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Trusted Saskatoon Directory team brags about Alchemy Renovations

posted by Trusted Saskatoon    |   March 16, 2015 16:23

The Trusted Saskatoon Directory team are thrilled to brag about our newest Trusted Saskatoon renovation partner!

We welcome Konrad and Laura Walter the owners of Alchemy Renovations as Trusted Saskatoon Renovation professionals

Integrity is the corner stone of Alchemy Renovations and the focus is centered on being upfront and honest with all of their customers. This attitude applies to every project they work,  they enjoy meeting and having continuous open communication with their clients throughout the project. It is extremely important that every customer is comfortable with each stage of their project, they prioritize meeting both budget and transformation expectations.

The name Alchemy was itself chosen by Konrad and Laura because of the meaning of the word, it's definition that they wished to aspire to! 

ALCHEMY  [al-kum-ey]: a process where a seemingly magical process of transformation, creation, or combination transpires.

 

To the Alchemy team each customer and renovation dream is a unique experience and opportunity for them. They are driven to turn their customers dreams into a functional space that suits their lifestyles. Alchemy Renovations is a family owned and operated, local independent renovation company, backed with 16 years experience and wonderful customer testimonials.

When we spoke to their clients as part of the Trusted verification process many talked about their creativity combined with ingenuity that made for a very positive experiences.  This makes them a perfect fit for TrustedSaskatoon.com.

 

Just For You Day Spa your Trusted Saskatoon Spa answer some great questions - Part 1

posted by Trusted Saskatoon    |   March 16, 2015 09:16

Owner, Jessica Tetu of Just For You Day Spa & Gift Studio, along with her team of dedicated professionals, provide a tranquil Saskatoon spa experience with over 2700 square feet of stunning spa space. 

This award winning Saskatoon Spa with its laid back, warm, elegant environment offers a breadth of a truly exceptional spa experience for woman and men. Just For You Day Spa & Gift Studio offers outstanding skin and body therapies, in depth consultations and the tools & knowledge to become your own “spa therapist” at home. 

Here Jess answers some great questions - Part 1: 

Q: Courtney Saliken: My feet and heals are extremely bad. What can I do to prevent this and type of treatments and home care are needed?

A: Dry rough feet and heels are actually a very common concern. For best results, I would suggest getting a pedicure every 6-8 weeks by a professional pedicure technician in a clean & sanitary environment. If budget does not permit for regular pedicure maintenance, i would suggest purchasing a foot file or paddle (appx cost $5-$15), and after soaking the feet, using on callus areas approximately once a week. (Any more than that and it could actually increase callus build up.) Apply a foot cream immediately after filing and continue applying nightly to maintain the best results. My favourites are: Gehwol MedSalve for cracked heels, ($20), Gehwol Callus Cream ($21) or Gehwol Blue for dry rough feet ($17)

 

 

Q: Angela Jennings Simmons: My pre-teen is asking to start wearing make-up. What should we as mothers do so our daughters don't stumble through like we did when we first started wearing blue eyeliner and pink lipstick? I was thinking perhaps booking an appointment with a professional make up artist? Can you advise?
 
A: I think it’s really important to advise our daughters that beauty comes from within first, and that makeup is designed only to enhance that beauty. When it comes to cosmetics and beauty products, I believe it’s very important to first understand that the secret to looking beautiful is a healthy skin. I suggest starting your daughter on a healthy skin care program, (available from any skin care professonal), and teaching her that the key to beautiful makeup, is looking natural. Begin with a few basic items that help enhance her true beauty, like mascara, light powder & a subtle lip gloss. Scheduling her in with a makeup artist, is a fabulous idea, as she will be given suggestions and helped with the application process.
 
 


Q: Marie Schultz: What is up with getting acne in your 30s?! What's the best product to prevent and/or treat it?
A: Those pesky break outs don’t necessarily end when we pass the teen years! There can be many reasons as to why one may break out or be dealing with acneac concerns. It could be as simple as the cosmetics or products being used on the skin, or more difficult to assess causes like allergies, stress, diet, or hormonal changes. To best determine exactly what it is that is causing the break outs, and to be able to properly remedy these concerns, I suggest scheduling a consult with a skin care professional. You may need to make changes to your diet or skin care regime, be recommended a specific facial treatment or referred to a dermatologist for severe cases.
 

 

Do you have a beauty, skin care, or spa related question? Send your questions to Jessica at info@liareese.com! If your question get's featured in an issue of Fine LIfestyles Magazine you will receive a special gift from Jessica!

 

At Your Service Concierge your Trusted Saskatoon concierge tip for business owners and employers

posted by Trusted Saskatoon    |   March 16, 2015 08:51

Does your life seem a little out of control? Do you often wonder where you will find the time and the support you need to achieve everything you need to do? Are you new to Saskatoon and simply need some help getting started? 

At Your Service Concierge stands for helping those who are in need of a helping hand. Ashton Prescott, owner of At Your Service Concierge Saskatoon, loves to take a complicated and busy lifestyle, help organize it, assume some of your tasks, and put you on the path of control and balance. 
Take Time to Do the Things You Truly Enjoy and Let Them Take Care of the Details. 
Here they share their first tip for business owners and employers: 

Calling all Saskatoon business owners and employers!  Are you looking for a way to keep your employees happy, boost office morale and increase productivity?  Look no further than At Your Services Saskatoon's personal concierge!  A personal concierge is a sort of freelance personal assistant available to take care of those dreaded time consuming tasks that eat up all your free time.   We can get your groceries, take in the dry cleaning, drop your car off for an oil change and deliver birthday flowers to your mom all before 5 o’clock.  We believe your free time should be just that- free.   

Ever think of bringing someone like that into the office?  You should.  As an employer in order to keep the best, you need to be the best.  You must be able to offer benefits that other companies are not and your employees must feel fulfilled and valued every day.  Try having a personal concierge come in even just once a week and the advantages you will see are phenomenal.  We will come in, take away everyone’s to-do lists and come back with everything on those lists checked off.  It creates an incredible sense of accomplishment and significantly reduces stress.  And while you are at it why not allow your workers spouses to get in on the action and send in their errand lists as well.  You know what they say happy spouse, happy house.  Along with these completed lists, a better home life and more free time these services will take a lot of the added outside stress that comes into the office away and just create a happy more productive environment.  Your employees will come into work each day relaxed and confident.  And remember their happiness is vital to productivity and your business depends on that.  We have all heard about companies like Google, Netflix, Facebook and several others that are known to be the very top employers but why does everyone love working for them so much?  It’s because they take care of their employee’s physical and mental wellness.  Sure you offer health benefits but what about the rest?  It takes a well rounded person to be happy and feel complete.

In the end bringing in a personal concierge will also save your company money.  No personal assistant per every employee needed and the actual assistants can focus on their real jobs in the office.  We can tailor our services to meet your specific needs and you can use us on an as needed basis.  It will also save you employees cutting corners, slacking off or sneaking out early to take care of personal tasks.  With the stress of everyday life minimized your employees can put their focus on work and the task at hand.

Contact us today for your free consultation!

At Your Service Concierge

(306)291-4566 |   info@atyourserviceconciege.ca

 

Check out their listing here in Saskatoon Legal and Professional services to read what their happy clients had to say...they are your Trusted Saskatoon Concierge Professionals . 

 

Trusted Saskatoon Cell phone, tablet and computer repair Nanotech passes 2 mystery shops

posted by Trusted Saskatoon    |   March 10, 2015 08:41

Being a Trusted Business on the Saskatoon directory comes with alot of responsibility, no other directory, advertising medium or ' watchdog organization' puts businesses through the process we do before we promote and endorse them.  Most other organizations offer is checking that the business has a valid business license, and maybe that they have insurance and don't have a bad rating, 99%  don't even bother with that and those that do rely on the consumers to provide ratings, mostly unverified and un-qualified. 

The Trusted Saskatoon businesses become Partners with a contract, and they become part of a community. In a community we all have our parts to play to ensure the directory maintains the standards and high level of integrity that it does. To ensure that our partners are upholding these guarantees on a daily basis we have a MYSTERY SHOPPER PROGRAM, where normal everyday people mystery shop our Trusted Partners, we then get our mystery shoppers to fill out a report to tell us about the experience!

Our latest business to be mystery shopped is Nanotech Electronic Solutions a Trusted Saskatoon Mobile, tablet and computer repair expert, lets tell you how they did! 

 

 

TRUSTED COMPANY: Nanotech

Date: December 17/18, 2014

Name of Shopper: Solange B.

 

MYSTERY SHOP CHECKLIST

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

2. If retail: Appearance of the store / staff and showroom?: n/a

3. Product/industry knowledge of staff?: Good

4. If a quote is required is the quote well laid out/ clear?: Quote was verbel.  Not on printed sheet.

5. Did they ask where you found them?: No

6. Overall experience 1-10.: 8.5

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

8. Did anyone stand out as exceptional? If so who? Why?: Only saw Receptionist 

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

 

TRUSTED GUARANTEES

1. Provide the service and quality promised. yes

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. yes

5. Resolve any issues with customer satisfaction in mind - somewhat

 

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

I did not receive a call that it was ready, but when I called, the price was actually lower than she originally had told me.

I had asked her to have the phone checked over to make sure that there were no issues with the phone itself and to confirm that it was in fact only the glass that was shattered. But she had not done that yet,  so while I was there, she plugged the phone in and turned it on and said it should be fine.

 

Date: January 15, 2015 

Name of Shopper: Michael P 

 

MYSTERY SHOP CHECKLIST

1. How was the greeting/ welcome/ call answered?: The greeting was friendly, but direct. 

2. If retail: Appearance of the store / staff and showroom?: The store was clean but sparse.Folding chair for customers

3. Product/industry knowledge of staff?: The staff was able to immediately identify what I needed and what the final cost would be.

4. If a quote is required is the quote well laid out/ clear?: Quote was given over the phone prior to my arrival.It was very clear.

5. Did they ask where you found them?: No

6. Overall experience 1-10.: 9

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

8. Did anyone stand out as exceptional? If so who? Why?: Originally, they told me I could pick up my phone in two hours.I told them I had an appointment at that time, so they offered to do it in 45 min.Excellent service!

9. If you made a purchase/booked a job how was the process? If so refer to the Trusted Guarantees and give an overall mark on each if applicable: They were training a new person, so recording my information was a little slower than normal, but still fine.

 

TRUSTED GUARANTEES

1. Provide the service and quality promised. yes

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. yes

5. Resolve any issues with customer satisfaction in mind - yes

 

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

Getting my iPhone screen replaced was a very positive experience.After it was completed, the woman at the front asked me if I would like a screen protector for $15 with an instant $5 iPhone discount.When I agreed, she had it done immediately while I waited.

 

WHAT  A GREAT MYSTERY SHOP Nanotech! Yet again showing you deserve the Thumbs up from www.TrustedSaskatoon.com  

 
 

Trusted Saskatoon window, door and sunroom professionals Sunview Solariums Saskatchewan

posted by Trusted Saskatoon    |   March 9, 2015 16:11

 Sunview Windows and Doors  provide new and replacement windows and doors. Featuring the worlds most energy efficient glass. They manufacture products that extend the comfort zone. The company primarily makes windows but also offers solariums (also called sunrooms), screen rooms, conservatories and patio covers through Sunview Solariums Ltd. Sunview Windows and Doors are Trusted Saskatoon Window, Door & Sunroom Experts

 

 

Budget Blinds Trusted Saskatoon Window Coverings pros partner with Wounded Warriors

posted by Trusted Saskatoon    |   March 6, 2015 08:53

BUDGET BLINDS SASKATOON offer their clients an amazing selection at outstanding value..it is no wonder they have such happy clients. Let them help you with all of your Window Covering needs!

Budget Blinds are your TRUSTED SASKATOON WINDOW COVERINGS EXPERTS

Budget Blinds have teamed up with Wounded Warrior to say thanks and assist those that keep us safe!

 

 

Budget Blinds, a custom window covering franchise and Home Franchise Concepts brand, has partnered with Ontario-based non-profit, Wounded Warriors Canada to raise funds to support ill and injured Canadian Armed Forces members, Veterans and their families. Wounded Warriors funds a diverse set of programs and services ranging from supporting homeless veterans, to PTSD Animal Assisted Therapy and transition programs focused on family-based support. Through this partnership, Budget Blinds corporate team will provide its Canada-based franchisees with the tools and support to raise funds locally for the organization.

“Wounded Warriors Canada is fortunate to have the support of businesses like Budget Blinds to help us in our mission to provide direct programming support for our ill and injured Canadian Armed Forces members, Veterans and their families”

“At Home Franchise Concepts we share a strong commitment to supporting Veterans who have served. Many of our founders have personal connections to the Armed Forces as do a number of our franchisees across the organization,” says Todd Jackson, Chief Operating Officer at Home Franchise Concepts. “It is our hope that the synergies between Budget Blinds and Wounded Warriors will continue to honor and support Veterans for years to come.”

“Wounded Warriors Canada is fortunate to have the support of businesses like Budget Blinds to help us in our mission to provide direct programming support for our ill and injured Canadian Armed Forces members, Veterans and their families,” says Scott Maxwell, Executive Director of Wounded Warriors Canada. “As a privately funded organization, partnerships make our programs possible and the generosity, care and compassion of Budget Blinds franchisees and consumers will have a direct impact on those we serve.”

Consumers can learn more about the Wounded Warriors program and how they can help the fundraising effort by visiting: http://www.BudgetBlindsSupportsWW.ca

To Donate visit: https://www.canadahelps.org/dn/15855

 

Watch the video! 

 

 

Check out their listing here in Saskatoon Window Coverings to read what their happy clients had to say...they are your Trusted Saskatoon Window coverings experts.

 

 

 

Reed Security Saskatoon Alarm and Security experts share their Anniversary sale

posted by Trusted Saskatoon    |   March 3, 2015 13:40

Reed Security believes when you become a client you will be entering into a relationship – one they want to grow and become long term...they work hard to meet all your Saskatoon Alarm & security needs from day one!

REED SECURITY are Trusted and they are recipients of 2 x 2012 SABEX AWARDS - these Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce awards recognize excellence in business.

IT'S OUR 15TH BIRTHDAY AND WE HAVE SOME SPECIAL OFFERS FOR YOU! 

 

 

                                                     15th Anniversary Sale!

We won't be publishing the offers though...

You'll have to trust us when we say the SAVINGS ARE BIG will frustrate our competitors even more!

In fact, we're offering the Best Deals on Home & Business Security in the history of Reed Security.

Hint: Think 15

We hope this intrigues you and compels you to contact one of our Security Specialists today for more information.

Call us in Prince Albert: 306.922.7200

Call us in Saskatoon: 306.653.3200

CLICK HERE for more information or a FREE ESTIMATE.

One Last Thing - our 15th Anniversary Deals won't last forever.
(They cost us too much).

Eligible Products & Services:
Alarm Systems with Intrusion, Fire, and Temperature Protection
24/7 ULC Monitoring - We notify You, the Police and Fire Department
ReedHD Hi-Def Cameras - Record Faces & License Plates
• Service Calls - Voted Best Customer Service by the Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce
• Professional Installation - Our techs are certified, are personable, and are the best in the business 


 ALARM SYSTEMS $5/MO. 24/7 MONITORING REEDHD HI-DEF CAMERAS ACCESS CONTROL

Refer A Friend & Get $50  

 

Click to refer a friend now!!

 

Find Reed Security online at www.reedsecurity.com or check out their listing here in the SASKATOON ALARM & SECURITY Category on THE Saskatoon directory of excellence. Virgil Reed and his team are YOUR Trusted SASKATOON ALARM & SECURITY experts right here in Saskatoon!

 

Your Mortgage Now Trusted Saskatoon Mortgage Brokers tip on Mortgage Renewals

posted by Trusted Saskatoon    |   March 3, 2015 09:28

Buying a home is one of the most important and exciting steps in your life.... now that pesky financing! Deal with people who can offer you and your family the best options for you with Your Mortgage Now! Devin Cristo and Wes Will are your Saskatoon Mortgage Experts and they have years of experience helping individuals and families finance their dreams by offering mortgages from a variety of lenders for people from all walks of life.

They are your Trusted Saskatoon Mortgage Experts!

Here they share a tip on Mortgage Renewals: 
 

 

Your Mortgage is Up for Renewal

If your mortgage is up for renewal within the next 6 months you may want to start thinking about what you’re going to do when your mortgage term ends. While you could renew with your current lender, you may be missing out on potential mortgage interest savings. It’s most often in your best interest to see what else is available for you before you sign on the dotted line of any mortgage commitment. This week, we want to highlight the mortgage options you have at renewal time so you can make an educated decision on how to proceed into the next term of your mortgage.

Renew your mortgage with same lender

If you don’t want to make any changes to your current mortgage amount or amortization, a simple mortgage renewal could be the solution for you. Your existing mortgage lender will usually send you an offer to renew near the end of your mortgage term or maybe sooner, depending on your lender. This document will contain the different mortgage term rate offerings for you to choose from. The benefit of renewing with your existing lender is, minimal paperwork is required as most often you are not required to re-qualify for the mortgage and there’s usually no costs involved unless your lender is charging you a renewal fee. This is ideal if you just want to sign on the dotted line, though the downside is you may not have initially been offered the best rate available. Often the rates are negotiable and you need to be aware you don’t get what you don’t ask for, however, before having the rate talk with your lender do some research first to determine what exactly the “best rates” are for your current financial position.

 

Renegotiate your mortgage with a different lender

If you’re okay with your existing mortgage amount though looking at making changes to the interest rate, or other terms your contract does not offer, you may want to look at the possibility of renegotiating your mortgage with a different lender. If you’re going to look at this option, be prepared to provide updated mortgage application details as well as supporting documentation to your new mortgage lender. As you don’t have a mortgage repayment history with this new lender they will want to re-qualify you for the mortgage which will also involve ordering your credit report. Usually a mortgage “switch” doesn’t involve any costs charged by the new lender as they will cover them, though there may be some small administration costs of $200-$300 charged by the lender you are leaving.

 

Refinance your mortgage

A refinance is perfect for you if you want to access your home equity at renewal time. Refinancing your mortgage allows you to restructure your mortgage amount, term, interest rate and amortization. If you have sufficient equity available this can allow you to pay off debt, invest, renovate, and more. There are some costs related to refinancing your mortgage which may include appraisal and legal fees, though they usually aren’t as high as what you paid when you originally purchased the home. Some lenders will also offer to pick up some of the costs to their refinance customers or offer some small cash back amounts to help reduce any out of pocket costs that need to be paid. You can also discuss other options including paying some of those costs from your refinance funds at closing time.

The next step is deciding on which of the 3 ways you want to access your equity at renewal time;

  1. Restructure your first mortgage to accommodate the extra funds you want out of your home.
  2. A second mortgage will allow you to leave your first mortgage details the same, but access equity by obtaining a 2nd mortgage behind your 1st one. Be careful though, as 2nd mortgages may come with higher rates and possibly fees.
  3. Or, if you qualify, a home equity line of credit could be the solution you’re looking for. It can be registered behind your first mortgage and offers a variable interest rate, an open term and interest only payments.

A lot can change during the term of your mortgage including income, assets, debts, and financial profile, among other things. It’s never a bad idea to give your mortgage a check-up at renewal time to ensure it aligns with the financial goals you are trying to achieve. Don’t be afraid to explore how you can make your mortgage work to your benefit by partnering with experienced mortgage professionals at YourMortgageNow.ca. Devin and Wes are Trusted Saskatoon‘s Mortgage Associates who specialize on the perfect financing solution for your unique financial situation.

 

 

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Scott Dolan Realty Executives a Trusted Saskatoon Real Estate expert tip

posted by Trusted Saskatoon    |   March 3, 2015 08:39

Buying or selling your home is the most important financial decision for most ... and it is also one of the most important life decisions. Your home is where the heart is - where children grow, families and friends gather, and many lifetime memories are made. Trust your decisions about real estate to someone who knows the importance of your home....

Scott Dolan with Realty Executives continually strives to provide the highest professional standards in order to exceed all of your real estate expectations. If you would like some up to the minute information on ANY property, just give Scott a quick call......he can help!

Scott Dolan with Realty Executives is a Trusted Saskatoon expert for all your real estate needs.

Here Scott shares a tip on 10 Home projects in terms of costs recouped at re-sale: 

Have you ever wondered what some of the best project's are to add more value to your home. I hear a lot about kitchens and bathrooms and I will admit they both bring a lot of value to your home. How ever, in reality there are a few other options to consider as well. Top 10 Home projects Nationally in terms of costs recouped at re-sale.

 

Project 1

Entry door replacement (midrange)

National average of costs recouped at resale: 101.8%

 

Project 2
Manufactured stone veneer (midrange)
National average of costs recouped at resale: 92.2%

 
Project 3
Garage door replacement (midrange)
National average of costs recouped at resale: 88.5%
 
 
 
 
Project 4
Siding replacement, fiber cement (upscale)
National average of costs recouped at resale: 84.3%
 
 

 
 
Project 5
Garage door replacement (upscale)
National average of costs recouped at resale: 82.5%

 
 
Project 6
Siding replacement, vinyl (midrange)
National average of costs recouped at resale: 80.7%

 
 
Project 7
Deck addition, wood (midrange)
National average of costs recouped at resale: 80.5%
 
Project 8
Minor kitchen remodel (midrange)
National average of costs recouped at resale: 79.3%

 
 
Project 9
Window replacement (mid range)

 

Project 10
Siding replacement, foam-backed vinyl (upscale)
National average of costs recouped at resale: 77.6%

 
 

Scott Dolan is your Trusted Saskatoon Realtor – working hard to find the right fit for you and your family! Give him a call – you will be glad you did!

 

Saskatoon Pilates Centre your Trusted Saskatoon Pilates experts share a tip

posted by Trusted Saskatoon    |   March 2, 2015 19:36

Saskatchewan’s premiere Pilates Centre– the largest and most fully-equipped Pilates studio in the province. Saskatoon Pilates Centre continues to provide top quality classes with the most experienced and dedicated teachers helping you to experience the integrity of the Pilates exercises integrating body and mind for everyday living. Sounds great, doesn’t it? The founder of the Pilates movement, Joseph Pilates said; “Physical fitness is the attainment and maintenance of a uniformly developed body with a sound mind fully capable of performing our many and varied daily tasks with spontaneous zest and pleasure.”

Let Saskatoon Pilates Centre help you find that “zest and pleasure”! 

They are your Trusted Saskatoon Pilates and Health & wellness experts

Here Kathy shares a tip on her Continued Education: 

Every year Kathy attends this conference and returns recharged and reconnected with her Pilates colleagues and peers!

 

Continuing Education

-Requirements: 

PMA certification is valid for 2 years. The PMA requires all PMA Certified Pilates Teachers to earn 16 PMA approved CECs (1 hour = 1 CEC) in order to renew certification at the end of their two year term.

Rationale: 

As stated in the PMA Code of Ethics, PMA-certified professionals agree to continue gaining education to enhance their skills and knowledge, and to provide the highest quality services to clients.

First and foremost, the purpose of continuing education is for the protection of the public. Continuing education that advances knowledge, skills, and abilities, supports the Pilates professional in providing safe and effective instruction. 

Secondly, given the dynamic nature of the Pilates industry, it is imperative for Pilates professionals to go beyond entry-level and embrace the cutting edge of scientific understanding and validation of the Pilates Method; to stay abreast of the development in the field in order to stay competitive; and to broaden their skill set with a variety of approaches including training beyond the Pilates paradigm in order to enhance their capacity to work with a variety of clients including special populations.

To read more, click here: http://www.pilatesmethodalliance.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm…

For a complete list of offerings around the world, click here: http://www.pilatesmethodalliance.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm…

  

“You only have one body and you deserve the best.”

 

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