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You’re finally moving in! Now that your unit has been turned over, it’s time to focus on transforming a bare space into a place where you can relax after a long day’s work—starting by getting the right appliances for your new home.
If this is your first time setting up, determining which appliances to prioritize may prove to be challenging as condos have limited square footage when compared with apartments or houses.
But to make the process easier for you, here are must-have items for your condo:
If you prefer cooking your own meals instead of using meal delivery services, an induction cooker should be on top of your list. Having your own induction stove will not only let you cook meals from scratch, but you can also reheat take-outs and leftovers. It is also important to note that some condos prohibit the use of gas stoves, so condo dwellers usually turn to the induction cooker as a safe and energy-efficient alternative.
A home without a fridge is unimaginable at this day and age. With Metro Manila’s infamous hot weather, it is common for some areas in your condo to go above room temperature during the day, so unrefrigerated leftovers and other perishable items expire quicker than normal. With a compact refrigerator, not only will you have enough storage space to extend the lifespan of fresh produce and leftovers, but you also don’t have to worry about the amount of space it will take since it can fit in nicely in a corner or beside a countertop.
Microwave / Toaster oven
The microwave oven is ideal to use for quickly preparing food for loved ones and guests. You can also use it to defrost frozen food. They are relatively light and compact enough to place on top of countertops without taking too much space. You can also reheat your coffee or milk tea when it’s been out for too long.
Alternatively, if you aren’t a fan of using microwave radiation to heat your food, or just like having toast for breakfast, a toaster oven is the appliance to get.
No Filipino home is complete without the rice cooker – if you love rice and eat it on a regular basis, it is crucial to have this appliance in your condo. Rice cookers are also versatile cooking instruments and can cook more than just rice. Some are equipped with a steamer, which you can use for various types of food. The steamer is also a great alternative to reheating certain takeaway food and leftovers.
Another good appliance to have is the coffee maker, especially for people who are always on the go. You can have freshly brewed coffee within your reach. No need to spend an exorbitant amount every day for store-bought coffee – you can choose one that has a short brew time so you can bring a cup or two for work.
Blender / Food Processor
There is a long list of things you can do with a blender besides making fruit and protein shakes. If you cook your own food, the blender is the perfect tool to make homemade sauces, soups, condiments, salad dressings, and even peanut butter.
If you want a more versatile kitchen tool but don’t mind the extra cost, you can choose a food processor instead. It can easily do the chopping, slicing, shredding, grinding and pureeing for you.
Electric fan / Air conditioner
There is no escaping the heat of Metro Manila, so an electric fan or air conditioning unit is a must. With continuously rising temperatures outside, having the right temperature inside your condo will do wonders for your health and well-being. Having an electric fan or AC unit inside your bedroom will also help give you that much-needed good night’s sleep.
Getting a smart TV is one of the first things people would bring into their condo, as it would allow them to comfortably watch movies and their favorite TV shows at home. With a smart TV, you can easily connect to the internet and watch on any of the streaming services you’re subscribed to. You can even connect a soundbar for a more stunning viewing experience.
Washer / Dryer
If you are not too keen on using a laundry service or going to laundry shops, then it is essential that you get a washer. Be mindful though that these things do take up quite some space, so you need to be strategic in your design layout, but in some condos, there is already a space intended for the laundry area, usually inside the toilet. Other condo dwellers place them in between kitchen cabinets or under countertops.
While a flat iron is a staple in houses, it is more practical to have a clothes steamer in a condo due to the limited space. It does the same job as iron in removing wrinkles and creases on clothes, but it doesn’t need an ironing board to operate.
For future condo owners who will be investing in these appliances, it is important to place them inside a condo unit that has been intelligently designed by a trusted real estate developer.
Empire East Land Holdings, Inc. has 25 years of expertise in building unparalleled communities, and the 38-tower Empire East Highland City is one of those places that any homebuyer would be proud to move into. Strategically situated at the convergence of Pasig City and Cainta, Rizal, the 24-hectare township is the first-ever elevated city in the Philippines as it will be completely built on stilts, making it rise above the ground.
Aside from providing world-class amenities to future residents, the Empire East Highland City development will be integrated with its own high-end mall, which will offer about 58,000 square meters of retail spaces, you are sure to have everything you might need for your condo home when you want it. It will also feature an exclusive sports complex called The Chartered Club as well as an 8,000 sqm expanse of greenery, the Highland Park, where you can be active and find respite should you decide to step out of your unit.
At Empire East Highland City, everything you need and more will all be within your reach.