The New Trend In Residential Metal Roof

TIPS FOR CHOOSING THE RIGHT COLOR METAL ROOF

Nowadays, there are far more choices when it comes to choosing a coloured metal roof, but it’s important not to get carried away and choose your favourite colour without properly considering the impact it will have on the overall look of your property.

Consider the quality of the paint finish:

Anything other than a high-quality paint for your metal roof, is not even worth considering, no matter how much money it might save you. It will need to stand up against the elements and continue to look fresh and vibrant for many years to come. Try to choose a paint that has been treated with an acrylic resin since this will help to block ultraviolet rays and prevent it from fading prematurely or peeling and corroding.

What style is your home?

The style of your home will naturally affect the colour of roof that you choose, so think about matching the colour to the exterior elements of your home, and think carefully about the colour of the siding, the doors, windows and even the landscape. For the most unified and aesthetically pleasing look, it’s advisable to select a colour of roof that compliments the colour of your home, rather than starkly contrasting with it. However, if you want to create a look that stands out and is unique, then you can go for a roof that adds a pop of colour to your home.

When looking at colour samples, always view them both during daylight hours and when the sun is going up or down to make sure that you still like the colour when the light is bright or fading. You also have the option of selecting a bare metal roof, such as stainless steel, titanium or copper and zinc to name but a few, which can add a distinctive and elegant aspect to your home.

Think about a dark roof versus a light one:

The shade of colour that you choose for your roof can have a huge impact on the overall look of your home, for example, a light coloured roof will make your home look taller and can enhance it if the property has a low roof or a shallow pitch, while a darker coloured roof can make a tall roof look less dominant or overwhelming

TIPS FOR CHOOSING A GOOD QUALITY, WELL PRICED METAL ROOF

We receive a consistent number of questions that are some variation of, “How do I choose a metal roof,” or, “How do I know what to pay for a metal roof,” or, “Prices for metal roofs are all over the place. How do I decide which one to buy?” Because this kind of question comes up so often, we already have multiple blogs on these topics, including Choosing a Metal Roof: Five Mistakes You MUST Avoid.

What I’d like to add today in response to the most recent question is about metal gauges. Depending on what part of the world your job is located, you’ll find that the local suppliers and contractors tend to what they can obtain easily. This means that terms like “lightweight,” or “heavyweight” tend to mean different things in different areas

For example, you’ll rarely see 29 gauge steel sold in the Northeast or Western United States, but it’s not at all uncommon in the Southeast. For locations in which snow or high winds are expected, it’s just not a choice that an experienced roofer is likely to make. Roofers who specialize in metal in these regions usually use 24 gauge (about 50% more metal than 29 gauge) or maybe 26 gauge if they’re working on a lower-end residential project.

I could write many, many pages of notes on metal gauges and their applications but my advice to shoppers is usually the same: Buy the best (thickest) metal with the best finish you can afford. Metal roofing is just like everything else you’ll shop: the general rule is that you get what you pay for, and there’s usually a good reason that one choice costs more than the next

Tips on Choosing the Right Color for Your Metal Roof

With the right color, metal roofs can significantly increase your home’s curb appeal. The wide range of shades and hues available, however, might make it difficult to choose the best one. Perfect Exteriors of Minnesota, one of the most trusted roofers, shares tips on choosing a color for your roof to help you achieve a beautiful exterior

Consider Energy Efficiency

While it’s not the first thing that comes to mind, the color of your roof actually has an effect on your home’s overall energy efficiency. Lighter colored roofs have better reflective properties than darker ones. A white metal roof is rated by ENERGY STAR® as a cool roof, meaning it can be up to 50 degrees cooler than a dark colored roof.

Base on the Style of Your Home

Metal roofs come in a range of colors and shades to match your home. The color you choose needs to match your home’s overall style. Base your color choices on the elements of your home’s exterior, such as the siding, windows, and landscape. A metal roof can maintain its original color for years, so be sure to choose a color that you will be pleased with for years. Before deciding on a color, look at your color samples during different times of the day to see how they would look on your home.

Metal Roofing – Ultimate Buying Guide

Unbiased, expert advice on how to buy metal roofing, types of metal roofing including standing-seam metal roofing and metal shingles. Includes advice about brands, colors, metal roofing from Lowe’s and Home Depot, hiring a metal roof contractor, and more.

For your home’s roof, you want the most durable, weathertight, fire-resistant, great looking roof you can buy, right? That’s why you should at least consider metal roofing over more conventional materials.

Metal roofs are favored for their fire-resistant qualities, longevity, and speed of installation (in most cases, they are installed by qualified metal roofing contractors. The material is also surprisingly lightweight and great at reflecting heat from the sun, a characteristic that helps homeowners save energy and may even qualify for tax credits.

If you think metal is far too commercial looking for your home, take a closer look below at the variety of products on the market. It’s true that architectural standing-seam roofing panels may have an overly commercial look for some home styles. But many metal roofing materials mimic the appearance of other materials, such as tile roofing. These may look right at home on your house

Metal Roof Materials

When it comes to roofing, the word “metal” covers a lot of territory. Metal roofing is produced from a variety of materials, including steel, aluminum, stainless steel, copper, and zinc alloys. Of course, each one of these has clear differences that affect durability, price, appearance, and more.

Best Tips For Choosing A Metal Roofing Contractor

Metal roofing has a myriad of benefits and this has made them very popular today. The material is amongst the most durable you can find for your roof. It has in fact outshined slates and asphalt shingles. The durability, longevity, energy efficiency, convenient upkeep, resale value, customization flexibility and eco friendliness make them preferred roofing options for many homeowners today.

Choose a local contractor. A reputable local roofing contractor is bound to offer the best services because they know you can easily find them for any complaints. You will also feel at ease, enjoying service warranty from a local contractor

Ensure that the metal roofing contractor has a good reputation with roof installation. It is also very important that you choose a company that has been in service for a long period of time. Reputation and experience can help you choose a reliable metal roofing contractor

Check the quality of materials your contractor uses. Metal roofing calls for quality products and you must ensure that your contractor knows what the best metal roofing materials are. Superior quality products will translate into a metal roofing that lasts a lifetime. Avoid dubious contractors who settle for cheap and poor quality materials to profit themselves in the name of helping you make good selections

Think about the roofing experience in your area. The fact is that different roofing materials suit different climates. For instance, there are metals that are not suited for beach properties because the salt can corrode them. When you choose a contractor with enough experience, installing metal roofing in your region, you can be sure to have the best metals used for the local weather demands.

Understanding Your Home Inspection Report

So What Is A Home Inspection Exactly?

Sometimes, as a professional Home Inspector or pest inspector, I get asked “Exactly what is a Home Inspection?”. And for someone who hasn’t ever been directly exposed to a residential real estate transaction, and perhaps for some that have, it is an excellent question.

In large part, any definition to be applied to the phrase Home Inspection is dependent on where the Home Inspection is being conducted (in what State or municipality) and on what organization, if any, the Home Inspector might have an affiliation. Many states have adopted licensing requirements; some have not. It is worthy of note that an inspection of a home (note that I did not refer to it as a Home Inspection…) conducted in a State with no licensing requirements, by an individual with no or minimal experience and no professional association affiliation, may just be whatever he or she decides it will be at any given time…very, very scary indeed! And, If things are as they should be, we ought to be able to answer the subject question without having to determine what the definition of “Is” is.

When Does a Home Inspection Happen During a Home Sale?

In a home sale, there are two types of home inspections: a buyer’s inspection and a seller’s inspection (or a pre-listing inspection). A buyer’s inspection occurs after the buyer has made an offer on the home, and before closing the sale. After a home inspection, the buyer may be able to renegotiate their offer or request repairs if certain issues come up.

A seller’s home inspection happens before the home is listed. Some sellers choose to get their home inspected as they’re beginning to prepare their house for sale, so they can fix any potential issues beforehand and save time in the closing process.

We’ll touch on the positives and negatives of a pre-inspection a little later.

What Happens During a Home Inspection?

A typical home inspection takes a few hours for an average sized house. Then the report takes about 3-4 days to complete. The home inspector will go through the interior and exterior of the house to record any broken, defected, or hazardous issues with the house and the area surrounding the house.

Buell emphasizes, “The key thing that we look for are safety issues.”

Who Should Be Present During the Home Inspection?

Anyone is allowed to stick around for the home inspection. However, whoever arranges and schedules the home inspection should always be present while the home inspector is there.

Home inspectors have mo such limitations.

Because most local code inspectors are underpaid and overworked, some things get overlooked. In this area, a major city area, code inspectors usually spend a total of 10 – 20 minutes inspecting a house. The average home inspection can take between 2 and 4 hours and is much more comprehensive and detailed. The major difference is that while code inspectors have the authority to require repairs, they have no liability of they miss something significant. With home inspectors, the exact opposite is true. We can call problems out in more detail, but we cannot require that any repairs be done, we can only recommend. The final decision is up to the client.

Many home inspectors also have specialized training to go above and beyond what a normal home inspector would do.,  These things include thermal imaging (using an infrared camera), electrical circuit analysis, mold and Radon testing, to name just a few.  There is also national professional association training and certifications that greatly exceed what almost all states required.

Basic safety checklist

Safety should always be primary to the home inspector, which is why many of the things on the home inspector’s checklist are safety items. Four things they’re on the lookout for include:

  • Smoke detectors: Does the home have them? Are they installed correctly and in the right places (in or near sleeping areas but not too close to the stove)?
  • Ground fault interrupters: These are the special plugs that protect you from shock in areas where water and electricity are in proximity, such as bathrooms and kitchens.
  • Safety glass: Are the glass features installed near stairs or water (like tubs and showers), made of safety (or “tempered”) glass?
  • Stairs: Are the steps a uniform, safe height and angle? Do stairs have handrails and guardrails correctly installed and in the right places?

Components of a Home Inspection

The Home Inspector – A home inspector is more than someone that has some construction knowledge or experience. A home inspector is a problem solver and will need to understand the subtle signs of component failures and have the ability to direct the client to the solutions. Home Inspectors must be expert communicators also. The presentation is important both verbally and in writing. And have no doubt that he/she may be an employee of a company but his/her prime motto is the well being of your home.

State of the Art Tools & Technology – The Home Inspector is armed with the latest tools & technologies to detect issues, even the hidden ones.

The Inspection Process – The inspection team typically consists of home inspector, electrician & a plumber. The process involves a non-invasive, visual examination of all accessible areas and its respective elements along with any add-on components.

Software driven Report – Software driven reports are generated within 24 hours of the inspection process is completed and submitted to the clients which explains the issues along with relevant real time pictures and its relevant solutions.

Long Distance Moving Is Easy If You Use The Services Of Long Distance Moving Companies

Long Distance Moving Tips You’ll Ever Need

Moving long distance across the country is viewed as the most challenging type of relocation there is, right after moving to another country (an international move)

And to be able to guarantee the success of your upcoming cross-country move, your best option is to have a master plan about what you should be doing each step of the way. And, of course, how you should do it too.

Create a long-distance moving plan ASAP (Moving Checklist)

Moving long distance requires a lot of planning and you shouldn’t waste another day wondering where to start or what you should do next. The solution is simple: you need a plan that works, and you need it right now

Don’t make the biggest moving mistake

These tips for planning a long-distance move will help you organize a problem-free household move from start to finish. Nevertheless, costly mistakes are never out of the question

Get in-home moving estimates from reputable movers

In order to prepare a preliminary moving budget, you’ll need to know how much long distance movers cost. Or in your specific house moving case, how much those cross-country movers will charge YOU.

Tips for a Happier Long-Distance Move

We all know about turning on the utilities at the new place and filling out the change-of-address form for the postal service, but when you make a long-distance move, some other things come into play that can make getting from here to there a bit trickier. Here are nine tips pulled from my recent experience of moving from the East Coast to the West Coast — from packing the moving van to handling the inevitable meltdowns

Maximize space in the moving van. Moving cross-country is not cheap (I can only imagine the cost of moving overseas), so I did a lot of reading and asking around for tips before we packed up our house, to make sure we made the most of the space in our truck. Now that we’ve made it to the other side

Paint before you move in. If you plan to give your new space a fresh coat of paint, it makes a lot of sense to do this before moving all of your stuff in.

Ask around before signing up for services. Depending on where you’re moving, there may be many or very few choices of service providers for things like phone and cable. If you have some options, take the time to ask around before committing to one — you may find that the company that served you so well back at your old place doesn’t have much infrastructure in the new area. Or you might find, as we did, that (thanks to lousy cellphone reception) a landline is a necessity at the new place, even though using only cellphones worked fine at the old house.

Put ‘Buy houseplants’ at the top of your to-do list. One of the unexpectedly sad moments of our move was when I realized we couldn’t bring our houseplants along. This may not sound like a big deal, but when you’ve lovingly nurtured a houseful of plants for years, the thought of starting back at zero is kind of depressing. We gave away all of our plants but ended up keeping some of our favorite pots — something that has made picking plants for the new space much easier (and cheaper).

The Best Moving Across Country Tips

Moving to a new home across the country can be overwhelming. Relocation comes with all kinds of stress, but with a few moving across country tips, you can streamline your move cross country

Long Distance Moving Tips

The moving across country tips in this section address relocation several states away. If you’re moving even farther, don’t worry – we have additional tips relating to the best way to move cross country below.

Determine If Your Furniture Will Be Moving to New Location

One constant dilemma of moving is the choice between bringing your bulky, heavy furniture with you (which usually involves professional movers) or leaving it behind and starting fresh in your new home. There are numerous factors that go into determining which choice is cost-effective and right for you

Determine if You’ll Drive or Fly for Your Long Distance Move

One of the best ways to move cross country is to determine whether you will fly and ship your car or drive to the new location

Schedule Appointments Into Your Timeline

When planning the timeline of your move, factor in any appointments you need to make and people you want to see one last time before you go. If you need to see your current doctor, or get together with friends, schedule this ahead of time or else you might run out of time in the whirlwind of the moving process. You might want to plan a going away gathering, or simply set aside some downtime to spend with family and friends prior to moving. Put these meetings on your moving calendar and arrange for them to take place about a week before you leave.

Best Long-Distance Moving

If you’re moving long distance, trying to decide on a moving company can be frustrating. Not only are you trying to compare vague details and prices, but we’re guessing you’re getting at least five calls a day from sales agents if you put in your info for a quote.

Debris removal. Allied will clean up for you, so no more sneaking all that packing paper, bubble wrap, and used tape into your neighbor’s trash can at night. (No, we’re not speaking from experience, why do you ask?)

Customized packing options. Just want someone to pack your 70-inch TV? Or do you prefer to come home to a home that’s been completely packed while you were at work? Either way, Allied can do it.

Used box option. Some of Allied’s agents (the third-party companies who actually move your stuff) let you grab any used boxes they have on hand. That may seem like a trifle, but believe us, specialty boxes don’t come cheap.

Appliance and furniture handling. We get queasy just thinking about all the tables, chairs, and appliances we’ll have to set up when we arrive. Allied’s furniture and appliance services can help make your move a little more stress-free

Long Distance Moving

Finding the Best Way to Move Long Distance

There aren’t many life events bigger than a long distance move. That’s why we offers a self-moving service that takes some of the pressure off — we handle the driving, so you can travel in the comfort of your own vehicle. And with more than 20 years of long distance moving expertise, we’re here to help you every step of the way.

offers a simple service that makes long-distance moves easy and affordable. Just load your belongings into a moving trailer or ReloCube® container, and we’ll move them quickly and safely to your destination

Flexible Pricing

prices are based on the space you use, and we make it easy to figure that out. Your quote will provide an approximation based on home size, or you can call to have a moving consultant help you decide. If the estimate is more or less than you need, no problem. Simply adjust the price for the trailer by adding or subtracting the per-foot rate shown on your quote, or pay for each ReloCube you use

Reliable Transit

Through a nationwide network of efficient service centers, we can move you virtually anywhere in the U.S. in less than a week. If you want your belongings even faster or need to know the exact day of arrival

Superior Customer Service

provides friendly, helpful customer service throughout the move. Whether you need a moving checklist to stay on track, want information about moving supplies, or have questions about the process, we’re here to help. We can even refer you to a moving crew if you need assistance with loading and unloading.

Hiring A Residential Cleaning Service

How to Find and Hire a Maid Service: Questions to Ask, Tips and More

Looking for a House Cleaner?

Keeping a home clean can be a never-ending chore that consumes much of our free time. If life seems to revolve around mopping, vacuuming, dusting and changing bed linens, hiring a professional housekeeping service in your area may be the solution

This guide covers everything to expect from a housekeeping or maid service including package options, what questions to ask and what they charge. This guide is for a service, not a live-in housekeeper who typically has more responsibilities such as laundry.

Professional Cleaner vs. Personal Organizer

Before you choose a housekeeper, ask yourself if you really need it. If what you’re trying to avoid is a cluttered mess, you may want to opt for a personal organizer. They organize your space, design better storage solutions and help you get – and stay – clutter free

What Services Do Cleaning Companies Offer?

Maid service are varied and specialized. Most service companies start with a base package then move into specialized ongoing or one-time services for your specific needs. Special house cleaning services are often available for larger jobs such as garages, post-moving or post-construction.

Basic vs. Customized House Cleaning Services

House cleaning needs vary greatly based on your home size, location and what you really want and need. With most large companies, you can expect a basic package with optional services. Most plans start with a deep clean which covers the entire home. One-time visits tend to cost twice as much as a regularly scheduled recurring visit. But how much is your free time worth to you? The average American spends about 13 hours per week doing chores.

Tips for Hiring House Cleaning Services

Don’t spend all your free time doing household chores. Follow these tips to ensure you hire high-quality cleaning services.

“Let’s face it, few of us look forward to cleaning the house and some of us just downright hate it,” says Angie Hicks, founder of Angie’s List. “In an Angie’s List poll, nearly 60 percent of respondents said their least favorite room to tackle is the bathroom — the most common complained about areas are toilets and cleaning soap scum.”

Interview the housekeeping or maid service

It’s important you interview not only a representative from a house cleaning service, but also the actual person who will be cleaning your home. You should be comfortable with them, especially if they’ll be working while you’re not at home. Ask if the same crew from the house cleaning company will be at your home each time.

Ask for a background check

House cleaners have access to your personal space, so you need assurance that the crew that comes into your home is trustworthy. Ask if the company does background checks on their employees and if the service maintains proper liability insurance.

Ask about rates

The cost for a professional cleaning service will depend on the services you request, the frequency of visits and the size of your home. Ask if they charge by the hour or by the project. Don’t settle for an estimate over the phone — most house cleaning services offer free in-home estimates.

Here’s How You Can Hire A Home Cleaning Service For The First Time

Hiring someone to clean your home is complicated. On one end of the spectrum lies a history of domestic work fraught with racism. On the other end rests the fear of being judged for having a sink full of dishes at the end of a particularly busy week.

But, like finding a cab (think: Uber), preparing dinner (we’re looking at you, Plate Joy) and a slew of other formerly time consuming chores, the Internet has revolutionized the way we keep our spaces clean. Or, at the very least, it’s taken the shame out of it, eliminating the need for personal referrals with its online booking system and extensive roster of cleaning pros.

“If you can find it in your budget, having a professional address your mess can be life-changing. And, it can free you up to be more functional at other things in your life,” said HGTV’s “House Counselor,” Laurie March in an interview with HuffPost Home. As it turns out, affordability may be the real reason why this new generation of “maid” services have been gaining traction.

When someone sees a deal online for a 1 or 2-hour cleaning, what should they know up front?

“Generally, a one-bedroom, one-bath home takes 2.5 hours to clean,” says Tye. “But there are times when even a small bathroom can take over an hour to clean, especially if it hasn’t been cleaned in a while,” she adds, noting her company’s 2.5-hour minimum booking policy. March recommends choosing three things you want done really well and having your cleaning pro focus on those.

Is there any cleaning that needs to be done before the cleaning?

“The less of a total disaster they show up to, the more likely it is that they can do a serious, deep cleaning on the areas you really hate to do yourself,” March says. “So consider picking up your socks and putting a few things in the right places so your pro can focus on that funk behind the toilet.”

Tips on Finding the Best Maid Cleaning Service

Cleaning your house is a never-ending task, especially when you’re juggling your professional and home life. So you’ve decided it’s time to work around your busy schedule and find someone to make your house sparkle, and keep it that way. But you’re not looking for just anyone. You want to hire the best maid cleaning service in town. However, a reliable company that teams up only with the best maids in the business is not so easy to find.

Check online reviews

The first step is to confirm the consistent quality of services the cleaning company provides. How? Perform a background check. Read online reviews and testimonials and get more sources on the past experiences from the company’s clients.

Ask about maid screening

To make sure that you are opening the door to a trustworthy, dependable and honest professional, you should check the company’s website or call them to find out how rigorously their maids are screened.

Ask about the equipment and cleaning supplies

Before you hire a cleaning service, see if they supply all the necessary cleaning supplies and equipment. Go for a maid service that will send a fully equipped team to your home. If you opt for products that are both environmentally friendly and effective in disinfecting, you can also inquire about the type of cleaning solvents cleaners use

Get price quotes

An easy, secure online booking and transparent pricing will save you the hassle and allow you to schedule your cleaning in just minutes. A company that is reliable and trustworthy will be fully bonded and insured and provide you with an estimate.

Tips for Finding the Right Professional Cleaning Services

Ensuring that your home is always clean is one of the ways of making it a conducive place to be. However, there are those instances when doing the cleaning task on your own becomes almost impossible because maybe you are too tired to complete the task. Or it could because you do not have the right equipment to do the task. If you are in the same situation, then hiring a professional cleaner is the best way out.

But what does it take to find good professional cleaning services? Well, with the so many cleaning companies, choosing the best one might be a bit tricky. This is why it is important that before you choose one, do your due diligence. This article provides you with important tips that will help you in finding the right cleaning services provider for you.

Research and References

Before choosing a cleaning company, it is important to make sure that you have the necessary information with you. This might include talking to people who might have hired the particular company that you intend to hire and get to know what they have in mind. You can also use the internet to collect all the necessary information. It is hard for you to make the wrong choice if you have the right information.

You also need to consider the reputation of the cleaning services. The reputation is mainly meant to give you a hint on the quality of services to expect if you hire the particular cleaning services that you have in mind. If for instance, the cleaning company that you are looking at has a good reputation, then it means that is known for offering quality services. Working with such a company guarantees you the assurance that you will get quality services.

Cleaning Experience

Cleaning services is a job that needs to be handled by professional people. People who understand what it takes to offer quality cleaning services. One of the qualities that a good cleaning company need to have is the experience

Main Job Description Of Camera Operator

What does a Camera Operator do?

Camera operators are the ones behind the scenes operating film or video cameras to capture footage for televisions shows, commercials, documentaries, events, and film. Many camera operators specialize in shooting footage for a specific industry, such as those working in the film industry or those working for an advertising firm shooting commercials.

How to Become a Camera Operator

There is no minimum requirement to become a camera operator, though a bachelor’s degree may be necessary to gain an entry level position. If you do not have experience, employers will look for applicants with a formal education in a related field such as broadcasting or film. If a camera operator is already in the field and has experience, they may not need to show a formal education as they may have built a reputation. According to O*NET OnLine, over 60% of camera operators surveyed reported having at least an associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree.

Job Description of a Camera Operator

Camera operators shoot footage with television or motion picture cameras to capture scenes for a director. They would need to be knowledgable in composition and lighting techniques to ensure the angle, lighting, and story of the scene is conveyed as intended. They would also use various lenses and filters when necessary to accurately capture the moment.

Camera Operators Career Video Transcript

Whether it’s the silver screen of 1950s Hollywood or the computer screen and YouTube of today, Americans have long carried a torch for moving pictures. When the director yells “Action” the camera operator’s eyes are glued to the camera’s lens, making sure to catch everything. There are three main types of camera operators

Studio camera operators work in broadcasting and follow directions as part of an ensemble production. They film their subjects from a fixed position. Cinematographers film motion pictures. They determine the angles, lighting, and types of equipment that will best capture a shot

Camera Operator

A camera operator records the visual images that make up movies, television shows, news broadcasts, music videos and televised news and sporting events. If you were to visit the set of a movie or television show, you would see the “cameraman” filming the action. He or she may also film live events like concerts and sports. When a news reporter broadcasts from a remote location or from a television studio, the camera operator records it for the audience at home to watch either live or at some later time

Employment Facts

There were about 21,400 camera operators employed in 2012. Most camera operators work full-time, but those who film motion pictures may have periods of unemployment between projects. There may also be times when overtime work is required to meet deadlines. Some camera operators work on a freelance basis. Jobs of this nature may require that one has his or her own equipment.

Educational Requirements

Many employers prefer to hire job candidates who have a bachelor’s degree in film or broadcasting, or in a related discipline. This formal training, however, is not enough. One needs to learn what actually goes on during film production. In order to do that, an aspiring camera operator begins his or her career as a production assistant in the camera department. After time spent doing simple tasks, which often includes running errands, he or she may become a camera assistant, before eventually becoming a camera operator.

Other Requirements

Will you make a good camera operator? The answer to this question relies on your soft skills or personal qualities. If you are creative, have good visual skills, eye-hand coordination and can pay attention to detail, you have a better chance of succeeding in this occupation than someone who does not have these qualities. You must also have good communication skills, including the ability to understand what others are telling you and the ability to convey instructions. You will have to receive and understand instructions from directors and producers as well as give instructions to your assistants.

Advancement Opportunities

Some camera operators make a career shift within the entertainment industry, eventually becoming directors or producers.

How to Become a Camera Operator

What is a Camera Operator?

While the Director and the Director of Photography set up the mood and the style for each shot, the ones who are hands-on behind each shot are Camera Operators, who combine their technical knowledge with creative input to make sure each clip is a perfect fit for the final product

Camera Operators work under the Director and Director of Photography and often work closely with technical departments to include sound and lighting. Camera Operators work across a variety of mediums recording moving images. They create the film for music videos, corporate productions, films, TV programmes, and commercials. In this article, we will be discussing what responsibilities you can expect from this role, and the key skills you will need to become a Camera Operator.

What does a Camera Operator do?

Camera Operators usually start working in early pre-productions, attending technical recces with other Heads of Department. They execute the instructions of the DoP and the Director while being responsible for their Assistants and Trainees. If and when technical issues arise, the Camera Operator is responsible for resolving these problems.

After shots have been rehearsed and the camera has been positioned by the DoP, it’s the Camera Operator’s responsibility to take care of all aspects of the operation of the equipment. Importantly, they will follow a camera script adhering to the directions of the Director. To stay ahead in this role it is important to study scripts before filming to ensure the smooth running of the production

Camera Operators have the responsibility of setting up the equipment before any shot and of keeping everything ready for any last-minute changes. They also oversee the work of their Assistants and Trainees in maintaining and preparing the equipment.

WORKING AS A CAMERA OPERATOR

What Does A Camera Operator Do

Film and video editors and camera operators manipulate images that entertain or inform an audience. Camera operators capture a wide range of material for TV shows, motion pictures, music videos, documentaries, or news and sporting events. Editors take footage shot by camera operators and organize it into a final product. They collaborate with producers and directors to create the final production

How To Become A Camera Operator

Film and video editors and camera operators typically need a bachelor’s degree in a field related to film or broadcasting

Education

Most editor and camera operator positions require a bachelor’s degree in a field related to film or broadcasting, such as communications. Many colleges offer courses in cinematography or video-editing software. Coursework involves a mix of film theory with practical training

Training

Editors may complete a brief period of on-the-job training. Some employers may offer new employees training in the type of specialized editing software they use. Most editors eventually specialize in one type of software, but beginners should be familiar with as many types as possible.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Certification is a way for editors to demonstrate competence in various types of editing software. To earn certification, video editors must pass a comprehensive exam. Candidates can prepare for the exam on their own, through online tutorials, or through classroom instruction

WHERE’S THE BEST PLACE FOR CAMERA OPERATORS TO MAKE MONEY AND FIND JOBS?

Two of the hardest things to get a handle on in the film industry is how much you can expect to make and where the jobs are. Well, thanks to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, we can remove some of that guess work and find out about the average wage of a camera operator, where the most jobs are, and how much the industry is projected to grow.

On average, camera operators make about $49k annually

The mean annual wage for camera operators in 2012, according to the BLS, was $49,260. But let’s take that with a grain of salt. Why? Because that number gets inflated by the people at the high end of the spectrum; meaning if Roger Deakins gets included in the pool, he single-handedly inflates the mean annual wage which is calculated by averaging all wages together.

Which is lower than other film occupations, but higher than still photographers

Of course none of these wage numbers mean much if we don’t have context to put them within. In this case, it’s helpful to compare what camera operators make against others in the film, television, and media industries as well as against the average wages for all occupations in the US economy

When you do that, as we have in the chart above, there’s good and bad news. The good news is that camera operators make more money than the national average and, when you isolate camera operators within the “Motion Picture and Video Industries,” the annual mean wage jumps to $57,100. The bad news is that, compared to some other common production jobs, we’re lower on the scale.

The conventional wisdom is true; the most work is in California and New York

According to the BLS, California and New York are the states with the most employment of camera operators with both states besting the third state on the list, Florida, by almost double the number of camera operators employed

Tips To Find The Best Personal Injury Lawyer

Tips for Finding a Good Personal Injury Attorney

If you require an attorney to represent your interests in court or you just need one for personal consultation on an ongoing negotiation, you should opt for a good personal injury attorney rather than an ordinary attorney. You can build enough confidence with a personal injury attorney to ensure a comfortable legal process.

Today there are many attorneys with sufficient knowledge to successfully tackle a personal injury claim; however you should take time to choose one with the right skills and experience to stand for your interests in a personal injury case. Irrespective of the years of experience, refrain from choosing an attorney who mainly works with an insurance company because it is only normal for these attorneys to put the interest of the insurance company first before yours.

Why an attorney might not be interested in handling your case

Searching for the perfect personal attorney is no easy task, avoid going for just any kind of attorney. You will need to select an attorney that shows sufficient interest in your case and this would typically involve a lot of research. You will also need to agree on a mode of payment once you have found the right attorney. It is advised that you choose an attorney you can pay based on a contingency fee. This means that the amount of money the attorney is paid depends on the compensation you get.

Important questions to ask your personal injury attorney

A lot of victims are usually unprepared and confused in the event of an accident, leaving them unsure of how to handle the case effectively. It is necessary to make swift decisions if you sustain any injuries in an accident. First and foremost, you should seek urgent medical attention and after recovery you should contact a personal injury attorney to fight for full compensation if you are sure you are not to blame for the accident and the damage was caused by some other person’s negligence.

What is your area of specialization?

It is important to be informed about your attorney’s area of specialization. Just as it would be unwise to have an auto mechanic deal with a leaking pipe rather than a plumber, it is also a terrible idea to hire an attorney that does not specialise in personal injury cases. Hence, with the vast array of attorneys available today focusing on different areas of law like; wrongful death, accident, product liability etc., ensure you go for an attorney that specializes on personal injury law to increase your chances of a good outcome.

Tips to Help You Find the Right Personal Injury Attorney

Pick the Right Type of Attorney

When you have a medical condition that requires treatment, the first thing you will usually do is search for a doctor that specializes in that kind of ailment. The same thought process applies to selecting an attorney

Research Several Attorneys

It is essential to conduct research on any attorney or firm before deciding who you wish to interview. You may want to start by speaking to family members and trusted friends about their personal experiences with attorneys in your area. When conducting your research, look for issues with their reputation that may affect your case

Interview the Attorney

When you have a repair performed on your home, you would never think twice about asking the repair company about their credentials or experience. This consideration should be no different when deciding on an attorney. You will want to talk to your potential lawyer about their past cases and outcomes and ask how they feel they could represent your case.

Ask About Your Case

Ask your attorney what they think about the merits of your case. Ask how they will handle the case and what outcome they would like to see. Does the attorney only take cases that they can settle out of court or are they willing to represent your case before a judge and jury?

Review All Paperwork

Make sure that you review all paperwork the attorney presents to you, so you are in full understanding of what you are about to sign. Once you sign the documents to accept their legal services you have entered into a contract

How To Find The Right Personal Injury Lawyer

Finding an Experienced Lawyer

The practice of law has become highly specialized, and many lawyers know less about personal injury law than you will after some reading through this site. So, your first task is to find a lawyer who has experience representing claimants (known as “plaintiffs”) in personal injury cases. You do not want to be represented by someone who has primarily been a lawyer for insurance companies, even if they’re experienced. Such a lawyer may be too accustomed to taking the insurance company’s side and might not fight hard enough for your claim

A Lawyer Might Not Want Your Case

Finding a lawyer you want to hire is one thing. But that lawyer also has to want your case. And a lawyer could have several reasons for rejecting you as a client

Friends and Acquaintances

Contact friends or coworkers who have been represented by a lawyer in their own personal injury claims. If the friend or coworker says good things about the experience, put that lawyer on your list of people with whom to have an initial consultation. But do not make any decision about a lawyer solely on the basis of someone else’s recommendation. Different people will have different responses to a lawyer’s style and personality. Also, at any particular time a lawyer may have more or less energy or interest to devote to a new case. So do not make up your mind about hiring someone until you have met with the lawyer, discussed your case, and decided that you are comfortable entering a working relationship.

Lawyers You Already Know

You may already know a lawyer, either personally or because the lawyer has represented you before in some legal matter. And that lawyer may be very good at the job. So, when you consider hiring a lawyer to work on your personal injury claim, it may seem obvious to hire this person you already know

Lawyer Directories

You can search for lawyers through advertising directories. Nolo’s lawyer directory at www.nolo.com/lawyers provides extensive profiles of attorneys, including each attorney’s experience, education, and fee structure. Lawyers.com also has an extensive directory of personal injury lawyers, complete with client reviews and peer ratings

How to Find a Personal Injury Lawyer

Hiring the right person to handle your legal case is a daunting task. Whether you have been injured in a car accident or are having trouble after a hip replacement surgery, you want to ensure that the lawyer is the best for the job

Ask friends and family to refer their injury lawyer

Word of mouth is not going away. The preferred way to find a good personal injury lawyer is to ask friends and family for a referral to an attorney who represented them in the past

Make sure to discuss fees before signing

Says Neal Davis of the Neal Davis Law firm in Houston, Texas, “It’s always important to ask about fees upfront. Transparency is crucial in any significant financial transaction, and that includes your lawyer. Always get any fee agreement in writing.”

Research attorneys online

Research different attorneys online. Make sure they are licensed and in good standing in the state where the accident occurred.

Listen to your gut

“Pick the personal injury attorney that genuinely cares about you as a person and your long-term wellbeing,” advises Evan Guthrie, a personal injury lawyer in Charleston, South Carolina. “Some attorneys may care more about the value of the case over making the decisions that will benefit the client in their recovery. The attorney should also be real and honest about the weaker parts of the case up front instead of playing up the strengths of the case. Trust your gut feeling when choosing an attorney. If it does not feel right, move on to another attorney immediately even if representation has already begun.”

TIPS ON FINDING THE RIGHT PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER

If you’ve been seriously injured in an accident, retaining a personal injury lawyer may help you pursue compensation for any damages incurred as a result. However, it can be incredibly difficult to find a lawyer for your needs, especially if you are recovering from your injuries. With thousands of personal injury lawyers online, how do you find the right one?

An ideal law firm has a track record of success that can be easily found. Many law firms spend large sums of money on billboard or TV advertising but do not obtain good results for their clients. Insurance companies and large corporations know the track record of the attorneys they deal with and generally offer more money in settlement to those with a higher percentage of success because they know that law firm is willing and capable to go to trial. Additionally, trial lawyer of the year awards or outstanding trial lawyer of the year awards are a great indicator of this as well. These awards are only given to the top trial attorneys who have exceptional experience and track record.

Look at the experience of the attorneys. Many larger personal injury law firms have younger associates that handle personal injury cases, but these associates do not have the experience or expertise of an attorney with 20+ years of experiencing practicing personal injury cases. Likewise, firms that have many younger associates don’t need to pay those associates as much as an experienced personal injury trial lawyer – and in personal injury law, you typically get what you pay for. Having an experienced attorney will assist in getting you a larger settlement and better result on your case.

Personal Injury Attorney

Make sure the personal injury attorneys have the capability to represent you in a trial if necessary. Although not all personal injury cases go to trial, an attorney who has courtroom experience can more effectively represent your case needs

Personal Injury Attorney

Research. There are tons of lawyers out there and it can be overwhelming to pick the right one. A good place to start is to ask friends and family for referrals and then research online. Then call a few different lawyers and see who you’re comfortable with

Must Learn How To Find The Best Family Law Attorney

Family Law Attorney – Their Services

What Is Family Law, and What Is a Family Law Attorney?

Family law refers to the branch of the legal field that deals with issues relating to domestic relationships. Thus, a family law attorney is an attorney that specializes in family law, as opposed to other branches of the legal field. 

Some of the most common subjects covered by family law include:

  • Divorce and Marriage: This includes prenuptial agreements, divorce, spousal support, division of property,and domestic violence issues. This may also include matters related to civil unions and domestic partnerships, claims for reimbursement for marital expenses, non-marital agreements, and annulment procedures;
  • Issues Involving Children: This includes child custody, child support, adoption, child abuse, and child neglect. This may also include paternity testing and fraud related to paternity testing; and
  • Other Family Law Issues: This includes emancipation, “Power of Attorney,” estate matters, inheritance laws, and name changes.

As you can see, family law attorneys are able to practice several different types of law under the family law umbrella. Most attorneys do practice the spectrum of legal matters associated with family law as a whole. 

However, some attorneys who practice family law choose to specialize even further. For example, some attorneys will specialize in adoptions, while others may solely focus on divorce and other related issues.

Dealing with family law issues?

Family law generally concerns domestic relations and family-related matters such as marriage, civil unions, domestic partnerships, adoptions, paternity, guardianships, domestic abuse, surrogacy, child custody, child abduction, the dissolution of marriage and associated issues. Each state has its own set of family laws, and traveling across state borders can sometimes affect your rights and those of your family.

Contrary to popular belief, seeking the advice of a family law attorney does not necessarily mean that something is amiss in your family. A family law attorney can help negotiate prenuptial/premarital agreements for clients in anticipation of marriage or advise same-sex couples on relevant legal issues affecting their relationship. They also can help with adoption proceedings and other procedures involving children.

Family law attorneys often do represent clients seeking a divorce, annulment or legal separation, and the complicated issues that can arise as a result. Although domestic abuse is a criminal offense, some family law attorneys are skilled at handling these situations, as they are often entangled with other family law issues.

Some jurisdictions certify lawyers as family law specialists, which means these attorneys have met the certifying body’s minimum requirements for education, experience, and examination.

5 Things a Family Lawyer Can Do For You

Family lawyers are legal professionals that specialize in matters to do with family law. They handle legal issues that are concerned with members of the family. Such legal issues include divorce, child custody, and guardianship among others. Family lawyers can act as mediators when family disagreements develop. They can also represent litigants in family conflicts that end up courts. Below are some of the things that family lawyers can do.

Handling Divorce Issues

Undergoing a divorce is probably one of the most draining experiences that a family can face. Emotions may set in and make it impossible for a couple to settle it calmly. In such a case, a family law attorney can act as a mediator, and assist them to approach the issue rationally and within the law. In other words, a competent family law attorney can assist couples in the process of divorcing to settle the matter fairly without necessarily going to court. 

Handling Estates and Wills

A will is a legal document through which people state how they would wish their property to be managed when they die. Family law attorneys are responsible for assisting people in drafting these documents. They also have what it takes to ensure that an estate is administered as stated by a deceased via the will.

Handling Child Custody Agreements

When a couple separates, one of the most difficult issues to handle has to be what happens to the children. Couples need to agree on how to take care of the children they have had together in the new arrangement. Child custody is defined by an agreement in which both parents have to live with the terms therein. A competent family lawyer can help parents that are parting ways to draft such an agreement. A family law attorney can also help parents in amending child custody agreements if need be.

Handling Prenuptial Agreements

A prenuptial agreement is a contract signed by a couple prior to a marriage or a civil union. Although the content of such a contract may vary from one case to another, its main aim is to spell out the provisions of spousal support and division of the property in the event of a breakup or a divorce. A family lawyer can assist a couple in drafting a prenuptial agreement and handling any matters that may arise from the contract according to the law.

Represent Litigants in Court

Although family attorneys can help people to settle family disputes outside court, some of these matters still end up in the courts. In such a case, family lawyers are best suited to help litigants get justice. These attorneys handle such cases almost every other day, and therefore, they have the necessary legal knowledge and practical experience to help litigants to navigate the complex jungles of the family law and ensure that justice is served accordingly.

3 Qualities to Look for in a Family Law Attorney

The quest for family law attorneys does not stop at the point where you finally find some recommendations or names. Lots of people do not follow through these steps and more than often, they end up losing their cases due to lack of skills.

1. Excellent People Skill

A family law attorney should always have excellent people skill. They should know the tricks and turns of handling an emotional client who is about to lose the custody of his/her child or a marriage. A family law attorney should always be very attentive to the details and not dismiss the client’s story easily.

2. Excellent Communication Skill

Apart from the people skill, the communication skill is another feather which family law attorneys should have in their hats. A lot of domestic cases get resolved outside of the courtroom and parties settle through their attorneys. In this case, your family law attorney should be a confident speaker and a good negotiator to deal with the case firmly outside the courtroom and not give nod to the terms of the other party without a counter attack.

3. Excellent Research Skill

Though this quality might a common one for all the attorneys, family law attorneys should be extra attentive with their research skills. With the right clause or with the right case law reference, a family law case can be won quite easily and this wholly depends on the skill of your chose attorney.

After Choosing a Family Law Attorney

It’s important to provide your lawyer with all of the information that he or she needs to help you. In some situations, there may be details that you feel uncomfortable sharing, but you will get the best results if your attorney knows the whole story. If, for example, you’re in the throes of a contested divorce, you may not want to share information that could portray you in a lesser light. But, once your lawyer has all the relevant facts in his or her possession, then there may be ways to present your case in a way that mitigates any potential damage.

Providing your attorney with clear records and timelines of relevant events can help significantly, too. So, even if you didn’t keep comprehensive records in the past, or didn’t organize them well before, start doing so now. Keep track of relevant dates and times, locations, conversations, and so forth.

How Legal Benefit Plans Can Help

You may know that you need legal help, but also recognize that the fees are more than you can afford. That’s why legal benefits are so helpful. These are voluntary benefits plans that employers offer to their employees—and, as a member of a group legal plan, like Family Defender™, you would have access to the legal help that you need, simply by paying a low monthly fee.

Find Out The Best Laminate Flooring For Your Floor

What Information You Need To Know About Laminate Flooring

WHAT IS: LAMINATE FLOORING

With the look and texture of wood or stone, laminate flooring is a tough and durable man-made product that is easy to clean, pet-proof and easy to install. Laminate makes a great choice for anyone looking for a floor they can fit and forget, even in the busiest parts of the home. With different thickness, widths and lengths, laminate is great for homes that want the look of wood or tile, but with a floor that delivers great value. Packed to the brim with easy living advantages, modern generation laminates are ideal for homes that want a good looking floor on a budget.

Where to use Laminate Flooring

Hard wearing, laminate flooring can be used in most areas of the home including dining and living rooms, hallways, kitchens and bedrooms. However, it is important to remember that it’s still a natural product, so we do not recommend laminate flooring in bathrooms or any other high moisture environment.

If your home has underfloor heating, then laminate is also completely safe for use as it is stable enough to withstand direct heat. However, when turning on the underfloor heating for the first time, or after a prolonged period of being turned off, increase the temperature gradually over a period of days so that the floor can acclimatise to the change.

3 Things To Consider When Choosing Laminate Flooring

Now that you’ve gone through a crash course on the types of laminate flooring that are available in the market, let’s fine-tune the selection process.

Here are 3 things that you should consider when choosing the type of laminate flooring for your home or office:

1. Foot Traffic

The volume of foot traffic will determine the level of wear and tear that your laminate flooring will go through. High foot traffic areas will result in more nicks and damage to your flooring. In the home, high foot traffic areas include the living room, the kitchen, and the dining room.

For high foot traffic areas, light coloured laminate flooring planks would be a better option because they can hide scratches, dust, and dirt better than dark coloured laminate flooring planks.

You won’t have to clean and maintain them as much as dark coloured laminate flooring planks where even footprints are visible. Another good option for high foot traffic areas is Embossed Laminate Flooring. Its grainy texture that is similar to wood will hide scratches really well. The same can be said for laminate flooring with stone design printed on it.

2. Location

If the room is located in an area where there is an abundance of natural light coming inside, darker coloured laminate flooring can help subdue the level of brightness. On the other hand, if the room does not get enough natural light coming in, opt for lighter or brighter coloured laminate flooring.

In areas where you normally receive guests such as the living room, dining room, and kitchen, using laminate flooring with wider planks will give the space the impression of greater size. For the kitchen, a good choice would be laminate flooring with an underlay as it has been proven to be highly-resistant to mould.

3. Cost

Even though laminate flooring is one of the more inexpensive flooring materials you can choose for your home and office, you should still be mindful of its cost. It has been designed to be a no-frills option for your home or office renovation. As you have read, there are types of laminate flooring planks that do not need glue for installation.

Still, flooring is just one component in a home building or home renovation project. Choose laminate flooring tiles that fit your budget. You want to make sure your funds can cover the other refurbishing needs of your home or office.

What kind of wear and tear will my floor be exposed to?

Laminates sure are tough and durable—but you need to pick the right laminate for the job. If you’re laying a floor in an office exposed to lots of foot traffic, office chairs on castors and high heel shoes, you’ll need to pick a laminate with a higher AC (Abrasion Class) rating. Matching the AC rating to your needs is easy.

AC1 Moderate Residential. Built to withstand only light residential use. Suitable for closets or bedrooms.

AC2 General Residential. Built for moderate foot traffic. Suitable in residential spaces that don’t see a tremendous amount of wear and tear like dining rooms or living rooms.

AC3 Heavy Residential/Moderate Commercial. Built for all kinds of residential use including high–traffic rooms and even commercial spaces that have light traffic like offices without off-street traffic and hotel rooms.

AC4 General Commercial. Built to withstand every kind of residential use as well as more heavily trafficked commercial spaces that have off-street traffic like offices, cafes, and boutiques.

AC5 Heavy Commercial. Built for the busiest commercial uses and high–traffic spaces like department stores and government buildings.

Maintenance

Laminate floors do not exist in a vacuum, although a vacuum can be a great way to clean a floor. The main thing to remember is that the material you choose will have to be cared for overtime. Some of the cleaning procedures for different products can be involved, rigorous, and require the purchase of a number of specialty items. Luckily laminate has a protective-wear layer which actually keeps most of the dirt and debris off of its surface, making it easy to sanitize whenever you think it is proper.

Cleaning laminate floors should generally only require you to sweep, vacuum, or dry mop regularly. For more intensive cleaning regimens a very mild soap and water solution can be used to gently scrub or mop specific areas. However, you mustn’t allow water to form in puddles, or stand on the surface of the floor for prolonged periods of time, as it can cause damage in insidious ways.

Laminate floors are a great, low-cost, low-maintenance option for a variety of spaces. However, they do wear over time, and they are susceptible to water damage, so be sure that you only install them in locations designed for them.

What You Need to Know Before Installing Laminate Flooring

To make the job go smoothly and quickly, here’s what else you need to know to gear up for installing laminate flooring.

Get the room ready by removing the base shoe and baseboards. Makes sure the floor is clean and level — installing over an non-level floor can lead to soft, spongy areas and may contribute to seams opening up. Tolerances are usually 1/4 to 3/8 inch measured over 10 horizontal feet. High spots on wood floors can be sanded down. Alternately, you can “fill” low spots with pieces of 30-lb. felt. Low spots on concrete slabs should be filled with leveling compound.

Measure the room to determine the total square footage of flooring you’ll need, then add 5 percent for waste and mistakes. Remember you’ll want to leave a gap of about 3/8 inch around the perimeter of the room to allow for the flooring to expand and contract with changes in humidity. That gap will be covered up when you reinstall the baseboards and base shoe.

Acclimate the flooring by bringing all the packages of flooring into the room. Open the packages and distribute the loose planks around the room in short piles. This helps the flooring stabilize to the ambient humidity in your room, a process that takes about 48 hours. Use the opportunity to inspect any planks for damage.

Prep door frame so that the flooring will slide underneath the trim and jamb (it’s much easier than trying to cut an irregular shape to fit the molding). Use a piece of flooring and underlayment as a guide, and mark the door trim and jamb for trimming. Cut the pieces using a jamb saw — a specialty handsaw with an offset handle that makes it easy to cut near the floor. You can rest the saw blade on top of a piece of flooring to make sure you have a straight, even cut that’s the correct height.

Must Know The Best Dermatologist

How To Find a Good Dermatologist

Putting your face into the hands of someone else is an act of faith and trust. Here are some tips on how to find a good dermatologist and laser center. I also give you a link to my own list of great dermatologists all over the country.

The difference between a great doctor (and laser center) and a just-okay one is that a great doctor will get consistently good results a higher percentage of the time. And, if you have a problem or complication

Is there a doctor on site?

This is regulated state-by-state and, believe it or not, some states do not require the Medical Director (that is, the Doctor) of a laser center to be on the premises any more than an hour or two a month. The doctor is the doctor in name only at these clinics. There is almost no physician training, supervision, or quality control for “technicians” to ensure that the lasers are set properly for the patients, that the lasers are maintained properly, that the treatments are done correctly, and that problems are handled promptly and well.

Is the doctor Board-certified in dermatology?

It’s shocking, but there is no law preventing doctors from calling themselves whatever they want. Many centers all over the country are being set up by doctors who have absolutely no medical training in skin but who have decided that they want to cash in on skin services.

Have they been in business more than 5 years?

This is also a key question, because many “skin clinics” and mini-spas fail within the first 3 to 5 years. They may start well initially, with heavy advertising to bring in customers. But they often cannot sustain a high level of results and safety over a broad spectrum of their customer base. So they go out of business, leaving in their wake a trail of lawsuits, unhappy and sometimes scarred patients, and patients who have paid money for services that they never received.

TIPS: WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A DERMATOLOGIST

Dermatologists diagnose and treat more than 3,000 different diseases and conditions related to the skin, hair, nails, and mucous membranes (the lining inside the eyelids, nose, and mouth).  A dermatologist is specially qualified to treat a variety of conditions including acne, eczema, psoriasis, rashes, rosacea, skin cancer, wrinkles, age spots, and hair loss. People of all ages, from newborns to those over 100 years of age, can often benefit from regularly seeing a skilled dermatologist.

BOARD CERTIFIED

Choose a dermatologist that is board certified by the American Board of Dermatology. While technically any doctor with a medical degree can start a skin care practice, board certified dermatologists meet an additional set of education and experience criteria including

CONSIDER THE NEED FOR SPECIALIZATION

Some board certified dermatologists complete additional education and training in order to specialize in areas like Mohs surgery, dermatopathology, or pediatric dermatology. Such additional fellowship training can be extremely valuable when it comes to properly treating certain conditions. Patients who know they need a specific procedure should concentrate their search on dermatologists with additional fellowship training. Ask any candidate about their history performing the procedure including complications.

BEDSIDE MANNER

All patients deserve a dermatologist that they feel comfortable with. This means finding a dermatologist with a communication style and personality that works with yours. When reading reviews or soliciting referrals form friends ask if visits feel rushed. A good dermatologist will take the time to fully address your concerns and explain all the treatment options.

AFTER HOURS CARE

It’s important for patients to always be able to reach out to their dermatologist after office hours, during evening and on weekends. Many dermatologists will offer on-call or answering services to handle any emergencies like allergic reactions. You should never feel left in the dark on the weekend or after hours on weekdays.

Dermatologist Tips

Do you have any skin care routine for day and night? If so, you’ve probably know how to deal with several skin problems such as acne. However, there are times when you feel your skin is uneven or your pores getting enlarged.

Experienced dermatologist Adarsh Vijay Mudgil explained that skin texture is basically about how smooth your skin feels. Skin with good texture are smooth and soft when you touch it. While a bad skin texture is noticeable.

Exfoliation

Dr. Mudgil stated that exfoliating your skin regularly helps to improve your skin texture. Exfoliate the skin with a soft peeling or a cleanser. Other options is to visit your dermatologist for chemical peeling. If you prefer to exfoliate at home, use a helpful guide to find the best exfoliator for your skin types.

Try laser treatment

“Laser treatment can repairs the skin texture,” said Dr. Mudgil. If you feel that your skin texture has not improved with home treatments, it would be best if you consult your dermatologist to decide what is the best skin care for you

Keep your skin hydrated

A moisturizer can prevent your skin from dryness or excess sebum. When your skin is balanced (hydrated) your skin becomes soft and smooth

Tips to find a Good Dermatologist

The individual could have varicose veins, acne, odd mole, rash as well as other skin problems that you would like enlightenment and cure. However, you don’t be aware of steps on tips on how to actually find a good one. Below are great tips that will help you to find an excellent dermatologist which will understand your woes and give good results and medications to your skin problems.

One thing you have to do is always to ask your household doctor if he can recommend an excellent dermatologist to you. Doctors know the best doctors in different areas, and furthermore, as each of them meet at functions and conventions, he might point you within the right direction.

You may also ask your friends and colleagues once they know anything good dermatologist whom you can rely. Apart from this, you can even try Googling it and locate thousands of possible dermatologists who can meet your requirements. From here, you can check their site and create a few calls

How to Find a Good Dermatologist

Your skin is your largest organ and its health is important to your overall well-being. With so many things that can go awry with your skin, a good dermatologist is invaluable and can make a huge difference in the way you look and feel. So how do you go about choosing the right dermatologist and how do you know what to look for in a dermatologist? Here are some tips for how to find a good dermatologist that is right for you

Check Their Biography

If you’ve found a handful of dermatologists that you’re considering, take a moment to check out their bios (usually posted on their website). Look for board certification specifically from the American Academy of Dermatology

Schedule a Consultation

By scheduling a consultation, you can meet your potential dermatologist and get a feel for his or her mannerisms and abilities while also asking lots of questions about a procedure or issue you’re looking into. You may also be able to meet other patients in the waiting room and ask them about their experience with the dermatologist in question.

Listen to Learn

During your consultation with a prospective dermatologist, focus on listening. The best method is to give a vague reason for your visit and then let them do the talking. Perhaps mention the lines on your face or veins that you wish you didn’t have, but don’t go into detail about the methods you’ve researched on your own. Instead, listen to how the dermatologist would address the issues and their opinion will give you an idea for how aggressive their treatment methods are and what kind of approach they take to treating those issues

Look for Recommendations

Online reviews and recommendations can be a little misleading for some who are looking for unbiased opinions and not just the most positive reviews that a dermatologist has chosen to present on their site. Ask friends, family members, and neighbors for a recommendation for a good dermatologist in your area, or ask your general practitioner for a recommendation for a dermatologist that they like and trust themselves.

Choose Good Party Planner For Your Memorial Party

Best tips from party planning pros: how to make your event unforgettable

Rachel Senner, Senner of Attention

My best tip for creating an unforgettable event is to tie in touches that will bring everyone together. Sometimes people meet, grow closer, or bond stronger because of a fun game, touching photo slide, or song choice. These small things here and there can create a special experience no one will forget.

Megan & Cedar Watson, Paper Goat Post

Our best tip for creating an unforgettable event is to PLAN! If you think through all the details and set a solid plan, you will be able to execute the event based around the goals set during your planning. If you run into any bumps during the execution, you’ll be able to “WORK YOUR PLAN” and respond in a calm and appropriate manner.

Elle Anderson & Sydney Thompson, Elle A Events

I would say the best tip for an unforgettable event is to be ‘open minded’. Every client is different and their happiness comes first … always.

Ashley McAllister, The Party Girl

Make a killer backdrop. I have a super simple PVC pipe frame I use for pretty much everything, and you can get very creative. Use it as a showstopper behind your food table, and later on, let it steal the show on Instagram since it does double duty as a photo booth backdrop once everybody is warmed up!

Andressa Hara, Twinkle Twinkle Little Party

The best tip for an unforgettable event is choosing a unique and relevant theme that carries through the party decor and food/sweets. Creating an eye-catching set up/presentation with a story behind it will definitely give the guests something to talk about.

Tips for a Stress-Free Party

Simple Planning

Planning a party or event shouldn’t be stressful or intimidating. By staying organized and starting early, you can plan, create and host a memorable affair with ease. Download and print our detailed party planning checklist to make the process even easier, from one month before the party to an hour before your guests arrive. Photography by Michael Bullock

Get Organized

I always keep several lists that I continually update through the planning process: a master to-do list where I highlight every task that must be accomplished, a shopping list that ensures I won’t forget any supplies, and an all-important guest list where I track contact information, dietary restrictions and RSVPs

Create a Theme

Milestones like birthdays and holidays can be even more festive when a creative theme is chosen to set the tone. Transform your space into a south-of-the-border fiesta by serving margaritas and hiring a mariachi band, or throw a Great Gatsby-inspired brunch with croquet on the lawn. The possibilities are endless

Send Out Invites

Although online invitations are perfectly acceptable for last-minute get-togethers, there’s nothing quite like a mailed invitation to set the tone for a party and build anticipation for the fun in store. There are plenty of online stationery companies offering chic well-designed invitation designs, or you can get creative and make your own. A brightly colored square of card stock embellished with finds from local craft stores is every bit as special as custom invitations (and for a fraction of the cost, too)

Offer a Self-Serve Bar

The key to a simple drink service? Set up a self-serve bar so guests can be their own mixologists. Set up a pretty tray with a decanter, two or three kinds of liquor and a few festive mixers. Let everyone have fun creating their own concoctions. Welcome guests with a drink upon arrival by placing a tray of champagne and sparkling water near the door so they can grab some bubbly and start mingling as soon as they arrive.

Your Quick Guide to Becoming a Kickass Party Planner

You have a knack for throwing parties. From ingenious themes right down to the amuse bouche, ideas come to you and things just naturally flow from there. Time and again, a gathering you’ve organized has turned out to be the party of the year.

To launch a full-fledged party planning business, you’ll need to get strategic. Being a professional party planner is about a lot more than good taste and impeccable conversational skills. You also have to be a gifted multitasker, financially astute, and perhaps most importantly, ultra-calm under pressure. When the shi…ndig hits the fan, can you keep calm and party-plan on?

Upgrade your event experience

It’s the chicken/egg thing: you need experience to get jobs, but it takes jobs to get experience. Here’s how to get around this paradox.

Consider industry training

In the party planning business, official training is a nice to have, not a have to have. Experience and talent are definitely more important than training.

Put your skills into perspective

Flair for a good time aside, there are some practical traits that will make you a better party planner. A lot of these traits could work in almost any job posting. But they’re particularly true for party planning.

Ways to Simplify Party Planning

Plan Slowly

Don’t stuff a week’s worth of party planning into one stressful Saturday. “Separate the planning of each party component over a couple of days,” says Jessica McTaggart of Pink Champagne Events. Spend one evening focusing on the menu and another on your DIY centerpieces—and allow for plenty of relaxing downtime in between, if possible.

Perfect Your Guest List

It doesn’t matter if it’s an intimate dinner party or a big holiday; maintain a careful eye on your guest list—and not just to keep the headcount in check. “Make sure you have the right mix of visitors,” says Meg Stepanak of Gemini Event Planning. For an intimate gathering, she recommends inviting at least a few extroverts to “engage even the shyest guest, find common interests, and relax the crowd.”

Send Invites Early

Unless you’re secretly hoping some of your guests won’t show up, make sure to send out invitations at least six weeks early—six months if they’ll be attending from out of town, says Heidi Hiller of Innovative Party Planning. Emailed invitations, like Paperless Post, are acceptable for most events, but “the level of respect you give your guest when inviting is the level of respect you get in your attendance. Casually done, it can be ignored,” she says. Need a firm headcount? Hiller recommends formal invitations.

Stick With the Tried and Tested

“We all flock to Pinterest for the latest trends, but I don’t recommend trying something for the first time when preparing to host,” says McTaggart. When planning your menu or decorations, make sure to pick recipes and DIY projects you’ve successfully completed before—otherwise you might find yourself up to your elbows in glitter and stress three hours before your party.

Consider a Buffet

Even for professionals, menu planning can be a struggle—so why not consider a buffet? “A buffet menu allows guests to build their own plate,” says Stepanak, meaning they can pick their favorite mains and skip their least-favorite greens. And don’t force yourself to work in the kitchen all day before the party: prepare appetizers and salads ahead of time.

Here’s What Makes a Great Party Planner

They love people

While every party planner should have a good amount of event experience, no amount of mastery can compensate if the person isn’t pleasant to work with. Eventbrite’s Ronnie Higgins reminds event planners in a recent blog post that their people skills should be number one. He explains that to successfully work with a wide range of people, a planner needs to be able to quickly resolve conflicts, be a confident but pleasant negotiator, and have a sense of humor.

They’re organized

Let’s face it: Party planners are often so crucial because there’s just so much planning to do! Even if you’re naturally organized and a master of systems and checklists, a great planner should have processes in place that top even your best DIY ideas.

They track stats and data

Did you know that event planning software and analytics tools are a big market for event planning professionals? Many of today’s top planners use some form of data products to keep them on budget and on time.

They take their work seriously

Even if you find out about a party planner from a referral or mutual friend, it’s wise to take the time to research their business and ensure they do things like a professional. Start with their website or social media platforms to see how they communicate. Look to see that they have more than one way to reach them. Can you call? What about text or email?

They can provide references

More than just online reviews, a seasoned event planner will likely have references who can speak to their work. To take things a step further, it might also be helpful to ask if they have references that aren’t just former clients.