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Rainy Season Tips for Renters
   by Ice Artificio  •  General  •  Jul 13, 2018
The switch from summer to the rainy season has happened these last three weeks. If this is your first time in the Philippines, brace yourself as it’s only going to get wetter. The country is visited by an average of 20 typhoons a year, that’s excluding low pressure areas or habagat. Most of which come during this season. With that said, there are a few things that you ca . . .  Continue Reading
6 Condo Improvement Ideas During the Summer
   by Ice Artificio  •  General  •  Apr 25, 2018
The summer heat is here. If this is your first time in the Philippines, you can expect the temperature to rise in the next few months. There are a few things you can do in your apartment that will benefit from all this heat. Now that it's scorching hot outside it is the perfect time for repairs, maintenance, or any activity that needs drying. 1. Annua . . .  Continue Reading
Shang Salcedo Place Review: A Piece of Home in Makati City
   by Ice Artificio  •  General  •  May 09, 2018
The Rentpad Team recently visited one of Shang Properties’ newest residential offering, Shang Salcedo. We were given an opportunity to explore what they have in store and what potential renters can expect in the property. Shang Salcedo merges hotel and condo living, providing its residents a cozy haven in the middle of the Makati business district. It’s home, with a bit of luxury, and . . .  Continue Reading
6 Things to Look for In a Lease Contract
   by Ice Artificio  •  General  •  Apr 02, 2018
It’s hard to go through the fine print of contracts. They’re not easy to digest and oftentimes are peppered with words non-lawyers would have difficulty understanding. These documents are made to protect parties in an agreement. They’re legal, binding, and could be used in court or to eject tenants. This means that even if it is a complex document, every renter- old or new should ALWAYS review their co . . .  Continue Reading
Questions You Need to Ask Yourself Before Deciding to Rent
   by Ice Artificio  •  General  •  Jan 11, 2018
The end of the year is almost always the best time to start a lease. The long vacations and 13th month payments make it an optimal time to find a new place. This makes December a good time to start viewing. Extra money and extra time - what could go wrong right? Signing your first lease is undoubtedly one of the biggest decisions you will make in your adult life. In today’s generation, more often than n . . .  Continue Reading
Top Rentpad Reviews for December 2017
   by Ice Artificio  •  General  •  Dec 28, 2017
As the year comes to an end, we’d like to recognize some of this months’ top lessors. Renting a place to means finding a temporary place that you can call home. A place where you can rest easy at the end of the day without worry. This is our way of acknowledging lessors who work hard and go the extra mile to make sure their tenants - whether short-term or long term, have a pleasant stay. Ultimately, ch . . .  Continue Reading
Gift Ideas for Family and Friends Who Rent
   by Ice Artificio  •  General  •  Dec 14, 2017
The holidays are just around the corner as evidenced by the non-stop Christmas songs in the malls, beautiful night lights, and you guessed it –traffic. If this is your first holiday in the Philippines, brace yourself, this is going to get more hectic as December approaches. Gift-giving can be both stressful and rewarding, maybe a little more stressful on the giver side given the amount of time and budg . . .  Continue Reading
5 Tips to Get More Inquiries on Rentpad
   by Chux Hizon  •  General  •  Oct 26, 2017
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Things Every Busy Renter Can Automate to Save Time
   by Ice Artificio  •  General  •  Oct 04, 2017
We are all busy. Whether it is to work harder towards our goals or to create more quality memories with our families and loved ones, one thing rings true: Time is important. If you can shave off 15 minutes of tasks or chores, it adds up to your free time. When you work nights, it’s a little bit more tricky to do tasks that are only available during the day and getting a decent amount of sleep can be di . . .  Continue Reading
5 Tips in Short-Term Renting for Lessors
   by Ice Artificio  •  General  •  Sep 21, 2017
Short-term renting is becoming increasingly popular. With the rise of services like Airbnb, and yours truly, Rentpad, a homier experience is now available to renters who only need rented space for days or months at a time instead of going to hotels. This also opens up opportunities to home or condominium owners who want to create extra revenue for a property they may not be using for some time. The tri . . .  Continue Reading
6 Affordable Things You Can Do on A Tagaytay Staycation
   by Ice Artificio  •  General  •  Sep 13, 2017
As I grew older, I have begun to develop an appreciation for staycations. You don’t go very far, don’t do too much, and just relax. One of my favorite destinations have always been Tagaytay. It’s an hour away from the city, less if you leave very early in the morning or off peak hours on weekdays. The weather is milder, the breeze fresher, the coffee stronger, and a view of the Taal is always a sight to behold. . . .  Continue Reading
How to Protect Your Apartment from Theft
   by Ice Artificio  •  General  •  Aug 31, 2017
Even with the best securities in place, no place is completely secure with a resourceful, motivated, and experienced criminal. This doesn’t mean it will happen to you but it does help to take some extra precautions to lower the risk of becoming a victim. Here are a few measures you can take to improve your home security: Study Your Neighborhood Who are the frequent faces around . . .  Continue Reading
Basic Rules Every Landlord Should Include in Their Rental Agreement - Part 2
   by Tina Galve  •  General  •  Aug 17, 2017
This is Part 2 of the previous article I've written regarding basic rules every lease agreement should have. For those interested in reading the first part, you may do so by clicking here. 6. Term of Tenancy Indicate in . . .  Continue Reading
Basic Rules Every Landlord Should Include in Their Rental Agreement
   by Tina Galve  •  General  •  Aug 10, 2017
Every landlord knows that setting down rules for tenants is important for a smooth landlord-tenant relationship and an overall pleasant renting experience. These rules, when put into writing through a lease or rental agreement, will serve as protection for both sides and give legal recourse should anyone break any of the rules stipulated in the contract. The following are basic rules that every lease a . . .  Continue Reading
How to Avoid Rental Scams
   by Ice Artificio  •  General  •  Aug 01, 2017
You have found “the place”. Beautiful location, perfect amenities, fits your budget, it’s quite a catch. But hang on, is it bordering the “too good to be true” status? The sad truth is that rental scams are prevalent. This is why rental websites ask lessors (the unit owners) government issued identification, contact details, and other verification methods to minimize fraud. As a potential te . . .  Continue Reading
3 Reasons Why You Need Reviews on Rentpad
   by Ice Artificio  •  General  •  Jul 18, 2017
When travelling to foreign, unfamiliar places, our knee-jerk reaction has been to look for reviews from reputable people. This is why bloggers and experts have become our go-to places for advice or to see if their experience was pleasant and worth recommending. When a prominent name has not spoken about a brand or a service, people look at other people’s experiences and how consistent it has been. This . . .  Continue Reading
6 Questions to Ask Before You Move in with your Significant Other
   by Ice Artificio  •  General  •  Jun 30, 2017
Moving in with your significant other is a huge leap in a relationship. Unlike picking roommates where you can have a form of detachment and lay down ground rules, sharing a home with a partner can be very intimate and reveals a side of your girlfriend/boyfriend that you may not have seen before. Such a big step can either make or break a couple. There are many pros and cons to living together with you . . .  Continue Reading
4 Tips to Help Soundproof Your Apartment Without Drilling
   by Ice Artificio  •  General  •  Jun 14, 2017
It’s 10pm. You’re tired from work and just want to rest. You take a shower, brush your teeth, don your favorite pajamas and head to your bed. You’re about to close your eyes. It gets quiet. Then all of a sudden you hear the neighbor to your right laughing at her late-night comedy show on max volume. The neighbor to your right has a baby that badly needs milk. You can hear the neighbor above you partying, stomping . . .  Continue Reading
8 Items You Need to Check Before Signing That Lease
   by Ice Artificio  •  General  •  May 22, 2017
After a couple of viewings, you have found “the one”. You’ve gone through the contract details and everything seems great. Before you close the deal, there are a couple of things that you may want to check before signing that contract. While not everybody (including me!) can be experts at assessing the condition of the plumbing and electricity, there are a few things you can check that may indicate if . . .  Continue Reading
7 Items That Are Cluttering Your Apartment
   by Ice Artificio  •  General  •  May 16, 2017
Living in an apartment means you have limited limited space to work with. While it may not have that much of an immediate impact in larger homes, it is easy to see how an untidy mass can overwhelm a small space. Also, having more space means more airflow and a cooler environment. And if you’re in the Philippines in the summer, you know how hot the weather can get - making any and all means to cool down a necessit . . .  Continue Reading
Things in Your Home That Needs Weekly Cleaning
   by Ice Artificio  •  General  •  Apr 07, 2017
The weekend is fast approaching. Yay! One of the things we dread/love but have to do is cleaning. For many of us who work around 40 hours a week, the weekend is the best time to give our home some good TLC. At the same time, it is also the time to relax, get some me-time, spend quality time with loved ones, pursue a hobby – basically all the things you cannot do on a work day. Squeezing all that in 2 d . . .  Continue Reading
10 Questions to Ask a Potential Roommate
   by Ice Artificio  •  General  •  Mar 18, 2017
Roommates: Love them or hate them. One of the perks of being an adult is being able to choose who you are going to live with. They say moving together in a relationship is a big leap for couples, so it follows that living with strangers is as big a leap and requires a lot of consideration. By now, I’m sure you’ve seen many TV shows and movies depicting great and horrible roommates. If there’s any takea . . .  Continue Reading
How to Keep Good Tenants
   by Ice Artificio  •  General  •  Mar 17, 2017
The screening process for tenants can be arduous and time consuming. From inquiries, to viewings (possibly multiple viewings), contract negotiations, signing, and finally moving in. With all this time consumed, it is ideal to find good, responsible tenants who take care of the unit, pay on time, and get along with neighbors and your condo’s staff instead of one-time lease tenants who will take time moving in and . . .  Continue Reading
What to Do Before, During, and After a Viewing
   by Ice Artificio  •  General  •  Feb 17, 2017
Viewing a unit is one of the first steps a potential tenant must make in finding a unit to rent. After taking an interest in the photos posted online by the lessor, now you can compare and see if the expectations you set and the unit you see is a match. However, oftentimes viewings are rushed and many things or questions may be overlooked. And we can’t blame you—you’re most likely busy with work, the long commute (which is most likely why you’re look . . .  Continue Reading
How to Tidy up Your Living Space the Marie Kondo Way
   by Ice Artificio  •  General  •  Feb 02, 2017
Spring is coming! Even as we do not have 4 seasons in our local climate, everyone can benefit from an annual spring cleaning. There is always a feeling of a fresh start whenever you thoroughly clean your place, dusting difficult to reach crevices, and purging your wardrobe from unnecessary items. When you are living in rented space, minimalism can be beneficial. You have less items to clean, preventing pests from occupying your home, and it is easier to move in/out. Not only that, st . . .  Continue Reading
Why You Should Respond to Tenant Inquiries Quickly and How to Do it
   by Ice Artificio  •  General  •  Jan 20, 2017
Tenants looking for units to rent out are similar to finding a match in a dating site: they have many options and spend very little time getting to know each prospect before moving to the next. When you’ve made your placement a “love at first sight material” with great photos and a well written copy, you need to make sure you follow through quickly and courteously. Responding quickly gives you a better chance to create a conversation, schedule a viewing, and closing the sale. How you converse ca . . .  Continue Reading
6 Things to Remember When Leaving Your Condo for Long Vacations
   by Ice Artificio  •  General  •  Jan 05, 2017
The holiday season is among us again. With Christmas right around the corner, the malls are hectic, the roads are busy, and many of us make plans on visiting families or loved ones during the holiday vacation. Amidst all the hustle and bustle, let us not forget that this is also a time where many take advantage of the noise, leading to many home invasions. This busy season also opens up potential domestic accidents and other minor things that can be easily overlooked or forgotten. . . .  Continue Reading
What Places Should Be Near My Apartment
   by Ice Artificio  •  General  •  Feb 17, 2017
Finding a long-term rental means making the new place your new home and learning to be “at home” in your new neighborhood. The establishments around your potential renting space play an important part and is something you also need to consider. From serious must-know places to stores that can help make living easier, here’s a checklist of which establishments you should look for when searching for a good place to rent: Police Station/Fire Station Remember how nu . . .  Continue Reading
How to Take Better Photos with a Smart Phone
   by Ice Artificio  •  General  •  Dec 15, 2016
A great photo does wonders for a listing to be noticed. Hiring a photographer may not work for everyone. It can be out of your budget or perhaps a unit needs to be posted rush and you just don’t have the time to find one. Worry not! You can still take appealing photos with a gadget you most likely already own: your smartphone. Here are a few tips on how to take better photos with your smart phone. Clear the Clutter You’ll be surprised how many landlords overloo . . .  Continue Reading
8 More Things to Ask When Renting for the First Time
   by Ice Artificio  •  General  •  Dec 07, 2016
Renting your own personal space can be a huge move. Whether you will be getting your own place or sharing space with friends or family, the searching process can be a little bit tricky. Finding the perfect place to rent is like finding a good relationship. Remember they are entrusting their property to you while you sleep and live in their place, that may not always work out for both parties. To avoid wasting your time (and theirs too), there should always be clear and open dialogue b . . .  Continue Reading
How to Screen Tenants Effectively and Efficiently
   by Tina Galve  •  General  •  Dec 01, 2016
If you're in the rental business, you've probably experienced uneasiness or even anxiety at some point whenever you have a vacancy. Resist the urge of renting out to the first person who shows interest in your property just to avoid vacancies. You shouldn't entrust your property to just anyone. You're probably familiar with horror stories from other landlords (stolen furniture, incurred damages, scammers, bouncing checks, etc). You wouldn't want the same thing to happen to you, not af . . .  Continue Reading