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Trusted Celebrates Amazing Local Business's Who Have Been Trusted Saskatoon Partners For Over 5 Years



TrustedSaskatoon.com’s 10 Year Anniversary year is coming to a close here in 2021. We celebrated with a huge contest, where we face away over $20,000 in prizes from our Trusted partners here in Saskatoon. We added new features, welcomed more fantastic local businesses to the growing Trusted Saskatoon community, and we have taken the time to recognize Trusted Saskatoon partners who have been with us for many years of our journey, some for over 10years! Our mission continues to be saving you time, money and stress when choosing locally owned businesses that serve Saskatoon and the surrounding area. This article is to celebrate and recognize the latest Saskatoon Businesses that have been Trusted Saskatoon partners for at least 5 years!

Saskatoon Pilates Centre Trusted Saskatoon Pilates Experts for over 8 years!



Kathy Bond has been the passionate owner and operator of Saskatoon Pilates Centre since 1999. She has over 50 years of experience as a dance teacher and fitness instructor and has been teaching Pilates for decades. Kathy celebrated her 75th birthday in 2021, but if you met her you wouldn’t know it! She has a zest for life, and so much knowledge and joy to share,  and she’s still at her studio every day because of her love of people, their health, motion and their overall wellness. 

The relationships she has forged are a huge part of her business, as some of her clients have been with her for over 20 years now and have become dear friends. 

WOW THAT IS INCREDIBLE!


Kathy also dedicates her success to her team of wonderful instructors over the years, who support their clients’ journeys to achieve optimal well-being through movement, fitness and a deeper awareness of their body/mind connection. She couldn’t have come this far without them. We are confident that her and her team can help you get fit, get healthy and have your body move and feel as it should, with ease of motion and no pain! 

As her tag line  states…

Every Body Matters’

Find out why Kathy Bond is the most respected and trusted Pilates instructor in Saskatoon and across Saskatchewan, we couldn’t be more proud to promote Saskatoon Pilates Centre as Your Trusted Saskatoon Pilates centre!

Invisible Fence Brand of Saskatchewan was brought to Saskatchewan by Solange Bosse in 2015, and she has been helping families and their furbabys gain freedom and safety all over the province ever since!. Solange is passionate about helping pets and pet owners and she has been a committed volunteer for wildlife rescue for over 25 years!


Every week, Solange and her team travel the province providing outstanding support and service for this wonderful product that has applications that work in urban yards, , as well as for rural properties on acreages and farms. No farm is too large and no yard or home is too small for Invisible Fence Solutions! Their products have helped hundreds of pets and their families lead safe and harmonious lives together. She should know, as she has two wonderful dogs of her own, a great dane named Sophie, a cockapoo named Alvin and a crazy cat called Steve. Oh yeah, Solange and her daughter also have a beautiful horse named Koda. Solange is proud to offer their proven P.E.T. Approach training method that ensures an unparalleled success rating of over 99%. She doesn’t just sell you the equipment and go on to the next clients, she helps to educate you and help train your pets, making it an easy transition for all. Invisible Fence Brands of Saskatchewan is the number one choice for pet fencing solutions in our province. The Trusted team is proud to promote Invisible Fence Brand Of Saskatchewan as your Trusted Saskatoon Pet Fence Expert for over 5 years and look forward to supporting them and promoting them for many more years! Congratulations Solange!

Burnt Orange Solutions Trusted Saskatoon IT Professionals For 5 Years!


Burnt Orange Solutions is a locally owned and operated Saskatoon IT company, and the team have been helping area businesses and consumers for over 10 years. Gareth Mckee, and immigrant from the UK,  initially  joined Trusted Saskatoon back in 2013. After a few years he relocated the family and the business to Biggar,Saskatchewan which is where his wife Alison, who is a family Dr. was working.When they moved back to Saskatoon in 2017 they wanted to rejoin the Trusted Saskatoon community. 

Whether you are dealing directly with Gareth, Kay, or any of his dedicated team, they aim to reply back and get your IT concerns addressed as soon as possible. They are proud to offer a  One Hour Response Time…who else can do that? Gareth has a huge passion for IT & data security, he owned an IT in the UK prior to moving to Canada , and before that he served in the British Army. Gareth keeps himself up to date with everything happening in the IT Industry, he is  constantly learning and updating the skills of  his team. In turn he is committed to educating his clients on best practices. Gareth provides the Trusted Saskatoon team with regular IT Tips and helpful data security articles for our Saskatoon Trusted Tip Library.
 

Be assured Burnt Orange Solutions  will do the best job they can for you. This is truly ‘IT Support You Can Trust and Understand’. Afterall, when it comes to your private and confidential data on your own IT systems, honesty and trust in a professional IT security firm is huge. At Burnt Orange Solutions they take pride in their workmanship, and fix each system as if it were their own. 


We are honoured to have them as Trusted Saskatoon partners, Burnt Orange Solutions really are the best Saskatoon IT company!

Fitness Solutions Trusted Saskatoon Fitness Equipment Store Since 2012! 


Fitness Solutions is a Saskatoon fitness equipment store operated by Gary and Carrie Banerd, an amazing Saskatoon couple who have a passion for fitness and helping others achieve optimum wellness!. They talk the talk, but also walk the walk, as they both have a background in sports and fitness and have carried that over to their two young girls and all their staff, who have a love for healthy living and physical activity.

Fitness Solutions is not like the big box stores that just sell you something without knowing you and your personal goals. They take the time to educate and evaluate your needs and know that when you walk out the door you will be 100% satisfied that what you bought will work best for you. They have literally thousands of satisfied clients, and when they speak of personalised service and caring for the individual, not the bottom line, they mean it. They know that a happy customer will not only be returning, they will also spread the word to their family, friends and colleagues…that’s the best way to build a successful business! 

They believe

‘Fitness is Not a Destination, It Is a Way of Life !’ 

And as such they provide regular fitness tips and articles to foster health and wellbeing in the community. You can find many of them here in the Trusted Saskatoon Tips library fitness Solutions section.  

The Trusted Saskatoon team is proud to be working with, and promoting, Fitness Solutions, your Trusted Saskatoon fitness store since 2012.


Sunset Bay Resort Your Trusted Saskatoon Lake Resort For Over 5 years!

Sunset Bay Resort has been owned and operated by Lawrence and Sonnia Minshull since 1986 when Lawrence, then in his early 20’s wanted a change from the construction industry that was taking up all his time and energy! Over the following decades they have thoroughly enjoyed their time as resort owners, serving customers from all over our province and from across Canada, making lifelong friends in the process.

Everyone that stays at Sunset Bay Resort speaks so highly of their personal service and how the entire Emma Lake resort , which has cabins, a lodge, a bar / restaurant, a laundrette, RV Park, a gas station, small grocery/ ice cream store, activity equipment rental and Emma Lake’s only marina ( phew!)  is so clean and well kept. That's truly a compliment to these dedicated owners who always want to make your stay a memorable one…in a good way! 

Sunset Bay Resort is a beautiful four season lake resort less than two hours drive north of Saskatoon. Make plans today to visit this lovely resort, and let Lawrence, Sonnia and their caring staff look after your every need. You and your family will not be disappointed, after all, their motto is 

FAMILY - FUN - LAKE - SUN. 


They recently made the decision to list the resort for sale, and we hope to help them find great buyers who will cherish the property and uphold the high standards as well as they have over the decades. 

We are so proud of them and what they have created, and so happy to have Sunset Bay Resort as your Trusted Saskatoon lake resort, cabin and accommodation partners for over 5 years


 

Trustedsaskatoon.com will save you time, save you hassle and save you money. Our local Trusted Saskatoon team is committed to finding outstanding businesses like the five we have highlighted above. Be assured, ALL the businesses featured on our Saskatoon directory have been checked, verified and are annually contracted to uphold the 5 TRUSTED GUARANTEES of service! 

5 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.


Trusted Saskatoon was founded on the principle that great local businesses deserve the promotion. We know they are out there, we have found many already, and we work hard to find more. Please help us by nominating your favourite Saskatoon businesses here.

Local House Is Your Trusted Saskatoon Online Retail Mall That Delivers Locally!

Local House Joins Trusted Saskatoon In The Saskatoon Speciality Retail Category


The Trusted Saskatoon Directory team is thrilled to brag about our newest Saskatoon partner in our Saskatoon Specialty Retail category. We would like to welcome and introduce you to Local House Your Trusted Saskatoon Online Mall

Local House was founded in 2020 by Mike and Chuck Le Page, who themselves are local retail business owners with stores in both Saskatoon and Regina. When COVID-19 shut down nearly everything in March of 2020, Mike Lepage recognized a unique business opportunity. Scrambling to buy a birthday gift for his fiancée, Lepage reached out to several local businesses but found it very tedious to organize the purchase and delivery of products.  Knowing there could be a better way to navigate this time-consuming approach, Mike and his father, Chuck, reached out to Trusted Marketing Services, and together, they started the complicated task building on the idea of Local House and bringing it to market with a brand and custom online shopping platform.
“I kept wishing there was a marketplace and delivery system for local business,” Mike Lepage explains. “I had been sitting on the Local House URL for a while, so I did some research on the concept, and there wasn’t anything quite like it yet.”

What Is Local House And How Does It Compete With Amazon?


Michael LePage wants to give local retailers in Saskatchewan a digital platform that can compete with the likes of Amazon.
Local House is more than just an e-commerce store, it’s a local ecosystem and essential a local online shopping mall that allows small local retailers to gain access to new sales opportunities, compete with foreign/out of market retailers stealing local market share and extend their brand reach to new customers in new places near where they operate. Retailers set up Local House stores for free and they can upload their products directly into the store. The development team spent many hours working on allowing Local House to work in hand with other well know and established major e-commerce platforms, such as Etsy and Shopify to make it more accessible for businesses and merchants who have already invested time and money in their own online stores. Now merchants can simply integrate with their existing online store software at the click of a mouse. The full checkout takes place on Local House and the retailers only pay if they make a sale- so it’s a win-win! 

Local House Delivers Same Day Or Next Day to Saskatoon Shoppers 

Convenient, same-day delivery or next-day delivery ( dependant on order time) on most products on Local House, means you can shop at your convenience, and get items delivered directly to your door. If your order total is under $25 delivery costs $7.00. If your order is larger than $25 delivery is $3.50. Some vendors also offer free delivery if a minimum purchase amount is met. 
 

Local House is an amazing and innovative example of a local business whose mission is to support other local Saskatoon businesses and provide solutions to Saskatoon consumers, which is the foundation of why we started the Trusted Saskatoon directory! 


Trusted Saskatoon warmly welcomes Mike and the Local House team to the Saskatoon directory of excellence in the Saskatoon specialty retail Category and we are proud to give them the ‘Thumbs Up’! 

 Local House Is Your Trusted Saskatoon Online Shopping Mall- Check out all Local House offers and read reviews on their listing by clicking here ...then go shop and support local retail.




Trusted Saskatoon is excited to welcome PrairieHeart Mobility To Our Trusted Saskatoon Health & Wellness Category!


 

Trusted Saskatoon is excited to welcome PrairieHeart Mobility To The Saskatoon Health & Wellness Category!


The Trusted Saskatoon Directory team are thrilled to brag about our newest Saskatoon partner in our Saskatoon Health & Wellness category. We would like to welcome and introduce you to PrairieHeart Mobility As Your Trusted Saskatoon Mobility Product & Service Professionals. 


Meet PrairieHeart Mobility


    


PrairieHeart Mobility has been Serving Saskatchewan since 1988 when they first saw the need for specialized home mobility products and medical supplies and wanted to provide that service across our province. They have truly enjoyed filling this need, and the response has been so great that after that first location opened in Regina they opened a second store in Moose Jaw in 2006 and most recently in 2020 they opened a third store, this time in Saskatoon. Their primary goal is to not only sell you the best mobility products on the market, but fix and maintain all equipment so it operates in the most efficient and effective way, keeping clients safe and independent as long as possible. PrairieHeart Mobility makes a positive difference for hundreds of customers in what can often be a challenging transitional period. They improve the quality of client's lives through their quality products, knowledgeable and trained staff and excellent customer service.

As a family owned and operated business, they are also committed to improving customers’ quality of life through increased mobility as well as ease of access and safety in their own homes. The owners and staff have such giving hearts and treat all of their customers like family...this is truly their mission...this is their purpose in life! Whether it be wheelchairs or lift chairs, scooters or walking devices, beds or bathroom safety products, vehicle accessibility items or even wheelchair accessible vans, they can get you going again.

As part of our unique Trusted Saskatoon verification process, we contacted a long list of PrairieHeart Mobility’s customers, some of which have been with them for decades. These loyal customers included adults with various disabilities, parents whose children have disabilities, elderly clients who have trouble getting around, and even owners of care homes and physiotherapists who always count on, and recommend, PrairieHeart to their clients. We asked questions and heard their stories and their opinions about the quality of PrairieHeart Mobility’s products, their outstanding selection and of course their amazing customer service.


At Trusted Saskatoon we are constantly adding great local businesses, but we were truly blown away by the heartfelt, positive feedback we received about PrairieHeart Mobility! Most of those surveyed rated them a 10 out of 10!


"I’ve been with PrairieHeart Mobility since 1999, when they were just a small shop, but they have sure grown. They are very easy to deal with, very friendly, and provide great options no matter your mobility needs. They have lots of quality products to choose from. I am very happy and would, and do, recommend them to everyone!!" - Clarence Krause

I had a very good experience dealing with PrairieHeart Mobility. The staff and sales consultant I dealt with were pleasant and helpful. They took the  time to treat me as an important person in their store. They let me try out several lift chairs and mobility scooters which would meet my needs as a P.P.M.S. patient. I was happy to purchase both of these from them. Fadi was my sales rep and he was amazing. Thanks so much. A very satisfied customer.” - Val Thiemann, Humboldt




These were just a few of the hundreds of customers around Saskatchewan that PrairieHeart Mobility’s team of qualified experts have helped over the last 33 years. Every company will talk highly of their service and quality products, but this new Trusted Saskatoon partner consistently walks the walk! At PrairieHeart Mobility, all of their qualified staff and technicians must align with, and follow, their number one company value...

“People First”




If you or a loved one need any of their products or services let the knowledgeable and caring staff work with you and your family to select the right mobility product or device to fit your needs. Afterall, selecting that right product for you is their #1 goal. Feel free to give them a call today or check out their website. They want you or your family member to live a happy, healthy and independent life as long as possible.



PrairieHeart Mobility is another amazing example of a local business who operates with honesty and integrity, the foundations of our Trusted Saskatoon directory!! 


Trusted Saskatoon warmly welcomes PrairieHeart Mobility to the Saskatoon directory of excellence in the Health & Wellness Category and we are proud to give them the ‘Thumbs Up’! 

PrairieHeart Mobility Your Trusted Saskatoon Mobility Products & Service Professionals. 



Pay Your Mortgage Down Faster With Advice From Trusted Saskatoon Mortgage Broker Tammy Wandzura

Purchasing your home is one of the biggest and most important decisions that you can make. Tammy Wandzura is a Trusted Saskatoon Mortgage broker and the team at Elite Mortgage Choice believe that buying a home should also be an exciting experience with little to NO stress. By trusting your Saskatoon Mortgage Broker, you are ensuring that any stress you may have had in previous encounters can be eliminated! Tammy truly believes that all you should have to worry about is opening the door to your new home for the very first time. In her latest Saskatoon Mortgage tip she shares how you can pay your mortgage down faster! 

Tammy Wandzura Explains How You Can Pay Your Mortgage Down Faster 

You found a house. You made an offer, and you got approved for your mortgage.

You locked down a phenomenal mortgage rate and chose a lender with flexible repayment options.

Don't Stop There 

In this article, I share how there are LITTLE ways you can make a BIG impact on your mortgage’s overall balance and life (amortization).

If you chose a variable rate mortgage:

  • Assuming you got a fantastic discount, your rate was (and likely still is) significantly lower than a fixed-rate mortgage.
  • I STRONGLY suggest you use this opportunity as a strategy and increase your payments as soon as possible to what they would be equal to a fixed-rate mortgage payment
    • That will mitigate some risk with fluctuating Bank of Canada Prime lending rate changes and avoid seeing a payment shock if rates move up a touch.
    • Increasing your payment slightly will mitigate some long term risk in the variable vs fixed conversation.
    • Assuming the Prime lending rate stays low, you will be saving significant interest in the first years of the mortgage, mitigating the risk of increases on the back end of the mortgage term.
    • This strategy allows you to see the biggest ‘bang for your buck’ while rates are low.
      • More money every month is going to your principal (vs interest) because rates are already so low
      • Every penny in addition to your regular payment goes directly to your principal balance and pays down the mortgage significantly faster.

Payment Frequency Options:

There are multiple options on how you can make your payment

The TWO options that will save you the most money in interest will be ACCELERATED Biweekly and ACCELERATED Weekly

(the accelerated is the crucial part)

An accelerated bi-weekly mortgage payment is when your monthly mortgage payment is divided by two, and the amount is withdrawn from your bank account every two weeks

(vs a Semi-Monthly payment:  your monthly mortgage payment is divided by two and the amount is withdrawn on the 1st and 15th (twice per month) VS every 2 weeks.

Let’s look at an example:

  • The example below uses an example 5-year insured variable rate discount as of June 22/2021
  • The example below is assuming the Bank of Canada Prime lending rate does not adjust through the entire 5-year term
  • Bank of Canada Prime lending rate is subject to change (up or down)
  • Lender discounts (variable and fixed) are subject to change
  • The information below is for example and illustration purposes only

In June of 2021 you took a 5-year variable rate mortgage at Prime (2.45%) Less 1.10 =1.35%

  • Purchase $400,000
  • Downpayment (5%) $20,000
  • A total mortgage with CMHC premium =$395,200.00
  • Amortization=25 years

OPTION (1)

MONTHLY required payment (assuming Prime stays at 2.45%)=$1552.15/month 

Balance at maturity making MONTHLY payments=$326,422.03

OPTION (2)

ACCELERATED BIWEEKLY required payment (assuming Prime stays at 2.45%)=$776.08/every 2 weeks (=approx $1681.50/m when we average it over the year)

Balance at maturity making ACCELERATED BIWEEKLY payments=$318,366.65

(that is a difference of $8055.38 owed in 5 years)

Taking it one step further: 

OPTION (3)

Increase that minimum required payment (calculated on the low variable rate discount) to a payment equal to a fixed rate (we are using 2.09% in this example)

ACCELERATED BIWEEKLY =$845.35

Balance at maturity =$309,963.24

(that is a difference of $16,458.79 owed in 5 years) 

Prepayment Options:

Every lender has flexible prepayment options (allowing you to make extra payments on the mortgage through the year without penalty)

This can be done by increasing regular payments (usually a 10-20% increase per year option depending on the lender) OR by doing lump sum extra payments through the year.

Each lender has a different policy relating to this- but the flexibility is there, and we are here to help you navigate those options.

By considering OPTION (3) above – you are using your prepayment options to manipulate your payment and lower the amortization (life) and interest paid on the mortgage.

My suggestion: 

  • Have us run some example amortization schedules for you so that you can see the different options and balances owed at maturity depending on your affordability
  • Move-in, get your feet wet with the new bills for the first 3-6 months.
  • Then do a review on if you can afford to do even a touch more than your required payment
  • Every little bit counts!
  • Need some help calculating your best options?  
  • We are happy to do complete reviews for our clients whenever you require some extra info! That is what we are here for ☺



Call Tammy Wandzura today Saskatoon mortgage needs OR visit www.elitemortgagechoice.com

Tammy Wandzura is a Trusted Saskatoon Mortgage broker


Trusted Saskatoon Furnace Experts at JOB Heating & Air Discuss Cracked Furnace Heat Exchangers

JOB Heating & Air Conditioning Saskatoon is eager to provide the best possible customer experience. Their aim is to be a professional resource for our clients before, during, and after the sale! Their team takes pride in service knowledge of modern equipment and training. They are recognized by peers, as  JOB offers sales, service, training & installations for residential, and commercial Heating, Cooling, and Plumbing systems in Saskatoon and area. In their latest article, they discuss what causes cracked furnace heat exchangers and why they are a problem.

Cracked Furnace Heat Exchangers: What Causes Them and Why They Are A Problem

The heat exchanger is the part of your furnace that is responsible for generating hot air. To create heat, your furnace burns natural gas. When gas is burned, exhaust byproducts travel through the heat exchanger. As the exhaust passes through the furnace’s exhaust outlet, metal is heated. Simultaneously, this hot metal heats the air. From there, your furnace system distributes hot air to your home through your air ducts.  

In order to function properly, the heat exchanger must remain sealed. That is why cracks are detrimental.

What Causes A Cracked Heat Exchanger?

The air inside your furnace and heat exchanger gets extremely hot. As a result, this extreme heat causes the metal inside the heat exchanger to expand and contract. Though well-maintained heat exchangers are built to tolerate this heat, eventually this stress causes cracks.

If your heat exchanger is several years old, stress cracks are common. However, if your heat exchanger is under 10 years old, there are other causes of cracking. Causes of premature heat exchanger cracking include limited airflow, and your furnace being too large for your home.

Limited Airflow

Limited airflow to your gas furnace is the result of blocked registers. If registers in the home are blocked, pressure builds up inside the furnace which causes cracks. It is important to note that a clogged furnace filter or obstructed air ducts are also causes of heat exchanger cracks.

Is Your Furnace Too Large For Your Home? 

If your furnace is too large for your home, this is an issue because it may ‘short cycle’, meaning it turns on and off frequently. Therefore, your heat exchanger expands and contracts more, resulting in overuse of your furnace system and premature cracks.

Why Cracked Heat Exchangers Are A Problem

If they are not dealt with, cracked furnace heat exchangers can pose a serious safety risk. If you notice a strange smell coming from your furnace or signs of rust along the exterior, this may indicate that there is a problem.


Carbon Monoxide Leak

Because heat exchangers contain carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, and nitrous oxide, a crack in your heat exchanger means these harmful gases could escape into the air ducts of your home. A carbon monoxide leak can result in illness and even death. 

Flame-Out or Fire

Another risk of a cracked furnace heat exchanger is a flame-out or fire. When gas and air combust in the heat exchanger, the gas builds up. This build-up of gas often reaches a high enough volume to be explosive. As the gas becomes explosive, it will force flames and air pressure out of any hole it can find, such as a crack in the heat exchanger. 

Unfortunately, unless your carbon monoxide detector beeps or you notice rust, you may be unaware your heat exchanger is cracked. In order to know for sure, an inspection by a professional technician is required. If you suspect your furnace heat exchanger is cracked, it is important to contact a technician immediately so it can be replaced in a timely manner.

These are just a few causes of cracked furnace heat exchangers and why they are a problem. Be sure to schedule your routine furnace maintenance to ensure your furnace is safe to operate this winter. If you need any assistance with your furnace or home heating equipment, do not hesitate to contact our team at JOB Heating & Air Conditioning.


JOB Heating & Air Conditioning are Trusted Saskatoon furnace experts. They show up on time, deliver on budget, and leave the work area cleaner than when they arrived! They take pride in their work in this city and surrounding area, so nothing means more to us than testimonials from their clients as their preferred plumber in Saskatoon.

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