Shared office spaces are a great way to save money

Shared office spaces are a great way to do business. More and more companies are realizing that not only do shared offices make them more flexible, but using a shared office space can also save a business money. Many urban areas are starting to see an increase is these types of office spaces because they allow businesses of all sizes to work out of them.  Shared office spaces can save businesses quite a bit of money when it comes to operating expenses. If also allows them to hire the best talent for a new position no matter where that person is located in the world because shared office spaces make it easier for people to telecommute into work. That means they are no longer restricted to hiring only out of the talent pool in their specific geographic area. This is huge for businesses that may have positional available that require a very specific skill set or can be hard to fill. Let’s take a closer look at how shared office spaces are saving money for business owners.

First, telecommuting. Employees that work for a company that is located in a different geographic area now have the ability to work in a professional setting that does not cost as much as renting out a private office space. When an employee works remotely, then the company that they work for has a new and different set of worries that they take on for that employee. They have to consider whether or not they should provide a professional setting for that employee or if they can trust that the employee will be just as productive if they work from their home. There is also the possibility that if they work from home, or from another location such as a coffee shop that they will have interruptions in their internet access or have to work with a very slow internet connection that could hinder their work. Also, there may be no way to guarantee that the wifi access points that they are using are secure, which means some of the data on their computers could be at risk to being exposed to hackers. When a remote employee works from a shared office space, they have access to a secure internet connection that is going to be faster and more reliable than any other one in a random coffee shop. They also have access to other equipment that is standard for office spaces, such as conference rooms and desks, table or cubicles that will lend to a more productive work day.

Second, small business owners. When a person is attempting to launch their own business the last thing that they want to do is to take any any additional costs that they don’t have to take on. Renting out a large office space can take away thousands of dollars out of an operating budget. Plus there is the cost of installing and paying for internet, phone lines, and furniture. All if this is already available in a shared office space for a much lower cost, so why wouldn’t you want to take advantage of that?

Fiberglass windows are not your average window

In the world of windows for your home, there are many option that are available to your. If you are shopping around for new windows, then you have likely already discovered some of them : some of the more popular window options are ones that are made out of wood, vinyl windows and fiberglass windows. Fiberglass windows have been around for a long time, but they have only recently started to see an uptick in their availability and frequency of their appearance in homes.

Fiberglass windows are becoming more popular both in home remodels as well as new builds because of how incredibly durable they are. Not only are they durable, but a fiberglass window requires practically no maintenance at all. They last for a very long time and are built to withstand any kind of weather without showing any signs of wear and tear including fading, sagging, chipping, discolorations or pealing. They are also a great alternative to people that want to have the same durability and quality of wood windows, but they do not want to pay the additional costs that go hand in hand with wood windows.

Unlike vinyl windows, fiberglass windows are also easier to fit into a home’s aesthetics. Fiberglass windows can be painted over unlike vinyl, so they can fit into any room’s style with ease. Fiberglass windows can be flexible as well. They have the ability to be cut into pretty much any shape so they can be custom designed to fit into any window no matter the shape or the size.

If you live in an area that is subject to extreme weather conditions, then fiberglass windows  could be worth the extra investment. They have a very low thermal conductivity – 800 times LESS than aluminum. This makes them great for windows that need extreme insulation in the face of a brutal winter storm. The material is also naturally resistant to the wear and tear that all windows must face at some time or another from the weather. They can stand up to warping and leaks that could be caused by continual battering of rain and snow. Fiberglass is also a great barrier against salt air or very high temperatures, so they make a great choice for new windows in homes in states that experience very warm tropical temperatures. The material is naturally non conductive and has a high diectricitc capability. Both aluminum and wood windows have the ability to conduct electricity (aluminum can conduct it all the time and wood can be a conductor when it is wet.)

In addition to all of the different ways that fiberglass windows can stand up to mother nature, they are also surprisingly light weight. You would expect a window that does not chip or crack in the face of hail storms and tornadoes to be made out of steel, but they are still attractive and easy to install in any home.  Even with their added cost, fiberglass windows are a great option because of their durability and their extremely long life span.

Medical cannabis helps people with Cancer and other illnesses 

You do not have to look very hard for news stories about how the use of medical marijuana has helped to alleviate the symptoms of major illnesses. Just the other day, a new story started making the rounds on social media about a man with Parkinson’s that tried medical marijuana for the first time. The effect of the cannabis on his body was tremendous. The cannabis was able to almost completely stop the tremors that he was experienced on a constant basis and allow him to live a more normal life.  Right now there is groundbreaking research taking place that is going to prove what many people already know: that medical cannabis can treat many medical conditions more effectively than other pharmaceuticals and will fewer negative side effects. Just a few of the many major illnesses that medical cannabis has been shown to treat include:

Cancer. Cancer in its many forms is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. The risk of being diagnosed with cancer in a normal person’s lifetime is one in two for men and one in three for women. Think about that: as a man you have a 50% chance of getting (and possibly dying) of cancer! While the fatality rates for cancer will vary based on the type of cancer and how early it is detected, often the treatment methods for cancer are extremely hard on the body. Radiation and chemotherapy can be effective in fighting back against cancer cells, but this same treatment that fights back against cancer can also be devastating to the human body. Nausea and vomiting, lethargy, depression, sleeplessness, and hair loss are just a few of the many side effects of this treatment.

That is where medical marijuana has been revolutionary. Small amounts of marijuana can be smoked in order to help relieve symptoms of vomiting and nausea, which can help people eat and receive the much needed nutrition that is required to help them rebuild their strength after cancer treatment. People that use marijuana from a medical dispensary also reported having to use less prescription pain medication. The side effects of medical marijuana vs prescription pain pills are far fewer and people are less likely to develop a dependency on marijuana as opposed to morphine or Vicodin.

In addition to being an excellent way to relive the painful symptoms and side effects of cancer treatments, medical marijuana that has been tested in labs has also been shown to actually fight the cancer itself.  THC and the other cannabinoids that are naturally present in cannabis can actually slow down the rate of growth in cancer cells, and in some cases it will actually kill the cancer cells.

There is still a lot that we do not know about how medical marijuana is able to accomplish all of this in the human body, but the anecdotal evidence has shown us that without a doubt that marijuana can help ease the pain of people that are fighting deadly diseases

Roofing inspections can help you detect issues on your roof

A roof inspection is a great way to find out what kind of state your roof is currently in. Roofing inspections can be done as part of a roof repair job, or on their own, but it is highly recommended that you use a professional roofer or a licensed home inspector to complete the inspection. There are many reasons that you may want to have an inspection done on your home; the most popular reasons are that you are considering buying or selling a home and you want to know what kind of shape the roof is in, or you have not done any roof repair work for a while and you want to do a check up on your roof to see if you need to hire someone to come out and complete some required repairs.

A roofing inspection as part of a home buying or selling experience is practically a requirement for most buyers. If you are selling your home and you choose not to provide an inspection to potential buyers, then it could slow down the sale of your home or could also cause you to have to lower your asking price in order to get it to move on the market. Many home buyers will request a roof inspection as part of the overall inspection that is done on the home prior to purchase, or you can just save yourself the hassle of having one done later by conducting a roof inspection before you place the home on the market. That way your real estate agent will be armed with that information as they show your home to prospective buyers. They can address and sooth any concerns that the buyers have before it becomes an issue.

If you are not interested in selling your home in the near future, a roofing inspection is still a good thing to have done every few years or so. It tells you what kind of shape your roof is in and can itemize all of the potential issues that are in need of repair. You can then decide which issues need to be addressed immediately and which ones you can wait on. This can be especially helpful if you are the Do It Yourself type of homeowner. If you have been doing all of your roof repairs on your own since you purchased your home, then it never hurts to get the opinion of an expert on the state of your roof. It can be a great opportunity for them to check your work and point out any areas that may need to be addressed. If you prefer, you can then decide to fix those issues yourself and save some of your hard earned cash, or you can have the roofer attend to those issues.

Roofing inspections can prolong the life of your roof by helping you to get to any problems while they are still small problems. It is much easier to replace a few shingles on your roof than it is to replace a big chunk of drywall due to a leak.

SWAT Environmental recommends radon testing your home

Radon is a powerful and potentially harmful gas that is also even more terrifying because it
is virtually invisible to the naked eye. It has no color and no odor and it is responsible for more deaths from lung cancer every year than any other cause except for smoking. The best way to prevent the effects of lung cancer is to make sure that you do not get it in the first place, and the best way to avoid exposure is to make sure that you are conducting radon testing in any place that you spend a significant amount of time, such as your home and your place of business. Testing in your home is a very important test that should always be performed during the process of purchasing a home. If you skipped that step during the home closing then do not worry, it is never too late to do the necessary testing and to have radon reduction services done in your home if you find that you have radon present in there.

Radon testing can be done though buying a do it yourself kit and setting up the test yourself or you can also have an expert such as SWAT Environmental come to your home and do the testing for you. There are two types of radon tests that yåou can perform to check the radon levels short term tests and long term tests. The short term test is set up and in the home and left for two to three days to gather information on radon levels. This is a great way to initially check for singes of radon, but it does not always capture an accurate picture of the amount of radon in your home before it only looks at a very small window of time. Most experts recommend that when you are testing for radon levels to start with the short term test first and then move to the long term testing if your results come back as 4 pCI/l and higher.

Tips for accurate radon level testing: When you set up a radon test in your home, make sure that you follow all of the instructions on the testing process. With short term tests, you will want to make sure that you keep all of your windows and doors closed around the area where you are testing. It is okay to continue using your normal heating and air conditioning systems just as you normally would, as well as using the ceiling fans in that area, but try to avoid using any systems that bring in air from outside of the house as opposed to simply recirculating air. In addition to keeping doors and windows closed during the test, you also want to close all of them at least 12 hours before you start the testing.

Deciphering your test results: Radon levels when tested inside are typically around 1.3 pCI/L. Any test results that are done inside that come back higher than that should look into radon mitigation control options.