Networking- Do They Really Generate Leads For Your Business?

Networking.  Do they really generate any profits or leads for your business? Or is it just another excuse to socialize?

For my business, I believe Networking is an important tool  to create  professional relationships with other “like-minded” individuals within my community. Do they general leads? In the short-term, I believe networking will not give you quick results but in the long run with persistence, they can make you profit.

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Let’s Talk – Caulk

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So you’ve the done the rounds and investigated all the areas around your home and have come across some drafts around your windows and doors. Now what? It’s time to talk-caulk. Caulking is a wonderful product with a multitude of purposes around the home. Caulk can be used to fill gaps in almost any material. Caulk gives a nice finished look to your bathroom tub and kitchen sink, to toping of baseboard to trim or finishing imperfections in crown moulding. And the list goes on. Don t’ get overwhelmed by the many different types of caulk at your local home improvement store. Below is a list of caulk available and tips for which caulk you should use for improvements around your home.

So What Is Caulk? 

 Caulk is a kind of sealing material that is used to form a hard coating on a porous surface (as a coat of paint or varnish used to size a surface. The function of caulking is to provide thermal insulation, control water penetration. This is mostly done with ready-mixed construction chemicals sold as caulk such as silicone, polyurethane, polysulfide,  sylil-terminated-polyether or polyurethane and acrylic sealant. Unlike construction caulk, which is applied where no building movement is expected, a sealant is made of elastomeric materials that typically allow movement of 25% to 50% of the width of the joint. Silicone sealants form a durable, water-tight seal, but are not typically paintable. Some silicone sealants are made to be paintable with certain types of paint such as water or oil-based paints. Other sealants are paintable

One-component sealants are commonly sold in cartridges which are loaded into a pistol-like caulking gun (opening at the side) or barrel gun (opening at the end) for application. During the tool-working time, which varies by chemistry, the bead can be pressed into the joint so that it can bond with the materials on both sides, and also be smoothed. The time it takes for a chemical sealant to become a rubber is known as the curing time and varies by temperature and humidity. Issues of technique that may not be obvious to first-time users.

Deciding Which Caulk To Use?

Before you purchase caulk, consider these few  key factors that will  play an important role in helping you decide the right “caulk” for the job.

Interior or Exterior?- Note: Some caulk are specifically designed for indoor or out-door use only. Depending on your project, you may want to look into purchasing an indoor or out-door caulk.

How Hard Is It To Apply?  Running out of caulk while you’re working on your project is not a good thing. There are some caulk that are much easier to apply than others. Keep in mind your level of caulk expertise and come back with that 3rd tube of caulk that is now hard to apply.

Temperature Something To Consider: Consider the temperature in the place where you are going to put the caulk.  Some types of caulk can withstand extreme temperatures while others can’t.  This can severely affect performance.

-Moisture: Be aware that some caulk are uniquely designed to be installed in high moisture areas e.g.: bathrooms. Using the wrong caulk could impact its adhesion, durability and performance.

Different Types Of Caulk:

Polyurethane Caulk

This type of caulk is the best for almost any application, but it can be difficult to use and requires mineral spirits to clean up. It can be painted.

Elastomeric Caulk

This type of caulk is an excellent choice for most porous surfaces because of its flexibility and adhesion properties, its ease of use and water clean up.

Latex Caulk

Although it tends to be less expensive, latex caulk will harden when exposed to the elements so its durability is questionable and it’s not the best choice for exterior surfaces.

Siliconized Acrylic Caulk

The most popular caulk and easiest to use, this is a good choice for most applications.

Synthetic Rubber Caulk

Known for excellent adhesion, the ability to stretch and recover and for mildew resistance.

Butyl Caulk There are numerous problems with butyl caulk. They’re difficult to use, dry slowly, require solvent clean up and have a tendency to shrink excessively and harden and crack quite prematurely.
Within each category of caulk, look for one with a 50 year warranty. It’s worthwhile to pay a little more for a better grade of caulk.

Doing the Work
Once you’ve chosen the right caulk, make sure that the surface you’re applying it to is clean. If the old caulk has failed, scrape it out and wipe the area with a damp cloth to remove dirt or residue. Make sure the surface is clean and dry so that the new caulk will adhere properly. Weather conditions are important as a water-based sealant can’t be used when it’s wet outside and if it’s too cold, a water-based caulk won’t cure. Read the label. Check required drying time. Some caulk can be painted with a water-based paint within four hours, but you must wait twenty-four hours to use an oil-based product, including a primer. Read the label. Sometimes the caulk will shrink, making a second application necessary. Read the label to determine how long you must wait to  re-caulk.

Prepare the tube for use by cutting the tip at a 45° angle. If you’re using a water-based product, have a bucket of water and a cloth at hand. Apply the caulk in a continuous and even bead with no gaps. For the best appearance, lightly wet your index finger and smooth the bead.

Choosing the right caulk may not be an exciting topic, but it’s one that’s well worth knowing something about.

Value Of Referrals

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re•fer•ral:    “a person referred or recommended to someone or for something”   definition by: http://www.thefreedictionary.com/referral.

COMMUNICATION

COMMUNICATION AND BUILDING PROFESSIONAL RELATIONSHIPS

In any business Communication Is Key. Again, this moment begins as soon as I meet with my clients personally for the first time at their pre booked “Free  One on One Consultation”. As I am in the business of home improvements and maintenance service, miss communication can be a costly expense for both my business and my client. I take the extra time to listen, understand, do the  research and work out a resolution to  make the experience not only a successful one but also a memorable one for both of us. Keeping clients up to date with how a project is coming along is also a good thing. Think of it this way, renovations can be a  temporary life disrupting time. You are there doing drywall work, making the least amount of mess as possible in the kitchen, while mom the clean freak is trying to get dinner ready for the kids before you take them soccer practice. You are actually part of their personal life, in their home and are in the way. It’s stressful enough for both of you and this is  why communication is so important.   Listen to their concerns, questions and issues about what the plan is in their home. Building a professional relationship with your client will go a long way. Get to know them. Let them know that they can contact you with any other questions or concerns in future. Your services shouldn’t just end because the job is done. Your client may require more services or know someone who does in the future. Guess who they’re going to call?

 

Challenges

CHALLENGES

Every project I come across is unique and individual with its own set of challenges, problem solving, completion deadlines and unexpected surprises. I take extra steps to communicate with my clients to make sure they are satisfied from the moment I meet with them at a “free one on one consultation” to the end of the finished project. I encourage our clients to inform us on how the  Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services experience was for them and how we can improve. It’s important to get your clients involved in the entire process. Bottom line is they are paying for it.

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IMPORTANCE OF A JOB WELL DONE

If you are a business owner then you can understand and appreciate the value of  referrals. As a I am in the field of renovations and home improvements here in the Durham Region, my finished product represents my company. I cannot stress enough how a “JOB WELL  DONE” with my clients  will go beyond the finished project. A happy customer will do the advertising for you. Beware: A dissatisfied customer will also do advertising for you if their experience with your services or product did not meet their standards and will have no problems telling their friends and family members NOT to consider using your services from bad personal experiences

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Word of Mouth is a “Good Thing”. Happy clients will do free advertising for you! People that have had a great experience with a service will want to let others know.  This is a good opportunity to ask your clients for Testimonials. Websites and social media are another form of word of mouth. If your clients are willing, ask them for comments so others can see.  Some neighbours are nosy and are always keeping an eye on what’s going on in the neighbourhood.  When they see your company vehicle in the driveway or sign posted on the lawn, chances are they will ask their neighbour what they got done and want to see the work.  There’s always someone who knows someone who needs something done in their home or apartment. Your clients will also call you back for more work to be done around the house. Treat your clients like Gold. Thank them often for choosing you for their services.  These people are your bosses and without them you wouldn’t be where you are today. Just remember to keep this in your mind-always!

 

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Gardens By Don Of All Trades : Part 1

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You may or may not know this, but one of my most favourite personal interests is working and tending to my gardens. Although some people may not understand the concept of how gardening is a “relaxing” hobby, I absolutely love it and look forward once the Spring season arrives here in Canada so I can get started.

This may sound a little absurd, but I often refer to my plants as my “children” due the amount of care, careful nurturing, planning and daily maintenance involved from the beginning steps of preparation with the introduction of a new species all the way up to appreciating and enjoying them for years to come.

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Last year was a little disappointing to come home after working to notice some of the neglect as I was too busy to look after my “Children.” This year I plan on devoting more time to make sure my gardens are in “top-notch” shape as I do personally consider gardening to be a responsibility. There’s something deep inside that is upsetting, disturbing almost “heart breaking” to me to just cut the grass and just walk away knowing that my “Children” plants, shrubs, water features etc. need to be tended to.

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One key element to a successful and beautiful garden is to make sure you keep on top of the maintenance involved. If you’re planning on creating a garden in your home, remember that the investment of your time and commitment will show your efforts through the beauty or neglect of your plants. Regular weeding, watering, fertilizing, and pruning will make your garden easier to maintain and will keep your plants healthier, happier, and more enjoyable through the spring, summer and fall seasons.

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Everyone loves beautiful, well-kept, vibrant blooming gardens. What some people don’t see behind the picture is the amount of time and care involved in order to keep them looking their best. It’s not just about planting something in the ground and walking away. If your plans include designing a garden and you are a fist time gardener, planning, understanding your soil type, choosing the correct plants that work for your busy lifestyle are just a few things to consider. Think of it as a “custom” garden that suites you as an individual. Creating that backyard “oasis” is attainable and can give you a lifetime of enjoyment and beauty if it’s done right.

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I have included some of the photos of my garden for your enjoyment.

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