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Top 5 Questions To Ask Before Hiring A Residential Mover

Hiring a residential mover for your upcoming move is a great way to speed up the process and save yourself some stress and hassle on moving day. However, not all moving companies are created equally, so there are some important questions you’ll want to ask before you decide on which one to hire. How Will You Calculate My Estimate and is it Binding? Most moving companies will send a representative out to give you an estimate based on how much furniture/belongings you need moved and an approximation of how much they weigh, so you should be skeptical of any company that gives you an estimate without visiting in person. You should also find out if your estimate is binding or not; most brokers will not give binding estimates, but if you’re hiring direct, you should be able to get a binding quote for added peace of mind. Is Insurance Included or Do I Buy it Separately? In addition to the liability and workers compensation insurance that the company should carry, you may also want to purchase separate insurance for your belongings. Check with your home or renters insurance policy first to see if this may already be included. If not, inquire as to how much it would cost (usually a set price per pound) to buy additional coverage from the movers directly. Who is Responsible for Packing and Loading? Most movers will give you an estimate for the cost of transporting your belongings, but some companies may also provide packing and loading services. Find out which applies to your estimate. If you choose to save money by packing and...

Time Tracking Software Features Every Small Business Needs

If you have a small business, it’s important to keep a good handle on your employees’ time worked as well as their overall productivity. Since new technology has all but eliminated the need for people to manually punch a time clock, software can make tracking their time much easier. Here are some good features of employee tracking software you can use to help you make sure you’re getting the most out of your employees’ time while they are on the clock. Integrated Software A good time tracking software program will do more than just track time. It should provide instant reporting to your human resources or payroll department, which will speed up the payroll process each week. The software should send weekly reports directly to payroll and this eliminates the need for time cards and other paperwork. It should also allow employees to request time off through the software, providing seamless integration for payroll purposes. This software should also show you as well as your employees how much paid time off they have accrued and used. Team Project Monitoring If you have a team of several people working on large projects, it helps to know where their time is being spent. Team project monitoring can help you make better use of everyone’s time and be sure that all team members are staying on track. These software features prompt each team member to log in exactly what they are working on, and for how long each day. This will give you a better snapshot of what’s being done in order to accomplish the final goals, and can help you provide...

Getting The Most Storage From Your Small Apartment

If you live in an apartment, you know that it can be tough to store all of your goods effectively. Apartments can feel cluttered, making it frustrating to keep the things you use out of view until you need them. If you’re in need of more storage in your apartment, here are a few ideas to help you get the most out of your smaller living space. Use Ottomans Storage ottomans not only look great, but they can also serve two purposes. These round or rectangular pieces of furniture can provide extra seating, serve as a footstool, or even double as a coffee table. A storage ottoman should have a removable top so you can put things inside like couch throws, extra pillows, towels, or whatever else you need to store out of sight. Since they’re already doubling as a piece of furniture, it’s a great way to get two uses in one. Baskets For Storage Instead of just stacking things on a shelf, use baskets instead. These baskets can serve as a catch all and keep little items out of sight. Label each basket with tags such as “utensils” or “cleaning supplies” and place them on your shelving in the pantry or other areas of the apartment. Deep baskets can keep your stuff out of plain view, and you can just grab them when you need to pull something out.  Pegboard Pegboard doesn’t have to just be used in tool sheds. Add a large piece of pegboard in your kitchen and add a few hooks to hang pots and pans and kitchen knives. When you make storage go...

Important Reasons For Small Businesses To Use Skip Tracing Services

Are you a small business owner trying to locate companies or people that owe you money? Are you tired of receiving envelopes marked “return to sender” on invoices that you’ve mailed, but the debtor has since moved? If you’re trying to decide whether to attempt to locate the debtors on your own or to hire an expert, here are some reasons that skip tracing services could be beneficial:  Professional resources: You may think that all you need to find someone is the internet and a list of social media sites. However, once many people go into debt, they actively work to hide their information from their creditors. Because you don’t have access to many of the resources skip tracers have at their disposal, your searches could result in hours of dead ends and no results. Many skip tracing services belong to industry-specific subscription sites that provide professional tools with reliable information. Some of the resources used by these sites include, but are not limited to, things like court records, property ownership data, or searching of credit bureaus using the debtor’s Social Security number.  Professional tactics: Expert skip tracers know that there may be more to finding location information of a debtor than just looking them up with a reverse phone number search. Sometimes, it’s necessary to call relatives, neighbors, and friends of the debtor in order to find their current phone number or address. Skip tracers know what pretexts can be used when contacting third parties. For example, they know that in many jurisdictions, it is a crime for anyone to pretend to be a law enforcement officer, so...

Things To Consider Before Renting Your Moving Vehicle

If you are trying to get ready to move, you might want to start thinking about the moving vehicle rental options that are available to you. To help make sure that you will be able to make the best decision when it comes time to reserve your moving vehicle, check out the following tips. Consider The Size Bigger is not always better, especially when it comes to a moving vehicle rental. The reason for this is that the bigger vehicles are oftentimes a little harder to maneuver, especially around tight turns. They also tend to get fewer miles to the gallon, which is a concern for the renters because they are responsible for putting gasoline in the tank. Of course, while the van rentals are generally cheaper, they may not turn out to be as efficient if you have too much stuff. Therefore, you will want to talk to the moving company for advice regarding the size of vehicle that you should get. They will ask whether you are moving a business or home and the size of it. With their expertise, they will be able to make sure that you are getting the van or truck that will work the best for you. Opting For Insurance Coverage Some moving vehicle rental companies demand that you pay for insurance coverage through them while you are using one of their vehicles. Others might give you the option to decline insurance coverage. It is important to make sure that you are really considering your options before you decline that option. Do you have your own personal vehicle insurance? If you do,...

Rough Going: Selling Rough Diamonds Isn’t Always A Cinch

If you’ve been on a rockhounding trip, either to an open piece of land known for harboring gems or to someplace like Crater of Diamonds State Park, and you managed to find some nice-looking gems, selling the rough diamonds might not be as easy as you think. It’s nice to imagine getting lots of money for a little rock, but there’s more to diamond buying than just size. While it’s always worth a trip to a reputable diamond buyer to see if he or she is interested in rough diamonds, don’t assume the buyer will jump at the chance — though it is possible. Here’s a look at what can make or break a rough diamond sale.   Just the Wrong Shade Clear, bright diamonds (also called white diamonds) are actually fairly rare. You’re more likely to find yellowish or brownish stones. Sometimes the hue is light enough that it can be worked around — Jewelry Notes says a light yellow tint can sometimes be masked if the final cut stone is placed in gold jewelry — but if the hue is too dark, it won’t have a lot of ornamental value. Too Small to Begin With It’s rather common to find very small rough diamonds. Crater of Diamonds State Park notes the average diamond is only about the size of a paper match head. Given that cutting a diamond into a jewelry-worthy state can trash over half of the diamond material, that small size makes cutting a nice diamond difficult. It can be done if the rough diamond happens to be perfect, but that is a rare, rare...

How To Fix Etched Windshield Glass

If foreign objects have landed on your windshield, they might have caused an etching type of scratch. This is a shallow scratch that is easy enough to fix on your own. While the scratches seem harmless, they could deepen if they are not removed properly. Here are some tips for fixing etched windshield glass. Get the Right Materials Before you start removing the etching on the car’s windshield, you need to get a few important supplies. These are simple items that will let you smooth out the etches and improve the look of the window glass. To fix etched glass, you need glass restoration polish, glass cleaner, a buffing pad, and a dry towel. Be sure you choose cleaners that don’t have ammonia if your auto glass is tinted, otherwise it could affect the tinting and require you to get it re-done. You should also have a squeegee, since they work very well at cleaning the windows. Buff the Windows The first thing you are going to do when you want to remove etched scratches from a windshield is buff the window. While you will pay special attention to the scratches, you should buff the entire window. This allows it to have an even, smooth surface. Get out your buffing pad and add a small amount of polish to it. Start at one corner of the window, using small circles to buff the polish into the window. When going over the etched areas of the glass, use more polish and spend a little more time in those areas. Continue adding more polish to the pad as you go along...

Minimizing Dumpster Odor

If you regularly use a dumpster at your place of business (or rent one from an outlet such as Affordable Container), you will want to do whatever possible to keep odor coming out of the unit at a minimum so neighbors and customers do not become offended while on or near your property. Taking a few precautionary steps can greatly reduce the amount of odor coming from your dumpster. Here are some tips to use in keeping your dumpster from becoming overly odorous.    Add Some Citrus Orange peels can naturally mask odor within a dumpster. Place a few mesh bags on the interior walls of your dumpster using duck tape to hold them in place. Fill each bag with orange peels. Change out the peels every few days so you have a fresh scent circulating within the dumpster regularly. Sprinkle Baking Soda When you get a new dumpster delivery, sprinkle a box of baking soda into the bottom of the unit before you start filling it with trash. Baking soda neutralizes odor and placing it into the bottom will help absorb smells from anything that may seep out from a bag of trash.  Watch What You Dump If you work in a food industry environment, your dumpster will be prone to odor. Consider separating your scraps and minimizing waste by setting up a compost pile on your property for biodegradable items. This will allow you more room in the dumpster for non-biodegradable waste and you will benefit from the rich soil the compost provides. This can be used in gardens or to help plants grow on your property. If you are placing grease into a dumpster,...

3 Unique and Creative Ways to Market Your New Restaurant

Did you recently open a restaurant? Are you struggling to get customers in the door? Gaining traction as a new restaurant can often be difficult, especially if you’re in an area that already has a lot of popular dining restaurants. People in your area may not be aware that your restaurant is open or they may be unwilling to try something new. You probably can’t afford to sit back and wait for them to change their minds. To get business in the door, you’ll have to get out there, make a statement, and give them a reason to visit your restaurant. Here are three creative ways to do just that. Take over the side of a building. Many businesses will rent billboards to get spread their message. However, a billboard can be costly and they often don’t have the impact that you want. After all, people are used to seeing billboards, so the message has to be special to really stand out. Instead, think about taking over the side of a building in your area. Find a building where the side is visible to a high volume of passing traffic. Talk to the building owner about renting the space and then hire an artist to create a unique and attractive mural advertising your business. Or you could use a projector to shine a unique ad on the side of the building at night. That will get people talking, especially if you do it during a festival or another time when there are many people in the area. Use the sidewalk. Are you in an area that has a lot...

Options For DIY Pond Liners

A small pond can be a great addition to most any yard’s landscape. Not only does a pond help to create a feeling of tranquility, but it can also attract various types of wildlife, from ducks to deer. Adding a pond to your yard doesn’t have to be an expensive undertaking. In fact, it can actually be a great DIY project for the weekend. If you’re considering installing a pond in your yard, you’ll need to think about what kind of pond liner you will want to install. Here’s a look at some easy liner options you should consider when you’re considering a pond installation. Kiddie Pool Small plastic kiddie pools are a great foundation for shallow pond spaces. If you want something that you can put a rock formation and other water features in, this may be a great way to do it. Simply dig out the soil to the depth of the kiddie pool, level the bottom and then place the pool into the space. Consider adding a decorative brick or stone surround to cover the lip of the kiddie pool at the ground level. Then, you can fill the pool and add your water features. Large Tarp Large, thick tarps are another great option for pond liners. They’re inexpensive, flexible and easy to work with. You can find tarps in many shapes and sizes, making it easy to create the pond you want in any shape on your property. The tarps are durable, hold water without seeping and can be anchored easily. Just make sure you choose one without polyethylene or other dangerous chemicals so that...

About Me

Hi there, I’m Ginny Rickets. As a business owner, I always pay close attention to reports of identity theft. In my area, people were stealing documents out of the garbage to obtain personally identifiable information about their victims. The biggest impacts were to businesses that threw all of their old client and employee information into the trash at the end of the year. I began researching ways to avoid this crime and stumbled across shredding service companies. I was instantly won over by the services offered by shredding professionals. I now take all of my old documents into the shredding department to dispose of them properly. I hope to use this website to inspire others to do the same. I will share the benefits of using a shredded service over the other document disposal options. Thanks for visiting.