moving

First of all, if you haven’t read our previous post about moving, read that here before reading this. Moving to a new home or office can be overwhelming. The whole packing and unpacking is just so energy consuming.

We will all experience moving at least once in our lifetime and having an idea where to start can help reduce the stress. Though there is no one way to pack right, Jumia House brings you some ideas on where to start.

  1. Unused items: It is quite logical to start with items you use the least. They include items in storage, e.g that china you got as a gift during your wedding that you only use when you have guests. You can go further to categorize them as:
    1. Items to throw away: As you pack it will surprise you to find items that you forgot you have stored away in some part of your house. It’s best to discard those items as chances are you won’t use them.
    2. Items to sell or give away: Trust us, moving time is the period you will discover items you no longer need which are still in good conditions, in which case you can either sell them or give them away.
    3. Items to be moved: These are part of your belongings which are still desirable and you need to move them.
  2. Non-essential items: The next sets of items to pack are those that you can do without for a few weeks. They include such things as decorations and artwork, books, video games, extras, jewelry etc.
  3. Essential items:  Clothes and kitchen utensils are items you should pack last. Usually in the week you are to move. These items you pack last are the first you should unpack at your new place. Label them well and place them at the top

Note that moving companies will not move flammable, corrosive or explosive items. It is advisable not to waste time packing these as you can easily give them away or move them yourself.

 

Nancy Ewurum is a young and ambitious lady with a passion for creative writing and social entrepreneurship through software development. Currently enrolled in the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology, Accra, she writes in her spare time. You can connect with her on twitter.

unclog

Nothing more annoying than a clogged drain and even more so when trying to unclog it. If only we could live without a clogged drain but the thing is, it’s an unavoidable situation. The drains clog due to our hair, oil from foods or soap scum. With this in mind, how to we unclog our own drains without having to call in the plumber every single time. Here are four simple ways of unclogging your sink or shower drain:

  1. Boiling water: Heat from boiling water melts the soap scum clogging the drain. You should note that this method alone may not be sufficient to clear the drain. It can be combined with other methods listed below for effectiveness.
  2. Plunger: The good old plunger can do wonders to clear your drain depending on the location of the clog in the drain, nature of the blockage and how your drain is designed. This method works best when the clog is within reach of the plunger’s suction, if not you might struggle a bit to clear the drain. Try adding petroleum jelly to the edges of the plunger to get a firmer hold. Again this method is partially effective depending on the depth of the clog.
  3. Baking soda and vinegar: You can combine this method with the hot water method to get the best result. First, pour boiling water down the drain, then some baking powder, wait for a few minutes then pour some vinegar. Typically you wait for an hour or less for the clog to dissolve and finish off by pouring more boiling water down the drain.
  4. Hook: Fold a piece of wire into a hook shape or get a wire hanger to use to unclog the drain. Simply use the hook-end to fish out the clog depending on how deep it is.

Foreign objects such as jewelry, bottle cap or toothpaste cap can clog the drain, in such cases, it is advisable to get the services of a professional plumber to avoid grave damages to your drain. Having a drain protector can help to trap hair and other foreign objects from blocking your drain.

Nancy Ewurum is a young and ambitious lady with a passion for creative writing and social entrepreneurship through software development. Currently enrolled in the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology, Accra, she writes in her spare time. You can connect with her on twitter.

Photo Credit: Yaw Pare

We just went through 31 days of March and we must say it came with some interesting statistics. We see from the statistics the areas that our site visitors have the most interest in. If you are an agent or developer this data can influence decisions you make. Find below an infographic showing the top five most search for areas on Jumia House.

 

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small

Do you have a small home or what we prefer to call a self-contained apartment? Jumia house highlights some features that are a must-have for any apartment that qualifies as a self-contained apartment. They can also double up to serve as ideas for maximizing small spaces in your home.

  1. Convertible furniture: Having a sofa that converts into a bed is an intriguing feature for a small home as it not only makes the most use of the available space, it saves cost. This ‘sofa-bed’ can be placed in the main living area to serve as a cozy resting place for your visitors during the day and your snuggly bed at night. A bed that folds into the wall or table that folds into a cabinet is another creative way of converting your furniture for multiple uses.
  2. Resourceful storage solutions: Hanging pans on the wall or stacking dishes on a wall rack as an alternative to storing them in drawers saves you huge furniture space. Having drawers for your clothes or undergarments on the sides of your bed is another way of being creative with your space. For book lovers, a wall rack with well-decorated bookends is a great way to keep your books and save space.
  3. Multi-purpose areas: An all-purpose area in your small home is one feature you cannot pass up on. Your dining area may not be your dining area all the time as it can also be used for other purposes such as reading area or using the table as an ironing table depending on what you desire. Your bathroom can double up as your laundry room where you have a washing machine depending on your budget and bathroom design.

Nancy Ewurum is a young and ambitious lady with a passion for creative writing and social entrepreneurship through software development. Currently enrolled in the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology, Accra, she writes in her spare time. You can connect with her on twitter.

house guest

Hosting guests in your home requires a lot of preparation and making your guests feel welcome.  If you have been a house guest before then you know how important it is to feel at comfortable at home in someone else’s space. Jumia House scoured around and gathered five tips to help you prepare for your next house guest. Here they are:

  1. Compound/Front Porch: Hide all unsightly items and make sure your compound and porch are clean. First impressions are everything!
  2. Hallway: If you usually leave your shoes and bags in the hallway, clear them away till your guests leave. You do not want the guest to feel cramped and as those, he/she is intruding on your personal space
  3. Bedroom: Lay the bed with clean sheets and put an extra set in the cupboard. We recommend providing your guest with two pillows. One firm and one soft. Layer blankets on top of the sheets; light and heavy.
  4. Bathroom Essentials: Stock up the bathroom with toilet paper. It will be embarrassing for both you and the guest if you run out of toilet paper. As an added bonus stock the guest bathroom with a toothbrush, toothpaste, and body wash. Just in case your guest forgets to bring along their toiletries.
  5. Kitchen: Be sure to have a variety of morning beverages and juice. Stock up on bottled water and preferably have a mix of sparkling and still water. You can also add to the mix moderately priced wine. Some guest love snacks so, be sure to have some snacks in your kitchen. Lastly, inquire about and allergies or specific diet your guest is on before you go food shopping.

Most importantly communicate with your guest, that matters more than what we have listed above. There you have it Jumia House’s five tips to help you prepare for a house guest.

safe

It’s a given that when you buy or rent a new home, you should change the locks. Aside from that, we have come up with six security measure we recommend you put in place to protect yourself and your home.

  1. Valuables: If possible do not keep valuables at home. If you must do not hide them in default places like under your bed or mattress. These are places that anyone who wants to rob you will check first. Preferable invest in a home safe and find an inconspicuous place to hide the safe.
  2. Windows: It’s a trend now among thieves to steal what is closest to the window. So, be sure not to keep your wallet, car keys or mobile phone next to the window. Keep everything hidden to deter the thief who spies into your home via a window.
  3. Strangers: Don’t allow people you do not know into your home. They may be thieves either coming to scout and identify the security flaws in your home. Especially keep an eye out for people who claim to work for government agencies.
  4. Lights: To deter strangers from entering your home, keep the light on to create the illusion of someone being home.Keep in mind that this security measure may impact your electricity consumption.
  5. Social Media: It’s tempting to want to show off on social media or even in public but be careful. You never know who is watching you and plotting behind the scenes. You definitely do not want a Kim Kardashian situation. Be as discreet as possible.
  6. Security: Overgrown shrubs serve as a hiding spot for thieves, ensure to trim them always. Invest in getting an electric fence but if it’s above your budget you can use broken glass for your walls. Light your home well for the night and most importantly lock your doors!
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