Deciding to go into business for yourself is a big deal – a huge step for your life and livelihood. This applies no matter what business you choose, but there are definitely statistics that show restaurants are the most challenging to make a go of in the business world. You have all the same headaches of any business, but on top of that you have food service demands and inspections and regulations that can turn you gray-headed, or make you pull all your hair out and be done with it. Either one will work when you hit that frustration level.
While it can also be totally rewarding to see people eating and enjoying the food you have prepared, getting to that point where you can put edibles on the table is a long, long journey. And it starts with the right place. That “just right” location that will bring you the customers you need to be operating in the black within the magic 5 years for new restaurants. And just as you might imagine, finding that perfect spot is just as challenging as anything
Fire is one of the most hazardous things in the world that if used improperly leads to serious damages and destruction. Over the centuries of fighting and dealing with fire people invented many ways of protecting themselves from it. Today all these ways are called fire protection systems which include well-known fire alarm systems, various equipment such as blankets or extinguishers, and many other fire protection items that are used in every house today. In this article we will talk about the fire protection systems in general and the reasons why you actually need to install such a system in your commercial or residential building.
Let’s pretend that you have already installed a fire protection system, which is undoubtedly great news, but this is not the end. In order to make sure that your fire protection systems works efficiently and that it will save your life if needed, you need to regularly inspect, test and tag it according to the latest rules and codes of the area you live in.
Apart from traditional fire protection systems today it becomes more and more popular using special barrier systems that protect some surfaces and parts of your building if not from fire then simplify the
Over the last several years most buyers and sellers have dealt with either a buyer’s or seller’s market. A buyer’s market is what the market is called when there are more sellers than buyers, so the listings take longer to sell and buyers can really shop around until they find exactly what they have been looking for. A seller’s market occurs when there are few homes for sale and buyers have a lot of competition for homes. For the first time in a long time, the market is shifting toward a balanced market, where it favors neither buyers nor sellers. When the market is more balanced buyers and sellers need to approach the buying and selling of real estate a bit differently.
Great Tips for Those Buying and Selling in a Balanced Market
Most of the time, those that are selling their home can afford to buy a new home before they sell their old home. In a balanced market this is a very risky move because you may be able to find a home that you like before you are able to sell your home. A balanced market often causes homes to sit on the market for a bit longer, so
I’ve been a full time home inspector now for over 16 years and I’m still surprised by how often people make preventable mistakes when choosing a potential home to buy. The purpose of this article is to give potential homebuyers some ideas and guidelines to evaluate potential homes. Hopefully we can prevent some unpleasant surprises during your home inspection.
This in no way will replace a professional home inspection, but choosing the correct home from the start can save a lot of time, money and aggravation. Too many times I’ve inspected homes with major defects that could have been visible to even the untrained eye. What we’ll do here is cover some of the basics of evaluating the home from a structural and mechanical perspective. I want to stress again – this will NOT replace a professional home inspection, but may prevent you from entering into a purchase agreement on the wrong home.
Now I am not saying that a home that is less than perfect (aren’t they all?) cannot remain a candidate. It can, but having all the information you can gather up front can help you in your home buying decision. For example,
Whether it’s a lakefront cottage or a log cabin in the woods, a vacation home often seems to be a dream that only the wealthy can afford. But these days, you don’t have to be a millionaire to own one.
A nationwide survey shows the median household income of second-home owners is $46,500. With today’s continued low interest rates, the tax advantages a second home can bring, and a wide selection of areas experiencing solid home price appreciation, this is an excellent time to consider purchasing a second home as an investment – and a great getaway place.
When searching for your second home, remember to investigate the area thoroughly. Ask a Realtor® and the local chamber of commerce to provide information packets, maps and brochures. Take time to visit the area several times – a few months prior to and during its peak season(s). Are the crowds unbearable? Is the weather unpredictable?
Speak with a local Realtor regarding current and past home prices. Knowing the area’s sales history will help determine the market value of the homes and effectively predict their appreciation potential.
Once you’ve settled on a community, work with a Realtor and lending institution to