What better way to start your year right than to invest in a house and lot for sale in Lapu-Lapu City? This first class, highly urbanized municipality in the island of Cebu can be your first real estate venture this year. Cebu’s real estate market continues to stand proud of its booming development.
Before buying that house and lot in Lapu-Lapu, you have to set your budget first. If you’re struggling with budgeting, here are five techniques that can help you prioritize your budget:
Try the 52-Week Money Challenge
You have probably seen this money challenge on social media sites, it’s time to join the bandwagon. This new saving habit has been deemed successful by savers around the world. Here is how it works: you save in peso increments weekly.
10 peso increment
The chart above uses the 10 peso increment. You save 10 pesos in your first week. The next week, you double the amount, putting away 20 pesos. By the third week, you triple the amount you originally started off with and put in your money jar and so on and so forth. If you think the suggested amount is a bit steep, you could start with a smaller & more manageable amount like one peso. This is a great way to reinforce the habit of saving.
Save Early for Retirement
As detailed by Business Insider, if you don’t start saving in a tax-favored retirement account while you’re young, you’ll miss out on perhaps the best investment opportunity of your life.
Retirement savings plans offer massive tax advantages that allow your savings to grow rapidly. This could also increase your odds of gaining financial aptitude at such a young age. Keep in mind that those who saved the longest during their early ages are the happiest retirees. Would you still want to work 30 years from now? If not, try saving early for your retirement.
Preparing meals at home is much cheaper than eating out. When you dine in, it’s better to cook large meals. Why? So you can recook leftover food. You can turn those leftovers into a new meal again or bring them as baon to work. It can also be safer and healthier for you because you can monitor the preparation of the food. Talk about hitting two birds or a whole nest, with one stone.
Now that you’re buying a , you should dig deep into your expenses and keep a tight leash on your budget. Start first with the major sectors: like your home loans and car loans. Once you’ve got these sorted out, track your other expenses. There are even apps (a lot of them) to help you.
Yes, the excitement of starting out a new plan is enticing but make sure that youl keep these goals all year round. Don’t expect that you’ll be a financial guru overnight. These things take a lot of time, money and energy before seeing the results. Align your budget with your goals and be realistic about it.
Investing in a house and lot in Lapu-Lapu City is a big step. Before venturing into this, make sure that have your financial ducks in a row.
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Every construction company in the Philippines, despite the hardships they’ve experienced this 2016, are still in high spirits and looking forward as to what the year 2017 will offer them. This incoming year the construction industry’s hands will be full of exciting innovations that will steer it to enter a new technological era. These are what we found out so far:
The Drone Revolution
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), or drones are no longer thought of as just “toys for big boys.” It can also be used in heavy duty applications such as in construction sites. Just program it to inspect or map the whole area, from top to bottom, and the drone will provide you a view in 3D. It will save you time, money, and lives if you let a drone handle site inspections.
The PDH Academy discusses what is in store for a construction company in the Philippines once they integrated the use of drones on site:
This is one of the fearless forecasts of Buildsoft. They pointed out that it can “improve safety, drive productivity and reduce budget.” However, we have to face the truth that in our country this trend is still not possible for the mere future, more so to happen in 2017.
That one day every employee, from the contractors down to its workers, maybe even of a construction company in the Philippines will have a privilege to use one.
Through 3D printing, it can speed up the process of building modular homes or pre-fabricated homes. This was easily carried out by a Chinese company where they constructed 10 small houses in just 24 hours using their ginormous 3D printer, the Huffington Post reports. Unbelievable? Watch the clip below:
Integrated Mobile Technologies
One of the signs a construction company in the Philippines is bound to be successful is it can build strong relationships and maintain open communication at all times. Mobile tech can “help improve communication between contractors, owners, architects and the construction team,” explained in an article on South Bay Construction, as it “allows real-time collaboration and can improve quality assurance.”
It looks like the future of the global construction industry in 2017 leans more in the technology side of things. Ah, can you feel it in your bones the threat of AI (artificial intelligence) takeover? We have to wait and see.
When decorating a two or three-bedroom condo, you have the option to compromise space but definitely not style! Just because space is a little limited doesn’t mean you have to limit your creativity, too. To make your condo along Roxas Boulevard a cut above the rest, here are stylish interior ideas for the different parts of your home:
White will always be a classic when it comes to interior designing. It is minimalistic, simple and elegant. You can match it with any color. If you want to capture the true essence of a condo along Roxas Boulevard, pair that white interiors off with blue. It mirrors the scenic sky of the city. In order to bestow diversity, you can add paintings to your empty wall and add some accents on the ceiling. This room is the life of the house. It is the entryway of anyone who enters your home so it’s but natural to make it glisten.
Aside from its aesthetic feature, hardwood and veneers also provide durability. The texture and warmth of wood will give contrast to your minimalistic hue. This great facet of this motif presents a new standard for luxury and beauty while adding a sense of earthiness to it.
Photo frames inside a bathroom might seem weird, right? New Year is getting near so watch out for home interior breakthroughs. If you’re worried about humidity, you can purchase pieces that are easily replaceable, moisture-proof or are covered with glass. Be careful though & make sure that the artworks are fastened properly to avoid bathroom mishaps. These frames work two ways: it serves as a decoration and a soothing instrument.
Shelves are convenient in order to maximize the space in your bedroom. It doesn’t only look nifty but it also adds texture and glamour. The bedroom is where you relax and unwind after a long tiring day so it’s but proper to decorate it with decors that resonates comfort and practicality. Doesn’t this storage hack look snazzy?
Here’s a way to be in tune with nature without having to leave the city. If you ever get tired of facing the four walls of your condo unit, you can have a change of scenery by stepping out of your condo and into your balcony. You can recreate your little patio and turn it into a mini garden. You can start by planting tiny tomatoes, flowers or cute bonsai plants.
You need to choose smart designs to make your condo along Roxas Boulevard a little homier. The space may be a little constricted but it can look amazing if you couple it with the proper variation in color, pattern, texture and style.
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After watching the video above, I have this strong urge to write an article on how we can prevent the spread of mosquitoes in our home and it is not just because the ‘rainy season’ is coming that this topic seems fit. Seriously, those bloodsuckers have to stop. Now. They don’t care if the recently bought for sale house and lot of yours is in Laguna, Manila or Batanes—they are going to follow you and your delectable blood anywhere. Who is the most likely victim? The unprepared, of course!
Here are the safety measures you must apply to free yourself and your family from the clutches of this pesky parasite:
Get rid of stagnant water
Stagnant water is the breeding ground of mosquitoes. According to National Environment Agency of Singapore, the top five main breeding habitats of mosquitoes at home are domestic containers, flower pot/trays, ornamental containers, plants (hardened soil and plant axis), and toilet bowl/cistern. Drain it dry of water daily. For the toilet bowls, make sure the lid is closed after use.
The site also listed their unusual breeding grounds like planter box, discarded receptacle, barbeque pit, canvass sheet, plant axil, and air conditioner tray. If it can be covered, might as well do it. Unused containers or tires must be thrown away. Or better yet, free up your house and lot of trash and put them on sale/discharge them at any junkshops in Laguna, Quezon City, or Novaliches.
Avoid dark-colored clothes
We are not saying you should update your whole wardrobe because this is still a matter of personal preference or style. But did you know mosquitoes are attracted to dark colors? The scientists in University in Wisconsin-Madison found out that “black or dark-hued clothing of any color is often more attractive to many types of nuisance mosquitoes than light clothing. The general order of preference was black (most attractive); red (very attractive); blue (attractive to neutral); green, yellow, and while (less attractive).” Better start collecting pastel colored clothing.
This is not related to color-code clothing but it is advisable to wear long-sleeved tops and pants as a cover up. This type of clothing is also perfect during cold months.
Admit it—the moment the heat of El Niño dissipates and the chilly La Niña enters, some of us might or might not be lazy when it comes to freshening up because of the cold weather. Unfortunately, breathing and sweating are definitive ways of flirting with mosquitoes according to an article in the Examiner, which are equivocally ways of flirting with death as well. In addition, “mosquitoes use exhaled carbon dioxide, body odors and temperature, and movement to home in on their victims,” tells the National Geographic. This is how these pests detect us and if I were you, don’t be lax in the hygiene department.
Go for natural repellents
Stop yourself from stockpiling on bug spray ammo. Insecticide is not only expensive but it harms the environment as well. Try eco-friendly variants such as lemon eucalyptus oil, lavender, cinnamon oil, thyme oil, Greek catnip oil and soybean oil, Healthline recommends.
Rainy season or not, we should not let our guard down because we may never know who might be their next victim. Although mosquitoes love humid temperature, the standing water we take for granted could get them closer to us and to our loved ones. Don’t take mosquito-borne diseases like dengue fever, malaria, and yellow fever lightly. Who wants to fall prey to mosquito’s six-needlelike mouthparts? Do you need more convincing? Just look at the lethal arsenal of a mosquito below. Darn scary, right?
Today, houses do come differently. A lot of innovations can be found in how they are built. House and lot for sale both in highly-urbanized or rural communities like Mega Manila or Bacolod City continuously improved and of course, become more creative and personal.
If houses have been personalized through paint colors and floor plans in yesteryears, today you can make your home truly your own. Well, you can start with choosing the overall look you want down to every single detail of customization including materials and color combinations.
Don’t keep yourself from thinking that your house should always be built inside a square perimeter and with the same and common materials as with others. Imagination is always your limit. Welcome these bizarre ideas you could try especially if your new bought house & lot for sale is somewhere with lots for greenery like Bacolod City.
Got some old but tough tree trunk in your newly bought lot for sale? Well, it is great for a tree house. Having a tree house great especially if you intended to make it a place of vacation. A tree house is a good place to relax and bring back old memories. Adults get to remember how they used to be when they were little and children can make new and unique memories they could treasure as they grow up.
So, if you buy bigger lot for sale in a safe community like Bacolod City, it is a great chance to build a tree house next to your home. Remember and make good memories as you strengthen the bond of your family.
HOUSE MADE OF PLASTIC BOTTLES
Hold on to that plastic bottle you are drinking from right now—plastic water bottle, once made, stays on Earth for about 450 years. Imagine how long that would be! As plastic bottles don’t biodegrade and are not advisable to be reused as water container, why not make it a part of your home walls? Using plastic water bottles as building materials is low cost. In addition, plastic water bottles are good insulators and help keep heat in and out accordingly.
Still having second thoughts about how it is possible? Check this exhibition hall in Taiwan made with 1.5 million plastic bottles. With this world class building, the Earth has been spared from handling 1.5 million plastic bottles that are all unable to biodegrade.
HOUSE MADE OF SHIPPING CONTAINERS
Yes, metal containers could also be a basic material for your home and this so called Container City in London proves that old shipping containers could be more useful than you could ever think. It literally means having your own little space all for yourself.
Your house, no matter how bizarre it could be to other people, is an extension of yourself. So, make sure that you are comfortable with it. Sometimes, being different is what it takes for you to find what you truly want. And as you build the foundation of your dream home, remember that you are making memories as well. Make the best extension of yourself, your house, in the lot for sale you’ve bought in a better community like Bacolod City.
Settling down is a matter which concerns almost everyone who wants a build a family. It may sound contradicting but it’s an individual’s continuously growing need that is the root for the desire to settle or choose a lesser costly option (like living with parents or renting space). Some may say that investing in a house is a better idea than renting an apartment or a condo in the residences at greenbelt, for instance.
How about you? Do you mind living in your so-called own home or would you rather spend a little more time renting a condo in the residences at Greenbelt, or anywhere in Makati (the Metro’s center of luxury)?
Living in a house and living in a condo are two different things, but they share one purpose. A house of your own and a condo unit for rent are both physical structures where you could settle down, and they both have their own advantages and disadvantages (that always depend on your current situation).
Having a house of your own means you have all the authority, as well as the responsibility, of all the things inside your house. You want to paint your door blue, no one will tell you otherwise. You want to fence your backyard, you have all the authority. You could easily make adjustments in your own house’s rooms. You could literally make it your own little world. But as well as the prime authority you have, the responsibility of taking care of your house basically lies on your shoulder. This responsibility includes paying the mortgage, and as well as saving enough money for upfront costs such as the deposit and legal fees and ongoing costs including maintenance and insurance costs.
In addition, you have the freedom to choose a community to live in, thus, you take the responsibility to check on the community’s proximity and accessibility to work, school, and market.
On the other hand, living in a condo unit for rent in the residences at Greenbelt, Malate, or Quezon City opens opportunities for career growth and development. While you have your own unit, you aren’t allowed to do great changes to your unit’s design since it may affect other units. However, you have the access to the condominium’s amenities and other great features. Since, a lot of career opportunities are around Metro Manila, a condo unit for rent in the residences at Greenbelt is a good location to be in the center of Makati especially for young bachelors making a living for their future family. You also don’t need to worry too much about safety because there is strict security inside condominiums.
However, whatever you choose should always reflect or at least go well with your emotional, mental and financial situation. Owning your own home and renting a condo unit could be both be good places to settle down; perspective is everything.
Having a hard time deciding what to choose? Condominium or House and Lot? Well you’re not alone. A lot of people are having a hard time deciding which to buy – condo or a house. But really what are the factors people are using to decide? Budget, location, neighborhood etch? I can’t tell exactly. But to help you in deciding which you will buy, a house and lot or a condominium for sale in the Philippines, I have here the breakdown on choosing condo over a house and lot.
Breeze of Comfort
Condominiums have first class amenities and great building features which you cannot get in buying a house. Yes, still a lot of people are choosing house over condos but the later still is a good choice due to all the great stuff that go with them like, swimming pool, fitness gym among others. These comforts, security and luxury living makes a condominium a practical decision especially if you are in the metro.
With condominiums, you do less maintenance because the management does that. If you have a broken window, tube or whatever, just let them know and they’re on the way to help you. Securities are all over the place guarding the building. Security features like CCTV cameras and badges are also installed to enhance security of the residents.
Condominium living really can give you the comfort because is it located strategically between malls, schools, business establishments and offices.
Accessibility is also one of the key feature why many are engaged in condo living. As stated above, condo buildings are built in strategic places. These are commonly placed in the heart of business districts and establishments, making an individual live the city life in a breeze and easy access to mall, hospitals, schools, offices, entertainment areas and definitely offers trouble-free and hassle-free living.
Condominiums are commonly located on business areas, making it a worker’s preference. They can save travel hours in and from the office and they can also render the needed overtime without the hassle of late night office out, making them more productive.
Can resell anytime
One thing that condominium has over house ownership is the resell factor. If you want to sell your condo unit, you can do it in a faster way that a house and lot.
Condominiums location is one of their best assets. Most houses are located far from business districts which can reduce the ease of access to major hubs. Condos lies besides minutes away from prime city hub, such make a huge difference.
Condos lies in the city which makes its values increases as the years pass by. If you want, you can rent out your unit and no to worry about equities.
If a young professional has to choose between a condo and a house and lot merely because of investment and not of occupancy, condo units are more practical since they are less expensive and can resell or rent out in the future.
In the long run, investing in condos would also save the owner from stresses. Apart from less hassles in maintaining he property, he will be able to rest with the assurance that he has placed his bucks right where they would prosper.
These are just five of the many reasons why you should choose condo over a house. These are my opinions and the decision matters to you. Thanks for reading, hope you could find the best condo for sale!
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