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Updated by Trisha Desai on Nov 25, 2017
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Home Improvement and real estate

Home improvement advice and tips

Smart Makeover Planning

Simple tips on smart makeover planning.

If you are planning a home makeover, you will have to make sure that you plan it the right way. Let us look at a few simple tips.

A Professional Home Organizer

Hiring a professional home organizer.

One of the greatest enemies of a home’s visual appeal is clutter. Clutter has often been likened to a virus – it starts imperceptibly, but soon spreads and chokes your home.

Home Improvement - Step By Step

Diving into a home improvement project one step at a time.

Just after moving into a new home, you might be excited at the prospect of transforming the house and giving it a whole new look. However, you will need to take it one step at a time.

Modern Ventilation Systems

What you need to know about modern ventilation systems.

Indoor air ventilation is a must for healthy home living. For a aiding ventilation, the most common method is to keep the doors and windows open. However, this can sometimes be a problem.

When A House Becomes A Cash-Drain

Tips for avoiding a situation where a house becomes a cash-drain.

You just bought a home, moved in, and just when you thought you could finally relax after all that action, something springs up – a malfunctioning plumbing system, defects in the HVAC system, a serious issue with the foundation etc.

Living In A Compact Home

Tips for living in a compact home.

Compact homes are often the case in cities like Mumbai where larger homes near one’s workplace may be beyond one’s budget. Compact homes may even be preferred by some for the minimal maintenance that they require. Retired individuals may choose to downsize their homes after the children leave the house and all the extra space becomes a bother to maintain, both financially and in terms of effort. Let us look at a few tips for residents of compact homes.

Using Every Corner Of Your Home's Outdoor Area

Tips for using every corner of your home’s outdoor space.

There might be corners here and there in your outdoor area which you feel can’t be put to use. The fact is that these corners can definitely be used, and leaving them unused is wastage of outdoor space. Residents of cities like Mumbai understand the value of every square foot of outdoor space. Having an outdoor area is a great benefit, and one should not waste it by neglecting the difficult corners.

Landscaping - Points To Consider

Tips for using every corner of your home’s outdoor space.

There might be corners here and there in your outdoor area which you feel can’t be put to use. The fact is that these corners can definitely be used, and leaving them unused is wastage of outdoor space. Residents of cities like Mumbai understand the value of every square foot of outdoor space. Having an outdoor area is a great benefit, and one should not waste it by neglecting the difficult corners.

Choosing To Stay Through A Home Remodelling

Deciding on whether to stay through a home remodelling or not.

A home remodelling may be carried out for various reasons – for enhancing the quality of home living, for addressing new needs, for increasing a home’s resale value etc. Whatever your reason may be, a home remodelling can be a long and dusty process. Let us look at whether you should live through a remodelling or stay elsewhere.

The Professionals You Will Require For An Energy-Efficient Remodelling

Professionals who can help you carry out an energy-efficient remodelling.

Whether you are planning on selling your house in the near future or not, an energy-efficient remodelling will only benefit you.

Kitchen Staging

Tips for kitchen staging.

Staging a home is one of the most important tasks associated with promoting it among prospective buyers. One of the rooms that prospective buyers will check quite thoroughly is the kitchen. Let us look at a few kitchen staging tips.

Using Every Corner Of Your Kitchen

Tips on using kitchen corners.

A kitchen is the home’s multitasking specialist – a variety of functions performed within one room. It can be quite a challenge to carry out all these functions when the kitchen is compact. It is in compact kitchens that one has to make full use of every square foot, and even the corners. Let us look at the various possibilities for kitchen corners.

Adani plans retirement homes in Shantigram

Adani Township and Real Estate Company Private Limited - a company promoted by the Adani Family, which is developing Shantigram, the largest integrated township in Gujarat.

Overpaying For A House

Avoiding overpaying for a house.

In real estate, one has to strike the right balance – while making an offer to buy one should neither make a low-ball offer nor pay more for the house than what it merits. But how does one know what is ‘too much’ for a house?

Short Sale Issues

What you need to know about the issues that can come with a short sale.

When an individual begins to find it difficult to pay off his mortgage, but the market value of the house is less than what he owes the lender, he could consider going for a short sale.

Before Construction Begins

What you need to know before construction starts.

Whether it is a remodelling project or the construction of a house, you will need to know a few things prior to commencement of construction. The construction process can be quite a long one, and you do not want to look back midway and think ‘Oh, I didn’t know I could’ve done it that way!’ Know all your options prior to construction for a smooth execution.

Fixing A Roof On Your Own

Tips for fixing a roof on one’s own.

Fixing a roof of one’s own is definitely not recommended due to the risk of accidents. After all, just one wrong move is enough to cause a serious accident. It is always best to call in a professional instead of trying to save money by doing it on one’s own. However, if you have done it before and the problem is minor (like one broken shingle) and you are adamant on doing it on your own, here are a few tips.

Lighting Up Your Kitchen

Tips on kitchen lighting.

Everything in the kitchen is perfect – the layout, the cabinets, the appliances etc. However, what about the lighting? Let us look at a few tips to light up your kitchen.

Weather-Insulating A Rental Home

Tips for weather-insulating a rental home.

As many individuals who live in rental homes know, not every rental home is in the best of condition when one moves in. Often, a rental home may be in a building which is quite old. One of the disadvantages of living in old buildings may be poor weather insulation. Poor weather insulation usually means higher energy bills. How does one handle poor weather insulation as a tenant?

Low-Maintenance Landscaping

Going for landscaping that requires minimal maintenance.

Landscaping is an element that dramatically boosts a home’s curb appeal. Many say that they would like to invest in landscaping, but are put off by the costs and effort required for maintenance. However, the fact is that landscaping need not be high-maintenance. One can have low-maintenance landscaping just by planning right.

When You Simply Should Call A Professional

Home projects which you should not attempt to carry out on your own.

There are definitely many projects which can be safely done on one’s own and with decent results, but there are certain jobs one simply should not see as ‘do-it-yourself’ but approach the professionals.

Home Remodelling Finishing Touches

How to properly finish a home remodelling project.

The home remodelling project that was initiated a few months ago might be finally nearing completion. Let us look at a few tips for how to seal the project the right way.

The Benefits Of Getting A Professional For Home Design

The advantages that come with a home design professional.

Whether it is for a remodelling project or building a home, there are many benefits that come with hiring home design professionals like architects, interior designers etc. Let us look at what these benefits are.

Should You Hire A Property Manager?

Deciding whether to hire a property manager.

Being the owner of a rental property, you may have to choose between managing the property yourself and getting a property management company to manage it. Let us look at the benefits of each option.

Handling Negative Cash Flow Properties

Tips on managing negative cash flow properties.

There are positive cash flow properties and negative cash flow properties. Positive cash flow properties are those which yield a profit for the owner as the expenses associated with ownership – like maintenance, repairs, taxes etc – are lesser than the income generated from it.