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Posted by on Nov 25, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Common Areas in a House Where Asbestos Is Found

Many homes were built using asbestos based products. These can present a serious hazard to you, your family and anyone who enters your home. Asbestos is made dangerous when it becomes airborne, as people will inhale the dust, which will become trapped in their lungs. Sustained exposure to this dust can lead to many different debilitating illnesses. Therefore, you want to avoid asbestos at all costs. Before the dangers of asbestos were widely known, it was used in many different materials during the construction of housing. If your house is more than a decade or two old, there is a chance that you have asbestos in your house that needs to be removed.

This is not something you want to deal with yourself. If you suspect a certain materials to be asbestos based, you should have a professional technician come to your home and take an asbestos sample. If the results come back positive, your home should be treated by a professional and have the asbestos-based products removed. Here are some of the most common fixtures and fittings that are found to contain asbestos.

Heating ducts

Ducts can be made from asbestos or they can be wrapped with asbestos based insulation. These will look like a sort of faded white corrugated cardboard. These fixtures may also contain internal asbestos taping. This is a major concern, as when the asbestos deteriorates, it will become airborne and easily spread throughout the house through the ducts.

Plumbing fixtures

Many pipes are fused with asbestos based jackets, most prevalently those pipes which are connected to steam heat or radiators. This can be apparent if the piping has a surface that is white and crumbling. If there are holes present in the pipe, they should be covered up with canvas until such time that they can be sufficiently replaced. Never use duct tape as this will easily fall off.

Ceilings and walls

Many ceilings that have been sprayed with protective seals will have asbestos contained within them. There are also large amounts of asbestos in certain paints, which can become airborne if it is chipped or if holes are drilled into them. A lot of the plaster that used to be used in the construction process had small amounts of asbestos contained within it.

This is why you should not try to scrape or sand these walls and the dust will enter into the air. Some walls may also contain asbestos based insulation within them in order to keep the house warm. Contact an asbestos inspection company for more information.

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Posted by on Oct 29, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Tips to Properly Using Your Dishwasher

Dishwasher installation tends to cost a pretty penny. If you do not make use of your dishwasher in the appropriate manner, not only will you be missing out on its potential but you will also be decreasing its shelf life. Here are some tips to properly using your machine to avoid unnecessary repairs or replacement.

Get rid of food that is caked on dishes

The first thing you would need to do is remove any food chunks that may be stuck on your dishes. You do not have to rinse the dishes after you do this. All you need to do is ensure is that the chunks of food have been scraped off, as the dishwasher cannot do this for you. If there is food that was burnt on your cooking utensils, you will need to scrape this off too. Dishwashers are not designed to do this for you. Most dishwashers though can typically get rid of all kinds of food stains, so once you are done with the scraping, put them in the dishwasher.

Arrange crockery appropriately

Large, wide platters that should be placed at the sides of the dishwasher. This is to ensure that water is not being obstructed from reaching the other utensils that need to be cleaned. The top rack of the dishwasher should be reserved for your drinking glasses, tea and coffee mugs, as well as plastic items. You should check to ensure that the plastic items that you need to be cleaned are safe to be put in the dishwasher. On the bottom rack of the dishwasher, place your eating plates as well as your bowls.

Load glassware securely

Glass items should always be secured on the prongs in the dishwasher. This is to prevent them from breaking while they are being washed. Glassware shattering in the dishwasher could result in a horrific mess that is best avoided. For items that you used for baking, you should place them upside down on the bottom rack of the dishwasher. This ensures that they come in direct contact with the sprayer. When putting your cutlery in the basket for silverware, ensure that you insert them with their handles down. This does not apply for knives though, which should go in handles up.

Lastly, get your dishwashing detergent and fill both the dishwasher cups with it. Get your rinse agent and dispense a healthy amount of it to the rinse agent dispenser. Proceed to close the door of the dishwasher, ensuring that it is securely locked so that there are not any leaks. Select the wash cycle that would be best suited to the load of dishes that you want to be cleaned. Then select a dry cycle for once your dishes are done. Switch on the dishwasher.

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Posted by on Oct 6, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Creative Corporate Gift Ideas For Your Clients

If you are the owner of a business, corporate gift-giving can be a beneficial way for you to retain your clients by showing them how much you appreciate their patronage. But instead of going the easy route and sending flowers or chocolate, you can make a better impression with an unusual or creative gift. Here are some corporate gift ideas that may help your business stand out.

Wired Selfie Stick — No matter where you stand on the great selfie debate, there’s no doubt that this mode of taking photos has become one of the most popular throughout the world. That’s why sending a wired selfie stick is a gift that is both contemporary and relevant, and one that will likely get a lot of use. Wired selfie sticks have adjustable arms and a knob that locks mobile phones in place. You can also engrave the handle with the client’s name or inscribe a short message.

Corporate Yo Yo– This is a fun gift that harkens back to childhood, and is perfect for your executive clients who need to release some tension. The corporate yo yo is made of stainless steel, silver or gold-plating, and you can engrave it with your company logo or the name of the person who is receiving the gift. It’s a conversation piece that your client will enjoy and it’s unique enough that you will be remembered as the head of a company that gives creative gifts.

LED Umbrella — This is a gift that no one will expect, and one that will definitely brand you as a unique gift-giver. An LED umbrella lets your clients push a button to trigger different colours that are built into the handle. It not only allows them to see in the dark, but it’s probably going to draw attention, because the colours are vivid and interesting, and most people have never seen an umbrella that glows in the dark. You can engrave the handle or add a logo to the umbrella for branding purposes.

Good Luck Bag — Good luck bags are the definition of a gift that keeps on giving. They are bags that contain items that people associate with good luck or good wishes, including a four-leaf clover, horseshoe, shooting star and dice. The luck items are usually made from pewter, but you can also buy luck bags with items made from sterling silver and gold plating. Your clients can carry the bag wherever they go for good luck, and if you engrave them, they will always remember that your company was a part of whatever good fortune comes their way.

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Posted by on Aug 27, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Trying To Collect Money From People Who Claim They Have None? Five Money Sources Your Debtors Can Use To Pay Off Old Bills

Trying to convince a client to pay an old bill can be frustrating for both you and the person who is in debt. In many cases, people simply need help knowing where to look for the money. To that end, consider giving your clients a bit of friendly advice.

Here are five places people who may not have money in their pockets or in their banks may be able to find some extra cash:

1. Home Equity

When did the debtor you are approaching buy his or her home? If he or she has owned it for years or decades, there may be equity in it, and if the debtor liquidates that equity, he or she can pay off the bill he or she owes you as well as his or her other debts. Best of all, since the loan has the debtor’s house as collateral, the debtor is likely to enjoy a lower interest rate than he or she is currently facing on credit cards or other debts.

2.  Superannuation

Many people believe that you can only cash out your superannuation when you reach a certain age. However, in certain situations, you can actually cash it out early. If the client who owes you money is experiencing severe hardship due to financial issues, he or she may be able to cash out his or her account through the early release program and use some of that money to repay you.

3. Whole Life Insurance

Although it is no longer sold in Australia, whole life insurance was popular during the 1970s and 80s, and if your client is older, he or she may have one of these policies. With a whole life insurance policy, you can access some of its value, and you don’t even have to die first.

Unfortunately, term life insurance, which is currently common, does not have the feature where you can cash it out. Ask your client what kind of life insurance policy he or she has.

4. Payday Loans

In other cases, you may be able to convince your clients or debtors to take out a temporary loan to pay off their debts to you. Payday loans, because they do not require a credit check, can be used for this purpose.

5. Friends and Family

Finally, if you can convince your debtors that they need to pay their bill as soon as possible, you may be able to convince them to turn to friends and family. You can convince them to borrow the money from family or to have their family cosign a loan.

Convincing someone to take out a new loan against their home or to talk to their grandma about a loan can be difficult. It is essentially an art, and if you find it challenging, you may want to consider outsourcing your debt collection efforts to a professional third-party debt collection agency, like Smart Collect.

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Posted by on Jul 30, 2015 in Uncategorized |

5 Elements to Ensure Your Job Advertisement Attracts the Best Candidates

The job ad is an essential tool in attracting applicants to a vacant position, but unfortunately, all too often small and medium businesses fail to get them right. They then wonder why they’ve only received few or low quality applications and are forced to hire a less than perfect candidate to meet business requirements. Often the applicant is unsuited to the role, leading to gaps in performance or resulting in the need to re-advertise the position again 6 months later.

So what can you do to ensure your job ad attracts the best applicant pool possible? Consider these 5 elements before placing your next job advertisement, whether it’s with an employment agency or online job site, to not only attract qualified applicants but also a wide applicant pool to give you the benefit of choice.

1. A Clear Position Description

Perhaps most importantly, to avoid a mismatch of expectations, abilities and skills, it’s important the job clearly explains what’s expected in the position. Avoid using colourful job titles, i.e. Receptionist rather than ‘Director of First Impressions’, and opt for traditional titles with relevant keywords that describe the role. This will allow qualified applicants using search engines to find your listing at a glance based on previous job titles or their experience in the field. The job ad should also include a paragraph or dot points outlining the position including regular tasks and duties associated with the role — including the challenges and demands of the position. It’s important applicants have a realistic preview of the role, so carefully consider anything in the position that could be considered misleading.

2. Engaging Writing

A boringly written advertisement will send an impression of a boring company, which may narrow the applicant pool or attract ‘boring’ candidates. Use persuasive and positive language that reflects the culture of the company, whether innovative, youthful or fun loving. Remember a job advertisement is also an opportunity to spread the word about your business and is a chance to build the branding of your business. If writing is done right, it can encourage not only applicants but others who stumble across the ad to want to learn more about your business.  

3. What’s in it for them?

Applicants are most likely fishing in several job pools, and yours is most likely not the only job they are applying for. That’s why it’s important to include not only what YOU want but also what benefits they can expect for working for you. Every application takes time to complete. If you take the time to include information that entices people to want to work for you company such as perks and other benefits, you’ll encourage more applicants to apply for the role.

4. Use the A.I.D.A. Approach

A job ad is like all other advertisements, designed to generate interest and persuade people to take action. With this in mind, follow the marketing 101 AIDA acronym. Firstly, whether with a headline, banner image or company logo, motto or other branding the job ad should attract attention. Only then can it generate interest with the details of the ad, enough to create a desire that’s strong enough to lead the applications to take action (a.k.a apply for the role.) Remembering this approach at every step of the way will allow you to craft a job ad that is strong enough to encourage better applicants that may be more choosy about which positions they apply for.

5. Avoid Lengthy, Padded Out Descriptions

Where possible try to keep the job ad as succinct as possible, and this may mean making revisions to trim the text. To make the job stand out from similar positions ensure all descriptions are unique and not copied and pasted from similar roles. Avoid generic descriptions and clichés that could apply to many roles even if they may be applicable to what you are looking for. Sentences such as ‘We’re a dynamic business experiencing rapid growth and a leader in our field looking for a committed, dedicated and self motivated individual,’ are not particularly specific and tell applicants little about the business or the position.

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