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Things To Consider While Hiring Exterior Painters!

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Exterior paint can be called many things, but it surely gives a distinct look and character to a place. That is the main reason homeowners and contractors are obsessed with what should adorn the outer walls of their houses.

Rough estimates show that on average, people paint their houses every five to eight years. It means if you have lived in a house long enough, you might have faced the situation where you need to make the right decision regarding the painters.

In case you have not gone through this or the last experience you have had was not perfect at all, this guide is for you. In this, we are going to share significant things that you must keep in mind while hiring exterior painters for your house.

Exterior painting in Irvine is a booming business so you can find plenty of great sellers there.

Now, To The Tips For Hiring Exterior Painters.

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Portfolio & References

Companies always want to show off their best work and get positive word from their clients to get new ones. When you are interviewing prospective local painters in your area, it is best to start with their portfolio.

Ask them about their past work and what they have to showcase. When a company is established and handy as it claims to be, they gladly show off their past work. This helps them sell easier and command higher prices.

For references, it involves interacting with their former clients and getting their opinion about the work of the said company. You can ask the company directly or you can check their worth online through online business directories, such as City Local Pro. If you are lucky to nail this step, graduate to the next one.

Contract

It is exciting to find the best company for the work at hand. But you should not be carried away by this enthusiasm that you miss out on certain details. One is the contract signing.

You need to be thorough and critical in your approach to sign the contract. Make sure there is no ambiguity, no confusion about the work before signing.

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The details of the work should also be written clearly. For instance, you hired one of the residential painters in Irvine and now you are formalizing things, it is best to add the details into the contract, no matter how trivial they seem. It includes surface preparation, material to be used, etc. Also, the authentic name, address, phone number, license number, etc., of the house painting service in Irvine should be mentioned in the contract.

Cost Estimates

Pricing is the determining factor for many people when they are going to buy something or hiring a service. While interviewing the prospective exterior painting, it is best to get a written cost estimate before drafting a contract.

Think of it as hiring an employee. No one hires the first one that walks into the company. They interview and evaluate candidates before making up their mind. The same way, you should meet with multiple companies before setting your heart on one, based on how much value they add and how much they will cost you.

Getting the cost estimate in writing will allow you to compare different sellers and even compel the chosen to stick to the original estimate.

Painting Materials

Again, this is one of the things that should be observed or there is no point of taking all the necessary steps before hiring a paint contractor.

Get the details of the quality of material they use and do some research. Most of the time, companies do not skimp on using high grade materials and supplies, such as dyes, paints, brushes, etc. But you should get it out of the way just to be sure.

One of the overlooked things is caulk that is used in the preparation phase of the exterior walls. Make sure they use high quality caulk because it directly affects the longevity of the paint job by two to five years.

Goals

While discussing the details of the painting project with your prospective company, you need to be blunt and state your goals as clearly as possible.

If you are planning on selling the place after the paint job, make sure you mention that fact to the contractors so they can save money wherever it is possible.

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There is no harm in consulting the professionals for the color combination and contrasts. It is important to show your intentions about the project and then take the lead.

Deadlines

This is a tricky part of the deal. The best course for a consumer is to state the deadlines in their goals, based on the time they have.

This allows the company to get the things in motion and start as soon as possible to finish at the latest. Rushing the job halfway through will affect your project badly so set the deadlines beforehand.

While dealing with the details, it will help to guess the maturation of the project if you know the size of the crew working on your site.

Getting the cost estimate in writing will allow you to compare different sellers and even compel the chosen to stick to the original estimate.

Insurance

Painting involves a lot of moving pieces. It means things can be broken and people can be injured when a crew is working at your site. In times like these, insurance comes in handy.

When you are working out the details of the contract with your painting company, make sure you get a clear look on their insurance papers.

A company has premium insurance and employee coverage in order to be qualified for the job. So, if something happens, you will not be bothered with the cost of damages or injuries.

Finding the perfect painting company for the exterior of your house is not that hard. There are many professional companies that check all the boxes and some more. All you need to do is do some research and hire the best one in your area. Visit “The Odyssey News” for more.

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FIA inquiry: MNA withdraws case against ‘business partner’

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KARACHI: Pakistan Peoples Party MNA Dr. Mehreen Bhutto has finally struck a compromise with a businessman after a falling out during which the MNA registered a fraud case against the latter for fraudulently declaring her partner in a business venture. The MNA is already facing FIA inquiry into assets beyond means.

According to the official documents (available with The News) PPP parliamentarian Dr. Mehreen Bhutto along with her three brothers is facing an inquiry from the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) about accumulating wealth beyond known sources of income that included partnering with a travel agency. Bhutto had lodged a fraud case against her business partner, his spouse and other family members.

MNA Mehreen Bhutto lodged an FIR at Clifton Police Station, Karachi, on August 4, 2022, against her business partner Asadullah Shaikh, his wife and other directors of M/s AAA Travels for enlisting her as one of the directors of the business without her knowledge and consent and blamed them for misusing her CNIC, passport and other documents. Bhutto in her FIR quoted a news story published in ‘The News’ on August 4, 2022, to claim that she came to know through a news report that she was a director at AAA Travels and claimed it was all done without her explicit knowledge. She also claimed that she neither signed any document nor received any benefits from the company.

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The case was sent to the Court of Civil Judge and Judicial Magistrate-V, Karachi South, Mazhar Ali for trial, where after some hearings the judge accepted the compromise application filed by MNA Bhutto by informing the court that a compromise has taken place with her ‘rival’ group. During the pendency of the trial, the accused Asadullah Shaikh told the court that the case against him and his family was fake and was registered using her political influence. He told the court that MNA Bhutto was a willful partner who regularly received monetary benefits but disassociated herself from the business when the FIA started an inquiry against her. The court approved the settlement on Tuesday, November 15, 2022.

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The FIA initiated the inquiry in 2019 against the PPP MNA when in 2014, a complaint was filed against MNA Mehreen Bhutto and his three brothers alleging mega corruption. During that period, despite many notices served under Section 160 of the Criminal Procedure Code (Cr.PC) MNA Bhutto did not appear before FIA, Sindh, Zone-II. Following the application of out-of-court settlement in October, MNA Bhutto and her three brothers appeared before the enquiry officer FIA-Sindh Zone-II and recorded their statements.

This reporter approached MNA Bhutto and her business partner Asad Shaikh for their versions, called at their cell numbers, and then sent them detailed text messages at their WhatsApp number but till the filling of this news story, both avoided responding.

 

 

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IMC raises Toyota vehicle prices

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KARACHI: Despite the low cost of import on account of the rupee’s recovery against the dollar in the last one and a half months, Indus Motor Company (IMC) has increased prices by Rs190,000-700,000.

In the last week of September, one dollar was trading at Rs240 but it plunged to Rs214-215 after Ishaq Dar was made finance minister.

IMC, in its letter to the authorized dealers, said the vendor cost of production has significantly soared due to economic uncertainties and inflation in the raw material cost. In addition, uncertainty in currency fluctuation, and increase in utilities and other overheads have also impacted the cost of manufacturing.

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The new price of Toyota Corolla 1.6 CVT and 1.6 CVT U/S is Rs4.979 million and Rs4.789mn, up by Rs190,000 and Rs200,000, respectively.

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Hilux 4×2 standard, U/S, Deckless, 1.2TR, 4×4, and III Standard now carry a price of Rs5.959m, Rs5.989m, Rs5.529m, Rs5.739m, Rs7.879m and Rs9.069m, showing a jump of Rs400,000-620,000.

Published in theodysseynews, November 19th, 2022

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Wood, timber import: certain conditions suspended

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ISLAMABAD: The government has suspended import conditions for certain categories of timber and wood till March 31, 2023 on the request of All Pakistan Timber Traders Association (APTTA), sources close to Secretary Commerce told Business Recorder.

Sharing the details, sources said, the conditions for import of plant and plants materials including timber/ wood had been incorporated in Part-IV of Appendix-B, Import Policy Order (IPO) 2022 on the recommendations of Department of Plant Protection (DPP) of Ministry of National Food Security & Research.

The conditions were (i) Import Permit (IP) issued by DPP, (ii) SPS certificate issued by National Plant Protection Organization (NPPO) of the exporting country, and (iii) Plant Protection Release Order (PPRO) issued by DPP.

According to Commerce Ministry, Karachi Timber Merchant Group had approached Commerce Ministry requesting to extend the date of implementation of conditions of import permit and plant protection release order for the import of timber and wood falling under PCT Codes 44.01 to 44.09, as provided under Sr. Nos. 385 to 44O of Part-IV of Appendix-B, IPO 2022.

The sources explained that the conditions could not be met for the already arrived shipments because those consignments were supplied against contracts entered into months ago. Consequently, the Federal Government, in light of the decision of ECC of the Cabinet and its subsequent ratification by the Cabinet, suspended operation of Import Policy provisions contained in Sr. No. 386 to 44O of Part-IV, of Appendix-B, Import Policy Order 2022 from the date of issuance of IPO, 2022 to August31, 2022.

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Timber, wood: Import conditions under IPO suspended

All Pakistan Timber Traders Association had again approached the Ministry with the request to suspend the import conditions and restrictions on wood and timber in tariff classes 44.01to 44.09 for all the “Bills of Lading issued until June 30, 2023”. The APTTA argued that any decision made in haste would destroy the entire wood business sector (H.S Code 44.01 to 44.09) causing damage to a large number of industries that rely on wood as a basic raw material including the construction industry which was connected to 45 to 50 other industries.

Ministry of Commerce maintained that in order to facilitate the import of wood/ timber, it is requesting the government to direct the DPP to review the conditions for import of wood and timber and bring them in conformity with the international best practices so that the import of wood and timber was not subjected to unnecessary and cumbersome procedures.

Ministry has proposed that the date of implementation of IPO 2022 regarding import of timber and wood falling under HS Codes 4401 to 4409 (Sr. Nos. 386 to 440 of Part-IV, Appendix-B, IPO 2022) may be suspended till June 30, 2023, i.e., for the Bills of Lading issued till June 30, 2023 or formulation of the procedure by the DPP whichever is earlier.

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Ministry of National Food Security and Research (MNFS&R) supported the proposal; however, with the condition that no further exemption would be supported after June 30, 2023 and that the import condition in Import Policy Order and Plant Quarantine Act, 1976 and Plant Quarantine Rules, 2019 would be enforced in letter and spirit after 30 June, 2023. It further required that the importers of timber should be advised to plan future imports, accordingly.

The sources said the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the Cabinet recently approved the proposal of Commerce Ministry and decided that the date of implementation of IPO 2022 regarding import of timber and wood falling under HS Codes 4401 to 4409 (Sr. Nos. 386 to 440 of Part-IV, Appendix-B, IPO 2022) shall be suspended till March 31, 2023.

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