Let’s consider our good fortune and choose to be our best selves
This holiday above all others brings to mind different thoughts for all of us.
We live and work in the silhouettes and outlines of Yavapai County-sized skyscrapers known as multi-story buildings; we travel through streets lined with homes and local businesses and buildings under construction.
Materials not the only cost when it comes to hiring someone to do home repairs
A homeowner called last week with a “sharing of information” and wanted to make me aware of a quoted price for work.
Dishwasher film and spots likely due to hard water, not mechanical issue
We recently closed on a home and I cannot figure out what is going on with my dishwasher
Cleaning tips, tree trimming, Recovery Fund
My husband likes to cook and spatter the grease on the walls and appliances and countertops surrounding the stove. Do you have any cleaning hacks that might help with quick removal?
Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 8 through Oct. 14, 2017, is the longest running public health observance.
Ceiling fans help cool — and heat — home more efficiently
Since Philip Diehl’s invention of the first electric ceiling fan in 1882, ceiling fans have evolved to become the most widely used and efficient cooling systems.
Homeowners pay the price when they don’t rely on licensed help
Our neighbors recently hired an unlicensed contractor to remodel their bath. Now all I am hearing about are problems and the unlicensed guy wants all of his money and says he is going to sue.
Obtain a change order for every adjustment
This past week I met with two families with contract issues.
We are considering painting the exterior of our home and the painter wants to use a Sherwin-Williams product called Duration.
Reputable roofers aren’t usually door-to-door salesmen
We have been subject to three door-to-door salesmen trolling through our neighborhood telling us we have hail damage and they were offering their roofing repair services and offering to call our insurance agent for us.
We just moved to Cottonwood from Ohio and are thrilled with the outdoor living.
With the entire world of knowledge just a few mouse-clicks away, it has never been easier than it is right now to learn something new and unexpected every day and I expanded my learning horizon this past week when I had a conversation with a homeowner about removing large boulders from their property without equipment access.
On my 5-mile walks this past weekend I noticed the “littles” are jumping around and believe me, it never is good to see young, tiny grasshoppers hatching and jumping around.
With the recent fires and floods that occurred in our county, we have received several insurance questions.
Once a stainless steel sink is scratched, it stays scratched, so use protective rubber grids
We have a stainless steel sink and the bottom has been scratched from pots and pans. Are lower gauge stainless sinks harder than higher gauge stainless and can the scratches be removed?
Good morning. Our column last week on knowing where your property pins are, generated quite a few phone calls that uncovered encroachments from fences to garages and even a spa pad.
So, you think you know everything there is to know about the legal description of your property.
Written contract is required for all home improvement projects over $1,000
This past week there were three calls from homeowners with issues pertaining to work and guess what? There were no contracts!
With the monsoons approaching, that means standing and pooling water and that means mosquitos.
They come in various sizes and are easily installed
Our neighbors installed porcelain pavers on their patio and before we “take the leap” could you share additional information on this product.
I have heard there is a brand of Quartz countertop material called Quantra and supposedly this brand of quartz is Food Zone Certified where other companies that manufacture quartz materials are not Food Zone Certified. Are you aware of this?
Season begins in mid-June
According to WIKIPEDIA, the monsoon is traditionally defined as a seasonal reversing wind accompanied by corresponding changes in precipitation, but is now used to describe seasonal changes in atmospheric circulation and precipitation associated with the asymmetric heating of land and sea.
Cleaning walls, peeling paint, chain-link fence fix and more
Our column last week on paintbrushes drew a “million” questions on other paint topics. Well maybe not quite a million, but would you believe a gazillion or a truckload? OK, a few. Here they are:
Paint brushes come in a variety of types, sizes
We (my husband) is going to attempt a DIY project — painting the kitchen and living room of our home.
After zipping up and turning out the lights and leaving the building on the 39th annual YCCA Home and Garden Show this past weekend, I knew exactly where I was going to go with our column.
We just purchased a home and the windows are not in the best shape.
The 39th annual Yavapai County Contractors Association Home and Garden Show is COMING SOON, May 19-21 at the Prescott Valley Event Center.
Verify your contractor has a license
We are in the process of doing some upgrades in our home, and curious as to the return on investment for outdoor projects.
We are building a new home in Prescott and I say “custom cabinets” and my husband says “prefab cabinets.” We are owner builder, so please YCCA help settle our impasse.
Lock, unlock doors, turn off lights remotely
We are building a new home in Yavapai County and are considering some Smart Home technology.
We need a new air conditioning unit and would like your advice on how to select a contractor.
Versatile DEKTON good for both indoor, outdoor applications
I have heard there is a new counter top material on the market — I can’t remember the name. It “sounds like” Teaton, or Proton, or Neuron, something “ton.”
Hydrogen peroxide, baking soda work wonders in freshening home
Our readers send “household tips” and lately, I have received a bunch of remedies — so I thought it might be time to write a column on using household products for cleaning.
We are recent transplants to Prescott and the area that we moved from was a thriving megalopolis metropolis for hummingbirds, which we enjoyed immensely.
We are having a huge massive problem with pests coming into our yard; javelina, deer, woodpeckers. I am tempted to go purchase every type of sonic pest device there is. Am I wasting my money?
We have all been faced with those tough cleaning jobs and I must admit that I have mixed and matched ingredients to remove stains.
With all of the wet weather we have had, I have noticed that “white chalky” substance on many of the area’s masonry walls and on homes throughout neighborhoods.
We own a home in rural Yavapai County and were told by a solar company that approached, there is grant money available for energy items. Do you know anything about this?
We are new to Arizona and took a load of trash to the Prescott Transfer Station.
Not a week goes by that someone calls in with an “after the fact” problem.
We have all been there and “done that” as they say. Learned the hard way about what to not put down a disposal and most of the time the “hard way” comes in the middle of a Thanksgiving dinner or major celebration gathering.
My wife and I are ready to execute a contract with a local contractor for a major remodel. Please give us advice on how the contract should read and what we should put in writing to protect us.
Living in a close-knit community as they say can certainly be participating and engaging.
Our recent snowfall gripped our area with bone-chilling cold.
While I am a firm believer in the power of positive thinking, I also realize that it has been an extremely tough year for many Americans, community families and businessmen and women that hold the American dream near and dear.
We are contemplating new countertops and everywhere we go, there is a different opinion on quartz vs. granite. Help!
Help, we are experiencing a “white chalky” substance on our masonry wall and small areas on our stucco home. What is this and do we have an issue?
The Farmers’ Almanac offers predictions and forewarns of a mixed bag of wintry weather for both December and January
We recently relocated to Prescott from North Carolina and coming from the South, we truly loved our well-styled ornamented and trimmed fireplace mantel for the holiday season.