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Month: June 2016

DIY Home Office Space

In the past, only a small percent of employees had the privilege of working at home – but a remote workforce is steadily becoming the norm. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, last year, 23% of employees reported doing some of their work remotely. Working from home has numerous advantages – it lowers your stress, boosts morale and even drives efficiency. However, one of the biggest benefits of remote working is definitely the freedom to design and decorate your workspace. Whether your home office space is designated for running a small company or only for occasional telecommute, you deserve more than an old desk and extra chair stuffed into a spare corner.

Choosing the Right Color

Before you even start picking the right desk and chairs, and decorating your home office, you need to think about the color of your office. For starters, try to avoid “loud colors”; a study from the University of Rochester revealed that exposure to color red can reduce your ability to focus on mental tasks. However, a study on the psychology of colors from the Institute of Design, Culture and Arts at the Teesside University concluded that cultural differences, personal experience and upbringing often muddy the effect individual colors have on us. What does this mean for you and your home office? Basically, follow your gut feeling and you won’t go wrong.


Don’t Neglect the Lighting

Ok, so you have picked the right color but it’s still not the time to think about accessories, instead let’s talk about light first. People often neglect lighting, but the intensity of light can have an effect on the intensity of your emotions. A study published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology showed that positive and negative emotions may be intensified under bright light. Therefore, experiment a little, try different light tones to find which one works best for you and make sure that your workspace has enough windows to let the sunlight in.

Get Some Good Seating Support

You spend most of your time working hours parked in your chair, and you would be surprised to know how much comfort and support matter to your overall productivity. According to statistics provided by the AAFP (American Association of Family Physicians) more than 50% of the working population in the United States experience back pain every year. Fortunately, companies such as JP Office Workstations offer comfortable office seating, which allows you to be more relaxed, concentrated and ultimately, more productive. If you are working on a tight budget, at least purchase a seat support for your desk chair.

Keep Your Devices Updated

It is bad enough that sometimes bugs in the code make your program crash just when you were about to export an important project. What’s worse is that hordes of hackers are constantly seeking flaws in your software in order to install malware and steal your personal information. Nevertheless, when a hacker finds a hole, the software company releases a patch, and it is your job as a user to install that patch. One of the biggest hassles of having tons of applications on your PC, tablet and smartphone is keeping all that software up-to-date. Even though most apps today have automatic updates, some issues inadvertently introduce new issues that render the app unusable.

Experimentation is Essential

In many ways, a well-designed and organized home office takes a lot of trial and error and a bit of luck before you get everything just right. In order to create a perfect place of work, you will have to experiment with new technology, designs and organization, and balance everything with your budget. Even though the process can be time-consuming and even tiring at times, it still satisfying to see how your workspace evolves through time.

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5 Secret Techniques To Improve Home Design

Real comfort, visual and physical is vital in every room.” – Mark Hampton

A good foundation of an impressive home design is on how you perceive your home. Agree? Regardless of what design you want to have, there must be a lot of thinking and planning before you get to work on the project. Obviously, you do not want to commit costly mistakes. Right? Especially when it involves money, we do not want to waste a single cent for a dumb home design mistake. However, not all of us know the basic rules when it comes to home designing, which results in an undesirable outcome.


Whether you are a homeowner in Avida Homes or in any real estate property, you can now transform your home into a place where it best reflects your style and personality. Just a little help from the experts, you will be able to learn how to improve your home design.

  1. “Never push furniture up against the walls. By pulling your seating arrangement in (even just a few inches) you instantly warm up a space and create flow.” – Betsy Burnham

Having a space between the furniture and the wall will prevent your things from being congested in one place. Moreover, you are also creating a more breathable space at home.

  1. “Ceilings must always be considered. They are the most neglected space in a room.” – Albert Hadley

Admittedly, most of us focus on the spaces below. Perhaps, it’s because living rooms are the most visible of all. However, people will most likely be impressed on how you decorate your ceiling that would also match the theme below.

  1. “Pinches of color keep a room feeling youthful and engaging.” – Christina Murphy

Choosing the right color is important. Colors can break or make a good room. Before you decide on what color, you have to consider its tint, tone, texture and shade. With that, you will know what is best for your room.

  1. “Use wallpaper in unexpected places: on the ceiling, in a paneled room, in closets, hallways, and small foyers. A great pattern or texture in small spaces can be a prodigious twist.” – Lindsay Coral Harper

Just because they are not usually visible, that does not mean you will skip on decorating such spaces. Decorating the ceiling, paneled rooms, closets, hallways and small foyers can give your home a desirable look.


  1. “The most important thing? Perfect lighting at all times.” – Oscar de la Renta

Aside from the fact that lights illuminate the place, a good lighting in the right space will add warmth to your surroundings. Lightings can complete a homey ambiance in your home.

Generally, decorating your home is not hard as you think it is. As a homeowner, for as long as you are happy and satisfied with the outcome of the design of your home, then you are on the go.

Author Bio

John Lee is a blogger and a real estate enthusiast, currently writing and blogging about Avida Towers, a real estate company in the Philippines.

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5 Tips for Upselling Your Property

The real estate market is a whimsical creature governed by deities of Supply and Demand, and even strong-boned houses in hot locations sometimes fall short of the ballpark value estimates. Still, this doesn’t mean that you should sell your estate for less than you originally bargained for: it just means that you should do your realty homework before you start calling figures. Or, you can just follow these five steps and get the biggest buck for your property bang without losing time or potential buyers to stale listings or first impressions gone haywire.

Upselling Your Property

1. Hop on the internet marketing bandwagon

Modern homebuyers don’t drive around looking for homes on sale – they just hit a few buttons on their phone and instantly access online property listings. If your realty is not already featured on the web, you’ve already missed a few good deals – but it’s never too late to turn your fate around and sell your home for a small fortune. If you’re a realtor, you can create a website for advertizing purposes, but you don’t have to go through all that hassle if you’re just looking for a quick one-time sale. Turn to Craigslist, ListedBy, eBay Classifieds for a free property listing, or tap into paid advertizing options via eBay auction, Bid4Assets, VflyerLandWatch, Lead Propeller, or Google Adwords. You can also test your luck on BiggerPockets Marketplace, Connected Investors, and forums frequented by realtors and house flippers. If all else fails, give social networks a go.

2. Don’t underestimate old-school methods, though

The fact that most homebuyers nowadays are computer-literate doesn’t mean that traditional real estate marketing is a dead dodo. Listing your property with a reputed property agent and placing a classified ad in the local paper can be the magnet for investors who prefer to look for property deals in the real rather than virtual world. You can also put up a ‘For Sale’ sign in your yard – you never know if your next door neighbor nurtures secret home extension ambitions and would be willing to pay for more land in gold.

3. Declutter and depersonalize for deeper pockets

Once you’ve tackled advertizing, turn to your estate and see whether a minor update could help it win a higher sale figure. Most homebuyers prefer their home-to-be depersonalized, clutter-free and served on a sparkling clean plate, so cart off ungainly clutter piles to an outdoor storage unit. Also, don’t forget to clean up your act both indoors and al fresco before ushering in viewers: property deals depend on first impressions, and most homebuyers won’t bother to take a second look at a property with dismal curb appeal.

4. Style your property right to dial up the contract call

Home styling is growing increasingly popular among realtors and property owners looking to sell fast and for a fortune. Essentially a cosmetic home makeover, styling can boost property appeal and present your home in its finest guise (which you can take down and sell off for bonus cash once the contract is signed). Home stylists often use luxury items such as artwork and vintage accessories to amp the home look, but you don’t have to buy a ton of suave extras unless you’re truly desperate. A shy show of hardbacks, scented candles, potted plants, fine linens, and lush drapes, rugs, and cushions strategically scattered around your home will do the trick granted the place is not in an eyepokingly derelict shape.

style it up

5. Always be at home when buyers come knocking

Many homeowners cover their advertizing and styling bases and still fail to cash the property in because they schedule home viewings at all the wrong hours. If you’ve set your eyes on speedy property sale, make yourself and your show-ready home available to potential buyers 24/7, and avoid rescheduling house tours at all costs. House hunters know that time is money and few of them will care to drop by at an hour more convenient to you if you’ve stood them up once.

Upselling property is not actually as difficult as it sounds. If you’re still here, you have the know-how already, so put it to good use and you’ll soon be counting your small fortune. Good luck!

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