Home & Living

AkzoNobel’s colour of the year 2019 (and how to use it)
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BY NG PAU LING The past two years has seen the world being filled with turmoil and unrest; the sense of uncertainty around the globe had prompted people to close their door for inner retreats and emotional energy replenishment. However, after a period of self-adjustment and recharge, moving on to 2019, the market sentiment finally…

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Being a landlord for the first time? Top tips for you to learn (Part 1)
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Original Chinese article by LEE YAN LI Translated by NG PAU LING Renting out your property to repay the mortgage is the easiest way to gain profit from your real estate investment. However, being a landlord involves lots of responsibilities. Therefore, you must learn the obligations and details as a landlord to succeed in your…

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How to avoid getting scammed when renting a room
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By Kevin Eichenberger Scammers are targeting the most hard-pressed among us with rental listings rapid-fired onto multiple property platforms, legitimate-looking tenancy agreements, and shady tactics to avoid detection. The usual choice of target is perhaps the most telling characteristic of the rental scammer mindset – they rely on people searching for rooms to rent while…

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5 Vibrant décor elements for Deepavali
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By Pravina Kaur Sandhu This Festival of Lights is indeed one of the best times of the year to get some spring cleaning done and redecorate your home with additional bursts of colour. Deepavali is just a couple of days away, and since tradition dictates that you give your home a fresh new look, we’ve…

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4 Affordable renovations that will increase your home value
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Contributed by AkzoNobel   The term “market value” is defined as the price point that property would fetch in the marketplace. It is always essential for a homeowner or investor to understand the property’s market value and find a way to increase it before capitalising on the profit margin gained from their asset. Besides the…

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Deepavali splendour: Beautiful home accessories to give as gifts this year
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By Pravina Kaur Sandhu Deepavali is one of the best times of the year to decorate the home, chow down on scrumptious delicacies, splurge on new clothes, and shower the people in our lives with gifts. As with many of Malaysia’s beloved holidays, this Festival of Lights is highly anticipated as a time for merriment…

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How to decorate a home (Part 2: Costs)
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By Kevin Eichenberger Continued from How to decorate a home (Part 1: Inspiration) Not all that is good is gold. If you have an idea regarding the kind of materials and colours that appeal to you, it is time to go window shopping. Begin with a search for the largest objects while referring to your…

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How to decorate your home for a halloween party
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By Pravina Kaur Sandhu Trick or treat! That ghostly time of the year is back. Once again, we get to savour eerie yet scrumptious Halloween treats, groove to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” all night long, and dress up in ways that would be considered inappropriate during any other time of year. You may already have a…

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10 Interior design tricks to transform a small space
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By Pravina Kaur Sandhu Find out how to turn your compact home into the sanctuary you’d want to rush back to at the end of the day, no matter how small it is. The trend towards compact, urban homes has grown in tandem with a steady rate of urbanisation around the world – resulting in…

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How to use the ‘S-hook’ at home
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By Pravina Kaur Sandhu Did you know the ‘S-hook’ is extremely useful in the home? Yes, you read it right! The ‘S-hook’ was a relatively mundane accessory until recently, but they aren’t only meant for garments – the ‘S-hook’ also comes in handy for multiple applications around the house. 1. Let your plants breathe! Attach…

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