Even under the best circumstances, a home renovation project is a significant undertaking, financially, emotionally and in practical terms. Making changes to your home should not be done on a whim, unless those changes are superficial and cosmetic.
If your remodeling plans include structural additions and alterations the ante goes up across the board—of all renovation ideas, these will be the most expensive, time consuming and labor intensive. Building codes and regulations must be adhered to; permits applied for; even if you are able and willing to do most of the work yourself, some work electrical and plumbing issues must be left in the hands of experts. Even something as seemingly simple as moving a window significantly impacts your renovation budget.
Before making structural changes or additions, consider less invasive options. Sometimes a coat of paint, a different wall treatment; a change in drapery or the addition of coordinated accessories can enliven your living space miraculously. Continue Reading
When planning a remodeling project, whether or not to hire a general contractor to do the work yourself is perhaps the most important decision you will make. The trend in recent years has been for homeowners to (ostensibly) save money by doing their own renovations. The internet and cable television are brimming with how-to videos and tutorials; making the idea seem easier and more inviting than it may truly be.
Much depends on the size and scope of a project of course. Minor repairs and largely cosmetic renovation efforts can indeed be managed by most homeowners; although calling in a pro is mandatory when changes involve electrical rewiring or plumbing. The deciding factors are many, but here are a few of the most important.
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You have moved to a new country, state or city and you have no clue where to get all the services you require. Some U. S. cities still have the “Welcome Wagon” with the nice person who brings coupons, gifts and maybe a local directory. Other countries or neighborhoods may have the same type of service, but usually you are left to your own devices to get your information.
Since people may not come rushing to your door to introduce themselves, you have the responsibility of placing yourself in a community situation to meet others with similar interests. I have two high school aged children who are very experienced at babysitting. They really enjoyed looking after children while earning money. When we first moved here, we did not even know if there were children in the area who required sitters. Nor did we know whether such services already existed. When we went to the grocery, we inquired at checkout if the store seemed to attract families with young children. The lady replied in the positive, so my daughters and I started to plan a strategy to attract babysitting jobs.
One way to find young children is at parks, playgrounds, church nurseries or playschool. However, my girls thought it might seem a little forward or presumptive to simply show up at these locations and announce that babysitting is their avocation. We thought of making handwritten babysitting flyers to post in these places, but that idea was not very expert. My daughters even joked that it was too much like placing a “dead-or-alive” poster on a lamp pole.
A more finished look would require thought and money. Then we looked on the internet and searched for alternative solutions. It took some time. Many sites offer advise on how to word a flyer, what to include, where to place it, but none seemed to offer ready-made solution – well, not for free. But then I came across a page with free babysitting flyers. A whole page with eye-catching handout templates; text, images, design – done!
My daughters liked “Baby sitter leaflet with Baby Carriage” design, so we downloaded that, made some changes to text, and printed. If you have a color printer that can do volume production (100, for example), then you are in business. If not, print one color flyer and take it to a printer to make copies. Or even better, take the digital file to a printer for mass reproduction. The nice part about these flyers is that they are colorful, eye-catching and professional in their look.
My lovely children put on their best school clothes and went to grocers, playschools and playgrounds to introduce themselves to the manager or parent and give a short speech about their experience. They handed out the flyers to individuals and left several with the grocer who put them in a conspicuous location. They volunteered at the church nursery and handed out the flyers to the moms as they picked up their children after the service. A children’s clothing store in our area asked for the flyers to post at their register.
Two months later, the girls were doing as much babysitting as they can handle. Their earnings are even greater than at our prior residence. In fact, they even treat me to a nice dinner occasionally. When you have a family talent, it pays to market yourself.
Investing in real estate can be very lucrative if handled in the proper way. It can also be devastating if not. For individuals thinking of investing in real estate, the financial system as well as the mortgage industry should be taken into account. Typically when one wants to invest in real estate they will buy when both the property prices and the mortgage rates are low, you should familiarize yourself with mortgage links on a website such as this one. There is more to investing in real estate than knowing when to buy though, as the industry is full of unique terminology that must be understood before attempting any deals. To go in depth a bit more you can learn more about mortgage rates here. Here are a few common terms that one would likely encounter as they get involved in the real estate investment business:
When someone buys a piece of property, a house, or other building, and they do not pay it off in full at the time of purchase, it will need to be financed. Mortgage is the term used to describe the loan taken out in order to purchase real estate. Banks are far and away the most common provider of mortgage loans in not just the Australian market, but globally as well.
When taking a mortgage out for a piece of real estate, the buyer needs to pay special attention to the mortgage rate. This is the term used to describe the rate of interest that the mortgage lending organization will charge for the mortgage. This will affect both the monthly payment, as well as the total amount to be repaid (the sticker price of the real estate, plus interest).
When someone is thinking about taking out a mortgage for the purposes of purchasing real estate, they can use a mortgage calculator to determine what the monthly cost of a mortgage will be with different mortgage rates factored in. You can find and great online mortgage calculator at this link here. Now that you know the terminology, you should be able to figure out rather quickly if a piece of property that you were thinking about investing in will be feasible or not. Knowing that the mortgage rate will affect the monthly payment on a mortgage will allow the buyer to use the mortgage calculator to determine if the property falls within the monthly amount that they have available to spend on a real estate investment. That being said, there are other factors that must also be considered. Whenever someone buys real estate there are taxes that must be paid on it. These taxes can be paid on a yearly basis or factored into the mortgage payments. Another thing to consider is that anytime there is a lien/mortgage on a piece of real estate, there must be insurance on the real estate. Again, this can be paid yearly or even twice a year or it can also be factored into the mortgage. Because these are all factors that will affect the monthly payment of the intended real estate investment, this should not be a decision that is made lightly. Buying and selling real estate is not something that should be done casually, as there are numerous variables that make the transactions more complex than many other investments out there.
When you’re ready to put your home on the market, there a number of things you can do to not only give yourself the edge when it comes to attracting buyers, but also increase the overall sticker price of your house as well. The housing market is slowly recovering, but the surplus of homes available means that yours needs to stand-out from the rest if you want to command top-dollar. Even the prospect of minor repairs can drive away potential buyers, whereas a home in good repair can demand their attention.
Even if you’re not considering selling at the moment, the right home improvement projects can still increase the overall value of your property. As your home’s value goes up, it can have other great effects like improving your credit. This increase in value can allow you to use your home as an investment, if you want to take out a second mortgage against your home’s value. Consider the right projects to tackle to actually increase a home’s value. There are creative ways to fund home improvement and repair projects, read more about some of the strategies people are using here.
A home that is safe and sturdy is going to be more highly valued than any other. To choose the right home improvement projects, start here. Do you need to repair a leaky roof or remove mold from the home? Are the floorboards in need of repair or even replacement? Check the furnace for gas leaks and consider upgrading the plumbing if you don’t have copper piping yet. Before you get ahead of yourself with landscaping, remodeling rooms, and other luxury improvements, make sure that fundamentals are not just done, but done right.
Your home’s security should also be considered. If the garage door is broken, this can be an entry point for thieves so get it repaired or replaced. Check the basement windows to note their security and durability. Rafters for the overhang of a porch may also need to be replaced as this can be dangerous. These things all increase a home’s safety and in turn, its value. Value isn’t the only reason to think about safety though. Your home may represent a big investment, thus you should be assessing how mortgage rates may affect your future payments with tools such as online calculators, but the most important assets you need to protect are the ones you can’t replace, living inside.
Once your home is safe and secure and in good repair, think of home improvement projects that can increase its efficiency and its value. You might install a tankless hot water heater or a more energy efficient furnace. New double-glazed windows are also a good choice. Blown foam insulation is also typically more effective than fiberglass and can improve your home’s energy efficiency.
Many homeowners consider home improvement projects that improve a home’s appearance but these may not increase its actual value. New carpeting and kitchen cabinets can be a good choice when putting your home on the market, but other repairs should be done first. A home inspector or appraiser will take these into consideration but the increase you’ll see in your home’s value will be slight, especially when compared to projects that increase its safety, security, and efficiency.
Since moving from the US to Australia I have had quite a lot of experience with the housing market, local jobs market and general life in Australia. This has given me a few insights that I have recently had the opportunity to share with a friend considering the move, I thought I would document some of it here as advice to others.
My friend (Jim) in the US has been approached by a large mining company in Western Australia (Perth), and offered the opportunity to move here on a sponsored visa. Jim and his wife are quite happy with the idea of moving to Australia but have a few questions about life here and opportunities moving forward.
My friend’s wife (Jane) works in Project Management, in the Civil Engineering field and was interested in work opportunities available to her in Perth. She is keen to keep herself working and is not sure where to start. I know how tough it can be moving to a new country with no knowledge of the local market or what is expected.
My advice to her is to talk to a recruitment agency that specialises in that particular field she is after. I had a great experience working with one guy in an agency that actually specialises in Civil Jobs for Project Managers – Constructive Recruitment. I put Jane in touch with him and he has given her all the information she needed about rewriting her resume for the local market and is even putting her forward to a couple of Government organisations. Interviewing these days is also fairly simple when you have Skype and other video conferencing software.
Stick with a recruitment agency that specialises and works for you – there are a number of recruitment agencies in Perth and Constructive Recruitment are by far the best I have dealt with.
The other place I would suggest to her is Seek.com.au
Australia is a big country and Perth is located on the Western side – it’s the most remote city in the world. It can be very hot, dry and uncomfortable at times to deal with – but it’s a beautiful part of the world.
Property prices in Perth are quite expensive in relation to other part of Australia due to the mining boom. I know Jane and Jim won’t have any issues with finding a suitable home as they have a fair amount of equity in the property they have for sale and the wages they will be earning.
The people in Australia are very welcoming from my experience, and the part of Perth the guys want to move to is nice area with a great café culture. Integration in to the Aussie way of life will be pretty easy for them. There may be some differences in the food, but there is a healthy expat community who know where to get the home comforts.
All in all the move over to Australia will be a great for the money, experience and lifestyle however long they wish to stay and I wish them all the luck. I am looking forward to catching up or a beer with them once they arrive!
In this article I’d like to give you some tips on how to deal with water restrictions while still keeping your home looking perfect. After reading, you’ll never worry when your local government places restrictions because you’ll have the tools to keep your water use down. But first, I just wanted to point out how important it is to keep our water use down – especially in Australia.
Most countries around the world will place limits on your water use come summer months (I remember in the US you could only water your lawn and garden twice a week every summer). In Australia, the driest continent, you have to be particularly smart how you use water around your home. A few years back there was a drought and there was a total ban on all outdoor use of water – you could only use water for drinking and eating and showering etc. Government imposed water restrictions are in place to ensure dam levels remain adequate for the local population’s potable water supply. Given water is heavily relied upon for general cleaning and upkeep around our homes, we need a plan for the drier times so we can continue to keep our properties looking great. That’s where I can help.
Most people don’t realize how much water they use. Someone who is asked to save water might respond: “But I barely use any water around the house… Okay, I wash my car, water the lawn, clear dirt off my driveway, fill the pool… That’s not much water, is it?”
A typical 1/2″ garden hose uses about 9 GPM. It fills up a 9 gallon bucket in 1 minute! That’s a fair bit. Let’s look at some typical jobs we use water for around the home:
Watering your lawn and garden with a garden hose for 20 minutes may use up to 180 gallons.
Topping up your pool for 1 hour might use 540 gallons.
Washing your car even with a soap bucket can use 80 gallons of water.
When you look at the math, it becomes obvious that we use a lot of water for regular jobs around the home. Okay, so how to use less and still get these jobs done?
I learned these water saving tricks over years of experience renovating and improving homes around the US. These tips may seem obvious to some in Australia (given the knowledge of water shortages), but I just had to get these listed for you.
1. Use a pressure washer for cleaning surfaces like your car, driveway, house siding and gutters. They use 6x less water than a garden hose and get the job done in a fraction of the time. See section below for tips on picking the best pressure washer.
2. Always use a sprinkler attachment to your garden hose when watering your lawn and garden. They automate the job so you don’t have to stand there and they save at least 5x the water. And they’re very inexpensive.
3. Always restrict your outdoor water use to mornings and nights to avoid the increased evaporation during peak temperature hours.
Picking the best pressure cleaner is easy. If you’ll just use it on the weekend get an electric washer. If you’ll use it ever day get a gas powered washer. Check out the best selling pressure cleaners in a list here. You can pickup a good electric one for $120.
I’m surprised how few people use sprinklers to water their lawn and garden. Too often I see guys out the front with a beer in hand water the lawn with the garden hose. It’s such a waste of water. A sprinkler only costs $10 – $30 and will use 10x less water. There’s countless ones to choose from here’s a bunch at Bunnings to choose from.
Be aware of how much water you’re using around the home and you’ll use less. Just because you have a pressure cleaner and a sprinkler doesn’t mean you can go all out on your water usage. Be mindful. And seriously think about purchasing a pressure washer and sprinkler to keep your house/property clean, fresh and looking new.
Home renovations often change as the contractor and homeowner see the project unfold. Sometimes there are unexpected complications. In other situations, the homeowner might suddenly have a new vision as the renovations become more evident. Decorating is usually one of the final steps in a home renovation. Consider five reasons to include wicker furniture in home renovation plans.
Durable and Timeless
Wicker has been around for centuries. In ancient times, wicker was used to make baskets and seats. Wicker is still used today to furnish interiors and as outdoor furniture. Wicker is strong and durable to last for years to come. From colonial to contemporary, wicker timelessly fits into any type of décor. When you renovate, wicker furniture will still fit into your home and look like it belongs. Few other types of furniture can endure the test of time and adapt to change like wicker.
Besides being attractive and universal, wicker furniture is weatherproof. Often people display wicker furnishings on their patios, decks and porches. Wicker can resist rain, heat and the elements. To keep wicker looking good, it should be properly dusted and cleaned each year before storing it for the winter. The cold and snow can make wicker start to age before its time. Even covering wicker furniture during the chilly months can keep it looking like new for years to come. Wicker furniture can be stored outdoors while you renovate the interior of your home. It also fits in perfectly inside while you update your outdoor living spaces.
Indoor and Outdoor Appeal
One of the major benefits of wicker furniture is its indoor and outdoor appeal. A sectional wicker sofa and gracious dining room table set looks fabulous inside your home or strategically placed outdoors. Wicker furnishings are the perfect addition to indoor/outdoor rooms such as enclosed porches, mudrooms and Florida rooms. No matter what type of room you add to your home, wicker furniture is sure to make it feel more cozy and luxurious.
Beautiful and Affordable
Beautiful wicker furniture adds a posh feeling to any indoor or outdoor space. A sectional sofa with thick cushions is a classy addition to your living room, den or enclosed porch. Few people can resist sitting in a wicker and wood chair with soft pillows. Wicker chaise lounge chairs make any poolside deck look like a high end resort. Simple change the color and design of the cushions to make any type of wicker furniture fit into your current home renovation plan.
Lightweight and Movable
Home renovations often mean your home is in a transitional state for weeks or even months. You might need to move furniture from one room into another. Wicker furnishings are typically lightweight so you can move them easily. Often it takes just one or two people to quickly move wicker furniture to accommodate home renovation projects. Wicker furniture fits into almost any living space as you finish each room. Once the home renovation project is complete, you can decide where you want to place your wicker furniture to best enhance the final results.
Going through warfare and when training, members of the military frequently make use of using boots. For the duration of activities for example , parades all the soldiers put on a distinct taste of combat boots. To protect a serviceman by the damage involving weapons as well as the terrain, they’ve utilized combat boots over the centuries. Ancient societies supplied their own soldiers with often simple feet defense for example the Roman Empire who used their Caligae.
With better manufacturing integrated directly into current military boots it signifies we certainly have really advanced ever since the Greeks and also the Romans. Such improvements inside technology has produced that the shoes and boots in which we come across currently possess better traction, reliability and provide more protection from difficult situations. The armed services will have to develop an array of shoes for their servicemen because they have to deal with climates such as stormy rain forests as well as arctic gusts of wind. The present day combat boot has become highly practical and even functional for most outside environments. Many recent issue shoes and boots therefore, are made from toughened textiles for example , natural leather and MVP meaning that it really is simultaneously wind and also water-resistant. Including these fabrics makes sure that soldiers don’t get athlete’s foot as well as many other feet problems and thus, safeguards them. Various militaries make use of different shoelace designs based on the hostile environments they might face. Specialized climate boots such as ecws, molle and even camo boots help servicemen for different environments. As a result it is sensible that many current boots have been making use of extremely versatile man-made materials in sync together with the progress associated with materials and technology. This implies that these combat boots provide alot more protective cover relating to the feet of the troops that use them.
With this in mind it is no long the case that the present day combat shoe is going to be sore to use because with the research presently put into them it has made certain they’re now enjoyable whilst worn. By implementing abtex fabrics within the shoes gives absolute moisture resistance against just about all outside wet situations. Just as before, together with the latest advancements within the popular buyers’ market place of trainers, this has therefore ending up being implemented perfectly into a large amount of the current day combat boot styles to ensure warmth and easy carrying.
Most Army shoes or boots have been traditionally 22cm towards 25cm tall in height and a lot among these boots have a specifically designed oil proof sole for a good footing and hold in serious environments. A number of air force surplus boots also come in excellent condition and is your best option for an original set of military rate boots. One other interesting factor in my opinion, is the fact that the shoes or boots don’t fall off whilst it is employed at the time of combat given that they have got a shoelace element in place to avoid this. Loads of shoes in addition incorporate rubber feet to make sure that every soldier is comfortable when marching.
On account of the luxury along with technology integrated inside the shoes and boots, many people are now using these products for a variety of DIY situations. I have got virtually no second thoughts other than you should attempt some military shoes or combat boots yourself.
Debuting in 2001, the Mazda Tribute first generation was in production until 2007. This compact SUV debuted alongside the Ford Escape, offering consumers a sportier, lower priced option compared to others, and people that managed to secure a good finance deal on the vehicles got a great car, at a great monthly rate. The second generation was in production from 2007 until 2011, although there was no 2007 Tribute.
The 2008 Tribute hit the market in early 2007 so a 2007 model was never introduced.
While not really very notable in the looks department, the Mazda Tribute was popular with consumers for its spacious cargo area and many standard safety features. Plus, it had that famous Mazda performance that loyal enthusiasts love.
Tributes For Tradies
If you can pick up a Tribute, you will find that it has ample space for you to pack a small load of tools in the back, so although it is not a utility vehicle, it is more than appropriate for building company sales reps and company owners.
These types of people that are responsible primarily for quoting jobs and small jobs that do not require large-scale loading of equipment and supplies and that, along with the Tribute being sought after by families, is one of the reasons it has sold so well over the years.
The exterior for the Mazda Tribute was nothing to write home about. This is particularly true for the first generation. It was rather bland and boxy with no real notable exterior features. The iSport FWD did offer an optional cab step or running board, but for the most part the exterior did not cause the Tribute to stand out much. In fact, the exterior options as a whole were pretty sparse for the Tribute.
The second generation Tribute did receive a bit of a face lift, such as a larger grille and restyled headlights and front bumper. It did acquire a few new curves and a somewhat sleeker profile which boosted its aesthetics somewhat.
If the exterior of the Tribute was not much to note, the interior wasn’t any better. Critics cited bland styling both inside and out. The first generation was pretty pared down in terms of ‘cool stuff in the cabin.’ The second generation did acquire a few tweaks such as an automatic climate control with digital read out and a new, cooler radio; but that was only for certain models. The second generation Tribute did see better quality materials used for the interior which did garner some praise from previous critics.
Under the Hood
The Mazda Tribute had two engine options, a 4 cylinder inline 2.3 litre that kicked out 153 horses and a V6 3.0 litre that boosted the horsepower up to 203 bhp. The transmission options were a 5 speed manual and a 4 speed automatic. This powertrain boosted the car’s fuel economy making it an attractive choice for budget conscious families.
The Mazda Tribute boasted many top notch safety features including standard advanced front air bags, front side impact air bags and side impact air curtains. Additionally, it had Roll Stability Control. The feather in its cap, though, was the rating the Tribute received from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The IIHS gave the Tribute it highest side impact crash test rating.
In July 2012 Ford issued a recall of 485,000 Escapes for the model years 2001 to 2004. The following day Mazda issued its own recall for 215,000 Tributes (which were built on the Escape platform) for the model years 2002 to 2006 and 2008.
The recall was issued due to poor clearance between the cruise control cable and the engine cover. This issue can cause problems if the cruise control is on, leaving the driver unable to let off of the throttle. Mazda determined that the engine cover styling was close enough in the other models to warrant a recall for the additional model years.
Some home renovations are a necessity, some are a want, but all renovations have one thing in common – they rarely go as planned. They almost always go over budget, you start construction just to find out there are existing problems with the building that need to be taken care of right away or face extra costs in the future. They can really run into quite a bit of money. Making sure you have funds in place before you start your home renovation is very important. Making sure that you have access to emergency funds is very important, just in case you wind up going over budget. Depending on the age of your home you may find some unpleasant surprises when you start your project which of course will run of the renovation bill.
You do not have to take a home equity loan that is going to tie up your equity and create another financial burden that is linked to your home. There are other options. Options that make better sense and that can save you money. Learn about which credit cards carry a low interest rate as well as what other perks you may need from travel insurance to airline points.
Having a low to 0 interest credit card before commencing home renovation is imperative. You will be able to better track your spending with a credit card or if you have been saving for this project than you will have the credit card at your disposal should you go over budget and are still in need of work or materials. With a low interest credit card you do not have to worry about exorbitant interest rates when you use the card. It is always a good idea before you start any major renovation project to have back up funding available, preferably a line of credit but not everyone gets approved for a line of credit, especially if you have bad credit or no collateral to put down for the loan. Believe that there are many unfinished projects that are preventing people from living the way they envisioned because they ran out of funding. Having a backup plan does not typically dawn on people when they are making their renovation plans. Everything always looks better on paper. Backup plans sometimes fail which in turn may mean you will need to put your extra expenses on a credit card. In which case you’ve already planned ahead and chosen a low interest credit card, which will save you hundreds if not thousands of dollars in interest fees.
A low interest credit card can immediately become your safety net! You can get the renovation done that you want and not have to worry when you start to creep over budget because you will have a low interest credit card that you can use. Before you commence any home renovations be sure to get a low interest credit card so that you will have one less thing to worry about. The main reason why a low interest credit card is a must before commencing home renovations is peace of mind!
When it comes to being able to afford renovations to your house, one of the major areas of expenditure to keep an eye on in order to save money, is your car loan. Even paying something as seemingly-minor as an additional 1% extra interest can really put a dent in the household budget.
To help you find the best car loan so that you can afford the renovations you want, we have profiled a number of the top car loan companies and resources below.
1. 360 Finance
Company Profile: 360 Finance is a South Brisbane based financing company that offers loans for vehicles and equipment at best affordable rates. Customers can apply online to obtain a free credit check. As part of the primary level information, the customers can obtain a car loan calculator at the company website. The company offers several Non document based car loans, unsecured car loans, and secured car loans that feature low interest rates.
Company Profile: NRMA Motoring and Services company is the prime Australian Member Organization that offers services for International Drivers Licenses, various car reviews in addition to car loan packages. The company has been in operation for over 9 decades in the business.
Company Profile: Bankmecu is one of its own kind ‘customer owned bank’ that prioritizes the interests of its customers at the primary level. The company’s go green initiative provides the opportunity to get a preliminary checking of the car to find the extent to which the vehicle is environment friendly. In addition to these there are flexible repayment options to choose from, the opportunity to choose from variable and fixed interest rates and much more.
Company Profile: CUA is an Australian Finance company working on the principles of ��customer owned bank’ placing the interests of the customers and car loan applicants at the primary level. The customers can avail fast moving easy vehicle loan financing with easy to apply norms without the risk of penalty for early payouts.
5. Suncorp Bank
Company Profile: Suncorp Bank is a part of the Suncorp Group that is involved in other business ventures including Insurance, Agribusiness etc. The investment brands of the company are based in Australia and New Zealand. The customers can avail low interest rates, fast car loan approval and flexibility of repayment options with easy loan calculator features.
Company Profile: ANZ is one of the leading financial institutions that have been in operation for over 175 years with widespread business dimensions and establishments in 32 countries including Australia, New Zealand and many other nations across America, Asia and Europe. All vehicle loans are subject to the normal loan approval procedure as followed by the company.
Company Profile: Aussie Group is an award winning (Mortgage Broker of the Year from 2008 to 2013 consecutively) finance company established in February 1992. The company has won several accolades for its outstanding contribution in marketing and advertising campaigns, career development programs. Aussie financial institution is the leading provider of astounding financial products including home loans, car loans, personal loans etc. The customers have the choice to customize their loan package that suits their repayment pattern and budget.
Further Online Resource:
In having a bit of a look around online for the best automotive resource, an Australian website called the Rate Your Drive Australia website features all you need to know about car loan options and they have written has a host of information on car finance that you will find to be very useful.
Good luck as you look around at the best car loan for your needs. Be sure to check with some of the above companies to see their best deals!
Every pool owner should always consider improving his swimming pool from time to time, but especially during the summer, when he and other potential people are going to use it. Pool coping represents one of the most appropriate options they have in this regard because of many reasons, but let’s take a close look to the eventual advantages of pool coping and how you can install it properly.
Coping is usually associated with the area that separates the shell of the pool from the patio area, so installing pool coping will allow you to improve its aspect and make it more convenient for you and your needs. You have many options when it comes to installing pool coping, as there are many materials available, as well as colors, patterns and other similar aspects. Click here to read more about material options. Some of the most popular coping stones are Caterra, which is very sophisticated and good-looking, Sahara, with a slightly bubbly surface texture, Ardoise, with an appearance that is rather attractive and rustic and Traditional English, which is available in classic white or subtle tanny hue.
The color of the pool coping stones is very light, having slight hints of blue, brown, yellow, red or other similar colors. It is up to you to choose the color you like, but it is highly recommended to take a decision based on other aspects of this matter as well, such as the color of the paving in the patio.
If you plan to install pool coping to your swimming pool, it is extremely necessary to know what kind of coping stones you want and choose the proper color from the very first moments. Click here to read more about stone options. You should be able to do these accurately if you opt for the right distributor, which is supposed to offer you all the details you need in this regard and reasonable pricing. Given that most swimming pools have pool coping installed, doing this yourself will require you only the necessary materials, as well as time and some effort, too.
First of all, you have to decide how you would want your pool coping to be laid out, then determine how big or small you want the coping stones to be. Start placing the stones around the pool, distributing them evenly and leveling everything perfectly. If the stones do not correspond to the shape of your pool completely and accurately, then you should definitely consider cutting them until they fit their place ideally; if your pool’s shape is bull-nose, then you should be able to find the right coping stones from the beginning. Expansion joints and concrete are necessary when installing coping stones, because they will help you prevent the stones from expanding or contracting in contact with the environment and fix them in a better way in their place.
Coping is not only meant to offer your pool a better aspect and make it better-looking, but also to prevent the water damage to the area around it. Installing coping stones is not very expensive and, apart from this, you can manage to obtain exactly the results you want within a record time.
Dressing up your spaces is often harder that making the space in the first place. I’ve spent a fair amount of time in the past flicking through interior decoration and design magazines finding inspiration, and I still do when I find a magazine laying about. Recently I’ve turned to sites like Pinterest much lots of my inspiration. It can take a little work to get past some of the noise, but on Pinterest I’ve discovered a small army of designers and decorators out there doing the hard work of documenting some amazing interiors and spaces, and once I’ve followed them or their board it just keeps being delivered to me. Lots of ‘pinners’ are just repining other peoples submissions, but there are lots out there on the web contributing new images.
Recently I was browsing for paintings or posters to fill up my walls. I didn’t know quite what I wanted going into it: nothing too out there or loud but nevertheless eye-catching, something to be a feature but not take over the space itself, and something classy. Through a bit of browsing I ended up looking at vintage posters. There are lots of well know posters out there that have been reproduced, some very well but some look like the glossy posters I had on my wall when I was a teenager. The usual suspects were there, Campari ads, black cats, old movie prints, and Bally prints seem especially popular right now. I narrowed my search at vintage travel posters. Throughout the 1930′s and 40′s with the increase in travel made possible by air travel lots of countries promoted themselves with posters that were done by artists, and some of the works are amazing. I’ve live in Australia for a little while now, but I haven’t seen much of it. My friends from the US seem to think I should have seen most of it by now, but to give you an idea of size it’s the equivalent of the USA. While I found lots of travel posters from the US which would have reminded me of home I think I’ve settled for a vintage travel poster from Australia. I have my eye on a print from an Australian artist names James Northfield. Some of his original posters from the 30′s and 40′s sell for around $5k, and framing needs to be added to that. I’ve found an outfit here called Australian Vintage Posters who specialize in his works, and they print the poster like it’s a work of art so it won’t look like someone framed a $10 glossy bulk print. For a little under $200 I can get an oversized print over 1 meter tall (a little shy of 4 foot) that is printed at a quality you’d find in a museum. While I’d love to shell out for an original poster, $200 is a lot cheaper than $5k.
Which am I leaning towards? I think it’s going to be his Melbourne Print.
Over the last few years of remodeling and improving houses for clients, I’ve found that, as a contractor, it’s important to keep track your inventory. General contractors often keep construction materials, fixtures, and other frequently used items on hand in case they need them in the future. I know I have over the years. This makes contractors different from most other businesses.
Contractors don’t stock inventory like a retailer or wholesaler. Instead, most contractors only buy the inventory or materials that they need for the current job. Only left over materials and scraps are usually saved. Although this sounds idea to only buy what you need, I’ve found that it can rarely be done.
Take my latest project for example. My client wanted to tile his bathroom in a very specific color tile. We ordered the tile and a few weeks later it arrived at the job location. After my client saw the tile, he decided that he didn’t want it any more and wanted to switch flooring patterns altogether. Now I am stuck with this custom-made tile inventory.
I’m sure this happens to many contractors. Unlike retailers, contractors have to manage inventory that must be returned, rejected, and even scrapped. My inventory turnover is a key part of my business strategy. I make an effort every month to organize and categorize all the left over job materials from jobs as well as maintaining an excel spreadsheet of the receipts, purchase prices, and dates the inventory was purchased. I use this spreadsheet to track what materials need to be returned to stores and what inventory can’t be returned.
The tiles I talked about earlier fall under the non-returnable category. I keep track of all of the items in this category to make sure the proper amounts are billed to my clients. After all, I can’t be expected to pay for tiles that a client wanted but then later changed his mind. The client will have to pay for these whether they are used or not.
This is just one example of how I manage and maintain the materials and inventory that I keep after a job is finished, but this is only half of a contractor’s materials on hand. Contractors also have construction materials for jobs that are currently being completed.
I don’t know about you, but I usually have three or four different jobs sites going at the same time. This means that I have to maintain and keep track of three or four different job sites’ inventory and construction materials. Again, I usually use an excel spreadsheet to track what inventory is purchased, returned, and currently in use.
There is also contractor software to keep track of this process, but I don’t feel that my small operation needs to maintain a separate software package just for inventory. If you are looking for more ways to track your purchases and keep your business finances, I suggest checking out this article. Another helpful website for small business owners is the Australian Business Hub website, and they have a helpful guide to business finance and accounting here. I hope this was a helpful post and you can implement some of these strategies in your business today.
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I got an email from friend who was looking to get into real estate, specifically, how to manage and purchase rental properties. I remembered it was just like yesterday when I first became a landlord. Somehow through a combination of experience and working with great property managers I was able to truly understand how landlord tenant relationships work, ie. what exactly is a landlord, what exactly is a tenant, and what specifically constitutes a landlord tenant relationship.
Definition of Landlord, Tenant and Rental and Leasing Agreement
The word landlord refers to a person who owns a rental property and allows another person to use that property for a fee. The person renting the property is called tenant. The agreement between the landlord and the tenant is called residential lease agreement or just lease agreement. The tenant gets the right to exclusively use and possess the rental unit during the lease and rental period.
Sometimes, the landlord can be called as the “owner” while the tenant is called “resident.”
The rental unit can be in many different forms, it can be an apartment, a condominium, a duplex, a house, or even a room for tenants to live in. Because the tenant uses the rental property to live in, that property can be called as a residential rental unit.
Most often than not, a rental property owner or landlord will have a professional property management company to manage the rental property in his or her behalf. This agent or rental property manager is employed by the landlord and represents the landlord. Thus, tenants can direct their concerns and issues to them and they are obliged to address and solve the concerns and issues of the tenants.
The landlord-tenant relationship is usually called as living arrangement. In this manner, there is a landlord and the tenant law that regulates and protects the interest of both parties. In this respect, the landlord is considered as the lessor, while the tenant is called as the lessee. A lease is a contract that binds and makes the same relationship as exists between the tenant and the landlord: the lessor owns the rental property, while the lessee is the one renting the property. The law of lease however, does not necessarily concern itself with the living arrangement. A lease agreement for example, may relate to the use of a good service. Because living arrangement is important for human existence, the landlord-tenant relationship is treated differently from a lease contract.
A rental property contract will be implied under the law. This is, the landlord-tenant law may apply even with the absence of the written and signed rental contract between the landlord or rental property owner and the person renting and living on the property. Whether or not the court will imply a relationship depends on the case. The court will have to look at a number of factors, including the owner’s occupancy consent to the property, the span of time of the occupancy, and the exchange of money, goods and/or services. A court’s finding that a landlord and tenant relationship exists between two or more persons is significant because the law places duties on both parties in such a relationship.