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A nice smelling home is just the cherry on top of a beautifully designed home. That’s why this simple aspect 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 simples tricks to get your home smelling amazing.

Cook vanilla extract in your oven 

This is a great and inexpensive way of getting your home smelling delicious. put about 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 to you too!

Stove top room 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 isn’t just for fabric

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. This way, once the AC is turned on the scent of your fabric softener will fill the air. 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.

Amp up the scented candles

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!

real estate

As a homeowner, you may decide to cash in on your real estate investment for one reason or the other.

Whatever your reasons may be, you will need to market your home in order to maximize the return on your investment. Here are a few factors you need to bear in mind to effectively market your real estate property and gain the most.

Your ideal buyer

To market your real estate property, the first thing you need to do is determine who your target market is. Is your home more suited to be bought by newlyweds who are looking to build a nest or will it be better to rent it out to a young professional who is finding their feet? Would anyone find your home attractive or would it be more appealing to a niche market? These simple questions once answered will help you define your ideal buyer after which you will be better positioned to determine the best way to reach them.

Your Advertisement

Getting the word out about your home sale can be a daunting task. To do this successfully, you would have to identify the primary ways your ideal buyer searches for and receives information. In this era where most people are attached to their mobile phones, the quickest way to share a home-listing is online using social media like Facebook or LinkedIn and classified websites like Jumia House.

You can do this by uploading pictures of your real estate property and detailing its features and selling points. Be sure to not only focus on the home but to also include information about the neighborhood and amenities available.

Most home buyers or renters are just as interested in the location as they are in the structure.

Along with social media, feel free to do some word-of-mouth promotion for your real estate property. People are more prone to make a purchase if they heard about the product through a referral. So make sure you capitalize on your network to get the word out about your home being up on the market.

Your Accessibility

Now your ideal buyer has gotten wind of your real estate property, the next step is for them to contact you. Make sure you are reachable because there is nothing more unfortunate than a missed opportunity. This cannot be stressed enough. Potential buyers will definitely be frustrated and put-off if they are unable to reach you after seeing your home listing. In this age of power outages and Internet interruptions, you may have to be mindful to ensure your availability to your buyers.

Create an email address dedicated to the home you’re putting on the market if you have to. Be sure to include a telephone number with all your listings, posts and advertisements. If you happen to miss any phone calls or receive any email inquiries, do well to respond to them within 24 hours.

Your Customer Service

Always make it a point to treat your clients with consideration and respect. Take their complaints seriously and touch base with them often, even after the property has been handed over.

Keep yourself fresh in their minds so you are their first thought the next time their friends and family need somewhere to call home.

Do these and you are well on your way to making a sale of your home!

studio apartment

So you’ve finally taken the bold step to move out of mummy and daddy’s house. Congratulations! We’re not going to sugar coat it for you either, living alone ain’t easy,  especially when you are trying to decide if you should get a one bedroom or a studio apartment. Most times, the deciding factor lies on your budget. Some people even consider living with roommates in order to save costs. Whatever your decision, we’re here to help you figure out the pros and cons of renting a studio apartment versus a one bedroom.

Living in a one bedroom apartment certainly has its advantages and studio apartments are also have their appeal because they are typically more pocket friendly. But how do you decide which is better for you.

You’ll save on electricity bills 

Have you ever found that the bigger the room, the harder it is to keep it cool? You were not imaging it. It’s not rocket science that the energy consumed to keep a small confined space cool, will be less than what is required to do so for a one-bedroom apartment. So you’re not only saving on rent, but also on your electricity bill. Win-win!

You’ll save money on rent

Who doesn’t like the sound of that! If you’re single and just moving out on your own, one of the major reasons a studio apartment is more attractive is because it is cheaper than other options such as a one bedroom or a shared space. For example, rent for a studio apartment in Lagos will typically run anywhere from N100,000- N500,000 a year depending on the location. In contrast, the rent of a one bedroom apartment on average will be between N500,000- N2,000,000 depending on the location.

You’ll get out more

Do you friends constantly complain that your hermit ways are keeping you away from them? Well, one of the downsides of a self contained is that you can easily feel claustrophobic. If you’re the type of person who only needs a place to sleep at night and store belongings, then a studio apartment is definitely your number one option.

You’ll have less cleaning to do

Technically, less square footage means less spaces you’ll have to clean. This is great news for those of us that hate the stress of cleaning up. A studio apartment is a great option for the minimalist and those that want to simplify their lives.

You’ll spend less money on furniture

An advantage of living with a roommate in a shared one bedroom or two bedroom apartment is that you will hardly ever need to furnish the whole apartment. On the other hand, if you live in a one bedroom or two bedroom apartment on your own, you are forced to fork over serious cash in order to furnish the whole apartment. But with a studio apartment, all you really need are a few key pieces. A bed, a small couch or even bean bags and a desk is sufficient. If you’re lucky, you could even find a furnished studio apartment.

 

Are you looking to move out anytime soon? Think carefully about your needs and budget, a studio apartment could be a great option for you.

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1. Referrals

This may sound like a crazy idea but find out if your landlord will give you a rent reduction if you help him or her find a new tenant. It’s not common but sometimes you can come to an agreement with your landlord to reduce your rent if you help them find a tenant.

2. DIY Decorating

You don’t need to shell millions of Naira for a comfortable apartment. Find out what you enjoy and see if you can turn it into art. If you’re into photography, why not take a couple pictures of beautiful flowers and frame them.

3. Buy Discount Furniture  

When it’s time to furnish your apartment, take advantage of discount furniture stores, used furniture from friends and family or even a local carpenter. This will save you a great amount of money.

4. Share Food With Your Roommate

A great way to save money is to split the grocery bills in half with your roomies. There are some things you can also buy in bulk to save more money like toilet paper. Another tip is to consider cooking in bulk instead of cooking every night which tends to cost more money than cooking in bulk.

5. Be Mindful Of Utilities 

Your utility bills can add up quickly and can really suck you dry. Remember to turn off appliances and lights when leaving a room. Also, invest in energy saving bulbs. They may be a little pricey but they are worth it in the long run.

By making these small changes, you will surely start to see a greater amount of money being saved monthly. Do you have any other tips to saving money while you rent? Share them with us!

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Safety
After spending money and time on getting a nice place to call home, how do you then protect it from housebreakers? There are various ways in which you can stay safe from these intruders. One of the ways is having a home security system which can be costly. It entails a control panel whereby the whole system is controlled with the different sensors, security cameras and an alarm.

Shared offices

Shared offices space

Working closely with other people instead of at home or Café is a pretty awesome experience for many entrepreneurs. As a startup with little cash to play around with, it makes a lot of business sense to opt for a co-working space. But you may be asking, what is a co-working space, and why should I choose to work from one? Our friends at LeadSpace have the answers for you.
What is a Co-working Space?

A co-working space in its simplest term is a shared work environment. It’s a great place for entrepreneurs from different walks of life to work independently or collaboratively within a thriving ecosystem.  Some perks of co-working spaces are that it provides a conducive ground for entrepreneurs to discuss, share ideas and also leverage on the human capital available around them.

Why Should You Work From A Shared Office Space?

1.) You will always get great value

Co-working companies are very familiar with the needs of startups and most of them offer a variety of services that can help you grow your business. These range from pitch events in front of investors, to basic things like “what to look out for when signing a nondisclosure agreement” and “the basics of accounting”. They frequently host training, workshops, seminars and other learning activities, and even if the company itself can’t help, you can always ask your fellow coworkers for help or advice.

2.) You’ll be surrounded with positive energy

Entrepreneurship is very hard, and there are times you would just want to give up and take the easy route. There will be times when you doubt yourself, your company, your mission and also lose sleep over issues that might collapse your business. Surrounding yourself with smart, dedicated and hard-working people is the best cure for the startup blues. Whatever challenges you’re facing, someone else has probably already faced (and conquered) them, and it’s great to have a constant reminder of that.

3.) Access to the first users of your product

The opportunity to have your product/service tried by your fellow entrepreneurs before it goes onto the market is a blessing. This really helps because they give you honest feedbacks and you learn a lot from them. It is way better than asking family and friends, who would sometimes want to massage your ego or wouldn’t want to hurt your feelings by telling you the truth.

4.) It is very affordable

Co-working spaces offer freelancers, individual entrepreneurs, and team members a chance to work in a fully equipped office without worrying about the costs of setting up an actual office. By getting a shared space, you can easily operate your business without needing to compute and allocate funds for building, rent, Internet, office equipment and various other expenses that comes with starting a business. In essence, you won’t have to break the bank to get things done.

5.) Increased productivity

Be honest, working from home comes with the most distractions possible. For example, you can have your spouse, mom, kids, dogs hovering around your workspace, which can act as a major distraction. However, in a proper working environment, you are motivated to get on with your daily tasks without much distraction but with a great deal of focus.

Another benefit is that you get inspired when you see other coworkers making things happen. When you work from a co-working space, you get thrilled by all the success stories you hear and can see around you, which keeps you motivated to get results for your own business.

Working from a co-working space will surely increase your productivity, give you access to first users, and a great deal of value support. Which means you wouldn’t have to worry about so many things, but to focus on what would move your business forward. If you’re on the fence about co-working, you should go see a few spaces and talk to the people there — I bet you’ll be convinced.

Have you tried out a co-working space before? Share your experience with us!

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