Ride on Mowers in Brisbane

ride-on-mowers-brisbaneThe crudest version of the ride on mower can be traced back to the 1800’s when the horse was used to pull a set of cutting blades mounted in an iron frame upon which the operator sat. Such machines were developed and used by wealthy land holders in England and later the USA as a means of maintaining lawned areas on their estates.

Over time, with improvements in technology the ride on mower, ever so slowly made its way into the mainstream. It was following World War II and with the development of the light weight petrol engine that ride on mowers came gained popularity.

A machine that the operator could ride atop of, eliminating the need to push was a godsend for folk enjoying living in the open spaces of rural and acreage settings.

Given that imported products were largely unsuited to local conditions, Brisbane engineer Owen Cox designed and started manufacturing his own ride on mowers in Brisbane in the 1960’s. The Cox ‘Mow Mobile’ was used to clear and maintain large tracts of what are today, Brisbane’s acreage suburbs.

Today, Ride on mowers in Brisbane can be found in 2 basic forms, the tractor style and the zero turn. Tractor style mowers are simple, safe & reliable. The zero turn is the same, but brings speed and the ability to more easily negotiate tight places to the operator. The tradeoff is that zero turns are unsuited to steep inclines and they generally cost more than tractor style mowers.
When considering the purchase of a ride on mower, customers should carefully consider the conditions and the realistic expectations they have of the machine over its lifetime. Buying the cheapest ride on mower available is often a serious and costly mistake in the long run.

The best advice is speak to the experts. At Kenmore Mower & Power Equipment our specialisation is in servicing Brisbane’s acreage suburbs with only quality brands and the best back up in Brisbane, visit our website at www.kenmoremowers.com.au .

 


Big Bang Education Brings Hands-on Science workshops to Brisbane Schools

Do your children think science is too hard or think it is really boring? Have you observed that they like putting things together or taking things apart? Do they have a lot of questions? Do they like to investigate and look for answers? If one of your answer is “Yes,” then Big Bang Education is just what your child needs! Big Bang Education provides Brisbane science school workshops, OSHC and vacation care programs as well as high energy and entertaining science themed parties.

Big Bang Education science parties will be sure to excite, entertain and also educate everyone involved. From making slime, blowing giant bubbles and eating ice cream made right in front of you using liquid nitrogen, our science parties will create a memorable experience for years to come. All children attending also receive a science party bag with more experiments so fun can continue at home.

Our science school workshops are guaranteed to be fun and educational. All school programs have been specially designed to be run in parallel with the current Australian science curriculum. It is also organized in a way to help teachers achieve necessary results in understanding science. We know how busy teachers are, so a Big Bang Education science program will save you time and effort, and you know that you are getting a program not fits exactly into the curriculum.

There are different programs for each year level, namely, Foundation/Prep, Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4 and Year Six. Each of the programs includes hands-on activities so that each child can actively participate and personally experience the science behind each activity. There are a maximum of 30 children per session. Each workshop has entertaining activities and is fully-packed with entertaining demonstrations and fun activities. Most of the activities are designed to be individually performed and then the children will share their new knowledge with the whole class.

Here are more details of each year level’s program:

* Foundation/Prep
Basically, the prep program focuses on hands-on workshop where your child investigates movement. The questions how living things move and how their environment plays an important role to their movement can be answered. The program has 60-minute session with follow-up worksheets that should be emailed to the booking teacher.

* Year 1
For students who are enrolled in the Year 1 program, they experience first-hand the exciting science behind sound and light. They are introduced to the basic facts about light and sound including the senses we are using to detect them. They are shown how to manipulate the various characteristics of a sound like pitch and volume. Lastly, they are taught what are the different sources of sound and light around us.

For its hands-on workshop, students are exposed on the different loudness and pitch of various instruments and have experimented with making sounds by using common objects. They also get to know the colours making up sunlight. After the workshop, they make their own UV light detector.

* Year 2
The Year 2 program focuses on how an object’s motion and shape are affected by push and/or pull. This program is very fun while the children explore the different forces that cause push and pull and how these forces causes an object’s shape to change or affect its movements.

In its hands-on workshop, students will learn how can objects float or sink by different forces affecting the objects that are placed in water. Students also investigate how different toys from various cultures move by pushing and pulling. And the students build parachutes to conduct a class experiment in the most important of all pulling forces, gravity.

* Year 3
The Year 3 program fits into both physical and chemical sciences. In this program, students learn the three different states of matter— solid, liquid and gas. They also get to see on how things can change from one state of matter to another. Students start off watching a science show that showcases some of the dramatic and exciting changes of state using liquid nitrogen.

In the hands-on workshop, students learn how heat is produced and how cooling and heating can cause an object to change its state. They are also taught how to use thermometers in order to measure temperature.

* Year 4
For the Year 4 program, students are entertained by the exciting science behind contact forces and non-contact forces. Contact forces include push and pull and friction. Non-contract forces are magnetism and gravity.

The students will be excited to see and learn how forces can affect the movement of objects during the hands-on workshop. They witness the effects of friction on various surfaces and the forces behind the attraction and repulsion of magnets.

*Year 5
For students under Year 5 program, they get to experience an investigation of the properties of light. During its hands-on workshop, students can get a better visual understanding of how light is absorbed by different material and how it is reflected or refracted. Mirrors are used to experiment on directing beams of light. They also get to see different optical illusions.

*Year 6
The Year 6 program is designed to help the students learn more about electricity, with a specific focus on renewable energies such as solar and wind. The workshop is a self-learning investigation of how electrical circuits work and how to create the different kinds of electrical circuit. The workshop includes learning of using light bulbs and switches and of different ways on how to generate electricity.

All of our Brisbane school science workshop programs are mentored by professional and well-experienced science educators who have more than 10 years of teaching experience. Also, all of our programs are catered to meet the criteria of Australia Curriculum science under the categories of physical sciences and chemical sciences.

Bond Cleaning Brisbane – Get Your Bond Back

The scariest thing when it comes to moving at the end of your lease is the cleaning; in order to guarantee that you get your bond money back it is more sensible to hire a professional cleaner to do your dirty work. Sure, it might seem like you can do this yourself, but be careful enough not to under estimate the amount of hard work required. Just imagine where to begin with those never cleaned appliances all around the place, for example how would you clean a light fitting that is full of insects and most likely have never even been dusted. If you still hope that you can do this yourself, just hear this out and decide whether spending your weekend knee-deep in dust and grime is really worth it rather than hiring a professional to handle the situation.

Bond-cleaning-brisbaneIn most cases bond money is normally equivalent to a full month’s rent so it is worth cleaning for. And hiring a professional is not that much expensive if you think about it. A cleaning package including almost all the required services could be bought for a flat fee of $200-$300 on average. For example if you hire B’Bright cleaning service all the required services are available in a single package, that is bond clean, carpet clean and pest control at a very affordable price. But the reason why your choice must be B’Bright cleaning service goes beyond that. B’Bright ensures the quality of service by providing a 100% satisfaction bond back guarantee. That is after the cleaning if you are still going to lose your bond due to any cleaning issue that is covered by the service you bought from B’Bright, they’ll happily return and rectify the problem, ensuring that you get your bond money back. Details: http://www.bbright.com.au/domestic-cleaning-brisbane/bond-cleaning-brisbane/ Of course, when the real estate agent learns that you have called B’Bright to handle the situation that will hopefully eliminate the likelihood of any nit-picking. So no worries there if you choose B’Bright!

B’Bright offers cleaning services for both domestic and commercial clients and it is one of the dominating competitors in the industry. And for your better comfort it is highly recommended by estate agents as your bond cleaning service provider. At B’Bright, the mission is to provide quality service at a cost effective price for their valued customers. B’Bright is there whenever you need the cleaning as it is open 365 days. You have to be careful when hiring someone to do your cleaning, because at the beginning the package might seem very affordable to mere eye, but when the bill comes at the end of service you can’t believe how it flew up so high! The wise choice here is to allow B’Bright take care of your cleaning needs because then you do not have to worry about these hidden surcharges, B’Bright certifies that the bill is hidden surcharges free. So don’t hesitate to make the choice, why should you get your hands dirty when the ideal professional cleaner is out there? Just call B’Bright and focus on your move and new home without being dragged back to scrub your old one.

How A Speech Therapist Helps

Speech Pathologist working with a hearing impared boy.
Speech Pathologist working with a hearing impared boy.

A speech therapist, sometimes known as a Speech and Language Therapist or a speech pathologist, is someone who’s qualified to help young people and adults with communications disorders. Most people think that speech therapists are only able to help with speech problems (such as stuttering or speech delay) but they actually deal with a much wider range of issues.

Required Qualifications
All speech therapists will have a three or four year university degree course behind them. Some may have done a post-graduate speech therapy course after a previous degree; generally these courses require three A-levels or equivalent qualifications to enter.

Speech therapy courses are universally intensive and contain both clinical placements as well as theoretical work. Speech therapy graduates will have experience helping treat a wide range of different communications disorders.

In the UK all practising speech therapists are required to register with both the HPC (Health Professions Council) and the RCSLT (Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists).

The Initial Assessment
Though speech therapists can work with adults, most of their patients tend to be children and young people. When they first see a patient, they start out by doing an assessment of the person’s speech comprehension (i.e. how well they understand language) and expressive language (i.e. how well they use language).

Comprehension covers both vocabulary and language structures. Some people have trouble with the correct use of verbs, nouns, and prepositions. This is a vocabulary issue. Others may have issues understanding language structures, such as the meaning of a phrase meant to give instructions.

Expressive language is what most people think of as “speech therapy.” This category is broken down into three different areas: speech sounds, articulation problems, and fluency.

Speech sounds, or phonology, happens when the person simply doesn’t have a certain speech sound in their vocabulary. Alternately, they might be using these sounds inappropriately. When someone pronounces “dog” as “dod,” this is called fronting, for example. Pronouncing “glove” as “glub” is called stopping.

Articulation difficulties mean the patient has difficulty producing speech sounds entirely. Perhaps they have a physical problem that hurts enunciation. Cleft lips and palates, poor dentition, and coordination issues (dyspraxia) can all negatively affect pronunciation.

If someone stammers or tends to hesitate in their speech, it’s considered a fluency issue.

Of course these are not all the areas a speech therapist may examine in their assessment. Since they focus on communication as a whole, they will look at the patient’s ability to listen, concentrate, play, imagine, communicate socially, use the appropriate system of communication, and their behaviour.

For example, a patient may hear the words as they’re spoken, but they might not be able to concentrate enough to process the information they hear. This would be an attention/concentration issue, even if others might assume it’s a hearing impairment.

Social communication, functional language use, and behaviour are also important. Speech therapists therefore look at how well the patient can interact with others, and how well they understand the mechanics of a conversation. Can they choose the appropriate system of communication? If they display challenging or agitated behaviour, is this the product of a frustrating inability to communicate?

It’s important to note that the assessment phase does not necessarily mean putting the patient through a battery of tests in a clinic or office. A speech therapist looks at all the areas where a person experiences trouble: they may observe or work with them in different settings, at home and at school. They will also consult with those who are regularly in contact with the patient — parents, carers, teachers, health professionals, etc.

Therapy
Following therapy, the speech therapist will work out a plan of options and discuss them with the patient. Therapy usually involves some combination of direct and indirect therapy, as well as any necessary changes in the ‘communicative environment.’

Direct therapy is what most people think of as therapy. Here, the therapist and patient work on a one-to-one basis to deal with the issues identified during therapy. However since this is time consuming and expensive (the patient or therapist must travel) it’s also common to include indirect therapy in the programme.

With indirect therapy, a certain person (such as a teaching assistant or parent) carries out a specific work programme under the speech therapist’s guidance. The therapist still monitors progress of course.

If needed, the therapist may also suggest changes in the communicative environment. This may mean ensuring the classroom and home contain appropriate symbolic systems, or advising people in the patient’s environment on alternative communication methods.

The 8 most common causes of lower back pain

The lower back is critical to our function as a human being. It provides structural support as well as enabling movement in all directions. The lower back is primarily responsible for forward and backward movements and also allows sideways bending and rotation. Another critical function of the lower back is to protect the tissues of the nervous system, spinal column as well as the organs of the pelvis and stomach. As such an essential aspect of our lives it is also susceptible to a number of injuries that cause us pain. The top 8 most common causes are outlined below.

8. Bone Injuries
Fractures of the lumbar spine usually occur after a traumatic event such as a fall or motor vehicle accident. If the fracture is unstable, risk of damage to the spinal cord and permanent paralysis is extremely high. Patients are stabilised and immobilised for long periods. If the fracture is stable patients are treated with rest and pain relief. In some cases people with osteoporosis, or those taking medication such as cortisone long term, can be susceptible to fractures even with minimal stress on the spine. This may cause a crush fracture where the vertebrae loses some of its height. Pain can be severe and is often aggravated by movement.

7. Congenital Inherited Conditions
Some of the common inherited conditions that cause lower back pain include scoliosis which is a sideways curve of the spine, sometimes caused when one leg is shorter than the other (functional scoliosis). You can also get structural scoliosis which is a fixed sideways curve often due to unknown factors, more common in women. Another common congenital cause of lower back pain is a forward slip of the lower lumbar vertebrae on top of the sacrum. This is referred to as spondylolisthesis, which in some cases can be associated with fractures of the joining bones in the vertebrae and is known as a pars defect.

6. Bone Encroachment
Sometimes when the bony canal of the spinal cord and the spaces that the nerves exit can be narrowed by bone spurs or other soft tissues. This can cause sciatic pain which radiates down the leg. Often pain from narrowing of the spinal canal gets worse with walking and improves with rest.

5. Arthritis
Arthritic changes and inflammation can affect the lumbar vertebrae as well as sciatic joints and can commonly cause lower back pain and stiffness, which is often worse in the morning. Degeneration can also affect the disc and is known as sponydolosis. This shows up on x-rays as narrowing of the lumbar disc joint space.

4. Lumbar Radiculopathy – Damage to a Disc
When the disc is injured or weakens over time the outer rim can bulge or rupture (herniate), putting pressure on the spinal cord and/or the nerves exiting the bones. This can produce both local low back pain as well as sciatica characterised by pain down the leg. It can also be associated with pins and needles, numbness and weakness. In more serious cases, patients may experience problems with bladder and bowel function. They should seek medical attention immediately.

3. Nerve Irritation
The nerves exiting the bones of the lower back can be irritated by pressure from bone, soft tissue, as well as inflammation. Pain can be both local, as well as radiating down the leg.

2. Tendon and Ligament Strains
The soft tissues supporting and connecting the bones of the lower back can be stretched or injured in a number of ways. Commonly there is some sort of microscopic tear of varying degree which is often caused by an acute injury or overuse.

1. Muscle Strain
The most common form of lower back pain is of muscular origin. Muscle pain can be brought on by poor posture, overuse, improper use, sustained positions and even trauma. It is so common because not only is it the primary cause of most lower back pain, it is a significant component of all the other causes of lower back pain. This is because with arthritic changes, structural changes, such as curvature of the lower back, disc disease or even ruptures will all sensitise the muscles. This is why it is essential to understand muscle pain specifically, to learn strategies for prevention as well as self-management long term.

If you, your friend or family member suffer from back pain please do not hesitate to contact one of our friendly Camp Hill physiotherapists on 07 3847 8040. Our Camp Hill physios can also provide treatment from our Camp Hill Physiotherapy practice in Brisbane.

Data Center Cleaning – Protect Your Data Center Assets

The Data center rooms which include network control areas, server rooms, UPS rooms, telecom rooms and raised floor areas have expensive and important devices and hardware. The computer devices are prone to damage due to excessive accumulation of unwanted residues and contamination. To enhance proper functioning of these devices, it is essential to clean the rooms using advanced techniques and equipment. So, why it is important to have a clean data center?

Control Electrostatic Charges: Pliable particles can contact the component parts, leading to large deposits and scrap the necessary componnents of system. Over the time, this can enhance electrostatic charging. This can harm the micro-electronic equipment in the data center.

Prevent accumulation of residue and dust: Dirt and dust can lead to residue deposits on the circuit boards and other major system parts. This residue build-up raises the water vapor concentration and emergence of gaseous elements leading to damage to the devices and their performance. This is risky as it increases the chances of shot circuits and system failure.

Safeguard the sensitive components: There are innumerable minute computer components parts. Each of them play significant role in the functioning and processing to enhance timely performance. Keeping the data center unclean can lead to deposit of fine dust particles on these components. Once they contact such impurities, it is tough to eliminate them using the air filters. A clean room ensures proper functioning of the system and greater longevity of the computer equipment.

To avoid clogging in the air filter: Accumulation of dirt in the air filter can cause major blockage in the smooth air passage. This also increases chances of large impurity deposits on hardware equipment trapping the heat inside the computers, servers and . Continuous overheating can lead to major damages and system failure making the entire work process to a halt.

What to look for in a data center cleaning company?

There are certain key issues that need consideration before appointing a data center cleaning company to handle the entire cleaning program. Some of the factors that are worth consideration are:

Reputation and Testimonials: It is essential to check the performance record and services of the company. It is not wise to bestow the responsibility to any newly established organization with inexperienced staff members. The company with at least 5 years of experience in relevant field and efficient in delivering high quality services within the stipulated period is the ideal one to handle such contracts.

Insurance Policy details: Always assign the data center cleaning project to a data center cleaning company with proper insurance formalities. To ensure they have adequate insurance documents, avail the information and certificate copy from the insurance agency where the company has acquired the policy.

Emergency Call out Services: While appointing a data center cleaning company to clean the data center room and equipment, enquire if they are available during sudden critical situation. It is beneficial to hire the services of the company with round the clock technical assistance, which can cater to the needs even during the urgent requirements.

Cleaning Process and Equipment: Ensure the data center cleaning company has advanced technology to carry out the task properly. It is also important to assure if the company has expert professionals to accomplish the work within the deadline as any delay in their work can result in loss of work of your organization.

Data Center Maintenance Cleaning
The smooth running of the activities requires proper functioning of the equipment and devices inside the data center. A clean atmosphere is an integral part of the adequate work atmosphere and ensures greater life of the computers and their accessories. Accumulation of the residues and impurities can lead to major downtime of causing losses to the company’s business. Therefore, maintenance and cleaning sessions at regular intervals are essential to avoid such inconveniences. The data center cleaning companies have team of expert professionals and advanced equipment to execute the cleaning programs efficiently. The cleaning programs include floor surface and under floor cleaning, hardware cleaning, ceiling plenum cleaning, support equipment cleaning etc.

The data center cleaning is very essential for proper functioning of the entire work system and regular servicing can keep the entire dtat center system in right order to prevent accidents and major damages. An experienced team with proper cleaning techniques can perform the task within a short duration to ensure peace of mind.

Looking for a data centre cleaning company you can trust? We also supply data centre LED lighting and server rack LED lighting. Contact Data Centre Services Today.

Have Cane Will Travel – Disabled Travel in Australia

Award-winning comedy writer, Ian Heydon (Kingswood Country, How Green Was My Cactus, The Samuel Pepys Show, The Year My Country Broke) recently took out an unexpected award – for writing about travelling with a disability.

In 2010 Ian was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. That led to the question – what does a writer who has a disability and who loves to travel write about? The answer was pretty obvious. Because Ian uses a cane for mobility assistance, he built a website called Cane & Able Travel and that site won the inaugural Business disAbility Award for Business Innovation in 2012.

Back in 2003, Ian had a travel book on Australia published called The Small Guide to A Big Country (Explore) and he subsequently bought a travel agent’s licence (Small Guide Travel). Much of Ian’s research for that book is still valid. As Ian says, “They haven’t moved the Sydney Opera House or most of Australia’s main attractions, so all I really needed to do was update where necessary and add the accessibility and disability facility information. It’s a bonus that the Small Guide Travel consultants can assist with itinerary advice and bookings.”

When Ian travels these days he uses both a cane and a wheelchair for getting around. “Before my diagnosis with MS I guess I felt a bit of pity when I saw other people in wheelchairs. I didn’t realise that wheelchairs give a person with a disability so much freedom. Mine allows me to get around much better at airports, especially when the boarding gate can be a fair distance from check-in, and it makes art galleries, museums and theatre so much more accessible and enjoyable.”

Ian first took his wheelchair on a trip to Dubai, London and Paris in 2012. While there are websites with attractions and disability information for those destinations in the pipeline, Ian’s first priority is writing about Australia. In late 2012 he visited Cairns and road-tested attractions like Skyrail and Quicksilver’s Great Barrier Reef as well as disabled-friendly accommodation. From this came the destination specific website, Cairns Disabled Travel.

The next cab of the rank was Canberra. According to Ian, Canberra is arguably Australia’s most rewarding destination for travellers with a disability. “There are flights from all other major cities and centres, they have an excellent public transport and wheelchair-assisted taxi system and all the major attractions are accessible, with many of them free. There’s excellent accommodation, terrific restaurants and bars and so much to see and do. It really is a fabulous tourist destination. Sure, after a couple of weeks there might be some thumb twiddling but for a few days away it is fabulous.” Ian visited Canberra in 2011 and 2013 to research accessible accommodation and attractions and the Canberra Disabled Travel website is now live.

Ian has a multi-destination itinerary on the drawing board for all Australian capital cities and major regional centres so you could see him soon in your part of the country. But the Kingswood? No, he won’t be taking the Kingswood!

Kids Magician Brisbane – Johnny the Jester Rocks!

Johnny the Jester is a professional Brisbane children’s magician who provides all sorts of fun forms of entertainment for children to enjoy. He has performed magic shows for kids in schools, shopping centres and other places around Brisbane. He’s also performed Christmas Day shows for the past few years at the Mater Childrens Hospital while also working for the Royal Brisbane Hospital Wonder Factory. He currently has his work open for birthday parties and other private events around the Brisbane area.

His magic show is filled with all sorts of illusions and tricks that kids will love but it’s his python that’s especially popular. His python is pretty long and can be safely placed around anyone’s shoulders. While he loves to showcase this big python, he also talks about things like what to do when people see such a snake in the wild and how pythons vary based on their appearances and where they live.

For the past fifteen years, Johnny the Jester has been working as a Kids Magician Brisbane who has performed for all sorts of kids in a variety of places in and around Brisbane. He’s even performed at Stockland and Westfield to name a few other places. Today he’s available for Brisbane children’s parties.

He’s especially great at charming snakes and getting them to relax. His skills make it easy for people to watch his python in action and to get up close and personal with it.

Parents can even take pictures of their kids playing with the huge snake. Photo opportunities are not only open but also encouraged. This will certainly be great for parents and kids alike considering how unique the python demonstration is.

Johnny’s magic shows last about an hour with fifteen minutes dedicated to his python show. He has plenty of fun and interactive things to show for children and even has a rabbit and a dove for his show. One of his favourite things when setting up his shows is to have his rabbit and dove disappear and come back. He has many other illusions for kids to watch too.

He’ll even supply party bags for all the kids at his events. These include all sorts of fun and magical party favours.

Parents who are interested in hiring Johnny the Jester for Brisbane children’s parties can watch one of his shows for free on Friday and Saturday nights before choosing to book him for their events. He performs on Friday nights at the Everton Park Hotel and Saturday nights at the Monier Hotel.

He can even be hired for adult parties as well. Johnny the Jester is available for corporate events, weddings and promotional events at trade shows among other places. While children are his key focus, he is willing to entertain anyone.

Parents can also find all sorts of additional party products from Johnny the Jester. Jumping castles, popcorn machines and cotton candy machines are all available for rent from his site. He offers these products to rent for any party in Brisbane but he especially encourages them for his shows to make them more memorable.

Parents who are looking to find some attractive entertainment options for Brisbane children’s parties should see what Johnny the Jester has to offer. Johnny has a number of fun things to bring out in his children’s parties and will certainly make any event more fun.

“Offers Over” – why not just cut to the chase?

If you’ve browsed realestate.com.au recently, you will have seen lots of properties listed as “offers over”. You might be wondering why we do this rather than just applying a fixed price.

Why we do it?
Ultimately “offers over” exposes more people to your property online, if used the right way —let’s not forget that some 90% of our buyer enquiry comes through these channels.

For buyers, realesate.com.au has set price bands when searching (ie: $400k to $450k and $450-$500k). Generally, we recommend using ‘offers over’ when you’re on the cusp of a search band.

For example, if you are aiming for a price of $460k for your home. We would list it as ‘offers over $450k’ on realesate.com.au – your property will display for buyers browsing the $400-$450k price range as well as those browsing $450-$500k.

This exposes your property to more people and gets more people to your open (people who may not have considered your property before). Even if the price is slightly out of their price range – they showed up! It’s your agent’s job from there!

We recently listed a duplex in Fitzgibbon as “offers over $300k”, a move designed to encourage a larger subset of buyers to visit the property. The home sold for $315k—an impressive figure given that the highest previous sale for a similar home in the area was $290k!

Misuse of ‘offers over’…
In my experience many agents use ‘offers over’ to avoid the uncomfortable price discussion with their owners. It’s a way for them to list the house at what they (the agent) think it’s worth without agreeing on a clear price expectation with the owner.

Can you make an offer under on an ‘offers over’ property?

Our agents will always have a firm price that the owner is expecting. After all, the first question at the open is ‘how much’?

Buyers should have the capacity to buy at or above the price indicator. Although they can open negotiations with a lower price, almost always the property will sell at or above the indicator.

When we don’t use it…
It’s not effective if your price expectation is not in line with the market.

It’s also not as effective if your ‘offers over’ price sits in the middle of a search band. A property listed as “offers over $420k” will only display for buyers searching $400k-450k”. Of course there may be some exceptions here, but this is a common mistake many agents make!

And last but not least, ‘offers over’ pricing is also useful for auctions or when agents are a little unsure on the market value (ie: for a unique property).

So if we recommend “offers over” on your next houses for sale Aspley rest assured and take it in your stride!

To view property Aspley visit our web site. To find out more about Justin Watt, owner of Watt Realty and previous owner of Harcourts Aspley click here.

Why You Need to Dial A Home Doctor

You are young, healthy, and very busy. Do you actually need a home doctor? The answer is yes, you need to hire a home doctor. Of course, you have always been healthy except for that broken hand in 3rd grade, surgery on wisdom teeth, and occasional colds. So, why do you need to hire a home doctor?” Is it because you need numerous tests, blood labs… to ensure you do not have any hidden cancer or heart condition? No. This isn’t the reason.

Simply put, having a home doctor (commonly called Primary care physician (PCP) will keep you healthy as you age. Scientific studies in a myriad of medical journals, including an article published in the International Journal of Health Services, tells that countries with a higher PCP/capita have improved health results; fewer deaths from stroke, cancer, and heart diseases. A separate publication in the journal tells that plentiful provision of primary care physicians is related to longer life span in the community. But how can a decision to dial a home doctor have such huge impacts on your life and health?

The secret behind the huge benefits of hiring a home doctor is what medical elite terms as “continuity of care.” This principle relates to that scenario where you build a relationship with a doctor, and you improve that relationship over time. In return, the home doctor gets to know you, your medical history, your emotional issues, and this aids him to assist you to better manage your overall progress better than any other doctor would. The proven benefits that come with the continuity of dealing home doctors are many. Here are a few;

Someone to Look after You
In the short-term, continuity of care increase the chances that you will get the correct diagnosis and the right treatment. In fact, WHO tells that the best test available to physicians is the test of time. “Your PCP obtains valuable insights from tracking a healthy problem over time – whether for days, weeks or months. As such, he can offer effective treatment options.” Compare this with the other end: If you pump into the general practitioner with a health problem, the doctor does not expect to see you again, so he or she will most likely order more tests and treatment to cover all likely bases at once.

Over the long-term, a doctor who fully understands your habits, medical history and personality can more easily detect signs that signify a negative alteration in your health. For instance, if you complain of chronic fatigue to a physician who does not know you, he or she might not take you seriously, but your home doctor will easily tell you are not your normal self, and something must be long. On the flip side, the same doctor will easily convince you that you are not unwell, and that all you need is a few sedatives and bed rest.

One Point Person
If you require the help of a specialist, let us say a cosmetic surgeon, a seasoned home doctor who knows you well, will easily direct you to someone he knows and with whom he or she has a collaborative relationship. What is even more, you are likely to benefit from their relationships in terms of discounts and obtaining top priority.

“In case you have questions about obtaining advice from specialists, your PCP can assist you sort through them and prioritize which should come first. This concept popularly known as ‘medical home.’” says Richard Madden, a family doctor who sits on the board of director of the Australian Dental Council.

Save Time in the Long-term
The decision to dial a home doctor can help you acquire faster care should you fall ill in the future – whether it’s a common cold a something more serious. “Once you have built that cordial relationship, it’s very easy for us to assist you in future,” tells one family doctor and nursing practitioner, Meg Scott. “We know your medical history, we know a lot about you, and we can help you resolve things even through emails, or over the phone.”

Prevent Future Illness

If you call in for routine checks instead of only appearing when you are sick, your PCP could help you with your health and avoid chronic diseases down the line. “When we do a routine, we carry out a lot of basic checks. Routine checks on you and members of your family are highly valuable to your health,” tells Scott. Home doctors give valuable information on topics such as weight loss, high blood pressure, tobacco and alcohol use, STD prevention, anxiety and stress.”

Choosing the Doctor, Who Is the Best for You

When selecting a home doctor, there are a lot of factors that one must put into account; specialty, experience, online access, health plans and professional interests are just but a few. So, we have collected a list of questions to ask when selecting a personal doctor.

Are You Selecting a PCP?

PCP normally fall into 3 categories, internal medicine – treating adult patients, Family Medicine – treating patients of any age, and paediatrics – treating kids from birth to adolescence. Women will normally consider hiring an Obstetrician or a Gynaecologist for their primary care needs. In addition to choosing the right one for you and your family needs, the secret is to hire a home doctor you trust, and one you are comfortable talking about anything with.

Do you want to access you doctor’s office online?

Most home doctors now offer online services, so that patients can use the web to view their results, request appointments, renew prescriptions, and to email. Considering hiring to hire a home doctor, ensure you recruit one with an online service icon.

Does the Home doctor accept your health insurance?

To avoid uncalled for out of pocket health care expenses, you may want to find a doctor who accepts your health insurance. While most doctors accept almost all major health plans, you may wish to check just to confirm.

So, Who Are among the Best PCP in Australia?

Truth be said, there are numerous primary care physicians in Australia but one service provider have consistently ranked at the top – Dial a Home Doctor. They are Australia leading after hour doctor services. Over the years, they have provided services in Toowoomba, Hervey Bay, Gold Coast, Brisbane, Mackay, and Redcliff – making them the largest provider of doctor’s home visit in Queensland. Contact them today, and let them help you improve your health.