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Trusted Saskatoon team brags about Equinox Home Innovations as Trusted Saskatoon renovation specialists

Trusted Saskatoon directory team are delighted to announce our newest Trusted Saskatoon Renovation contractor, Equinox Home Innovations.

The Trusted Team had a number of meetings with this Saskatoon renovation and new home construction business in the last few months. Because of that we have come to know many of their amazing team,  which includes an engineer, a design team, experienced craftsman and a huge support staff.


Equinox team Saskatoon

The reputation of Equinox was built on quality and customer satisfaction, more often than not that means bending over backwards to accommodate their customers wishes and needs where ever possible.

They provide a dynamic experience, focusing first on building relationships with their clients and second on working closely with them to ensure the process of renovating is a positive experience. They concentrate on big renovations, and that means each is a huge task! 

“Renovating a home is much harder than building a new home as there are many challenges that can arise. This is where we are truly the experts as we have the experience to anticipate many of these unforeseen issues and discuss them before the renovation even begins ”, Curtis Legget , Equinox operations manager.

 

What did their customers say?

Overall, they rated high when we contacted their past customers to discuss their experience. Debbie Haines of Saskatoon said it best when talking about her renovation experience “When little things would go wrong they would always step up to the plate and make sure that everything was going smoothly and made sure whatever had gone wrong that it was rectified. Curt truly is the face of Equinox with his eye for detail and concern. Also, all of the people that work for Equinox are very high quality. You never feel concerned when Equinox people are in your home”.

Equinox have the craftsmanship and expertise to bring your dreams of your home renovation to life, their dedication to design, detail, and value ensures every home is renovated to the same expectation they would have if renovating their own, and they always commit to finishing a renovation BEFORE starting someone else’s! They are Trusted Saskatoon renovation contractors 

Trusted Saskatoon funeral professionals discuss grief and the change of Seasons


 
Grief and the change of Seasons:
 
 
 
               Trust that you will find your way back to life just as the daffodil breaks through the frozen ground.
                                                                                                                                    Linda Lehmann

 

The first year following the death of a loved one you may reflect on the significant and insignificant events of your life from the previous year. You may catch yourself thinking, “Last year, at this time, we were…” Your memories of those seasons of life include your loved one and you may be painfully aware that when the season comes again, you will have lived a whole year without him or her. This reality confirms what you may already have known - that the physical presence of your loved one is lost forever, just like the last hint of snow that melts into the ground. And with that realization come a new sense of how time and the seasons pass.

The change of seasons signifies the many roles that your loved one played in each of the seasons of your life. These role losses may trigger your grief all over again. The subtle changes that signal the approach of a new season observed by others may be overshadowed by the grief that looms over each passing day for you. And then, before you know it, time has continued to tick off minutes, hours, days, weeks, and months as you are confronted with a new season that brings with it more loss and grief.

As each season arrives, ask yourself:

  • What roles did my loved one play in this season?
  • Who will fill that role now?
  • What role did I play in my loved one’s life that is now gone?

If no one can fill that role, you may need to ask for help from others who may be waiting for that opportunity. You will need to allow yourself to grieve the unique role your loved one played in your life, as well as the role you played in his or hers.

 

With each new time of year, you may find that your mood does not fit the season.

  • As spring arrives, you may feel like you are in the winter of your grief, only to be surrounded by new growth, new beginnings and people who talk about things like hope and anticipation of warmer weather.
  • Summer months are often spent doing family and outdoor activities that may heighten your sense of loss. The days full of despair may be longer than you would like them to be. It may be a beautiful day, but you may feel stone cold inside.
  • As the leaves fall from the trees in the fall and the growing season ends, you are reminded of the dullness and drabness of your life. Your grief may be in its fallow time, where everyday looks pretty much the same.
  • As the weather gets colder and forces you indoors, you may feel even more alone and isolated in your grief. The shorter days may amplify the night you feel in your soul.

It is important to surround yourself with the beauty of each new season in order to remind yourself that while you may be in the depths of your grief, you are in the midst of life.

  • Surround yourself with living things in order to reassure yourself that your grief will change like the seasons.
  • When you go outdoors, breathe in fresh air deeply to replace the stagnant air of grief.
  • Take a moment to feel the breeze against your face or the warmth of the sun against your skin. Remind yourself that you are still alive, even though your loved one has died.
  • Plant flowers to reassure you that plants grow with care. Remind yourself often, that your grief will ease if you honor it and take care of it. Indeed, you may find yourself growing in ways you could have never imagined.
  • If you have no seeds of hope, let someone else plant them for you. Surround yourself with others who will tend to you, encourage you, and provide an environment where you can do your work.

 

Remember, time alone will not heal your grief; it’s what you do with your time that heals your grief. Trust in the rhythm of your grief. Trust that someday in a new season you will find your way back to life just like the daffodil that breaks through the frozen ground back into the sunlight.

 

 


Trusted Saskatoon and area RV dealers tip on Plants That Repel Mosquitoes

Here they share Plants That Repel Mosquitoes:

 

Love being outdoors but sick of those annoying blood-sucking mosquitoes? Put down the sprays and nets, here are thirteen different plants you can grow that’ll help keep the mosquitoes away.

Bug zappers are also annoying, and leave you sitting among insect parts. Moreover, you may not be in the mood for smoky candles or incense. However, this does not mean you have to be bothered by mosquitoes. Most people know about cintronella, it’s found in many products that keep bugs away, but there are others that can do the job.

Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus)

Mosquitoes hate the lemony scent of this plant. With some patience, you can easily grow this plant in your garden. You just have to buy stalks easily available in the market. Lemongrass prefers good drainage and full sun. However, it’s important to understand that this beautiful tropical plant does not tolerate freezing temperatures.

Catnip (Nepeta cataria)

For some gardeners, this is a perennial. For others, it is an annual plant. Catnip is considered about 10 times more effective than DEET for repelling mosquitoes. However, this plant has a tendency to be quite invasive.

If it’s in the garden bed, cats can crush this plant. But you can keep a couple of them in hanging containers to avoid both problems.

Marigold (Tagetes spp.)

This is a sun loving annual plant. Besides mosquitoes, this one can also repel aphids. It can be an exceptional companion plant for the vegetable garden. Marigold plants are very easy to maintain. You don’t need a lot of care to keep them healthy and flourishing.

This is a border plant that offers the simplicity to collect seeds for next year’s planting. Due to this, Marigold is an excellent addition. However, you should never rub this plant on your skin.

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)

Rosemary oil is considered heavenly to most humans. This shrub can easily repel mosquitoes, and keep your garden safe. This is one of the most attractive plants for herb and container gardens. It does not require a lot of water. In addition to this, Rosemary is also delicious, and you can use it for cooking soups, egg dishes and meat.

Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)

This perennial plant has a somewhat silvery foliage. In most zones, this plant can be easily grown in full sun. This is one of the most unique border plants. The pungent odor of this plant can keep mosquitoes at bay. Once again, you should make sure this plant is not rubbed on your skin.

Mint (Mentha spp.)

Many different mint oils are excellent for repelling mosquitoes. Thus, you should keep a couple of pots filled with these aromatic and hardy plants in the garden. Mints can spread easily, and they are best cultivated in small containers.

Floss Flower (Ageratum houstonianum)

This is an annual plant that grows about 6-12 inches. It needs partial shade to full sun. Besides repelling mosquitoes, this plant is considered an excellent butterfly nectar plant.

Cadaga Tree (Eucalyptus torelliana)

As the name suggests, this is a tree. It requires full sun to grow properly. This tree can attract wildlife to your garden. However, it is effective for repelling mosquitoes. With this tree in your garden, you may need a fence.

Catmint (Nepeta faassenii)

Catmint is another perennial plant to repel mosquitoes. It’s height is just about 2-3 feet. This plant is an excellent mosquito repellant. In addition to this,
catmint is also a butterfly nectar plant. Your cats will just love it.

Citronella Grass (Cymbopogon nardus)

This is a popular perennial plant that flourishes in the USDA zones. This plant needs partial shade to full sun. The oil from this plant is also used to produce mosquito repellant candles.

Clove Tree (Syzygium aromaticum)

This is another tree to repel mosquitoes. However, it’s not very tall. It needs partial shade to full sun. The flower buds of this tree produce spices, which are used in various dishes. It’s an excellent mosquito repellant.

h2>Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)

This is a perennial plant. It provides nectar for butterflies. The flowers can be easily dried and kept in the garden to repel mosquitoes and other insects.

Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)

Lemon balm is a perennial plant, and requires partial shade to full sun. The leaves can be used in flavor iced and hot teas. It can also be used as a substitute for lemon peel.

These were the 13 most popular plants to repel mosquitoes. With these plants in your garden, it will be easier to get rid of mosquitoes, and enjoy your time in the Sun or while taking care of your garden.

 

 

Trusted Saskatoon Mystery shop Saskatoon Appliance, we share the results on the SASKATOON DIRECTORY of excellence

Being a Trusted Business on the Saskatoon directory comes with alot of responsibilty...no other directory, advertising medium or ' watchdog organization' puts businesses through the process we do before we promote and endorse them. 

The Trusted Saskatoon businesses become Partners...and we promote the mantra that 'only together are we Trusted" ..we all have our parts to play to ensure the directory maintains the standards and high level of integrity that it does.

Trusted then enters into a contract, where the partners sign to uphold the 5 Trusted Guarantees ..these are the foundation of our business and they are the Guarantees that our Trusted businesses offer their clients...to ensure that our partners are upholding these guarantees on a daily basis we have a MYSTERY SHOPPER PROGRAM, where we mystery shop a minimum umber of our Trusted Partners on an annual basis... we get our mystery shoppers to fillout a report to tell us about the experience....

Our latest business to be mystery shopped was Saskatoon APPLIANCEThey are Trusted SASKATOON APPLIANCE EXPERTS

 

TRUSTED SASKATOON PARTNER: Saskatoon appliance 

 

Date-  March 2015  

MYSTERY SHOP CHECKLIST

1. How was the greeting/ welcome/ call answered? I just walked in as my washing machine had died the day before. The manager Hans came over to me and introduced himself. 

2. If retail: Appearance of the store / staff? The store was quiet,clean and tidy. 

3. Product/industry knowledge of staff? Hans knew his stuff as we discussed options, he went through the pros and cons of each brand/ machine and asked me questions about use etc.. I ended up buying a washer and dryer set as the deal on the floor models was so great!! 

4. If a quote is required is the quote well laid out/ clear? He told me the price and thats exactly what it was on the invoice.

5. Did they ask where you found them? No

6. Overall experience 1-10. – 10- it was a 9 until they knocked it out of the park pre delivery,  they called me before to let me know that they had found a dent on the side and were going to send off to get a new panel. I said it wouldn't be seen anyway and perhaps they could just give me a discount instead. They agreed so the deal was even better! 

7. Would you return as a customer/ recommend them to close friends? YES ...definitely

8. Did anyone stand out as exceptional? or the opposite..If so who? Why? YES Hans was great to deal with and very diligent in following up with me. 

9. If you made a purchase/booked a job how was the process? Smooth and like clockwork!

If so refer to the Trusted Guarantees below and give an overall mark on each if applicable. 

TRUSTED GUARANTEES

1. Provide the service and quality promised. absolutely

2. Complete the job on time. Yes

3. Charge the price quoted with NO surprises. YES 

4. Communicate honestly and be responsive to customer needs. OVER AND ABOVE

5. Resolve any issues with customer satisfaction in mind Dealt with the only issue very well. 

Please share any other comments relating to your experience with the company.

 

My new samsung washer dryer set is awesome, I feel like I got a great deal and that the customer service I received was outstanding. It does not compare to previous negative experiences I've had dealing with big box stores!!  

GREAT MYSTERY SHOP GERRY & HANS! You and the team should enjoy the kudos you clearly deserve!  

Saskatoon Appliance and Midtown Apppliance World offer Saskatoons largest selection of appliances and have been in business for 41 years...that in itself should say something about the way they do business! They have the 2 convenient locations that well serve the North and South of the city, and they offer great opening hours to help us working people fit a shopping expidition into our ever so busy schedules! Check out their listing in Saskatoon Appliances

 

Trusted SK community steps up to help a local Saskatoon woman after her contractor nightmare Part 3 Janice's rebuild

The Trusted team work for the public, we do that by finding great local businesses, verifying they are as good as we have heard, and contracting them to uphold the 5 Trusted Guarantees. These 5 Trusted guarantees are the cornerstone of our business and the businesses we partner with, and if something does go wrong we hold the businesses to their obligations....thats what the Trusted Saskatoon businesses sign up for. That's why we promote them and why we believe they are the best  businesses in the cities we serve. 

First time you have heard of this?

Read / watch Part 1 here - see where it all began! 

Part 2 

Read the CBC Story Here  

 

 

JANICE'S BUILD- the Trusted Rebuild PART 3 

It's been over 6 months since we first brought you Janice's story, and we are getting to the final stages of this huge renovation here in Saskatoon!  CBC covered the story province wide in December and it has also been featured in a number of National Publications including Canadian Contractor Magazine

 

Dave Andercheck from JABA Construction and his team have been project managing the build - this is no mean feat!! Coordinating contractors, multiple companies across Saskatchewan's work schedules, inspectors and a plan to do everything in a logical order! Weather, vacations and material delivery has hampered efforts to get this job finished sooner and in this video you can really see what goes on to get a huge renovation ( estimated materials and labor donated will be $80-$100k) like this completed, and meet some of the amazing Trusted partners who tell us why they have stepped up to the plate!

WE LOVE WHAT WE DO!!!!


 

 

We have already had so many wonderful Trusted Saskatoon directory partners offer Janice their help and have gone over and above in both free labour and materials ...and 2 Trusted Regina partners CNG Stone( granite for the kitchen and bathroom) and Adrenaline Roofing - a new roof! !  

These partners, along with their suppliers ( Loraas ( free Loraas bin) , Ronald ( trims ) ,  Roofmart Prairie( all of the shingles!) and Dave at  Heated Roofing Systems, Colorado, USA donated a brand new heated roofing system! Plus RONA for trims and lots of other bits of material and Winroc! 

 

 

  1. Perfection Plumbing - All the plumbing
  2. Kitchen & Bath Classics - new bathroom vanity
  3. JABA Construction- Project Management and numerous jobs!  
  4. GT Flooring -kitchen  back splash, shower tiles, labout
  5. KTS Custom Cabinets - A NEW CUSTOM KITCHEN
  6. Age Of Electric - ALL the electrics
  7. Sunview Windows & Doors - $250 towards the rebuild
  8. Conexus Insurance - donating $250 towards the re-build
  9. Kari Calder- Century 21 - $300 in Home Depot Gift Certs
  10. Hairstyle Inn's  - $300 Gift Certificate to HSI
  11. Made In The Shade Gift Certificate for MIS
  12. CNG Stone - Trusted Regina partner - Granite for kitchen and bathroom! 
  13. Adrenaline Roofing - Trusted Regina Partner- a NEW Roof and heated roof system! 
  14. Fresh Living - shopping help and design 
  15. BOW Home Services - Painting services 
  16. Trusted Directories - $1000 of the project 

 

 

So whats Next ?  We are ever so close to getting done - so watch out for the final blog with the reveal video ....oh yes, then a PARTY!!  
 

A message from Janice Braden.. " Yes, I have been terribly impressed by everyone who is coming in to work. Its almost like everyone feels a responsibility to prove what good workmanship should be - I hear snips of conversations about doing it right, double and triple checking, making sure things will last for years. Everything that is going in, layer by layer, is solid and of excellent quality and I couldn't be happier or more impressed. And yes, the ridiculous potlight is gone (Arlen from Age Of Electric said none of them were actually hooked to a switch anywhere..oh my!). "

 
 

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