Leasing an Apartment in Aberdeen – Easy When You Know How

My eldest kid has just got himself a job in the oil & gas industry! Great, I said, where are you heading to Gulf of Mexico, Houson? Oh no pops, bit further afield – Aberdeen! Turns out that Aberdeen is actuallyone of the top 2 oil and gas locations in the world. Impressive! However theres a problem with that – and I’m talking about property prices – they are sky high!

A single bedroom apartment will set you back almost $350,000 and if you want a family house, well, lets just say you’ll be eating beans on toast for a long time on the kind of wages most of us earn over here. So, I decided to do a bit of digging and it turns out that one of the more popular ways to get quality accomodation is to lease a serviced apartment. They come with all the mod cons, including shared gym in some cases and they arent actually much more expensive than renting normal accomodation. I suggested to junior that maybe he should try this apporach until he gets settled into a job and house.

So, with this in mind, I contacted some local leasing companies specialising inthis field and was happy to say that Langley Apartments came up trumps with some solid advice for invetors in the Aberdeen property market. Heres what they had to say.

If you’re interested in how to invest some money, then buying a home is still one of the best options. Always remember that location is vital, and you can identify the properties best situated to turn real profits. As with any investment, you should do your research, analyze the risks and invest wisely. We have clients who have investigated as many as 100 individual properties in the area; tracking everything with a spreadsheet or database. You also need to look at repair budgets, transport costs, and, for Aberdeen, the current oil price. This will help you figure out which deals are the best.

If you want to invest in real estate then you have to be committed to the process, and when you are looking for your first home focus on a single market segment, as opposed to taking on too much. Regardless of what you are doing, make sure that you feel comfortable. When drafting your strategy, understand that the initial costs will usually go beyond the purchase price of the property. You will also need to pay solicitors fees, stamp duty (property tax), and other legal fees. Consider these costs when you work on your budget.

There are a couple of things to look for if you are thinking about investing in property in Aberdeen. First, avoid overpaying for land and itt’s also important to make sure that too much money isn’t spent on renovating the property. Take a good look at the property and what you can expect in terms of rental income and if (but only if!!) the numbers are right, then go for it.

Most people want to stay in locations that have a buzz around them, such as West End apartments in Aberdeen or the areas surrounding the city centre. This is important because it will be easier to sell the property. Also, try to look for properties that can be easily maintained.

If you are looking into renting property, make sure that the monthly rent will be covered by your wages minus living costs and some money to spend on entertaining. When you do this, you can be more certain of having a settled existence. Nothing is worse than having to come up with money out of your pocket for the monthly rent because your entertainent budget is running over.

If you are thinking about purchasing real estate, hiring someone to find the right property and to handle the legal aspects  is a must in the UK.

Renting, or buying a property is no small task but its something we all need to do. Just take your time, hire the right expertise and aim at the right level of expenditure and you will be fine.

3 Effective Tips for Carpet Cleaning

Just the other day, Mrs Banta was wittering on about getting a carpet cleaning company in. Apparently our carpets are filthy – have to say, I didnt really notice but, reading up on the subject (fascinating!) I was startled to discover that even though a carpet might look clean its actually one of the most foul, disease ridden parts of your home – ok I exaggerated a bit there but its pretty disgusting stuff. Why does this happen, well let me share an article written by the guys over atwww.firstclasscarpetcleaningaberdeen.com that will hopefully shed some light on the matter….

We have to admit that carpet cleaning is something not too many people think about. As a matter of fact, a lot of folks only realize their carpets need attention when they are having a family get-together. Do we all neglect our carpets this way, or is this just something we accuse single men of doing? Regardless, it’s a good idea to schedule regular carpet cleanings throughout the year, no matter who you are. While it’s not necessary (usually) to shampoo your carpets each and every month, you should make it a habit to vacuum weekly. If your cleaning routine doesn’t include a weekly vacuum of your rugs, then you should begin now.

The depth of the pile of a carpet is something that needs to be considered when you are discussing carpet cleaning. Ignoring this factor may cause consequences that will cause damage to your carpet, leading to replacement. Moreover, your carpeting will still be dirty because it’s unlikely that you will get out all the dirt. Undoubtedly, if your carpets are of the low-cut pile variety, they will clean up easier. So we are mostly concerned with carpet pile that is long such as shag carpeting. Be sure you take extra time with vacuuming activities when your pile is longer than average. Here’s a quick tip that will save wear and tear on your carpet. If you have heavy traffic areas, or just a lot of traffic, vacuum frequently.

A lot of different methods exist for carpet cleaning and different procedures give different results. One carpet cleaning method, called steam cleaning, is easy to do.

While this can be an effective alternative if you do not want to use shampoos or chemicals, it needs to be done properly. Probably the worse thing people do incorrectly after steam cleaning their carpet is not making sure that all of the excess water has been removed. As you are no doubt aware, the steam – as it cools – condenses into water that settles into the pile of your carpet. So at the end of the process the excess water has to be removed. Mold can grow in your carpet if all of the water isn’t removed. This is bad and will not only cause health problems, but your carpet will probably have to be replaced.

All of us with household pets want the best for them, and strive to see that they are well taken care of. That is something you have to think about if you want to clean your carpeting. Just about all shampoos used on carpets will contain harmful chemicals that could be hazardous to pets. You may see rug shampoos at the store that say they are “pet safe”, but don’t always believe what you read. If you check the labels and know the reputation of the manufacturer, you may decide that a certain product is, indeed, OK to use around your pets. The best method to use for cleaning your carpets, one that uses no harmful chemicals whatsoever, is steam cleaning. And, don’t forget – carpet cleaning is one of those jobs that isn’t hard to do, but it is necessary. Of course, the reason a lot of folks ignore their carpet cleaning responsibilities is because it’s not a fun thing to do! Respiratory problems can be avoided if you just get into the habit of vacuuming regularly and shampooing your carpets frequently.

Ive Just Found Out What A Personal Injury Claims Specialist Does!

One of my close buddies was in an auto accident just recently and it really brought things home to me – how fragile our daily lives are. Luckily he wasn’t badly hurt but suffered a whiplash injury and he is laid up in bed with a back problem. He thinks he was lucky but, Im not so sure – turns out the other guy wasn’t insured and there’s a bit of a dispute about who was to blame (not in his mind) and this has caused him real problems.

You see, while this stuff is in litigation and the lawyers are racking up nice fat fees ($200 an hour – I’m in the wrong job) and, of course, medical bills are mounting up as well. He may have had a lucky escape health wise but, financially, he’s feeling the pressure. We all do what we can to help but losing his income, and suffering under the weight of mounting bills is actually having a bad effect on his mental as well as high physical health. Not good. So, I decided to do some research and, turns out that there is a way to help out – by hiring a personal injury claims specialist. Turns out these guys don’t work for the insurance companies like I thought they did, they are independent advisers who usually work on a no-win no-fee basis. Seems they get their payment out of the insurance company so it doesn’t costs the client anything at all – sounds good to me. In my buddy’s case the guy I spoke to was very helpful.

He actually managed to arrange some up-front cash to help with the immediate bills which was a huge weight off his mind. Best of all, thought,  he arranged a replacement vehicle so his wife could get around and he’s pretty confident that the other guys insurer will even pick up the tab for the complete vehicle repairs.

Medical bills are a huge issue but a bit of legwork even that issue was soon sorted that out. I was very impressed to say the least. I’ve kept his details and even though, hopefully, I’ll never need them, its good to know that there’s a safety net available out there if you are ever involved in a no-fault accident, auto accident or even an accident at work.

Faith in human race: restored.

The Perils of Oil & Gas Exploration – Discovery Channel Style

I’ve always enjoyed technology and I spend more time than is healthy watching the Discovery Channel. One of the latest programs to grab my attention was Blood and Oil.

It basically follows an American family called the Cutters who drill for oil in Ohio – not Texas or Alaska like most folks would probably imagine. The show deals with the political and social ramifications of big oil moving into new grounds and the damage they cause to the environment and the people who have drilled there, in some cases for hundreds of years. The times they certainly are a changing.

As well as the human interest side, of course, the program goes on to explain a lot of the technology involved and, believe you me, its mighty impressive, especially when you get to the bigger oil installations and, even more so when things move offshore.

I used to think that offshore drilling was just a case of picking a spot, towing a drilling rig out and then sinking a hole. Oh no. Nothing like that. These days extensive sonar surveys are carried out including the use of remote sensing satellite technology and millions of dollars are invested in prospecting sites before a single test well is sunk. And with prices running at $100,000 a day for a drilling rig, it’s easy to see why so much prep work is done.

Of course, once (if) you find oil, that’s when the real challenge begins. A lot of the recoverable oil and gas is now far offshore in deeper continental waters which makes the technology required to extract it more advanced than we need to get men into space! Every aspect of offshore oil and gas exploration is fraught with difficulty and danger. First of all there’s the hostile environment to deal with. High seas, remote working locations and, of course the fact that you are dealing with highly volatile substances make the whole process fraught with danger. No way would you get me working on one of these platforms – hats off to the guys who do.

Working at depth, of course, also brings its own unique set of problems. Many offshore oil and gas installations operate at depths which far exceed the limits that human divers are able to go to, so ROV – remote operated vehicle technology is vitally important. These undersea drones are ‘flown’ by experienced ROV pilots topside and can perform a whole range of tasks from welding to routine maintenance and with the help of ancillary technology like subsea baskets it’s even possible for the whole process to be handled remotely keeping the divers out of harm’s way. As I said, that more technology than we have used to put a man on the moon for goodness sake.

The rewards may be huge, but the risks are massive as well. Exploring, drilling, extracting and then transporting oil and natural gas from remote offshore locations to population centres is a hugely complicated business these days and it’s also a bit of a risky business venture as well. With the increase in shale gas extraction through fracking and green energy such as solar and wind power becoming more popular the oil price is actually being driven down in recent years. So, is it worth the effort? Well, for families like the Cutters it seems that maybe it’s not. A growing number of small drilling operations are starting to sell up and take the money being offered by which is a bit of a shame, considering the pioneering spirit that makes America great is also being sold along with it. Progress, I guess, takes many forms.