Cleaning Services That Can Save You Time And Effort

Cleaning can be a tedious process, especially when you have a large space to cover. Whether you wish to keep your residential or commercial space sparkles, a lot of effort and time will be needed. With busy modern lifestyles, most people rarely have the time to spare to do some thorough cleaning. Luckily, companies have made it very easy for individuals and companies to maintain clean spaces by offering all kinds of cleaning services. Using these services, you can enjoy a neat home or office without the need for you to do all the tedious work and without putting so much of your time in it.

Carpet cleaning services – The carpet is an essential item in a home or even office, apart from keeping the home appealing, it also adds to the comfort. It is however also one of the items most exposed to dirt, allergens and dust. Regular cleaning of the carpet is important, yet it can be quite a challenge. Cleaning companies offer all kinds of carpet cleaning services including steam cleaning to keep this cozy rug in top condition.

End of tenancy cleaning services – This kind of service is available to property managers and owners as well as individuals who wish to clean after themselves when they move house. Cleaning a property after moving out ensures it is in good condition for the next interested tenant and it maintains the value of the home. Cleaning professionals offer thorough cleaning services that include cleaning of windows and walls as well as all other surfaces to have the house looking as good as new.

After builders cleaning – Building projects can leave quite a mess that can take all time and effort to clear. Cleaning companies have all equipment, tools and products to clean after builders so your house or office can have a pleasant overall look free from all the mess that comes with the building process. Because of the extent of this kind of job, you may be assigned a team of cleaners to hasten it and achieve the desired results.

Domestic cleaning – It touches on everything that your home may need. Using the professional domestic cleaning services, you can even have your appliances cleaned, your bathroom scrubbed and sanitized and even your windows and carpets cleaned. Upholstery cleaning services also fall in this category. The professionals will definitely transform every area in your home with their expertise. The services are packaged depending on what service needs you have meaning the charges differ depending on the extent of work.

Office cleaning – The cleanliness around your office can go a long way in keeping a positive image of your business. High traffic offices require regular dusting and cleaning and the companies offer all these services. You can schedule the service depending on the exact needs you have within the office to keep every section looking organized and tidy. Some of the cleaning experts will even offer office de-cluttering services when required.

Commercial HVAC System Repair and Maintenance Tips

If you own a company that makes use of a commercial HVAC system, you know that HVAC repairs and maintenance can sometimes be expensive. You also know that your HVAC system has a direct effect on your business. If you’re a store or restaurant where you have regular consumers present, you want those consumers to be comfortable. This will ensure they stay in your facility and make purchases. If you operate a business in a building and have numerous employees working for you, you want your employees to be comfortable so they can continue to be productive. In some cases, you will be renting space from a landlord and will not be financially responsible for any HVAC repairs or maintenance; however, the system still has a direct effect on your business. It is ultimately your responsibility to determine how much attention you’d like to spend on your building’s internal environment, and decide how much it affects your bottom line. We’ve come up with a few repair and maintenance tips that should help you save money, keep your clients and/or employees happy, and keep your commercial HVAC system running efficiently.

  1. Have your commercial HVAC system services twice a year. At this time, any repairs that need to be done should be done. This bi-annual service will also include any maintenance touch-ups (i.e changing air filters). This will extend the life of the HVAC equipment and ensure that it continues to run smoothly throughout the year. A disruption in air conditioning or heating can be extremely uncomfortable for anybody who enters your building. It can cause employees to be distracted and unproductive. It can cause consumers to move on to another retail outlet/restaurant that’s more comfortable.
  2. Have your air filters changed quarterly. This will improve your HVAC system’s efficiency and provide better indoor air quality. This is especially useful during peak allergy seasons such as Spring and Fall. This is also important during cold/flu seasons. It will prevent build-up of allergens, mold, dust, and fungus. The last thing you need is for your employees or customers to become ill due to your building. If your employees are sick, it costs your company money. If your customers become sick in your building, a repeat visit may not be in the near future. Changing your air filters routinely will also prevent the system from freezing up, which will ultimately cause a breakdown in the equipment.
  3. Consider the cost of replacement versus repair. We all want to get the most out of any products or equipment we purchase. It is instinctual for us to try to squeeze every last bit of life out of them, especially when we see smaller dollar figures attached to the cost of a repair rather than a replacement. It is essential, however, to figure out what the total amount of money is that you’re throwing into repairs versus replacing the system. In the long run, there will come a point when it’s financially beneficial for you to replace broken equipment rather than repair it.

9 Tips For Speed Networking

Have you ever been to a speed dating event? If you have you’ll understand the concept of speed networking.

At a speed dating event you get to meet an awful lot of people in a very short space of time and the idea is that first impressions count, if you hit it off with someone and feel that you have things in common then you can meet up again later and take more time to build a relationship.

Speed networking is the business equivalent in that you a given a set period of time (2 or 3 minutes for example) to make initial contact with other business people. Just enough time to exchange basic information about your business and the service that you offer as opposed to an in depth discussion

The positive points about speed networking are that you get the opportunity to meet and exchange business cards with a relatively large number of other business people and at the same the time limit forces you to move on and eliminate the possibility of being stuck talking to the same person for a whole event.

For me, there must also be an informal networking session at the end of the event where you can take time to meet again with other people that you felt you were building a rapport with. In this way you can start the relationship building process rather than it just having finished with the exchange of a business card.

In these types of event it’s vital to have mastered the art of effective use of business cards. When you finish a session you may well have a pile of cards and find it difficult to be able to put a face to the card at a later date. This is one reason why my business networking tips below are essential to making the most of speed networking and speed dating alike.

1. Before you decide to attend speed business networking events take time to understand the format. Is it all speed networking or is there free networking time too? If you understand the format you’ll go better prepared and make more of the event.

2. Part of the above is about understanding how much time you have with every other person. If it’s short then you really need to have a well practiced and fine tuned sixty seconds presentation. If you’ve got a bit longer you can maybe afford to go a little more in depth.

3. You may be required to follow a set agenda in your meetings such as your name, your business sector etc etc. Knowing this in advance will help you practice the right subject matter prior to the event.

4. Speed networking when there is a fixed agenda is a very comfortable way to meet new people so take time to identify those people that you don’t already know.

5. Don’t be in too much of a hurry to give your pitch, let the other person talk first, in this way if there are any “common areas” that you want to exploit, you can then adapt your pitch to suit.

6. Make good use of business cards. When you exchange cards take time to read aloud what is on the other person’s card. The other person will see this as interest on your part but most importantly it will help you remember the face and the name at a later date. You can also use the business card to make notes. This is an important point when designing your own cards – make sure that the background is a light colour so that anyone can make notes on your card.

7. Considering point 6 – don’t forget your business cards and a pen!

8. Don’t loose time searching through business cards to find your own. Make sure that you have a place for those that you have collected and for your own. I use two separate pockets in my jacket or coat.

9. Finally, if you feel you have something more to say to someone and that there could be a synergy – make it clear! Now is not the time for polite conversation, be direct and let them know that you would like to have a further meeting and propose a date and time.

3 Things You Must Know Before Building A Granny Flat In Your Backyard

Granny flats are a wonderful addition to any existing property, particularly if you want extra room around the home, somewhere for your kids or folks to live, or an easy investment property. This fully self contained home extension is built on the same plot of land that your main home is and can share the backyard area or you can fence a section off in your yard. If you are thinking of adding this smaller home on your property, it is best to spend some time doing research to avoid some of the common pitfalls. Importantly, there are three things you must know before building a granny flat in your backyard, and the following tips will help you along your way.

1. Can I put one in my backyard?

This is a common question and there is not a lot of information out there that helps you understand what is involved. When building a granny flat you first need to check that you have enough space for the unit to fit in your backyard. Measure up the area you are intending on building, draw a sketch, measure from all the boundaries (fences, pools, house, trees) and mark this down. Although this seems like a complex process, it will make life a lot easier later on when choosing your flat design. Keep in mind too that councils have certain regulations when it comes to building a granny flat, which leads to our next tip.

2. Council Regulations

There are separate building and planning regulations when building a granny flat in your backyard. All councils in Victoria have different regulations as there are different overlays on everyone’s property so it is best if you call or visit your own council, you will need to speak with both the building department and planning department. Building departments are more about the structure (the unit needs to meet all building code and Australian Standards) and the positioning of the actual flat is why a building permit is required. The planning department is more about overlays (heritage, wildfire etc) and will issue a planning permit if required. As building permits are a requirement for all granny flats in Melbourne they should automatically have this service in the finish price of your flat, however town planning is not required for all, so this will not be included in the price but the company you go with should also be able to offer this service.

3. Choosing a Company

So you now know that you can start looking for someone to start building a granny flat in your backyard, but who? Start by looking at designs that suit your needs, some companies will let you design your own unit if you cannot find what you are after. When looking at plans, look for simple layouts, the simpler the design the more affordable it will be, make sure you have enough space in the rooms and work through the list to find that it includes everything that you need. You might even consider looking at building a smaller home yourself or find a company that also sells kit granny flats as these will be prefab and will save on cost. When it comes to prices make sure that the building permit, home warranty insurance, plans and specification as well as the unit and installation are all included in your granny flat price.

As you can see there are a few logistics that need to be sorted before you start building a granny flat, however if you bear in mind these three tips then the process should be rather easy. These self contained homes come in many different designs and can be interior decorated any way you like, giving you complete freedom to use whatever colours, finishes and materials you like. Whilst granny flats are well suited to ageing people (parents and grandparents), they are incredibly versatile as a home – whether it’s as a teenage retreat, which you can one day rent out and make extra income from, the opportunities are endless.