How to keep your house safe

How to keep your house safe

Most people live for the sense of enjoyment, and a fulfilling sensation that they are loved and cared about by others. Couple this with a successful career and a good amount of money, and you have the perfect combination for some great living standards. However, the one point that is a lot more important than the things mentioned above is security. Security comes before everything else. You should be investing a good amount of resources and time into making sure that your life and the lives of your loved ones are safe and sound. Once you’re safe, that gives more room for every other luxury and enjoyment that you can think of. Without security, there will always be a constant fear of the looming threat of a robbery or theft, which can easily lead to the loss of more than material wealth.

You need to know how to make your home safe, however, and for that, you need some advice on how you should go about this business. This article assumes that the reader is a medium earning person, so suggestions that are too expensive will be ignored on the whole. We’ll be talking about home security options that are affordable for the majority of the populace reading the article.

Talk to your children

This step costs absolutely no money at all. It will, however, cost you some patience and time in order to implement. If you do have children living in the house, this step should be considered paramount. There is no way your house will be secure if your children have no clue about security. Have them sit down, and explain the risks of leaving the door or windows open all the time. Tell them about a few stories about people who got careless and were in turn made to pay for their carelessness. Don’t go too deep into the dark stuff, but make sure that your children grasp the seriousness of this issue, and are more responsible when it comes to these matters.

Live in a secure location

When you’re deciding where you’re going to be living, you should definitely make sure you get a house in an area where the crime rate is low in comparison to the neighboring locations. This is something that a lot of people forget to do, or are ignorant of the fact that they can check whenever they want as to how secure a location is. You can always do some quick research which will let you know immediately if a place is worth living in. If a location seems too unsafe, you should try to avoid it. Even if the rent is low in those areas with high crime rates, living there is a bad investment and should be avoided at all costs.

You can get some home security system for extra security of your home too. This is quite recommended as those companies can make a good difference to your life.

How to pick the perfect house

How to pick the perfect house

This question is asked by literally every person looking to buy or rent a house. Everyone that needs a new place to live in is trying to find the perfect place to live in which matches their budget requirements and also accommodates them in such a way that they can live free of worries and problems for many years to come.

The sad truth is that there is no such thing as the perfect house to live in. Perhaps there may be a handful of houses in the world that are downright perfect in every aspect, but they are either extremely rare, or come at a price so hefty that most of us aren’t able to afford them.

However, there do exist houses that are very suitable for your needs. The word perfect is a very subjective term, but if your definition of perfect is a house that has its pros and cons, but the pros far outweigh the cons, then you may just find the perfect house for yourself. It will require a little bit of patience from your side, but with time, you’ll find the perfect house for yourself without a doubt.

Let’s talk about some traits that some houses have which make them much better options than their competitors. If you keep these in mind when searching for a house to live in, chances are that you’ll find a building that you’ll approve of.

The owner matters

This has absolutely nothing to do with the house itself, which is why this point gets overlooked so much. You need to make sure that the landlord of the house is someone that you agree with and is an overall likeable person. If the landlord doesn’t seem like a good person, you need to let the house go, no matter how beautiful it may look. Getting into a house owned by someone that is unreasonable and unresponsive will end up with you having constant migraines regarding the house. The will have you constantly worried about the home maintenance, and this will cause more problems than you could anticipate before moving into the house. If the home owner seems like a good person, then you should definitely move into the house if it seems good enough.

Make sure it’s sun facing

You need to make sure that the house you’re looking at isn’t at a right angle with the sun. If this is the case, you won’t have much sunlight pouring into your house. This can be really troublesome if you live in an area which has cold weather in general. Even if the winters alone are very cold, you should still try and get a house which is facing the sun to ensure that your house stays somewhat warm during the cold. You can ignore this part if you’re living in an area which has warm weather all year around. In fact, you might want to get the opposite if that’s your case.

How to dispose of your things when you are moving out of your home

How to dispose of your things when you are moving out of your home

When you’re moving out of the house, it’s considered really bad manners to just leave the stuff you don’t want on the street. In some countries doing this is even illegal, and can land you with legal issues if you do such a thing. Therefore, you shouldn’t just dump your things once you’re moving out. You need to carefully consider how you’re going to dispose of them. Even if throwing your stuff on the streets is not illegal in your area, you still shouldn’t do it as it is pretty immoral and causes the entire place to look ugly. If some things aren’t picked up by scavengers, then no one will be able to pick them up. Especially if the thing you’ve thrown out is full blown furniture like a sofa. This sort of stuff isn’t the responsibility of your local garbage collection service, and this means that the things you throw out will be kept there for a long time to come.

You can, however, choose the moral and responsible way to deal with the situation. You can easily contact the right agencies to take care of the business for you. Mostly they require some payment for their services, but in the end it’s all worth it.

Let your friends know

Let the people who are close to you know that you’re moving out. Then let them know what sort of things you have in your house that you can’t take with you and are being forced to throw them out. Ask them if they want anything that you currently possess. There is a chance that some of the things that you own might be liked by someone. This way, not only do you get rid of something that you didn’t want, but you’ll also be helping out a friend by giving them free household things that will assist them in daily activities.

Put your stuff out

This doesn’t mean you should dump your stuff all over the sidewalk. Make sure that the things you put outside are in good shape and are able to be used by anyone that picks them up. It could even help to have signs for stuff, like a television set have a sign reading ‘working’. This lets the potential new owner know that the item isn’t completely worthless. It also increases the chances that someone will pick up the items, as they’ll know that they are useful and in working condition.

Contact a company

For some items, like mattresses, you might not be able to get someone to take them away immediately. If time is running short, then you might have to call a company that can pick up such items. Alternatively, you can deliver the items yourself to a place which takes in such items.

 

These are the ways in which you can easily dispose any excess items that you have in the house. Make sure you don’t just leave them or dump them.

How to deal with a horrible roommate

How to deal with a horrible roommate

If you’ve never had an experience with a horrible roommate, then you should consider yourself to be a lucky person. Those who have dealt with such people know the pain of dealing with someone who cannot be reasoned with whatsoever. Such people should never really have a roommate to live with, but somehow end up with normal people as roommates who they then continue to irritate and torment till they move out eventually. Dealing with such people is not always a possibility, but let’s talk about how the damage can be minimized and how you can get out of the sticky situation with as little trauma as you possibly can.

How to not end up with a horrible roommate

You can avoid the entire problem by eliminating it before it even begins. However, it isn’t always possible to identify a person if they’re a downright crazy person. They might be good at pretending to be normal, just to get you to share the rent of the apartment that you’re living in. Once they move in, they begin showing their true colors and begin making your life miserable. However, if you do happen to catch unpleasant behavior from the person, then you know that you should drop their case immediately. And by unpleasant behavior, a general sense of the lack of respect is being considered. Being angry is a legitimate human trait, and you shouldn’t kick someone off your list just because they were upset at something legitimate.

Don’t retaliate

If you slowly realize that the person that is your roommate is someone that is being very unpleasant towards you, then there is one thing that should never do. You should never, under any circumstances, retaliate with behavior similar to theirs. This will do nothing for the better, and will make things a lot worse.

Most of the time, horrible roommates won’t really realize that they are the ones at fault, and once you’ve reacted to them in a negative manner, they’ll make themselves to be the victim and then start taking revenge on you. This is not the direction you want your relationship to go in, and you’ll be a lot better off just ignoring everything they do.

Talk to a friend

This doesn’t do much on the whole, but will definitely help to keep you sane while you look for a different place to live. Make sure you don’t ask the roommate to move out because they most likely won’t.  Instead, they’ll start making things worse for you. Just ignore them until you can find something better for yourself.

Move out

This is the one thing that you can do in order to deal with a horrible roommate. You need to move out and find yourself a better place to live in as soon as you possibly can. There isn’t much else that you can do in order to deal with the situation.

Hosting a housewarming party

Hosting a housewarming party

For those of you who are wondering what a housewarming party is: a housewarming party is a ceremony of sorts celebrating the new relocation into a new residence. You can have all the friends and family that you know come over to your house and have a great time celebrating the face that you got yourself a house to live in which is just right for you. You don’t need to worry about relocating. Not for a couple of years at the very least. This is definitely something that you want to celebrate. Not everyone is lucky enough to have found a house which goes perfectly with their needs.

Get a good house

The first step to hosting a housewarming party is to look for a house that you actually think is good for you and your family. If the house you’ve ended up with isn’t right for you, or was selected after multiple arguments with your partner, then throwing a housewarming party doesn’t even seem worth the trouble, and you won’t be in the mood to celebrate. Therefore, you should make sure that you select a house that was worthy of you, and was selected in complete agreement between your partner and you, so that it’s worth throwing a party for. After all, a party is about sharing happiness. You won’t be able to share happiness if there wasn’t any to begin with.

Know who to invite

Don’t just invite everyone you know to the party. First off, you house isn’t big enough to hold too many people if you have a big social circle. Other than that, not everyone will be absolutely happy that you got yourself a house, for their own reasons. You should know beforehand which of your friends are actually your friends, and you should make sure the invitation goes out only to them. Other than this, be a little diplomatic and make sure that you invite people who aren’t obnoxious or make other people uncomfortable. There is nothing like having a person at the party whom no one likes. It can be highly awkward, and can make your party a little less fun than how you intend it to be. In extreme cases such people can end up ruining the entire party. Avoid such a risk, and don’t invite people who you think are not right to be there.

Plan the party

It’s always a good idea to hire yourself a party planner when you’re hosting a party. Things run a lot smoother once you’ve got a professional working on the case. You’ll be busy with other matters regarding the house, and will be trying to get your kids in the local school. Instead of taking the party planning into your own hands, you can let someone more experienced handle it. This way, you’ll be relived of stress, and won’t have to feel irritated and regretful about the party taking place. Just make sure that you have fun.

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.