by Doug Smith | Mar 23, 2016
A building inspection sounds expensive, looks like backbreaking work and seems something any buyer could really abstain from. But a building inspection could save you a small fortune and could even save your life.
Here are 5 reasons why you need building inspection.
Ensures the structural aspects of the building are as should be
If a building is not structurally sound it may be a concern from both a cost and safety aspect. Any structural weakness or fault can cause collapse or partial collapse that can cause injury. A structural collapse can also be costly or maybe impossible to repair.
In Australia there are strict building codes and standards and should you purchase a property that does not comply with these codes you as the new owner will accountable for bringing the property up to code levels.
The few hundred dollars invested in a building inspection can avoid a collapse or structural damage and save you a small fortune if you should buy, or knowing there are defects can make what was appearing like a bargain look like something you must ignore. A building may look ok on the outside but a dilapidation report could show problems under the surface. Most company's offer a pest inspection at the same time.
Is it worth renovation?
If you are looking for a residential property to renovate knowing what you should uplift is essential. A Construction Inspection can report can be all you require to ascertain whether the building is worth purchasing or not and make it possible for you to budget for renovations. Without the report you may get a few concealed surprises and what seemed like a quick renovation with a lick pain becomes construction headache and bad dream. With your building inspection report you can get quotes from relevant contractors and this can then help you decide to purchase or not.
In the future, a building inspection report will save you a lot of time and money for the sake of a few hundred dollars.
Much more than just bricks and mortar
Beyond looking and the structure of a home a Building Inspection Report will also evaluate the electrical wiring and smoke alarms in the commercial property. Understanding this is needed, not nearly enough smoke alarms be the difference between life and death in the case of a fire breaking out. Electrical wiring is often hidden away from the average buyer's eye and potential problems can be difficult to detect. A Building inspection report will expose things about the commercial property that at first seem modest but in the bigger picture could be costly or hazardous down the line, thus again conserving time and money.
Ensuring your family is safe
When investing in a family home there is a lot to think about and the protection and wellbeing of your children is a top consideration. Details that a building inspection report will detail include the use of specific building materials; asbestos for example is something you don't want to have. Missing balustrades or flimsy supporting walls or even broken or missing stairways would seem almost obvious but it is very simple to cover up a defect if an unscrupulous home owner chooses to. Building inspectors realise that buildings will be used by or inhabited by people and their safety is also their consideration. A Building inspection report safeguards your family group.
Over and above your four walls
External and sundry buildings will also be examined as part of a building inspection report. Patio and garden, sheds and sunrooms or hothouses as well as any out houses will be inspected as they make up the total property. Some nearby authorities have legislation that protects against, restricts and decides on what, if and where structures can be constructed and if any regulation has not been met it may mean taking out the structure. Again, what you see is not always what you get and a building inspection report can change a dream into a something of a much lower reality just by paying a few hundred dollars.
With limited funds as they are, anyone would like to save as much money as possible when buying an apartment. It would be so easy not to have a building inspection completed but the fee of the report and the little bit of additional time in adds to the purchasing program are far outweighed by the value and peace of mind the report supplies.
by Sandra Wilson | Feb 17, 2016
There are various problems associated with the excessive amount of dirt and grime on your windows and blinds.
People with allergies suffer from the presence of dust mites, pollen, mold, animal hair and dander.
Dust and dirt buildup makes it hard to see out a window and decreases the amount of light that your room receives. In turn you get less vitamins from the sun, your room feels dreary, and these two issues can lead to depressive moods.
Mold can deteriorate certain blinds, decreasing their lifespan and stinking up a room.
Excessively dirty windows may need nothing short of a pressure wash to clean well. Best to hire a domestic cleaner for that big job.
Cleaning your windows and blinds is just essential for healthy and happy living. Oh and it looks good, too.
So how do you clean the windows and blinds?
The most common ways are either dusting or doing a deep and thorough wash.
Using a feather duster - When the dust amount in your window and the blind is low, then you can use the feather duster to brush it off. A minimal amount of dust shouldn’t do much harm when it circulates in the air.
Using dusting gloves - Dusting gloves are gloves that attract dust to them. You can use your fingers to get into tight spots in your window and blinds.
Dusting using a vacuum cleaner - This is a very simple method for dusting, especially when you can’t reach the window or blinds easily. The downside is that it doesn’t get stuck on dirt and dust.
Cleaning with a sponge - Soapy water or vinegar and a sponge are great at getting thick grime off a window or blind. Vinegar is often much more effective than using water.
Newspaper and window cleaner – This combo is a classic in the window cleaning world. Window cleaner breaks free buildup and leaves a crystal clear shine while the coarseness of newspaper breaks and picks up anything that could get left behind.
Removing your blinds - Most blinds are difficult to take down and put back up, but if you can, this could be the easiest way to clean really dirty blinds. By removing them you can scrub them really well outside and hose them off with a water hose.
Drying – Cleaning in the day when there is powerful and warm sunlight coming through is ideal for drying. You can also wipe down clean windows and blinds with a dry clean clothe.
Choose whatever cleaning method suits you. It is usually best to not let the windows and blinds get too dirty, or else they get really hard to clean. Regular maintenance is the key. Call a professional cleaning company for a quote.
Ideally you should do a deep clean with water every month or so and do light dusting every week or two. That way you can enjoy crystal clear windows and dust free blinds all the time. The air quality in your room will be better and you may even enjoy a bit more sunshine.
by Samantha Warne | Feb 17, 2016
For millions of people throughout the world, cooking is their true passion. Many get their first taste for cooking as children and helping out with family dinners before slowly graduating to cooking for the family. Yet others develop a love for it in later years. Both journeys contain trial and error, as well as successful and unsuccessful meals. Some of these chefs find a particular dream to suit their passion and skills: running their own catering company.
Are you one of these people? Do you dream of running a successful and dynamic catering business? Do you want to know the secret to opening your own catering company?
Whether you are studying or working, try to get experience in the catering industry by taking on part-time jobs in catering companies. You want to know how to run a catering business firsthand. You would get to learn how these companies operate, while noting areas you would implement or even do better in your own business. A catering organization can give you some tips here and there, but try and remember these three simple questions:
If you answered “Yes” to all three questions, then maybe it’s time to join the ranks of catering companies in your neighborhood.
by Sandra Wilson | Feb 17, 2016
In the simplest of terms, accounting is the management of your personal and, more importantly, business finances. It is the process of recording the financial transactions involved in your business.
With effective accounting, it becomes possible for accountants to carry out reporting, analyzing and classifying a company's financial information in an increasingly efficient fashion.
Proper record keeping is crucial in all tax related activities. It is absolutely essential to execute proper bookkeeping to have an idea about the shape and health that your business is in.
Financial management through proper accounting and bookkeeping provides a realistic picture of the momentum and direction your business has achieved. This is vital in formulating corrective measures and/or advancement strategies for the future of your business.
If you are looking to buy a business or sell your own, proper bookkeeping can help. By showing your financial records and being transparent, you increase the likelihood of achieving a profitable sale.
On the other hand, when buying a business you may have to rely on financial support. Bookkeeping can help demonstrate the solvency of a business to lenders, aiding in necessary loans being granted.
Though often overlooked in the past, modern financial crises have increased the awareness that proper record keeping is just as big a necessity as any other aspect of a business. More and more small business owners are seeking effective bookkeeping out of their awareness that this area of business can't be ignored without facing serious repercussions.
This rise in awareness has triggered a rise in the number of bookkeeping services available on the market. More and more trained and experienced accountants, bookkeepers, and other record keeping service providers are offering services at increasingly competitive rates.
With the increased number of bookkeeping services on a global level in the past few years, nations like India have witnessed an incredible growth in the number of companies that offer bookkeeping services. The have realizing the lucrative opportunities to provide service to other areas of the world, increasing choice and driving down cost to you the consumer.
Each service provider may offer varying services at different levels of need. As per your requirements, an accounting and bookkeeping service provider can deliver either complete or partial record keeping for your business.
Regardless of whether the service is complete or partial, the basic work of a bookkeeping service is to correctly track expenses, including purchases, bills and paychecks, track income, and organize all the receipts.
by Samantha Warne | Feb 17, 2016
Dirty houses just stink (pun intended). Luckily you don’t have to suffer from dirty house syndrome.
In this day and age, even common Joes like you and me can get their house cleaned quickly, efficiently, and professionally by hiring a domestic cleaning service provider at increasingly low rates.
Cleaning services vary from one company to the next, but most of them generally include the cleaning basics. This includes vacuuming, wiping down furniture, counters and other surfaces, sweeping and moping floors, general dusting, scrubbing toilets, sinks, and showers, you name it.
Some service providers may go so far as doing your laundry, so doing your homework and finding the right cleaning company for your needs is essential.
This is kind of a no-brainer…
So you don’t have to do the cleaning yourself! There are a few other reasons as well.
A professional cleaner generally does a better job than you can. They are used to looking for dirt and grime that you are used to overlooking. It’s their experience and outside perspective the give them a one-up over you.
Domestic cleaners own professional cleaning equipment and supplies. They clean homes every day so they need equipment that holds up to the beating they serve, meaning their stuff is expensive. It also means its higher quality than yours.
Cleaning is hard and dirty (obviously). If you have allergies or just an aversion to dirt and hard work, you’re better off hiring a domestic cleaning company.
Simply put, it saves you time.
There are loads of options when it comes to domestic cleaning jobs.
You could set up a one-off job. This is perfect for before and after parties, if your in-laws are coming over, to impress a date, or if you’re getting ready to sell your home.
You could choose to have regular visits (weekly, biweekly, monthly, etc…). If you want you’re home to look the same week in and week out, this is the go. Once you find a service provider you like and trust, you can have them clean while you’re at work!
You also get to choose what gets done. Cleaners charge either by the job or by the hour. You can mix and match what you want done based on your needs and budget.
It doesn’t get simpler than that.
by Samantha Warne | Jan 28, 2016
Why not look more youthful? Relax in your lunch break under the LED light and enjoy the simple and easy route to sensational skin.
The earliest mentioned creation of LED technology was in Russia in 1927. Since then, LED technology has experienced unbelievably rapid growth and development, and is now used widely from traffic signal to salon.
LED light therapy treatment is absolutely pain free, creating remarkable results. It is an un-intrusive soothing and revitalizing treatment. LED will manage acne, fine lines and furrows, skin discoloration, acne scarring and rosacea. This treatment method will really help decrease acne while also soothing the skin and reducing redness and irritation. LED light therapy uses light-emitting diode (LED) technology to activate and boost collagen production and enhance the rate of skin cell revitalization. Greatly enhanced collagen production greatly decreases wrinkles and improves the whole texture of the epidermis, resulting in a more fresh, radiant appearance and consistency.
Our LED Light Treatment Machines use a selection of various coloured lights to aim at different issues. Our settings are matched with your skin problems, creating a pattern of different lights, to guarantee maximum results. Blue light therapy is sterilising and used to get rid of bacteria, fantastic for acne and oily/acne prone skin. The red light therapy relaxes and rejuvenates the skin, stimulating collagen production and promoting cell restoration. This is an excellent light for reducing wrinkles, moistening the skin and aids with overall face firmness. Yellow light provides anti-allergy and energizes the skin, while green minimizes redness and enhances overall texture of the skin.
Your therapist will discuss your concerns with you and decide on a setting that is best matched to you. The overall effect is that the skin appears tighter and more vibrant.
Only qualified therapists can buy led light therapy machines.
- Please ensure you come to your appointment with knowledge on any medications you are taking or allergies you have.
- We will ask about your current concerns and what you use on your skin (skin care, makeup and sunscreen).
- You may come to your appointment with or without makeup.
- We recommend to avoid any sun exposure before and after your Advanced LED Treatment.
- Wear a professional SPF throughout your course of treatments.
- Prepare your skin prior to your LED treatment by using professional skin care - Skin in good condition will see results a lot faster compared to dehydrated, sun damaged skin.
- We will consult with you beforehand checking, medications, allergies and concerns.
- We will give you an idea of how many treatments will be needed to achieve the results you want.
- Any questions you may have will be answered.
- We will endeavour to make your treatment as enjoyable as possible - this is a light therapy treatment so you will be laying under bright panels of lights.
- Your skin will be slightly pink after the treatment, this is easily covered with pure minerals in a free 4-minute makeover.
- We will recommend you appropriate skin care to maintain progress between treatments.
- If you feel any discomfort to any product during or after the treatment make sure you contact the salon for advice.
- Use fresh, active skin care that has been recommended by your therapist if you wish to see results and progress.
- Keep your skin as hydrated as possible by using hydrating serums and masks.
- To accelerate the results exfoliate after 4-5 days using a professional exfoliant.
- Always wear a professional SPF.
- Try not to touch your skin after your facial treatment.
by Frank Sinclair | Oct 29, 2015
You could be a part of the managing team of a public company at a high-ranking post or you could be the owner of a private enterprise. You could also be the owner of an agricultural unit and as you approach retirement, you need to prepare the business so that it continues to be successful and thrives even after you step down. This you can do by training a capable employee or family member as in the case of a private business, to take over the reins from you and manage the company capably. This is called succession planning.
Why Succession Planning?
Whether a public or private enterprise, chances are that you have invested your lifetime earnings in the business and the continued financial status of your wealth and assets along with that of your family is reliant on the business running successfully. Thus you need to plan just how much control you will be ceding to the next manager and the income you expect to receive through your retirement years. Also work out the capital gains you will be earning from the company and the relevant taxes you need to pay.
Choosing the Right Candidate
It is prudent to begin succession planning when your retirement is still 8 to 10 years away. You could begin by selecting a candidate who has a vested interest in the success of the company as an investor or a stakeholder. Make sure your candidate understands and shares the future goals you have for the company and agrees with the financial policies you have implemented in coordination with the other stakeholders. Above all, your candidate should understand the important issues the company faces and should be able to deal with them.
Training the Candidate
Once you have picked the right candidate, begin by identifying the skills s/he already possesses and the training that s/he lacks. By mentoring the candidate carefully, you can progressively assign more and more difficult tasks and provide the necessary guidance on how to tackle them. Create a compensation structure that encourages the candidate to work better as his/her skills develop. In any given business structure, there could be more than two or three deserving candidates and it is up to you to make sure that competition among them remains healthy and does not disrupt the working of the company. This is especially true if you are running a family business and you have two or more family members, each capable of taking over from you.
Succession planning is an integral part of every business and must be handled with care for the enduring success of the company.
by Noeleen Lesley | Apr 19, 2015
Hair is considered an integral part of human beauty especially for women but only when is on the head. When hair is on other body parts like legs, armpits and even bikini, it becomes a mess that can rob you off your confidence and so it is considered unwanted. Just how then can you remove these unwanted hairs on your body?
All these methods work in reducing hair some permanently and some for a short period. If you choose shaving, you will have to shave at intervals because hair grows after a short period of time. Shaving is cost effective but just in short period. Waxing is another method of hair removal where warm wax is spread on the skin then hair is embedded in the wax which cools and firms grasping the hair.
The wax is then pulled on the opposite direction of hair growth pulling hairs out of follicles. Electrolysis involves the use of a fine needle into hair follicle and applying an electric current to the follicle root. IPL Laser Hair Removal is the use of highly concentrated light to selectively target hair in the follicles to remove hair. The same
Every method has its own pros and cons and where the pros outweigh the cons, the method is most effective and efficiency. IPL laser machines sometimes causes a little swelling and itching which disappear in a few days. The pros of IPL Laser hair removal renders it the most effective method; from its precision, the speed of treatment, less pain experienced, no ingrown hairs, no down time for recovery and being approved by FDA renders this method most effective.
When we talk of permanent hair removal, we are simply talking about IPL Laser hair removal treatment. This treatment gives you the smooth feeling of your skin, the soft touch and a sense of confidence to yourself. At the end of the day it's all about self confidence, and how you feel about yourself. If you can find a beauty treatment such as microdermabrasion or ipl hair removal to make you look and feel better then go right ahead. You only live once and for a short time, so make the most of it and endulge yourself.
by Sam Smith Jones | Jun 11, 2010
Meta tags, also known as meta elements, are tags used in HTML files (individual webpages) which provide structured data about the content of the page. They are commonly misunderstood in spite of their importance in search engine optimization, and there are various tags which are still essential for any webpage, while others have long since been rendered obsolete by changing search engine algorithms.
Most seo courses will tell you that the primary purpose of meta tags is to provide the search engines with information about your website so that they can more effectively index and rank it. While the content of the meta tags will not be visible to visitors when they are browsing your website, certain tags, such as the description, accompany listings in search results.
You'll find the meta tags in the <head> section of the HTML page, but if you use a content management system rather than coding your website from scratch, there will likely be a feature allowing you to add meta information in a more user-friendly way.
The meta description tag is by far the most important one, since it provides a brief description of the webpage that it applies to. Although search engine algorithm updates have diminished its usefulness in terms of SEO, it is still essential due to the fact that this description will be one of the first experiences that people will have with your website. Without a meta description for a webpage, the result in the search engines will show nothing more than the URL and the page title, which often isn't particularly helpful to your potential visitors.
When someone enters a search query in Google, any instances of the keywords they entered will be highlighted in bold in the title, URL and the description. A meta description should ideally be under 160 characters and carefully formulated to describe the webpage it applies to in one or two sentences. There is also no harm in subtly including your targeted keywords in the content. You should ultimately think of the meta description as an opportunity to encourage people to click on your link in the search results, so it should never be written solely for the search engines.
The meta robots tag exists to manage webpage accessibility. The most important function of the meta robots tag is the nofollow value, a value which prevents the search engines from crawling the specified page. The nofollow value is particularly useful for preventing the search engines from indexing duplicate content, such as printable versions of webpages otherwise containing exactly the same text content. Just ask Google about duplicate content that confuses the search engines and can harm your ranking, so any webpage containing such content should be listed in the meta robots tag, or in the robots.txt file in the root directory of your website. You may also want to prevent indexing incomplete or private webpages.
Page Titles and SEO
The title tag in HTML isn't technically a meta tag, but it should be included in this guide due to its great importance in SEO. All HTML documents need a title tag, and as the name suggests, they are the titles of the webpages concerned.
The title appears at the top of the browser window or tab as well as in the search engine results pages above the URL and meta description. Just ask any seo consultant and they will tell you that while using the same title as the one you use for the content itself is usually fine, it is important to remember that Google has a 70-character limit on what it displays.
For this reason, you'll need to reword your HTML titles if they are longer than 70 characters. As is the case with the meta description, it's a good idea to include a relevant key word or phrase.
Obsolete Meta Tags
There are various other meta tags which either have no influence on search engine rankings or are now obsolete, the meta keywords tab being a prime example. While the keywords tag was once useful, it was so frequently abused that the major search engines entirely stopped using it as a ranking factor.
Although you can still use it, there is absolutely no point in doing so. Another obsolete tag which no longer serves any purpose is the meta language tag. This tag was once used for declaring the language of the content.