Thursday, July 10, 2014

What Are My Options for Water-Damaged Drywall?

A water leak, no matter how small, can do a lot of damage to your drywall. Imagine losing an entire ceiling because the drywall collapsed after losing its fight against the weight of the water and gravity. So if you notice small dimples on your ceiling, that’s because the drywall surrounding the nails or screws has started to droop. But no worries, because you have the option to have it repaired before worse things could happen.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Relocating with the Company

Corporate relocation is the process of moving your business to another location. Whether your business is small or large, corporate relocation can be difficult and time consuming to organize. Not only do you have to get all the physical equipment transported to your new location, you need to organize which staff are coming with you, and whether you will need to hire additional staff when you arrive at your new location. So if you are planning a corporate relocation it is vital that you plan things out well in advance.

Companies relocate for many different reasons. Sometimes, a business expands into a new area and needs bigger premises. Other times, a company might decide that another city or town holds more opportunity than the one they are currently working from. There are as many reasons for relocating a business as there are for moving to a new home. Whatever your reason, you should also be prepared for the amount of time and effort relocation involves.

When relocating your business you will need to consider many different aspects of your company. Is there any way that you will be able to keep in contact with your customers and suppliers? If not you will need to contact them well in advance and let them know how long you will be unreachable for. But remember, the longer you are separated from your customers, the less money you will make. That's why it is important to organize your relocation as quickly and smoothly as possible.

It is a good idea to have a central point of contact for your business during your move. This could be an individual in management, administration, or any other department who has a good idea of how your business works. This person would be responsible for dealing with customers and clients, keeping them abreast of what's happening, and of organizing all the paperwork that goes along with the move. In fact, if the company has quite a few staff and is rather large in size, you may want to consider putting together a team for this purpose. This will help ensure that your business runs smoothly during the relocation process.

Corporate relocation can also be expensive. The cost of removal vans, looking for new property, lost revenue, and many other miscellaneous bills can soon mount up. So it might be a good idea to find a way to set aside some money for those expenses ahead of time. You may also find it beneficial to use a company like Central Texas Home Rebates, where they can give you a percentage of their commission on the spot to help you fund those short term expenses.

The golden rule when relocating your business is to be organized and to plan ahead. Never rush relocation, since you could do your business a lot of harm if you do. By taking proper time and effort, you will ensure that your business is in safe hands and that your relocation will go smoothly. And that will make the process a whole lot easier.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Things to do in Bundaberg

Bundaberg Rum Cartons
While driving from Brisbane to Cairns we made a few stops along the way. We stayed for a couple of days in Bundaberg which, to be honest is not the most exciting town to visit, BUT we did find a couple of things that we thought were really cool.

Bundaberg Rum Distillery Tour

While staying in Melbourne I got to liking Bundaberg rum, it’s tasty, it goes down smooth and not that bad of a price either. I also really love the Bundaberg ginger beer (I miss it so much) it is a brewed by a different company, but also located in Bundaberg. I decided I wanted to visit the Bundaberg distillery and the Bundaberg ginger beer headquarters which, luckily for us, is on the way to Cairns. My girlfriend also wanted to see Loggerhead turtles hatching at the Mon Repos turtle rookery which is not far from Bundaberg.  For this post I will just focus on the Bundaberg Distillery and the Bundaberg ginger beer headquarters.

The Bundaberg distillery is just across the river in an industrial looking area. They spiced it up a little by painting one of their buildings.

When you get to the main area of the Bundaberg Rum Distillery they have a giant bottle of rum. We decided to make some creative pictures.

God Drinks Bundaberg Rum

After your photos with the GIANT bottle of Bundaberg rum you can go into the “museum” you can take a self guided tour that explains the history of Bundaberg Rum, it shows pictures of the fires that occurred at the Distillery and there are videos as well. After the self guided tour you go on a guided tour through the distillery (no cameras allowed sorry) you get to see all the molasses they use, where they store it and you can taste it too. They show you the whole process (sugar cane is processed off site and the molasses is brought in) right up to bottling the rum.

After the guided tour you can visit the bar! They give you two free drinks! they also have limited edition Bundaberg royal liqueur made with chocolate and coffee, it is SOOOO good but only for sale at the Bundaberg Distillery. We bought a bottle and brought it home with us.  We took a couple pictures at the bar
We had a good time at the Bundaberg Distillery it is not something to go out of your way for, but if you are stopping in Bundaberg for the night then head over to the Distillery and check it out. The price was $25 per person, a bit steep but a cool experience that you can only get once (unless you live in Bundy!)

I love Bundaberg Ginger Beer

The headquarters for Bundaberg Ginger beer is not to far from the rum distillery and I am pretty sure it was on the same road as the trailer park we were staying at. Plus you can not miss it, the building is a giant half barrell!

Bundaberg Ginger Beer Building

It was free to visit, they let you sample all of their drinks and they sell them super cheap. I love the ginger beer, but the peach and apple ales were delicious too! The difference is they brew all of their drinks, they are non-alcoholic but the brewing process brings out all of  the flavours, making them delicious!

After visiting the Bundaberg Rum Distillery and the Bundaberg ginger beer headquarters we went to the Mon Repos Turtle Rookery. I’ll leave that for another post though. Best thing about going to an english speaking country as opposed to a German or Australian brewery is you don't need some language translation service to help you understand what's going on.

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Monday, November 12, 2012

The Benefits Of Choosing A Copper Lantern

Burrell's Field main entrance lantern close-up

If you are looking to add lanterns to your home decor, it may be worth seeking out copper lanterns. You can install them in nearly any space and in any style, and you can get that rustic feeling you are looking for. You can find electric or solar powered lanterns, for walkways or sidewalk lighting. These light your path for walking and can provide a deterrent for potential burglars. Copper lanterns provide you with the flexibility to add more as your home improvement projects progress. As a main light for your outdoor area, they can serve as a post lantern. You can use hooks to add an additional flare by hanging plants or wreaths during the holidays.

Copper lanterns make great accent lighting and they are inexpensive. If you're going for a softer, romantic look, using candles in copper lanterns can give you the feel you're looking for, or you could install low voltage lighting and get a similar look. Landscape lighting's main role is to keep you safe, and this is to reduce any accidents from happening. You may want to install solar landscape lighting, if you do not want to figure out all the wiring. They will come on automatically as it get dark, and turn off as the daylight appears.

Copper outdoor lighting provides a bright beginning for your outdoor activities. They provide adequate outdoor lighting to help you avoid accidents and you can find a style to match your home's outside decor. If you spend a lot of time outdoors, they provide extra comfort and piece of mind.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Relocating if you're in the Military

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There are a number of things to keep in mind when planning a military relocation. First, you, your spouse, and live-in family members are essentially entitled to per diem reimbursement after you have officially made your move. Altogether there are ten different types of entitlements, advancements or allowances to assist in supporting your family during this hectic time period when it is so critical to live within your means. The maximum amount of time for claiming Temporary Living Expenses (TLE) is 10 days for relocation within the borders of the United States and 5 days if you plan to move to foreign lands. If you are unsure about what exactly is deemed living outside of the U.S. Territory, Alaska, Hawaii, Japan, Puerto Rico, Germany, Guam, and the Virgin Islands are a few that apply. It is also good to construct a detailed budget before moving to ensure that you do not exceed any costs. Finally, consult your family center relocation adviser immediately after learning of your military relocation. They will help you take care of things like PCA's lead testing and other property risks to make things easier on yourself and your loved ones.

Finding a Relocation Manager

The role of your family center relocation manager in is to help make your move less taxing by providing you with forms to fill out for all benefits you are entitled to. It is most important to converse with the guidance representative early while you possess a feasible copy of the records for your trip. You must also remember to inform your relocation manager of any damages claims right away.

Important Files

Make it a priority to maintain possession of you and your family’s vital documents including birth certificates, insurance policies, medical records, and so on. It might be a good idea to duplicate many of these documentations in case of any misplacing. After all, you never know what information that you will be asked to submit during a military relocation.

Do Your Homework

There is no better way to start relocating than by doing a little research. There are a number of online websites that will provide you with thorough information about the place you are planning to relocate. It is mostly beneficial to obtain excess knowledge about the area surrounding your prospective military base so that you can develop backup plans that will be comparatively centered around your location.

Take it Easy

Do not let the hard work of your military relocation intervene in your plans to enjoy relaxing quality time by yourself or with your family. Everyone needs to unwind in order to be rejuvenated when duty calls.
There are plenty of tips to rely on when you are involved in a military relocation. Although it is difficult to know what to expect from this life-altering experience, you can still stay prepared for almost anything.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

How Real Estate is Looking for the Future

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In the markets where the real estate boom has been strongest, such as real estate in California, Texas homes, and Oregon real estate, we wouldn't bet on the stratospheric prices remaining near their current levels. The statistics cited by the writer point out that there has been a sharp increase in foreclosure rates as well as an even larger decrease in home sales in recent months.

No matter what professionals say, prices cannot stand that kind of dual pressure for long and are bound to head south. The bigger the pressure applied, the sharper the price drop will be. It's just unrealistic to believe that double-digit increases in foreclosures combined with double-digit decreases in sales aren't going to have a significant impact on prices. Common sense means much more than predictions from people who get paid to be overly optimistic.

Keep in mind that real estate professionals have a vested interest in telling you that everything is going to be fine: they want the commission from selling you a house or selling yours.

In most areas there may be a gradual decline or small increases, but if your local market has been seeing huge equity gains recently then homes in your area may be due for some price shock therapy.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Selling Your Home at the Right Time

National Association of Realtors streetscape
National Association of Realtors streetscape (Photo credit: dannyfowler)

If you've ever owned stocks, then you probably know the feeling of holding a stock too long and missing out on selling it at the highest possible price. It's not a good feeling, and it's definitely not a feeling you want to have when you're talking about your biggest investment you will probably ever make: your home.

Most people will only see news which shouts about record price gains across the country, but the most important question to answer is the age old question. What's going to happen next. The truth is that no one really knows for sure, but anyone can make an educated guess. Certain markets are far more different than others, and understanding your micro economy can give you an edge when deciding whether or not to put your home on the market, and at what price you should do that. We always pay quite close attention to our Syracuse New York market, and make many decisions based on what we find. Also, listen to what other legitimate resources have to say. The National Association of Realtors: the Pollyanna's of the housing industry, are a great source and are quite trustworthy.

We'll spare the repetitive advice: but if you're looking to sell in the near future, look at your micro market.

Many thanks to William M. Cross for providing this article. If you need to find Syracuse real estate, they're your best source in the area!