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Makeover Tips To Help You Raise The Value Of Your Commercial Office Building

Posted by on Jul 19, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Maintaining a high value for your office building puts you on the winning side when you want to sell or when leasing out available space. It’s possible to raise the value of the building, provided you use the right strategies and tactics. Below are effective makeover tips you can use to significantly raise the value of your commercial office building. Optimize Space Use Improving the use of space in your commercial building is a great way of adding to the value of your property. You can improve the space usage by rectifying building designs that waste or take up too much space than necessary. However, it’s best to hire a professional contractor to identify uneconomical features that waste a lot of area in the building. For instance, the type of partitioning used in the building may not optimize space usage. Some buildings tend to have excessive lobbies, disorganized pathways and misplaced utility rooms. If the partitions are reorganized in a way that saves up more space, you can get an extra room or two of rentable space. Add Utility Services Adding utility facilities in a commercial office building is a great way of raising the value of the property. The best utility facilities to add are the ones in high demand in your building. You can carry out a survey and get to know what the tenants value most. Remember that your tenants will be the first people to sample new utility services provided in the complex. For example, you can open a barber shop and salon or a fitness studio. These are examples of services people will need almost always, so all you need to do is market your facility to attract the customers. Otherwise, you can opt to offer the utility services through an independent provider. The market rating of your building will be higher once it’s valuable and appealing to people. Improve Building Sustainability Making your commercial office building sustainable involves making sure that the facility is cost-efficient and environment friendly. The value of your building will be higher if your office building uses technologies that are safe, eco-friendly and cost-effective, especially for the users. Water and energy efficiencies are among the key sustainable elements you can invest in your office building. For example, air conditioning is a requirement for office buildings. So it’s best to invest in an energy efficient air conditioning system that regulates the temperatures without consuming too much energy. It’s best to consult a professional property manager to advise you on the best eco-friendly amenities to install. Makeover strategies for your commercial office complex can significantly raise the value of your building. Above are some effective makeover tips you can use to raise the value of your office...

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Preparing for Partial Demolition and Rebuilding of Your Home

Posted by on Jul 11, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Some people opt for partial home demolition so that they can rebuild and improve sections of their house. Others may want to retain the lovely fa├žade of their home. For some, keeping the facade allows them to bypass regulations on how set back from a border their new home can be. Whatever your reason for opting for a partial demolition, the things you’ll need to do to prepare are the same. Read this guide to help you prepare for the demolition and rebuilding of part of your home. Surviving Ongoing Building Work It’s always easier to move out while the work is taking place, but this isn’t always possible. If you need to be near work or your children’s schools, or you’re operating on a tight budget, staying put may be your best option. If this is the case, you’ll need to plan well to survive the chaos. This means ensuring that you have access to everything you need to make functioning possible. If you don’t have access to the kitchen while the work takes place, you should set up cooking facilities elsewhere in the home. Your most critical need will be an adequate water supply and access to washing facilities. If staying on site is your only option, but extensive rebuilding is going to make living in your home impossible, a caravan may be a better choice. Renting a caravan and having it set up in your garden will give you freedom to continue living at home without having to be in the thick of the mess. Look after Your Neighbours You don’t want to upset the people you live next door to and see daily. Do what you can to minimise the effect your rebuild will have on your neighbours. Give them a timetable for the work and reminders on days when messy or noisy work takes place. That way, they can make sure they close their windows and doors. Make sure you arrange for the cleanup of any mess that lands on their doorstep. Buy them a nice bottle of wine and some chocolates to thank them for being understanding, particularly after very messy days. Salvage Anything You Want to Keep Fixtures and fittings can often be reused to save on building costs. Ensure that these have been removed and stored safely away from the area being demolished. Make Sure Your Paperwork Is in Place Your demolition company will probably have dealt with any permit applications. If so, they will have checked with your local council to find out what paperwork was needed to demolish part of your home. It will usually be a demolition or building permit. However, it may also include a planning permit if your building is close to other buildings, or has heritage or environmental importance. Before work commences, you should do a last-minute check to make sure that they have received all necessary permission. If you’ve been asked to have certain utilities removed or shut down, make sure this has been done before the demolition team arrive on...

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Preventing Asbestos Related Hazards during DIY Asbestos Removal

Posted by on Feb 26, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Do you have a DIY asbestos removal project in the interior of your home? Before carrying out your DIY activities, you need to be approved by the relevant authorities so that your project isn’t illegal. Following the right procedures, use of the right techniques, equipment and clothing will not only ensure a successful project, but will also keep asbestos related hazards at bay. It is important to contain and avoid disturbing the asbestos-containing material to prevent the release of harmful asbestos particles, fibres, and dust. To ensure safety, here are things you may want to consider. Prep Work Start by letting people know that you have some asbestos-related work going on. You can do this by having some warning signs and talking to your neighbours, friends, family members or any other persons that may be affected by your project. Close your doors and windows, and seal off your working area with plastic sheets or tape to prevent other areas from possible contamination. Cover any vents, central heating, and air conditioning ducts. If there are any children play equipment or any other appliances and equipment in the working areas, have them taken away before you start the removal. If some items, such as furniture, can’t be moved, cover them completely with plastic sheets and bags. Do’s And Don’ts during the Removal Ensure that you wear a standards-approved dust mask or respirator that’s specifically recommended for the task. Masks with two straps are more preferable than those with only one because the extra strap ensures the mask holds firmly in place. For protection of your eyes, use safety goggles. Remember to wear disposable overalls, a hat, and gloves as well. Unless you’re removing screws, don’t use power tools because they can trigger the asbestos fibres. Don’t waterblast and scrub asbestos surfaces with stiff or hard brooms or brushes. Doing this may release asbestos fibres to the environment. Instead, wet the surface gently when removing the asbestos-containing materials. To do this, dampen the asbestos materials with a pump spray. This keeps asbestos debris wet enough to prevent airborne asbestos dust. Cleaning Up Start cleaning up as soon as possible after finishing your work. Double wrap the asbestos material in plastic asbestos waste disposal bags. These bags should be sealed completely with duct tape. When stacking asbestos sheets or panels, make sure that they don’t skid over each other to prevent the release of asbestos fibres. To avoid stirring up dust, dampen the area when sweeping and remember to use only vacuum cleaners approved to clean asbestos. If you have more questions or concerns, contact a professional asbestos removal company like McMahon...

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Four benefits of split system air conditioning for seniors

Posted by on Feb 22, 2016 in Uncategorized |

As you age, temperature control is more important than ever for maintaining your health, well-being and comfort. If you’re a senior and your old air conditioner just isn’t keeping you cool over the harsh Australian summers, it’s time to consider installing a split system air conditioning unit. Read on to find out more about the benefits of split system air conditioning for seniors. Cost effective alternative to ducted cooling While keeping your home cool as you age is of the utmost importance, many seniors are not in the financial position to spend thousands of dollars installing the latest ducted air conditioning unit. Split system air conditioning is a cost effective alternative to purchase and run, making them an ideal cooling solution for seniors on a budget. In some Australian states, including Western Australia, Queensland and South Australia, eligible seniors may receive rebates for  the costs associated with running their air conditioner, helping to keep the costs down considerably. Ideal for smaller homes and granny flats A split system air conditioner is designed to keep a mid-sized area temperature controlled, making it ideal for smaller senior living spaces. With a non-intrusive, slim design, your new split system unit will not visually impose in your small home and can be installed in the most suitable position for your year-round comfort. As an added bonus, they are also very quiet to run, meaning that your small home will remain a peaceful sanctuary. Convenient, all-year temperature control Keeping your home at the ideal temperature during winter is equally important for seniors, who can increase their risk of respiratory conditions or viral infections without adequate heating. Most split system air conditioners have the dual capability of heating your home during winter, allowing you to have the convenience of year-round temperature control in a single unit. This way, you can avoid the mess and hassle of maintaining a wood fire or gas heater during winter. Keep the air clean and healthy As upper respiratory irritation can be debilitating for seniors, keeping the air in your home clean and healthy is vital. Many split system air conditioning units come equipped with a built-in air purification system, which works to keep allergens and dust out of your indoor air. This way, you’ll breathe easier and keep allergies at bay with ease. As a split system air conditioner has filters that can be easily removed and cleaned regularly, you can keep your air filtration system working effectively without any extra costs or effort. For more detailed information and expert advice, contact your local split system air conditioning installation contractor...

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Tips to Keeping Your Dog off Your Synthetic Grass

Posted by on Feb 8, 2016 in Uncategorized |

More and more homeowners are opting for synthetic grass, as it is a convenient way to enhancing your curb appeal, without having to put much effort in maintaining a lush lawn. However, if you have pets, you will find that them frolicking around on your synthetic grass may not be so pleasant for you. For one, dog faeces do not naturally decompose in fake grass as they do on natural lawns. This is something most people overlook. In the event that you do not collect the droppings in good time, you will find your dog has trampled on them and spread them all over your turf. Additionally, urine also does not get absorbed in synthetic grass and will typically leave it smelling awful. So how do you keep your dog away from your beautiful fake grass? Here are some tips that could come in handy. Invest in a dog repellent When it comes to dog repellents, you could consider two options. The first is the commercial repellents that are typically used to establish boundaries for your pet. The main ingredient in these repellents is citronella, which smells repulsive to dogs. The second option you could consider is creating your own homemade repellent. Dogs typically detest the smell of white vinegar, so you could opt to spray this in its undiluted form all over your synthetic grass. You could also sprinkle some cayenne for good measure. If your dogs have already urinated on the turf, you could rinse it off with a solution consisting of baking soda, water and vinegar to eliminate the foul smell. Invest in a motion sensor sprinkler Granted, the thought of a sprinkler on synthetic turf may seem redundant. However, it is a great way of deterring pets from making their way onto your grass. Sprinklers that are motion activated do not have to water your lawn. You can program them to let out a single jet of water when the sensors have been activated. The sudden sound as well as the unexpected spray of water will scare your dog from approaching the synthetic grass. Invest in deterrent plants Another way of keeping your dog away from your turf would be to decorate its perimeters using natural plant deterrents. One such plant is the Coleus canina. This plant gives off an odour that is repulsive to dogs as it reminds them of cat urine. Thus, it will keep them at bay. Fortunately, this scent is not detectable by the human nose. Another plant deterrent you could opt for is lavender. Although synthetic grass is durable enough to withstand horseplay from your dog, it is not built for your pet’s natural biological processes. It would definitely be more convenient for you to keep the furry family members off the...

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Warning Signs That You Require Commercial Electrician Services

Posted by on Jan 28, 2016 in Uncategorized |

One of the mistakes you can make as a business owner is assuming electrical problems pertaining to your business premises can easily be handled by the same electrician you hire for your residence. Commercial wiring differs from residential wiring. This is because the energy needs of commercial buildings are significantly higher. Hence, the equipment used as well as the materials that function toward providing you with a constant power supply will be different. Here are some of the warning signs that you may require services from electrical contractors at your business premises.   Rust is developing on your electrical appliances and outlet One of the signs that your electrical system is in imminent danger is the development of rust on your outlets as well as your appliances. It is recommended to carry out a regular inspection of your sockets and appliance plugs to check whether they have any rust-coloured residue on them. Additionally, regular inspections should also be carried out on the building’s service panel to ensure moisture is not accumulating inside it. Commercial electricians can establish the cause of the rust and hinder further damage to your wiring. Leaving the development of rust undeterred could cause further deterioration of your entire electrical system, which would result in costly replacements. Tingling when you touch electrical outlets If you experience tingling when you touch your electrical outlets, switched or any other electrical surfaces, chances are you are experiencing a mild electrical shock. Typically this may be accompanied by other symptoms such as blackened switch plates or discoloured wire ends. This is a cause for concern as it could indicate the various electrical surfaces are at risk of an electrical fire. Continuing to make use of these surfaces and outlets will not only damage your appliances and electrical panels, but you could end up losing your entire premises in the event an electrical fire breaks out. The moment you see these blackened outlets or start experiencing tingling when using your building’s electrical supply, it is best to call in commercial electricians to have a look at the building’s circuitry and remedy the problem post haste. Your building has exposed wires Exposed wires may come about if electric work was left unfinished or if you were having renovations done that are incomplete. One mistake people make is trying to hide these wires under rugs in an effort to disguise them until they are dealt with. This does not just make them a tripping hazard, but they pose a serious risk of spontaneous electrical fires in your building. Any exposed wires on your business premises should be dealt with by commercial electricians as soon as...

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Don’t Be an Accidental Litterer: Use These Tips to Prevent Rubbish Blowing Out of Your Skip

Posted by on Jan 22, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Unfortunately, if rubbish blows out of your skip, you are indirectly responsible for littering. Luckily, there are ways to keep the wind out of your skip and the garbage in it. Here are four tips for preventing your skip from making you an accidental litterer: 1. Cover your skip when not in use. If possible, always hire a skip with a lid. Hinged lids are easy to remove when you need to use the skip, but when it’s not in use, you can easily swing the lid back on. A lid prevents wind from lifting your rubbish away, and as added bonuses, it also keeps out rain. Also, if you lock it, it keeps out thieves. If you cannot find a skip with a lid to hire, use a tarp instead. 2. Bag lightweight rubbish. Unfortunately,  you cannot keep your skip covered all the time, and you also need to reduce the risk of rubbish blowing out of your skip while you are using it. Lightweight objects are the most likely to blow into the air, but you can minimise that risk by bagging all lightweight objects. If you are throwing away yard waste, make sure to bag the leaves and grass clippings before putting them in the bin. Additionally, if you are throwing away packaging peanuts or any lightweight packaging foam, bag them as well — once packaging peanuts blow out of your dumpster, they will cling to nearby surfaces or float around, and they can be really hard to pick up effectively. 3. Situate the skip near a windbreak. If possible, situate your skip so that it is near a windbreak. If you have a tall item like a shrub, fence or even the side of your house, try to set your skip near that item. Figure out the direction of the prevailing winds in your area, and place your skip so that the windbreak is between it and the direction from where the wind is coming. For example, if you have prevailing northerly winds, you want your windbreak north of your skip. If you are hiring a skip for long term use, consider building a windbreak shelter around it. This is simply a tall wood enclosure that helps to shield your skip from wind coming from all directions. 4. Avoid overfilling your skip. If your skip is overflowing, rubbish is also more likely to blow or fall out of that. When ordering your skip, work closely with the hire company to determine the size of skip you need. Based on the type of project you are planning, the skip bin hire company can help you avoid ordering a skip that is too small and likely to become overly...

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Preventing Premature Road Damage

Posted by on Jan 14, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Many road users are very often too quick to blame road contractors like Catwest Road Services for the sorry state of the roads they are traveling on. While these road users rightly do so in a good number of cases, such blame is at times misplaced and unfair. This is because poor workmanship is not always the reason behind bad roads; road users, too, are in part responsible for road damage. Before being quick to accuse road contractors for shoddily-done jobs, it is important to understand that road users may be at fault as well. This kind of mindset will help keep the roads in good condition for all to enjoy using. Those dumping on the road. You are not alone in this: Nobody wants to keep trash in their vehicles. But, that is not a good enough reason to throw trash on the highway. While the temptation of throwing that can of soda out through the window of your vehicle is almost irresistible, do all you can to overcome it. You may not know it, but the trash that is usually left on the roads can find its way into the drainage system, which is designed to direct water away from the surface of the roads. Proper road drainage prevents erosion. When trash accumulates in the drainage system of a particular road, it will lead to blockage, making it difficult for rainwater or stormwater to drain form the surface of the roads easily. This explains why it can become almost impossible to see where you are heading when water has filled the road surface on some rainy days. Even worse, the ponded stormwater can partially wash out the surface of the road, leading to premature damage. Those overloading their vehicles. Most major roads and highways have designated weight and load limits for different vehicles. It is important to follow these specifications, even if there are no traffic checkpoints installed to ensure compliance. For example, when you drive a large, overloaded truck on a lane that is built for use by small cars and vans, chances are high that you will leave behind tire marks and that small cracks will start to develop on the surface of the road. Over time, the small cracks will become bigger and result in increased deterioration (e.g. patches of eroded road surface material may begin to show). Heavy truck hauling operators should be particularly keen on avoiding loading their vehicles...

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How to Install a Pendant Light

Posted by on Jan 5, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Pendant lights provide a decorative and convenient way to provide lighting in a room. They help to avoid the need for a lamp as they are installed in the ceiling. If you have a pendant light in your office, but want to replace it with a new one, the following tips will help. Turn the Power Off As with all electrical repairs and installations, the first thing you need to do when installing a new pendant light is kill the power in that room. Turning off the light switch is not enough. This may keep the light bulb off, but it doesn’t completely kill the power. You could still get electrocuted while disconnecting and connecting the wires in the ceiling. Make sure you find the office’s fuse box or electrical panel and disconnect the power. Depending on what you have, this either means turning off a circuit breaker or a fuse. It should hopefully be labeled so you can find the right fuse for that room. Use a circuit tester after you have done this to make sure the power is definitely turned off. Remove the Current Lighting Fixture If you have a pendant light installed in the ceiling now, you’re in luck, because you will be able to see how it is mounted and what wires go where. Start by removing the lamp of the lighting fixture first, which may either pop off or require a screwdriver. Once that is safely removed and set aside, you can remove the mounting plate. That should take a screwdriver to remove. You should now see the wires. Pay close attention to the wires that are currently connected to the fixture, because it can help guide you when you install the new fixture. Mark the wires based on what part of the fixture they are attached to. You should see three different wires, including the neutral wire, hot wire and ground wire. Typically, the white wire is the neutral wire, the ground wire is green, and the hot wire is black or red. Start Attaching the New Fixture Once the wires are properly labeled, you can completely remove the old fixture and set it aside. Now open the box of the new fixture and begin with the piece connecting to the wires. Use your guide to connect the white, green, and red or black wires properly. The next piece to attach should be the crossbar or mounting plate. Some fixtures use both. Once they are attached, you can finish with the rest of the lighting fixture. Read the directions of the new package so you know what pieces are included and how they are attached. In general, it will be similar to the pendant light you had previously. The last step should be the main component, which is the lamp of the light. The type of light determines how it is installed. Many lamps simply snap on, as you saw when you removed the previous one. Others need to be secured with screws that came with the lighting fixture. If you don’t feel comfortable attempting this project on your own, or if your project is more complicated, contact a commercial electrical contractor for...

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Why Opt for a Gabled Patio?

Posted by on Dec 29, 2015 in Uncategorized |

More and more people are finding it worthwhile to have gable patios in their homes. If you are thinking about integrating a gabled patio into your home, you will want to know what benefits it can bring you. While there are so many good things that homeowners with gabled patios can say about these outdoor additions, here are some essential benefits that you can enjoy. More headroom, more delight The pitched roof of gabled patios usually offers much more space above the area covered by the patios. Given the A-frame shape that the roof takes, the patio area will feel a bit more open, allowing you to truly enjoy the ambiance of the outdoor environment from what could have been a flat, featureless patio. For those who are looking for a way to improve the curb appeal of their home, a gabled patio more is surely a great option. This is due to the fact that you create extra space to allow more light to shine in your patio area and display your sense of home design acumen. This benefit may not be possible for flat-roofed patios. Free cooling enjoyment Gabled patios can offer heat transfer benefits as well. During hot summer days, when heat from the sun makes it unbearable to stay in a flat-roofed patio because the sun hits the patio from one side and warms up the air inside very fast, a gabled patio will be all you need to cool yourself without turning on the AC system. The A-frame style roof will handle solar heat way better than any flat roof can. If open ends of a gabled patio will provide additional ventilation on the lower parts of the roof, allowing heat to flow naturally. As there’s more headroom below the roof, warm air easily travels out of the space and leaves space for cool, fresh air to get in. Good flow of rainwater or stormwater Since gabled patios are typically sloped rather steeply, the roofs allow water to drain provide exceptionally well, resulting in fewer leakages and extended roof life. This makes gabled patio roofs suitable for rainy months since the pitched design of the patio would allow the water to move straight down the rainwater drainage system. Patios with flat roofs, on the other hand, can pond rainwater and cause structural damage to your structure. A gabled patio will take advantage of gravitational forces to channel the water away from the roof as quickly as...

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Five Items You Need to Temporarily Fix a Broken Window

Posted by on Dec 16, 2015 in Uncategorized |

You’ve broken a window, but unfortunately, the glass repair person cannot come until next week. Luckily, there are ways you can temporarily fix your window, regardless of how much or little experience you have working with glass. You just need a few essentials, such as the following five items: 1. Clear Nail Polish For the smallest holes and dents in your window glass, clear nail polish can work wonders. If a small bb, for example, has made a hole in your window glass, just grab a bottle of clear nail polish and paint it into the hole. Paint several layers of the nail polish. It will fill the hole, and in most cases, it will stop the chip from spreading into a crack. 2. Tape If you already have a crack in your window pane and you want to prevent it from getting worse, tape can help. Use strong packaging tape or duct tape and pull off a strip slightly longer than the crack in your glass. Gently smooth the tape over the crack to hold the pane of glass together. Be careful not to push too hard so you don’t dislodge the glass from the frame 3. Work Gloves Whether you are taping over a crack or removing shards of broken glass from your window frame, you need to take steps to protect yourself against injury. Ideally, that means you should wear work gloves. Invest in heavy-duty gloves designed not to be pierced by glass. If you decide to attempt to move the entire pane of broken glass, also consider wearing safety glasses, lest any pieces fly up in the air toward your face. 4. Tarp If the window is completely broken and you want to ensure rain doesn’t get into your home, you need a tarp. Wearing your gloves removes the shards of glass from the window frame. This way, you don’t have to worry about them poking through the tarp into someone standing near your window. Then, secure the tarp over the window. Ideally, you should secure it outside the house. If you put it inside, it will stop the rain from coming in the house, but it still allows water to pool in the window frames, potentially damaging them. 5. Plywood While a tarp can withstand the elements, it doesn’t help much in the realm of home security. If you want to ensure your home is relatively impenetrable in spite of a broken window, cover your window with plywood. Simply cut a piece larger than your window and use screws to attach it to the studs around your...

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