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3 day Garage Sale Easter Weekend 2012

3 Day Garage Sale this weekend – 07 April 2012 to 09 April 2012

176 Frederick Street, Rockdale Saturday, Sunday and Monday (unless raining on any day)

From 10am to 4pm each day.

Huge range of brand name and designer baby clothes, toddler and kids clothes

Also range of maternity clothes, women’s clothes and men’s clothes

Ladies hand bags – Men’s suits and silk ties


Lamb cradle baby swing (Fisher Price)

Baby cot, convertible to toddler bed

Baby change table

Baby walkers

Three different baby prams (two remaining)

Baby toys

Kid’s bicycle (needs adjustments)


King single bed frame for girl

Single bed frame for boy

Single bed base and mattress

Three seat lounge couch, floral fabric upholstery

Glass top dining table

Mirrored glass top hall table

Timber framed mirror (sold)



Other kitchen and household items

House paint


Fiction and non fiction books

VHS videos

LP records

Chinese language DVDs and comic books

Salomon ski boots, good condition, size 26.5 (UK 8, US 8.5)Salomon ski boots, good condition, size 26.5 (UK 8, US 8.5)
Baby ride-on toys, with sound effectsBaby ride-on toys, with sound effects

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Display Homes Sydney

The greater suburban expansion of Sydney has been epic for the past twenty years, vast tracts of former pasture lands have been converted to housing estates to provide necessary accommodation for the millions of people who live, work and play in our great city.

An integral aspect of this relentless expansion of required housing stock for those seeking to build homes in Sydney, is the home-seeker’s journey through the estates filled with many varieties of display homes Sydney has to offer.

There are at least a dozen Sydney home builders who have a range of display homes available for inspection, so that potential home buyers can viscerally experience what it would be like to walk into their new dream home.

One of the existing directories of Australian home builders with display homes in Sydney is DisplayHomes.com/Sydney where you can find at least ten of the main Sydney home builders. Binet Homes – Sydney Home Builders – Display Home-Homes For Sale

Every home architecturally designed and built by Binet Homes is as individual and unique as our clients. Lifestyle, comfort, style, privacy, environmental sensitivity and orientation are all part of our thorough approach to the design and construction of every property. Over 40 years of experience in Sydneys premium residential market and outlying rural estates has provided Binet Homes with an unmatched reputation for quality and expertise. The results are evident beautiful, well designed and built homes for happy clients. binethomes.com.au is your neighborhood home builder in Sydney. Also servicing central coast of New South Wales. Please take a look at our homes and contact us for assistance with your next project Call us on 61 2 9868 3222

Display Homes

The days are gone when you used to listen to plans and designs, or tried to understand them through some lines put down on a large sheet of paper. Times have changed and the technologies once limited to corporate only are now available for individual use. If you have a dream house in mind or are trying to find out your dream home; you can now have a look at display homes in Australia!

What are display homes?

A display home is a fully constructed home, used by builders and construction companies for the preview of their prospective customers. In other words, if you are trying to find a house that best fits your taste and requirement, you may ask your service providers to show you their display homes in Brisbane or the Sunshine coast. This will be a considerable help in your quest for a new home. The preview of these homes will help you make up your mind easily about your idea of an ideal home.

What to expect when inspecting a model home?

When previewing a display home, your focus must be beyond the aesthetic value of the home. Of course, the look of the house matters. It matter how many bedrooms, living rooms and kitchens it has. What is the arrangement of rooms inside the house and how spacious are the corridors and Porches. Nevertheless, there are other issues of vital importance like does the building meets the codes of construction specified. Is it safe for you in terms of proper ventilation and no moisture intrusion?

To find a construction house with the right attitude, visit http://www.markwustconstructions.com.au. The construction service is located in Queensland and offers homes for display across Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast and Caboolture.

Randell Joseph was enamoured by buildings ever since he was a child and thus started working in the construction industry. He displays his wealth of experience in the field with his interesting articles. http://www.markwustconstructions.com.au

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Display Homes Perth – The Aurora, Dale Alcock Homes

Dale Alcock, WA builders, build your home for today and for tomorrow. Whether building a new home or for home renovations, Dale Alcock has display homes throughout Perth WA. Hear what our design team have to say about the Aurora display home, located in Booragoon.

How to Start a House Cleaning Business on a Tight Budget

“If you use Emotion and Love to drive your sales and your business, you will create Loyalty Beyond Reason. And I promise you, you will build relationships and enjoy a business that exceeds beyond your wildest expectations”

First of all, before you decide to start your cleaning business, make sure this kind of work is right for you. You will need to be in good physical condition. Cleaning is very hard strenuous work. You will need to have good customer relation skills. You will need to have basic office skills and some accounting skills.

If you are planning on leaving your full time position to start a cleaning business, make sure you have at least six months of savings. Or keep your full time job and start out part time.

Research all the aspects of the cleaning service business. From customer service to advertising, taxes, employees, insurance and bonding, what to charge and how to clean a home professionally. Cleaning your own home and cleaning professionally is totally different. Learning how to clean professionally takes a lot of time. When a client pays for your services they expect to come home and find their home spotless.

Getting those first clients takes time, persistence and patience. You will not get a hundred clients overnight.

Obtaining Those First Clients The hardest part of starting your own cleaning service is obtaining those first clients. Most clients want to know how long you have been in business and want references. The best thing to do is let clients know that, yes, you are new to the business but that you have thoroughly researched all aspects of the cleaning business and assure them that you know what you are doing and that you are quit capable of cleaning their home to their specifications. Be confident. I can't stress this enough. Clients love to see confidence. It relieves their worries and lets them know that their home is in good hands.

References: To get a few good references when starting out, ask some friends or family members if you can clean their home for free or at a discounted rate. The sound of working for free may not be appealing but it will be worth it to get some good testimonials.

When cleaning those first homes, go for quality, not how fast you can clean the home. Cleaning efficiently takes a long time, but you will get to the point where you can do a thorough cleaning in a short time. After cleaning make sure you go back and double check all rooms to make sure you didn't miss anything. Impress those first clients and word of mouth will spread soon.

Advertising Your company image is everything. Before you start advertising, decide what image you want to portray on your advertising material. Your image is very important. Be consistent with all your advertising. If you have a logo be sure to use it on all your advertising materials. I think it is best to have a website developed before you start advertising. When advertising, stick with the same logo and colors.

Advertise in Local Paper: Start by running a text ad in your local newspaper. Try to come up with an eye catching ad. Do not sell your services on low rates, sell your services on your quality of work and what you can do for the client that other companies don't. There is a lot of competition in the cleaning service. You have to stand out from the rest.

Magnetic Signs or Lettering for your Vehicle: Having your business name and contact information on your vehicle is a great way to advertise. We use the vinyl lettering. The lettering looks much more professional than the magnetic signs.

Flyers: You can print nice flyers on your home computer, but I would suggest investing in some professional flyers. Hang flyers at Hair Dressers, Laundromats, Restaurants, Bakeries, Grocery Stores, etc. Put flyers on car windows at local groceries stores and businesses. You can even go door to door in neighborhoods you would like to work in. You cannot put them in mailboxes. but you can put them in the front door.

Door Hangers: Door hangers are a great way to get new clients. Pick the neighborhood you would like to work in and hang the door hangers on the doors. When people get flyers or ads in their mailbox they usually throw them away with the junk mail. But if there is a door hanger on the door they will take the time to look at it.

Business Cards: Start passing out your business cards to friends and family members. You can also ask your local businesses if you can leave some cards on their counters.

Referral Program: A great way to obtain new clients is through a referral program. Offer existing clients a discount when they refer a friend. You can give your existing clients a discount when the friend uses your services three times.

Website: These days people live very busy lives so they use the convenience of the internet to shop for the services they need. A lot of working women will shop for services while at work. Everyone that has a business should have a website. It shows clients that you are serious about your business and allows them research your business in their own time.

Cleaning Products: By using all natrual products, you can offer your clients a healthy cleaning experience and protect ourselves against harsh chemicals. Clients love the natural cleaning products with essential oils. They come home to a healthy clean home filled with the wonderful scents of aromatherapy essential oils.

Tip: Always carry hand sanitizer and wash your hands often while cleaning homes. Wear gloves when cleaning bathrooms. You will be exposed to a lot of different germs in clients homes.

Remember most customers prefer that you bring your own cleaning supplies. That way they do not have to worry about going to the store for cleaning supplies before you clean. Some customers have special cleaners for certain appliances or floors in their houses. These customers usually will have these cleaners on hand for you to use. We almost always use the customers vacuum cleaner. That way you do not have to carry a heavy vacuum from house to house.

What to Charge I mentioned earlier that you should sell your services on your quality of work and not your low rates. If your rates are too low, clients will think that your work is sub-standard and that you are not experienced. Also you want to attract the clients that can afford your services. I made the mistake of pricing my work too low when I first started out. Cleaning is hard work, charge what you are worth. As the old saying goes “You get what you pay for.”

Some companies charge by the hour, some charge by the room, some charge a flat rate per home and some charge by the square foot. I think it is better to charge by the home, not by the hour. If a client knows they have to pay one set fee, they don't care if you take 2 hours or 5 hours. Also your clients will know what they are paying up front and won't have to worry about added expenses.

No two houses are the same. And there is no set charge for all homes. You have to clean for awhile yourself to get some experience and to work out a system to clean efficiently. Only you know what you want and need to make. Decide what you need to make hourly to cover all expenses and still make a good profit.

A word of advise: Make sure when you start your company that you charge what you would charge if you had employees. Some people make the mistake of under charging when they start out just to get customers and then later on when they grow and need to hire help they aren't making enough money on their houses to pay help. Don't under price your work. Cleaning homes is very hard physical work and you didn't get into this business to work for nothing.

New Construction Cleaning If you decide to do this type of work you will need more equipment. You will need ladders, window cleaning kits with long extensions, a shop vac, etc. These types of jobs are usually 2 to 3 person jobs. New construction cleaning requires a lot more cleaning. You may have to remove stickers and labels from windows and bathroom showers, sinks and toilets. Some require that you clean the vents to remove dust from construction work. There will be ceiling fans to clean, scrubbing floors, and cleaning woodwork to remove dust. New construction cleaning rates depend on the area you live in.

Insurance and Bonding. You need to be an honest person and somewhat personable. People will need to trust you to be in their homes. Most clients are concerned about having someone new in their house, with good reason. You should be bonded and fully insured. Liability insurance rates depend on your insurance carrier and where you are located. Each person you hire will increase your liability insurance. It's well worth the cost. You can pay quarterly or yearly. You can purchase your bond through your local insurance company. You will need to renew the bond every year. *Note: if you hire employees and cover them under your insurance, they must be an employee on payroll and not a sub-contractor. If you employ them as a sub-contractor your insurance will not cover them. If they are a sub-contractor they are required to carry their own insurance. You

Hiring Help If you start out cleaning the homes by yourself, you will eventually get to the point where you need to expand your business. Start out with one part time employee. Train her and let her take your place one day a week. Then have her take your place 2 days a week and so on. This will give you the free time that you need to market your business and obtain more clients. After you get more clients you will be able to hire more part time help. Eventually you will be able to stop doing the cleaning yourself and just run the business end, which is the only way you will be able to grow your business. When training new employees, always, either train them yourself or have a lead person train them. Make sure there is a lead person on each and every cleaning job. Employees have a tendency to slack off when they are on their own.

Growing Your Business You will eventually get to the point where you have enough employees and lead people and you will be able to stop working in your business and start running your business. You will find that after awhile it will get to be too much trying to clean everyday and at the same time giving estimates, answering calls, scheduling, doing book work, obtaining new clients, etc.

Remember one of the most important qualifications for a cleaning service is TRUST. A client has to know they can trust you alone in their home. After you acquire a few cleaning positions ask the clients if you can use them for a reference. Most of the time they are more than willing to let you use them for a reference. This is how you build your business and acquire new clients is through referrals. Be dependable. Most clients will want to be set up on an every week or every other week schedule on the same day of the week. Try to always keep this same schedule unless the client asks you to switch to another day. If you have to cancel a cleaning date, make sure you try to reschedule at the earliest possible date to make up the cleaning.

You are free to use this article in part or full provided you include the bio below.

Patti Page is the owner of Page's Personal Cleaning in Cincinnati OH.
Website: http://www.pagespersonalcleaning.net/cleaningarticles.htm

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How to avoid lots of pain and suffering when starting a carpet cleaning business on a tight budget

Chris Blamire from Total Supply Solutions discusses how to avoid lots of pain and suffering when starting a carpet cleaning business on a tight budget. For more info on how to start a carpet cleaning business visit the playlist on our YouTube channel or go to www.totalsupplysolutions.com.au/blog…

Hotondo Homes Australia

Google Trends for Hotondo Homes in 2012

Google Trends for Hotondo Homes in 2012

Hotondo Homes are an Australian national network of builders who combine together to present themselves as a national franchised home builders business. They have display homes for viewing in various locations around the country. Hotondo Homes is the most widely searched for national Australian home builder and house construction group, according to Bing search data. I am very interested to learn more about how Hotondo Homes approaches their marketing and how they have achieved consistently high search visibility in Bing and Google for display homes in Australia, which serves their member builders very well indeed.



According to Hotondo Homes:

“Hotondo Homes is Australia’s leading network of professional builders. This means clients can rest assure that their new home will be built by a professional builder backed by the strength of a national network. ”

Hotondo Homes - Home Page screenshot

Hotondo Homes - Home Page screenshot

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