Pros And Cons Of Building A Rambler

You have many styles of homes to choose from when building your own home. One of the most famous styles is the rambler. A rambler home is all on one floor. This style became very popular after world war two when the soldiers were returning home and housing became more affordable. The ranch home has been around for years, but it is still very useful and will remain for years to come.

The ranch style home has many advantages and several disadvantages. You will want to understand these before you decide to build a ranch style home.

The ranch house takes up more of the lot space than a two story home for the same size home. This means that you will have less yard. Many people find this to be a disadvantage while others actually consider it an advantage. It depends on how you look at a reduced yard size. If you don’t like yard work and playing outside, then a smaller yard is an advantage. If you do like working outdoors, then it may be seen as a disadvantage. Most neighborhoods come with parks and schools close by so a sizeable yard is not needed for recreation purposes.

Another advantage of a rambler is the lack of stairs. You may not consider that an advantage now, but what if your ailing mother came to stay with you or you had a new baby. These people have trouble with stairs and it may be to your advantage to have all of the room on the same floor.

Also, a ramble is normally a rectangular or L-shape. This means most places are in close proximity. Getting around quickly is much easier in a rambler. If you want to stay away from the children for a few hours, you may consider this a disadvantage.

Another advantage of the rambler style home is that the rooms tend to be bigger and the floor plan is very airy. With the kitchen, dining room, family room and bonus room all on the same floor it can create larger rooms that join into other rooms. Some people enjoy this type of floor plan because it is easier to get more people into the house for parties and entertaining.

The rambler also is cheaper to build in some circumstances. As you add floors to a building you also increase the complexity and design problems. The basic rambler is very simple in design and so special materials and engineering is not needed. This allows the home to be built faster and cheaper.

This also means that maintenance is cheaper. If you have tried to wash the outside window on the second floor you will understand. Hanging siding is cheaper on a rambler and most other maintenance activities. You won’t have to own a super tall ladder for hanging Christmas lights if you only live in a one story rambler home.

Heating and cooling costs tend to be cheaper compared to other homes. You can insulate the entire roof and the air is kept on one floor. Two story homes often have multiple units to service the different floors. Heat will rise and you will have to be constantly trying to cool the upper floors or heat the bottom floor. Maintaining a single insulated floor is much easier and cheaper.

In summary, many people consider the rambler to be boring in design. Others think that it doesn’t look as nice as other homes. You will have to decide what fits you and your needs best. The rambler can have cost benefits and detractors. However, it has been very useful for years and will continue to be used for years to come.

Important Tips for Asphalt Driveway Paving

Whether you are building a new home or looking to update an older lot, it is a good idea to consider the investment of driveway paving. Your driveway or any other walkway on your lot is important not just as a practical path of entry and exit, but also as a design feature that affects the aesthetics and value of your home. There are several common options for pavement, including slab concrete or interlocking pavers, but one of the most popular, affordable, and versatile methods widely available is asphalt paving.

As with any type of construction or renovation, there are a number of different factors to take into consideration when you are choosing your driveway paving. The size and dimensions of the area covered, the environment in which your home is located, and your budget will all affect your final choice. Some companies offer a wide variety of customization in the color and styling, so you will also want to keep those options in mind.

Before you start laying down any sort of asphalt, it is important to be sure the surface beneath the site of your driveway is stable and you are working on the proper subgrade. If your lot is a new construction or the ground has just been leveled or shifted, your contractor may wait for the dirt to settle and compact before pouring any new mix on top. It is not uncommon to lay down materials such as gravel to build the optimal subgrade. Extra layers may be needed to ensure a level grade or appropriate drainage.

Heat is an important variable in making sure that your asphalt pours and sets correctly. The substance itself must remain at a certain temperature, or its integrity will be compromised, resulting in weakened or even cracked asphalt.

The air temperature outside must also be taken into account. Your driveway paving may depend on the season and climate of your area. Different environments require different mixes of asphalt, so be sure to hire a contractor with knowledge and experience of your region.

The thickness of the asphalt and the manner in which it is laid down also affects the quality of your driveway paving. Most experts suggest full-depth paving with a minimum of two inches of compacted mixture, though more is often recommended. When you are receiving estimates, make sure they are based on compacted thickness. Most asphalt is rolled out in multiple layers, so allow for time to build up your driveway to your full specifications.

Beware of door-to-door sales pitches advertising “discount” asphalt that may be leftover from other jobs. Collect several bids to compare and check references. To ensure you receive the long-lasting, quality product you deserve, take your time in selecting a contractor with high standards for their materials and service.

Tips for Creating Your First Sales Pitch

Overview

A good sales pitch is when you demonstrate to the prospect that you have their interest in mind and the conversation is based on what you can do for them (ease their pain, make their life easier, or make them more money) and that will not happen unless you know a bit about your prospect and that will not happen unless you ask the right questions. The questions will change slightly from prospect to prospect, but not very much.

1. Questioning (Qualifying Questions)

A really good place to start is to compile a list of qualifying questions relevant to your services and the needs of the prospect as this will be the first step in generating interest in your service and it will ensure the conversation follows a step by step process toward a conclusion.

If you provide sales training, a good question would be “Do you have people in your business dedicated to sales”? followed by “are you happy with the sales results so far”?

You possibly can see where this conversation is going and as you are gathering the answers, note them on a pad as they will become the basis of your conclusion once you are satisfied the right questions have been asked and answers have been gathered.

Take your time in listing the questions you will ask your prospect and change them around until you are happy they will gather the facts you need to conclude your fact find with your prospect and the questions you ask are possibly the key to you generate interest in your services as the objective is to get the prospect to a point where they feel confident that you are the right fit for their business.

2. Carry out due diligence

In addition to having the questions (fact find prepared well) you should also ensure you know as much about the person you are meeting, the company they represent and the business they are in as well as possible and it will be fruitless for you if you pitch to someone you cannot connect with, because connecting with the decision maker is key.

In today’s world, it is not that difficult for you to gather facts about prospects as most decision makers have a presence on social networks, come up in Google searches or have websites. A good place to start would be LinkedIn as that is where big businesses have their decision makers profiles and it is there you will possibly make connections, your connections could be connected to the decision maker, what golf club are they in, who do they know etc.

What size is the company, what awards have they won, what chamber are they part of, what charities do they support, how many staff do they have and how many departments are in the company?

You are recommended to gather as much information as possible as it is possible on very little you will need on the day of your pitch, but you do not want to be put in a position where you have a great pitch and little or no background on the company and its people.

3. Make the right decision

What I mean by this is meet the person who can make a decision as it is all too often you get all of the groundwork done and then pitch to someone who says after your excellent presentation, we will get back to you when we get the OK from the decision maker… you are now at the mercy of their pitch to their boss, if they pitch on your behalf at all.

Out of your research, you should be able to detect who the decision maker is and do they fully understand the needs of their business as well as solutions to the problems of the company. If it is training provision you are pitching then it is recommended to pitch to the CEO or the person who understands the company needs such as Director of Training. This is possibly an area you will get wiser over time after some push backs because the CEO is the person hardest to get to, but do try as it is where the decision for spending money is at.

4. Put your best foot forward

You have set the scene and it is now the time to put your best foot forward. Know what you are selling and do not be a generalist as that will make the people hearing your pitch very uneasy as specialist shine brighter than a generalist. If you specialise in sales that is what you pitch and if something else pops up in the meeting such as customer service then you possibly could say yes as it is associated with sales, but if IT training is what they require then it is beyond your scope unless you can provide a specialist in that area.

I remember back some years ago I pitched to a company for sales and customer service training and did not do the research I need to do prior to meeting the prospect. On the day I pitched for what I specialised in and the prospect stated it was technical support training they needed, thank god for my sales wisdom as I knew a technical support training company I had met at a networking event and my answer to the prospects questions was “If I could get you a company that does that type of training would you do business with me then?”, The answer I got was yes and we closed the deal that day.

5. Dealing with objections

Every pitch you give will involve questions and it is important you have the correct answers to those questions when asked and the conversation will be based on building enthusiasm for your services and belief in your confidence to deliver to the needs of the prospects.

Conclusion

There is a saying that you only have one chance to make a first impression and that is as true today as it was back in the 80s when I started off in a sales career which lasted for four decades and today it is similar because you are still doing business face to face despite the fact business is slowly moving online.

Whether it is online or face to face the prospect comes first as it is their needs that need to be met through the service you provide. Know their possible pain points and create a sales pitch to ease that pain.

Charlie Mernagh

Sales Training Specialist

2upskill

http://www.2upskill.com

Elastomeric Fascia Board Paint Problems – Building Tips

I couldn’t believe it about 10 or 15 years ago they came out with another fabulous product that created problems for my home. Elastomeric paint is so good, that it can create problems because it seals what ever you paint with a rubber like coating. I wasn’t the only one to have problems with this product.

I built a two-story room addition onto our home and used this type of paint without any problems at all. I painted the fascia board before I installed it with a oil based alkaloid primer and then painted it with elastomeric paint. By painting the entire piece of wood, before installing it, I had sealed it correctly. This worked out in my favor and this is the only way that I installed new fascia board today.

It wasn’t until I painted the rest of the home with elastomeric paint that I started to have a problem. When I built the room addition, I installed the metal flashing and roofing materials properly, that wasn’t the case on the existing roof of our home, at the single-story level.

I didn’t realize it yet, but while I was painting the fascia board, the roof edge metal wasn’t installed properly in a couple of spots around the bottom of the roof. Which is where most of the water drains off of the roof, because the roof edge metal wasn’t installed properly and the top of the fascia board wasn’t painted at all. The top of the fascia board started to absorb water as it dripped off of the roof.

The elastomeric paint did an excellent job keeping the moisture inside of the wood, where some latex paints would have allowed the moisture to escape through it. Eventually the fascia board rotted away and needed to be replaced.

I never had any problems with the second-story fascia board that was installed and painted correctly. If you’re really looking for an excellent paint for your fascia board, you can use elastomeric paint if you want to. I doubt if I will ever use this type of paint again, because of the problems I had with it in the past.

I know some painting professionals who won’t use anything but elastomeric paint, but this stuff is truly too good of a painting product and I’ve seen other problems with it also. Most of the problems associated with this paint are due to incorrect application of the paint or poor construction methods from other contractors.

Elastomeric paint is truly a wonderful product, but it’s almost too good to use unless the home is built correctly in the paint is applied over the entire surface of the product with out leaving any small holes or cracks exposed.