Construction Consultants Can Aid in Financial Recovery

February 29, 2016 by  
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Financial RecoveryIn the construction market, recovering from financial obligation is a major problem. The idea of retention is popular in a lot of U.S. construction companies. There will be professionals and subcontractors not being paid which almost always causes contractual concerns.

Lawful Assistance

In order to seek out legal assistance in a prompt and efficient manner, construction advisory services are often sought out to obtain the retention money without requiring there to be a prolong court hearing.

Additionally, because of the amount of crashes that occur or take place in the construction market, claims appear to be unavoidable in this day and age. The best way to go about handling claims is to seek out a construction claim analysis service that will guide you throughout the claims process. Because claims should be handled swiftly to avoid delays, it’s important that the legal process is not dragged on, as companies will tend to bleed money.

Choosing the Right Consultant

If you want to maximize your protection against claims, it’s necessary that you choose a consultant that has the experience and understanding. This is important as you’ll want maximum protection on claims received against your company. Depending on the consulting service, some will work with your designers and other specialists to negotiate and collaborate to assist with claim reduction. Because the collaborative efforts of all of your employees need to relatively be on the same page, it’s important that you negotiate with your consultant to determine what social interactions he will have with your crew.

Bio: Lyle Charles, of Lyle Charles Consulting, a structural steel expert who is familiar with every phase of the steel fabrication and erection business.

Hiring the Wrong Real Estate Agent Will Hurt You

February 22, 2016 by  
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Real Estate AgentSelling a home is a major transaction that must be handled carefully. A majority of the time, these sales will be handled through a real estate agent. That being said, it’s of tremendous importance to hire the right agent to maximize your profitability and reduce the risk of your home languishing on the market. Here are some tips on what you should keep an eye out for in a real estate agent.

Don’t Mistake Kindness for Market Knowledge

There are many agents that use their personality to their advantage. Meaning, they take the opposite approach of a salesman and try to swoon you into hiring them just by being friendly and personable. This doesn’t necessarily translate into sales, so you might want to think twice before hiring on the spot.

Quality Over Quantity

Boasting a large amount of sales is always a nice statistic to have on your resume. However, ask your real estate agent questions that refer to the quality of his or her sales. For example, how many houses have they sold in comparison to the amount they listed? How many homes were sold near the asking price? If your agent sold 50 homes, but listed over 150, their success rate is an underwhelming 33%. That number doesn’t instill confidence however way you put it.

Don’t Hire a Salesman

Many real estate agents obtain their clients through a salesman-like approach. Just because they can sell you on making the transaction clean and quick, doesn’t necessarily mean that they have the marketing knowledge to get it done.

Bio: Kuba Jewgieniew is the head of Realty ONE Group, a real estate brokerage firm with offices in California, Nevada, and Arizona.

Re-Imagine Your Couch

February 22, 2016 by  
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CouchCouches can tie the room together, or be a saggy disaster. It’s all in how well you maintain them, how often you clean them and what you do after you buy one. It’s easy to assume that once your couch starts sagging it’s time for a new one, especially with all the aggressive ad campaigns every President’s Day. The truth is that you can re-imagine your couch with new cushions, upholstery and a few accessories.

Step 1: Redo the Cushions

The reason your couch is sagging is because the cushions have lost their firmness. It’s common for this to occur over time, and most people have their couches for several years before attempting to re-upholster them.

The simplest, and most affordable, solution is to replace the cushion filling with foam.

Foam has varying degrees of thickness, which affects how firm the cushions will be when you’re sitting on them. Order foam at the proper thickness, and cut to the proper size, and you can re-stuff your cushions with filling that will stay firm.

Step 2: Re-Upholster

There are several outlets online where you can order fabric for a couch, the only dilemma you face is measuring. It helps to draw a diagram, and to measure the length, width and height of the cushion in question. Make sure you measure twice before you order.

It’s best to use an iron-on zipper if you can. Those are simpler to work with than the sew-on variety and promise similar holding power.

Bio: The Foam Factory, located in Southeast Michigan, is the Web’s destination for wholesale prices on foam and foam accessories.

This Tip Will Save You Hundreds on Your Next Front Door

February 4, 2016 by  
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This-Tip-Will-Save-You-Hundreds-on-Your-Next-Front-DoorWritten by: ETO Doors

These days, you can buy just about anything online and save money. The same holds true even when shopping for a new door. Whether you’re searching for modern arched mahogany front doors, or you’re looking for something a bit more traditional, shopping online provides you with a wider variety and more competitive prices.

Where the Savings Comes From

When you buy direct from door manufacturers, you can compound the savings. Part of this has to do with the lack of middle man, which means no one is making a profit on top of the cost of the product. So, the costs involved with selling the door are much smaller. Couple that with the exponentially larger customer base available online, as opposed to only those that are within driving distance, and a manufacturer can pass some of the savings on to you to sell the doors at below wholesale price.

Custom Doors

One big advantage is the ability to order custom doors at a substantially lower cost. Not every manufacturer can offer this service, but you can give them your blueprints and watch your ideas literally come to life. These doors also come pre-hung, which is helpful when it comes time to install them. Double doors, customized to fit the dimensions you need with the designs you want, end up costing substantially less when you find the right manufacturer to work with.