Help for the Single Woman
by Debbie Alford
Is your career causing your property value to drop?
We’ve all heard of the term “curbside appeal” and we know that is what draws potential buyers in to look through a house which is for sale. Did you know that a home with no curbside appeal is actually valued at a lower price?
One of the biggest turnoff’s for potential buyers is an overgrown garden.
An article called “7 Ways to Devalue Your Property” says “Letting your property fall into disrepair, such as having guttering falling off, unmowed grass, overgrown gardens, peeling paint and cupboard doors hanging off in kitchen will all detract from your home’s overall value.”
Now I know that you might not be planning to sell your home at the moment, but it is important that it is maintained regularly. Small jobs become big, expensive jobs if they are not tended to quickly.
When you open your front door, what do you see? If you see weeds and unweeded garden beds, then it’s time you did some work out there.
I know that you don’t have the time to work in the garden and, even if you did, that’s probably not the way you would choose to spend your day off.
A gardening and maintenance service can be worth its weight in gold. How good would it feel to arrive home after a long day at work and see a neatly mown garden waiting for you? In the warm weather you might even be able to test out that BBQ that was waiting patiently for you behind the overgrown plants.
Call me to organise the maintenance of your property. I find local, reliable tradesmen who will care for your property and make it look fabulous and I will supervise them as they do it.
Home maintenance is not just a lifestyle choice. It’s a sensible investment in the long term value of your property investment.
by Debbie Alford
I know a science professor who has commented that in the past, if her young son was invited to a birthday party, the present had to be bought from Safeway or 7eleven or it just didn’t happen.
You can’t get away with that for very long and you certainly won’t get away with it at Christmas time.
For all the fun that Christmas can be it brings with it a lot of stress. It is hard to find time to shop for food, and even harder to spare time for things which aren’t necessities. The problem is that Christmas gifts are necessities but they are troublesome about it.
I know that when I choose a gift I like to put a lot of thought into it so that I select something that is meaningful and that the recipient will love. When you have a long list of people to buy for it can take up a lot of time.
You probably have some idea of what you would like to buy your friends and family. Just give me your list. I will find prices, shop for the gifts, buy them, wrap them and even arrange their delivery.
You don’t have to battle with queues or fight over the last product on the display. You won’t have the sore feet and blisters that you usually end up with, nor will you have the huge headache when you get home.
Instead you can go home and mix yourself a Christmas cocktail and relax knowing that everything is being taken care of.
Just to make it even better, here is a little cocktail you might like to try. It is called the Chocolate Raspberry Martini and you are going to love it.
Chocolate Raspberry Martini
Chill your ingredients beforehand. Rub the rim of your chilled martini glass with cocoa then pour in the liquids and enjoy. Drop a fresh raspberry into the bottom of the glass, too, if you like. It will look as good as it tastes.
So what will it be? Queues, headaches and stress or home with your shoes off and chilled cocktail in hand? I know what I would choose.
Merry shopping–free Christmas to you!
by Debbie Alford
You know that your car has needed a service for some time now, but when do you find the time to do it? It’s a whole day you’re carless and trying to fit a carless day into a busy lifestyle is not exactly easy.
Until, of course, it gets to that point where warning lights are flashing and something either starts clunking and thumping or it stops working altogether. Then you’re left with no choice. Things have become urgent and if you don’t do something about it, you’ll be carless for longer than a day.
You sneak a look at your partner but you know he or she is struggling to meet deadlines at work, too. There won’t be any help there. In fact, their car probably needs a service.
Ah well, you will work something out. You’ll book the car in for a service when you get to work…..
The day passes in a blur of work and meetings, then suddenly it’s over and it’s too late to ring because the mechanic will be closed.
How fabulous would it be to handball this job to someone else? You have a personal assistant at work. Now you need a personal assistant at home.
A personal concierge can do it all for you, from making the booking, delivering the car to the mechanic and returning it back home for you. I will even make sure you stay on the road during the process, so it’s far less painless than it has ever been in the past.
Your time is too valuable to spend it twiddling your thumbs while you wait for the car to be serviced. Don’t waste your time. Use my time instead. Call me!
You’re out of the house, away on business and as you check yourself out in the mirror you’re confronted with a run in your tights or a hanging hem, and your button pops off in shock! Of course you don’t have access your fully stocked sewing kit, do you? Typical.
What do you do?
Here are seven simple and quick emergency clothing repairs (and some items to keep handy!)
Remember, these are temporary fixes, and will need a good seeing to once your night, trip or meeting is over, but they will see you through the crucial stages when you need them to!
A common theme among women – and there’s plenty of research to back it up – is that they negotiate like a girl. They’re worried they’ll offend or seem pushy or they are scared they’ll lose their job if they stand their ground.
Women are generally lower paid and have poorer working conditions, and, sadly, some of the fingers are pointing at the fact that women don’t or won’t negotiate “like a man” and, therefore, don’t get what they want.
When men negotiate they focus on the facts and keep their emotions out of it. It’s purely business. We women tend to worry about others and think of their feelings. We become emotionally involved in what should be a simple business transaction.
It is possible to stand your ground, get what you want and still come up smelling of Chanel No. 5.
Before you go into any meeting, know exactly what it is you want to achieve. What do you want, precisely? And what is the absolute minimum you will accept?
This is not necessarily in relation to pay, but also working conditions, responsibilities, environment, status and role …
What’s In It For Them
You know what you want, and what you’ll accept, but a large part of negotiating is what you can offer the other party – i.e. your boss.
Are you worthy of the terms you’re asking for? Are you capable of doing what you say you will do in your new role as department manager or production coordinator …?
Think about what will THEY get out of this new agreement, and show them how they’d be foolish to discount your suggestion.
Know When To Walk Away
All negotiations, even though it may not seem like it, have an area of overlap between what you want and what they want. Finding the common ground is generally easy, but you also need to be open and aware of it. It’s easy to get caught up in what you want and forget what your boss needs – or any other party, for that matter.
Be prepared to agree to terms or walk away. If you’ve asked for the meeting, and you know your limits, you don’t have to take what’s on offer, but you do need to be prepared for nothing to change if you choose not to agree.
If the other party has called the meeting, be prepared to accept less than you want (see the first point about Preparation) or to say “No” and be ok with that.
Stand Your Ground
Mostly, it’s about knowing what you want, and preventing those horrid little voices in your head from having their say, mid-negotiation.
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