Is California Your RV Vacation Destination?

There are many things that make California an incredible place, but the diversity of its geography is probably at the top of the list. In the south, you have the Mojave Desert inland and the moderate, sunny climates along the coast. Moving north, there is the Sierra Nevada mountain range running along the eastern edge of the state, while the stunning Pacific coast is home to all kinds of memorable scenery. Also, there is Mount Shasta in the north, the Redwood forests, and more. To say there is a lot to see in the state of California would be a serious understatement.RV parks

Of course, all of the points listed in the previous paragraph leave out one notable location (among many others) – the Napa Valley. California’s wine country, which includes the Napa Valley and other surrounding areas, is one of the most popular destinations in the state. While wine tasting is obviously a big attraction in the region, the natural beauty of the area is another draw that encourages people to come back time and time again. If you would like to find a destination for your next RV vacation that will allow you to simply relax and recharge while soaking up some beautiful weather, you will be hard to find a better option than the Napa Valley.

Endless Winery Options

Amazingly, there are more than 400 wineries in the wine country of California, most of which can be found in Napa Valley or nearby Sonoma County. No matter what kind of wine you like, there is likely to be an option in this area that will suit your tastes perfectly. Not much of a wine drinker? Don’t worry – there is still plenty for you to experience. Along with the wine culture has developed an amazing culinary scene, meaning you will have no trouble at all finding a great meal during your trip.RV Resorts

Plenty of Other Activities

It’s not all about wine in this part of California, although the wine business has been the main driver of development in the area. If you would like to enjoy some activities outside of touring wineries, you can also look for hiking, biking, and golfing opportunities. The weather in this region tends to be perfect for much of the year, meaning it is rarely too hot or too cold for outdoor fun.

Not Far from the Bay

Depending on where exactly you decide to park your RV during the trip, you likely won’t have far to go if you wish to experience San Francisco and the rest of the Bay Area. For example, if you are staying in Napa, CA, you will only be 52 miles from San Francisco. Of course, taking an RV into the heart of San Francisco would be a pretty bad idea, so you will want to find another mode of transportation to see the city (unless you have a separate vehicle with you). While there is plenty to do and see in the greater Bay Area, make sure to leave plenty of time for simply relaxing in wine country, as that is the best feature of this vacation destination.

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Child Proof Outlets: Ensuring the Safety of Your Children

Child Proof Outlets: Ensuring the Safety of Your Children

It goes without saying that childproofing your home is a very important aspect that parents need to keep in mind at all times. It is essential that they install tamper-proof outlets throughout their home. This wouldn’t just protect the child, it can eliminate the scenario when an unsuspecting child tries to tamper with an electrical output. Sticking a foreign object or a finger inside one of these sockets can prove to be a major problem. The child could get burned or shocked. You can reduce this particular risk by making a call to our company and setting up an appointment with them right away!Electrical services - Child Proof Outlets

If your child at risk of injury?

Every year, over 2,400 children sustain injuries that are caused by sticking metal objects into different electrical outlets. Over 95% of these injuries that are sustained involve some type of burns. The severity of these burns could even turn fatal depending on the intensity of the shock sustained. You should keep in mind the fact that even a minor injury could traumatize a child emotionally. Additionally, the child’s skin is very sensitive and thin, which allows very little resistance to heat or electric flow. This is another reason the burn injuries sustained by a child is likely to become a scar when compared to an adult. As per statistics, nearly 70% of these accidents happen while the child is under the supervision of an adult, which means that you need to be vigilant at all times.

How do childproof outlets work?

There are some products that you will find the market that bare the label that they are childproof but they aren’t since they can be hazardous as well. For instance, you can find plastic plugs that can be inserted into the socket, but it can be removed by the child and they could choke on it. Also, you would come across tamper proof outlets, which don’t close completely. The child could insert a metallic piece such as a safety pin and could experience a shock. Additionally, there are some products that need plugs to be screwed in place. This could turn out to be a fire hazard.

You can avoid all these hassles by making a single call to our company and the home will be made childproof right away.

Can the injuries be prevented?

Most of the injuries can be prevented if the proper tamper-proof resistant outlets are set in place. These outlets have been installed in most of the new homes that have been built following 2008, complying with the new electrical norms. However, in case your home is older than that you should consider installing new ones so that you will be in a position to install childproof outlets throughout your home.

Since prevention is always better than cure and now that you know the benefits that you will stand to receive when you childproof your home, it is high time you do so. All you need to do is call our company and set up an appointment right away.

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Estate Sale Pros and Their Clients are in This TOGETHER, Part II

Estate Sale Pros and Their Clients are in This TOGETHER

(A Two-Part Series)

PART II – Estate Sale Professional’s Responsibilities to The Client

For an estate sale professional, nothing is easy about being the captain of the ship. They not only handle the personal possessions in each unique estate situation, but also their clients and different levels of familial function (or dysfunction), employees, local resources, attendees, advertising, pricing, organizing, setting up, cleaning, de-cluttering, discarding, and much more.

Estate sales professionals can offer so much help and can greatly minimize family strife during challenging times. Their work not only deals with tangible assets but also unseen issues with multiple levels of complexity:

Conflicting personalities with differences of opinion
Family feuds
Differing ideas of value
Other people’s perceptions
Competition
Lack of understanding for the process

This is just a snapshot of what professional estate liquidators do on a daily basis.

Other mind-boggling challenges include:

A changing market
Debunking over-inflated prices from TV shows
Debunking expectations based on incorrect client research or family lore
Controlling and setting policies and procedures for sale attendees
Parking/flow of traffic during the sale
Security
Controlling admittance
Working under time constraints
Precision balancing of the estate sale
Arranging for charity pick up
Preparing for a pack-up/cleanout, etc.

All of this is done by the professional to keep the sale running smoothly and safely.

Estate professionals can’t control the following, but have to manage these challenges too:

The Weather

Attendance (despite professional advertising),
Mishandling of items by potential buyers (despite posted signs, protection with lock and key, and workers to guard items),
Bad behavior,
It cannot guarantee the monetary outcome for the client.
Estate sales professionals are the glue that holds everything and everyone together while managing the sale process.

The relationship between an estate liquidator and their client should be synergistic and reciprocal. The client needs clear and concise guidance from the estate sale professional, and the estate sale professional needs cooperation, information, and trust from the client. Trouble begins when communication is not clear, questions go answered, and a lack of trust begins to fester from either side or both sides.

Here are the key ways the professional can encourage a positive experience for their client:

1. Find the right estate sale professional for the job. You need an honest, ethical, credible, direct, caring estate sales professional who can guide you through the estate sale process from beginning to end. They should be able to provide professional references, earned certifications, memberships in professional organizations, etc. which you can verify.

2. They will understand the scope of work. The professional will evaluate the scope of work for your particular estate situation. They will either offer all those services or at least know other trustworthy resources they can refer to, if necessary. Remember that the lifetime of accumulation that needs to be dealt with did not occur overnight. Likewise, they will need time and space to do their work.

It is imperative you find a professional who can disassemble the estate in the right order, doing their due diligence and achieving the best results for both you and them.

3. They will maximize proceeds. Find a professional who can not only maximize proceeds for the estate items, but also organize and display properly for maximum visibility and appeal, create a safe estate sale environment by removing tripping hazards, placing signs, etc., arrange security if they feel it is needed, and priced according to their research (not what someone on eBay is asking).

A professional liquidator will also know resources for higher-end items or specialty items. If they don’t know, they can research, talk with other colleagues, and let you know the best way to proceed. The professional may remove certain items from a sale and send them to an appropriate auction house to maximize the proceeds. They may even broker the piece(s) for you.

4. Pricing and researching items – An estate sale professional will research your items they are not familiar with and look up sales comparables of similar or identical items and what they have SOLD FOR.

They deal with realized prices, not “asking prices.” Anyone can ask for the moon for an item. But if that price is unrealistic, then the item remains unsold which doesn’t help anyone. The professional will know what these items sell for in your region.

If you have questions about pricing, simply ask how they arrived at that price. Professional researches constantly and can demonstrate why they price the way they do. Since the objective is to “move” (sell) the contents of an estate, which is the original reason you needed the professional’s help, you have to be able to let go.

5. Marketing. Your professional should be capable of strategic marketing; they will utilize social media, as well as their own client email lists, EstateSales.Net, EstateSales.Org, other online sources, local publications, etc. They may even know of private buyers/collectors who are looking for certain items.

6. The staff you can trust. Your professional employs a courteous and professional staff, who knows how to help the liquidator. If the liquidator trusts them, you should too.

7. The Contract. Signing a contract is a big deal. Make sure that both parties sit down face to face and discuss the vital specifics, eliminating any surprises.

A professional liquidator will go over each aspect of the contract and client expectations. They should clearly review the order of their process and answer any questions.

Once the contract is signed, you, as a client, should not remove, sell, give away, or allow family members to take any items. To remove items from the estate is discourteous to the professional. They took the sale based on what they saw during the walk-through of your home. They also probably turned away other sales to do this one.

The estate sale professional has the right to know that all the items they expect to sell will remain there in the home and not be removed or disappear. If items are removed from the estate after the signing of the contract, the estate sale professional will most likely take their commission from the items that are missing, and may also assign a fee to cover their time in the estate since they have lost income.

8. Timely Communication. You should be kept apprised of the estate sales process step-by-step. Your phone calls or emails should be returned, your questions should be answered, and your concerns should be addressed.

Please remember that estate sale professionals are in estates all day and cannot return your calls immediately, but should return your call by the end of the business day or the next day. A professional may say, “On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, we will be sorting/organizing, setting up tables, and pricing. On Thursday, we will do this. The sale will run Friday and Saturday.”

Some professionals, if working with long-distance executors/heirs, will email or text photographs to show their clients what they have done, and keep them in the loop even though they are not present.

9. Client Attendance during the sale set up or at the actual sale. A professional knows you want to be involved, but the truth is they can accomplish much more and stay focused if you are not present.

Family and friends have the best of intentions, but they come over, start talking, going down memory lane, etc. This is certainly understandable, but once you hire an estate professional, let them do their job; they are working within a specific timeframe and must remain focused on each detail.

10. Expect respect and give respect. Once contracted, the professional will schedule and go to work preparing the estate for the sale. Some of the work requires the organization to be done from their own office making phone calls, scheduling, etc. A professional should treat each current estate with respect, even if they are working on another estate the same week or in close proximity. Yet, professionals love working with clients who offer them the same kindness and respect.

11. What you should know about liquidators. Preparing for and conducting one estate sale requires tremendous brain and muscle power. Think about it. They reorganize a lifetime of accumulation in just a few days.

It takes organizational skills that come only with experience, and the liquidator is literally doing a dozen things at one time. Their staff takes direction well, but it is the liquidator that holds, creates, and controls the mind-boggling “To-Do” list that would make anyone’s knees buckle. They have to remind themselves to “eat their Wheaties” because it will take the strength of a champion to deal with the public and all of their woes and complaints.

The professionals, who do this kind of work, love it and thrive on it. All they want in return is a little appreciation for all the work they do.

12. Decide ahead of time what to do with estate sale leftovers. Sometimes items will be left over after an estate sale. Decide ahead of time, when you contract with the estate professional, what your preference is for those items. Some liquidators will pack these items up for an additional fee, arrange for charity, etc. Other times, clients want to keep or go through the leftover items.

13. An estate professional will help with guidance. A professional estate liquidator will assist you and your family on numerous levels. Don’t throw anything away until they get there, even if you think it’s junk. A good liquidator will educate you, so you can make sound decisions.

Should any problem or challenges arise, it is up to both parties to communicate clearly in order to arrive at peaceful resolutions.

This article is just a fragment of what estate sales professionals do on a daily basis for their clients. Their efforts are Herculean. The most important thing for the client is to hire an estate liquidator you trust and feel good about.