Apr 6, 2018

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The Best Way to Make the Best of Your Leisure Time

The Best Way to Make the Best of Your Leisure Time

Waiting for the builder to complete your new home is an exciting time. When at last you close the deal and move in and unpack, the start of another large project looms. Although the builder has probably laid new sod on your front and back yard, this is not what you really want. Now comes the time to decide how to put your own stamp on your new home.

The best way to do this is to employ a local landscaping company. Make sure they are NCMA certified, ICPI certified and also a certified licensed home improvement contractor. A patio builder in PA will give you a free design consultation to determine your needs. Once they have listened to your ideas and created a personalized design for your dream backyard, you can sit back and let the professionals do their job.

There is more to laying a patio than placing a few pavers on a hard surface, it is a work of art. Professional installers can create patterns, curves, split levels, use contrasting materials and make your neighbors jealous of the finished project. The landscaping company will take care of any permits required and respect your budget and then provide you with a detailed contract for their workmanship.

Most companies require their workers to wear a uniform and won’t allow any smoking or disrespectful language or actions while they are attending a job. Should the need arise to enter your home, workers will remove their shoes or wear protective covers. The landscaping company will be in constant contact with their suppliers and checking that their workers will meet your deadline, even working on evenings and weekends if necessary.

Why not be creative and add a fire pit or a gurgling water feature, a fish pond or a pergola? Landscaping companies can design and create anything your heart desires. Imagine a summer evening, a setting sun and your family sitting on a dual level patio relaxing in Adirondack chairs with a glass of wine in their hands. In the distance a tinkling water fountain cascades into a pool ringed with colorful plants while a gentle breeze ruffles flowering shrubs, their fragrance filling the air. Close by your parents sit holding hands while gently swaying on a canopied swing.

All this and much more can be crafted and built at your home. Whether you are initiating a completely new makeover for your yard or just updating it with landscape lighting, consult a professional before you proceed. Illuminating your treasured outside space can make it magical. Lighted fountains, lanterns mounted on pillars or posts and shrubs or trees highlighted.

Your leisure time is precious and working with a company that has the expertise to fulfill your dreams is important. Research local companies and choose one with integrity who regards their clients as special people. Testimonials can be faked, but by paying a visit to the company of your choice, you can gauge their sincerity, and meeting with a professional will reveal the company’s reliability.

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Jan 6, 2018

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How to Spot Fake Plumber Reviews

How to Spot Fake Plumber Reviews

If you are looking for a plumber online, but you are not sure which ones truly possess the expertise and experience they claim to have, then you are in the right place. This post will show you how to identify fake plumber reviews online and find someone who truly has the expertise to offer the best plumbing services.

Check Both Review and Complaint Sites

What most fake plumbers do is they focus only on review sites that pot positive feedback from customers. They forget that there are hundreds of sites that allow people to post both negative and positive reviews. Check for customer complaints on sites such as Better Business Bureau, Angie’s List and Reviewbuzz.com. These sites will give you a clear picture of what people say about the plumber.

Learn to Spot Fake Reviews

You need to do a thorough background search to see if the plumber posts false reviews. Most people post fake reviews by creating fake profiles on review sites such as Google+ and BBB. Once they create enough profiles, they post positive reviews of their services through these profiles. You can easily know these reviews because the profiles do not contain pictures and the reviews sound cooked. Not to mention, they don’t mention specific employees of the company they are reviewing. A genuine review should have evidence of the customer’s experience with a specific plumber.

Check for Clarity about Expertise and Staff

Most fake reviews try to exaggerate the plumber’s level of expertise and experience. You need to be careful with reviews that talk of skills and abilities that are out of the norm, especially if you are dealing with a small plumbing company. Look for more information on the company’s site instead. Check to see how many years they have been in business in your area. If you can’t find enough information on their site, check Better Business Bureau’s site. Apart from experience, you need to check whether the company has a valid insurance and if they have a license issued by the relevant state departments.

Be Wary of Promises that Sound too good to Be True

The promises some plumbers make sound too good to be true. For instance, someone can promise you effective sub-slab leak detection services while at the same time promising to do the work at a rate that is two lower than the standard market price. You need to be wary of such people. There is a possibility they could be using attractive promises to cover up for their lack of expertise. Others may even use substandard equipment, which might affect the final outcome of your project. Trust your instincts. If something seems unrealistic, take a moment and think about it. You can also get someone who is well conversant with plumbing to help you make the right choice.

Whether you want a plumber to fix your drain or detect leaks in the piping system, you need to know how to spot fake reviews. Doing so will help you avoid an unskilled and inexperienced plumber.

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Oct 27, 2017

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Tips When Travelling for Longer Periods of Time

Tips When Travelling for Longer Periods of Time


When you travel for work on the regular, living in hotels almost feels normal to you. It is your home away from home. For short stays here and there, the classic hotel room will work. When staying any longer than a few nights, it’s nice to have a little more space. There a few things we recommend for business travelers like this.

  • Don’t Pack Too Much… Have a Small Bag Packed and Ready to Go at All Times
    • Go to a local retailer near you and find something that is good quality but not too large. Make sure it can fit your necessities but try to keep it small enough to always be able to carry it on. Have plenty of business cards and other promotional tools made up ahead of time, and keep them in a side pocket so you never run out on the road.
      • Buy toiletries there.
        • If you are flying, you have to mind the TSA liquids and gels regulations. Since you’ll be staying a long time, don’t waste space in your carryon, just stop at a pharmacy when you arrive and buy what you need. Chances are they have medium sizes so you don’t have to take it home either without feeling guilty.
      • Do laundry
        • Since you only have your carry on bag, have your laundry done at the hotel or find somewhere near to do it. It will save you a lot of hassle by eliminating the need to pack more stuff.
  • Always look for long stay discounts.

There are hotels that specialize in long term stays offering special rates or more spacious, comfortable areas. The Extended Stay America line offers an apartment like feel with hotel services. It is really convenient for the long term business trip.

  • Look for Rewards Programs
    • As a frequent traveler, try to find places that offer frequent guest rewards. Over time, these will add up and you can eventually use them towards free nights to save some money or potentially on a personal trip while not working. Think of them as a little bonus for all the moving around so much.
  • Keep Detailed Records of Expenses
    • Because it is a business trip, almost everything will be expensable. Make sure to separate your personal purchases from those that the company will cover though and save all of your receipts in an organized folder just in case of any disputes. By keeping your own detailed records, you can guarantee not to accidentally spend your own money.
  • TripAdvisor
    • If you want to know where the locals go to eat drink and be happy, get on TripAdvisor and read some reviews. You can find out a lot about a city just by reading the restaurant reviews left by customers online!! You can also search message boards and forums and ask questions if you feel compelled. Normally there will be a good amount of locals willing to give their advice and potentially become a new friend!

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