Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Home Staging: Five (5) Kitchen Upgrades For Homesellers

The kitchens always lead the top of the list in every buyer’s must-see home features. Many want theirs big enough so they could move around quickly and have access to different sections with ease. Others prefer greater storage capacities for their stock, kitchenware and food paraphernalia while some like the integration of new technologies such as big-screen TVs to make cooking enjoyable. Needless to say, the list could go on and on and the fact remains that it is an aspect that one should not overlook no matter how simple or extravagant the plan is to update this area.
If you are a homeseller who is looking to upgrade the kitchen in your property for sale, this guideline is tailor fit for you. Learn how you could increase the resale value of your PH condo or house by applying the tips stated below.

1.       Cabinets. According to statistics, cabinets top the lion’s share of upgrades for homesellers. Forget about outdated ones. It would only leave a very bad impression to prospective buyers. Instead, here’s something that you could do: Spray paint the exteriors and select neutral colors. Replace handles with long stainless steel ones or knobs with shiny brass hardware to add sleeker look. Consider sliding shelves and organizer inserts. Be current. Check out the market for popular styles and trends.

2.       Countertops. Aside from the first item, countertops also play huge in giving visual appeal in the kitchens. Best choices include granite, quartz or marble countertop. Whichever material you pick, keep in mind that homebuyers want them easy-to-clean, solid-surfaced and as much as possible, low maintenance.

3.       Appliances. It is essential to match the appliances with the two items mentioned above. This pertains not only to color but usability as well. Ensure that your fridge, oven, dishwasher and stove are all within the same level. If it doesn’t work with the styling, it could deter prospective clients. In terms of materials, you could opt either for shiny/matte black or stainless steel. Pay attention to their sizes too. Bigger hardware means bigger spaces so make sure that you would not crowd the area with elements that would prevent the owner some legroom and breathing space.

4.       Flooring. When it comes to flooring, go for higher-quality vinyl, ceramic tiles or hardwood. If you cannot afford professional refinishing, try painting them instead. Choose pale gray or blue over leaning towards white.

5.       Accessories. Show off classic white dishes and clear glasses. Display woven tray full of fruits on the counter. Line up the pantry items in creatively to give a lasting impression.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Safety Tips For Mall Weekend Sales

Mall wide sales during payday weekends have long been a common occurrence in the Philippines. This is a time when a lot of people troop to the malls with their hard-earned money to take advantage of the many items that are on sale. These mall wide weekend sales are not infrequent events in the Philippines; in fact, it has become a regular thing for most shopping malls in the Philippines and people have come to expect these kinds of sales.

However, because of the huge number of people who go to these mall sales, a lot of care and precaution should be taken to avoid any untoward incident from happening. Below are some tips to ensure a safe and secure shopping time for you.
  • Bring as little as possible. If your only destination is the mall to shop, try to bring as little as possible. Just the essentials such as your wallet and mobile phone are good enough. Just put them in a small bag that you can hang around your body. This way, there will be little chance of you misplacing or losing anything.

  • Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Mall wide sales do not mean leisure shopping. If you want to shop without getting bumped and hustled a few times by other people, then shop during other times when there is no sale going on. Otherwise, be prepared to go into the battle zone with comfortable clothes and shoes that will help you move easily. This kind of outfit will also allow you to endure standing and walking around for a longer time.

  • Bring recyclable bags. Once you have bought items from several shops, it might be difficult to monitor the number of shopping bags that you should have. To prevent you from forgetting or misplacing a shopping bag, bring several big recyclable bags that can hold more items. Not only will you cut down the number of bags you have to carry around, using these bags is also more environmentally friendly.

  • Do not bring kids. Unless really necessary and cannot be avoided, do not bring your kids to these mall wide sales. Bringing them along would not only make it more difficult for you to move around, you also make the risk of them getting lost because of the number of people in the mall. If it cannot be helped, make sure that you keep them beside you at all times. Let them wear a harness if possible especially if your child is still very young.