The benefits of online tenant screening

October 8, 2017 by · Comments Off on The benefits of online tenant screening 

Female real estate agent giving keys to new property owners

If a landlord does a full screening of their potential tenants, the chances are that the tenant they choose will be a well-rounded tenant who will pay their rent on time and take care of their property. With more and more people being time poor, online tenant screening has become popular as they provide details of a potential tenant quickly and accurately. Here are some other benefits of using an online tenant screening service.

Better predict evictions – Most sites provide eviction predictions, that will look at a tenant’s credit information and provide predictions on evictions.

Immediate screening – Sites now offer you the chance to enter limited details, that will allow landlords to start the screening process immediately.

Full credit, criminal and eviction reports – To receive a complete view of a tenant it is important to receive full credit, criminal and eviction reports. Sites also provide filters and industry best practices to receive superior coverage.

Compliant process – Tenant Screening Services, LLC says that it is important that tenants are screened as per federal and state regulations. Reputed sites are often regulated by the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and are designed to be compliant.

Easy process – Screening applicants at a landlord’s convenience allows the landlord flexibility to view and enter details using a computer, phone, or tablet.

Payment – Screening websites are upfront about their fees and memberships, which provides the landlord the chance to choose the services they require.

How to “Carefully” Shop Online for Furniture

September 25, 2017 by · Comments Off on How to “Carefully” Shop Online for Furniture 

Summary: Shopping for furniture online is extremely easy when it’s all said and done. But, it’s crucial that you buy from a reputable site.

Furniture is expensive, no question about it. But, with the surge of online shopping becoming today’s trend, there are now a wide variety of options to choose from instead of your local brick & mortar. Here are some of the best tips on how you can go about choosing an online shop for your next furniture piece.

Research Ahead of Time

The Internet tends to operate as a sort of open marketplace, with reliability being somewhat of an issue with the thousands of furniture stores out there. Purchasing furniture from popular sites, such as Wicker Paradise, that have security systems implemented is one of the best ways to avoid being scammed or duped. Take the time to research the website, what type of furniture you’re planning to buy, and also whether or not you’re getting the best deal.

Take a Look At the Company’s About Us Page

Start your research by taking a look at the company’s About Us page. The more popular companies will have an in-depth description about their company, including history and information about their customer service as well as their satisfaction guarantees. The site’s page should also include a telephone number as well as an address. Reputable companies always have a way to contact them offline, no matter what. Imagine buying replacement patio cushions at a store that offers a massive discount only to find out that they were improperly packaged and damaged en route. Upset, you go on their website only to find out that there is no return address and a disconnected phone line. This unfortunate situation can happen to anyone, which is why it’s crucial that you verify the integrity of the company itself before you do business with them.

How to conduct a good project meeting?

September 8, 2017 by · Comments Off on How to conduct a good project meeting? 

Group of business people working at office

It is important to understand that meetings cost the company money as it is time each participant/ employee can spend on other work commitments. Therefore, organizing successful meetings should be every meeting facilitator’s goal. Here are some tips on how to make your meetings productive and well worth everyone’s time.

Prepare in advance – Plan ahead and have a clear idea of what will be discussed. Assign tasks and ask participants to bring in information that will be important for the meeting.

Have a detailed agenda – A well-planned agenda will keep the meeting flowing and help make decisions happen. An agenda will also keep your meeting on track and help participants focus on what is important.

Stick to the schedule – To ensure you have good attendance and a great reputation as a good meeting facilitator always stick to the agenda and don’t go over time.

Don’t cancel – If you have scheduled a weekly meeting and have a busy day, keep the meeting short but don’t cancel it. If you cancel a meeting, participants will start to think that the meeting is not necessary and can be considered as optional.

Stay on topic – Remember that staying on topic is important because it will help the meeting gain momentum and be a productive use of everyone’s time.

Written by Lyle Charles. The firm has a long list of experienced, qualified construction experts and will help you select the best construction claims consultant for your case.

How to Keep Your Dog Away From Your Flower Beds

August 16, 2017 by · Comments Off on How to Keep Your Dog Away From Your Flower Beds 

Summary: Dogs tend to let their curiosity take over when it comes to playing outside. This could end up with you seeing your beloved plants trampled and destroyed.

Are you searching for a solution that’ll prevent your garden from being destroyed by your furry friend? Here are some tips that’ll protect your beloved garden from being “doghandled” while you’re away.

Block Off Your Garden Area

Flower beds tend to be an alternate resting spot for your pup. Simply drive some small, stubby stakes into the ground throughout the flower bed and they’ll essentially deter them away from your garden. Additionally, if you want your dog to stay out of freshly mulched or seeded beds, try planting some thorny branches into the ground at regular intervals. This way, if they try sniffing around, they’ll be met with a small prick. If you’re thinking this can result in some serious damage to your dog’s nose, many pitbull breeders do this to keep them away from damaging any gardens that they might have.

A wire fence surrounding your flower bed might be an eyesore for many, but it’s an effective way to keep your dog from running wild amongst your garden. And, they’ll know it’s a “no entry” zone when they go near it and won’t even try to enter the territory.

Many homeowners tend to hit their dog and yell at them frequently when they go near the garden. While this might deter them from entering the area, curiosity tends to get the best of them, especially when they see something they want to chase after. You’ll need a solid barrier to prevent them from jumping over or entering your garden. Remember, physical and verbal abuse is never the solution when you’re training your little one.

Create a Separate Playground for your Dog

If you’re looking to prevent dogs from digging in the ground, the experts at Iron King Kennels, have stated that creating a separate play area with a bare spot of soil typically does the trick. Try digging a large and shallow hole and gently nudge them towards it. If they feel comfortable in that area, they’ll know that that’s their designated spot to dig around and bury their toys, as opposed to your garden.

Another useful gardening tip to help protect your dog from getting fleas is to use cedar chips for pathways in beds. This deters fleas and keeps your dog clean and clear of any fleas that might want to find a permanent home in your dog’s fur coat. It’s a useful, and cheap, trick that’s worked for years.

How to Revamp Your Backyard Patio

August 16, 2017 by · Comments Off on How to Revamp Your Backyard Patio 

Summary: A chic patio is something every homeowner wants. This guide can help you get there.

Is your patio lacking the aesthetic appeal that you’ve been longing for? This guide is designed to showcase the various types of patio furniture pieces that you can add to your backyard to make it a visually-stunning area that’ll be the envy of all of your friends.

Clean, Clean, Clean

Start by clearing out all your old furniture pieces that are worn and weathered. While they may still have a year or two left on them, if they look out of place and have a now “vintage” feel to them, you might want to consider parting ways. You want to start from scratch. This way, you can choose a theme that best fits your patio style the best.

Once everything’s been cleared and designated for “keeps” and “trash”, do a thorough cleaning of your entire patio. The worst thing that can happen is placing some brand new polyurethane foam sheets on your shiny patio chair only to find out that you’ve just crushed a nest of spiders and other creepy crawlers. Try and wash down every part of your patio and do a deep scrub. If your patio is littered with cobwebs and dead bugs, utilize a powerful bug spray that’ll keep bugs away from your precious space.

Pick a Theme and Go For It

Now that you have a clean space to work with, you’ll want to decide on a theme. Whether it’s contemporary, mid-century modern or whatever you’d like, you’ll want to explore all the options that you have when it comes to purchasing the right furniture pieces. Remember, there are variety of suppliers and manufacturers that sell pieces based on a specific theme. Or, if you want to take the DIY route, companies like the Foam Factory, Inc. can provide you with foam-based materials that you can utilize in all of your patio furniture pieces.

Next, you’ll want to find patio pieces that are both UV and weather resistant to maximize their lifespan. Sure, some pieces might look fantastic outdoors, but when the harsh weather starts to roll around, it’s likely that you’ll have to find a replacement after a couple of months. Not all furniture pieces are built the same. Some may be strictly for an indoor space while others can ward off the spontaneous elements. There are so many options that are available to you, now you just need to take the initiative to find exactly what you’re looking for.

The basics of construction claims

June 15, 2017 by · Comments Off on The basics of construction claims 

Summary: Construction claims cost all parties’ time, money and resources. A claim is between the contractor and owner and involves monetary compensation. Understand the different types of claims and evaluate your options, before you proceed with a claim.

One of the biggest causes of delays in construction are construction disputes or claims. These claims cost time, money and resources for all parties involved since work grinds to a halt until there is a resolution to the satisfaction of all the parties involved. Here we look at the basic elements of a construction claim:

What is a claim?

The basic definition of a claim is when there is a demand asserted by one party on another for services specified in a contract. The most common claim in construction is for payment or non-payment for completed work. The claims are always monetary with one side seeking compensation from the other.

Who are the parties?

The two parties in such a claim are usually the contractor and the owner. A contractor might claim compensation for changes to the work schedule, the amount of work, duration, acceleration, etc. The owner might claim from the contractor for failing to finish work by stipulations in the contract.

How do you deal with a claim?

All the parties should understand that a construction claim is a complex process that requires the thorough knowledge and understanding of the facts, the details of the contract and the wording of the law. Before you proceed with a claim, gain a thorough understanding of the details and guidelines of the different types of construction claims.

Article submitted by Lyle Charles. An expert in construction claims analysis for commercial and residential construction.

Steps to prevent construction project delays

April 11, 2017 by · Comments Off on Steps to prevent construction project delays 

Written by Lyle Charles

Construction delays can cause a project additional funds and open the company to claims. Claims can also incur costs for a firm as they may need to hire experts from construction advisory service firms to assist the company with the case. Therefore, including steps to reduce construction delays is a sensible way to ensure that your project is on time, profitable and that the construction firm maintains its reputation.

Here are some steps to prevent construction delays.

Start right – Accurate planning will help to reduce delays. Therefore, look at creating an accurate estimate with a realistic schedule. Planners should look at areas that can cause delays, and put into place mechanisms to minimize delay days. For those materials that need to be imported or are not on site include additional days to ensure that the project has its materials on time. Select contractors and partners wisely by only considering the quality of their work and reliability.

Watch contract language – Broad contract language can leave the firm and other parties in confusing situations. If your contract includes broad terms like “time is of the essence,” no damages for delay, “” waiver of consequential damages, “acceleration” and “termination” enlist legal counsel for clarification.

Communication – Clear communication with your vendors will inform them when you require your materials and the level of urgency. Ensure your vendors provide you with a delivery schedule as soon as you send them your purchase order.

As your project moves forward, it is important that your team has a construction claim analysis in place to understand a claim as and when they arise.


Lyle Charles is a construction claims consultant who can cater to your construction project needs.

Sometimes Flowers Need Extra Protection

February 16, 2017 by · Comments Off on Sometimes Flowers Need Extra Protection 

Written by: California Mailboxes

While gardening generally requires a good amount of persistence and patience, gardens might need extra care and attention during the winter season. Some tender plants might unfortunately be at risk even in the lightest frost. Some plants might also require additional support to be able to grow properly. Fortunately there are several ways in which plants can be protected from the cold and wind.


In order to protect your plants from the adverse effects of winter wind and temperature, you might consider wrapping them gently. This will protect flowering plants and their delicate flowers especially.

Potting Flowers

You might also consider keeping your plants potted rather than planting them directly in the soil. This will enable you to move them into direct sunlight when they might be needing it and to keep them indoors if the need be.

Keeping them indoors

Delicate flowers might be better off indoors. They will also provide a touch of color to your room and uplift the decor.

Know when to do it

You might plan to start protecting your flowers even before winter is here. Otherwise they might already start getting damaged with the first winter winds.

Temporary greenhouse

You might protect your flowers by building a temporary greenhouse from fencing and visqueen. Electric fence supplies can also help to keep animals and insects at bay.

How to pick outdoor cushions and pillows for your patio furniture

February 12, 2017 by · Comments Off on How to pick outdoor cushions and pillows for your patio furniture 

Written by Wicker Paradise

Selecting your backyard or patio replacement cushions can sometimes be a difficult task. With so many homeware stores offering a variety of fabrics, colors, and themes, finding the right one can be overwhelming. Here are some tips on how to choose the right cushions for your space.

Let your surroundings guide your choice. – Look at your surrounding and see what you currently have in it. For example, if you have a plain neutral backdrop and you want to make a bold statement, you could choose a pop of color to differentiate your space from the garden.

Decide on a theme – Themes are great, as they will help you stay focused on what you should and shouldn’t buy. For example, a minimalistic theme will look best with soft neutral shades for your wicker chairs and sofa. If you want something that is shabby-chic, you could look into a light dusty gray with white and light pink throw pillows.

Choose styles you want to emulate – If you want your garden seating to stand out from your indoor space, you should look at themes and colors that are different from your interior. On the other hand, if you’re looking to blend in your outdoor space to your indoor area, try to match your furnishings according to what you currently own.

Comfort – The fabrics and cushioning you choose should be comfortable and suitable for its use. Your selection should change if your space is for lounging, dining or entertaining.


Wicker Paradise is a provider of high-quality indoor wicker furniture. You can even find replacement cushions for patio furniture.

How to choose a general contractor

February 12, 2017 by · Comments Off on How to choose a general contractor 

Written by Lyle Charles

It is important to get the assistance of a construction consultant when handling medium to large construction projects. Usually, general contractors will take the responsibility of completing a project for a bid price. This means that your contractor will hire the subcontractors and therefore you will only have to communicate with the contractor directly.

Since your entire project is in the hands of your contractor, it is vital that you choose one that processes the right experience, knowledge, and integrity required to handle your project. It is important that the cost is not the main reason why you choose one contractor over the other. As these benefits can quickly evaporate if the project faces delays or modifications.

It is best to assume that there will be problems with any contractor that will have to be handled as and when they happen and instead look at a person who you can work cooperatively for the duration of the project.

The responsibilities of a general contractor are;

Estimating and bidding the project

Negotiating a contract with the owner

Hiring subcontractors

Obtaining permits and scheduling inspections

Requesting payments based on work progress

Negotiating, ordering and issuing material to and from suppliers

Schedule workers, subs, and deliveries

Understanding plans and specifications

Supervising and coordinating the work

Troubleshooting problems

The contractor should provide you with clear updates on the progress of the project and inform you about any foreseen delays. However, if there are issues that cannot be solved and those that have caused delay and other claims, it is advisable to speak to a lawyer or go through construction mediation process to resolve issues.


Construction already costs a ton without factoring in the costs of litigation, which is becoming more common by the day. According to Lyle Charles Consulting, construction turnaround services can help cut those costs and provide a fair resolution to disputes that commonly arise.

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