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How Interns Can Help Your Business

Aug 20, 2014 in Business/Finance . 0 Comment

How Interns Can Help Your Business

Internships are becoming a prerequisite for entry into the workforce. As a result, many talented individuals are willing to trade their energy and effort for valuable experience. For business owners, this means you can access top talent for your company. Being involved in an internship program does require some planning and development. However, the end results are worth it. Here are some ways that interns can help your business. 

Streamline Your Hiring Process

Employee turnover is often one of the most costly aspects of running a business. It can cost businesses huge amounts of time and money to replace an employee that turned out to be a bad fit for either the job or the company culture. On many occasions, the interview process is simply not enough to give you an insight into how the employee would perform on the job. With an intern, you can turn the internship into an extended interview. It gives you an opportunity to cultivate a working relationship that can turn into a permanent position. 

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How Home Ownership Benefits Your Community

Aug 18, 2014 in Homeowner . 0 Comment

How Home Ownership Benefits Your Community

Did you know that by owning your home you’re actually helping your community? There are numerous social benefits to home ownership. Homeowners typically stay put longer, are more invested in the community, and pay property taxes that fund the services and amenities provided by their towns. Read on to learn more about how owning your home benefits your community.

Homeowners Put Down Roots

According to a 2012 report by the Research Institute for Housing America, owners stay in one residence for longer periods than most of their renting counterparts. The longevity of their tenure benefits their children. Kids who have stable housing tend to do better in school, understand more, and have fewer behavioral problems. Low teen pregnancy rates and higher graduation rates are also tied to having a secure living situation. That’s not to say that renters will experience the inverse; they simply move more frequently than those who own their home.

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Tips and Tricks for Repainting Your Home’s Interior

Aug 15, 2014 in Homeowner . 0 Comment

Tips and Tricks for Repainting Your Home’s Interior

A new paint job can brighten a room and breathe new life into tired decor. It’s also one of the most common DIY projects for homeowners. Follow these tips and tricks for a great new look.

Getting Started

If you want the best results, make sure to do the proper prep work before getting started. Here are a few things to check:

-Clean the walls and the tops of trims on windows and doorways. Most of this can be done with a clean, damp cloth. Bathrooms and kitchens may require extra effort.

-Take the time to fill in blemishes, cracks or dents. Use spackle for walls and wood putty for trim. Sand it smooth after it’s completely dry.

-Scrape loose paint and sand any harsh edges.

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Financing Options for Homebuyers

Aug 13, 2014 in Homeowner . 0 Comment

Financing Options for Homebuyers

For many, navigating the ins and outs of financing a home is a daunting prospect. Few people have the cash upfront to pay for a house, making it necessary to find a way to fund their purchase. Here’s an overview of the types of home loans available and their pros and cons.

Conventional Loans

This type of loan is a fixed-rate mortgage and is not federally insured or guaranteed. While loan costs such as private mortgage insurance can be lower with conventional loans, it is often more difficult to qualify for them. Requirements include a high credit score, down payment and income guidelines to establish that repayment is possible.

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Making Disability Modifications for Your Home

Aug 11, 2014 in Homeowner . 0 Comment

Making Disability Modifications for Your Home

Chances are you know or are at least acquainted with someone who has some form of disability. Physical disabilities can be congenital, present at birth, or they can be the result of an accident or injury. Not all homes can be adapted for those with physical or mobility challenges, but there are some changes that can be implemented to make your home easier to navigate for you or your loved ones.

Entryways

At least one exit should be equipped with a wheelchair ramp. Ramps can be made of aluminum, concrete or wood. There are even DIY options available. If you do choose to make your own ramp, remember to add grit strips or another form of texture at the top. Weatherproofing is a good idea as well, particularly if you live in a humid climate.

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