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Carport Kits – The Perfect DIY Car and Vehicle Weather Protection

For most people who visit a highly urbanized city like New York, the most recognizable structures that they will likely remember are those towering skyscrapers. Skyscrapers became a normal fixture of huge cities during the early 20th century. Because of the skyrocketing economy, space in mega cities acquired a high-price tag. Business required architects and engineers to come up with new building designs that would allow them to optimize space and save money. Thus, the skyscraper was born.

The skyscraper was such a brilliant example how man can use his ingenuity to resolve perplexing problems. In a somewhat smaller scale, designers have come up with a great solution to a common issue bugging contemporary American homeowners.

Like the expanding cities of the 1900s, America’s homes are being plagued by a pressing issue: space. Many homes today do not simply have enough storage area for precious properties, like cars, mowers, garden tools, and so on.

So how do you resolve storage issue in your house? There are various ways to resolve such problem. The first one is to build an extra garage. This is a reasonable option if you have the economic means. For building another garage would cost you. Typical cost for garage material would come at around $13,000 and up. And that would exclude contractor fees.

Spending thousands of dollars to create more space in your house would not be a pragmatic decision if there are other cost-effective means. Carport kits, for example, can effectively address storage issues for you.

Why should you Get Carport Kits?

Optimum Protection for your Car:

We all know the bad things that can happen to your car if you just leave it outside. UV rays, rain, snow, and even that seemingly harmless morning dew can cause your car’s paint to prematurely fade. A car is a precious investment. As much as possible, every responsible car owner would like to provide the best protection for his or her car.

Even if you do not have enough space in your garage to accommodate a new car, or even if you simply do not have a garage, there is no reason why you should leave your car exposed to the elements. Why, you can just buy carport kits to prolong your car’s lifespan.

Basic open carport kits can effectively shield your car from harmful UV rays, rain, and snow. To provide maximum protection, you can also get carport kits that have enclosed walls.

Great Storage Space for Mowers, Garden Tools, and Other Stuff:

Carport kits are not just for cars. You can also use them to provide protection for your beloved mower. You can also use them as an storage area for your garden tools and other stuff.

Great for Outdoor Use:

Carport kits are different from traditional carports because they do not need to be attached to your house. Carport kits are highly portable. And this portability make these kits ideal for outdoor celebrations.

If you have no extra tents to accommodate your guests for a weekend barbecue party, then you can just use a carport kit. You would not shed tons of sweat setting up the kit on your yard-it is definitely very easy to set up.

Landscaping And Tree Surgeon’s “Dead Wood”

Idioms are used to pepper the English language with unusual phrases. One minute it’s raining cats and dogs, and then next you’ll find they’re all bark and no bite. One idiom that’s really dime a dozen is the phrase ‘dead wood’. But there’s a serious side to the origins of the phrase in landscaping and tree surgery. Check out a dictionary and you’ll find the primary description as “Dead branches or wood on a tree.” Then the descriptions become idiomatic, with “one that is burdensome or superfluous” and “fallen bowling pins that remain on the alley.

“Curiously, in marine and land-based carpentry the dead wood is ‘the vertical planking between the keel of a vessel and the sternpost, serving as a reinforcement” or “small pieces of wood used as nailers in framing used for panel attachment in a cabin”. The advice you will receive from a reputation landscaping business or tree surgeon as that dead wood has its place in the environment and should be managed properly.

Simon Ablett is a tree surgeon with AC Landscape ad Treeworks in Devon, UK. His business is called upon to landscape gardens, remove trees (including coppicing and pollarding), fencing and digger hire. But one concern many people have is removing dead wood – either wholly dead trees or dead and dying branches. “The dead wood is often called coarse woody debris (CWD) and there is a lobby to maintain this type of wood in forests and woodlands because they form a habitat for wildlife and insects,” comments Simon. “This can help these habitats regenerate organically, and boosts numbers of fungi, mosses, invertebrates and bids and mammals.”Some studies have shown that 40% of all forest fauna are dependent on dead trees. “Many householders and business who have trees on their property seek advice from us on dead wood. Many want the trees to remain, since they can look attractive as well as attracting nature. As landscapers and tree surgeons we must find a balance between nature and safety. “Dead trees will suffer root rot and can become a hazard in strong winds, either falling onto buildings and vehicles or potentially falling on people.

Buying Property That Has Building and Safety Problems

One of the best ways we have found to purchase real estate is to buy property that has issues with The Building and Safety Department (BSD). These are properties that BSD has flagged as either unsafe or in need of repairs. The property that is vacant is the best of the best in this category. The most efficient way to locate these properties is to contact the BSD in your local area, drive by the properties, find those that are vacant and research the property. Sometimes the list is online or the BSD may have other procedures to acquire the list. Also, these properties rarely are listed with a real estate agent, so they are less well known, which is always good for the investor.

The key here is to find the owner and see if you can arrive at an agreement with the owner (title holder) to sell the property to you. There are many ways to find the owner. We will review these below:

1. Contact the local property tax office and ask if you can research the address with them. You are looking for the address where the property tax bill is mailed.

2. Visit the neighbors and ask if they have a contact number for the owner. Many neighbors will help you, especially if the property is vacant and in need of repairs, as it is to the benefit of the neighbor to have the property near them (or next to them) in repaired condition.

3. If the property is vacant (and only if it is vacant), walk the property to see if there are any abandoned cars on the property. If there are, write down the license plate number. Then, contact the local Department of Motor Vehicles in your area and ask how to acquire the address of the car owner. If the DMV asks you why you want the information, merely tell them you want to buy the car and it appears abandoned.

4. Create an arrangement with a skip tracing firm to find the owner. I have seen this work in the past, although it could be a more costly option.

5. Send the owner a letter expressing your interest in the property. You might also include pictures and the Building and Safety notice.

6. Attempt to locate the telephone number of the owner. Sometimes a person with same last name is related.

The bottom here is THINK LIKE A DETECTIVE!!!

If you cannot find the owner after you have tried all of the above,
(this may be very hard to do), try again in a few weeks. If you keep at it, you will find owners that hold title to these properties.

When you do find an owner, I suggest you mention to them that you can buy all cash, with a quick close and that you need very few contingencies. All you are seeking is a short time period for inspection, as well as any other approvals you and the owner can agree on that you feel you require to purchase and close on the property.

We are always willing to assist you if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Kind regards,

Ken Sheppard
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