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Living in Gated Communities

Gated communities or neighborhoods are a form of housing estates that sit on the same compound and most often share amenities. They are often characterized by a perimeter wall or fences and one access gate to the compound with strict and controlled entrance to outsiders
Most developers are opting to go for gated communities compared to stand alone properties, this is not only because it saves them resources but are also a top preference for most buyers.
Below are some of the features that make these neighborhoods appealing

Some gated communities are tucked away in the leafy suburbs, that are less populated, less conspicuous, away for noisy market areas, roads, with strict access to the compound, thus offering a greater feeling of privacy and creating an air of exclusivity.

Sense of community
People living in gated communities end up developing a greater sense of community amongst each other, because of the controlled access to the compounds, the neighbors are normally familiar with each other, they know who stays where and what belongs to whom, who is stranger resulting in a greater freedom in trusting and enjoying familiarity with each other.

Modern and Comfortable Lifestyle
Most gated communities are luxurious featuring some of the most desirable lifestyle amenities that are attractive to homeowners such as pool, gym, clubhouse, tennis court, spa, golf courses etc. These amenities are normally communal but some developers, especially of the extremely high-end developments can install or setup these recreational facilities in each of the houses.
Such houses are normally more expensive but worth the investment.

Social amenities.
This is a rare case in the city and will probably depend on space available but in some circumstances, developers usually partner with other corporates or institutions to set up a private health centre, a minimart, a restaurant, a gym etc inside the compound providing a convenient lifestyle for their residents.
If not within the same compound they are within proximity to some amenities such as schools and shopping malls, making them ideal for families.

Perimeter walls and fences, controlled access to the compounds keep the outsiders out. Developments with security features such as CCTVs, electric fences, intercom and a stationed security post also increase security in the compound.

Safe environment for kids
Controlled access to the compound, high security levels and perimeter walls provide a much safer environment for children. There are no roads to cross, no bumping into strangers and they play within the compound in a communal play area making it easy for parents to monitor them.

Pros and cons of move-in ready houses

There are times in life when you need to move, immediately. Maybe you just received a job transfer, or your home sold faster than you thought it would or you have found a really nice furnished house that you like. Whatever the situation, a move in ready house is almost always a pretty good solution. Read one for pros and cons of this arrangement.


Easy Transition
These sorts of houses require little or no effort – everything is basically done. No demolition, no painting and no moving around of things. You basically just show up and settle in.

Attractive Upgrades
Most move in ready houses are in tip-top shape, and come with all things attractive to new buyers including walk in closets, open plan kitchens and so much more.

Most of these are located in desirable neighbourhoods. This is not only a tremendous draw for new buyers but also increases the re-sale value when that time comes.


Little customization.
With these homes, what you get is what you keep. As a dream home you may want it to be perfect. You may be in love with certain areas of the house and not others. There will always be some give and take when it comes to move-in ready homes, but that is a choice you have to make.

Because the house comes fully furnished, it may cost a bit more than a house that is not.

As the name suggests,move in ready houses are ready when you are. Dream houses exist, these days the choices are just that many more.

How to Set Up Your First Home Office

Home Office Essentials

There are some people who have quite a workload, whether at the office or away, they have to work constantly and empty shelves by morning, make reports, in general it’s a tight and hectic schedule, and at times the office environment just doesn’t work for them, or its late you have to rush and beat the traffic. The best way to take this load off your chest is by creating a work space in your home.

Before you set up your ‘home’ office, think of the image you want to portray, you want to feel comfortable and at ease. These feelings are drawn from the office itself – the office structure, layout, decorations and accessories- and not even the person.
For a lawyer it can be order, for a photographer an artistic image. Your ‘home’ work environment makes a statement about who you are, keep it simple, organized and most importantly professional. Our surroundings play a huge part in our moods and feelings and this influences our output. If your work space is bland, your work and mood will be the same, if it is bright, organized so will your work.

Whether your space is small or spacious, it must be neatly arranged to help you move around with ease, even the direction some of the furniture will face matters a lot, for example placing your table against the wall, and your back to the door, is a bit awkward (and less welcoming) if possible make your desk perpendicular to the door, if this is not possible the 2nd option is to face the door, however it is subject to distractions anytime someone walks by, but the golden principle is not to face the wall or away from the door.
Create functional space; this is putting specific office items in one corner, e.g. machinery to the right corner, stationery on your left hand side of the desk. It makes your work space neat and organized.

Spice it up, and make it artistic by choosing your best colors. All in all, even if you like purple it may not be the best for your office depending on the work you do. Colors have a profound effect on productivity. It means you should choose colors that will boost your work output and stimulate you. Research has it that bright colors have a stimulating effect while low intensity colors give a soothing effect. Color blue affects your mind, yellow affects your emotions, red affects your body and green your balance.

Choose furniture that is comfortable and functional. An office desk should have enough space to avoid cramp, messy corners; it should also come with drawers for additional storage space.
It should also be durable, imagine placing your newly repaired desktop on a desk you purchased last week and the next thing you hear is a loud cracking sound and down goes the desk, with everything on it.
Choose the right fabric, different fabrics project different images, and as stated earlier it doesn’t matter how homely your office feels or what career your practicing. The space should have a professional touch. Mahogany and Dark wood will not fail you on this one.

Technology and Home Safety

Security for yourself and your family is imperative. Technology has enabled ways to make sure your family and possessions are kept safe. Here is a few tips on how to effectively secure your home:

Video monitoring
This is a great way for the owners to know what is happening in their houses whilst they are not around. Video monitoring is easy to set up and provides you with several different settings and preferences to your comfort. Today’s technology provides you with the benefit of monitoring and controlling with your personal phone or tablet. This option nowadays is available from high end to cheaper options for everyone.

Smart home systems
These are operating system technologies by which you can several different aspects of your living space are integrated and controlled by a central security system, it consists of several different motion sensors on doors, windows or even chosen spots to monitor and take action against unknown activity in your house. Smart home systems don’t only secure and monitor but also control things such as thermostats, lights, TV and more.

Electric locks
These are locks that are unlocked / locked either by a button, biometric recognition or digital code. These also make accessing home easier and faster for owners. Electric locks prove to be more reliable and are a better option as they set off alarms if tampered with.

No amount of technology will protect you and your home if you are not vigilant. Be wary of who you let into your home, and train the kids not to be too friendly with anyone.
Technology has made it easier to ensure that we and our loved ones remain safe.

Household Items For Multipurpose Hacks

There is no better way to save money and time than on a product that happens to have more than one use, what’s even better is a household item that can be used for the most unexpected use around the house other than their designated purpose. The best news is most of these products are cheap, can be used for cleaning, interior design, storage and lots more.

This week we tackle the first 6 items

Tennis Ball
Tennis balls can be used to protect the floor from scratches, scrapes or tearing a plastic carpet. Cut the balls and fit them inside the chair/table legs. You can also paint them to match the decor in a room.

Baking Powder
Baking powder can be used to make your own homemade air freshener. Mix the powder with your favorite air freshening essential oil e.g. sandalwood or lavender. Add distilled water, shake until the powder dissolves, transfer the solution into a spray bottle or container, cover the container with a piece of cloth and place it in a central place in the living room.

Binder Clips
Your home office stationery can be used for wrapping and holding up chargers, cords, headphones that lie around the house making surfaces look disorganized. It creates a storage space for you, you won’t have to search for a missing USB for hours on end, it also prevents kids from tripping over countless cords on the floor.

Olive Oil
Olive oil has can be used for cleaning and polishing wood furniture. Apply a small amount on a piece of cloth and rub until you get gleaming results.

Glass Jars and Food Tins
Probably the most common, they can be used as storage containers, flower vases, etc. Tear the seal of a glass jar, wash it and arrange your stationery. Aluminum tins can be used to store cutlery once the seal is removed. Empty glass jars also make beautiful flower vases.

Pant Hangers

Tired of entangled necklaces and fishing around for bracelets and earrings inside your jewelry box? Convert your pant hanger into a jewelry hanger as seen in the image above

Benefits of Living in a Studio Apartment

Studio apartments may not be so popular among the house hunters because of the small living space but this is because they are meant for a specific target market. They are ideal for people like students, an office worker who lives alone, or a couple who have no need for too much space. They may be smaller than the multi bedroom apartments but there are some benefits that come with small spaces as listed below.

Studio apartments are generally smaller than the multi- bedroom apartments which makes them cheaper, they are also highly convenient for a person who doesn’t have a lot of stuff and is only in the market for temporary accommodation.

Hypothetical situation, you have enough money to rent a one bedroom which can also be used to rent a nice, cozy studio apartment that is much cheaper and located in the same neighborhood. This means you get to spend less and save more for future investments.

For those who don’t enjoy cleaning, a studio apartment would be an ideal living space for you. It’s much smaller which means there’s less cleaning space, everything is in the same room which is much better than cleaning from one room to another which can be taxing…sometimes.

Your kitchen, bedroom, living room, dining area are all within reach and that can help you multitask as well, you don’t have to worry about missing scenes from your favorite soap or a football game because you can watch TV, fold your clothes and cook at the same time.

It’s much cheaper and easier to furnish a studio apartment because limited space means less furniture and the same wall paper all over the room and you can color coordinate the way you want. It also allows you to use multi-purpose furniture such as a folding bed that is a couch by day for the guest and a bed by night. The living room table can also be used as a dining table when friends drop by and ofice desk for the late night office work.

Owner’s Checklist for Pool Installation.

In ground home pool

The decision to install an in ground pool is a big step should not be taken very lightly. If you have already decided to have a pool, take some time to go through this checklist before you call the contractor in to get you a brand new pool. While this may add considerable beauty and recreation to the property, it also needs some serious considerations to be made.

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Creative Ways To Reuse Wine Bottles

Repurpose Old Wine Bottles

Bottles of wine are brought out to celebrate, relax or dine lavishly. But the party doesn’t have to stop when the wine runs out. Read on for a host of creative ways and projects you can undertake to reuse the bottles instead of throwing them out and flowing your trash bin over. These are fun DIY projects that you can do in your spare time and you get great décor pieces while at it. Wine lovers, this one is for you.

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Benefits of Home Ownership

Benefits of Home Ownership

There is no place more delightful than one’s own fireplace….. Solomon Ortiz

Not all people value the same things in life, in fact if you were to ask this question you would get varied answers from My Car, to My Wardrobe or even My Guitar and so forth but rarely would you get an answer like ‘My Home”.

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Keep Your Home Safe From Break-Ins

Keep Your Home Safe

While the general opinion is that most break ins happen in the dead of the night while you are asleep, new statistics show that most home theft happens during the day, when everyone is either at work, school or running errands. It will not hurt to take a few precautionary measures to keep your home and possessions safe.While the truth is that we can never really be completely safe from break ins, as these things do happen, better safe than sorry.

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