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Common Misconceptions About Residential Roofing

What Goes Into a Residential Roofing Project?

Waiting can be hard for anyone. Roofers are no different. Whether it is a residential or commercial roof, roofing contractors can face a whole slew of issues from weather to equipment issues. If you are home or business owner curious about what goes into your roof repair, listen up.

Your Roofing Project From Start to Finish

Just like any other company, each project or quote starts with a lead. If you work in logistics, printing, manufacturing, or really any business, you understand this. Also, just like that other industries, roofing requires many details before the work can begin.

Lead Creation

All jobs start with some basic information. Questions are asked so the whole roof project can start off on the right foot. Listen for the following questions to make sure the roofing contractor reliable:

What is the lead’s name?

What is the address of the property?

What kind of property? Commercial or Residential?

What kind of roof is it?

What issues is the owner having?

What is the size of the roof?

Roof Inspection

An estimator will come out and look at your roof to assess damage or price for your improvement goals. Also, a good roofing company will always have an insurance claim and storm damage expert looking at your roof

Roof Quote

Quoting a roof is super simple on the residential side of roofing. However, there are some things the homeowner should know. The quote is not just the cost of materials. It is also the cost of labor. Unfortunately, not many people work for free nowadays. However, if the amount does seem off or too much, don’t be afraid to talk to your roofing contractor. He or she could be scamming you or your roof may have more damage than you thought. A good talk clarifies any concerns you may have and often times an honest roofing company will work with you. In fact, many roofers have financing options that can help

 

Roof Replacement

Installing a new roof on your home is one of the most significant investments you can make in terms of time, energy, and your hard-earned money. It is one of the first things most people notice when they look at your home and at a glance it speaks to the condition and value of your home

Installation

When installing or repairing a new roof, staff understands that every home is unique and requires a tailored, customized approach. Since a roof is part of a home’s foundation and will only need to be replaced every 15 to 20 years, treat this service with the utmost care and diligence.

no shingle unturned! Each and every shingle of your new roof will be accompanied by these additional layers for added stability:

Underlayments

Shingle Starter

Cements and Sealants

Roof Replacement Designs

Aesthetics can enhance or submarine your curb appeal! A roof’s completed design sets the overall tone for the rest of your home’s ambiance. Complement your existing features with customized roofing colors and styles.

Shingle Types & Colors

Complement your home’s existing finishes with a customized roof system color and type.

 

Roofing Company

Pay for roofers varies depending on experience, qualifications and location.

Apprentice roofers usually start on the minimum wage, but earn more as they gain experience.

Unqualified roofers with one to three years’ experience usually earn between minimum wage and $22 an hour.

Qualified roofers with one to three years’ experience usually earn between $22 and $30 an hour.

Experienced roofers or supervisors can earn $30 to $40 an hour.

Roofers may do some or all of the following:

select and estimate the amount of materials to be used

measure roofs

erect scaffolding and rig safety equipment

remove old or damaged iron, tiles or other materials from roofs

do minor repairs to the structure of roofs

cut roofing materials to size and attach roofing and cladding to buildings

install spouting, downpipes and flashing.

Roofers need to have:

knowledge of roof construction and repair

knowledge of different roofing materials such as tiles, corrugated iron and butyl rubber (roofing rubber)

the ability to read and interpret building plans

understanding of the New Zealand Building Code and relevant roofing codes of practice

knowledge of health and safety regulations, including the proper use of safety equipment.

Roofers:

usually work regular hours, but may sometimes work for extended hours and on weekends

work on houses and buildings that are being built, repaired or altered

work at heights and outside, except when conditions are too dangerous because of rain, wind or snow

travel locally to jobs.

 

Residential Roofing

Residential Roofing

Roofing & Construction brings professionally trained roofing contractors, the best quality roofing products in the business, and over 35 years of collective roofing experience to your home. have local offices in the areas to serve you. full-service roofing company prides itself on providing the very best roofing experience possible.

Roof Replacement

One of best precautions a homeowner can take is a yearly comprehensive evaluation of their roof. Roofing & Construction offers a complete inspection of your property, from roof to gutters to fencing and in between. When it is time to replace your roof, offer complete roofing systems and the best warranty in the roofing business. have you and your home protected for years to come

Hail & Storm Damage

Severe storms can, and will, hit at any time of the year. Damaging winds, hail, and driving rain can penetrate your roof and cause both exterior and interior issues. The pros at Roofing & Construction will inspect your property for free.

Explaining features and advantages of our tile, metal, asphalt and low slope roofing systems Presenting a variety of roofing materials samples for your approval Recommending a roofing solution that takes into account your unique functional and budgetary requirements

Take notes on any damage you have noticed like missing shingles, or evidence of water leaks Consider your unique requirements, such as roofing colors, shingle styles and budgetary constraints Have everyone who will be involved in the decision-making process for your home attend the consultation session

 

Critical Things You Should Know Before Hiring A Residential Roofing Company

The Low Bid May Be Too Good To Be True

While compiling a list of quotes from local contractors, any bid that is significantly lower than the others should be questioned if not completely tossed. This is because you are probably going to get what you pay for. Most contractors have similar cost factors, whether it is material costs, labor, and general overhead. This means that the lower bid is going to be a lower quality of work, using subpar roof systems or materials and even unskilled or worse uninsured workers. You will need to make sure that you compare bids apples to apples and question the company on what they are providing before you accept their bid to make sure that they are going to do the work that exactly as expected.

The Low Bid May Be Too Good To Be True

While compiling a list of quotes from local Wilmington contractors, any bid that is significantly lower than the others should be questioned if not completely tossed. This is because you are probably going to get what you pay for. Most contractors have similar cost factors, whether it is material costs, labor, and general overhead. This means that the lower bid is going to be a lower quality of work, using subpar roof systems or materials and even unskilled or worse uninsured workers. You will need to make sure that you compare bids apples to apples and question the company on what they are providing before you accept their bid to make sure that they are going to do the work that exactly as expected.

They Must Be Licensed and Insurance (Bonded)

There are reasons why roofing contractors must be licensed to perform professional roofing services, area. Licensing protects homeowners from contractors who are properly trained or skilled at the best roofing practices. If they are licensed, the roofing company if more likely to provide a quality installation or repairs without cutting corners or using improper materials that could cause roof failure and even other damage to your home’s structure or other equipment. If you are licensed you must also carry insurance

Customer References and Testimonials

Before you hire a residential roofing company ask for their references and more importantly, call them! A reliable roofing contractor won’t have any problems giving you a list of their customers, but remember that more than likely they are going to be giving you a list of customers that were satisfied with their work if they aren’t family or friends. Call their references and ask specific questions about the type of roof system they installed or products they used, how long the roof repair or installation took to complete and the names of job site manager or person they dealt with from the company in case you can request to work with that person too.

Check the Roofing Company with Better Business Bureau Rating

The good ole’ resource for finding trustworthy roofing companies is still with an A+ Rating with, Better Business Bureau. This is the best way that you are going to be able to read all of the good and bad reviews about the roofing company. You will need to remember that it is in a large roofing company, and then there are going to be a few complaints.

Prefinished Versus Unfinished Hardwood Flooring

Everything You Need To Know About Wooden Flooring

Wooden flooring has become a popular option for home owners in India. And why shouldn’t it? It makes any room look good and adds a certain amount of elegance and warmth to it, that not many other flooring options are able to. However, you can’t choose your flooring solely based on how it looks! There are a lot of factors to consider, and so, we’ve put together a complete guide to help you make an informed decision.

Here’s what this post will help you learn:

What are the most popular wood flooring types in India?

How much does wood flooring cost?

What are the pros and cons of wooden flooring in India?

What type of wood is suitable for which area of your home?

Most Popular Types of Wooden Flooring

Before we look at the characteristics of different types of wooden flooring, let’s learn what the most popular styles are.

Hardwood

This solid timber flooring is made of real wood from top to bottom–wood that has been harvested from a variety of trees like oak, walnut, pine, .

Durability: It is extremely durable and will last for years, if well-maintained. It can be refinished several times over its lifetime. While most hardwood comes pre-finished, ie with a top protective layer, it should be kept away from moisture.

Engineered wood

Engineered wood flooring is a veneer of real wood glued to several layers of other wood, like plywood, underneath. This gives this wood excellent stability over time.

Durability: It is quite durable, which is why it is a good choice for any area of your home. It also holds up better to moisture than hardwood does.

 

What To Know Before Refinishing Your Floors

most hardwood floors start showing their age; scratches, dullness and discoloring are the most common signs that the wood is due for refinishing. Fortunately, the typical ¾-inch-thick hardwood floor can be sanded about six to eight times during its lifetime. So unless you live in a particularly old house, or a previous resident was an especially aggressive refinisher, chances are good that your wood floors can be brought back to life

You need at least 1/32 of an inch of wood on the top of your floors to sand them. If your home has heat registers in the floor, remove a grille and take a sidelong look at the surrounding planks to see if that’s available. If that’s not possible, you can remove a plank from an inconspicuous location (like the inside of a closet) or ask a professional floor refinisher to appraise the situation. You can’t refinish laminated wood floors (such as Pergo); you might be able to refinish an engineered wood floor, depending on the finish and how thick the top layer of wood is.

Why: To restore the wood’s original appearance and shine, change its color or finish, or blend it with newly added wood.

Who to hire: A professional hardwood floor refinisher. You can either choose someone who specializes in refinishing or hire a hardwood floor installer, as most of them do refinishing, too.

Contact your Contractors State License Board to confirm that the company is bonded, has workers’ compensation and is not subject to any pending arbitration or claims. The Better Business Bureau is another reliable resource.

Who not to hire: Yourself. While many of us know people who have sanded their own floors, professional floor refinishers strongly caution against this. While their warnings might sound self-serving, they point out that you can’t get professional-quality results with the 110-volt sanders available from rental companies (pros use 220-volt equipment), and by the time you’ve acquired all the tools you need and invested the time, you’re not going to save a lot of money.

 

Hardwood floors

Hardwood floors are great; they’re durable, attractive, and long-lasting. However, they are going to get damaged over time. Children tracking in dirt, pet claws, moving furniture, and just daily life will wear them down over time. If they become bad enough, you might think you need to refinish them. A refinish involves sanding off the top coat and reapplying it. The floor is likely made of wood with a coat of clear polyurethane. The team that you hire to refinish the floor will sand away the old coat and sand the wood to smooth out all of the scratches. Then, they’ll apply a coat of polyurethane.

Do You Really Need a Full Refinish?

A full hardwood refinish of your floor might be fairly expensive. Also, it will take a long time. You should call an expert and ask about just having it partially refinished. The experts will sand some of the top coat off of the flooring and then reapply a new coat. That can often smooth out any minor scratches and help protect against further damage.

Is the Wood Stained?

If your wooden floor is an uncommon color such as gray or darker than a brown paper bag, it was likely stained before finishing. A partial refinish will not remove the stain. However, if you do have the floor fully refinished, the sander will remove the stain from the wood as well. Your hardwood floors will be a much lighter color once they are done. If that’s what you want, great. However, if that’s not what you want, you should ask about having it stained before the polyurethane is reapplied.

How Long Will It Take?

You cannot walk on your hardwood floors while the polyurethane coat is still wet. That means that you’ll need to either cordon off part of your house or move out for a few days. The drying process typically only takes about 24 hours before you can walk on it with your socks on. It takes about 48 hours before you can walk on it barefoot. Finally, it takes about four days for you to be able to move furniture back onto the floor. That’s just something to consider when considering a refinish.  These three things could affect whether you choose to have your floor refinished. They could also determine when you choose to do it. For example, if you have a vacation planned, that could be a good time to have your floors refinished. Talk with an expert about your options.

Trust a Roswell Hardwood Floor Refinishing Contractor

When you are ready to get serious and see what your floors can look like once again, give Ridgeline Floors a call. team is experienced in all aspects of hardwood floor refinishing in Roswell and the surrounding areas! will be happy to meet in your home or business and give you a free on-site estimate.

 

Kitchen flooring? Is hardwood a bad idea?

backsplash and painted our kitchen cabinets/island. The problem is that our granite and flooring do not go well together. I really think that continuing the hardwood flooring from my front sitting room into the kitchen would look nice. I’ve heard that hardwood in the kitchen is not a good idea because of the potential for water damage. I’d love to hear your thoughts. A) if you think hardwood flooring would look nice. B) any floor recommendations you may have. Here are photos of my front room and kitchen.

I’ve had hardwood kitchen floors in 3 of my 5 houses and haven’t had any problems. Hardwood flooring is much more comfortable to stand on than tile. Extending your wood flooring into your kitchen can really expand the flow of your living room/ dining room/ kitchen area making it look larger and more cohesive.

If you’re talking about the occasional spill, that’s what paper towels are for. If you’re thinking of a burst water line, that will damage any floor you put in, so go for the hardwood, if that’s what you want.

Dark Hardwood Floors vs. Light Hardwood Floors?

We are refinishing the floors in our house. They are natural red oak now, but we are considering refinishing them with a dark walnut stain. The house is 2400 sq ft and the rooms are kind of tight, so we’re concerned darker floors will make the house look smaller. The kitchen has cherry cabinets as well and I’m concerned dark floors won’t work.

it depends on your furniture. Your couch and appliances look nice. Dark flooring gives a sense contemporary and cooler feeling. I would suggest putting a light colour area rug and add some sharp colour decorative accessories to bring out the contrast appeals. Hope my suggestion helps

 

CAN I PUT HARDWOOD FLOORS IN MY KITCHEN?

Your kitchen is a high-traffic, high-profile area, and you want to make sure that you get the right flooring the first time: otherwise it’s just a waste of money. And no one wants that.

Hardwood Flooring Pros

There are many upsides to hardwood floors. The softness of hardwood compared to ceramic tile can be a blessing if you have bad knees or spend a lot of time standing in your kitchen. That’s why serious cooks actually prefer hardwood. Your legs will appreciate not standing on a rock hard surface for long periods of time.

Another positive aspect of hardwood is that it is much warmer than ceramic. If you don’t have a heated floor, the hardwood will be much more inviting than icy-cold tiles, especially when you are getting that first cup of coffee in the morning. Hardwood floors in a kitchen are also an excellent choice if you have an open concept main floor, and want to create a cohesive flow from your living space to your cooking space.

Hardwood Flooring Cons

There are some downsides to hardwood floors in a kitchen. Hardwood is, as the name suggests, hard. But it’s not as hard as ceramic tile, and it’s much easier to damage. As the kitchen is a high traffic area the hardwood in that room will wear faster than the rest of the house which may result in having to refinish the hardwood sooner than if it was just in the living room.

Who Should Have Hardwood Floors in Their Kitchen?

Hardwood floors in a kitchen will only work for certain people. We recommend them for serious cooks who want a warm, elegant flooring option – and who aren’t prone to drops or spills!

A Perspective From A Criminal Defense Attorney

Choosing the Best Criminal Defense Attorney: Some Things to Know

The Top Search Results are Not Always the Best Criminal Defense Lawyers

Any of the links shaded in yellow or on the right column of the google results page are paid advertisements. That is not bad but it means that the result is there because someone bought the positioning on the page. Results in the main part of the page are the “organic results” returned because they are relevant to your search. As you click the results, what do you find? Is it a lot of “I will FIGHT for YOU” along with empty superlatives, or is it actual information that might help you understand your situation? Lawyers think about what goes into a website and the content there is probably an extension of their personality and attitude.

That’s Not a Even a Law Firm

When you search for a Criminal Defense Lawyer on Google, many of the top search results will look like law firms, but they are not. are not law firms at all but are referral services based many miles away. You contact them, they will charge you a fee and then contact a local attorney to handle your case. If they charge you $3000, the local attorney might get $1000 of that to handle the case. You just paid $2000 for that service to send an email. A website that does not list a local location and phone number is not a local law firm.

Maine has no Public Defender’s Office

Other States have a Publicly funded office with attorneys who represent defendants who can’t afford a lawyer. Maine does not have a such an office but instead has a court appointed attorney system. That means that certain attorneys have agreed to accept criminal cases which the court assigned to them. The state pays the attorney a very low hourly rate for handling the cases and the client has little or no obligation to reimburse the state for that fee.

Keep in mind that in the court court appointed system:

You don’t get to choose your Appointed Criminal Defense Lawyer.

The court is supposed to just appoint the next lawyer on the list. While many appointed attorneys do excellent work, some definitely do not.

Many court appointed attorneys do not specialize in criminal defense.

While some do, others use court appointed work as a way to supplement a practice which focuses on some other area. A person facing criminal charges should be very careful to make sure that their attorney, whether appointed or retained, specializes in criminal defense.

The Best Criminal Defense Lawyer is Not Any One Person

defendants a lucky to have plenty of Lawyers to choose from. The best lawyer for you will have the experience and expertise you need but, just as important, they are someone that you like and that you can talk to and get along with. That defense lawyer is probably one that the DAs and judges respect and that a Jury can understand, and agree with. A lot of criminal defense attorneys fall back on aggressive language and pompous bluster. The reality is that the most effective lawyers don’t really talk like that. Effective advocacy is not about bullying people or bragging about yourself. The tougher job, and the more important job, does not have anything to do with arrogance or ego. Instead, it involves understanding and interpreting complicated issues in a way that benefits your defense, and knowing how to persuasively communicate that perspective.

 

Experience You Can Trust

Proudly Representing Adults & Minor Students

Everyone makes mistakes, usually harmless ones, but if a mistake leads to a criminal charge, your entire future could be jeopardized. You face immediate threats as well, as your rights, interests, and freedoms are at risk. You are face-to-face with an overwhelming justice system

Remember that you have the right to fight any allegations against you, and you have the right to do so with a competent attorney. You should get the chance to fulfill your aspirations without a momentary mistake lingering over your head for years to come.

No case is too complicated or too simple for firm. Even misdemeanor offenses need to be taken seriously. If you or a loved one has been charged with a crime, you need to take immediate legal action. Otherwise, your future educational pursuits, career options, and other opportunities could be permanently threatened.

criminal defense attorney can combat charges such as:

Assault

Criminal trespass

Domestic violence

DUI / DWI

Drug crimes

Malicious mischief

Minor in possession

Negligent driving

Reckless driving

Theft crimes

here to guide you through every stage of your case so that you can make empowered decisions, transforming your life. Whether you prefer to speak with skilled legal team directly over the phone, in person, or via email, are here to listen to your story at any time. It’s risk-free to find out if can help you, and if we take your case, there will be no surprise costs since charge a flat fee.

 

Meet Attorney

Why did you become a lawyer?

I quickly realized that law would be the path for me.  Not only did I love the tv show, “Law and Order” but I loved competition, strategy and debating things, whether it was with my parents, teachers or coaches.

Where did you go to school?

I graduated with honors from the University with two college degrees, Criminology, and Psychology.  I then graduated from the University Of Law School because I wanted to come back home and be trained by the best of the best, including famous criminal defense lawyer

What was your experience like as a prosecutor?

After graduation, I started as a prosecutor in County.  I got tons of trial experience ranging from DUI’s to Drug Cases to Thefts and serious felonies.  Out of the 33 prosecutors in my class, I was the first one promoted.

Why did you start Law Firm?

I left the prosecutor’s office because I wanted to help people in a deeper, more meaningful way.  I also wanted to run my own business. I grew up watching my parents own and run a dental practice, and I wanted to own my own Law Firm where I can make a difference in the lives of my clients, employees, and community.

What sets you apart from all the other attorneys out there?

But the things I’m most proud of are the tons of reviews and testimonials that my clients have written about me and the firm.  You can watch our video testimonials or read the written ones on the testimonials page.

 

Lawyer Types You’re Most Likely to Need

Suppose you want to sue a contractor for breaching a contract, or you want to sue a competitor for stealing your employees. What kind of lawyer do you need? Should you just whip out the Yelp app and search for the nearest five-star-rated lawyer? If you’ve tried that, you may have been told by the highly rated lawyer that he or she doesn’t handle the particular legal problem you’re experiencing. There are many types of lawyers, and knowing which kind of lawyer you need is the first step towards hiring the right one. The attorney who did such an excellent job drafting your will may not be the best lawyer to challenge your non-compete agreement. Personally, I get many calls from prospective clients who want me to appeal their criminal conviction, or fight for custody of their kids, or get them out of a traffic ticket, and I don’t do any of those things. And lawyers who do handle such matters typically don’t practice in the sorts of business disputes and defamation matters that my firm typically handles.

Civil Litigation Lawyer (a.k.a. Trial Attorney)

You’ve been sued. A process server showed up on your doorstep and served you with papers requiring you to appear in court to defend yourself in a matter brought by another business or an individual. (Note: if the suit papers indicate that it’s the “Commonwealth” or the “State” that initiated the proceedings, the matter is most likely criminal in nature and requires a different type of attorney). Or someone harmed you in some way and you want to sue them. Perhaps your small business provided services to a vendor on a government contract and never got paid, in violation of the subcontract. Or your ex-employee has started a competing business in violation of his noncompete obligations to your firm. Basically, when two or more private parties have a dispute and desire to have it resolved in court, you need a lawyer who specializes in civil litigation.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Courtroom proceedings are considered criminal in nature (as opposed to civil) when the state (through prosecuting attorneys) charges you with the commission of a crime. If you’ve been arrested, read your Miranda rights, and taken into custody by the police, you need a criminal defense lawyer. The criminal defense lawyer will work to ensure you are deemed “innocent until proven guilty” and will argue for a “not guilty” verdict, typically by trying to poke holes in (and cast doubt on) the prosecution’s theory of the case. Want to stay out of jail? Hire a good criminal defense attorney.

Defamation Lawyer (a.k.a. Libel and Slander Attorney)

Defamation lawyers are a subset of civil litigation lawyers. You want a defamation attorney if you need to take someone to court for defaming your character through libel and/or slander, or if you’ve been accused of causing harm to the reputation of another individual or business by making false and defamatory statements of your own. Defamation law is complex and it is often helpful to retain a lawyer with particular expertise in this area if you find yourself on either end of a defamation-related dispute.

Business Lawyer (litigation or transactional)

Many business owners assume they need a “business lawyer,” whatever the nature of the legal problem they’re experiencing. In fact, “business law” is too broad a category to be meaningful. Business lawyers generally fall into two mutually exclusive categories: litigation and transactional. Business litigation (often referred to as commercial litigation) is a major subset of civil litigation (see above). Businesses sue each other all the time, for any number of reasons. If your business is being sued for allegedly breaching a contract with another business, you will have more luck securing representation if you narrow your search to one seeking a business litigation attorney rather than a “business lawyer.” On the other side of the coin, a “transactional” business lawyer is the lawyer you need to help your business form, grow, and thrive. The transactional lawyer will incorporate your startup, help secure funding, draft your employment and non-disclosure agreements, issue stock, spin off subsidiaries, and countless other tasks associated with operating your business. Unlike the business litigation attorney, the transactional lawyer does not go to court.

 

Best Lawyer Websites You Need To See

If there is one industry where clarity matters most, it might just be the legal field. Perhaps no one understands the importance of nuance in words and phrasing like lawyers and attorneys. While lawyers can’t get interpretive with legal contracts, however, there is a lot of room for creativity on their websites.

Like all other industries, lawyer websites come in all shapes and sizes and are most successful when they creatively highlight a firm’s unique branding while still providing users with the information they’re looking for. Mobile design is also an absolute must.

West Coast Trial Lawyers

When it comes to the best lawyer websites, the West Coast Trial Lawyers firm’s homepage is a fantastic example of a lot of different things done well. They have easy-to-see navigation in the top right hand corner just underneath a prominent phone number that’s placed next to a “free consultations/ no fees until we win” message. This displays confidence in their abilities, but it also gives viewers a reason to call by reminding them there’s no risk and no cost.

Roulston Urquhart Criminal Defence

The entire website of this criminal defense law firm is bold, confident, and just a touch intimidating—exactly what you’d want your criminal defense attorney to be. Everything about it is simplistic, from the monochromatic color scheme to the copy.

YLaw Group

YLaw Group offers diverse family law services, including divorce and custody services. These are all very serious concerns, especially to those in them, but their site is fun and can help break the ice. If nothing else, it immediately sets them apart.

Onsite And Offsite Bookkeeping Services

How do bookkeepers get clients?

None of these tactics will help you with your service. Make sure the service you’re offering is awesome to be begin with and clients will start snowballing. If you already have a great service offering, keep reading and I guarantee you’ll find new ways to get more clients.

You may be wondering:

“How do I get bookkeeping clients? How do I get web design clients? How do I get clients for my consulting business? How do I get clients for my IT company? How do I get PR clients? How do I get clients?!?” The tactics I’ve listed here work across all of them! When it boils down to it, the tactics don’t change too much by industry. There are many tried and true methods that work regardless of what field you’re in. Even if you have a marketing consultant or agency taking care of lead generation—it’s still worth reading this post—maybe you’ll see something they missed and you can ask them about it.

Business Strategy

Write and practice your elevator pitch

Just because you’re not a Bay area startup, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have an elevator pitch. You never know when you’ll have an opportunity to promote your business or run into someone who may need your services. If you can’t clearly communicate what you do and how you’re different—you’re going to have a tough time selling your services.

Pick a niche

You may think that offering services to everybody will land you more clients, but in many cases that’s the wrong mentality. Specializing in one industry can actually be far more lucrative in the long run.

Here are a few reasons why it might make sense to pick a niche:

  • It helps clarify your target market which makes sales and marketing easier and more specific
  • It gives you expert status in that industry which makes your business more appealing to that target market
  • It helps you learn to speak your target market’s “language”
  • It can be helpful for SEO (ex. someone looking for a ‘startup accountant’ will find your business if you specialize it that field)
  • It allows you to build your processes around a single area of expertise which means you can scale faster

 

Online Marketing

The concept of digital marketing or online marketing or even cloud marketing is easy to grasp when we compare it to cloud accounting; it’s simply the use of online marketing channels to enable lead generation and client acquisition.  Yet, when most accountants think about marketing today, they revert to the 1970s methods of direct mail and cold calling. And when they implement those methods, they don’t realize that they risk ruining their hard-earned modern reputation, not to mention paying more for low-quality results.

When today’s clients look for a new accountant or bookkeeper, part if not all of their search occurs online. And that’s where accounting firms and bookkeeping businesses need to be too.

Approaching Prospects

Attracting new clients to your business is a lot like making friends or even dating. It doesn’t happen in one connection; it can take a couple of meetings before you both trust each other enough to commit to building a relationship.  Here are two steps you’ll need to take before you go looking for new clients:

  • Figure out and narrow down who you are looking for.

This means creating a description of your ideal client. While you could get away with marketing to everyone ten or fifteen years ago, it doesn’t work today. Just like you won’t want to be friends with just anyone, you shouldn’t want to take on just anyone as a client. Today, smart marketers and business owners stop and learn why someone wants or needs what they have to offer. They determine the benefits or solutions the prospect is looking for and use that to create a persona or avatar of a category of clients they are looking for.

  • Determine how you will attract the attention of the ideal client you are seeking.

The solution to this is to develop content that catches your prospects’ eyes. The topic of the content should be something that helps the client solve a problem they’re having related to the services you offer.  This can be an accounting problem, a QuickBooks® problem, a payroll problem, a tax problem, or a financial problem. Great content will allow you to get their attention, demonstrate your expertise, and make an initial connection between you and the prospect.

 

Publish Articles

Creative marketing tool, use is the cost-free benefit of publishing tax articles in various publications. This can be a time-consuming task, and it can take quite a while before you see the fruits of your labor. Publishing tax articles has allowed me to develop myself as a brand, while marketing the article on social media outlets to further capitalize on the marketing opportunity. For example, when a publication runs an article, I also publish the article on my LinkedIn network. You publish one time and give yourself the opportunity to be seen and heard by millions of people online. Allowing for some patience and time, this can be a very powerful tool because you have to publish articles frequently to keep yourself fresh and in the spotlight.

Work Your Clients

Marketing strategy that only takes time is marketing throughout the year to my existing clients. Your existing clients are, hands down, the best source of referrals. If you fail to market yourself to your existing clients, you are failing to use the best tool you have at your disposal. I use the publications that I am featured in, and articles that I publish, to market to my existing clients. Not only does it give my clients good content to read and get educated, but it also allows them to view me as an expert, which further enhances the relationship. This also provides an opportunity for existing clients to read an article and share it with their friends, family and acquaintances – more “free” marketing to people who I would not have reached.

The marketing tools I developed have taken years to get to the point where I am able to see a return on investment. Although the investment is very little monetary and mostly time, it’s still an investment; the time could be used to do income-producing work, other meaningful tasks or even enable me to have a life!

 

Word of mouth

We couldn’t say it better ourselves. It’s well-known that accountants win the majority of new clients through referrals. Better yet, these clients are likely to already trust you and make the onboarding process smoother. Although it sounds effortless, word of mouth marketing doesn’t happen by itself. It relies on delivering a consistent service that goes above and beyond for customers.

Ask for referrals

Sometimes, it’s good to go back to basics. Have you asked your clients to refer your services, or indeed made it easy to? If you have a solid and loyal client-base, they’d probably be more than happy to. And even if you’re starting out, they know that business relies on building good impressions. Some quick wins include adding a line to your email signature reminding them or even incentivising them with a thank you gift when they follow through. Which referral systems should you be using? Find out how to make them happen here.

Make the most of your website

Your website is the digital shop-front for your practice, so does it reflect who you are as a business? Whether you choose to create something in-house or outsource it, investing in a world-class website can be a powerful lead generation tool. Say you’re based in Brisbane; the next time someone googles ‘best accountants Brisbane’, you want to be the first link on the search page. To make sure you claim top spot, content is king. Case studies and testimonials are a great place to start, to shine a light on happy customers and show the potential of great bookkeeping.

 

Identify your target clients

Not all clients and prospects are created equal. You can probably put your existing clients in three groups: great, average and not-so-great.

Think about the factors that determine what a great client looks like to your firm:

  • How easy are they to deal with?
  • How much total revenue do they generate?
  • Can you work quickly and effectively with them?
  • How profitable are they?
  • Do they bring positive exposure?
  • Do they create connections to other great clients?

There may be other factors you need to consider. The important thing is that you understand what your ideal clients look like before you start chasing them. Sometimes there are trade-offs involved. It’s not always financial factors that put a prospect on the list. You might be moving into a new area of expertise. You may be prepared to work for less profitable clients while you’re building your reputation.

Or if your firm has a specialty, you may be able to charge a premium. Looking for new clients in the area you specialize in could be a natural and profitable direction for you.

Car Dealer Vs The Private Sale

Steps to Buying a Used Car

in search of a reliable and affordable used car, truck, or SUV? Major World is proud to be home to an extensive inventory of over 1,000 pre-owned vehicles and we’re dedicated to helping you find the best choice for your budget and needs. Learn about the steps to buying a used car so you know you’re getting the right vehicle for the right price, then read our blog on which questions to ask before you buy a new car!

Know your budget and stick to it: First up on our list is a fairly simple suggestion. Most people who are looking for a used vehicle are doing so because it is a much more affordable option than new models. This means that you likely have a budget you can afford, and so before you begin to look at any vehicle, you need to know how much you can comfortably spend on one. We suggest you be modest with your budget and save some money for any repairs or maintenance down the line. It’s also important to figure out if you want to pay by cash or opt for outside or in-house financing.

Choose the vehicle that’s right for you: Once you have a budget, now it’s time to start looking at available pre-owned vehicles that you can comfortably afford. But, what do you need the vehicle for? Will you need a truck for work purposes? Perhaps an SUV or minivan to haul the kids to and from school? Or, maybe you just need a simple sedan that can get you from your home to your job every day. Whatever the case may be, know what you need, and find a car that suits those needs.

Find the ownership costs of the vehicle: No matter what used car you get, and no matter what model year it’s from, it will have some wear and tear and could lead to costly maintenance in the future. So, it’s smart to take a look at resources like Kelley Blue Book to see how much a vehicle could cost you over the span of a handful of years. Factor this into your decision on which car best suits your needs and budget.

Learn the vehicle’s history: When buying a used vehicle, it’s always smart to know who was driving the car and how they were using it. Use resources like Carfax to try and get the history report of the vehicle you’ve had your eye on. A vehicle’s history can let you know whether or not it’s even worth buying in the first place.

 

Used car dealers: Play by the rules or pay the price

It requires used car dealers to post a Buyers Guide on cars they offer for sale. The Guide gives customers important warranty and other information to help them make an informed buying decision.

Buyers Guide must tell you:

whether the vehicle is being sold “as is” or with a warranty

what percentage of the repair costs a dealer will pay under the warranty

that spoken promises are difficult to enforce

to get all promises in writing

to keep the Buyers Guide for reference after the sale

the major mechanical and electrical systems on the car, including some of the major problems you should look out for

to ask to have the car inspected by an independent mechanic before you buy

The back of the Buyers Guide must list the name and address of the dealership, and include the name and phone number of the contact at the dealership in case you have problems or complaints after the sale.

I’ve been looking for a specific used car for over 6 mo. and helped others looking for and bought a vehicle. Warranty sheet sere missing from sale papers, none were willing to put verbal conditions in writing and never a comment about common vehicle problems. One salesman stated they would fix problems after vehicle was “SOLD”! That vehicle is still for sale atfer 6 months.

Thanks for this information. I will remember this law of sales from this point forward. Used car salesmen does rip the consumer off daily and seconds. With their smooth sales pitch and trying ti make all sound like the car is a perfect vehicle for a consumer to purchased. Thanks again for this information. I need to know this from this day forward. I have been lied to by a car salesman.

 

I sold my car online and got cash on the spot — here’s what you need to do

Go online to find the value of your car

Considering my mileage (20,000 miles), a couple minor dents and year and make of my car, I had a rough estimate of what I could sell it for. Friends who had already gone through the experience of selling their cars told me I’d be lucky to get $10,000, so that’s the value I had in my head. Fortunately, that number was a lot less than what online dealerships offered when I went to get a more expert evaluation on the internet.

Let technology sell the car for you

It’s true that selling your car to a person rather than a dealer may get you more money since you’re setting the price. I wanted to get the best offer for my car, but I also wanted a convenient, hassle-free experience. Selling your car to an individual requires a lot of work, including researching the marketplace, creating ads, taking stellar photos, constant communication with potential buyers, price negotiations, scrubbing the car spotless and test-driving with strangers.

Consider selling your car to a buyer in a city where there’s more demand

You will get a higher cash offer from a buyer in a city with higher demand for used vehicles.

Expect to for your car to be scrutinized, which means you may get less than the price you were quoted

After setting up an appointment, I brought my car to Carvana and waited as the inspector scrutinized my car for about 20 minutes with her clipboard. When she returned, she pointed out things that brought down the value of my car. One of the dents was a lot bigger than I had reported in the initial online assessment, she said, and there were visible marks on the interior passenger seat, which I was aware of and did not report.

You must notify your local DMV

No one is going to buy a car from you without your paperwork. This includes proof of registration, tag, title, license plate number, driver’s license and auto loan company (if applicable). I had all my documents ready, and luckily I remembered to notify my local DMV that I sold my car. The DMV needs to know it’s no longer in your ownership, otherwise you could run into mishaps (i.e., being charged the registration fee for the vehicle). Depending on where you live, you might be able to transfer ownership online and avoid the actual office.

 

Things to Never Say to a Dealer

“I’m ready to buy now.”

This is an admission of weakness and an invitation for the dealer to throw out a price that’s slightly below the manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) to see if you’ll take the bait. It shows that you’re too eager and willing to consider an offer, and it also gives salespeople the advantage by allowing them to talk you up as opposed to you talking them down. But by adding some very precise parameters, you’ll sound confident and strong from the start. There are two schools on negotiating. Going into the process, Gentile reminds consumers to be wary of the dealer cost.

Consumer Reports has something called wholesale price, which is the normal dealer invoice price minus all relevant rebates and incentives. Similarly, most longstanding price-information services advise buyers to research the dealer invoice, along with any relevant incentives, then make a lowball offer that’s maybe just a few hundred dollars above invoice. The dealer will follow your figure with a counteroffer that then allows you to go back and forth until there is a compromise.

“I can afford this much per month.”

Don’t allow the dealership to pull a credit report on you. Once the dealership knows your credit score it can affect negotiations for the car you’re interested in buying. It’s better to tell the salesperson that all you’re interested in is getting the best price for the vehicle. “Don’t tell the dealer what you’re willing to pay per month. This is the biggest mistake a shopper can make. Often the dealer will focus on a monthly payment scheme, insisting you are receiving a great deal, but at the end of the day you won’t really know what you paid, advises Gentile.

“Yes, I have a trade-in.”

Try not to tell salespeople you have a trade-in until a final purchase price is set. The ask the dealer how much they’ll give you have a trade-in. If you begin negotiations with a trade-in the dealer may try to distract you with the “great” deal they’re giving you on your trade-in while giving you a “poor” deal on the new vehicle you are buying. Its best to call the Credit Union and we’ll tell you a fair price for your trade-in before you even visit the dealership.

“I’m only buying the car with cash.”

Car dealers make a significant chunk of added profit when they sell you financing. If you don’t at least leave the dealer with the possibility that he or she might sell you financing, you simply won’t be getting the best deal. Bragg recommends saying something like “lets negotiate the price of the new vehicle first and then we can discuss financing”.

 

Understanding the Paperwork Involved in Buying a Car

Buying a car is one of the milestones of adulthood. It signifies freedom and independence. At the same time, though, the process can be overwhelming given the technical jargon that appears in the paperwork. It’s important to educate yourself on this matter because buying and paying for a car is serious business. You don’t want to sign documents without fully understanding what you’re getting yourself into. This is true whether you’re buying a brand new car or a used one.

Required Documents

Buying a car requires a number of documents to be fully legal. The first one you ought to have is the Bill of Sale. It is sometimes known as the Purchase and Sale Agreement. Basically, this is the document that solidifies the sale process. It includes information on the make and model of the car, it’s VIN (Vehicle Identification Number), the date of sale, and the purchase price. It also contains all the other sale details that the buyer and seller may have agreed upon.

Tips and Reminders

Buying a car can be tricky, especially since you’re trying to stretch your budget as much as possible and you want to ensure that the whole process is above board. Read on for a few reminders to ensure a smooth transition.

Read everything. It can be tempting to just leave things be and trust your seller, but that would be foolhardy. No matter how boring or seemingly difficult it gets, you have to read your documents before signing anything.

Check that the details written in the title and bill of sale match the car you’ve decided to buy. You don’t want dealers to pull a switcheroo on you, with you choosing a certain vehicle but getting a different one. Look at the Vehicle Identification Number to be sure.

Check the sale price in the documents and make sure that they reflect the amount discussed during negotiations. You have to be clear on the sale price. You might be shocked once you see all the additional charges, so get things clarified as thoroughly as you can.

Have a friend go through the document if you want reassurance. Find someone you can trust and who is knowledgeable on legal documents.

Items to Bring

Whether you’re buying new, used, or doing a trade-in, it’s important to come in with all your information ready. Don’t go into the shop without preparing, because it will only cause delays. In fact, if you can give the seller (or dealer) a call beforehand to clarify what personal documents are needed, it would be better. That way, you won’t end up resetting the sale because you forgot to bring the right ID.

Renting A Photo Booth

How do I promote my photo booth business?

Running a photo booth business is a great way to make money and build a profitable business in the new year and onward.

Even though photo booths are not new, the rise in online marketing means that it has never been easier to get the word out about your business, build a brand, get more clients and earn more money.

Whether you’re a new photo booth sale or hire business owner or looking to start, here are five ways you can supercharge your marketing:

Optimize your Website

The importance of your website to your business cannot be overstated, Your site is the virtual front door of your business, and it will play a significant role in increasing or reducing how many people visit your business (online and offline) and how many of them eventually convert into customers.

Social Media Marketing

Social media is where everything is happening nowadays. The different platforms offer a great opportunity to easily share content with your target audience. Apart from sharing content, it’s also easy to interact with your customers or prospects directly, giving you an opportunity to provide top-notch customer service which will, in turn, lead to customer loyalty, return business and referrals.

Email Marketing

Email marketing has always ranked high among digital marketing channels. More than 85% of adult internet users in the US use their emails regularly, and the conversion rate for email marketing has been reported by many studies to be higher than even search marketing.

Events and Networking

Although digital marketing is a more innovative strategy to reach more customers, physical networking remains an invaluable way to get the word out about your business. It’s easier to make a great, memorable impression in person, making it more likely that you can develop a strong relationship which will later lead to doing business together.

Customer Service

Customer service is not a marketing channel per se, but it’s a very crucial factor in boosting the effectiveness of your overall strategy for marketing your photo booth business. From the initial contact to arriving at an event and coordinating things for the client to have a stellar experience, satisfying the customer must be your driving purpose.

 

Get Testimonials From Past Clients

Have you had even one customer who enjoyed their experience with you? Then there’s the perfect opportunity for a testimonial.

How to Get Testimonials

Try sending your clients a survey to fill out after they’ve completed their experience with you, asking them to rate their experience and being sure to leave a field for comments. This comments field is especially crucial, as this is where you can get some great quotes to use.

You might also email, call or contact your past customers directly. Explain that you’re trying to get some testimonials and ask them if they’d be willing to share a quote. There’s no need to say anything fancy here — most people will understand the importance of testimonials and, provided they had a good experience with you, most will be happy to help. Simply be polite, explain what you’re after and ask if they’d be willing to give you a quote. If they are, terrific. If they aren’t, be courteous, thank them for their time and try someone else.

Where to Put Testimonials

Testimonials are one of your best marketing tools. In every single piece of your photo booth advertising campaign, there’s a place for some good old-fashioned testimonials. Your website, of course, is the number one place where these will come in handy. Make an entire page on your website dedicated to testimonials, clearly label it and place your quotes there. Additionally, you might put one or two tastefully throughout the rest of the website — perhaps at the bottom of the page, or as a pull-quote.

Social media is another excellent place to advertise some of these glowing testimonials. Maybe this means taking a quote in part or in its entirety and posting it to social media. It could mean linking back to your social media post. However you choose to do this, make sure you’re spreading these types of positive reviews across your social channels, letting people know that you aren’t all talk. You also deliver exceptional results, and people are willing to back you up on that.

 

Establish a Strong Online Presence

Local marketing is an increasingly vital form of marketing for online businesses. This is especially true in the era of mobile devices and smartphones. According to data from Econsultancy, 80 percent of consumers use smartphones to look up information on local businesses, while roughly 66 percent take direct action as a result of mobile searches, and a third of them take it a step further and go on to make a purchase or book services through their smartphones.

When creating a website for your photo booth business, one of the most critical steps you can take is to ensure that your site is easily viewed on both traditional computer-based websites, as well as on mobile-based devices – including both Apple and Android phones or tablets.

Once you optimize your site for all visitors, no matter the operating system or device, you should consider listing your photo booth business on Google My Business. Google My Business is an excellent resource, providing online customers with the ability to search for photo booth rental companies, find your booth rental business using Google Maps, and learn more about your rental business – including the areas you cover, your hours of operation, the services that make you unique, and so much more!

 

Word Of Mouth

Most entrepreneurs talk about “word of mouth” (WOM) being their marketing utopia. After-all who wouldn’t want to get “free” marketing. However many also miss the point of “word of mouth”. To ensure as a business owner you have any chance of riding such a wave your need to do something, actually lots of things that “Are Worth Talking About!” This is the biggest mistake most entrepreneurs make in seeking the benefit of WOM – they don’t actually do anything that their customers would want to talk about let alone become an advocate of.

So to ensure that your business benefits from WOM take a look at each point a customer has the opportunity to engage with you or your business and think “what can we do” to really impress this customer. Think about how you can under promise, yet over deliver – think “If I was the customer – what would WOW me?” Only then will you get anywhere close to being able to benefit from true WOM.

 

Show off your work and get found.

So you know how to do all the cool stuff.  That’s great. Now post it on your website and social media pages. Give these things searchable names on your website. Tag them on social media with terms that corporate planners are looking for. Beyond showing off the finished work, show examples of your branded booths & custom backdrops. Give people a glimpse of what your custom prop packages look like. Blog your events. Take photos of your set-ups. Capture video of people using your booth. Grab a snap of the mile long line waiting for a chance to get a photo at your booth. Use these to make a promo video. If there is anything that I can do better, this is at the top of my list. We are often so busy prepping and working our events that we forget to take photos of the action. Yet, it is probably the most power visual representation of the experience that comes with your photos, so don’t neglect it.

The Advantages Of Using A Commercial Painting Contractor

Painting Cost Per Square Foot Commercial Building

A fresh coat of paint keeps your commercial property looking in tip-top condition and gives customers a fantastic first impression of your business. Additionally, your staff will be happier and more productive if they work in a well-maintained environment. But what is the painting cost per square foot of a commercial building?

If it’s time to paint your commercial exterior or interior then you’ll want a professional painting company that can stick to your budget and provides a high-quality finish that lasts. Not sure where to start? We’ve covered the basics involved in calculating the average painting cost per square foot for a commercial building.

How Much Paint is Needed?

Calculating the amount of paint required isn’t difficult. First, determine if you want just the walls painted or the ceiling and any trim as well. Multiply the length of each wall by its height and then add them together. Do the same for any doors and windows and subtract this figure from the wall space to get the total square footage of wall space.

If you want to paint the ceiling, then you’ll need to multiply the length of the room by the width to get the gross ceiling area. Add this onto the total square footage for the wall space.

Once you’ve determined the total square footage that needs painting you can calculate the amount of paint needed. Bear in mind that one gallon of paint typically covers 300 square feet of a smooth wall in a commercial application. Most professional painters prefer premium-quality paint, which costs between around $50 – $75 per gallon.

 

How Much Will I Pay for Labor?

While an onsite visit gives a contractor a more accurate labor cost estimate, there are guidelines that are used to help determine labor costs.

A professional painter should be able to paint the walls with a two-coat painting system in a regular office (14’ wide x 14’ length x 9’ high = 504 square feet) in about 3.5 hours of time. An average painter should be able to cover about 150 square feet an hour. If you divide 504 by 150 you get 3.36.

A painting contractor will charge between $65-$80 per hour with today’s rates, taxes, and insurance.

Keep in mind that the painter has to cut in clean paint lines along all the edges of the room (ceiling, baseboards or floor, doors and window frames, etc.) using a brush, and then roll the walls two separate times with a paint roller (in vacant or new facilities, sprayers may be used to go faster).

The cost of painting the walls with a typical brush-and-roll two-coat paint system should be around .45 cents per square foot.

Note: This pricing structure doesn’t include work that will increase labor costs including:

  • Extra masking or protection of furnishings and flooring
  • Priming major prep work (peeling paint, large cracks or holes)
  • Paint materials (quality and prices vary)
  • Major furniture moving
  • Logistics – parking/unloading/loading challenges,

These all need to be identified and will add to the labor cost. Sometimes, photos are enough to provide for an accurate proposal, but other times it’s best to schedule an onsite estimate for a visual inspection.

 

Estimating Exterior Commercial Painting Costs

Commercial Painting EstimateTo come up with an accurate cost estimate, you need to assess the scope of the project along with the technical implications. Below are a few things to consider when estimating the cost of a commercial painting job.

  • The size of the area: To calculate the area you need to paint, you must multiply the height by the length of each wall. Then, add the figures obtained to get the total square footage. You must also calculate the areas you don’t need to paint, such as windows and doors, and subtract their total square footage from the total square footage of outside walls. To give you an example, for a building with 4 exterior walls, each wall being 30 feet wide and 20 feet high, the total square footage is 2,400 (4x30x20). If the building has 8 windows (each 5 feet wide and 6 feet high) and 1 exterior door (6.5 feet wide and 8 feet high), the total square footage you need to subtract from the wall footage is 292 (windows: 8x5x6=240 square feet; door: 6.5×8=52 square feet). Therefore, the total square footage to be painted is 2,108 (2,400-292).
  • Determine the amount of paint needed: Usually, one gallon of paint covers about 400 square feet of smooth surface and 300 square feet of textured surface. If we consider the aforementioned example, you need about 5.5 gallons of paint to cover 2,108 square feet of smooth surface and 7.5 gallons of paint for textured surface. If two coats are needed, you will double the amount of project listed above.
  • Calculate the total cost for materials: Since good-quality exterior paint costs about $25 to $40 per gallon, you’ll have to pay between $140 (5.5x$25) and $300 (7.5x$40) only for the paint. You may also want to add brushes, rollers, paint trays, and drop cloths.
  • Determine labor cost: To calculate labor costs, it’s essential to establish how many hours a worker will need to complete the job. Make sure that you also include wall preparation tasks, such as washing, scraping, caulking, treating problem areas, and applying a primer. If a worker, for instance, can prepare 50 square feet and paint roughly 150 square feet per hour, the project will take about 57 hours (2,108÷50=42.16 hours to prepare the area; 2,108÷150=14.05 hours to paint the area). Then, you need to multiply the number of hours by what you pay your workers. If you pay $15 an hour, for example, the total labor cost is $855 (57×15).

 

Estimating How Much Paint to Buy

Before you begin painting your home’s interior walls, ceiling, woodwork, doors, or windows, you need to estimate the amount of paint you’ll use. Estimates require specific calculations for each surface you want to paint.

To estimate the amount of paint you need in order to cover the walls of a room, add together the length of all the walls and then multiply the number by the height of the room, from floor to ceiling. The number you get is the room’s square footage. Is that math class coming back to you now?

Examples

The following examples walk you through the calculations for determining how much paint you need for a 14-x-20-foot room that’s 8 feet tall and has two doors and two windows.

Ceiling paint estimator

Use the following formula to estimate the amount of ceiling paint you need. Double the result if the ceiling requires two coats.

  1. Multiply the length of the ceiling times its width to find its area. 14 × 20 = 280 square feet
  2. Divide that number by 350 (the estimated square feet covered per gallon) to figure out how many gallons of paint you need. 280 ÷ 350 = .8

For this example, you want to buy 1 gallon of ceiling paint for a single coat.

Wall paint estimator

Use the following formula to estimate the amount of wall paint you need. Double the result if the walls require two coats.

  1. Add together the length of each wall. 14 + 20 + 14 + 20 = 68 feet
  2. Multiply the sum by the wall height, to find the total wall area. 68 × 8 = 544 square feet
  3. Subtract 20 square feet for each door (20 × 2 = 40) and 15 square feet for each window (15 × 2 = 30) to find the actual amount of wall area you’re painting. 544 – 70 = 474 square feet
  4. Divide this figure by the paint coverage (350 square feet per gallon), and the result is the number of gallons to purchase.474 ÷ 350 = 1.4

For this example, you want to buy 1 gallon and 2 quarts of paint for a single coat.

 

Tips

  • In general, you can expect 1 gallon of paint to cover about 350 square feet. You need slightly more than a gallon if the walls are unpainted drywall, which absorbs more of the paint. You also need to consider whether to paint more than one coat. If you’re painting walls that are unfinished, heavily patched, or dark in color, plan on applying two coats of paint.
  • When painting a dark color, pros often add a color tint to the white primer. Tints for both latex or alkyd paints are available at most paint stores. For best results, choose a tint shade that’s closest to the top coat color.

Mold Inspection Checklist

HOW TO CLEAN MOLD GROWING IN YOUR HOME

Mold in or on windows:

If Mold has grown on windows, in most cases you can it on your own. However if the mold is growing on the window sill or window frame and is penetrating the surface further remediation will most likely be required.

What can I use to clean molds?

You will want to use soap and water, or a mold product often available in stores. If using a mold product, read the label, apply it for the right dwelling time (how long it needs to stay on the surface before cleaning),  clean the mold, wipe it down, bag the cloth /paper in a bag and seal it of (tie it up), then throw it away. Not it is also good to hepa vacuum and clean all surfaces. Also make sure you have lots of fresh air coming into the area you are cleaning.

It’s better to know how to prevent mold on windows:

  • Wipe down the condensation that is on and around your windows; further more prevent condensation in the first place: If you see condensation on your windows it is a good indication that your heat is too high compared to the temperature outside in the winter or your air conditioning is too high compared to the temperature outside in the summer. Thus causing your humidity levels to be too high in your house, when the heat in your house meets the cold window this causes condensation and vice versa in the summer. It may also be an indication that your windows were improperly installed or improperly insulated or caulked, allowing water to penetrate and build up between your windows and allowing cold spots where it is not insulated. This also may affect the drywall below your window. In this case, this is no longer situation that you can handle yourself and it is a good idea to call us, we will provide a free visible mold inspection and a free estimate.
  • Clean the dust that always finds a way to build up on your windows, sill and window frames. Dust is a food source for mold and if there isn’t a food source mold will not grow on a non-porous material (example: Glass). Mold grows behind the screen (net), in between the windows, the frames, and one of the reasons this occurs is the dust buildup, giving mold a viable food source and allowing it to continue to grow. It is a good idea to take apart your windows depending on the type you have and vacuum, wipe them clean with soap and water and dry them completely before reinstalling them. Also vacuum your window screens and spray them clean with soap and water and again allow your screens to fully dry before you reinstall them. This is a good chore to add to your spring cleaning list. If water is penetrating your windows it is a good indication your windows were not properly installed and if the same person installed all of your windows you may have similar problems below and around all of your windows.

Clean Molds from Dry wall:

In Most CASES it can not or should not been done alone, mold on drywall usually penetrates since it is a porous material, and therefore is notjust surface mold. Generally there is more than meets the eye if it is on the front of your drywall there is a good chance you will find more mold on the back of your drywall. Because of this by disturbing the mold on your drywall you are causing it to go into defence mode and it will release millions of spores into your air and may spread to other areas of your home. Just like when a maple tree is under stress it will drop thousands of keys as a defence mechanism to try and reproduce itself, it is the same when it comes to mold on your drywall.

Mold On ConreteClean mold from concrete:

If you can clean it – If your basement is not finished scrub all of the concrete with a steel brush and T.S.P and then wipe down entirely, you still need to disinfect and hepa vacuum. In a lot of cases when you see white on your concrete it is commonly mistaken for mold, but it is actually efflorescence. Efflorescence occurs when excess water meets concrete (calcination) and in most cases is a good indication that you have foundation or waterproofing issues or a leak coming from another source in your home. If the white areas continue horizontally around the perimeter of your basement it is most likely a foundation problem. If the white marks are coming down your wall then the source is coming from somewhere else. However there is white mold and without mould testing we can’t be certain if it is mould or not.

 

How is Mold Cleaned up Successful?

  • The mold contaminated area needs to be sealed off completely from the rest of your home or business.
  • The mold contaminated area needs to be put under negative pressure this is obtained with the use of Negative Air Machines (Air Scrubbers) with tubes sending filtered air directly outside, a Secondary Filter on a Window bringing Filtered air back in the mould contaminated space and Barricades sealing off all entry ways into the space and Sealing off any duct vents in the mold contaminated space.
  • Removal of Organic Porous Moldy Materials such as Clothing, Carpets, Ceiling Tiles, Drywall, Pressed Board and Upholstery in most cases can’t be cleaned effectively and must be disposed of. Semi Porous Moldy Materials such as Wood Studs may be able to be saved depending how affected the material is but the mold can’t just be cleaned, it must be completely removed, this is done by sanding or ice or soda blasting. Non-Porous Materials can be saved but must be completely disinfected. Moldy materials must be bagged In 6mm Poly and Sealed before removing from the contaminated area.
  • All surfaces in the entire area must be Hepa Vacuumed, then all surfaces must be disinfected and then Hepa vacuumed again.

 

What will determine the speed of mold growth?

  • Air flow
  • Humidity
  • Temperature (usually above 3 deg. C)
  • What organic material is actually wet (e.g. mold grows faster on dry wall than wood)

If mold is clearly visible then it is growing and will reproduce by releasing it’s spores that will settle in surrounding areas if allowed to aerate. Under perfect conditions mold colonies can grow at 1sq inch per day and cover surface areas of several square feet in less than a week.

Other common questions: can mold grow in the wintertime? If I can’t see mold, does it still grow?

Mold can grow safely in our refrigerator at temperatures below 4 deg. C, we’ve all witnessed this before. So the assumption that mold doesn’t grow in the winter time is certainly untrue. It is agreed in the wider scientific community that common household mold will not grow outdoors at -15 deg. C though temperatures rarely drop below 5 deg. C in the home, even in the coldest and darkest of basements.

 

Is there a difference between Mold and Mildew?

Mold and Mildew have many parallel features, but they are slightly different types of fungi, and are often different in color and texture. Mold and mildew can grow in many of the damp and warm locations. Often they are mentioned as one since they have the same effects. In many cases mildew is another word for Mold. The treatment required is same; the protocol to follow will be the same since both of them release spores that can affect our health. Mildew can grow nearly anywhere so treating it as soon as it is noticed is vital.

Mildew Removal can sometimes be cleaned up by yourself, but you should consult a certified company first!

 

A FEW FACTS ABOUT MOLD

  • Mold can be found almost anywhere; it can grow on virtually any substance, providing moisture is present. There are Moulds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, and foods. Elevated Mould will be found indoors, the question is what type of Mould exists indoors and how much of it.
  • The source of the water problem or leak must be repaired to prevent mould growth.
  • Potential health effects and symptoms associated with Mould exposures include allergic reactions, asthma, and other respiratory problems. People bellow the age of 5 and above the age of 50 are in the higher risk category, as well people with weaker immune systems.
  • The term “Toxic Mold” refers to Molds that produce mycotoxins, such as Stachybotrys chartarum also known as “Black Mold”. This is the most dangerous type of mold and it should not be found within your living and working environment.

Important Considerations For Outdoor Pest Control

Helpful Hints Building Owners Need To Know About Pest Control

No matter what the quality of your home is, you should not have to live with annoying pests. This article will help you to make some headway in your fight against pests. The sooner you can take care of the problem, the sooner you will be free of these unwanted house guests.

Have a mosquito problem? If so, then ensure your garden doesn’t have any standing pools of water. Mosquitoes tend to lay eggs in water, which gives their larvae a place to thrive. Inspect the areas near your hoses, garden pots and other areas where there may be standing water.

Buy properly sized pest traps. If you lay a trap for a large animal, such as a raccoon, you will be unable to catch smaller animals such as chipmunks. Many traps use the animal’s weight to trigger a trap door. However, if this animal can’t trigger the trap because it’s light, you’ll basically end up feeding the pest without catching it.

If you’ve got a termite problem, you’ll want a good termiticide. Termiticide comes in two flavors: killer termiticide and repelling termiticide. No matter which you use, it needs a thorough application around the foundation and inside the home. You may need to use a great deal of termiticide if you want best results. It could take more than a hundred gallons.

If you are wondering if you have termites, get a dog that can smell them. If an inspector checks your house on his own, he is only able to confirm that you are about one-third free of termites. A well-trained, termite sniffing dog can find all of them. Dogs cannot be beat. Dogs will immediately pick up the methane gas produced when termites eat wood.

 

PESTICIDES

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THE PROBLEM:

Pesticides can be found in the air we breathe, the food we eat, and the water we drink. They are found in our soil and even in our breast milk. These pesticides are the only toxic substances released intentionally into our environment to kill living things: to kill weeds (herbicides), insects (insecticides), fungi (fungicides), rodents (rodenticides), and others. They are used almost everywhere — not only in agricultural fields, but also in homes, parks, schools, lakes, forests, and roads.

HEALTH:

Pesticides are incredibly harmful to human health. Pesticides have been proven to cause reproductive and developmental effects, cancer, kidney and liver damage, endocrine disruption, etc. People are exposed to pesticides when they breathe air where pesticides have been sprayed, drink contaminated water, or come into contact with areas where pesticides have been used, such as lawns, parks, lakes and more.

Children, whose bodies are still developing, are particularly vulnerable. They take in pesticides at home and daycare and at schools and playgrounds, as kids are more likely to crawl on the ground and put their contaminated hands in their mouths. One of these pesticides, chlorpyrifos, has been found to cause irreversible brain damage in infants when they are exposed to the insecticide during this period.

People and families working on and living near industrial farms are some of the most at-risk populations of these health problems and are some of the least protected workers in the US. Farmworkers often suffer from short-term effects such as blindness, coma, and death as well as long-term effects like infertility, birth defects, and cancer.

 

Natural Born Pest Killers

Natural means of controlling pests can be as effective as the harmful chemicals that contaminate our landscapes, sometimes more so. And they help protect our family, our pets, our communities and the world at large.

mission is to provide you with effective, practical solutions for common household and garden pests, starting with the simplest, least toxic measures and moving to more aggressive, intensive action as needed. From barriers and traps to minimally-processed products derived from natural compounds and plant oils

Home Remedies for Pest Control

Everybody likes cucumbers, right? Not ants. Cucumber peelings — the more bitter the better — make for an effective ant deterrent. Spreading cucumber peels where ants might enter your home will send them scurrying. Big bonus: cucumber peelings present none of the dangers of the chemical pesticide you otherwise might have purchased at the big-box store or commercial nursery supply, the kind that contain known toxins, heavy metals and other inert ingredients. It’s no small point: the evidence continues to grow that synthetic pesticides pose a significant health risk to humans and animals. And still these chemical-laden products are widely used without regard to the dangers. That doesn’t have to be true at your house.

Home pest control methods should be safe as well as effective. A good strategy, like the Integrated Pest Management program you might use in your garden, is one that’s safe for your family. But controlling insects indoors requires more than just knowledge of natural remedies, like cucumber peels, and their application. It means buying and using products made of non-synthetic ingredients including natural oils, naturally occurring compounds and other non-toxic ingredients to get rid of bugs. It also requires a certain amount of vigilance. Keep an eye out for problems and don’t ignore conditions that could attract pests. Consider your family’s well-being with every step you take. Buy products that can be trusted, products that not only claim to be natural and safe but are  natural and safe. Buying “natural” insect control at the hardware or big-box store can be a gamble, even when you check labels carefully.

Insect barriers, like the cucumber peels mentioned above, act like barbed wire to keep ants and other crawling insect pests out.

Garlic, a natural insecticide for everything from mosquitoes potato beetles, makes an effective barrier for your home. Grind it up with water and apply where ever insects might enter. Garlic-based products, safe to use in kitchens as well as in the vegetable garden, are more concentrated than home preparations, yet over time carry a less detectable odor.

Other natural barriers include cayenne pepper, cinnamon, powdered charcoal, bone meal, talcum powder or chalk. Different pests have different aversions, so you’ll have to see what substance works best with the creatures you’re trying to prevent from sneaking into your home.

Certain plants, grown around the periphery of your home, can also serve as barriers. They not only look nice, but will also deter pests. Plants known to repel ants and aphids include spearmint, peppermint and pennyroyal.

Barriers for fly control: Plant mint and basil around doorways and under windows. These plants repel flies even as they add sweet scents that we human enjoy.

If you find cracks or other entries into your home being used by ants, douse them with boiling water. If you discover where they are creeping into your house, squeeze some lemon into the hole or crack.

Barriers also work for snails. Sand, lime, copper or ashes deter their movement. so use these borders to keep snails away from sidewalks and entries.

Specialized products, some certified for organic use, are available for keeping out deer and rabbits, rodents, even the neighborhood cat.

 

The Best Natural Products for Do-It-Yourself Pest Control in Your Home and Garden

Bugs, creatures, and critters are a part of life. In fact, the average home has more than 100 different species of flies, spiders, beetles, ants, and other bugs living within the walls, according to a 2017 study published in Biology Letters.

Though that fact may give you a case of the heebie-jeebies, most of those bugs are totally harmless. In fact, a few of them may indeed be helpful to your home. But, if you’re hoping to have a bug-free house, there are ways to get just that while still being friendly to the environment. Here are a few products and methods for do-it-yourself pest control to rid your home and your garden of creepy crawly insects for good.

Home Pest Control

The best pest control for your home starts by not letting them inside in the first place. And that begins by shoring up any bug and pest-friendly entryways.

For Clothes Moths: Non-Toxic Moth Traps

The last thing you want is for your clothing to get invaded by moths. Stop the little guys in their tracks with a non-toxic moth trap. The trap hangs right in your closet and attracts moths with natural pheromones. The pest control product is easy to use and lasts for up to three months.

or Bed Bugs: Eco Defense Bed Bug Killer

Though there’s no great way to prevent bed bugs, you can kill them in a non-toxic way with Eco Defense Bed Bug Killer. The organic formula kills bed bugs on contact and won’t stain your fabrics.

 

Best pest control tips and what to look for in summer

Keep cockroaches, rodents, vermin and critters away from your home this summer with these expert pest control tips.

How to get rid of cockroaches

Summer time often means great weather – or, really, really, really hot weather! In these conditions all sorts of pests thrive, from dangerous snakes to annoying cockroaches. You want to ensure your house is pest-proof so you and your family stay safe and healthy

Prevention is always better than cure

When it comes to pest prevention, there are a range of different tips and tricks homeowners can implement that can reduce the likelihood of unwanted pests all year round, at little to no cost at all.

Adding rubber door stops for insect control

Adding rubber door stops to is one of the easiest ways to prevent pests from getting into the house. Available at hardware stores, they’ll prevent pests and vermin getting into the property, beneath doorways which often act as entry points.

Remove vegetation

Vegetation against the wall edge of your home is one of the most common causes of infestations. Pests such as ants, termites, cockroaches and spiders gain entry to the property because they’ll use the vegetation as a bridge straight into the home.

Tips On Home Renovation

What is a home-renovation loan?

A home-renovation loan is a type of loan, often wrapped into a mortgage loan, that includes the costs of renovating a “fixer-upper.”

You might consider getting one if you’re interested in buying a home at a lower price point and taking on the costs of fixing it up. Buyers choose to do this for a number of reasons, including personal pleasure or as a way to gain equity faster than they normally would when buying a move-in ready house, since you’re more in control of establishing the value of your house.

Home-renovation loans may cover costs such as installing or updating heating and cooling systems, energy improvements, roofing, waterproofing, mold remediation, etc., in addition to desired renovations like a new kitchen or bathroom that could add value to the house.

In many cases, an appraisal for a home-renovation loan will include up to 110% of the home’s after-improved value. This is particularly helpful if the home is in need of deferred maintenance, such as a hot water heater with one to two years of life left in it.

 

Remodel loan pitfalls to watch out for

In deciding whether to seek a loan, one financial issue is whether–and if so, how much–the renovations would increase the home’s value. Some projects may increase the value beyond their cost. But with others, you may not get back the cost of remodeling when you sell; some projects simply aren’t worth doing from a cost standpoint, although you may want to do them anyway because it improves your lifestyle. Think: Adding that in-law suite or extra bedroom.

When weighing renovations from a return standpoint, it’s a good idea to pay attention to the total amount you’d have in the home after finishing the work, relative to an appraiser’s estimate of the total after-project value.

You also want to consider the values of comparable homes in the neighborhood that have sold recently. A major pitfall lies in investing more in a home, through the purchase price and remodeling, than the values of these comparable homes, as they’ll affect your eventual sale price.

 

Should you get a home improvement loan? Here are  core things to consider:

Combine saved cash with your home renovation loan

Consider combining cash with any of the other financing options. This may considerably reduce the total amount of interest you pay.

How to finance home improvements with your credit cards

Use a credit card to pay for your home improvement. Keep in mind details such as the possible rewards you could get on one side, and paying monthly charges in full and on time to avoid paying interest and/or late charges. For those small projects, only use zero (0%) or low interest credit cards when cash is not available. You may find 0% interest offers on new credit cards attractive, for projects under $15,000 (like that bathroom remodel), mostly because you plan to pay off the amount balance in a short period of time (12 to 18 months). The credit application and approval process is quite simple and there is no equity risk on your dwelling on this unsecured type of financing. Be aware, you need to understand the terms and fees of these credit card offers, especially that you are capable of paying off the full balance before the offer expires to avoid higher interest rates.

Should I refinance my mortgage and cash it out as a home renovation loan?

Another option may be a first mortgage cash-out refinancing. Be aware that the closing costs will often be substantially higher than those related to Home Equity products. Make sure you estimate the cost of your home improvement and the time it takes to pay off the loan. Home Equity products may save money on projects over a shorter period than a cash-out first mortgage. Always consider financing the projects that improve the value of your home. Look for information on which improvements or upgrades will boost property value in your area and never finance a major improvement if it increases the value of your property out of the comparable market.

Difference between a Home Equity Loan and a Home Equity Line of Credit:

A home equity loan, gives you money all at once, while a home equity credit line provides a source of funds that you can draw on as needed. These may be more suitable for the higher end of a mid-range size project. You should consider cost of financing and collateral risks vs. urgency and timeliness before choosing which one suits you best.

 

Consider one of six ways to pay for your home remodeling project:

  1. Cash.

If you’ve got it, use it. For those with the available funds, this choice will be the most obvious. If you plan to save and pay for each upgrade, try tackling one small project at a time. Using a credit card is also a possibility for a smaller home reno, as long as you’re able to pay that amount back before it accrues high interest.

  1. Mortgage refinance.

Refinancing your mortgage could give you access to a lower mortgage interest rate that yields a lower monthly payment. That’s why we always recommend a yearly check-in with your loan officer to keep your mortgage — and your finances — in optimal shape. Lowering your monthly mortgage payment with a refinance could free up extra cash that you could use to pay for your home renovation, as described in option number one. Your loan officer may also recommend a cash-out refinance that will allow you to access some of your home’s equity at up to 80 percent of its value.

  1. Home renovation loan.

This option works if you’re a homebuyer who plans to renovate as soon as you get the keys to your new house. Renovation lending programs like the FHA 203(K) Limited or Full or FNMA Homestyle (Conventional) loans allow you to borrow extra money, within one home loan, to fund a home purchase and its improvements. A home renovation loan can also be used to finance repairs. Each renovation loan product has different contingencies, maximum repair amounts, and timelines that can be explained in detail by your loan officer. The FHA 203(K) Limited, for example, requires home repairs to begin within 15 days and to be finished within six months of closing.

  1. Home equity line of credit (HELOC).

A home equity line of credit is taken out as a revolving credit line, using your home’s value as collateral. Similar to a credit card, a HELOC offers a line of credit that you can use to fund larger repairs or consolidate other loan debts. The interest on a home equity line of credit is normally tax-deductible and lower than other loan types. And like other mortgage loans, a HELOC could leave your house at risk if payments are delayed or stopped altogether.

  1. Home equity loan.

A home equity loan differs from a home equity line of credit in that it’s a second home loan used to access your home’s equity, without needing to refinance. A home equity loan may be a better option than a refinance if you have a large amount of equity available to you. The main difference between a home equity loan and a cash-out refinance is that the former creates a second mortgage on your home, while the latter converts your existing mortgage into another mortgage with different and more competitive terms. You may choose not to refinance your first mortgage if it already has a low interest rate. In this scenario, taking out a second mortgage makes more sense.

  1. Construction loan.

This final option can work well if you’re a homeowner bringing out the big guns — rebuilding a portion of your house or doing a total flip. Construction loans are harder to come by and have more stringent requirements. In most cases, a construction loan is granted as a short-term loan, and money is released in stages until the renovation is finished.

 

Alternatives to a Home Renovation Loan

If you have very healthy credit and a less expensive project in mind, you can use a credit card with a promotional no-interest period as an alternative to a full renovation loan. Isolating your project costs on a separate credit card will make it easier to keep those expenses separate from your usual spending, while a no-interest offer will minimize the cost of borrowing the money. Just remember that it can be easy to overspend with a credit card, so make sure you’re confident you can use it responsibly and repay the balance quickly.

There’s also the cash-out refinancing option, which involves refinancing your current mortgage at a higher loan amount and using the extra cash for a renovation. This choice might make sense if you have at least 20% equity in the home, a good credit score and low interest rate options available in the market. Look carefully at current rates, lenders, and how much equity you have in your home before choosing to refinance.

The best choice for you will vary significantly depending on your situation. If you want to make home repairs on your new home right away, the lower rates and closing costs of a home renovation loan make the most sense. If you’ve already built up some equity in your home, you can take advantage of a strong market with a home equity loan to increase the value of your home. Credit lines or cash-out refinancing are worthwhile considerations when interest rates are low and your credit is healthy.

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