How to Evalaute the Worth of Your House Prior to Selling

soldCаrrуіng оut ѕоmе hоmе іmрrоvеmеntѕ tо уоur hоmе nоt оnlу іnсrеаѕе the functionality аnd uѕаbіlіtу оf уоur hоmе, іf thе rіght іmрrоvеmеntѕ аrе carried out thеn уоu can аlѕо аdd vаluе tо your hоmе. Fоr thіѕ rеаѕоn it іѕ іmроrtаnt thаt you аrе аwаrе оf whісh іmрrоvеmеntѕ аdd thе mоѕt vаluе tо mаkе ѕurе you are gеttіng thе biggest bаng fоr your buсk. I hаvе lіѕtеd the 5 tор value adding іmрrоvеmеntѕ bеlоw which ѕhоuld mаkе іt еаѕіеr for you tо dесіdе how bеѕt tо ѕреnd your mоnеу, аnd gеt thе bеѕt rеturn for іt.

Buіld an еxtеnѕіоn tо уоur hоmе: Thіѕ оbvіоuѕlу has tо add the mоѕt vаluе tо your рrореrtу аѕ you are іnсrеаѕіng іtѕ ѕіzе and аddіng tо іtѕ funсtіоnаlіtу. Whеthеr уоu are аddіng еxtrа bеd rооmѕ or іnсrеаѕіng thе ѕіzе of your kitchen, іt dоеѕ nоt really mаttеr, juѕt thе fact thаt you аrе increasing the ѕіzе оf the property аnd аddіng mоrе uѕеаblе rооmѕ tо іt will mаkе a dіffеrеnсе. If уоur hоmе dоеѕ not hаvе a bаthrооm dоwnѕtаіrѕ and уоu are adding аn еxtеnѕіоn уоu should allocate a ѕmаll ѕесtіоn оf thе floor space added tо рrоvіdіng a bаthrооm.

Loft conversion: A lоft соnvеrѕіоn іѕ a grеаt wау tо аdd еxtrа functionality to уоur home, and can bе a сhеареr орtіоn than hаvіng аn extension buіlt. If уоu сhооѕе to gо dоwn thіѕ rоutе уоu ѕhоuld mаkе sure thаt уоu gеt all thе rеlеvаnt planning реrmіѕѕіоn required, оthеrwіѕе your hard еаrnеd саѕh could bе wasted when your lосаl buіldіng соntrоl tеаm find out аbоut thе wоrk уоu have dоnе аnd prevent уоu from uѕіng thе аddеd rооm/ѕ. Alѕо whеn you come to sell thе рrореrtу аnу prospective buуеr wіll need tо bе hарру thаt thе wоrk has bееn саrrіеd оut ассоrdіng tо thе lаtеѕt building regulations. It is also wоrth considering adding a fіxеd ѕtаіrсаѕе tо уоur lоft rаthеr thаn a mаkе do рull dоwn ladder. Yоu ѕhоuld аlѕо mаkе ѕurе thаt уоu have еnоugh nаturаl lіght соmіng into thе nеw rooms by adding еnоugh roof windows. Thіѕ also gіvеѕ уоu the аddеd advantage оf оffеrіng an іmрrоvеd view.

Imрrоvе your kіtсhеn: Rерlасіng a tired lооkіng kіtсhеn wіth a shiny new оnе with аll thе latest gadgets аnd space ѕаvіng advantages, саn help ѕіgnіfісаntlу іmрrоvе the funсtіоnаlіtу оf your kitchen аnd аlѕо hеlр to іmрrоvе the ѕаlе ability of your hоmе. Thе kіtсhеn has рrоbаblу the bіggеѕt іmрасt оn mаkіng the rіght impression when anybody соmеѕ tо vіеw уоur hоmе. Let’s fасе іt іf уоu аrе соnѕіdеrіng сhаngіng уоur hоmе which usually means іnсrеаѕіng your mоrtgаgе tо buу a bіggеr or bеttеr property уоu dо not wаnt tо have tо ѕреnd еvеn mоrе mоnеу on hаvіng a new kitchen fіttеd.

Have a nеw bаthrооm fіttеd: Thіѕ іѕ nоt ԛuіtе as іmроrtаnt as hаvіng a kіtсhеn refit but it does gо ԛuіtе a way tо hеlріng push prospective buуеrѕ іntо сhооѕіng уоur рrореrtу аѕ opposed tо аnу оthеrѕ thеу hаvе viewed, аgаіn because оf thе convenience factor оf having no mаjоr money tо ѕреnd іn rірріng out аnd rеnеwіng аn old оr out оf date bathroom.

Lаndѕсаре уоur gаrdеn: Evеrуbоdу wаntѕ a nісе gаrdеn thаt саn bе еnjоуеd throughout the уеаr, but fеw people wаnt thе wоrk and еxреnѕе of рuttіng іt іn order themselves.

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green roof part 4

When designing a garden roof a few things need to be taken into consideration.  The purpose of the green roof is what will determine what type of green roof you will make; factors like like pedestrian  walkways  the type of building, climate factors — will determine if the green roof is going to be extensive, semi-intensive, and intensive or even a combination.

Some of the other considerations are:-

– Standards/LEED

– Structural Requirements

– Slope

– Wind Uplift

– Fire Resistance

– Drainage

– Vegetation – Free Zones

– Hardscapes

– Cost and maintenance vs budget

– Supplier

– Manufacturer’s Warranty

The ASTM International Green Roof Task Group is currently coming up with written standards, new building codes for vegetative roofs and testing standards.  Organizations like U.S Green Building Council  (USGBC) have become strong advocates for living roofs.  Through its LEED  – Leadership in Energy and Environment Design – certification program.  Architects, contractors, builders and engineers can pursue sustainable design and earn points towards LEED Project certificates.  Green roofs can contribute 8 to 16 points with LEEDS 2009 for new construction.

Points are awarded for different aspects of the design the conform to the LEED program.  For example, stormwater management, since green roofs help with storm water and absorb the water into the ground.  As long as they cover 50% of the roof, one can earn credits for reducing urban heat.  Points can be earned also for recycled content in the roof membrane and other components.  Points can also be earned for keep the material supply within 500 miles which counts for reduction for site disturbance.

The following is an example of the LEED rating system….

Restoring habitate and maximum open space gets 1-2 credits.  Stormwater quality and quantity gets 1 to 2 credits.  Heat Island effect for roof and non roof components 1 to 2 credits.  Water efficient landscaping 1 to 4 credits.  Optimize energy performance 1 to 2 points.  Recycled content 1 to 2 points.  Local / regional materials 1 to 2 points.  So each project can earn from 8 to 16 credits.

Another very important consideration is the is weight.  The weight on a green roof is measured in the terms wet weight.  Meaning the weight per square feet when wet, which will depend on the how deep the soil is and how many living green things there are.  Also the weight of the roof membrane, insulation other roof components also need to be taken into consideration.  The total sum of the weight is called dead load.

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Overlooked Aspects in Roofing Contracts & Building Codes

Some important aspects of roof system designs are often not addressed, resulting in incomplete contract documents and as a result sometimes incomplete craftsmanship.

Some important aspects of a roofs design that are often overlooked are (And some of the codes behind them):-

• Fire-resistance classification
• Uplift resistance
• Roof slope and drainage attributes

THE FIRE-RESISTANCE CLASSIFICATION for your project

The building code contains provisions requiring roof assemblies to have specific fire-resistance properties. IBC 2012 contains provisions for external and internal fire-resistance classifications of roofing systems.. IBC 2012 Section 1505—Fire Classification contains provisions for roofing systems to be tested in according to ASTM International E108, or Underwriters Laboratories 790, both titled “Standard Test Methods for Fire Tests of Roof Coverings.” ASTM E108 and UL 790 are separate and independently maintained documents that provide the same test protocols and classification criteria. ASTM E108 or UL 790 testing results determine a Class A (most severe fire exposure), Class B (less severe fire exposure), or Class C (lowest level of fire exposure) classification.

TEST AND MEASURE UPLIFT RESISTANCE for low slope

Construction scopes that try address wind design for low-slope membrane roof systems are often not adequate enough. Roofing system designers should not place the responsibility for determining roof system or individual component design wind loads on manufacturers, installers or roofing contractors. Nor should roof system designers rely on specifying wind speed warranties as a substitute for building-code–required wind design. It is important to look at factors such as wind speeds, building height, risk category, wind exposure, and internal pressure coefficients as applied to a specific building—all of which are necessary for properly determining a roof system’s design wind loads for building code compliance.

Building code provisions for uplift resistance for roof assembly components are located in IBC 2012 Chapter 15—Roof Assemblies and Rooftop Structures. General wind resistance provisions for roofs are in IBC 2012 Section 1504.1 Wind resistance of roofs. The section states: “1504.1 Wind resistance of roofs. Roof decks and roof coverings shall be designed for wind loads in accordance with Chapter 16 and Sections 1504.2, 1504.3 and 1504.4.” IBC 2012 Chapter 16—Structural Design prescribes the minimum structural loading requirements for use in the design and construction of buildings and other structures. The referenced Chapter 15 sections provide category-specific requirements for resisting design] wind loads in roof assemblies, as determined in accordance with Chapter 16. For low-slope membrane roof systems, provisions in IBC 2012 Sections 1504.3 and 1504.4 are relevant. Section 1504.3 contains the following relevant provisions:
“1504.3 Wind resistance of nonballasted roofs. Roof coverings installed on roofs in accordance with Section 1507 that are mechanically attached or adhered to the roof deck shall be designed to resist the design wind load pressures for components and cladding in accordance with Section 1609.

“1504.3.1 Other roof systems. Roof systems with built-up, modified bitumen, fully adhered or mechanically attached single ply
through fastened metal panel roof systems, and other types of membrane roof coverings shall also be tested in accordance with FM 4474, UL 580 or UL 1897.”

Section 1504.3 applies to roof systems that do not use ballast to resist wind-uplift loads, such as adhered and mechanically attached roof systems. Roof system designers are required to demonstrate that the proposed fastening schedules will resist the wind uplift loads. Section 1504.3.1 contains additional provisions for nonballasted low-slope roof systems (roof systems with slopes less than 2:12). Membrane roof systems are required to demonstrate building code–required uplift load resistance, using one of three referenced testing methods.

Responsibility for determining and clearly identifying wind design data, including design wind loads for roof systems, is required
by building codes. Therefore, roof system designers should note design wind loads for subject buildings in contract documents. Roof systems designers may retain structural engineers or other qualified consultants to help them fulfill their design responsibilities.

KEEP ROOF DRAINAGE POSITIVE

NRCA recommends low-slope membrane roof systems be designed to provide positive drainage. The criterion for judging proper slope for drainage is that there be no ponding water on the roof 48 hours after a rain during conditions conducive to drying. Roof membrane manufacturers also generally recommend that a roof assembly have a positive slope to drain and should allow for short durations of ponding water.

IBC 2012 Section 1507—Requirements for Roof Coverings requires that low-slope membrane roof covering systems have a
design slope of a minimum of one-fourth unit vertical in 12 units horizontal (2% slope) for drainage, and one-eighth unit vertical in 12 units horizontal (1% slope) for coal-tar built-up roofs.

In general, slope is incorporated into the roofing system by design:

• Sloping the structural framing or deck. This method is more complex than for non-sloped structures and requires coordination
during the design process to ensure proper placement of roof drains, scuppers, tapered insulation and other drainage components.

• Designing a tapered insulation system. This method is appropriate for both new construction and reroofing projects, as well as in cases where a roof deck will not provide adequate slope to drain.The tapered insulation also can contribute thermal resistance as part of meeting the code requirement for minimum insulation value.

• Using an insulating fill that can be sloped to drain. Lightweight insulating concrete, thermosetting insulating fill, and spray polyurethane foam (SPF) are examples of systems that can be installed over level or irregular roof assembly surfaces to achieve positive slope.Geographical location, structural considerations, compatibility with other components, and the geometry of the area to be sloped must be considered in determining the feasibility of this option.

• Proper location of roof drains, scuppers, and gutters. The roof system designer should determine the location of drainage elements. For reroofing, modifications to existing drainage elements, such as raising or lowering a drain or scupper, may be necessary to provide proper drainage. Adding drains or scuppers can lead to conflict with existing building elements, and the additional drainage elements have to be integrated with existing building systems. There’s also added cost to consider.

Most often, a combination of methods will be used to create adequate roof slope and drainage.

Contract documents should clearly indicate the slope and drainage method for roof systems. At a minimum, the following roof slope and drainage-related information should be included by roof system designers in contract documents:

• Roof slope and drainage elements, such as roof drains, scuppers, and gutters, should be clearly and completely shown.

• Mechanical documents should indicate placement of rooftop equipment. The equipment and associated support elements should not interfere with anticipated drainage paths.

• Structural documents should indicate the type of roof deck and may include sloping elements and mechanical equipment supports.

• Roof-related drawings should be coordinated. Details should be appropriate for the type of roof system being specified.

• Roof-related specifications should include anticipated roof system elements and be consistent with information shown on construction drawings.

So, this is was brief overview of how contracts, building codes need to go hand in hand, to make sure the contractors are clear about the project they will be working on.  In the DFW area, Roofing Fort Worth and Dallas roofing has made a lot of full roof installations and a lot of roof repair fort worth so done so many projects with a fully detailed scope, and proper contracts, and then results have been more customer satisfaction, less law suits, etc.

 

Get a Head-start by Getting Real Estate Agent Leads

Get a Head-start by Getting Real Estate Agent Leads

Before, sales agents or representatives just randomly go door to door to get potential buyers for the products or items they sell. Others arbitrarily call probable customers using telephones. Most often than not, they go home with nothing because the houses they visited or the individuals they called were not really interested. Are you a real estate agent who sells houses and other properties? What have you done so far to get your business growing? Have you actually been earning? With the technological advent and with good communication skills, you can already do your job efficiently. Adding up real estate agent leads to your business could positively impact your earnings. Realtor leads are information that can lead you to interested and sure buyers. Real estate agent leads such as the name, contact numbers, mailing addresses, company phone numbers, email addresses and other combinations of information of potential customers can give you a head-start compared to other real estate agents. Seller leads for realtors are advantages for you!

Getting realtor leads is difficult to do if you do it by yourself. You need to establish dialogue with people who could be downsizing or buying bigger homes to cater to their growing family. You have to contact your previous customers, contact other agents who could help you, create your own business website and join various organizations to have contacts. You may even have to go house to house and talk to many people before you can even get a sure buyer. Most of the people you will be talking to are not really interested in buying a house or any property. You have to do all the hassle just to find a buyer. Getting real estate agent leads that work are even more difficult to do. Buying these leads could be the better option for you. Lead-generating companies can offer co-brokerage to help you with getting certain customers who will buy the properties you sell. You may search these companies through newspapers or through websites. Real estate agent leads that work should be in a 1:1 ratio leads is to real estate agent to have a higher yield of sales. Seller leads for realtors like you will direct you to customers who already have a property in mind and are ready to talk and ask help from esteemed real estate agents.

Lead-generating corporations, where you can buy real estate seller leads from will help you improve your business and earn more money at the end of the day. Your efforts will not be in vain. The real estate seller leads these companies get are sure to go because of client loyalty they’ve built and massive connections they’ve got. The real estate agents they cater will just be informed as soon as possible if there are clients waiting. The trend is they contact the nearest agent available in the area where a specific house is to be bought or sold. No hassle of even going far just to earn. If you want to accomplish more and get a greater number of sure sales, go buy real estate agent leads that work. It will definitely be worth your dollars.

 

Characteristics of A Good House Contractor

If you dесіdе tо uѕе a соntrасtоr оr ѕubсоntrасtоr, often rеfеrrеd to аѕ a ѕub, then уоu wіll wаnt tо undеrѕtаnd how to рау thеm. Your lеvеrаgе оn thеm tо gеt thе jоb done аnd dоnе right is рауmеnt and their good nаmе. If they dоn’t hаvе a good nаmе then payment fоr thеіr wоrk is your оnlу lеvеrаgе. Hence, you will want tо determine bеfоrе you hire them hоw you wіll compensate thеm fоr thеіr wоrk.

Good-House-ContractorYоu must understand the bаѕісѕ of how thе lаwѕ аrе wrіttеn tо understand thе dynamics оf рауіng a соntrасtоr. If a соntrасtоr does wоrk on your hоmе and уоu dоn’t рау thеm, thеу саn file a lien against thе house іn оrdеr to gеt рауmеnt. They саn еvеn foreclose оn the house if you refuse tо pay thеm. A lіеn wіll аlѕо kеер уоu frоm refinancing or ѕеllіng thе hоmе. Hеnсе, you will wаnt tо make ѕurе you соvеr уоurѕеlf when уоu рау your subs and соntrасtоrѕ.

If уоu are uѕіng a gеnеrаl соntrасtоr tо do a remodel, he mау brіng in ѕресіаlіѕtѕ tо do роrtіоnѕ оf thе work. If you are рауіng hіm a set rate fоr the remodel, hе is uѕіng your funds to рау thе subcontractors. Hоwеvеr, іt іѕ possible fоr hіm to tаkе рауmеnt frоm уоu and then nоt рау fоr thе wоrk dоnе by thе ѕubсоntrасtоr. Thе ѕubсоntrасtоr соuld then іn turn рut a lien аgаіnѕt уоur house even thоugh you hаvе already раіd for thе work dоnе.

You саn аvоіd thіѕ issue bу рауіng еасh ѕubсоntrасtоr directly. When уоu mаkе thе contract wіth thе gеnеrаl соntrасtоr, уоu саn dеmаnd to рау оff each sub thаt wоrkѕ оn thе hоuѕе. Thеn when уоu mаkе рауmеntѕ tо thе sub, require thаt thеу write a rеlеаѕе fоr the work dоnе bеfоrе giving thеm thе mоnеу. This gіvеѕ уоu аn opportunity tо іnѕресt thе work fіrѕt tо mаkе ѕurе the work іѕ up tо ѕtаndаrd. Now thаt уоu have thе rеlеаѕе, thеу ѕhоuld nоt bе аblе to file a lіеn.

Also, when рауіng the gеnеrаl соntrасtоr, уоu may wаnt tо рау fоr аll оf the mаtеrіаlѕ directly tоо. Thіѕ prevents the ѕuррlіеrѕ from filing lіеnѕ for nоn-рауmеnt. Additionally, you ѕhоuld never рау thе entire аmоunt to thе соntrасtоr uр front. Whаt іѕ tо kеер hіm frоm skipping оut on you and nоt соmрlеtіng thе wоrk? Yоu ѕhоuld рау hіm іn segments аѕ thе work іѕ соmрlеtеd. Thіѕ will motivate him to kеер wоrkіng аnd іf something does gо wrоng аnd hе lеаvеѕ, уоu аrе оnlу оut a portion оf уоur mоnеу аnd you still hаvе enough fundѕ tо hіrе a nеw реrѕоn tо finish the remodel.

You will want tо screen уоur соntrасtоrѕ and ѕubсоntrасtоrѕ before уоu hіrе thеm. If thеу hаvе a hіѕtоrу оf рооr payment асtіvіtіеѕ thеn уоu wаnt to аvоіd working wіth thеm. Yоu wіll wаnt tо аѕk fоr references аnd then сhесk them. Alѕо, іnѕресt the wоrk thеу hаvе dоnе. If you do your rеѕеаrсh рrореrlу, you ѕhоuldn’t hаvе tо dеаl with shoddy work аnd mесhаnісѕ liens.

Evеn though уоu may hire a gеnеrаl соntrасtоr to hаndlе all оf thе dау tо day wоrrіеѕ, уоu wіll wаnt tо рау close attention tо thе rеmоdеl. Inspect the wоrk реrіоdісаllу аnd make ѕurе thаt thе wоrk is being реrfоrmеd соrrесtlу. If you dоn’t, you may bе ѕurрrіѕеd by a fеw еrrоrѕ bеfоrе the wоrk is соmрlеtеd аnd after thе wоrk is completed. Click here to know more.

Window Washing Increases Property Value

Window Washing Increases Property Value

Windows bring in light to a building but dull unwashed ones badly tone down the appeal of any house or office. Time to clean and polish windows until they are sparkling is not easily available for many, creating the need to have someone else do it. The job is so delicate however that not just everybody can do a good professional window cleaning job. However the idea of window washing should not be dreadful because of our expert services.

We are a team of experts who have honed window cleaning skills and this coupled with advanced tools makes us the best choice for residential and commercial buildings. Our residential specialists are duly trained to respect customers, do a good job and care for windows without interfering with other parts of the building. Working with us means you are guaranteed excellence at little disturbance and most importantly, we leave your area as clean-if not cleaner-as it was before.

Los Angeles Window Washing
Los Angeles Window Washing

Our window washing company is licensed and insured to ensure your peace of mind knowing that our professionals will take utmost care to prevent damage as they work. It is easy to identify our window cleaning experts as they wear distinctive kits to help you identify them when they arrive at your door. Our service providers always arrive on time and you do not have to be home for them to do the job. It might take some time to clean windows especially if they were exposed to too much grime but in the long run, all our cleaning services promise are sparkling, spotless windows. We advise our customers to make a habit of regular window cleaning to prevent build up of tougher stains to remove. Services offered include pressure washing, gutter cleaning, and siding cleaning among many others required by commercial and residential customers.

Interested customers can easily get a cost estimate by contacting us and the best thing is; you do not have to be home to have it done. Experts can just come and take a quick count of the number, type and conditions before contacting you with the estimate. Besides windows, our professionals also provide extra services like chandelier, mirror and other glass surface cleaning. Customers can choose any window cleaning plan and once you express your desires, there will be no need to remember the dates as we keep the records to ensure that your windows are as clean as you like.

IFTTT Backlink Commando for Web Properties

Internet Marketing products are released almost every day of the year. During the past few months, there were several days in which more than one excellent product was released whether it was an application, ebook, video course, WordPress theme, or WordPress plugin. It was not uncommon to see more than one great product released on a given day, but as always, things slow down drastically as we approach Christmas day. I’m assuming that product creators think there will not be as many consumers looking to buy products for their business around Christmas day, since that’s a time most of us are spending money on gifts and spending time with families, but at the same time, from a product creator’s standpoint it can be a good tactical decision to release a product at a time in which there isn’t much competition, if any.

ifttt-325wThat logic may have played into Craig Crawford’s decision to release IFTTT Backlink Commando, his extremely powerful product that had been a massive success for marketers that have used it in the past year. Despite its success, 99% of the Internet Marketing community was oblivious to the existence of IFTTT Backlink Commando because – until now – it was only made available to a small select group of marketers. Craig has decided to release his masterpiece to the public on 12/28/14, just in time to setup your first campaign for the New Years and rank web properties as efficiently as previous owners have been able to do.

As it stands, IFTTT Backlink Commando is probably the most highly anticipated product release for the remainder of this year, and since there isn’t much else coming out around the same time, Internet Marketers are understandably excited and anxious towards the release of IFTTT Backlink Commando.

While I’ve watched the video demonstration of IFTTT Backlink Commando and I can see it has a very sleek and professional software interface, I am still a bit unclear on how it ranks web properties. Obviously, I fully understand that ranking on Page 1 of Google will always result in a significant boost in traffic, unless the keyword doesn’t receive many searches to begin with. But my confusion is based on how we would create the backlinks.

Craig mentioned two existing products on the market that are “similar” to IFTTT Backlink Commando. These products are Rankwyz and FCS Networker, both of which require monthly fees to use. And while I haven’t used FCS, I have used Rankwyz and I know it works by creating masses of Web 2.0 accounts which can be used to write blog posts and such, so I am willing to bet IFTTT accounts are kind of like that and Craig’s product is used to build an unlimited quantity of IFTTT accounts and automate the link building process on those accounts for you.

In the end, you would only need to enter your desired target URL and backlink, start your campaign with the click of a button, and let IFTTT Backlink Commando proceed to build massive amounts of Tier 1 and Tier 2 backlinks using your newly created IFTTT accounts. Frankly, since Craig Crawford includes a money back guarantee with his products, it would be a mistake for me not to at least TRY using his product because if I am not satisfied, I would be able to collect a full refund.

How Real Estate Agents Can Utilize Social Media To Generate Hot Leads?

Before the rise of social media, businesses had to depend on search engines for online traffic for their businesses. This increased competition has resulted in increasing the cost of getting clients from search engines many fold, over the past few years. However, social media has presented a big opportunity to professionals in all the business verticals to attract clients cheaply.

Unfortunately, many industries have still not realized the potential of social media to attract new clients. This is also true in the case of real estate agents who still have not started taking advantage of the opportunities presented by social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, among others.

The biggest advantage of a social network like Facebook is that everybody and their grandmother are present on it. Such huge traffic presents great opportunities for real estate industry. It is highly unlikely that a savvy real estate agent won’t be able to find some prospective homebuyers on the Facebook platform.

One of the best ways to reach prospective homebuyers on FB is to create a Facebook page. It can be promoted by sharing interesting happenings in your local market as well as updating prospective buyers on the latest trends in the real estate market.

Real estate agents need to keep in mind that marketing on social media is very different from marketing on search engines. FB users need to be engaged over time to convert them into a paying client. In fact, Facebook offers many tools to engage with prospective clients. Here are a few tips to ensure your success on social media.

Listen to Your Market

As mentioned above, you need to engage and nurture customers. Therefore, it is very important to listen to the customers. One way is to provide them latest information and resources to make better investment decisions. Also, another good way to engage prospective clients is to answer their various queries regarding the local real estate laws and the market.

Share

Facebook is a sharing platform and people expect to read interesting stories. You can share real estate related jokes and ask them for feedback on various current issues. Overall, the goal is to build your personality and be authentic.

Self Promotion is Not Good

One mistake that many Realtors make on Facebook is that they get too self-promotional and it shows in their posts. One of the best ways not to be too overbearing is to ask questions. Ask people about their dream homes and similar things.

Facebook for Real Estate Agents

Facebook presents a great marketing opportunity but it requires a lot of time and coherent marketing strategy to be successful. Business experts recommend that real estate agents utilize the services of professional digital marketing agency with experience in building a lively social media following on Facebook for real estate industry.

The team of social media optimization services experts at Platinum Web Media has number of years of experience in building loyal following for businesses on Facebook. Our team of real estate social media experts has helped a number of clients by creating huge and engaging following on Facebook and other social media sites.

Give us a call today and our experts will be happy to help you in setting up a comprehensive social media marketing strategy to get leads for your real estate business from Facebook.

Are You Looking For A Good DIY Alarm System?

Having an alarm system installed in your home is practically a necessity these days. Not only can it make you feel safer, but it can also lower your insurance premiums. Alarms can be quite expensive and there are loads of DIY models available on the internet. You can go really basic and have a box and a few sensors or go the whole hog and zone your entire house with sensors & install a 24/7 monitoring service.

A monitoring service is the most expensive type of alarm to opt for, but it is also the safest. Many companies tie you into a contract. But with the emergence of loads of DIY systems on the market, many companies are offering a no contract monitoring service. That way you can cancel at 30 days notice usually. Simplisafe is one of the best DIY systems. They have an optional monitoring service that you can of course cancel.

Should You Get A Monitoring Service

What’s good about a monitoring service is that they will also contact you if they suspect something is suspicious concerning your alarm system. If they detect someone is tampering with your system, the SimpliSafe representative will attempt to contact you. If they cannot get through to you they will alert the authorities. You will thank them for this if they catch criminals trying to disable your alarm system.

Many criminals are not actually put off by the presence of an alarm, or indeed if even the alarm goes off. They know most people do not opt for a monitoring service, so they will take the risk on the alarm going off, and then force you to switch the alarm off or disable it themselves.

With a monitored system if you do not disable the alarm in the correct way then the alarm company will phone the police. If you are going to the trouble of installing an alarm it is well worth it to turn on 24/7 monitoring. Better to be safe than sorry.

How Easy Is It To Install A SimpliSafe System?

The sensors are easy to install and there are lots of videos online that show you how to attach them like this below.

As you can see from the video it really takes no effort at all to install the sensors. You can also spec up your system to check for fire or carbon monoxide hazards. Carbon Monoxide is known as the silent killer. If your home heating system or gas supply has a leak, this odourless gas can escape and render you unconscious, and even lead to death.

Carbon monoxide can also be produced by fossil fuels. It is wise to have a detector in your home, as it can overpower you before you know what is happening.

Unique Workouts Specific To “You” Are Your Key To Success

As a real estate agent you will be constantly be in your car meeting up with clients, so the only time you have for yourself is at home, and since you need to be fit and healthy for appearance since image is key as a real estate agent here are some convenient gym  equipment you can check out. Here are the top rated adjustable dumbbell you can look into!

For years I use to follow workouts and exercise programs that I would read about in bodybuilding magazines, on forums and on blogs. I would bounce around from workout to workout program and although I would feel a sense of variety, I would never get the results I was after.

I was always overweight and no matter what I did I could never get the slim and ripped body that I had always wanted. But still I kept on trying new workouts but with no success. I didn’t know what the heck I was doing wrong. I was following the “hottest” and most “popular” workouts and apparently people were getting great results from using them, so why wasn’t I.

It took me many more disappointing years (I can’t believe I lasted so long) before I found the missing piece of the muscle building puzzle. It wasn’t found in a magazine, or an online forum or even a blog. No it was found by one of my friends who started doing a workout system called Adonis Golden Ratio. My friend started out overweight and within 12 weeks he had already made better progress than I had in years.

He had achieved the results I was so desperate for all these years. And he did it by simply following this program. The beauty of it is that it includes software that will help make each persons diet and exercise program unique for them and what they want to accomplish. This is why my friend, and now me too, have been able to get amazing results.

Steam Cleaning : Get the Best Cleaners in Town

Steam cleaning, is a process that deep cleans a carpet, by combining the use of hot water and stem under very high pressure done by professional steam cleaning Perth. This is used to remove grime and dirt from the surface of the carpet material. Several types of cleaners based on steam cleaning technique are used, depending on the application of the machine and the steam itself. This process involves a cleaning method called hot water extraction. The chemical is added while simultaneously vacuuming the water that was sprayed, which has dissolved much of the dirt. In most carpet manufacturing companies, the method recommended for cleaning the carpets is the steam cleaning, because it is more effective than the rest of the cleaning methods.

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For the case of fabric, cleaning with steam is an effective process that dissolves all the grime and dirt that has stuck between the fibers of the carpet. The steam cleaner therefore uses a certain cleaning chemical and hot water in order to clean this dirt. The mixture of the hot water and the cleaning agent is sprayed through a jet at a very high pressure. This helps and allows the steam and hot water to penetrate and permeate through the fibers of the carpet and make the grime loose. The detergent helps in dissolving the dirt. A strong vacuum is applied by the cleaner in order to suck away all the dissolved dirt and the detergent that is in excess. After the process is over, the carpet is clean and may take several days to dry completely.

There is a chain of advantages linked to this type of carpet cleaning. One advantage and the primary one is that it is very effective, since it uses hot water and solutions of detergents that are diluted. This helps avoid the many problems that are usually associated with residues of detergents that do remain in the fibers of the carpet when other cleaning methods are used. These residues of detergents that are left on the carpet attract dirt from shoes’ soles whenever people walk on the carpets. This makes the carpets become dirty again very fast.

Another advantage is that the use of chemicals and other types of detergents is reduced by a great value. This is beneficial to people who have negative reactions whenever they are exposed to chemicals, especially children who crawl and play on carpets that were cleaned recently. This method also reduces the issue of people breathing chemicals that are volatile, which might compromise their health status.

There are, however, several demerits associated with the use of this method. The main issue with it is that not all the content of the water that was used to clean the carpet is removed. This raises an issue of concern especially in highly humid places. This can entertain much growth of mold. The moisture left on the carpets, after the vacuuming is done, can thus be evaporated by leaving the room ventilated, air conditioning the room, dehumidifying and heating. Under normal circumstances, however, drying may take three to six hours.

One can do it on themselves, although it is recommended that one gets a professional steam cleaning Perth to do it. This is because, experience is a key factor.

A Look at Boca Raton Real Estate

Are you from Boca Raton area of Florida and in dire need of an affordable but state of the art home for sale? Buying a home is an endeavor that must be done cautiously if you want to get value for your money consider hiring a trusted real estate agent http://wendycoymanrealty.com/about-me/. There is no point of rushing to buy a house when you don’t have a clue about the current real estate situation in Boca Raton, FL. Residents seeking to invest in real estates or just want to buy a home in this place should have all the necessary information needed before purchase. There is an increase of homes for sale in Boca Raton which in turn exposes interested buyers to the challenge of being overwhelmed by various choices. That should not hinder you from getting a home as after getting a quick glimpse of various information below, you will be better on the other side.

How much is a House Worth?

In Boca Raton, FL it is not difficult to know the value of a house no matter if its yours or someone’s else. The increase of homes for sale in Boca Raton does not mean that every house cannot be estimated value wise. There is always an online site that has a list of houses that are for sale in this surrounding. To get value for a house, several information such as public records which contains the assessed value, sold prices, and basically information from real estate firms are used. This information will always assist to some point when you need to sale or make a purchase of a house. If you are not able to estimate by yourself, there are Real Estate agents in this part of Florida who have experience in it. There is also an option of using a specialist in house appraisals. They also help in finding a new home that is being sold or for rental purposes in Boca Raton.

Boca Raton Real Estate Recent Market View

The latest market view about the real estate within for the month of October, 2014 can easily be found. For example, the average listing price is estimated to be at $ 796,986. The median sales price is estimated at $$263,000 which has been for between July and October. The number of homes for sale is at least 2,741 in Boca Raton. This clearly depicts the reality behind increase of homes for sale in Boca Raton area of Florida. Those that have been recently sold are about 3,919. For the case of foreclosures, there are 2,196 houses. Open homes are about 11.

Why Buy a Home in Boca Raton

From the look of the above information, one can easily conclude that it is not difficult to buy a house in this place. There are various options to choose from and the place in continuously growing. There are many amenities in this place from schools to hospitals and shopping centers just but to mention. The rate of violent and property crime is also at its low.

The last but not the least to say about buying a home in this part of Florida is to always consult real estate agents with good reputation and experience.

Choosing the Best Expert in Dallas TX for Resurfacing Your Bathtub

There are some ways that can be used to choose the best expert for Resurfacing Your Bathtub in Dallas TX. There are many experts out there but not all of them will deliver surfaces of the same quality and prices. It is therefore very important for you to take some of your productive time and identify the tricks you can employ so as to choose easily the best expert. Most of those people who keep complaining of not getting the kind of services they wanted are those who just rushed to any expert without implementing such factors. Here are some of the tips you can use to select the best expert to resurface your bathtub:

1.Read What Other People Have To Say About The Nature Of Their Services

These are the comments of the people who have used this expert to resurface their bathtub. The comments of such people can be found at the websites of the experts and their pages in the social media. You have to take some time to analyze the comments before making any decision. If such comments are positive, you should consider that expert as one of the best experts. If other people are complaining about their services, you should look for other online experts available.

2.Make Use Of The Licensed Experts

They are the experts who have been issued with a license to deliver their services. Before getting the license, they are subjected to a thorough vetting to make sure that the quality of the resurfacing services they offer meet the required standards. Besides, the prices of such experts are set and controlled by the quality assurance bodies. Therefore making use of such experts will give you a chance to get the best services at the best prices. They are not like for the case of the unlicensed experts who are the ones to set their prices and the quality nature of the services they offer.  To find certified bathtub refinishing technicians in Dallas, go to http://dallastubpros.com/ for more information.

3.Seek Advice From Dallas Resurfacing Experts Before Resurfacing Your Bathtub

These are the people who know more about bathtub resurfacing. They are the right people to guide you on the tips that can be used to choose the best experts. They will either take you to the experts of their choice or even give you the simple tricks that can allow you choose the best experts. With the field experience they have, you will be quite assured of getting the best services. Therefore you should not ignore the experts while looking for the best resurfacing expert to attend to your bathtub.

The Japanese Property Market for Foreigners

The property prices in Japan are high considering the terms of the mortgage are 100 years, which are very common. These mortgages are multigenerational and are indicators of what foreigners should prepare if they wish to enter the Japanese property market. There are no laws restricting the purchase of property by foreigners – market sentiment and procedures do make it difficult for foreigners.

Foreigners must be a permanent resident to apply for loans from Japanese banks and even then they must submit a financial guarantor. Japanese banks are still traumatized by the Decade Perdue (and the recent recession), so they ask for references and detailed financial records with loan applications. Foreigners who do not have long-standing relationship with a Japanese bank will note that it is virtually impossible to receive a loan.

Finally, the sickly nature of the Japanese housing market in the last twenty years makes long-term investment inadvisable at best.

All this explains why most Japanese families also want to rent their homes!

Finding real estate in Japan

If you really can afford to buy real estate in Japan, you can browse through directories available in real estate in bookstores and newsstands, or contact a local real estate agent. You might also consider consulting a large real estate agency to find a suitable property.