Essential Tips For a Successful Move Overseas

We really do live in a globalized world these days. No matter where you are, you can have an instantaneous conversation with a person on the other side of the world, and you can even see them in real-time too — that’s pretty amazing, no matter how you look at it. This globalization of society also means that more people than ever before are able to pack up their belongings, move to a new country, and begin a new life. If you’re thinking of making this move, then take a read below, where we outline some essential tips for ensuring the move is successful.

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Do Your Research

No matter where you’re thinking of moving, it’s important that you do as much research as possible. You might have an idea of what life would be like there, but ideas and reality don’t always overlap! And there’s a big difference between visiting a destination and living there. As well as learning about the culture and the pros and cons of the destination, it’s recommended that you take a look at the cost of living. The new country won’t be like your home, transplanted to another part of the world — it’ll have its own economy, expenses, taxes and so on. 

Connect With Others

There is understandably a lot of fear when it comes to moving overseas, no matter how excited the person may be for it. One way to get around this fear is to connect with others before you make the move. This will be easier if you’re moving for work since the company can put you in touch with your new colleagues, but there are also Facebook and other groups that’ll help if you’re just moving by yourself. They’ll be a valuable source of information that will build on top of your independent research.

Making the Move

We tend to think of moving overseas in terms of the psychology effect, such as how we’ll cope and so on. But it’s important to keep in mind that there will be plenty of logistical matters that you need to take care of, too, such as transporting your belongings and yourself to your new country. For your things, it’s best to leave the job to experts such as Chess Moving. They’ll transport your belongings safely and securely, so you can enjoy stress-free travel without having to lug all your personal items with you.

Finding a Place

It’s really important that you find a place to live when you’re on the ground, rather than beforehand, unless it has been arranged by your company. You can’t really know what a place or neighborhood is like until you’re there! Book an apartment on a short-term basis and get searching when you land.

Give it Time 

Finally, be sure to give it a time! It always takes time to adjust to a big move, and you’ll feel homesick no matter how exciting the move is. Slowly but surely, your new place will begin to feel like home. Be patient. 

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How To Save Money On Home Repairs

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Home repairs are one of the biggest expenses of being a homeowner. Fortunately, there are many ways to reduce the cost of home repairs. Here are just a few ways to make home repairs less expensive.

Know when to go DIY

Taking on repairs yourself can save you the cost of having to hire contractors. However, you should be careful of which repair jobs you attempt. If you’re not DIY-savvy you could botch up the repair and then pay more to get this fixed. There are also some jobs such as electrics and roof repair that can be dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing. The key with any home repairs is to do your research. How-to blogs and YouTube tutorials can be great for teaching DIY skills.

Use your network

There may be people in your close network with handyman experience that you can call upon. They may be able to offer their services at a discount or even for free (providing it’s not a major repair). Such people are also likely to be trustworthy if you know them relatively well.

Shop around for contractors

If you decide to use contractors, make sure to shop around. By collecting lots of quotes, you can find the best price. Make sure to also research into the reputation of contractors so that you hire a company with a good track record. Positive reviews and glowing testimonials are often a sign that a company is reliable and trustworthy.

Source your own parts and materials

Many contractors are able to source parts and materials for you, but it could be cheaper to source them yourself. Contractors will generally try to make a profit on any parts or materials that they have to buy, so you’re better off buying yourself directly. You can find niche parts such as Berkeley pumps online for affordable prices. You can also find discounted materials online by opting for reclaimed materials.

Time it right

If the repairs don’t need to be made urgently, it could be worth waiting until the right time to schedule repairs. You’ll often find that many contractors lower their prices in January when there’s less demand (fewer people can afford repairs after Christmas and so many companies reduce their prices to attract business). Certain repairs may also have a seasonal demand – you may find that looking into repairs out of season saves you money. For instance, heating system repairs are generally cheaper in summer, while air conditioning unit repairs are cheaper in winter.  

Take preventative action

The best way to save money on home repairs is to take preventative action where possible. When making upgrades to your home or buying new appliances, don’t just settle for cheap low-quality options. Investing in decent appliances that are built to last and hire professional companies to carry out renovations so that you know you’re getting high quality results. Certain repairs can also be cheaper when made early. For instance, it pays to fix leaks from pipes early – ignoring them for some time could result in water damage to walls and ceilings, plus your water bill is likely to be very high.   

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Minimising The Risk Of Moving House

When it comes to moving house, there can be a lot of risks that are involved. In fact, it goes beyond whether your family will be happy in your new home and can relate to issues of comfort, safety, and financial risk as well. However, knowing what to look out for and how to avoid such problems can help you minimise the risk involved in moving to a new home. Something you can read about below. 

Bad neighbours 

Unfortunately, you don’t get to pick and choose your neighbours. In fact, you may well have bought a new home without even setting eyes on the people that live next door. Sadly, it can be neighbours that cause a lot of problems. From annoying issues such as loud music at all hours of the night to scarier issues such as violence or criminal activity. 

Of course, one way to screen for this sort of concern is to take a good look at the properties next door before you buy. With homes next to others that are being kept in reasonable condition being a better bet. However, this rule does not always work, and you can never wholly tell what you are letting you and your family if for. 

Happily, there is another option you can use here as well. Its to use the internet to search whether people in the neighbourhood have any concerns with particular houses or residents. Additionally, you will also find crime statistics online as well, which can help you decide whether the community you are looking at is right for you. 

Contamination 

It’s a sad state of affairs to be sure. However, the second risk that needs to be discussed here is that of contamination resulting from drug use in a property. In fact, making or using illegal narcotics such as meth can result in a residue that lingers even after the previous residents have moved out. This being something that can be a real health risk to the new family moving in. 

With that in mind, it can be an excellent idea to get meth testing by a professional done. If you are concerned about drug use in a property you have just bought, that is. Then at least you can deal with any lasting consequences of the previous occupant’s drug use safely and responsibly. 

Structural problems 

Another major issue when it comes to moving home is getting there and realising that there are far more severe structural problems that you first though. Something that can not only be unsafe and inconvenient but can cost you a lot of money to repair as well. 

It is, however, possible to minimise the risk of this by getting a full survey before you put an offer on the property. Also, check the laws relating to poetry purchase where you live. The reason being that in some locations, sellers are required to declare any serious issues before purchase. Therefore the previous owner can be liable for the cost of rectifying them if they are not. Something that will help you minimise any finial risks involved in moving home.

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The Hidden Stresses Of A House Move

To say that moving day isn’t stressful would be a lie.

If you have ever been through the experience, then moving day stress will be something very familiar to you, we are sure. From trying to cram all of your belongings into boxes to dealing with the household clutter that has been left behind, your stress levels will be bubbling over.

Still, it is possible to make life easier for yourself. By asking people to help you pack, and by hiring the right removalist, many of your moving day worries can be alleviated. 

But then there are those hidden stresses that you might not be expecting. These are the stresses that can hinder and spoil your day. These are the stresses that we discuss below.

#1: Saying goodbye to your old home

We grow attached to our homes. From the rooms that our children have played in, to the areas of home that have marked special celebrations, to simply say goodbye to these things can be difficult. When moving day comes around, and you have finally shut the door for good, you might well start to grieve the house you are leaving behind and start to feel regretful and stressed as a result. Am I doing the right thing, you might ask yourself.

To overcome this stress, it is important to have a positive mindset. It’s easier said than done, we know, but if you can remember why you are moving, then you might be able to replace happier thoughts over sad ones. And besides, you will still be able to retain your happy memories of your old home, so even though a new chapter is about to begin, remember that you aren’t fully closing the door on your old life forever. 

#2: Your children

We mean this in two ways.

For one, your children might get underfoot when you’re trying to pack everything into your car or the removal van. They might unpack your boxes in the hunt for a toy or something to eat, and that will create more work for you. And your workload might also be increased if you then have to carry out extra cleanup work because of your kids. 

Secondly, your children’s emotions could be a source of stress. They might be overly-excited, and this could affect their behavior during the day. Or they could be going through the grieving process themselves, perhaps because they are saying goodbye to their friends as well as their old home. In this situation, they will be stressed, and you will be stressed out trying to manage their emotional needs.

A house move can be tough for all of you, but where your kids are concerned, you can make your life and their lives easier. 

On moving day itself, you might want to send them off to a childminder for a few hours, as this way, you won’t have to cope with overly-excitable or naughty behaviors that could make your life more difficult. 

And when it comes to your children feeling sad, you should engage with them before the move. Perhaps have a goodbye ceremony at home, where you can all come to terms with leaving. And perhaps have a party too, as your children will be able to say goodbye to their friends properly, and collect their contact details. With the emotional aspects of moving dealt with early, it might be that moving day itself is a little easier for both them and you. 

We hope you have a (mostly) stress-free moving day. 

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Here’s Why Ortigas Center is the New Buzz in Real Estate

Metro Manila, over the decades, has slowly but surely grown to be one of South East Asia’s bustling business hubs. The country’s unique location and diverse workforce have allowed it to birth and nurture both local companies and international corporations. So, it’s not surprising that Manila is steadily evolving to accommodate the new needs of a population composed of professionals, families, and even retirees.

In the Heart of the Metro

Among the many thriving cities in the metro, one of the most multifaceted locations is in the boundaries of Pasig, Quezon City, and Mandaluyong. With major tech companies, marketing startups, commercial districts filled with restaurants and shopping centers, and a variety of both recreational and business establishments, one of the most prevalent developments have been sought-after condominiums in Ortigas Center. This complements the recent trend in which an increasing number of homeowners are opting to invest in a condominium unit. Ortigas continues to be a popular choice for these investors, whether they are buying or renting.

Aside from being populated by a wide variety of businesses, Ortigas is also nestled between Makati City and Quezon City, two other thriving districts. It has the advantage of having a large array of options for transport, with the metro railways and EDSA being a stone’s throw away. The urban planning also ensures that most of the area is walkable with wide sidewalks, accessibility, and clear signages, making it easy for practically anyone to maneuver and find their way around.

Families and Opportunities

Considering that it is close to prominent highways and large-scale establishments, the city is still able to maintain a peaceful atmosphere, especially in the residential areas where families with even young children opt to live.

Although the busy streets of Ortigas Center are perfectly fit for the lifestyle of the working millennial market, the district has shown to be family-friendly with its schools, medical facilities, and areas that are either specifically geared towards families or simply open and enjoyable for citizens of all ages.

This active growth in community has led to staggering numbers, with demand for residential space growing. Statistics have shown that the development of new office spaces in the district will create even more movement in the workforce and create more demand for housing, with residential condos exceeding 50,000 units in presale and more unit owners putting their properties up for rent.

Land dedicated to office spaces has been shown to take upwards of 1.5 million square meters. This demand is up to par with other avenues such as hotel and leisure, showing that even tourists and visitors from other cities are making numbers for the city. Locally, data shows that “staycationers” take up a lot of demand for three and four-star hotels. With traveling millennials taking up more than half of the count for local travelers, budget hotels and hostels are also sustained. Even luxury spots remain at capacity because of the influx of travelers from consistent foreign markets such as South Korea, Japan, and the United States.

With that, it seems clear that Ortigas Center has truly solidified its place as one of the modern powerhouses in the region. This not only benefits the local economy and the government, but simply gives people more options for whatever they want – a new place to work, a different scene they’d like to try, or a place to call home.

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A Guide To Property Hunting

Buying a property is often the biggest purchase that we make in our lives. Whether you are buying for the first time or the fifteenth time, it remains a significant commitment, which is why today we are sharing a few tips with you in a guide to property hunting. 

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Begin your hunt with a clear vision of what you need

Before you start searching and looking at what is available on the market, you need to work out exactly what it is that you need from a property. We stress the word ‘need’ there, as there may be many ‘wants’ on your list, but you must focus first on your key requirements.

It might be about the space that you require, the location that you need to be in or whether it will work as a family home. Think through the reason for your purchase and then take the time to come up with a specific list of requirements that are absolutely essential in your next home before your hunt begins. 

Location means something different to everyone

Even though you might be seeking a certain location, remember that it can actually mean something different for everyone.

Whilst it is true that some neighborhoods can be in greater demand and therefore cost more to move into, this will not be the only deciding factor where location is concerned. 

You might prioritise being near to leisure and facilities such as wigwam golf or perhaps excellent schools are the key here for you. You might visit an area and be struck by how handy it is for your commute, whereas someone else might enjoy being a few miles away from their family. 

This being the case, when you are moving to a new area, take your time to familiarise yourself with all that is available. Do not assume that one person’s ‘best’ area will be best for you. Stick to your key priorities when you are looking around so that you can find the perfect location for you. 

Think both short term and long term

When many of us set out on our property hunt, we have either a short term or a long term mindset, but we need to think about both in order to buy successfully.

In the short term, how would this house work for us in our current lives? What would our commute be like? Where would our furniture go and what would we redecorate when we move in? Importantly, if the market shifted next month, would this still be a viable option for us? 

We then need to think longer term. Is this house likely to work for us if changes come along in our lives? How long can we see ourselves here? What changes are afoot in the neighborhood, or can we see an upturn or downturn in the property market. Of course with this one it is harder to predict changes, but it is worth thinking them through to help you to evaluate whether this is the right buy for you.

We need to know that this is the right house for us now, personally and financially, and that it makes sense for us to buy. Equally, if we plan to be here over the longer term, or have no option but to be here over the long term, is this still a sensible choice?

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How to Build the House of Your Dreams

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Ask anyone and they will be able to tell you what the house of their dreams looks like. For some, it’s a treehouse, like a grownup version of what they had as a kid; for others, it’s a chic city pad with views to die for. But no matter what your dreams are, if you have the time, money and passion, you can almost certainly build your perfect home. 

If it’s time to move house but you can’t find anything you really want on the market, now is the perfect time to think seriously about building your dream home. 

Research Building Methods

Unless you are an architect or builder, you probably won’t have much of an idea about how the building process works. In some ways, this gives you an advantage because you can dream up your scheme without any limitations and then research how to make it happen. If you work the other way around, you could quickly stifle your dreams simply by ignoring possibilities and going for convention. 

The building industry is full of different choices from High Rise Pump Hire mechanisms to pour a concrete slab to build on through to seaming a zinc roof. This means that while there are some building conventions, as long as an architect approves your ideas, you can use a wide range of building methods to get the finish you want. 

Find the Right Place to Build

Finding the right plot is essential for any design. This is because you need to work with the land to create the perfect design, you can’t just drop your design onto the land and hope it works. Finding a plot in the right location can be tough but if you are open-minded and willing to think outside the box, you should be able to find something within your budget and location. 

Location is the only factor you can never change in a property (unless your house has wheels) so you must think carefully about where you want to live. For example, while a secluded hilltop might give you what you want in theory, a long hard winter could quickly put you off! 

Refine Your Design

When you refine your design, you need to think about two main things: how usable is the space you have dreamed up and how affordable is it to build? Building an affordable house is definitely possible if you are willing to make a few tough choices. An architect is usually best placed to help you turn a dream into a refined design but do take your time in choosing the right person to help.

Refining your design should be just as creative a process as your dream house but this time, you need to think within a few practical parameters including the cost to run as well as to build. As you refine your plans, you might find that what you come up with actually works better than the dream might have done – especially now you are designing for a particular plot of land. Remember, what you are creating in reality has to be liveable first and foremost! 

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