Tile Flooring Practical Solutions For Home Building

Why So Many Homes Prefer Tile Flooring

Are you tired of always cleaning your carpet? Are you considering trading in your carpet for something else? If you are ready to remove your old flooring and can’t decide between hardwood flooring and tile, this article is for you!

Flooring is the visual foundation of your home’s interior. Choosing the right type of flooring in your home contributes to the lighting, comfort levels, and tone of each room of your home. However, when many people decide they are sick of carpet, the next big question is what’s next? Speedy Floor Removal is here to help you remove your old floor, prep it for your new flooring, and give advice on which flooring you should choose for your home!

Hardwood floors

Hardwood flooring not only adds to the aesthetic appeal of your home, but it can also add value to your home According to the National Wood Flooring Association, homes with wood floors sell faster and at higher prices than a home without hardwood floors. Hardwood flooring is a feature that is universally attractive and tends to always stay in style. However, homeowners need to be aware of the pros and cons associated with hardwood flooring during the decision-making process.

Pros:

  • Easy Maintenance: Hardwood floors can stand the test of time with proper maintenance. Think about it, many homes that are over 100 years old still have their original flooring. Most wood floors just need sweeping or vacuuming to keep clean from dust, debris, and spills. They also only need occasional cleaning with a wood floor cleaner.
  • Versatility: We already discussed the timeless style of hardwood floors, but they are also extremely versatile. If at any point in time you want to change up the look of a room, you can quickly throw an area rug down and have a whole new look to the room! Hardwood floors make it easy to decorate and make it easy to match any style.
  • Variety: Hardwood flooring can also come in a wide selection of variations to match the look and feel of your home. There are many stains, woods, thickness levels, and patterns. There is even the option sometimes to mix and match.

Cons:

  • Cost: Buying new wood floors is a larger investment when compared to other types of flooring options. It is more expensive than installing tile or carpet.
  • Wear: Hardwood floors can be functional even after many years. However, they will still wear and scratch over time. This means that you may have to refinish and fix areas in your wood floor after installation. If you have a lot of activity in your home, this may be a bigger drawback.
  • Noise: Hardwood floors can be quite noisy when compared to carpet. Once the floors are installed, the wood begins to wear and settle immediately, especially in high-traffic homes. Keep in mind that hardwood floors don’t absorb noise as well as carpets do, making steps and movement in your home a little more noticeable.

Tile floors

Whether you are currently building your dream home or have lived in the same house for years, there may come a time when new flooring is needed. Speedy Floor Removal is here to help you remove your current flooring to make way for new flooring.

Tile flooring is a very practical, economical, and fashionable option when choosing a new floor. Tile is still one of the most popular options when it comes to flooring. It has a diverse range of textures, shapes, colors, and materials that offer unlimited options that can satisfy any design style and budget. Just like hardwood flooring, tile floors have benefits and drawbacks.

Pros:

  • Durability: Tile flooring is extremely tough—and tiles are often difficult to crack. A good quality tile can last for up to 20 years and even longer if prepared and maintained properly. If a single tile does end up with a crack in it, the process of replacing or fixing the tile is fairly simple, saving you money and stress!
  • Lower Cost: Most flooring can cost anywhere between $4-$10 per square foot, but those numbers can vary to two different extremes. This makes tile flooring moderately more expensive than carpet, but it is less costly when compared to hardwood flooring. Also, depending on where the tile floor is installed, it can add long-term value to your home.
  • Non-allergenic: Just like hardwood flooring, tile is a hard, solid surface that doesn’t attract dirt, dust, pollen, or other allergens. Unlike carpet, small debris stands out on the surface of tile floors, making it easier to spot and clean. Tile floor also helps to promote cleaner air in your home. With a tile floor, it makes it harder for irritating materials to make a home on your floor and in return, helps those that suffer from respiratory problems or asthma.

Cons:

  • Hardness: Tile is a hard material, making it very easy to clean and maintain. However, this can also make it more difficult and uncomfortable to stand on for long periods of time. Though the hardness of the tile floors can be offset by putting down area rugs in certain places, it isn’t ideal for some homeowners.
  • Weight: The weight of the tile can be a slight problem. Tile floors are heavy, which means that they cannot be installed everywhere. Most of the time tile flooring cannot be installed on upper stories. It is possible but can be more difficult to accomplish.
  • Installation: Any type of floor installation can be difficult depending on many factors. But, tile floors prove to be the most difficult to install. Installation requires many tools, grouts, mortars, etc. This is a project that can be done by an amateur, but it is not recommended. Tile floor installation can be difficult, time-consuming, and prone to mistakes. This is best left to a professional.

Maintenance and Repair

Ceramic flooring is fairly easy to care for—especially glazed tiles, which have a hard protective top layer that makes them impervious to water and most stains. This is the main reason why tile is preferred for wet areas like bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms. Dirt, stains, and liquids rest on the surface, allowing you to easily wipe or mop them away.

Routine maintenance consists of little more than sweeping or vacuuming with a soft brush attachment to keep the floor free of dirt and loose debris. If set-in stains do occur, you can use almost any heavy-duty cleaner without having to worry about damaging the material.

While most ceramic floor tile is glazed, there are unglazed ceramic tiles, such as traditional Saltillo tile. These must be sealed to protect their surface from liquids and stains. And with all types of tile, the grout in between the tiles is susceptible to moisture and stains and should be sealed regularly for protection.

Ceramic flooring is extremely tough and difficult to crack. A quality installation can last for hundreds of years if the floor is well-maintained. If a single tile does crack due to a severe impact, the process for replacing a tile is relatively simple.

Advantages of tile flooring in kitchens:

1. Tile flooring is waterproof. (or extremely water resistant). So, you don’t need to worry about water spilling at the table or extra water by the sink or if one of your appliances has a major issue or just leaks a bit. You also don’t need to worry about who’s cleaning it because these floors are close to indestructable.

2. Tile flooring can be very pretty and has many design possibilities. You can get really artistic and fun w/ designs by putting tiles on a diagonal, using multiple sizes/shapes, adding inserts and/or adding borders. Also, if you have mid-tone wood cabinets, sometimes it’s easier to find a tile that complements the cabinets.  Sometimes, it’s challenging to find a hardwood color that works with some styles of cabinets.

3. If you are using radiant heat, tile will conduct the heat better. Plus, any type of tile should work. With hardwood and radiant heat, your options are limited and you often need to purchase the more expensive hardwoods as your choices have been narrowed for you in terms of what will withstand the radiant heat.

4. Some people just prefer the look of tile. I can’t explain this except to say that some people just like tile better, or they grew up with tile and therefore just prefer it.  Tile is what they expect to see in a kitchen. So for these customers, tile is best for their style.

5. Tile won’t scratch. It’s hard so you don’t need to worry about shoes, chairs or other objects scratching the floor. So for some, having this piece of mind is worth it.  If you have dogs and they tend to scratch the floors, this is a safe bet.

Downsides to Tile Flooring:

1. Tile flooring can crack. This can happen for a number of reasons, but the most common reasons stem from poor installers and/or do-it-yourself installers. They often don’t realize how important floor prep is, and as a result often install on top of plywood (which is a no no) and/or don’t level the floor. Both of these will cause the tile to crack…it’s just a matter of how long it will take.

Also, over time a house can just settle a bit and cause cracks. And, if you’re tile is cracked, it is extremely difficult (and often impossible) to repair just a few tiles without causing additional cracks in other areas). In the long run, solid hardwood will probably last much longer than tile.  I’ve seen many homes w/ hardwood that is over 100 yrs old..sometimes over 200 yrs old.

2. The grout gets dirty and starts to chip away. If you reseal your grout every year, this will help, but over the long run, the grout will often need to be replaced.

Keys To Finding A Quality New Home Builder

Biggest Mistakes to Avoid When Choosing a Custom Home Builder

When seeking the right builder for your custom home, it’s important to find a contractor who understands your personal style, communicates well, enjoys a good reputation and has lots of experience. Once you’ve found the right contractor, it’s important to be open and honest with your builder from the very beginning. Below are some of the common problems that can arise in these early stages of the process when hiring a custom home builder. You can avoid these mistakes by being aware of the potential pitfalls and taking action to avoid them.

Many building companies create misleading advertisements as a way to attract new clients. Marketing materials may make claims like “Build a brand-new custom home for less than $100 per square foot!” Transparency is absolutely paramount when choosing a builder. Builders relying on these types of ads are only looking to secure a contract and then reveal the significant difference between their advertised and actual pricing.

Every custom home is completely original with unique features and floor plans. For instance, a 2500 square foot home with 3.5 baths will have a higher price tag than a 2500 square foot home with 2.5 baths. A single-story ranch will not have the same cost structure as a two-story colonial. Inclusions such as larger kitchens, expanded garages, and finished basements create variables in final costs.

Experience is important. Builder references offer a glimpse into past projects while also giving you a chance to inquire about customer service, quality craftsmanship, business practices and problem solving skills. Beware of custom home builders who will can only provide a two or three names of previous clients.

Don’t Be Shy About Questioning References

When contacting references, choose open-ended questions that provide an in-depth look into the customer’s experience. Yes and no answers to questions are less than helpful. Ask questions about topics such as punctuality, cleanliness, communication styles, and post-construction support

BUILDING A NEW HOME-SECRETS BUILDERS DON’T WANT YOU TO KNOW

If you have been thinking about building a new home, there are a few things you may want to take into consideration before you sign that builder’s contract. It may seem simple, but buying a new construction home and working with a builder is a lengthy, legal process, which can be complicated, a sometimes a little stressful if you are not prepared.

I wanted to break down how to buy a new construction home, by going over a few trade secrets builders won’t mention to you.  Knowing these can keep you from losing money, save you time and reduce your stress.

Building a new home can be fun, after all, everything in the home, you get to choose.  The builder’s sale center and model homes are designed to get you excited about buying a brand new home.  It is easy to get caught up in all the beautiful options, the decorations and the amenities a new home has to offer.  If you are not careful, it is also very easy to overspend too.

Builder’s Registration

If you have ever been to a builder’s sale center, you probably noticed that the first thing they want you to do is to fill in all your private information.  You don’t have to give them your personal contact information just to see their model homes.

Builders are putting you into a database to contact you later.  While that may not be such a bad thing, it could come back to haunt you if you later decide you want representation to make a purchase with them.  Plus, read the small print to make sure you are not giving them the opportunity to share your private information with their affiliates.

Great Gifts For Builders – Keep Your Contractor Happy

Early morning starts throughout the year, working outside in all weathers, shoveling and lifting heavy loads, climbing up and down ladders, and working with toxic and harmful building materials all take their toll. And often this work is carried out on sites with no electricity, heating, or plumbing too.

Having work done on your home is always an unsettling and stressful time. However, when you get a good builder or contractor, they make the whole process so much easier.

As not only do you get the finish and quality of work that you are looking for, they will also be mindful to keep the noise, dust and disruption down to a minimum while the work is going on. So it’s a really nice gesture to get them something once the job is complete to thank them.

Construction can be thirsty work, and there’s nothing better than getting home and cracking open a cold bottle of beer at the end of a long, hard day of grafting. So why not treat your builder to a few of their favourite beers to help them to relax after all their hard work on your home.

As a case of cold beer from a happy customer is always going to be a nice thing to load onto your van as you are leaving a job. Now any case of beer is likely to be appreciated, but if you want to get something a bit more special you could order them a mixed case of craft beers.

Tips from a Builder to Buying New Construction

There’s nothing better than buying a brand new constructed home right? You don’t have to deal w/ worn carpet or scratched on the wood flooring, the previous owner’s questionable choice in paint color or wallpaper or cumbersome negotiation because of the seller’s emotional ties to the home.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

First releases – If at all possible, buy in the first release. You can get the scoop from sites like New Home Source or Top Ten New Homes or from your local news. In the first release, builders are not certain how the market will respond still. After that initial feedback they will adjust or raise prices and become harder to negotiate.

Units in the middle of the development – Away from street traffic and more privacy

End units – Especially if it’s a town home or row house style development. End units have only one shared wall instead of two.

Directions – How is the unit orientated to how the sun rises and falls? Having the living space in the east would be good as the sun rises, but better make sure you have good blinds or curtains if the master bedroom faces east.

USE A REALTOR FAMILIAR WITH CONSTRUCTION

Many agents will pick up their clients, drop them off, and pick them back up in 30 minutes. They might as well drive for Uber/Lyft if that’s the case. No wonder people have the perception they don’t need an agent. The sales rep at these project sites might seem helpful, but remember they represent the builders and often have quotas and incentives to close you fast. They do not have your best interest in mind. Having a buyer’s agent cost you nothing and they can help you negotiate as well as to watch out for pitfalls.

DO YOUR HOMEWORK

Builder’s reputation – Talk to your agent and other homeowners of previously homes constructed by the same builder about their experience. Look for online reviews, local licensing boards, or Better Business Bureau to see if there’s been complaints or worse, liens on the property because the builder skipped out on paying contractors.

What else is going up in the area – Again, talk to some folks in the area or the local planning department to get a sense what else is getting built in the area.

Contract – Builders often use custom contracts instead of the standard form used by your state or local MLS that has been combed through and litigated on until the cows come home. These contracts are very builder friendly. You’ll want to consider having a lawyer review the documents for you.

HOA documents – Review the HOA bylaws and Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions (CC&R’s). How much are HOA dues? What amenities are included? Parking? Guest Parking? Pets? Rental restrictions? What do the HOA insurance cover? Pay special attention to some of these items that can dramatically impact your quality of life and checkbook. Also note when you have to start paying dues. Most builders cove the costs until at least 50% of the project has been sold.

NEGOTIATION

Knowing what is important and what they are flexible on is the key to successful negotiations. For the builders it is unlikely for them to budge on price and set a precedent for the next buyer. However, below are some items you are likely to have good success negotiating for:

Closing costs or credits – Some builders will cover your closing costs or give you credit towards closing.

At cost upgrades – It’s not uncommon for the builder to mark up 50% for upgrades. It’s like pizzas… they get you with the toppings. You might be able to roll the cost of the upgrades into your loan amount vs paying out of pocket to a contractor later but why pay more when you don’t have to?

Electrical – It’s way easier to put in recessed lighting from the get go instead of trying to do it yourself later. I usually ask for these things along with better switches, surround sound wiring, cable and fan outlets.

Amenities – New homes often don’t come with fences, decks, window blinds, or landscaping. You can ask for thee instead of paying out of pocket for them later.

Appliances – if the builder won’t budge on anything else, at least try to get a free fridge and washer dryer.

Keys to Designing Beautiful Spaces When Building a Custom Home

If you are like most people building a custom home for the first time, or perhaps after not quite achieving the design you wanted on your first home, the thought of making all of your selections comes with more than a little fear.

Their path usually is a variation of this: He or she is inspired by something they see, often never researching if it will work in their own space or some give only cursory thought to how it would fit their home and generally skip straight to how much will this cost? I can understand the temptation to follow this path but for the many reasons outlined below, it is wrong.

Now before you say ‘Wait, the only reason I was interested in the project is because I liked what I saw!’, let me explain.  While it is true that most inspiration is born from a well executed design seen in someone else’s space, attempting to make that inspiration your starting place can create rigid ideals that are hard to adjust later on.  I explain it to my clients this way: ‘Be careful what you fall in love with because it is difficult to fall out of love with something when the budget does not work out’. Another way to put it is this: You can not create a space that looks amazing if it does not work in the space you have planned. You will also never achieve the look if it is outside your budget.

When you approach design in the prescribed order (Budget -> Function -> Aesthetic) you make your decisions based upon foundational choices that enable the ultimate design.

In this article I will share with you how these three major focus points that are critical to a successful design, when approached in the proper order, can propel you toward your final product. Every design choice must be a balance between affordable, practical and desirable. The trick is to find your perfect mix of the three which is sometimes easier said than done.

how much am I willing to spend?

Keep in mind that I used the phrase willing to spend intentionally. Just because the bank will lend you XXX dollars to work with does not mean that this is your budget amount.  It is best to know your top dollar amount you are willing to borrow and then reduce that by a minimum of 5% to allow for unexpected expenses or things you want to splurge on along the way.

The Benefits Of Loading Services For Companies

Make a Smooth Transition

You never know how much stuff you have until it’s time to move. Once you start packing, you can feel the stress starting to build up.

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REASONS TO CHOOSE MOVING & STORAGE

You don’t have to feel swamped by your belongings leading up to a move. Trust Moving & Storage to handle every aspect of your move.

Here are three reasons why should be your preferred moving company:

1. have the most capable employees:

Our professional crew is efficient, trustworthy and experienced. don’t hire temp help-all of employees meet strict criteria.

2. offer fair and accurate pricing:

You won’t have any surprises when you get the bill. Plus, provide free in-home estimates so you’ll know exactly what to expect.

3. provide all needed materials:

Forget about scrambling to buy packing materials the day before your move. crew comes prepared with all the packing materials need.

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which provides the following advice for household moving.

Be flexible.

Choose carefully. If your move is from point to point within Oregon, only use a mover certified.

Ask the mover to provide its certificate number.

Get a written, signed estimate and keep it.

Be ready when the mover arrives.

Accompany the mover to make up an inventory of your items to be moved.

Understand and agree with the bill of lading before you sign it.

Before scheduling your move, require the mover to explain limits of liability and your options for loss and damage protection.

Be at the destination at the time agreed upon for delivery.

Check the condition of your property before you sign a delivery receipt

Make an Inventory List

Movers are not required to provide an inventory list of goods moved in local hourly moves. You may want to prepare your own inventory and count the items and boxes as they are loaded and unloaded. Discuss this with the mover in advance because a successful loss or damage claim settlement may depend on it

Protect Your Household Goods

See the Household Goods Bulletin above for insurance options and value information for your move.

See ready-to-assemble furniture on this page for additional valuation information.

Other valuation protection options may be offered by the mover, if approved by the Department of Transportation.

Be sure the bill of lading indicates the option you have chosen before you sign it.

You must choose an option. If your mover fails to have you select an option, Replacement Cost Protection will be selected at your expense.

Caution: If the actual value of your goods is higher than the amount you declare on the bill of lading, you may NOT be fully covered. If you are unsure of the value of your goods, check your homeowner´s policy or call your insurance agent.

Beware of Unlicensed Movers

If you choose an unlicensed mover, intentionally or unintentionally, there may be little or no protection for loss or damage to your property. occasionally receives complaints from people who hired unlicensed movers, including complaints that a mover is virtually holding hostage a person;s household goods until they pay more money.

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Before you move house

Moving house is notorious as one of the most stressful experiences you can go through; before you can start your new life in your new home there’s a lot to do. Preparation in advance is the key to having a successful house move.

To Do List

To make sure your move goes as smoothly as possible we’d recommend making a checklist of tasks you need to complete before the removals van rolls up

Tell people you’re moving

Other than friends and family make sure you give notice to authorities like HMRC and the council, also notify energy companies, transfer your TV licence and cancel or re-direct subscriptions services – such as ISPs, gyms or mail order services. You can also apply for postal re-direction though there is a fee.

Get rid of stuff

Moving is a great reason to sell off any hoarded items you’ve been keeping “just in case.” You don’t want to move more things than necessary so charities, eBay or car-boot sales are the order of the day.

Arrange a removal company

When you’ve sorted out the initial tasks of tidying and informing the proper parties of your move, you need to arrange a moving company. Moving companies provide varying levels of service when it comes to helping you pack and load, (see the next tab for more on finding moving services).

Movers in that you can trust.

Few things in life are as stressful as moving – whether it is a residential home, an office or a storage locker, packing everything you own in a logical, safe and organized way is always difficult (and that’s if everything goes according to plan).

offers a fair price, treats your belongings with care and respect and works efficiently is absolutely essential to your move being successful. But, how do you find one? The internet contains a labyrinth of review sites all providing conflicting reports on the quality or lack of quality for the various moving companies, making it very difficult to separate the good from the bad

moving company that is imbedded within the local community. It has been in operation since 2014 and offers a variety of moving services, including – residential moves, office moves and storage services

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Packing

Pack one room at a time. Be sure to label each carton as you proceed.

Pack what you need least, first. (i.e. If it is winter, pack all your spring items).

Try to keep all packed boxes as close to the door as possible.

Place heavier items in smaller boxes, linens and towels in medium sized boxes.

Label cartons by listing what items are in the box and designate which room it should be delivered to.

Try to pack a few cartons a day, starting well ahead of the move.

Be sure to have the correct packing materials.

Be sure that the bottoms of all cartons are secured and will hold the weight of the contents.

All heavier items should be packed toward the bottom of the box and lighter items toward the top.

Regarding carton size keep this in mind “the heavier the item, the smaller the carton.”

Bureaus

DO: Be sure to remove all items that might break. Partially empty drawers and fill spaces with small, fragile items like clocks or picture frames wrapped in loose clothing.

DON’T: Leave bureau drawers completely full for the move — the bureau will be too heavy.

DON’T: Overload the bureaus drawers or damage may occur.

DON’T: Put tape on drawers — it could stick to the finish.

China and Crystal

DO: Use tape, small and medium boxes, bubble wrap, un-printed newspaper.

DON’T: Use compartmentalized liquor boxes unless the compartments are made of sturdy cardboard and you put a layer of packing material on the bottom first.

DO: Wrap glasses and cups in bubble wrap or newspaper.

DON’T: Forget to mark the appropriate room for each carton.

DO: Seal and mark fragile china.

“Packing Services” are available upon request and can be provided in conjunction with any of the above job types or independantly. provides standard packing supplies in addition to specialized items upon request.

Tips For Event Planner

What are the different types of event planners?

Some people may enjoy consulting as a living, so smaller events may be right up their alley! Or, if you’re more of a social butterfly, getting hired by a larger corporation would be a great fit in order to be hands on with large-scale trade shows and events.

There are tons of opportunities out there for event planners – which one do you think you are or are aspiring to be? Below are a few different areas you can test out if they sound appealing to you!

The Consulting Free Bird

How many times have you woken up and considered working for yourself as a living? Consulting gigs are awesome for those who don’t want to feel tied down at a larger corporation, or drive long distances to an office every day. You can create a very fun career path for yourself as a consulting event planner, signing on smaller jobs to keep your projects moving and due dates met on time. It may become too much for work one person alone to manage larger events while consulting, but if you have a small team working with you out of your home office, or remotely, it could be worth looking into planning larger executive meetings, dinners, and parties.

The idea around consulting is to offer your professional services to a person or group of people – you’re providing them with your amazing creative talents, ideas for ways to make their events shine, and show them how to stay on track to meet deadlines, set goals for before, during and after the events, and trust you will hire the best vendors in town to help pull of a great experience for them!

The Team Lover

Being in an office is extremely fun for some event planners. They prefer to wake up, get dressed, grab a cup of coffee, and get started around larger teams at companies that attend trade shows, regional events, host webinars, roadshows, and perhaps even host their own annual corporate event! The office event planner is very organized, has a day-to-day agenda for scheduled meetings to attend, vendors he or she loves to work with on events of all sizes, and knows how to keep track of budgets. It’s important to keep checklists for events to not only keep the planner on track, but also the team helping with the event. Their extended team usually consists of marketing members, sales, and sometimes execs. You will want to build relationships with these other team members as you start your corporate role as a planner to ensure there is trust between you, and you can all work easily and smart together to ensure successful events from beginning to end.

Planning events at a corporation is not an easy task, and for bigger brands, you will be planning events on a monthly, sometimes even weekly basis. Having the right attitude and personality is essential for working in the corporate planning world.

The Social Butterfly

If you’re looking for something a little bit more social and upscale from corporate planning or consulting gigs, the perfect fit for you might be in the area of wedding and party planning! These types of events can sometimes feel super stressful and overwhelming as you enter in your first couple of weddings or parties. There is the expectation from clients that they will “want the very best” when it comes to their wedding day or party they are planning. Clients usually come with ideas swirling around in their heads, so the perfect planner will be open to these ideas, and willing to guide the client into the right direction to ensure money is saved and they get exactly what they are looking for without going too over-the-top.

Wedding and party planning can be a ton of fun; so having vendors in mind that you like to work with is always handy when meeting new clients. You want to impress clients with the best of the best, and at the same time save them money.

Different Names for Event Planners

Administrative Assistant

This position may be responsible for planning minor events or office functions but isn’t planning large scale events. Most of their duties revolve around managing and distributing information within an office. Typically, their main responsibility ranges significantly depending on industry and supervisor but generally includes answering phones and scheduling meetings.

Event Coordinator

This is the first true position focused on events. Generally, this position is a lower level one and involves coordinating all aspects of professional meetings and events. They often choose meeting locations, arrange transportation, and coordinate other details.

Event Planner

This position ensures that everything related to an event is taken care of, from idea conception to programming and day-of logistics. They’re responsible for more aspects of the event and events are their job.

Event Manager

Manage staff responsible for event coordination activities. Coordinate details of events such as conferences, weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, charity events, surprise parties, trade shows, sales meetings, business meetings, employee appreciation events, and virtual events.

Event Technologist

An event technologist’s technical expertise allows them to make sense of different, ever-changing functions across the event technology stack, and then communicate them clearly to stakeholders in other parts of the organization. As part of the planning team, event technologists deeply understand the event goals and can, therefore, therefore find the best possible tech solutions to meet them.

Director of Events

Directs and oversees the planning of meetings and special events for an organization. This is a top position in the field and held by those that have years of experience.

The best types of events for hitting business goals

In this section, we will cover the top four most useful corporate event types. Each type includes a short description of what it is along with details about which business goals they’re best for, what types of venues you’ll need, how to plan your event layout, and real-world examples from leading brands that you can actually learn from. Let’s jump right in!

Conferences

A conference is a large event (attendance numbers are typically in the hundreds or thousands) focused on a central theme or industry that is typically held over multiple days. Event activities for this event type include speakers, exhibitions, contests, and networking opportunities as well as more recreational get-togethers pre- and post-conference.

  • Best for these business goals: Raise product or brand awareness, increase sales, position company as an expert
  • Ideal venues for this event type: Conference and convention centers

Trade Shows

Trade shows bring together tons of like-minded brands under the umbrella of one major theme. This interactive event type relies on exhibition booths and interesting partners to create memorable experiences for their audience.

  • Best for these business goals: Showcase a variety of products both old and new, connect face to face with your audience, supercharge lead generation, build sales/marketing contact lists
  • Ideal venues for this event type: Conference and convention centers, auditoriums, universities

Seminars

On the surface, seminars are a lot like conferences. The biggest difference is that seminars are entirely dedicated to instruction and training. Because they’re academic in nature, it makes sense why they’re often done as a series and involve smaller groups than their more massive and diverse event type counterparts.

  • Best for these business goals: Product training, employee training, certifications or courses, develop or strengthen long term customer loyalty
  • Ideal venues for this event type: Classrooms, board rooms, small to medium size multifunction spaces

Corporate off-sites & executive meetings

Corporate off-sites and executive meetings are face-to-face events that often involve high level employees and/or key business partners. Companies use this type of event for lots of reasons but it’s up to the event planner to set them up for success through clear agendas, creative environments, and tools or policies that improve productivity. 

  • Best for these business goals: Generate new ideas, complete a specific task, make important decisions, establish partnerships
  • Ideal venues for this event type: Boardrooms, restaurants, co-working spaces

Company parties

Company parties bring employees together to celebrate shared victories, acknowledge milestones, boost morale, and enjoy holidays. While the focus of this type of event is usually fun and relaxation, event planners can still set and achieve concrete goals for their colleagues.

  • Best for these business goals: Show appreciation for employees, facilitate interdepartmental mingling, improve company culture
  • Ideal venues for this event type: Restaurants, converted warehouses, unique venues, on-site event facilities, wedding venues, recreational venues

Product launch

Product launches help formally spread the word about a new brand, partnership, product/service, or special offer. These in-person events generate buzz and help attendees get to know your company better.

  • Best for these business goals: Increase sales, improve brand recognition, connect more intimately with fans
  • Ideal venues for this event type: Boutiques, hotels, spas, golf courses, restaurants/bars, any industry-specific venue that allows for mingling, photography, and mini booths.

Plan the right event type the right way 

In order to help organize, keep track of, and monitor goal progress, you’re going to need to rely on a great free event planning software like Social Tables. In addition to helping you hit business goals, Social Tables helps corporate event planners find and strategically diagram venues to make sure they’re getting the most out of their investment.

Why You Need A Dog Bite Lawyer

What Happens if a Dog Bites Someone on Your Property?

Below you’ll learn about the different scenarios in a dog bite lawsuit involving an incident on your property, as well as a brief primer on whether your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance will cover the alleged damages. Keep in mind, this is a general overview and each state has its own, unique dog bite laws and statutes. Be sure to check the laws in your state or contact a local attorney to learn more.

Premises Liability: What Standard of Care Do You Owe?

The first thing we should look at in a dog bite case on your property is premises liability. When a person enters your property they have a reasonable expectation they will not be injured. This is known as the “standard of care.” A homeowner owes a certain standard of care to anyone on their property. That’s pretty fair, right? This means the owner or occupier of the property, such as a renter, must maintain a relatively safe environment for all persons entering the premises. This includes keeping potentially dangerous animals away from guests or being sure to put up warning signs about the animal’s propensities.

Invited Guests and Others

In most situations, dog owners owe a reasonable duty of care to anyone lawfully on their property. If the injured person can show the owner’s negligence or failure to use reasonable care in restraining the dog or warning of the dog’s dangerous propensities, they may sue for damages in many states.

Trespassers

You may find it shocking to know that the law in a minority of states actually allows trespassers who are bitten by your dog on your property to bring a lawsuit. It will ultimately depend on both the state you are in and whether or not there is a dog bite statute in place that protects owners from liability to trespassers. For instance, Florida’s dog bite statute only allows persons to sue the owner or occupier if they are bitten by a dog and that person is in a public place or lawfully in a private place. Simply put, a person is not lawfully in a private place if they are trespassing, attempting to commit a burglary, or other criminal offense.

Dangerous Propensities

If your Chihuahua Daffodil has sunk her teeth into people in the past, you are on notice that she can be considered dangerous under the law. In that case, if Dangerous Daffodil bites someone on your property, the homeowner or occupier may be held strictly liable. A safeguard against this, however, is to put up a warning sign, indicating there is a dangerous dog on the property.s if a Dog Bites Someone on Your Property?

Why Hire a Dog Bite Attorney?

Dog bites are incredibly frequent occurrences, especially in California. Though there are several breeds in particular that are linked to attacks, such as Rottweilers, Pit Bulls, and German Shepherds, the owner can also be responsible if they mistreat or abuse the dog.

Dog bite incidents can be terrifying and often lead to lasting mental trauma and anguish in addition to the physical injuries. This is especially true in cases involving infants and minors.

Because dog bite cases can be complex, it is imperative that you are represented by an experienced and knowledgeable dog bite attorney right from the beginning. There is much more that goes into dog bite claims beyond negotiating a settlement with the dog’s owner or their homeowner’s insurance carrier. Some of the things that need to be done as soon as possible after a dog bite include:

  • Seek medical attention (Call 911 or go directly to the emergency room)
  • Take photographs of the injuries
  • Contact witnesses and obtain statements
  • Report the attack to animal control services
  • Investigate the dog’s owner
  • Contact insurance companies and establish claims

What to Do If a Dog Has Bitten You

If a dog has bitten you, there are several things you should do as soon as possible:

  • Immediately stop any bleeding. Clean the wound with soap and water.
  • Seek medical attention. Go to your doctor’s office, an urgent care facility, or a hospital emergency room.
  • Get the dog owner’s name and contact information (address and phone number).
  • Obtain proof of rabies vaccination.
  • Notify the police or local animal control officer.
  • Contact a dog bite injury lawyer to discuss your rights.

Obtaining rabies information is critical. Rabies is a deadly virus that, if left untreated, is nearly always fatal. Cleaning the dog bite wound thoroughly with soap and generous amounts of water may help to disperse the rabies virus, if present.

Washing the affected area may also help to prevent further infections because, in addition to the rabies virus, dog bite injuries can carry bacteria that can cause several different infections and may require treatment with antibiotics.

Important Points To Consider

  • It is a huge risk to allow your dog to run free without a leash. If your dog bites or injures another person while running free and uncontrolled, you will most likely be held liable, even if your dog has never injured or bitten anyone before. Your insurance company may or may not assign a dog bite lawyer to represent you.
  • If you are bitten by a dog who is running loose, you are probably entitled to compensation for your injuries by the dog’s owner. Call a dog bite lawyer.  Don’t be lulled into feeling sorry for the dog’s owner, who may be frantically and actively trying to regain control of the dog. The owner will probably be very apologetic, will be very upset, and will tell you that the dog has never bitten anyone before.  None of this matters, though. Most likely, the dog’s owner will have applicable liability insurance. You should not be saddled with medical expenses you incurred through no fault of your own and the Tennessee legislature has provided you with the means to achieve fair compensation.  Business is business, even if you are a dog lover yourself.

Tips for Negotiating a Dog Bite Injury Claim Without an Attorney

Once you begin negotiating with the claims adjuster, there are two categories of damages you’ll try to get the insurance company to pay:

  • Special Damages are the ‘hard costs” of your dog bite claim, such as medical bills, lost wages, and out-of-pocket expenses. You can measure hard costs with bills, statements, and receipts.
  • General Damages are also known as “pain and suffering.” There are no objective measurements for pain, suffering, and other forms of emotional distress from a dog attack.

Here we’ve organized a list of tips to help you establish a valid dog bite claim and successfully negotiate your hard costs.

Tip 1: Seek Immediate Medical Attention

Immediate medical attention after a dog attack is essential to your personal health and safety, as well as your insurance claim. If someone called 911, let the paramedics treat you at the scene. If they want to take you to the hospital, go with them.

If you are not transported directly to the emergency room, it’s important to see your primary care provider or go to an urgent care center right away. Even if you don’t need stitches, dog bites and scratches can cause serious diseases and infections without prompt treatment. Tell every person who treats you exactly when, where, and how you were attacked. Describe the dog and identify the owner, as best you can. It’s important to create a link between your medical treatment and the dog attack.

Never refuse or delay medical treatment for a dog bite. The insurance company would jump at the chance to deny your claim, arguing that your injuries are not connected with their insured.

Tip 2: Report the Dog Bite to Local Authorities

Most states require medical care providers to report dog bites. In any case, be sure to report the dog attack to your local animal control department.

An animal control officer will contact the dog’s owner for proof of current rabies vaccinations and other health issues.

Animal control officers have the authority to:

  • Have the dog tested for rabies
  • Issue citations against the dog owner
  • Order for the owner to confine or muzzle the dog
  • Remove the dog from the location for observation

Dogs of any age and size can carry rabies and other diseases. You need to know what you’re dealing with, so don’t hesitate to report the dog attack to local authorities.

Tip 3: Find Out About the Dog Owner

You’ll need the name and address of the dog owner, as well as their contact information and the name of their insurance company. If they rent their home, try to get the landlord’s information, too. If the owner is a stranger or ducking your attempts to speak with them, see if the information you need is in the police report or animal control report. Follow up with the animal control officer to verify the health status of the dog and get a copy of their report. Also, ask if any other complaints have been made about the same dog or the dog’s owner. If you find out the dog has a record of biting, or the owner has a history of complaints about letting their dogs run loose, you can use that information to support your insurance claim.

Tip 4: Check Your Local Dog Bite Laws

Depending on where you live, you can use state and local dog bite laws to support your claim. Some states follow a “strict liability” rule that makes the owner responsible for their dog’s attack, even when the owner took every reasonable precaution. A few states have a “one bite” rule that lets the owner off the hook if there was no reason to believe the dog would bite. You can still have a valid claim despite the “one bite” rule if you can prove the dog owner was negligent, like walking their dog without a leash.

When a dog owner fails to take reasonable action to prevent their dog from injuring others, the dog owner is negligent and responsible for damages. It’s up to you to show the insurance adjuster that their insured should have prevented their dog from attacking you.

Liability is a legal term for responsibility. Under most circumstances, the dog owner is liable for the victim’s damages when their dog bites someone.

Negligence happens when a dog owner does something wrong or fails to control their dog, as any reasonable dog owner would.

A reasonable dog owner knows when their dog might be a hazard to others. For example, if their dog lunges at strangers, snarls, snaps at children, or is aggressive toward other dogs, the owner should know the dog might hurt someone. In most jurisdictions, owners and handlers of working military and police dogs are protected from liability from injuries caused by their dogs.

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The Benefits Of Electrical Panel Upgrades

Electrical Panel Upgrades for Solar: A Technical Case Study

looking to reduce his electric bill by going solar and he decided to call an installation company that he found on the internet. The next day, a rep from XYZ Solar came out to his house and, after looking at his electric bill, told that he would need an 8.5kW PV system to offset 100% of his past 12-month usage.

Two days later, received a call from the same rep and was told that, unfortunately, the main panel upgrade would be required, adding an additional $2,000 to the cost of the project. When the rep tried to explain why an upgrade would be necessary, the explanation made much less sense. In fact, it made no sense at all when the rep told John, “Normally, an upgrade would not be necessary, but your main service panel is center-fed, which is why an upgrade – in your case – is required”.

In many cases, a homeowner could be spared the $2K expense if the installation company were to perform a simple load calculation to determine whether or not de-rating the main breaker is possible, safe, and passable by city inspectors. For project, a 7600W string inverter is being proposed by the installation company – a good choice, and the spec sheet shows 40 amps of back-feed protection is required by the main service panel in order for this inverter to be connected

Project aspects like this might sound slightly complicated, which was why Solar was founded – to ensure the consumer is protected when technical aspects of projects are laid out.

Cost to Replace a Circuit Breaker Box

How much can you expect to pay a qualified electrician to replace a breaker box?

Cost to replace circuit breaker box

“It depends on how many circuits you have, the existing conditions, whether it’s a single-family dwelling, multi-family dwelling and the amperage of the panel — whether it’s a 100, 150, 200 amp,” says It could range anywhere from $500 to $1,300, depending on site conditions.”

installed, replaced or upgraded breaker boxes in 2014 reported paying an average of $1,932 with a general range of $1,625 to $2,225, not counting discounts many service

Instead, advises homeowners to upgrade a circuit breaker box because it protects electronic devices and the data contained within them. “I tend to go with that logic that almost everyone has something electronic in their home with valuable information inside that electronic equipment,” he says. “Whether you’re a video game person or a stock market trader or you collect family photos, whatever your area of interest, that’s the best reason to have up-to-date, functional electrical equipment protecting your home.”

How prevalent are Stab-Lok breakers?

Federal Pacific circuit breaker panels, with their faulty Stab-Lok breakers, still lurk in many older homes, says “Each electrical supplier is going to sell a manufacturer that they support. When you have a company that’s producing them three towns over from where your supply houses are, most suppliers sold Federal Pacific electrical panels, and that’s why everybody had them.”

Both electricians report trying to help customers who stubbornly decline service to replace their old breaker boxes. “I have Federal Pacific panels in customers’ homes who are not willing to replace them,”

Signs Your Electrical Panel Needs An Upgrade

As a homeowner, it comes as no surprise that equipment in your home requires maintenance over time. Electrical panels, or circuit breakers, are no different. Aside from the fact that they are out of sight and typically out of mind, usually come in contact with electrical panel only in the unfortunate event need to reset a breaker! With infrequent visits, how can you tell if you need to replace your electrical panel? Here are a few tell-tale signs that your electrical panel is in need of replacement.

It’s Old!

Do you know how old your electrical panel is?  If you don’t, chances are it might be relatively old. Homes today have more electrical needs than they did in the past! Making sure your electrical panel is up to date and is equipped to power your home is important to consider. It’s a good idea to have an experienced electrician take a look if you have concerns about the age of your electrical panel.

Frequent Tripped Breakers

If you are constantly resetting breakers, it could be a sign that your electrical panel cannot power the electrical needs of your home. Tripped breakers happen to everyone. In fact, they are designed to do just that! As a necessary safety measure, circuit breakers “trip” to protect your home from overloaded and short circuits. Even dangerous electrical fires. So, tripped breakers are actually a good thing, just not when it’s happening around the clock!

Burning Smells

As with any area of your home, there is always cause for concern when you start to smell something burning. In the case of your electrical panel, the concern is a little bit higher. Seeing as 51,000 electrical accidents happen each year according to the Electrical Safety Foundation International. Hence, if you notice burning smells coming from outlets or your electrical panel, call Service Professor!

Appliance Upgrades

Have you made major appliance upgrades lately? Larger appliances require a higher electrical draw than older appliances and typically will need an upgraded electrical panel for the extra capacity required.  If you are planning to upgrade some appliances in the near future, ensure your electrical panel is up for the challenge!

ELECTRICAL PANEL UPGRADE GUIDE WITH COSTS

As modern electrical needs and demands have increased, the same demand for higher and more reliable power. To meet modern electrical needs and ensure your electrical system is safe, you might have to upgrade your residential electrical panel.

At some point, any homeowner will likely find themselves in the position where an upgrade is necessary. When that time comes, it is important to know what to expect and how much it’ll cost. That way, you can make the most informed and cost-effective decision for your home and lifestyle.

When and why replace an electrical panel?

Like all things, electrical panels have a set lifespan before they eventually need to be replaced. The older the wires in the panel, the more risk there is of short-circuiting or even sparking hazardous electrical fires. It is possible that your older panel is not up to recent code, and for safety reasons, an upgrade is needed. Other times, it may just be that your household’s power needs have changed and so an upgrade is in order. Either way, knowing the signs or reasons you need an upgrade or replacement will help with that final decision.

Signs it’s time to replace the electrical panel

Regular maintenance and checkups by a professional will help keep your electrical panel in excellent condition. Generally, this should be done at least every 3-5 years. That said, any problems that come up before, such as an overloaded circuit, can pose premature issues. If that happens, don’t wait to buy a replacement and risk a safety hazard. Instead, knowing the signs of when it’s time to replace will help keep your home safe.

Breakers trip frequently: If your safety panel is getting old, it may wear down and be more at risk of power surges. When this happens, the circuit breakers will trip more often as a result. It may also be that your home’s electrical demands are too high for the electrical panel and is causing it to trip more often.

Breakers don’t reset: A related problem with breakers tripping is if they don’t reset afterward. In this case, it’s likely a fault with the electrical panel itself. A professional electrician is the best way to identify the problem and then either repair or replace it.

Burn marks or odours: The wires inside the panel can also wear down, and as they do, it risks causing electrical fires inside the panel. That is a more severe problem that should be dealt with immediately by a professional. If any wires become exposed, that is another safety hazard that should never be ignored. Turn off the power and call in a professional right away.

Flickering lights: If the problem isn’t fixed at the light source, it may be a problem with a lack of energy. You might notice lights flickering when the microwave runs or the furnace kicks in. Old homes have fewer circuits, so they aren’t able to meet the demands of modern electrical needs. Replacing your old electrical panel or adding more power will help stop this problem.

What To Know About Upgrading Your Circuit Breaker Panel

Your home’s circuit breaker plays an important role in supplying the power you and your family need for all of your appliances and electronics. Typically, older homes were built with 60- or 100-amp breaker panels; unfortunately, this is quickly becoming an insufficient amount of power with all of the high-tech appliances and electronics homeowners have these days. The good news is that a residential electrician in Tampa can upgrade your home’s circuit panel to supply you with all the power you need.

Why Should You Upgrade Your Circuit Breaker Panel?

There are lots of good reasons to upgrade your home’s circuit panel. For one, an old electrical circuit breaker panel can pose a safety hazard. Old circuit breaker panels can also struggle to deliver the power you need to use all of the appliances and electronics in your home, and in some cases might even damage these expensive belongings due to power surges. Upgrading your electrical panel is an investment in your safety and in the continued performance of your valuable appliances and electronics.

What are the Signs That I Should Upgrade My Circuit Breaker?

The sooner you upgrade your circuit breaker panel, the better. But how do you know when to contact a licensed electrician in Tampa to upgrade your home’s service panel? A few warning signs that it’s time to replace your circuit breaker panel include:

Frequently tripping circuit breakers

Flickering lights when appliances or electronics are in use

Burning smells or smoke coming from the panel

How Much Does a Circuit Panel Upgrade Cost?

The cost to upgrade your home’s circuit panel depends on a number of different factors, including the size of your home, the age of your electrical system, and any additional electrical system upgrades or repairs that will be made at the same time as the breaker panel upgrade. Contact a residential electrician today for a quote on a circuit breaker panel upgrade.

Signs That Your Home May Need Mold Remediation

Mold Remediation Resource

Nobody wants to discover mold growth in their home. In addition to the musty odor and the unsightly appearance, mold can contribute to health effects and structural damage to our property. Yet we’ve found many property owners have misconceptions about mold and how it should be treated.

learned what property owners need and want to know about mold and the remediation process. That’s why we’ve put together this resource page to help you find the information you need!

The process for mold remediation—like any other restoration service—can vary depending on the extent of the mold’s growth. Regardless, it’s a good idea to be familiar with the general process so you have a better understanding of what will need to happen at your property.

Understandably, most homeowners have a lot of questions about mold. Having heard many of them over the past 10 years, we’ve dedicated our blog to answering some of your most burning questions. Below you’ll find a list of some of our most popular mold-related blog posts.

Mold spores are everywhere—both in and out of your home. These spores aren’t often an issue, however, until they come into contact with moisture and begin to grow into colonies. Once this growth occurs, the colonies produce more spores and begin to consume the organic surfaces they reside on. Because moisture is essential for this growth, there are several places that commonly have mold growth.

Window Sills. You’ve probably seen it before—moisture on your windows. As a result of condensation, water often collects along windows and drips down to the window sill. Unless this is addressed or dried consistently, it opens the opportunity for mold growth to occur.

Bathtubs. Bathtubs are one of the most common places to find mold. Water—logically—is ever present, and when bathrooms are not well-ventilated, the moisture does not escape, which gives mold exactly what it needs.

Location of Recent Water Damage. Water damages can occur to anyone—pipes burst, water heaters leak, toilets overflow, etc. But unless these damages are quickly addressed and properly handled, they can encourage mold growth.

What is Microbial Contamination?

What is Microbial Contamination? Where does mold come from? Is microbial contamination a health concern issue? How do you properly get rid of a microbial contamination?

Microbial contamination refers to a variety of microorganisms, including mold, bacteria, viruses and protozoa; and fungi, which includes molds, yeasts, and their by products and toxins. All of these can affect the health of a building and its occupants.

As a starting point the proper job sequencing for a typical microbial-remediation project includes but it not limited to: identifying and stopping the source of moisture; setting up containment; establishing negative air; removing contaminated building materials; cleaning surfaces; drying the affected areas; conducting a post remediation evaluation.

Never use a DIY mold test, Heres why!

If you look on the internet, there are scores of DIY mold test kits. Before you invest in one of these kits, here are things you ought to know about mold:

Mold is everywhere and every single house has some form of “mold.”

Most self-test mold kits only tell you if your home has mold, but often provides false negatives and positives. It also does not tell you what kind of mold or how to kill it.

A true mold test can only be conducted by a Professional Environmental testing company; they determine the type of mold, the source of the moisture, and how to kill the mold at the core. They create a protocol, which can be read by an IICRC professional (like us!).  It’s best to use a testing company that does not do cleaning themselves because their assessment will be unbiased.

Is Your Mold Damage Covered?

A pipe bursts in your home, so you call a plumber and water restoration experts to fix the damage. Before they arrive, however, you start to notice a musty odor near the affected area and you see mold growth on a nearby wall. Mold can start to grow in as little as 24 hours after water damage has occurred. One question you probably have is whether or not your homeowner’s insurance will cover the cost of the remediation. The answer depends on a couple of factors.

Covered Peril

The first thing your insurance provider may want to determine is the cause of the mold damage. Many basic policies cover the cost of mold mitigation if the issue is related to a covered peril:

Recent pipe break or leak

Overflowing toilet

Broken appliance

Roof leak

With most homeowner’s coverage, there are two elements that determine whether an event constitutes a covered peril. Did it happen suddenly, and was it an accident? If those two conditions exist, it is likely that not only the initial water damage but also any related secondary damage such as mold growth will be covered by your provider. If, however, the damage occurs as a result of an ongoing problem or your negligence, you will probably have to pay for the repairs out of pocket.

Policy Additions

Some policies spell out limited coverage for mold damage explicitly. Many insurance providers offer separate mold insurance to supplement the general homeowner’s policy. This coverage is called an endorsement, and there is an additional fee to add this particular protection. Your agent can advise you on the best coverage for your home and let you know what options are available to you.

Understanding Mold Coverage for Renters

When you live in a house or apartment you don’t own, it is advisable to purchase a good rental insurance policy. That way, if your belongings are harmed or destroyed, you can get help paying for them to be replaced. Does your policy cover mold damage, though? The answer to this question depends on a couple of factors

Causes of Mold in Your Home and How to Prevent It

The last thing you want is a house full of mold. But you can’t stop it. No matter how clean you keep your home, it will always contain invisible mold spores. Disinfectant can only do so much because these tiny fungi seeds are an ever-present part of nature’s recycling system. And they fulfill a necessary, vital part in decomposing organic material.

It’s when fungi spore cultures become colonies of slimy, dark mold that things get messy. They get dangerous as well. Intolerance to pathogenic mycotoxins that mold cultures emit causes serious health problems for many people. For some, it can be a permanent disability or even premature death.

While it’s impossible to entirely eradicate the presence of microscopic mold spores from your house, you certainly can prevent mold in your home. The key is controlling moisture. Much of mold troubles come from simple and slow plumbing leaks. But there’s far more to knowing how to prevent mold damage than calling a plumber.

A plumber is an excellent professional resource who can fix a relatively small water leak before it turns into a giant mold problem. Plumbers are also trained to spot the telltale signs of hidden mold issues and alert you to potential disasters. A plumber’s experience is invaluable as part of mold identification. They can also be priceless in helping with mold prevention.

The first part of knowing how to prevent mold in homes is knowing the causes. Then it’s helpful to know the ramifications of letting a small area of mold contamination spread into a huge and expensive infestation. Learning what mold is, its causes and how to properly clean moldy surfaces should be part of your home-owning education — so should watching for potential mold trouble spots. You also need to know mold’s health hazard symptoms, the safety precautions in handling moldy materials, and your insurance policy implications when it comes to mold damage claims

Mold Removal

Mold that are considered harmful to humans are considered “Toxic Molds”. It is not just one type of mold. “Black Mold”. There are hundreds of molds that are toxic and deadly to humans, only a small fraction of which are not deadly to humans.

Black Molds are considered as the deadliest molds, however molds of other colors are as deadly. Moist dark places are a breeding ground for mold. Mold can also grow on most any organic surface. Moisture and oxygen at the things needed to feed and grow mold.

Five Categories of “Toxic Mold” :

-Cladosporium

-Penicillium

-Fusarium

-Aspergillus

-Stachybotrys

Some of these only have the effect of allergy like symptoms that mimic hay fever. Other however can cause medical problems that are considered potentially deadly. All five of these molds can be found indoors anywhere there is dampness.

UV Light is provided by the sun and also by specially designed lamps. The three types of UV lamps in the market produce UV-A, UV-B and UV-C light. UV-B is used in medical applications to treat patients with Jaundice, Psoriasis, and other skin disorders by irradiating the reactor pads and in rooms to treat the upper level air next to the ceiling. UV-A is less effective in killing bacteria than UV-C. UV-C at 254 nm wavelength is the peak absorbance of DNA and RNA; therefore, the most effective in killing cells, including bacteria. UV light intensity decreases with the square of the distance from the bulb. Therefore, for UV-light to be effective, bacteria and mold cells must be in close proximity to the lamp.

The Pros And Cons Of Doing Your Own Bookkeeping

Bookkeeping Rate – Are You Paying Enough?

Bookkeeping is important every type and size of business to understand businesses growth, follow tax law, budgeting and so on. It is foundation for generating business reports for your business growth. Therefore it is vital to book every single transaction with expertise and accuracy. It is extremely vital for you to understand monthly bookkeeping fees before you engage with a bookkeeper or bookkeeping service firm.

The bookkeeping professional is selling his or her time and expertise to businesses, so the fee for this service is combination of time, current situation, expertise, etc. Some of the most popular services provided by an bookkeeping service firm are listed just below:

  • Account receivable
  • CPA audit report
  • Bank and credit card reconciliation
  • General accounting
  • Payroll processing

Why hire Bookkeeping services?

Some of the key headaches that businesses experience when it comes to handling their own books are errors because of lack of time, paperwork and filling, the complexities of compliance, anything to do with tax, ever changing regulations. An expert bookkeeper can help you with all these tasks related to the financial aspects of your company. It provides you time to focus on the vital activities like growing your customer base so that you can make all that money in the first place. It may feel at times that you are willing to pay any amount to relieve you of the tension of month and year end figures. But that is no reason to employ the first bookkeeping service you come across.  Instead shop around to get a service that meets your business needs as well as save you money. You can search on google for Bookkeeping services near me and hire someone who can be trusted.

Bookkeeping fees

The fees of bookkeeping are dependent upon the vine of transaction whether you have workers, how complex your industry is, also whether you need job costing, there are several factors that can influence the fee but usually there are some ways Bookkeeping professionals set their price. Hourly rate or flat rate are very common with several requesting all or a portion of the price paid in advanced through a deposit or retainer. Also fixed price value bling is starting to gain in popularity while hourly rate is declining as billing method.

Generally a Bookkeeping rate for a freelance bookkeeping professional can range from $20 to $120 per hour. The bookkeeper that you hire in house would have another rate plus all other advantages that you require to give. Additionally the outsourcing bookkeeper has a different rate depending on how much workload is assigned to that person.

What factors to determine booking fee structure?

Industry background, volume of transactions, reporting requirements, number of employees, curt situation of books, number of bank statement, etc. Do not be afraid to give them a bookkeeping test in order to see if the professional will ne able to perform the work you need competently.  Keep in mind that many business owners are in financial ruin because they trusted their bookkeeper to know rules and find out late during an audit how much that person did not know.

What Is The Difference Between Bookkeeping And Accounting?

To understand pricing, it’s helpful to know the difference between bookkeeping and accounting.  These two terms are often used interchangeably, but there is a significant difference between bookkeeping and accounting services.

Bookkeeping

We have written in detail about what a bookkeeper does in Canada, but the very basic function of a bookkeeper is to record the transactions of a business in a consistent way.  This includes:

  • Recording financial transactions and reconciling accounts at the end of each month or week
  • Recording and paying bills on their due date
  • Creating and issuing invoices
  • Processing and recording payroll
  • Tracking sales taxes (GST / HST / PST etc.), and filing returns

The bookkeeper is in charge of making sure that all transactions are recorded accurately.  The complexity of this job depends on the size of the business, number of transactions to be recorded, and the nature of those transactions.

Accounting

Accounting can be described as processes that use the information recorded by the bookkeeper to produce higher-level information and reports.  Examples of these services include:

  • Preparing adjusting entries to record information such as inventory adjustments, tax estimates, and other accruals (expenses that have occurred but aren’t yet recorded by the bookkeeper)
  • Preparing and analyzing financial statements to help the business owner make decisions
  • Completing income tax returns
  • Tax planning
  • Business advisory

Accountants aim to provide business owners with an understanding of their financial reporting to drive intelligent, informed decision making.  They also play a key role in reducing taxes where possible. At Avalon, we also add empathy and even emotional support to the role of an accountant; it can be a lonely road running a business, and we want to help entrepreneurs thrive however we can.

Although this is a common pricing method, we find a couple of things wrong with it:

  • Fear of asking questions – It creates a situation where clients feel that they shouldn’t ask questions or learn from their bookkeepers and accountants because they will be on the clock as soon as the phone is answered.  We want to foster an environment where clients get to ask questions without worrying about the resulting bill.
  • Surprise bills – It can also cause surprise bill amounts when more work was required than expected.  Surprise bills kill cash flow for businesses and create animosity between accountants and their clients.

Commercial Carpet Cleaning Pros And Cons

Things To Know Before Buying A Carpet Cleaner

Good carpeting can be an expensive investment in your home, and one that you want to get as many years out of as possible. Your carpet is also something your family walks on in bare feet, plays on, sits on, and sometimes stretches out on. That’s why keeping your carpets clean and in good condition is important. Today’s families are busy people, often trooping in and out of the house several times a day—with or without pets—tracking in dirt, germs, and outside pollutants. That’s why today’s families aren’t always comfortable trusting the cleanliness of their carpets to vacuuming alone.

A typical vacuum may leave your carpet’s surface clean of dust, dirt, and pet hair, but it doesn’t remove dust dirt, allergens, and pollutants stuck deep in the base of the carpet. Vacuum cleaners don’t remove stains from spills, pet accidents, and muddy foot traffic. That’s where it becomes beneficial to have a carpet cleaner in your home. Especially if your home has pets, or contains a lot of carpeting in high traffic areas.

What is a Carpet Cleaner?

A carpet cleaner is designed to be used to clean deeply embedded and ground-in dirt from carpets with a steam or hot water extraction mechanism. Water and carpet cleanser are scrubbed into the carpet fibers by the carpet cleaner’s technology and then the dirty, soapy water is extracted with a powerful vacuum and stored in a tank. This removes dirt, stains, and odors from even deep pile carpets, leaving it clean, soft, and refreshed.

A carpet shampooer mixes soap and warm water and typically sprays it directly onto the carpet. A rotating or revolving brush then works this solution into the carpet fibers to loosen and lift dirt and remove surface stains. A carpet shampooer is excellent for cleaning carpet in high traffic areas. The shampoo or foam is allowed to remain on the carpet surface for a period of time, where it absorbs dirt, grime, stains, and odors, before it is removed with a high-powered vacuum.

Carpet cleaners tend to be heavy. Once you’ve added water and cleaning fluid, you will have added another six to fifteen pounds of weight. Before you choose your carpet cleaner, consider the space you will have to maneuver it around in. Large, open spaces work well with heavier, slightly more cumbersome upright carpet cleaners with large tanks. A good carpet cleaner will have a tank that’s large enough to store plenty of fluid and won’t need emptying or refilling as often during a cleaning. Generally carpet cleaners contain a second tank for storing the dirty water that it extracts from the carpet.

Secrets From the Carpet Cleaning Pros to Help Your Carpets Last Longer

Your carpet cleaner works hard to ensure your carpets are clean and fresh. However, despite your best efforts at cleanliness, carpet will eventually become the victim of drops, spills, accidents, and whatever’s on the bottom of your shoes. After a professional carpet cleaning service, many customers want to know when they should schedule their next cleaning, and what they can do to maintain the results of the latest cleaning

Pro Carpet Cleaning Tip 1: Vacuum, Vacuum, Vacuum

One of the best things you can do to protect and keep your carpet clean is to vacuum frequently. For example, oily dirt tends to attract more oily dirt. The less of it that’s on your carpet, the longer your carpet lasts

Pro Carpet Cleaning Tip 2: Use Entry Mats to Contain Dirt From Outside

Coming home to a clean carpet is always nice. But just because your shoes aren’t muddy, doesn’t mean they are not tracing dirt in from outside. Every time you step through that door, your shoes are bringing in whatever dirt (and other stuff), and tracking it all over the carpet

Pro Carpet Cleaning Tip 3: Spills Happen – Deal With Them Fast

Accidents will happen. Someone might spill a glass of juice, or a bit of gravy from their plate onto the floor. When they do, act fast to mitigate the stain. The longer you wait, the more likely the stain will set in the material and absorb into the carpet fibers. Not only does this cause the stain to remain, but it can also absorb into the carpet padding underneath. This can lead to odor and mold growth deep in your floor. So don’t just let that stain sit there, take care of it immediately.

Pro Carpet Cleaning Tip 4: Use the Proper Stain Removal Product and Technique for Your Spill

Every stain and spill is going to be different. Depending on whether the stain is oil or water based, you will need different cleaning solutions to remove it

How to Clean an Area Rug to Make It Look Like New Again

Area rugs warm up floors, inject color and pattern into a space, and create zones in your home’s living quarters. But along with area rugs often come stains and debris, so it’s important to know how to clean an area rug.

The first step to cleaning an area rug is to identify your rug’s material. This is important in prolonging its life, as different materials require unique area rug cleaning methods and materials. Our handy area rug cleaning guide will introduce you to the many types of rugs and offer tips and instructions for area rug cleaning and stain removal.

Basic Area Rug Care

Size, construction, and material determine the best way to clean an area rug. Care for large area rugs as you would wall-to-wall carpet

That means most rugs will benefit from the following care routine:

Vacuum large area rugs to remove dirt: As with carpet, regular vacuuming is the most important area rug cleaning step you can take. If a rug is reversible, vacuum both sides. This removes grit and grime that can wear out your rug prematurely. Take care to not vacuum any fringe. (Turn off the beater bar when vacuuming a shag rug to prevent tangling the long fibers.)

Brush out pet hair: A vacuum will sometimes leave pet hair behind. Use a stiff brush to remove the hair, brushing in the direction of the nap of the rug.

Turn rugs every year: Foot traffic and sun can put extra stress on area rugs. Turn them once or twice a year to even out the wear.

Shake small area rugs: If the rug is small enough, you can take it outside and shake it or beat it vigorously to remove dirt and grit. Some areas have ordinances about shaking rugs outdoors, so check your local codes first.

How to Clean a Rug: Material-by-Material Guide

Special types of rugs require special cleaning care. File away care tags on the rug for easy reference. Pay close attention to the manufacturer’s recommendations for deep cleaning and using a rug shampooer or a cleaning machine on the rug

Cleaning & Restoration Services

You’ll Get Deep Down Carpet Cleaning

You and your valuable carpets deserve more than a cheap surface clean. unique pet and child-safe cleaning solutions are formulated to give you a deep-down Carpet Cleaning service without any of the harmful side effects associated with many cheap carpet cleaning chemicals.

Whichever of methods use to clean your carpet, systems do not need to use the gallons of water that cheaper cleaners or DIY machines often rely on to really deep clean. This means your carpets will be thoroughly deep cleaned and dry in just one to two hours, so minimum inconvenience and you’ll be using the rooms again in no time.

Carpet Cleaning that Stays Cleaner for Longer

Your carpets not only GET cleaner, but they also STAY cleaner for longer too because don’t use cheap detergent chemicals that can leave a sticky and dirt-attracting residue behind. don’t just clean the carpet surface, nor do pressure wash the dirt down below the surface, only to have it reappear as the carpet dries

A Hygienically Healthy Carpet Cleaning too

Your carpet acts as a filter in your home and traps all the dead skin cells, bugs, germs, pollen and hundreds of other contaminants that fall onto it.  Carpets help you create a better indoor air quality, but, like all filters, need regular cleaning and sanitising

Myths You Might Still Believe About Carpet Cleaning

IF you get your carpets cleaned improperly, this can be true. Since some methods leave behind sticky residue and soil, it is correct that improper cleaning can make your carpeting soil quickly.

Steam cleaning will cause mold or mildew to grow in my carpet!

Again this could be true IF you get your carpets improperly cleaned, but the proper way of cleaning will NOT cause mold or mildew to happen. We hear from a lot of clients about different companies who have left their carpets soaked for several days. This is not normal, and we never leave your carpets soaking wet. If your carpet is wet for several days, there is a chance that bacteria wants to grow in that environment. Properly cleaned carpets will not create mold or mildew.

Vacuuming too much will damage my carpet!

Modern installed carpeting is designed to hold up to lots and lots of vacuuming. That said, there are some vacuums on the market that may be too aggressive for everyday use. We are not at liberty to name names because we didn’t perform the tests. A large carpet manufacturer once reported that their tests revealed that one particular popular consumer vacuum caused 2 years’ worth of wear with one use! But that’s certainly not the norm and most vacuums are perfectly safe for frequent use on modern carpeting.

Baking soda or other powder deodorizers will remove the smell from my carpet!

Baking soda can absorb some of the odors, but it does not remove the source of the odor. These powder deodorizers also cause havoc for us when we try to clean because it is impossible to vacuum it all out. The leftover powder eventually causes friction and wear, causing permanent damage to your carpet. Not to mention the smell probably will ultimately return. The best way to deal with odors is to remove the source of the odors.

Carpet causes allergies!

Even though this is more so about carpet itself, it still pertains to carpet cleaning and needs some explaining. We have heard over the years of allergists telling people that carpets cause allergies, so they should rip it out of their house! We are cleaners of many things like tile, wood, stone, etc., so we aren’t saying this because we are only ‘carpet cleaners’. We think the origins of this comes from the fact that carpet acts as a filter. Yes, dust, dander, and soil will settle onto your carpet and will stay there if it’s not maintained properly

Family Dentist Pros And Cons

What Is a General Dentist?

The most common dentist is a general dentist. In fact, approximately 79% of all dentists in the US can be considered general dentists and some wonder what general dentists do. We learn to perform most dental procedures except for very complicated advanced dental procedures which require additional training, degrees or certifications. General dentists serve on the front line of diagnostic and preventative procedures for the public. We can diagnose and recognize the early stages of dental disease in the patient’s mouth and treat the disease before the condition progresses too far. We partner closely with our patients to educate and help them with their oral hygiene homecare regimen, which in turn will prevent disease in the future. We believe that healthier results for patients’ oral conditions will occur when they also invest in their own dental health.

Can a General Dentist Perform an Extraction?

General dentists learn how to perform extractions and gum or oral surgery. Some dentists love it and perform frequent surgeries, while other dentists focus only on cosmetics and refer the surgeries to other dental providers. It’s all a matter of preference.

Can a General Dentist do Implants?

Any general dentist can perform the placement of dental implants, although it is advised to have had additional implant surgery training from an accredited advanced learning center. Once again it’s a matter of preference.

Direct Restoration Materials

Direct restorations are repairs made inside the mouth (e.g., cavity fillings). These restorations are also usually placed within one office visit.

  • Composite is a tooth-colored, adhesive bonding material made of acrylic resin. Composite is one of the most common restorative materials for cavity fillings, dental bonds, inlays, and veneers.
  • Amalgam is a mixture of up to 54 percent mercury with silver, tin, and copper. This material is commonly used to restore back teeth (premolars and molars).
  • Conventional Glass Ionomer (CGI) is another tooth-colored restorative material. Glass ionomer is not as durable as amalgam or composite. CGI can effectively restore front teeth, including incisors and canines. Dentists do not restore back teeth, such as premolars and molars, with glass ionomer.
  • Resin-Modified Glass Ionomer (RMGI’s) are similar to conventional glass ionomers, but with more strength and added acrylic resins. RMGI is only used to restore baby teeth.

What Do General Dentists Do?

Of an estimated 143,000 dentists practicing in North America, some 80 percent are general dentists. Unlike specialists, who are mostly focused on a particular aspect of dental practice, general dentists provide a wide array of services that are vital to your continued health, including:

  • Preventive services — These help you maintain good oral health by stopping disease before it takes hold in your mouth. Regular exams (including diagnostic images such as x-rays) and professional teeth cleanings are a cornerstone of prevention. Your general dentist may give you detailed instructions to improve your at-home oral hygiene, and may also recommend preventive treatments such as sealants, if needed. And if you lead an active lifestyle, you can be fitted with a custom-made mouthguard at your dentist’s office.
  • Restorative Services — When a problem is found, your dentist will ensure you get timely and appropriate treatment. Probably the most common (and highly effective) dental restoration involves removing tooth decay and placing a filling in the affected tooth. But that’s not the only restorative procedure general dentists provide. They offer you a place to go when you need prompt treatment for dental trauma—for example, a broken, loosened or knocked-out tooth. General dentists can diagnose and treat the causes of tooth pain or periodontal (gum) disease. They may also offer treatments for missing teeth, place crowns or bridgework, and help you get fitted with dentures. Some provide more advanced treatments, such as root canal therapy, orthodontics, and dental implants, as well.
  • Cosmetic Procedures — Many general dentists can help you get the sparkling smile you’ve always wanted with a range of cosmetic procedures. These include teeth whitening, cosmetic bonding—even porcelain veneers. If a brighter smile is what you’re looking for, ask your general dentist about a smile makeover.
  • Overall Health Concerns — In many respects, your oral health can be seen as a mirror of your general health. Some dental problems may reflect issues in other parts of your body, and vice versa. For example, untreated oral infections can lead to poorer control of diabetes, an increased incidence of cardiovascular disease, and complications during pregnancy. General dentists are trained to identify these and other issues, and offer appropriate treatment or referral when needed. One special concern is obstructive sleep apnea, a potentially deadly condition that can sometimes be treated with an oral appliance. General dentists can also offer nutritional counseling, advice on tobacco cessation and general health and wellness information.

Dental Public Health Clinics

Dental public health clinics promote dental health through organized community efforts. The clinics serve to educate the public through group dental care programs with the goal of preventing and controlling dental diseases on a community-wide basis. Dental public health clinics offer such services as finding a dentist, developing dental care programs for schools, providing information on fluoridation in the community, answering common questions about oral health, and providing other oral health resources and support materials to their community.

Endodontist

An endodontist is the dental specialist concerned with the causes, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases and injuries of the human dental pulp or the nerve of the tooth. This specialist may perform simple to difficult root canal treatments or other types of surgical root procedures.

Oral and Maxillofacial Radiologist

A radiologist is the oral health care provider who specializes in the taking and interpretation of all types of X-ray images and data that are used in the diagnosis and management of diseases, disorders, and conditions of the oral and maxillofacial region.

How much education is required to become a general dentist?

To become a general dentist, three or more years of undergraduate college education degree (typically with a strong science foundation) plus four years of dental school is required. After graduating, dentists must take a licensure examination which is required by the state in which they practice.

What’s the difference between DMD and DDS?

Just one letter! Both dentists receive the same education and complete the same curriculum requirements. DDS stands for Doctor of Dental Surgery and DMD stands for Doctor of Dental Medicine.

Why does my dentist belong to the AGD?

Your general dentist cares about long-term dental health for you and your family and demonstrates that concern by belonging to the AGD. Members are dedicated to continuing education to help them stay up-to-date on the latest procedures to provide you and your family with quality treatment.