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Trusted Saskatoon Realtor Marla Janzen's Tips to Prepare Your Home for Fall and Winter Weather

As an award-winning SASKATOON REAL Estate agent, Marla Janzen knows the city and surrounding area extremely well. She strives to find her clients the perfect new place to live while negotiating the best terms and price possible. She has a keen eye for house layout and home staging, which really benefits her clients, most of whom are past client referrals! In her latest Saskatoon real estate tip, Marla shares tips on how to prepare your home for the colder months ahead. 

PREPARING YOUR HOME FOR FALL FEELS

Fall has a certain air to it, don’t you think? As the seasons change, it’s time to get your house ready for the coming rain, snow, and ice. The best way to avoid problems later in the season is to plan ahead and do some simple house maintenance as early as now. By doing this, you’ll be free to take advantage of everything the autumn season has to offer. To help you out, I’ve compiled a list of practical things to do on your own. However, hiring a professional to do it for you will be more cost-effective in the long run, saving you both time and money.

Here are some helpful tips to help you prepare your house for the colder months ahead.

1. Check the roof for leaks

From the ground, you should be able to get a good look at it. Consider using a pair of binoculars or scaling a nearby structure for a better vantage point if you’re up for the challenge. Look for shingles that are loose, broken, or missing. The removal of leaves and other debris can be necessary if your roof is flat.

2. Make sure your gutters are clear

It’s critical to maintain the smooth flow of your roof’s drainage system, which annually diverts tens of thousands of gallons of water from the exterior and foundation walls of your residence. Clogged gutters can result in water damage to your home’s exterior and a flooded basement. They rust and corrode more quickly. Remove all debris from your gutters and cover them with mesh gutter guards before the leaves start falling this season.

3. Remove leaves and check the trees in your area

Examine the trees in your area. Look for broken or too close to electrical wires or the roof, damaged limbs. Meanwhile, clear the yard of leaves by raking them and then removing them. If you have access to a compost pile, use it. If this is not an option, place in yard waste bags and place at the curb for collection by the neighborhood.

4. Replace window and door screens

Strengthen the windows and doors of your home. Having storm windows and doors would be best as replacements for your screens. All doors and windows should have caulk and seals checked.

5. Pool closeout

Schedule a pool closing service if you have a pool and live in a cold climate. If you are capable, you can buy the supplies and close your pool yourself if you know how to do this task.

6. Garage clean up

Organizing your garage or shed for fall and winter is a terrific time to search through your supplies. Don’t wait for snow trouble before you find that snow shovel of yours. If you live in an area with erratic weather, be sure your snowblower is serviced and ready to go.

7. Manage the shed

Most often than not, we have summer items filing up our storage. It’s an excellent time to organize and clean up your shed now by rearranging and putting all summer items at the back and winter products in the front to make it easier to get the things you’d need in the colder seasons. Be sure to get rid of everything that could freeze, as well. Restore and store outdoor furniture that has been left unused over the winter. Clean the cushions by removing them and washing them—store furniture in a dry spot throughout the winter after cleaning and drying it.

8. Make a bundle of firewood a priority

With fireplaces in mind, it’s time to start accumulating firewood. You’ll be happy you did it when the cold weather arrives. Use dried and ready-to-use firewood if you’ve collected it yourself. Covering and storing firewood away from the home is the safest option. Outside, construct a firewood rack and a carrier for moving the wood inside. Make sure you have enough wood on hand for the entire season.

9. Take care of the fireplace and the chimney

The colder months would surely make you and your family spend more time together, lounging in front of the fireplace. Ensure that the fireplace and chimney are both working properly before using the fireplace. It’s highly recommended that you have a professional chimney sweep and inspection if you frequently use your wood fireplace. To avoid chimney fires, schedule a chimney cleaning appointment right away.

10. Make sure that the furnace and boiler are working properly

You should check your furnace or boiler in the fall to make sure it’s ready for the cold weather. A furnace’s filters should be changed on a regular basis throughout the fall and winter. Have it inspected if necessary,  by doing so, you’ll be saving money on your utility bills and have extra for shopping, maybe?

11. Turn off all faucets and put hoses away in a dry place

Disconnect outside spigots and drain garden hoses. Turn off external faucets and, if your house is older, the valve inside. Shut everything down. Keep hoses out of the freezer by storing them in a dry location. Follow the manufacturer’s protocol for draining and safeguarding an in-ground irrigation system from winter damage to freezeproof it.

All faucets that leave your home should have an internal shut-off valve. If the interior shut-off valve has a drain stopper, open it while the outside faucet is still turned on. The drain plug on the shut-off valve should be closed and then turn the outdoor faucet back to the off position once all of the water has been completely drained from the line. If you don’t have shut-off valves or can’t find them, hire a certified plumber to install them.

Blowout sprinkler lines and irrigation system. At this time, your irrigation system may need to be drained and checked. Repairs should be performed by a professional, and sprinkler heads near snow removal zones should be marked. By doing this, you’ll have peace of mind during the freezing season.

12. Check the condition of your furnace

It would be best if you had a professional inspect your heating system once a year. Think about doing this task before winter sets in so you don’t have to rush. And while you are at it, include your furnace on the checklist too. Hire an HVAC professional to check for leaks, evaluate the heating efficiency, and change the filter. They can also check for carbon monoxide for air safety. Also, keep spare air filters on hand and swap them out regularly.

13. Clean humidifiers

During the months when it’s operating, maintaining your central humidifier will make you and your house more pleasant. To begin, look over the plates or pads and, if necessary, give them a good cleaning with a strong solution of laundry detergent. Use a wire brush or steel wool to remove mineral deposits after rinsing the area well and drying. Replace any worn-out filters and give the compartment a thorough cleaning. Vinegar is a low-cost and effective solution. Just a trivia, did you know that dry winter air makes fine wood more susceptible to cracking? So much so that dry winter air can also cause harm or irritation on our skin.

14. Make time for carpet care

Cleaning your carpets is best done in the fall. This season is the most fantastic time to open windows and let fresh air in to help with drying. If you don’t know how to operate a carpet cleaning machine, hire a pro to do it for you.

15. Comfy clean bedding

Get your down and cotton comforters, linens, and knits out of the closet and give them a good cleaning. After a thorough wash, place your blankets in a handy closet so that they’re ready to go when the frigid nights arrive.


There you have it—my practical guide to prepping your home for fall. Make sure your house is ready for the next autumn season by being smart and practical. Preventative maintenance now will save you money on costly emergency repairs and other expenditures in the long run. Maintaining your house well not only increases its worth and appeal but also saves you time and energy. 

Is there something you need help with around the house or are you planning to sell or buy a new home for the winter? Contact award-winning SASKATOON REAL Estate agent Marla Janzen today for a free consultation! 

Marla guarantees to provide you with a stress-free, hassle-free, wonderful experience and we are sure once you have met her that you will not contact anyone else!

Marla Janzen is a TRUSTED SASKATOON REALTOR®

Marla Janzen Celebrates 10 Years As A Trusted Saskatoon Realtor!

TRUSTED SASKATOON RECOGNIZES OUR 10 YEAR PARTNERS!

In this series of articles, we are shining a spotlight on the businesses that have been with us since we launched in 2011. We want to thank them for TRUSTING our team, and we are recognizing each of them individually for providing 10 years of OUTSTANDING service to the public of Saskatoon, and surrounding areas! This first article is to celebrate the first EVER Trusted Saskatoon partner, Marla Janzen, a Trusted Saskatoon realtor

Marla Janzen, a Saskatoon REALTOR® You Can Trust  

Marla Janzen is truly outstanding, not only as a local Saskatoon realtor, but she is an amazing person, mother, wife, daughter, and friend to everyone she meets! Her personality is infectious and she truly takes a heartfelt interest in her clients' needs and goals. It's easy to see why she has risen to the top ranks of all realtors in Saskatoon in such a short period of time. Marla is a multi-award-winning agent with eXp Realty. She has won dozens of awards throughout her real estate career, most are for real estate sales, but she has also been recognized for her outstanding marketing! In 2016 Marla was the recipient of the WMBEX Marketing Award at the Warman & Martensville Chambers of Commerce Business Excellence Awards. She has made a commitment to represent Saskatoon, Warman, Martensville, and the surrounding area with the highest caliber of professional real estate service ever experienced in those communities!

Marla was taught that honesty, hard work, and stellar customer service are the most important parts of the business and she puts that philosophy to practice as she strives to be the best real estate agent in the area. She has been a Saskatchewan real estate agent since 2004 and she brings her vast knowledge and experience to help each of her clients and their specific needs. As well, Marla is adept at handling any transaction, regardless of property type or price point. We are confident she will offer you an outstanding experience, whether you are buying your first home, dream home, rental property or selling an existing property.


Over the years, Marla has been re-checked, re-verified and she has been mystery shopped, each time she has passed with flying colors. She has also consistently upheld our 5 TRUSTED GUARANTEES of service for 10 YEARS straight, she has never had as much as a grumble or complaint! Sara was proud to present her with her 10 years Trusted Saskatoon Partner Award. 

"Marla has been a joy to deal with over the last decade. She helped me find the perfect home for my family and the entire process from beginning to end with stress free. I am so impressed with how she has built her business and her brand over the years and she embodies what it means to be ' Trusted '." - Sara Wheelwright - Trusted founder. 

Marla Janzen has been a Trusted Saskatoon Real Estate Expert for over 10years!


If you’re thinking about selling your home, contact award-winning SASKATOON REAL Estate agent Marla Janzen today for a free consultation! She would be happy to offer you her personalized opinions.


Marla guarantees to provide you with a stress-free, hassle-free, wonderful experience and we are sure once you have met her that you will not contact anyone else! 

When the Trusted Saskatoon team gives a business the 'Thumbs Up' it really means something!! So continue to use and recommend TrustedSaskatoon.com to FIND GREAT LOCAL BUSINESSES YOU CAN TRUST like Marla Janzen with eXp Realty!


You can find out all about Marla's philosophy, what attracted her to the real estate industry,  and hear what drives her to provide excellence each day in the Behind The Brand Video we recorded with her in 2020. 

Trusted Saskatoon Fitness Equipment Store, Fitness Solutions Explain 6 Health Benefits of Strength Training

Fitness Solutions is a locally owned, Trusted Saskatoon Fitness Equipment storeserving residential and commercial customers for over 30 years. They have the tools and the experience to make your fitness goals a reality. They are there every step of the way to guide and educate you through the process of finding the perfect piece of equipment to make it happen. In their latest Trusted Saskatoon fitness tip, they discuss six incredible benefits of strength training. 

Fitness Solutions, Trusted Saskatoon Fitness Experts 

6 INCREDIBLE HEALTH BENEFITS OF STRENGTH TRAINING

The days are gone of strength training is only for professional athletes and bodybuilders. Strength training is for everyone! The benefits of strength training are undeniable, and lifting on the regular contributes to overall physical, mental, and emotional health. 

Here are 6 incredible health benefits of strength training: 

1. Strong Muscles

Strength training involves working your muscles against resistance (weights), which stimulates them to become stronger. As you train, your body becomes stronger and stronger which increases endurance and improves muscle efficiency.

2. Healthy Body Fat Levels

Strength training is more effective at regulating body fat than cardio. This is due to the fact that strength training exercises trigger excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC). This temporary metabolic boost occurs due to the extra oxygen that is required to cool down and repair muscles following intense strength training. 

3. Mental & Emotional Health

Strength training increases levels of endorphins and endocannabinoids in the brain that can improve mental health. In addition, strength training supports brain health through increased levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF).

4. Balance & Stability

As a person ages, balance and stability become increasingly important. Strength training improves balance and stability because it forces movement at all different angles working both major muscle groups as well as smaller ones that may not otherwise be stimulated.

5. Improved Posture

Staying in one position all day such as seated at a computer causes torso muscles to weaken, leading to poor posture. Lifting weights strengthens the core, back, and shoulder muscles needed to improve posture.

6. Strong Bones

Strength training is important in maintaining bone mass and density. When you contract your muscles using force through strength training, it creates a force on the bone which helps them stay strong. Over time, bones become stronger in order to endure these forces they experience.

Fitness Solutions has all the strength training equipment you need to improve your overall quality of life.


If you need help with your fitness goals, the team at Fitness Solutions is here to help you stay fit and healthy. They take the time to ask you questions and go through all the details to find the perfect equipment for you. When comparing price versus quality, Fitness Solutions Saskatoon is your trusted local place to shop for home fitness equipment.

'Fitness is Not A Destination It Is A Way Of Life'

Fitness Solutions is a Trusted Saskatoon Fitness Equipment store


10 IT Management Predictions From Trusted Saskatoon IT Pro’s at Burnt Orange Solutions

Gareth McKee and his Trusted Saskatoon IT team at Burnt Orange Solutions promise to have a one-hour response time for all your IT support needs. Honesty and respect are important to them. They pride themselves on ensuring their clients understand IT concerns by providing a straightforward and reliable solution with exceptional service. 

Burnt Orange Solutions are your Trusted Saskatoon IT Experts and in their latest Saskatoon IT expert tip, Gareth shares 10 predictions for the future of IT Management.  

10 PREDICTIONS FOR THE FUTURE OF IT MANAGEMENT

With today’s emerging digital business opportunities, IT management needs to be aligned with business strategy in order to be responsive and adaptable. In order to compete, businesses will need IT to provide strategic value to deliver innovative products and services.

Here are ten predictions for the future of IT management from Gareth, owner of Burnt Orange Solutions  :

1. Businesses will be reliant on cloud technology to remain viable.

In the future, 98 percent of business data will be stored in the cloud rather than traditional company data centers.

2. Everything-as-a-Service dynamic will take over. 

Everything-as-a-Service (XaaS) dynamic is superior because IT is managed as an ever-changing product that is highly conducive to innovation. Cloud computing models such as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) models will become less popular.




 3.Risk management, cybersecurity, and remote work will be prioritized for businesses.

As a result of these priorities, IT networks will need to be optimized for resilience in order to support businesses with regard to these priorities.

4. China will likely be in the process of building the first 6G networks. 

Therefore, 5G wireless networks will have evolved to deliver high-bandwidth, low-latency connections to power advanced industrial internet of things (IoT).

5. Advanced edge computing will be prevalent. 

This will provide real-time local data processing which will enhance IoT systems and reduce traffic in the cloud network. Machines will be communicating and making decisions without human intervention, and mechanisms will exist that will fix problems on their own.

6. Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) will be common.

VR and AR will exist in many business environments including warehouses, as well as in employee training programs of various types.

7. Sources for analytics will diversify.

Having diverse sources to obtain analytics data will improve machine learning algorithms and make for stronger predictions to form better decision making.

8. Roles such as data entry, customer service, and manufacturing will become obsolete.

Advances in AI, robotics, and automation, improve productivity and efficiency for businesses. Jobs that do not even exist yet will fill any voids.

9. Network visibility and cybersecurity will be exponentially improved.

All network endpoints will be monitored from a single interface through unified endpoint management platforms.

10. GDPR-inspired federal data privacy laws will be enacted.

These laws will exist in most industrialized nations, and compliance with these laws will make data security management a top priority for every business.

As services become increasingly automated, the primary role of IT will shift in order to support business strategies. IT’s focus will be to integrate business systems, accelerate product development, and ultimately improve customer experience for businesses. Employees will have the ability to implement their own technology solutions through low-and no-code development platforms, so IT will need to be consultants in supporting businesses navigating their own IT functions.

We hope this article gave you some insight. If you want to ensure your business’s IT security, contact the Trusted Saskatoon IT professionals at Burnt Orange Solutions and we can take IT worries off your plate.

Things To Do Within 30 Minutes of Sunset Bay Resort, a Trusted Saskatoon and Area Lake Resort at Emma Lake

Sunset Bay Resort is a year-round Saskatchewan Emma lake vacation destination two hours north of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Located on Scenic Highway #263 to the Prince Albert National Park/Waskesiu. In the heart of Lakeland, golfers paradise, and snowmobile heaven you will find Sunset Bay Resort. 

When visiting Sunset Bay Resort located at beautiful Emma Lake, Saskatchewan, there are countless things to do within a 30-minute distance! Whether it be water-based activities, land activities, or sightseeing, there is something for everyone to enjoy all year round. The best part – all activities are within a 30-minute distance of Sunset Bay Resort, so you will never have to commute far to experience all that Emma Lake has to offer.

Sunset Bay Resort is a Trusted Saskatoon & area lake resort and 4 season destination.

Water-Based Activities In And Around Emma Lake

Visiting Sunset Bay in the Summer? Get out on the lake!

Visiting Sunset Bay in the Winter? No problem, there is so much fun to be had. 
Enjoy activities such as: 
  • Curling
  • Playing pond hockey
  • Enjoy cross country skiing or snowmobiling
  • Ice Fishing
  • Skating

Land Activities Around Emma Lake

Hit the beach in the summer! 
  • Play beach volleyball on the court
  • Build a sandcastle
  • Play in the sand
  • Suntan
Looking for a little more adventure?

Sightseeing Near Sunset Bay Resort

If sightseeing is up your alley, there are plenty of things to do. 

Hungry & Thirsty for All Adventure Seeking?

  • Visit the local adult watering holes such as the Sunnyside Bar
  • Visit Fern’s Grocery & Emma Lake Pizza
  • Enjoy ice cream from the Sunset Bay Marina
No matter the season, come out and discover for yourself all Sunset Bay Resort and the surrounding area have to offer. Sunset Bay Resort is waiting for you! Book your stay now.


If you are looking for a getaway by a beautiful Saskatchewan lake spring, summer, fall or winter we know that your experience at Sunset Bay Resort will be everything you are looking for! Plus, you can't beat those breathtaking sunsets! 
The surroundings are mother nature's most beautiful, the lake is pristine and the sunsets are spectacular!     

Sunset Bay Resort is your Trusted Saskatoon and area lake resort in the Saskatoon Hotel & Accommodation category


   

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