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Household Items Can Be Hazardous

In Malaysia, fire is the cause for a number of prominent property damages. For fire cases that happen in residential properties, most of the time it could have been avoided, but carelessness and ignorance are what causes these kinds of fires to happen. So here are some things to keep in mind if you want to keep your precious home from burning up.

1) Cooking

The key cause of home fires and other associated accidents is cooking. Residential fires typically occur more often in the kitchen than in any other part of the house. Whenever possible, replace the electric one for your gas stove such as a fire-free induction cooker.

 

2) Flammable Items

Lights in your house can produce a lot of heat, that is why keep close proximity with household items like curtains or pillows can lead to a flame bursting out all of a sudden. This can also happen to all your other heat-producing equipment like the appliances in the kitchen. Also, keep all your alcohol away from hot light sources and make sure they are kept dry, cool and out of reach of children.

 

 3) Carpets

Carpets are great additions to your home décor. However, they are highly flammable thanks to the materials they are made from. The synthetic ones usually release toxic fumes when burned and can lead to suffocation, blindness and even death should you inhale any of it. So, just leave your floor bare or use patterned tiles if you still want the floor to look great without the carpet.

 

4) Your plugs

No one likes messy cables and wires around in the house, however, tucking them under the rug or behind tight spaces is not the way to solve that unsightly spectacle. In fact, by doing so, you are only making it easier for your electrical plugs to catch on fire. You can organize your cables and wires by binding them with a clip or cord bundler or a cord organizer box. And occasional check if the cables, plugs and sockets are defective or not.

 

5) Look out for junk on the roof

The waste which obstructs the gutter of the roof is often made up of dried leaves. During hot weather, they make excellent fire starter and keeps flames going. To ensure protection, make sure that the gutter is regularly washed and, where possible, the roofing material is not made from flammable stuff.

 

Source: Star Property

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Adapt To The New Norm Or Be Left Behind – The Office Dilemma

It is without a doubt the Covid-19 pandemic has affected many sectors of business. And in no way is any sector going to be the same again, especially the office sub-sector. Over the years, the marketplace has seen an oversupply of office sub-sectors and ever since the coronavirus came along, the situation worsened.

“Physical offices everywhere had experienced a negative impact and since many companies occupying office spaces were classified as non-essential especially during the initial movement control order (MCO, many offices shut down as a result of employees working from home (WFH)”, said CBD corporate services head, Victor Lim.

Due to the time employees spent working from home, employers discovered that they can downsize their offices to reduce costs as their employees can still function effectively from home and led to the clear drop in demand for offices.

Studies have also shown that businesses are implementing new ways of creating working environment that promotes collaboration, cross-learning and future-proofing of their work. Some employers are looking for smaller offices which provide better sanitation. Others are searching for larger facilities to ensure their workers are at least one metre apart. Conservative development expressed in the pandemic emphasises firmed resilience, through agile organisational models, to reinvent themselves.

The new regulation also provided the health and wellness industry with new opportunities, which are booming, as people are more aware of health today. Companies are beginning to adapt to this modern working climate, with an emphasis on versatility, morale and health. As Malaysia continues its efforts to recover, businesses must realise that new realities are emerging for businesses.

By 2021, 60% of Global 2000 businesses expect that they will have implemented a versatile and intelligent future working space model of interactive virtual-physical work environments.

 

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The Covid-19 pandemic has changed the property market forever, and the office sub-sector is among the most affected. While there are glimmers of hope for residential and industrial properties, the office sub-sector has over the years already been experiencing an oversupply.

Naturally, this scenario was worsened by the coronavirus that has dampened the economy further, hence further impacting negatively on offices, said CBD corporate services head Victor Lim. 

“Since many businesses occupying office space were classified as non-essential especially during the initial movement control order (MCO) which saw many offices shut down as employees worked from home (WFH),” he said.

Even as the government is rushing to revitalise the economy, it is clear that the demand for offices has dropped as many employers have inadvertently discovered the advantages of WFH.

“What employers discovered is that they can trim down the size of their offices to reduce cost as employees can still function effectively out of the office,” he said.

 

Changes have to be made

However, a new ecosystem has to come to the fore. For offices, an enormous change has to be made due to new norms. With Malaysia in its recovery MCO phase, more companies are evaluating their workspace commitment, Lim said. 

Studies also show that companies are embracing new ways to create work environments that facilitate collaboration, cross-learning opportunities, and future-proof their operations, he said. 

The International Data Corporation (IDC) reported that 93% of global enterprises had recognised the need to adapt their workspaces to align with the younger generation’s expectations. 

It predicted that by 2021, 60% of Global 2000 companies would have adopted a future-workspace model that is flexible and intelligent with a collaborative virtual-physical work environment.

 

Smaller or bigger?

On the one hand, some employers might be looking for smaller offices that provide better sanitising aspects to cater to their workforce working on a rotation basis to adhere to the physical distancing standard operating procedure (SOP). Others will seek out bigger premises to ensure that their employees are spaced out at least one metre apart. 

Office designs will also change like individual cubicles or transparent barriers to separate workers. Better air circulation and purification system within the office will also be good drawing points for office owners. The point is to cater to the tenant’s needs.

The current climate has also shown the importance for businesses to be prepared with scalable and flexible space solutions to address their operational and regulatory needs promptly.

With conservative growth reflected amidst the pandemic, there is a greater emphasis on companies to reinvent themselves to be more resilient by adopting agile operational models. 

 

New opportunities

Lim pointed out that the new norm also created opportunities for the health and wellness industry, which is booming given that people are more health-conscious nowadays.

From his experience, he said clients seek a conducive environment as a Launchpad for their businesses, so property owners need to adapt to the changes of the new normal.

“There is also a whole spectrum of tenancy negotiations that have to be taken into consideration like longer rent-free periods and greater flexibility in tenancy exit clause,” he said.

Lim noted that it is apparent that companies are starting to adapt to this new normal of workspace with a focus on flexibility, trust, and wellbeing. 

As Malaysia continues to work towards recovery, companies need to acknowledge that there are new realities for enterprises which have taken shape in the new normal, he said.

 

Source: Star Property

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Make Your Home Safe For Your Pets.

Having a cat or dog as a pet can give out a blissful feeling that can make all your woes go away as they are unconditionally loving companions. Although they may bring you joy, they can also bring your home a lot of unexpected mess. So here are some tips for you if you want a furkid in your home.

 

1) Roomba to ‘Poopba’

The Roomba is known to be a very efficient automated cleaning robot. However, if you have a pet dog that is not trained to pee or poop in ‘their toilet’, then you are going to be in for a surprise when you get home because there have been cases whereby their fancy Roomba robot has spread dog poop all over the place as Roombas aren’t able to distinguish between dirt and poop yet. So, please make sure your cute little canine friend is toilet trained or you can forget about getting a Roomba to do the cleaning.

 

2) Carpets Hinder Hygiene

It is a known fact that cats and dogs shed hair and fur every now and then. Having a carpet on the floor will catch all the hair or fur they shed and make the cleaning process quite difficult later on. And dogs salivate all the time. So all their saliva will be absorbed into the carpet and your carpet will turn into a breeding ground for bacteria. With all that said, it is recommended that you do not use carpets as flooring decoration in your home if you can help it.

 

3) They Have Their Spot

All animals share the same habit of sleeping in the same spot in the house. It could be the corner of the living room, the sofa or even your side of the bed. But keep in mind that every time they shed their fur or hair, it is a hygienic concern. If the spot they sleep in happens to be your side of the bed or sofa, it is recommended that you put a towel over that spot once you get up. This is to minimize cleaning effort once your furkid has left that spot. If you still feel that there’s a lot of furs everywhere, you can consider changing your fabric sofa to a leather one as it is easy to clean and much less likely to absorb body odour, and it’s scratch resistant.

 

4) Invest In A Good Nail Clipper

Dogs are known for being energetic creatures and are always running around the house. This can sometimes lead to damaged leather sofas, damaged curtains, damaged wooden floors and marks everywhere. Cats on the other hand are notorious for having sharp nails that ruin curtains, fabric and leather sofas and just about anything they can scratch with their sharp claws. That is why it is important to keep a pair of good nail clippers around so you can minimize the damages around the house. For dogs, it is advised to clip their nails once every two weeks, according to experts.

 

Source: Star Property

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Before You Renovate Your Home, Consider These Facts.

So, you’ve bought a new property. And you’re not sure if you want to live in it or to rent it out yet. But one thing’s for sure, you are adamant on renovating and decorating it the moment you get the keys from the agent. But before you do that, you might want to calm down and think hard about it as it can be a financial problem. And with financial problems come mentally draining issues too.

Everyone wants to buy a home at some point in their lives. But buying a home will also give the buyer one heck of a financial strain if more money has to be forked out after purchasing the property. So, renovating a home can be another huge stress-inducing project that you may have to go through if you are reading this.

Think about it, all the money you’d have to fork out, decisions you’d have to make and all the contractors you’d have to deal with again. Yet, at the same time, some buyers just want to get things over with the renovation as quickly as they can because they don’t wish to live in a construction zone and pay for the mortgage, concurrently.

But if you do plan to renovate your home regardless, it should be planned for the long term. Consider where you will live while your dream home is underway. And while the house is under construction, it is recommended that you take that time to relax and unwind a bit to gather yourself, because it will take a while before the renovation is complete.

Also consider that even if you have an ideal vision of how you want your dream home to look like, you may change your mind after a while. One will never truly know how their home will turn out unless he or she has lived there for a considerable amount of time. For example, you might have that nice desk set up in your room for all your computing needs but after actually sitting there you realize the sunlight glazing at your computer screen makes looking at your computer screen difficult.

In the end, it is the day-to-day experience of living in that house that will tell you all you need to know about your home and on how to improve the overall practicality of things. So, don’t fret if things don’t turn out as you have envisioned. You can always re-renovate your home later on.

When you’ve got a good vision of what you want, the planning stage will start. Everyone has an ideal vision of what their dream home will be, but it’s high time we came face to face with reality. It is also important to have a budget to ensure that you do not travel outside the maximum allocated funds and create financial difficulties.

The renovation should be performed carefully regardless of how massive or small. Consulting with architects, designers and entrepreneurs is a time-consuming process to learn about your concepts and choices. Listen to them because they will make alternative solutions or find ways to achieve the objectives.

In the end, it is wise to never rush into a renovation project no matter how excited or motivated you are. As we’ve mentioned earlier, renovations are long-term projects and these are not the kind of projects that you want to do on a whim. It requires lots of planning, consultations and money. Please think about it thoroughly to have no regrets whatsoever.

 

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Congratulations on that new home. It could either be your first one or perhaps one in your portfolio of properties. It is usual for homebuyers to be passionate about renovating and decorating their homes the moment they get the keys. This could relate to expanding, remodelling or another form of improvement projects.

But hold your horses, as rushing towards an endeavour can be a problem, both financially and mentally. Homebuyers who renovate on the whims of their emotion often regret their decision. Reversing the process or re-renovating is not cheap either.

 

Stop, breathe, think

Buying a home is bound to have an enormous impact on your life, if not your financial status. A home renovation, depending on its scale, can be yet another big and stressful project, what with all the decisions to make and contractors to deal with.

Understandably, some buyers want to jump into the renovation quickly as they do not want to live in a construction zone or pay rent and a mortgage at the same time.

While this may make some economic sense upfront, the renovation you perform to your home should be planned for the long term. Take a well-deserved break to gather yourself before heading over to step two.

 

Stay awhile and listen

Everyone has an ideal vision of how they want their home to look like. However, your dream home of today may not be the dream home you envision tomorrow. You may want a private library at the corner of the house, only to discover later that the particular spot is exposed to direct sunlight.

Until you have lived there, it is difficult to know exactly how you will use your home. Perhaps, you may want to stay there for a period of six months to one year before committing to a plan.

Let the home speak to you. Ultimately, it is the day-to-day experience that will inform your home improvement decisions, instead of those early notions which are buoyed by emotions.

Once you have a clear picture of what you want, then the planning phase can begin. Everyone has a dream home, but it is time for us to be rooted in reality. Hence, a budget is necessary to ensure that you do not overstep your boundaries and cause financial difficulties.

Renovation, no matter how large or small, should be taken with care. That means speaking to architects, designers and contractors to get their take on your ideas and options, which is a time-consuming process. Listen to them as they may suggest cheaper recommendations or uncover opportunities to realise your goals.

The parting note is never to rush into a renovation project. Long term renovations are not something we want to do on a flash basis, as it requires meticulous planning and prior thought to avoid regrets later.

 

Source: Star Property

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Your House Defects May Be Playing Hide-And-Seek With You, Homeowner.

Owning a house of your own is an achievement. Especially if this is your first home. You try your best to inspect your home to make sure it is in tiptop condition. However, defects can sometimes be very elusive to the naked eye. You may not notice them until much later. So, here is a rundown of a couple of defects your new house may have.

 

1) Your roof

If you live in a landed property, it’s probably a good idea to check your roof more often than not. During the liability period when you have to perform a spot-check around your new home, it is quite hard to inspect your roof. But even if you manage to get all the way up there after somehow acquiring a ladder, you wouldn’t know if your roof will leak or not until it actually starts raining. Plus, if you don’t see a noticeable gap or hole up there, it won’t qualify as a hidden defect. So, it is best to inspect your roof during or after a rainy day to see if there are any problems.

 

2) Your water tap

You enter your new home and walk around looking at all the taps the plumber had just installed. You just test out one or two of them and you tell yourself it’s all good. So, you tell your plumber he did a good job and send him home early. Then, sometime later that same day you notice that some of the other taps aren’t functioning the same way. It is a common mistake most people make. Water should flow out of the tap seamlessly after turning the handle with slight force. If you suspect that the water pressure is abnormal or if your tap handle has to turn more than it should for water to start flowing out, call your plumber to come back and fix the issue. Do check all the taps in your new home in the same way.

 

3) Your ceiling

Just like your roof, the ceiling will pose a challenge for you as it is high. Usually, defects on ceilings are hard to spot depending on how high up the ceiling is. Defects like hairline cracks, deformities at the corners and inconsistent surfaces are hard to notice without climbing up there with a ladder. So, it is best to keep a ladder in the house so that you can use it to check for any defects on the ceiling.

  

4) Your window seals

The window seal is one of the more overlooked defects in a new house. Like the roof, you won’t know if the window is properly sealed or not until it rains heavily or when a strong gust of wind comes blowing against it. Or if you are on a tight schedule, you can do a test on your own by closing your windows tightly and splashing water on it if you don’t want to wait for ‘Malaysian weather’ to do its thing. Once you splash water on the windows, simply wait for water puddles at the seams to form. If it forms, there are defects for sure.

 

5) Your electric sockets

Plug points & switches can seem neat and clean and workable, but once you test them out individually you never know if they produce electricity. Yet again, the overall condition of your home circuit remains in doubt, as it can lead to problems that are only noticeable much later. For example, a defective electrical circuit can produce regular power surges or current fluctuations which is bad news for you as a homeowner.

 

6) Your doors

You should inspect all doorways, whether they be the toilet, bedroom or even the cupboards, in the same way as electrical doors, if the house you paid for comes fully furnished. Some doors do not close, since the dimensions of the frame are incompatible and some rotate around defective hinges that are broken after inspection. Do talk to your contractors about this as a house without a sturdy door is like an invitation for robbers and the likes.

 

7) Your saturated walls

The soft dark patches that decorate the walls or the ceilings may seem harmless, but it may indicate that water is leaking into your house. The defective joints between windows and walls are a common cause of infiltration of moisture. In addition, the outside floor level could be higher than the inner floor of your house, allowing water from the soil to drain within. These new nascent spots, along with the growth of mould and the peeling paint, will spread over time. Then what comes next is the stale odour in the home which comes hand in hand with the fungus.

 

Source: Star Property

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Not Sure If Short-Term Rental Or Long-Term Lease Will Make You Money?

The time for buying houses now is better than ever with waivers for stamp duty and a guaranteed 10 % discount on residential properties under the Home Ownership Program. It is smart to rent it out to gain some revenues while waiting for the value you would enjoy.

According to CEO of Homestay brand Victoria Home (VH) Premier Group, Yong Yik Cai, the final returns for both rental options are not far off after taking into account running costs, currently. He also emphasised that STR is an effective option for property investors in the over-fuelled real estate market instead of focusing on leasing income. Average STR yields are likely 10%-20% higher than LTR yields. Depending on the place and amenities, some houses can get higher rates.

A good place is still the number one concern for many. Preferably, places close to local attractions and public transport. VH’s Yong added that recreational facilities attract visitors and the STR customers enjoy leisure facilities such as swimming pool, fitness centre, barbecues pits and more.

In the eye of the law, it is lawful to operate STR in Malaysia in most circumstances. The owners of the property may seek clarification of management rules from the Joint Management Board of the building (JMB). The Malaysian Productivity Council (MPC), with the approval of the Malaysian Tourism Board, held a public consultation on October 9th 2019.

“When applying for a bank loan, the MPC has submitted a set of guidelines on short-term residential facilities covering issues such as licence, safety and protection, maximum occupancy, noiseless inspection and taxation. Airbnb earnings can also be recognised as income, depending on the situation”, said Yong.

In 2019, Airbnb’s users invested more than 4.4 billion ringgit in Malaysia, which produced over 50,000 local employees with a contribution of 3.98 billion ringgit to the gross domestic product. Nearly 40% of local Malaysian hosts had Airbnb hosting, and over 25% said it helped prevent eviction in the same year.

 

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With the exemptions on stamp duty and minimum 10% discounts for residential properties under the Home Ownership Campaign, now is a better time than ever to purchase a house.

But for those planning to purchase a house for investment purposes, there is a dilemma. While waiting for the value to appreciate, it would be wise to rent it out to earn some returns.

Long-term rental (LTR) can get messy in terms of collecting the rent every month. So, is short-term rental (STR), such as via Airbnb, a better option?

Yong Yik Cai, CEO of VH Premier Group that owns homestay brand Victoria Home, told Property Advisor that comparing STR and LTR is like comparing apples and oranges, especially if the properties are in varying states of repair.

Another common mistake is to compare gross revenue from STR to normal rental.

In fact, after factoring in operating costs (for example, housekeeping, laundry, cost of utilities and labour cost), the final returns will not be too far off for both rental options for properties that are in a similar condition.

“Instead of concentrating on rental returns, we wish to highlight that STR is a strong alternative to property investors in this oversupplied property market.

“First, LTR relies primarily on the working adults and student markets. STR (and mid-term rental [MTR]) taps local and foreign tourists as well as business travellers.

“Generally, STR offers more flexibility to property owners. With LTR, owners tend to spend more time securing a replacement tenant. Meanwhile, with STR and MTR, the turnover of guests/tenants is faster, hence, the returns are better overall,” said Yong.

He said the average returns from STR are potentially 10% to 20% higher than LTR returns. Some buildings can fetch even higher rates depending on locality and facilities.

An Airbnb owner, Lam, said his income from Airbnb depends on the season. “To a certain extent, STR can provide better profit, provided you get enough guests.

“For example, during peak season, rooms are fully booked and I can earn RM2,000 to RM3,000, which is quite promising since I provide only four rooms in my homestay. But during off-peak season, I sometimes record zero guests for a couple of weeks.”

An Airbnb spokesman told Property Advisor that last year alone, Airbnb guests spent more than RM4.4 billion in Malaysia, which contributed as much as RM3.98 billion to gross domestic product and supported over 50,000 local jobs.

“We know many Malaysian families depend on Airbnb to earn extra income and grow their small businesses.

“In 2019, close to 40% of local Malaysian hosts said hosting on Airbnb helped them remain in their homes and more than 25% said it helped them avoid eviction or foreclosure.”

 

Is it legal?

Under most circumstances, it is legal to operate STR in Malaysia. However, property owners are advised to seek confirmation from the building’s joint management body (JMB) on the management’s rules before they decide to operate STR in an apartment or condominium, whether on their own or through a property management company (STR operator).

“Based on our management experience, a substantial number of building managements in Malaysia allow STR in the building.

“In fact, many JMBs are friendly and cooperative towards accommodating STR operators’ requests in terms of unit and guest management,” said Yong.

“A public consultation was held on Oct 9 last year by the Malaysian Productivity Council (MPC) under the authorisation of the Malaysian Tourism Board.

“MPC presented a set of guidelines on short-term residential accommodations covering such issues as licensing, safety, maximum occupancy, nuisance control and taxes. The legalisation process is underway in Malaysia and we are expecting clearer frameworks and rules in the near future,” said Yong.

As it is, earnings from Airbnb can already be recognised as income when applying for a bank loan, depending on the circumstances.

“If your property is operated by a property management company/STR operator, the monthly statement provided by the operator can serve as proof of income in applying for a bank loan. If property owners operate the STR themselves, they can treat it as an income for loan purposes too.

“However, proof of income might be complicated by the number of transactions shown in their accounts, which are usually unconsolidated, depending on the number of units they manage and the scale of management. Very often, the income amount shown is gross revenue (including all operating costs); hence it might not reflect the accurate income that the owners would have received,” said Yong.

 

Choosing a good property for STR

Lam suggested several points to consider when investing in a house for STR purposes.

“A good location (preferably near local attractions and public transport) is still the number one concern. Other than that, the operator must always be there to communicate with the guests though it is not necessary to stay there.

“The operator also needs to maintain cleanliness and hygiene, which cannot be compromised on. And selecting a special theme for the homestay will leave a lasting impression on guests.”

VH’s Yong added that building facilities play a role in attracting guests. “STR guests value good facilities such as an infinity pool, a gym with good equipment, barbecue facilities and so on.”

 

Source: Free Malaysia Today

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Hey There, Got a Spare Room To Spice Up?

If a spare room is not purposeful, it becomes more of a curse than a blessing. The spare rooms are often turned into storerooms. Here are a couple of ways for you to breathe new life into these cluttered spaces.

 

Office

An office room is a helpful addition, in particular in the new normal. Many workers still work from home because of Covid-19. This allows you to complete your work with minimal distractions, even while working from home.

 

Mini Library

A mini-library is every bookworms’ dream. Imagine having your own personal silent haven with installed floor-to-ceiling cabinets, a comfortable chair and ample space to relax and enjoy your favourite book in one hand with a coffee cup in the other.

 

Mini Theatre

With this, you’ll find yourself ready for movie night every night with a huge flat-screen TV or projector, sound system and a luxury sofa for that extra shot of comfort in trendy recliners or beanbags.

 

Walk-In Closet

What better way to store all the clothes you’ve bought over the weekends than to put them in a fancy walk-in-closet with built-in cupboards to organize your clothes, a vanity mirror and racks for shoes.

 

Games Room or Arts and Crafts Room

Maybe consider turning that storeroom into a dedicated games room. It helps you to indulge your inner child, and you can have friends come over for fun nights too. Or you can turn your spare room into an art studio if you are a creative individual, and have painting sessions with your artsy friends every once in a while.

 

Mini Gym

If you’re a fitness junky then maybe you can consider turning that room into a mini gym just for yourself. Not only will you save money from paying for a gym membership, in the long run, you won’t have to worry about contracting any Covid-19 from the equipment as you’re the only one using them.

 

Source: Star Property

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Manage Yourself And Your Home As A Responsible Homeowner

As cases of Covid-19 cases in Malaysia are still on and off, here are a few ways you can keep your home free of the virus.

Disinfecting and cleaning contact surfaces is necessary if the risk of infection is to be reduced. Starting with non-electronic products such as doorknobs, laptops, seats, sinks, keyboards, and handsets, regularly clean the surfaces with soap and water. Then use an approximately 70% alcohol disinfectant. Distilled household bleach is acceptable if disinfectants or wipes are hard to find.

In recent cases, there were numerous Covid-19 transmission events related to closed spaces. Proper ventilation in confined indoor spaces allows fresh air in and removes stale air from enclosed spaces. Sunlight can help the human body produce vitamin D as well as kill viruses and bacteria

Many of us in our rooms are responsible for heaping dirty laundry. Do not do so, because you may be able to contact someone who, during your day, is an asymptomatic carrier of Covid-19. Please wash your clothing as soon as you return home to decrease the risk of infection. Regularly clean towels, bedding and clothes. Use the warmest water conditions and dry in the highest position when using a washing machine. This guarantees the removal of microbes.

Moreover, if you visit the gym regularly, throw your clothes into the washer immediately after you return and avoid sitting around till after you’ve showered. If possible, try to minimize the time you spend at the gym. Make sure you sanitize the equipment before and after usage. Bring along your own towel and water bottle.

The online shopping has become more prevalent with the current pandemic. It is best to sanitize the packages before they are taken home. If you order food online, choose cashless payment or ask to deposit the food at your door. If you must face the delivery man, wear a mask. Remember to throw out the plastic containers and sacks, too after use.

 

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Even as Malaysia slowly shifts back into gear in the age of the new norm, we have to be vigilant and take the necessary precautions to ensure a new spike Covid-19 cases doesn’t happen. Since we spend most of our time at home, we need to make sure it is virus-free. Here are a few ways you can keep it free of Covid-19.

 

Disinfecting homes
Disinfecting and cleaning high-contact surfaces are essential when it comes to lowering the risk of infection. High contact surfaces are basically anything you touch and frequently use such as doorknobs, tables, chairs, handrails, sinks, keyboards and gadgets like handphones.

Clean these surfaces regularly. Start with soap and water for the non-electronic items. Then use a disinfectant with approximately 70% alcohol. If it is difficult to find disinfectants or wipes, you can use diluted household bleach. Be sure to take precautions and follow the instructions.

 

Natural lighting and ventilation
Poor ventilation in confined indoor spaces is associated with increased transmission of respiratory infections. And in recent cases, there were numerous Covid-19 transmission events related to closed spaces.

Proper ventilation allows fresh air in and removes stale air from enclosed spaces, which should help lower the risk of infection. Hence, it is wise to ensure that the confined spaces in your home have good ventilation.

Wipe down windows to allow natural lighting through. Sunlight can help the human body produce vitamin D as well as kill viruses and bacteria. A clean environment will also promote good health.

 

Laundry
Wash towels, bedsheets, and clothes regularly. When using a washing machine, use the warmest water setting and dry on the highest setting. This ensures that microbes are eliminated.

Many of us are guilty of heaping dirty laundry in our rooms. Avoid doing this as you might have unknowingly come into contact with someone who is an asymptomatic carrier of Covid-19 while going about your day. Put your clothes for wash as soon as you get home to lower the risk of getting infected.

 

Home deliveries
When ordering food online, opt for the cashless payment or ask the delivery service to leave the food at your doorstep or a side table you have prepared. It reduces the risk of contact between one another. Wear a mask if you have to meet the deliverer.

The food should be taken out of the disposable containers and reheated. Discard the containers and plastic bags as well.

With the ongoing pandemic, shopping online has increased in frequency. When receiving parcels, it is best to sanitize them before bringing it into your home. This will ensure that the surfaces of the parcels are disinfected, thus lowering the risk of infection at home.

 

Working out
If you do happen to go to the gym, wash your clothes immediately after you return and avoid sitting around till after you’ve showered. Make sure you sanitize the equipment before and after usage. Bring along your own towel and water bottle.

If possible, try to minimize the time you spend at the gym as we still need to take proactive measures to stop the spread of Covid-19. Adhere to the standard of procedures recommended when using the gym.

 

Source: Star Property

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Is Your First House Really The Only Home You’ll Ever Need?

You have fulfilled the Asian cultural need of having your own roof. However, you may want to upgrade to a bigger place one day when you reach another milestone in life. Here are some of the signs that it is time for an upgrade from your first home.

If you plan to have children in the future, you need to consider more bedrooms. Also, think about when your adorable children grow up. Placing your daughter and son in the same room is no longer an option. One bedroom per family member and a spare room for visiting relatives and guests who need to stay the night is ideal.

Next, you will notice how things can start to pile up around the house. Decluttering your home will support you for a while, but you will quickly learn it isn’t enough. Your great parental capacity bears witness as your children grow up and hoard more items. More space would be required to store all those stuff.

Privacy can be hard to come by for you and your spouse. Your grown-up kids may now have knowledge about bedroom activities you are inclined to perform with your better half. A room further away from the master bedroom layered with thicker walls will be ideal to keep their curious ears at bay.

You and your spouse climb the ladder of the company and receive promotions and raises which increase the living standard and buying power of the family. By then, you will visualize how your new home will be like and you won’t stop until that vision materializes.

 

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Congratulations, you have reached the latest milestone in your life by owning a house. Your parents and grandparents are undoubtedly nodding their heads in approval as you have fulfilled the Asian cultural need of having your own roof.

But for most people, the first home is rarely the last. There will come a time when these individuals might want to upgrade to a bigger and better house. Here are some of the signs that it is time for an upgrade.

 

1/ So many babies, so little time
You are a young couple no more. The sound of babies crying and laughing fills your love nest, and that is a great thing. If you are planning to have more children in the future, then the number of bedrooms in your house needs to be reconsidered. Ideally, one bedroom should be apportioned for one family member. Then again, you also need to account for visiting relatives and guests who are staying for the night.

 

2/ Wait a minute. Babies grow?
The time has come to facilitate the transition of your little angels from infancy to adulthood. As your children grow older and become aware of their sexuality, it isn’t appropriate to place your daughter and son in the same room. In such a case, having separate rooms is important, but your current home does not permit that.

Education is important, and you wouldn’t want your children to learn in unreputable schools. Having a house nearby quality educational facilities reduces the transit time of transporting your kids to school and back. Your college-ready teenagers also need to attend college or university, and perhaps, you do not want to be apart from them because ohana means family, and nobody gets left behind.

 

3/ Space is a luxury you no longer have
The house feels cramped and crowded. You find yourself sitting down and thinking of new ways to arrange and rearrange your furniture. Decluttering your home helps for a while, but soon you realise that it is no longer enough. The items that you don’t need have mostly been removed, and now you consider taking out the things you need. Testimony to your great parenting skills, your children are growing bigger too. However, they will require more space as they gather the odds and ends that interest their particular age group.

 

4/ Privacy
Raising a family while juggling work is a tough business, and every couple needs a time out to work on their marriage. Sadly, your older children are now equipped with the knowledge about the “birds and bees” activities that you and your spouse may be inclined to perform. They need a room far away from the master bedroom, and ideally, several thick layers of walls to separate their eager ears from your nightly escapades.

 

5/ Improved purchasing power
You and your spouse are climbing the corporate ladder, getting promotions and increments that raise the family’s standard of living and purchasing power. Team Mom and Dad sit down at the table and realise that their combined income can now comfortably pay off the monthly loan instalment for a new house. You begin to visualise how a new home would look like, and day by day, the idea begins to grow until it crystallises.

 

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Hey Homeowner, Do You Have Space In Your Place?

Urban residents should learn one or two things about space conservation. Seek to perform one or two of these simple tricks if you notice your belongings pile up.

With a little creativity, you can convert an under-bed storage area into storage. Invest in some containers, best if they have sturdy handles for grasping.

People with hoarding issues often find it hard to get rid of their items. Place those items into a dedicated box and set it aside for a year. If the items in the box remain untouched for 365 days, it is safe to assume you don’t need them.

Good management involves the strategic arrangement of furniture and objects in a way that facilitates movement. Never bottleneck the entrance to the room by placing furniture at the side of the door. If you use a table as the core of a space, then choose a round table, not a square table.

And if all fails, then perhaps it is time to consider getting a place with more room.

 

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There comes a time when homeowners and tenants find their homes a little crowded. It could be the addition of a new family member or just the accumulation of stuff that you want but don’t need. Especially in smaller units where space is a valuable commodity,  savvy urban folk should know a thing or two about conserving space. If you find your possessions piling up, try executing one or two of these simple tricks:

 

Look under the bed

That place under the bed has always been associated with the production of dust kitty. But with a little creativity, you can convert that area into storage. Invest in some containers, best if they have sturdy handles for grasping.

Once your clothes or knick-knacks have been placed into it, you can easily retrieve or keep them with a simple push or pull motion. If you are afraid your items will be filled with dust, then keep a lid over them to preserve their pristine condition.

 

Declutter

Decluttering isn’t just the act of throwing stuff out of your house. It’s a mindset. People with hoarding issues often find it hard to get rid of their items. This could possibly be an attachment issue, or they simply couldn’t determine if they need or don’t need it.

To facilitate your decluttering effort, try out the one year rule. Place those items into a dedicated box and set it aside for a year. If the items in the box remain untouched for 365 days, then it is safe to assume that you don’t need them as much as you think you do. It is time to remove them from your life or space, whichever sounds better.

 

Good flow

Good management involves the strategic arrangement of furniture and objects in a way that facilitates movement. For example, never bottleneck the entrance to the room by placing furniture at the side of the door. If you are using a table as the central focal point of a room, then choose a round table instead of a squared one. Pointed edges are a potential hazard to the occupants and an obstacle to the flow of movement.

If space is still insufficient, perhaps it is time for you to make an upgrade.

 

Source: Star Property