Winter breaks: Where the sun still shines

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Best in Europe

For standout beaches, amazing culture and incredible food, Kiwis should head to the region of Puglia in Italy. Escape the dark and cold to explore some of Italy’s most stunning beaches that are less crowded than the tourist-saturated spots of the Amalfi Coast and the Cinque Terre. From Rome, catch a train south to Bari and spend your days discovering new sundrenched spots along the coast and soak up that vitamin D. Last year, Expedia’s flight prices to Rome between June and August averaged from $1668.

– Megan Smith, Expedia Travel Expert.

Best in Southeast Asia

If you’re looking for a winter escape somewhere off the beaten path and adventure is your bag, put the Philippines island of Cebu on your list. With white sands and jewelled seas, Cebu is also a gateway to explore the Visayan Islands, which are a mecca for divers and the rugged interior is ideal for mountain bike treks. If it’s ideal beach vibes you’re after, Boracay Island is home to the world-famous White Beach, which has been dropping jaws for decades.

Winter breaks: Where the sun still shines

Travel experts give their picks for great escapes this winter.

Puglia, Italy. Photo / Getty Images
Puglia, Italy. Photo / Getty Images

Best in Europe

For standout beaches, amazing culture and incredible food, Kiwis should head to the region of Puglia in Italy. Escape the dark and cold to explore some of Italy’s most stunning beaches that are less crowded than the tourist-saturated spots of the Amalfi Coast and the Cinque Terre. From Rome, catch a train south to Bari and spend your days discovering new sundrenched spots along the coast and soak up that vitamin D. Last year, Expedia’s flight prices to Rome between June and August averaged from $1668.

– Megan Smith, Expedia Travel Expert.

Best in Southeast Asia

If you’re looking for a winter escape somewhere off the beaten path and adventure is your bag, put the Philippines island of Cebu on your list. With white sands and jewelled seas, Cebu is also a gateway to explore the Visayan Islands, which are a mecca for divers and the rugged interior is ideal for mountain bike treks. If it’s ideal beach vibes you’re after, Boracay Island is home to the world-famous White Beach, which has been dropping jaws for decades.

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Malay also has stunning beaches, minus the crowds. It’s the perfect base for exploring nearby Northwest Panay Peninsula Natural Park, where you’ll find soft trekking trails, waterfalls and caves, one of which — the almost 300m-long Pangihan Cave — served as a hideout for locals during World War II.

– Sue Matson, Flight Centre NZ general manager retail

Best in Cruise

For many, Tahiti has been a wishlist destination, but how do you choose which resort or overwater bungalow? There is a solution — Windstar Cruises. Aptly named, their seven-night Dreams of Tahiti cruise sails from Papeete through the French Polynesian islands. You’ll discover picture-perfect colours and the perfect blend of European chic and Polynesian charm. From $4699 per person share double, the package includes return economy airfares from Auckland, a seven-night cruise including all meals and some activities, three nights in Papeete and all transfers in Tahiti. This is based on a sailing date of July 27, however other cruise dates are available.

– Leanne Schou, Product Manager, Our Cruise

Best in the Pacific Islands

Arrive in Rarotonga and you will find yourself embraced by fabulous warm weather and the fresh scent of frangipani and the ocean. The island takes only an hour to drive around and is surrounded by pristine beaches with beautiful white sand and warm water. After exploring, lounging on an amazing beach and taking a refreshing dip in the sea, you may be ready to quench your thirst. There are some great beach bars where you can sit with your feet in the sand and watch a stunning sunset. After working up an appetite, take your pick from the plethora of wonderful restaurants serving mouth-watering cuisine.

– Madeleine Fay, Marketing Executive, helloworld

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8 Tips to succeed in a home staging business

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Want to start a new business with minimum investment?  Got creativity with a good eye on designs? Do you love to rearrange the things to make them look good? Then “Home staging business” could be one of the best options to start for you.  Though the real estate sector is booming and is always in demand, it is difficult to get one’s house sold with a fair deal during these days. There is huge competition among sellers and if one wants to sell the house, it should look appealing. The house should have something unique which will make it stand in a crowd. But generally, most of the people do not have the enough money and time to go for extensive repairs and renovations. They start looking for the help here and this is the time your creativity can pay you off.

Home staging is the process of making the home appealing for sale to the potential buyers in the real estate marketplace, helping in selling the house easily.  Home staging should not be confused with interior designing as they differ from each other. Home staging is done to prepare the house for reselling and not actually designing it for the living. One can start the low-cost start up a business of home staging. It can be run as a full time or part time business and can be operated from home.

Home staging involves rearranging the furniture, getting quick and inexpensive fixes done, using new furniture and accessories etc to give the house a new better look. It also involves improvement of backyards, garden, and porches. The skills will pay you off handsome money in this business.

Here are some tips to succeed in a home staging business:

  1. Understanding the requirement of buyers is the key to designing the best appealing houses. Be clear about the services client is looking for and plan accordingly. Few contracts need only consultation and advice whereas few require work to be done by home stagger itself.
  2. A systematic approach is must in home staging business. Set a business process system, determining the steps and sequence in which tasks are to be carried out.
  3. Use your creativity and innovation thoughts for the benefit of your client. Critically assess the space and try to use the unused, unseen gems hidden in the house. Keep learning new ideas and techniques for each new client.
  4. be a good listener and communicator. Excellent communication skills can help you succeed in this business. Networking and building relationships with the real estate agents are essential to acquire clients looking for home staggers.
  5. Expanding your networking to include residential painting companies, contractors, repair companies and furniture rental shops can help you save extra pennies. Cost effectiveness should be taken into account.
  6. Having your own or rented storage place to keep the necessities of the business such as furniture, pipes etc is a must.
  7. Always carry the portfolio of the best works you have done for previous clients. You can start doing home staging free for few of your friends and relatives during initial phase to build the portfolio.
  8. Ask your clients to review your work and document those reviews along with the testimonials from the clients. It can be used as positive references.

Finally, the most important key factors to be successful in home staging business are dedication and patience. So what are you waiting for? Time to take an action!!

Factors to consider before buying a dishwasher

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Appliances that save time and effort are in high demand now. Given the fast-paced lifestyle of the present times, there is hardly time to wait while food is being cooked or the floor is being cleaned. People are looking for more options to reduce human effort and waste of time which is why appliances like dishwashers are very common in today’s household. If you do not want a fair portion of your free time is spent in cleaning those dirty dishes, this buying a dishwasher is very important.

But out of the various brands and models of dishwashers NZ available, which one would you buy? If you are buying one for the first time, then here is a guide to help you out.

Important considerations to make

  • Size – The first and foremost factor that should be considered is the size of the dishwasher. Most households would find the 24” ones most suitable. For big houses where several people stay and dine together, larger dishwashers would be more appropriate due to the huge accumulation of dishes and saucers that is likely to happen. But if your house or kitchen is quite small and there isn’t must space to accommodate the 24” ones, then 18” dishwashers NZ would be the perfect choice for you.
  • Portability – If you are someone who would want to use the dishwasher only once in a while like when you are dead tired or when you have people coming over, then it would unwise to buy a dishwasher that needs to be kept at a fixed place at all times because it’s just too heavy. You would surely want to free up space when the washer isn’t being used and for that reason, portable dishwashers NZ would be the right choice for you.
  • Dirt sensors – Not all dishes need the same level of cleaning. So, if you want your dishes to be thoroughly cleaned, you need to choose a dishwasher that comes with dirt sensors. These dirt sensors work during the initial level of cleaning to determine which dish needs to be cleaned how and thus, ensures that even the greasiest of the dishes are squeaky clean.
  • Noise – If you plan to use your dishwasher frequently or daily, this is an important factor to consider. Different models of dishwashers NZ cause different levels of noise while cleaning and the quieter it is, the better it is for you. Else, you may find cursing yourself later.
  • Energy consumptions – For frequent users, it is important that the dishwashers NZ are energy efficient. Else, you may end up spending a lot more on the energy bills than what it should be.
  • Food disposers – If you are looking for additional convenience, you may choose a dishwasher that comes with a food disposer. This will help the washer to automatically dispose of the leftover food and you needn’t waste time for throwing it out.
  • Price – The final, yet important consideration to be made is the price of the washer that you want to buy. If you are looking to use it occasionally, you may not want to pay extra for a couple of additional features. But for regular users, dishwashers NZ that provide additional useful features for extra money may be worth it.

 

Why hiring very cheap electricians Auckland can pose a problem?

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Most people like to bargain a lot, whether that be while buying an item or hiring a service. The same applies to electricians as well. Since most people need the services of an electrician for a variety of reasons, they have a general tendency to cut the expenses as much as possible. Though bargaining isn’t bad, yet the price that you are willing to pay for a service or product must be reasonable enough and that doesn’t necessarily mean the lowest price available.

It has been often seen that many electricians Auckland advertise themselves as cheap service providers and offer services at ridiculously low prices. Since people are looking to save as much as possible, they hire such services over efficient electricians who charge reasonably. Such ‘cheap’ service providers can, actually, become a nightmare in the long run for a number of reasons like:

They may waste your time

Services that charge too low usually try to cover up for their inexperience and incompetency under the blanket of unbelievably low prices. Since most such electricians are total novices and have little or no knowledge of the domain, they fail to complete the task that you entrust them with unless it is a very simple one. Additionally, most such electricians Auckland may not have proper training, certification, license, and insurance, making them a total waste of time.

They may make matters worse

Since most such cheap providers aren’t properly trained, they can actually increase your problems, rather than being able to solve them. For example, if an electrician is inefficient, he may end up damaging a switch panel while try to repair one switch that was malfunctioning. This would mean that you would now need to replace or repair the panel as well which increase your costs. The costs can keep on multiplying if you do not make a change very early.

They may overlook things

The various services offered by electricians Auckland aren’t only important, but very critical as well. If an electrician doesn’t have proper training, he will not be able to comprehend the seriousness of a particular situation and may make things worse for you. Electrical appliances or systems when handled carelessly may cause serious problems like fire which may damage your property and also risk the lives of those who are present there. Moreover, since they are likely not to have insurance, you will not be compensated for the losses that you incur.

They may offer temporary solutions

Since low-budget electricians Auckland have to complete more projects within a very short time to earn a good livelihood, they hardly can offer a thorough fix to your problem and you may have to call them up very soon. This will increase your hassles and waste time and money both.

So, while hiring an electrician, it is important that you do not act like a miser. You can look for good deals and discounts, but if the fees charged are too low as compared to the market standards, do be aware!

How to run a home staging business?

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With the growing popularity of the home staging business, the number of individuals and agencies involved in home staging has increased significantly and they are going neck to neck in trying to provide the best services at reasonable rates while making handsome profits. So how exactly should you run your own home staging business so as to make the best of the increasing demand? Well, here is a brief guide for you.

Business skills

Acquiring a certification on home staging isn’t the only thing that you need. A certification course on home staging may help hone your creative skills, but what about your business skills? Like any other business, home staging too would test your business skills to the very core and so you need to be adept at them too. If you do not already have a talent for running a business, it would be prudent that you learn some skills from someone already running a business or at B-school. Only then will you be able to make the best of your creative and artistic skills.

Lead your team

Apart from the basic business skills, you will also need some leadership skills so that you can lead your team of stagers and other workmen without a fuss. If you have inborn leadership qualities, you are at a great advantage. Even if you aren’t that strong in the area, you may try to master some elementary skills that will help you run your business till you can hire a manager for the job.

Find opportunities

To make profits from your home staging business, you will have to find projects or homes to stage and as the owner of your business, it is your responsibility to find the best home staging opportunities that can help you can good profits all the year round. Since home staging is an important part of real estate deals, it is best that you keep a good connection with a number of prominent realtors and always be updated of transactions that are occurring in the locality or city where you live/operate and try to land up with the best offers of home staging.

Market your business

To make the best profits, you will also have to take care of the marketing part of your business. The more you market your business, the better are the chances of landing up with profitable projects. Not only that, good marketing will also gradually increase the popularity of your business and more and more people will get to know about your home staging skills. So, ensure that you take marketing seriously.

Get an edge

If you come from a country where home staging business is already quite popular, then you might face quite a lot of competition and thus, getting an edge over your competitors is essential if you want to be the leader in the market. Make sure that you have the best team of home stagers who are totally dedicated to their work and come with uber cool and creative ideas to stage a home. Also, reach out to people via a professional website, social business pages, consultation sessions and much more.

 

Industrial shelving – which type is the best for you?

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If you run a warehouse, a garage or a workshop where you have to store a lot of items on a regular basis, then you must have surely heard or read about industrial shelving. As the name goes, it is a procedure that guarantees that all your goods are added, removed and stored efficiently to maximize the use of the space available while minimizing the efforts need to keep everything organized. With proper and efficient shelving, even the most crowded warehouse or store may look neat and manageable. pallet shelving Auckland

What makes industrial shelving quite different from regular shelving that we see in houses, etc. is that this type of shelving usually concentrates more on the efficient storage of goods without causing any damage while household shelving also involves the aesthetic factor as well to a great extent. Though it would be unwise to say that industrial shelves are unaesthetic, yet looks aren’t a major concern here. What is more important that the place is organized, the inventory is safe as well as easily manageable, as and when needed.

Moreover, the shelves used for the purpose aren’t usually custom designed for a particular business. They usually conform to specific industry standard designs that are considered to be useful and suitable for commercial use. Though there may be hundreds of brands and manufacturers in the market, industrial shelving units are usually of the following types:

Rivet shelving

This is one of the most popular types of shelves used in the market and is super easy to assemble. These shelves are usually made of steel and are thus, quite sturdy and can bear an average weight of 1850 pounds per deck. The decks are usually particle board, wire, plywood as well as solid steel which make these shelves quite heavy and thus, difficult to move.

Steel shelving

This type of shelves is much more versatile than the rivet shelves as they can be adjusted according to the items being stored. Various adjustable parts and ready to insert accessories ensure that these shelves can be customized and accessorized quite widely to suit your needs. They are good for tool cribs, warehouses, etc. What’s more, due to their adjustable features, they can be easily incorporated into offices without looking out of the place at all. However, the use of additional accessories or customization will mean addition expenditure which will add up to your inventory management costs.

Wire shelving

When it comes to industrial shelving options, wire shelving often steals the show. And not for no reason. Like rivet shelves, they come without any back or front sway braces which mean the items stored can be accessed from any direction. This is really useful if the shelves are pretty decked up and you do not want to disturb item while accessing another. Moreover, since there are no boards, but only metal wires, they can be cleaned very easily with least effort and will look gleaming and beautiful at all times. However, wire shelves cannot hold as much weight as steel and rivet shelves and can be more expensive than rivet shelves as well.

 

Family or Charter Vessel For Sale

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Looking to buy? Look no further – we’re downgrading! Ex-charter vessel, great condition, put her back in survey and you’ve got a part-time business too!

ALUMINATOR
– Model: 650 Sport Fisher (Extreme)
– Year: 2005
– Material: Aluminium
– Type: Soft-top Cabin
– LOA: 6.5m
– LOH: 6.50
– Beam: 2.45m
– Deadrise: 20.5 Degrees
– Hull Configuration: Monohull Semi Deep Vee
– Trailerable Weight: 1750kg
– Engine Capacity: 130-200
– Power Options: Outboard
– Fuel Capacity: 180 litres
Main Engine
– Make: Suzuki
– Model: DF140
– Starting System: Electric
– Horsepower: 140
– Engine Type: DOHC 16-Valve
– Max RPM: 6200
– Hours: 500 hrs
Trailer
– Make: Extreme
– Model: 630
– Braked: Yes
– Rollers: Yes, 20
– Std Equipment: Multi roller, submersible lights, multi leaf springs.
– WOF/Rego: At sale

Standard Vessel Equipment: Self-draining cockpit, flooding keel, moulded dash, transducer brackets, cured moulded screen, free draining anchor well, live bait tank, electric anchor winch, bilge pump, all navigational lighting.

Additional on Board: jackets x 4, auxiliary outboard (run only to maintain), Backup batt w/ isolater, CD Player with deck speakers, Deck lighting, Dive cylinder racks, Queen seats x 2, VHF Marine radio, Feruno depth / fish finder, Feruno GPS, baitboard, bracket and ski pole, lge cushioned ice bin/bench, throw lines, canvas covers, port. toilet, rocket launcher, 105mm card compass, fishbone ladder, boathook, man o/board spotlight, EPIRB, painter ropes, fenders.

Aluminator was previously fitted for fishing and diving as a charter vessel. Stored in-shed for most of her lifetime with us. Previous owner kept her out of the weather in a boatshed. Spent the last year on a boatyard, but hasn’t sold. Equipped with all safety gear required for a safe family vessel or charter boat for diving and fishing in inshore waters. Service logs and manuals included as copies to show her complete history of care, including 100 hour servicing record.

Serious buyers should enquire now – view by appointment. On the market to sell. Contact Rachel on 027 575 6307 to view and for further enquiries.