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Our top 9 most treasured first issue comic books

August 22, 2019

For many people comic books can arouse that sense of pocket money nostalgia — back in the day when you saved up all week to buy your favourite title. There are people that have treasured their copies since childhood, vowing to never part with them. But there are some folks opting to find value in rare first issues of a series. Here’s our guide to some of the most valuable first issues out there (as long as the condition of the comic is impeccable!) — could you be harboring one in your attic? Take a read below and find out.

  1. Avengers #1, 1963 — £210,486

The ever-popular Avengers series had quite the humble beginning, and these once glossy pages feature the likes of Thor, Iron Man, the Hulk, and Ant-Man. If you could uncover one of these from your own collection, it could do as well at auction as the staggering price tag it currently has. 

  1. Fantastic Four #1, 1961— £230,460

There’d be no Marvel if there hadn’t been a Fantastic Four to pave the way! This one was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, and it sets a precedent of hundreds more adventures to follow. It was sold for a staggering £230,460 in 2011. 

  1. Incredible Hulk #1, 1962 — £250,433

Did you know that due to ink issues, the Hulk was grey before he was green? Written by Stan Lee and illustrated by Jack Kirby, this duo created one of the most prolific comic book figures, a first edition copy was sold for 250,433 in 2014. 

  1. Captain America Comics #1, 1941 — £263,536

Jack Kirby teamed up with Joe Simon to produce this masterpiece, and it certainly stood out on the newsagent shelves; the cover features Captain America swinging a punch towards Adolf Hitler?! It sold for a huge £263,536, so it’s definitely worth unearthing from the depths of your collection! 

  1. Beano #1, 1938- £17,300

A true British icon, the first ever issue was just 28 pages long and there are only 25 known copies known to still exist. It was sold for 2 pence originally, but it fetched a startling £17,300 at auction in 2015.

  1. Marvel Comics #1, 1939 — £268,870

This first issue created the Marvel that is loved globally nowadays. In the comic we were introduced to The Human Torch and Namor the Sub-Mariner for the first time. 

  1. Flash Comics #1, 1940 — £345,690

This icon was written by Gardner Fox and Harry Lampert, and readers were introduced to the likes of the Golden Age Flash and the Golden Age Hawkman. It auctioned for a six-figure total in 2010, and at the time it was the second most-expensive comic in all time. 

  1. X-Men #1, 1963 — £378,674

These notorious crime-fighting mutants took on Magento in this issue, another Stan Lee and Jack Kirby collaboration, which sold for an enormous fee of £378,674 in 2012.

  1. Superman #1, 1939 — £389,861

Of course, Superman would make an appearance on this list! Nowadays known as a star-studded role to portray in his various blockbuster films, this self-titled debut broke away from Action Comics where he had originally appeared. Early in 2018, it sold for an impressive figure which is just as impressive as his fictional crime-fighting career. 

  1.  Batman #1, 1939 — £436, 049 

Batman’s standalone career in comic book fame began in this issue, and his prolific counterparts the Joker and Catwoman were in tow. A well-kept copy sold for £436,049 in 2013. 

So, if you can get your hands on one of these, you could be in for a heathy profit, up to as much as six figures! 

Article brought to you by Where The Trade Buys, a leading booklet printing company offering their printing services to businesses across the UK.

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https://www.msn.com/en-in/news/other/the-20-most-valuable-comic-books-ever-sold/ss-BBBnw9h#image=18

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https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/0/10-valuable-comic-books-world/

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Creating a Green Office Environment

August 21, 2019

Going green is the best way to conserve resources and ensure a sustainable future. Right from saving electricity to using less paper, there are several ways that can help your work space become a Green Office.

There has been a lot of research into this topic. This has resulted in establishing the effectiveness of these methods and enable wide scale adoption. A survey conducted by https://www.seareach.co.uk/ showed what are the things that makes your office green.

Here is a list of 10 ways on how you can transform your office –

Become paperless

This is one of the easiest ways to make the offices green. You can store the work in digital format, use digital devices for meetings and use modern technologies to substitute paperwork. The survey showed that 20% of the people feel this should be implemented.

Label recycle bins

Recycling is one of the most important factors and 18% of the respondents felt it has a strong impact. You can label your waste bins to segregate recyclable and disposable wastes. It will make the employees aware and help them contribute in making the office green.

Install solar panels

You can install solar panels at locations which receive direct sunlight. This will help you provide power to the electrical appliances and lights in your offices. Solar panels was preferred by 14% of the respondents.

Installing LED bulbs

The survey showed that 12% of people feel that the use of LED bulbs is an important practice. The most striking feature of LED bulbs is that they can save up to 75% electricity in comparison to halogen bulbs. This helps in conserving energy and also save your costs.

Green Heating

Green heating techniques like Solar heating and Geothermal heating can help save energy by a great extent. In addition to that, these are cheaper in comparison to conventional methods. 9% of the respondents were optimistic about the benefits of green heating.

Reusable water bottles

You can encourage the employees to bring their own bottles and cups to prevent wastage of paper cups and plastic bottles. This will have a great impact on the environment in the long run. 7% felt that encouraging this practice will have a positive effect.

Bike facilities

The survey by SeaReach 6% of the respondents felt that making provisions for bike racks would encourage employees to cycle to work. This will help save energy and also reduce pollution.

Charging points for electric cars

Electric cars are going to play a pivotal role in energy conservation. They will help in saving up to 85-95% energy over Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) driven cars. The poll showed that 6% of the audience felt that providing charging points would help in making the office green.

Motion detection lights

Light systems like Philips Hue have redefined how we operate the lights in our homes. Motion detection lights automatically switch on and off by detecting the movements. This helps to save energy when no one is present in a room or a community hall. 5 % of the respondents felt that this should be installed in offices.

Plants and natural light

3% of the respondents said that having plants in the offices would enhance the beauty and provide a cool environment to work in. Moreover, making provisions for natural light to come in can help save electricity.

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5 Summer Activities to Keep Little Hands Busy

August 5, 2019

And just like that, spring is officially over and we’ve finally welcomed summer. And with the change in season many families will also be counting down to the beginning of the much-anticipated summer holidays. 

To ensure sanity is kept by all, while boredom is kept at bay, parents and guardians need to make sure that little hands are kept busy.

A recent study by Kiddi Caru Childcare discovered that 31% of children aged two-five years old are spending less than three hours outside, limiting their exposure to vitamin D and harming their development.

This is why we have put together some fantastic activities perfect for little ones, each involving being outside for some of the time, giving you the perfect opportunity to teach them about nature while they have fun. 

1. Paper Tube Bird Feeder

This is a brilliant way to re-use a waste product and benefit wildlife at the same time. These easy to craft bird feeders will keep little ones entertained during the making process, and once hung in the garden, they can eagerly watch their new visitors arrive to reap the rewards of their efforts. 

Here is what you will need:

  • Craft/ice lolly sticks
  • Peanut butter
  • Bird seed
  • Empty toilet paper rolls
  • String or twine

The first step is to lay out everything for your little one. The seeds should be placed in a flat shallow container, such as a roasting tin. Peanut butter can be put into an airtight container to avoid seeds getting into the jar.

Next little ones, using the ice lolly sticks, should be shown how to spread the peanut butter along each side of the toilet roll cardboard tube, making sure the whole of the outside is covered (it will get messy!)

Once no bare cardboard is visible, ask your child to place the tube in the container of seeds horizontally and roll the tube back and forth. The seeds will stick to the peanut butter on the outside.

A grown up will then have to thread the string through the middle ensuring there is enough either side to tie a knot at the top, making it easy to place the feeder on a tree or fence post.

All that is left is for little ones to enjoy watching their new feathered friends come and go, until all the seeds are gone.

2. Bee Friendly Flower Ball

It’s important the parents of the next generation teach them to respect and look after bees instead of fear them. The bee population is in steep decline, which is why a fun craft that also provides a way of saving bees is the perfect way to get children passionate about these important insects.

A flower ball is a bit like a bath bomb, but instead of fizzing and releasing glittery soaps, it’s a ball of seeds and soil, promoting and spreading the growth of wild flowers in green spaces, giving bees plenty of flowers to collect pollen from.

Ingredients:

  • Flour
  • Compost
  • Mixing bowl
  • Water
  • British wildflower seeds

Take your mixing bowl and combine ten-parts compost to one-part flour, this helps the ball keeps its shape when formed. 

Get your toddler to mix slowly while you gently add the water, you will be able to tell when you have added enough as the mixture will become sticky like dough. 

Now the messy part, get your little one to roll the mixture into a golf-ball size ball.  

Next, fill a tray or shallow tub with wildflower seeds and roll the mud balls around until they were covered. 

Leave the finished product to dry for a day or two, then let them take the balls into the garden and throw them into empty patches of your garden and wait for the flowers to grow. 

3. Juice Carton Boat

This simple craft will help transport children from being bored in a back garden to pirates sailing the high seas. Grown-up help will be needed along every step, but every good sea captain needs their first mate anyway. 

By the end of this activity you’ll be able to transform an empty juice carton into the finest vessel ye landlubbers will have ever seen.

What you need:

  • One litre juice carton
  • Skewer
  • Blu tack
  • Card squares 
  • Felt tip pens
  • Scissors 

Firstly, a grown-up will have to cut one of the long sides off the juice carton, while this is being done, little ones can decorate their flags using the felt tips.

When you have the boat base, place a blob of the Blu-tack in the centre of the inside floor. Use the skewer to poke two holes in the card flag. Then once threaded, cut the sharp end of the skewer off and place a small blob of Blu-tack on the end to avoid any splinters. 

The skewer, or flag pole should then be stuck into the Blu-tack already inside the carton. This gives your little ones the perfect boat. It can be used in the paddling pool, puddles and even shallow streams, but remember children should always be supervised near any source of water. 

4. Summer Sensory Tray

Like every season, summer brings with it a range of new smells, sounds, sights, textures and even tastes, so it’s important to introduce toddlers to these new experiences as the season arrives. 

The best way to do this in a controlled space, is to create a summer sensory tray.

All you need for this easy activity is a plastic tray or storage box to fill with a range of different objects that represent summer. 

For example:

  • Sand
  • Shells
  • Cut grass
  • Petals
  • Smooth pebbles 
  • Water (this can either be in a jug so they can see how the textures change when wet or in a separate tray)
  • Bird seeds

This tray is exclusively to touch, sight and smell, but a lunch time activity could involve making one around taste, a large food container could have different summer fruits that children can dip their hand in and try. 

Try not to stick to every day fruits, throw in some new textures and tastes for them to experience, asking them to name the food if they can.  

5. Nature Faces

Nature faces are perfect for those at the older end of toddler. It gives them the opportunity to adventure outdoors and find the materials need to create their own nature self-portrait. 

Encourage them to find the perfect materials for the eyes, nose, mouth and hair. 

They can use grass, twigs, flowers, leaves and even soil. Once they have collected a range of materials it is time to take them home and form their nature faces. 

Cut out a few oval shapes from card to give your little ones a base in which to stick their facial features onto. 

Ensure you have a few adhesives available. PVA glue will stick to most things, but may struggle with thicker twigs and stones, in which case a bit of sticky tape can be used to secure these to the card oval used as the base of the face. 

Get the children to explain which parts of the faces they are making as they are doing them. It encourages them to use their imagination and learn about feature placement on the face.

Make sure that any glue is dried before the finished product is picked up and moved.

These are just some of the activities that can keep the little one’s busy during the summer holidays, encouraging them to spend some of that important time outside. 

Lifestyle

Have a Blast on Your Special Day with These Five Tips

August 1, 2019

There are different ways people celebrate their birthdays each year. It is either you let the day pass by without doing anything special, or you go ahead and plan a grand party to celebrate with family and friends. If you choose the latter, then you should do everything that you can to make it one of the most meaningful highlights in your life as you become another year wiser.

Party planning can sometimes get overwhelming because you need to think about many things to ensure its success. To make things a lot simpler for you, here are some awesome ideas that you can keep in mind to celebrate your own birthday. 

1.Have the party at a place where you have never been to

If your past birthday parties were always celebrated at your home, then you can try something different this year. Why not check out websites like www.thewowhousecompany.co.uk for large houses that come with a swimming pool and other amenities that you can rent for the weekend. If you have a large venue, you can set up a floor that will allow all the guests to dance. 

2. Go and try something adventurous

If you are a person who does not do a lot of outdoor activities, then today is a good time for you to try one. You can set up a camping trip on the exact day of your birthday by inviting your close friends to spend time with you. Do not forget to bring a lot of tasty foods and snacks so you can celebrate once you arrive at the campsite. 

3. Go on a weekend trip

You can invite your closest friends to go with you on a weekend getaway. You can book a room at your favourite local hotel for a staycation. What is nice about staying at a hotel is that they allow their guests to use all of the features of the place, including pool and gym. A staycation is one of the most popular birthday ideas. 

4. Spend your birthday with the less fortunate

One way to give thanks for all the blessings that you have received is to volunteer for a good cause. You can support an organisation that is close to your heart. For example, you can help an organisation for cancer patients to make your day extra special. 

5. Pamper yourself on your special day

When was the last time that you went to your favourite spa for a full body massage? Would you like to have a pedicure and your feet pampered? You can also book an appointment at the salon to have your hair cut and coloured. If you are not into parties and you would rather spend your birthday alone then go ahead and make yourself look good and feel better. 

Lastly, keep in mind that there are many ways you can celebrate your special day. You can still have a blast even without having a party. 

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How to give your house an eco-friendly makeover

July 31, 2019

If you’re looking to give your home or log cabin a fresh, eco-friendly new look to greet the summer this year, check out this guide for the best furnishings and tricks to kit out your greener living space. 

Picking the right sofa 

Replacing your sofa is a big task. Not only is it certainly an investment, it is also a big design choice. After all, the sofa can’t help but be a huge focus of your room! 

But be sure that your new sofa didn’t cause a price for the planet when it was manufactured! There are a number of things to look out for where picking your perfect, eco-friendly sofa: 

  • Are the materials used to make it recycled? 
    • If not, are they sourced sustainably? 
  • Can the materials of the sofa be recycled again at the end of its life? 
  • For wood materials used, are they sealed with an environmentally-friendly oil finish? 

Considering curtains

Your choice of curtains can really impact your overall eco-friendly rating. Your curtains can work hard towards reducing your heating costs, if you pick wisely. Plus, the way the curtains themselves are made can also be very eco-conscious. 

EcoFriendly Link recommends buying curtains with natural fibres, such as cotton, silk, bamboo, or wool. For a more earthy look, linen and hemp curtains definitely add to the vibe. Plus, making sure these materials haven’t been dyed (or, at least, ensuring they were dyed with low-toxicity/low-impact dyes), is a must for an environmentally friendly home. 

To improve energy-efficiency, be sure that your curtains are lined with a light-coloured material. This helps with cooling your home in the summer and closing your curtains during sunny days will keep you house cool. Conversely, closing the curtains will keep the heat in the room during the winter months, meaning your radiators don’t have to work as hard. 

Flooring

For greener flooring, your mind might jump to reclaimed wood as the only option, but that isn’t the case! There are a number of different materials to consider when picking out the best flooring option for you, including: 

  • Cork
  • Bamboo
  • Glass tiles
  • Wool carpet 

Again, as with the curtains, be sure to research the dyes used to colour these materials before purchasing. Some dyes are highly toxic, so even if the material is sustainable, the process of making the flooring becomes decidedly not-eco-sound! 

Need a nice rug for your floor? Consider a sisal and sweet-grass woven rug. This plant-based rug is made from plants similar to bamboo, and they grow plentifully, meaning it doesn’t harm the environment to make them. 

Shelves

Shelves are an easy way to bring a greener vibe to your home, as you can embrace either the rustic, rugged look or the sleeker modern feel of wooden shelves: so long as it’s upcycled and reclaimed, you’re good to try any style! 

If you’re feeling particularly thrifty, you can put together a number of different shelving types with objects left around the home. One on-trend and simple-to-make shelving idea is hanging shelves: a little rope, leather cord, or chain coupled with reclaimed wood, be it an old wooden pallet or an unused skateboard makes for a minimalistic boho look

Air fresheners

Get rid of synthetic air fresheners that can be toxic to the environment and couple all your eco-friendly air freshener needs with another element of environmentally-sound interior design: houseplants. 

There are so many plants that can brighten up your home’s style, while keeping it smelling fresh

  • Devil’s Ivy
  • Peace lily 
  • Spider plant
  • Aloe vera 

No matter what style you’re aiming for within your home or log cabin’s interior, making it eco-friendly is beneficial to both you and the world around you. Be sure to take an extra moment to consider the materials and their process in becoming furnishings before you commit to buying. 

Sources: 

https://www.upcyclist.co.uk/2017/12/eco-friendly-furniture/

http://www.ecofriendlylink.com/blog/eco-friendly-curtains-save-money/

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Dressing against the norm — what does it say about you?

July 30, 2019

From eccentric socks to dressing against our gendered expectations, many people push the limits of social norms when it comes to fashion. Research has shown that non-conformists can be viewed as being of a higher status and more competent than those who follow the rules of fashion. We take a look at what different clothing says about the wearer… 

Against gendered expectations

The line is becoming increasingly blurred between male and female clothing. Many people are speaking up, opposing the ideas that men and women should be dressed according to their sex. But, are you presenting yourself in a different way when you dress against the gendered expectations? 

Although fashionistas are saying that they don’t agree with gender rules, some research suggests that we’re still stuck in our old ways. Psychologists in New Jersey found that attitudes towards gender stereotypes hadn’t changed much between 1983 and 2014. 

There is an argument that shows that it’s favourable for women to cross the gender barrier but perhaps not men. Back in 1990, it was found that — despite the sex of the applicant – if the clothing that they wore was more masculine, they were more likely to be hired. When men dressed in pink however (a colour commonly associated with females), they were seen as less intelligent than women who were wearing the same colour. 

Eccentric wear 

Another way of going against the grain when it comes to style is through eccentric clothing. When we think of outrageous outfits we may think of people with brightly coloured hair, patterned clothing and over the top jewellery. But, there are other ways to express freedom through dress.

For example, people who wear unconventional socks are viewed as being rebellious and expressive. One of these people is Justin Trudeau, the current Prime Minister of Canada, who shows off his fun side by wearing funky socks with a traditional suit. You can make your own subtle ‘eccentric’ changes through patterned socks by CT shirts, online retailers of men’s shirts and accessories. Or make yourself stand out from the crowd through bright scarves and other extras. 

By dressing against the norms, studies have shown that you build a brand of being ‘gutsy’. And in fact, people have the potential to see you as more brilliant, creative and successful. One study, published in 2014, found that those who go against conformity can be viewed as of a higher status than those who don’t. They were also considered to be more competent — potentially influencing the impression that they give off in the workplace. 

Not only does it affect people’s perceptions of you but it can also affect the way you think, feel and act — this is through ‘embodied cognition’. Since eccentric dress gives you greater potential to express your individuality, it’s possible that it can make you feel more confident and comfortable in different situations. This could then go on to improve your performance at work or in challenges where you want to push yourself. 

Against the dress code 

In some situations, for a job interview perhaps, it can be argued that dressing in accordance with expectations is the best thing to do. 

Under some circumstances, we think that people with extraordinary appearances are more successful. 

Men who wear smart, fitted suits as they are often expected to wear in a formal situation, were perceived as being more confident, successful and thought to be earning a higher wage. This was compared to men who weren’t dressed as smartly — in a loosely fitted suit. 

In one study that looked at the effects of clothing, it was found that senior managers were rated less favourably if they were dressed more ‘provocative’. This was a skirt slightly above the knee and one button on the blouse undone. It’s clear to see that it is important to consider our dress style carefully as people can make many assumptions without any evidence. 

In some environments, wearing your set uniform can improve your productivity. Research found that in a lab, those who were wearing lab coats felt smarter and went on to perform better! 

As we can see, dressing against societies expectations can have many effects on the opinion of others and your own performance. Although it’s important to express yourself through dress, you don’t want to hinder your work or your impression on others in formal situations. Wear a pair of crazy socks underneath your day-to-day outfit instead…  

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What is a property survey and why do I need one?

July 23, 2019

What is a property survey and why do I need one?

When purchasing a property it is always advisable to have to have a survey carried out so you are aware of any areas of concern such as damp, electrical problems or structural issues.   Many home buyers, however, choose not to go ahead with a property survey as they do not wish to pay the extra cost and believe instructing a surveyor will delay the home buying process. Neither is a reason to decide against having a survey carried out.  The survey report will highlight any major faults with the property and may recommend additional investigations this making you aware of potentially costly repairs and allowing you the opportunity before exchange to renegotiate the purchase price.   

TRUE Solicitors outlines the different types of property surveys available and which is most appropriate to your needs. 

What is a property survey? 

A property survey is conducted by a professional chartered surveyor to examine the condition of the property that you are buying. The surveyor will complete an inspection of the property, reporting back on any issues, such as structural problems or any major repairs.   They may, for example highlight the need for an electrical re-wire or need to fix a leaking roof. The report will also state things such as the type of glazing and type of brickwork included in the property. 

Why do I need to get a property survey? 

Although it isn’t mandatory to get a property survey, it is a wise investment to avoid unwanted issues which could end up costing you thousands in the future. 

If issues are highlighted in the survey, you will be recommended to obtain specialist quotations so you are aware of the likely repair costs.  This will afford you the opportunity to renegotiate with the seller on the price you have agreed to pay. For example if the property needs an electrical re-wire that will cost £5,000 and the property has been down valued accordingly, it is common practice  to ask the seller to reduce the price accordingly, or ask them to complete the work before exchange.. 

Whilst a survey is recommended for every homebuyer, it should be viewed as a necessary expense for those buying a property that: 

  • is a listed building
  • has a thatched roof or timber frame 
  • is an old or unusual build 
  • is in poor condition 

Which type of survey should I get? 

There are different types of property survey available. They differ according to the level of detail that they go into. You can choose from the following survey types: 

  1. Mortgage Valuation 

A mortgage valuation is technically not a survey and is required by all mortgage providers, in order for them to assess how much the property is worth. It allows the lender to ensure that the value of the property provides an adequate level of security against the loan. A mortgage valuation will only report back on obvious major issues with the property, and will not provide any further detail on how much it will likely cost to remedy such problems. The cost of a mortgage valuation typically starts at around £350 and will increase in accordance with the size and value of the property. 

  1. HomeBuyers Report

A HomeBuyers report is a more detailed report and will highlight any structural issues such as damp or subsidence, as well as any other issues to the interior and exterior which may not have been obvious to the naked eye. The report doesn’t however go as far as to look under the floorboards or behind walls. 

A HomeBuyers report uses a traffic light system to highlight the condition of the different parts of the property — green indicating that everything is in good condition, orange showing some cause for concern, and red indicating that there is a need for serious repairs. 

There are two different types of Homebuyers Report: 

HomeBuyers Report (Survey Only): This option costs around £350 and will check for major issues, but will not offer a valuation of the property.   

HomeBuyers Report (Survey and Valuation): This option costs around £450, but along with a full inspection of the property it also includes a valuation and an insurance reinstatement value. 

  1. RICS Building Survey 

A RICS Building Survey is a good option if you are buying a property that is particularly old, large or you are planning major renovations.  

The Building Survey has the same traffic light rating system as a HomeBuyers Report, highlighting any major issues. The survey does however go into further detail by checking behind walls, inspecting between floors and above ceilings, as well as checking over the attic. The report will also provide advice on the repairs needed, including estimated costs and timings, along with what further damage is likely to result if you fail to carry out the repairs. The report varies in cost depending on the size of the home, it typically costs between £500 and £2000. 

Do I need a survey if I am purchasing a new build property? 

New build properties are not without fault, a ‘snagging’ survey should be carried out to identify any minor or major defects prior to you moving in. The cost for a snagging survey is usually around £300 to £600. 

It is best to complete a snagging survey before exchanging contracts, if the property developer allows you access to the site. This way you can arrange to have any problems fixed prior to you moving in. If the developer won’t give you access then you should arrange for the snagging list to be completed as early as possible after moving in. 

Where do I find a good surveyor? 

When looking to instruct someone to complete your property survey it is essential to check that the surveyor is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) or the Residential Property Surveyors Association (RPSA). You can use their websites to search for recommended surveyors in your area. Your property solicitor, mortgage lender or estate agent will be able to recommend a good surveyor to you. 

If you’re looking for a residential conveyancing solicitor, get in touch with our friendly team today. We offer you fixed fee, stress free conveyancing, whether you’re buying or selling, remortgaging or transferring equity. 

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https://www.comparemymove.com/chartered-surveyors/what-is-property-survey

https://hoa.org.uk/advice/guides-for-homeowners/i-am-buying/what-sort-of-survey-should-i-have/

https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en/articles/a-guide-to-homebuyer-surveys-and-costs

https://www.rics.org/uk/upholding-professional-standards/sector-standards/building-surveying/home-surveys/

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Relationship Retention – Tips To Maintain Professional Coworking Connections

July 20, 2019

The increasing popularity of coworking spaces in Australia and around the world speaks to the changing patterns of work in the digital age. Growing numbers of flexible and freelance workers, as well as entrepreneurs and startups, is a sign of an increasingly dynamic and shifting segment of the workforce. This situation, while a natural outgrowth of advances in communication technologies, offers both opportunities and difficulties for maintaining professional connections.

Whether you are coworking in Melbourne or elsewhere, using coworking spaces as a networking tool is a great way to maximise the time you spend in a work environment. You may be looking for some advice on how to forge and maintain connections when you are working among colleagues and acquaintances in coworking spaces. 

Let’s look a closer look at some essential tips to help you to establish yourself in your industry and propel your business to further growth.

Consistent Connection

Working in a coworking space is a natural and organic way to get to know other professionals, whether they are working in your industry or not. The dynamic group of flexible workers who populates each coworking space will usually be composed of similarly minded and motivated entrepreneurs who are just as interested in succeeding as you are.

Connecting with your coworking colleagues during lunch breaks or downtime is a great way to forge connections that could potentially provide new opportunities for your business. While it can be useful to simply work alongside other people to break the isolation of freelance work, it is worthwhile to leverage some of these connections to get insight into how you can improve or where you might look for new clients.

Bring Something To The Shared Table

To establish and maintain the connections you forge in coworking space, you need to have something to offer. Be open to collaborating with others on their projects and be ready to provide insights and advice into your colleagues’ work-related problems. Being a person who has solutions or good ideas is a great way to demonstrate that you are a serious and emerging player in your industry. Your colleagues will notice this and will be interested in helping you succeed, especially if they see that you are taking your work seriously. You will meet all sorts of different people in your coworking space and maintaining connections with each of them can bring unexpected benefits to your own business. Just be prepared to assist others in the same way as they help you.

Practice Good Coworking Etiquette

Part of being someone who your fellow professionals want to be involved with is practising good etiquette in the coworking space. Whether you are at home in Melbourne or abroad, be aware of the etiquette and cultural norms that are appropriate for your location. Beyond that, a healthy dose of common sense can keep you in your colleagues’ good graces. Try to be friendly and polite with your colleagues and make sure to keep your phone calls in quiet areas to a minimum, the same as you would expect in any office environment. Treating your colleagues with the same respect that you expect to receive from them is sure to assist you in maintaining professional connections.

Keep In Touch

Coworking spaces are ultimately what you make of them. If you go into work in a communal space every day with a positive and motivated attitude, you are sure to attract like-minded professionals into your network. Make the effort to socialise with your colleagues in a formal but also in an informal way. Keep in touch with people outside of the office but be courteous and respectful. By following these tips, you are sure to stay connected with a vibrant and insightful cohort of coworking professionals.