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DECORA HOMES a SASKATOON HOMEBUILDER expert answers a Facebook Fans question on the SASKATOON DIRECTORY of Tips and resources  the SASKATOON DIRECTORY of expert's  FaceBook fan Cathie Calarco-Watson asked a great question..

“ What is the checklist to follow when seeking a new home builder or renovation company? (credentials, references, association memberships etc). As it is the largest investment one typically makes, it is critical to know you can trust your contractor, particularly in a time of economic growth where "everyone" is a builder/contractor. A friend of mine just lost over $20,000 to a contractor who never completed the job and is nowhere to be found. Do your "homework"”

We have already heard from one of our Trusted SASKATOON CONTRACTOR and RENOVATION experts J.A.B.A. Construction in a previous tip here is a response from Heather Kehoe from Decora Homes, a Trusted SASKATOON HOME BUILDER expert!

"Hi Cathie, Thanks so much for your question, and I am sorry to hear about your friend's unpleasant experience. I agree with all of the points and the checklist that Dave from J.A.B.A Construction has given you. In the home building and renovation market it can be confusing and overwhelming trying to find someone who is reputable,reliable and trustworthy,especially when you have so many options. My advice would be to follow Dave's checklist, whether you are building a new home or getting renovations done.

A few other key points:

  • Go and see the homes/and or renovations that have been done by the builder/contracter, check the quality and speak to the clients who purchased the home or had the renos done. Find out what they have to say about the builder and how their experience was. References and referrals are how a business grows.
  • What associations are they a part of and what is their warranty?
  • Does the builder/contractor have a service manager and project manager? These are key components to a successful build or renovation. This assures that the project timelines and possession dates are followed, product arrives, is inspected and is accounted for, the tradespeople are arriving to their jobsites on their scheduled dates, trades and suppliers are following quality and safety standards and install of product is completed as per blueprints and plans. The service manager also communicates with the clients to provide service during and after the build to followup on any warranty or touch ups that need to be looked after. Service and followup are key!
  • How long has the builder/contractor been in business? Is it their fulltime job, or is it part-time or a hobby?
  • Who are the sub-trades and suppliers that they use and how long have they been working with them? This is very important. Having established a committed working relationship with your trades and suppliers shows trust, loyality,consistency and reputablity.
  • What locations do they build in and how many homes do they build a year?
  • Awards and recognition.- Has the builder/contractor had special recognition for quality, customer service, uniqueness,etc? DECORA HOMES Ltd was recently awarded a 2011 Bridges Award and is nominated in 3 categories for the 2012 SABEX Awards in May.

From a reputable home builders percpective they key is to know and understand the clients budget and expectations. Communicate constantly, be honest and have the customer be involved. Does the business owner come on site? What is his/her involvement in the company? At DECORA HOMES, Ricky and Rhonda Iula make it a priority to meet each and every client, and are in the office and on the job site on a daily basis . They ask clients about past experiences they have had with builders/contractors. What did they like/dislike? Contractors and Home builders should ask cliemts what their main concerns are, do not assume that you know the answer to this question! Does the builder/contractor use any online tools? At DECORA HOMES we use an online tool marketed towards builders, trades, suppliers and clients. Clients can log into their buildertrend account and have access to their account 24/7. Each client can view a calendar of what is scheduled to be done at their home daily, which trades are at their home that day and changes to schedule. They can also send messages to us, or suppliers, view what products they have picked, access and approve change orders, view and add pictures, and see documents such as plans, quotes,etc. It is also a easy and reliable way for trades,suppliers,project and service managers to communicate. It is a fantastic tool!

Does the builder have an dedicated Sales Representative/Interior Coordinator to assist clients from beginning to end through their build or renovation? At DECORA HOMES my job is to assist clients in creating and designing the home of their dreams. For most people this is the largest investment that they will make in their life, and it is extremely important that there is constant communication between myself and the client and that they are informed and involved in all decisions regarding their home. Every client is different therefore everyone's ideas and home will be unique. I work directly with the client to establish rapport and a relationship built on trust and honesty. I take the time to get to know my client, what is important to them in a home, what type of floorplan would idealliy fit their lifestyle/household , what are their likes/dislikes. Together we design or make alterations to a floorplan. We work together to create the home or renovation they have envisioned within their budget. One of the benefits of my job is I get to spend time with the clients and suppliers, assisting the client in picking out all their product, getting quotes, coordinating samples,etc. For some clients this can be the most daunting part of a build /renovation. I schedule adequate time with the clients and suppliers to go over the plans in detail, and make sure timelines are followed. I confirm all product from shingles to flooring, stucco to plumbing fixtures. I love this part!! Assisting a client with kitchen cabinets, granite, flooring,plumbing,etc and watching everything come together is amazing! Thank you again for your question! Feel free to contact me with any other questions or concerns!"

Sincerely, Heather Kehoe Sales Representative

Decora Homes and Renovations





What GREAT advice from Heather at Decora Homes for anyone building a home or thinking about major Renovations!  is the SASKATOON DIRECTORY of Trusted experts...yet we are MORE than just a Saskatoon Directory, we are a growing library of resources across many many categories.


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SASKATOON COMPUTER experts on the SASKATOON DIRECTORY answer a FB Fans question


Elden Dutton asked us " What do all the specifications really mean when buying a computer/laptop?"  

Pardeep the friendly and not so nerdy guy from Bridge City replied in REAL refreshing to us ' Tech -less' heads!  

" Hi Elden..we get these kind of questions EVERY DAY....and hope our explanation are simple and help you out!" 

Installed memory. The more installed memory your laptop has, the more applications (stuff) you can run at once, and the better your machine will perform.

Processor. The CPU determines how quickly a notebook runs applications and performs on-screen tasks. Intel i3 and i5 are good choices, things to consider here are cache size speed (Ghz) and how many cores. Generally a Multi core Processor will translate to more speed ..more speed is good for movies and downloading!

Screen size. The specified size of a laptop's LCD screen represents a diagonal to watch movies/play games..get a bigger screen!

Hard drive. The larger the hard drive, the more data you can keep on your laptop. There generally is 2 speed of hdd available 7200 rpm or 5400 rpm.  7200 rpm spin faster and would offer faster access times

Optical drives. Most manufacturers offer laptops with rewritable DVD drives, or drives with Blu Ray capability These are the Primary components to consider when making a laptop purchase....

SASKATOON MORTGAGE BROKER Tammy Wandzura answers SASKATOON DIRECTORY fans MORTGAGE questions!  has evolved from just a SASKATOON DIRECTORY into a comprehensive Saskatoon resource tool when people are doing research BEFORE they buy.

We know that 95% of Canadians 25million plus internet users, do research online before they purchase...generally the more money something is...or the less they know about the subject ( that could be something like painiting and design or perhaps they want to learn more about Investing their savings) the more time will be spent researching and on each of the 40 category pages there is a link next to the category title: click here for tips and resources...when you click you are taken to our blog directory....just select the subject you are interested in from the Trusted Tips..or simply pick the category from the TAG cloud and see everything we have from our experts on the subject you are interested in........Smart and always!!

Here our SASKATOON MORTGAGE EXPERT Tammy Wandzura answer some really timely FB fans questions on MORTGAGES in SASKATOON!

Summer Walker asked “ I want to know how to get the best mortgage rate possible from banks. What do you need to go in with to guarantee you get a low rate. What are the right questions to ask to get the lower rate. I know banks won't just offer it right away. First time home buyer here”


Tammy Wandzura a Trusted Saskatoon Mortgage Broker Expert said:

 “ Hi Summer, the traditional lenders do not offer their best rates up front. There is no way to know if they are offering their best rate. Typically they start high and only lower the rate if they know they are in a competitive situation. That is the beauty of working with a Mortgage Broker. We offer the best rates up front (from the same lenders that you are struggling with)


Kimberly Denis Robillard asked “ realistically, How much money should I have for a down payment on my first home? I won't be looking for another 2 yrs and I will be looking for a modest 3 bedroom. Sometimes I feel so overwhelmed when it comes to home ownership.”

Tammy Wandzura a Trusted Saskatoon Mortgage Expert answered

“ Hi Kimberly, the current rules (subject and rumoured to change in the future) is that you require 5% down to purchase a home. We have numerous programs available at this time to assist clients with Free down payment options, but there are many benefits to larger % down payments.”

There you have it folks...Trusted Tips from a Trusted SASKATOON MORTGAGE Expertsright here in Saskatoon...we are the Peoples SASAKATOON DIRECTORY and we care about you! 


Thanks Tammy gave us Smart and simple responses....and to the point...

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WISEGUYS MATTRESS are SASKATOONS MATTRESS they share a Trusted tip we all need to hear!

Wiseguys Mattresses Saskatoon offer incredible value to their customers through a boutique style shopping experience, customized service and unbeatable prices. They aim to have every customer leave the store confident in their decision to buy, and with a guaranteed good night's sleep on their best SASKATOON MATTRESS.

Mark from Wiseguys Mattress,  Saskatoon Mattress experts, shares a Trusted tip

Everyone always asks me ' Mark..what's the best bed I sell?'  I always answer, "The one that works best for you."

When buying a bed, the person you are dealing with should be asking you questions to guide you towards something designed for your sleep needs. Every body is different and there are general rules to go by, but at the end of the day you should go with what you find comfortable. Here are two things to keep in mind when looking for a new mattress...

1: Always make sure you get a minimum 30 day sleep satisfaction with your purchase

YOU SHOULD NOT HAVE TO BUY ANYTHING ELSE BUT THE MATTRESS TO GET THAT. If you are told that you must purchase a mattress pad or protector to receive a sleep guarantee; then they don't care if you’re happy, they just want more money from you. I sell protectors and HIGHLY recommend them, but you should never have to buy one just for a warranty. Some places will even tell you that you would have no warranty on your bed unless you buy their mattress pad. THIS IS TOTALLY FALSE. You ALWAYS have a manufacturer’s warranty on a new product. I would never recommend purchasing extra or extended warranty for your mattress; the manufacture’s warranty and a good mattress protector are all you ever need. Paying for extra warranty is simply a way to separate you from your money.

2: Never fall for terms like pedic.., chiro.., back.., doctor.., posture... etc on mattresses or brands.

These terms are thrown around all the time to give you the illusion that they are "good" for your back. Every manufacture will use terms like this on mattresses which will have nothing to do with back support at all. Many manufactures have endorsements from institutions or organizations, or work in conjunction with institutions, which is great, but if this is their main selling point, well maybe that’s all they really have, just a paid endorsement. Some brands that I carry have endorsements, but I don't even mention it to my customers. Why? Because nothing should be influencing your decision except comfort. Nobody can tell you what’s right for you, except YOU.

Listen to Mark...he's " Da Boss"  after all..and he works in YOUR best interests..guaranteed!

Find Wiseguys Mattress , Circle Dr. E. Saskatoon,fan them on Facebook or check out their listing here in the Saskatoon Furniture Category on THE Saskatoon Directory of excellence. They are YOUR Trusted SASKATOON MATTRESS Experts right here in Saskatoon!


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