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Buying or Selling a Property in Curacao

 

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There are a great many people who would love to own a home still hesitating and staying on the sidelines. Some don’t have the down payment, or they may have credit problems. However, credit is loosening up; down payment requirements are coming down as well. Many are more able to buy than they think.

However, a significant percentage of would-be buyers are hesitant because they’re afraid of buying a home and immediately finding the value dropping, or buying at too high a price. Of course, paying more than the home is worth in the current market is locking in a deficit unless and until market conditions improve and prices rise. The average consumer home buyer can go into a price negotiation with an advantage, but you need to “love the numbers more than the home.”

Have Options Going In

This is crucial. Too many home buyers look around and find the “perfect home,” fall in love with it, and they are in trouble before they even enter negotiations. If you only have one home on your final list, you need to go out and look some more if there are other options available. Sure, you don’t want to make an offer on a home you hate, but it’s usually possible to find two, three or more that meet your needs and you like in varying degrees.

Going into a contract negotiation with fallback options immediately gives you an advantage. You’re not in a “must-have” situation, and you should make that clear to your real estate agent if you’re using one. It is possible to make too low of an offer and offend the seller(s), but it’s less common than you may think.

First time owners and couples who have lived in a home for many years are more likely to let emotions guide their price negotiations. You want to temper your first offer a bit for these people, but having backup options gives you leverage. Also understand that if they have an outstanding mortgage, there is only so much room to negotiate before they have to bring money to the closing table.

It’s a Give-and-Take If Repairs are Necessary

When you’re negotiating with a seller who has already had an offer, they will probably have seen the home inspection report and will know what repairs are necessary and that another buyer may want them done. Even if they haven’t, you can see obvious problems with the property and consider those in your negotiations. Just know that if you push them to their limit and lowest selling price, there will be little or no room to pay for repairs once the inspection comes in.

Until every contingency, such as repair negotiations, is resolved, you’re in a continuing negotiation. So, if you’ve settled on a price and the inspection yields significant repair requirements, you can renegotiate the price instead of having the seller get the repairs. They have a different motivation, saving money rather than getting quality work.

Know Who the Boss Is

Your real estate agent is not the boss; you are. If you have backup options and want to make a low initial offer, it’s not their job to try to talk you up to a higher number. They may try to do so, telling you that the seller(s) may get upset and tell you to go away. If they do, go to one of your fallback homes, but you’ll probably still get a counter offer, even if it’s full price.

Have your buyer agent do a CMA, Comparative Market Analysis for you. You want a realistic valuation of the home in the current market. This is based on recent sales of similar homes in the same area. Then you have a value number and can make an offer below that number; as far below as you want. You’re the boss. If the agent is stubborn about submitting it, find another agent.

It’s a great feeling to leave the closing table with actual equity over and above your down payment because you paid below market value for the home.

for more info about buying or selling a property in Curacao or Aruba please contact us via our website 


Clever house hunting !!

Clever house hunting!!

A successful real estate search involves thorough preparation, good communication.

  1. Know what you want.

Create your own checklist; brainstorm the features you’re seeking. Then choose your top ten must-haves and rank them in order of most important to least.

Make a comparison chart. After you have seen a dozen or more houses, it becomes very difficult to keep track of the features in each one. Make things a little easier by creating your own comparison chart or checklist to bring along to each home, and make notes on it.

  1. Know how much you can afford to spend.

Do your own calculations and find out how much you can afford to spend on a mortgage/ rent payment before hunting for a rental, draw up a budget and take a hard look at where your money is going.

  1. Give thorough feedback to your real estate agent.

Trust your instincts because finding a new home is such a personal experience your first impression counts for a lot. Let your real estate agent know specifically what you like and dislike about the homes that you see so that he or she can narrow down the search. Be specific and thorough.

  1. Leave enough time for showings.

Take a moment to imagine how the house would look if it was your home. Picture yourself living there and think about how you would set things up.

  1. Be willing to compromise.

Unfortunately, the reality is that you might not be able to find your dream home within your budget, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t great properties that you might like just as much. You don’t have to compromise on everything, but knowing the things that you can live without will help your hunt go much further.

  1. Invest in renters insurance. Renters insurance is really a form of homeowners insurance.

Dushi Homes. At Dushi homes we go the extra mile for our customers. Therefore, you have come to the right place when it comes to clever house hunting!! Our team is experienced and qualified and regulates all matters around real estate.


Stageperiode ten einde

Mijn naam is Valesca van Arkel, 24 jaar oud en ik studeer Facility Management aan de Haagse Hogeschool in Nederland.

De afgelopen 5 maanden heb ik stage gelopen op dit prachtige eiland ‘Curacao’ bij Dushi Homes.
De opdracht die ik mee kreeg vanuit school was het schrijven van een advies rapport voor de registratie van het onderhoud.

5 februari ben ik begonnen met deze stage en a.s. vrijdag 17 juni loopt deze alweer ten einde.
Ik ben bij Dushi Homes met open armen ontvangen, zoals zij dat ook altijd bij hun gasten doen.
Bij Dushi Homes heb ik een super leuke stageperiode gehad en ik heb veel geleerd op het gebied van onderhoud. Facility Management is een brede opleiding en op elk gebied wat wils.
Echter vond ik de Real Estate/Vastgoed nooit zo interessant. Nu heb ik zelf voor mijn afstudeer jaar gekozen voor een minor Real Estate. Door de afgelopen 5 maanden stage te hebben gelopen in deze branche ben ik mij hier meer in gaan interesseren. Al blijft mijn droombaan nog steeds WEDDING PLANNER!

Na vrijdag blijf ik nog 2 weken op het eiland om te genieten van al het moois.
Natuurlijk ben ik samen met vrienden en familie bij alle mooie plekken op het eiland geweest, maar ik kan er geen genoeg van krijgen. Porto Mari is ook wel mijn lievelinsgs strand geworden de afgelopen 5 maanden. Mocht ik zelf nog gaan trouwen, dan hoef ik over de locatie geen seconde meer na te denken!

Naast de mooie stranden en het kristalblauwe water, heb ik onwijs genoten van het lekkere eten dat hier op het eiland te krijgen is. Een paar tips zijn, Brakke put Mei Mei, Zanzibar, Wilhelminaplein, de boogjes, Gouveneur, Op=Op (ookal zijn die momenteel dicht).

Ondanks de geweldige tijd die ik hier heb gehad op het eiland ben ik ook weer blij om naar huis te gaan. Vrienden, familie, maar ook een schoon huis met een lekker bed, een fris ruikend toitlet en bovendien leuke winkels waar weer lekker geshopt kan worden !!! (want dat viel hier wel tegen)

Wat ik als laatst wil meegeven, twijfel je om naar Curacao te gaan?
Bij twijfel altijd doen!! Curacao is een prachtig eiland en voor ieder wat wils.

Ayo,

Valesca

 

 

 

 


De mooiste stranden op het eiland

Curacao, een prachtig eiland rijk aan mooie stranden, maar waar moet je nou eigenlijk echt zijn

Grote knip:
Het strand wordt door de lokale bevolking ook wel Playa Abou genoemd
(Nederlands: strand in een dal). De Grote Knip ligt in het westen van het eiland, tussen de plaatsen Westpunt in het noorden en Lagun in het zuiden, op ongeveer 1 uur autorijden van het centrum van de hoofdstad Willemstad. Wat verder in het noorden ligt het strand Playa Forti en in het zuiden het strand Kleine knip.

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Playa Lagun:
Rotswanden sieren de zijkanten van deze kleine inham, vissersbootjes rusten op het zand. Een favoriete plaats voor duikers en snorkelaars, Playa Lagun is toegankelijk en gemakkelijk te vinden en ligt midden in het dorp van Lagun. Rifvissen zijn er in overvloed langs de kliffen.

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Playa Forti:
Playa Forti is een strand op het Caribische eiland Curaçao, gelegen nabij het dorp van Westpunt in het noord-westen van het eiland. Het is een zandstrand met kleine steentjes. Er zijn een snackbar en een restaurant. In de buurt van het restaurant, is er een plek waar men kan een 10 meter sprong van een klif in de zee kan maken.
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Cas Abao:
Met haar helder turquoise zee, wuivende palmbomen en wit zandstrand is Cas Abao Beach een echt droomstrand. Gevestigd aan de noordwestelijke kust van Curaçao, is Cas Abao uitgeroepen tot één van Curaçaos mooiste stranden, ideaal voor familie en watersport.
Bij de populaire daiquiri bar haal je de lekkerste koele daiquiri’s. Dagelijks ook geopend voor lunch en snacks. Vergeet uw snorkel niet voor de prachtige onderwater wereld!

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Kokomobeach:
Kokomo Beach is gelegen aan Vaersenbaai. Een mooie natuurlijke baai op de weg naar Bullenbaai. Kokomo geopend in juni 2011 en werd al snel bekend om hun grote feesten op het strand, zoals Woodstock, De maandelijkse Full Moom, Summerlove, Doomsday en Amnesia Beach Festival.
Kokomo is het ideale strand om te genieten van een rustige dag met de hele familie, zij biedeneen geweldige lunch. En vergeet niet te genieten van het kristalheldere water !!

 

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Mambo Beach:
Mambo Beach is een van de meest beroemde strand clubs op Curaçao, gelegen aan Sea Aquarium strand naast de boulevard.
De nieuwe Mambo Beach biedt alles wat u verwacht van een Beach Club. Het heeft een eigen strand en zwembad, een podium voor kleine en grote evenementen. Het restaurant biedt een heerlijk ontbijt, lunch, diner en beachbite.

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Hou dit blog van Dushi Homes goed in de gaten voor andere leuke tips op het eiland!
Ook voor vakantie huur, langertermijn of korte termijn huur kunt u een kijkje nemen op:

www.dushihomes.com


KINGSDAY 2016

 

One day left to celebrate the king’s birthday!!

On Wednesday, April 27th, there are besides a lot of entertainment for the kids (old Dutch games and children’s venues), even as many as five outdoor stages with live music and DJs,
a market, a great area in which the Defence Caribbean stands together with Curaçao Militia, CITRO, Army, Police, Fire, Coast Guard and Volunteer Corps Curacao and of course the necessary outside bars where we can honor prince lager with a delicious cold Polar Curacao.

There is also a plan to make things even more clearly where everything is and what time everything starts.


Looking for a parking place during King’s Day event Pietermaai District? Pietermaai Parking (in Pietermaai Mall Curacao) sells special tickets 10ANG for access to the garage on April 27.
These tickets can only be purchased in advance (and not on the day itself).
The garage will be on April 27 from 7AM to 7PM (after 7PM can not drive anymore, but until midnight on the 27th, the car can remain standing) are open only on presentation of the purchased ticket is access to the garage.
You can buy the tickets in Pietermaai Parking at the park box office on the 1st floor.
Limited availability, so be quick!

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For more information on ” Nacht van Oranje” on April 26th and “King’s day” on April 27th check the website:
https://www.facebook.com/PietermaaiDistrict/ https://www.facebook.com/events/1211011678926546/1292102734150773/

Chill ‘m a la Willem in Pietermaai District.

We Wish You a great day !!

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more info makes more bookings

Today’s blog is all about a quick feature that you can add to our site

Today that will help you convert more visitors to your site into bookings. This is the simple addition of an interactive map on our website. An interactive map is one that shows the local area as normal, but that you can add the location of your property and places that your guests might be interested in. From there you can see the proximity, read reviews and check the distances and times between attractions all whilst keeping customers on your site.

If your guest selects your property you can feature the location on an interactive map on the page for that property. As well as showing the property that has been selected, your interactive map can also show the locations of other available properties in the area. So, if the property is booked people on your site can choose available properties that are closest to their original desired location. You can even have the price of the properties on the map, and photos with a short description when your guests hover over the points on the map. This prevents people from leaving your site to start a new search based on the area they want to stay. Rather than having to search through the pages for different vacation rentals on your site, or possibly leaving your site, they move on to the next best property in just one click.

 A map that shows all the properties in the area can then be distilled to a map showing just the selected property. This would then feature highlights of the local area. Local restaurants, museums and bars can all have pins that lead straight through to reviews, their own websites and contact information. The same goes for tourist attractions. An interactive map can then show the best routes to get around these attractions either by walking, driving or on public transport. You can then have blog posts about the places on your map. Showing your knowledge and passion about your local area will bring this to life and engage the people that come to your site. You’re turning your site into a complete and definitive resource for people looking to book a holiday. You already have your property listings set up, but now you have all the information that people need to make the leap from research and comparison to an actual booking.

 We’ve spoken before about how a good vacation rental website not only provides all of the information that your guests will want to know, but taps into the anticipation of the holiday that they are planning. You should show your guests what they can do when staying in your property. Show the local knowledge you have amassed and give them an insight into the area they are hoping to stay in. You are allowing people to visualize their holiday, making it more real, and leading to more bookings from first-time visitors to your site.

Using tools like Google Street View and reading reviews can all help this but being able to see everything on the same page, whilst they are considering their booking means you are in a great position to convert that visitor into a booking right there and then. Showing your local knowledge and your commitment to ensuring every guest’s enjoyment of your property helps to show that yours is a business that can be trusted.

And, if you are using dushihomes.com, you can simply add your properties and the attractions in your local area to the back office and they will automatically be added to your interactive map. It is one of those smaller features that helps professional and innovative hosts stay ahead of the competition. Click here to find out more about this feature.


How To Select the Right Paint and Color For Your Home

Painting is a quick and cheap way to give an house or a room a breath of fresh air or to make your property more rent-able sellable  if you are putting it on the market. Find out all you have ever wanted to know about selecting paint.

 

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Which paint should you choose?

Paint comes in a variety of sheens as well as in either oil or latex. Latex paint is the most commonly and preferred paint type to use because of its ease of clean up and long lasting durability. It also tends to be more fade resistant and breathes better than oil, resulting in less blistering of the paint. I recommend using a latex paint for most of your walls and household uses. However, oil based paint is great for priming real wood moldings and trim as it tends to seal stains and knots from the wood better than a latex paint wood. It does take longer to dry than a latex paint though, so plan for more drying time. I personally use an oil based shellac primer on my trim and then opt for a latex paint as the top coat. There are a variety of brands on the market, but my top preference is PPG paint.

Which sheen should I select?

The glossier the paint, the easier it is to clean up. If you have small children and the room you are painting has high traffic, like in a playroom, or tends to get grease on the wall such as in a kitchen, opt for high gloss sheen as you can easily wipe the wall down with a damp sponge. This will however make blemishes and imperfections in your wall more apparent and in rooms such as living rooms, could give off an unpleasant shine. High gloss is also great for trim and will give the trim a nice finished look, complementing the flatter sheen of your walls.

Semi-gloss would also be a good choice for kitchens and baths as well as trim providing you with ease of wash-ability and less shine than the gloss. It is also slightly cheaper than the gloss finish and is a very common alternative. Satin sheens have a satiny smooth finish to them and could also be used in kitchens, baths and hallways. This may be a good choice if you really want some gloss and paint that can clean easily without the shine of a gloss.

If you have walls with lots of imperfections, select a flat or matte paint. You can usually get away with one coat of paint with a flat. The downside to this paint is that it does not stand up well to a good cleaning and does tend to show dirt more so choose this for rooms that will not get lots of fingerprints and dirt on them. Probably the most popular sheen is eggshell, which hides imperfections like a flat does but is easier to wash, so more durable and smoother to the touch. I recommend this for most rooms as it seems to have the best of both the flat and glossy worlds.

Which color should I choose?

If you are in the process of selling your house, I recommend selecting a white or off-white color as the choice for walls. This will allow the buyer to easily cover the wall with their choice of color and will give your rooms a brighter and clean appearance. However, you should take full advantage of the hundreds of paint selections and brochures at your local paint store as well as talk to a salesperson about the various color schemes for the look you want. You can change the feel of any room in your house with a little planning and some color, varying the shades for a certain look or feel.

A good rule of thumb is to remember the color wheel. We all learned about the primary colors in school – red, yellow and blue. These are on the color wheel at 12:00, 4:00 and 8:00 respectively. Combining any of these will give you a secondary color (i.e. purple, orange). Colors near each other on the color wheel such as blue and purple are analogous to each other and will allow one color to stand out more. Colors opposite each other on the color wheel such as green and red are complementary to one another and will nicely play off each other. Staying within the same shade of color (i.e. greens) will give you a subtle and soothing look. Painting with cool colors such as blues, greens and purples makes small rooms appear larger and more airy while colors such as reds, yellows and oranges will give a room a more vibrant appearance. You can vary the warmth even with a red or yellow by choosing muted shades of those colors such as pink, peach or a buttery yellow. Warm colors have cool ones as their complementary colors while cool colors have warm complements. Shades are either pure or vibrant, muted (which are less intense than their vibrant counterparts) or shaded (the darker colors in the same color scheme).

I want a subtle and soothing look:

You can choose to stay within the same shade and use a monochromatic approach such as select a variety of shades of blue for subtle color that tends to be soothing. This tends to look good in a bathroom or a bedroom if you want the feeling of calmness. Just choose your favorite color and overlap the shades. For example, select a darker color for the wall and then another in the same color scheme but different shade and slightly lighter for the trim. Your curtains, towels or bedding as well as accessories such as candles can be varying shades within the same scheme. You can also layer the colors by selecting a lighter green as the basecoat and then do a faux paint with a darker green overlay.

Light color choices such as blues, lavenders, pinks and soft yellows are great choices for a romantic feeling of tranquility and restfulness in a room. If you are looking for a calm ambience in your bedroom, choose lighter shades of either cool or warm colors. Use different textures in your bedding and accessories to make the room even more appealing. Don’t hold to the old rule of one shade and one texture. You will be pleasantly surprised at the effects just changing textures and colors can have on a room.

 Colors such as sage can turn a kitchen quickly into one of comfort and shades of buttery yellows in a kitchen will lend to that feeling baked goodies brings. Shades of powdery blue also tend to yield feelings of tranquility.

 

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I want an elegant look:

Neutral colors offer elegance and flexibility within a room. Neutral colors are no longer simply white or beige. You can turn a simple living room into one of elegance by selecting varying shades of neutral colors such as almond walls with red toned browns on the trim. You can also add splashes of color throughout the room with a color throw, pillow or vase carefully placed to offset the subtle neutral tones in the room. Again, don’t be afraid to add texture to your accessories. Neutral colors allow you more flexibility in quickly changing the feel to a room. You can easily change the feel of a neutral room by adding different colored accessories or painting the trim a new color. You can choose either lighter or deeper neutral colors and vary the look of the room. Remember, the lighter color you go, the more spacious the room will appear. Varying shades of rust, mahogany or garnet will offer instant elegance and a feeling of earthiness and richness.

I want a vibrant look:

If you want a room with pizzazz, choose vibrant colors and their respective shades such as oranges and gold, reds and dark purples. You can complement these colors by selecting a two next to each other such as gold and orange and one from the opposite side of the color wheel such as purple. You can also select black and red for a real stand out contrast and look that is reminiscent of an Oriental look. Choose two colors next to each other on the color wheel for a visual contrast as one will stand out from the other.

Ceilings

You can lower a high ceiling visually by painting it a darker shade than the walls. By the same token, you can expand a room by selecting a lighter color for your ceiling than the walls. Don’t be afraid to add a tint of color to your ceiling paint for a tied in and subtle look. One way to go if you are afraid of too much color in your ceiling is to paint the ceiling, door trim and floor moldings the same shade such as a creamy ivory. This will add a touch of elegance and a nice transition throughout your room.

Creating Focal Points:

Think focal point when you are painting a room. You can quickly change the look of any room by adding contrasting colors to the walls and trim or by adding a darker color to one particular wall. You can make a large room look smaller by painting one wall a darker shade. You can also visually expand a room by painting the walls a darker color and the trim a lighter shade within the same color scheme, especially if you have a room with detailed trim on the walls. This easy change will make the room pop out more visually and add definite appeal. If you have a room with molding halfway between the ceiling and floor, use two different shades of the same color for a wonderful visual contrast. Highlight any interesting aspect in your rooms with a darker, complementary shade to the one you have chosen for your walls. Visible stairways, especially those in the middle of the room look incredible when painted a darker shade than the walls and gives you a wonderful focal point.

You do not have to spend a lot of money on an interior designer to redo the look of your house. With a little paint and a lot of imagination, you can easily change the look and feel of a room. Look for highlights of your rooms and think of ways to make them stand out. Think of how you want to feel when you are inside that room. Do you want to feel romantic and calm? Choose a light warm or cool shade. Or do you want to feel homey and comforted? Select buttery yellows such as for your kitchen. Do you want a feel of calmness and balance? Select shades of green that are light or moss or sage colored. Do you want to feel energized and express your vibrant personality? Choose vibrant shades. Do you want an air of elegance and serenity to a room? Select neutral shades or cool light greens. The point is, you can quickly feel the way you want with a can of paint or two, a paint brush and a little imagination.

if you are interested in any information regarding maintenance your house

please feel free to contact us at info@dushihomes.com or visit our webpage www.dushihomes.com


Carnival in Curacao

Everywhere in the world that carnivals have taken root and grown, they have become unique events unto themselves, and the premier cultural and party festival within the region.

 

Early Carnival Celebrations

At first the wealthy plantation owners, traders and business people of the Caribbean region held fancy balls after the example of the high society in their motherlands. They would dress up stately, wear wigs and put on masks.

The slaves and their descendants would hold their own little carnivals in their backyards using their own rituals, costumes and folklore. At times they would imitate their master’s behavior at masked balls.

As they got more freedom of self expression the working class took their celebration to the streets.

With the years their form of celebrating carnival became more elaborate and soon more popular than the balls held inclosed societies.

 

The Beginnings of the Carnival in Curacao

In Curaçao, Dutch Antilles, there was a very unique development of Carnival for the Dutch colonists had their characteristic way of celebrating carnival, the immigrants of Asiatic lands had theirs, the Creole middle class in the city held private balls within their social societies and the people from the Eastern Caribbean islands, which had immigrated to the island to work in the oil refinery, brought with them their form of Carnival parties and street parades in their residential areas to the model back home.

 

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After mid 20th century all these influences started to merge together and melt down into one huge national cultural expression on the island that features people from almost fifty different nationalities.

With the insertion of Tumba (the island’s typical music form) as the official music form to be promoted and played and the media coverage of almost every important event, Carnival without a doubt became the biggest and most important cultural manifestation of Curaçao.

Curaçao Carnival is a celebration in a class of its own. It more or less takes full possession of the whole community through competitions (Tumba music and Calypso festivals), beauty pageants, private and public parties and street parades during the first weeks of the year climaxing on the weekend and Tuesday preceding the Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent)

 

The Curaçao Carnival is an experience unlike any other.
Reason why we would like to share this unique experience with the world.

Ready to experience the Curaçao Carnival? Here you will find an overview of the most important activities planned for the coming 2016 Carnival season.

Sunday, January 31, 2016
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Children’s Carnival Parade
Sunday, January 31, 2016 Curaçao Drum Battle at Brionplein
Wednesday, Febuary 03, 2016 Carnival Party for the Elderly
Friday, Febuary 05, 2016 Teen Carnival Parade
Saturday, February 06, 2016 Banda Bou Carnival Parade
Sunday, February 07, 2016 Grand Carnival Parade “Gran Marcha”
Monday, February 08, 2016 Children’s Farewell Parade
Tuesday, February 09, 2016 Grand Farewell Carnival Parade

The Constraint of Choice

Why Too Many Options is Bad For Business. 

This sounds wrong, right? Choice is good! Give your customers more choice, they can get exactly what they want and you can reach more potential customers. It’s a pleasing thought; more choice will eventually result in better products, better experience and more power in the hands of the consumer. Companies will offer us more in an attempt to lure us in and we can disperse with all the unwanted extras we’ve been saddled with for years. Choice is a modern miracle that modern capitalism grew and nurtured until we emerged into our current consumer utopia. We’re freer, more self-determined and more likely to choose a better option than if our choices were restricted. The only problem is that it’s not true.

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The truth is that providing choice does not result in better products, more satisfied customers or easier and clearer purchasing experiences. It confuses and distracts customers. And, it has a negative impact on sales.

In one study cited by Schwartz, researchers set up two displays of jams at a gourmet food store for customers to try samples, who were given a coupon for a dollar off if they bought a jar. In one display there were six jams, in the other 24: 30% of people exposed to the smaller selection bought a jam, but only 3% of those exposed to the larger selection did.

In addition to sales, it also reduces the level of general engagement:

Vanguard, a gigantic mutual-fund company, and found that for every 10 mutual funds the employer offered, rate of participation went down 2% – even though by not participating, employees were passing up as much as $5,000 a year from the employer who would happily match their contribution.

Increased choice in these examples has resulted in poorer sales of the same product and less participation. And it applies to choosing a vacation rental, too. Imagine you’re heading to New York for a week and are looking for somewhere to stay, it would seem that having more choices of vacation rental would mean that you have more power as a consumer and the process should be easier and better value.

But, the paradox is, if you have one option – no choice – you are forced into the decision and the weight of responsibility is removed from you. If you have a choice of 100, there is surely the optimum choice for you within that. To make a choice is to gamble on very little information, or invest valuable time in checking and comparing every single option and variation. It is possibly better to be forced into a bad option and to make the best of it than to make a choice but have the silent worry and fear that you’re missing out on something better.

If we make what could be perceived as a wrong choice, you are a failure. Suddenly, the emphasis has shifted from the quality of the product to your ability to make a decision. The producers are no longer accountable for their product. They gave you, the consumer, the choice and all the information you could need to pick the very best. And if you can’t manage to make the best judgement, you must be the stupid one. This is what leads to customers becoming overwhelmed and opting not to make the purchase.

Every business has to consider what it offers that no other business can match rather than adding more and more in an attempt to keep up with the competition.

Paypal founder Peter Thiel argues that monopolies are good things and that competition, often, doesn’t help either businesses or customers. “In the real world outside economic theory, every business is successful exactly to the extent that it does something others cannot. Monopoly is therefore not a pathology or an exception. Monopoly is the condition of every successful business.” Competition, in short, is for losers.

So, as a vacation rental manager where does this leave your business? Should you eliminate choice from your business and offer a pared-down version?

Unfortunately, we are not at the stage where consumers actively seek out less choice, customers are still attracted to a large number of choices. Having a huge amount of available properties is still a great hook to get customers to your site and viewing your properties. It’s at this stage where you can lose them. Suddenly, pages of pages of impressive looking properties start to look overwhelming.

The secret is to categorize your properties into smaller groups. Then when people come to your site they can navigate to the properties that they need. Your site needs to bypass the extra properties that might look appealing but are ultimately just distractions to booking. Someone who is looking for modern, beachfront properties should be able to just choose from the three or four that meet their criteria. One of the first tasks of your website is to get this crucial information from your guests and distill this choice into just the relevant properties. You can still present your business as having a wide range of choice but without swamping your guests and having a negative impact on your bookings.

Managing choice is the task of a good website. It should be able your guests past hundreds of irrelevant choices and to an eventual booking. Choice is still an important tool for online business but knowing when to avoid it will help you convert more browsers into bookings.


Plumbing Traps

 

 

(And Why You Need Them)

You may have heard your plumber reference your grease traps, p-traps or s-traps before, but maybe you never knew what a plumbing trap actually does? Learn more below about how plumbing traps are used.

What is a plumbing trap?

Sewage waste systems produce some pretty putrid odors, and some of them can even be dangerous. A plumbing trap creates a barrier between the plumbing fixture and sewage waste system that protects us from those foul fumes!

How do plumbing traps work?

Every time a plumbing trap is used, it holds a small amount of liquid. The retained liquid, called a trap seal, prevents odors and gases from entering your living space. The most common type of plumbing trap is the p-trap, which is used it is used on kitchen, bathroom and laundry sinks.

Where are plumbing traps located?

Because any drain can lead to an outlet for sewer gases, there should be a trap located at every drain in your home.

What are the parts of a plumbing trap?

A plumbing trap is made up of a tailpiece, trap, and drain extension. The tailpiece runs from the sink drain to the P-trap, and the P-trap then connects to your drain extension, which extends from the end of the trap to the drainpipe outlet in the wall or floor. The trap itself is the curved section of pipe that holds the water, somewhat in the shape of the letter “p” oriented horizontally.

If a plumbing trap has become clogged, blocked, or lost its seal— it can cause leaking, unpleasant odors, and back-up. If you are experiencing problems with your plumbing trap(s), call Dushi Homes