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Cottage Rental Safety Series. Packing the Car

By Andrew John Cocks | Cottage Rentals Muskoka 2011

Cottage Rental Safety Series. Packing the Car

Before setting out on our cottage rental vacation you should make sure the vehicle is ready for the trip. Check air pressure and fluid levels and top up as needed. You don’t want to have car problems on your trip. Properly packing our vehicles will greatly reduce your chances of having issues while travelling. There are variables involved when considering how you are going to pack all of your goods for your vacation. Number of family members, type of vehicle, trailers and the amount of “stuff” required for the vacation will determine how the vehicles need to be packed, plan ahead, and don’t leave everything until the last minute, or you will probably be forgetting something important.

Most families have 2 kids and a minivan. Removing the rear seats or lowering them into the floor should be enough room to pack all your needs for your camping trip.

Start by putting your cooler in first and heavier totes or flat luggage in second. This will put the majority of your weight where it should be, on the rear axles of your car. As you pack your gear on  top of the coolers and totes, be sure to secure it so that it will not move during transport, or slide over top of the rear seats. Try to pack the load so that when you have completely loaded the van the load will be level. This will help reduce the movement while travelling and prevent a slide of gear out the back door as it opens when you have reached your destination. Make sure that the weight of your gear is evenly distributed on both sides of the vehicle. Too much weight on one side of the vehicle causes excess wear on tires, brakes and could cause a tip over. And remember, the more time at the front end, will afford you less headaches on the road to cottage country and your cottage rental.

Not all families have two kids, some have more. The more members of the family there are, the greater the difficulty in packing the car. Even if you own an SUV or a Van, there isn’t enough room for all the family and gear. There are a couple options for those in that situation. A small trailer is an option for those who have the capability of towing. There may be an extra cost to rent, but the extra cost saves on over packing a vehicle and putting a safety risk on the family in the event of an accident. If you are using a trailer, be sure to pack the heavier gear towards the front (nose) of the trailer. This will reduce the chances of more fragile gear from being crushed against the front of the trailer from braking. Another option is to consider packing fewer groceries and doing it midweek during your cottage rental from a local grocer up north.

Finally, the route and time of departure are key things to consider before heading out. Travelling during peak hours, will only add time and stress to the cottage rental experience. If you are travelling during peak hours, try to find a route that may take a little longer, but will take away the redundancy of stop and go traffic. Also, make sure that the kids have several things to keep them occupied during travel. “Are we there yet?” is a question we don’t want to answer fifty times in a two hour trip. DVD players, games, iPods for music, and coloring books are great ways to keep the kids from boredom.  Try travelling at the crack of dawn so they may end up sleeping part of the way.

Taking the time to pack your vehicle properly will only add to the cottage rental experience in a safe and positive way. We deal with enough stress throughout the year and we do not want any on our cottage rental week.  The safe drive is the best way to arrive.

Articles writer for vacation rental site CottageMe.com that advertises vacation rental properties – cottages, condos, vacation rental homes, villas, cabins and B&B from Owners and Management companies. They offers the ultimate variety in cottage rental and vacation home rentals from Canada, USA, Mexico and Caribbean. These areas include the popular Collingwood, Muskoka, Haliburton, Kawartha, Northern Ontario, Laurentides, Mont Tremblant, Florida, Orlando regions. This site is not a broker – for inquiries on rent cottage or homes travelers need to contact directly the individual owners or managers either by phone or by email. Web site’s goal is to help you find the best vacation place to meet your demanding needs completely free.

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Safety Tips for Real Estate Agents

By Andrew John Cocks | Looking For Real Estate Agent

Looking For Real Estate Agent
by dbking

Safety Tips for Real Estate Agents

Article by LDS Agents

Whether young or old, male or female, every day you put yourself at risk just doing your job. This article isn?t meant to frighten but rather to inform. Accidents happen, it is a fact of life. And just as often, things much more dangerous can happen. Here are a few tips to keep you safe, aware and reduce your risk of becoming a victim.1. Cell phone ? The very bread and butter of your real estate business. A cell phone can also be your greatest asset when it comes to an emergency. Having your cell programmed with a few emergency numbers in your speed dial could very well save your life. Which numbers should be in your speed dial? 911 of course ? you?d think that would be a no brainer, but very few people think to include it in their cell phone. Your office number so if there is a problem you can speak with a live person to get help.Your emergency contact ? police/rescue/EMT?s often look for an emergency contact in a person?s phone, but having it listed as ?Joe? or ?Sally? won?t tell them anything. Even if it means adding a duplicate entry have an contact in your phone labeled Emergency Contact then list the name, relationship, home, office and mobile phone numbers and an address.2. Keep your cell phone on your person. It won?t do any you good if you fall in the bathroom in the house you?re holding open, if the phone is tucked safely into a kitchen cabinet or in your car. Keep it close at hand, on your belt, in a pocket or on a lanyard around your neck.3. Trust your gut instincts. If you don?t feel comfortable escorting a unknown person into the basement of a vacant home. Don?t do it. Let him go by himself, simply saying feel free to tour the home, I?ll answer questions when you?re done ? then take a stroll outside ? talk to a neighbor, call your office or spouse- let someone know your discomfort and make sure someone knows where your are.4. Use the buddy system. If you are meeting someone for the first time and you?re uncomfortable or have a bad feeling either skip the meeting all together or take someone with you, a friend from the office, your spouse, etc.5. Don?t look like a victim. Be aware of your surroundings at all times. Pay attention to what is going on around you. Look people in the eye when you meet them. Carry your keys threaded through your fingers (like brass knuckles). Stand up straight, don?t hunch down, or look at the ground when around strangers. Look people in the eye, if you are looking at a person in stead of the ground, it is much more likely that you could give a full description of that person to the police.6. Use common sense. Stay out of questionable neighborhoods after dark. Keep your gas tank filled. Keep jewelry to a minimum. Don?t flash wads of cash around. If you use an MP3 player, make sure the volume is set so you can hear someone coming up behind you. Let someone know where you?re going and when you are expected back. Keep your risk taking to investment, don?t risk your safety.These are just a few of the ways to keep yourself safe on the job and off. Every year real estate agents fall victim to foul play at the hands of someone looking at houses. Don?t become a statistic. Ask your broker about your office safety policy. Most of all be aware, be prepared, and be safe.R.E.L.D. ?6 Safety Tips for Real Estate Agents.? February 2011http://realestatelicensedirect.com/6-safety-tips-for-real-estate-agents/

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