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How Does the Type of Pool Affect Cost?

December 21, 2016

In-ground pools are available in three types: concrete, vinyl, and fiberglass. They have similar initial costs for a turn-key installation, but there are great differences in the lifetime cost.

 

Concrete

Concrete is sometimes called gunite. Gunite, however, is actually the method used to apply concrete to form a pool shell. Concrete is very durable, but it can also become a haven for mold and algae if not properly maintained. Every 3 to 5 years the pool needs an acid wash to keep algae from forming and sticking. Because this will strip a small layer away, the shell will have to be re-plastered at some point.

 

The initial cost of installing a concrete pool is between $50,000.00 and $100,000.00. Because they are usually larger than other types of pools, they require more electricity and more chemicals to keep them clean and swimmable. Including the acid wash and re-plastering, over a 10-year period, you can expect to pay an average of $27,400.00.

Vinyl

Vinyl pools are popular because of their versatility and ease of maintenance. They come in a variety of shapes including custom designs, and the soft touch of vinyl means a non-abrasive surface. They’re very easy to clean and many owners handle the cleaning themselves. Because the vinyl surface tends not to allow algae to form easily, the cost of chemicals is usually lower than that of concrete.

Installing a vinyl pool has an initial cost of $35,000.00 to $50,000.00. With patience, talent, and the right tools, a dedicated DIYer could possibly handle the job themselves. Over a 10-year period, maintenance costs around $11,500.00.

 

Fiberglass

 

A fiberglass pool is a preformed shell that gets put into a levelled hole pre-dug to the shape of the pool. It lends itself well to the experienced DIYer, but most people prefer the peace of mind of letting a professional handle the work. The shells usually measure no more than 16 feet across in order to avoid breakage during shipping and installation. They are possibly the easiest of the pool types to clean and maintain, and there are no special requirements for the shell. No acid wash and no liner replacement makes the size limitations an acceptable trade-off for many people.

 

The initial cost of a fiberglass pool is from $45,000.00 to $85,000.00. This includes delivery and installation up to a basic deck. The maintenance cost of is the lowest of the three types with an average of $3,750.00.

 

As you can see, there isn’t much difference among the initial installation costs, all things considered. The real difference lies with the maintenance costs. A concrete or vinyl pool can be of many configurations, but the maintenance costs are considerably higher. You should weigh your desired purpose of the pool against what sort of maintenance you want to deal with.

 

Ready to install an inground pool? Hire a professional today.

 

Size and Location

 

The size and location of your pool will also have a big impact on your cost. As a rule of thumb, figure $50.00 per square foot of pool. The depth will also affect the cost to varying degrees.

 

A small pool generally measures about 10x20 feet and isn’t too deep, about 5 ½ feet. They are used mostly just for cooling off on hot days, but many can be fitted with swim jets for exercise. Using the above rule of thumb, the base cost for a small pool is around $10,000.00.

 

An average size swimming pool is around 14x28 feet with a typical depth of around 6 ½ feet, but if you intend to do any head-first diving, the Red Cross recommends a depth of at least 9 feet. Pools of this size start around the $20,000.00 range.

 

Pools are considered large at around 18x36 feet. Many have deep ends of 9 to 12 feet. Often too large for most suburban homes, large pools can start at about $35,000.00.

 

The location can affect the cost depending on factors such as what’s beneath the ground (a layer of rock will have to be blasted through), how far the crew has to travel to get to your house, and the cost of living in your area.

 

If you decide on a fiberglass pool but don’t have easy access to your backyard, a crane might be necessary to lift it over your house.

 

Your landscaping may dictate where your pool can go. However, if you have a sloping yard, you might consider a semi-inground pool cost. They can be built directly into slopes and a 12x24 foot model costs from $8,000.00 to $10,000.00, less than an inground. Surrounded by a deck and decorative plants, they are an attractive compromise.

 

Custom Pools and Features

 

When it comes to accessorizing your pool, the sky’s the limit. Many features are available to give even the most common pool a customized look and feel.

 

Shape – The most common pool shapes are rectangular or kidney bean. Custom shapes are limited only by your imagination, but the cost of having one is limited by your budget. In general, figure a base cost of $50.00 per square foot for your design.

Spas – A hot tub is a popular feature for pools. A spa can add $5,000.00 to $8,000.00 to your base price.

Slides – Pools built with kids in mind will often have slides. Slides cost from a few hundred dollars to a couple of thousand depending on design and manufacture as well as features, such as water jets.

Rocks – The natural look of stone around your pool makes for a relaxing escape. Available in natural stone and artificial stone, the cost depends heavily on the type of stone and the configuration you want.

Lighting – Lighting can set the mood and provide some safety for your pool if you use it after dark. Traditional incandescent light and energy-efficient LED lights are available for a wide variety of prices depending on features such as light color, floating or fixed, and output. They average $75.00 to $100.00 each for a 50-watt light, but higher wattage lights are available.

Waterfalls – Waterfalls are attractive features on any pool, but the cost can be hard to calculate until you talk to an installer. At the least, you can expect to add around $1,000.00 to your cost for a simple waterfall.

Diving Boards – If your pool is large enough and deep enough, a diving board will cost from $300.00 to $600.00 for a fiberglass model to around $1,000.00 for a high end aluminum one. The cost of installation depends on local codes and requirements, so discuss this with an installer before you buy a board.

Decks – The deck around your pool might be figured in as part of your quote. It will probably be a basic concrete deck with only a basic design. The more elaborate your design, and the materials used, will add to your pool cost to widely varying degrees.

Plants – Like decking, the cost of plants around your pool will be determined by your own tastes and choices. Keep in mind that leafy plants will drop their leaves, which could blow into your pool. If you have landscaping that needs to be changed, such as trees, boulders, or sloping, that will certainly add to the cost by varying amounts.

How Does the Type of Pool Affect Cost?

December 21, 2016

In-ground pools are available in three types: concrete, vinyl, and fiberglass. They have similar initial costs for a turn-key installation, but there are great differences in the lifetime cost.

 

Concrete

Concrete is sometimes called gunite. Gunite, however, is actually the method used to apply concrete to form a pool shell. Concrete is very durable, but it can also become a haven for mold and algae if not properly maintained. Every 3 to 5 years the pool needs an acid wash to keep algae from forming and sticking. Because this will strip a small layer away, the shell will have to be re-plastered at some point.

 

The initial cost of installing a concrete pool is between $50,000.00 and $100,000.00. Because they are usually larger than other types of pools, they require more electricity and more chemicals to keep them clean and swimmable. Including the acid wash and re-plastering, over a 10-year period, you can expect to pay an average of $27,400.00.

Vinyl

Vinyl pools are popular because of their versatility and ease of maintenance. They come in a variety of shapes including custom designs, and the soft touch of vinyl means a non-abrasive surface. They’re very easy to clean and many owners handle the cleaning themselves. Because the vinyl surface tends not to allow algae to form easily, the cost of chemicals is usually lower than that of concrete.

Installing a vinyl pool has an initial cost of $35,000.00 to $50,000.00. With patience, talent, and the right tools, a dedicated DIYer could possibly handle the job themselves. Over a 10-year period, maintenance costs around $11,500.00.

 

Fiberglass

 

A fiberglass pool is a preformed shell that gets put into a levelled hole pre-dug to the shape of the pool. It lends itself well to the experienced DIYer, but most people prefer the peace of mind of letting a professional handle the work. The shells usually measure no more than 16 feet across in order to avoid breakage during shipping and installation. They are possibly the easiest of the pool types to clean and maintain, and there are no special requirements for the shell. No acid wash and no liner replacement makes the size limitations an acceptable trade-off for many people.

 

The initial cost of a fiberglass pool is from $45,000.00 to $85,000.00. This includes delivery and installation up to a basic deck. The maintenance cost of is the lowest of the three types with an average of $3,750.00.

 

As you can see, there isn’t much difference among the initial installation costs, all things considered. The real difference lies with the maintenance costs. A concrete or vinyl pool can be of many configurations, but the maintenance costs are considerably higher. You should weigh your desired purpose of the pool against what sort of maintenance you want to deal with.

 

Ready to install an inground pool? Hire a professional today.

 

Size and Location

 

The size and location of your pool will also have a big impact on your cost. As a rule of thumb, figure $50.00 per square foot of pool. The depth will also affect the cost to varying degrees.

 

A small pool generally measures about 10x20 feet and isn’t too deep, about 5 ½ feet. They are used mostly just for cooling off on hot days, but many can be fitted with swim jets for exercise. Using the above rule of thumb, the base cost for a small pool is around $10,000.00.

 

An average size swimming pool is around 14x28 feet with a typical depth of around 6 ½ feet, but if you intend to do any head-first diving, the Red Cross recommends a depth of at least 9 feet. Pools of this size start around the $20,000.00 range.

 

Pools are considered large at around 18x36 feet. Many have deep ends of 9 to 12 feet. Often too large for most suburban homes, large pools can start at about $35,000.00.

 

The location can affect the cost depending on factors such as what’s beneath the ground (a layer of rock will have to be blasted through), how far the crew has to travel to get to your house, and the cost of living in your area.

 

If you decide on a fiberglass pool but don’t have easy access to your backyard, a crane might be necessary to lift it over your house.

 

Your landscaping may dictate where your pool can go. However, if you have a sloping yard, you might consider a semi-inground pool cost. They can be built directly into slopes and a 12x24 foot model costs from $8,000.00 to $10,000.00, less than an inground. Surrounded by a deck and decorative plants, they are an attractive compromise.

 

Custom Pools and Features

 

When it comes to accessorizing your pool, the sky’s the limit. Many features are available to give even the most common pool a customized look and feel.

 

Shape – The most common pool shapes are rectangular or kidney bean. Custom shapes are limited only by your imagination, but the cost of having one is limited by your budget. In general, figure a base cost of $50.00 per square foot for your design.

Spas – A hot tub is a popular feature for pools. A spa can add $5,000.00 to $8,000.00 to your base price.

Slides – Pools built with kids in mind will often have slides. Slides cost from a few hundred dollars to a couple of thousand depending on design and manufacture as well as features, such as water jets.

Rocks – The natural look of stone around your pool makes for a relaxing escape. Available in natural stone and artificial stone, the cost depends heavily on the type of stone and the configuration you want.

Lighting – Lighting can set the mood and provide some safety for your pool if you use it after dark. Traditional incandescent light and energy-efficient LED lights are available for a wide variety of prices depending on features such as light color, floating or fixed, and output. They average $75.00 to $100.00 each for a 50-watt light, but higher wattage lights are available.

Waterfalls – Waterfalls are attractive features on any pool, but the cost can be hard to calculate until you talk to an installer. At the least, you can expect to add around $1,000.00 to your cost for a simple waterfall.

Diving Boards – If your pool is large enough and deep enough, a diving board will cost from $300.00 to $600.00 for a fiberglass model to around $1,000.00 for a high end aluminum one. The cost of installation depends on local codes and requirements, so discuss this with an installer before you buy a board.

Decks – The deck around your pool might be figured in as part of your quote. It will probably be a basic concrete deck with only a basic design. The more elaborate your design, and the materials used, will add to your pool cost to widely varying degrees.

Plants – Like decking, the cost of plants around your pool will be determined by your own tastes and choices. Keep in mind that leafy plants will drop their leaves, which could blow into your pool. If you have landscaping that needs to be changed, such as trees, boulders, or sloping, that will certainly add to the cost by varying amounts.

Full Service Auto Repair Shop in Falls Church, VA

December 21, 2016

You might have had some horror stories before when it came to getting auto service for your car. No doubt you have heard the saying your car is a reflection of you and you want your car to look and run at its best. The problem is you need to find reliable people who specialize in servicing your automobile. Someone who you can give your car keys to and just walk away because you know the job is going to get done correctly.

Professional Auto Detailing in Northern Virginia

A friend tells you about their experience at Like New Automotive in Falls Church, VA so you decide to give these guys a shot. The first thing you notice is how inviting the shop is and while being greeted by our staff as soon as you walk in the door. You order a full-service car detailing service and an oil change at the auto repair shop from the mechanics.

What An Experience!

It’s almost like you’re getting waited on at a 5-Star restaurant because the staff is so attentive to your car needs. Clearly, we are more concerned with giving you world-class customer service instead of taking your hard-earned money. Since you’ve arrived you also notice we are bi-lingual and have no trouble servicing Spanish-speaking customers as well. You’re thinking, “This place is amazing!” as you begin to read one of the latest magazines in the lobby.

A Trusted Auto Repair Shop

The sign at the front desk says all the senior staffs are I-Car trained so you feel totally confident there’s a professional working on your car. When the receptionist calls your name to come to pick up your car, an auto body specialist accompanies you to look over it. Without you even asking, he’s noticed you have a small dent in your driver side door and has prepared a reasonable repair estimate that is comparable to other local shops. He also notices you have a tail light out and tells you for safety reasons you should have it replaced as soon as possible.

Going The Extra Mile..
It will only take a few minutes and it’s not a wallet buster so you go ahead and let us fix it. You don’t want any trouble with the law and you trust our auto body specialist’s judgment.

Auto Body Repair

When we are finally finished giving personal attention to your car, we bring it around for you to see and it’s shining like new again. The decision to get a full-service auto detailing proved to be a good one and the inside of your car smells fresh! It rides and looks like a new car.

Since then you’ve had our auto repair shop tune your car up and change your oil several times, and you even got that ugly dent fixed by our auto body specialist.

You’ve built a great relationship with our auto specialists at Like New Automotive and even recommend us to all your friends as the place to go for any of their auto services needs. You continue to have great experiences and the best part is you know each time you take your car to Like New Automotive in Falls Church, VA, serving all Northern Virginia residents, you can trust we are going to treat your car like it was their own.

At Like New Automotive we not only specialize in auto detailing in Northern Virginia, but we also offer a range of automotive services at competitive prices, truly making it “Your One Stop Automotive Shop”. We use the finest automotive products from car paint to car cleaning supplies to auto parts. Our dedication to building and maintaining strong relationships with customers is our core value. In addition, we offer tires, auto glass repair, windshield repair and car window tintingservices. Get a free quote from us today!

 

How Does the Type of Pool Affect Cost?

December 21, 2016

In-ground pools are available in three types: concrete, vinyl, and fiberglass. They have similar initial costs for a turn-key installation, but there are great differences in the lifetime cost.

 

Concrete

Concrete is sometimes called gunite. Gunite, however, is actually the method used to apply concrete to form a pool shell. Concrete is very durable, but it can also become a haven for mold and algae if not properly maintained. Every 3 to 5 years the pool needs an acid wash to keep algae from forming and sticking. Because this will strip a small layer away, the shell will have to be re-plastered at some point.

 

The initial cost of installing a concrete pool is between $50,000.00 and $100,000.00. Because they are usually larger than other types of pools, they require more electricity and more chemicals to keep them clean and swimmable. Including the acid wash and re-plastering, over a 10-year period, you can expect to pay an average of $27,400.00.

Vinyl

Vinyl pools are popular because of their versatility and ease of maintenance. They come in a variety of shapes including custom designs, and the soft touch of vinyl means a non-abrasive surface. They’re very easy to clean and many owners handle the cleaning themselves. Because the vinyl surface tends not to allow algae to form easily, the cost of chemicals is usually lower than that of concrete.

Installing a vinyl pool has an initial cost of $35,000.00 to $50,000.00. With patience, talent, and the right tools, a dedicated DIYer could possibly handle the job themselves. Over a 10-year period, maintenance costs around $11,500.00.

 

Fiberglass

 

A fiberglass pool is a preformed shell that gets put into a levelled hole pre-dug to the shape of the pool. It lends itself well to the experienced DIYer, but most people prefer the peace of mind of letting a professional handle the work. The shells usually measure no more than 16 feet across in order to avoid breakage during shipping and installation. They are possibly the easiest of the pool types to clean and maintain, and there are no special requirements for the shell. No acid wash and no liner replacement makes the size limitations an acceptable trade-off for many people.

 

The initial cost of a fiberglass pool is from $45,000.00 to $85,000.00. This includes delivery and installation up to a basic deck. The maintenance cost of is the lowest of the three types with an average of $3,750.00.

 

As you can see, there isn’t much difference among the initial installation costs, all things considered. The real difference lies with the maintenance costs. A concrete or vinyl pool can be of many configurations, but the maintenance costs are considerably higher. You should weigh your desired purpose of the pool against what sort of maintenance you want to deal with.

 

Ready to install an inground pool? Hire a professional today.

 

 

Size and Location

 

The size and location of your pool will also have a big impact on your cost. As a rule of thumb, figure $50.00 per square foot of pool. The depth will also affect the cost to varying degrees.

 

A small pool generally measures about 10x20 feet and isn’t too deep, about 5 ½ feet. They are used mostly just for cooling off on hot days, but many can be fitted with swim jets for exercise. Using the above rule of thumb, the base cost for a small pool is around $10,000.00.

 

An average size swimming pool is around 14x28 feet with a typical depth of around 6 ½ feet, but if you intend to do any head-first diving, the Red Cross recommends a depth of at least 9 feet. Pools of this size start around the $20,000.00 range.

 

Pools are considered large at around 18x36 feet. Many have deep ends of 9 to 12 feet. Often too large for most suburban homes, large pools can start at about $35,000.00.

 

The location can affect the cost depending on factors such as what’s beneath the ground (a layer of rock will have to be blasted through), how far the crew has to travel to get to your house, and the cost of living in your area.

 

If you decide on a fiberglass pool but don’t have easy access to your backyard, a crane might be necessary to lift it over your house.

 

Your landscaping may dictate where your pool can go. However, if you have a sloping yard, you might consider a semi-inground pool cost. They can be built directly into slopes and a 12x24 foot model costs from $8,000.00 to $10,000.00, less than an inground. Surrounded by a deck and decorative plants, they are an attractive compromise.

 

Custom Pools and Features

 

When it comes to accessorizing your pool, the sky’s the limit. Many features are available to give even the most common pool a customized look and feel.

 

Shape – The most common pool shapes are rectangular or kidney bean. Custom shapes are limited only by your imagination, but the cost of having one is limited by your budget. In general, figure a base cost of $50.00 per square foot for your design.

Spas – A hot tub is a popular feature for pools. A spa can add $5,000.00 to $8,000.00 to your base price.

Slides – Pools built with kids in mind will often have slides. Slides cost from a few hundred dollars to a couple of thousand depending on design and manufacture as well as features, such as water jets.

Rocks – The natural look of stone around your pool makes for a relaxing escape. Available in natural stone and artificial stone, the cost depends heavily on the type of stone and the configuration you want.

Lighting – Lighting can set the mood and provide some safety for your pool if you use it after dark. Traditional incandescent light and energy-efficient LED lights are available for a wide variety of prices depending on features such as light color, floating or fixed, and output. They average $75.00 to $100.00 each for a 50-watt light, but higher wattage lights are available.

Waterfalls – Waterfalls are attractive features on any pool, but the cost can be hard to calculate until you talk to an installer. At the least, you can expect to add around $1,000.00 to your cost for a simple waterfall.

Diving Boards – If your pool is large enough and deep enough, a diving board will cost from $300.00 to $600.00 for a fiberglass model to around $1,000.00 for a high end aluminum one. The cost of installation depends on local codes and requirements, so discuss this with an installer before you buy a board.

Decks – The deck around your pool might be figured in as part of your quote. It will probably be a basic concrete deck with only a basic design. The more elaborate your design, and the materials used, will add to your pool cost to widely varying degrees.

Plants – Like decking, the cost of plants around your pool will be determined by your own tastes and choices. Keep in mind that leafy plants will drop their leaves, which could blow into your pool. If you have landscaping that needs to be changed, such as trees, boulders, or sloping, that will certainly add to the cost by varying amounts.

Single-Chat.net - das neue Flirt- und Chat Portal

November 16, 2016

Viele Singles lernen sich heutzutage auf Flirt Portalen kennen. Nicht selten besteht eine Beziehung daraus, die jahrelang oder ein Leben lang hält. Oft lernt der Chatter bzw. die Chatterin nette Leute kennen, die man auch privat gerne treffen möchte und daraus kann eine richtige Freundschaft entstehen.

Auf Single-Chat.net ist, wie der Name schon sagt, ein Chat für Singles. Die Anmeldung ist einfach. Einfach einen Benutzernamen ausdenken und eingeben, die Postleitzahl und ein Passwort. Danach erhält der Interessent eine Mail. Diese muss, im Gegensatz zu vielen anderen Single Chats, nicht bestätigt werden, sondern dient nur der Sicherheit. Es kann auch ohne Bestätigung gleich losgechattet werden.

Wer sein Profil ausfüllt und ein Foto von sich hochlädt, hat automatisch mehr Klicks und damit mehr Chancen auf einen Flirt oder eine gute Freundschaft. Im Chat kann unverbindlich geschrieben werden. Denn vielen fällt es leichter, zu schreiben, anstatt jemanden persönlich anzusprechen. Es werden auch Punkte für Flirts und Games vergeben. So macht es gleich noch viel mehr Spaß, sich auf Single-Chat.net die Zeit zu vertreiben. Denn nicht nur das Kennenlernen steht im Fokus, es stehen auch unterschiedliche Games zur Verfügung, wenn gerne gespielt wird. Die Auswahl an Spielen, Männern und Frauen ist groß. Durch die Angabe der Postleitzahl werden auch gleich Personen in der Nähe des Wohnortes angezeigt.

Single-Chat.net kann im positiven Sinne süchtig machen. Wer freut sich nicht darauf, von seiner Auserwählten oder seinem Auserwähltem Post zu erhalten. Die Vorfreude ist groß und alles findet ungezwungen und einfach statt. Im Chat ist immer ein Single online, mit dem geschrieben werden kann. Über Träume, Erlebnisse, Wünsche und vieles mehr. Die Anmeldung und die Chats sind vollkommen kostenfrei, im Gegensatz zu anderen Single Portalen, die zwar auch oft einen kostenfreien Monat bieten, jedoch wird dann oft zur Kasse gebeten. Dies ist besonders bei Männern der Fall.

Single-Chat.net eignet sich für Jüngere, aber auch für ältere Menschen, die Kontakt zu Gleichgesinnten suchen, welche durch die hohe Anmeldedichte bestimmt nicht lange auf sich warten lassen. Spaß ist durch den Chat und die Spiele garantiert. Nette Singles kennen zu lernen ist bei Single-Chat.net durch den Chat besonders leicht. Dadurch steigen die Lebensfreude und der Lifestyle. Es gibt einem das Gefühl, begehrt zu werden und beliebt zu sein.

Singles lernen auf Single-Chat.net wie bereits erwähnt, Partner kennen. Beziehungen, die ein ganzes Leben lang halten, sind auch möglich, da sich hier Gleichgesinnte treffen und das die beste Basis für eine lange Partnerschaft ist. Bei Single-Chat.net steht jedoch nicht die Partnersuche im Vordergrund, sondern der Genuss des single Lebens mit all seiner Leichtigkeit und Fröhlichkeit. Es bilden sich Freundschaften oder es kommt auch mal zu One-Night-Stands. Falls sich, wenn erwünscht, mehr daraus ergeben sollte, ist es umso schöner.

Jeder kann sagen: Stop! Bis hierhin und nicht weiter. Wer Lust auf Sex hat, aber keinen Partner möchte, wird auf Single-Chat.net genauso fündig werden, wie jene, die lockere Freundschaften suchen oder eine Partnerschaft. Auch neue Freunde oder Freundinnen des gleichen Geschlechts können sich hier finden für Stadtbummel, Kinobesuche und einigem mehr.

Singles können neben dem Flirt viele Features und auch Spiele finden, wenn sie gerade keine Lust auf einen Flirt haben. Das sorgt für Spaß ohne Grenzen und durch die Spiele können sich auch Freundschaften entwickeln. Hauptsache, der Spaß und die Freude stehen im Vordergrund. Am besten einfach mal in Ruhe umsehen und alles kennen lernen, so steht einem Kennenlernen mit einem Wunschpartner nichts mehr im Weg.

 

When The Cup Runneth Over. Waaaaay Over

November 10, 2016

Welcome to the most official ‘unofficial Melbourne Cup update’. Join us as we take a look at the best and worst moments from the 2016 Emiratz Melbourne Cup and discover how truly feral and bogan-esque we Aussies really are.

But before we dive head first into the cesspit that is the Melbourne Cup aftermath let’s take a look at the other fun side of the Cup – the biggest winners and luckiest gamblers who enjoyed the biggest financial rewards on that first Tuesday in November. Lucky Punts!

2016 Melbourne Cup – The Biggest Losers and Luckiest Punts

Last Tuesday saw the nation stop (apparently) to watch the 2016 Melbourne Cup at Flemington Raceway and the results definitely left some punters very happy indeed. Even more awesome news for us regular Joe-Blow punters is the fact the results were also rather unpleasant for the myriad of Australian bookmakers and online sports betting websites.

And Now Without Further Ado – let us all enjoy the awkward moments and ridiculous antics of punters enjoying the festivities of the 2016 Emiratz Melbourne Cup – a day where Aussies acting like a bunch of retarded pelicans is about the only sure bet.

 

 

Low Cost: come ottenere subito 4 quotazioni per le Certificazioni di Sistema

July 5, 2016

Grazie ad internet e quello che viene definita ormai la new-economy quotazioni low cost (cioè a prezzi bassi) è sempre più facile nonché utile.

Facile sul web trovare quindi prezzi bassi e scontati che conservano comunque un buon livello di qualità del prodotto o del servizio offerto.

E' il caso ad esempio della Certificazioni di Sistema sempre più richieste dalle aziende per aumentare l'efficienza dei processi produttivi, la qualità dei servizi offerti e diffondere un'immagine migliore della propria azienda sul mercato internazionale.

Fino a poco tempo fa si credeva erroneamente che i costi di una certificazione di sistema (le più richieste sono la ISO 9001, ISO 14001 e OHSAS 18001) fossero costi standard, abbastanza livellati tra i diversi enti certificatori.

La realtà è ben diversa, e rivolgendosi ad un BROKER specializzato si può risparmiare fino al 30% sui normali prezzi di mercato. Tutto ciò a vantaggio delle finanze aziendali e, perchè no, della soddisfazione di avere un servizio di alta qualità ad un prezzo molto competitivo rispetto a quello pagato dai competitor.

Tutto questo grazie al web che consente di trovare qualunque cosa si cerchi con un semplice click di mouse.

Ma basta eseguire una ricerca su Google per trovare le certificazioni low-cost? Non proprio. In effetti bisogna considerare che gli enti certificatori, altrimenti detti Organismi di Certificazione (ODC) sono tanti, in Italia se ne contano oltre 200. Ognuno di questi enti ha il suo sito web, il blog, un forum, la pagina Facebook, altre pagine e magari anche un forum su cui chiedere asistenza. Ne deriva che la rete è intasata di pagine che trattano l'argomento desiderato, ma non forniscono l'informazione ricercata (prezzi).

Cercando parole chiave quali "certificazioni di sistema" o "quotazioni certificazioni di sistema" i motori di ricerca restituiranno centinaia, a volte migliaia, di risultati, e non sempre attinenti alle reali necessità. La tecnica migliore per ottenere subito le migliori quotazioni del mercato è quella di rivolgersi ad un broker di servizi.

Sono società specializzate in determinati settori (nel nostro caso Certificazioni di Sistema) che hanno meglio di ogni altro il quadro complessivo del mercato di riferimento e, in virtù di ciò, riescono a spuntare "prezzi concorrenziali". In genere hanno un sito web, spesso costituito da una sola pagina (in gergo si chiamano landing-page) contenente un FORM di richiesta. Basterà compilare i campi presenti per ottenere, in genere tramite email, non meno di tre o quattro preventivi, detti appunto "quotazioni" della certificazione richiesta.

Il tutto ovviamente senza impegno alcuno. Grazie dunque all'esperienza maturata sul campo in anni di lavoro, grazie anche al fatto stesso di saper convogliare buona parte della domanda, i broker sono in grado di offrire davvero "certificazioni di sistema a prezzi scontati" in pieno spirito "low-cost".

Le quotazioni altro non sono che preventivi ufficiali, ottenuti da organismi di certificazione magari poco conosciuti solo perchè non presenti tra i risultati dei motori di ricerca. L'intera procedura di certificazione sarà presa in carico dall'ente certificatore scelto (non dal broker) che si occuperà di contattare il cliente e definire le procedure iniziali.

Spesso e volentieri i costi del broker sono a carico degli enti certificativi, quindi nessun costo nascosto o aggiuntivo, ma risparmio puro senza pensieri!

Ecco svelato un modo utile per ottenere gratuitamente 4 quotazioni scontate per le certificazione di sistema ISO e OHSAS, e risparmiare il 30% sul costo reale della pratica.

 

Lifetime fitness guest pass, membership fees, and exlusive deals /discounts

June 22, 2016

A privately owned company in the U.S. and Canada, Life Time Fitness strives to deliver on its slogan, “The Healthy Way of Life Company,” by offering personalized lifestyle and fitness approaches that encourage long-term health and wellness.


There is a wide variety of options to keep your family at their physical best, such as kids swim programs, personal and group training programs, spas, sports clubs and teams, athletic event programs, and many more.


Simply put, Life Time has a goal of wanting to make sure that they offer the best services to keep the entire family healthy and fit 

 

Crunch Fitness guest pass, membership fees, and exlusive deals / discount

June 22, 2016

So you want to get fit? Well, you’re not alone. There’s plenty gyms around town, but which is right for you?

Crunch Fitness has gone to great lengths to combine fitness and entertainment together to make sure that they stick to their philosophy of No Judgement.

 Programs offered vary from Hip-Hop Aerobics to Co-Ed Wrestling, and even Yoga Cycling. Ultimately, their goal as a gym is to make sure that everyone feels at home when coming to work out!

If you can find a great gym, great prices, great people and a great location, what’s not to love?

Reduce Your Tax Bill In 2016

June 21, 2016

A little advance planning can shave hundreds - if not thousands - of dollars off of your tax bill this year. Here are three effective tax-saving strategies you should consider adding to your financial planning and wealth preservation plan:

Loss Harvesting

When you’ve experienced capital losses on assets - such as stocks that have declined in price - you can potentially use those losses to offset part or all of your capital gains elsewhere. If your portfolio lacks capital gains, your investment losses may be used to offset up to $3,000 in taxable income. These losses may be carried forward to the next tax year, where they can offset more gains or income. If you prefer to keep the losing stocks in your portfolio, you can always buy them back - but you should wait at least 31 days to do so. Otherwise, the transaction will be considered a wash sale, and you won’t be allowed to claim the loss for the current tax year.

Flexible Spending Account

Check with your employer to see if they offer a flexible spending account (FSA). This allows you to set aside money for health, child, and dependent care expenses on a pretax basis. When you withdraw money for these purposes, you incur no tax liability, lowering your eventual tax bill. These contributions are also exempt from payroll taxes for Social Security and Medicare. Failure to actually use the funds in your FSA for their intended purpose can result in their forfeiture. However, the IRS now permits up to $500 in qualifying expenses to be carried forward into the following tax year. This option is only available to you if your employer has chosen to allow it, or you’ll otherwise have until the end of the year to spend down your FSA.

Home Ownership

The single largest tax benefit of home ownership is the deduction of mortgage interest payments. You can deduct the interest you pay on a mortgage loan secured by a main or second home, up to total mortgage balances of $1 million. Any points on your mortgage are also tax-deductible, as is mortgage insurance. You’re entitled to claim your property taxes, and you can also take deductions for numerous home improvements related to energy efficiency. You must itemize in order to take advantage of all these deductions, but they can save you a tremendous amount of money - providing a big incentive to finally take the plunge and buy a home of your own.

Minimizing your tax burden requires a comprehensive certified financial planner by investment professionals. At Werba Rubin, we’re committed to helping you achieve your goals by making the most of your financial resources, and that includes avoiding the expense of unnecessary taxes.

The information herein is general in nature and should not be considered insurance, legal or tax advice.  Please consult with an insurance legal or tax professional for additional information on specific situations.    

 

 

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