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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 http://www.coronationcleaning.ca and they have been back many times – even after our rowdy tea parties.

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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.

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Yes, I still have acne in my 40s. Laser treatment you say?

Eamon Acne is the most well-known skin disease in the world that affects most teenagers. But 5 percent of women (me) and 15 percent of men still suffer from it in their 40s. Many people still assume that acne is caused by lifestyle factors and by using antibacterial washes or eating less fatty foods can help get rid of it. I do all of that and it still doesn’t work! Everyone I have tea with has these suggestions but they have no idea that it won’t necessarily work.

Acne is the bacterial infection resulting from the action of hormones and some other substances in the skin’s oil glands, hair follicles and sebaceous glands. And because there is no actual cure for acne, some new treatments such as the laser acne treatment has been shown to be highly effective in treating acne.

Laser Treatment Proven Effective for Acne Treatment

The latest technology in the fight of acne involves the use of laser acne treatment. Since 2002, different lasers have received the FDA clearance for treatment of acne. The combination laser treatments, such as Accutane can help reduce the size of the hyperactive sebaceous glands. Laser acne treatment has a major benefit of not being drugged, therefore it is essentially side effect free. While the earliest group of acne treatment targets the sebaceous gland. The newer laser acne treatment targets the P. Acnes bacterium which often in the skin and causes inflamed acne breakout.

Laser acne treatment works well for people with mild to moderate acne and is suitable for people who have tried the usual treatments with antibiotics and creams with little or no success at all. The laser acne treatment is not suitable for scarring, cystic and severe acne. If you suffer from severe acne you should see your dermatologist so as to discuss your medication. The laser acne treatment can be used to reduce the acne spots and fade the red mark left behind by acne spots, but will not completely remove craters or pits on the skin surface.

Prevents Zits

The laser acne treatment aims to prevent zits (papules and pustules). It appears to be less effective when it comes to non-inflammatory acne and severe lesions. Lasers, like at home light device, work on the premise of existing compounds known as the porphyrins, which are inside the acne bacteria. When laser excites porphyrins, porphyrins damages the bacteria walls effectively killing all the bacteria. The less bacteria should aid in reducing the symptoms of acne. The kind of laser treatments used by doctors includes pulsed dye, diode, fractional, infrared, pulse light and KTP as well as the new lasers known as Isolaz.

During the treatment most patients report mild with little more than stinging or snapping sensation. The topical anesthetics are provided when you find the procedure uncomfortable.

I went to Pure Light Laser – http://www.purelightlaser.com/ – to get acne laser treatment and we’ll see how it goes. You can see more about what their laser treatment offers by viewing their video on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPoJssvkFkU

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Tips for Finding an Emergency Plumber in Vancouver

No property owner has the heart or desire to deal with emergency related plumbing because there is never good news there (believe me on this!). This is because such emergencies tend to get messy, what with clogged drains that reek of decaying matter or an overflowing toilet that needs no further explanation? Having a plumber on speed dial is essential for such instances (which I have), more so since you never know the day or the hour that your plumbing system might give up on you (like 2:00am for me).

In such scenarios, it is ill advised to try and sort out the issue yourself unless you are handy with tools or have some plumbing experience (which I don’t so I called these guys http://www.burkemountainplumbing.com/). If not, calling for help is your best bet, meanwhile, be sure to turn off the water in the case of a broken drain or avoid flashing a backed up toilet. It is always a good idea for a home owner to have an emergency plumber at hand. However, if you do not have one, don’t panic, it shouldn’t take you too long to find one. But, finding a good one is another mater.

Finding an emergency plumber

The fastest and safest route to take is asking your friends, family and neighbours for recommendations before you have an emergency. If that fails, it is time to scour the internet for help. Start by localizing your search to your area to simplify the search criteria whether it’s Vancouver, North Van, Burnaby, etc. Focus on directories like yellow pages or any plumbing network in your area e.g. a licensing body which will have plenty of certified plumbers to call.

Pick at least three or four plumbers to engage and start making the calls. It is wise to have all the information about the emergency at your fingertips. This helps you get a close estimate after the plumber takes in the relevant details of the pressing issue. If they aren’t forthcoming with this information, ask them for their quote on a general plumbing issue that’s closely related to your problem. For instance, if you have a clogged drain, ask how much they charge to fix that.

This should give you an idea of what to expect because you will be charged if they come out to access the damage. Repeat the process for all the numbers you pick until you find a satisfactory emergency plumbing company. However, since it’s an emergency, dalliance might make the situation worse so hurry! Plus, emergency plumbers charge more because it is an emergency. Make sure to save the number if you like their services for next time.

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Summary

Emergency plumbing might be costlier than calling a regular plumber due to the high responsiveness of the situation. This is because their operation costs might be higher as they have emergency vehicles that are equipped for plumbing and standby tools or it might be at an awful hour of the night which means you will pay an extra bit of money for it.

To avoid this, you can try to troubleshoot small plumbing issues before they escalate. But, if you are like me, you are a complete idiot when it comes to plumbing. An even better idea is to have regular repair and maintenance done which should save you such hassle and keep your plumbing system up and running.

The Importance of Hiring Car Accident Lawyer When Involved in a Car Accident

Having last year been involved in an accident in Gastown last year, I have since been through a variety of legal battles with the individual that injured me.  Having been aided by Steve Kooner Law Corporation to recover much of my medical bills, I’ve since learned more than I wanted to about personal injury law.  Therefore, today I’m sharing with you a bit of what I learned.

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Crushed Saturn” by MrFish – friend’s work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Getting involved in a car accident can be a tragic event that can have far reaching consequences on your life. Life injury can completely change your life, for example, if you are permanently injured, you are likely to lose your income, while if your loved ones was the breadwinner, the accident will compromise the life of your family. If you have incurred injuries that are directly associated to the car accident, you are eligible to file a lawsuit with car injury attorney.

Who should file injury lawsuit with car accident attorney

  • If you are involved in a car accident in which the driver at fault was not insured
  • You have lost your loved one to a car accident
  • The insurance provider is pressuring you to take inadequate and unfair compensation
  • If you were not fully compensated for the lost wages, present and future medical expenses and pain and suffering you have undergone, you are eligible to file a lawsuit.

How car accident attorney can help

First, the attorney will access your claim to determine if you are entitled to file a lawsuit.

Having handled many car accidents compensation claims, the attorney will move swiftly to secure evidences and witnesses. As stated earlier, personal injury attorney have the right personnel and materials to secure evidences and witnesses to see your case succeed. They have helped many car accidents victims secure compensation they are entitled.

The attorney will also protect your rights and interests. Car compensation claims can be intimidating and also settlement can take longer than usual. The personal lawyer will ensure your case is settled on time.

Car accident attorney will help you get fair and adequate compensation

With our car accident attorney, you are likely to receive adequate and fair compensation that will adequately cover medical expenses, pain and suffering you have undergone and the lost wages among other compensations you are likely to receive. With no-win-no fees policy, you are assured that car accident attorney will work hard to protect your rights and ensure you get the right compensation you are entitled to.

It is good to work with an attorney who has handled numerous car accident claims with a good track record. Whether you incurred car injuries many years ago or some hours ago, experienced personal lawyer has the right skills and materials to gather evidences and ensure you get the compensation your are entitled to. You should not rely on the insurance provider, all the pressure they are mounting on you is designed to make you believe you were at fault. You should not sign or allow any person to sign an agreement without the accident attorney. The paper you are about to sign holds your future and only personal accident lawyer can give you the right advice and ensure you get the compensation

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Tips to Use Business Cards to Your Benefit Here in Vancouver

In our last afternoon tea, me and the “tea-ites” were discussing whether business cards are even relevant in the online world. The consensus was that “yes” they are. So I thought I’d give you my tips on why they are still relevant and why you shouldn’t go without creating business cards for your business. I know they work for me!

For many years, business cards have been considered the most effective and important tool for networking. A well designed business card can help you generate more leads and increase referrals for your Vancouver business. When customers and clients carry your card, it’s very likely they will pass them to several potential customers.

business card printingAccording to some studies, a business card is one of the most powerful tool for generating more leads. Moreover, it’s also an affordable way to increase your sales. It’s worth mentioning that using a business card is also low tech, energy efficient, compact and even offers other benefits.

A business card not only tells potential customers about the business name and contact information, but also gives them an idea about your style, work and personality. Your business card can be attractive, charming, unique or funny. In addition to this, it can be reused by every person who receives it from another customer or client.

The key functions of a business card are to gain business from every person who comes in contact with it, and to promote the business with chain marketing. Unfortunately, there are many Vancouver business owners who don’t know how to use business cards effectively. Here are some tips you should keep in mind.

Simple is Better

According to studies, it’s always better to keep your business card simple. You shouldn’t go overboard with the designing process. The card should be basic, and include your details. Moreover, it should also have your business logo.

Be Creative

When you need to give away a business card for networking, it needs to be creative. For instance, you can hand-write something on the back of the card. A simple message or your company’s motto can leave a good impression. Some subtle actions can add more personal value to your business card. It makes sure the holder retains the card for a longer period of time. This increases your chance to get positive results.

Use the Standard Size

It’s always better to use a standard size business card. It makes sure people don’t experience any problems while trying to carry your card. When it’s more convenient, it’s likely that people will use your card more.

Use Personal Information

Last but not the least, you should use your personal information on the card. It is important to include all the details, such as your contact information, designation, address and more. This makes sure a potential customer can easily contact your business when required.

If you are looking for a great place to get business cards printed in Vancouver, I recommend LinxPrint. I’ve had the business cards for my current and previous business ventures.

Vancouver's Trails

About the City of Vancouver

Awesome mountains surrounded by various beaches make Vancouver, British Columbia among the most stunning cities on the planet. Many dining establishments and cafe line the fashionable and popular areas of the downtown core. There are roughly 2.5 million individuals staying in the lower mainland of Vancouver of all ethnic background’s, which contributes to the variations of outstanding food and culture!

Vancouver is close to both the mountain and the ocean variety so lots of rain is anticipated. The rain right here can in fact be an issue as grey skies, particularly throughout the winter season months, are one of the couple of negatives of living in Vancouver. As for travellers, the finest time to check out Vancouver is the least wet period which is throughout the summer season months.

Real Estate Situation

Homes have actually always been rather costly in Vancouver. The way of life and the landscape have actually developed a high need for houses in this city. A little house on the west side of Vancouver will certainly cost you upwards of 1 million dollars.

The property market has actually been remarkably resistant in Vancouver. Even through the economic downturn, Vancouver property rates rapidly rebounded and surpass peak levels. Real estate costs are skyrocketing and there is little sign that this trend will stop due to the interest of foreign purchasers and the appeal of Vancouver even for Canadians.

Fun Destinations

Fancy discovering a couple of more things to do in Vancouver on a rainy day? New visitors to the city should take the time to check them out but if you are familiar with the city these may not be brand new to you.

The Vancouver Aquarium

The Vancouver Aquarium ought to certainly be on the list of things to do in Vancouver on a rainy day since it is an indoor center! The home of over 50,000 animals from all over the world, there is constantly something amazing and brand-new to see there. And there’s more to the center than satisfies the eye initially glimpse; not just exist reveals readily available to assist you find out more about aquatic life, however the Vancouver Fish tank likewise takes part in and sponsors aquatic study and researches to assist secure and protect all sort of aquatic life.

Telus World of Science
Telus World of Science

Telus World of Science

Open to families and individuals there is something for everyone to take pleasure in at the incredible facility located within 5 minutes of downtown Vancouver. Home to an IMAX theatre, The Telus World of Science offers several different shows of science and nature films daily.

Stanley Park

Stanley Park is an interesting location, garnished with cedar trees, beaches, gardens, and lagoons. Wild life exists is this location, types such as such as coyotes, trumpeter swans and beavers are seen. Found near the downtown, Stanley Park is a perfect example of what Vancouver offers with pride!

That’s all for today folks! make sure you stop by again soon for more updates!

This article was written by:

        Ann Martin