COVID-19’s long tentacles have touched every single area of our lives; our offices, local businesses and our homes are no exception. We have contemplated whether the art on our walls is Zoom-worthy. We have bought ergonomic desk chairs, as crashing on the couch with your laptop is comfortable for only so long.
May 14, 2020
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Good morning my lovelies. This week’s column is going to be a “catchall.” Just as I typed the words catchall, I wondered about that phrase. I went to Merriam-Webster...
Our column this week is a “catch-all” from various phone calls and questions. The majority of calls this past week were centered around indoor air quality. Interest in indoor air health at home was a small stream before the COVID-19 pandemic and now seems to be at an all-time high, with a keen awareness on all matters related to indoor air quality.
Seriously, everyone — if you are buying a resale home, please verify that there are permits for that structure.
Good grief, after a short period of stabilization, lumber prices are on the rise again. Lumber prices have caused the price of an average new single-family home to increase by more than $18,600, according to estimates by the National Association of Home Builders.
The lyrics from the classic 1945 melody, “Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!” romanticize the magic of soft, white flakes that glisten as they fall across the landscape. The beauty of this snowy blanket fades, however, when people must confront the white accumulation on driveways and sidewalks.
While I am a firm believer in the power of positive thinking, I also realize that it has been an extremely tough year for many Americans, and our own community of families and friends and dreams are fading.
You have decided to remodel the shower and bathroom in the master bedroom of your recently purchased 12-year-old home.
It happened. Three emergency calls to the YCCA over the Thanksgiving holiday. Five in 2020 and five in 2019. “Sandy, our garbage disposal is clogged,” is how the phone call starts.
I was told by an HVAC company that we needed to install an ERV ventilation system in our home to maintain good air quality. What is wrong with my air quality and why do we need an ERV system? — Walt and Kathy, Prescott
Oh my gosh — what a week it has been for phone calls — all I can say is CONTRACT CONTRACT CONTRACT DETAILS, DETAILS, DETAILS and DO NOT BE INTIMITATED!
The Thanksgiving holiday, above all others, brings to my mind so many different thoughts. What is this holiday going to look like? In Thanksgivings past, I so remember the feast, the football, the family, the friends, and our faith.
We have an asphalt driveway that seems to be losing is “luster.” The home is 12 years old, what can we do to put a “new face” on the driveway — we live in Williamson Valley.
Energy efficiency — how many times have we talked about those words? We have discovered along the way and have come to the inescapable conclusion there’s so much more to making homes better than just saving energy.
What type of HVAC air filter should we purchase? How often should we change out filters? We have just relocated to Yavapai County from Idaho, and we did not have a furnace or air conditioner. We visited a local hardware store, to look at filters and there are so many filters to select. Help.
YCCA has been receiving numerous phone calls asking about the amounts of deposits requested in construction and remodeling contracts. While there are no statutes or contractor regulations that deal with deposits, there are several things of which the homeowner should be aware.
Yes, as you start to read my column this morning, between sips of coffee or green tea, I am just saying it out loud, working in the construction industry this past year and one-half has been an endless battle between pleasing the client and facing so many external challenges, and I know I am speaking on behalf of every contractor and supplier on the planet.
Attempting something new this week and have asked Tim and Jackie Santos, owners and interior designers at Prescott Interior Design Group, to join me. Read on as Tim and Jackie help us to better navigate the somewhat daunting task of choosing and using colors in our homes.
As I was cleaning the kitchen floor last weekend, and looking at the grout it made me ask myself a question — what is grout?
We are building a new home in Prescott Valley, and we would like advice on modular cabinets vs. custom kitchen cabinets. — Kathy & Lewis, Prescott Valley
With all the wet weather we have had, just wait until that “white chalky” substance will start to be seen on many of the area’s masonry walls and on homes throughout neighborhoods. So here is a little educational lesson on Efflorescence.
This week it is all about WATER! The most important water conservation device is you. Below are some helpful tips — on how easy it is to conserve water.
It is time for new countertops in our home. We have no idea where to start. Looking for advice. — Leah and Ed, Cottonwood, AZ.
Hi YCCA. We just relocated to Yavapai County from Minnesota and need to remodel our home. Finding a contractor is like looking for a needle in a haystack, as they say. What are your thoughts? — Lucy and Ed
The monsoons have brought hundreds of phone calls and, I kid you not – hundreds! I am going to sound like a broken record, let me repeat, and let me refer to what seems like my constant and probably annoying repetition of this statement: Do not start work or hand over any money without an executed and agreed upon contract!
Friends, it has been a week of laughter, smiles, hugs, and tears. Attending emotional events for two wonderful human beings that contributed so much to our community and are and always will be a legend forever.
Was it a breeze? Was it a gale? Was it a squall? One thing for sure there were gusts of wind!
Not a week goes by that I do not receive calls asking what the square-foot price is to build a home.
Help. Our home is five years old and the cultured marble countertops are turning yellow.
Throughout the years I have received so many precious calls from our citizens such as “Where should I purchase tires?” “How do I get my dog to stop barking?” “I need a seamstress.” “What day do they pick up my trash?” “How thick is a piece of rebar?” (I had to Google the answer to that question for the homeowner) “where is my GFCI located?” “How close can I set my scaffolding to a power line?”
The Thanksgiving holiday above all others brings to my mind so many different thoughts.
We all know construction is up; seeing the construction vehicles on the highways is one sure sign and the other one…calls to my office with the question “is this Blue Stake?” I thought it would be good for a “refresher” column on the process in Arizona called, “Arizona 811.”
This past week there were five phone calls relating to “water hammers.” Read on for Water Hammer 101. A water hammer is a specific plumbing noise, not a generic name for pipe clatter.
A concern about COVID-19 spreading through the air has prompted businesses and homeowners to put portable air purifiers into a room. I have noticed many shops now have portable air filters blowing, and I have even been looking at mini air filters to put in my office.
First and foremost — your phone calls, your adorable emails and surprise visits to the office over these past couple of weeks in response to my columns about my work week exertion, grinding and anything but drudgery made me feel like the most adored girl on the planet.
COVID-19 has brought forward new terms such as social distancing and parkletts. Takeout meals have become popular and Zoom meetings are a way of life.
I had so much fun sharing my week with you last week, I am going to do it again. So here was my week at the 50-foot level: 72 emails, 81 phone calls from community citizens from Prescott to Prescott Valley to Camp Verde, Bench Ranch, Cottonwood, Flagstaff and Chino Valley.
So here was my week: 93 e-mails, 64 phone calls from community citizens from Prescott to Prescott Valley to Camp Verde, American Ranch, Cornville and Black Canyon City, four Zoom meetings, ...
The sweltering, baking, roasting and blistering hot weather sure did bring out the calls for air conditioning (AC) service repairs.
This past week was five days of calls for window condensation. We know that window condensation can be a real pain in the glass!
Sandy: We are looking for new countertops and last week on your radio show, we heard the term ‘ultra compact surfaces. What is the difference between ultra compact surface material and solid surface countertop material? Joy and Ed, Prescott.