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Christmas is fast approaching and everyone wants to renovate their home to celebrate the festive season, it's a tradition that has been pass down from generation to generation, no one really knows why, or at least I don't really know why. But renovating on a small budget can be challenge, but it's no reason to let the renovating spirit of the festive season pass you by. Renovate your bedroom, kitchen or living with a tight budget and you will be showered with compliments, people will be amazed with how you were able to do all of that with a budget.
Here are a few tips that will surely help your renovation.
1. Have Fun With Colors - Paint your bedroom, kitchen or living room in bright colors like yellow, pink and even red to welcome Christmas. Light shades of color may look elegant but bright colors have the added advantage of boosting dull moods. You may also paint and highlight one wall depending upon the design of the room. Ensure that you do not end up spending a bomb on the painting. Keep your priorities clear and work accordingly. There are a variety of paints available in the market. Certain varieties even have dual shades like orange and gold. These kind of dual shades work well in the reading area too. It gives a glowing effect to the walls and fabulous ambiance.
2. Flare It Up - You may also add flare to your bedroom by making it look cozy. Switch up the furnishing of the bedroom as it will enhance the look of the freshly painted walls. Ensure they are in sync with the colors of the walls. You can add new curtains, cushions, etc. When choosing curtains, check whether they are transparent or opaque. Look for discount options to save even more money as there are offers galore during the holiday season.
3. Fengshui - Enhance the beauty of a room following Feng Shui tips. As per Feng Shui, every room should have a flower corner. Keep a neat and tidy flower arrangement of orchids with ferns and pines, as it is supposed to create positive mood. You can even place a nice looking set of Chinese bamboo shoots as it is considered to balance the Yin and Yang of the home.
Feel free to post any renovation tips in the comments below, we would be delighted to hear what you have to say.
|Posted on September 10, 2012 at 8:19 AM||comments (15)|
|Posted on August 25, 2012 at 9:47 PM||comments (11)|
If you can't afford to purchase a home or apartment just yet, your next best solution may just be to rent. Moving can be an exciting yet confusing time and finding a suitable place may be a daunting task and there are certain things that should be considered before making such a big step. Here are a few tips that should be considered before signing your name on the dotted line.
1. Budget - Decide how much you can afford to spend and try not to exceed your spending limit. Narrow your search according to your budget, it is understandable that at times you may have to compromise when it comes to getting a bigger apartment or getting an apartment in a better location, however, make sure it is worth spending that extra cash. If you have a smaller budget, getting a roommate is another viable solution, but make sure you know what types of people or habits you would like to avoid.
2. Where To Look - Using an apartment broker is a good choice when you are trying to find an apartment, but many people choose to avoid this avenue due to the extra cost attached. The more affordable option would be to check newspaper classifieds, rental websites or college notice boards. Checking out your options will allow you to have a better understanding of the rental market and you put yourself in a position for a better deal. Don't forget your about 'word of mouth', tell your friends that you're looking for an apartment and who knows, they may know of an apartment in their area.
3. What To Look For - It's easier to find an apartment when you know exactly what you are looking for, advice? Get a sheet of paper and write down a list of things you require. Do you want a place that allows pets? Do you want a place that is kid friendly? Do you want a place that is quiet? Do you want a place that provides Internet access? What about a dishwasher or laundry facilities? It's also good to visit the area at different times of the day, just to get an idea of what to expect.
4. Renter's Background - Similar to a cover letter when applying for a job, the renter's resume should include information that will give you an edge over other applicants and show the landlord that you are trustworthy applicant. Anything from references to your monthly income make you look good to and can be used as leverage.
5. What's In The Package? - This is probably one of the most important things to look out for, having a clear understanding of what is included in package will affect whether or not you take the property. Does the property provide cable or Internet? Is electricity and water included? Make sure that your landlord informs you of the average utility bill so you don't see any surprises.
6. Always Read Before You Sign - How many times have you ever signed a document without reading the fine print? Think about it. This is a big 'no-no' when it comes to renting, it's a common mistake that is made by a lot of renters who then end up getting the short end of the stick. Ensure that the landlord gives you a list of any rules or regulations and ensure that you thoroughly check before signing that new lease. Examples, the rental price, the beginning and expiration of the contract, repair responsibilities, is subletting allowed, is there a penalty for exiting the contract before the expiration date.
7. Contractual Issues - Renting is a big move, so you must ensure that you're covered, so never sign a lease without first seeing the apartment. Some contracts have an automatic renewal clause, your best bet is to stay away from these contracts, because you never know what the future holds. You can easily change your job or move and having a renewed contract will force you to pay even though you are not living there.
8. Inspect The Apartment - When looking for an apartment to rent or lease, it is important that you do not let the surface features deceive you. Look for any damages and ask for them to be repaired, otherwise you may just be blamed. Some key things to look for are leaks, whether it be water or gas, check to ensure that all electrical appliances are working, check to see if all windows open and close properly. The small things go along way towards having a happy home.
9. Negotiation - Once you have found a place that is to your liking and has the amenities you require, it is now time to strike a deal. If it's a landlord that has multiple properties it may be harder to get a cheaper price, but if it's a landlord that is just seeking steady monthly income from an uninhabited house, it may be easier to get a discount.
10. Sign On The Dotted Line - Now that you have agreed upon a price that is comfortable for both parties, it is time to put the finishing touches on deal. Remember to tie up all loose ends that are not specifically outlined in the contract.
New renter's may have more insight to add, so tell us what you think in the comments.
|Posted on August 25, 2012 at 5:18 PM||comments (11)|
When on the hunt for a rental property, we look for for things that will suit us.
Some want a spacious bedroom, nice bathroom, nice kitchen, the whole 9 yards. But some just want a place that is habitable.
What say you?