Before you even consider calling a contractor, you need to know exactly what you want him to do. First of all, go online and see what is available in your area. You will want a contractor that is easy to reach, and if you have to leave a message, how long will it take him to return your call.

Then make a list of the projects that youll want the contractor to tackle. If the list is long, try to narrow it down to the essentials. Then pick four or five local contractors and give them a call. Ask each one similar questions so you can judge the one that seems the most honest, qualified, and reliable.

On your list write the contractors license number, workers compensation number, and bond number. Dont hire a contractor until you have those numbers in hand and contact the agency to see if his licenses are still valid or have they expired? Does the contractor have a printed contract with his name, address, phone, and license numbers?

Is the contractor qualified and has he done a job like yours before? Does he have references, and can you contact them? How long does he estimate that the job will take to complete and when can he start? Keep definite dates in mind, but allow for a bit of leeway.

Now that youve narrowed the list down to two or three, contact the contractor again and ask for an interview and a price quote. Make a note if the contractor arrives on time, or if he runs late, does he call you to let you know he is running late. If a contractor fails to do that, forget about him, and go on to the next one.

How and when does the contractor expect payment? There are laws that state how much a contractor can collect as a down payment. Make sure you know the law and hold the contractor to it. For instance the law forbids a company from taking over 10% or $1,000 as down payment.

Before you sign on that proverbial dotted line have the due dates written on the contract. For instance, the second payment may be due when they deliver the material. There may be additional payments with the final due when the project is completed to your satisfaction.

Does the contractor hire sub-contractors? If so make sure they get paid. Otherwise if the contractor does not pay the sub, they can come back to you and demand payment or put a lien on your home.

Be cautious, but not demanding, and when they start the job stay out of their way and let them do their job.

In these times of crisis, you can not just say that the real estate business in Italy is living a happy time, mainly affected by the low propensity to take loans to banks which, in turn, allow more and more difficult and interest rates do not always advantageous. However, if we analyze the data that periodically publish the Osservatorio del Mercato Immobiliare by Agenzia delle Entrate and many other statistical institutes, we realize that not all silver lining. It is a striking example of the Sardinia island in the middle of the Mediterranean, appreciated all over the world especially for its sea and holiday destination in the center of wishes for thousands of tourists, the price of homes for sale is dramatically lowered and this phenomenon does not seem to stop. According to some sources, in May 2013, the average price per square meter of Sardinia property for sale amounted to 2,513, about 200 euro less than the share recorded two years ago (share which is further reduced in comparison with previous periods yet). It suggests that this proves a better time to invest in houses in Sardinia. The deal becomes more beneficial if you decide to buy in areas where the fall in property prices is higher and the location is potentially profitable. Fully fall into this category some areas like Barbagia, crossed by the mountain range of Gennargentu and surrounded by forests, lakes and rivers, or coastal areas are still far from mass tourism but which are home to beaches that have nothing to envy to example, to those of the famous Costa Smeralda: we are talking about the coast of Ogliastra, which occupies the central-eastern Sardinia and that includes some of the beaches considered among the most beautiful in the world as Cala Goloritz, Cala Luna and Cala Mariolu, or the coast of Oristano, on the opposite side , a paradise for lovers of diving and surfing (Capo Mannu is one of the most popular destinations for surfers in Europe). In addition there are the wild Costa Verde, with its high dunes of sand and other isolated places like Carloforte, a picturesque town on the island of San Pietro, in the south of Sardinia. The case of this town is particularly interesting: the business of Carloforte property for sale is one of the most profitable in Sardinia because the demands of cottages for the summer are still rising but selling prices of properties remain unchanged compared to the past, ensuring an investment of secure solidity. Especially for those who decide to invest in the seaside town, buying a house in Sardinia means being able to benefit from a significant income that derives from seasonal rentals and that knows no crisis as more tourists prefer for economic reasons vacation rentals to hotels.

The moment we start thinking of buying our own home in Delhi NCR we have one thing in our mind if you are willing to buy home economically and also in NCR region only. You must go for one and only best option and that is Greater Faridabad city only. If you are a mid-income person and looking for a best reasonably priced home where you can live a safe, lavish and pleasurable life. This is how you will be able to know how the Faridabad city is featured with all the lavishness of modern lifestyle but also the rates of the property come within the budget. There are so many developers who have come up with lavish residential apartments within a limited budget. Now, we are going to discuss one of the most preferable developers’ project named by BPTP Group in Neharpar area.

BPTP The Deck Faridabad has been launched by BPTP Group at sector-82 in Greater Faridabad. This is an ultra-modern luxurious duplex apartment brings 4Bhk+study+servant+store room in the area size of 3061 sq.ft. The project has so many lavish features like swimming pool, club house, gymnasium, card room, kids play area, jogging and walking track, spa etc. The project has very nice location due to having close vicinity with sectors-14 and 15. The project is nicely located on 24 meters road. It is close to Shri Ram Millanium school Greater Faridabad.

BPTP Resort Faridabad is a lavish residential development of BPTP Group in sector-75 of Greater Faridabad area. The project comprises with 2Bhk, 3Bhk, 3Bhk along with servant room. These living options have different area sizes like 1300, 1500, 1650, 1750 and 1875 sq.ft. area respectively. The possession of the project is expected in the year 2013. The project covers the total land area of around 10.82 acres. This project is connecting with 30 meters and 45 meters road from both sides. Faridabad’s sectors- 3 and 8 are located 200 meters away from the location. Residents will have the facility of round the clock water supply, 24*7 electricity and 100% power back up.

BPTP Park Floors Faridabad is an independent floors project located at sector-77 of Neharpar area. It is having nice formation of 2 and 3 Bhk apartments which built up on ground+3 and ground+5 floors apartment. The project has so many luxurious features which make our life full of contentment. Location wise, it is nicely located on 200 feet wide road.

Residential property cost in Gurgaon has been on the upswing for several years. In the main residential areas of Gurgaon property rates has been increasing at a rate of 20 to 30 per cent annually for several years in the recent past. Such locations include: IMT Manesar, Sushant Lok, Sushant Lok I, Manesar, DLF Phase IV, Sector 52, DLF Phase V, Nirvana Country, Sector 30, Andee City, DLF Phase I, Udyog Vihar I, DLF Phase II, Golf Course Road, National Highway 8, M.G.Road, sohana Road, etc. Residential as well as commercial properties of different varieties are available in these locations. Apartments, flats, villas, shops, condominiums, commercial spaces, farm houses, etc. can be easily located in the region.

Gurgaon property cost has been on the increase for the past several years. An estimate conducted by industry experts gives a clear picture of average residential property cost in Gurgaon by mid-2009. It shows that average cost per square foot for apartments is around Rs. 4,250. In the case of houses, it comes to approximately Rs. 6,700. Again, for plots the estimate shows the average cost approximately at Rs. 4,600 per square foot. In the case of apartment units, the cost has come to around Rs. 90 lakh. Again, the average price per house unit has come to around Rs. 1.5 crore. For plot units, the price is approximately 1.6 crore. The estimate is a clear index as to the increasing cost factor of residential property in Gurgaon.

The property cost of 1BHK, 2BHK and 3BHK apartments, 1BHK, 2BHK and 3BHK houses, as per the aforesaid estimate can be summarized as follows. In Gurgaon, average square foot cost of 1BHK apartment is approximately Rs. 3,700 and average price per unit is Rs. 26.5 lac. In the case of 2BHK apartment, the price per square foot is Rs. 4000 and the average cost per unit is approximately Rs. 45 lac. For 3BHK apartment, the average cost is around Rs. 4100 and approximate cost per unit is Rs.73 lac. The estimate also analyses the cost of other residential properties such as independent houses of 1BHK, 2BHK and 3BHK. In accordance with the estimate, the cost of 1BHK house is approximately Rs. 5100 per square foot and the cost per unit around Rs.85 lac. 2BHK house costs around Rs. 5,500 per square foot and Rs. 67 lac. 3 BHK house costs Rs. 6,100 square foot-wise and Rs. 95 lac per unit.

By Marina Correa Photography: Philippe Ruault; courtesy the architects

The Giraffe Childcare Centre designed by Hondelatte Laporte Architects introduces a dollop of fantasy into the routine lives of suburban Parisian townsfolk-

Niched between a towering structure, next to a neighbourhood built in the 70s and a newly constructed area, it was imperative that the healthcare centre did not -get lost’ within the urban landscape – hence the building is composed of three tiers and each is identified by a unique concrete animal sculpture.

The facades of the building are made out of white corrugated iron that provides a minimal background to the animal sculptures.

Interestingly, each of the south-facing playgrounds is in continuity with the interior spaces; while the urban landscape is animated using a child’s imagination. The wild animal sculptures appropriate a space: a giraffe appears to be peacefully eating the leaves of the trees from the neighbouring park; a polar bear tries to clamber up the steps, while a family of ladybirds climbs the faade in an attempt to reach the interior patio.

Architecture turns into storytelling. The building changes its identity and becomes a landscape in its own right; a metaphor for the urban jungle. The animals and the trees link the building to nature and motion.

Besides infusing a playful and poetic element, this building has also been awarded a green, zero energy efficiency label, making it not just aesthetically appeasing but also one that respects its environment.

Becoming a prominent landmark for the nursery, the affable animal forms transport us to a make-believe world. When pondered upon, definitely a project that goes way beyond the surface to attribute human characteristics and ethos to the emotional, functional routine of a child daycare centre.

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Chinese who believe in Feng Shui are extremely superstitious about the figures they choose as their telephone number, house number, car number and the like. The categorization of some numbers as lucky and some as unlucky depends on the way they sound when spoken. For instance, in western numbers -eleven’ sounds like -heaven’ or number -eight’ sounds like -weight’ or number -one’ sounds like -son’.

Numbers considered unlucky by the Chinese: Number 4 (pronounced as Sei) is known to be a bad number because in Cantonese it sounds like the word -death’. Number 13 is unlucky because it adds up to 4. Apart from this, number 24 and 104 are also unlucky for the same reason.

Numbers considered lucky Numbers such as 108, 168, 99, 88, 84, 80, 68, 54, 48, 38, 28, 18, 8, are all good numbers. The main reason why 8 is lucky because if you pronounce the word (patt) it sounds like “faat” which denotes “prosperity and abundance”

Consequences of some lucky numbers and combinations:
289: Long-term prosperity
5: myself, me
518: I will flourish
5189: I will flourish for a very long time
516289: I will tread a long, smooth wealthy road
5918: I will prosper soon
6: smooth and easy
7: together
8: prosperity or sudden fortune

The cure If you have a house or businesses with 4 or 13, then just draw a circle around that number. The circle is tremendously powerful and captures the ill-fated effects of the negative number. There are two ways of doing it, one way is to go to the local hardware store and find a ceramic door number that can be customized with a circle. However, if you cannot afford to shelve out too much money then a simpler method is to simply go out and make a circle around the number. Also note, if you live or work at a place that has an unlucky number but is outside of China, consider how that number sounds in the native language of that particular country. How seriously should one take numbers? If you’re still looking for a house, office or car number then make sure you comply with the norms set by fengshui. However, if you already have bought one with number 4 or 13, don’t worry too much, just use the cure provided above or consider changing the number to a name like “rose cottage” -your company name- etc.

Numbers in Feng shui plays an important role, believers of fengshui always follow the number guide provided Chinese astrology . For more information on Fenghui and related topics please visit www.vaastshaastra.com

Hiranandani upscale, a Mumbai developer Hiranandani Group, is learned to have bought 135 acres in Bangalore, Hyderabad and Chennai for Rs 800 crore. According to a person involved in the transaction, the agreement was signed last month between Hiranandani upscale and three vendors in these cities. “The three parcels of land comprising 80 acres in Bangalore, Chennai 35 acres and 20 acres in Hyderabad,” said the person. Hiranandani Upscale development plans in these cities, townships at a later date.

The sale of these parcels have been on a farm and Hiranandani premium payment would be in three installments. It is estimated that the company has paid an initial amount (token money). Asked about the deal, Surendra Hiranandani, Managing Director, Hiranandani Group Hiranandani upscale and confirmed to ET the company plans to launch new projects in South India, but refused to share accurate data on trafficking .

It is learned that the company would raise funds for the operation through private placement to a special purpose vehicle (SPV) level. According to the same person involved in the case, Hiranandani upscale is in talks with four private equity players – three foreign and domestic – to increase fairness in the development of these projects. Mr. Hiranandani said: “We are not able to share information, but can only confirm that we are talking to some players for an EP to a SPV. Hiranandani upscale is an unlisted company, and will focus on projects outside Mumbai, with plans to enter the market in northern India at a later stage.
The Hiranandani group has plans to develop townships in the three cities on the outline of his plan Powai in Mumbai. Projects in the three cities will focus on the highest income group. It is reported that the projects will begin in two years and could take three years for completion. The operation is important because there are not too many great deals that take place in the real estate sector now. In the recent past, the offers have largely taken place in Mumbai. Last month, DLF sold its stake in its plot MIDC Andheri-Mumbai Rs 200 crore, while in May, DLF has also sold its stake in a property, also in Mumbai. The number of transactions has fallen as a result of the economic slowdown and liquidity.

Architecture is an art and science that marries the building and design of structures. In some ways one can say that, along with engineering, it is the sign of civilization. Once man was able to settle down and fashion his own dwelling, even by primitive means, this was the start of the first civilizations.

Originally, these structures were purely functional serving to keep people safe from bad weather and wild animals, and to give them privacy. But as modern construction procedures were developed, along with more advanced materials, architecture and engineering began to take a more artistic leaning.

The earliest treatise on the subject, De Architectura, was written by Vitruvius, dates back to the 1st Century CE. In it, the Roman architect says that a building has to have form, function, and durability. To this day, most architects still conform to those three tenets. It is probably even safe to say that some are more successful at adhering to those dogmas than others.

A few examples of these people are Frank Lloyd Wright, a major proponent of organic architecture who is often touted to be the greatest American architect of all time (famous for the house called Fallingwater and for the Guggenheim Museum in New York City); I.M. Pei, a master of modern architecture who created the pyramid at the Louvre and the Bank of China Tower in Hong Kong; Frank Gehry, who designed the Dancing House in Prague; and the landscape architect and artist, Isamu Noguchi, among many others.

If these names sound familiar to you, it’s probably because their works are admired the world for being beautiful while being both functional and enduring. You’re likely to see their buildings mentioned in architectural texts, art books and even featured in architecture postcard designs. These, by the way, are not only proof of how respected the geniuses mentioned above are but, also function as a way to market their work. Like a portfolio, one might say.

In fact, some people in the business might publish high quality books that double as coffee table books and company profiles. Or, perhaps, they might have architecture postcard designs and construction postcard designs printed on elegant cards to send to potential clients. Others still, might support these efforts with their own websites.

If youre a landlord who is renting out a property, it is absolutely essential to take a thorough inventory before a new tenant moves in. If you dont then theres almost no legal recourse for you to reclaim damages from a deposit if a tenant causes damage to your property during their tenancy. If it comes down to your word against theirs, in the majority of cases the tenant will win as its up to you as the landlord to prove that damages have been committed and that reparations are needed.

Security deposits must be legally held by the Tenant Deposit Protection Scheme and they will act as moderators if there are any disputes at the end of the tenancy.

To ensure that you may win any disputes at the end of a tenancy you must undertake a thorough inventory. These are normally performed by professional property inventory companies but you can also do it yourself if you are confident in your abilities.

Every property inventory must begin with an extensive check of the property. There are a variety of things to check, including that the locks, doors and windows are working and that all the plug sockets are in working order.

The next step is to take pictures of the condition of the property before the tenant moves in so that there is clear proof of what the condition of the property is at the start of the tenancy. Undisputed photographic proof is one of the best ways to ensure that you can get your money back should the worst happen.

When the tenant has moved in you should get them to highlight any damages with the property. Any faults should be documented in an inventory form. It would useful to use a grading system to describe the condition of items, especially if the property you are renting out is furnished.

It is worthwhile performing regular property inspections as well to keep an eye on the condition of the property. Pictures of the condition during the tenancy are also useful for your property inventory.

The last step is to again perform another inspection just after the tenant has moved out and taken all their belongings with them. Again taking pictures is best to prove the state of the property and its also important to thorough check all aspects of the property to ensure nothing is broken. Some items dont necessarily seem broken until you test them so ensuring everything is in working order is going to the best way to ensure you know what the propertys condition is.

For a person to be productive in office, it is very necessary for them to be physically comfortable. A person, who is working, ends up spending more than half his or her life in the office. This adds up to many long hours spent working. Therefore, it is extremely necessary to make the office as comfortable as possible and office furniture plays a big role in this.
Selecting good office furniture is an important aspect of any comfortable environment. The ideal type of office furniture should be those which are good for the body. Many times, people who work long hours, especially in front of the computer, tend to get work injuries like back ache, neck pain, pain in fingers etc. While selecting office furniture, it is important that the furniture is such that these ailments are countered as much as possible.

Office furniture

Nowadays, a lot of attention is given to detail. The dcor should be bright and colorful and at the same time, soothing. The effect should be that of a friendly and professional atmosphere with enough personal space for every employee. Most of the offices are closed air conditioned affairs and it is very necessary to have furniture which does not require airing or does not appear oppressive and heavy. The purpose of the furniture is an important factor in selecting it along with what kind of lifespan one is looking for. The most important factor for office furniture is durability because it has to endure a lot of wear and tear.

Office furniture in Mumbai

In the previous decades, office furniture generally used to be made of steel or wood. But, these materials are hardly used anymore. They have been replaced by metal coated and plastic furniture which are much longer lasting and hardy. Office furniture in Mumbai is mostly modular in nature. This type of modern furniture has many storage options for stationary items which are easily accessible and lots of space for storage. There are handy drawers which open easily. Office furniture does not only pertain to the working area but even to recreation rooms, passages, cafeterias and even bathrooms. Some of the major names in the office furniture business in Mumbai are:

Space Rite Furnitures Instastructure located in Wadala.
Vishawkarma Furniture located at Andheri West.
Modular Workspace Pvt ltd located in Bhiwandi.
Rectangle located in Goregaon West.
Simran Furniture located at Mahim.
Godrej Interio located at Vikhroli West.

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