Tips and Advice

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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.

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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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A lease is an agreement between an owner of a property and a tenant. The idea of leasing is appealing and advantageous to many property-hunters because it does not require a massive upfront payment. In a leasing contract, a tenant is given the authority to operate their business on the property while compensating the owner a fee over a long period of time. Lease types vary and these include full service leases, gross and net leases depending on the needs of the client. Jumia House shares some of the ways property owners can lease their property;

Make use of real estate agents

One of the key ways to get your property leased is by getting a real estate agent to market your property for you. Agents are usually well connected and have knowledge about the market including the most suitable tenants for your type of property. They are able to guide you on how to market your property, the legal implications, contract information and so on. You may not have knowledge about the details of leasing out your property and that is where middlemen come in.

Online advertising

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Online advertising is quickly gaining popularity and is one of the most efficient means of advertising real estate. Clients overtime are becoming less willing to move long distances to visit properties and usually search for them online. Online advertising does not limit you to only offline clients but it also increases your visibility online. As a property owner, you should be willing to advertise your property on Internet portals to expand your market. When listing your property online, always ensure that the information is backed up by photographs with correct lighting so that interested clients know exactly what the property looks like when they contact you.

Set a target market

Concentrate on a particular market to lease your property. This way, you are able to identify marketing strategies that are appealing to that particular niche. You can seek advice from a real estate expert about what the most suitable target for your property is and entice them to rent your property.

Make your property attractive

Ensure that your property fits the standard of people you are trying to appeal to. For example, make sure it is painted well, the lawn is well mowed and maintained, the interior is attractive enough and all details are well considered.

Use signposts on the property

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Another method you may incorporate to get your property leased is by putting a large, visible sign post at the entrance of the property. This will let everyone know that your property is available.

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A nice smelling home is just the cherry on top of a beautifully designed home. That’s why the simple aspect of a nice smelling home should never be overlooked. The way your home looks says a lot about you, but even more is the way your home smells. Always leave a lasting impression on your guests by using these 5 simple tricks to get your home to always smell amazing.

Cook Vanilla Extract

This is a great and inexpensive way of getting your home smelling delicious. Put  1 or 2 table spoons of vanilla extract in an oven safe bowl in the oven for a few minutes. In no time your house will smell heavenly for little or no cost. Keep doing this twice a week and your home will eventually smell like this permanently.

House Oils

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You can also invest in house oils. These usually come in different flavors and usually last from 2 to 4 months leaving an amazing scent even when done. These ails are more expensive than the usual house scents and this is because they last longer and are safer to use.

Stove Top Scents

Another quick way to get the whole house smelling lush also comes from the kitchen. Mix a homemade potpourri on the stove and the sweet smell will travel to the rest of your home in no time. 

Fabric Softener 

Did you know your fabric softener is pretty much a super hero? All you need is a diluted drop of your favourite fabric softener on a clean cloth, and use it to wipe on your AC vents or furniture. This way, once the AC is turned on the scent of your fabric softener will fill the air and also when the furniture drys it will smell like fabric softener. Alternatively, you could also mix a tiny amount of fabric softener in a spritz bottle with water and use it as a homemade air freshener.

Scented Candles

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Scented candles are cool and all but we like to do things a little different around here. Want to take scented candles up a notch? Here’s how. Place vanilla scented candles in a bowl of coffee beans. The heat from the candles will activate the coffee beans and your home will begin to smell like a french vanilla coffee haven.

Make an essential oil room spray

Essential oils are another great way to get your home smelling amazing. Find your favourite scent and decant it into a spritz bottle which you can use as an air freshener for your convenience.

 

Do you have any interesting tips for getting your home smelling amazing? Let us know!

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