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Properly maintaining granite counter tops

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PHUKET: If you buy new or upgrade, most likely you will choose granite counter tops. First remember that not all granite is equal. Granite is a lot harder than marble and easier to maintain, but experience shows, liquids can soak in to polished granite. If you notice a spill, clean it up right away and you may not be left with a stain – especially if it’s grease. The moisture from the grease that has embedded in the surface pores of the counter causes light to reflect differently and this is why you see a dark spot or streaks.

The wise thing to do is seal your granite as soon as it’s installed (don’t rely on your contractor or developer to do this). Out of hundreds of surveys I have performed, most have stains on the counter tops left over from construction personnel.

Don’t seal over a stain as it will be permanently locked in. If you have a stain there is a shop in Phuket called the Stone Doctor. They sell a fantastic product imported from Germany that should draw out the stain. They carry well over 40 products. And, of course, they sell the sealer to apply after all the stains are gone. Reseal your granite every year.

Train your cleaning staff not to put bottles of harsh chemicals on the counter tops as well.

Note these tips below.

Preventive Measures
The basic things to remember when caring for granite counters are:
– Wipe off all stains immediately, so staining is minimized.
– Avoid placing hot pans on granite.
– Avoid impact with heavy or sharp items.

The Dos
– Minimize stains by using only penetrating sealers recommended by professionals.
– Clean up spills immediately. Hot oils will penetrate the granite even if it has been sealed.
– Use a chopping board to chop or cut food.
– Use coasters under cups and place pots and pans on hot pads.
– Always have a good stain remover on hand. Call or use a professional, such as the Stone Doctor, to remove tough stains or restore the finish on the granite.

The Don’ts
– Even though granite may be harder than steel, don’t use very sharp knives directly on the counter. Remember most homes in Thailand have the black granite work tops, which is the softest of all granites.
– Don’t step, stand or lean on the counters, especially near cutouts. It may break. Remember to instruct staff as well. No standing on the granite.
– Don’t place hot pans directly on the granite. It may break due to uneven expansion.
– If you have an under-mount sink, avoid leaving it filled with water and dishes for a long time, it may become dislodged from the granite above.
– Avoid hot oil spills from frying pans – if you have hot oil stains, remove them quickly with your cleaning solution.
– Avoid dragging boxes and other containers along the counters, as any sand or dirt on the bottom of the box may scratch the surface, – especially when moving house.

Mark Dietrich is a professional inspector and property builder with a Master’s degree in building engineering. He came to Phuket after working for 25 years in the custom home and inspecting industry in the USA, and has been working in Thailand for more than 11 years. Visit www.certifiedphuketrealestate.com or email him at [email protected] or call 085-809 8755.

— Mark Dietrich


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Calls to restrict foreign property purchases in Bangkok

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Dr. Sopon Pornchockchai, the President of the Thailand Agency for Real Estate Affairs, is calling for controls to restrict foreign property buyers.

Thailandproperty.news is reporting than he is justifying his comments saying the growth in income of Thais is slower than the property price rises being pushed up by high foreign demand.

“Some measures should be adopted, such as higher stamp duty for foreigners,” he said.

The article says that this is the first time an industry figure has spoken out about the need to restrict or reduce the amount of foreign investment in the Bangkok property market. Dr. Sopom says he believes that foreign buyers account for around 20 percent of all Bangkok property purchases.

He noted that Chinese purchases account for about 80 percent of foreign buyers.

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Goodbye – Evicting a tenant in Thailand

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It’s a goal for many people to become a landlord. They purchase property for the purpose of renting it out for passive income. The property owner interviews prospective tenants and ensures that they sign a lease agreement and put down a deposit. However, all of this doesn’t prevent bad tenants from revealing themselves after they have moved into the property – all the smiles can disappear once they get the keys.

There are several possibilities. The tenant may stop paying the rent, the tenant may not maintain the property or theymay violate the terms of the lease, such as allowing multiple families to move in or allowing pets to live in the home.

So what does the landlord do and what are your rights?

The first thing the landlord needs to do is to review the lease agreement. The lease agreement generally contains the terms by which the tenant agreed to abide. A properly prepared lease should contain the grounds for termination of the lease and the notice requirements for eviction, if the tenant does not respond to the notice.

It is also important to review the length of the lease agreement. If the end of the lease term is near, it might be easier to just send a notice to the tenant that the lease is not going to be renewed and the tenant will be required to leave the premises at the end of the contract.

There are many foreign nationals who lease property on a 30 year lease. One of the important elements of a 30 year lease is that it must be filed with the local land office. Under Section 528 of the Thai Civil and Commercial Code, if the lease agreement is not in writing, signed and registered with a ‘competent official’, then it is not valid for more than three years or the life of the parties.

After the end of the lease period, the lease agreement is generally extended for an indefinite period. This allows any of the parties to provide notice of termination of the lease with a minimum of one rent term or maximum of two months notice. If the tenant refuses to leave the property, the landlord can file a lawsuit against him.

If the landlord is able to establish in court that the tenant violated the terms of the lease agreement and that the landlord abided by the legal requirements for eviction, the court will rule in favor of the landlord, unless there are extenuating circumstances. If the tenant refuses to abide by the order of the court, the landlord can request an enforcement of the judgment.

The landlord can then request that police remove the tenant from the premises. They can also terminate electrical and water services to the property. It is important to note that the landlord cannot enter the property, remove the tenant’s belongings or change the locks on the door, unless it is allowed within the lease agreement, or with a court order.

During the entire legal process, the landlord can file a claim for the rental costs and opportunity costs as a result of the tenant refusing to leave the premises.

Leasing property is a popular way to obtain passive income or to pay for mortgaged property. However, as with any type of income-generating business, there are risks, especially in a foreign country. For landlords, there is the possibility of renting to tenants who do not maintain the property, violate the rules of the lease agreement or stop paying the rent.

The legal process for evicting tenants is painstaking and can take many months. It is important to scrutinise potential tenants and check their rental history and current financial status prior to entering into a long-term lease agreement.

Additional reporting by Yutthachai Sangsirisap.

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Stunning new Lux Neo project at Chaweng, Koh Samui

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Sun, sea, new, views, pool villa, Samui. All the words you want to hear.

Lux Neo is now available, combining stunning sea views and outstanding modern design. Lux Neo is the newest award winning project by the “Neo” team with critiqued unique villa design and award winning styling. Click HERE to read more about the Neo design team and some of their other award-winning projects.

Stunning new Lux Neo project at Chaweng, Koh Samui | News by The Thaiger

This magnificent site offers a unique combination for in Thailand – inspired design, value, astonishing views and quality. Designer two or three bedroom villas are now available with sea views to Chaweng Noi and just minutes to the main attractions, beaches, shops, airport and the main Chaweng shopping and beach areas.

The “Lux” location is 18 Rai of premium Chaweng Noi sea view land with “Neo” being a private 12 plot residential development featuring the uniquely inspired villa style. The highly desirable location of Chaweng Noi is just 1 kilometre away from some of Koh Samui’s best beaches and restaurants.

Stunning new Lux Neo project at Chaweng, Koh Samui | News by The Thaiger

These luxuriously designed spaces include vaulted double height ceilings, mezzanine floors, large open airy spaces, modern terrazzo bathrooms and mezzanine bedrooms – all with breathtaking views of Koh Samui offering unparalleled design with nothing else like it in South East Asia.

Prices start from 8.8 million baht for the 2 bedroom villas ranging up to 12.5 million baht for the 3 bedroom villas.

Read more about the details of this stunning Samui development or make enquiries HERE. You will be able to find out a lot more information as well as compare the new Lux Neo to other projects in the area.

Find out more about Samui HERE.

Stunning new Lux Neo project at Chaweng, Koh Samui | News by The Thaiger

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