Get New Metal Roofing To Increase Your Property Value
An Overview Of Metal Roofing
Most people understand that metal roofing is a viable way to protect your home but do not take into account the effect it has upon your property, specifically, the way it increases the value of your home. Metal has become an extremely popular choice for Australian home owners. The cost of steel and metal products is becoming extremely cost effective and the durability and design options are a clear strong selling point. Not the mention the fact that metal roofing can last up and an in excess of 25 years. There are many Brisbane metal roofing companies like Pro Build Roofing Brisbane who can install a metal roof to homes and commercial property.
Metal and Steel Roofing has a number of advantages over traditional tiles or asphalt products. The following is a list of the benefits of using this method.
1. Resistance to Hazards:
It is no surprise that metal roofing is more fire retardant than traditional, tiled roofing but what most people do not know is that the level of fire hazard which your home presents is taken into account when evaluating the entire worth of a given property. In addition to being unable to catch fire and, in many cases, repel the danger entirely, shingle roofing is prone to collapse inwards when there is a fire from below. This occurs due to the fact that there is far less tensile strength in tiles, firstly because they are made of much less sturdy material and, secondly, because shingle roofing is made up of many, small individual pieces, further reducing the overall strength of your roof. By stark contrast a metal roof is made of very few pieces and is, obviously, much stronger than shingling, this means that is far less likely to fall in upon you in the case of a in-house fire or similar hazard.
2. Walking Ability
A traditional tiled roof is very dangerous to walk around on, especially if steep or when wet, just go and ask any roofer that has experience on walking over tiles and they will tell you. In contrast a metal roof will allow you to move about the top of your building with far greater ease and is much less likely to collapse beneath you while doing so, as might a shingle roof. Shingled roofing may also come loose if old or improperly nailed when you are walking upon them which can lead to you tumbling off of the house – this is not a problem that metal roofing suffers from.
A metal roof will last far longer than tiles which is a big wallet saver as a tiled roof will need regular maintenance which will depend greatly on climate and the help involved in the last coating of shingles. Often there can be a vicious circle with cheap roofing – you will pay low cost labor to put up bad shingling which will then fall off very quickly and you will have to call the same people again because you do not have the money to hire out the more top tier roofing companies. If this is the case for you then it is almost always better to just make one big investment that will, in not much time, make a huge return on investment. This pertains not just to the cost of repairs but also to the overall value of your home should you choose to sell.
4. Metal is Green & Environmentally Friendly
This may seem strange, to say that metal is environmentally friendly, but it is true. The reason for this is that metal roofing is almost always created from recycled materials, such as tin and aluminum. Also, tile tar and tar waste generally have a bad effect on the ecosystem. All quality metal roofing, (such as the range from Colorbond) is recycled so this is the winner for environmentally friendly materials.
5. Is a Better Insulator
Tiles are good insulators but metal roofing is far superior. This probably sounds a little counter intuitive, since when most people thing of metals and temperature changes they think of sticking one’s tongue to a flagpole and being unable to remove it or holding a poker in the fire too long and getting burnt from the heat traveling up the red-hot handle. This is not the case with metal roofing since it can be lined with a wide variety of quality insulators, this is not true of shingles which do not have as much room because they need a larger support structure than metal.
So all in all metal roofing is the way to go whether you have found your dream home or whether your residence is only temporary and you plan on selling it off and moving sometime in the future. Having a new roof can add value to your property and added appeal to interested buyers. here is also the element that is, perhaps, the most questionable and subjective, the aesthetic appeal, or repulsion, of metal roofing. When one thinks of a metal roof over a house the image in one’s head is likely ugly and awkward, a hard, single sheet of thick metal with bolts all over the place. This image is so popular because there are very few houses with full metal roofing, only about ten percent of all housing is metal, the rest is shingle or something else. But metal roofing can be applied in wide variety of ways.
- Wavy Sheet: The wavy sheet type of metal roofing is one of the most popular, is light weight and very durable.
- Steel Sheets: This type of metal roofing looks very similar to traditional tiled roofing for a better physical appearance.
- Canopy: This is similar to a tile canopy but is made of metal and looks very rustic and old fashioned.
These are just a few examples of metal roofing that will protect and increase the value of your home without compromising the visual allure of your property.
What Are Pre-Purchase Inspections
Learn About The Pre Purchase Inspection and When They Are Required For Property Buyers & Sellers
Pre-purchase inspections are necessary when you are contemplating the sale or purchase of a property. The inspections include building and pest inspections. Many homes across Australia are termite infested by no fault of the owners. These insects are parasites who infest an area and breed uncontrollably in the spot that they infest. This can cause serious damage to the structure of your building. The pre-purchase inspection report is done before a property is purchased. It is compiled based on the condition that the property is in. It details significant defects that are found on the property. These can be cracking in the walls, mold, faulty roof or any safety hazard that exist.
Before the sales contract is exchanged the pre purchase inspection report is viewed to see if there are any problems. If one exist and is not taken care of, it can prove to be costly to rectify afterwards.
Why is a pre purchase inspection needed?
There are several reasons why a pre-purchase inspection is required, some of the reasons are outlined below:
- It outlines the problems that exist with the property
- It can be used for lowering the cost of the property during negotiations as repairs may be required.
- It can be used for advice from repair specialists regarding major problems that exist and how serious they can become.
- It is needed for any considerations you may have about purchasing a property
- It may be required by health inspectors.
How do I know which inspector to get to inspect my property?
Many people use pre-purchase inspectors who are qualified, but are not able to do the job properly. They make the payment, go through the motions and in the end they are not satisfied. They will outline all of the things that are not done during the inspection. They are of the opinion that they are not supposed to show the inspector what needs to be inspected, but voice their opinions at the end of it. They will outline all of the areas that were not done and refuse to recommend the inspector to others.
The professionals at www.proinspections.com.au come highly recommended and are certified and qualified to perform the task to your satisfaction. They will carry out an inspection that covers all of the areas that need to be inspected. With over ten years of experience, they can guarantee a thorough inspection that will give you value for your money.
When choosing a company for your inspection make sure they provide the following.
- They provide accurate reports from qualified and licensed inspectors.
- They do pre-inspections for both residential and commercial properties
- Their inspectors have completed the Residential Building Inspectors Course successfully.
- They are fully qualified to give you pre-purchase, building and pest inspections from one stage to the next.
- They are fully insured and possess over ten years of experience
Whether you require the pre purchase inspection to be done on your property or one that you intend to purchase, you can contact them, give them your details and get the exact rundown of what the job entails. Their service area is not restricted to Brisbane, but is wide and expansive throughout Australia. They can ensure that the contents of the reports are fully compliant with the standards set by the Australian Government. (AS 4349.1)
What does the report contain though?
The contents of the report are completely dependent on the property type, the size and the age of the property. The condition and process that is used for reporting by the inspector or whomever the report is prepared by. These are also mitigating factors that determine the cost that will be charged. Some reports will use checklists, while others prepare them individually for the properties. The use of photographs may or may not be necessary as long as the report is compliant.
Even though structural damage is not identified on the report, other threats to your property’s state that are found should be included. If this is not included, then you can opt for an additional assessment from an independent party who is appropriately credited and licensed. Getting a pre-purchase inspection done is not expensive, it prepares you for a more thorough building inspection that cannot be undertaken by an individual. They use the appropriate equipment to detect moisture, leakages, detection and analyses. They test the quality of the air, the moisture, humidity and drainage. Some even go as far as to inspect and test the wall cavities.
What do I do if I am not satisfied with the service?
In the event that you are not satisfied with the service that was provided, you can seek redress by trying the following steps:
- Contact the company
- Contact the association if they are a part of one
- Seek legal advice, but this should be a last resort.
If the inspector was negligent in any way, you should take action against them, but to avoid all of the stress that is involved, you can choose a company that is fully insured and licensed.
For more information on building inspections you can visit http://asbc.com.au/
Important Lessons I Learnt From My Husband – About Running A Business
Just like all other Australian women, the desire to run successful businesses has led me develop keen interest on successful management of a business. Indeed, we all know that running a successful business is not a walk in the park especially because you have to beat the prevailing cutthroat competition in the sector concerned. However, with the following important things that I learnt from my husband about running a successful business, I believe that every woman can start and run a successful business in anywhere in the world.
Coming up with a good business plan and following it religiously
The ability to run a business lies squarely on the roadmap or business plan of the business. This is the document that sets out the vision/idea of the business and the relevant considerations and strategies of a business start-up or existing business. In this regard, my husband taught me that it is important to write down the ambitions, goals and visions of the business in the business plan and ensure that all my activities in the business are geared towards the achievement of these goals.
Entrepreneurs draw up business plans for new ventures or plan on improving the existing ones to make various marketing, pricing, financial, and other projections. More often than not, though, their estimates bear little relationship to reality. In this case, planning for new enterprises differs fundamentally from planning for existing enterprises, given the inherent instability of start-ups. As a businessperson, one should be prepared to face the unknowns they expect to face in the business. Thus, identifying milestones over the project’s life enables businesspeople to both learn from experience about the enterprise’s viability and make adjustments in strategy and goals as necessary. There is a variety of typical milestones that new and old businesses pass, including concept and product testing, first financing, market testing, production start-up, and competitive reactions. At each stage, a keen business person must match his or her assumptions with actual outcomes and determine whether and how to proceed to the next milestone.
Proper management and organization.
Management and organization are the most involving aspects of running a business successfully. It encapsulates all business operations from the business idea to the expected maturity of the business. It is through proper management and organization that a business determines which opportunities to pursue, performs SWOT (Strength, Weaknesses, opportunities and Threats) analysis and identifies competitive advantages.
Other aspects of management include:
- Bringing all the factors of production together
- Coming up with an organizational chart
- Proper staffing
- Identifying the key personnel
- Training and development of staff
- Offering financial and non-financial rewards to the employees
The financing policy adopted determines the direction of the business in terms of success or failure. It is important to note that all businesses go through the four cycles of business development, including depression, growth/expansion, boom and maturity. In this case, financing the business should be done according to the level of the business. Choosing the financial option that will not lead to accumulation is as right as rain, not forgetting the need to ensure that you do not bite what you cannot chew comfortably.
The financial data to keep includes:
- Investment appraisal – payback and discounted cash flow
- Break even analysis
- Evaluation criteria for performance review
- Ratio analysis: net profit margin, Gross profit margin, return on capital employed, liquidity and solvency analysis
Performing sensitivity analysis frequently.
It is advisable to determine the success of the business occasionally to ensure that the business focuses on its objectives and goals. Sensitivity analysis entails assessing the impact of several aspects of the external and the internal environment on the success of the business.
The factors to consider in this case include:
- General economic environment risks for example change in interest rates, currency fluctuation ,recession, inflation
- Political and regulatory; increase in taxes, licenses and approval, new regulatory requirement
- Change in public opinions; taste and fashion, ethical and green issue
- Technological; change in production technology
- Possibility of a law suit
- Staffing; poor management, financial irregularity
- Market ; sales variation, strong competition
- Security; shop lifting
Creativity and Innovation
The proliferation of business innovations in Australia has led to the need to be innovative in order to succeed in business. Innovation encompasses both the development and application of a new product, process, or service in a bid to enhance the successful performance of the business. Indeed, invention, innovation and commercialization are the three things that make modern businesses relevant in the various sectors of our economy, if my husband’s opinion counts.
Matching skills and resources to changing technology
Your choice of appropriate technology that matches the entrepreneur’s skills is a major factor in running a business successfully. Technology refers to the art and science of getting things done through the application of knowledge and skills. It involves application of new techniques of doing business, gaining knowledge and being organized. Is success is to be attained in business, then the latest technology in all aspects of the business should be applied.
Concisely, I have to be honest – I do not agree with the myth that entrepreneurs are born, not trained. This is because these tips really shaped my entrepreneurial career, and I can assure you that they work! All one needs is to set realistic goals and focus on them. Remember that happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make their dreams come true.