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Fire is one of the biggest threats to home safety especially in the sunny season. It’s is up to every property owner, to ensure their home is properly guarded against any fires and well equipped in case the fire is to occur.

Jumia House takes you through simple everyday strategies to help you prevent any fire outbreaks.

Always turn off sockets: Most fire outbreaks are caused by minor mistakes such as forgetting to turn off a socket, leaving the cooker or flat iron on. These are appliances that we use so often that we forget how much harm it can cause if not handled with extra caution. It is always better to be safe than sorry so it shouldn’t hurt to double check whenever you are stepping out of the house, or going to bed, to ensure that everything is in place and out of harm’s way.

 

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Fire extinguishers : These are very essential in ensuring fire safety. Fire extinguishers are the first solution to prevent any harm in case of a breakout. It’s always wise to set up fire extinguishers in essential areas that may be most prone to fire breakouts for example the kitchen, bathrooms or places that have electrical appliances. Extinguishers are easy to use and helpful in preventing major damage in your home.

Insurance: Another helpful tip is to get your property and house insured against fire. Insurance may be costly on a monthly basis but will benefit you in the long run in case of any fire because, the insurance will help you retrieve any property you may have lost in the fire.

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Fire alarms and smoke detectors: Smoke detectors are helpful in detecting the smoke before the fire erupts so that it can be curbed before causing any major damage. These small gadgets are able to help in detecting the fire early enough so that other measures can be implemented so that safety is ensured before any major damages arise. It is important to install smoke detectors in homes that have children because they can usually create fires out of anything.

Have a fire escape plan: Members of the household should always be informed about what to do when a fire begins, they should be aware of where exactly the fire escape exit is and the easiest way they can access it in case of a fire outbreak. This fire escape should be simple to maneuver by both children, adults and the disabled.

Other precautions that can be taken to prevent fire include;

  • Restrain from overloading electrical circuits as this may lead to short circuits.
  • Do not run extension cables below carpets. These wear out easily and could cause a short circuit leading to a fire.
  • Place candles on candle stands or other metallic stands and not plastic or paper as these can easily cause a fire.

Finally always check ashtrays before emptying them into a trash can as they may contain some fire particle that could eventually erupt into an actual flame and lead to a fire outbreak.

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Every new year we make resolutions for the coming 12 months, one of which, for many people, includes buying a property. However many people these days are torn between whether to buy a single-family house or a condominium (condo). Your decision on whether to buy a house or a condo entirely depends on your lifestyle and your needs. Jumia House has a few tips to help you make this decision easier.

Q: What are the pros and cons of buying a condo?

A: Over the past few years, people have become more inclined to buy condos over houses, due to their need to live in urban areas. Developers prefer to build condos in the city as opposed to single-family houses, because ultimately it is a better return on investment. This means that new single-family houses are being constructed outside of the city.

The advantage that comes with condos is that they are located within reasonable distance to many shops, restaurants and other social services, thus making them a buyer’s favorite. Condos usually have amenities like swimming pools, gyms, and steam rooms, which make them appealing to buyers. The condo owners also share maintenance costs, making them more affordable in the long run.

One of the major cons of buying a condo is the fact that all condo owners in a particular building need to be involved in the decision making process, which can be very long and tedious. Condo owners also do not get a land title once they purchase the condo and all owners in the building share the land.

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Q: What are the pros and cons of buying a single-family house?

A: One of the key advantages of buying a single-family house is the ability to have total control over the property. By owning a house, you can make changes to the property and remodel according to your needs and lifestyle, without having to consult with anyone else. Single-family houses also allow extra indoor and outdoor space for children and pets.

Single-family houses also allow for more storage space than a condo. They also tend to offer more privacy because you are not living in such close proximity to your neighbors. Another major advantage of single-family houses here in Uganda is that their value appreciates much faster than condos because the value of the land on which the property sits is put into consideration.

Single-family houses also have a few disadvantages. The owner of the house is solely responsible for maintenance of the property and utility bills, which can be quite high, compared to a condo. Even though any improvements will likely increase the home’s resale value, they require an investment of time and money.

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The houses around yours are selling like hot cakes but yours is still on the market? What is it about your house that you just can’t seem to get a buyer? Many people have asked these question in frustration but there are some simple answers. This week we share with you reasons why your house may not be selling.

1. You’re working with the wrong agent

You may think otherwise, but don’t underestimate the power of an agent. As a home seller, you are most likely trying to save costs and get the best deal by hiring a discount or inexperienced agent. But as usual, you get what you pay for. It is important to get a seasoned agent who will be dedicated to sell your home for the right price.

2. Your house is overpriced

There’s nothing quite as humbling as coming to the realization that your priced possession is overpriced. Setting the correct asking price for your house can make or break the deal and determine how long your house sits on the market. Ensure that you have a reputable agent who is able to determine the correct value of your home.

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3. Your home needs some TLC

If you consider selling your house for a premium, it is advisable to make sure it also looks the part. Although it’s a bitter pill to swallow it is advisable to make the proper assessments and renovations to your house if you want to sell for the full asking price. Make sure your amenities and appliances are up to date and comparable to the other properties for sale in your set price range.

4. Bad first impression

As a seller, it is easy for you to overlook things in your house, but a buyer may not easily overlook these things. This doesn’t mean you need to spend millions of shillings on renovations, but make sure you take notice of curb appeal. Since this is the first thing your potential buyer sees, always make sure the front garden of your house is well groomed.

5. The pictures didn’t say a thousand words

Using listing sites such as Jumia House can hep a great deal in getting leads. But the selling point will come in the pictures. If your pictures don’t match what sellers are seeing in person, this may be a problem. More importantly, if the pictures potential buyers are seeing are not pleasing to the eye, there will be no incentive for them to even bother making an appointment for a showing.

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6. Unrealistic expectations

It’s easy to be overconfident in a seller’s market as there is a high demand and low supply in property. This can easily make you as a seller have unrealistic expectations that your property will sell no matter how high the listing price is. As previously stated, it is very important to have your property correctly valued and priced. When your asking price for your house is above the market value, you are potentially pricing your property out and missing out on potential buyers.

Guest Post: By Ogo

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Before building a home or commercial property there are some important things you need to take note of. Here they are:

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  1. Land title: Before you start building on land, make sure you have the land title. Failure to acquire a land title means you do not get any monetary compensation when you have to forfeit the land. Make sure before you buy land you research to ensure that the land is not part of a communal trust. In other cases, the land belongs to another, so make sure to cover all grounds before making a purchase.
  2. Financing: If you will be seeking a loan from a financial institution to begin construction works, note that they may require the following from you:
    1. A clear land title
    2. A valid life insurance
    3. A clear business and payment plan
    4. Good credit history
  3. Building permit: It is a legal requirement to have a building permit before you begin building. The consequence of putting up a structure without a permit range from monetary fines to the demolition of the property.
  4. Emergency precautions: Every home design, by law is to to have emergency exits in the event of fire or flood. Your builder is to include in the design, structural means to prevent fire.
  5. Completion: According to our research, builders by law are to certain timelines. The foundation and walls must be completed within two years from the date of getting the permit to build.

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Guest Post: Ohui Kwao

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Buying a house requires discipline, diligence and patience. One cannot generally tell how much a house will cost because prices of houses vary depending on factors such as  location, size, architectural design and others. Before asking yourself how much you need to buy a house, answer these questions:

In which location do you want to buy

Location is key to understand the price of a house. Houses that are located close to the city, main road or in neighborhoods that are considered prestigious can be costly houses. This is because of their convenience in terms of access to the city center, security and prestigious reputation. However, even though location contributes much to the price of a house, it does not entirely dictate it. Some houses in these areas can be more affordable than houses in neighborhoods that are considered less convenient.

What type of houses are you interested in

If you are looking to buy a semi-detached house in a gated community, you must be willing to pay for it. Houses are usually more expensive because these stand on a larger plot of land, are more spacious and require more resources to maintain. Apartments on the other hand are more affordable because they are smaller.

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How urgently do you want the house

When looking for a property to buy, it is important to be as patient as possible so as to get exactly what you would like. Rushing to buy properties without thinking through and seeing what else is available on the market can lead you to make impulsive purchases that you might end up regretting in the future. It is therefore important to start searching for properties early enough and to explore all kinds of property advertising such as brokers, online portals, and social media. This presents you with a variety of prices, house designs and locations to pick from and introduces you to new property agencies that may have better offers for you than your usual contacts.

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Other important aspects to consider when buying a house include your future aspirations for the house. For example, if you plan on renovating and redesigning the house in future, then it is wiser to spend less in the initial purchase because you will need to spend more later on works. Also, if you plan on turning the house into a commercial property later then it would be better to purchase a house which is in a lucrative location for business for example close to the central business district and closer to other commercial establishments

The amount of money you will need to buy a home also depends on your payment plan. If you plan on paying the entire amount at once, you will need a lot of money. However, if you purchase the house through a mortgage loan or any other partial payment agreement with the seller, you are able to dedicate a percentage of your income on a regular basis for your purchase.

 

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Most species of spiders are harmless, but that does not stop them from being unwelcome in our homes. If neglected, these little guys can build mansions in hidden areas around the house, which can go undetected for months. It gets worse if you have a baby in the house and have to resort to cleaning all the time. If that is the case or you simply want to get rid of them and keep them from your home, here are a few items around the house you can use.

  1. Garlic: Vampires are not the only ones who hate garlic. Spiders do too. It contains a natural sulfur compound called allicin which is very irritating to spiders. Put a clove of garlic whole or crushed into a spray bottle filled with water and spray around corners, under tables, dark areas and every other place where a spider might be.
  2. Citrus: Citrus is a great repellant, be it orange, grape, lime, or lemon especially lemon. You can rub lemon peels on door posts, windowsills or any surface where the spiders hang out. You can also use lemon juice and water as spider-repellent.
  3. Vinegar: Repelling spiders is one of the many uses of vinegar. Fill a spray bottle with vinegar and water and spray on areas where spiders are most likely to be.
  4. Peppermint oil: Though you may be fond of peppermint, the smell of mint drives spiders crazy. Simply put a few drops in a spray bottle of water and spray on areas where you know they gather.
  5. Tobacco: You may not be a smoker but it is worth knowing that the pungent smell of tobacco wards off your uninvited little guests. Boil some tobacco in water and when cool, spray around dark corners and places you suspect they may be hiding.

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Guest Post By: Nancy Ewurum (Jumia House Ghana)

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