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They’re words you never want to hear but, every year, thousands of parents hear it from their children: “I want to ride a motorcycle”.

The idea of your child on a motorcycle probably fills you with dread. There is something about motorcycles that just seems far more threatening, far more worrying, than the idea of your child driving a standard four-wheel car. However, don’t say “no” to their request just yet— there are a few surprising benefits you might want to consider…

Motorcycles are better for the environment than standard cars
Concerned about the impact of another car on the road? Then let your child ride a motorcycle — when they have qualified, of course! — and be comforted by the fact that such motorcycles are far less polluting than their four-wheeled counterparts.

It’s tough for motorcycle riders to get distracted
Motorcycles require almost constant intervention from their rider. If you are concerned that your child may get distracted or be tempted to text while driving a car, then this worry can be eased if they ride a motorcycle instead.

Remember that you’re helping an industry
If you allow your child to ride a motorcycle, then they will be helping an industry that could really do with a change of luck. The infographic below helps to demonstrate the problems the motorcycle industry is facing, and also explains how appealing to younger generations is a key part of the reparative strategy— read on for more information on this…

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I am a big fan of Lonely Planet! In fact, before I make any trip to a new destination, I will always make it a point to check out Lonely Planet so that I can get some essential travel information and travel ideas prior my visit. When I need some travel inspiration for my solo travels, Lonely Planet is the first place that I will always go to.

Are you a fellow Solo Traveller? If you are, then you got to read The Solo Travel Handbook!

Written by Lonely Planet’s solo travel pros, the book is packed with pearls of wisdom, inspiration and real-life tales from the road – and covers everything from preparation, such as booking, budgeting and packing, to practical advice for meeting people, staying safe and healthy, working remotely and staying connected abroad.

Perfect for once-in-a-lifetime adventures to weekend getaways, this definitive guide gives seasoned and beginner travellers alike the confidence and know-how to embark on a solo trip, helping them to overcome any fears or concerns they might have while preparing them for the journey ahead.

The Solo Travel Handbook also features 10 of the best places around the world for food (Vietnam), nightlife, a solo stopover (Singapore), culture, self-reflection (Ubud, Bali) and lots more.

Other chapters in The Solo Travel Handbook include:

• Why go solo?
• 10 lessons you learn while travelling solo
• The solo travel quiz
• How to arrive at any new destination like a boss
• 10 travel hacks every solo traveller should know
• 10 non-awkward ways to meet people on the road
• 11 ways to overcome loneliness
• Top 20 ways to stay safe on the road

Apart from having a wide collection of travel guidebooks that caters to youth and adults alike, Lonely Planet has resources for kids too! In fact, Lonely Planet Kids has published more than fifty books and more recently, they have three exciting new additions to the Lonely Planet Kids First Words book series!

Simple, striking and beautifully illustrated, these three new books – First Words: Italian, First Words: Japanese and First Words: Mandarin – are the perfect introduction to new languages for the whole family.

Each First Words book contains: 

  • 100 travel-relevant words, from the airport to ice cream and tomato to umbrella.
  • One word per double page, with a simple pronunciation guide accompanying a bold, colourful illustration to give the word context – and to help make remembering the new vocabulary easy and fun.
  • (What I personally like best about the Lonely Planet Kids First Words book series)- Access to a free audio pronunciation guide. Either scan the QR code on the book’s back cover or visit Lonely Planet Kids’ First Words website (www.lonelyplanet.com/kids/first-words) to discover a list of every word in the book. Click on each word to hear it spoken clearly by an Italian-, Japanese- or Mandarin-speaking child.

Suitable for kids ages 5-8, Lonely Planet Kids First Words book series is certainly a book that will help children learn simple words!

Green tea is one of the healthiest beverages in both the ancient and the modern world. Indeed, many Asian countries have been using this herbal drink for its various health benefits and medicinal properties for thousands of years. Green tea’s superiority over other kinds of teas appears to stem from its processing: it doesn’t undergo fermentation, which allows it to retain most if not all of the antioxidants and polyphenols that it contains.

Here are just a few of the benefits that you can derive from drinking green tea every day.

1. Healthier Skin and Hair
There are many ways that your skin and hair can benefit from green tea. For one, the polyphenols in green tea can help neutralise free radicals that cause sagging skin, wrinkles, and age spots. Green tea also contains catechins, a type of antioxidant, that possess antibacterial properties, which in turn can help fight acne-causing bacteria. Its high tannin content, which acts as a natural astringent, also makes green tea an ideal pore minimiser as it cleanses the skin of impurities. Meanwhile, the same catechins that help green tea fight acne also help prevent hair loss and stop the formation of dandruff. The vitamin content of green tea, particularly C and E, also helps protect the hair from external stressors like dust and smoke, leading to stronger and shinier locks.

2. Healthier Heart and Circulation
Green tea has high levels of flavonoids and antioxidants, both of which help in improving and
maintaining the health of blood vessels, and slowing down the process by which the body breaks down LDL or “good” cholesterol. Drinking green tea is also associated with low cholesterol levels and lower chances of developing arterial blockages. Tea drinkers also have a lower chance of having a heart attack (about 43 percent), while those who have already suffered from one heart attack may lower their risk of suffering from the second one by 44 percent.

3. Helps with Brain Function
Apart from its caffeine content that helps stimulate the brain, green tea also has L-theanine, a type of amino acid that can penetrate the blood-brain barrier and helps reduce feelings of anxiety. These two compounds also increase alertness and focus, without the “jitters” that often comes with drinking coffee. Studies have also shown the green tea has the capability to protect brain cells and restore damaged ones. Researchers have also delved into the potential of green tea to slow down the deterioration of the brain function of patients with Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease.

4. Helps Fight Infections and Inflammation
The catechins in green tea have antibacterial and antiviral properties that help prevent, among others, urinary tract infections, tooth decay and bad breath, and the spread of influenza. Some researchers have even found that drinking green tea together with prescription antibiotics can enhance the medications’effectiveness. On the other hand, the polyphenols in green tea can also help combat inflammations and minor aches and pains, such as those caused by arthritis. In fact, the Iowa Women’s Health Study has revealed that women who consumed three or more cups of green tea per day have a 60 percent lower chance of
developing rheumatoid arthritis.

5. Reduces Risks of Certain Cancers
While research about green tea’s cancer-prevention capabilities is still relatively new, they have shown promising results. Most studies point to the polyphenol content of green tea, which have been found to deliver positive effects — from reducing the risk of developing cancer cells in the first place to killing off and preventing the progression of cancer cells — for high-risk individuals and patients with breast cancer, colorectal cancer, skin cancer, and prostate cancer. However, further studies still need to be conducted to verify the repeatability of the outcomes.

6. Reduces Risk of Type 2 Diabetes
It is fair to say that type 2 diabetes has already reached epidemic proportions, with close to 500 million people afflicted with the condition worldwide. While there are many products in the markets such as protein bars for diabetics that are being developed to cater to those who are afflicted with diabetes, prevention is always better than cure. Several studies have shown that green tea can improve the human body’s insulin sensitivity and therefore reduce blood glucose levels. Those who drank the beverage regularly (at least two to three cups a day) also showed 40 to 42 percent lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Drinking green tea also relaxes both the mind and body — all the more reason to pour yourself a cup of two and enjoy its multitude of health benefits.

When you think of safe driving, you likely think of what you should and should not do out on the road. How to react, how to read other drivers, how to ensure you’re not making any reckless moves; that sort of awareness on the road is important, but safety starts long before you put the keys in the ignition. Here, we’re going to look at how you start safe so that you’re more likely to be safe as you keep going as well.

 

Make It A Factor In Your Purchase

If you’re truly concerned about safety, then it should be a factor in buying a car, not just how you drive it. There are different elements of the car that could make it a safer drive. For one, the safety rating will often tell you how it fares in the event of a crash. Safety features like lane departure warning and blind spot detection are important factors worth considering too. The reliability of the car matters as well. The less likely a car is to malfunction, the less likely those malfunctions are to cause an accident down the line. Make safety more of a focus when you’re choosing a car.

Get More Hands-On

As mentioned, the better condition the car is in, the fewer malfunctions or faults, the less likely you are to get into an accident. So, it only makes sense to keep up with the maintenance and repairs of our auto as much as possible. This doesn’t just mean taking the car to the mechanic as the schedule dictates. Spend some time maintaining the car yourself, not just with tools from an auto body supply store, but checking things like the brakes, tires, and fluid levels. Beyond improving the condition of the car, you’re a lot more likely to spot the early warning signs of a more serious problem by spending more time with your car.

Make Sure You’re Fit To Drive

Being completely aware of the road conditions is one of the most important driving safety practices there is, but all too often, people drive when they really shouldn’t. Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is the most dangerous of them all and you can prevent that from happening by assigning a designated driver, keeping your phone charged so you can get an Uber, or leave your car keys with someone else. Drowsy driving can be just as dangerous, so avoid setting out on the road when you’re overtired. Leaving in a hurry can lead to more aggressive driving, too, so try to give yourself more time to relax and plan to leave ten to fifteen minutes earlier than you think you need, especially in the mornings.

Safety should always be the focus of the driver, before, during, and after their time on the road. Make sure you’re buying the right car, that it’s ready for the road, and that you are, too. Just as many accidents are caused by poor preparation as are caused by reckless behaviour on the road.

 

America’s Musical Journey, the new 3D documentary for IMAX® and giant screen theatres, has held its world premieres on Thursday, February 15, at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum and Friday, February 16, at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

The movie has opened globally on Friday, February 16, in select IMAX® and giant screen theatres with a rollout expansion planned throughout the year through the Fall of 2018 and beyond. This is the second film that MacGillivray Freeman Films has produced in association with Brand USA and Expedia as the presenting partners. America’s Musical Journey marks Air Canada‘s first time as a presenting sponsor. The new film celebrates the unique diversity of cultures and creative innovations that characterize America, as told through the story of its music.

Narrated by Academy Award® winner Morgan Freeman, the film follows Grammy Award®-nominated singer and songwriter Aloe Blacc as he traces the roots of America’s music and follows the footsteps of Louis Armstrong through the colourful locales and cultures where America’s music was born. Visiting iconic music cities including New Orleans, Louisiana; Chicago, Illinois; New York City, New York; Nashville, and Memphis, Tennessee; Miami, Florida, and more, America’s Musical Journey explores the collision of cultures that gave birth to American art forms such as jazz, the blues, country, rock and roll, hip-hop, and more. As audiences join Blacc on this joyful, tune-filled tour, they’ll experience uniquely American adventures like paddle-wheel boating up the Mississippi Delta, flash mob dancing in Chicago, and skydive with Elvis impersonators over Memphis in scenes shot exclusively for the giant screen.

Academy Award®-nominated director Greg MacGillivray threads all these images together to create an immersive experience of American culture and creativity with a soundtrack that showcases the national passion for creative innovation at its purest. “America’s music has its roots in the diverse cultures that came together from different parts of the world, culminating in a unique blend of sound, culture, and innovation unlike anywhere else in the world,” said MacGillivray. “This creativity and trailblazing spirit are what makes American music such a treasured experience around the world. I hope people are inspired to explore their own creativity after seeing the film.”

“Music is an essential part of the human experience, and I look forward to helping audiences discover the unique cultural influences that gave rise to jazz, the blues, folk, and other American musical genres,” says Aloe Blacc. “I love the freedom of expression in this country, which is a source of creativity and innovation unlike anywhere else.”

“We are excited to share our second film with the world, which celebrates the rich history and colourful tapestry of American culture through music,” said Christopher L. Thompson, president and CEO of Brand USA, the destination marketing organisation for the United States. “As a universal language that transcends borders, music is one of America’s most unique and important assets. Bringing to life the sights and sounds of our vibrant urban centres, America’s Musical Journey uses music as an instrument to inspire and welcome new audiences to experience travel to the USA in an engaging and dynamic new way.”

In addition to Aloe Blacc, audiences will meet other iconic artists, musicians, and innovators who are shaping America’s culture today, including Jon Batiste, bandleader and musical director of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Latin music stars Gloria and Emilio Estefan, New Orleans music hero Dr. John, Chicago jazz pianist Ramsey Lewis, teenage banjo-playing phenomenon Willow Osborne, Memphis jookin dance star Lil Buck, the Detroit Youth Choir, Chicago footwork maestros Pause Eddie and Donnetta “Lil Bit” Jackson, the Bandaloop vertical dancers, the Fisk University Jubilee Singers, the Beale Street Flippers, skydiving Elvis impersonators, and many more.

“Music has the power to bring people together, especially here in America where diversity and creative freedom are such an important part of the culture,” says Shaun MacGillivray, producer of America’s Musical Journey and president of MacGillivray Freeman Films. “We’re using the immersive, visual giant screen experience to tell the story of America’s musical and cultural heritage in a new and powerful way.”

This is the second collaboration for these companies, following the highly successful National Parks Adventure, voted Best Film of the Year by the Giant Screen Cinema Association and the highest grossing documentary film of 2016.

“As a longtime partner of Brand USA, we are honoured to lend support and raise awareness as a global sponsor and exclusive online travel activation partner of this film,” said Wendy Olson Killion, global senior director of Expedia Media Solutions. “We believe music has the ability to inspire travellers from all over the world to explore new places and cultures.” 

The film will run from February 17 to 25 daily at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Lockheed Martin IMAX® Theater in Washington, DC and at the Airbus IMAX® Theater at the Steven F. Udvar Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. The film will continue to run indefinitely at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History’s Warner Bros. Theater. There will be festivities on behalf of the film held both domestically and in international markets such as Paris, France; Mexico City, Mexico; Tokyo, Japan; and Beijing, China to mark the opening of the film around the world. For a running list of all theatres showing America’s Musical Journey (in the United States and internationally), please click here.

To discover more about America’s rich musical culture and the diversity of experiences the USA has to offer, please visit Brand USA’s consumer website VisitTheUSA.com and follow Visit The USA on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram

Financial institutions like banks and credit institutions have a huge role to play in economic development. Proper financial management is important for both individuals and corporate entities and these institutions help with this critical function. There was a lot of chaos and disorganization before such institutions were invested as individuals and businesses didn’t have a secure place to store their cash and other valuables. This meant that they had to keep their excess cash with them and this was not safe at all. Credible and regulated lenders also didn’t exist at that time and as such, individuals and business couldn’t access loans for their personal and business needs. Registered and regulated financial institutions have, therefore, improved the financial sector and this piece highlights some of the roles such institutions play in the economy.

1.      Loan Facilities

People and businesses sometimes require a little financial aid to be able to navigate the challenges in their lives or to take up investment opportunities. Banks and credit facilities offer such aid and this has made life easier for the individuals and businesses. People have taken up loans to buy houses or motor vehicles while businesses have acquired the same loans to buy office equipment and to fund expansion objectives. Loans from credible institutions are usually regulated and this prevents exploitation. The rates are usually fixed and those in need of such loans know what they are getting themselves into even before they sign on the dotted line. To find out more about what you need to when searching for a credible institution for your cash advance needs, check out this loan blog.

2.      A Safe Deposit For Cash

If you have more cash than you need at any given time, the best thing would be to deposit some of it in a safe place and this is where financial institution come in. You can deposit as much as you need for safekeeping and access it when the need arises. Other than making sure that your cash is safe, cash deposits boost your loan limit and as such, you can borrow as much as you need to meet your financial obligations.

3.      They Offer Investment Advice To Its Members.

We’ve all been told that investment is the way to go if we want to boost our cash reserves and to secure our financial future. Most have, therefore, taken different investment ventures but the results have not always been impressive. Without proper planning and evaluation, individuals and businesses have put their resources in the wrong ventures and this has resulted in massive failures. Financial institutions usually have investment segments as part of their operations and both individuals and business entities can seek their opinion on the best investment options in a particular region. They may even go ahead and offer investment financing for your venture if you select them as your financial partner.

4.      Cash Remittance

Individuals and businesses entities don’t have to use cash whenever they need to make payments for the goods and services they have received thanks to financial institutions. As mentioned earlier, carrying around a lot of cash is not safe and you could become a target of robbers if you decide to hold a lot of cash on your person or in your office. To make sure that people can still make their payments, financial institutions have come up with cash remittance methods such as checks, money orders, and direct money transfer. These methods are not only safe but they are accurate and traceable and this ensures business integrity.

5.      They Spur Economic Development

By offering loans and investment advice to individuals, financial institutions help spur economic development. The businesses that will be set up by the funds from the financial institutions and investment advice from the same institutions will employ workers to perform different duties within the organisation and pay taxes to the government. Employment and taxes are key to economic development and by making these critical aspects possible, financial institutions play a huge role in developing the economy.

Conclusion

Businesses and individuals depend on financial institutions like banks and credit facilities for financing and investment advice and this has gone a long way to improve the economy.

There is nothing more devastating than being involved in a serious accident that has the potential to have life-changing results. You might think that it’s unlikely you will ever fall foul to this kind of horrendous accident, but the fact is that there’s no way of knowing what the future holds. Life is full of surprises, and sadly, not all of them are nice ones.

One moment you could be riding along on your motorcycle, feeling the wind in your hair; the next you could be on the ground, seriously injured. One minute you could be walking to the salad bar at a restaurant, the next you could slip on some spilt water and fracture your spine.

God forbid you to end up the victim of a nasty injury; it’s important that you understand how vital your approach to healing and mindset is to your progress. Various psychologists have suggested that although there is no conclusive medical evidence to suggest that positivity can speed up the physical healing process, studies have suggested that in cases where mental as well as physical healing is required, a positive approach can be highly valuable.

Bearing that in mind, below are some suggestions to taking a more positive approach to healing and examples of how doing so can be beneficial.

1. Focus on the positives

After you’ve been involved in a serious accident, whether it was an unfortunate motorcycle pile-up or a nasty slip down some wet stairs, it’s hard to focus on the positives. Regardless of whether your injuries will completely heal or they will plague you for life, it’s easy to feel down after a serious accident or injury. However, by taking a more positive approach to things and thinking about the silver lining of what’s happened, such as that you are alive or that you will eventually heal, you can make your road back to full health an easier one. It’s far too easy to focus on the negatives in a situation like this, but if you attempt to stay positive, then you will find that your mental healing comes more quickly, helping you to feel back to your old self again in no time. One of the best ways to stay positive is to embrace the grieving process for whatever you’ve lost as a result of the accident and allow yourself to say goodbye to what could have been. A lot of people find that talking to a counsellor can help,  so this could be something that’s worth considering.

2. Look to the future

By taking a more positive approach to healing, you won’t simply focus on what’s happening right now, and the bad situation that you are in. Instead, you will be able to look to the future and focus on what your future will be. Just because your accident has changed things for you doesn’t mean that you can’t have a future. The fact is that if you are willing to adapt to the changes in your circumstances, you can have an amazing future. It’s just a case of taking the time to look to the future and begin to think about what it will hold. Questions that you want to ask yourself are things like: ‘can I return to work or will I need to retrain?’ or ‘will my home need to be adapted or can I return to it?’. The fact is that there will be some hard questions to ask yourself but it’s even more important to be willing to look to the future and start planning your life again. If you take a positive approach to healing, you will find doing so a little bit easier.

3. Heal inside and out

Contrary to popular belief, the healing process after a serious accident isn’t just a physical one. Often, victims of serious or life-changing accidents are left with emotional scars caused by the trauma of what has happened to them. This is a natural part of the healing process, but one that can cause a large amount of emotional pain. It’s almost impossible to heal emotionally if you still harbour bad feelings about what has happened to you. It’s natural to feel anger and resentment at first, feelings that are often followed by a grief-like process, but it’s important to move past these feelings and learn to see the good in the situation. It may not always be easy, but the fact is that if you want to heal inside and out, you need to take a more positive approach to what has happened to you. After all, nothing that you do will change things, so it makes sense to foster a positive attitude.

After a serious or life-changing accident, it’s natural to have a range of mixed feelings. The fact is that no matter what you do or how you feel, you can’t change what’s happened – that’s something vital you have to realise. The only choice is to find a way to be more positive and take steps to move on and build a new life for yourself. It won’t always be easy, but the fact is that if you want to make the most of the life that you have left, you have to move on and be positive about things. Otherwise, you will waste your time being negative and won’t lead a full and happy life. If you need to get help to come to terms with what has happened, it’s essential that you do so. Take your time to get to grips with your injuries and the prognosis that comes with them, but wherever possible, try to remain positive.

Going back to study can be both exciting and scary at the same time but it need not be if you are thoroughly prepared. There are many reasons for wanting to go back to study. Whether it is to get a better job, to improve your skills, or simply to see where it takes you; it is always important to be prepared physically, mentally, and emotionally. When we’re young, we don’t always know what we want to do and we often feel too pressured to decide. After all, many people who decide which path to take when they are young end up changing it later on anyway!

The good news is, you’re never too old to go back to study! 

However, there are a couple of important questions that you should ask yourself first.

1. Are You Prepared To Do An Access Course?

Luckily, if you’re a mature student, you don’t have to worry too much about whether you’re qualified enough to begin learning as most places will also look at your experience. With that being said, you may need to be prepared to do an access course. Access courses are usually short but intense, so you need to be prepared for this if you want to get on the course that you really wish to do.

2. Have You Chosen The Right Course?

This is going to be a decision that will take up a lot of time in your life. You’re going to live and breathe your new course, even if you choose a flexible option. Make sure the course curriculum is what you expect it to be. Speak to students who have already done the course. Weigh up the pros and cons. This isn’t to put you off or give you analysis paralysis, but you need to make sure that the course you’re going to do is what you really want.

3. How Will You Fund Your Study?

Funding your study is probably your main concern. If you’re lucky enough to have a part-time job that can fit your study schedule, you won’t have to worry too much. There are a few options available if you need some extra help. You could get a personal loan to help fund your learning, or see if there are any official student grants that you can take advantage of. In some cases, schools will loan you money for your education and even offer you a small sum of money for monthly maintenance. Just make sure you know exactly how this will be paid back once you have completed your course.

4. Will You Be Able To Fit Your Studies Around Your Current Lifestyle?

You might have stars in your eyes at the moment, dreaming about how you’re going to make this work. You might convince yourself that you’re going to be able to fit it all in, but you really need to make sure that you’re not going to be overwhelmed. One way of doing this is by looking at your calendar and then blocking out your time; figuring out how much time you’ll have for the rest of your responsibilities when you’ve taken this into account.

Thought of any other questions that may come in handy for those who are contemplating on going back to study? Share them in the comments section below!

If one of your goals in 2018 is to change your life by finally starting that new business venture, you’re going to have to get serious. Here are six basic steps you will need to take to get your business off the ground and start living the life of your dreams:

1. Set Your Mind and Do Your Research

First of all, you’re going to need to really narrow down exactly what it is you want to do. Whether it’s starting your own travel business, selling designer fashion apparels or becoming a professional blogger; you’re going to want to start researching every aspect of the industry, its strengths and weaknesses, and what you will need to do to give yourself the best possible chance of success.

2. Draw Up a Business Plan

You can’t just apply for a business loan and expect to get one if you haven’t crunched the numbers and created a detailed business plan that takes into account all eventualities that could come up in the course of your business. Most lenders will want to see a business plan that covers 5-10 years into the future, so this won’t be easy, but it is essential.

3. Secure Financing

Once you have your business plan, it’s time to start seeking that much-needed finance. It’s always worth trying the banks first, but if you strike out with them, don’t worry because there are many other avenues that could prove more fruitful, from crowdfunding to angel investors. The key is to not give up at the first hurdle – keep going until you convince someone that your idea is worth investing in!

4. Make it Official

If you have secured the funds you need, and you’re ready to start trading, make it official! How you do this will depend wholly on where you are operating from, but a good corporate lawyer will be able to tell you what you need to do to incorporate your business and start trading wherever you are. Yes, they are expensive, but if you want your business to be set up right from the start, it’s money well spent.

5. Trademark Your Business

Once that’s all sorted, you may want to consider trademarking various aspects of your business so that they cannot be copied or stolen by other people. Even if you aren’t selling unique products, it is probably a good idea to trademark your business name if you want to ensure that other companies can’t piggyback off it and possibly bring your company into disrepute by association.

6. Work Hard

Now, the hard work really begins. It’s rare for a new business not to struggle in those first few years, but you need to stick with it, keep working hard and never stop striving if you want your company to be one of the few that are still around in 5 years’ time.

So many people with great business ideas never do anything about it and many of those who do give up way too soon. Don’t be one of them, take these simple steps to get your business off the ground and be the success you know you can be!

Whenever you make a commercial investment, you need to make sure that you take your time and not rush into any decision without doing your due diligence. It is up to buyers and investors to ensure that the acquisition they are pursuing is of good value and more importantly, that everything is done above board legally. There are a number of parts to this process, many of which will be undertaken by a property surveyor.

Here are five ways in which a property surveyor will help you to ensure that the deal you are making is the best that it can be.

1. Value the Asset

The primary function of a property surveyor is to evaluate the asset in question. This involves them making an assessment and, according to a number of different criteria, deciding what the current market value of the asset is. There are many factors involved in the evaluation, as such, it requires the careful eye of an experienced professional in order to arrive at an accurate valuation.

For an inexperienced individual, it would be far too easy to be led astray by incorrect information supplied by the current owner. This isn’t necessarily done to deceive you as an act of deliberate malice; it may simply be that the current owner is unaware or incorrectly informed as to the applicable regulations. In any case, you will need someone on hand who can evaluate and weigh up all the information put before them and arrive at a reasonable and dependable conclusion.

2. Estimate Costs

As part of determining the current value of the asset, a property surveyor will also be in a position to conduct a thorough assessment. From this, they can determine both the short-term and long-term costs that will be required in order to bring the property up to code. Many properties also have a number of ongoing costs associated with them which can be a nasty surprise if you don’t know about them beforehand. In fact, they can turn an affordable property into an unaffordable one and this can create serious problems. A property surveyor will give you peace of mind and allow you to plan your budget properly and accurately.

3. Offer Construction Guidance

A property surveyor will be able to tell you exactly what construction, if any, will be required on the property before it can be used for its intended purpose. If any renovations, upgrades, or other additions will be required; then the property surveyor can lay these out for you and give you an estimate of the cost. This will help you to avoid any legal disputes further down the line. You can find experienced urban surveying specialists here.

4. Avoid Disputes

There is nothing more devastating for a property investor than acquiring a new asset only to be inundated with lawsuits and other legal disputes because the asset in question is not up to code. Both civil litigation, and the more serious matters of criminal negligence, can end up being very costly for a property owner. A surveyor will be able to reassure you that there are no grounds for anyone to pursue such claims against you.

Before you purchase any commercial property, you should engage the services of a property surveyor. This will help you to dodge any unpleasant surprises further down the line which could have serious repercussions for your finances.

Got any other questions? Engage an experienced urban surveying specialist here!