So here was my week: 93 e-mails, 64 phone calls from community citizens from Prescott to Prescott Valley to Camp Verde, American Ranch, Cornville and Black Canyon City, four Zoom meetings, ...
The sweltering, baking, roasting and blistering hot weather sure did bring out the calls for air conditioning (AC) service repairs.
This past week was five days of calls for window condensation. We know that window condensation can be a real pain in the glass!
First of all, I hope that all of you reading this are healthy, your family is healthy and you have a positive outlook. We all know of people who have been affected by COVID-19 and have health issues, we all know of people who have lost their loved ones. Please stay positive.
With the toilet paper panic and shortage that was created by COVID-19, I recently asked Bill Gagnon of the AZ Super Plumber, formerly The Plumbing Store, to talk about a somewhat sensitive subject- bidets.
Such an unknown that my beloved construction industry is facing. One of the largest ramifications that the industry is facing right now due to COVID-19 is delivery of materials. My phone has been ringing off the hook, as they say, with callers expressing concerns over the delay in their project start.
Our neighbor was recently hoodwinked out of $1,500 from a unlicensed contractor — they took the cash and ran. In order to possible help others in our community, will you please share what to watch for when hiring a contractor.
We asked our contractor to make a change during construction in our new home. At the end of the project, we were given a change order for an amount that we were a little taken aback by. Do we have to pay this amount? Ed and Susie, Cottonwood, Arizona.
Driving home the other evening, reaching closer to my driveway, I noticed what I thought was a wayward haboob monsoon dust cloud that had lost its way.
A few weeks back we had a column on pavers and here is the follow-up: Should pavers be sealed? “Do I need to seal my pavers?” The short answer is yes.
We recently purchased a home and love everything about it with the exception of our master closet. Sandy, just like you I love shoes and need additional space design for wardrobe handling.
Just as our local businesses, jurisdictional offices, airplanes, hotels, health clinics, restaurants, grocery stores, have all made modifications to halt, the “germ” I am finding out that homeowners are desiring to improve the indoor air quality in their homes, which is becoming an indispensable obligation during pandemic times.
Sandy: We recently purchased a gently used home and want to remove the concrete driveway, sidewalks and patio and install pavers. Our biggest quandary is whether or not we should install a paver fire pit in the patio area. What are your thoughts? Nancy and Todd, Cottonwood.
Sandy: We are looking for new countertops and last week on your radio show, we heard the term ‘ultra compact surfaces. What is the difference between ultra compact surface material and solid surface countertop material? Joy and Ed, Prescott.
Sandy: We recently moved to Prescott from Iowa. What are those gorgeous cages with rocks by the Yavapai College entrance? Sal and Judy, Prescott.
Dear Homeowners, please do your homework when purchasing an older resale home that possibly has had an addition, sunroom added or garage addition, deck addition, etc.
Question: Realizing that you are in the construction industry, maybe you have thoughts in the vegetable planting industry that could get us started.
As a word of caution because of the business challenges that occurring, if a contractor asking for half or more than half of the project cost up front, this is a big red flag.
From inception, 64 years ago, Yavapai County Contractors Association has cultivated a culture of hard-working, honest, effervescent and vital industry professionals who in my heart and soul are way above average who have sourced the best and highest team of professionals and staff to manage their projects and most importantly to communicate openly and honestly with their clients and our community.
These trying times are going to tempt many homeowners to flush everything down the toilet, both literally and metaphorically, but that’s not a good reason to draw disinfecting wipes or anything that says “flushable” into the madness.
As many of you know, our homes are turning into smart homes or maybe we are turning into smart people.
There is plenty going on in the housing and construction industry, that is for sure.
The weather is improving and the painting calls are coming in by the gazillions. Here are a few from this week.
“We want to make improvements to our 20-year-old home. And you have said in the past that not all home-improvement projects are created equal. What will give us the most ‘bang for our buck,’ as they say, when we go to sell?”
A few years ago, I read an article about porcelain pavers.
Aging — something that happens to all of us — is creeping into our homes.
The “rash” of phone calls continues from homeowners that have purchased materials/products primarily online and are calling for referrals to contractors to perform installation of these materials and/or products.
I am back to singing in the shower. Shower update: Your emails and phone calls about the shower cleaning episode, event and experience brought many smiles to my face.
It is not spring time; whatever possessed me to think it was a great idea to clean the shower?
OK readers — it happened again this week. Two calls from homeowners asking for help.
With all of the wet weather we have had, I have noticed that the “white chalky” substance on many of the area’s masonry walls and on homes throughout neighborhoods has suddenly appeared.
I stood at my bathroom sink the other day and looked up at the lighting.
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, and for our own community of families and friends.
Those pesky “after-the-fact” situations that arise in construction.
It happened. Five emergency calls to YCCA over the Thanksgiving holiday.
We are approaching our winter weather and, from experience, our weather can take a toll on more than just our cars and our attitudes.
The Thanksgiving holiday, above all others, brings to my mind so many different thoughts.
It is going to happen sooner rather than later.
I love that homeowners seem to be on the energy conservation band wagon. Several homeowners have called this past week asking questions about “smart homes” and controlling our homes from a cell phone.
From our last column the phone has been “ringing off the hook” as they say with calls and questions about CO detectors/alarms, so much so that here is column No. 2.
Last week, a homeowner called with concerns about “white dust” particles all over their home. They would vacuum and dust and, the next day, the “white dust” particles were back.
Several calls have been coming in about carbon monoxide monitors.
Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 6 through Oct. 12.
Building a new home is the perfect time to create the kitchen of your dreams.
Mold is a popular question when considering a real estate purchase, and it is one that sends my phone ringing off the hook.
With our recent monsoons, we have seen brilliant electric discharges in the sky, and I am sure we can all agree that lightning is one of the most beautiful displays in nature.
If a sea of green is your color when it comes to landscaping, you may want to install artificial turf.
There are back! On my 6 mile walk Sunday of the Labor Day weekend, I noticed the “littles” are jumping around and believe me it never is good to see young, tiny grasshoppers hatching and jumping around.