July 11, 2016

Remodeling Plans Often Work Out Best with a Customer Ready for Success

Remodeling

Before meeting with the one in charge of your project, come up with the final picture.

A contractor can normally determine how well the entire project will go based on how much the customer has planned out.

Traits Of A Good Remodeling Customer

Remodeling Contractor

It’s typical for homeowners to go over budget if they haven’t answered all of the questions regarding their Wisonsin remodel.

Below are some things we consider to be “good traits” in customers when looking at a remodel.

They don’t rule out a contracting company because they are the most expensive. The best customers appreciate what a remodeling company has to offer, and because of that, they are willing to pay a good price.

Repect – It’s important to trust that the contractor you hired will know what they need to do. Make it clear how much you are able to spend. When you are upfront about everything, it makes the process run a lot smoother. Having a real idea of what kind of budget the project will require, the contractor that you pick, will work very hard to stay on target financially.

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Your focus and clarity will help the remodel proceed in the most efficient manner.

It also helps to know that some things just are not possible due to budgetary restrictions; so be flexible. By being calm and flexible, you are only helping yourself, the contractor, and the entire project.

Understand how the whole prject is going to go.The best way to stay on time and keep everything how you want it, offer help to the professionals who are providing their services.

Your contractor will often present you with different options. When this happens, be efficiencent in order to stay on schedule, and on budget. Not everything in the renovation will go according to schedule. That’s just the nature of the beast. Be easy going with the project to make it a good experience.

Ask questions about anything that you’re unsure of.

Be a team. You and your remodeling contractor must collaborate throughout the process. Being friendly with those who are working on your home will be helpful to everyone. Trust and respect are ingredients from which every project benefits.

Westring Construction, located in Madison WI, are experts at home additions and remodeling projects of all sizes.…

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July 8, 2016

Filters Water 101

A lot of people think of one of the portable water filters that sit in the fridge when they think of filtered water. What people don’t think about, is the water bottle filter only cleans the water that you consume. The contaminants in your drinking water may also exist in your dishwasher, washing machine, shower, and even water you use to brush your teeth. Don’t you and your family deserve clean water from every faucet and fixture you use?

Installation of a mass water filter at the initial point of access of your water supply will ensure clean water throughout the home. If you don’t want any toxins in your water, this is the option.

What Makes A Water Filter Necessary In Middleton & Cross Plains

In order to ensure the safety of drinking water, the public’s water goes through a treatment system. Cleaning the water this way only takes out certain impuirities…only those that are likely to be found in the area where people will be consuming the water. You can still get impurities in your water if your pipe system has any debris come loose. Sometimes, treatment plants will use chemicals such as chlorine to clean the water. Some people are a little sensitive to the chemicals used, so that is not the best option.

By using a water filter for your homes’ water supply you are protecting against one or several contaminants. These contaminants can impact your health, skin, hair, and even your water pipes and plumbing.

Common contaminants include arsenic, which can lead to skin damage and has been linked to cancer, legionella, and an organism known to cause pneumonia. Nitrates are also commonly found in drinking water…and, of course, a good filter could fet rid of that.

A filter that handles all of your home’s water will be able to get contaminants out of the water that traditional water filtration do not. If you’re searching for a system will will handle everything, reverse osmosis filter is the one foe you. Water softener is an easy option that can help keep your pipes safe.

Professional Installation Of Your Water Filter Is Recommended

You can’t just snap your fingers, and automatically have a water filter installed. It requires water to be shut off, pipes to be dismantled and then reassembled properly for everything to work correctly. A skilled plumber will make very specific calculations prior to the start of your water filter installation. Sometimes our homes have issues that we don’t even know about, so having a plumber come in can assure you that everything is working properly.

Once the intall is done, the plumber will run their tests to make sure you water will be filtered optimally.

Plumbers Waunakee WI

At Sauk Plains, we train our plumbers to be the best on the block. Not only will our professionals install the equipment correctly, but they will also test your water to make sure it is the best equipment for the job.

We are ready to help anyone in the areas of Middleston, Waunakee, Madison, and so many more.

Contact us by email or phone and let us know how we can assist you.…

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July 7, 2016

Protect What You Will be Leaving Behind

There are several different things that will need to be discussed with your attorney when planning for the future.

Will

Your will provides specific instructions for the distribution of your assets. Your estate planning attorney can help you detail your wishes exactly so there are no questions about your intent.

In the event that you’ve got taxes that need to be paid, or you need someone to distribute your valuables, you will need to pick an executor. As hard as it is to think about, it is important to have a will if you have kids so that they will know exactly who their gaurdian is should something happen.

When someone passes, they are put into what is called probate court. Probate is nice because it keeps everything organized, but it can get pricey and take a while to get through. By speaking with your lawyer, you can come up with the best way to handle your death.

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Durable Power Of Attorney In Beloit

The power of attorney legally identifies the person you have chosen to act on your behalf and is known as your agent (or attorney-in-fact). It is typical for agents to be able to move assets around as they see fit as long as you designate them to do that.

Commonly, until you are not able to make decisions, your power of attorney will be be at play. The POA needs to be there to clean up any messes in the event that you are not able to. This document typically avoids the need to go to court to have a guardian appointed for your estate. A durable power of attorney terminates upon your death.

Health Care Power Of Attorney In Beloit

There is another power of attorney in the healthcare area that will allow someone to make decisions on your behalf in the event that you are not coherent enough to do so yourself. By having a POA of healthcare, you are making it easier for decisions to be made when they need to be.

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This is the best way to ensure that your best interests are always going to be out first.

Revocable Living Trust In Beloit

A revocable trust means that you can still manage everything while you are living. This includes when you are incapacitated, at your death and even for future generations. If you are wanting to stay away from probate when you pass, having this type of trust will do you a lot of good. A typical living trust is less expensive to create versus the cost of probate.

Estate planning will ensure that everything is organized, everyone knows their purpose, and you can rest easy knowing all of your things are well taken care of.

A net worth statement is where you should start you eststa planning. Your net worth statement should include:

Taxable accounts

Tax-deferred accounts (IRAs, annuities, retirement plans)

Life insurance investments.

If you are searching for help to get you estate planned out, go ahead and reach out to an attorney.…

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July 6, 2016

Patio Makeover

Patio pavers can make the arrival of warm spring weather in Madison WI an incredible event. Wisconsinites want to start enjoying warmer temperatures as soon as they possibly can and patio pavers can pave the way to an awesome start to summer.

Before warm weather hits, our customers tend to utilize the colder months to plan out all of the activities that can be done in the warm weather. And, in doing so, our customers also avoid the hassles of a waiting list to get the work done. Since everyone is trying to get their patio projects completed, it can take several months to have yours finished.

Installing Patio Pavers In Fall Is Healthier In Multiple Ways

Patios

If you are looking for a big change to your backyard, add pavers in the Fall.

When you do install a patio using brick and stone patio pavers in the fall, the other landscaping around the patio usually benefits. Landscaping such as planting shrubs, trees and perennials, tend to be stronger and more robust for the next growing season when planted in the fall. Plants become stronger at the base when the temperature drops.

Patio Pavers Make A Great Christmas Gift

A patio doesn’t just have to be used in the Summer.

Waiting until Spring to complete your patio may leave you dissapointed. Since we have more free time in the Fall, Proscapes often offers good deals on paver installation.

Try Out These Patio Ideas

Outdoor Fireplaces, Living Rooms, and Kitchen

Pathways for walking

Patios

Decks for Swimming Pools

Finding The Best Contractor

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It can be tricky to find the best paving contractor. With the project being at your home, it’s common for it to be hard to picture until it is complete. Contractor aren’t always as up front as they should be. This list of things is good to follow in order to find the best paving contractor.

You project should come with three year waranty. This will ensure that there is a solid foundation underneath. It is an area where corners can (and will) be cut. The shorter the warranty, the more likely the contractor is admitting they are cutting corners.

You need to make sure they use plenty of gravel underneath.

Your patio needs a solid, correctly compacted base. Rain or floods can create washouts.

Drainage – improper drainage allows settling and most likely causes patio pavers to become uneven relatively quickly, with the problem growing much larger over time.

For a solid landscape and beatiful yard, our help is necessary. Let us help you if you are located in McFarland, Cottage Grove, Middleton, and any surrounding areas.…

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July 4, 2016

Thinking About Getting a New Filter for Your Water?

A lot of people think of one of the portable water filters that sit in the fridge when they think of filtered water. This type of filter still leaves a big portion of the water you use dirty. Drinking water is not the only water that is used throughout the day. With this being the case, you are still looking at contaminents in your washing machine, your shower water, and all the other places that you use water. Don’t you and your family deserve clean water from every faucet and fixture you use?

All of your home’s water can be purified by setting up a filter where the water supply enters the home. If you don’t want any toxins in your water, this is the option.

What Makes A Water Filter Necessary In Middleton & Cross Plains

Typical water cleaning systems are in place for the water that we consume. While municipal water treatment is generally a good start, the process usually targets contaminants common to your area. There are some things that will scoot by this process, and others may come from your pipes. Sometimes, treatment plants will use chemicals such as chlorine to clean the water. Some people are a little sensitive to the chemicals used, so that is not the best option.

This extra level of purification will ensure that your hair, skin, and whole body are healthy in addition to the plumbing system in your home.

Common contaminants include arsenic, which can lead to skin damage and has been linked to cancer, legionella, and an organism known to cause pneumonia. An effective water filter can also protect against nitrates which are a risk to small children.

With a whole-home water filter, you can target specific contaminants. Reverse osmosis filter is one of the most highly regarded types of water filters available. Water softener is an easy option that can help keep your pipes safe.

Professional Installation Of Your Water Filter Is Recommended

If you’re into DIY projects, keep in mind that adding a home filtration system will not be a quick and easy project. You are looking at dismantling your pipes, turning off water, and all kinds of things to add your fliter. The plumber that you hire will think about everything that needs to be done before they do anything. Sometimes our homes have issues that we don’t even know about, so having a plumber come in can assure you that everything is working properly.

Obviously, a plumbing company will get the job done and make sure all of your equipment is working how it should.

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The pros at Sauk Plains Plumbing know what to do in every situation. We will test your water before we do anything else to make sure you get exactly the filter that you need.

We are ready to help anyone in the areas of Middleston, Waunakee, Madison, and so many more.

Call Sauk Plains Plumbing and Pumps at 608-798-2121 or email us for more information about water filter installation in Middleton WI.…

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June 30, 2016

Water Filters 101

A lot of people think of one of the portable water filters that sit in the fridge when they think of filtered water. What people don’t think about, is the water bottle filter only cleans the water that you consume. Drinking water is not the only water that is used throughout the day. With this being the case, you are still looking at contaminents in your washing machine, your shower water, and all the other places that you use water. It is important to ensure that your family has water free of contaminants no matter what room they are in.

All of your home’s water can be purified by setting up a filter where the water supply enters the home. There is no better way to make sure you’ve got nice clean water than this type of system.

What Makes A Water Filter Necessary In Middleton & Cross Plains

There is a treatment system that our drinking water goes through before we consume it. This is a good way to begin the water cleaning process, but it really is only in place to take out impurities that are commonly found in the area. Particles and organisms often remain or they can collect in the pipes along the way to your home. Sometimes, treatment plants will use chemicals such as chlorine to clean the water. Some people are a little sensitive to the chemicals used, so that is not the best option.

This extra level of purification will ensure that your hair, skin, and whole body are healthy in addition to the plumbing system in your home.

It has been found that arsenic is sometimes in the water, which can cause many health issues. Another contaminant is nitrates which are not healthy for children under a certain age.

A filter meant to clean all of your house’s water will get certain impurites out that you do not want. One of the best types of systems these days is a reverse osmosis filter. Anyone can easily add water softner to decrease the risks that your pipes have when facing water contaminants.

Professional Installation Of Your Water Filter Is Recommended

If you’re into DIY projects, keep in mind that adding a home filtration system will not be a quick and easy project. You are looking at dismantling your pipes, turning off water, and all kinds of things to add your fliter. A plumber with experience will plan ahead when you have them come install your filter. In addition, your plumber will troubleshoot your plumbing, looking for any part of your plumbing needing attention before the installation is done.

Once the intall is done, the plumber will run their tests to make sure you water will be filtered optimally.

Plumbing Waunakee WI

No matter what you need, Sauk Plains Plumbers know exactly what to do. We will test your water before we do anything else to make sure you get exactly the filter that you need.

If you’re located in Cross Plains, Black Earth, Mount Horeb, Fitchburg, or any surrounding areas, we can assist you.

Call us at 608-798-2121 or send us an email if you are looking for a water filter.…

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June 27, 2016

Fixing Dents

Dent Removal

Although there may still be a slight dent, conventional repairing of dents starts by streching the car’s surface from the damaged paint area to the intact area.

Conventional dent repair and paintless dent repair are often times confused.

Really, though, when your car has dents, you don’t care how they get fixed; you just want them fixed. If someone is able to get the job done at a lower price, of course someone would want that.

For the people who can use the paintless repair option, it seems pretty easy to get rid of the dents. But sometimes that method is not an option…look below to see what determines how the dents can be removed.

ONE: The entire surface must be intact aside from the dent. If the finish is broken, while the dent can be removed, the broken finish will eventually allow rust.

Second – the metal cannot be stretched. Nothing will fall back into place if the metal is stretched, which will leave your car with a big ole’ bump.

How Much Dough are we Talking to Use the Conventional Method?

Auto Color

The reality is conventional dent repair methods require a great deal of skill and time to get the best result. Some of the most important steps include –

This method takes much longer than a couple hours

New paint needs to match

The dent needs to be filled in

A final finish will need to be applied once everything has dried

Compared to paintless dent repair, you may be spending over 8 times as much as you would have the other way. This is why the damage to the paint and impact to the metal are huge factors in the cost of a dent repair.

Avoiding Conventional Dent Repair Expense

There are some conditions that must be met in order for the paintless option to be used. The finish must be exactly the same as it was prior to the damage. The process requires a technician to:

Remove surrounding panels allowing access to the back of a dent

Use specialized tools to sculpt metal into its original form from behind

Check out one of our Madison locations for more info on the best repair option for your car.

Auto Body Repair Madison

– We are located on the corners of Buckeye and Stoughton Road, and also, Parmenter Street.…

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June 24, 2016

Think You Can’t Afford Granite? Think Again

Madison WI

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Kitchen counters are begging to be covered with granite now that it is more affordable than ever.

Redoing any part of your home, especially your kitchen, leaves many questions to be answered. With options like tough concrete and recycled glass, picking a counter material is one of the biggest decisions in a remodel. These days, it is normal for people to use granite for their kitchen counters. Granite really is the new norm in kitchens.

Granite is used in all aspects of kitchen design. And, the fact that granite is more affordable than ever is no coincidence.

Up until about a decade ago, granite was an exclusive property only found in new homes in the higher price range and in big ticket kitchen remodeling plans. With granite prices trending steadily downward, and other unique materials coming into the new home and kitchen remodeling markets, you find granite installed in moderately priced homes and for upgraded kitchen remodels more often than ever before.

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Kitchen Remodeling – Upscale Your Home

Granite is still one of the most high end design decisions you can make even though many people are able to afford it. Granite in the kitchen can make a home, old or new, look high end, and it can make it stand out from all of the other homes. Since the demand for granite has grown so quickly, many color and design options have recently become availble.

Kitchen Remodeling – As Green As They Get

Granite is a friend of our environment. Granite, unlike many other options is alread found in nature, and therefore, does not need to use any energy during manufacturing. Other options may have drawbacks. Quartz countertops, for example, are held together with resins that can release VOC. Other materials like laminate use mostly processed materials which take a toll on Earth.

You should be thinking in terms of how your kitchen remodeling program will impact your overall lifestyle. You don’t have to get all caught up in only using green materials.

Kitchen Remodeling – Recycle The Old

Kitchen Remodel

You can get granite in just about any color you want.

If your kitchen design plan calls for replacing existing granite countertops with an upgrade or color change – perhaps you’re expanding the space – the existing countertops can be recycled. Granite can be reused outside or inside. If you’re tryng to figure out how to recycle granite outside, ome good options are using it for an outdoor table or something like that. If you don’t have any use for it, disposing of it will not hurt the environment. A better option may even be to resell it and let someone else use it in their remodel.

If your Wisconsin home is in need of a kitchen remodel, and you are in the Deforest, Sun Prairie, Madison, or any other areas nearby, let Sims help you out.…

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June 22, 2016

Should You Add Insulation to your Siding?

Madison WI

If you have an older home, it may be smart to add the insulated vinyl siding.

Functionality and price are where vinyl can compete with all other siding options. Since energy costs go up and down, and Winter gets very chilly up here, insulation in your siding can make a big difference. Is this the right thing for your home? Take a look!

Foam backed insulated vinyl siding comes in two forms –

Depending on who makes the siding. the vinyl portion may be fused with the insulation.

2. The insulating foam is made to conform to the vinyl.

Either system is functional and will perform well. It is really a matter of how the manufacturer can most efficiently produce the insulated vinyl siding. Another benefit to installing insulated vinyl siding in Madison WI is in addition to being a great insulator it also is muffles outdoor noise. This is wonderful if you live in a place that has a lot of noise.

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Other benefits of include –

A sturdier suface

If you have any damage on the outside of your home, this siding can hide a large majority of it.

Improves the comfort level in older homes – especially in colder climates such as Madison WI.

Should you shell out the cash for this siding?

Honestly, if your home is older than 35 years, it is probably a good idea to invest in this option. Houses now feature better venting, framing, and walls due to the higher standards that have recently been set in home building. Newer homes will have limited benefit from insulated vinyl siding.With not-so-great materials being used to frame and plaster homes in the early twentieth century, older homes will see a lot of improvement with this siding option. Lower energy costs will be the result in the very old homes as well as some aesthetic benefits in that imperfections on the exterior walls will be covered.

The Investment For Insulated Vinyl Siding

The general price you may pay for this siding to be installed is close to thirty percent more than what you would pay for your standard vinyl siding.

As professional siding contractors, Sims Exteriors and Sims Remodeling, Inc. has helped homeowners in the Madison WI area and all of Southern Wisconsin with vinyl siding, roofing and replacement windows in their homes and businesses for years.

Sims experts are happy to be of service in areas includeing Waunakee, Oregon, McFarland, Grove, Sun Prairie, and many more.…

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June 21, 2016

Warmer Weather Means it’s Time to See How Well Taken Care of Your Pump is

Schoenwalder Plumbing

Although it’s never really a fun project, keeping up with the needs of your sump pump can save you a ton of money in the future.

Water can cause harm to nearly every material and can reach it easily once in your home. Your walls, floors, furniture, and more would be facing damage if your pump ever gave out. The water damage can even sneak by you sometimes. Mold and mildew usually follow causing a mess and can sometimes lead to health issues.

Why Sump Pumps Need Maintenance

You shouldn’t really need to do much to your sump pump since they are pretty low maintence. If your sump pump was working last season and has been reliable in general, there are only a couple of things for you to be aware of –

Dry motors can seize – Cold weather can prove to give homeowners problems because the pump is not able to move, and keep things loose…it is a pump afterall, it’s used to moving around a lot.

Gummy components can stick – portions of sump pumps do sit under water even during periods of non-use. The motor has a tough time getting going when it sits for a long time because susbstances in the water can stick to the pump and make it gummy.

Sump Pump Failure Is Bad News In Waukesha WI

Whatever situation causes a sump pump to not do its job is bad news. It’s unavoidable that every pump will give out at some point; but there are some tips that can help your pump live a little longer.

Sump Pump Maintenance Options

By performing these actions about four times a year, you may have a pump that lasts a very long time.

Let a vinegar mixture sit and run through your pump. The vinegar will allow the homeowner to get rid of the nast gummy stuff, and let the parts of the pump that were affected dry off.

It is important to keep the float switch free from restrictions so that the pump won’t start on its own.

Keep the air holes clear in order to allow enough air into the pumping system.

It is pretty simple to keep your house protected from flood when you take care of your sump pump. Making this part of your regular home maintenance plan will save some money by either delaying the purchase of a replacement sump pump for years or by avoiding costly repairs…

If you’re interested in more info on these pumps, don’t hesitate to call Schoenwalder Plumbing.

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