Ten Common 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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Parking Outside The Box

 

Superior options for long-term airport parking in Brisbane

 

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While the television commercials might make it look easy, with every travel holidays comes a number of hidden headaches that aren’t mentioned in the brochure. Are you packing enough clothes? Are you packing too many clothes? Who will pick us up from the airport? Who will look after the pets? Did you remember to bring the itinerary? Do we know how to exchange our money once we get there? Where’s the hotel located? How on earth are we going to get to the airport?

While everyone loves travel holidays, finding a way to get to the airport is even less popular than air travel itself. The most popular method currently is asking, begging or bargaining with a friend of yours to take hours out of their day to drive you out there. If you’re not lucky enough to have a friend on hand that is willing or able to drive you all the way out to the airport, your options are:

– Dragging your luggage on and off Brisbane’s most expensive train ride.
– Paying for an overpriced taxi to take you there.
– Driving to the airport yourself and paying for parking.

If you have to drive to the airport yourself, having to pay the exorbitant costs of long-term parking at the Brisbane Airport is often considered a necessary evil with no other options. Many people do not even realize that are other options available that charge a fraction of the price and offer superior services. But with a little bit of research, it’s possible to cut your parking bill by half or even more. Suddenly driving yourself to the airport is cheaper than taking a taxi, and you no longer have to rely on others to take you to the terminal.

Located just outside the airport are private carparks that offer acres of reserved parking both open air and undercover. Because they don’t have to deal with infrastructure cost, government bureaucracy and don’t act like they have a captive market, private carparks like Budget Airport Parking charges significantly less for the same service. BAP for example charges $96 less than the Brisbane Airport does for two weeks of undercover parking, a 47% saving.

Cheap Airport ParkingTo travel from the carpark to the airport, Budget Airport Parking provides a free air conditioned shuttle bus service. This service operates 24/7 and can be tracked using a free app or on the website. Given airport queues and the walking distance between the airport carpark and the terminals, it can actually be faster and more convenient to park outside the airport and use the bus service than to park inside of it.

Booking your long-term airport parking online is not only more convenient and guarantees you a spot; it can make your trip even cheaper. Rates at Budget Airport Parking can be as low as $6 a day, less than what you pay for a coffee in the airport lounge. As well as their low base price, BAP offers a number of special voucher deals for both short-term and long-term parking. Airport parking is often considered an extravagance for short trips, but with BAP long-term airport parking is the most affordable option. For example, Budget Airport Parking currently offers a $48 long weekend special for four days of undercover parking.

To protect from the weather, the more advanced offsite parking services have installed protective canopies made of composite materials in order to protect vehicles from hail, debris, birds, storms and UV sun damage. These protective covers ensure that vehicle remains safe while their owners are away, and that they don’t have to worry about coming home to a car covered in dents and debris. The benchmark for vehicle canopies in Australia is NetPro canopies. To quote from their website:

“The NetPro patented Pitch System uses a stable (non-stretching) net erected in a pitched roof pattern. The falling hail is directed down the valleys so as to exit the structure at allocated spacings. A pitch structure is best able to withstand heavy falls and is the “Rolls-Royce” of the net systems, and shedding the load reduces the risk of major structural failure during large hail events.”

Many people don’t realize airport parking doesn’t have to be an extravagant expense that can cost as much as your airline tickets. There are alternative options that allow you to park your own car for as little as $6 a day, and take a free air-conditioned shuttle to the airport. This is cheaper and often faster than parking at the onsite airport parking, and allows you total control of your vehicle.

Styles of Yoga

Yoga originated in ancient India, and is one of the six orthodox schools of Hindu philosophy. Derived from the Sanskrit word meaning “union”, its primary goal is to help the student achieve union with the divine by way of specific poses (asanas), breath (pranayama), and meditation to achieve a state of spiritual liberation. Though yoga in the Western world focuses on health and fitness, it is important to appreciate yoga’s long history as a vital component of the Hindu philosophical and theological system.
As one of the most popular of natural therapies in the West, there are many types of yoga available for those seeking health and wellness. The following covers the more popular yoga styles in the West, and helps you have a clearer understanding of the basics of each yoga style so that you can choose one which best suits you and your needs.

Hatha
Hatha yoga is a generic title which describes any yoga style, and most yoga classes advertised in the West will be hatha yoga, unless otherwise stated. When a yoga class is advertised as hatha, it usually refers to a slow-paced and gentle introduction to yoga, incorporating basis poses and simple breathing exercises. Before attending a hatha yoga class, it is wise to ask the yoga teacher where he/she trained and what the class will consist of, e.g. yoga poses, pace, meditation and mantras etc. This will help to to decide if the yoga class will be beneficial for you.

Vinyasa
Vinyasa yoga is perhaps the most common for those wanting yoga purely for fitness. This form of yoga combines a sequence of flowing poses with rhythmic breathing, and is designed as an intense body-mind workout. As a generic term for any form of yoga that involves poses synchronised to the breath (where there is a flow as the poses run together), Vinyasa yoga is also used to describe yoga styles that have derived from it, such as Ashtanga and Power Yoga.

Ashtanga
As mentioned, Ashtanga is a form of yoga that has derived from the concept of Vinyasa yoga. It is fast-paced and based on six series of poses that increase in difficulty as each series moves through one to the next without stopping. As there is no time for adjustments, once a series of yogic poses and breathing are underway the student is encouraged to move through the series of movements without stopping, making for an ideal full body work-out that will stimulate and improve circulation and detoxification, and get that heart rate pumping!
Power Yoga
Another form of yoga derived from Vinyasa, Power yoga is a Western product based on the fundamentals of yoga tradition. More likely to be part of a gym curriculum, Power yoga weaves common yoga poses and breathe techniques to a rigorous exercise workout, designed to strengthen the body and promote flexibility. Power yoga is great as part of your training and fitness routine, but rarely addresses the philosophical aspects of yoga.

Bikram yoga
Designed by Bikram Choudhury, this form of yoga is better known for its use of sauna-like conditions to promote detoxification of the body through sweat. Bikram yoga classes are held in studios designed to replicate India’s climate, mimicking a hot and humid temperature. Here students work through a series of 26 traditional yoga poses (usually slow-paced and gentle) as they sweat and, as a result, promote fresh blood and oxygen to circulate throughout the body. This form of yoga is ideal as a detoxifying exercise to boost the immune system.

Sivananda
For those seeking a more philosophical approach to their yoga, Sivananda yoga is based on the philosophy of Swami Sivananda and his five principles:
1. Proper exercise
2. Proper breathing
3. Proper relaxation
4. Proper diet
5. Positive thinking/meditation

Sivananda yoga classes work through twelve basic poses. As a slow-paced form of yoga, the emphasis is on the full exploration of each pose so that the eventual mastering of each pose is achieved as part of an overall philosophical approach.

Iyengar
Iyengar yoga is based on the teaching of B.K.S Iyengar, one of the most influential yogis of all time. This form of yoga focuses on the subtleties of each pose, which are held much longer than traditional forms of yoga. Focussing on the physical alignment of the body in the poses, students are encouraged to attain perfect poses through consistent practice. This is based on the philosophical belief that once the body is in perfect balance by means of mastering each pose, the mind with reflect this balance. In addition, unlike other forms of yoga, Iyengar also uses props such as belts or chairs to accommodate any needs or structural imbalances in the body, which makes it a good option for those with poor mobility.
Anusara
Anusara means “to step into the current of divine will” and is a modern form of yoga created by American John Friend, with its origins derived from Iyengar yoga. Its practice focusses on three key areas:
• Attitude – by opening to grace one can awaken his/her true nature.
• Alignment – integrated awareness of the different
• Action – pose as expression of the heart and inner freedom.
This form of yoga reintroduces traditional Hindi elements of yoga, however is primary health orientated as it focuses on inner and outer body alignment.
Kundalini
Considered the most comprehensive of yogas, Kundalini is derived from the tantra yoga tradition and refers to the flow of energy and consciousness that exists within us. Incorporating poses and dynamic breathing techniques, combined with specific mantra chanting and chakra awakening, Kundalini yoga acts as a holistic philosophy that keeps the body and mind strong and flexible in times of stress and conflict. This yoga style is suited for those wanting a holistic approach to their yoga practice.

There are many other forms of yoga available, with more yoga traditions and styles being introduced into the West every year. Like all things, however, it is best to have a clear idea of what you hope to achieve from yoga and then find a style that best suits that. Happy yoga practicing from Radiant Heart Yoga Woolloongabba, Brisbane.

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WEB DESIGN USING GRID-BASED LAYOUT METHOD

With any beautiful design or structure, from architecture to painting, there lies beneath it a grid-based layout from which these creations were originally derived. It is, in essence, the unseen mathematical component of all design that, for many web designers, has become standard in the pursuit for the perfect web design.

To understand what a grid-based layout for web design is, we first need to understand why it is referred to as “grid-based.” A grid is a structure consisting of intersecting straight vertical and horizontal guidelines that are made up of margins, flow-lines, columns, rows, gutters, modules, and spatial zones. This potentially complex composition provides the perfect structural base that allows a web designer to create graphic elements from, or to organise content within. It is this reason that grid-based layout is used in web design.

By using grids in the website design a sense of uniformed structure is achieved for the overall website, this helps achieve better usability for website visitors as they are able to navigate and engage with the website much easily than if the content was simply thrown together without structure. Another reason grid-based layouts are used is efficiency. By designing to a grid, the actual design process is simplified because design guidelines are already in place, therefore making it easier to decide on design elements, such as width and height.

When using grid-based layouts in our web design, we can either create our own grid, or download a ready-made grid template. If we create our own grid, we will need to rely on what option works best for us and the web design project we are working on. It is therefore valuable to follow some simple guidelines when creating our own grids. These are:

• Use only enough columns as needed for the web design. In other words, if you are only going to use ten columns, then only create ten columns – and not twenty.
• Watch the spacing. As a general rule, columns should have the same number of pixels across as rows are high.
• Don’t box yourself in. If you need to move outside of the grid for specific graphic elements, then do so. A grid is only there for structural support, and is not the end product.

If creating your own grid-based layout isn’t appealing, or you simple do not have the time to invest in it, then downloading a pre-designed grid template is available. There are many online sources that provide such templates, and by downloading a grid template you can save on time and have, at your disposal, an effective grid template ready to use.

It is important to re-emphasise that grid-based layouts for web design should not be mistaken for a strict rule by which all graphic elements or content must adhere to. Naturally, when creating anything we can move beyond specific rules in order to achieve our creative goal, and grid-based layouts are no different. If we use grids as a structural guide in our web design, then we are better able to create amazing web designs that will not only appear organised on our web page, but will hopefully inspire and engage every website visitor. Article from, web developer brisbane Nets and Webs

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What to look for in a document storage company

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In the modern world, there is an increasing need to store your information safely. The risk of losing information is high, and people are looking for better storage options for your data. However, before you choose a place where you can store your documents, you have to keep in mind that it is a long term decision, and it could affect you immensely. Therefore, it is important that you consider the most important factors, that need to be considered when choosing your storage partner. The main factors to consider have been provided below.

1. Proven track record
The document storage company that you choose should be one that has a clean slate. It is important that you find out as much as you can about the company you choose, on the basis of its life; it is important that you find out how long it has been in operation, its track record, the things that they have accomplished, how they have grown, their development, and the relationship they hold with their existing customers. These are all important factors to consider when you choose your document storage company. You would always be better off with a company that has been clean in its dealings, rather than one that has a bad past, even if it was a small mistake.

2. Security
One of the most important factors to consider, when choosing you document storage company, is the measures that they take to ensure that your information is safe. The main reason, as to why you choose a document storage company is to keep your documents safe. There have been some security lapses in some document storage companies, in the recent times. Therefore, it is important that you look at all their areas of safety, including the retrieval of information and destruction. If your information is not safe in the hands of the document storage company, the whole relationship between you and the document storage company is flawed.

3. Responsiveness
How responsive the document storage company is, is important, when you consider your options of documents storage. The company should be able to reply to your queries, and then respond to you, when you face a problem. It should allow you to obtain your data, when you lose them, as soon as possible. This is a very important aspect of your business community plan, and it could act as a key factor in your choice. Remember, once you choose a company, everything is not done. They have to be there for you, when you need them. If they are not able to meet your requirement quickly, then, there is no point. Delays in the retrieval of lost data could put you in a heap of problems.

4. Innovative
Another important factor to consider is, whether the company is innovative in its ideas, as to how to solve your problems. Are you able to monitor your activity, and review your information, through perhaps, user-friendly applications? This is an important thing to consider, for it would be the thing that it would be of great convenience for you.

5. Client focused
“The customer is king.” So it is important that you are treated like one. When choosing the document storage company, it is important that you choose a company that would give importance to its customers. It should be dedicated to its work, and also provide a service that shows its commitment and also provide a personal service to the customers. It is important that they keep their customers in mind when making their decisions. A company that values their customers, is the best, as they would work to sustain the relationship with their customers, and would, as a result, provide a good service.

6. Professional
The outside look of the company is almost as important as their inside. Their appearances and the attitudes they hold, are factors that play an important role in their service. To determine their level of professionalism, it is important that you look at the website of the company, and their holding in social media. They have to have the right idea of why you need them; otherwise, this relationship will not work. Being professional would mean that the work they do would meet up to your standards.

7. Reputations
Reputations cannot be built in a day or two. It takes time and effort. They can only have a good image, if they are doing the right thing, and providing a good service. If their work is sloppy, and if they do not meet the quality standards expected of them, then word would get out. Consider what their clients are saying about them and find out more about them, via references and testimonials, on the websites. This would help you get an idea of what the company is like.

8. Flexible
Flexibility is also an important aspect of a choice of a document storage company. Being able to customize, according to the requirements of the customer, is an important feature for a good relationship. This flexibility also applies to the contractual terms and conditions, which apply t the customer. Having a standard level of flexibility is an important aspect of choosing the right document storage company.

9. Quality Standards
Quality is an important feature to consider in any business relationship. Here, it is important to look at whether, this organization is following recognized quality standards, that can be used to determine the level of importance that they have given to quality. A few quality standards such as, ISO 9001 and ISO 27001 are ones that can give evidence of good quality. They need to be able to meet your quality requirements to be able to provide a satisfactory service.

10. Case studies
Is the company providing back-ups of affirmations that they make, with a reliable case study, that has been documented?

Conclusion

It is important that the user looks carefully at all the aspects discussed above, taking into account their needs as well. This will help you to make the right choice in a perfect document storage partner. Most of the big names in the document storage industry, would provide any clarification required on the queries you have regarding the points mentioned above. It is important to remember that this is a long term decision, and that you must take careful considerations before making the final decision.