The First Two Things To Do If You Want To Put A Fence Around Your Commercial Property

Posted by on May 21, 2016 in Uncategorized |

You might want to erect a fence around your commercial property for a more dramatic, elegant feeling. You may think it’s an easy thing to do, as all you plan to do is to call a commercial fencing company and have them install the fence. However, here are two things you’ve got to do first to make sure you avoid trouble. Make Sure The Fence Will Go On Your Property Before having any commercial fence work done at all, your first stop should be the county clerk’s office to retrieve a copy of your property’s deed. The legal description in the document will help you to be sure that any fence you put up will be located on land that you own. One of the reasons it’s so important to read the deed is that you may already have a fence of some kind on the property and just plan to put the new fence where the old one is. This can be a mistake if the old fence is not legally on your property. The last owner might have made an informal deal with a past owner of an adjoining property; that deal is unlikely to protect you and your interests today. If you install a fence on ground that is not yours, the current owner may find out and you might be legally obliged to move the fence. If you are aware that a current fence is on someone else’s land and want to retain that space, talk to your lawyer about drawing up appropriate documents and talk to the land owner about what they may be willing to consider. Check Your Property’s Zoning Another thing you’ve got to do before allowing the fence to be built around your commercial property is to ensure it will meet any zoning standards. A zoning officer should be able to help you consult the town’s ordinance to look for requirements that have to be met in terms of height, setbacks and materials. If you don’t think your fence will meet those requirements for any reason, you can ask for a variance permit that will allow you to build as you like. In order to have a variance approved, you may need to present proof and testimony from other businesses in the area to support the idea that your fence will not be problematic for them, customers and motorists in the area. Even after you find out about current standards your fence must adhere to, it is smart to ask the zoning officer about any zoning changes that may be upcoming. While you are typically only bound by today’s requirements, news about possible changes might affect the decisions you make. After...

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Two Tips to Help Reduce Your Home Heating Expenses

Posted by on May 5, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you’re like some people, your wallet really starts to feel the pinch when the cold season rolls around. While you may be aware of just how much it’s going to cost to run your heater, you also don’t want your family to have to deal with a constant chill when you’re relaxing at home. Although you may think the key to saving money on your energy bill is to keep your heater turned off most of the time, this isn’t the only solution. Here are two tips that can help to reduce your home heating expenses. 1. Investment in a Smart Thermostat One of the first things you should do when you’re trying to drive down the cost of heating your home is purchase a smart thermostat. This device may be the key to helping you keep your heating bill at an affordable level. Smart thermostats are connected to the Internet through the Wi-Fi signal in your home. You essentially “teach” the thermostat about your daily habits by manually programming your desired temperatures in at different times of the day. For example, if you normally turn your heater off in the morning when you leave for work and then turn it back on once you arrive home again, the smart thermostat will track this.   After the smart thermostat has enough information about your schedule, it will begin to automatically raise and lower the temperature in your home at select times of the day so that it becomes much easier for your heater to ramp up. Since your heater won’t have to go into overdrive to combat completely freezing indoor temperature conditions, you may find that there is less energy usage, which results in a more affordable heating bill. 2. Check Your Home’s Insulation The insulation in your home plays a large role in whether or not you’re able to keep indoor air separate from outdoor air. If the insulation is not thick enough, the warm air inside of your home may be seeping outdoors and the cold air might be seeping in, costing you more money in the process. You want to keep as much of your heated air inside of your home as possible and the cold air out. This keeps your heater from having to consume as much energy to maintain your indoor temperature. Bringing in a qualified insulation contractor can help you determine whether or not your home needs more insulation. Making your heating bill more manageable doesn’t have to be difficult if you know what to do. Start using these tips right away so you can keep more of your hard-earned dollars in your pocket. For further tips, contact a representative from a...

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