Lifestyle

Tips and guides on interior decor, home furnishing and home improvement

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What Type of Wood Should You Choose for Your Floor?
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Why Coworking Space are the Next Best Thing For Entrepreneurs In Lagos
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Plan Floating Floors for Your Home to Get Unique Look
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Five Thing to Look Out for in a Rent Agreement
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Seven Tips About Home Finance and Real Estate Investing
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Home Professionals You Should Never Hesitate to Call
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Decorating Ideas to Give Your Home a Farmhouse Feel
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How to Make the Most of a Tiny Office
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Tactful Tips for First-Time Tenants and Landlords
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Designing a Landscape That Will Increase Your Property Value

What Type of Wood Should You Choose for Your Floor?

At first, choosing a flooring option seems straightforward: you love the luxurious look of a hardwood floor and want to put it in your dining room, living room and maybe a bedroom or two. But which type of wood should you choose?

In reality, not all hardwood flooring is the same. Some species of hardwoods are lighter or darker than others, for example. Most hardwoods are durable, but others are particularly susceptible to dings and scratches. Also consider the “character” of the wood: do you want each slab to have a uniform grain, or are knots and growth rings welcome additions?

Here’s a nifty list to help you quickly compare and contrast common species of hardwood. Read More

Why Coworking Space are the Next Best Thing For Entrepreneurs In Lagos

The journey of an entrepreneur is a daunting process and funding can be very difficult especially in a developing country like Nigeria. Ever since the increase of Internet users in Lagos and Nigeria as whole, more and more online businesses have sprung up with a lot of entrepreneurs exploring the digital space to solve hands-on problems. Most of these online businesses would need basic infrastructure to stay alive, even if they are cash-flow positive from day one.

An office space is a basic need for every entrepreneur, either you are working from home, a shared office space, or your own office. When you’re bootstrapping everything from the ground up by yourself with just little cash in the bank, the best would be to opt for a co-working space. Read More

Plan Floating Floors for Your Home to Get Unique Look

Many homeowners think that concrete floor is the only flooring option that is available for their homes. However, they can have floating floors for home if they want to have a unique design in their homes. Apart from glue-down floors, these floating floors have grown quite popular in the recent years, as these improve the appearance of your home from ordinary to extraordinary. They are no doubt a beautiful addition to your living place. This will make you feel proud of your house.

What is a Floating Floor?

A floating floor is a type of floor that is not required to be glued or nailed to the subfloor. This is where it is different from the concrete floors that we see in traditional homes. It is basically used to refer an installation method through which you can get a new floor quickly. It will make your home cozy and appealing and provide more warmth to the whole décor. Read More

Five Thing to Look Out for in a Rent Agreement

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Finding an affordable property to rent/lease can be a real nightmare. Sometimes the stress of checking one property after another, perhaps for months, begins to culminate in a desperation—an eagerness to grab the first one that meets our criteria.

When eventually, we find a suitable one, we are often in such a hurry to move in that we do not take time to read and fully understand the terms and conditions contained therein or even insist long enough to have clauses that will favour us inserted into the agreement for fear of losing to other ‘faster’ bidders.

This negligence of the part of tenants can often end up leaving enough room for minor mistakes that can sometimes become so costly we’d wish we never leased/ rented a piece of real estate in the first place. Read More

Seven Tips About Home Finance and Real Estate Investing

Home loans are the top home financing options for enabling people to fulfill the dream of owning a home. While financial institutions are willing to lend, you need to be aware of how this type of home finance works to avoid disappointment. Familiarizing yourself with a financial product is essential before committing to a transaction or signing a legally binding document.

1. Loan Eligibility

It is important to find out what the specific lending criteria is. Factors that affect your eligibility generally depend on the terms and conditions of particular lenders. Some lenders are more stringent than others and factors range from existing liabilities to your financial capability. Read More

Home Professionals You Should Never Hesitate to Call

There are plenty of home repairs that you can take care of yourself with some simple tools and a little know-how. In fact, it can be fun and empowering to know how to fix minor problems as they arise.

But there are some repairs that are best left to a professional, due to the need for costly, specialized equipment, extensive knowledge or a large work crew. If you try to tackle some of these repairs yourself, you’ll probably end up making things worse or simply putting a band aid on the problem, and it will be more expensive to have a pro come fix it later.

Here are some of the home professionals you should never hesitate to call. Read More

Decorating Ideas to Give Your Home a Farmhouse Feel

Farmhouses carry a certain feeling of nostalgia, even for those of us who didn’t grow up in the village or country-side. If you are fortunate to have had first-hand experience staying or living in a farmhouse, you’ll agree that modern farmhouses are such a beauty to behold and something begging to be experienced again. To bring some of that cozy comfort into your own home, try these design tips:

Sliding Barn Doors

What’s a farm without a barn? You may not have space in your home to put in a loft or ladder, but you can certainly add a sliding barn door to make a bold statement. The door can go on any interior doorway if there is enough space to put runners off to the side. Because visible hardware will look totally natural with a barn door, it doesn’t need to be a “pocket” sliding door. This is good news for you, because it makes it much easier to install. Read More

How to Make the Most of a Tiny Office

The higher you rise in the company ranks, the larger and nicer your office will be. And if you’re just getting your foot in the door and establishing yourself in your chosen industry, you are probably sharing elbow room with a number of other coworkers, renting an office the size of a closet or sitting in a cramped cubicle all day. If you barely have space to put your coffee, you’re not alone. Here’s how to make the most of a tiny office.

Take Stock

To get started, you need to take stock of your office in its current form. Be thorough in evaluating what can stay and what needs to go. If you inherited a desk with the office, maybe that desk is more trouble than it’s worth (too big, namely). Is the chair hard and comfortable, or difficult to scoot back away from the desk? If you have trouble moving around the office in any way, it will seem more cramped. Get a smaller desk and a simple swivel chair for starters. Read More

Tactful Tips for First-Time Tenants and Landlords

Renting your first apartment or house is an exciting turning point in your life. It can also be stressful, since the huge yearly rent (we envy climes where tenants pay on a monthly basis!) often uses up the bulk of your paycheck. And then there’s the fact that you need to adhere to certain rules and policies, as well as seek out your landlord whenever something goes wrong with the property.

You’ve probably heard worrying stories about absentee landlords. However, most aren’t there to scam tenants. Like any business, they’ll only succeed by providing a quality service. You can do your part by being a model tenant. Here are some ways to do just that: Read More

Designing a Landscape That Will Increase Your Property Value

When it comes to increasing property value, landscaping is one of the easiest ways to get the most bang for your buck.

The main advantage of landscaping is curb appeal. When it comes time to sell your home, curb appeal will help catch the attention of buyers. Everyone wants to buy a cute home with an established landscape. Few people are likely to see a drab home as a “diamond in the rough” worth investing in. Read More

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