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Trusted Saskatoon Home Builder Expert have a Trusted Tip on PINK WOOD, what it does and why you want it!

 

PINKWOOD ENGINEERED WOOD PRODUCTS

Helping to Provide Healthier, Safer Homes for Families Wood is a fantastic building material. It is lightweight, strong, economical and renewable. It is however, very susceptible to fire. Add to this the growing number of cases involving mold found in homes due to moisture being trapped in the building envelope, and you can see why PinkWood is the smart choice for today’s homes. PinkWood uses a revolutionary, factory applied coating process, designed specifically to provide a visible and effective barrier against fire, mold, fungus and rot. These are not the things you think about when you are building your dream home. All PinkWood building products are coated with PinkShield™, a non-toxic, environmentally friendly technology. PinkShield™ coated products resist the growth of mold and rot fungus while providing added fire protection to your home through the use of integrated fire retardants.

PINKSHIELD

PinkShield is a non-toxic protective coating that when exposed to flame, creates an endothermic reaction that significantly slows the time to ignition of the coated material and decreases the rate at which the fire spreads. PinkShield's chemistry is specifically designed to inhibit the growth of mold while at the same time reducing moisture absorption and improving weatherability. PinkShield additives meet all the categorization criteria set out by the Canadian Environmental Protection Act.

FIRE RESISTANT

Fire protection is one of the largest issues facing the building industry today. PinkShield addresses the issue, as it contains specialized fire retardants designed to reduce the chance of fire starting and slows the burn if a fire does start…. Jason Campbell was a Fireman before he started Campbell Homes, and he knows what a difference Pink wood makes for the safety of the family inside the house..and the fireman who attend house fires…..the key in success when it comes to a house fire is TIME…..with normal home fires you have 15 mins tops before the structure is beyond saving…..so this protects property and lives! For healthier, safer homes - trust PinkWood and protect the things that matter most.

MOISTURE RESISTANT

During the construction process, building products are exposed to moisture in the form of snow and rain. The PinkShield coating used on PinkJoists encapsulates the wood components, helping to repel water in order to protect the structural integrity of our products during the construction phase of homes.

HEALTHY, MOLD FREE

Recent research has proven mold contamination in homes is associated with an increase of serious health issues ranging from allergy symptoms to severe respiratory damage. The PinkShield coating technology used on every PinkJoist effectively prevents the growth of harmful molds, making homes healthier places to live For healthier, safer homes - trust PinkWood and protect the things that matter most.!

 

 

Stay Trusted my friends Safe and Trusted of course

Trusted is invested in being PURELY POSITIVE in all we do!

• Article Source www.pinkwood.ca

 

Trusted Saskatoon Real Estate expert's TRUSTED TIP on Buying a Home on the Saskatoon Directory of excellence

TRUSTED SASKATOON REALTOR Real Estate TIP for Home Buyers

How to get THE home at THE price

 Whether you are buying your first home or your fifth, the process of buying a home can be an emotional, time-consuming venture. Feeling that, in the end, you made the right decision and got a good deal can make all the difference. As with most major decisions, the amount of work and research you undertake before you start shopping can have a dramatic effect on how well you do in the end.

#1 Do you really need that backyard tennis court?

Everyone can picture their ideal home. If you haven’t thoroughly prepared yourself prior to viewing houses, chances are that you will find what you think is your ideal home, and will wind up paying too much for it. It is essential to treat the buying process in a slightly detached manner. Those who fall in love with houses usually pay too much. That’s why it’s recommended that you develop a list of needs and one of wants. When looking at houses, make sure that they cover all of your needs – things like adequate space, a good neighborhood, perhaps a garage – and then have fun with items on your wants list. Treating the process in a regimented manner will help you to make a rational, informed decision.

#2 Get pre-approved

Visit your lending institution prior to shopping. Be sure to get a mortgage commitment in writing. Being pre-approved gives you a solid price range, and lets your Realtor® and potential sellers know that you are serious and not just a browser.

#3 Get the right people behind you

Buying a home is a complicated process, with many people involved. Having the right people on your side can make a big difference. An experienced, dedicated, and knowledgeable Realtor® can put a team of advocates, including lenders, lawyers, home inspectors and movers, on your side immediately.

#4 Communicate

The more you share with your Realtor®, the better he or she will be able to represent you. Letting your representative know exactly what you’re looking for, in terms of needs/wants, price range, and location, can eliminate unnecessary trips to unsuitable homes and that focus can help ensure that you wind up in the right home.

#5 Location, location, location

It’s still true. The desirability and resale value of your home depend on location more than any other factor. People want a desirable community that includes character, quality of schools, access to work, major transportation arteries, recreational facilities, etc. On your viewing trips, take a careful look and ask the following questions: How does this home compare to others in the neighborhood? Are yards fenced? Are there many children playing in the streets? Are the front and back yards and the exteriors of the homes properly maintained? The less expensive houses in a better area tend to appreciate faster than the most expensive houses in a less desirable area. Additional factors that affect the property value of a home include traffic, sounds, smells, zoning bylaws, and many others. Be objective. Be sure you are completely satisfied with the neighborhood. If you choose a neighborhood with problems, you likely won’t get as much as you hoped with it comes time to sell.

#6 Use your Realtor’s® knowledge

Your Realtor® is trained in all aspects of real estate, including understanding supply and demand, economics, and the neighborhoods of the city in which they practice. A professional Realtor® can do much of the work for you, by reviewing your needs, reviewing available properties, and making an informed match. A comprehensive knowledge of the available homes in your neighborhood is one of your Realtor’s® strongest assets. With the aid of computerized systems, a Realtor® is notified within hours when a home becomes available.

#7 Pay attention to red flags

When evaluating a home, be sure you know the difference between acceptable and unacceptable problems. Cosmetic items like peeling paint, worn carpeting, or unattractive wallpaper can be easily remedied, and can be used as negotiation items, as there will be costs involved in updating the home. Major problems, however, are clearly red flags. Look for items such as major foundation cracks, water damage, outdated electrical systems, and inadequate plumbing. These items could be too expensive to remedy to make the home a worthwhile investment.

#8 Hire a home inspector

A home inspection is an inexpensive way to gain peace of mind, and guard your pocket book. A proper inspection will cover all areas of the house including foundation, electrical, heating, plumbing, floors, walls, ceilings, attic, roof, siding and trim, porches, patios, decks, garage and drainage. A professional inspector can give you an objective view of the property, with a written report, indicating the present condition and items that will need repair.

#9 Be cautious with fixer-uppers

Sometimes, a fixer-upper can be purchased below market value, and once sufficient repairs are made, can be sold at a significant profit. However, not all fixer-uppers will bring in the profits you might expect. Consumers often overestimate their level of dedication to doing extensive renovation work, and underestimate the costs associated with such work. A wall that needs to be replaced can often lead to the discovery of faulty plumbing, electrical, or other major undertakings. Your Realtor® and home inspector are your best allies when it comes to cost-benefit analyses.

#10 Consider your future needs

A move can be a major undertaking. Take a good look at your current lifestyle and consider the future. Will you need extra space for a home office, a child, or perhaps a child moving back home? Perhaps it may be easier and less expensive if you purchase a home that can meet these needs now, rather than moving up to a larger home a few years down the road.

#11 Proceed quickly

When you’re ready to buy, act. Good properties sell. This is especially true given the current state of most real estate markets. However, when you work with a Realtor®, you have access to the latest technology. As part of the MLS and Agent Handshake networks, a Realtor® has access to properties within hours of when they are listed. Technology works to your advantage. Many Realtors® now have personalized websites which allow you to sign on as a client, and receive notification of new listings via email. You save time and effort, and you can view only those homes that come closest to meeting your needs.

#12 Clarify relationships

In any real estate transaction, be very clear about who is working for whom, and what the relationship represents. Unless otherwise stated, an agent represents the seller in transactions for the sale of a home. This agent, as part of his or her fiduciary duty, must ensure that the seller’s (and not your) position is represented throughout the entire process. Get a buyer’s agent on your side, or ensure that someone is acting in your best interests.

#13 Ask for a written CMA

A Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) is an analysis of comparable homes in a given neighborhood. It shows you the sale prices of comparable homes in the neighborhood, along with asking prices of other homes in the area currently on the market. A Realtor® can request this report for any home and neighborhood. Ask for this report in writing. With this valuable document, you’ll have solid, reliable information about how fairly a home is priced compared to its real market value.

#14 Know the seller

Understanding a seller’s reasons for moving could work to your advantage during negotiations. For instance, a seller who has been transferred to another city may be more motivated to sell than someone who is still shopping for a new home. A vacant house, or a house that has been on the market for several months and has been reduced in price, could also provide the opportunity for lucrative negotiations.

#15 Keep it impersonal

Conversely, information could be used to your detriment. Information about your mortgage, size of down payment, move-in deadline, or circumstances for buying could be used to the seller’s benefit in negotiations. While you want your Realtor® to know these details, maintain your poker face and keep your cards hidden with the sellers and their agents.

#16 Measure twice, sign once

While you definitely want to move quickly once you’ve made the decision to purchase, you don’t want to cave in to pressure for a quick close. Someone who is trying to pressure you into buying a home is likely doing so for a reason. Make sure the reasons for you to buy a home are your reasons, not theirs.

#17 Exercise your negotiating skills

Even if you prefer not to haggle, it’s worth it, especially when it’s your home and one of your biggest investments. Most people expect to haggle over the price. There is always room for negotiation, and your Realtor® should be a professional negotiator.

#18 Avoid bidding wars

In some cases, the seller’s Realtor® may use scare tactics to rush the sale or increase the price. Falling for this trap could cost you money. If there is another buyer, or some other reason this pressure is being applied, whoever wins also loses because they tend to overpay. Let reason be your guide, not passion.

#19 Get it in writing

Legally, sellers must disclose all known material defects of a property. Ask for this in writing. Also be sure to consider the ramifications of these defects. Will they be costly down the road? Are they “serious” defects?

#20 Be aware of hidden costs

While Realtors® often tempt first-time buyers with rent/mortgage comparisons, there is more to a home than simply the mortgage. You will be responsible for other items including mortgage insurance, appraisal fees, legal fees, inspection fees, transfer taxes, title insurance, inspections, property tax, increased bills, etc. Your Realtor® can give you a good idea of the costs associated with buying a home that are beyond its final negotiated price.

Find Trusted Saskatoon Realtors and check out their listings here in the SASKATOON REAL ESTATE Category on THE Saskatoon directory of excellence.

Trusted Health Expert provides a TRUSTED TIP on Mommy Makeover..Regain YOUR confidence!

 

Mommy Makeover: Regain your Confidence!

A mommy makeover can help you get back to your pre-baby body! It can help you feel more attractive, self-confident, and comfortable in your own skin. Many women would like to change something about their body once their family is complete, and many mommies do something about it.

First, ask yourself a few questions to see if the mommy makeover surgery is right for you!

1. Are you planning on having more children?

If so, wait. Additional pregnancies will probably reverse the results of the surgery.

2. What do you expect from your mommy makeover surgery?

It will make your body look better and will likely improve your self-confidence. However, it will not change your life.

3. Are your kids old enough to be cared for by someone else for 2 weeks while you recover from your mommy makeover?

Will you be able to take at least 2 weeks off for your mommy makeover?

4. What exactly is a mommy makeover?

Most commonly, a mommy makeover is a combination of a tummy tuck, breast life or enhancement, and liposuction. The only solution to tighten up that tummy is abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), a surgical tightening of the skin and muscle of the abdominal wall. This mommy makeover procedure removes excess skin below the belly button, tightens and flattens the abdominal muscles, and gets rid of stretch marks. Surgical options are a breast lift, augmentation or both. A lift removes excess skin, raises the nipples and reduces sagging. If you’ve lost volume, a breast augmentation may be right for you. Safe, natural-looking implants fill out the stretched skin and return the volume you lost during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Liposuction is an especially effective approach for moms with stubborn problem areas. In addition to the overall weight gain that usually comes with pregnancy, hormonal changes can cause localized fat deposits in the abdomen, hips, thighs and back. Diet and exercise don’t help with these deposits, which makes liposuction the ideal solution for tackling trouble spots.

Check out listings here in the Saskatoon Health & Wellness Category on THE Saskatoon directory of excellence.

 

 

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

Being a Trusted Business on the 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...in fact,the most other organizations offer is checking that the business has a valid business license, and maybe that they have insurance and don't have an F rating ( some even keep taking money off these terrible businesses for advertising no matter what they are rated or how awful they are to their customers) ...some other marketing companies claim to survey the public randomly before they approach businesses to pay to join their organizations..but even they don't offer any safeguards, guarantees or follow up after the fact for the consumer they proport to speak for...and only the BBB offer dispute resolution..but they cannot force the business to 'make it right' ...just advise them to do the right thing, and perhaps reduce their rating if they don't treat the customer fairly ...and if the business you have had an awful experience with ( like the moving company in the article below ) is not a member of the BBB then they do nothing for you..you are on your own, out of pocket and feeling thoroughly ripped off miserable and taken advantage of ...click on the link to read the CBC news story below for an example of just that! 

MOVERS USE EXTORTION AGAINST CUSTOMER  

Trusted ONLY speaks to businesses that have great recommendations and a trackable history....Trusted has turned businesses away who do not meet our standards ( we require the businesses who apply to provide 25 clients to us..names and numbers) we then we set about calling those clients and surveyng them..it is pass or fail..we are not looking for OK or AVERAGE ratings..Trusted demands AWESOME and OUTSTANDING reviews...otherwise they do not pass the verification to be on the directory and they do not get the Thumbs Up..the busnesses are re checked and verified annually!

There are businesses we will not even go and present to, even if they show interest, due to the things we have found out about them and their practices.....running a company call Trusted means people feel safe to tell us about their experiences positive and negative...and we always keep their confidences .....Sara the Trusted owner and our Trusted Consultants get warnings by email, calls and in person every week from the public and other business owners about the businesses to ' stay away from' and we have a growing naughty list.....

The Trusted Partners ( as that is what we call our Trusted businesses ..as only Together are weTrusted..we all have our parts to play to ensure the directory maintains the standards and high level of integrity that it does) and Trusted then enter 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 of 10% of our Trusted Partners on an annual basis....and we get our shoppers to fillout a report to tell us about the experience....

Our latest business to be mystery shopped was RAYS MOVING & STORAGE   , Mark at Rays was happy for us to share the report with you, the public..

TRUSTED PARTNER: Rays Moving

DATE OF MS:Monday November 21st (phone call) Thursday December 1st (move date)

MYSTERY SHOP CHECKLIST

1. How was the greeting/ welcome/ call answered?

I was transferred to a very friendly and extremely helpful fellow who booked my move for a time and day that worked for me in less than 10 minutes. I would normally have written down his name, but under the circumstances I neglected to do so therefore I have forgotten the name of the person that I spoke with. He was absolutely great to deal with!

2. If retail: Appearance of the store / staff 

Booking was done over the phone, did not go to office.

3. Product/industry knowledge of staff? N/A

4. If a quote is required is the quote well laid out/ clear?

I did not ask for a quote as I was more concerned about being moved on a certain date by a reputable mover. My sister had called around approx. a month prior for rates for my Dad’s move, so I was aware of what current rates for movers were.

5. Did they ask where you found them?

No, I told him how I found Ray’s on Trustedsaskatoon.com website.

6. Overall experience 1-10. –

I will give them a 9.5

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

Yes, and I will use them again when I move my things out of the storage facility to my new home.

8. Did anyone stand out as exceptional? or the opposite..If so who? Why? 

As well as the above mentioned fellow who booked my move, I found the two fellows that actually moved me to be fast, professional, friendly and compassionate. I was moving due to a breakdown in my long term relationship, and those two guys really tried to cheer me up!

9. If you made a purchase/booked a job how was the process? If so refer to the Trusted Guarantees below and give an overall mark on each if applicable.

See above #6 ..I am pleased to say they upheld all the guarantees!

TRUSTED GUARANTEES

1. Provide the service and quality promised.

2. Complete the job on time.

3. Charge the price quoted with NO surprises.

4. Communicate honestly and be responsive to customer needs.

5. Resolve any issues with customer satisfaction in mind

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

Very Happy with Rays and Very Happy with Trustedsaskatoon!! >

 

 

Then to solidify Rays being on the directory even more on Dec 19th 5:53 PM  Trusted received this website comment:

To: sara@trustedcanada.com

 

Subject: Saskatoon Website Comments Saskatoon Website Comments from: Tyler Gesy

Comments: I found Ray's Moving on this site, then I hired them, and then they were awesome! I'd like to leave a positive review but I couldn't figure out how... Where should I submit a review?

Tyler , I am pleased to tell you that you just have left the review you wanted to, for all the world to see THANKYOU for taking the time to conatct us and thanks for your feedback we appreciate it tremendously ....

Perhaps now the cynics out there will understand how MUCH MORE Trusted does than any other organization or marketing vehicle to safeguard you the consumers! 

So well done Rays Moving & Storage ..you have proved AGAIN , that you deserve the PROMOTION, ENDORSEMENT and KUDOS that we love to heap upon you ..Great businesses like you deserve the promotion...and to top it all off, you have gained another loyal client in our mystery shopper Brenda too!!! 

 They understand what good customer Service is!

 

 

MOST importantly the public in Saskatoon can feel confident that when they choose a TRUSTED business from THE Saskatoon Directory of experts they will be glad they did!! No risk..no stress..just Trusted businesses at their fingertips waiting to serve them! 

Stay Trusted My friends..SAFE and TRUSTED of course!

Danrich Electric our SASKATOON ELECTRICIAN EXPERTS provide a Trusted Tip on the SASKATOON DIRECTORY of excellence

Danrich Electric has been serving Saskatoon and surrounding areas for 10 Years, they are a "Total Service" company with trained technicians who are able to provide customers with solutions to all their electrical related requirements, and they are proud to provide prompt, courteous and professional service. At Danrich they strive to satisfy all of their customers electrical needs. Here they provide their first TRUSTED TIP..on choosing an electrician!

How To Hire An Electrician

An electrician is someone who specializes in the wiring and repair of electrical mechanisms. Most people will rarely need the services of an electrician, but when it is necessary choosing the right one is very important. For home use, electricians are typically needed to re-wire or repair existing systems. They are also needed for construction, including additions and remodels, to place the electrical outlets and lighting. Before deciding on an electrician, determine the scope of work. Try to be as detailed as possible so you can determine the needs for the project. Minor repair work can be completed by an electrician who is may not have a lot of experience. However, for major repairs, remodels, and new construction, it is imperative to get a skilled tradesman. Improper wiring can be very dangerous and can lead to fires, putting everyone at risk.

Danrich would always advise you to get recommendations for an electrician before hiring one. If you decide to choose a few to get estimates on your project for comparison we would suggest talking with each person/electrical firm to evaluate their experience and expertise. Have them walk through your project with you so you can understand what needs to be done, how it will be accomplished, how long it will take and the cost….get a written quote, so there are no gray areas. An electrician should be licensed and carry valid insurance (workers comp insurance is a must- otherwise you may be liable if they injure/electrocute themselves on your property.) Verify that both are active and in good standing before starting a job. Damage done can be severe with improper wiring so this is very important. If an electrician cannot provide you with both, do not hire them. There is too much at stake. If you are concerned ask for copies of their license and insurance certificate.

Experience Level

Ask the electrician about their experience level. An electrical company that has been in business for a long time will likely be a better choice than one that is just starting out. New businesses may offer price reductions to help them establish a client list and references, but may not be around in a month or so if something go’s wrong. If opting for a new business, check that the electrician who is working on the job has significant experience with the type of work required. Request references and check them. Electricians who have happy customers will do a good job for you.

Choose the electrician who has the best combination of price and experience, and with whom you felt most comfortable. Get the project specifications in writing so you have a detailed accounting of the job, the costs, and time for completion. This will help protect you if anything goes wrong.

Find Danrich Electric at 129 Jessop Ave in Saskatoon,or check out their listing in ELECTRICIANS on Trusted Saskatoon they are your Electrician Experts right here on the SASKATOON DIRECTORY of experts and excellence!

Thanks for the TRUSTED TIP Danrich Electrical....Just a reminder that Trusted does all the leg work that is mentioned in this Trusted Tip for the consumer....we check the businesses license, Insurance , quaifications....we then called many of Danrichs clients randomly from a list that they provided us..the testimonials you see on their listing are REAL testimonials that those same clients we spoke to gave us.....we also checked references and over the course of the year at least 10% of our Trusted partners are mystery shopped by us to ensure thast they uphold the 5 TRUSTED GUARANTEES. Every Trusted partner is contracted to uphold these Guarantees...if they are found not to uphold them we will remove the businesses from the site immediately!

 

AVOID THIS .....Hire a TRUSTED Electrician!

 

 

 

When serarching or Googling choose a Trusted Business in Saskatoon..you'll be Glad you did ...check out our Trusted Saskatoon YOU TUBE CHANNEL for more Consumer and Business Tips from Sara the Trusted Founder, along with Videos of Trusted Partners!

 

Stay Trusted my friends..SAFE AND TRUSTED of course 

 

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