Life In Cobb County

Monthly Archive: July 2016

A1 Valet Trash

A1 Valet Trash, LLC

Company Spotlight

A1 Valet Trash, LLC. is a doorstep waste collection company based in Georgia. The company was founded by a graduate from Kennesaw State University. The idea was born when the founder was living in a community in the Atlanta area that had the service. He was being charged for a service that was not actually showing up.
After doing research it was clear the company did not have the residents best interest in mind, but instead their own. They focus their efforts on selling managers and owners instead of servicing the residents. The sales department and operations department were not riding in the same truck so to speak.
After further market analysis it was determined there was an opportunity for a lower cost provider. The founder then partnered with multiple people to help expedite the startup period. He chose to partner with a veteran that has been in the waste removal business for many years. In fact, he has been in the valet trash and recycling business for many years. This partner became crucial for the founder as he was able to gain industry insight.
The next partner had an overall sense of business. He partnered with someone that has an extensive track record with multiple companies and industries. The background and different experience this partner brought to the table has been a key part to the success of the business.
Lastly, a partnership was made with a marketing specialist. This part is crucial to stay relevant and build brand recognition.
From that point the team set out to gain market share as quickly as possible. A1 Valet Trash joined networking groups and began prospecting. It was clear when entering the market there was already other vendors with market share. However, the main key national company had deep roots and a massive market share.
It was quickly learned that this industry is 100% who you know and who knows you. The industry was very cut throat and incestual. The person that was the property manager at ABC company could be the regional manager for XYZ company the next week. It seemed the RM, AM, VP, Presidents, CEO, COO and team leads were all the same people that play a large scale game of musical chairs. This industry has a high ever revolving turn over rate, but it was nothing the team has not seen before.
The team then began the sales process and business development stage. The company is now servicing properties as well as continuing to grow their portfolio.

Home Inspections 101

Checklist for Home Inspection

Home buyers have understood that it is crucial for them to get a home inspection. But, sometimes they aren’t ready to commit to a home until the inspection has proven it sound. But, you can’t pay the $500+ to get every home you like inspected. So, that is why agents recommend you make your own home inspection. They usually have problems concerning home construction and its components. They do not know how to decipher home inspection reports. A lot of them don’t even know how to determine the defects that are severe or know if their home inspector has surveyed all essentials. home-inspection

Every home inspection is different, and the checklist can differ extensively from state to state, and across cities and countries of the world. Much is dependent on the association, if any, to which the home inspector belongs. There are a few home inspectors who are not licensed, and some have a license only for their particular state. Nevertheless, as a standard practice, home inspectors forget the following:

Nevertheless, as a standard practice, home inspectors forget the following:
1. Asbestos
2. Lead
3. Rodents
4. Wood-destroying organisms
5. Radon, Formaldehyde, Methane, and Radiation
6. Fungi, Mold, and Mildew

General Home Inspection Checklist Items

* Structural Elements
Construction of walls and ceilings, the floor, the foundation and the roof should be examined.

* Evaluation of the Exterior
It is important to carefully evaluate the wall covering, elevation, and fascia, windows, doors, lights, fences, driveways, and landscaping, grading, drainage, trim and exterior receptacles.

* Roof and Attic
A lot of home inspectors ignore the roof as they do not wish to climb and inspect it. However, checking the framing, type of roof construction, ventilation, gutters and flashing is necessary.

* Garage
Slab, walls, ceiling, vents, entry, firewall, garage door, openers, lights, receptacles, exterior, windows and roof needs to be checked.

* Electrical
Sometimes electrical wires are left loose and open in a particular area. Make sure that the home inspector checks the main panel, types of wiring, receptacles, ceiling fans, light fixtures, grounding, exhaust fans and circuit breakers.

* Plumbing
Finding pipe materials utilized for drain, potable, waste and vent pipes, along with their condition is to be done by the home inspector. Inspection of showers, taps, sinks, toilets and faucets is included; however, sewer inspection is not included.

* Systems and Components
These systems comprise of water heaters, ductwork, sprinklers, furnaces, air conditioning, chimneys, and fireplaces.

* Appliances
A lot of appliances are installed in homes. When you buy a home, it is important that you check the condition of these devices. If there is anything that is not working properly, you need to find ways to fix it. These appliances include dishwasher, garbage disposal, built-in microwave, range and oven as well as smoke detectors.

Home inspection reports do not explicitly mention the condition of every component if it is in ideal shape, but should note all items that are defective or require servicing. The problems that could become serious issues are:

* Health and safety issues
* Moisture or drainage problems
* Foundation deficiencies
* Roofs having a short longevity
* Furnace or AC failures

If it is possible, get a personal contractor to do the work and supervise the repairs on your own. Before putting a formal request for the replacement, think about the seller’s motivation to contact the cheapest contractor and to fix or substitute appliances with the lowest quality, least priced brands. Make a move by always doing it your own for the best.