Carpet And Window Cleaning

Window Cleaning Tips

Avoid Direct Sunlight – cleaning windows on a bright sunny day might seem like a good idea because you can see the dirt more easily, but cleaning windows in direct sunlight leads to other hazards; water will dry quickly, resulting in watermarks and windows that are messier than when you started.

Keep Your Tools Clean – dirty tools won’t do you any good. A dirt-free bucket, clean squeegee and fresh water will ensure the dirt washes off how it should.

Minimal Detergent – use a small amount of detergent to prevent smearing and keep costs down.

Avoid Sponges – sponges collect dirt and spread it around. Particles caught in the sponge could scratch and damage the glass leaving it looking awful. A lambswool mitt or similar applicator will keep dirt away from the glass and result in a cleaner, shinier window.

Sideways Squeegee – if you’re using a squeegee, turning it sideways can make all the difference – forcing water to flow down the window rather than across both sides of your tool. Keeping the squeegee clean also prevents leaving blade marks and traces of dirt on the clean glass.

Plenty of Water – washing windows involves using plenty of fresh water. Wash that dirt away.

Mind the Edges – be sure to wipe the edges of the windows where watermarks and spots are more likely to form.

Microfiber Magnificence – if you’re looking for an excellent finish, then glass microfiber cloths are your best option. With tiny, gentle fibres, they lift dirt away as you clean and polish and lead to a better shine than you’d get from any other cloth or wipe.

Speed or Quality? – you need to think about whether you’ll be cleaning a lot of windows and need to do it quickly or opt for quality instead. Most professional window cleaners’ use an 18″ squeegee, but for residential properties that might be a bit unnecessary.

Mind the Inside! – It goes without saying that you need to do both sides of the glass for a truly sparkling clean, but it’s important to be careful not to spill water inside the house/establishment.

 

Window Cleaning

When was the last time you had your windows professionally cleaned? Regular maintenance cleaning can prevent mold, mildew, and possible oxidation from sprinklers and screens that could cause permanent stains.

Don’t forget your skylights! While inside your home or office, a great deal of care is exercised when we perform our services. We use drop cloths and shoe covers to keep your floors and personal belongings clean.

Protect your investment by keeping your windows clean on a regular basis. Ask us about signing on to a frequency program to save money. Clean windows will clearly brighten up your day!

What is a water fed pole? Poles that go up to 60 feet can reach and clean high windows while our technicians remain safe on the ground. There are no squeegees involved because the water that goes through the pole is filtered and will dry spot-free on your glass.

 

Having Beautiful, Sparkling, Clean Windows Really Is Possible

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Glass restoration and do you need it

Your home is your castle. And when your castle has dirty windows, the king or queen can get a little testy. But unlike castles, yours isn’t a fairy tale. It takes work to keep it clean and shiny.

Regular window cleaning to keep your windows clean is more than just keeping up appearances. It feels good knowing that the windows of your house sparkle and give your home the added curb appeal of beautiful and regular maintenance because friends, family, and visitors do notice

Here are some things to look for, and to ask for when choosing a window cleaning company:

Will they open each window and clean your sills and tracks? Most window washers never open the windows.

Do they actually scrub your screens instead of just wiping them off? It makes no sense to have clean glass and dirty screens.

Do they look professional and are they in company uniforms? If they’re not willing to invest in looking professional, then they’re in this for the short term.

Ask for plenty of references along with phone numbers. A reputable window washing company should be glad to provide them to you.

Are they insured and bonded, and do they carry workers’ compensation? Things happen. You need to be fully protected in case of unforeseen situations.

How do we price your windows:

Window Cleaning services are competitively priced and our estimates are calculated by the pane for our window washing service. We routinely check the marketplace to be sure our prices are lower or at most, right in line with reputable insured competing companies

 

Frequently Asked Window Cleaning Questions

We’ve compiled a list of questions a lot of homeowners and business owners have asked about getting their windows washed on this page for you.

There are many commonly asked questions that only a true professional could answer properly.  Within our company, we literally have hundreds of years experience cleaning windows from homes to massive airports to sporting stadiums to high rise buildings and new construction.  I personally have been cleaning windows 27 years.  I know how to get windows streak free, without smears, and what tools and tricks are necessary to get your windows to look perfect!

What do professional window cleaners use?

Professional window cleaners use two very important tools when washing windows. Weather it’s for your home or business, professionals use dish soap in water, and a squeegee to leave a streak free shiny window or mirror.

How do you professionally clean windows?

Professionals clean windows with several vital tools designed for their trade. A squeegee and a window-washing mop are vital to wetting and cleaning the glass. A ladder and a pole are important for reaching higher windows to clean.

Why should I get my windows cleaned?

Getting your windows cleaned helps keep your home or business looking it’s best. Windows that are not cleaned over time will become stained and will not be able to be restored. The sun will bake the dirt, grime, and hard water spots into the glass eventually making it impossible to clean.

How much can you make as a window cleaner?

A window cleaner typically starts out earning just above minimum wage until his skills improve, but over time and if he or she learns all the skills within window cleaning they can earn anywhere from $15 to $30 per hour. High-rise window cleaners will earn more then a novice, and technicians in larger cities earn more because of cost of living is higher than in a smaller town.

 

The Dos and Don’ts of Window Cleaning

With the spring knocking on our doors, it’s time to think about cleaning our windows. Usually, we recommend window cleaning twice a year but to be fair, the best time to clean your windows is in the spring. You don’t want the bright summer sun to show all the imperfections of your windows, right?

Just like with any other type of surface cleaning, knowing how to clean windows correctly can save you a ton of time. Here’s what to (and not to) do!

DOs

Wipe excess water with a soft microfiber cloth.

Wash the window in sections. Soap, rinse and dry one section at a time. If you put soap on all windows at once it will dry up until you get to the last section.

Use a stable ladder and apply ladder pads to avoid scratching the windows if you’re cleaning windows that are too high.

Even if you think you’ve cleaned the window perfectly step back and look from a different angle. You may see some streaks and smudges left.

Wash your windows in the spring. That’s the best time for window cleaning. Don’t wait for the hot summer days. It’s harder to wash windows in a hot day as the water evaporates much faster and you’re left with a lot of streaks on your window.

Dust the blinds and clean the sunscreens before you start cleaning the windows. Otherwise, your windows will become dirty again.

DONT’s

Don’t always use a scraper. A scraper is required only when the windows have persistent marks and stains such as sticker residue.

Don’t use abrasive cleaning detergents. Abrasive cleaning detergents or tools with abrasive surfaces must not be used for window cleaning, as they may scratch the glass. If your window turns out scratched it’s hard and expensive to re-polish the glass and sometimes it requires complete change.

Don’t use a newspaper instead of a microfiber cloth. One of the biggest mistakes when cleaning a window is drying the glass with newspaper. They contain chemicals, which may damage the window and often you can find ink smudges on the glass.

Don’t use a towel. The towel leaves particles behind, which will make your window look dirty.

Don’t use too much soap. The residue will attract dust and pretty soon your windows will look dirty again.

Don’t clean your windows in hot, sunny days. The sun will dry the window very quickly and you’ll end up with marks before you get to rinsing the window. The perfect time for cleaning your windows is early in the morning, or at dawn.

Is special equipment needed for window cleaning?

The trade of window cleaning is about 99% labour and 1% equipment. It is amazing, though, that this 1% you’ve spent on the right window cleaning tools can reduce the amount of time it takes you to clean a window dramatically.


How To Read An Exterior Painting Quote

THINGS TO REMEMBER WHILE EXTERIOR PAINTING

When people go to paint the exterior of their home, they often forget that it’s quite a large task to take on and that it’s not just something a person can knock off in the course of an evening. Naturally, it helps if you have some good advice on your side when you take it on, whether you hope to do it by yourself or with the help of friends.

Plan Out The Entire Project Well Before You Begin

Though some people might go into an exterior painting project with no plan in hand, this is a bit of a mistake as you cannot possibly realize the extent to which the painting endeavor will require until you sit down and fully plan it out from the time that you will need to paint to the amount and scope of the materials that will be required

Make Sure You Get The Right Kind Of Paint

There are many sorts of paint available for purchase and not all of them are relevant to the painting of the exterior of your home.

Do Not Rely On Paint Color Swatches For Choosing Your Exterior Paint Color

It’s important to get the right color for your house — one that looks right to you. When you do this, you are going to want to go above and beyond just getting a color swatch and thinking that this alone will solve your want for choosing a color — for the color may look entirely different depending on what time of the day it is.

Cover Surfaces While Painting

When you are painting the exterior of your home, it is inevitable that there will be some dripping from your paintbrushes and rollers.

 

Seasons Exterior Painting Services, Things to Consider Before You Paint Your House

Is Your Home Ready To Paint?

Painting the exterior of your home may seem like an easy job. After all, you just need several cans of paint, a paint roller,and a paintbrush to do the job, right? You don’t need a pro to do it for you! Well, that’s what a good number of homeowners think until they take on the job and find out how challenging a home painting job really is.

If you’re still not convinced that this home renovation project is best left for the exterior painting services experts, here are some factors you need to consider before you decide if you are willing to try the DIY approach or let the pros do it for you.

Type and Features of the House

Not all houses require the same amount of work and/or expertise. Some houses are comparatively easier to paint while others can be a little bit more complicated. Generally, exterior painting services professionals recommend leaving older, taller and more ornate homes to the experts since they require specialized tools and the right skills to do it.

Older homes that need to be preserved also require special consideration. Not all paints are compatible with legacy building materials so you may need to do extensive research and spend time doing the prep work to avoid ruining your home. For homes built before 1978, there is a possibility that they may have used lead paint. Are you sure you can deal with it?

Prep Work

There are a number of issues that may require extensive prep work. Be prepared to roll up your sleeves and do a lot of sanding and scraping if you see signs of wood rot, mildew, and severe peeling. You may also need to do some caulking if you have cracked window panes and loose trim pieces. Do you honestly have the time and the skills to do it?

 

TOP PAINTING TIPS & TRICKS TO ACHIEVE A PERFECT FINISH

With a full house renovation behind us, we’ve definitely had more than our fair share of painting experience. We’ve learned so much over the last 7 years of DIYing. We’ve definitely improved our painting technique over the years so it only seems fair to share some of our best advice with you, too!

USE THE RIGHT TYPE OF PAINT

There are so many different types of paint that it can feel like an impossible task choosing the right one.

There are primers, emulsions, specialist paints for covering mould, damp, rust and all sorts of other things, acrylics, solvent-based, water-based – it’s an almost endless list. Choosing the right type of paint is vital as you’ll only ever achieve a perfect finish if you use the right product for the job.

We love water-based paints even for our woodwork but if you’re painting anything outdoors we would always recommend opting for a solvent-based paint.

Yes, it involves more pfaffing when cleaning your brushes (that’s because any solvent-based paint has to be cleaned with specialist brush cleaner or turpentine substitute) but it’s more durable than anything water-based. And, if you’re anything like us, you probably don’t want to have to spend time repainting again anytime soon.

 

How to Pick an Exterior Paint Colour

That’s right, you SHOULD be second-guessing yourself. Why? Because choosing an exterior paint colour is a WHOLE different ball game compared to interior colours, which is why so many people find themselves picking the wrong one. It can also be CONSIDERABLY more expensive than interior projects, which is why choosing the RIGHT colour is even more important than ever.

EXTERIOR PAINT COLOURS: It could look lighter than you’d expect

Expect your colour to look about half a tone lighter or MORE than it does on that wee little chip. Why? Well, paint tends to look lighter when exposed to natural light, especially on a large surface. Regardless of the direction your home faces, the amount of natural light it gets can make your paint look a little, or a LOT lighter!

The effect of natural light is hard to see on those wee little paint chips and even with larger paint samples (SAMPLIZE), which is why it’s VITAL that you look at your samples on ALL sides of your home and in different types of light

If you have a lot of landscaping that blocks natural light, then the colour won’t look as light as it would if it had DIRECT natural light

If you find a colour that you love and worry that it will be too light – it probably will be. If you’re worried it’s too dark – don’t jump the gun as it could look lighter once it’s on the house

With south-facing homes, the southern side will look at least one tone lighter OR MORE – until the sun starts going down obviously. At the height of the day the colour will look its most washed-out

With north-facing homes, can look a bit lighter, but not as much as a south-facing side or morning eastern/afternoon western exposure

This is important for homes that have a stippled, stucco finish – I’m not talking about general ‘texture’ – I’m talking about the popcorn style of texture that has a lot of nooks and crannies. All of this texture creates shadows which can make the paint colour look slightly darker. If you have a home that has two types of exterior finishes (siding and stippled stucco) you can paint both areas the same colour and the stucco may look slightly darker than the siding.

 

Exterior Paint Maintenance

There’s nothing quite like the gleaming sparkle of a freshly-completed exterior home paint job, or the pride and satisfaction that accompany it. The only problem being that with 24/7 exposure to the elements, it often doesn’t hold onto its luster for long. It still looks great, but it doesn’t quite have the special something you’d like to hang onto upon completion of a paint job.

The thing to remember is that this isn’t something that’s going to take care of itself and the conditions your home is exposed to will make a massive difference to the whole thing. Nevertheless, if you’re willing to be both proactive and indeed active from time to time, your home can and will look simply stunning for the whole year.

Quality Paints

For example, the quality of the paint used to coat the surface in the first place will make the biggest difference of all to its longevity. Not to mention, the quality of the tools used to apply it and the painting process itself. Unless you have the best hardware, products and talents when it comes to home painting, you might find the best value for money can be found in a pro paint job. Even if it costs more, you’ll be looking at results that last…and last…and last some more

Organize Touch-Ups

If you do decide to go the professional route, remember that it’s always possible to arrange for the team to come back on occasion to carry out minor touch-ups where required. Rather than having them visit you once every five years for a total overhaul, why not have them come out a little more frequently to keep topping things up and polishing things off? It’s definitely an option worth considering and discussing with your chosen painting service.

Wash and Wipe

Unfortunate as it may be, your home just isn’t going to keep itself clean without your help. It’d be great if it did, but it won’t. As such, it’s up to you to occasionally get busy with the exterior cleaning, which can be made exponentially easier if you invest in a basic pressure washer. Coupled with a soft brush attached to a long stick and a ladder to stand on, it becomes child’s play to give your home’s exterior an important wipe and rinse-down from time to time. Doing so will not only help protect and lengthen the life of the paint, but it’ll also work wonders for your home’s exterior aesthetics.


Useful Tips For Packing Services Your Goods Properly

Things To Consider When Looking For Companies That Provide Pick And Pack Services

The pick and pack system is a full-service operation offered by warehousing and distribution providers to companies. Pick and pack is where the distribution company handles all aspects of the fulfilment process after the company delivers the items in their stock to the warehouse. These items are stored for easy access and when they are ordered they are repackaged and delivered to customers.

There is a wide choice of pick and pack distribution companies available. When you are choosing a pick and pack company for your fulfilment needs it is important to consider a few key factors.

  1. Does the Provider Offer a Complete Service?

When you are looking for a pick and pack service you are searching for a service that takes all of the distribution process out of your hands, so it goes without saying that the process needs to be complete. Think about whether you can safely assume that the system will take control from the point of order until the product is delivered. You should look further if the solution doesn’t provide assurances that this is the case.

  1. How Will Stock be Transferred to the Warehouse?

Packaging company systems differ, and you need to know how you are going to move your stock to the warehouse in order to be picked and packed. Will the system suit your requirements? Is the cost good? You need to work out how the costs will be affected by changes in stock volume, too.

  1. What Are the Shipping Options?

Optimising shipping is a fine art and you need to find out how the pick and pack service intends to do it. You want to offer a range of delivery options to customers but you need to know that, behind the scenes, the delivery is taking place economically. Make sure you understand how delivery is decided based on couriers, size of van, etc. Of course, you also need to know about shipping prices. If you want to be able to offer low-cost shipping to your customers you need to know that you are paying a good price for the system in the first place.

  1. How Are Items Packed?

Consider how the packaging of your items will be regarded by your customers. Check what packaging the provider uses and whether it suits your needs. You need to ensure that all items are delivered safely but you should also consider minimising packaging waste.

  1. How Do I Monitor the Service?

Find out how you keep a track of your stock and your deliveries. Look at the systems in place for inventory management and make sure that while the system is automatic on your part you also have insight over the entire process, which will keep the whole thing accountable.

 

WHAT IS A PICK AND PACK WAREHOUSE?

A pick and pack warehouse is an establishment where products can be stored for your business. Those working at the warehouse will then ensure that all of the correct items are picked and packaged, ensuring they are then sent to the right customers. There are a lot of different types of picking and packing and different ways that these warehouses can be set up, including zone packing, batch packing, and wave packing.

 

Pick and Pack Fulfillment Services: Choosing the Right Provider for You

Running a business takes a lot of time, especially when it comes to shipping orders. You want to optimize that area to keep all the customers coming. One good way to do that efficiently is to realize that you need to hire pick and pack fulfillment services to manage your processes. Here’s how a good pick and pack service can help you save time:

Choosing the Right Service Provider

Fulfillment is an arduous process when you’ve got plenty of orders. While doing the work yourself is easy when there are only a few orders, it’s different when there’s a lot. This is when a pick and pack service comes in.

You simply have to give the company your inventory then they do the picking, packing, and shipping of your sold item. You benefit from this because your items will ship quicker. There’s also free time to do other tasks. Aside from that, you can avoid mistakes in the shipping process. This means happy customers. You also get the chance to grow your business more.

Choosing the right company is easy when you’ve done some research. The basic, of course, is to know how they do their pick, pack, and shipping service. Some items need special provisions like foods, so better take note of how they handle such a job. You should also ask if they process returns and if they provide international shipping.

 

Basic things you should look at when you’re thinking of collaborating with a 3PL company.

The provided services

The first thing that you need to be sure of is that your potential partner will actually be able to handle all the things that your store requires. The basics – warehousing, order fulfillment, and shipping – are pretty much a given in all cases, but each business is unique, and you may have some special requirements that you’d like to see taken care of. Depending on the products you sell, you’ll need a fulfillment partner that’s ready to be creative and adapt to your needs, or even offer some non-standard solutions.

Working with a fulfillment company has the added bonus that it can also help you effortlessly monitor your stock levels – you’ll always see how much of each product you have left in the warehouse. And your partner will usually let you know when the stock is running low and it’s time to replenish it to ensure smooth order flow.

Pricing

Although it’s extremely important to find a fulfillment partner that provides affordable services, remember that the cheapest option is not always the best. When it comes to pricing, the first thing you should check is what you’d actually be billed for, not the prices themselves. Are there some recurring monthly or annual fees? Are there any per-order or per-transaction fees that come on top of that?

When comparing the pricing of different companies, your own predictions about the future growth of your store will play an important role. This will affect not only the per-order costs, but also your storage costs. So pay attention to your own calculations – the more accurate they are, the more precisely you’ll be able to evaluate the expenses a 3PL company would create.

Location of fulfillment centers

Nowadays we’re used to receiving our orders in record times – it’s not unusual for a product to already be delivered the next day after it was ordered. Naturally, an important element in this process is the proximity of the fulfillment center – the closer it is to your customers, the shorter the distance the goods have to travel. For example, the ecommerce giant Amazon has over 200 facilities around the USA alone to maintain its world-class delivery system.

If you sell worldwide, a major bonus that a fulfillment company can provide for you is a warehouse outside the US. Although shipping companies have designed routes that can get a product from one corner of the world to the other in less than a day, this often comes at a considerable cost. Shipping from somewhere closer will mean huge benefits both in terms of speed and price.

Shipping

A huge advantage of collaborating with a 3PL company is access to better shipping prices than the ones that you can get for yourself. The larger fulfillment companies have negotiated special shipping rates, usually thanks to the large number of orders that they handle. By working with them, your business can also enjoy these rates. So when you’re looking at potential fulfillment partners also pay attention to theirs – their carriers and the range of shipping options they bring to the table.

This can help you considerably when it comes to converting your store’s visitors into buyers – shipping prices are often cited among the top reasons for cart abandonment. In a 2016 Statista research, 63% of digital shoppers named expensive shipping as the reason for not going through with a purchase. The figure fell to 54% in 2017, but it was still the top cause of cart abandonment.

 

Customer support

Of course, no one ever wants to run into problems, but it’s simply the way of the world that they do appear. This is why customer support plays an extremely important role in any ecommerce store. If something happens to your customer’s order, you have to be sure that you’ll be able to get through to the fulfillment company and solve the issue.

Find out how you can get in touch with your fulfillment company – there’s always email, but do they have a phone number you can call in emergencies? Or maybe they have a live chat option for all of us who hate talking on the phone?

And it’s not just a matter of how – it’s also important to find out when they’re accessible. A problem can appear at any time of the day – but will you be able to reach your partner at the right moment? This is especially important if you’re not located in the same time zone. While an hour here or there won’t make much of a difference, it can be a big deal if you’re located on two separate continents.

Don’t forget to test this element while doing your research – check how quickly different fulfillment companies respond to your questions via various channels and how satisfied you are with their answers.

Branding options

It goes without saying that the most important thing in your store is your product. But it’s also crucial to build your brand, and here even a small detail like a special message on the package that the customer receives can go a very long way.

Typically, 3PL companies are white label, and their branding doesn’t appear on the packages that customers receive. This means that your customers won’t know that you weren’t the one to physically pack and ship out the order – but it can look like it came straight from you because fulfillment companies offer different ways to customize packages.

So it’s worth studying the type of branding options that your potential partner offers, like the already mentioned possibility to add a special message or your logo on the package. There are also some companies that will use your custom packaging materials for your orders if you send it to them. But make sure to check if this comes with added costs.


How To Decide On A Quality Divorce Lawyer

Things You Should Know Before Hiring a Family Lawyer

Undergoing separation from the better half is the most painful and traumatic experience in one’s life. It creates more problems when you have children involved. There are a lot of issues and questions that need to be tackled during the whole process such as the settlement of the custody issue, the support offered to the child and the spouse, and the distribution of the property. Most importantly, separation leads to financial issues as partners no longer want to continue the joint ownership on things. This interferes in the ability to maintain the quality of living that the partners used to enjoy in their happy days. All these issues can only be handled by a good family lawyer.

Hiring a lawyer helps you understand things better

People often wonder if they need a lawyer when they can amicably separate. But hiring a lawyer leaves you with many benefits as he will provide the necessary piece of advice on how the legal terms can be applied to protect your interests in the process. If you get into divorce agreements without knowing your rights and obligations you may end up in difficulties later. This is true that hiring a family lawyer would cost you a few bucks but it is worth spending as it will save you from unnecessary legal troubles that may come up which cost you more in the long run.

Specialization

Do proper research, before you hire a family lawyer. Make sure the lawyer you are meeting is specialized in the field. You can ask your friends and family members for some reference as well. You can get important information through this way and know if anyone has good experience with a family lawyer.

Experience

It is a vital thing to consider while hiring a family lawyer. However, this should not be the only reason to consider as there are many such young and brilliant lawyers who will come forward to take your case and will provide you justice. If you are contacting such young lawyers, you should ask them beforehand the kind of support system they rely on when they face an issue on which they do not have adequate knowledge.

Fee structure

Every lawyer charge differently. You should inquire about the hourly fee of a family lawyer before getting into a contract with him. You must know if the initial consultation which normally scheduled for one or two hours is chargeable or not.

 

Hiring the Best Divorce Lawyers

Do you need a divorce lawyer?

Do you know what to look for in divorce lawyers? Finding someone who’s compatible with your needs doesn’t always come easy. You’ll need to carry out some research, read some divorce lawyers reviews. Get an idea of the legal service providers and related costs in your area. It’s easy to get attracted to the divorce lawyer with the smartest website, the biggest practice, the most publicity.

But proceed with caution. A family law firm who’s regularly in the press, handling the most high profile cases could well be a divorce lawyer who rides roughshod over the legal process. Not to mention the feelings and emotions of their clients and their families to gain exposure for themselves, often at great expense to their clients.

ENSURE YOUR DIVORCE LAWYER HAS AT LEAST 10 YEARS’ EXPERIENCE

As with most professions, experience matters, and the more of it your divorce lawyer has, the better. All law is complex, and the more experienced a lawyer, the better their knowledge of the law and legal procedures will be. That’s vital to ensure they can give you the best legal advice at every stage of your divorce. Experience will also mean your divorce lawyer will know the legal norms that could affect your case in your part of the world.

CHOOSE A DIVORCE LAWYER FROM A SMALLER LAW OFFICE

Don’t get carried away by divorce lawyers who are part of a big full service law firm with offices all over the world and a website with all the bells and whistles.

Most of the best divorce lawyers will be working in firms of ten or less lawyers. Bigger law offices will just have a couple of divorce lawyers who will usually be there to handle work generated by their corporate client base. What’s more, big firm lawyers are likely to charge much higher fees (how do you think they afford that website?). And the pressure is usually on for big firm divorce lawyers to rack up the billable hours. That often means they’ll delegate work to their associates and bill your for their associate’s time as well as their own.

 

HOW TO PICK A GOOD DIVORCE LAWYER: MYTHS ABOUT DIVORCE THAT CLIENTS SHOULD KNOW

The process of divorce is a major life-stress.  Not only does it mark the end of a close relationship, the outcome of a divorce action will affect the things that matter most in your life: your kids, your home, your finances, your medical coverage, your debt, and your retirement.

It is natural to be anxious and nervous.  All too often, these raw emotions are exploited by unscrupulous lawyers who prey on clients with common misconceptions about divorce.  When they over-promise, you over-pay.

SETTLING IS NOT WEAKNESS.

Many clients are surprised to learn that over 95% of divorce cases are settled without trial. This is true even for the most acrimonious litigants.  Seasoned attorneys know the inclinations of matrimonial judges and can craft settlement terms to protect your values and interests.  Settlement discussions are an intrinsic part of every divorce action and are often ordered by the court.

THE JUDGE DOES NOT CARE ABOUT YOUR SPOUSE CHEATING OR OTHER MARITAL WRONGS.

Often, spouses who have been wronged by marital infidelity expect to receive some type of compensation from the court for their spouse’s hurtful deception.  The harsh reality is that the court does not concern itself with cheating or marital fault.  Marital infidelity, even if proven beyond a shadow of a doubt, is unlikely to result in any change to the outcome of your case.  We can assist you in recouping the marital funds that your spouse spent to perpetuate his or her cheating (e.g., gifts, vacations).  However, that is purely an economic issue based on money actually spent.  No ethical attorney should represent that marital wrongs will be vindicated in court or result in financial compensation.

IN MOST METRO-AREA COURTS, A FINAL DIVORCE TAKES TIME.

Especially in simpler cases (e.g., short term marriage, no kids, no real property) frustrated clients have the expectation that their divorce will be over in a flash.  Clients should be aware that even after there is agreement on all matters, court system backlogs can result in delays of many months.  If parties disagree, even on a small issue, a final divorce judgment could take a long time.  These lengthy waiting periods are due to court system overload.  While there are mechanisms to quickly address emergencies, no attorney should be promising an instant divorce.  Attorneys can control when documents are filed, but cannot control when the court will act on them.

 

REASONS TO HIRE A DIVORCE ATTORNEY

Getting a divorce is a challenging process. It only gets worse if you’re trying to go through your divorce without the help of legal counsel. Divorce lawyers are there to provide you with legal help and advice to get you through this difficult time in your life.

Hiring a divorce lawyer can seem like an act of aggression, but it’s not. Divorce is a legal process that you should approach professionally.

To Protect Yourself

A divorce lawyer will make sure that you are protected. Unless you have formal education or experience in law, you won’t know how to protect yourself.

To Protect Your Custody Rights

Custody of children is one of the most contested issues in divorce court, and an attorney can help you keep the rights that you deserve.

To Help You Understand

A good divorce lawyer will help walk you through the paperwork that is associated with divorce. If you’ve filed for divorce already, you know there is a load of paperwork involved and that load only increases as time goes on.

 

Tips To Prepare For Your Divorce

Few things are tougher in life than a divorce. Any time a relationship starts with promise and happiness and ends in brokenness, there is deep pain and regret for multiple parties. And while a divorce is never fun or emotionless, it is possible to have a smooth parting of ways that mitigates pain and prevents undue hardship.

Organize Financial Records

Finances can be one of the messiest aspects of divorce. In many cases, one spouse generally takes on the role of organizing finances, but that leaves the other spouse in the dark. Avoid this by taking charge of your own finances.

Return to Your Individual Credit History

Since you’ve been married, it’s more than likely that you and your spouse’s credit have been linked. You may have built up a good credit before, but it’s now a joint venture that’s affected by your marital decisions.

Close Joint Accounts

Be proactive and prevent any financial headaches before they happen. If you know that you’re headed for a divorce, consider closing your joint accounts. Keep your money secure until the financial split has been finalized legally.

Understand Divorce Options

Divorce can end several ways, and if you’re not careful and informed, you could end up with the short end of the stick. Go into the process understanding your rights and responsibilities. Hire a good divorce lawyer who can protect your rights and promote your interests. . Doing your research on different divorce outcomes and then getting the right lawyer on your side is key.


Put Bed Bugs To Rest With The Proper Treatment

Bedbugs

Bedbugs are small, oval, brownish insects that live on the blood of animals or humans. Adult bedbugs have flat bodies about the size of an apple seed. After feeding, however, their bodies swell and are a reddish color.

Bedbugs do not fly, but they can move quickly over floors, walls, and ceilings. Female bedbugs may lay hundreds of eggs, each of which is about the size of a speck of dust, over a lifetime.

Where Bed Bugs Hide

Bedbugs may enter your home undetected through luggage, clothing, used beds and couches, and other items. Their flattened bodies make it possible for them to fit into tiny spaces, about the width of a credit card. Bedbugs do not have nests like ants or bees, but tend to live in groups in hiding places. Their initial hiding places are typically in mattresses, box springs, bed frames, and headboards where they have easy access to people to bite in the night.

When Bedbugs Bite

Bedbugs are active mainly at night and usually bite people while they are sleeping. They feed by piercing the skin and withdrawing blood through an elongated beak. The bugs feed from three to 10 minutes to become engorged and then crawl away unnoticed.

Other signs that you have bedbugs include:

Blood stains on your sheets or pillowcases

Dark or rusty spots of bedbug excrement on sheets and mattresses, bed clothes, and walls

Bedbug fecal spots, egg shells, or shed skins in areas where bedbugs hide

An offensive, musty odor from the bugs’ scent glands

 

How to Check for Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are incredibly small and can fit into cracks as thin as a credit card. This makes bed bugs hard to find in the home, and can make bed bug control difficult. Use this guide to learn where bed bugs are most often found, then read the rest of our guide to learn more about getting rid of bed bugs and how to prevent bed bug infestations.

Check Common Bed Bug Hiding Spots

Using a flashlight and a stiff, flat-edged object like a credit card or paint scraper, check around beds, mattresses, and other areas where you suspect you might have bed bugs. Look for actual bugs, eggs, feces, or molted skin as evidence of an infestation. Be sure to look in the cracks, crevices, and folds of fabric and furniture. You may also want to wear protective gloves during this inspection.

Bed bugs are attracted to warmth. The number one hiding place for bed bugs is in mattresses and beds. Inspect your sheets for blood spots bed bugs may have left behind. Be sure to thoroughly inspect the seams, tufts, and folds of your mattress in addition to any corners or crevices of your bed.

Bed bugs also like to linger where humans sit or lay idle for long periods of time. Couches, recliners, and even office chairs are popular hiding spots for bed bugs. Don’t forget to look beneath furniture, where fabric meets the legs of the furniture, and between seat cushions.

Bed bugs will also hide around the perimeter of a room. The edges of baseboards and carpet should also be inspected.

Inspect Less Common Bed Bug Hiding Spots

Bed bugs are treated directly, which makes it important to know exactly where they are, and where they are not, in your home. This will help you target where to treat for bed bugs and avoid wasting chemical. You also do not want to miss any bed bugs, which can cause a longer infestation.

Using your flashlight and flat-edged object, inspect your nightstand and dressers. Empty out each drawer and examine the cracks and joints of the drawers. Don’t forget to turn your drawers over and inspect the bottoms.

 

Things That Bed Bugs Attracted

Bed bugs attracted to carbon dioxide

Generally bed bugs attracted to human beings, it’s simply because we produce carbon dioxide. This pesky little pest are also tend to settle down in areas with a high concentration of carbon dioxide.

Bed bugs attracted to warmth

Bed bugs aren’t attracted to dirt and grime, they attracted to the warmth of our bodies instead! Since human beings generate heat and warmth, bedtime is like a gold mine of warmth for bed bugs.

Bed bugs attracted to dark bed sheets

Bed bugs are accustomed to a dark environment! A recent research revealed that bed bugs attracted to certain colours, especially for red and black colours. Because these colours mimics two things that they will always go for: darkness and blood.

Bed bugs attracted to dirty laundry

In the absence of a human host, bed bugs tend to seek soiled laundry as a hive. The stack of dirty laundry on your bedroom floor can be the starting point of a bed bug’s journey across the entire room. Do you know what? Bed bugs love the smell of your dirty laundry!

How do you stop bedbugs from biting you?

Bed bugs prevention is a lot easier than eliminating the existing infestation at home. These are the list of bed bugs prevention tips that you can do according to the things bed bug attracted to!

 

How to Find Bed Bugs

Awful as bed bugs may be, the fear that you might have bed bugs may be just as bad if not worse. When you know you have bed bugs, at least you can take the steps necessary to get rid of them. If you’re not sure, however, it can be hard to know what to do next. It’s too easy to get in your own head. Are you just imagining things? Should you be nervous? Thinking you have bed bugs can turn bedtime into yet another anxiety-inducing part of your day. Even if you’re afraid to know, figuring out if you have bed bugs is always the right call. Finding bed bugs might be upsetting, but at least once you know they’re around you can wipe them out. Here are the telltale signs you have bed bugs, and how to track them down once and for all.

Signs You Have Bed Bugs

One of the many reasons why bed bug infestations are such a problem is that they’re hard to spot. Bed bugs leave behind evidence of their presence everywhere they go, but these signs are easy to mistake. For instance, bed bugs tend to leave small, circular blood stains near areas where they feed. This might happen when you accidentally crush the bed bugs while they’re feeding on you. Often, these stains smear or stain the sheets in small bloody streaks. Along with blood signs, bed bugs leave behind waste, shed skin, eggs, and stains on the surfaces they inhabit. These stains probably look rusty or reddish in color, and they’re often spot-shaped or smeared. Shed bed bug skin is pale yellow and flakey. As it ages, this skin might dry and get brittle or crusty. Bed bug eggs are tiny (1 millimeter), oval-shaped, and translucent. They’re somewhat sticky and very easy to miss.

Bed bugs spend their days hiding in dark, warm, inaccessible crevices. They have very flat bodies and are prone to wedging themselves into tight areas to stay out of sight. Start by searching for them in any nooks and crannies in your bed. Take off all the bed sheets and check their folds, seams, corners, and edges. Strip the bed completely and check the corners, seams, zipper, creases, and any other crevices. Don’t forget to turn the bed over, too. Contrary to popular belief, bed bugs don’t only infest beds. They’ll hide out in any dark, warm place where they can access food nearby. Your bed may be the most convenient place, but it’s far from their only option. Broaden your search. Check all the furniture, linens, decorations, and carpet in your bedroom. Pay particular attention to the undersides of couches and chairs, your headboard, and your curtains. The more thorough you are, the better you’ll feel.

What to Do If You Have Bed Bugs

Give us a call right away. Bed bugs are difficult to control and they’re capable of spreading quickly. If you fail to kill even two bed bugs, the infestation will continue to grow and spread. Most at-home methods of bed bug eradication are ineffective at best and harmful at worst. Professional heat treatment is the only truly effective strategy for eliminating a bed bug infestation permanently. Heat treatments kill adults and eggs alike, ending an infestation for good. In the meantime, there are a couple things you can do. Thoroughly wash, dry, and clean all your bed sheets and linens. Make sure you dry them on high for twenty minutes or more. The heat from the dryer will help kill bugs and eggs clinging to the fabric. Follow this same procedure for every machine-washable object in the infested room. Vacuum the room very thoroughly, and throw out the bag when you’re done. Don’t use the bed until the infestation has been eradicated.

How to Prevent Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are the ultimate hitchhiking pest. They travel by sneaking into bags, boxes, and other transported items. Nobody notices them, even as they carry their bags around. After the traveler gets home and sets down their bags, bed bugs creep out to infest their new home. Bed bugs hide in suitcases, purses, clothing bags, luggage, book and computer bags, and more. Whenever they have an opportunity to sneak inside something, they’ll take it. The best way to prevent bed bugs is to be very careful about what you bring into your home. Carefully inspect any and all bags you carry inside, especially after traveling. Whenever possible, you should throw clothes into your dryer when you get home to kill potential hiding bed bugs. While traveling, you should also take care not to leave your bags alone and open for extended periods of time. Store your belongings in elevated, secured places. If you find out you have bed bugs, don’t panic! It might seem impossible now, but it is possible to wipe out bed bugs completely and permanently. You just need a little professional help

 

HOW TO FIND AND GET RID OF BED BUGS IN YOUR HOME

How Do You Get Bed Bugs?

Bed bugs can hitchhike their way into your home from just about anywhere. Most homeowners want to know how to get rid of bed bugs before this happens, especially when they’re trying to sell a property. If they get a foothold, they can spread throughout the house and even travel into neighboring homes.

How to Find Bed Bugs: Why Is It Difficult?

Detecting the presence of bed bugs in your home is a little more challenging than you’d expect. A visual inspection is rarely reliable, unless it’s performed by an expert. These insects may be mistaken for other summer bugs, such as carpet bugs, and may have spread throughout your property by the time they’re correctly identified.

Feeding, Life Stages and Other Habits of Bed Bugs

If you want to know how to kill bed bugs or even find them, you have to understand how do bed bugs look like, their eating habits, preferred living conditions, reproductive cycles and behavior.

Feeding and Excretion

Bed bugs usually come out to feed at night, but will also seek a meal in daylight if they’re hungry. It can anywhere from 3 to 12 minutes for bed bugs to feed, and large nymphs or adults will often drop feces from earlier blood meals while feeding. This is what leads to the telltale dark spots on bedsheets and mattresses.Do bed bugs bite animals? Their meal of choice is generally human blood. However, they will also feed on dogs, cats and other mammals or even birds, travelling between 5 and 20 feet from their hiding spots to find a host.

Bed Bug Life Cycle & Reproduction

Bed bugs have 6 life stages, and they need a minimum of one blood meal to move from one to the next. They also shed skin at each stage, and may feed more than once between stages. Under the right conditions, the lifecycle from egg-to-egg takes around 4-5 weeks.Female bed bugs can lay 1-3 eggs every day, adding up to 200-500 eggs during their lifetime, which is generally 6 months to a year or longer. Both males and females need to feed at least once a fortnight to continue mating and producing eggs.


How To Find The Best Veterinarian Mailing List For Your Next Marketing Campaign

How to Choose a Diet

Choosing an appropriate, satisfactory, economical diet for your pet may feel daunting, with so many choices and so many different opinions on pet foods. By appropriate we mean one matched to your pet’s species, lifestage, and activity

Conventional Commercial diets are most commonly fed. Common commercial foods are made with chicken, beef, lamb, or fish products and by products, grains such as corn, wheat, rice, barley and/or oats, and added vitamins and minerals to ensure that the final diet is satisfactory. These foods may be formulated for specific life stages such as puppy/kitten, adult, or for “all life stages”.

Veterinary therapeutic diets are used to manage a variety of health related issues and diseases in cats and dogs. They are available through veterinarians and made to be fed under their supervision because of one or more variations in nutrient content from typical balanced diets.

Home-prepared diets – owners occasionally prefer to prepare food for their pets themselves. Nutrition consultations are available to discuss this option for individual pets. Guidance for these individuals is also available from other websites to ensure the ongoing health of their pet.

 

Key Tips for Choosing The Best Veterinary Clinic

People often neglect visiting a vet because they don’t know what to look for and are unsure of when to go. You should visit one at least once per year to ensure that your pet is healthy.

Location Matters

When you’re choosing a clinic, it’s best to find a local vet. Choosing a clinic near you will allow you to get your pet to them quicker, but there may also be better services with another vet that’s further away.

Visit Several Clinics

One of the most important tips is to go and visit various clinics before you decide which one you want to settle on. Equipment varies depending on the clinic, so you need to ensure that you find the one with optimal gear.

Vet Personality

When you visit clinics, you can instantly pick up on the general mood that they have. Some clinics are friendly and easy-going, while some are all about business.

Can You Afford Them?

Find a veterinarian that you can afford. Some vets charge more for their services if they’re well-known, and some offer cheaper services when they’d like to build a clientele.

 

Choosing the Right Equine Veterinarian

Consider these nine qualities when choosing an equine veterinarian.

Own horses long enough and you’ll experience that dreaded gut-wrenching moment. You know the one: When you arrive at the barn and your horse just isn’t acting right. Maybe he’s showing signs of colic. Or perhaps he’s not putting weight on one of his legs.

If the situation is serious enough, you pull out your phone, call your veterinarian, and make the plea: “Please come now!” But have you chosen the right person to answer that call? Or have you settled for simple convenience or the cheapest cost, without any regard to the practitioner’s background and suitability for your particular needs?

Communication

“Being able to explain options and the advantages and disadvantages of particular diagnostic and treatment paths is one of the most important abilities for a practitioner to have,” Thal says.

Education and Experience

A candidate veterinarian’s background can be as important to you as a job seeker’s resume is to a company’s human resources official. Where and when did a veterinarian receive his or her degree? How much experience does he or she have? Has he or she specialized in a particular field?

Character

Thal ranks character as his No. 1 item of importance. He calls it “that combination of intangible factors, coupled with intelligence, integrity, hard work, desire to serve, and all the other factors that make us who we are on a personal and professional -basis.”

 

WHY CHOOSE US AS YOUR VETERINARIAN?

It’s a big question, with a simple answer: we’re veterinarians who care. Our philosophy has always been to show animals the care, respect, and compassion that they deserve. Every aspect of our practice speaks to their needs, from the decor to the special way we interact with each pet as an individual.

A MEMO FROM THE OWNER

From my early childhood days of raising “Bobbin the Robin,” the orphaned baby bird that one day appeared in my backyard, I somehow knew that caring for animals was my natural calling. I decided I wanted to be a veterinarian as a young boy, and what a great decision that was! My career as the owner and medical director of the Melrose Animal Clinic is a dream come true.

I’ve had my own menagerie of pets, from fish, hamsters and guinea pigs, to parakeets, dogs, and cats. I’ve developed a deep appreciation for the many ways pets enhance their owners’ lives. Animals seem to understand, demonstrate, and remind us—clearly and simply—what is truly important. Pets love deeply and unconditionally. They don’t care how we look or how successful we are. They sense when we are happy and comfort us when we are sad. Pets are naturally forgiving and will give us as many second chances as we need. They know instinctively how to care for their young: lovingly and with just the right mix of encouragement and firmness to prepare them to venture out on their own when their time comes. We can learn many life lessons from our pets.

This genuine love and respect for animals are at the heart of the Melrose Animal Clinic. Each and every member of our team is a pet parent and avid animal lover. We view our pets as our furry family members and treat them accordingly. We understand the important place your pets hold in your hearts and recognize the trust you are placing in us when you come to the Melrose Animal Clinic for their care. As a fellow pet lover and pet parent, you have my promise that we will care for your pets with the same love, compassion, and commitment that we give to our own

 

Tips for Choosing the Right Vet

Choosing a vet to care for your four-legged best friends should not be something that you take lightly. While we hope that most pet parents will be thrilled with our care and expertise at Total Veterinary Care, we know that we may not be the perfect fit for everyone. With that in mind, we would like to provide this guidance for anyone looking for a veterinarian.

Location

When your pet needs to visit the vet, most people prefer a hospital that is close to their home and doesn’t require too much of a drive. In fact, most people with pets have a veterinarian that is within 5 miles of their home!

Referrals

One of the best ways to find a vet is to ask your friends and family who they use, as long as they are happy with their experience. Most people are more than happy to refer you to their own vet hospital and will tell you what they love about their provider.

Reviews

In today’s age of online everything, it is a good idea to look at the reviews a veterinarian gets on sites like Google My Business, Yelp, and other location-based sites. Additionally, you can learn a lot by visiting the social media pages for a hospital, particularly Facebook since it allows visitors to provide reviews directly on the page. While you are there, look to see what sort of information the practice is posting on its page to see if it is valuable tips, fun pictures and other things that create a real community for pet parents.

Take a Tour

It is perfectly acceptable to ask for a tour of a veterinary hospital to meet the vet, as well as the techs and assistants. While you are there, take note of how clean the facility is and what types of equipment they have as well. Finding a personality match can be important for a long-term relationship, so see how you enjoy talking to the team and find out how they typically communicate with their patients. Since their patients will always have to take top priority, also be respectful of their time and understand if they have to step away to take care of a sick pet.


Advantages Of Using Photo Booth In Parties

How to choose a photo booth company

Quality of photos

First thing to do is to find their gallery and check out the quality of the photos… do they look bright and vivid with a clean backdrop… basically do they look like they have been taken by a professional photographer? A photo booth is basically a pop up photographic studio so really there is no acceptable reason for photos not to be fantastic!

Do they ensure the booth will work at your wedding or party?

How awful it would be if you booked a photo booth – the highlight of the evening (many say to us!) – and it broke down! Can you imagine?! A photo booth company should supply backup cameras, backup printers, computers, flashes, lights, leads….! This is very expensive (basically double the cost!) so many companies do not offer this service!

Social Media (very important)

Facebook is far more important than the company website! Why? Well, everything you see on a website is there because the company want you to see it!!

Will the company give you the service you deserve?

There are two main types of business – the small business where the owners run the booths and the larger businesses where staff are brought in! Where the booth attendant also owns the company, they will generally want you to be ecstatic about the service you receive because this is their livelihood! Where this attendant is temporary staff, they may well be fine but of course the incentive is not the same!

Is it a real photo booth?

There are two very different types of “booth” out there! One is a solid structure with a fully automated touch screen system and instant printers. The other option is usually cheaper and usually a photographer with a backdrop.

 

The Benefits Of Adding Photo Booths To Your Next Big Event

They’re less costly

Getting a photo booth for your next event can help you save money. When you’ve decided to use it, you may be charged on an hourly basis, therefore giving you the upper hand to have a photo booth working for only a few hours of the event. It’s important to remember that these fantastic party favors are much lower than other entertainment options you may be thinking of. At some point, photo booths are even less expensive than hiring photographers to capture the event.

They add fun and memories to any occasion

Again, photo booths rock for any occasion. It means they’re perfect for just about every event you can think of. Aside from weddings, you can also add one during a bachelorette party, sweet sixteen, bridal shower, graduation, and many more. Friends, family, and colleagues who will attend your party can gather together for a photo-op. This, for instance, can be a great way to enjoy and make memories during the event.

They require zero work on your part

With all the duties you need to oversee during the occasion, you may not have much time to take photos at the party. This is where adding a photo booth makes sense. If you decide to rent a photo booth for entertainment purposes, there’s nothing to worry about. The rental company will arrive at your event for the setup. They’ll not require any work from your end since a staff member will stay at the booth throughout the party to ensure your guests will have the best photo booth experience ever.

They allow people to make connections

When hosting a large event, people will more likely talk to each other, make acquaintances, and mingle. Given such circumstances, a photo booth can enable people to be socially connected. Plus, the addition of a photo booth to your party can help break the ice by having the opportunity to take pictures together. Besides, this party favor is something that everyone, even the younger generations, can enjoy and take advantage of. Regardless of age, all of your guests will be happy taking photos at the booth.

They offer a memorable takeaway from your event

Using a photo booth and getting some photos out of it can be a gift in itself. If you don’t have enough budget to give out souvenirs, then a photo booth will do. By taking pictures and getting them customized at the booth, they’ll be able to get some fantastic takeaways from your event. Therefore, you don’t necessarily need to prepare and buy additional gifts for the guests.

 

Great Benefits of a Photo Booth for Party

THE BENEFITS OF HAVING A PHOTO BOOTH FOR PARTY

If you are hosting a party, you would definitely want your guests to have fun. Be it for kids, adult or for people of all ages, a photo booth rental can always be ideal. With the fun and unique props, guests would want to have photos and enjoy using the booth.

WHEN YOU DON’T HAVE A PHOTO BOOTH AT YOUR PARTY

You already know what will happen when you don’t have a photo booth at your party. It won’t be as engaging and as fun with one. Especially with weddings, you would want to have a photo booth for everyone to crystallize their moments during the occasion through photos.

HAVE A PHOTO BOOTH FOR PARTY AND ALL OCCASIONS

Inside Out Booth is your best choice for photo booth rentals. We set an open air booth and make it easy for everyone to maximize the use of our booth. We have the best cameras and printers that will make the photos just stunning to look at.

 

Benefits of having a Photo Booth in Your Corporate Event

Photos from your photo booth is a Great marketing strategy to Spread the Word About Your Product Or Service

For product launches, trade shows and corporate events with particular themes and advocacies, the best way to spread the word is by designing the photos from the photo booth to match the theme of your event.

It’s both an encapsulated memory and a corporate souvenir

Of course, when people go to any event, one thing they’ll be keeping an eye on is the party favor or souvenir they’ll be taking home or placing on their living room shelves.

Photo booth — Essential in every event

Having these 3 things in mind, we can fairly say that a photo booth not only acts as a form of entertainment but is very much a good marketing tool and a great way of saving up on corporate budget. Of course these are just 3 out of the many reasons a photo booth should be present in your next event.

 

Photo Booth Benefits of Having at Your Event

Photo Fun:

The photo booth is designed in a way that the background of the frame gives the people a good looking picture. We already live in an era where the photos are becoming an important part of our life. People love to take pictures. The photo booth will give people a chance to pose for the different pictures and use the background as the frame to capture beautiful event pictures. In addition, people will get a chance to participate in the activities. Instead of allowing people to reside in the sitting place, you can spice up the party with different kinds of activities. People who are attending your event will love your idea.

Get people close:

Taking group pictures becomes fun when there is a photo booth at the party. I allow the friends and family members to come together for the picture at the photo booth. It will be a very rare occasion when your love once gets a reason to be together. The photo booth can become the reason for their gathering. Your family members and friends would love to take the group photos together and be part of the event. You will get to experience people enjoying the photo booth and taking funny photos together.

Capture the memory:

You can inform the host to announce that people to participate in the photo booth and allow you to capture the memories. Have a dedicated photographer at the photo booth who will be taking the pictures of everyone. After the event, you can watch this photo and see how much fun people had at the event. In the big event, you might not get much time to personally meet everyone. The photo booth will make the process simple and give you the chance to re-run the event in the photo when you watch them after the event.

Make it live:

Another great idea would be taking your photo booth online. You can now run the live show on facebook and let people enjoy the event live. People who not able to join the event can watch the live video and feel like they are in the event. People would love to see your innovative ideas to share the best day of your life with everyone. Let people know that they can share their thought and wishes on the live camera and let the whole world know how much you love them.

Cheap to make:

The good thing about the photo booth is they are cheap to make. You can decide the theme of the photo booth and any event organizer can provide you the customer made a photo booth. It is easy to make and fits in all sizes of the event hall. Once you know what you want then the set up of the photo booth will not be a big issue. You can even make the photo booth made of flowers. Arrange the fun part by having funny glasses, some props or anything that gives the people to change their look instantly while standing at the photo booth.


In House Bookkeeping Vs Outsourced Bookkeeping Services

What specific steps does a person need to take in order to make money as a bookkeeper?

First things first: they need to make sure, before they venture down this road, that bookkeeping is the right business for them. My free introductory class is meant to shed lots of light on the professional and business side of bookkeeping. Before investing a single dime or minute in pursuit of a bookkeeping business, one needs to make certain this is the right move.

After the student has made the determination that bookkeeping is a great fit, they need to get training. And, not just bookkeeping Xs and Os training; they need training on how to set up, market and grow their virtual bookkeeping business.

Our comprehensive course, Bookkeeper Launch, provides students with a turn-key solution to learning bookkeeping Xs and Os as well as the business and marketing side of the business.

Next, it’s up to the student to get to work doing the specific tasks we teach them. Bookkeeping should be marketed in a very specific manner. You can’t just hang a sign that says you’re a bookkeeper and expect a line of clients to form. You have to seek these clients. But, you never sell…you only educate your prospective clients.

 

 

How long does it take to make money as a bookkeeper and how much can a new bookkeeper expect to make? What about a more experienced bookkeeper?

This is one of the most common questions I get asked. It really is 100% dependent upon how much effort, time and care one put into starting and growing their own virtual bookkeeping business. Bookkeeping is NOT a get-rich-quick scheme. I half-jokingly say it’s a work-your-tail-off, rewarding, lifetime profession.

Some students want part-time/supplemental income; some want to replace a full-time income. Either case is not only a possibility; it’s also simple.

Some students wish to earn $10,000 per year which is around 3-4 clients.

Some students wish to earn $40,000 per year which is around 12-16 clients.

In either scenario, this is doable within one year IF they work the blueprint we give them. But, I want to emphasize that earnings are 100% dependent upon how much effort, time and care the new bookkeeper invests into their business. There is a short-term sacrifice that you make for a lifetime of benefit as a professional bookkeeper.

 

 

Skills Needed

Accountants and bookkeepers work with numbers all day long. Therefore, those who do not like math, get confused easily when making simple calculations or are generally averse to number crunching should not apply.

Speaking of number crunching, that job duty is actually more common to bookkeeping than to accounting. Companies task bookkeepers with tasks such as recording journal entries and conducting bank reconciliations. As a bookkeeper, your attention to detail must be almost preternatural. Careless mistakes that seem inconsequential at the time can lead to bigger, costlier, more time-consuming problems down the road. You must be able to multitask. Rarely does a bookkeeper work on one big project for an eight-hour shift; rather, a typical workday involves juggling five or six smaller jobs.

As an accountant, you also have to crunch numbers, but it is much more important to possess sharp logic skills and big-picture, problem-solving abilities. While bookkeepers make sure the small pieces fit properly into place, accountants use those small pieces to draw much bigger and broader conclusions.

 

 

Bookkeeping from Home:  Steps to Starting a Bookkeeping Business

Do you know what every business needs? Someone to do the books! If you’re a person who enjoys organization and possesses decent math skills, that someone could be you! I’m serious, bookkeeping can be a lucrative business: bookkeepers are always in demand, and bookkeeping itself is often something business owners don’t have enough time or confidence to do.

Sound interesting? Then read on to learn how to start your own bookkeeping business!

HAVE EXPERIENCE OR LEARN BOOKKEEPING.

While bookkeeping is absolutely a business you can start without any experience, it definitely helps to have previously worked in a money-related job. Whether you’ve worked as a small-scale accountant or as a company’s controller, that experience will go a long way in landing clients for your own business.

REGISTER AS A BUSINESS.

It’s important to do your business correctly from the beginning, especially when you’re handling someone else’s money. You must register your business with your state, either as a DBA (“Doing Business As”) or a business entity type such as a Limited Liability Company. While you absolutely could handle your bookkeeping business as a sole proprietorship, protecting yourself by becoming an LLC can keep you from being personally liable should your business be sued.

PROTECT YOURSELF.

When you set up your business, you should also take steps to protect yourself. Have a P.O. box for any paper correspondence, so you can control who has access to your personal address. However, when choosing a Registered Agent for your business with the state, you’re not allowed to list a P.O box – in that case, it may be helpful to retain professional Registered Agent services from companies like CorpNet to protect your privacy.

REASSURE YOUR CLIENTS.

Even if you’re a fully virtual bookkeeper, you still need to inspire confidence in your clients that their private and personal information is being handled with the utmost security and confidentiality. When you’re working from your home, you must reassure your clients that you’re actively and carefully securing their data. Having an actual home office with a locking door (controlled access) is the best way to do this. If you don’t have the space for this, aim to have a desk with locking drawers where physical paperwork can be kept. Also, make sure your computer is password-protected, and that no one but you signs into it.

 

Set Up a Business Bank Account

One of the most important things that you can do is to separate your business finances from your personal finances. While most people think they should wait until the business starts to generate cash flow, I would disagree with that. It’s much easier to establish a business checking account now, before the cash starts to roll in. Another benefit to keeping personal and business funds separate is it supports the limited liability status. If you commingle your business and personal expenses, then you can lose the protection of your personal funds because there will be no way to distinguish what’s business and what is really personal.

Get the Right Accounting Software

Determining what software to use to manage all of the various aspects of your business can be an overwhelming task. To get you started, here is a list of the areas of your business for which you will need to decide what software tool to use:

  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software
  • Practice Management Software
  • Electronic File Sharing/Management

Affordable Corporate Unloading Services

Tips to Safely Unload a Shipping Container

Unloading a shipping container is an important process in the transportation life-cycle, which requires meticulous planning and execution. However, people often don’t pay enough attention to the preparation part of it; lack of which can lead to serious damages and injuries. Hence, let’s find out what measures you need to take to unload your shipping container safely.

  1. Obtain information on the contents of the container first. Based on which you need to arrange for the required unloading equipment.
  2. Dedicate an exclusive site, free from unnecessary vehicles and people, for unloading the container. This way, you will avoid accidents and damages.
  3. Wear appropriate clothing, as well as heavy-duty boots and gloves for your own safety.
  4. Provide enough lighting to make the inside of the container clearly visible. Install battery-powered lights if natural lighting is limited.
  5. Use a smooth sloping ramp when a loading bay is not available for easy access.
  6. Ensure the container is placed on a leveled surface. If required, install container support legs with same height settings.

 

HOW TO UNLOAD A SHIPPING CONTAINER SAFELY?

One of the least asked questions regarding a shipping container is how to unload one safely. People are usually interested in knowing the other things about a shipping container, and thus, this question is the last one to pop into their minds.

Unloading a shipping container is not an easy task. The top priority of the people involved in unloading the consignments is to make sure everything is kept safe. Safety depends on the size and weight of the structures. Once that is determined, focusing on the tools to use for the unloading process can be identified.

Cranes

Unloading a 20ft shipping container and a 40ft container shipping container is relatively easy. But for bigger containers, you can’t use a forklift as it is not feasible. In such cases, however, the shipping companies usually use cranes.

Self-Offloading Trailers

Let’s say there is a shipping container with a built-in kitchen and all the required equipment. You can’t just go about offloading it without the right equipment. In this case, the most commonly used equipment would be a self-offloading trailer. These can handle a huge amount of weight, and they can easily place the containers without damaging them.

Stronger Supports

At times, when the cranes, forklifts, and self-offloading trailers don’t work, the need to install steel supports arises. Thicker beams are built at the top and the bottom, allowing equal balance when the unit is being unloaded. Creating equal balance is important to avoid the tipping of the load due to unequal balance.

 

HOW TO UNLOAD SHIPPING CONTAINERS WITHOUT A LOADING DOCK

STUFF, STRIP, UNLOAD, LOAD CONTAINERS — ALL WITHOUT A DOCK

So you need to stuff or strip a container, but you don’t have access to a loading dock. What are your options? There are lots of different equipment options and processes that can help you get the job done.

How you go about procuring the right equipment depends on your operation and budget. Buying and maintaining your own equipment may make sense if you’ve got an established operation with regular container throughput. But if you’re running a shorter term project or have capital constraints, renting the equipment, or paying a contractor to supply a container handling service, may be right for you.

From an operating standpoint, you have two general options for loading and unloading containers without a dock:

OPTION #1 – KEEP THE CONTAINER ON THE CHASSIS

  • Lift the cargo between the ground and the container
  • Use a mobile yard ramp

OPTION #2 – PLACE THE CONTAINER ON GROUND

  • Use a crane
  • Use a heavy forklift, reach stacker or mini straddle
  • Use a swing lift or side loader
  • Use a vertical container lift or C-Lift
  • Use a fixed C-Lift in place of a dock

 

A New Approach to Load/Unload Container Ships

Locks have been used forever in canals to raise and lower entire ships.  Easy to do … they float!

What if you don’t use a container crane at all?   What if the ship pulls into the lock, and you are able to pull a gantry crane right over the top of the entire ship?  The biggest gantry crane in the world will lift 20,000 tons, 45 ton containers are mere childs’ play for a gantry.  But the limiting factor of a container crane is one hoist and one lift at a time.  Except for space, there are no limits to how many hoists you can put on a gantry.

Now imagine four hoists on your gantry with two hoists working each side of the ship.   While two are unloading off one side of the ship, the other two are picking 2 more containers off the ship.   And because you have lowered the ship, the cycle time of each lift is reduced.    One gantry crane has just replaced four container cranes, and is still able to do the job faster because of faster cycle times.

Trying to make faster and bigger container cranes can result in incremental efficiencies.   Bigger improvements in productivity usually require a different approach.   This approach has never been tried, and the author doesn’t have the cost equations to verify the possibilities.

Building a lock is more expensive, but you already have to build a deep sea port, so the cost of the lock would be incremental.  I invite readers with more information to study the proposal, and perhaps trigger some ideas that would cause a leap forward in port efficiency.

 

What is a live unload?

A live unload is a type of trucking delivery, meaning that the warehouse will unload the container while the driver waits on site. After the container is unloaded, the trucker will return the empty container to the container yard at the port.

When should a live unload be arranged?

A live unload is ideal if the cargo can be unloaded within two hours, because most drivers will allow for 1-2 free hours of waiting while the cargo is being unloaded. After the free time expires, truckers will begin to charge for additional time on a prorated hourly rate, which is reflected on your Flexport quote or invoice as a trucking wait fee.

If your cargo is palletized and the warehouse has a forklift to quickly move all the pallets into the warehouse, a live unload will be more cost- and time-efficient. If the cargo can’t be unloaded quickly, the trucker may need to do a drop.


What Is the Difference Between Commercial And Residential Roofing

Tips to Help Homeowners Choose the Right Roofing Contractor

The biggest obstacle homeowners face when looking to fix or replace their roof is choosing the right person to do the job. After a damaging storm, they need to quickly get back to normal and perform the necessary roofing repairs. But that doesn’t mean they should just choose the first contractor who knocks on their door. Finding a contractor who is trustworthy, honest, and professional may sound difficult – but that’s where you come in

Get local referrals. There is less chance of potential issues or scams when you choose a contractor from your community. They are more familiar with local rules and code regulations and have a relationship with area crews and suppliers.

Look for manufacturer designations. Manufacturer designations are considered a badge of honor because the contractor must pass certain minimum requirements to be factory-certified (although, some manufacturers have more stringent requirements than others). GAF strictly enforces their top designation by only allowing 2% of roofing contractors per market to be recognized as Master Elite® Contractors. (Unlike other manufacturer designations, Master Elite® Contractors cannot use this top designation in another territory, only in the location of the storm. Find a Master Elite® Contractor near you.

Research Better Business Bureau (BBB) ratings. Some contractors blow in (no pun intended) right after a storm looking for work, so it’s important to look them up on the BBB website and make sure they have a good score. Stay away from contractors who do not exist on BBB.org. GAF Master Elite® Contractors are required to maintain satisfactory ratings with the BBB in order to retain their certification.

Get an extensive warranty. Not all contractors can offer manufacturer warranties that include coverage of the contractor’s workmanship. If a contractor installs the roof incorrectly, it may take months or years for the damage to show up—and insurance won’t pay for it. If the contractor won’t fix it (or worse, has gone out of business), your only recourse is to pay for their mistake yourself. A Master Elite® Contractor can offer one of the longest workmanship warranties on the market—the Golden Pledge® Warranty.

 

Tips for Choosing the Right Roofing Contractor

Replacing your roof is a big decision. It goes without saying that you want the best roofing contractor for the job. But how do you know what to look for? Most people will only replace a roof once in a lifetime. It’s a big investment, and you want to make sure you choose the right company. Here are 10 questions to ask before you decide on a roof installation company

Ask How Long the Roofing Contractor Has Been in Business

You probably wouldn’t take your car to a mechanic who has been on the job for two weeks. And you probably wouldn’t sign up for heart surgery with a doctor fresh out of school. So why pick a roofing contractor that doesn’t have a long track record of doing high-quality work?

Double Check Licensing and Insurance

Roofing is a dangerous job, which is why we never recommend homeowners take it on themselves. It’s important to have the right tools, materials and safety equipment. It’s also important to have experience. Reputable roofing contractors hold the requisite permits and licenses for every job they perform.

Look at Past Work

For most businesses that provide a service, reputation is everything. Think about the last time you went to a new restaurant, or even visited a new hair salon or dentist’s office. In past years, you might have asked a friend or relative for the names of a good place to grab dinner or get your teeth cleaned. Today, however, the internet provides unbiased, third party reviews from people who have used a business’s services in the past. In fact, 81 percent of consumers say they research online before they make a purchase. Before you spend money, it pays to do your homework

Price Isn’t the Only Thing That Matters

If you’ve ever undertaken a home renovation project in the past, you may have been told to “get three estimates.” No one really knows where this so-called “three estimates” rule comes from, and no one seems to be able to say why three is the ideal number.

 

TIPS ON CHOOSING THE RIGHT RESIDENTIAL ROOFING CONTRACTOR

The right roofing contractor can ensure the success of your roofing project, whether it’s a minor repair project or a complete roof replacement. When choosing a contractor, don’t make the mistake others did by settling for the one with the lowest price. The following are tips on how to choose the right roofing contractor.

PROTIP: Choose Among Local Contractors

Local roofing contractors have the advantage of being in close proximity, which can be handy in case of roofing emergencies. But more importantly, local roofers are more familiar with local building codes and regulations, which lessens the risk of having compliance issues that lead to unwanted delays (and possible expenses) correcting these issues. You also get the added benefit of knowing that we mean to stick around the area as long as you do and then some. Your warranty doesn’t mean a thing if your roofer has already packed up and left town.

PROTIP: Ask if They Have a Contractor’s License and Proper Insurance

A legitimate contractor in North Carolina must have a valid license issued by the North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contractors. Note that this is different from a business license. A contractor must have insurance coverage for both accidental property damage (liability insurance) and bodily injury (workers’ compensation). Like their references, a legitimate contractor should have no problem providing verifiable proof for both. You can call your contractor’s insurance company and check up on them. Ask if they’d had any recent complaints, and ask if they pay their bill on time every month. If they haven’t paid their insurance, then their insurance is no good, and could leave you footing the bill for costly repairs to your property, or worse

PROTIP: Always Ask for References

When it comes to the quality of work, don’t take the contractor’s word for it. Talk to their past clients. Reputable contractors should be able to readily provide the contact information of at least three recent clients, whom you should call or visit to see if the contractor truly provides quality roofing services.  References also means reviews. Check out the company’s reviews on Facebook and Google

PROTIP: Ask About Their Warranty Coverage

Regardless of which roofing manufacturer they represent, a roofing contractor should have warranty coverage for both materials and workmanship; the latter is especially important as most roofing problems in the first few years are due to installation errors. As a GAF Master Elite® contractor, we are authorized to offer the full range of GAF’s industry-leading warranties, including the Golden Pledge® Limited Warranty, which features  50 years of material coverage and 25 years of workmanship coverage. When it comes down to it, The warranty anybody gives you is only as good as the company giving it to you!

 

TIPS TO HELP HOMEOWNERS CHOOSE THE RIGHT ROOFING CONTRACTOR

Your home is the safest place for you to be. A home is a place where you can be yourself, wear whatever you want, do whatever you want to do. Your home is your haven. If you don’t have a home, then you are lost.

GET NATIVE REFERRALS.

There’s less probability of potential problems or scams once you opt for a contractor from your community. they’re additional conversant in native rules and code laws and have a relationship with crews and suppliers in your area.

SEARCH FOR MANUFACTURER DESIGNATIONS.

Manufacturer designations ARE THOUGHT to be a badge of honor because they are considered as the minimum needs that a contractor should pass to be factory-certified (although, some makers have additional tight needs than others). GAF strictly enforces their prime designation by solely permitting two of roofing contractors per market to be recognized as Roofers Elite Contractors.

ANALYZE BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU (BBB) RATINGS.

Some contractors blow in (no pun intended) right when a storm hits, searching for work. Thus it’s vital to look for them on the BBB website and make certain they have a decent score. If these contractors do not exist on this website called BBB.org, then you must not go anywhere near them or contact them. GAF Master Elite® Contractors are needed to take care of satisfactory ratings with the BBB so as to retain their certification.

GET A GOOD WARRANTY.

Not all contractors can give manufacturer warranties that embody coverage of the contractor’s acquisition. If a contractor installs the roof incorrectly, it should take months or years for the harm to point out up—and insurance won’t purchase it. If the contractor won’t fix it (or worse, has gone out of business), your sole recourse is to purchase their mistake yourself. A HydroTight Contractor can give one of all the longest acquisition warranties on the market

 

Tips For Choosing The Right Roofing Contractor

Choose A Roofer With Standards.

Would you settle for a plumber, restaurant, or doctor that is just “average” or has “decent” standards? That’s not going to cut it if you’re going to spend $10,000 or more on a roof that protects your home from the elements. When it comes to something as expensive and important as your roof, you want a roofing company that expects and demands the very best in roofing quality

Choose A Roofer With Quality Materials.

Even if you have the best installation team on the planet, cheap roofing materials just won’t stand up to the elements. Here in the South, high humidity, heavy rain, tropical storms, and even hurricanes can put your roof to the test — and low-end roofing shingles, nails, and the like just won’t be able to protect your home in the short-term or the long-term.

Choose A Roofer With A Great Online Reputation.

Before you start believing everything you hear on the internet, remember this: not all reviews and review sites are created equal. Sites like Yelp! have users that give much lower ratings than other sites, and that’s because they profit on people who need a sounding board for negative feelings. Think about it: are you more likely to leave a review for a reasonably good experience or a poor experience?

Choose A Roofer With The Right Licenses And Insurance.

Licenses and insurance protect homeowners and roofers in a variety of situations — it’s the only thing standing between you and disaster if something goes wrong during the roofing process. That’s why it’s crucial for any roofer you work with to a) have licenses and insurance and b) have them on hand at all times.

Choose A Roofer Your Friends And Neighbors Trust.

Ultimately, the proof is in the pudding when it comes to a roofer’s quality of work — and that means there’s only one group of people you can trust with roofing opinions: your friends and neighbors who have gone through the roofing process.