How to Plan for Your New Business Office
Jan 15, 2010     post this at del.icio.uspost this at Diggpost this at Technoratipost this at Furlpost this at Yahoo! my web.

Moving your business to a new office can involve a lot of things to consider. With the business market
constantly on the move, planning, project management, and continuous service to clients must be considered as the main factors in making a business move successful. Businesses cannot afford to be out of the business market even for a short time.

By moving to a new office, you would have the opportunity to unveil new digs, which would surely impress your clients. However, delays to services or responses to clients caused by the furniture removal to your new business office will not leave a good impression to your clients. So before this happens, planning for the business move would be the best choice.

So to get started with the business move, the first thing to do would be to form a team. The team would be composed of professional project managers. Finding professional project managers can be easy with the help of professional furniture removalists or furniture movers.

Aside from providing furniture removal services, furniture removalists are now also providing project management services for your business move. It would include phone system relocation, computer relocation, mail redirection, and utilities and services connection. Through their experience and expertise in rendering household relocation services to clients, the furniture removalists can provide high quality project management services that would best match your needs for your new office.

There are a lot of things to consider in the project management of your business move. It would involve the furniture removalists working alongside with your key personnel to plan and execute the business move. The process includes making a strategic move plan, planning entry and exit routes, making interior designs and brands, making an office furniture survey, appointing moving and interior consultants, and planning for office furniture removal and technology relocation.

By letting the furniture removalists take care of the office furniture removal and project management of the business move, you would have more time to concentrate on continuing the daily activities of the business.

Since your staff will be working in a new environment, time would be needed to guide them through the relocation. Because the project management of the business will be taken care of by the furniture removalists, you would now have the time to guide your staff. You would also no longer need to worry about the progress of the business move since the project management team will be providing updates to your staff.

Planning plays a vital role for the business move. With proper planning and relocation services from furniture removalists, the business can continue its daily activities smoothly without any interruptions on its services or responses to its clients

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Help With Power Bill - 5 Things to Know About Solar Energy
Jan 14, 2010     post this at del.icio.uspost this at Diggpost this at Technoratipost this at Furlpost this at Yahoo! my web.

Need help with power bill after power bill, each and every single month? Don’t know how to pay those darn bills any longer? Well, read on and take in consideration what I will tell you.

More and more people these days start using solar panels as a means of energy supply. It would be easy to simply state that “it is cheaper”. Well, there are 5 things you should consider before making any decision at all.

Help With Power Bill – 5 Incentives For Going Solar

1. Did you know that going solar creates jobs? Our economic recession is what caused life to become more expensive by the day. However, a lot of people want to have a solar panel installed and have an annual maintenance done, but don’t want to make their own hands dirty. Somebody has got to do the job, isn’t it? National studies pointed out that, if Congress in the U.S. would extend the federal tax rebates for solar energy with 8 more years, this would create about half a million permanent jobs.

2. Efficiency: there was a time when solar panel installations were a less evident alternative, as they were not optimized for domestic use. Over the years, this has changed drastically. Nowadays, solar energy systems have become safe, eco-friendly and extremely efficient.

3. The government recognizes the benefits of using alternative energy resources, which makes it obvious why it is trying to stimulate us to turn to alternative energy. Most states in the U.S. offer large tax credits, and most of them even combine them with solar rebates. Now that’s what I call an incentive!

4. Independence: Not only does it feel great when you’re no longer dependent from energy companies, but it also gives a feeling of security if you know that your country no longer depends on other nations for its energy supply. The global oil reserves are constantly shrinking, but who cares if simply switch to solar energy?

5. Saving money: building your own solar panels sounds a little tricky, doesn’t it? Don’t you need a skilled technician for this? Won’t it cost you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars, even if you build your own kit? Well, it might sound too good to be true, but all you need is a budget of less than $200, some components you find in a nearby material store, about 6 hours of your time and a brain inside your head. It’s an interesting fact that the majority of unskilled people are first afraid to take the risk, only realizing afterwards there is nothing difficult about building your own solar energy installation.

Of course, these are only a few examples of the benefits of using solar energy. The final choice whether to opt for alternative energy or not is entirely yours. However, this article attempts at giving a better view on the pros and cons of having your own solar panels for your home, as it may be clear both the economy and the current environmental situation demand a change.

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House-selling secrets
Jul 28, 2008     post this at del.icio.uspost this at Diggpost this at Technoratipost this at Furlpost this at Yahoo! my web.

It’s a tough market for selling a house. Maximize your chances of a sale at a good price with these house-staging tips from an expert.

Secrets of a house stager

Who knew that getting rid of family photos and clearing off countertops could help you snag top dollar for your house? These are just two secrets from Debra Gould, founder of Staging Diva. Gould, a professional home stager, has helped scores of homeowners clean up, rearrange, and style their homes to command top price.

That can mean anything from putting extra books in storage to getting rid of moldy caulk in bathrooms to renting furniture to fill up too-bare spaces. “The goal is to make your home clean, organized, and welcoming so potential buyers can picture living there,” says Gould. Thus the no-family-photos rule: “They make people feel like they’re invading your space,” she explains.

Based in Toronto, Gould has trained a network of 800+ home stagers across the U.S. “Most owners aren’t seeing bidding wars the way they were a few years ago,” she says. “But with the right staging, you can get close to your asking price.”

Here are before-and-after photos of rooms in houses Gould has staged in the Toronto area, along with information about fees paid and sales prices.

A neglected front door…

A dingy door in a blah color, plus out-of-season holiday lights, made this entry less than welcoming. Solution – ensure your entry way is clear of clutter and add some fresh paint to a bland color door.

Gets fresh paint and new fixtures

Solution: Nixing the string of lights and adding black trim and a fresh coat of white paint spruces things up. Gould also swapped out the exterior sconces for larger ones that match the new color scheme.

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Housing starts show surprising strength
Apr 08, 2008     post this at del.icio.uspost this at Diggpost this at Technoratipost this at Furlpost this at Yahoo! my web.

The momentum in Canada’s new housing sector still isn’t showing any sign of fading, as figures showed another surprisingly strong month for housing starts in March.

The annualized rate of housing starts was 254,700 units, adjusted for seasonal variations. That’s down slightly from 255,600 units in February, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. said Tuesday.

March’s figure easily topped the expectations of economists, who had been forecasting housing starts to come in at 229,000.

Starts of single homes in urban areas hit an annualized rate of 80,500 last month, a decline from 82,900 in February, while starts of multiple-unit buildings, such as condominiums, rose to 141,000 from 139,500.

“The high level of starts posted in February continued in March, thanks to the multiple segment and particularly condominium starts, which registered a significant rise in Alberta,” said Bob Dugan, chief economist at CMHC’s market analysis centre.

“Nevertheless, the single-detached component, which is usually a strong trend indicator, decreased slightly. This is consistent with our view that the housing market will moderate gradually throughout 2008,” Dugan said.

The annual rate of urban starts slipped 2.3 per cent in Ontario, 16.8 per cent in Quebec and 37.1 per cent in British Columbia. Urban starts grew by 75 per cent in Atlantic Canada and 52.5 per cent in the Prairie region.

“Residential construction in Canada isn’t letting up despite widespread expectations to the contrary,” said Robert Hogue of BMO Nesbitt Burns.

“Still, one can reasonably wonder just how long housing construction can be sustained at such high levels in the face of deteriorating affordability and growing economic uncertainty, and as home resales show signs of cooling in many parts of the country,” Hogue said in a commentary.

TD economist Dina Cover agreed that the housing sector is likely in for some cooling later this year.

“The Canadian economy, and the construction sector in particular, will not be immune from the headwinds blowing up across the border,” she wrote.

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Housing prices outpacing income growth: study
Jan 16, 2008     post this at del.icio.uspost this at Diggpost this at Technoratipost this at Furlpost this at Yahoo! my web.

Canada’s real estate market may show no signs of slowing, but a report released Tuesday by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities suggests income growth is not keeping pace with increases in housing prices.

The report by the federation of 1,600 members in Canada’s rural and urban communities, also found that homelessness continued to be prevalent across the country while construction on rental units slowed.

“Whatever housing we do have in the lower-income range is aging and it’s not being replaced well enough,” said Brenda Hogg, chair of FCM’s Social and Economic Development Committee, during a press conference.

“The growth in new rental starts is at an historic low,” Hogg said, noting that rental units accounted for less than nine per cent of housing units completed in large cities between 2001 and 2006.

“We’re all facing major challenges at the municipal level trying to provide housing for all sectors of our population.”

The report, which looked at housing and income between 2001 and 2006 in 22 regions across the country, found that rising home prices outpaced income growth for couples and two-parent families. Single-parent families and people living on their own faced more significant barriers to affordable homeownership, the report said.

“Many low-income families including children are living on the brink of homelessness or living in substandard housing,” Hogg said.

The report said vacancy rates in Saskatchewan were rapidly falling, mirroring patterns recently recorded in Vancouver and Calgary. Regina’s apartment vacancy rate dropped from 3.3 per cent in 2006 to 1.7 per cent in October 2007. Rents over the same time period jumped from $619 to $661, the report said.

FCM said homelessness continues to be a problem in urban areas. In 2006, municipalities provided about 20,000 permanent shelter beds.

Municipalities in the FCM along with CH2M HILL, an engineering and construction firm, funded the report.

Source: CBC News

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