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Is There Such A Thing As A “Complimentary Consultation?” And Does “Complimentary” Mean Free?

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Free Complimentary Consultations-Advantages:

Providing a complimentary consultation is a huge advantage  not only to the company offering this service but to the client as well. In the industry of Home Improvement/Home Maintenance Services, complimentary consultations are viewed favorably by our customers.  In most cases the general public is always looking for a bargain and at the best price possible for any product or service offered. Satisfied clients with a particular service or product  will spread the word about the incredible value they received. This could result in an increase in sales for any company. By implementing an offer as simple as a complimentary consultation,  you could see a potential  increase in the number of  interested prospects  contacting Home Improvement/Maintenance Services in search of a good deal. This could be even more beneficial than positive word of mouth from satisfied clients.

Free Complimentary Consultations-Disadvantages:

The advantages of providing free consultations must be weighed against the disadvantages. First, the potential client seeking a complimentary consultation may be Renovation or Home Improvement shopping—contacting many  contractors and meeting with them to determine who would be the best fit or perhaps the “cheapest”. Even if the contractor devotes substantial time to the complimentary consultation and answers all of the potential client’s questions, the potential client might still comment along the lines of, “I need to think about it, I have 2 more contractors coming to give an estimate—I’ll contact you at a later date.” Beware. Potential clients who look for the “cheapest” quote  may in fact not be getting the best deal in the end.  In these cases, the  contractor will not recoup the lost income for time spent during the free consultation.

Conclusion:

Remember, the commodity that contractors  sell is experience and knowledge—their opinion and expertise regarding a client’s project. Contractors  who offer complimentary consultations are giving away their commodity to that potential client.

And even if the complimentary  consultation does result in a new client, it might not be the type of client that the contractor wants. All Home Improvement and Home Maintenance Organizations want their companies to succeed  and make a profit. If a client contacts a contractor  based on the complimentary consultation, will the client be willing to pay for the contractors future work and time? And if the client is willing to pay for the initial retainer fee, will the client pay fees exceeding that retainer? These questions are difficult to answer—but contractors need to consider them all the same.

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5 Tips And Tricks Anyone Can Use Around The House

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Here’s some great tips and tricks you can use almost anywhere around the home and some of them may surprise you!

Vinegar For Removing Paint on Nylon Brushes

1- Soak gunked-up nylon brushes in hot vinegar for up to 30 minutes to remove paint and soften the bristles. Afterward, wash them in hot, soapy water, brushing off paint as needed, then rinse and let dry—good as new.

Lemons For Removing Mold

2-  Take  a lemon wedge, rub it in the corner where tile meets the porcelain tub, and run it up and down over the caulking. Let it sit about 15 minutes, checking it about halfway through (at which time you can reapply). Rinse the tub then clean it as usual. 

How To Protect Your Fingers While Hammering A Nail 

3- Hardware and hair products can live in harmony and come to your rescue when you least expect it. For example, when it comes to keeping a nail steady on the wall, sometimes, especially if you are driving it from an awkward position, there’s nothing better than to hold it steady with a wide-tooth comb.

Using Caulk On Baseboard

4- Always have a bucket of water with a rag in it. Cut the tip at an angle as small as you can and still fill the joint. Wet your finger and press as you run your finger down. Do a small section at a time maybe 4-6″ and wipe your finger on the
rag. Trick is to use only as much caulk as needed. When the correct amount if applied your finger will just flatten the caulk and not remove much. It takes time to master but worth it in the end. If you have white baseboard and white
walls there is no need to paint. If your walls are dark you may need to paint. The wet rag and wet finger are key. Along with not too much caulk.

Keeping The Mess To A Minimum When Drilling

5- Fold a Post It- Note to catch dust when drilling. The Post It-Note holds the dust!

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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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Link to Latest Recall Information

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As I was searching for a photo to place on this particular blog topic “recall”,  I couldn’t  help but stop and scroll down and truly absorb all of the items in the photo’s that have been on recall. Recall Items ranged from food, medicine, electric appliances, toys, cars, clothing and so much more. I don’t remember this amount of product being recalled 30 years ago but I’m assuming in the world we live in today we appear to be the generation that has almost every item of the modern-day life style. Is anything SAFE anymore? I have provided a  link from Healthy Canadians Website  that can hopefully educate and inform us of the latest products out there that are on a current recall.

Recalls + Alerts- Healthy Canadians Website

http://healthycanadians.gc.ca/recall-alert-rappel-avis/index-eng.php

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How to Install or Replace a Door Bell

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Owning  a home is one of the biggest investments you’ll ever make. Along with the status of being a homeowner, comes the never-ending responsibility of maintenance and repairs. To help you add another check mark off that “TO DO LIST,” and yes, we all have them, here’s 8 simple steps on changing a door bell.

Step 1

Remember to Disable electricity. **IMPORTANT** Double Check that circuits which supply the electricity to your current doorbell and  chimes are turned off. As a safety measure,  use a circuit tester to  check for the presence of live  power in the device.

Step 2

Removing current doorbell switch. This can be done by removing the cover and by using a screwdriver to detach the old switch from the wall. Pull the detached switch away from the wall and expose the wiring running from the back of the wall plate and into the hole behind the plate. Wrap the wires with a short length of electrical tape, and apply a section of the sticky tape surface to the edge of the open hole to prevent the wires from sliding back into the wall.

Step 3

Connecting  the wires to the new switch. Take off the cover from the new switch, and thread the wires through the bottom of the unit. Wrap the ends of each of the wires to the positive and negative terminals, and use the screwdriver to secure the wires into position

Step 4

Attach the new doorbell switch to the wall. Use the screws provided to secure the plate into position, and then slide the cover over the device until it snaps into position.

Step 5

Removing the old chimes. Remove the cover from the chimes, and use the screwdriver to detach the device from the wall or ceiling where it is mounted. After pulling the chimes away from the surface, detach the wires and use a piece of electrical tape to secure them to the area surrounding the hole.

Step 6

Connecting the wires to the new chimes. Remove the cover from the chimes, and run the wires through the guide channel to the 2 terminals. Wrap the ends of the wires around the appropriate terminals, and screw the holding screws into position.

Step 7

Securing the new chimes into place. Place the new chimes over the hole and use the provided  screws to attach the device to the wall or ceiling. Once your chime plate is secured into its proper place, fit the cover over the device and gently  snap it into place.

Step 8

Restoring power, and testing the doorbell. Using your  circuit tester, test to make sure the current is flowing through the system properly. Test this by pushing  the doorbell. You’ll know the job is done if the chimes function properly.

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