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If you have a creative eye for interior styles and decorating and would like to make money with your skill to build a business, Home Staging Business is an ideal work to consider. You can start with the small investment of time, skills and money, making it a great part-time to the full-time gig or something to do on the side until this business grows enough to support you financially. As if you are planning to be a home stager then first of you need a great sense of creative designs, decoration and space management as well. A certified and experienced person can do amazing marketing along with a great staging work as well.
Nowadays everyone wants a well decorated and furnished house because in the fast and busy life don’t allow them to do all these work with their own hand. That’s why they contact a real estate agent for some good assistance. Home stagers can simply join with the property agents and establish their own business in the same field. As we know that every job or business has its own pros, cons, and requirements for good establishment. HomeStaging Business also has the following ones.
Pros of a Home Staging Business:
Very low startup costs – no inventory to carry and minimal supplies with good outcomes.
Services can be on demand whether the real estate market is strong or weak does not matter.
No licensing or specialized training required if you have a great vision and skills of decoration and art.
Ease of marketing through great networking with property Realtors, Mortgage brokers and others involved in real estate.
Cons of a Home Staging Business:
You’ll need to find a way to get potential clients to have faith in your skills and your advice in order to maintain your portfolio.
You have to work on weekends and/or evenings, as many of your clients will only be able to meet and discuss their requirements with you during those times.
How to start the Home Staging Business:
Learn about your local real estate market. Determine what in present time what is the trend of interior and what is the taste of buyers for the home.
Prepare a portfolio of homes you’ve staged. You can start by doing your home. Fresher can develop their effective portfolio by providing cost free home staging for a friend or a Realtor for in exchange for portfolio items and referrals.
Although you don’t need any special training or certifications, interior design courses can give you credibility and expertise in your business.
Good communication skills are the great requirement to convince prospects to sign on and to handle objections or concerns from clients.
Resources for home decor. It’s possible the home will be empty and you’ll need to rent furniture. Or that the home owner’s items need to be supplemented with or exchanged for items that make the home more appealing to buyers.
Energy and willingness to work hard which can include cleaning, moving furniture, painting etc.
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Photo Booth Hire Wellington offers the best photo booth services and provides a high-quality and classic photo booths in Kapiti Coast and Wellington region for birthdays, weddings, corporate events, school balls, and small private home parties. The service offers a large selection of photo booths, and it is one of the best services that accept the last minute bookings as well. The photo booth provides high-quality photos and offers a range of props to make your event even more exciting.
The classic photo booths are designed to provide the most exciting photos and make the event the most memorable. The photo booth hires Wellington’s classic booth offers three unique styles of the photo booth, including Traditional Classic Photo Booth, Premium Vintage Photo Booth with the themed set, and Mini Photo Booth.
All photo booths are loaded with powerful digital SLR Cameras, high-speed printers, lighting, and a range of props. The Photobooth is the perfect prospect for sponsorship and branding. It allows you to select from four-photo, three-photo, or one-photo layouts.
You can apply the branding across envelopes, photo strips, and event signage. The service provider also provides expanded branding for the corporate clients with props, photo booth surfaces, and backdrops. The photo booth hire Wellington enables the video and photo with green screen, and it completely supports social media live broadcasting to your Facebook account, website, and Twitter feeds. Also, your guests can share their photo prints through any upload stations or photo booths.
The photo booths hire Wellington service has been offering the best services for corporate clients including Singapore Airlines, Wellington Zoo, Westfield Riccarton, New World, Christchurch Casino, VO5, MoreFM, Fulton Hogan, Ernst & Young and so on.
The service providers have been offering the new Upload Stations to make your event successful; it is the latest upgrade for the Wellington Photo Booth. The outstanding upload stations can send an email to your guests the photos that they took in the photo booth instantly. Also, the guests can upload them to their Facebook account and share their photos on Twitter instantly.
The event photo sharing takes place on a different touch screen away from the photo booth to make things clear and easy.
The classic photo booths offer different layout options to the customers to choose. It allows you to customize your photo-strip-template for free and allows you to choose according to your choice. You can choose four-photo, three-photo, or one-photo layouts. On templates, you do not find the company logo or name anywhere.
The Photo Booth Hire Willington’s Classic Photo Booths are designed to provide one-hour party hire package for kids’ party. It is the most affordable package and offers loads of entertainments to the kids and most of all it provides long lasting memories and magical moments. The photo booth comes with cool kids themes and allows the kids to choose their funky prop from a fantastic collection of props.
The photo booth can become a center of attraction when you place it in the Kids’ Party, and it guarantees that the kids will have more fun in the photo booth than any other party entertainment element. The Classic Photo Booth is mainly designed to fit in kids’ parties. It allows all the children to fit in a booth and capture their favorite moments.
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If you have recently bought gas cooktops for your kitchen, then you must already be mulling over the idea of installing a rangehood in your kitchen to do away with any obnoxious smell, fumes, and smoke that may be generated during cooking food. Though rangehoods come in different forms and with a variety of features and specs, all of them may not suit your purpose the best. That is why you have to make a choice of the best rangehood NZ that you can find in the market.
Things to consider when looking for rangehoods
The right choice of the rangehood would go a long way in ensuring that your kitchen remains cool and smoke-free while you cook and the following factors may help you in making the right choice:
Since rangehoods are meant to eliminate the fumes and smoke in the kitchen, the primary factor to consider is the airflow that is usually measured in CFM units. The more the airflow, the better will the rangehood NZ be effective in its task. However, you have to keep in mind that the CFM value for each rangehood is calculated at zero resistance. So, when the resistance increases due to the ducting, the effective CFM will be less than that projected. So, you need to buy accordingly.
Though most rangehood NZ offer anywhere between 1-6 fan speeds, it is best to choose a model that offers atleast 2 different speeds, if possible 3. One high fan speed for quickly ventilating the air when cooking is in progress and another for continued cooling after the main bout of fumes and smoke has been exhausted.
Since fans operate within the rangehoods to circulate and ventilate, a certain amount of noise is generated. Measured in sones, the sound generated is measured at the highest possible fan speed and lower the number of sones, the quieter is the fan of the rangehood NZ.
Not only should a rangehood come with excellent lighting options, it must also be energy-efficient. You should make sure that your choice of rangehood NZ is helping you save money and energy and not the opposite.
Another factor to consider is the type of filter that you would want in your rangehood. Those that are equipped with aluminum mesh are cheap and easily cleaned since you needn’t pay for replacing the non-washable filters. Additionally, if you are looking for recirculation, you have to pay for carbon filters that need regular replacement.
If your budget permits, go for a rangehood NZ that comes with heat sensors. This will help in detecting the temperature beneath and surrounding the hood and if the temperature rises too high, the fans will automatically start, thus exhausting the hot air.
Rangehoods are meant to have some accumulated smoke particles, grease, dust, etc. and regular cooking will make it dirtier. Naturally, cleaning them at regular intervals would be necessary. So, it is suggested that you opt for rangehoods that are devoid of nooks and corners and pretty easy to clean without professional help
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Are you having problems with your power and security system, plus the lighting and air conditioner? It seems like an overwhelming electrical issue that needs to be addressed by skilled emergency electrician services. Their electrical work provides and ensures the safety of your home premises. You can never tell when a light bulb or fluorescent would spark and causes the short circuit or an electrical connection that starts to ground is no longer safe.
There are different benefits when it comes to different kinds of electrical services such as residential, commercial, installation and maintenance services. All these display an important role in achieving a good electrical system. This also helps avoid any grave problems that would cause harm and danger to your premises. There are five benefits that you can actually gain in hiring emergency electricians rather than having to solve your electrical issues on your own, here are the following.
Response time is faster
Since it is an emergency case, it is expected for a team of electricians to come right over your home or business offices in a short period of time. However, if traffic is everywhere, of course, you’ll have to wait. Keep in mind there are immediate actions to be done first prior to an electrician contractor arrives at your place. Make sure you don’t exceed certain limitations provided by the government and utility law. Their availability is made ready at all times and everything is utilized in order for you to no longer wait many hours.
Reduction of damages
Often times, an electrical damage can cause increase exacerbation especially if electrician services are not immediately provided. This is why looking for an emergency electrical services are said to be faster compared to the usual or common services. While there is a quick response, you are as well assured of repair work and eases further damage.
The 24/7 availability
Knowing that emergency cases don’t come at a specific time to happen whether its day or night. What matters most is the response that you need. There are 24/7 electrician companies that are open. Thanks to their innovation, no further electrical damage can make things worse.
Provides assistance all day every day
The service is one call away and assistance is provided at its best. Of course, there will be days wherein some companies would provide rest days, so, know when is the best time to call for electrician services. The only concern is that you need to be aware of your environment and have your electrical wiring and system checked prior to any festivities as the most accident would occur at these times.
Good for the budget
Perhaps, you’re thinking that it’s very costly since they provide a quicker service but actually they aren’t that costly at all. Check with your electrician service provider and ask how much you’re going to pay. Compared to the usual services, you might save more money in terms of emergency cases.
A good Auckland electricians services do have the best contractors that are trained to handle emergency cases which you don’t have to worry about anything. It gives you a peace of mind and an assurance that your electrical needs are well taken-cared of.
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Panicking about the table plan, fretting over the final dress fitting, obsessively checking the weather… with just three weeks to go, Pippa Middleton will be getting the same pre-wedding jitters as any bride-to-be.
But with two future Kings, her Duchess sister and a smattering of Lords, Earls and A-listers on the guest list, it’s fair to assume Pippa, 33 – who marries boyfriend James Matthews, 41, on May 20 – will be most concerned about how everyone’s going to get on.
While the Middletons have their own black sheep in Gary Goldsmith – he of Ibiza party house La Maison de Bang Bang fame – the Matthews family has a few colourful characters of its own. Pippa, meet your in-laws…
The groom’s glamorous mother, 69-year-old Jane Matthews, grew up in Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe, where she enjoyed a privileged childhood. Her father, Robert ‘Spenny’ Parker, was a sports-mad architect and something of a wild child who passed on his bohemian attitude to Jane and her siblings, Pamela and Paul.
Sporty and popular, Jane was voted carnival queen by fellow undergrads at South Africa’s prestigious Rhodes University and rode through the streets on a gold throne atop a motorised float.
Aged 21, she graduated in Fine Art and won a scholarship to the Rijks Academy in Amsterdam. When her ferry stopped in England, she hopped off on a whim – and ended up staying for good.
Jane settled in London and worked as a receptionist at Christian Dior while pursuing a course at the Slade School of Fine Art.
It was then she met Dave, James’s father, recently divorced, who had spotted an old photograph of her in a yearbook belonging to his sister-in-law, Lu, another Rhodes graduate. He got her number, turned up to meet her in a Ferrari Daytona – and that was that.
They married in the early Seventies, a low-key register office affair to which Jane wore an old brown sweater and a skirt. A celebration in Zimbabwe followed, where her father turned up two hours late, riding a donkey.
Their first child, James, was born in 1975, followed by Michael in 1977 and Spencer in 1988. As her husband’s business ventures flourished, they upgraded from their bungalow in his home town of Rotherham to a 30-acre, 18th-century estate in rural Lincolnshire, before moving to Paris, then Monaco. In 1995, they decided to buy a dilapidated hotel on the idyllic island of St Barths.
Today, Jane splits her time between London and the Caribbean, while Eden Rock – where the priciest suite costs £25,000 a night – is now a celebrity haunt, with guests including Beyoncé, Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio.
Super-stylish, impeccably groomed and with a penchant for pricey designers, Jane is well used to mingling with the rich and famous. So she’d have felt quite at home when she and Dave were introduced to Prince William and Kate over dinner at James and Pippa’s £17 million London home.
Son of a coal miner, Dave Matthews’s origins are less illustrious than his wife’s sun-kissed upbringing. He and brother Bob had a modest, happy childhood in a village near Rotherham and, on leaving school, he started work as an apprentice mechanic at his father Wallace’s garage.
Aged 19, Dave started selling cars door-to-door and, in his spare time, indulged his love of motor racing at the local track. A skilled petrol head, he became division champion in the British Touring Car Championships in 1971.
But his dream ended in August 1973 in a catastrophic accident during a race at Silverstone. His car flipped at 130mph, killing one driver, critically injuring another and temporarily stopping Dave’s heart. A bystander said: “It was horrific. His car was airborne. How Matthews escaped is beyond me.”
The damage to Dave’s left eye was so severe he never raced again. Instead, he devoted himself to business, transforming his small used-car operation into one of the region’s biggest dealerships and overseeing two lucrative mergers which put him at the helm of one of the UK’s top 500 companies.
In 1991, as the recession began to hit, level-headed Dave cashed in his chips and left the industry to work in property development.
As they explain on Eden Rock’s slick website, Dave and Jane moved their family to St Barths “in pursuit of a more adventurous life”. Over 20 years, Dave, now 73, restored the run-down property – once a haven for Thirties stars Greta Garbo and Howard Hughes – to its former glory, building a blissful retreat.
In a recent interview, he gushingly describes it as not just a hotel “but a way of life”.
He also owns the 10,000-acre Glen Affric Estate in the Scottish Highlands, which opened in 2012 as a luxury hunting lodge, offering guests deer stalking, whisky tasting and helicopter rides. Transfer of the title deeds made Dave a Scottish laird.
THE BLACK SHEEP
Playboy Spencer’s status as the Matthews family’s bete noire has been well-documented – ever since he boasted of having slept with more than 1,000 women in his lurid 2013 autobiography, and confessed to a £300,000 steroid addiction which led him to quit reality series I’m A Celebrity . . . in 2015.
Eton-educated Spencer found fame on E4 reality show Made In Chelsea in 2011, before which he worked as a PR manager for London clubs Movida, Amika and royal favourite Boujis. He quit his job as a stockbroker to focus on his TV career – and earlier this year won Channel 4’s The Jump.
Lothario Spencer – who has admitted a liaison with a South African prostitute and being involved in a six-person orgy – is a mummy’s boy at heart and is often spotted around London with Jane. Of late, he’s formed a firm friendship with James Middleton, Pippa’s younger brother.
Spencer’s current squeeze, Irish model Vogue Williams, 31 – whom he has likened to ‘a younger, better-looking Cindy Crawford’ – is rumoured to have been banned from the wedding over fears she may upstage the bride.
In May 1999, 22-year-old Michael Matthews became the youngest Briton to climb Mount Everest, but tragically disappeared on his descent through fierce snowstorms in the mountain’s notorious ‘Death Zone’ at 8,000 metres.
He became the 162nd person to die on Everest – and his body has never been found. For years his family, who received £70,000 in damages from the company which ran his expedition, fought for answers about Michael’s death and allegations – staunchly denied – that his equipment was faulty.
A model student at Uppingham, the £11,700-a-term elite boys’ boarding school, Michael was an experienced mountaineer and had spent his gap year travelling around Africa before embarking on the £22,000 trek.
As younger brother Spencer explains in his autobiography, Confessions Of A Chelsea Boy, James took the news of Michael’s death particularly badly. “With just a year-and-a-half between them, he and Mike were the closest of friends. His loss was devastating for the family, and over time this became worse because the circumstances surrounding Michael’s death have never been fully explained.”
The family set up the Michael Matthews Foundation, raising funds to build schools in developing countries, and every year compete in gruelling sporting challenges in his name. On their brother’s birthday, James and Spencer have a touching tradition of giving their parents 22 red roses, one for every year of Michael’s life.
THE SUPER SIS
The attractive brunette, rarely mentioned but always featured in portraits of the Matthews clan, is Nina – James’s half-sister, born during his father’s first marriage to racing driver Anita Taylor.
Nina, 48, spent some of her childhood at Caunton Manor, the Lincolnshire estate where Dave and Jane brought up their boys.
“Nina is absolutely lovely,” says Spencer. “There was never any problem about us having different mothers. She looks like Sharon Stone at her best.”
Nina lived in Italy and Switzerland before moving to Jersey, where she and her husband, Adam Mackie, settled with their four children. Thanks to Adam’s success as an entrepreneur, in 2014 they bought the most expensive house on the island, a £12.3 million Art Deco mansion complete with cinema, spa, a garage with room for 20 cars and a clifftop pool with spectacular views of the beach. Though the property has been praised by architects, locals branded it ‘a monument to greed’.
Until recently, Nina was director of a young people’s charity, and is still believed to work in the sector. A regular fixture at Matthews family gatherings, she has a villa named after her at Eden Rock.
Described as “the ultimate definition of chic beachside luxury”, Villa Nina allows guests to peruse a private art gallery or click their fingers for round-the-clock butler service – all for £13,500 a night.
Nina’s husband, Adam Mackie, is a suave businessman born in Warwickshire. His electrical wholesale company, City Electrical Factors, was founded by his grandfather, and is worth £440 million.
Adam, 44, has two companies of his own. He’s director of MC AAA Holding, a real estate business, and co-founded electrical wholesalers YESSS Electrical in 2012. In 2014, the company announced a £150 million turnover – and its sponsorship of the Invictus Games, the sports event for injured servicemen and women backed by Prince Harry.
Self-assured Tristan, 21, is Nina and Adam’s eldest child – and James’s party-loving nephew. He was a pupil at St Edward’s, Oxford, and has recently returned from an extended gap year abroad.
Born in Lausanne, Switzerland, Tristan enjoys outdoorsy pursuits such as ice hockey, paintballing and surfing. He’s currently learning to fly a helicopter.
Tristan held his 21st birthday party at the Lanesborough, dubbed ‘London’s most expensive hotel’, and his Instagram profile gives an insight into his hedonistic lifestyle: bottles of £145 Dom Perignon champagne, family dinners at swanky London restaurant Nobu and ski holidays in Verbier.
He manages to find time for a bit of hard graft, too: Tristan juggles his love of the high life with a job at his father’s electricals firm.
THE GLAM NIECES
Competing to ensure all eyes aren’t on Pippa’s famous bottom on the big day will be James’s selfie-loving nieces, Lily, 17, and Rosa Mackie, 15.
Together with their little sister, Yasmina, 12, they go to school on Jersey, but Lily has already set her sights on higher things.
Her social media page describes her as living between London, Jersey and St Barths. “Life is short. Timing is everything. Love liberates,” she has written.
The internet abounds with photographs of her in loved-up poses with Swiss boyfriend Shane, while Rosa appears to spend lots of time with her Uncle Spencer.
A recent photograph shows the pair pouting for the camera at the luxury Oyster Box Hotel in South Africa.
The girls spend their school holidays jet-setting with their family to destinations including the Maldives, Venice and the £1,400-a-night Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles.
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Residents of a central Auckland leaky apartment building are facing a $17.5 million repair bill and are desperate to have it resolved.
But a stoush has broken out with a property development company over who should pay what and the project has hit a wall.
The Herald understands that leaks were first discovered around balcony areas at the Luna Apartments in the Auckland suburb of Grafton in 2011.
An initial quote of $3m was given to repair the building, which apartment owners would pay for.
But in November last year, residents were hit with a bombshell when they were told that the entire building would need to be re-clad at a cost of at least $17.5m.
Architects designed a “curtain” structure that would cover all but one side of the building in glass. The Herald understands that the average cost to residents would be $150,000 each.
The apartment’s body corporate held its AGM on Wednesday night, where the majority of residents voted in favour of the plan.
But real estate private equity firm Lamont & Co, which owns 53 carparks in the complex, opposed it. Lamont would have been required to pay $800,000 under the proposal.
Because Lamont has separate titles for each of its carparks, its had 53 votes out of a total of 175.
Lamont, which is owned by brothers Tim and Andrew Lamont, are due to later this year start work on 75 apartments, SKHY, situated next to Luna Apartments.
One Luna resident, who asked not to be identified because they are worried it could disadvantage him during repair negotiations, said it was unfair that Lamont had such influence over the vote.
“Of course none of us want to be paying this but all the experts tell us we have to do this, and the Council is dictating we’ve got to do this. We don’t have a choice so we’ve just got to be pragmatic and get it done.
The man said the saga was causing huge levels of emotional and financial stress to apartments residents.
“I know people who have done fire sales – just basically sold their apartments at auction for $200,000 – $300,000 under market value because the stress has become too much.
“Personally, I’ve had to go to the doctor to get sleeping pills in the first time in my life. You just feel totally helpless.”
He believed the cost of the project would actually exceed $20m, given the remedial work that had already gone into it.
Property manager Theunis Judeel, who at one stage managed 12 apartments at Luna but now manages six, said there was a great deal of consternation among residents at Wednesday’s AGM.
He pointed out that there was another party who owned 47 carparks but only got one vote because they were all under the same title.
“What happens in a situation like this is people get very fired up and they let their emotions rule.”
Tim Lamont referred the Herald’s inquiries to his lawyer, Tim Rainey.
“Their position is that they have concerns about the ways in which the body corporate is proceeding with the work and the cost allocation, which they are being asked to meet for work that does not affect them or impact on their units in any way,” Rainey said.
“They’re hopeful that something can be done to resolve their concerns and that the matter can proceed. But they are simply at this point doing what they are entitled to do as unit owners to voice their concerns.”
He hoped the body corporate would address their concerns and see if they can be met.
Rainey said the body corporate was proposing “quite a radical solution to address what are some fairly isolated areas of leaks around some decks”.
“The costs have grown significantly because of choices the body corporate and its consultants are making about the works. What is mostly concerning for my clients is they have been given no real information about any work that is going to be affecting their car parks.”
Body corporate chairman Campbell McGill said in a statement that its decisions regarding the project were based on information and recommendations from expert consultants retained for that purpose.
“The cost of the project has escalated significantly as a result of additional defects in the building which have come to light as a result of investigations carried out by the body corporate’s expert consultants,” he said.
“The Lamonts have been provided with the same information as every other owner in the complex and when they have requested more information it has been promptly provided to them. All parties hope to solve the current impasse soon.”