Tips to consider when hiring a property manager

Owning a property is a big responsibility and it requires a lot of efforts to manage it. The best person to contact within the case of property management is a property manager, but finding a good one is a tough task. So, here are a few of the tips that one should consider before hiring a manager for their property.

The license of the manager

The first tip that one should consider while hiring a property manager is to look for his or her license. By the term license, we mean that you need to check whether that particular person whom you are hiring has done any course related to this or not and if he has done the course then the institute from which he has passed is recognized or not. Also, the most important thing is whether he has passed the exam for getting a license from the state government or not. So, before you hire a property manager you need to check all this.

Experience of the person

Next thing that you need to check is the experience that he has. Before you hire any of the property managers you need to check his or her recent work. So, while checking these you will have to keep in mind that you check it properly whether his former records are good or not. You should not consider any such property owner who has a bad record in the past, on any cost as this will harm you in every way. You can even go to the particular owner for whom he has worked and gets your doubts clear.

Fees

The third thing that is considered for hiring a property manager is the fee that you are giving him. Some people have enough money and they do not think about this tip before hiring any staff or spending it anywhere, but why to waste it if you can get a better person in less costing. So, before you hire any property manager, you should check and compare the fee with other good persons in the town and then only hire one. This will not just save your money, but will also help you in getting a better property manager for yourselves.

The way of working

The working of every individual is different, but you should let your property manager work in the way you want and this thing should be cleared at the time for appointment itself. For example, some of the managers cut the cost of the maintenance from the rent that your tenants pay whereas some of them give you the proper bill of the particular repair. So, it depends on you that how you want this thing to be worked. If you will get the bill every time, then there won’t be any case of fraud and you too will be aware of what is happening with your property.

So, these are a few of tips that every person should consider before hiring a property manager and this is helpful for all those who are new property owners.

5 things every retirement villages should have

 

 Retirement villages are of several types where each of them has its own positive and negative aspects. Retirement villages are so popular among people because of several advantages which these houses have. Starting from restaurants, spas, hair salon, hospitals, the retirement village is like a small world in itself. So before you pick any retirement village you should be looking for these 5 things that are mentioned below:

 

  1. It should suit you: Depending on your needs you should pick the retirement village. You should check whether it is matching with all your preferences. Ask the person regarding all the amenities that you will be provided with and how far the village is from the main town in order to check whether you will be able to easily avail emergency services when required.

 

  1. The size must fit: Make sure that the size of the village is not too large or too small that can hinder your daily activities. So check the type of the apartment along with the size and location. You must speak with the manager of the village and check what are the advantages that you will be provided with. One should not invest at a place without knowing about all the details. Moving to the retirement village can be a huge lifestyle change so make sure you are doing it properly otherwise you will have to suffer at later stages.

 

  1.  Affordable: Make sure that you are not investing too much in a retirement village. It is true that it will provide you with huge facilities, but it should not disbalance your income to investment ratio. You must ask about the maintenance charge that you will have to pay and the other expenses. The expenses should be very much clear or transparent before you are signing the contract.

 

  1. Opinion: You should ask the opinion of various people who have bought a retirement village before you are buying one. In this way, they can tell you what are the privileges that you will be provided with and what one should expect at a certain price range. They might also help you to get the best place and get the information about new retirement villages.

 

  1. Friends: Before you are signing the contract paper of any retirement village you should speak to the people who are living in that place for a long time and ask them about all the minor detail of the place. Before you purchase anything it is quite obvious that the person who is selling it to you will only put the limelight on the good things so you must know what are the drawbacks of purchasing that place. There are a certain set of criteria which must match in order to make you buy a particular place to make sure the place has everything. Ask the people regarding the maintenance and how they enjoy living in that place. You should also ask about the outings, village life, and activities and how it is encouraged there.

 

These are the five things that you should be aware of before you are picking any retirement village for yourself.

Tips That must be Implemented while performing SEO

 

Once an SEO is on board, the optimization process should start immediately. In this process, they should make sure that maximum effort is put into making sure the site/business becomes more enhanced in terms of content and can provide some actual benefit to the consumers so that they keep coming back to increase the traction.

There are certain steps the SEO practice should implement to make sure that the business site makes it to the highest rankings. If you are not much aware of the SEO practices, you can simply hire SEO Wellington expert and he will do the rest and the best for you.

  • Push content Quality

This always comes first. Good content is what pushes a website ahead. Good content comprises of all the keywords that will make sure that your web page appears on the search engine. The content has to be original and useful so that people keep coming on the site and increasing the traffic. This content has to be unbiased and well researched so that the image of the web page can be deemed as reliable and actually useful.

  • Improve your engagement to improve quality

Another way to ensure that people come to your web page is by making your presence felt. Simply by creating good content, you cannot reach the first page on the search engine. So, on every platform, leave a comment to form conversations on other pages. Provide external and internal links wherever you can to ensure that traffic from other sites is also redirected. Engaging with maximum pages and on various social media is a powerful tool that an appointed SEO must utilize.

  • Put Page Titles and Meta Descriptions

An important step for on-page SEO. When search engines are ‘reading’ your pages, one of the first things they check is the page title, the description of the page, the headings and content which can be in the form of text, videos, and images. This is because they need to understand what the page is all about. After this based on other factors like off page SEO, domain authority, competition, they can rank the page in a position in their index.

  • Improve your page speed

This is a vital step in ensuring that the content gets out there in good time as page speed is a definite ranking factor because it is a known fact that faster pages generate more conversions. An SEO must ensure that they do whatever they can do to improve the loading time of their web page. If a page loads faster, more and more viewers will be able to gain access to it and that is the key to maximum optimization and increased visibility.

  • Smarter use of multimedia

To make your page more attractive and user-friendly make sure that the content can capture their attention span for a longer duration as this will definitely help your page. A sure shot way of doing this is by using more videos gifs, better images, and other multimedia. This makes the page look more wholesome and chances are that your viewers will stick around for a longer duration thus increasing traction.

The steps that SEO takes can go a long way in ensuring the future of an online business. So credible actions that have a useful impact is the key to make a page successful and reach the best ranks.

 

 

 

Tip Top and Whittaker’s create new ice cream range: Is it any good?

It sounds like a sure fire hit: Two iconic Kiwi food brands joining forces to make a new range of chocolate ice creams.

The Herald Lifestyle team got their hands on the creations, not due in the shops until Monday.

As you might imagine, it was extremely difficult to find volunteers, but seasoned taste tester Storme Hitaua eventually agreed, roping in fellow Flava host Sela Alo.

Herald social media producer Eleanor Barker, of chocolate brownie mayo fame, also stepped up to the plate

Are these fancy new creations wrapped in swirling galactic packaging the best thing since Whittaker’s K Bar? Here’s what our panel had to say.

1. Chocolate, salted caramel, pretzel and 62 per cent cocoa dark chocolate

Initial reactions are a round of satisfied nods and, uttered through a gooey mouthful, a “that is real good”.

Big fans of the chocolate and salted caramel, this was Storme and Sela’s favourite of the three.

2. Coffee, chocolate, cacao nib and 35 per cent cocoa creamy milk chocolate

While this was the least popular among our taste testers, they agreed anyone chasing that coffee ice cream note will be into this one. The coffee flavour is certainly pronounced and on the bitter side, rather than sweet.

3. Vanilla, salted maple, cashew praline and 33 per cent cocoa creamy milk chocolate

Eleanor’s favourite of the three, she deemed it an ice cream with impressive complexities with a pleasing amount of salt.

So if you’re looking for an ice cream for summer that’s without a doubt delicious and also free of nasties such as palm oil, our panel reckon these are your best bet.

Popping up and sticking around
While many collab food products are created for a limited time, this ice cream range is here for good.

But if you’re after a taste as soon as possible, two pop-up stores are giving away thousands of the new ice creams for free.

• Auckland Tip Top Whittaker’s #Happimess Pop-Up: 21A Remuera Rd, Newmarket, Auckland. 22 September from 12pm
• Wellington Tip Top Whittaker’s #Happimess Pop-Up: 142 Lambton Quay, Wellington. 27 September from 12pm

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Foodstuffs gobbles six months of Hawke’s Bay organic ice cream in one sitting

Hastings’ iconic ice cream maker Rush Munro’s is going national, after a leading supermarket chain gobbled up six months of supply in one sitting.

Just one month after Hastings-based Rush Munro’s started a new organic product range, sales representatives offloaded 34,300 tubs of ice cream at their first pitch to Foodstuffs NZ, which owns the New World, Pak’nSave and Four Square supermarket chains.

Baked rice cake with leeks and cheese and spicy tomato sauce

This is a bit of an all-season dish, good cold in the summer and hot in the winter. It may be too prosaic to describe this as a frittata made with boiled rice — it is much better than that. All it needs is a simple green vegetable like green beans or sweet-stem broccoli to go with it.

For the spicy tomato sauce
3 Tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
1 Onion, finely chopped
1 Cinnamon stick
3 Garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 pinch Chilli flakes, or use more to taste
2 cans Chopped tomatoes, approx. 800g
2 Tbsp White wine vinegar
1 Tbsp Sugar
1 handful Coriander, coarsely chopped
For the rice cakes
200 g Risotto rice, or paella rice
3 Tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
1 Small onion, finely chopped
3 Garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 stick Celery, thinly sliced
2 Leeks, white part only, thinly sliced
5 Eggs, lightly beaten
1¼ cups Grated tasty cheese
½ cup Parmesan cheese, fresh, finely grated
3 Tbsp Chopped parsley

Directions

To make the spicy tomato sauce

Heat the oil in a frying pan over moderate heat and add the onion, cinnamon, garlic and chilli flakes. Fry gently, without browning for 10 minutes or until the onion is soft.
Add the tomatoes, vinegar and sugar, mix well, bring to the boil and simmer for 15 minutes or until thick like chutney.
Discard the cinnamon stick. Taste and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Cool to room temperature and stir in the coriander just before serving.
To make the rice cakes

Heat the oven to 200C. Line a 24cm diameter springform cake tin with baking paper.
Bring a large saucepan of salted water to the boil. Add the rice and boil 10 minutes. Drain well and cool.
Heat the oil in a deep frying pan and add the onion, garlic, celery and leeks. Fry gently, without browning for 15 minutes or until the onion and leeks are soft. Remove from the heat and spoon everything into a large bowl.
Add the cooled rice, eggs, cheeses and parsley. Mix well, taste and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Pour the mixture into the paper lined cake tin and place in the oven for 40 minutes or until well set. If the top gets too brown, cover with foil until done.
Remove from the oven and then remove to a serving platter. (Remove the paper by inverting the cake onto a plate, peeling off the paper then inverting it again onto the serving platter.)
Serve in wedges, hot or warm, with the tomato sauce.

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