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Why Buying a Robotic Pool Cleaner can be a Wise Decision

Robotic pool cleanerWhile having a swimming pool can add to the value of a property, cleaning it from time to time can sometimes be a real challenge. Tiny debris get collected on the floor and the side walls of the pool making it very difficult to clean and also takes a toll on the Ph of the water.

While there are several automatic cleaners (like suction and pressure side cleaners) available in Read the rest “Why Buying a Robotic Pool Cleaner can be a Wise Decision”

Tankless Water Heaters: Unlimited hot water + Lower Energy Costs.

Tankless water heaterMany holiday home owners are discussing the pros and cons of installing a tankless water heater as opposed to a conventional electric storage heater in their property. So I thought why not give you an understanding whether a tankless water heater is worth the investment.

While there are both gas and electric powered tankless water heaters available in the market, we will take a look at only the gas powered Read the rest “Tankless Water Heaters: Unlimited hot water + Lower Energy Costs.”

An Interview with India’s Leading Manufacturer of Wooden Log Houses

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Maharaja Environment Technologies, a Mumbai based company has been in the business of building eco-friendly wooden log houses. Their technology transfer and partnership with a 2-decade-old Siberian company makes them the No. 1 manufacturer of log houses in India. Recently we had the opportunity to speak to their Sales Manager, Akash Upadhyay, where we tried to understand what these wooden log houses are all about, the pricing and why Read the rest “An Interview with India’s Leading Manufacturer of Wooden Log Houses”

Looking for an Internet connection in Uttarakhand, Himachal – Try AirJaldi

We always tell our owners to have an internet connection in their holiday homes, so that guests can stay connected with the world even when they are holidaying. However it is easier said than done when it comes to getting an internet connection in the mountainous region of Uttarakhand and Himachal.

In our pursuit to help our owners who have holiday homes there and want to get a good internet Read the rest “Looking for an Internet connection in Uttarakhand, Himachal – Try AirJaldi”

Christina Harris – Our Pick for the Best Developer and Real Estate Agent in Bali

In an exclusive interview with Holiday Home Times Christina Harris, Marketing Director of myProperty Bali speaks about her company’s projects, the Bali property market in general and what makes the island unique and the most sought-after destination for both buyers and holidaymakers.

The interview…

Firstly, please give us a brief paragraph to introduce you and your company.
We have worked with various specialist developers of international luxury lifestyle resorts &
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Wireless Thermostats and Door Locks – Investing on a Peace of Mind

Wireless thermostatFor owners of vacation rentals who are not stationed in the property, gaining a peace of mind that their property is safe is of utmost importance. So what if one could stay in touch with one’s home from nearly anywhere – you can lock and unlock the door, adjust the thermostat and set up alerts if windows or doors are opened, all from a PC or a compatible smart phone? Read the rest “Wireless Thermostats and Door Locks – Investing on a Peace of Mind”

Guestroom Electronics – The Entertainment Suite

Today’s hotel guestrooms are loaded with electronics. Homestays, of course, work very well with no electronics at all, as the guest experience expectations are entirely different, but homestays in cities may want to provide the essentials if they want to target a higher ARR (average room revenue).

Electronics in guestrooms are usually categorised into entertainment, communications, guest services, systems and infrastructure. Over the next few stories, we’ll look at all Read the rest “Guestroom Electronics – The Entertainment Suite”

Tips to Planning Your Retirement Early in Life and Buying a Home to Retire

 

With so many locations to choose from to retire today, it is actually a great idea to identify the location and buy the property of your choice early in life. The benefits of planning your retirement early are many including freedom from financial liabilities and retiring rich.  

So how do you plan your retirement? Unlike a couple of decades back, when most people retired after they reached a certain Read the rest “Tips to Planning Your Retirement Early in Life and Buying a Home to Retire”

5 Ways to Find Your Dream House Without Real Estate Agents

Now that you have decided to buy a property, the next step is getting to the right property or seller. You could either take the services of a real estate agent to identify a couple of properties for you and help you in connecting with the sellers or else search for the right property yourself. So if you have decided to find the property without the help of a real Read the rest “5 Ways to Find Your Dream House Without Real Estate Agents”

Should you Buy a Holiday Home to Compete with Hotels?

So you have decided to buy a second home which you would like to not only use as a vacation home for yourself and your family, but also to start your vacation rental business. Because you will be relying on travelers to rent your holiday home, invariably when you are short listing properties to choose from, you will have many questions in your mind like: Does the location witness a Read the rest “Should you Buy a Holiday Home to Compete with Hotels?”

Holiday Homes in the Philippines -What they would cost to buy?

Despite the rise and popularity of condominium units in the Philippines these days, not everyone living in the Philippines is willing to shell out money to own a small piece of a high-rise building. There are still those who want their property in the Philippines to be the traditional house set on their own land. So for those looking to get more than just building space, you can’t go wrong Read the rest “Holiday Homes in the Philippines -What they would cost to buy?”

Cotton fabric tents to add value to your property

Cotton fabric tents to add value to your property

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Whether it is just two friends on an overnight hike or a family of five spending a week at the campground, choosing the right fabric tent is of great importance to ensure that any outdoor excursion is a fun-filled adventure. Even for vacation homes when you have a large group staying in your home you can flaunt a cotton fabric tent near the pool and let your guests enjoy Read the rest “Cotton fabric tents to add value to your property”

Importance of swimming pool filtration system – choosing the right one

Importance of swimming pool filtration system – choosing the right one

The home swimming pool is probably one of the largest investments most homeowners make, second only to the home itself. Having a swimming pool at your home can no doubt add value, but unless it is properly maintained, it can soon become a liability and an eyesore. And the swimming pool filtration system can be the single-most important equipment you can install to ensure that your swimming pool is good Read the rest “Importance of swimming pool filtration system – choosing the right one”

Featuring gas grills with lava rocks and marinades

Featuring gas grills with lava rocks and marinades

Gas and charcoal grill enthusiasts will argue on why their type is better. The most common answer from charcoal grillers is the flavour.  However, gas griller being more expensive, it also has some advantages when compared to the charcoal ones:

Starts quickly – Most gas grillers are easy to light or ignite with just a push and the griller will be ready to use in less than 10 minutes. The Read the rest “Featuring gas grills with lava rocks and marinades”

Stainless steel tableware – great option for casual dining

Stainless steel tableware – great option for casual dining

Stainless steel tablewareGone are the days when stainless steel tableware was considered to be cheap and not appropriate. However in the last couple of years stainless steel tableware has made a comeback and has gained popularity and acceptance amongst the affluent class too – thanks to improvements in quality and availability in various styles and shapes. Today’s stainless steel tableware are available in a wide range of different styles and designs, all Read the rest “Stainless steel tableware – great option for casual dining”

Still Facing Power Outages? Get a Power Inverter for your home!

Still Facing Power Outages? Get a Power Inverter for your home!

Still undecided whether you should go for a generator or an inverter to do away with the nuisance of power-cuts? Here’s why investing on an inverter can be a good idea:

It goes without saying that an inverter has today become a necessity, rather than a luxury. With power outages becoming a common nuisance to deal with, inverters is perhaps the only cost-effective way to keep our electric appliances running.Read the rest “Still Facing Power Outages? Get a Power Inverter for your home!”

A Guide to Buying an Above the Ground Pool for Your Holiday Home

A Guide to Buying an Above the Ground Pool for Your Holiday Home

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Without doubt having a swimming pool can definitely increase the value of your holiday home. But if you have enough outdoor space, but do not have a swimming pool, don’t get disheartened. An above the ground pool at your backyard can still make your holiday home the same fun place for guests as having a swimming pool! Still not sure how? Read on…

If your holiday home/ homestay has Read the rest “A Guide to Buying an Above the Ground Pool for Your Holiday Home”

Choosing between a gas or charcoal barbecue grill

Choosing between a gas or charcoal barbecue grill

For long many had asked this question: “Should I buy a gas or charcoal barbecue grill?” Well, it’s not like choosing between a BMW and a Mercedes, because the gas barbecue grill has many advantages over the charcoal barbecue grill. So you don’t need to think twice before choosing to buy a gas barbecue grill. Even the traditional barbecue pits in restaurants are now turning from charcoal barbecue pits to Read the rest “Choosing between a gas or charcoal barbecue grill”

Solar lights: Probably the MOST useful product we have ever reviewed

Solar lights: Probably the MOST useful product we have ever reviewed

Today we are reviewing a product that is so useful and cost-effective, it actually surprises us why more people don’t install them in Asia.

So here’s the scenario: You have a nice farmhouse with a beautiful garden, you have had a great meal and now want to go for a stroll. Unfortunately, across Asia there are so many owners who are just not able to do this. Why? Because there Read the rest “Solar lights: Probably the MOST useful product we have ever reviewed”

Tips to choose the right diesel generator to meet your needs

Tips to choose the right diesel generator to meet your needs

For long you have been toying with the idea of buying a diesel generator for those hot summer days at your holiday home, when public electricity supply is erratic and you require uninterrupted power to run your appliances for a comfortable stay indoors.

Experts invariably opine that the most economical way to supply power during a power outage is to use a home generator of the appropriate wattage for your Read the rest “Tips to choose the right diesel generator to meet your needs”