Play the Detective When Testing a Resale Home

Buying a house is a serious business. Whether it is a recently built estate or a modest fixer-upper, getting a lowdown on your potential home is of great importance. A qualified home inspector is always your best bet for getting the home inspected before buying but you can also have a good understanding as to what to look out for. A little snooping around and bringing out the Sherlock Holmes in you won’t harm anyone but will help you in your decision about the home you want to buy.

Play the Detective When Testing a Resale Home

Play the Detective When Testing a Resale Home

A lot of inspectors feel that water is the main devil that causes the maximum problems, as it weakens the foundation, dampens the wall and causes rot and decay. Here are some problems that you have to check when you go for a resale home. From testing the shower, to scooping out how a home’s storage measures up, here are some tips to sleuth out the important features that you won’t find on the listing. [Read more…]

Reasons Why You Must Live in the New House before Complete Remodelling

A new home brings with it new excitement of moving in, making memories. As soon as you finalize the house, it becomes really difficult to wait for the day when you will finally move in. And if the home you choose is a fixer-upper, you want the renovation work to finish as quickly as possible. Sadly this is where a new homebuyer makes mistakes.

Reasons Why You Must Live in the New House before Complete Remodelling

Reasons Why You Must Live in the New House before Complete Remodelling

Renovation experts advise that before rushing into the entire remodelling session, you should spend some time in the house to know it better. The remodelling we are talking about here is not the little plumbing and lighting fixture but the entire process of expanding or remodelling the house, giving it a whole new look. Whether you want an eco-friendly home renovation or to get a modern look, you need to give it some time.

Here are the few reasons, from three different perspectives, why you must heed this advice- [Read more…]

Why Are Millennials Choosing the ‘Urban-Suburban’ Living In India?

Much is written about the Millennials these young 20-30 somethings, what they want in life and the impact they have on the world and the world on them. The millennials are aging, and most have their own families and starting their own households later in life, later is catching up on them. It’s not a bad idea to consider how this will change their housing needs and preferences. And indeed if we focus on the 30-35 ‘Millennium Spectrum’ we will see a shift towards the suburbs.

Why Are Millennials Choosing the ‘Urban-Suburban’ Living In India?

Why Are Millennials Choosing the ‘Urban-Suburban’ Living In India?

The questions one can ask are-

  • Will the millennials live in the suburbs? The answer is ‘Yes’.

  • Will the suburbs have to become slightly “urban”, to accommodate changing tastes? The answer is “Maybe”.

Now the answer is millennials will live in the suburbs, but these suburbs will be self-sufficient satellite cities of major urban centers. They have realized the worth of a calm and quiet house along with the ample availability of modern amenities. The suburbs that are attracting this generation are more like cities with density, parks, amenities, things to do and for most part identities onto themselves. [Read more…]

What is it like to be a Single Woman Home Hunting in Indian Cities?

It is really a curse to be a single woman who wants to make it on her own in a city, as the mind set of certain people has been wrapped up in a time zone. Then to top it all if you are seeking accommodation, the questions hurled at you can make your blood boil. People are vary of renting out accommodation to singles, and moreover to a single woman. Though there are a number of single women investing in real estate, having a good earning and a well-reputed job, the stereotyped mentality is still there in the society.

What is it like to be a Single Woman Home Hunting in Indian Cities?

What is it like to be a Single Woman Home Hunting in Indian Cities?

As a single, hunting for a house in any city you face the same dilemma as your other counterparts when sought a response for questions like these- do you drink/smoke, do you come late, do you have a boyfriend, does he stay back for a night, so many questions. [Read more…]

Home Hacks That Must Be On the List Every 30-Something Homeowner

If you are in your 30’s, there are some DIY tricks that you should master. So, hone up your skills and get ready to save some money; do away with the hassle of trying to find someone to do your petty, odd jobs. Whether you rent or you are a home owner, small odd jobs at home can be done by these super-simple common quick fixes that help you save time and money.

Home Hacks That Must Be On the List Every 30-Something Homeowner

Home Hacks That Must Be On the List Every 30-Something Homeowner

1- Fill old picture holes- From dents to cracks, to nail holes, most cosmetic wall imperfections can be tackled with ‘spackle’. Use fine grit sandpaper or sanding block to smooth out the edges of the imperfection. Then with a putty knife fill the hole with spackle after cleaning/dusting the debris away. Do these in one clean motion, then remove the spackle from around the dent by wiping it with a damp cloth and let it dry. Then level it to match the area around by using the sandpaper and repaint. For short quick fix use white toothpaste or a soap bar (ivory), if you have white walls. [Read more…]

Who attends the open house?

There are a few good reasons to attend an open house, as nearly half of the buyers do. The biggest benefit is that you can learn from the crowd, the throng indicates a competitive market. Plus curious neighbors drop by so it is a great time to ask questions about the community. Remember the agent who is conducting the open house is working for the seller.

Who attends the open house?

Who attends the open house?

The important question is who actually attends the open houses?

Basically all those attending the open house are not the potential buyers; various people go for the open house event for different reasons. [Read more…]

Interior Decor: How to Rock a Retro Theme

From among a thousand themes available for redecorating your home, ‘retro’ is one theme that is chosen by a very few homeowners, especially by those who have an eye for detail and keep sophistication on top of their list. It is an ode to the bygone eras and incorporates everything from color palette to the old-style funk.

Interior Decor: How to Rock a Retro Theme

Interior Decor: How to Rock a Retro Theme

Before starting out on a redecoration project for retro look, you must know these basics:

Color Palette

The perfect retro look can be achieved not with boring colors but with some saturated punches at certain places. Shades of mint, tricycle red, blue-grey and brown seem to be the best for this theme. If you have a clear idea about which era is your home going to represent, you can choose the color punches accordingly. For example, a mid-century look can be achieved by painting one wall in faded mint and placing contemporary decor items in front of it. If you have a rented apartment, it is possible that the furniture is outdated and the cupboards lack finishes. So, instead of fixing those, you can give the home a retro look which will own all the outdated stuff. [Read more…]

Kochi- The Upcoming Realty Hub of South India

Kochi is set to become the next highly preferred real estate destination, according to JLL India, a leading real estate consultancy. Kochi has hit a sixer, with all potential drivers like IT development for employment generation, Metro rail for intra-city connectivity, the Smart City tag for basic infrastructure, port based development for industrial and commercial growth, air terminal for international connectivity and foreign investment and tourism for hospitality industry are emphasized.

Kochi- The Upcoming Realty Hub of South India

Kochi- The Upcoming Realty Hub of South India

This ultimately boosts the demand for housing and hence real estate sector is picking up with all eyes on Kochi. There are six reasons that the experts feel are vital for this sudden change. [Read more…]

Flat 983 Season 4: An Ode to Unconditional Love!

Investors ClinicInvestors Clinic has come back with its ‘Flat 983’ contest and this time it is dedicated to the ‘lovers’. They say true love is boundless and immeasurable, and overcomes all forms of adversity. Flat 983 contest is for such fierce lovers.

Love and religion are both very strong emotions and to let go of one for the other can be very difficult and devastating, and yet there are many who have chosen love over religion. Season 4 of FLAT 983, sponsored by Investors Clinic, is a tribute to all those people who have chosen LOVE OVER RELIGION.

Flat 983 Season 4: An Ode to Unconditional Love!

Flat 983 Season 4: An Ode to Unconditional Love!

Everybody falls in love for once in their lifetime, but only a few are lucky enough to be with the one they love till the end. Some love stories lose their battle against religion but there are some that defy all odds and conquer. Many such couples are right here around us. This season of FLAT 983 contest honours these amazing couples. [Read more…]

Synthetic Grass: A Modern Accent In Home Décor

Unless thoroughly inspected, it is very difficult to tell the difference between real grass and fake grass. Originally developed for outdoor use especially in the lawns, gardens and sports grounds, fake grass has come a long way now so that it is being used indoors to add décor, style and design to one’s home.

Synthetic Grass: A Modern Accent In Home Décor

Synthetic Grass: A Modern Accent In Home Décor

Fake grass also goes by the name of artificial turf; it is made of synthetic material that replicates the appearance of real and natural grass. Synthetic grass is used in home décor a lot in these modern times. It has made its way to lawns, gardens, patios and the interiors of modern homes. It is used not only in homes but sports ground, offices, recreational centers, and even event avenues have found them helpful in beautifying the ambience. [Read more…]