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Avoiding Construction Delay Claims

March 31, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Written by: Lyle Charles

Summary: Avoiding construction delays is the best way to save yourself from unanticipated costs.

It’s no secret that the construction industry costs money before you can make money, but there should be a limit to the amount of needless spending that a project accumulates. Every time a project planner puts together a change for the plans, or if supplies fail to arrive on time, the owner of the project will end up paying more than what they have anticipated. Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can take to manage construction claim preparation efficiently or avoid them altogether.

Proper Documentation

One of the common problems crews run into is documentation. For inexperienced crews, documentation can often take a back seat to getting actual work done. Construction consultants have to be excellent record keepers because those documents will come back during a dispute. Documents outline everything, from the project plan to contracts for specific materials. Failure to track your documents is a liability, and will end up costing you in the long run. It may not be this project, but sooner or later you’re going to need to show proof that you have done something or ordered something. Documentation is crucial.

Scheduling in Advance

Another common problem on construction sites is the issue of getting schedules done well enough in advance to predict what might change on the ground. If you work in an area with four seasons, for instance, you might need to plan for days where you’ll be snowed in. There are also excessive overtime requests that could result in “over manpower.” It’s not easy to judge how much manpower you’ll need throughout the project, and you can’t predict which deadlines will present the most stress.

A good project manager needs to balance the deadline for a project, and structure operations so that nothing overlaps or lags. Every day that construction can’t happen is a day that everyone loses money. You should also consider scheduling inspectors, especially for permit issuing, well in advance and plan your changes accordingly. Even seemingly small changes may necessitate a new inspection.

Final Thoughts

Construction claims management is both an art and a science. Every case will present new challenges, but much of the conflict boils down to the same thing. The disputes differ only in detail most times. That’s why good consultants can save crews money and time. They know which documents to keep, how to create a solid filing system, and they can offer advice on scheduling that might not otherwise occur to the project manager.

Gift Ideas for the Friend Who Deserves to Unwind

March 24, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Written by BeddingStyle

Everyone knows at least one workaholic—you may even be addicted to work yourself! As much as work can be rewarding, we all know how important it is to relax after a long day or week. If you’ve decided to get a gift for that special workaholic in your life, it may be hard to know where to start. Here are some gift ideas that will brighten a workaholic’s day, week, or month with the promise of excellent relaxation.

Fragrances

Sometimes freshening up a room can go a long way towards relaxation; a stale room is your enemy! Pull aside drapes, open up windows, and let some natural air in. Once the air is cleared, it’s time to introduce some fragrances. Scented candles are an obvious choice, and are perfect for filling spaces with strong or subtle fragrances. Reed diffusers are also excellent for freshening up small spaces—see what happens when you put one in a bathroom. Don’t ignore sachet tassels, whose warm scents come in beautiful packaging.

To Wear at Home

It’s possible you know someone that wears their work clothing right up until they go to bed. Please, don’t let them do this—it’s much easier to relax when wearing clothing designed with comfort as the primary principle. Look into silk, cotton, or plush robes, whose soft material keeps the wearer warm, relaxed, and unrestricted. Also worth looking into are hand cozies and foot cozies, which use hot/cold therapy to relax joints and soothe the wearer even after they’re removed. A pair of spa slippers is likewise perfect for warming feet, especially in the cold and stressful winter months. An extra plush blanket never hurt anyone, either.

Getting Rested

The National Sleep Foundation recommends that adults between the ages of 26 and 64 get an average of 7-9 hours of sleep every night. Workaholics know, however, that regularly getting this number isn’t always possible, even despite their best intentions. Knowing someone else doesn’t get enough sleep can be tiring for even yourself, and you may be wondering how you can subtly help him or her get the sleep he or she deserves. You can make sleep more comfortable by buying them a new comforter or bedding set.

There are a number of reasonable gift options for those workaholics that could use a few additional hours of shut-eye each week. If he or she from frequent migraines, or is prone to minor injuries such as sprained ankles, or simply needs help alleviating stress, there are a variety of head, shoulder, neck, and body wraps that use hot/cold therapy to alleviate aches and pains. When aches and pains are soothed, it becomes much easier to fall and to remain asleep until the alarm rings the next morning. Many wraps even contain pleasant fragrances such as eucalyptus and cinnamon to keep the user relaxed. Sleep masks are also helpful for those who are easily distracted by the late-night glow of electronics or the early morning rays of sun. If an overabundance of morning sunlight proves a source of sleep problems, you might consider purchasing darkly colored drapes, which, when pulled across windows at night, help keep out the aggravating rays of sun the following morning (note: it’s recommended that you consult the workaholic before buying dramatic home furnishings).

Let Loose

Now that you have a variety of options before you, let loose! Hopefully your workaholic will be thanking you for weeks to come.

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BeddingStyle is an online retail of designer bedding collections, including duvet covers, sheet sets, and comforters.

Preparing Your House for Spring and Summer

March 14, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Written by Wicker Paradise

After the colder days are gone, it might be time to start prepping the house to welcome spring and summer. With some simple chores, you would be able to transform the house into a summer haven.

Summer Interiors

By going for a seasonal update of your interior, you would be able to render your home fit for the summer. Your interior space might be enhanced with light and bright accessories. Moreover, anything that tends to evoke and provoke heat would need to be set aside. Indeed, heavy rugs, heaters, blankets and fire logs would not be the most welcomed for a sunny summer look. Candles can also be replaced with fresh flowers in vibrant summer colors. Winter mats can also be replaced with more lighter ones.

Summer Outdoors

If you already have a porch or patio, it might be the time to prepare them to welcome warmer days by opting for a new wicker furniture set. A wicker sofa is ideal to indulge in a book or just relax outside during summer days.

Airflow

The airflow can also be freshened to provide a cool summer look. To create a strong draft from the ceiling fan, the counter-clockwise rotation can be selected. This will ensure that the blades are turned upwards while spinning, thus pushing the air downwards. Air conditioner filters would also need to be replaced and central air checked by a professional.

Wicker Paradise is a family-owned business specializing in wicker pieces for the indoors and outdoors including the white wicker chair.

Restoration Advice after Water Damage

March 10, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Written byMovinCool

Floods might only last for a few hours but it can be a time consuming task to dry it out. When a building has been inundated by a large amount of water, whether from rain or flood, certain steps are involved when it comes to drying out the building completely. The standard procedure would be to assess the damage, plan the repairs and start the restoration. Precautions need to be taken when it comes to accessing a water-damaged building.

Prior to starting the dehumidification of the building, issues involving health and safety need to be addressed. The main factor to consider is safety and it becomes crucial to make sure that the occupants of the building are not in danger. Before starting any repairs, power connections need to be checked and switched off to avoid any short circuits or injuries. Another thing to check for would be gas leakages. Waters from floods might often be contaminated and therefore people working directly on the water would need to wear extra protection. Children should not be in contact with these waters. For insurance claims, photos would need to be taken before cleaning up. You might want to focus on accurately documenting the situation through photos. Water has disastrous effects on furniture and electronics and for this reason the dehumidification should be carried as soon as possible.

MovinCool specializes in various forms of cooling systems. Theyprovide portable room air conditioners or dehumidifiers for use inwater damage restoration.

Written by MovinCool

Floods might only last for a few hours but the amount of time taken to dry out a building will be longer. When a building has been inundated by a large amount of water, whether from rain or flood, certain steps are involved when it comes to drying out the building completely. The natural way of proceeding would be to assess the damages, plan for the repairs and start the restoration. Precautions need to be taken when it comes to accessing a water-damaged building.

Prior to starting the dehumidification of the building, issues involving health and safety would need to be addressed. The main factor to consider would be safety and it becomes crucial to make sure that human occupants of the building are not in danger. Before starting any repairs, power connections would need to be checked and turned off to avoid any short circuits or injuries. Another thing to check for would be gas leakages. Waters from floods might often be contaminated and therefore people working directly on the water would need to wear extra protections. Children should not be in contact with these waters. For insurance claims, photos would need to be taken before cleaning up. You might want to focus on accurately documenting the situation through photos. Water has disastrous effects on furniture and electronics and for this reason the dehumidification should be carried out in a timely manner.

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MovinCool specializes in various forms of cooling systems. The also provide portable room air conditioner to be used in buildings in need of water damage restoration.

Restoration Advice after Water Damage

March 10, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Written byMovinCool

Floods might only last for a few hours but it can be a time consuming task to dry it out. When a building has been inundated by a large amount of water, whether from rain or flood, certain steps are involved when it comes to drying out the building completely. The standard procedure would be to assess the damage, plan the repairs and start the restoration. Precautions need to be taken when it comes to accessing a water-damaged building.

Prior to starting the dehumidification of the building, issues involving health and safety need to be addressed. The main factor to consider is safety and it becomes crucial to make sure that the occupants of the building are not in danger. Before starting any repairs, power connections need to be checked and switched off to avoid any short circuits or injuries. Another thing to check for would be gas leakages. Waters from floods might often be contaminated and therefore people working directly on the water would need to wear extra protection. Children should not be in contact with these waters. For insurance claims, photos would need to be taken before cleaning up. You might want to focus on accurately documenting the situation through photos. Water has disastrous effects on furniture and electronics and for this reason the dehumidification should be carried as soon as possible.

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MovinCool specializes in various forms of cooling systems. Theyprovide portable room air conditioners or dehumidifiers for use inwater damage restoration.

Two Big Causes of Construction Delays

March 5, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Written by: Lyle Charles Consulting

Summary: These two causes are a common source of construction delays.

A construction delay can cost a lot of money to deal with, especially if the process of filing and resolving the claim drags out. As a result, it’s important to stick close to the schedule and do your best as a project manager to come in under budget. Unfortunately, even the best-planned jobs can go awry. When they do, a construction consultant can make the difference in navigating the legal process.

The Issue With Supplies

Materials can be a tremendous thorn in the side of any project manager. It’s tough to budget for the costs of materials early into the project, and there are many potential delays that can occur in the shipping of supplies. You may need to retain a structural steel expert to determine the integrity and strength of the steel you’re using to build the frame if you want your building to be up to code. Failure to follow up on these

Managing Personnel

Commercial construction projects have large demands with regards to personnel. There are also time frames to remain conscious of, especially as workers grow fatigued over the course of the project. One of the best defenses a project manager has against this problematic situation is to review personnel ahead of time and contract out to extra firms as needed. You may be able to save money in the budget paying two firms cost, rather than one firm with over time.

Conclusions

A construction consultant can help assess the state of your project at any point, and help you avoid making a bad problem worse. Small mishaps like scheduling are easily fixable, and sometimes a levelheaded third party is all that’s needed to solve the problem.

Bio: Lyle Charles is a construction consultant and structural steel expert specializing in commercial and residential construction projects.