10 Mistakes To Avoid When Selling Your Home

Selling your home isn’t something that you do every day-unless you’re a real estate agent. Over the years I’ve honed my skills in learning what works when it comes to selling your home, as well as what doesn’t.

Fortunately, other people have made these mistakes so that you don’t have to!

1. Ignoring an estate agent’s style tips

We all develop personal connections to our homes, but sometimes those connections mean that it’s hard to see our home through the eyes of a potential buyer. An experienced agent should know how to present your home in a way that will maximise your home’s selling potential.

2. Underestimating the importance of street appeal

First impressions matter, and potential buyers driving past or inspecting your home will take notice of your property’s exterior. In my experience, people buy in the first five seconds and justify throughout the inspection. Make a good impression from the outset and keep up to date with the mowing and weeding!

3 Under-investing in marketing

A targeted, wide-ranging marketing campaign designed to reach as much as possible of your buying audience is essential. Buyers fall into different groups and demographics, and a high quality marketing campaign will reach out effectively to all of these.

4. Not being switched on about going online

In our office, it’s where about 90% of our buyer enquiry comes from. The more you invest here the better. Only a small percentage of buyers look beyond the first page of property search results!

5. Being afraid to commit to a sale price

Committing to a sale price isn’t an easy task, but it’s one that should be a much easier decision when you consider that almost half of all potential buyers will pass over properties with no listed price. Why? It seems too hard, or worse, they fear it will be out of their range. Take the plunge and name a figure.

6. Holding out for a better price

Though it can be tempting to wait for a better offer, the property market doesn’t play by the rules of Who Dares Wins, so think twice before rejecting that initial offer. In my experience, often the first offer is the highest we’ll receive, and almost every record price we achieve comes from an offer made within the first thirty days.

7. Taking offers personally

A low offer on your property is not a reflection on you, or even on your home. Instead, they’re representative of a willingness to commit to opening negotiations. I always encourage vendors to see a low offer as a starting point rather than a final figure.

8. Opting for appointment-only viewings

Although there is the odd exception, for the most part opening your home for inspection is essential to ensure it’s seen by as many potential buyers as possible. We get around 10 times the buyer traffic if it’s open for inspection as opposed to by appointment viewings.

9. Cutting costs when choosing a real estate agent

If you think the best agent is expensive, try hiring the second best & see how much that costs you!

10. Failing to keep up with property maintenance

It’s almost always cheaper to do it yourself than to let the buyer use it as leverage for a price reduction.

I recently sold a home in Aspley where the building and pest report identified multiple maintenance issues at an estimated repair cost of $15k! As expected, the buyer tired for a $15k price reduction. I intervened & re-quoted with a local trusted trade and they seller got the job done for $3k. Fortunately, I managed to salvage the deal without a price reduction. However this could have been avoided or worse the deal could have fallen through.

So call that plumper you’ve been avoiding! For real estate Aspley, contact Justin Watt of Watt Realty today.

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Quality Engineering Services For Mackay Plants And Mines

When hiring engineering services for mines, coal preparation plants, tunnel repairs, port facilities, processing plants etc. in and around Mackay, Queensland, it is important to find the right engineering company. Owners of mines or factories should look for services that offer not just engineering design and support, but a full spectrum of services including high quality project management that will get the work done efficiently with the least hassle on the client’s part.

Identifying the best engineering services that cater to mining and non-mining industries today should involve some research and a knowledge of the services you are looking for.
Engineering Services Offered By The Best Mackay Firms

Mackay is a good place to find engineering services for mines in the Bowen Basin area. When hiring services in engineering in Mackay, the first thing to consider is the workshop capabilities.
Quality facilities that can handle the scale of large mining machinery and other non-mining machinery will typically have expanded workshop spaces and capabilities of 1100 square metres or more, at least 750 square metres of warehouse or workshop space, training rooms, at least 415 volt power supply outlets across the facility and one or two overhead cranes that can bear loads of at least 40 tons.

It is also important to ensure that the engineering Mackay firm in question also offers project management that meets today’s industrial standards. Project management should include quality verification, specialized engineering support, the ability to upgrade capacities and de-bottlenecking of the process to easily and quickly assess how much time and capacity will be needed for each piece of equipment used.

The services offered by the company should also include supervision of the sites both for underground as well as surface projects. The contractors should prepare a scope of work (which refers to a list of all the tasks included in the company’s contract) and specifications. They should also keep the client’s budget in mind and plan in order to control costs. Measures for cost control or any necessities that could take the project over budget should be regularly reported by the contractors.

If the contractors hire any sub-contractors, all responsibilities of co-ordination with the sub-contractors should lie with the contractors. The hired engineering services should also have a sound safety management plan drawn out to maintain site safety for workers as well as the environment. Project management typically includes the entire set of processes involved including detailed design, on-site construction and commissioning.

Most contractors that offer engineering services will also offer complete machine overhauls and repair services. They are also expected to include sub-assembly and component overhauls as well as continuous miner parts and sub-assembly exchanges.

How To Find The Best Engineering Contractors

When hiring a Mackay engineering service for mining or plant machinery, it is important to look for specialization. Besides regular engineering services, contractors catering to mining should also have experience in heavy engineering techniques.
If you need expertise and design in engineering, Mackay services will help you replace or refurbish your existing mining and mineral processing plant machinery. You should look for professionally qualified engineers with an RPEQ certification. RPEQ (Registered Professional Engineer Queensland) is a recognition of engineering qualifications in Queensland. It is administered by the Professional Engineers Act 2002.

Proof of registration with the Board of Professional Engineers of Queensland is a reflection of the high standards followed by the engineer or the firm that they work in-house at. RPEQ engineers specialized in mining will have experience with surface coal mining, underground longwall mining etc. You should also look for the company’s experience in maintenance, supply and operation of mining machinery.

The best engineering contractors are ready to take on any engineering challenge that your particular problem may pose. As long as it has to do with machine repairs or overhauls, component and sub-assembly overhauls or service exchanges, you can expect tailor-made services to suit the scale of your project and other requirements.

For owners and contractors seeking engineering services for complete mining systems in the Bowen Basin coal mines or coal preparation plants, Key Solutions Group with headquarters in Mackay offers the expertise and experience. The engineering company also offers custom made machinery and sub-components for other mining applications, at ports, material handling applications and processing industries. Contact them for more information and find out the engineering services they can help you with. This post sponsored by aircraft ferry tanks .

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Have Cane Will Travel

Award-winning comedy writer, Ian Heydon (Kingswood Country, How Green Was My Cactus, The Samuel Pepys Show, The Year My Country Broke) recently took out an unexpected award – for writing about travelling with a disability.

In 2010 Ian was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. That led to the question – what does a writer who has a disability and who loves to travel write about? The answer was pretty obvious. Because Ian uses a cane for mobility assistance, he built a website called Cane & Able Travel and that site won the inaugural Business disAbility Award for Business Innovation in 2012.

Back in 2003, Ian had a travel book on Australia published called The Small Guide to A Big Country (Explore) and he subsequently bought a travel agent’s licence (Small Guide Travel). Much of Ian’s research for that book is still valid. As Ian says, “They haven’t moved the Sydney Opera House or most of Australia’s main attractions, so all I really needed to do was update where necessary and add the accessibility and disability facility information. It’s a bonus that the Small Guide Travel consultants can assist with itinerary advice and bookings.”

When Ian travels these days he uses both a cane and a wheelchair for getting around. “Before my diagnosis with MS I guess I felt a bit of pity when I saw other people in wheelchairs. I didn’t realise that wheelchairs give a person with a disability so much freedom. Mine allows me to get around much better at airports, especially when the boarding gate can be a fair distance from check-in, and it makes art galleries, museums and theatre so much more accessible and enjoyable.”

Ian first took his wheelchair on a trip to Dubai, London and Paris in 2012. While there are websites with attractions and disability information for those destinations in the pipeline, Ian’s first priority is writing about Australia. In late 2012 he visited Cairns and road-tested attractions like Skyrail and Quicksilver’s Great Barrier Reef as well as disabled-friendly accommodation. From this came the destination specific website, Cairns Disabled Travel.

The next cab of the rank was Canberra. According to Ian, Canberra is arguably Australia’s most rewarding destination for travellers with a disability. “There are flights from all other major cities and centres, they have an excellent public transport and wheelchair-assisted taxi system and all the major attractions are accessible, with many of them free. There’s excellent accommodation, terrific restaurants and bars and so much to see and do. It really is a fabulous tourist destination. Sure, after a couple of weeks there might be some thumb twiddling but for a few days away it is fabulous.” Ian visited Canberra in 2011 and 2013 to research accessible accommodation and attractions and the Canberra Disabled Travel website is now live.

Ian has a multi-destination itinerary on the drawing board for all Australian capital cities and major regional centres so you could see him soon in your part of the country. But the Kingswood? No, he won’t be taking the Kingswood!

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What are Aluminium Extrusions?

Extrusion is a process used to create objects of a fixed cross-sectional profile, of solid round, square or rectangular shapes, to L shapes and T shapes, tubes and many other different types. Metal is pushed through a die of the desired shape using either a mechanical or hydraulic press, resulting in the finished product. The cavity in which the raw material is pressed is lined with a wear resistant material which can withstand the pressure that is created when the material is pushed through, making extrusion possible without deforming or tearing the metal.

Aluminium extrusion is generally used in the manufacture of windows, doors and balustrades, but is also found in thousands of other items like vehicle parts, truck trays, boats and other marine products and refrigeration, etc to name a few.

Two advantages of this technique over other manufacturing processes are its ability to create very complex cross-sections, plus being able to work materials that are brittle, because the material only encounters compressive and shear stresses. It also forms finished parts with an excellent surface finish. Extrusions often minimise the need for secondary machining. They are not of the same dimensional accuracy or surface finish as machined parts, however, the process produces a wide variety of cross-sections that are hard to produce cost-effectively using other methods.

Extrusion may be continuous (producing indefinitely long material), or semi-continuous (producing many pieces). The minimum thickness of steel is about 3mm, whereas aluminum and magnesium is about 1mm. The extrusion process can be done with the material hot or cold.

Metals that are commonly extruded:

* Aluminium is the most commonly extruded material and can be hot or cold extruded
* Brass is used to extrude corrosion free rods, automobile parts, pipe fittings, engineering parts
* Copper pipe, wire, rods, bars, tubes, and welding electrodes
* Lead and tin pipes, wire, tubes, and cable sheathing
* Magnesium is used in aircraft parts and nuclear industry parts, and is about as extrudable as aluminum
* Zinc rods, bars, tubes, hardware components, fittings and handrails
* Steel rods and tracks -Usually plain carbon steel is extruded, but alloy steel and stainless steel can also be extruded
* Titanium is often used in aircraft components including seat tracks, engine rings, and other structural parts.

Clean Metals for Recycling

The cleaner that a metal is when it’s taken into a scrap metal yard to sell, the better price it will fetch per kilo, as foreign matter is costly to clean off, so this product will always be penalised accordingly in terms of the price. By this we mean no concrete, screws, glass, paper or any other foreign material attached.

All the metal we buy is processed by cleaning any non-metallic off it as required, cutting it into smaller pieces, and then it is put through a baling press to maximise the weights for export to South East Asia, where it will be melted down and manufactured into new products.

The Extrusion Process

The process begins by heating the material (for hot or warm extrusion). It is then loaded into the container for pressing. A dummy block is placed behind it where the ram then presses the material to push it out of the die. Afterward, the extrusion is stretched in order to straighten it. If higher quality properties are required then it may be heat treated or cold worked.

Cold extrusion is done at or near room temperature. Advantages of this over hot extrusion are the lack of oxidation, higher strength due to cold working, closer tolerances, good surface finish, and fast extrusion speeds if the material is subject to heat for a short period.

If you are looking for aluminium extrustion recyclers in Brisbane, make sure you visit Frog Metals.

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Fine Food Wholesalers – A Comprehensive Wholesale Suppliers Resource and Inspiration Portal

When looking for innovative and exciting food products, you could literally scour the Yellow Pages or Google for hours or even days and still not find the information you’re after. What Fine Food Wholesalers offers is a huge and ever-growing directory of wholesale food suppliers who are keen to attract your business. Wonderfully, you don’t just get their contact details; you also get to access colourful images and a summary of the supplier’s business and product offerings.

Intuitive categories to browse

Being able to access at-a-glance information about suppliers is invaluable because it saves the time you would ordinarily have to spend searching, browsing, gathering information and bookmarking all your shortlisted results. On Fine Food Wholesalers, you can go directly to the category you need and turn up a number of suppliers who produce the wholesale foods you’re looking for.

Currently with 45 categories including Breakfast Food, Nuts, Cheese and Fruit & Vegetables, there is truly something for every type of food and beverage product. You’ll also find health-specific categories including Gluten Free, Health Food and Organic Food & Drinks as well as cuisine-specific categories such as Asian Food, International Cuisine and Australian Bush Tucker & Wild Foods.

Helpful for retailers, foodservice, food manufacturers and more

Fine Food Wholesalers is the go-to resource for many sectors of the food product-seeking community. It is of enormous value to the small café who is looking for home-style cookies and brownies, as well as the school tuckshop trying to find healthy options such as quality breads, wholesome snacks and sugar-free beverages for their hungry customers. Any kind of foodservice business, from the owner/operator fish and chip shop through to fine dining establishments will find an abundance of wholesale food choices.

Food manufacturers turn to Fine Food Wholesalers to connect with wholesale ingredients suppliers who offer staples such as flour, salt, olive oil and butter, right through to the more exotic products including saffron, truffles and hard-to-source seafood.

Food as a gift

This is a rapidly growing sector and gift hamper companies enjoy finding new and interesting wholesale food suppliers among the thousands of advertisers. It could be a new chocolate import, bush tucker destined for lucky overseas recipients or Christmas puddings and other treats.

Not only is Fine Food Wholesalers a comprehensive resource where businesses search for food suppliers but it is an inspirational portal that helps inform menu development and seasonal ranges and identify emerging food trends.

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Why It is Important That You Have a Mobile Friendly Website

If you have tried browsing the web through your smartphone and ended up in a website that does not display properly on your screen: when the images are all jumbled and the text fonts are too large, too small, or misaligned, your initial reaction would be to leave that site and find something better. Your customers, clients, and visitors would do the exact same thing if your business’ website is not mobile-friendly. As a result, you will lose considerable traffic and increase your bounce rate, which can greatly affect the success of your business. This is just one of the reasons why it is important that your site should be designed to be mobile-friendly. If you are still not convinced, here are more reasons why you should improve your web design now.

Give a Good Impression
When your site visitors find that your site is very easy to use and view no matter what kind of device they use to access the web, it gives them the impression that you are serious about your business. It also gives out the message that you value your customers, which is why you had made sure that they have a smooth interface to work with once they scan your site’s pages. This good impression is bound to be stuck on their minds and, as a result, they may bookmark your site and keep coming back to it. On the other hand, if they experience a frustrating mobile experience in visiting your site, this can result to a bad opinion towards your brand, which could hurt your reputation.

Meet the Rising Use of Mobile Devices
Most consumers, nowadays, would prefer to have a smartphone or a tablet once it is time to upgrade their devices. According to current surveys, about 50% of mobile device owners use their gadgets to access the web and that they do this at least once a day. This is equivalent to billions of users, so just imagine how much of the market you will not be able to reach if your site is not mobile-friendly.

Boost Online Marketing Campaigns
Your efforts on improving your online marketing campaigns will all be useless unless your site is mobile-friendly. No matter how aggressive your campaigns are but if you are limited to reaching only those who use desktop computers, you will just be wasting all your efforts and money. When you speak of online marketing, it includes reaching every consumer that uses the internet, and today that includes billions of mobile device owners.

Make Your Business Searchable
When consumers suddenly need to find a restaurant, a gas station, or a specific boutique, they go online through their handy mobile devices to locate the nearest stores to them. If your business does not have a mobile-friendly website, you will lose the chance of having these potential customers come to your store.

Improve SEO
All businesses that operate online or have a website are always after their rankings in search engine results. Being on the top of the list increases your chance of getting more clicks. However, if your site is not mobile-friendly, mobile search engines will naturally give you a low ranking. Therefore, if you want your SEO efforts to become more productive and effective, match this with a mobile-friendly website.

Maintain Competitive Edge
If all your competitors are using mobile friendly websites and you are not, then you will definitely lose the race. Most internet users will be flocking to their pages and ignore yours. Competition, as it is, is already tough because of the many players in various industries. Therefore, you should do as your competitors do and maybe even more to defeat them.

Mobile-Friendly Sites are Compatible to all Operating Systems
Mobile device manufacturers use various operating systems, like iOS, Android, and Blackberry. If you settle to just creating a mobile application for your business, there is a chance that it will only work on certain platforms. Hence, your app will not be able to penetrate the whole market. A mobile-friendly website, on the other hand, can be viewed on all types of mobile devices because it is just similar to browsing a site on any type of desktop device. Besides, a mobile-friendly site is easier to launch and does not need too much resources, unlike mobile applications.

With all these benefits, there is no doubt that having a mobile-friendly website in today’s world is a necessity if you want to boost your business’ success. Therefore, do not just watch as others improve their sites. Do something now to be a formidable player in the competition.

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