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What Is A Personal Trainer And Should You Hire One?

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A personal trainer is a professional who works in the fitness industry. This person helps clients by providing fitness instruction and exercise prescription. They help to provide motivation to their clients by helping them create goals, accountability, and feedback.

These trainers periodically assess the strengths and weaknesses of their clients during assessments. These types of assessments can be conducted before an exercise program or after the program. This assessment will help the trainer to gauge the client’s improvements.

Personal trainers in Coquitlam may also educate their clients in other areas of health and wellness. It is not uncommon for trainers to provide clients with nutritional information as well as general exercise guidelines. A qualified and reputable personal trainer understands their limits, and if the trainer suspects that a client has an underlying medical condition, it is their responsibility to refer the client to the appropriate medical professional.

Why Do People Hire A Personal Trainer?

“A personal trainer’s scope of practice is to enhance fitness components for the general population that is reasonably good health. When a client is prescribed the proper exercise instruction, he or she may result in an improvement in overall health and wellness, reduced body composition, improved cardiovascular system and improved physical performance.” says Richard Bradley, a fitness instructor in Coquitlam BC on his website at .

A person will hire a trainer when they believe that the trainer will help them meet these goals through instruction, motivation, and adherence.

During each workout session, the trainer pays very close attention to their client’s workout routine, nutrition and exercise form.
Although few studies have been conducted on this type of training for men, studies in women have shown that they benefit from personal training by executing more confidence to continue exercising on their own long term.

Women have also discovered the benefits of the benefit to concern ratio of exercise. Personal training also helps women achieve higher exertion and intensity during exercise.

Where Do Personal Trainers Work?

Personal trainers can work in a variety of settings including residential properties, fitness facilities, online or outdoors. They can also work in health clubs located in recreational buildings or in civic organizations. There is no regulation in this field within the United States except for in The District of Columbia. In Washington, D.C., personal trainers must fulfill registration requirements. These requirements were adopted by the jurisdiction in 2014.

There are personal trainers who may specialize in a specific type of training, client population, performance type or exercise modality. However, most trainers will develop an exercise plan that is based on flexibility training, strength training, and aerobic exercise.

With a flexibility training program, trainers may prescribe several stretching routines and during strength training program and trainer may prescribe a type of exercise, intensity and duration. Although there are some trainers who discuss nutrition, spiritual practices and ergogenic supplementation with their clients, there have been some who have questioned whether or not this fits into a trainer’s scope of practice.


In Coquitlam, those who want to become personal trainers can choose to have a number of certifications. However, there are some certifications that are not accredited. Many programs require that potential trainers have a high school diploma or equivalent, CPR certification and AED certification.

Reasons To Hire A Personal Trainer

There are several reasons why someone may want to hire a personal trainer. Everyone is at a different stage in their health and fitness journey, and a trainer may be the missing piece of the puzzle that is needed to get into the best shape of their lives. These reasons can include:

  • Motivation
  • Personalized workout routine
  • Progress monitoring

If you are looking for a way to jumpstart your fitness lifestyle, or you are just trying to lose a few pounds, you could benefit from the services of a personal trainer. Find a certified and reputable trainer in your area so you can start achieving your goals.

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Mistakes Car Accident Victims Can Make In Regards To Their Car Accident Insurance Claim

One of the women in our tea club is a legal assistant for a personal injury lawyer. I had always thought of them as “ambulance chasers” but didn’t really realize the help they provide for their clients. I also had no idea how ICBC can try to pay as little as possible to their clients. After I talked to her I asked her if she would help me write a blog post to share the info she gave me in regards to mistakes most people make after being injured in a car accident. Have a read below and hopefully the information will help you.

When you’ve been the victim of a car accident, you have to deal with lots of things such as personal injuries, vehicle damage, insurance claim handling and many others that can put a lot of pressure on your shoulders. It doesn’t matter if you are shocked or severely injured, you still need to take care of all these details, so there’s no wonder many people make costly mistakes in such situations. This article will cover a few of the most common mistakes made by car accident victims.

Not Hiring Specialized Help

The biggest mistake of all is not hiring a car accident lawyer to help you with your claim. If you are severely injured and you need emergency medical care, it is impossible to handle your insurance claim by yourself while in hospital or in a medical clinic. Even if you don’t need hospitalization, not hiring a professional injury attorney to help you is a big mistake that might cost you a lot, as you are going to see from the other mistakes described in this article, below.

Going For A Quick Settlement

If you don’t have a lawyer to represent you, you might be tempted to go for a quick settlement, especially if you’ve been severely injured and you feel like you can’t bear any more stress. This is a mistake, because in 99.9% of the cases, victims of a car accident get less than the value of their case. If they had a motor vehicle accident lawyer to prepare their case and represent them in court, they could have received a much bigger compensation.

Assuming The Legal System Works Correctly

While it is true that the law is the law, it is also true that sometimes it can be confusing, thus leaving room for interpretation. If legal is not your profession, you can be easily overwhelmed by various terms and rules, thus failing to achieve the fairness you assumed the legal system had in the first place. Nobody says laws are unfair, but only an experienced attorney can read between the lines and find the interpretation which is the most favorable for you, as his client.

Making Improper Demands

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, you might think you can estimate how much to demand. This is actually a delicate issue. If you demand too little, that’s what you are going to get, so you leave money on the table. However, if you wish to maximize your settlement, you can easily end up by demanding too much. This actually means you have no idea about the true value of your accident case, thus making the other party determine you into settling for less than the fair compensation a good lawyer would have been able to obtain for you.

Genuinely Believing Insurance Companies Try To Be Fair

This is actually true, insurance companies wish to be fair, but the definition of fairness is debatable. You have to understand their main goal is to pay you as little as possible, within the limits of this fairness. They want to give you money, but they are always going to try and make you accept an offer at the lower end of the interval.

Taking What The Insurance Company Calls “The Final Offer”

Insurance companies use this practice of making an offer and claiming it’s “final”. Some victims fall for it and accept it, especially if they don’t have a lawyer. This is a big mistake. An experienced attorney will know there are also higher offers beyond the “final” one, so you shouldn’t accept it without fighting to push it higher.

These are only a few of the most common mistakes made by accident victims. As you can see, laws can be tricky and the circumstances of getting injured in a car accident are not in your vest advantage. Most probably, you are going to be shocked by what happened, so your thinking might not be as clear as usually. Your speed of reaction might also suffer, as well as your ability to stand up and fight for what’s yours. You can avoid all this hassle by hiring a good car accident lawyer to help you deal with such important details. My friend recommends two lawyers, one in the Vancouver area, Steve Kooner and one she has worked with in Las Vegas Rodney K. Okano

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Rats! Gross!

With the recent law changes in regards to food scrap waste here in Vancouver, we’ve seen a massive increase in rats on the streets and especially around my building. I hate rats (and spiders, but that’s a different story). In order to keep our property value we’ve hired a pest control company on a monthly maintenance contract to keep them out of our parking garage and away from our garbage bin.

Having rats in and around your home can be one of the most annoying and disgusting things you have ever dealt with. They will often spoil things like furniture and clothes not to mention damaging food and generally being a menace. Although there are ways to get rid of rats in your home by yourself, it is always advisable to get certified Pest Control Company to do it for you. There are several advantages to this option compared to doing it yourself.

Eliminate All Rats Now

The first reason you should consider hiring a pest control company to get rid of your rats is because with them you will be sure that they will eliminate all the rats you want to get rid of. The company will have the right kind of chemicals and equipment needed to get rid of your pests effectively. Doing it yourself may not be as effective as the pest control company. This is risky as rats breed really fast and if the job is not done effectively, you will find yourself dealing with the same problem a few weeks later.

Hiring a company to aid in rat control is also a good option as it prevents you from getting diseases. The company we hired does green pest control – Rat droppings and rat bites cause several harmful diseases, among them rat bite fever. If you try to get rid of the rats yourself, you are at risk of getting bit so it is preferable to hire pest control to do it since they have protective gear and are aware of any diseases and how to avoid getting sick.

Video above is courtesy of the company we hired – Westside Pest.

Rat Control Is Time Consuming

Getting rid of rats can often be time consuming as you will have to set traps or use different kinds of chemicals. If you donít get it right then you will have to do it all over again. Hiring a rat control company will be more effective because they are professionals who will do it quickly and effectively saving more time for you.

In addition to getting of your rats, the company will give you all the information you will need to prevent future pest problems. They will ensure that you are aware of what kind of conditions cause rat infestations and how to avoid them as much as possible.

Apart from all these, there is also the fact that some of the methods you will apply to remove the rats may cause harm, like using rat poison. A pet or a child could ingest it and get sick or die.

There are many websites for pest control companies in Vancouver where one can access detail on what companies to call for rat control, so finding a company you are comfortable with shouldn’t be too hard.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Camping – or a Guide for Me in Reality

Camping is the best, fun and relatively low cost way of experiencing British Columbia – or so they tell me. Camping is one of the best ways for families, friends, and even relatives to spend great moment together – they try to tell this city girl who would rather be drinking a cup of tea on her deck. However, there are some things that you must plan prior to camping day. As a beginner like me, you should take the following into proper consideration before embarking on a journey to your camping site.

A Tent? I’d Rather Have an RV!

A camping tent is the first thing you should have before anything if you are going to “rough-it”. They are available in different sizes and shapes to cater for everyone’s needs. The most common types of tents you can find out there are domes and canvas. Before leaving, make sure that your tent has all vital parts by simply setting it up. It is also recommended to make sure the tent is completely dry before packing it and keep it in a dry area to avoid possible mildew odor and damage. You don’t want to sleep in a stinky tent.

At the camp site, do not set up your tents close to a campfire place. Tents should set up relatively far from where even the sparks from the campfire would not reach them. Also, consider the weather and if possible, set your tents under trees, especially in windy conditions to prevent them from being blown away.

Of Sleeping Bags and Flash Lights

In addition to your tent, you would need something to sleep in and on like a mat and a sleeping bag. When looking for the right sleeping bag or mat, always make sure look for one that is rated for the current temperature and weather conditions of the area you will set up your camping site. You will also need a flash light, especially at night. It will help you move around and also do other things while in the camp (like going to the bathroom in the middle of the night).

First Aid Kit? I Thought This Was Safe

Another most important item you should never forget to carry is a first aid kit. There are a lot of activities you can be involved in while camping that may result in injuries. Additionally, most BC camping sites are set up in a forest or mountains; in these areas, it is possible to get injured by just about anything (does not sound like fun, but whatever). So it is important to come with a first aid kit. You also pack other safety items such as poncho for the inevitable BC rain, rope, flares if you get lost, and even life jackets that you will need to use in various camping activities.

Chairs and Tables Are Better Than Dirt

You might also carry some folding chairs and a table to use around the camping site. They will be much more comfortable to sit on a chair than just to sit on the ground. As a family or friends, eating together around the table in a campsite is really fun and exciting.

Different climates need different clothing as well. In that regard, there are a variety of clothing designed for different camping adventures and climates. For example, there are ski jackets and long underwear for camping.

In a nutshell, since you are a novice to camping like me, it is important to have someone who has already done it before to help you plan and pack for your trip. It can be a real disappointment to find out that you forgot to carry one of the most important and necessary items for your camping experience.

I’m being dragged to and still hoping I can convince them to rent an RV or a cabin. I’m really not the type of girl who wants to be sleeping in a sleeping bag and tent in the middle of nowhere.

Braces For Adults Is More and More Common Nowadays

The Benefits of Wearing Adult Braces

Times are changing and with the many treatments available in the market, there is no reason why everyone shouldn’t be happy with their smiles. This is because orthodontists have been bending over backwards to go to the orthodontist Bible to come up with better ways to make this happen. For instance, braces were, until a while ago considered a reserve for kids but nowadays, adults can wear them too. This is in the hopes to have their teeth straightened to boost their smile and by extension, their confidence and their life. Getting the right dental treatment is requisite, therefore, do a quick research to find out there as teeth are a vital part of your overall well-being.

Why you need Adult braces

If you are one of those people who don’t like the position of their teeth and for one reason or another you couldn’t get braces as a kid, then you have a reason to hope again. With the many teeth corrective procedures available today, including metal braces, invisalign and ceramic braces which are clear, straight teeth are within reach. Clear braces work well for people who feel self-conscious about wearing them in their adulthood.

Most people have a misconception of metal braces as they have a bad image in their mind of gruesome looking metal crisscrossing teeth. However, new age ones are smaller, more comfortable and attractive, a far cry from their older version. They are also affordable as opposed to their counterparts making for a good option for many people thus; don’t shy away from them without checking them out first.

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Clear braces such as Invisalign allow adults to obtain a great smile without the stigma of metal braces.

Correcting a pronounced overbite

People only think of braces in terms of the aesthetic value they can bring their teeth in terms of alignment. However, there are other health benefits of having straighter teeth which include the correction of a pronounced overbite. This is a serious dental issue that requires the immediate attention of an orthodontist. Such pronounced upper teeth are caused by thumb sucking from a tender age, bottle feeding for a long time, chewing on hard objects like pencils or chewing nails. Genetics also play a large part in many people having a pronounced overbite.

These teeth can cause health problems like pain while chewing some foods, teeth grinding, impeding on speech and so many others. Treating it at a tender age is encouraged as it might become more pronounced in adults. This doesn’t mean that it isn’t treatable for adults as orthodontist use braces on the front upper teeth to make them align as required for a stronger united bite. Depending on how pronounced the overbite is a sleeping headgear or dental surgery might be required to level the problematic teeth.


Maybe your parents couldn’t afford to get you braces as a kid or they never cared for them much, the reasons are irrelevant. Now that it is possible for adults to get braces, you have the opportunity to correct your parent’s mistakes. The braces will do wonders as they work to push the teeth back. A quick consultation with your orthodontist should give you the options available thus; seize this opportunity to get better, healthier and straighter teeth.


6 Reasons why You should Bring Your Dog to a Daycare

If you are a dog lover, you may already have heard the term “dog daycare”. If you are wondering if on a day when you are at home you should still bring your dog to daycare, here is a solid dog boarding article about why a lot of pet owners bring their dogs to doggie daycares due of the following benefits:

Allows Dogs to Socialize with Different Breeds of Dogs

social-dogsJust like people, dogs also need to mingle. Bringing your dog to a doggie daycare allows your pet to make new friends. Your beloved dog can also learn new tricks from fellow dogs, making them more skillful.

Allows Dogs to Enjoy a New Environment

If your dog will only stay at home without anyone accompanying him, he will get bored and lonely; whereas, if you bring him to a dog daycare, he will surely enjoy the company of other dogs.

Even if there is someone accompanying him at home, he can still be happier if he is accompanied by his fellow dogs.

Owners would Not Need to Worry about Feeding their Dog or Letting Him Pee

For a dog owner who works in the office, it is a good idea to bring his dog to a dog daycare because he won’t need to rush in going home just to feed and let his dog pee.

Dog Owner is Assured that his Dog is Safe

If your dog just stays at home without someone looking after him, there are great chances that a stranger can take him out; whereas, if your dog is in the daycare, you are assured that your dog is safe and secured from strangers. If you dog stays at a place like Las Vegas Dog Resort won’t also need to worry that your dog will go out of your house and would not be able to come back again.

Allows Dogs to be Productive

Even if you just stay at home or someone can accompany him at home, it is still better to bring your dog to a daycare so that he can be productive.

In a dog daycare, your pet can learn professional dog tricks that he will not be able to learn at home. He will also learn how to follow simple to complex instructions that will be very beneficial to pet owners like you. In this way, you can save time and effort in teaching these fundamental tricks to your dogs.

Allows your Dog to be Groomed Properly

If you bring your dog to a daycare, you are assured that your pet will be groomed properly because this shelter has complete grooming tools and facilities; you can also trust that its employees are well trained and professional.

Just for you – some dog humor:

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I Hate House Cleaning! Five Questions to Ask Before Hiring a House Cleaning Company

Ensuring that you hire a house cleaning company that is reliable and efficient can be a formidable task. Especially considering how fussy I am when it comes to having my condo cleaned. I struggled to find a company to clean my place as it was becoming increasingly more difficult to keep it clean with my busy schedule. I could have tried cleaning myself, but the benefits of it being done by a company outweigh the services of an individual – me. Here are five questions that will facilitate hiring of a competent company if you are in the market to find a house cleaning company.

How long have you been doing house cleaning?

This question simply asks for the experience of the company. It takes time and well-informed intentions for one to start a cleaning business and sustain for years. More than 50% of starters fail within the first year due to poor management and poor services. This implies that you should not hire a new company because its services may not live to your expectations. Go for a company that has been in the business for years and you will be assured of excellent services.

Are You Insured?

It is imperative to hire a company that has invested about two million dollars in its insurance coverage. Such a company can compensate for items damaged by its employees or damage caused by their cleaning materials. In addition, the insurance can cater for its workers when they get injured while working in your house. An uninsured company can offer cheap services, but what will you do when damages occur?

What are your charges?

Usually this is the first question, isn’t it? Most house cleaning companies charge for the services they offer on an hourly rate during the first service. The companies estimate the number of hours they will take to complete the cleaning. To avoid being overcharged, you can put a limit on the estimated time. For subsequent cleanings, they usually give a flat rates based on the conditions of your house. It is important to always request for a written quote to prevent them from altering the price after delivering their services.

What happens if I am unsatisfied with the cleaning?

A reputable house cleaning company should offer to come back immediately and fix the areas you feel are wanting. If not so, it should be willing to give you back a good proportion of your money. Some companies outline the proportion of money you should expect back if you are unsatisfied with their services.

How many people will gain access to my house, and will you screen them?

Different companies have varying number of employees and it is up to them to determine the number or workers they will send to your house. It is, however, advisable to have the least number of people enter your house for trust issues and to avoid creating chaotic scenarios in your home. The company should also ensure their employees behave well and will not take anything away from your house.

After trying a number of companies that I wasn’t satisfied with, I chose this company and they have been back many times – even after our rowdy tea parties.

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Hiring a Process Server – A Necessary Evil I Had To Do

Recently I went through an ugly business relationship with a client. Unfortunately, they owed me money and refused to pay. I didn’t want to deliver the court papers to them for fear of my own safety and for the shear hassle of it. Luckily, I was able to find a process server to take care of this for me at a reasonable rate while I met with the tea-ites for our afternoon tea.

What Does a Process Server Do?

Process serving is a long standing and demanded position in all court systems. To protect the rights of all involved parties in a legal matter, process servers are utilized. If an individual is the accused in a court matter, he or she has the right to present a defense. This is per the Due Process of Law and the legal system’s utilize process serving to deliver relevant paperwork to involved individuals. Laws vary by certain provinces, but generally the paperwork must be hand delivered to the appropriate individual involved, also including witnesses that have been summoned to testify in a court hearing.

When first introduced, process servers had to be law enforcement officers or representatives of the court. The laws currently vary by province, however, in most provinces any adult who has no involvement with the case and is over the age of 18 can act as a process server. At times a process server license is required as well.

Video above about process serving is courtesy of ASAP Serve

Process Servers Can Deliver A Number of Different Legal Documents

Legal documents that process servers are responsible for delivering include subpoenas, summons and evictions, notice of mortgage foreclosure, complaint for divorce, and recover of property related to land contract default.

Can Be Time Consuming and Difficult

Although it may seem like an easy task, process serving can become difficult and time consuming. In attempting to deliver legal paperwork to an individual’s work or home, process servers frequently discover this information is no longer current. This warrants research and creativity along with an unlimited number of attempts to deliver (which can cost more for each attempt – I found out). It is helpful for the process server to know the community and people in it to assist in the search and utilize social communities as well. There are times an individual can absolutely not be located. Caution must also be taken when the individual is found and legal documents are delivered. If there is any process in serving the papers that is incorrect than the entire case can be thrown out. Once the legal documents are properly hand delivered the process server is then responsible for obtaining a notarized proof of service and making sure the party who requested delivery of the legal documents receives this.

Process servers often perform other duties in the courts and possess other skills to keep them active in the community. They can assist with filing of paperwork in the courts and many offer investigative services such as people locator and surveillance.

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SEO? What is Search Engine Optimization and Why Do I Need It?

Every time you are surfing the internet, you make use of a search engine in one way or the other even if you are just searching for the latest and greatest tea on the market. Search engines such as Google, Bing and Yahoo are a convenient way to look for something on the internet. Although some would say that searching in Bing and Yahoo are a waste of time, but I digress. Apart from looking, the same search engines are a great avenue to be found via the internet. For businesses, individuals, organizations and bloggers like me that have an online presence and would like to increase their discoverability, search engine optimization is a crucial part of the equation. You see, getting discovered through search engines requires your site, blog or any other web content to be optimized for search engines (apparently this blog isn’t optimized enough). As information on the internet keeps on surging, having SEO as part of your customer acquisition process becomes more of a necessity.

How Valuable and Relevant is Your Content?

Search engines are a key part of how the modern internet works. They make use of bots in order to crawl through content on the internet and index it. This way, discovering new content becomes much easier thanks to the power of search. Search engines usually rank the search results that it brings back to the searcher based on a number of decision rules. This usually depends on the worth or value of the content and how far widespread this content has been shared or linked to on the internet.

For individuals, businesses, and organizations that seek to get visible on the internet, optimization of their web content for search engines is a must. This is usually done through the use of SEO techniques. SEO stands for search engine optimization and is very important for websites that need to rank higher in search engine results (see

All Search Engines Use an Algorithm

In order to rank web content better on the internet, search engines usually have a set of standards in algorithm (Yikes! Geek stuff.) which are used to measure and compare different websites that match for a certain search term. These standards are the guidelines by which SEO analysts and content creators use to improve the discoverability of their content on the web. The rank of a web page is also dependent of other web pages as well. Internet pages that have more links pointing to them tend to have more relevance to searchers and will usually rank higher than those which have fewer links.

Use Unique Content

Whenever you are creating content for the web, it is important that you write unique content that won’t be considered to be plagiarism by search engines. Plagiarism of web content reduces the ranking capability of a website and is usually considered to be a no-no for search engines. Search engine rules also tend to change from time to time and the best way to adapt to these changes is ensuring that you create useful content which will add value to the readers.

Search engine optimization involves creation of content that is optimized for expected search terms as well as related terms which the searcher can use in place of the main keywords. Since search engines use the relative weight of appearance of these terms in the content, having the keywords distributed within the content makes a web page rank better in search results and get more internet traffic. Apart from internet traffic, search engine optimization helps your website get a greater brand appeal since more people will be exposed to your site.

SEO is Not Easy? Really? I Wouldn’t Have Known

Getting discovered on the internet is not always easy owing to the very high competition from other websites in the same niche. This is made even harder by the fact that people using search engine to find information on the internet will rarely go past the first few pages of the search results. With SEO, a website can be able to rank higher thus appearing at a strategic location where it will get higher traffic levels and ultimately convert these visitors into customers. Such a feat does not take place on its own; it requires hard work, dedication and creation of fresh content for individual, business or organizational websites, blogs, social media posts and other web content.

In conclusion, search engine optimization is a key component for discoverability on the internet and greatly increases the visibility of a website. By taking the time to create content that is search engine optimized, individuals, businesses and organizations can greatly increase their online visibility and the value of their brand.

For more information about SEO, check out the video below from Coronation Internet Marketing.

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The joys (or sorrow) of choosing a property management company in Vancouver

Property management is defined as an activity that is aimed at maximizing revenue from a specific property over its whole economic lifespan. This role is carried out by a property manager that is assigned to a property management company. This implies that the major aim of the property manager should be the achievement of an increase in revenue. Additionally, such an increase in revenue is dependent upon maintaining the property’s physical integrity. Therefore, the property management company will strive to meet the requirements of the client while at the same time ensuring that the property’s economic life is maximized.

Strata management, on the other hand, is the exact opposite of property management; its chief aim is to maintain low maintenance charges but also ensure that they do not compromise the property’s integrity.

Choosing a property management company in Vancouver to manage your rental building or strata can be a daunting task (tell me about it) especially due to the influx of property management agents from less than reputable companies. However, after finding a strata property management company for our building while being on the strata committee I have a few tips for choosing the ultimate company that will manage your property in the most economical way. They include:

Preparation of tender procedures

The procedures include a list of questions, items or requirements that aid in arriving at the specific management needs of the property owner. These guidelines will compel the strata or property managers to come up with their financial and operational requirements that help both parties reach a compromise on the proposals submitted.

The nature of the property

Rental and strata management requirements are similar on many fronts. However, the major focus of the property owner should be on management companies that have a good reputation, have professional property managers with a wealth of experience in managing strata or rentals. Additionally you should make sure that you understand the requisite legislation that governs the management of properties.

Ask for Referrals

This is how I found our new company. People who have experienced the services you seek are better placed to point you to the best service providers. They will provide you with a list of the reputable management firms that you should consider working with.

Ensure you have access to the company you choose to work with

Some strata management firms in Vancouver are nationwide and therefore getting access to them in case of any dissatisfaction can prove a daunting task. Therefore, you need a localized property manager so that you can have your issues addressed much faster. In addition, you should choose a property manager who understands the local real estate dynamics and hence can address your issues better.

Have Personal contact with your property manager

Hire a property manager that you have personally interviewed and gauged their experience. This way, you can personally determine their suitability ahead of the job you will employ them to perform.

You should also have prior knowledge about the manager’s compensation package before hiring them.

Other important criteria to consider a firm that utilizes modern technology in generating financial reports and analysis which are used for property management milestones.

Lastly view the contract you enter into and request to have the proposal appended to it.

We picked Ascent Real Estate to manage our building. I can recommend them but it’s always best to check other companies whenever selecting one to manage your building.