News and Events The Top 6 Moving in Tips Moving into a new house can be both exciting and overwhelming. Exciting because you get to move into a new environment, and start anew. Plus, you get to design your new place with new furniture and home decors. But at the same time, overwhelming because there are just so many things to do in such a small amount of time. The trick here is to start ahead and stay organized so you can smoothly move and transition into your new home. Here are our top 6 moving in tips to avoid a move in day chaos. 1. Start Early It’s never nice to cram, we all know that, especially when you have a lot of things to organize. Unless you’re leaving in a hurry, chances are you still have about a month to plan and organize before the big day. First, make a master list of all the things you need to accomplish by day or by week and make sure that you stick by your schedule. 2. Choose the Right Mover If you’re moving to a farther place, it’s important that you get the right size of transportation that can fit all of your furniture as multiple trips might cause you problems and more money. If you can, you may also opt to ask some of your friends and family to help you with moving your stuff. That way you can save a little on transportation fee. Just make sure you feed them after a hard day’s work! 3. Protect your Valuables Make sure that your valuables are safe and protected. Place them in a vault that you can properly put a security lock or code on, and if need be, ensure items that of high value. If you are moving in gadgets like your computer, make sure you back up your files in case anything happens in transit. 4. Proper Turnover Utility Services Before the big moving day, make sure that the previous owner or your landlord has properly turned over all utility bills for gas, water, electricity, etc. You may also arrange your internet, cable, and phone services to be connected beforehand. 5. Pre-Cleaning your New Home If you can, try to visit your new home before you move in to so you can clean your bathroom and kitchen. Stock some bath towels, and toilet paper so after your long day, you can easily clean up as well. 6. Take Photos If you’re renting, you might want to take photos of your empty apartment before fixing up your furniture. This might come in handy in the future if you want to move out and get your deposit back. Now that you’re all settled in, you can now enjoy your new home. Looking to move into a new and cozier home? Check out www.imperialhomescorp.com for innovative homes. Some House Revonation Mistakes that You Should Avoid Renovating a house is not a piece of cake. There are a lot of things that you have to consider before doing so. Apart from setting a realistic timeline, you also have to take into account that you have an adequate budget for the renovation equipment, materials, and manpower. To help you out, here are the top three renovation mistakes that you should avoid doing: 1.) Buying low-quality materials As stated in the first paragraph, you have to allocate a budget for renovation. This is to make sure that you will be able to suffice the financial needs especially on buying the best quality materials for the renovation of your house. Buying low quality or too cheap raw material may cause further damage and accident, most specifically, if the material is too brittle or not sturdy. 2.) Skipping prep work A prep work is being done as a precautionary measure in order to protect the parts that will not be renovated while home improvement is being done in a specific area. For example, you have to take time on taping off some areas like sockets and putting newspapers on the floor before painting walls. Setting up a makeshift food area is also a must if you will be renovating the kitchen. Forgetting these simple prep works may cause more trouble as paint can drizzle on the unwanted areas and may damage some of your house’s parts. 3.) Taking inaccurate measurements It is a standard procedure that measurements should be well taken care of. Just imagine a newly renovated door that does not fit in the wall hole that is allotted for it or simply a kitchen cabinet that is not equal to the measurement of the area where it should be placed. Improving your house means that it’s for the better. Avoid making the problems worse by keeping in mind these three house renovation mistakes. *** Looking for a new house to move in? Check out our properties at Imperial Homes! Our energy-saving, eco-friendly, and affordable houses are definitely a must-have for new and small families! Check out our website now for more info or contact us at (02) 807-8405 or 0977-8549632! Featured Community: Our Properties in Cabanatuan Just a three-hour drive from Manila, Cabanatuan City is the largest urban center in Nueva Ecija. Strategically located along the Cagayan Valley Road in Central Luzon, the city has earned the title of “Gateway to the North”. The city is popular for its unique tourist destinations like Minalungao National Park and Camp Pangatian War Memorial Shrine. Families looking to move to Cabanatuan City are in luck. The trusted developer, Imperial Homes, has launched two affordable, yet sustainable, communities in the area – Marita Villas and Imperial Central Plains. Marita Villas is the first solar-powered community in Cabanatuan City. It offers single attached homes equipped with a 24-hours solar solution, which will allow homeowners to save on electricity bills. There are two types of homes in Marita Villas: Alena & Danaya. The ‘Alena’ is a two-bedroom, one toilet and bath home with a floor area of 30 square meters. The home is on a 92 square meter lot, with a price that starts at Php1.87M. The ‘Danaya’ on the other hand is a smaller, but not lesser, alternative. It is a one-bedroom, one toilet and bath home with a 28 square meter floor area on a 72 square meter lot. It is also slightly cheaper than the Alena, with a price starting at Php1.7M. Another community to explore in Cabanatuan City is Imperial Central Plains or ICP. ICP is the ideal community for anyone looking for spectacular views of Mt. Arayat. Located in Barangay Bakod Bayan, it is near various financial and education institutions, as well as commercial and transportation centers. Similar to Marita Villas, it also equipped with the same solar solution, and offers ‘Alena’ and ‘Danaya’ type homes on 70 square meter lots. Homes in this community start at Php1.48M. Both Marita Villas and Imperial Central Plains were developed by Imperial Homes as part of their commitment to providing low-cost and social housing in sustainable communities. For more information, contact Imperial Homes at +632 807 8405 or +63917 854 4932. What’s The Ideal Home for Millennials? Gone were the days of having a spacious bedroom as a sufficient factor for an individual’s home. People back then are satisfied to already have a spacious apartment and a small kitchen wherein they can cook their food. But nowadays, as millennials are rapidly climbing up the economic ladder, a need for a home is becoming a want as they are starting to build a sense of independence and ownership. Though there are many available and affordable apartments to choose from, today’s generation has a different idea for a home. Accessibility One of the primary factors for millennials in having their ideal home is the accessibility it can provide for them. It is often preferred by today’s generation that their home should be nearby communities, shopping centers, dining, and recreational centers. This trend is somehow the new normal for the Millennial demographic as most of them are very busy and focus on the work that they just want to buy food or products at their convenience. Long-term investment Though various apartments are all over many towns and cities, millennials still prefer to have a property of their own. Despite having a temporary tenure at their work or at their respective colleges, most millennials are eager to buy a condominium or a small house wherein they can have privacy on their own and having no responsibilities of paying monthly rent. Moreover, today’s generation has a long-term mindset wherein they are thinking of ways to take advantage of the things they own. As an investment, they are more concern on what their home can do for them on the long-run. Most of them make their own properties as an apartment or a rental house, and with the rise of the online marketplace and rental services such as Airbnb, millennials are free to renovate their own houses or condominium that can be suitable and enticing for a lot of people. Affordable and energy efficient home Of course, millennials are also ingenious when it comes to buying their homes. They want to have a home that is affordable but doesn’t compromise quality. Since they also have a mindset of using it as an extra income, they want to find a house that can provide them a greater return from a low-cost investment. They also prefer a house that caters energy efficient appliances as they are very frugal when it comes to their money but thorough enough to not sacrifice any quality. Finding an affordable, accessible, and long-term house can be very difficult in today’s society. But worry not because Imperial Homes is here to help you find your ideal home. As one of the country’s strong proponents of environment-friendly and affordable housing communities, we make the companies be a leader in convenient housing communities in the country. Our different housing communities are surely accessible from shopping and city centers. Our houses are equipped with solar panels that are guaranteed efficient in providing low-cost bills and low energy consumption. Let us provide you with the dream home that you have always wanted! For more info, you may visit our website at http://www.imperialhomescorp.com/ Can I Really Save Money by Investing in Solar Energy? Sustainable living doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, if it’s costing you money, you’re probably doing it wrong. Solar power is one form of sustainable living that has been gaining momentum all over the world in the last couple of years. With electricity prices going up year-on-year, and environmental issues more evident than ever, consumers have been looking for alternative forms of energy to cut costs and lessen their carbon footprint. There are a lot of misconceptions with regards to solar energy and how they can benefit consumers. One myth is that it is very expensive to install. While it can be costly to install a solar panel system, the price that you will be saving on your electricity bill will make up for the difference. The solar panel system should be treated as an investment and not as an expense. So how much can you really save with solar energy? It will depend on 3 factors – your location, your total energy consumption, and how many solar panels you have installed in your home. The Philippines is the perfect location to utilize solar energy. Since the country has a tropical climate, it receives a lot of exposure to the sun throughout the year. Before investing in solar energy, it is recommended that you take a look at your current electricity bill. The higher your bill, the more likely you are to benefit from switching to solar power. However, since energy consumptions change every month, the amount of savings also varies monthly. A solar energy system equipped with 1,000 watts is enough to power a home with one refrigerator, two electric fans, a television set, two chargers or laptops, three LED lights, a washing machine, and a rice cooker. If you plan to purchase additional appliances and electronics, you may also want to consider installing more solar panels in the future. Solar energy is ideal for families looking to contribute to have a cleaner and greener society, while also reducing their electricity expenses. Although it was thought to be an expensive alternative, costs for solar energy have drastically decreased in the last few years. Today, low-cost housing projects with solar energy exist. One such project that has gained numerous accolades is Via Verde, a community developed by Imperial Homes Corporation. Launched in 2015, Via Verde became the first mass housing community in the Philippines where every home unit has a solar solution with lithium battery installed in it, allowing homeowners to experience and enjoy lower electricity bill giving them the chance to enjoy a more comfortable life. Imperial Homes Corporation is committed to delivering affordable, yet innovative homes to all Filipinos. For more information, contact Imperial Homes Corporation at (02) 807-8405 or (0977) 854-9632. The Various Classifications of Houses When it comes to choosing the right home for you and your family, you will never run out of options, especially here at Imperial Homes. But of course, you have to think of what is suitable for your needs and what is right for your budget. That’s why it is very essential that you have the knowledge about all of the options that you may encounter upon looking for the ideal house property for your family. The different house property types come in different designs, sizes, capacity, nature, and of course, the cost. To give you further information about the different popular types of house properties, check out this list. Bungalow House It is a one-story house, cottage or cabin. This type of house is typically small in terms of square footage. Bungalows are designed to provide affordable and modern housing for those in the working class. This kind of house normally includes a dormer window and a veranda. Some people customize it by adding a mezzanine to have more spaces for bedrooms and/or study room. This is very easy to maintain and a good deal for those who have elderly or disabled family member as far as mobility is concerned. Single-detached Houses This kind of house is a stand-alone residential structure that does not share any of its outside walls with another house, building or unit. It is also called a separate house or a single-detached dwelling which is one of the most ideal houses for a big family. It has a lot of advantages but can be more expensive than the other types. It is quite distant from your neighbors so you can have more privacy, thus, a larger area for you to occupy and maintain, of course. A detached house generally has no property management fees, unlike townhouses and condominiums. Townhouse Townhouses are sometimes called as row houses. These can be built as a single or multi-storied structured. This type of house is located in a neighborhood development connected to adjacent houses by a common wall. This kind of house is ideal for those who want a low-maintenance yet affordable housing. Normally, it includes a small yard right in front of its door. Studio Type Apartment A studio type apartment is a single large room that has a kitchen and a bathroom. It is basically a self-contained unit and houses everything in the single room space except for the bathroom. This kind of house is normally a large room with different areas dedicated to various uses. One corner of the room can be designated as the living area; one corner is the kitchen while the rest is for the bedroom or dining area. Also, you can use partial walls or dividers to separate these different areas. Condominium Unit A condominium or condo unit is a single, individually-owned housing unit in a multi-unit building. The owner has the sole title to the purchased unit but does not own the common properties like the land where the building is located as well as the elevators, halls, and roof. The unit owner pays property taxes only for his or her unit and is also entitled to pay for the mortgage, rent, or sell it just like any other personal property. It is normally smaller than any other house properties but can provide the maximum space needed by small families. Furthermore, upon looking for a house property, regardless of what type it is, you should always look after the quality and affordability. Think of all the factors that you should consider first before buying a house, especially when it concerns the safety, security, benefits, and its unique selling points. Choose the type of property that will offer great comfort and convenience to you and your family without compromising anything. Imperial Homes offer a wide array of house types that are all strategically located on the nearest provinces in the Metro. Aside from our solar-powered houses, we also aim to provide our clients with the most environment-friendly and peaceful community. 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