Common Flat Roof Problems

HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST MATERIAL FOR A FLAT ROOF

Covering a flat roof will be different from a traditional sloped roof for many reasons including the materials required. While a pitched roof can use overlapping shingles or tiles, this method is likely to lead to leaking for a roof without any slope. There are many different materials and methods to installing a flat roof, including rubber, thermoplastic, tar and gravel and modified bitumen, but which one is best?

Rubber membranes such as EPDM (ethylene propylene diene terpolymer) are often applied in giant custom sized sheets to fit your flat roof. This material is durable, and the custom size limits the areas where a leak could occur. This kind of rubber can be more expensive than other materials.

Thermoplastic materials such as PVC (polyvinyl chloride) or TPO (thermoplastic olefin) are durable options, due to heat-welded seams, and offer improved energy efficiency. However, roofs made of these materials can be difficult to repair.

Tar and gravel are used in the Built-Up Roof (BUR) method. While this is typically a cheaper way to cover a roof, it can be heavy and messy to install and is usually accompanied by a strong odor. If you get a leak in this kind of roof, it may be hard to detect where it started.

Using modified bitumen on a flat roof can help save on costs as compared to newer technologies. The installation process can be very time-consuming and labor-intensive due to the number of layers and roll-on method of installation. It can also be difficult to detect the origin of leaks in a modified bitumen roof

 

A Design & Materials Guide for Residential Flat Roofing Systems

Flat Roofs Are Everywhere – But What About Homes?

Flat roofs are a familiar sight throughout North America. Any typical mall, warehouse, apartment building or school usually features a flat roof. This roof type is easier to install over large surfaces and is the most common choice for commercial, industrial and institutional buildings.

Why Are Flat Roofs Less Common For Houses?

Also known as low slope roofs, flat roofs are less common in North American residential construction because the low slope of a flat roof has an increased tendency to collect water rather than shed, like its more steeply pitched alternative. This may make it less ideal for rainy or snowy climates.

Flat Roof Drain Types

So, even though flat roofs are ideal for drier landscapes, in climates with heavy precipitation, a properly installed flat roof can be a fine choice for a homeowner – especially thanks to ever-improving waterproof materials and installation techniques.

It looks good

Flat roofs are an attractive aesthetic choice that give homes a unique form. If you love the landscape or cityscape around your home, a flat roof can help complement that without obscuring the view

Flat Roof Space Is Usable Space

Unlike a steeply pitched roof, most of the square footage of a flat roof is available for use. This offers the option to add a unique application such as a rooftop patio, garden or green roof. Solar panels also are popular among homeowners and are much easier to install – and hide from view – on a flat roof.

 

Tips on Choosing the Right Roofing Material for Your Home

The right roofing material will do more than keeping your home dry and damage-free. It will set the ambiance, highlight your home’s style, and boost its curb appeal. When choosing the best material for your residential roofing, consider the essential factors to meet your needs.

Consider Your Roof’s Structure

Every roofing material will perform well when installed in proper roof slopes. For instance, when it comes to flat roofs, metal is better than others since it sheds water and snow easily. Meanwhile, clay or concrete tile works best in steeper sloped roofs since they need reinforced roof framing to support their weight. In summary, the heavier the materials, the more structural modifications they require. This will cost you more on labor and materials.

Check Your Home’s Architectural Style

Pick a roofing material that historically matches your home’s architectural style. This way, you can improve your home’s personality and make it stand out. For example, a concrete roof tile works well with Tuscan, Mediterranean, and European homes due to its distinctive shape and texture. Meanwhile, a metal roof looks excellent in bungalow, ranch, and modern homes because of its sleek appearance.

Scrutinize the Material’s Features

Each roofing material has its own set of qualities, so choose the one that will meet your needs. Consider factors like performance, longevity, energy efficiency, affordability, and maintenance. Being clear about your priorities will help you make the right decision for your roof replacement.

 

Tips for Choosing New Flat Roofing in Milwaukee (That Won’t Leak)

Replacing your flat roof can cost up to $11,000 according to recent data. Normal and natural weather conditions, such as winter storms and rainy spouts, can cause your roof to slowly deteriorate over the years. But, the condition of your roof, whether you have experienced leaks or not, is not a home component that you can ignore for long.

Make Sure the Company You Choose for Roofing in Milwaukee Uses Correct Materials

On a flat roof, in particular, a strong rubber membrane is placed on top of the roof shingles. These rubber membranes are barriers put in place to prevent any type of water pooling from collecting on your flat roof over time.

Choose a Roof With Longevity

When you spend thousands of dollars replacing your roof, you surely want it to last. Pick a material that is flexible and sturdy. Other options besides PVC include TPO membrane and EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer). These are materials that are also single-ply membranes.

Flat Roofs Need the Right Insulation

High-quality insulation is another aspect of your new flat roof that requires special attention because you don’t want temperature fluctuations inside your building during the cold or hot months. Eliminate the issues with poor insulation by acquiring the best rigid foam material to insulate your building so you keep your roof intact for many happy years ahead.

Hire Trained Contractors

Don’t try to replace your roof on your own. Doing your own repairs can be extremely dangerous and can lead to severe consequences. What if you fall off a ladder and injure yourself? Leave roofing repair up to the expert since they know exactly how to properly evaluate the condition of your current roof. Professionals will also look for potential leaks and can provide your roof with the right sealants to ensure a long-term fix.

 

FLAT ROOF REPLACEMENT TIPS YOU SHOULD KNOW

BEFORE BEGINNING YOUR FLAT ROOF REPLACEMENT, CHECK OUT THESE TIPS

Every flat roof in the history of mankind has either eventually failed, or been replaced or removed before it failed. The harsh truth about flat roofs, as with any type of roof and most anything in the world, is that they deteriorate and eventually fail. Some roofing materials are stronger than others and will provide protection from the elements for a longer time, but all roofing systems will eventually fail. You need to prepare for your roof’s inevitable failure, and have a plan in place for your commercial flat roof replacement project.

Factors to Consider Before Choosing a New Roofing System

No roofing system is the right choice in every situation. While some roofing systems are better than others and are right in more cases, it is still extremely difficult to know in any given situation which roofing system is best. For this reason, you should never choose a roofing system only because you heard it was “the best” or because a colleague has it and recommends it. You should carefully examine some factors about your building, your current roof, and what you want out of your new roof. After examining these factors, you can make an informed decision for your flat roof replacement.

The Slope of Your Roof

Considering the slope of your current roof, which roofing systems are available to you? Materials like shingles and concrete tile depend on water running quickly off the roof to be effective, is your roof too flat for them? Or is your roof too steep to receive rolled on single-ply roofing materials? The steepness of your roof may rule out certain roofing options.

The Drainage of Your Roof

If your current roofing system has poor drainage that you would like to improve, certain roofing systems will require repairs be made to the roof deck prior to installation. Or, should you select a more versatile roofing system, such as spray foam and restoration coatings (depending on the drainage required) you can apply the material in varying depths and thereby improve the drainage without significant repairs

Expected Structural Load

After your flat roof replacement, what is the load you expect to be placed on your roof? A restoration coating will not add much, if any, strength to the roofing system. While they add waterproofing, they won’t make your roof any stronger. So if you expect a heavy load, coatings aren’t for you, and spray foam may be perfect for you (SPF can withstand a car driving on its surface). However, if you don’t expect a heavy load on your roof surface, restoration coatings may be perfect for you. Single-ply systems may also work well as they don’t add much strength, but are typically good reflectors of the sun.

Upholstery Cleaning Is Crucial To Improve Air Quality In Your Home

How to Clean a Couch

Whether you’re trying to tackle a specific stain or want to give your entire couch a seasonal refresh, give this easy how-to a try:

  1. Use a handheld garment steamer or bursts from your steam iron to kill dust mites. Go over the entire sofa, allowing just the steam to touch and penetrate the fabric. If you don’t have a steamer or iron, skip this step and go straight to vacuuming.
  2. With your vacuum’s upholstery attachment, go over the entire sofa: back, arms, skirt, and cushions. If the cushions are removable, take them off and vacuum the fabric underneath, going as far under the back and arms as your vacuum can reach. With the crevice tool, go along the seams, around any buttons, and along the trim.
  3. Take a look at your couch’s care tag to see what’s safe to use on the fabric:
    • Wis the easiest to clean and means water-based cleaners are okay to use.
    • W/Smeans that either water- or solvent-based cleaners are safe.
    • Smeans only solvent-based cleaning chemicals should be used.
    • Xmeans do nothing more than vacuum or brush the fabric.
  4. For fabrics that can safely be cleaned with water, treat food and pet stains with an enzyme-containing formula like Bissell Professional Pet Stain & Odor Remover. In a pinch, mix together mild dish soap with warm water. Always test any cleaner in a hidden area first.
  5. If your cushions have removable covers, unzip them and place a paper towel between the fabric and filling to absorb cleaner. Apply the cleaner to a cloth and blot the stain carefully, working from the outside in. Once the stain is removed, dab the area with another damp cloth to rinse thoroughly and blot dry. For “S” fabrics, remove stains with a solvent-based product according to package directions.
  6. Clean dingy arms and headrests with a portable extraction cleaner like Bissell’s Little Green ProHeat Portable Cleaner. Simply dispense the cleaner and water mixture through the hose, agitate the fabric with the brush nozzle, and vacuum up the dirt into the tank. For solvent-only fabrics, it’s best to call in a professional for a safe and thorough cleaning.
  7. Once your sofa is clean and dry, kill any lingering germs and odors on water-safe upholstery with a fabric sanitizing spray like Tide Antibacterial Fabric Spray.

 

Remove Pet Hair from Upholstered Furniture

If your furry friends like to cozy up on the couch with you, try these tips for cleaning upholstered furniture. To remove pet hair from furniture, put on a pair of rubber gloves and run them over your furniture, says Leslie Reichert of Green Cleaning Coach. “The gloves create static that pulls the hair off to the edge of the piece, where you can easily vacuum it off,” she says. You can also create a DIY static spray by mixing water and a small amount of fabric softener. Spray the solution on the furniture and wipe off hair with a cloth. Other effective tools for removing fur from upholstery include furniture brushes and hand vacuums designed for pet hair.

 

How to Clean a Fabric Sofa If It’s Stained

If your sofa tag is marked with an “X,” you should only vacuum it with an attachment. And, as you now know, sofas tagged with “S” require solvent-based cleaners that should be clearly labeled with the directions you need for those particular products. The cleaning instructions below should only be used for sofas with tags marked “W” or “WS.”
You’ll need the following items and ingredients:

  • A vacuum cleaner with an upholstery attachment
  • At least three light-colored microfiber cloths that won’t bleed on your sofa
  • A bucket
  • Distilled water (The minerals in tap water can leave residue behind. A quick Internet search should yield plenty of DIY instructions on distilling water, or you can find an inexpensive jug at almost any grocery store.)
  • Liquid dish soap
  • Distilled white vinegar

Note: You should always spot test homemade solutions on a small, inconspicuous area of the material before you begin cleaning.

 

How to clean loose sofa covers     

A lot of our fabric sofas have loose, removeable covers that can be taken off individually and cleaned. This means that you can access all the areas of your upholstery for more convenient maintenance, while also being able to machine wash each cover should the care label allow for it (always check beforehand to be sure). If you need to wash by hand, you can follow the steps above, and it’s a good idea to put them back on the sofa to dry naturally to avoid creasing.

Velvet upholstery needs regular brushing too

The majority of upholstery fabrics only require a regular cleaning regime, but velvet sofas require an extra step to keep them looking and feeling great. To preserve the material’s natural sheen, you will need to go over it with a clothes brush or a specialist velvet brush, which will help it develop an antiqued ‘crushed’ appearance that will only improve with age. The best time to do this is immediately after vacuuming or when dry after deep cleaning.

Choose a shady spot to avoid sun and heat damage

When your upholstery is left out in the sun, it can fade, bleach, and lose its natural qualities. In addition, heat from radiators, pipes, and fireplaces can cause the material to become dried out and warped. Take this into account when you are looking for the best spot for your sofa, as somewhere without too much sunlight and away from heat sources will cause the least damage in the long-run.

Plump your cushions to keep shape

Alongside a regular cleaning regime, it’s important to service your sofa’s cushions so they keep their natural shape and provide the optimal level of comfort and support. All you need to do is plump your seat, arm, and back cushioning after each long period of use, perhaps at the end of each day. This is an essential task if your sofa is filled with feathers, fibres, or a combination of both, as they do not have the same resilience as foam and won’t return to their original form.

While you’re plumping your cushions, don’t pass up the opportunity to do the same to your scatter cushions or wool throw so that they maintain their shape too.

 

Cleaning upholstered furniture : Leather

  • Begin with vacuuming. Don’t forget to run the vacuum cleaner over seams and in nooks and crannies, where the dust particles get accumulated the most.
  • Apply a small amount of leather cleaner on a dry cloth and gently clean the surface.
  • If a leather cleaner is not available at your nearest store, you can also opt for the good old white vinegar as a substitute. Take a dry cloth and dampen it with vinegar and wipe off your furniture to achieve the same result.
  • Since any kind of moisture will create a fertile ground for mildews, try using leather cleaner and solvents to a minimum. Instead, make do with vacuuming on a regular basis.
  • To remove stains on leather furniture, spray upholstery cleaner on the stains and keep it for some time. After ten to fifteen minutes, gently blot with a damp cloth. Use a hair dryer or let it dry on its own.

What You Need To Know About Local Moving Companies

Tips for finding a good moving company?

For those that have moved recently, or even those that have moved EVER, how did you find your moving company? Did you recruit some friends or did you hire a crew? I’ve heard lots of horror stories about terrible experiences.

Make sure you check with your local BBB. Check to see if the company is BackChecked. Check for references and never never never go with the lowest price and check to see how the transit protection works incase there are any damages.

Also always ask for them to come to your home to do a in house visit, do not accept just an over the phone estimate. A reputable company will always offer a free in home estimate even if you go with someone else

Here is a very useful website for moving scams, what to look out for and which questions to ask to make sure you aren’t getting set up by a moving “broker” or rogue movers that are out to take your stuff hostage: http://www.movingscam.com/articles/how-moving-scams-work

This site is a very comprehensive site well worth the time to review for moving and packing tips, message boards, and reviews

For cross-country moves, my sister and my daughter both used ABF with great success. You pack your own “ReLo Cube(s)” in your own time. When you’re ready, they pick it up, and deliver it. You can hire them to help load or unload, or do that part yourself. They were easy to work with, and there was a real, live, human contact on both ends (departure and destination cities) to help us. The cost was equivalent to truck rental like Ryder or Uhaul, when you factor gasoline, and the driving was done for us

 

Picking a Moving Company: How Do Your Choices Stack Up?

Selecting a moving company can be overwhelming. You probably have a few friends with recommendations, and there are plenty of movers’ ads online and offline — but which company’s the best fit?

Licensed means safe

The first and most important point to investigate is the company’s legal status. Movers may claim to be licensed and insured, but unless you can confirm that, don’t take it at face value.

In-state moves

Many states have rules and regulations to monitor household goods carriers at a local level. Usually the authorities responsible for overseeing intrastate movers are the state Department of Transportation or the Public Utilities Commission. Contact the relevant authority.

Out-of-state moves

Check with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the agency that grants permits to all moving companies engaged in the interstate transportation of household goods.

Overseas moves

Ensure that the ocean transportation intermediary involved in the moving process is certified by the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC), the federal agency responsible for regulating U.S. international ocean transportation to protect U.S. consumers. Don’t even consider moving to another country without researching whether your chosen company has been approved by the FMC.

 

How to Choose a Moving Company You Can Rely On

Seek Out Recommendations

In order to find a reputable moving company, it is important to ask family, friends and co-workers for recommendations. Chances are they have had experience with a particular company they can either recommend or steer you away from

Check the Physical Address

To ensure a company is legitimate, check to see if it has a physical address. Consider visiting the facility and checking out the equipment. If you hire a local mover, you’ll avoid being duped into doing business with internet scammers.

Verify Credentials

Whatever company you’re thinking of hiring, make sure to verify its credentials. If you’re moving from one state to another, the moving company must have a number issued by the United States Department of Transportation. For in-state moves, requirements vary by jurisdiction. Check your state’s rules and regulations for moving companies.

Read Reviews

Visit the company’s website and read what its customers are saying. Also, you can check the company’s rating with the Better Business Bureau (BBB). Furthermore, sites such as Angie’s List, Google and Yelp provide information about local businesses. There’s even a national association of movers with a searchable database that identifies quality and professional movers.

Check Their Experience

Choosing a reputable moving company is all about research, and part of that research includes finding out how long a company has been in business. Experience counts, and a long successful track record goes a long way in deciding who you want to entrust with your stuff.

 

How to Find a Reputable Moving Company

Hiring a moving company is a very stressful and expensive experience, and if you don’t take precautions it can quickly turn into a nightmare. So how do you find a moving company that you can trust with everything that you own, and still feel safe in your decision? While we generallyrecommend moving yourself if possible

The first thing that you should do is put down your keyboard and step away from your computer. While there are some reputable moving companies that have web sites, nearly all of the victims that contact us found their moving company on the Internet. The Internet will come in handy later, but for now let’s start local.

Start by asking friends who have moved recently, and call a few local real estate agents and find at least three moving companies that have offices in your area. Try to find moving companies that have been in business at least ten years, and do not hire a moving broker. Current consumer protection laws related to household goods brokers are insufficiently written, and enforced.

Set up appointments for at least two moving companies to come to your house and do an in-home estimate in the order of your least favorite to your most favorite company. Many companies are using new technology that makes it easier to provide estimates without an in-home survey, but we recommend at least two in-home surveys to help make sure the estimates are accurate.

Find out up front if the company will be doing the move themselves, or if they will be sub-contracting the job to another company. If they won’t be moving you then you should move on to another company. You should also visit their office and make sure that the company is who they say they are. Check out their trucks and storage facility. Make sure that their trucks are permanently marked with the company’s name. Many rogue movers will show up on the day of the move with a magnetic sign attached to the door of a rental truck, so it’s good to know as much about them as you can ahead of time.

 

Tips on Hiring Movers

Whether it’s your first time moving or you’re a veteran at changing addresses, moving can be a stressful affair. Don’t let your moving company add to it. To achieve peace of mind and have your belongings packed, moved, and delivered safely, you need to do your research.

Finding the right moving company requires more than just glancing at the estimated price. You need to know the company’s reputation, whether they are insured, and if they are reliable and capable of handling your move.

How to Hire Movers the Right Way

Before you start googling and looking for movers, make sure you do some prep work. First, identify the type of move you will be doing.

Next, you’ll want to find a few companies capable of providing the type of moving service you need. Make sure that you research several, as you’ll likely have to cross some off the list. Validate that the companies you are considering are licensed and insured, then see what past customers have to say about them. Testimonials will reveal the general trend of their service quality, as well as how they handle any bad reviews. If the company is unresponsive to complaints, be wary! While you shouldn’t expect something going wrong, you want to make sure whoever you hire is willing to take care of you if something happens.

Always Implement Proper Moving Etiquette

Proper moving etiquette is important. It can save you money, avoid mistakes, and ensure a better moving experience for everyone.

Domestic Cleaning Or Commercial Cleaning

Tips to Help You Choose the Right Commercial Office Cleaning Company

When it comes to keeping the office clean, a lot of businesses have an important decision to make: should they add a cleaning crew to the company payroll, or hire a commercial cleaning company to handle those duties? While there are pros and cons to both approaches, there are greater reasons that indicate outsourcing this work is the best option.

Do a thorough background check

When it comes time to find a commercial cleaning company for your office, it’s important to ask the right questions. Because you can ensure you get the best service available – and at the right price. Find out how many days they work and the hours they’re available. Especially if you want the work done after your office closes for the day and your employees have gone home.

Ask for references from companies they’ve worked for

When selecting a commercial cleaning company, you should do a little research on their reputation. Check out their customer satisfaction reviews and the company’s overall standing within the local business community. Find out who they’ve worked for in the past and how they’ve been rated by others. Were other companies satisfied with their performance? Would they recommend them? These are great questions to ask.

Ask if they have liability insurance

All prospective commercial cleaning companies should be able to provide proof of insurance and demonstrate that they’re fully licensed. You should ask to see their general and workers compensation certificates. Also, look for a company that hires regular employees rather than cash workers; they’re the ones that carry insurance against liability and injury if an accident should happen in your office while they’re on the job – this protects both you and the cleaner. And absolutely do NOT forget to verify their business license.

Make sure they only hire professionals

It’s important to ask how they hire their employees, and to inquire about the company’s hiring procedures and vetting process. You want to be sure that the crew they’re sending over to clean your office behaves professionally and knows how to do the job properly. You may also want to inquire about their dress code to ensure they show up presentable and professional – many will have a uniform and ID badge, which is good info to know up front.

 

Tips To Find Good Commercial Cleaning

Tips for Choosing a Commercial Cleaning Company

Maintaining your office space should be a priority for a few different reasons. While the upkeep of your office may be a no-brainer, choosing the right commercial cleaning company can be a daunting task. With so many companies to choose from in Boise, it can be difficult to narrow them down.

Services Offered

The first thing you’ll want to know before hiring a commercial cleaning company is if they provide the services you need. Some companies specialize in janitorial services while others focus on window cleaning. You might also be in the market for a commercial cleaning company that can provide multiple services. This will streamline your process and eliminate any companies you don’t need to contact.

Past Reviews and Experience

Commercial cleaning companies enter your property after hours for the most part. Handing over this responsibility requires confirming that they are a reputable company. Inquire about current clients and experience to gain a sense of well established the cleaning company is. Having an idea of who they work for and how long will help you decide if you can trust them.

Quality of Employees

Protecting your property starts with trusting a company to provide service after hours, but ensuring they do a quality job requires asking about their workforce. A professional commercial cleaning company should be able to walk you through the steps of their hiring process. The process should include screening with background checks followed by employee training for a uniformed end product. You can also ask if a staff member will visit your facility regularly or if turn-over requires irregular scheduling

Dependable

A professional cleaning company will be dependable and reliable. You should never have to guess when your cleaners will arrive at your office. A professional, experienced cleaning company will work closely with their clients to create a cleaning schedule that works well for everyone.

 

Tips on Choosing Commercial Cleaning Services

Skills and experience

This is the first quality to check when hiring a commercial cleaner. Make sure that the cleaner has the necessary skills that are needed to handle commercial cleaning. Commercial cleaning is quite different from home cleaning and requires some level of skill.

Most the commercial cleaning undergo training to gain familiarity in cleaning skills, and this is important. Experience is also another important aspect because you don’t want to choose a company that is so new to the business. You might want to select someone who already knows how things are done.

Method of cleaning

When choosing a commercial cleaner, take time and ask about the method cleaning that they use. This will help you determine whether the method of cleaning used is right for you. The method of cleaning will sometimes be determined by your type of business. For instance, there are businesses that prefer an environmentally friendly type of cleaning.

Specialty of the cleaner

The specialty of the cleaner is always important when choosing a commercial cleaner. It is important to choose a cleaner that is specialized in a given area especially if you are involved in a business that requires special cleaning.

Contract

The contract is an important aspect of hiring a cleaning company. Take a look at their contract and look at some of the aspects of insurance, costs and the general terms of the contract. This will tell you if you can work with the company

 

Hints and tips on choosing an office or commercial cleaning company

To make the right choice of cleaning company you need to ask the right questions. You have probably had experience of cleaning companies in the past good and bad, so to choose the right cleaning company next time, and to save you time and money, you need to make an informed decision. Do some research on the company and ask questions at your first meeting:- Are they experienced in running cleaning contracts?

Can you easily get references or testimonials from other companies that use them? Will there be a regular point of contact who is easy to get in touch with? Or will you have to wait days before anyone gets back to you? Do they support their cleaning staff and regularly carry out audits? Or do they gain the contract then leave the cleaning staff to it? What arrangements are made for holiday / sickness cover? Do the cleaning staff have to cover for each other? Do they train their staff in correct methods of cleaning?

Do the cleaning staff have enough materials to work with? Or is it a monthly delivery and if they run out do the cleaning staff have to make do? Is their Health & Safety up to date and ongoing?

Or do they just tick the right boxes? Are they local to the area? Or do they cover a wide area and rely on one manager to cope with numerous contracts and staff?

Do they have a good track record and look after their customers? Or do they gain contracts then lose them after a short time? I hope the above helps in what to look out for when sourcing a cleaning company. We are not perfect but we are a genuine company who wants to supply a good quality cleaning service at a reasonable price. Your staff will work better and be more productive if they are in a clean and healthy environment. We are local to Banbury and believe businesses should ‘keep business local’.

 

Tips for Choosing the Right Commercial Cleaning Company For Your Business

Do you have a business that needs to be cleaned? Have you considered outsourcing the jobs of vacuuming, taking out the trash and cleaning restrooms? If so, you’re probably interested in choosing the best commercial cleaning company for your business. What are some tips to choose the best one?

Reputation is Key

First, consider a cleaning company’s reputation in town. Since cleaners often work with minimal supervision, you’ll want to pick a company with a sterling reputation… one that people know they can trust no matter what. Therefore, look for a company that has been established for a while, that has several accounts, and offers references. Rather than go with a brand new company that doesn’t have a history, look for one that has built-up an outstanding reputation such that others recommend them to you because they’ve had a great overall experience.

Employment Standards

Next, a cleaning company that claims to be the best must take hiring seriously. Instead of just picking any person “off the street” and throwing them into the job, a great company is very specific with their hiring practices, making sure that the people they employ go through background checks. Also, they don’t hire people with criminal records. Meanwhile, they conduct extensive training, such that their workers exhibit professionalism at all times, paying extra attention to safety on the job and more. When you’re looking to hire a commercial cleaning company you should ask, “Will the same people be cleaning our place on a regular basis?” Ideally, you should find a company with low turnover.

The Right Expertise for the Job

Other things to consider when looking for the best commercial cleaning company to clean your business include what services they offer coupled with what kind of facilities they can truly handle cleaning… for instance, if they only have a couple employees, they’re probably not the right company for a job that involves cleaning a sprawling manufacturing plant that takes up a couple acres. Meanwhile, make sure the company offers what you need done, which can include trash removal, sweeping/mopping, dusting, stocking consumables, and/or restroom cleaning.

The Process Of Hiring A Wedding Photographer

EXPERT TIPS ON HOW TO FIND & CHOOSE YOUR PERFECT WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

When your special day arrives, you may be so overwhelmed that you have very little memory of the details. The flowers you chose, your wedding dress, the location and table settings, all your friends having a great time, even your hair do are things you may want to remember. However, this day goes by quickly

FINDING A TOP WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

That’s why your wedding photographer is such an important part of your event. They’ll follow you throughout the day and capture these special moments and details. Here are 8 tips that will help you in the search to find a wedding photographer who is perfect for you.

DECIDE ON YOUR STYLE

Wedding photography genres can be broken down into three types: traditional, photo-journalistic or classic. Traditional photographers are extremely involved all throughout the day, producing posed shots and spend a lot of time arranging the couple so that the details look the way they’d like

HIRE A PROFESSIONAL

Uncle Bob may have a nice new camera and it may save some money however you only get one go at capturing your wedding day and do you want to take the risk. When it comes to wedding photography it is more than a camera and more than just taking the photos, check out our Infographic on what a wedding photographer really does here

REVIEWS & RECOMMENDATIONS

There is nothing like benefiting form the experience of others. If you have friends that have already been through this process, then ask them if they recommend their photographer. If not, do a thorough search online and pay attention to the reviews of others, we allow couples to share reviews on photographers pages on our site here.

 

How to Choose a Wedding Photographer

The photographs from your wedding day will be a timeless memento of a truly special day. Wedding photographers can be very expensive, specialise in a number of different styles, and offer a variety of levels of service. Choosing a wedding photographer takes careful thought and consideration about what sort of pictures you want to document your wedding day. Do plenty of research and interview a number of candidate before making your choice

Decide what style of wedding photography you prefer. There are a number of different styles of wedding photography, and different photographers will specialise in different styles. Take some time to read up on and learn about the different styles and think about which one suits you best.

Start looking early. Booking your wedding photographer should be one of the first things you do after you have booked your venue. Wedding photographers are in high demand, especially in the busiest times of year for weddings, and many of the best ones will be booked up a year in advance

Ask for personal recommendations. The best wedding photographers will tend to develop a reputation, and may be known locally to your friends are family. Start your search by asking people you know and trust if they have any recommendations, either through personal experience, or word of mouth. Talk to people you know who have got married in the last few years and ask about their experience

Avoid hiring family or friends. It may be tempting to hire somebody you know to be your wedding photographer. You may be drawn towards hiring someone you trust, who knows you and your partner well, and you think will understand what kind of pictures you want. While this might turn out perfectly well, it is highly likely that this person will not have the technical skills and experience to give you the best photos.

 

Tips For Choosing Your Perfect Wedding Photographer

Bright & Light VS Moody & Atmospheric

As technology has advanced, so too have cameras and editing facilities. Where once wedding photography was quite generic, now each and every wedding photographer has a type of camera they prefer and a signature editing style. You lot are seriously spoilt for choice. At one end we have images full of light and at the other end, photographers who use the light to create contrast, often resulting in a darker edit of images. There is no rule as to which is better – it’s purely personal preference. Within the team we all favour completely different styles. And of course, there is a middle ground, it’s about finding which area of the spectrum you love. Once you decide on an editing style you love, you can start to whittle down your choices

Fine Art Photography

If you’re searching for a wedding photographer, then this is a term you’ll come across time and time again. It’s very tricky to put your finger on the precise definition – there really isn’t one. There was a time when this term was restricted to shooting on film, but now it’s more widely used. Lovely Lorna favours Fine Art photography, so here’s what she has to say on the matter

Film Photography

Film Photography is more expensive than digital photography – purely because there are more materials and more time involved. (The film itself, waiting for images to be developed). Again, this is a personal preference, for lots of people film is the very essence of photography, whereas for others, digital is better because there’s more margin for error and the results are instant. And just to confuse you, there’s also a movement of photographers who shoot on digital, but with a film-like style, see the hashtag #lookslikefilm. Some people will argue that once the images are on a computer, in a digital copy – you can’t tell the difference anyway. But again it’s personal preference

The Knockout Couple Shot

Ok, so you’re starting to narrow your list down. It’s time to start looking in more detail at their work. A knockout couple shot is essential. In fact, it’s the most important image of the day. You need a photographer who will whisk you away somewhere with an incredible backdrop, at the perfect time of day to create some magic with the light. Do you want a photographer who will capture you both with intimacy? Do you want to create some drama in your couples shots? Do you want to bring some fun to proceedings? Or do you just want things to unfold naturally? Ask to see examples of portraits shot by your photographer and decide what would make you both feel comfortable in front of the camera. Remember you’ll be drunk on love and looking a million dollars, so never EVER feel like you’re not cool enough for a photographer. It’s their job to make you look that cool

The Group Shots

The group shots are where many photographers set themselves apart. There is absolutely no need to have awkward, forced group shots any more. Your photographer will understand that it’s important to have certain groups of people together in one image, but there’s no need to get everyone standing on parade. Equally, if you don’t want any group shots, then don’t feel like you have to have them. It’s completely your decision

 

How to Choose Your Wedding Photographer

Wedding photography is one of the biggest (and in our book, best!) investments you’ll make in your wedding day. So it’s important to choose a wedding photographer whose work you love now, will still adore in years to come, and who you feel is the right fit for you, your partner, and your wedding.

Along with a wedding video – and all the memories of course! – your wedding photos are among the few things you’ll have as a keepsake of your day, long after the confetti’s been swept away and the last of the wedding cake has been eaten. So having your day documented by the right person is so, so important.

Unless you’re a photography buff yourself, it can be hard to compare photographers, work out what makes a photographer great, or know if they’re the right person to photograph you and your other half on the big day. To help, we’ve rounded up some essential tips for how to choose a wedding photographer

Do Your Research

The first job on your to-do list is to seek out wedding photographers who work in your area and view their photographs. We’ve compiled a handy list of recommended photographers to use as your starting point – these guys come with the One Fab Day seal of approval, so you can trust them to give your day the love and attention it deserves!

Create a Shortlist

The next step is to contact a couple of wedding photographers whose work you really love – we recommend starting with two or three. Initially, you need to know two things; are they available on your wedding date, and can you afford them

 

Five Secrets for Finding the Right Wedding Photographer

If you’re looking for a wedding photographer, chances are you’ve already read an article from The Knot, started a Pinterest board, followed a dozen photographers on Instagram, and asked all your married friends for recommendations. (You may also have half a dozen tabs open on your computer, an excel sheet with a running list of pricing and packages, and a headache from hearing that photos are the only thing that lasts.)

I planned my own wedding before I was a photographer, and I stressed so much about choosing the right person to capture it. I checked out dozens photographers, looked at friend’s weddings, asked for recommendations, compared prices–I did my best to find the perfect person. After doing all that work and hiring an incredible photographer, I was still a little disappointed with my photos. They were beautiful, but they didn’t really capture me and my husband.

Always ask to see an entire wedding gallery before hiring your photographer

This is definitely the most important advice I can give anyone, but it takes a bit of explaining to show you why it’s so important.

Wedding photographers think of weddings differently than their couples. We see the day as a series of different scenes: the couple getting ready, the first look, the family portraits, the detail shots, the ceremony, the couple’s portraits, the reception, the send-off, and more. These scenes take place in different locations with widely varying lighting. A wedding photographer has to quickly select the right equipment, camera settings, framing techniques, and posing strategies for each of these scenes

Some photographers are very gifted at capturing one of these scenes or one type of lighting. For example, they may be really great at posing couples for portraits or getting a stunning shot of the rings. They may specialize in natural light, bounce flash, or off-camera light. That kind of specialization in one area can make for truly exceptional photos of that one thing. However, you want to make sure the photographer is also capable and confident shooting all the other scenes and conditions that will be part of your wedding day

Tips To Choose Good Dog Bite Lawyer For Your Pet

Tips and Tricks for Dog Bite Lawyers

Attorney Kenneth M. Phillips’ highly confidential tips-and-tricks seminar, only for plaintiffs’ lawyers. The tactics, strategies, tricks, moves and counter-moves for winning your dog bite cases. A legal best seller, good in all states. View it on your computer in the privacy of your office, with the complete script in front of you. Law and tactics good in all 50 states. $119.95 or $50 when you buy it with Dog Bite Lawsuit Forms for Plaintiffs’ Lawyers.

Dog bite cases require specialized knowledge. You already know that you cannot expect to win a medical malpractice case without knowing details about medical procedures, anatomy, hospitals, etc. You cannot expect to win an auto accident case without knowledge about cars, roads, the meaning of skid marks, and on and on. The same is true of dog bite cases. This field not only has a unique set of legal concepts, but unique ways of establishing the facts. Phillips will tell you what the dog owner, the insurance adjuster, and their attorney are going to say — and how to make their own words bite them hard. For example, when the defense asserts that your client provoked the dog, you will learn how to use the defense allegations to put liability squarely on the shoulders of the dog owner.

You can prove the true cause of an attack by using facts about the dog’s health, confinement and training. To do this, you must have accurate information about canine aggression, and know where to get the witnesses, documents and experts for your particular case. The insurance adjuster and defense attorney will know about these things. Unless you learn them, you will start out behind and fall further behind as time goes on. The information you will learn from this fast-moving seminar will enable you to recognize the winning claims, devastate the defense, avoid insurance scams that are the plague of structured settlements,

Introduction to the Dog Bite Epidemic

The number of dog bite victims

The cost to society and the insurance industry

The typical victim – a child who is bitten in the face

Attitudes of government, the public and the insurance industry

Settlements and verdicts

The Prima Facia Case

Causes of action available to human victims

Causes of action for bystanders

Causes of action when a dog is injured or killed

 

HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT DOG BITE INJURY LAWYER

Dog bites can happen at literally any time or any place. When they do, you need the services of an experienced dog bite lawyer who knows your rights. Whether you are bitten by a dog that belongs to someone you know or by a stray, you need to understand the potential outcomes and the process for getting compensation to cover your financial consequences. The choice in legal representation is one of the most important decisions you will make. It shouldn’t be taken lightly or an attorney chosen randomly. Instead, learn what it takes to make one attorney preferable over the rest.

When people are sick, they don’t go looking for the youngest, most inexperienced doctor to take care of them. Unfortunately, the same isn’t always true when they are choosing legal representation after they have been bitten. In many ways, navigating the legal system is a lot like performing intricate surgery. It requires an in-depth knowledge of the subject matter and a lot of practice to ensure the best possible outcome is achieved

CHOOSE AN ATTORNEY WITH A SPECIALTY IN THE RIGHT AREA

There is a lot to learn when you choose law as your profession. It takes a lot of time and dedication to gain a legal education and pass the bar. All this effort is what it takes just to earn the title of attorney. It would be virtually impossible for every attorney who reached this milestone to learn everything there is to know about every possible area of the law. That’s why attorneys specialize in certain areas of law. By focusing on a single area of law, they can become experts capable of helping clients whose legal issues fall within their area of specialty.

A PROVEN RECORD OF SUCCESS

There is no other way to guarantee the effectiveness of any attorney than by their record of success. Review their opens in a new windowpast case settlements in terms of settlements reached and compensation recovered. An attorney who has accomplished an impressive portfolio of wins is more likely to give your case the attention to detail that it deserves. Cases aren’t won by ignoring what needs to be done. They are won by knowing the right action to take and taking it.

A GOOD COMMUNITY RELATIONSHIP

One area of interest that many potential clients overlook is the connection an attorney has with their community. The most qualified attorney will have strong ties to the community and will work with its residents to make a difference in the quality of their lives.

 

Dog bite victim guide

Identify the dog and its owner

Immediately identify the owner of the dog or the person who had custody of the dog when it attacked you. Obtain the names and addresses and request proof of rabies vaccination. If this information cannot be obtained, you may be forced to undergo a series of rabies shots, which are expensive (exceeds $3,000).

Seek medical care

Depending upon the severity of the dog bite, contact first responders (9-1-1) for immediate medical attention or have someone drive you to emergency care. Always seek professional medical treatment after being bitten or attacked by a dog. The risk of infection from a dog bite is far too great to ignore.

File a dog bite report

After you’ve been medically treated — even if the injury was minor — file a dog bite report with the proper city or county authorities. This legally documents your case and provides help to the next victim who may be bitten or attacked by the same dog. Without a paper trail, authorities cannot enforce effectively

Gather more information

After identifying the dog and its owner, find out more about the dog. Obtain the dog license information and any records pertaining to its previous history. Has the dog bitten or attacked a person or animal prior to biting you? Has the dog been legally designated “potentially dangerous” or “dangerous” by authorities?

Photograph your injuries

Take photos of your injuries, even if you need to unwrap gauze. Confer with a doctor or nurse as needed. They will tell you a safe manner in which to do so. It is also recommended that you photograph all of your wounds, including bruises, as well as all torn, bloody clothing and the location of the dog attack

 

HIRING THE BEST LAWYERS FOR DOG BITES

Dog bites are not “minor” injuries. In addition to causing cuts and bruising, dog bites can fracture bones and cause permanent nerve damage

Fortunately, Wyoming law allows injured victims to sue the dog owner for compensation—but victims will need help bringing the best case

Check a Lawyer’s Experience with Dog Bite Cases

If you find a lawyer nearby, call him or her up and ask what experience they have with dog bite cases. This is a complex area of law, and not all attorneys understand it.

Ask What Evidence You Need to Strengthen Your Case

It is not enough to simply allege that you were bitten.

Discuss the Likeliest Outcome

The best Wyoming lawyers for dog bites do not make promises. If a lawyer tells you that you are “guaranteed” to make $100,000 for your injuries, you should run and find a new lawyer.

 

Do I Need a Dog Bite Lawyer?

If you’ve suffered a dog attack, we know it can be terrifying. Most of the time dogs are friendly and playful, but if they attack, it can result in serious injury and life-long scarring. More often than not, a dog’s aggressive behavior is the result of a negligent owner. Under Pennsylvania law, if a dog has injured you, it’s the owner’s responsibility to pay your medical expenses

After your dog bite injury, hiring an attorney might not be your top priority. It can be a frustrating, confusing time. However, we urge you to call our legal professionals for a free consultation. We can help determine if you have a case for compensation.

Since 1982, we’ve helped injured people recover the money they deserved. We’ve won over $1 billion dollars for our clients, and we’re ready to fight for you. For more information visit our verdicts and settlements page, or take a look at what others are saying about Edgar Snyder & Associates.

There’s no fee and no obligation to use our services. When you hire our attorneys, we’ll cover your upfront fees and handle the insurance company hassles. Remember, you won’t pay us anything until we win your case. If you don’t get money for your injuries, then we won’t charge you a single cent. That’s our guarantee. There’s never a fee unless we get money for you

Must Know How To Find The Best Criminal Defense Attorney

Who Needs a Criminal Defense Lawyer?

The point being, hiring a good criminal defense attorney can sometimes prevent charges from being filed. They can sometimes prevent being arrested in front of family and friends.  And they can sometimes prevent additional charges against you.  It is one of those times in your life where there really is not a negative side.  On the positive side, you will have an advocate, a champion, a “defender” that will stand in front of you and protect your constitutional rights.  The government has numerous resources at its disposal to investigate you and charge you.  You need someone on your side to stand up for you and help keep that power in balance.

You need a criminal lawyer if you are being accused, investigated, charged, or arrested for any criminal offense. It is in your best interest to seek the counsel of an experienced and trustworthy attorney immediately.

 

Advantages of Becoming a Criminal Attorney

Whether it’s a financial reward, a noble endeavor, the love of sheer excitement, below are just a few of advantages of becoming a criminal attorney.

A Noble Endeavor

“Every single day of my life I wake up thrilled that I have the honor of being a criminal defense lawyer.” This from attorney Don Murray in “Why Be a Criminal Defense Lawyer.” The job of a criminal defense lawyer is so very important in a civilized society that in the eyes of the founding fathers they recorded it into our very Bill of Rights in the Sixth Amendment – “and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.” Not too shabby.

High Stakes Excitement

Many criminal attorneys love the sheer excitement in a winner-take-all, loser-loses-all situation. Another advantage of becoming a criminal attorney is because the high stakes venture gets the blood rushing. Evidently, one of the advantages of being a criminal lawyer is that it’s much more exciting to talk about a bank robbery than it is to discuss Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code.

A Darn Good Argument

A good argument goes a long way to stimulating a criminal attorney’s mind. Especially when the argument must be well-reasoned, well-researched and well-organized. Most of the action in a lawyer’s work takes place outside of the courtroom and a criminal lawyer’s work is no exception. Where the well-prepared lawyer gets to wind it up and fire that dramatic pitch is in the courtroom, of course. But, it’s also in the office after a magnificent plea deal is agreed upon.

Defending the Constitution

In addition to the Sixth Amendment to the Constitution, the Fourth Amendment assures the world that the United States will brook no unreasonable searches or seizures. Again, it is the duty and honor of criminal attorneys to ensure that proper police work is conducted in the effort to solve crimes and protect the people.

Defending the Person

Many criminal defense attorneys get asked why they make their livings defending criminals and getting them off scot-free. Even with our mighty Constitution and Bill of Rights, all too often assumptions are made that if a person is accused of a crime, they must actually be guilty of that crime. Imagine, if you will, you hear a loud banging on your door at 6:00 a.m. in the morning. It’s the FBI and they have your home surrounded. They burst in through all the doors and start yelling that you are surrounded.

 

Make More Money

Defense attorneys can make quite a bit of money. The Bureau of Labor Statistics found that the median salary for lawyers is nearly $116,000 a year. Those making the highest salaries are those working for private firms and in private practice. The clients who come to you have the money necessary to pay your costs as well as the cost of hiring any experts to work on that case. You can also work for a local agency that provides free or reduced cost legal services for clients who make less money.

Have More Flexibility

During your time in law school, you’ll hear horror stories about what it’s like working in a law firm as a recent graduate. You’ll hear about attorneys working 60 hours or more a week and how new lawyers seldom have time for themselves. One of the reasons to become a defense attorney though is that defense attorneys often have more flexible schedules than other lawyers do. Once you gain more experience, you can decide which cases you want to take on and how you want to divide up the work. You can use associates and others in your practice to prepare for that case without that case taking over your life.

Help Those Who Cannot Help Themselves

One of the top reasons to become a defense attorney is because you’ll have the chance to help others who cannot help themselves. Working in a legal aid office or for a civil rights organization lets you work on cases that involve an individual charged with a crime who does not have the financial means to hire a lawyer. These clients may suffer from mental diseases, have a lack of education or have a history of criminal activities in the past. With your help, they can escape their criminal charges.

 

Criminal Lawyer Skills & Competencies

Criminal lawyers must possess a variety of additional skills to succeed in their jobs, including the following:

  • Writing and speaking skills: Excellent oral and written advocacy skills in order to argue a client’s case before a judge and persuade a jury.
  • Research and investigative skills: Investigative and research skills are also important in building a client’s case and establishing a strong defense.
  • Creative and analytical skills: Strong creative thinking and analytical skills to develop a legal strategy, analyze case law and litigate complex cases.
  • Legal knowledge and experience: In-depth understanding of state, federal and local rules, court procedures, evidentiary laws, and local judges to navigate the criminal justice system efficiently and competently.
  • Interpersonal skills: Excellent interpersonal skills are necessary to build a strong client-attorney relationship. Criminal defendants are a finicky group who sometimes go through many lawyers before settling on one they like. Therefore, the ability to attract and retain clients is essential to a thriving criminal defense practice.

 

THEY’RE ALWAYS WATCHING THE JURY’S BODY LANGUAGE.

Keeping tabs on a jury means being able to assess which direction they’re leaning. Lichtman says body language can tell him a lot. “You can feel how a trial is going,” he says. Jurors who laugh or smile at his jokes are on his side. Jurors turning away from him are not. “You can tell who’s following you. They’re energized by your arguments.”

Evaluating how jurors are reacting allows Lichtman to make real-time adjustments to his arguments. “As I’m questioning a witness or beseeching the jury during a summation, if I see someone turn away from me, I keep that juror in mind and what may have turned him or her off, and try to rectify or address it down the road,” he says. “If I have someone laughing, I know that there’s a juror who may not be acquitting my client but he or she is at least open to it, so I spend a lot of time working on them.”

Must Choose The Best Colour Carpet Flooring For Your Livingroom

What are the benefits of a carpet flooring?

Choosing carpet flooring will have numerous benefits that can be enjoyed many times over. Though it should be kept in mind that even carpeting is not perfect, the benefits greatly overweight any disadvantages. Here are just a few of the benefits you can enjoy with a carpet floor.

Comfort

The most significant and noticeable benefit of carpet flooring is the comfort that can provide in any room. Walking into a carpeted will instantly give your feet a comfortable, cozy, and welcomed feeling that no other flooring any provide.

Insulation

Carpet floorings are also known for the extra insulation they provide any room. Unlike hardwood floorings that can leave your feet freezing, carpet is warm and cozy for you and your toes. If you really want to maximize this benefit, you can make sure to get an extra think under-padding and chose denser carpet fibers. It is no wonder why carpeting tends to be more common in colder places.

 

Energy Savings

Carpet is a fabric, and like your favorite sweater it keeps things warm. This means that your carpet actually acts as a thick layer of insulation to keep warm or cold air out and segment your floors during the summer and winter, enhancing your HVAC system’s performance and reducing energy costs.

Soundproofing

Carpet keeps heat and cold out so that you’re comfortable. In the same way, the cushion and textile also dampens noise, helping to quiet your home. Whether you have someone playing music downstairs, gaming loudly, or running across their bedroom, carpet can cut down on noise transfer and give you peace of mind.

Endless Variety

No matter how many hardwood stains they come up with, carpet will always provide the best variety and range of colors and textures for homes. With a full rainbow and incredibly diverse fabric and pattern options like plush, Saxony, Berber, textured and friez, modern carpets are a more versatile and unique flooring solution than ever before.

Affordability

Foot for foot carpeting offers a better value than hardwood floors, tile, and a variety of other options. Plus, replacing a carpet is decidedly easier and less messy than refinishing hardwood.

 

Safety:

Carpet softens slips and falls, making it a great option for homes with small children.

Styles & Colors:

You can literally choose from thousands of carpet styles and colors, so your living space can be personalized to your liking.

Noise:

Thanks to computers, home theater systems and big screen televisions, your home has become as noisy as ever. In addition to being a comfortable flooring surface carpet also works as a sound barrier.

 

Key Takeaways of the Top Pros and Cons of Carpet Flooring

As you can see, there are both advantages and disadvantages of carpet flooring. And depending on your tastes and lifestyle, you may or may not want to consider a carpet installation. So let’s sum up the pros and cons of carpet:

  • It provides warmth and comfort to your home.
  • It is available with limitless color and style options.
  • It requires significant maintenance and is sensitive to its environment.
  • It generally does not last as long as other flooring materials.

 

Best Rooms for Carpet

When it comes to choosing flooring for any room in the house it is important that you weigh the ups and downs of your options while considering the traffic and type of activity that will go on in said room. Carpet, a timeless options for many reasons, is popular all over the house, but it’s rather obvious why it should stay out of a few rooms in the home, such as the kitchen or the bathroom. But the reasons that people choose carpeting makes sense. It is comfortable to walk on (or sit on in some situations), it is quiet, it keeps your feet warm, and so on. So what rooms are most popular for carpeting?

Bedroom

While some people prefer hardwood in their bedrooms, carpet is another top choice. Carpet is perfect to wake up to, as there won’t be any sudden chill when you first get out of bed and your bare feet make contact with a chilled wood or stone surface. Since there are so many styles and colors of carpet available, there is sure to be one that matches your interior decor.

Living Room

Living rooms are often highly trafficked areas where family and friends gather to visit, watch movies or share a laugh. A carpeted room makes lounging easy and provides a warm atmosphere for conversation. You may want to talk to the carpet experts about finding one that is extra durable, depending on how often you have guests.

Play Room

If you have kids of your own or regularly entertain, there is a good chance you have an area dedicated to their enjoyment. Carpet is a great flooring option for rooms where kids spend a lot of time, as it is soft. Not only will they likely spend a lot of time on the floor sitting and lying, but any falls will be cushioned compared to hardwood or tile.

Stairs

While not technically a room, putting carpet on stairs is a great idea as it provides additional grip. Carpet also absorbs sounds, unlike other flooring types, which may radiate the pitter patter of feet going up and down.

Find The Best Plastic Surgery

How To Find A Good Plastic Surgeon

A lot rests on your choice—not only your appearance, but your safety as well. Whether you’re having an elective procedure like a tummy tuck, scar removal or fillers, or you’re reconstructing a breast after mastectomy, you want to make sure your surgeon is well-trained, has an excellent reputation and will be able to look at you in a holistic way to give you options that make sense for your situation and lifestyle, says Dr. Oren Lerman, a cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgeon at Northwell Health’s Lenox Hill Hospital and associate professor of surgery at Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell.

Look for a board-certified plastic surgeon

Plastic surgery is a complicated specialty, and you want someone who has been expertly trained in it. Board certification by The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) assures you that the doctor has graduated from an accredited medical school, has completed at least six to eight years of surgical training, including general and plastic surgery, and continues with ongoing education and testing.

Ask friends, family and your physician for recommendations

Do you know anyone who has had work done that looks good? They can provide useful information about their doctor and prepare you for what’s going to happen from start to finish. Ask detailed questions about any doctor they’ve used: How is his bedside manner? Did the doc address all their concerns? Were they given realistic expectations? Were they happy with the results?

View Google with the proverbial grain

When it comes to picking doctors, social media is both a blessing and a burden. Online review sites can reveal a surgeon’s education and training, what people are saying about him, and even include before and after pictures. Many surgeons’ websites have helpful information to teach you about the procedures you’re considering.

Meet the surgeon beforehand

Of all the pieces of advice, this is probably the most important. “You want a good fit,” says Dr. Lerman. “You want to make sure that the surgeon understands your concerns, that they give you good options to treat those concerns, and that you trust that person.”

 

tips for picking a good plastic surgeon

Make sure the surgeon is board-certified

This one, say experts, is a no-brainer. For plastic surgery, you want a doctor who’s certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. It’s simple: The American Board of Medical Specialties’ Web site will tell you if a doctor is board-certified in plastic surgery.

Check the surgeon’s record

Trobaugh says she never would have gone to Adams if she’d known he had two malpractice judgments against him. She could have found that out easily by going to the Medical Board of California’s Web site. Links to the Web sites of every state’s medical board can be found

Ask if the surgeon has hospital privileges

Even if you’re having a plastic surgery procedure at an outpatient clinic, it’s worth asking where the doctor has hospital privileges, because hospitals do background checks, says Dr. Rod Rohrich, past president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. “If they don’t have hospital privileges, that’s a huge red flag,” he says.

Come armed with questions for the doctor

One crucial question for your potential surgeon is how often he or she does the procedure you’re interested in. “If I’m coming to you for a facelift, you’d better do it almost weekly,” says Rohrich, who’s also chairman of the department of plastic surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

Be wary of multiple procedures

Trobaugh says when she went to Adams, he suggested three procedures. “When you bundle procedures, the risk goes up,” says Stuzin, the plastic surgeon in Miami. The more procedures you have, the more money the doctor makes. Dr. Grant Carlson, a plastic surgeon at Emory University School of Medicine, says an unethical surgeon might suggest a neck lift when someone has come in looking for just for a nose job. “Unfortunately, money is a motivation in some people.”

 

How to Choose a Cosmetic Surgeon

If you are considering cosmetic or plastic surgery to your body (breasts and face are the most common locations), don’t overlook the importance of choosing the right surgeon, as not all are equally trained or competent. Consider the following tips when researching for potential plastic surgeons

Ask a friend or trusted doctor for a referral.

Use the advantages of word-of-mouth to find a plastic surgeon. Friends who have undergone a cosmetic surgery, operating room nurses, or surgical technicians who have worked with a cosmetic surgeons can help point you in the right direction!

Make sure the surgeon is board certified

Ensure that your doctor has actually graduated from an accredited medical school and ask for board certification information. By law, any medical doctor can perform virtually any medical procedure, so make sure they are a trained specialist in the surgery you need

Ask about their experience

Once you’ve established they are a board certified surgeon in the specialty you require (such as breast augmentation or face lift), ask about their experience.[6] Find out how many times they’ve done your type of surgery and when the most recent time was. Some doctor who focuses on breast implants, may occasionally do face lifts to augment their income

Check the doctor’s record

Thanks to the internet, it’s easier now than ever to do research online from your home, so use this to your advantage by checking your doctor’s record.[7] The status of your doctor’s license can be found through their state licensing boards. Pick surgeons with clean records and no history of serious discipline or malpractice.

 

TIPS FOR CHOOSING THE BEST PLASTIC SURGEON

Find out if the surgeon is board certified

Surgeons that are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) are uniquely qualified and specially trained in the field of plastic surgery. Typically board certified plastic surgeons have lower complication rates and provide superior patient care compared to physicians without certification.

Check the surgeon’s record

You can go the medical board of your state to verify that the surgeon is licensed to practice within that state and view any disciplinary actions taken against the surgeon. Typically all that’s needed to obtain this information from the board is to submit a records request either through the mail or online.

Make sure the surgery will be performed in an accredited facility

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) requires that its members operate in accredited facilities when any significant anesthesia is used in the procedure. Accredited facilities are surgical rooms that meet strict standards for equipment, personnel, and room safety. In order to receive and maintain accreditation, the facility must adhere to various standards established by state and federal guidelines.

Ask if the surgeon has hospital privileges

This is an easy way to verify the qualifications of a surgeon. Hospitals conduct detailed background checks prior to granting a physician privileges to operate within their facilities. Thus, privileges from a reputable hospital are a good indication that the surgeon is qualified and in good standing.

Ask detailed questions

One of the best things to do is to ask the surgeon detailed questions that may include

 

Choosing the Right Cosmetic Surgeon

First, you should interview two or three surgeons whose specialties match your needs. The surgeons should be board-certified and members of one of these professional organizations

Personal recommendations are important. Ask friends for referrals if they have gotten a similar procedure. Get opinions from your family doctor and other doctor acquaintances. Surgical technicians and operating room nurses are an excellent source for information about a surgeon’s skill in the operating room

Remember, cosmetic surgery is a highly competitive field. Don’t be confused by groups claiming to be “the only” or “the best” because this excludes many surgeons who may be better choices for your particular issues. Ask about their fellowship training — specialized training in specific procedures. Check with your state’s medical board to verify the surgeon’s board certification, education, and license. And check whether disciplinary action has been taken against the surgeon.

Keep in mind, excellent credentials and a good rapport with your surgeon do not guarantee a favorable outcome. However, they are the foundation of a successful partnership between your surgeon and you.

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Tips to Pick the Best Event Planners

Flexibility

Because we aren’t all inherently party-planning experts, it is expected that not everything can go according to plan. This might mean that half of our guests could cancel their RSVP, or at the last minute more guests are being added to the list. It is an event planner’s job to go with the flow and make the event a success, no matter the adversity. Party planners should have a range of resources they can turn to in case of emergencies. Therefore, when hiring an event planner, you should always ask them how they face such challenges, and how they may handle a similar situation under pressure. The most important thing is that they remain accommodating to their client, and offer solutions to problems that alleviate his or her burden of stress.

Well-organized and professional

Typically it goes without saying that any company you hire for a service should be professional and well organized; unfortunately, looks can be deceiving. It is important to take into consideration what previous clients have to say about the event planner in question: do they have a reputation for professionalism? Can they organize an event on a strict time limit and budget? Successful event planning should rely on a company or team of individuals who has experience in the industry, particularly with managing other companies and people who will contribute something to the event. For instance, it is the event planner’s responsibility to manage time constraints of the event, but also to manage vendors, caterers, performers, or distributors who will add other services.

Range of services and options

Accomplished event planners offer solutions to some of the bigger questions for their clients. For instance, if you need help coming up with a theme for your party or event, an event planner can provide you with a list of potential themes that they can easily access tools and resources for. For instance, if you would like to plan a casino night, your planner should be able to help you nail down games, tables and chairs, food, entertainment, and decor that will add to the overall atmosphere of the night, transporting your guests into a Vegas-inspired wonderland. When these tasks are left up to someone who is unfamiliar with the options available, disappointment is often the result. Be sure to ask your party planner for a list of party themes, vendors, and other resources that they frequently collaborate with. This will give you an idea of the range of services and options they provide for their clients.

 

How to Find and Hire the Best Event Planner

Determine Your Objective

Before you start your search, you need to work out the event’s objective, the budget you’re working with, and your reason for hiring externally.

You want to be in a position to communicate the broad outline of the event and its most important goals.

Once you’ve defined your objectives, a few clear ideas will begin to emerge about the theme and message you want to convey.

Now you’ll want to determine the budget you have for a planner and what they will be expected to do. An event planner can select the venue, recommend food and beverage options, source speakers and entertainment, be on-site for day-of production needs, and create the invitations.

If you can’t handle all of the above on your own, you need to start your search for an event planner.

Find Your Event Planner

Regardless of whether it’s a social event or a corporate meeting, the rules of hiring an event planner or caterer remain the same: You want to hire someone who has expertise in creating your type of event.

Word of mouth is one way to find an event planner, whether it’s an anniversary party, breakfast business meeting, weekend retreat, or any other type of event. But it’s not always the most effective approach.

If you’re trying to find the best event planner for your affair, look for a company with experience and a strong reputation within the community of event planners. Peer reputation may be a stronger indicator than references from friends.

Check with the national or local chapter of Meeting Professionals International, the International Special Events Society, or the National Association of Catering Executives.

If you want to know who has a good reputation in your area, check with the local convention and visitors bureau or chamber of commerce. You might also reach out to a hotel’s convention sales department.

 

things to look out for when choosing an event planner

Looking for the easy route

Whether you want to throw a Sweet Sixteen or an Artificial Intelligence conference, your event planner needs to be aware of the goals that need to be achieved. If your event planner allows details to fall through the cracks it can have a catastrophic effect on your event. A lazy event planner will more than likely take shortcuts and you can’t be sure these shortcuts won’t be with your budget, using cheaper vendors or event tech.

A good event planner will do their homework, present you with options and give you a rough estimate of what certain parts of your event might cost. If your event planner is unable to give you the correct information about the event tech at your event you could end up with a poor WiFI connection or worse, no WiFI connection at all.

Know your planner’s score

Everything we do these days is online and it should be the same with event planners. Does your planner have a website, social media pages or a digital presence? These are all important factors to consider as you don’t want to work with someone who is clueless about the digital world. EventerScore allows you to test an event supplier’s commitment to their client by checking the quality of their digital user experience.

Planners who promise the moon and the stars but don’t deliver

Before planning an event it is likely that you will do a fair amount of research before approaching an event planner. However, some event planners may pull a disappearing act once you have signed on the dotted line so it is essential to make sure your event planner knows what you want from the start.

To avoid such a catastrophe when planning your event use the Eventerprise platform as a starting point. Eventerprise is a neutral third party industry platform that creates transparency within the events industry. Search for event planners, view their previous work, read their reviews and compare them to their competitors so you can make an informed decision.

 

Event Planning Tips to Minimize Stress & Increase Productivity

Event coordinator tip #1: Organize your time and your workspace

Creating efficient work habits sets the foundation for productive event organization. Structure your days, systemize your workflow, declutter your desk, and make time for breaks. Even a 15-second break from your computer screen can decrease fatigue!

When outlining your day, try to leave a buffer for the unexpected that comes up. Nearly half of organizers (44%) say the biggest barrier to productivity is last-minute requests.

Event coordinator tip #2: Set clear and achievable goals

Event planning is incredibly stressful for even the most seasoned pros. There are never enough hours in the day, and something always goes wrong. Anything you can do to be more efficient makes for a better event and a less stressful life.

We have 15 event coordinating tips from the experts to help you prevent things from slipping through the cracks.

Event coordinator tip #3: Stick to a budget

“I love spreadsheets!” said no event organizer ever. Still, creating a budget — and sticking to it — is crucial to avoid slipping into the red.

Use the technology at your disposal to hone in on activities that give the highest return. Advertising apps like ToneDen conduct A/B testing automatically so you know which of your ads lead to actual sales.

Becki Cross, Managing Director at Events Northern Ltd., also recommends working a contingency plan into your budget for the unexpected. Based on her experience, an additional 5-25% is a good safety fund.

Event coordinator tip #4: Choose a reliable venue

The location of your event can make or break your stress level. You might be looking for a nontraditional venue that will create an unusual experience. But you also want one that’s safe, trustworthy, easy to deal with, and ADA compliant.

Venues that provide things like seating, catering, and lighting take the burden off your to-do list. But what about Wi-Fi? Onsite IT? Any other technology perks that a prospective venue provides will only simplify your planning.

 

Tips for Choosing the Best Event Vendors

Determine your needs

First, have a brainstorming session and come up with what you want each vendor to provide on the day of the event. Sometimes, it’s as simple as an individual running an activation; other times, it’s an entire team armed with truckloads of theming or AV equipment to transform an entire venue. If you have a solid list of things you want the vendor to do and provide, it’ll be easier to judge their proposal.

Google isn’t your only resource

When Googling, don’t be surprised if some vendors’ sites aren’t very stylized or responsive. You’re looking for an industry expert, sometimes a one man band, who may or may not have the resources to keep a nice website up-to-date. The best way to get the information you need from the vendor is to simply reach out to them directly to find out their capabilities. Of course, reaching out to tons of individual vendors can be a daunting task… and really, who has that much time? Event planners sure don’t. To narrow down your options, look into familiarizing yourself with Yelp, event industry blogs, and other sites related to events to help you find the perfect vendor for your event.

Make a connection

When first approaching a vendor, make sure they meet your predetermined requirements and first see if they have availability for the day(s) of the event you’re planning. There’s no point in wasting anyone’s time, and if they aren’t available, they can probably give you suggestions for other vendors.

Request multiple quotes

Don’t get a quote from just one vendor. Even if you’re sure you’re going to use a specific vendor, getting more than one quote is a great best practice. These quotes will serve as a benchmark for comparing vendors now and in the future. You’ll also get to see what the industry price standards are by looking at multiple vendors. The quote from one vendor you may not like might have some inclusions that your preferred vendor overlooked.