Fire is one of the biggest threats to home safety especially in the sunny season. It is up to every property owner, to ensure their home is properly guarded against any fires and well equipped in case the fire is to occur.

Jumia House takes you through simple everyday strategies to help you prevent any fire outbreaks.

Always turn off sockets: Most fire outbreaks are caused by minor mistakes such as forgetting to turn off a socket, leaving the cooker or flat iron on. These are appliances that we use so often that we forget how much harm it can cause if not handled with extra caution. It is always better to be safe than sorry so it shouldn’t hurt to double check whenever you are stepping out of the house, or going to bed, to ensure that everything is in place and out of harm’s way.

Fire extinguishers : These are very essential in ensuring fire safety. Fire extinguishers are the first solution to prevent any harm in case of a breakout. It’s always wise to set up fire extinguishers in essential areas that may be most prone to fire breakouts for example the kitchen, bathrooms or places that have electrical appliances. Extinguishers are easy to use and helpful in preventing major damage in your home.

Insurance: Another helpful tip is to get your property and house insured against fire. Insurance may be costly on a monthly basis but will benefit you in the long run in case of any fire because, the insurance will help you retrieve any property you may have lost in the fire.

Fire alarms and smoke detectors: Smoke detectors are helpful in detecting the smoke before the fire erupts so that it can be curbed before causing any major damage. These small gadgets are able to help in detecting the fire early enough so that other measures can be implemented so that safety is ensured before any major damages arise. It is important to install smoke detectors in homes that have children because they can usually create fires out of anything.

Have a fire escape plan: Members of the household should always be informed about what to do when a fire begins, they should be aware of where exactly the fire escape exit is and the easiest way they can access it in case of a fire outbreak. This fire escape should be simple to maneuver by both children, adults and the disabled.

Other precautions that can be taken to prevent fire include;

  • Restrain from overloading electrical circuits as this may lead to short circuits.
  • Do not run extension cables below carpets. These wear out easily and could cause a short circuit leading to a fire.
  • Place candles on candle stands or other metallic stands and not plastic or paper as these can easily cause a fire.

Finally always check ashtrays before emptying them into a trash can as they may contain some fire particle that could eventually erupt into an actual flame and lead to a fire outbreak.

The last few generations’, people have started to make fundamental changes in the way they live. This is probably due to the change in climate and the availability of more abundant resources. People have started using a variety of materials to achieve and accomplish the ­ongoing quest to make long-lasting structures. 

Wood

Contrary to popular belief, wood is a long lasting product that can be used as a material when building your dream home. Wood can be used alone or blended with other building materials as a design element or support structure. Compared to stones wood is lightweight, easy to cut and strong once it has been seasoned to remove all the stored moisture. Despite wood having its disadvantages such as moisture damage and rot wood can survive a long time if handled accordingly.

Bricks

Usually made of clay, they are dried naturally to a very hard consistency, and then dug up, broken into chunks usually in rectangular form and used to make the walls and other structures. Bricks are easy to use and can be stacked easily forming smooth walls and clean corners. Bricks are very strong and stable in dry climates and when exposed to high heat they are durable. They can stand wet & dry weather, fire resistant, easy to make and more convenient to work with.

 Concrete

This an aggregate made up of a number of components like stones and sand that are mixed with cement and water which is then left to dry and harden. Concrete is a flexible material that can be formed immediately or poured into molds then moved to another location. Reinforced concrete can be molded into many shapes with supporting structures such as narrow steel rods that can be embedded in the concrete when it is poured.

Iron and Steel

If you are planning on making your dream home big, stronger and more reliable, building materials are necessary in order to support this ambitious structure. Iron and steel is more reliable, stronger and when embedded in concrete provides support. Ambitious buildings usually add a lot of weight on load bearing walls and therefore need a reliable support frame like steel. Fortunately steel is recyclable and relatively affordable

 

Every new year we make resolutions for the coming 12 months, one of which, for many people, includes buying a property. However many people these days are torn between whether to buy a single-family house or an apartment (condo). Your decision on whether to buy a house or an apartment entirely depends on your lifestyle and your needs. Jumia House has a few tips to help you make this decision easier.

Q: What are the pros and cons of buying an apartment?

A: Over the past few years, people have become more inclined to buy apartments over houses, due to their need to live in urban areas. Developers prefer to build apartments in the city as opposed to single-family houses, because ultimately it is a better return on investment. This means that new single-family houses are being constructed outside of the city.

The advantage that comes with apartments is that they are located within reasonable distance to many shops, restaurants and other social services, thus making them a buyer’s favorite. Apartments usually have amenities like swimming pools, gyms, and steam rooms, which make them appealing to buyers. The apartment owners also share maintenance costs, making them more affordable in the long run.

One of the major cons of buying an apartment is the fact that all apartment owners in a particular building need to be involved in the decision making process, which can be very long and tedious. Apartment owners also do not get a land title once they purchase the apartment and all owners in the building share the land.

Q: What are the pros and cons of buying a single-family house?

A: One of the key advantages of buying a single-family house is the ability to have total control over the property. By owning a house, you can make changes to the property and remodel according to your needs and lifestyle, without having to consult with anyone else. Single-family houses also allow extra indoor and outdoor space for children and pets.

Single-family houses also allow for more storage space than an apartment. They also tend to offer more privacy because you are not living in such close proximity to your neighbors. Another major advantage of single-family houses here in Rwanda is that their value appreciates much faster than condos because the value of the land on which the property sits is put into consideration.

Single-family houses also have a few disadvantages. The owner of the house is solely responsible for maintenance of the property and utility bills, which can be quite high, compared to an apartment. Even though any improvements will likely increase the home’s resale value, they require an investment of time and money.

Bigger is better, smaller is best! Interior decoration should no longer be the reason you dread staying in a small house. Here are some simple, practical and helpful tips to guide you as you decorate your house.

Adding Color in small homes makes it look bigger

When painting small homes, it’s wise to always stick to lighter colors as they make a house appear bigger and more spacious. You can make each room in your house a unique sanctuary by coloring it with different shades or you can maintain a uniform pattern to achieve a particular look for your house.

Less Furniture creates more space in a small home

Less is always more when furnishing small houses. It does not help to crowd the house with big furniture pieces as they crowd the room giving you limited space for other activities. In case you are building or looking for interior design ideas for small homes, placing large windows may be helpful to the décor since it adds more light into the room making it appear bigger and more spacious.

Adding lights is one of the simple ideas to decorate a small room

The brighter a room is, the more spacious it will appear. Lighting is a significant way in how you can transform the interior of your small house and make it appear bigger. Using mirrors is always helpful in adding lighting to a room as it reflects the light back into the room making it brighter. Instead of using one bulb in the middle of a room, you can add lamp stands in different corners of the house to give your house a homely and cozy feel.

Creating Storage space decreases clutter in small spaces.

A room has eight corners, there’s so much you can do with those. Your biggest need in a small house is space. Get the right storage for your items and you will be amazed at how much space you will have available. Storage simply requires being creative with the items you have in your house and maximizing your available space to achieve your desired goal. Some of the ways you can save storage is by creating a shelf above your door, making a shelf along your staircase. Use fewer, larger pieces of furniture to reduce visual clutter when designing the interior of your small room.

Floor decorations are good for interior design of a small room

The choice of floor you choose depends on the general interior design of your home. For plain and simple furnishing, printed or square tiles or rugs may come in handy as they enhance the general appearance of the room and add color to it. However, generally, plain carpets are more appropriate for small rooms. Prints and squares make the room seem smaller and more crowded.

In conclusion, designing a house no matter what size calls for a lot of creativity and making the most of the items you already have present in your house. With simplicity and maximum attention to detail, you can be able to get the house of your dreams in simple, cost friendly ways!

The houses around yours are selling like hot cakes but yours is still on the market? What is it about your house that you just can’t seem to get a buyer? Many people have asked these question in frustration but there are some simple answers. This week we share with you reasons why your house may not be selling.

1. You’re working with the wrong agent

You may think otherwise, but don’t underestimate the power of an agent. As a home seller, you are most likely trying to save costs and get the best deal by hiring a discount or inexperienced agent. But as usual, you get what you pay for. It is important to get a seasoned agent who will be dedicated to sell your home for the right price.

2. Your house is overpriced

There’s nothing quite as humbling as coming to the realization that your priced possession is overpriced. Setting the correct asking price for your house can make or break the deal and determine how long your house sits on the market. Ensure that you have a reputable agent who is able to determine the correct value of your home.

3. Your home needs some TLC

If you consider selling your house for a premium, it is advisable to make sure it also looks the part. Although it’s a bitter pill to swallow it is advisable to make the proper assessments and renovations to your house if you want to sell for the full asking price. Make sure your amenities and appliances are up to date and comparable to the other properties for sale in your set price range.

4. Bad first impression

As a seller, it is easy for you to overlook things in your house, but a buyer may not easily overlook these things. This doesn’t mean you need to spend millions of shillings on renovations, but make sure you take notice of curb appeal. Since this is the first thing your potential buyer sees, always make sure the front garden of your house is well groomed.

5. The pictures didn’t say a thousand words

Using listing sites such as Jumia House can hep a great deal in getting leads. But the selling point will come in the pictures. If your pictures don’t match what sellers are seeing in person, this may be a problem. More importantly, if the pictures potential buyers are seeing are not pleasing to the eye, there will be no incentive for them to even bother making an appointment for a showing.

6. Unrealistic expectations

It’s easy to be overconfident in a seller’s market as there is a high demand and low supply in property. This can easily make you as a seller have unrealistic expectations that your property will sell no matter how high the listing price is. As previously stated, it is very important to have your property correctly valued and priced. When your asking price for your house is above the market value, you are potentially pricing your property out and missing out on potential buyers.

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The Kitchen is the window into the spirit/soul of a home. Attaining your dream kitchen does not have to be a stressful and expensive experience. It can be fun, affordable and easily manageable.

Jumia House looks at ways you can achieve a more enjoyable kitchen.

 

Add a splash of color

Repainting your kitchen never fails to give it a new and improved feel. Brighter colors make it look more spacious and more alive, which is important for a room that has so much purpose in the home. Why not make your kitchen look more modern by adding glass to cabinets and counters, giving the room a completely new style.

Install a hanging rack

When looking for a place to store your pans and pots, look up. A hanging rack creates more space for you on the ground and keeps your utensils within reach. A slide-out coffee cup rack will give you room to hang your everyday mugs, for example, whilst hooks above the sink will provide space for cleaning equipment, pots or pans.

 

De-clutter / Clean Up

Many are deprived of neat and clean kitchens because they are crowded with so much clutter. Cabinets filled with old and rusty kitchenware, floors with full baskets and so on. One of the ways this can be prevented is by getting rid of whatever is not being used. This leaves room for aeration, creates space for new cutlery and crockery, and gives you the new and revamped kitchen you have long desired. Pantry jars are an ultimate kitchen life saver; they keep your food stuffs clean and well stored and will make your kitchen neater and more spacious. Labeling these jars makes navigating the kitchen much easier and improves your kitchen life by great measure.