Find A Home Building Inspector in Your Area

It is an exciting time. You have decided on the house you want to buy and are on the point of submitting a bid to the vendor. Before you do this, it is essential that you employ the services of a home building inspector to ascertain whether this is indeed the dream home you thought it was.

Ask any friends, relatives or colleagues who have recently bought a house who they used for their house inspection, and if they would recommend that person. If they would recommend them, get the details and make contact. An industry association will also be able to furnish you with the names and numbers of reputable building inspectors. Failing that, consult the Yellow Pages.

When working out who is the best building inspector for you, ask to see the inspector’s building consulting license. Any hesitation he shows in supplying this should be a warning sign to you and it is wise to seek another consultant. Ask for details of the building inspector’s experience in the industry, his qualifications and details of the insurance cover he has for public risk, professional indemnity and for the death or injury of any employees. The names and contact details of three clients with similar properties should also be asked for. You should contact these people and ask whether they would recommend the services of this building inspector. Was the work carried out professionally, and was the report comprehensive, picking up any potential problems?

Do not stop at contacting one consultant. It is helpful to get three quotes for the inspection of the property and the report. Ask each of them whether they are a member of their industry association and if they follow the Code of Conduct of that association. Do they have a set procedure for settling any disputes which may arise, and if so, what is the method they use? An experienced and competent home building inspector should be happy to answer all of these questions, and in fact should be pleased that you are taking his job so seriously.

The report is crucial to this whole process, and you need to find out what the format of the final product will be. Ask for one or two sample reports, and find out how long the inspector envisages that the report will take to complete and be sent to you. Find out whether a verbal report is to be provided on the day, and if so, how much this will cost. It is also an important step to ask whether the building inspector is independent of the vendor or whether he is acting as their agent.

Although the report will give details of any damage inflicted by pests such as termites, it may not include details of whether these pests are currently present, so you may want to get a separate report to cover this. The major problems of the house will be included in the basic report, but you may want to pay more to find out what the cost of repairing these problems is likely to be, as well as the cost of minor repairs and maintenance.

Once you have received the report from your home building inspector, hopefully all will be in order, and you can have the confidence to make a firm bid on the property and finally become its proud owner.

Team Building Ideas

When John Dunne penned the phrase: “No man is an island”, he could well have been writing about the work ethos of corporate organizations to-day.

For, long gone are the days when the focus was purely on the individual, and personal goals in the workplace. Nowadays, however small the enterprise, the emphasis is on all members working closely together. And, for that, you need plenty of team building ideas, teaching your members how to communicate and interact well together, working collectively towards the same goals. After all, a business can only be truly successful when staff are motivated and pull together as a team.

History of Team Building

McDougall (1920) is reputed to have been the founder of team building, when he stated that there were five different conditions necessary for a highly productive group, although other persons of note, such as Sigmund Freud, have also recognized the benefits of team work.

However, it wasn’t until the early 1980’s that companies in the United States seriously began to introduce a team-based system of working into their firms.

This method of collectively working towards and achieving required goals has now become recognized worldwide, to the extent that numerous consulting firms have set up, their purpose being to advise organisations and corporations on the best way for that particular firm to build its team, along with ideas and activities to improve the team’s performance.

Team Building Consultants

Teambuilding consulting firms possess the knowledge, experience and tools necessary to advise corporations on, first of all building a team, and then getting the very best out of that team.

They’ll discuss with you the specific goals of your organization, taking into account such issues as the needs of your team, their ages, and the size of the group.

They’ll then present you with team building ideas and activities for improving such matters as communication, motivation, goal-setting, problem-solving, decision-making, and trust-building. It’s also important that staff should explore their own strengths and weaknesses, and learn self-regulation.

All of this should result not only in highly-improved team productivity, but also in a more pleasant working atmosphere, making that particular company a more enjoyable place for staff to spend their working day.

Team Building Activities

So, what sort of activities will consultants suggest to help bring out the best in your team?

Team building ideas vary considerably, depending on the sort of organization you are. For, building an effective team is not only essential in the business world, it’s also very much required by other organizations, such as sports teams, youth groups, and cultural groups.

Activities range tremendously, from outdoor activities – both physically demanding and less physically challenging – through to group bonding sessions or behavioural-based activities designed to improve group functioning.

At the end of the day, whatever type of organization you have, a well-managed team will result not only in success, but also in its members being more motivated and working confidently towards their collective goals.

Adding a Unique Touch to Your Boat Building Designs

Now, if you have read any of my other articles on boat building designs, you will have seen that I rate high quality boat plans at the top of the list for the amateur boat builder. However, today you’ll be shocked to see me going off plan (well, at least a little bit!).

Don’t get me wrong, I stand by what I’ve said before and plans are extremely important, but I’m also a man who likes to see a little originality and personal flare when it comes to woodworking. It’s a little like adding your own signature touch to the build. Therefore, in this article I’m suggesting you modify your boat with some unique touches.

This could be done with the finish, for example the way you paint it, but for a longer lasting and more professional touch you could consider making you mark on the woodwork. One technique you could choose to use here would be carving the wood in a particular shape for certain parts of the boat, such as a bird’s beak on the handrails for instance.

It doesn’t have to be anything too fancy if you don’t feel so confident and don’t want to ruin hours of following plans by the book, only to mess it up with the last touches. It also doesn’t have to just be for show if you’re not that kind of person and you could add some with added functionality, such as drip grooves or capillary breaks. These are great touches that will also help protect your boat from rot.

Really, it’s up to you what you choose to do and how far you go with it. You may like to go and look at other boats for inspiration and then come up with your own design. The world is your oyster, so just have fun playing around. If you’re building a larger boat, or you may want to create your own figurehead if you are feeling particularly adventurous, or you could scale this idea down for smaller boats.

You have spent the time and put in blood, sweat and tears building your boat, following to the plan to make sure you get it all just right. This is now the time to reward that hard work by having a little fun with those woodworking skills you have learnt and developed along the way. It will also make sure that your boat is looking extra special as you embark on your maiden voyage.

In conclusion, as mentioned in the introduction, I still firmly believe in following high quality plans. The majority of your boat is designed for functionality and safety and you need to make sure that these things remain in tact. However, where you can, add a little of yourself to your boat and personalize it with your own touch.

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