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Budget Home Improvement Tips For Your Pinoy Home

When it comes to home improvements and home renovations, the first thing we will think of (and worry about) is the price. But it doesn’t have to be that way, and home improvement should be “life improvement”.

If your space doesn’t “spark some joy” into your heart, you don’t have to overhaul your home, nor throw away everything and buy some new stuff.

Here are some tips to level up your home without breaking the wallet:

LIGHT ‘EM UP

Sometimes it’s not the furniture, items or space that doesn’t give a spark in you, but it’s because of poor lighting in the area. And what better (and cheaper) way to do that than using natural lights. Check your drapes if they are out of place. You might have mixed up the drapes and instead of using block out curtains in your bedroom, you might have it in your living room. Play with your existing drapes to ensure that you can manage the sunlight coming in to your home where you want, when you want it.

On a same note, updating your light bulbs to get the best illumination and energy efficiency would help lighten up your mood (and your wallet in the long run). They may be pricey compared to your regular fluorescent and incandescent bulbs, but they last longer and use less electricity.

5 Watt bulb: P99 – P250 per piece (mall price, could be cheaper in your local hardware store!)

UPDATE THE PAINT

When was the last time you had your walls (re) painted, by you or a professional wall painter? Our best bet is, since you got your place (which could be a year or more already). Your wall paint gives the overall mood of your home, and as the years pass and the paint fade, it might as well display “boring” all over it. So updating, or at least, retouching your paint would be a big help in improving the overall mood of your place.

The good news is, you can have this as your next family project. All you need would be some sand paper (to remove old paint or at least even out the surface), lots of old newspaper, paint brush, roller brush with pan, paint thinner, and of course, paint! You can find some videos on how to paint walls all over the internet, and you can even add a design. You don’t even have to be very artistic when doing this.

  • Wall Painting Materials: P2,500 – P5,000 (depending on how big your wall surface area is and the damage that needs to be “covered up”)
  • Professional Wall Painting Service: P15,000 and up (depending on how big your wall surface area is)

FANTASTIC FLOORING

The floor is the most overlooked surface in the house when it comes to home improvement, but is as significant as placing a chandelier on your ceiling.

Marble flooring and ceramic floor tiles are expensive and covers only a little versus its cost (tiles + tile adhesive + grout + labor cost). Updating your flooring in the future could be hard labor too and could take some time to complete. The best solution for this is to make use of DIY floor stickers. There are great floor stickers available on online stores, and so many designs to choose from, which you could easily place on your floor by yourself in a day.

  • For a 20 square meter floor area: DIY Floor Stickers: P13,500 to P15,500
  • Ceramic Tiles: P18,000 – P22,000 (all materials with labor)

MAXIMIZE VERTICAL SPACE

We love to keep stuff that have sentimental value for us, and most of the time they can be found under our beds, big boxes around the house or taking up space inside a cabinet.

Take advantage of unused vertical space by using the space on top of your cupboards/kitchen cabinets or installing racks or shelves on walls where you don’t have anything on it yet. This will help provide you more space where you walk on to, or to open up space for new stuff. This is very helpful in the shower (for towel rack storage) and in storage rooms in keeping important documents dry from possible flooding.

Stainless racks: P300 – P650 per piece

Don’t hesitate in improving your home, after all, this is where your heart (and family) is. After doing some renovations, don’t forget to do a post-renovation cleaning to ensure that your home is totally clean and safe for your family.

Post Construction Cleaning in Manila

What is post construction cleaning? 

It’s the thorough cleaning of a space that has undergone renovation or construction. This type of cleaning will leave your space ready for occupancy and conducive for whatever the purpose of the space is.

What does it take to do a post construction cleaning? 

More than the tools, solutions and equipment that one can bring to a post construction clean up, the skills of the cleaners are the top requirement. Post construction cleaning is not your ordinary run in the mill household clean up because you will have to be extra detailed when cleaning a space that has construction debris. Not to mention dusts that have long settled in the nooks and crannies of the space need to be removed and cleaned. Of course during post construction cleaning you will have to deal with paint smudges, grimy and oily hand prints from the workers, etc.

How long will it take to have a post construction clean up? 

It depends on several factors like the size of the area, degree of work needed, is the space already furnished or semi furnished. It could either take 4-12 hours.

 

Cleaning Post Construction and Post Renovation of Homes and Offices

condo-cleaningYour newly constructed or renovated home or office is your new baby, your new headquarters or crib, your family or staff’s new home. For it to be truly beautiful and perfect, it must also be clean and healthy to live in. With all the construction dust and debris settling in, you are sure into a hard day’s worth of cleaning. But you don’t need to worry because there are ways to have it cleaned and prepared before “the big day”.

 

Before you have the new furniture moved in, wear your rubber gloves and face mask and get ready to get dirty as we make the cleaning step by step:

  1. Collect all construction debris, large and small. This will be the bulk of the dirt. Sweep or vacuum the entire floor to get rid of uncollected nails, wood splinters and cement powders. Open all the cabinets and drawers so you could see the bigger picture. If you move in with your furniture, these dusts and debris will stick to your new stuff and would make the cleaning process longer.
  2. De-dust or wipe/mop the ceilings and walls first. Start wiping counter tops, cabinets and closets. This will scatter a little dust on the floor, but we will get back to that later.
  3. Wipe the windows and window sill.
  4. Sweep or vacuum the floor for the last time and then mop the floors with diluted liquid disinfectant.
  5. Lastly, clean the toilet. Make sure the grout (white cement in between tile) are dry before scrubbing any part of your toilet.

Here’s a checklist to help ensure that every part of your newly constructed/renovated home or office is clean up to the last inch:

KITCHEN

  • Cabinet doors (front and inside) are cleaned
  • Counter tops and shelves wiped, including the sink
  • Surfaces of appliances cleaned (stove, oven, fridge, microwave, etc)
  • Kitchen walls, baseboards and surfaces wiped
  • Windows, window sill and tracks (if any) cleaned
  • Doorknob, door frames, doors, light switches wiped
  • Trash removed
  • Floor vacuumed and mopped

BATHROOMS

  • Bathtub, shower walls, glass doors (if any) and sink cleaned and sanitized
  • Toilet bowl cleaned and sanitized
  • Mirrors wiped and cleaned
  • Cabinet doors (front and inside) wiped and cleaned
  • Windows, window sill and tracks (if any) cleaned
  • Doorknob, door frames, doors, light switches wiped
  • Trash removed
  • Floor is mopped and dried

BEDROOMS

  • Walls, baseboards and surfaces wiped
  • Closet doors front and inside cleaned
  • Carpeted floors vacuumed / Hard surface floors vacuumed and mopped
  • Mirrors cleaned
  • Windows, window sill and tracks (if any) cleaned
  • Doorknob, door frames, doors, light switches wiped
  • Trash removed
  • Floor is mopped and dried

OTHER LIVING AREAS

  • Walls, baseboards, tables, chairs and surfaces wiped
  • Doorknob, door frames, doors, light switches wiped
  • Trash removed
  • Floor is mopped and dried

Now that you are ready to move in, all that is left to do is maintaining its cleanliness. Like what we have mentioned in office cleaning tips article, getting the whole team involved in keeping your place clean is one of the key make sure your place is tidy. If during the cleaning process (or prior to), things get out of hand, a professional cleaning service company is the best solution you can have. They also know that it is important to have the cleaning completed in one day because you need to move in to your place as soon as possible.

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Caring for Your Investments Like You Do…

Be one of the many OFWs who trust us to care for their condo units. We will clean your condo and care for everything inside it well.

We understand how you’ve worked hard for all of them and we will love them like our own.

Email us your cleaning requirements at inquiry@cmdacleaning.com and let’s talk!

Deep Cleaning Services Includes:

Top to bottom cleaning (ceiling, walls, floors)
Balcony Cleaning
Appliance cleaning (except aircon cleaning)
Furniture cleaning
Door frames, glass windows (interior), mirrors
Window sills and edges
Toilet and Bath cleaning and disinfecting
Floor scrubbing and disinfecting
Curtains will be dusted, blinds will be cleaned
Etc

Email us your cleaning requirements at inquiry@cmdacleaning.com and let’s talk!