Patterns, Logistics, and Industry

Bendigo Pattern Makers – Official News Centre

Welcome to Bendigo Pattern Maker’s official news centre! So much is going on in the logistics and freight industry that we thought we would trial a blog of sorts instead of cluttering up our main Bendigo business sites.

This is our first article and we wanted to use it to give our readers some kind of orientation of sorts so that they can easily navigate our news centre.

For starters, you will notice that there isn’t much by way of design, banners, or pictures. This is because we want to focus on a minimalist approach so that more attention can be given to the content which we plan to post on this site. You will see that we have categorised our site into a few different areas, namely Logisitics, Industry, Patters, and of course our general News Centre. You can see links to these categories at the top of this page.

Next, if you look at our sidebar to the right, you will see that we have posted social share links. If you see something you like, please feel free to share it! The more exposure we can generate on our blog the more inclined we’ll be to keep updating it. With out industry knowledge and experience, much insight can be achieved by reading our articles. So keep the sharing going!

In the sidebar you will also see videos, a calendar, a search box and a recommended Facebook and Twitter page which will give you further industry updates. One of the highlights in the side bar is the RSS feed which comes from another respected source in the logistics industry.

We hope you enjoy the information we share here and support us in sharing more. A month or so may go by between posts, but you can be sure when we do post, it will be worth reading. In the meantime, if you have any questions or queries, feel free to contact our PR representative Ms. Amelie Resch as she is the one who can handle most of your issues. Her contact details can be found on our contact page.

Is Now The Right Time To Do A Home Renovation?

Unless you have just moved into a brand new, custom-built home, you’ve probably thought about doing a little renovation on your home. Over time, a home’s appointments tend to become less perfect as families shift and change. However, put the brakes on a renovation until you have thought about these three things: Can you afford the work? Is the time right? And, do you have the time to deal with having your home in an uproar during the renovation?

Can You Afford To Renovate?

According to Jay from The 2 Men Property Services there are options for raising the capital for a renovation if you don’t have all of the cash required on hand. If you have equity in your home and you expect the renovation to raise the value of your home, getting a loan can be a very smart idea. However, before you start picking out crown moldings, spend some time running the numbers. Sticking to a budget isn’t easy but absolutely necessary or you could blow out your expenditure

Even if you really want to redo your home, you should not until you have a solid plan in place to pay for the job. Otherwise, you run the risk of running out of cash part way through the home renovation, and that is not a good thing. Move forward once you have a clear renovation plan, money budgeted for the essentials, and a contingency fund in case things go south.

It It The Right Time To Renovate?

Before you renovate, you have to ask yourself some hard questions about your future plans and know what state regulations allow. Will you be in the home long enough to enjoy the work if the renovation doesn’t add value to your home? What does the housing market in your area look like? And, will the renovation fit into your personal plans for the next few months?

In addition to those considerations, you should consider the seasonal nature of renovation work. The warm weather months are the busiest times for building contractors. If funds are tight, the right time to do your home renovation might be during the off-season. Contractors often dramatically drop their rates to keep the funds flowing into their business.

Do You Have The Time To Deal With A Home Renovation?

One thing is certain. During a home renovation, your life will be devoted to dealing with all the problems that arise with it. Even when the job is well planned, you will be living in the midst of chaos until it is complete. Conditions like these tend to eat up your time.

On the other hand, there is never a perfect time to turn your home upside down, so keep a realistic point of view. If you think you can deal with the upheaval, and you don’t have pressing emergencies, you should consider taking the plunge and getting the work done.

So, keep putting those Pinterest boards together, sit down with a contractor, and get the ball rolling if you’ve answered these questions truthfully and still want to redo your home. You’ll wonder why you every decided to do it when you are in the middle of it, but will love the fact that you did as soon as it is complete.

Timber Floor Refinishing – Not For The Amateur

timber ready for processing

If you have hardwood timber floor or timber floors, the time will come when you need to get them refinished. Before you hire a contractor to redo your hardwood floors, it is good to know a bit about timber floor refinishing.  Always get at least three quotes from contractors, complete with exactly how they plan to perform the floor sanding and polishing on your timber floor. Different contractors may have different techniques and provide a range of clean up, so it is important to know how the project will be done before you hire someone to work on your hardwood flooring. Here are a few issues you should be aware of:

Floor Sanding Is Dusty

Even if the contractor says that they will use dustless flooring, you will still have dust.  Advances in technology have drastically reduced the amount of dust created during floor sanding, but you will still have dust.

There Is No Need For A Maintenance Plan

Some contractors will try and sell you a long-term maintenance or follow-up plan which provides for refinishing or recoating your timber floors every few years.  There is really no need to enter into this type of agreement. If your floors are sanded and polished correctly, the finish will last for many years. There is no need for a contractor to perform maintenance on them to keep them looking good. In fact, you should only have to do floor sanding or floor polishing every 10 to 20 years.

The Type of Timber Flooring Will Determine How Long It Lasts.

Some types of wood flooring are simply more durable than others.  One way to get the most out of your timber flooring is to ensure the contractor applies the right amount of coats. They should also allow sufficient drying time between coats and always buffs the flooring between coats. They should also not combine the wrong finishes and staining  

The Right Stains And Finishes Will Make Your Floors Last Longer

One of the most common mistakes made by contractors and do-it-yourselfers alike is applying water-based finishes over oil-based stains and the two not being compatible. The stain must also be allowed to completely dry – at least 24 hours – before the finish is applied. If the stain is not completely dry or the stain and finish are not compatible, your finish will peel off and you will find yourself having to do the floor sanding and floor polishing again.

Floor Sanding Is Not For Cowards

One of the best reasons to hire a contractor to professionally sand and finish your timber floors is that floor sanding can be dangerous. If it is not done correctly, it is possible to create sparks and set fire to your home.  It is critically important that you, if you are doing the floor sanding and polishing yourself, or your contractor uses a properly connected sander.  It is also very important that all sanding tool bags are emptied periodically and properly disposed of.  There should be absolutely no smoking anywhere around the floor project. It is also a good idea to turn off the water heater pilot during the project.

Timber floor refinishing is a big project and it is a good idea to hire a professional to complete the job.  Now that you know the facts, you can ask the right questions before you hire a contractor.

A Simple Lesson Learned From Window Cleaning – Of All Things!

As you all know, Bendigo Patter Maker’s are closely related to the logistics industry. We collaborate with thousands of shipping companies and tens of thousands of shipments each year. As you can imagine, the cost of doing business at this level is quite significant and we are always looking for ways to improve our business image and cut costs at the same time.

Our head offices needed some sprucing up. So we had an interior decorator come in a start moving things around. It didn’t take long for things to start looking much fresher. However, we quickly realized that there was a major part of our offices that the interior decorator couldn’t fix for us – the windows. Now cleaning windows would normally be a challenge – but it is for us since we are on the 38th floor!

So we started searching for qualified window cleaners in the Perth area. Not just qualified as in certificates etc, but ones that had a proven record for cleaning high-rise windows safely and effectively. Their methods and equipment also had to meet with government approval. Doesn’t sound like much to ask, but in our beautiful city of Perth, it wasn’t easy! We ended up going with company called CCC.

They did a great job needless to say. And we are happy with the work. What really impressed us was that they were able to work around our busy office and the cost at the end of it all was very reasonable. We are now using them as our contracted window cleaners.

Having an attractive office both inside and out has helped improve our work, efficiency and effectiveness. Our dedicated team of Patter Making professionals appreciated the money we invested in getting things organized. Yes, it did add to our running expenses for the month, but we have already earned double that back in staff moral and productivity.

You might think this isn’t worth making an article about, but we thought it is. While so many businesses are focusing on new methods and markets, we wanted to bring something simple to the table and remind you all of how going back to basics can actually improve things faster than trying to re-invent the wheel!

As a token of appreciation for our window cleaners, we said that we would put up a short video for them which explains what they do.