K & S Contracting specializes in foundation repair for homeowners across Saskatchewan, but they also offer general contracting services to Saskatoon and surrounding area.
In this Trusted Saskatoon Tip, K & S Contracting discusses preparing your basement for renovation.
Preparing Your Basement for Renovation
A finished basement is a great space to entertain, relax, or pursue hobbies. Turning a cold, empty, concrete basement into an enjoyable living space takes work and planning. There are a lot of design and functionality options which are up to personal choice, but there are some basic considerations to keep in mind for anyone planning a basement renovation. Before you start, take these tips into consideration for a smooth and successful Renovation.
Start with the Layout
Plan how the room(s) in the basement will be laid out. Any bedrooms must have windows for safety. Put the main socializing area in a spot with good natural light to draw people in. If you are planning on having a TV viewing room it can be in the darker area away from the windows to reduce glare.
What to Fix Before You Start Renovations
Check for moisture by taping some squares of plastic over the walls and floors. If moisture forms underneath, your basement foundation is likely not sealed. If moisture forms on top, the basement needs dehumidifying.
Small leaks in the foundation can be dealt with yourself using some concrete-patching compound. Landscaping considerations such as sloping away from the foundation and installing gutters that send the water far from the foundation will also help. Any cracks in the foundation wider than a pencil should be checked by a professional structural engineer.
Insulate any exposed water pipes with foam insulation sleeves, and insulate any exposed wiring with high-temperature grade red silicone. If you feel uncomfortable working around electrical wires, have a professional take over this part. Have a professional check the integrity of floor joists, and inspect any fuel burning equipment and the ventilation system to ensure you won’t have carbon monoxide buildup.
Now You are Ready to Start the Renovations
Now that the basement is ready to go, you can start the actual work! If you would rather not DIY a major project like a basement renovation, the Trusted Contractors at K & S Contracting are ready to help!
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Invisible Fence® Brand systems Saskatchewan are invisible boundary systems for your yard and home! It keeps your pet out of harm's way and prevents unwanted behaviours throughout your home and yard. The systems are safe, humane, and highly recommended by Veterinarians, Behaviorists, and pet experts. Over the last 45 years, they have helped more than two million pets and their owners lead safe and harmonious lives together, and their exclusive training program allows dogs and cats to learn their boundaries without fear, distress, or behavioural harm.
Invisible Fence Saskatchewan are Trusted Saskatoon Pet fencing solution experts!
Do Invisible Fence Collars 'Shock'?
This great photo below, of a dog choosing not to "cross the line" of their invisible fence, despite some tempting moose in the yard, prompted this question on social media: "So would it have gotten a shock if it crossed the line?"
Solange, owner of Invisible Fence® Brand systems Saskatchewan, answered:
"It does not give them a shock. It is a sensation that they just don’t like. It is kind of like a
chalkboard to us. It doesn’t hurt us to scratch our nails down a chalkboard, but we sure as heck won’t do it because we cannot stand the feeling of it. So think of their boundary as their chalkboard. Even if I had to turn a dogs collar up onto the highest setting because he was that stubborn, the greatest amount of static in his collar is no more then when you drag your feet across carpet. But a rate of vibration is added into it creating that sensation that they just don’t like. When we begin the training with your pets, it is on a low rate of vibration only which you and I cannot even feel in our hand.
I always put the collar in the owner's hand so that they can feel what they are feeling. You will look at me and tell me you don’t feel anything. And that is the point. You will watch me teach your dog to learn and understand what and where his boundaries are on a setting that you and I cannot even feel. Eventually, his collar settings will change in order to keep him within his boundaries should he be tempted to leave. But that is not done until he gets to know his boundary and which way to turn at his boundary 100%. We let him make all the mistakes while learning on a setting that we cannot feel. This way, they have a full understanding of their boundary before their settings are put to a containment level designed for each and every dog individually. Their containment settings will be customized based on their breed, size, age and personality. Perhaps one of your dogs are timid and the other one is the opposite. Then their collars will be set very differently. The training will be done differently as well."
" This is one of the many reasons that makes us so different from anything else out there. Because we have the ability to set the collar on a low rate of vibration only allowing the dog to learn. Dogs thrive on their training. They love to learn new things. So when they get to learn at something that is only making them aware but not startling or scaring them at all. Research has been done with invisible fence brand products where researchers and veterinarians hooked dogs up to machines that measured their heart rates and stress levels. Not one single dog was ever under any kind of stress or duress while going through the training. Because it is done in such a kind and gentle way. This is why animal behaviourist and veterinarians support invisible fence brand products and the training. The training was designed by animal behaviourist specifically to go with our systems. Thank you for asking this question I hope that this was helpful. You can call me anytime and I can explain further."
At Invisible Fence Brand of Saskatchewan they're passionate about protecting pets — so you can focus on fun! Get more information on the solutions they offer by visiting their listing in the Trusted pets and vets category.
Being a Trusted Business on the Trusted Saskatoon Directory of Excellence comes with a lot of responsibility - no other directory, advertising medium, or 'watchdog organization' puts businesses through the process we do before we promote and endorse them.
The Trusted Saskatoon businesses become partners with a contract, and they become part of a Trusted community. In a community, we all have our parts to play to ensure that the directory maintains it's high standards and level of integrity. 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 SaskatoonPartners.
We then ask our mystery shoppers to fill out a report to tell us about the experience and share them here in our Saskatoon Trusted tip library.
Name of Shopper: Kim K
MYSTERY SHOP CHECKLIST
1. How was the greeting/ welcome/ call answered? Friendly staff member
2. If retail: Appearance of the store/staff and showroom? Great showroom, clean and I had no idea they did lighting!
3. Product/industry knowledge of staff? Very helpful – they directed me to the product that I asked for.
4. If a quote is required is the quote well laid out/ clear? No quote required – they got me pricing and I bought the item there and then from them.
5. Did they ask where you found them? No
6. Overall experience 1-10. I never give 10s- but they get a 9
7. Would you return as a customer/ recommend them to close friends? Yes- definitely – I was happy.
8. Did anyone stand out as exceptional? If so who? Why – Everyone was helpful.
If you made a purchase/booked a job how was the process?
If you did become a customer please refer to the Trusted Guarantees and give an overall mark on each if applicable
1. Provide the service and quality promised. - 10
2. Complete the job on time. – 10 – it was in stock!
3. Charge the price quoted with NO surprises- 10 - as priced
4. Communicate honestly and be responsive to customer needs- 10
5. Resolve any issues with customer satisfaction in mind – 10 – no issues with service or product
Please share any other comments relating to your experience with the company.
I had never been to Kitchen & Classics before finding them on TrustedSaskatoon.com
– I was impressed with the selection, the store and the price of my item (a toilet). The staff were helpful and the quality of the product for the price is great! I will go back in the future and would recommend others to go there – thumbs up from me!" - Kim
GREAT job goes out to the bathroom team at Kitchen & Bath Classics! They have reaffirmed that they are deserving of the THUMBS UP from www.trustedsaskatoon.com!
If you need to upgrade your kitchen or bathroom and are looking for a company with excellent customer service and knowledge, check out Kitchen & Bath Classics Trusted Saskatoon listing for more information - they are Trusted Saskatoon Bathroom Experts!
The Trusted Saskatoon team is thrilled to welcome Choice Payment Solutions as your Trusted Saskatoon Payment Solution Providers.
Choice Payment Solutions
Choice Payment Solutions, led by Nelson Crowder, is a Saskatoon payment solution provider serving Saskatchewan. Choice Payment Solutions provides a variety of easy-to-use and cost-effective payment solutions for a variety of business types. Some of the services they offer include point of sale systems, e-commerce solutions, and mobile payment solutions.
We became aware of Choice Payment Solutions some time ago as they provided a new payment system for the Trusted office! Our administrative manager, Victoria, had nothing but great things to say about the product and service we received from Nelson.
"We always try to choose local providers for all we do, however, our payment processing was always with large multinational companies like Moneris or Chase Paymentech, as we didn't know there was a local option! Choice has a great system and it has sped up the time it takes to process my bulk accounts receivables. In addition to that, we were pleasantly surprised to have saved money on our payment vs our previous suppliers' processing fees. Overall, working with Choice Payments and Nelson has been an amazing experience. In addition to that we have saved money on our payment processing" - Victoria, Trusted Saskatoon & Trusted Marketing Services
When speaking with clients as part of Choice's verification process to join Trusted Saskatoon, the consistent theme was how much people appreciated working with a Saskatoon payment solution provider who can provide prompt, local face to face customer support.
Don't just take it from us, hear what more of Choice Payment Solutions clients had to say:
"Choice has been wonderful - really good customer service and we found the rates were very competitive with other providers we researched."- Chantel, RM of Benson #35
"Any issue we had with our systems was simple to fix, and Choice was very responsive when we needed support" - Rosalind, Dundurn Rural Water Utility.
“Every business is unique. Getting to know our clients and truly understand their goals is what sets us apart. We provide exceptional local service with the added bonus of the full product line of our internationally renowned partner.”
~Nelson Crowder, President
If you are a Saskatchewan business that processes payments we highly recommend contacting Nelson at Choice Payment Solutions. He saved us money and made out lives easier, he could do the same for you! Choice Payment Solutions is a no-brainer!
We are very proud and excited to welcome Nelson to our Saskatoon directory of excellence, and we give Choice Payment Solutions the thumbs up as Trusted Saskatoon Payment Solution Providers!
Check out their listings on the Saskatoon Directory of excellence to read more reviews and to find out more about all they offer!
If you already accept credit cards, take advantage of a complimentary statement analysis to find out how Choice Payment Solutions compares to your current provider.
The Trusted Saskatoon directory team is thrilled to welcome Willow Creek Pet Cremations to our Saskatoon directory of excellence in the Saskatoon Vets & Pets category!
Willow Creek Pet Cremations
Willow Creek Pet Cremations is a family owned and operated Saskatoon and area pet crematorium
located in the RM of Corman Park, just north of Saskatoon. They offer pet cremation services as well as providing a variety of memorial urns to cherish for a lifetime. Willow Creek also provides pick-up service for owners who are unable to transport remains themselves. They work with area vets to coordinate service when remains are residing in veterinary offices. Willow Creek aims to provide comfort and professional service in an extremely difficult and sad time for pet owners and hopes to provide a level of comfort through the thoughtful memorial options they offer. Willow Creek Pet Cremations is owned and operated by husband and wife team Merlin and Teresa.
Why Are Willow Creek A Trusted Saskatoon Pet Crematorium?
Interviewing clients for their verification
was admittedly a bit daunting - after all, we are asking people to talk about a very painful time. However, once we began speaking with folks we started to understand just how valuable a service Willow Creek is providing. The caring team at Willow Creek Cremations aren't just about providing crematorium and memorial service, their role is just as much about providing comfort to people and families in a very emotional and trying time.
Willow Creek client Michael has this to say:
"Our pet passed away on a Saturday and they went out of their way to open on a Sunday to help us. Very professional and went all out. Very impressed with their service!"
Ashley, of Affinity Animal Hospital, had this to say about working with Willow Creek:
"Always done quick and efficiently. He just wants to keep everyone happy!"
These themes of professional, efficient service and going above and beyond for the client were consistently expressed to us by clients. We truly believe the greatest asset Willow Creek has is the compassionate attitude of its owners.