Advantages of living in the city

Advantages of living in the city

The suburbs and the city both have their own advantages and disadvantages. However, you can’t exist in both places at once, and will ultimately have to make a choice as to where you want to live. We’ll help you compare both areas in which you can live in, and will be concentrating on how the city is a much better place to live in. Let’s jump straight into how the city compares to the suburbs, and how you’ll be better off living in the city.

 

If you’re to have a good time living in the city, you need to have a few prerequisites; otherwise your time living there might not supply you with the bet of memories. Let’s first have a look at what you need in order to have a fulfilling experience when you’re living in the city.

Your prerequisites

You need to not have a family

Living in the city is definitely not meant for people who have families to provide for. You need to be a bachelor, or even if you’re married or are in a relationship, you should not have children living with you under any circumstances. If you do have children with you, living in the suburbs is the best choice for you, as your children need a place like the suburbs in order to grow up and live happily. If you don’t have children living with you, then you’re all set in order to have a good time living in the city.

You should have a job in the city

There is absolutely no point in living in the city if you don’t have a job there. It doesn’t make sense to be paying extra to live in the city if your job is elsewhere. If you need to travel to the suburbs in order to go to work, then you might as well consider living there.

Other than this, no real factors exist that should dissuade you from living in the city.

Your job will be closer

As mentioned above, if your job is in the city, you should consider living there too. It is very advantageous to be able to easily get to work. People who work in the city yet live in the suburbs find themselves being late to work on a regular basis due to traffic blocks and the travel distance they have to cover. Living in the city will help you overcome such problems. You’ll be able to get to work a lot faster, which will in turn let you have better sleep. This will ultimately help you perform better and lead a more successful life.

More amenities

As much as the suburbs have to offer, the city will always have more to put on the table. There is no way that suburbs will be able to provide the same shopping malls, gyms and swimming pools that a city can. Cities are the hub of business, and you’ll be much better off in terms of the services which you’ll find there.

Why are Housing Prices Around the World so Different

Why are Housing Prices Around the World so Different

Everywhere we go the cost of housing goes up and down. Why is this you ask? Believe it or not, there are several very logical reasons for these price differences. In terms of inside the same country, price differences are simply a result of the area; when it comes to the differences between countries, however, there are a number of factors. Here are a few of them to help shed some light on this.

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The Worth of the Country’s Currency

You all know that different countries have different currencies and that each currency has a specific worth per unit. The U.S. dollar, for example, is worth around 8 times more than the Chinese RMB; but the Chinese RMB is worth 7 times more than the Philippine Peso. You would think then, that the prices of housing would differ by the same figure for each country, right? A fair assessment, but that is not always correct. You see, due to the differences in value for each currency, even if you have the same value of money in that currency, it is still worth less in the long run. For example, the worth of one U.S. dollar in the United States will only get you a few candies or something. If you have the same worth in Chinese RMB, which is 8 RMB, you can almost buy yourself a full meal. So even though the two currency amounts equal the same value, the value of the U.S. dollar is still higher. This is one of the factors that cause some countries to have cheaper housing prices. So, if you wish to buy a cheap house, move somewhere that has a very low currency value!

Cost of Living Differs

housing complexDepending on what country you live in the average monthly work pay and cost of living tend to change. More often than not the two balance each other out. For example, in New Zealand, minimum wage is the equivalent of 20 U.S. dollars per hour, but the cost of living can go anywhere from 300-1000 dollars, depending on your lifestyle. In Hong Kong, there are people who will be paid anything as low as 3 U.S. dollars per hour; however, the cost of living in Hong Kong can go as low as 50 U.S. dollars if you know where to look. So if you have a job in New Zealand that you’re capable of doing from Hong Kong, maybe you should consider that. You could save yourself a ton of money!

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Prices Adapt to What People can Afford

Property owners in various countries have no choice but to adapt their prices based on what the general population can afford. If property owners in India tried to sell their houses at the same prices as the U.S. not many would be able to afford it. This ties in somewhat with the cost of living. Because the cost of living is so low in places like India, Philippines, etc., the wages for an hour of work are also low. Due to these coinciding factors, properties also adjust their prices based on the prices of the things around them

How to Find Tenants for Your House

How to Find Tenants for Your House

Decided you wanted to move away from your home and live somewhere else for a while? Hey, that’s awesome! It’s always a great experience to move around and try new things. While your home is empty, I’m sure you’ve thought of renting the place out to tenants in order to make a bit out of it. Oh, you’re not sure where to find them? Well, don’t worry; it’s much easier than it sounds!

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Advertise

The first step on your way to finding decent tenants is to advertise your place! You can place an advert on the property grounds, or if possible somewhere in town. The advert should have gorgeous shots of your house and the surrounding scenery, as well as details about it; the size, number of bedrooms, plus estimated cost per month. This way, if someone contacts you about your house, you know they have a genuine interest because they already have all the facts. You can also post your advertisement online. There are a couple of ways to do this. One is to simply post your advert on social media and ask your friends to share it to their friends, who share to theirs, etc. This way you may even know someone who is friends with the people who sign up to rent your house. Another way is to find a company that is willing to advertise for you. This way may bring in more options for tenants, but it will cost you for the company’s services.

Be Prepared for Tours

tenant landlord picNow that you have some people interested in your place, you should be ready and willing to allow them a tour of your house at any time of day. The majority of people wish to see the place they are renting first hand. If you keep your place neat and tidy, this will improve your chances of a client accepting your rental agreement. If potential tenants take the time to come visit your home and find it in a messy state, it’s a real turnoff. They will find it more difficult to imagine themselves living there if it is messy.

Hire a Rental Agent

You may be around for the initial tenants who are looking into renting your house; however, once you’ve moved to wherever it is you plan to go, you will need someone to look after the place for you and make sure that the contract agreement you signed with them is honoured. A rental agent is capable of checking in on tenants in terms of making sure they are taking care of the property, as well as making sure they pay their monthly bill. A rental agent is also able to take care of finding new tenants should the initial tenants decide to move on at the end of your contract with them. If you are still living nearby, you may wish to look after things on your own; but even in this case having a rental agent can still take a lot of the strain off your shoulders.

Property Differences between America and Asia

Property Differences between America and Asia

Most people are aware of the vast differences between Asia and America. The culture and style of living between these two are in many ways completely opposite. Another way in which America and Asia differ is their property. Properties can have many different shapes and sizes, but for most countries there is a general norm for the most part. The question is what are the differences in the norm for America and the norm for Asia?

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Material Most Commonly Used

In America, the majority of homes and even some business buildings are made primarily of wood or brick; whereas in Asia, almost all buildings are primarily concrete. This is mainly due to the resources that are readily available in each country. America still has a large amount of open land throughout the country; trees grow in abundance there. In most Asian countries, there is a larger population spread over a smaller land space compared with America. Because of this key difference, Asia does not have as many available trees, preferring to leave theirs standing due to the fact that there are not as many of them as there used to be. This is why most Asian countries prefer to use concrete; however, this is not the only reason.

Average Height of Buildings

American Wood HouseAmerica has a decent number of skyscrapers, but in comparison with most of Asia, their buildings are quite small. Due to being somewhat overpopulated in comparison, most Asian countries require tall apartment buildings. These buildings vary from heights of six to forty floors, usually containing at least four apartment houses on each floor. These tall buildings are always made primarily of concrete in order to make them safe and stable. America has tall buildings as well, however they are usually built for either business, industry, or shopping. Many of the malls in America are several stories high; none come even close to the forty stories of Asia’s apartment buildings, but they do get quite tall. The average house built in America is just one or two stories high, built for a single family rather than multiple families as the Asian apartment buildings are.

Asian Apartment Building

Differences in Contractual Buying of Property

When it comes to contracts in terms of buying property, America is quite simple; you come to terms with the price you are going to pay; both you and the original owner sign a contract based on that price; you pay them the money either all at once or monthly. That’s all there is to it. Once you’ve signed and paid, the property is yours. In many Asian countries, however, contracts are not so simple. Take China for example; when someone buys land in China, they tend to pay the full amount within two to five years. The properties there are much cheaper than those in America, for the most part. However, after 70 years of owning that property, the government has the authority to usurp the land from that person and claim it as government property free of charge! This is not the case for all Asian countries; however, the majority of them do have very unique add-ons in their contracts. Whether those add-ons are for better or for worse is up to you to decide!

How to Build a Basement in Your Landed Home

How to Build a Basement in Your Landed Home

Ever wondered how a basement was built? Basements are like rooms that are built under the ground rather than above it. In some ways the basement is almost an extension of a building’s foundation. It’s difficult enough to build a basement along with the foundation; so how on earth are you supposed to build a basement under a house that is already there? The most common method for building a basement under a landed house is called underpinning which redistributes the weight of the foundation in order to hollow out a space for the basement without causing the foundation to collapse. There are several different forms of underpinning depending on the size of your house. It is highly recommended that you get professional advice before using any of these methods on your home!

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Mass Concrete Underpinning

This method of underpinning involves digging out box-shaped holes, one-by-one, and filling each one with concrete. You must always wait for the concrete to solidify in each hole before digging out the next, or you will risk the integrity of your foundation. This method is one of the easiest because it can be done without the use of heavy machinery. You should use this method if you are planning to build a reasonably small basement.

Beam and Base Underpinning

basement stairwellThis method is a bit more difficult. A reinforced concrete beam will be placed from the ceiling of your basement to the floor. The flooring of the basement will then be filled with concrete fused to the reinforced beam. This way the concrete ‘base’ of your basement will balance the foundation with the reinforced beam holding it all up. As soon as this is done, you should build concrete walls throughout your basement to seal off any potential cracks in the foundation. This method can be used if your basement is going to be slightly larger than average; however, if you wish to have a large basement, around the size of a lounge area, this method is not advisable. The reinforced concrete beam can only hold up so much weight. The wider your basement is, the more pressure is resting on that beam!

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Expanding Resin Injection Underpinning

If you really need a large basement, then this is the method you want to use. Creating a basement through expanded resin injection involves using a machine to inject structural resins and hardener directly into the foundational area of your basement. You can literally build your base and walls with this resin injection without even needing to excavate first! Once you have injected a sufficient quantity of resin and hardener, you will be able to remove the remaining soil from your basement. As you dig you will eventually hit the hardened portion of your foundation; when you have successfully dug to each section of foundation you will already have your completed basement. This method is great for larger basements and is quite easy, provided you have the correct equipment; however, it is far more expensive than the other methods.

Buying Furniture for Your Home

Buying Furniture for Your Home

Is your house lacking furniture? Perhaps you’d be happy with a nice, soft couch? Maybe you would love to have a gorgeous matching coffee table to sit in front of it? And of course you absolutely MUST have the perfect bed so you can relax and let your muscles have their breathing space! These things are essential for any home. There are plenty of furnishings that you could buy; but how do you know where to buy them?

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Never Order Purely Online!

Online shopping is one of the most popular forms of shopping in this modern day. How awesome is it to be able to do all your shopping sitting down?! However, online shopping comes with risks. You may think you have found the perfect dining table and chairs set; but when it actually arrives you have problems. It’s too small; it isn’t high enough; the wood feels frail. Don’t get me wrong, shopping online is great; but you need to be smart about it. If you’re going to purchase something online, you must have one of two options available. The first option is that you purchase the furniture from a nearby store and request that you go and inspect it first before they send it to you. This way you can avoid purchasing anything that isn’t up to your quality standards. The other option you could use is buying a furniture piece that has a money back guarantee. This way if you dislike it in any way, all you have to do is tell them to come get it back and return your money. Personally, the first option is more convenient, but the choice is yours of course.

Ask Your Friends

table and chairsI can just about guarantee you that you will have several friends at least who have already purchased furniture from just about every nearby furniture store. Ask around and find out what their favourite stores are and which things they bought from there. You don’t need to buy the exact same piece as them, of course; you should decorate your house the way you like it. This is more to help you narrow down your options of where to go and what to buy. Just because your friends like something doesn’t mean you will, but it may help you determine which places have good quality furnishings.

Weigh Out Your Options and Pick what YOU Want

Once you’ve gone around town looking for the furnishings you want for your house all you have to do is make some choices. You don’t have to buy all your furnishings from a single store, so pick your favourite from each place and then make a mental list of each item. After doing this, simply narrow down your mental list until you and whoever else lives with you, if anyone, can agree on a single item for each type of furniture. After that comes the best part; purchasing your furnishing, having them delivered, and setting them up through your house until everything is just how you dreamed it would be!

Negotiating a Good Rental Deal with Your Landlord

Negotiating a Good Rental Deal with Your Landlord

Renting sounds complicated and annoying, but it really is an easy and convenient process. The only difficult thing about renting is finding a good rental deal from an honest landlord. Many landlords are good people, but there is always the occasional one that is just trying to rip all your money away! So how does one negotiate a good rental deal? Good question! Read on to find out!

Compare Prices

The first and most obvious thing to work out is the cost of the house you plan to rent. More than likely your potential landlord will have already given you an estimated monthly cost for their house. You need to check three basic things in order to determine whether or not their price is good; quality, quantity, and size. If the quality of the house is good, meaning nothing is broken or damaged in any way, this factor can be ignored for now. The quantity of the house is referring to the provided appliances and furnishings. If your landlord tries to charge you the same rates as most other rentals in that area but isn’t providing your with any furnishings, you need to negotiate a decrease in monthly cost. If he refuses to lower the cost, either you need to convince them to supply essential furnishings or move on to anyone rental house. The final thing to check for is size. Based on the size of the property, most importantly the size of the house itself, the landlord’s rental fees should be adjusted accordingly. Do your best to find out the average prices for other rentals in the area and then use those to negotiate the honest price for what the landlord is offering you.

Make Sure Your Contract is Fair

Money is only half the issue here. Once you have come to terms with the monthly fee, you need to start working on the contract itself. In most contracts, the landlord will specify that any appliance or object owned by them that is damaged by the tenants should be repaired or replaced by the tenants; however, any appliance that breaks from careful use should be repaired or replaced by the landlord. If you use the landlord’s washing machine and it decides to sputter and die right in front of you, the contract should give you the right to request the landlord to pay for the repairs. On the other hand, if your child decides to put a wrench inside it or cut the wires with some scissors they found, the contract should specify that you will be replacing or repairing it. These are reasonable terms. If for some reason your landlord has not specified these in the contract, do NOT sign it until they do. If you sign a contract without these specifications in it, your landlord would legally be able to force you to repair any damaged item in the house! Once you’re confident that the contract is accurate and honest, you can sign it and prepare to move into your new home!