Is living in Thailand easy?

Is living in Thailand easy?

On balance the answer is yes but a deeper analysis of the pros and cons of living in Thailand can reveal a lot more complexity than a simple binary answer of yes or no. The first way to dig a little deeper is to segment the types of people who come to Thailand, to live here, and what their general responses are. Continue reading Is living in Thailand easy?

How Much Money do You Need to Live in Thailand?

How Much Money do You Need to Live in Thailand?

Although there are plenty of people residing in a Western region of the globe that would love to live in a country with a more agreeable climate and way of life, not all of these dreamers get to realise their aspirations in life. Of course, before finally deciding to relocate to somewhere like Thailand, it is essential to work out how much cash we will need to get by and how best to stretch our income. Continue reading How Much Money do You Need to Live in Thailand?

How Eco Friendly Expats in Thailand Decorate Their Home

How Eco Friendly Expats in Thailand Decorate Their Home

environment friendlyIf you’re an environment friendly expatriate residing in the Land of Smiles, you’ve probably come to the conclusion that it really isn’t practical to while away the hours from a recycled hemp hammock strung up in a hut made out of recycled palm fronds and bamboo. Therefore, you may have to really get outside of the box to come up with some environmentally friendly decorating ideas for your brand new house or condo. Yes, the hammock is strung up inside. Continue reading How Eco Friendly Expats in Thailand Decorate Their Home

Health benefits of living in Thailand

Health benefits of living in Thailand

Whilst the West boasts the best medical care in the world, we do see more and more people needing to use the facilities that are available there. On the whole people seem to get sicker much more easily in the West, than here in Thailand, even though Thailand is a third world country. This page explores some of the reasons why this is the case. Continue reading Health benefits of living in Thailand

Five Words in Thai that Are Hard To Explain in English

Five Words in Thai that Are Hard To Explain in English

thaiThai is a wonderful language to learn. It is especially important and beneficial to learn the language if you are living in Thailand long term, or are considering doing so in the future.
As with any new language Thai has some really easy to grasp words and phrases and some that are really difficult to explain to anyone who isn’t Thai.
This page explores five words that are commonly used in the Thai language, but are quite difficult to translate into English. Continue reading Five Words in Thai that Are Hard To Explain in English

Five Decor Ideas to Help Increase the Value of Our Thai Home

Five Decor Ideas to Help Increase the Value of Our Thai Home

Increase the Value of your home. Just about everything you do to your home, with the exception of abusing or neglecting it has the potential to add value. Even if you just moved into your abode, keep in mind that one day you may be selling it. Therefore, from day one every time you shop for furnishings, make home improvements or carry out routine repairs, do so with an eye towards increasing the property’s value. Here are a few simple things to do over time that will increase the value of your home.

 

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One of the easiest and most cost efficient methods of giving your home a face lift is to paint both the interior and the exterior every couple of years. Not only will this add value but it will also keep your home looking fresh, clean and modern.

Fix the Little Things

From day one, keep up with all the little things. When something is broken or needs to be repaired take care of it right away. Individual repairs might not seem that important, but over time cracked tiles, broken light switch covers, holes in a window screen and dripping faucets all create the impression that your home has been neglected. Staying on top of small repairs as they crop up, will keep your home looking brand new and may eliminate larger problems down the road should you decide to relocate.

Square Footage

having more of this critical measurement can dramatically increase the value of your home. Maybe you can’t physically add square feet to your dwelling but you can increase the visual  by making each room feel larger than it actually is. Clear the clutter, because a room crammed with furniture and junk looks much smaller. Replacing heavy draperies with horizontal or vertical blinds and adding a large mirror to one of the walls will also give any room a lighter and more open look.

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Plan for the future by planting shade or fruit trees. When these trees mature your property will be more desirable and valuable. If you don’t believe me visit a nursery and check out the hefty price tags on mature shade trees. If the trees have been properly placed they can also trim as much as 40% from your cooling cost. Low-maintenance landscaping will also add value. Try to purchase colorful shrubs and plants that add ‘curb appeal’, but if they are native to the region and drought-tolerant they’ll add value because they are low maintenance and use less water.

Hidden Damage

Nothing devalues property faster than an infestation of termites or a leaky roof, so inspect your home annually for unseen damage. If you don’t know it’s broken you can’t fix it. Remember that something small thing like an unseen water leak can turn into a major expense. Regular inspections will allow you to take care of small things before they become big things. Doing so will ensure that you get top dollar when your property does go on the market.