Tips & Advice
Do temp agencies offer benefits?
Most temp agencies offer benefits, but there is still a significant out-of-pocket expense. Since a temp is not a full-time employee, most do not offer a free benefits package--it would cost them too much money to do that. However, they often allow access to plans, or a variation of plans, that they offer their full time employees who qualify--but you will be paying for these benefits.
How to tell if an LCD screen is broken
The most obvious sign is going to be a visible break or crack on the screen. Next, you may have display issues, such as vertical lines or dark spots or an otherwise faulty display. If it’s all black, that’s a possible symptom of a cracked or broken screen. That’s the bad news. The good news is that it is probably repairable. Some screen repairs are surprisingly easy and you can DIY with minimal tools and some on-line instructions. Or you can take it in to a service tech.
Smart TV’s are connected to the internet, allowing access to streaming video, as well as having interactive capabilities, like apps. Your TV can operate a lot like a computer, minus many of the programs, like email, although that applications is probably not be too far away. Most new TVs are smart TVs.
What are the reasons for a TV not turning on?
The number one reason for a TV not turning on is most likely having dead batteries in the remote.If the remote works fine, check to see if the TV is plugged in. If it is plugged into a power strip (like it should be to prevent power surges from damaging your electronics), be sure the power strip is plugged into the wall and its power switch is turned on. If it still doesn’t turn on, you may have a failed power source inside the TV. Your TV could be “locked up” like a computer and needs to be reset. Your cable, antenna, or streaming source (input signal) could be down or broken. Your TV might also be set to an inactive input source.
What is the difference between 1080p and 4k TV?
The difference between 1080P and 4K UHD TV is the resolution. 4K UHD has 3800 X 2160 pixels, while 1080P HD has 1080 X 1920 pixels. The picture in 4K has a much richer resolution and the “UHD” means ultra-high definition solution, while the 1080 HD is 'merely' high definition. The 4K designation refers to the horizontal pixels “almost” being 4,000--which is nearly four times as many as the 1080 screen.
How much does it cost to repair a TV?
Nearly all TVs, no matter how new or old, can usually be repaired – unless you got mad and threw it out a window. However, most standard problems, like fuzzy or distorted display, no power, power but the TV won’t turn on, and sound and digital issues can usually be fixed by a brave DIYer, or a skilled service tech. For simple fixes, depending on the cost of parts and the labor rates, you can reasonably expect to pay roughly $100-$250 at local or independent repair shops – more (probably a lot more) if you go to chain box stores. A rule of thumb when considering repair options: if the repair costs are 50 percent or more than the value of the TV, consider replacing the TV instead. Prices for quality TVs have dropped over the years.
Can a flat screen TV be repaired?
Depending on the specific problem, there is a good chance your flat screen television can be fixed. Faulty parts and damaged screens can be often replaced -- within reason. Most electronics come with manufacturer’s warranties that will cover all or part of the cost of faulty items - for a limited time. If the screen on your flat screen is broken or cracked, you can try replacing the screen, LCD, plasma, or LED parts yourself. Do some research and watch available videos online. Or, you can have a pro do it, but be sure to get a quote for repairs--you don’t want to pay more for repairs than the TV is worth. Unless you dropped it and destroyed it, there’s a good chance your TV is fixable, so start with your warranty to see what is covered. Rule of thumb: if it costs 50 percent or more of your TV’s value to fix it, consider replacing it instead.
What are the benefits of hiring a property management company?
Some of the key benefits of hiring a property management company include:
- Better tenants: The best property management companies are skilled at tenant screening. This can help you attract a higher caliber of tenants to your building. Effective tenant screening can bring in tenants who are more likely to pay their rent in a timely fashion, and who are more likely to remain long-term residents of the building. Screening can also provide you with tenants who are less likely to damage the rental property.
- Shorter vacancy cycles: If a tenant moves out, it can take awhile to find a qualified replacement. It's in your best interest to keep this vacancy cycle as short as possible, since you won't be earning any money from an empty unit. Skilled property managers can handle the process of finding a replacement tenant quickly and effectively. This results in shorter vacancy cycles.
- Freedom from the day-to-day responsibilities associated with property management: If you manage a property yourself, you'll have to deal with things like rent collection, tenant complaints, and maintenance and repair issues. These responsibilities can be bothersome and time-consuming. Hiring a property management company will help you avoid having to deal with these tasks on a daily basis.
- Reduced tenant turnover. Tenant turnover can impact the profitability of a rental unit. The best property management companies know how to keep their tenants happy, and happy tenants are a lot less likely to move out of the building and a lot more likely to take reasonable rent increases in stride.
How to find a property manager?
Use the following steps to find and hire a property manager:
- Get referrals, or conduct an online search: Start by getting referrals from sources you trust. Be sure to get referrals from multiple sources to avoid bias. You can also conduct an online search to find property management companies that are based in your area.
- Check for ratings, reviews, and complaints: Once you're built a list of candidates, check with the Better Business Bureau to see if complaints have been lodged against any of the companies. It's also wise to visit third-party review sites to see what types of ratings and reviews each company has received.
- Look at each company's current work. After weeding out those companies with credible complaints and poor reviews, look at the current work of the companies that remain on your list. Evaluate the ads posted by these companies; you'll want to work with a company whose ads project professionalism. Visit buildings managed by these companies, and speak with the tenants. The best property management companies have tenants who are happy with the services they provide.
- Conduct interviews with the top candidates: Next, conduct interviews with the property managers who remain on your list. Look for a company with staff members who are responsive to your questions and open to hearing about your priorities and concerns.
- Check licensing: At this point, you should have a favorite or two. Before signing on the dotted line, verify that the company is licensed to manage property in your state. In most states, a real estate broker license is required, while a few states require a property management license.
- Carefully review the agreement: Once you've been presented with a property management agreement from the company you've chosen, check to make sure it explicitly includes all the duties and responsibilities you'd like the property management company to handle.
Does property management require a license?
In most states, property management requires a real estate broker license. To obtain this license, you need to have a high school diploma or its equivalent, along with at least two or three years of real estate experience. Classes in real estate education are required, as well as passing a real estate broker's exam.
In a handful of states, a specific property management license is required before someone can legally manage property. This license is required in Montana, Oregon, South Carolina, and South Dakota.