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I was told by an HVAC company that we needed to install an ERV ventilation system in our home to maintain good air quality. What is wrong with my air quality and why do we need an ERV system? — Walt and Kathy, Prescott

By Sandy Griffis November 25, 2021
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Oh my gosh — what a week it has been for phone calls — all I can say is CONTRACT CONTRACT CONTRACT DETAILS, DETAILS, DETAILS and DO NOT BE INTIMITATED!

By Sandy Griffis November 18, 2021
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The Thanksgiving holiday, above all others, brings to my mind so many different thoughts. What is this holiday going to look like? In Thanksgivings past, I so remember the feast, the football, the family, the friends, and our faith.

By Sandy Griffis November 11, 2021
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We have an asphalt driveway that seems to be losing is “luster.” The home is 12 years old, what can we do to put a “new face” on the driveway — we live in Williamson Valley.

By Sandy Griffis November 4, 2021
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The “cartoon” in The Daily Courier newspaper on Oct. 27 was certainly written with bad taste and a complete lack of understanding of the labor shortage that we are experiencing as a country, community, and industry.

By Sandy Griffis November 2, 2021
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Energy efficiency — how many times have we talked about those words? We have discovered along the way and have come to the inescapable conclusion there’s so much more to making homes better than just saving energy.

By Sandy Griffis October 28, 2021
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What type of HVAC air filter should we purchase? How often should we change out filters? We have just relocated to Yavapai County from Idaho, and we did not have a furnace or air conditioner. We visited a local hardware store, to look at filters and there are so many filters to select. Help.

By Sandy Griffis October 21, 2021
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YCCA has been receiving numerous phone calls asking about the amounts of deposits requested in construction and remodeling contracts. While there are no statutes or contractor regulations that deal with deposits, there are several things of which the homeowner should be aware.

By Sandy Griffis October 14, 2021
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Yes, as you start to read my column this morning, between sips of coffee or green tea, I am just saying it out loud, working in the construction industry this past year and one-half has been an endless battle between pleasing the client and facing so many external challenges, and I know I am speaking on behalf of every contractor and supplier on the planet.

By Sandy Griffis October 7, 2021
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Attempting something new this week and have asked Tim and Jackie Santos, owners and interior designers at Prescott Interior Design Group, to join me. Read on as Tim and Jackie help us to better navigate the somewhat daunting task of choosing and using colors in our homes.

By Sandy Griffis September 30, 2021
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As I was cleaning the kitchen floor last weekend, and looking at the grout it made me ask myself a question — what is grout?

By Sandy Griffis September 23, 2021
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We are building a new home in Prescott Valley, and we would like advice on modular cabinets vs. custom kitchen cabinets. — Kathy & Lewis, Prescott Valley

By Sandy Griffis September 16, 2021
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There is an ongoing funny within the industry that when an industry partner calls, I always say “hi how is my favorite landscaper,” or my favorite builder, or my favorite road guy or my favorite painter, etc.

By Sandy Griffis September 9, 2021
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With all the wet weather we have had, just wait until that “white chalky” substance will start to be seen on many of the area’s masonry walls and on homes throughout neighborhoods. So here is a little educational lesson on Efflorescence.

By Sandy Griffis September 2, 2021
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Our column today is all about Did You Know?

By Sandy Griffis August 26, 2021
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This week it is all about WATER! The most important water conservation device is you. Below are some helpful tips — on how easy it is to conserve water.

By Sandy Griffis August 19, 2021
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It is time for new countertops in our home. We have no idea where to start. Looking for advice. — Leah and Ed, Cottonwood, AZ.

By Sandy Griffis August 12, 2021
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Hi YCCA. We just relocated to Yavapai County from Minnesota and need to remodel our home. Finding a contractor is like looking for a needle in a haystack, as they say. What are your thoughts? — Lucy and Ed

By Sandy Griffis August 5, 2021
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The monsoons have brought hundreds of phone calls and, I kid you not – hundreds! I am going to sound like a broken record, let me repeat, and let me refer to what seems like my constant and probably annoying repetition of this statement: Do not start work or hand over any money without an executed and agreed upon contract!

By Sandy Griffis July 29, 2021
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Hi readers and column supporters. For all of you that travel on Highway 69 through Prescott Valley, through the intersection of Navajo and/or Robert Road — what have you noticed new on the signal lights?

By Sandy Griffis July 22, 2021
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To the readers of my column — thank you for your sweet comments, for your suggestions and sending in your questions and, most of all, being loyal readers.

By Sandy Griffis July 15, 2021
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There is probably not another scam artist attraction that homeowners fall victim to more than a roofing disaster. With the hailstorm that occurred in the Prescott area on Sunday, July 11, it is very easy for fraudulent roofing companies to prey on unsuspecting homeowners.

By Sandy Griffis July 12, 2021
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Friends, it has been a week of laughter, smiles, hugs, and tears. Attending emotional events for two wonderful human beings that contributed so much to our community and are and always will be a legend forever.

By Sandy Griffis July 8, 2021
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Considering the unyielding rains and heavy winds associated with the Arizona monsoon season, it is no wonder homeowners experience roof leaks and shingle damage.

By Sandy Griffis June 29, 2021
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Due to this hot daytime weather we are having, the cool evenings and not wanting to wear out our air conditioning (A/C) system, we are concerned about indoor air quality. We are thinking about installing a whole house fan system. What are your thoughts?

By Sandy Griffis June 24, 2021
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Over the past three weeks I have met with several homeowners to review their “bids” for services such as painting, roofing, HVAC and even a new home build. As a gentle reminder, it is not always price that you should be concerned with in reviewing your estimates.

By Sandy Griffis June 17, 2021
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From the grape vine, we expect the hot lumber market to persist, keeping both prices and volatility elevated. The cycle that we are in is here for the foreseeable future.

By Sandy Griffis June 10, 2021
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Monsoon season – love it or hate it – it’s here. Now is the time to prepare. Here are a few tips to get your home ready for the rain, wind, dust and hail that will be headed our way soon.

By Sandy Griffis June 3, 2021
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Was it a breeze? Was it a gale? Was it a squall? One thing for sure there were gusts of wind!

By Sandy Griffis May 27, 2021
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Yes, we know that the construction industry is as busy and as hectic as ever.

By Sandy Griffis May 20, 2021
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I did it! I finally did it! I bought a Rembrandt.

By Sandy Griffis May 13, 2021
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“This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.” I woke up this morning with that song in my head. I wondered where the song originated from and thank goodness to Google, I learned that the song “This Little Light of Mine” was a freedom song and was the spiritual anthem of the Civil Rights Movement in the 60’s. I am certain as they joined their voices, their lights together became that much brighter.

By Sandy Griffis May 6, 2021
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We are all so familiar that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought economic uncertainty to many individuals, families and businesses, both locally and around the world.

By Sandy Griffis April 29, 2021
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Darn COVID-19. Darn EverGreen, the 200,000-ton container ship that was stuck in the Suez Canal halting traffic in one of the world’s key waterways.

By Sandy Griffis April 22, 2021
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Hi my lovely readers. Hope you all are happy, healthy and enjoying the sunshine.

By Sandy Griffis April 15, 2021
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Indeed, I do love my readers. I just want you to all know how I enjoy and appreciate hearing from you via phone calls, emails and lovely notes.

By Sandy Griffis April 8, 2021
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Never in a million years, not at any point and under absolutely no circumstances whatsoever did I think that my self-cleaning oven button column would have created so many responses and comments.

By Sandy Griffis April 1, 2021
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As a follow-up to my article and experience with the self-cleaning button on my oven, I received two emails and a phone call from self-cleaning oven users.

By Sandy Griffis March 25, 2021
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The one phone call that never stops is “I have a foundation issue.” “My home is settling.” “I have cracks along my ceiling and walls.” “My doors won’t close.”

By Sandy Griffis March 18, 2021
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I did it! First time ever! A self-cleaning oven in all of my years has never been an integral part of my culinary lifestyle, but then again, I never had a self-cleaning oven until 15 years ago, and this past weekend was the first time I pressed the self-clean button.

By Sandy Griffis March 11, 2021
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Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy! I am sure many of you are already aware of this, but the housing market is undergoing a major facelift.

By Sandy Griffis March 4, 2021
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Readers of our column know me all too well, and that it is my belief that there is much to love about the construction industry.

By Sandy Griffis February 25, 2021
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As they say, window condensation can be a real pain in the glass!

By Sandy Griffis February 18, 2021
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You have decided to remodel the shower and bathroom in the master bedroom of your recently purchased 12-year-old home.

By Sandy Griffis February 11, 2021
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Hi Sandy. It would be wonderful if you would address windows and installers in an article in the paper.

By Sandy Griffis February 4, 2021
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Our recent snow fall gripped our area with bone-chilling cold and snow, so much snow.

By Sandy Griffis January 28, 2021
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We are all attempting to social-distance due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Sandy Griffis January 21, 2021
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Did you know that a fire department in the U.S. responds to a fire every 24 seconds?

By Sandy Griffis January 14, 2021
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Our brief episode of moisture caused my phone to ring with roof-leak calls.

By Sandy Griffis January 7, 2021
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Not a week goes by that I do not receive calls asking what the square-foot price is to build a home.

By Sandy Griffis December 31, 2020

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