you have a clean history, lenders are willing to let your borrow money again and again since they know you can afford to pay them back. Moreover, your credit history will also reflect on what kind of borrower are you. That is why, if you want to make a good impression to the lenders, you need to clean up your credit history through paying your previous debts.

Don't be afraid to start small

Just because you want to invest in a condo unit, that doesn't mean you are going to have a bigger space immediately. Remember, you are going to live solo, and if you want to invest in a condo unit that is big enough for you, then you might as well make sure that it will also suit your lifestyle. However, you must also be practical when it comes to choosing the right condo unit for you. Yes, there are units that are just too big or too small for you. That is why you need to make sure that you personally inspect the place before you decide to purchase one.

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Sunday, April 10, 2016

When Hiding Valuables: 6 Secret Spots at Home You Probably Don't Know

Whether you realize it or not, we humans are good at hiding. Not just hiding secrets from our family and friends, but also with our valuables. Perhaps, you want to hide something because they might get mad or jealous over a simple thing; or from the potential thieves with some good sense of sight.  Whatever the reasons may be, it is undeniable that you want to hide something. That's it! However, even if you live in any condo near Makati Philippines, there are limited spots you know. And I'm sure it is not a good spot to hide something, right?

However, if you are desperate enough to hide your things yet you don't have any idea at all on what and where you should put those valuables, then let me help you by giving you these six secret spots at home you probably don't know you can safely put your valuables.

1. Air vents

Air vents are not just used for bathroom or any other rooms for the circulation of air. If you are wise enough, you can install a faux air vent storage units in hallways or even in your bathroom. With that, burglars or any other sensitive eyes will notice it. They will assume that it is one of the real vents you install for the room. Of course, who would not taught that air vents are also a good place to keep your valuables at home.

2. Bedroom mirror

It is not just your ordinary mirror. if you choose to place your valuables in this storage, you better have a good idea on how you can properly put the things behind it. Perhaps, you can install a bigger mirror where no one will notice that it has a back portion for storage use. If not, then you might as well willing to pay a good price to purchase a secret storage mirror where even large things can easily fit inside.

3. Wall art

Just like your bedroom mirror, you can also choose to hide your valuables behind your wall art. With a flat wall surface, who would notice that there are some things hidden behind it? Well, just make sure that your wall art is not suspicious enough for a person to be curious to look what's behind it. Moreover, the more flat it is, the more it is convincing it is.

4. Pantry items and cleaning supplies

Household cleaning supplies and other cleaner products are one of the safe places where you can hide your valuables. Well, if you plan to put your things inside, then make sure that it is clean enough for you to use. Moreover, choose a cleaner that it is not that useful at home. With that, it is still safe whenever someone wants to use a particular cleaner.

5. Closet light

If you have a closet light at home, then this is also one of the places where it can be safe to hide your valuables. Any person will not notice the things hidden inside especially when the light is on. Well, if you are willing to pay an amount of money, then you can also purchase a closet lighting without any need for wiring. With this, it will not be that obvious to any other person that you are hiding something in there.

6. Books

Yes, books. There are books that are made for storages. There are shops such as Etsy shops that sell secret safe books. This kind of storage is fancy enough that it gives us an illusion that it is a real book. Of course, its feature is almost the same as the real book. Its texture, design, size, and the shape is definitely like a book. But you also have to make sure that it is hidden in a place where it can't be reached by anybody in the house.

These things mentioned above are just one of the many spots you can think of at home. If you are just wise and a keen observer, then you will definitely find a better place at home where you can hide confidently your valuables inside. Whatever the reason you have for hiding such, then you have to make sure that you are doing the right thing when it comes to what and where you hide your things safely.

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