Remodeling My Missoula Home

March 4th, 2014
by Marc

When I knew we were going to be looking for a company to do our bathroom remodel Missoula, I started asking around for advice from friends. I heard great things about CJ Remodeling for bathroom remodeling Missoula. When it comes to a remodeling company, it was important to me that they be vouched for by someone I trust. Especially because it involves so much time, money, and a disruption of your home.

My friend who worked with CJ Remodeling previously, told me that she really liked CJ Remodeling because they didn’t try to get her to upgrade everything all at once. In fact, they were able to cut down costs by using existing cabinetry. I like the creativity of CJ Remodeling when it comes to sticking to a budget. Even though we had a higher budget than our friends, we still wanted to go with a company that wouldn’t try to up-sell us at every turn.

Ultimately, we are very happy that CJ Remodeling worked on our bathroom remodel Missoula. The remodel really makes such a huge difference in the look of our home. Now, our master bathroom is a haven for us, not just another place to clean. It is truly beautiful, and I can’t wait to continue to remodel our home.


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CPR in Sacramento

March 1st, 2014
by Marc

I recently moved to Sacramento for a new job and I needed to take CPR classes Sacramento for a required certification. Since I didn’t know of anywhere to go for CPR classes Sacramento, I did a Google search and ended up finding out about Professional Training Institute. The classes were located close my house and they also wouldn’t take terribly long to complete– which was exactly what I was looking for.

Professional Training Institute was a really cool way to take CPR classes Sacramento. It was an interesting and interactive class taught by people who perform CPR almost on a daily basis. I was expecting to be bored out of my mind, but it was actually pretty fun! It was only a few hours and I was able to report back to my new employer that I met all requirements for my new position. Plus, I met a few people in the class and I think I’ll follow up with them in the future.

I am really glad I found Professional Training Institute for CPR classes Sacramento because it was a painless way to get the CPR certification I needed in order to start my job. It only took a week, from calling to find out about scheduling, to going home with certification! RAD!

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Getting my New Smile in Piedmont

November 21st, 2013
by Marc

I never thought that I would have the money to afford a cosmetic dentist like All New Smiles, but when I finally cashed out my vacation money from a job I was leaving, I knew that I would be able to finally get the veneers I’ve been thinking about for years. I was leaving a job I hated for a new career I was over the moon about and I was going to start it with a new smile, too.

I was in retail for ten years. Probably a month out of those years was voluntary. I had come back from a year abroad and wanted/needed to get a job. I had retail experience, so I knew I could fall back on it. But deep down, I knew I was meant for something so much better. I tried to write on the side, but I knew that was my real passion. Finally, I got the nerve to quit and start my own freelance business.

Bernstein Cosmetic Dental Video.

Unfortunately, I also had to worry about money, but I decided that the money going toward my new veneers by Josh Bernstein, DDS as All New Smiles was money well spent. I had a savings, but more importantly, I had an idea of what I wanted to do with my life. And a new smile from All New Smiles was just the icing on the cake. A very happy cake, indeed!

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Windshield Woes

October 29th, 2013
by Marc

There are a few things I don’t care to talk about: cars and politics. But I will go on about one of these topics due to recent events in connection with Precision Auto Glass, windshield replacement in Sacramento. I hope it’s obvious enough by now that I’m not talking about politics! I am actually going to to talk about cars for once, and windshields to be specific, actually.

The reason I am going to write about windshields is because one of mine recently got a crack in it. Maybe it came from another smaller chip or crack, or maybe someone decided to jump on top of it while I wasn’t watching, but it was there. I was not happy about the fact that I had a crack in my windshield , but I was willing to take it in and have it repaired.

It’s really important to talk about the fact that having a cracked windshield is really dangerous, which is why I called Precision Auto Glass to come make repairs to my car. They even came to my office to help me out. They came to my office and repaired my windshield and I was so glad that I had heard about Precision Auto Glass!

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Therapy for a therapist

September 20th, 2013
by Marc

Empathy Therapy is a psychiatrist in Sacramento who offers therapy services.

I’ve been a practicing therapist for 20 years, and even I see a therapist! I think it’s healthy for everyone! As you can imagine, I’m pretty picky when it comes to choosing a therapist. That’s why I went with Empathy Therapy. Dr. Chofla respects me as a patient and client as well as another mental health professional. I feel at home and comfortable at his facility.

Empathy Therapy is a great example of a great therapy clinic. In fact, it’s a lot like mine, which is why I initially liked it so much. But it’s also just a great place with great therapists and professionals. I love their office too– I always leave feeling better and less anxious, which is kind of the point, really.

I am happy that I finally found Empathy Therapy and that I can get the help I need so that I can help others. It really makes a huge difference in how I view other people and just my general behavior has changed too. I actually look forward to my sessions because it means that someone is listening to me instead of visa versa!

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A New Home and a New Life!

September 12th, 2013
by Marc

Ever since I got married ten years ago, it’s always been a dream of ours to build a house of our own. After saving and scrimping for over ten years, our dream was finally a reality. My husband is an architect and a contractor, so he was able to do a lot of the work, but he left the windows to the professionals at D&D Windows.

My husband said that the only things he refuses to work with are glass and tile. I’m not sure why, but I think that maybe he had an incident a while back involving those two things. Either way, I didn’t mid because I knew D & D Windows was a great company that would make sure our windows, and by extension, our home would look great.

I was really challenged with the house because we had saved and waited so long, it was hard to believe we were about to put the finishing touches on it. Even though I’m not an architect or a contractor, my husband still made sure I was very much a part of the process of building our home. I got to select many of the vendors we chose and I also got to chose the colors and materials for most of the house with my husband. I am lucky that we have similar tastes, and when we don’t, we’ve learned how to compromise.


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A Retail Experience

August 20th, 2013
by Marc

When I opened my own business in early 2007, I had a vision for it– I wanted a certain location, a certain atmosphere, and a certain look. And people who helped me make my retail dreams a reality is CBRE because they helped me find all of the locations that fit my vision plan for my business exactly. In addition to doing research to discover the retail needs of the area, they were also able to help me visualize what furniture would go where. They really painted a picture for me!

It’s now been almost six years and I am so glad I hired CBRE to help me get retail property for my business. I honestly think the location of my store has made all the difference in how my products sell. The old real estate mantra was right! LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION! I feel really accomplished and I can’t wait for CBRE to help me open up a new location in Roseville very soon!

Of course I think my products speak for themselves, but I also think that the location really helped my sales. After all, even if you have a brilliant new product, it won’t mean anything if no one knows about it! So I am very thankful to CBRE for helping me make my dreams come true!

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Unique Life Coaching

August 8th, 2013
by Marc

Empathy Therapy is a unique approach to Psychiatry in Sacramento. If you are looking for a Psychiatrist in Sacramento they offer a lot of services ranging from life coaching, medical solutions, diagnostic testing, psychiatric services, therapy, and many other cutting edge services.  There are many ways to achieve wellness and recover from suffering. And Psychiatrist Sacramento is a great resource for all of these. One option is with medications, which this Psychiatrist in Sacramento can certainly prescribe. Reducing side effects is also important in treatment. Your care at Psychiatrist Sacramento will be personalized and tailored to your unique needs. Psychiatrist in Sacramento is available to support and work for your improvement. Psychiatrist in Sacramento believes in ethical care and providing all options for psychiatric treatment consideration in the greater Sacramento area.  After yourself, Psychiatrist in Sacramento is the biggest advocate for life improvement in Sacramento.

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AC Repair ASAP!

August 8th, 2013
by Marc

Moving to the central valley in the summer was not my brightest idea to date, but my new job relocation required it. Before I could start looking for a home to buy I rented a small studio apartment in Downtown Sacramento, close to my new job. It was convenient and had everything I needed, especially central A/C to cool off in this Sacramento heat wave. The only problem was that within the first week the A/C unit gave out! They definitely were not kidding about those hot August nights in Sacramento! I needed my AC repaired soon!

After sweating it out for a few nights, I alerted my property manager to my A/C woes, and that I needed AC repair ASAP and luckily the management company had a go to A/C Maintenance Company on call, Alley Heating and Air. They trusted Alley Heating and Air, and had been using them to service their apartment buildings in Sacramento for the past five years, and obviously trusted their service, and their AC repair expertise.

Alley Heating and Air came out within hours to look at my A/C unit, their promptness was astounding! It was amazing! I was so pleased with my quality AC repair the technician, was fast and reapired my central A/C very quickly! No more sleepless nights! I was very happy with Alley Heating and Air AC repair and can understand why my property management company uses them. I will definitely use Alley Heating and Air in the future when I become a homeowner in the greater Sacramento area.

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Vacation Surprise!

August 8th, 2013
by Marc

On a recent family vacation this summer to the beach, we left our car parked in front of our house in downtown Sacramento, thinking it would be safe for the weekend. Boy were we wrong! After a lovely vacation we arrived home to find our driver side window had been smashed! Luckily there was nothing in the car to be stolen and the car itself was safe, but still what a hassle to have the window replaced! The first thing we did was call our insurance company, and recommended a few local Sacramento auto glass repair companies.

We recognized Precision Auto Glass, and called them. They were so friendly and helpful on the phone and were able to schedule an appointment for the next day to come out to our home in order to fix our broken driver window. This was a relief because at this point we just wanted to keep the car in the garage. Precision Auto Glass arrived the very next morning on time and prompt for their scheduled appointment. It’s very important when dealing with a situation that involves my family’s safety, and I appreciate that Precision Auto Glass respected that.

I was very happy with the results of my service with Precision Auto Glass, they were prompt and their quality of work was impeccable. Precision Auto Glass even made working with my insurance company a breeze. I will definitely be using Precision Auto Glass for all my future auto glass needs in Sacramento.

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My Big Seattle Move

August 2nd, 2013
by Marc

I work for a company that is based in Seattle, so I know that if I got high enough up, that I would eventually be moving to Seattle. I just didn’t know that I would get promoted so fast. I was going to be moving in a month, so I needed to find a Local Seattle Movers. After doing some research, I found Puget Sound Moving because they had great reviews on Yelp and great customer service. They were really personable, even over the phone.

They agreed to do a move for me that would be a little different than they were used to because I would be moving a little farther than they generally do. But they were really helpful and willing to work with me. I knew that hiring a moving company would be a great decision because it would be so much less stressful than doing it all myself.

And I was right! Working with Puget Sound Moving was a great idea because they made the moving process so easy! And this is coming from someone who HATES MOVING. Now that I’m settled in Seattle, I just love my new place and my new city. Thanks to Puget Sound for getting me there!


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For Money & Gold

July 17th, 2013
by Marc

The people at Oxbridge Gold San Francisco in San Francisco have some certain alchemy happening. Somehow, they’ve managed to figure out a way to turn gold into cash! But they’re no Rumpelstiltskin! They give you cash for your gold, and they don’t even need you to give them your first-born!

Joking aside, Oxbridge House, SF Gold Bullion Yelp, is a great place and does very honest business. They give you a fair price for your gold, and everyone I know goes there to sell their gold in San Francisco. Even Yelpers agree that Oxbridge House is the place to go!

But I wouldn’t have believed it unless I went myself, so I took a visit to Oxbridge House once I figured out how much gold I actually had in my possession ($200 worth!). They gave me a fair amount for each piece I brought in and they allowed me to decide what I wanted to keep based on if it was worth more to me cashed or kept.

For more information vist Oxbridge House at 2115 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109, 415.409.6086

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The window to our sunroom.

June 27th, 2013
by Marc

I’ve always wanted a sunroom. And California Window Masters made it a reality. I think it all started when I went to childhood friend’s house and they had the most beautiful sunroom overlooking their even more gorgeous backyard. I knew I’d probably never own a home nearly as beautiful, but I’ve always wanted to be rich enough to have a sunroom.

The last time we moved, I told my husband that I wanted to add on to our kitchen and create a sunroom/breakfast nook. I was surprised, but he got really excited about it– the sunroom/breakfast nook had his full approval. We called California Window Masters and they immediately began work on the project– they started the planning process right away.

Between the contractor and California Window Masters, it only took a few weeks to complete the project. In about 30 days, I was able to sit and enjoy a wonderful breakfast overlooking our small, but pretty, backyard. I can’t believe that my childhood dream came true!

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New Business, New Property

May 3rd, 2013
by Marc

When it came to buying retail properties in Sacramento, CBRE was the company we went with. I was looking for retail space for my new jewelry business in Sacramento and I saw CBRE billboards everywhere. I knew that I had to contact them to help me get the perfect spot.

I had been running an Etsy store for a few years and selling jewelry from my website, but I finally decided that I wanted a full-blown brink-and-mortar store in the bustling midtown Sacramento. I knew that that location would be best suited for what I was selling.

The folks at CBRE helped me find a great space at the price that worked best with my budget and needs. I wanted a small space yet at a prime location close to bars and restaurants in the area. They found me a great spot right on J Street that was just within my budget. I was so excited that I got just the place that worked for me.

I am glad I went with CBRE because they were experienced and professional—just what I expected of the CBRE brand. As far as retail properties in Sacramento go. CBRE is the only place I’ll ever use.

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Painful Cavity

April 26th, 2013
by Marc

I hadn’t gone to a dentist in Fair Oaks as often as I knew I should and I was starting to have some pain in one of my molars. I knew it was trouble and although I was really busy I knew I needed to make time to see the dentist before it got much worse. I needed to find a dentist to get me in right away, so I turned to My Tooth Spa a Carmichael and Fair Oaks Dentist.

They understood the urgency I was feeling and got me in as soon as possible. They are a great team of people and have always done a great job with the entire family. They were especially helpful for my brother when he chipped his tooth a while back. I knew I was in good hands and that they’d take care of me.

They got me an x-ray and discovered that there was in fact a cavity in my back molar as well as another one on the other side. That’s what I get for not keeping up with regular visits. They got to work treating the cavities and filling them. It sucked that I had cavities, but it was great to have My Tooth Spa there for me when I needed them.

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Buying A Home

April 25th, 2013
by Marc

ATK Team is an amazing real estate company in Roseville that helped me find the perfect home for my first time buying. I had a very vague idea of what I wanted and they helped me through the process of narrowing things down. Once I developed more of a perfect picture of the type of house I wanted, they started the hunt for me.

They know everything about the market in Sacramento. When it’s going up, down, what’s coming available when–they have all the scoop and are ahead of the game. They started showing me a few homes to give me an idea of what we were working with.

I had plenty of time to buy the home, I was in no rush, so I wanted to wait until I found the very perfect one. They understood that completely and had no problem working with me for as long as we needed to until the perfect home came available. And then it did!

A few months in, I was dazzled by one of the homes they showed me. It was fresh on the market and I knew I had to hop on it soon. Once I gave ATK Team the go ahead, they went to work and put my offer in. They got everything worked out and we closed on the house. I couldn’t have picked a better company to find me my perfect home!

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Moving Down The Road

April 18th, 2013
by Marc

I was looking for a moving company in the San Francisco area, so of course I checked Yelp first to see who had the best ratings. Golden Bay Relocation, moving companies San Francisco, stuck out right away because they have over 150 reviews on yelp with 5 starts. That’s incredible! So I called them right away to see if they would be able to do my move for me.

I was moving from a tiny apartment in San Francisco to a bigger one a few blocks away. Although it wasn’t that far, there was no way I could have managed the move on my own. Golden Bay Relocation was extremely helpful and talked me through the entire process. They asked me about the items that would need to be moved and gave me a quote.

The best part is that there’s no hidden charges with them, which I had run into with companies I’ve used in the past. They are true professionals. They get in and out quickly and efficiently, and take care of your belongings like they are gold. This is an incredible company and definitely the best movers in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Moving Out

April 10th, 2013
by Marc

I had been living in the city for a while but decided it was time to buy my first home. I needed a moving company once I found the right place, so I called Puget Sound Moving, Seattle Moving Company. They’re a local Seattle moving company that has a great reputation around the city.

They were able to schedule my move the exact day I needed it. They are great to work with and made everything so easy. They showed up right on time and got right to work.

I couldn’t believe how quickly they moved my stuff. They are very respectful of your things and of the walls and surrounding areas they are moving around in. You can tell they have a lot of experience under their belt.

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Got Our House Sold

March 20th, 2013
by Marc

I bought my own house a few years ago without realizing the financial situation I would soon be in. I was in trouble and was definitely going to lose my home. I was worried about what the future would hold and what was going to happen. I didn’t have the knowledge or experience to do it on my own, so I started looking for help. Short Sales Sacramento Agents is a local company that helps with short sales for people like me.

I met with them and we went over all the numbers and exactly where I stood. They assessed my situation and determined that doing a short sale was in fact the best option. It worked out well for me because I didn’t even have to pay them for their services, the bank takes care of that after the sale in final.

They got the ball rolling and everything ended up working our perfectly. The short sale went through and I am now on my way. I’m now able to put it all behind me. I’m so grateful for Short Sale-Sacramento’s help and what they were able to do for me. They made the best of my situation!

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New Office

March 18th, 2013
by Marc

I was looking at expanding my business and wanted a new office space in Sacramento. CBRE is a global company that offers commercial real estate in Sacramento, so I gave them a call to see what they had available. I was greeted by friendly employees who were excited to help me out. They are a great company and got right down to business.

They told me about all they had to offer in the Sacramento area and listened to what I was looking for. I wanted an office that had nice, open spaces and big windows to let in a lot of light. I also preferred that it be within a few areas of town that I liked the most. They were on it.

They found me a few properties and I went to take a look. I was very impressed by what they offered, and fell in love with one. It was perfect and exactly what I had been looking for. We moved in last week and everything’s going great so far! The employees love the space and everything’s fitting just the way I wanted it to. I’m so grateful that I went with CBRE!

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A Hot One

March 18th, 2013
by Marc

Our air conditioning was out and we weren’t looking forward to the cost and hassle of fixing it. However, there was just no way around it. We called a a local company, Alley Heating and Air, and had them come out to assess our issue. They offer AC repair services in the Sacramento area. Theu came out right away to take a look.

It turns out although out air conditioner has stopped working, it wasn’t completely broken. Only a few parts needed to be fixed, the entire unit didn’t need to be replaced. I was so happy to hear this because it meant it could be fixed right away and would cost so much less. Most companies probably would have just wanted to take the easy, money making way out and made us replace the entire unit. Not Alley. they were on our side and worked to fix the issue.

They had the parts they needed already with them in their truck and got to work. There were able to replace everything and got it back up and running within an hour. I couldn’t believe it. They totally made our summer! We are so happy with the service we received from Alley Heating and Air.

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Hassle Free Moving

March 14th, 2013
by Marc

We were upgrading to a new office down the street and were worried about the hassle. We have been at our current location for over 15 years, so there’s a lot of excess things that have accumulated. Not to mention, we had a date we had to be out by and it wasn’t flexible. I wasn’t sure how we were going to manage so I looked into professional Seattle movers. Movers in Seattle, was the first company that I found that looked like it would meet all of our needs.

I spoke with them on the phone and they gave us a quote. They base local moves on an hourly rate, including their drive time. This was a great way of doing it, I thought. They assess how much there is, and then estimate how long it will take them and come up with a flat rate. They were very easy to work with and the process was very organized. They don’t mess around.

They showed up right on time on moving day and I couldn’t believe how fast they worked. They got right down to business and really have it down. They came up with a system for moving everything, getting all of the heavy items taken care of etc. They also packed everything up for us, we just had to pay for the packing supplies that they used. There’s no way we could have done it on our own! I’m so happy we went with Puget. They made what could have been a very stressful situation into an easy experience.

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Kitchen Love

March 13th, 2013
by Marc

I had always wanted a new kitchen, so when we moved into our house last year we decided it’s the first remodel we would do. We finally had saved the money and were ready to choose a company to do the work. I wanted someone with a lot of experience, I didn’t want to waste any time with amateurs who didn’t know what they were doing. I heard about Premier Remodeling & Construction Sacramento, Folsom, Roseville from a few neighbors. They offer remodeling services in the Sacramento area, and I was sold the moment I walked into their store.

They have really friendly staff that is willing to sit down and talk you through everything. They had great suggestions for what would look best in our particular space and the most affordable options to get the look we wanted while still staying in our budget. They have really competitive prices and were just what we were looking for. I couldn’t wait for them to get started.

Installation was not an issue for us, they hardly got in our way. We prepared before they showed up and they came right in and started working. They even hauled away all of the old stuff, so we didn’t have to worry about what to do with it. Once they were finished I couldn’t believe I finally had the kitchen of my dreams. Everything looked amazing and so professionally done. I’m so happy that we decided to go with Premier!

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Clean Teeth

March 13th, 2013
by Marc

I needed to have my teeth cleaned and wanted a dentist that was fun and exciting, not your average boring office. I heard about a general dentist called My Tooth Spa in the Carmichael and Fair Oaks areas, so I looked more into it. They offer every kind of dental service you could ever need and at an affordable price. They even accept my Metlife life insurance.

I loved their office and everyone was so friendly. It was clean and neat and far more relaxing and enjoyable than any other dental office I’ve been in in the past. It was a treat. When they took me back for my cleaning I could tell all of their equipment was new and up-to-date, which was very impressive. They explained everything to me and did a great job.

If you are looking for a dentist in the Sacramento area look no further than My Tooth Spa. They are great people and offer a great service. I got a great cleaning and will be using them for all of my dental care needs in the future!

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Restaurant Real Estate

March 12th, 2013
by Marc

I wanted to open up a restaurant in Sacramento but wasn’t sure of what the perfect location would be for the audience I was trying to target. I had a few areas in mind, but finding the perfect space is really difficult. Fortunately I had seen signs around town for CBRE. They are a worldwide company that offers commercial real estate services in the Sacramento area. I gave them a call to see what types of properties they had available.

They met with me right away and we discussed what type of spaces I was looking for. They had so many options around town! Not to mention great storefronts in really heavy traffic areas. They had a great place in one of the neighborhoods I had been considering, so they took me there to have a look at the space. It already had all of the hookups I needed in the kitchen for my industrial appliances etc. And, the space was so cool. I could do a lot with it and make it into the restaurant I’d always dreamed of.

I ended up signing on that place and have had a great start to my business. The customers flock in to my location because of where it’s at and how busy the area is around it. I can’t thank CBRE enough for all the help they gave me in finding me the right spot, with the right amount of traffic I was looking for. I found the perfect space and business is flowing!

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New House

March 11th, 2013
by Marc

We needed a new house and there was no way were going to go about it alone. We needed help if we were going to find that perfect dream home we were looking for. We wanted a home we could retire in and that would be suitable for having our grandchildren come over and visit us often. We were looking for a realtor in the Sacramento area and happened upon ATK Team. We met with them to see if they were the right fit for us and were immediately impressed. They have a great system going on and it works so well. They got us signed up and started searching for our home.

They only began showing us homes that met all of our criteria and didn’t waste our time. We were thrilled with many of the homes they showed us and were surprised that so many met our expectations. We had a great selection of homes to choose from and found the perfect one. It was only 10 minutes from our grandchildren and had a pool in the backyard so that they could come over and swim in the Summer. The backyard is also huge and is a great space for them to play and for their dogs to run around when they come over.

ATK Team took all of the worry and work off of our hands. They completed all the necessary paperwork for us and got all of the behind the scenes work taken care of. They were great people to work with and really understand the system and how to make it work out in the best possible way. We love our new home and it has changed our lives!

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A Fast Loan When I Felt Helpless

March 9th, 2013
by Marc

I’ve never been good with money, but when I lost my job this last January, I felt so alone. But Same Day Auto Title Loan of Roseville came to my rescue and helped me at a time when I thought I was completely helpless.

Unlike many other types of loans, Same Day Auto Title Loan was able to approve me over the phone without even running a credit check. They were able to get the cash in my hands quickly without having to jump through a series of hoops to get it. I was pretty pleased that I was able to get the money when I needed it.

One thing about unemployment that was frustrating was that no matter how hard I was trying to get a job, I still wasn’t coming up with any leads. In the meantime, I was still trying to make rent and pay for recurring bills. It was great that I was taking out a loan on something I already owned, and I could use it as collateral for paying off my loan.

I liked working with Same Day Auto Title Loan because they were really personable and helpful in everyway I needed them to be. I had a myriad of questions about the loan process that they were able to help me with. I felt really taken care of them and I wouldn’t hesitate to use them again for any future loans.

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A/C Repair Blues

March 8th, 2013
by Marc

The summer before last, our heating was down for two weeks before we could find someone to fix it. But that was before we knew about Alley Heating & Air Conditioning located in Sacramento. When our A/C broke this summer, we were luckily more prepared for it.

Our friends had recommended Alley Heating & Air for air conditioning and heating repair because they had such a great experience with them each time. This meant that when we asked them for a recommendation, they were happy to give us the card of their favorite air conditioning repair company: Alley Heating and Air.

We were really happy with the efficiency and quickness with which Alley worked on our air conditioning to repair it. They came to our rescue right away when Sacramento was facing unseasonably warm weather and our air conditioner had broken.

They made it to our home really fast and made the repairs fast as well. And they were extremely professional as they repaired our air conditioner. They made us feel great about having chosen them to perform our air conditioning repairs and, like our friends, we won’t hesitate passing on their name to other friends in need.

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Our Vending Machines Boosted Office Morale

March 8th, 2013
by Marc

I am the office manager at a marketing company in the San Francisco Bay Area. I had been looking for ways to boost the morale of the office and change things up, so I looked into getting a vending machine. San Francisco Bay Area Vending Machines supplier is a local company that offers vending services in the area, so I contacted them for a quote. I thought that having snacks and drinks available in the work place would be a great game changer because employees wouldn’t have to bring in their own or travel outside the office to get them. Everyone needs a little pick-me-up during the day, and I knew this would be a great way to go.

Corporate Cuisine has great deals and their machines are the latest technology. They also offer coffee service, where the provide the machine as well as all of the creamer, sugar and other supplies. They are a local company, so their service is incredible. They came out right away and installed the new machines. We got one for drinks, and one for snacks. I got to pick what would be available in the machines. They offer healthy options, which I went with and the others in the office certainly appreciated.

Since having the new machine, our employees are loving it. It has truly changed the way the office operates. It’s also nice to be able to offer drinks and snacks to our clients when they come into the office for meetings. It was long overdue and we couldn’t be happier with the decision to utilize Corporate Cuisine’s vending services!

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Moving to Citrus Heights

March 5th, 2013
by Marc
The ATK Team in Roseville helped us find the perfect home in Citrus Heights this year. We had been wanting to purchase a home in the area, but we didn’t really have any of the resources and know-how to make it happen on our own. Once we started working with the ATK Team for our realty needs, we immediately started making headway in our hunt for a home in Citrus Heights.
We liked the idea of living in Citrus Heights because the cost of living would be lower, but we would have excellent access to everything we needed by the freeway. Since it’s centrally located in the Sacramento area, we knew that we would be able to get to downtown Sacramento, Roseville or Carmichael from our new home in Citrus Heights.
The ATK Team really knew the area and immediately set us off I the right direction by showing us homes in neighborhoods that new newer and being developed. It was also important that we had plenty of space and that we stayed on budget.  They were very respectful of this and allowed us to view many homes that were in our requirements and price range.
The ATK Team was incredibly vital in getting us the home in Citrus Heights that we wanted. They played a vital role in the whole process and we probably wouldn’t have found the home we purchased without them. It was nice to have a team we could trust while we were trying to look for our future home.
We love living in Citrus Heights and are so excited to begin our lives here and help build the community. The ATK Team was great to work with and we were very excited about our new house.

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Back On Track

February 27th, 2013
by Marc

I didn’t have healthcare for a while when I was in-between jobs and struggling financially. I hadn’t been to the dentist in a while but now that I’m back on my feet, I needed to schedule an appointment for a cleaning. I was looking at different general dentist care providers in the Roseville area and heard great things about My Tooth Spa. I called them and had an appointment scheduled within minutes.

When I went in for my appointment I was impressed by their office. It’s clean and up-to-date, and all the staff is extremely friendly. They made me feel very comfortable and well taken care of. While I was getting my teeth cleaned they were understanding of my circumstances as I explained why I hadn’t been in to get my teeth cleaned in a while. They gave me some great tips on keeping up with my oral care.

I received a great service and am very pleased with My Tooth Spa. They are great people and did a great job. They’re friendly and professional. I will definitely be continuing to use them well into the future!

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Window Plan

February 25th, 2013
by Marc

We have a new home in San Jose and just got windows put in by California Window Masters. It completely transformed the way our home looks and made it look like a palace. We couldn’t be happier with the transformation. It automatically took our house from looking drab to looking fresh and new. It’s crazy what a small change like new windows can do to an entire house’s image.

They have great customer service and were so helpful during the entire process. They told us all of our options and had a great selection of all the most popular brands of windows. It was hard choosing which ones we like better! Because we had never done this before, and California Window Masters has been in the business for years, they offered great tips and suggestions during the choosing process and helped us pick the best windows for our house.

We couldn’t be happier with the prices we got and the way our house looks. All of our neighbors have come over to tell us how great it looks and they are all thinking about getting new windows now too. It was simple and easy and made such a big different. I wouldn’t have gone with another company!

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Small Business Vending Go-To

February 25th, 2013
by Marc

My company in the San Francisco Bay Area has been doing well this year and we brought on a handful of new employees. Now that we have a full office, I’ve been considering looking at vending services in the area to provide food and drink to my employees. San Francisco Bay Area Vending was recommended to me so I checked them out.

They are a fellow small business, like me, and they service the San Francisco Bay Area. They provide vending machines that are new and have the latest technology. They also come with a great variety of snacks and beverage, including healthy options. I was sold. I talked to them over the phone and told them exactly what I wanted, and it was as simple as that.

They had someone bring out the 2 machines I wanted and they did all the work. They installed the machines and stocked them with products. Paying each month is also easy. They just keep track of how many items have been used and bill you accordingly the next month. I couldn’t have gone with a better company. They know the meaning of great customer service.

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Alley Kept My Mom’s Asthma At Bay

February 19th, 2013
by Marc

My mother moved in with us last year, so when our air conditioner went out this summer, there was no time for messing around. She has asthma and doesn’t do well in stuffy heat, so we were really concerned about getting it fixed in time. We live in the Sacramento and Roseville and I had remembered seeing an air conditioning company’s truck in front of my neighbor’s house a few weeks back, so I gave her a call. They had been having trouble with their air conditioning as well and had called Alley Heating & Air. She couldn’t say enough good things about them, so I gave them a call.

They were extremely helpful and understanding of the urgency we were feeling. During the summer months you know air conditioning companies must be at their busiest, but they took their time with me and made me feel like I was their most important customer. They were able to schedule an appointment to come out that same day and fix the problem. They arrived promptly and got straight to work. You could tell these guys were true professionals. They diagnosed the problem within minutes and let me know all of my options.

It turns out we just needed one part replaced, and they had the part in their truck, ready to be installed. They worked quickly to fix the problem and got it taken care of. Our air conditioning was back up and running in no time! I couldn’t believe the great service we received and how quickly they responded. I will use Alley Heating & Air for all my future air conditioning and heating needs. These guys are the best around.

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A Better Loan

February 18th, 2013
by Marc

Getting a loan has always made me nervous. At least until I used Same Day Auto Title Loan located in Sacramento Roseville Elk Grove and Folsom. I have been lucky enough so far to not have to worry about taking out a loan, but I’ve always worried about anything high interest or high risk.

When I was having a cashflow issue earlier this year, I knew that taking out a loan would be the best way to make sure I stayed on top of things. I was in school and had to pay rent, so there were innumerable ways that I could suddenly not have enough cash to support myself. I was between part-time jobs and honestly just a little worried that I wasn’t going to make rent this month.

Same Day Auto Title Company was really helpful and got me approved for a loan within minutes. I really only called them and got approved—they didn’t even need to check my credit! I was so relieved to know that I would be going to be able to pay my tuition and rent for the next few months.

The way the loan works is that you give them the title of your car as collateral, and then they give you however much cash you need for it. Although my car is worth more than $4,000, I only took out a $4,000 loan because I didn’t want to pay interest on an amount higher than that.

So without even having to get my credit checked, I was able to get a very good loan with fairly low interest and I knew it would be very possible for me to pay it off in a timely fashion. The great part about the loan was that I could even take out more if I absolutely needed to.

Same Day Auto Title Loan was a great way for me to ensure that I would be able to make it through the semester. I trusted the company and I believed that I was going to be able to pay it of right away.

Same Day Title Loans also serves Rancho Cordova with Car and Auto Title Loans.

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A Straight Smile With No Braces

February 15th, 2013
by Marc

I didn’t have braces as a kid, and my teeth were pretty crooked. It never used to bother me, but when I got to college I became super self-conscious of my smile. Having crooked teeth made me feel unattractive and I tried to hide my smile. I couldn’t bare the idea of getting braces in my 20’s though, so I didn’t know what to do. I went into My Tooth Spa dentist with three easy locations in Fair Oaks, Roseville and Carmichael for a regular cleaning and mentioned the issue I was having.

They told me about Invisalign and all my hope was restored. I hadn’t imagined there was actually a way to make my teeth straight without getting braces! They use clear retainers that slowly move your teeth. The best part is that the retainers are hardly visible and I got used to them in no time. My friends can’t even tell I’m wearing them!

It’s been a great process so far, I’m about halfway through my Invisalign program. My teeth are looking so much better already! I can’t believe how far I’ve come and how easy it is. I simply take out the retainers when I’m eating or drinking, and then just put them back in afterwards. I’m so used to it I can’t imagine what it will be like when I don’t have to wear them anymore! I’m so grateful to My Tooth Spa for giving me this options and allowing me to improve my smile without braces!

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Home Office Nightmare

February 15th, 2013
by Marc

When we bought our house in Sacramento last year, we had no idea how bad of shape the air conditioner was in. So we were shocked when it stopped working one day, right in the middle of the Summer. I work from home and it was a scorcher, so we needed to get it fixed as fast as possible. Luckily my next-door neighbor recommended Alley Heating & Air. They’ve been serving the Sacramento area for forever and were highly regarded for their air conditioning services. I hurried up and gave them a call.

I was answered right away and they sent someone out to my house. They offer service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so I knew I was in good hands. After promptly arriving at my house, the kind serviceman went straight to work. He was able to diagnose and start working on the problem within minutes. He had many years of experience in the business and had “seen it all.” He knew exactly what was wrong and what it took to get it fixed. I couldn’t have asked for a more professional company.

Alley Heating & Air saved the day. Their service was quick and precise, and, in my option, they are by far the best in the business. I couldn’t have asked for a better service and I will definitely be using them for all of my heating and air conditioning services in the future. I will be recommending them to everyone!

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Why I Got A Walk-in Tub

February 7th, 2013
by Marc

I had been thinking about remodeling my bathroom for a while and finally decided it was time. Premier Remodeling & Construction had done some work on my neighbor’s street down the road and loved what they did, so I called for a free estimate.

I’m 62 and my husband is 65, and we still get around great. But, I want to live in this house the rest of my life, so I thought I’d take into consideration making the house a little easier for us to move around in as we got older.

I had heard about walk-in bathtubs briefly before but didn’t know much about them. I was pleased to see that Premier actually offers a wide variety of them, and when I got my free estimate they explained everything to me and showed me how it all works.

Their walk-in bathtubs are so accessible. You walk right in, and sit down for your bath so there’s no worry of getting stuck. The floor of the tub is slip-resistant, and the door to the bath has a strong seal that is guaranteed not to leak. It also drains extremely fast once you’re done with your bath, but doesn’t require any extra plumbing. The water jets around the tub make it feel like you are getting a personal massage.

All of this sounded great, but the cherry on top of the cake was when they told me about their custom tile options. Unlike other companies, Premier installs customized tile around your tub, so that it goes with the style of your home and looks fashionable in your bathroom.

Installing the tub was painless for us. The workers came and were in-and-out in no time at all. They were kind and treated my home like it was their own. It looks amazing and has been a dream to use! I know I will be happy I made this choice, especially as we get older and have a harder time moving around.

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How I Cut My Energy Costs with Home Windows

February 6th, 2013
by Marc

I live in an older home in the Bay Area and we were due for some new windows. I got a few quotes from some companies around town and California Window Masters of San Jose San Francisco and the Bay Area seemed like the best choice for the right price. When they came out to give me a free quote, I was greeted by a super kind and informative employee.

He gave me the full run down and let me know all my options. I never felt pressured or got the feeling that I was being taken advantage of. He truly cared about my specific wants and needs. Their windows have the latest technology and they have the evidence to prove what it can do to your energy bill.

I couldn’t believe the numbers! The amount of money I’ll save in energy costs over time by getting new windows with California Window Masters will actually end up paying for the cost of the windows themselves! They many have different styles and options to match the look I was going for and that will fit in with the style of our home.

Installation day was painless for us. They let us know before hand everything we needed to do to prepare for their arrival, and they were in and out in no time. They were so professional and really knew what they were doing. While inside our home they were respectful and took special care to not make any mess or disturb anything.

They were just true professionals and I couldn’t be happier with the end result. Our house looks great and I’m going to be saving so much money now that we have high-quality windows!

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Vending Machines Our Way

January 31st, 2013
by Marc

Many of our employees have been requesting that we get a vending machine, and after one of them took the time to get a quote from San Francisco Bay Area Vending Machines we finally decided that it might be a good option to have for the employees at the office.

One of the reasons I was reluctant to install a vending machine was because I didn’t want to encourage unhealthy eating by providing unhealthy snacks at the office. I didn’t want my employees to have an endless supply of soda and candy at their fingertips. Instead, they just complained because there weren’t many dining options where our office is located.

However, the employee that talked to San Francisco Bay Area Vending told me that the vending machines were totally customizable and they offer many healthy options for those watching their sodium, fat and caloric intake. For example, they offer Propel water and granola bars in addition to offering classic snacks like candy bars and soda.

They also offer all of the brands that you would want: Coca Cola, Pepsi, Milk Way, Snickers, Lays—all of the snacks you would want to find in a vending machine, plus healthy options too. I realized that, at the end of the day, I can’t control what my staff eats. That’s really up to them. If they want to drink five sodas back to back, that’s their choice, all I can do in encourage them otherwise.

In fact, I thought up a cool way to encourage them to eat healthier by subsidizing the healthier choices in the vending machine. Everything that is better for your health is lower in price. Not because it is cheaper, but because I am making it that way. I think that will be a good compromise to make sure to reward them for eating better.

I am really glad that we got in touch with San Francisco Bay Area Vending to get vending machines that met our needs as an office. And the fact that I could completely customize the vending machine was a really cool idea. I didn’t know that doing that for a vending machine was even possible. Corporate Cuisine really made it easy for my office to get the snacks we need at a price we want!

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Moving Up San Francisco

January 6th, 2013
by Marc

moving in san francisco caFrom Concord to the City, I new that I wouldn’t be able to do the move on my own. I hired Golden Bay Relocation, San Francisco Movers, because they were located in San Francisco and available to do moves anywhere in the Bay area. I found them because they were rated very highly on Yelp and I pretty much use Yelp as a measuring stick for everything from restaurants to movers San Francisco.

I was moving from Concord because I was moving in with my girlfriend who just moved to the City. I could pretty much to my work from anywhere in the Northern California region, so I wasn’t too worried about where I lived. But she was just moving from Sacramento to San Francisco for a job and we really didn’t want to have to travel any more than we had to in order to see each other.

It just made sense for us to move in together because she had just gotten this great apartment that her aunt owns and rent was going to be really cheap. We had been dating for about 2 years, so we were both ready to make the move when the time came.

Especially because there were going to be two of us, we each hired a moving company. Hers was based out of Sacramento, and mine was Golden Bay, which is based out of San Francisco. It was a huge apartment, so we would both need to take all of our furniture to the new place. It would have been a nightmare if we had both tried to move from separate locations to a totally new location. It would have been nuts.

Hiring San Francisco Movers worked out perfectly because they arrived first and put everything where it needed to be. I thought it might be confusing to have two moving companies, but they were actually able to work together and get the job done. I don’t know what we would have done without Golden Bay.

Now that my girlfriend and I are settled, I think I’ll add to the positive Yelp reviews for Golden Bay. It only seems fair!

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My Surprise Big Business

December 29th, 2012
by Marc

bookkeeping memeWhen I started my small business, I had no idea what I was doing. Eventually I hired e-Office team, but before that, things weren’t so easy. First of all, I had started this business as more of a side project. It was just a hobby of mine that I decided to make some profit on. Little did I know that two years later, my business would be thriving and I would need ten employees simply to keep my head over water.

It was a slow process, but I eventually started to grow my small business until I outgrew my home office. After we moved into a new office, I began to fill it with more staff as the company kept growing exponentially. From the beginning, I had always been doing my own bookkeeping, but as the company grew, so did our finances and I no longer felt comfortable relying on myself to keep track of everything.

I actually found out about e-Office Team online when I looked up local Sacramento bookkeepers. I went through a few before landing on them because I felt they would really be able to accommodate our company. They were a boutique bookkeeping firm and made the commitment to be available to us when we needed them most.

It was such a relief once I hired e-Office team to manage our bookkeeping because I no longer had the time to manage it well and I didn’t want to train anyone else when I knew that I wasn’t going to be able to hire a full-time in house accountant for a while. Although, I wasn’t ruling it out because my company was indeed growing fast.

By hiring e-Office Team to do our bookkeeping and accounting, I was able to avail myself to do the thin I’m really passionate about—helping others succeed. It was great to finally be able to do what I wanted to instead of always worrying about the books and wondering if I had everything down right. Now I can be sure that e-Office Team has be squared away!

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December Friend Date Night

December 15th, 2012
by Marc

There are a lot of great places to share a few drinks with friends. But my friends in particular love spending time chatting and sipping on wine together. We also love eating together, if I am being honest.  We did all of these things while we were at Rendez-vous Winery.

Over the holidays, it can get busy, so my friends and I like to schedule a holiday friend date night well in advance of December so we make sure to make some time for each other. Plus, a few of us have birthdays in the month of December, so it’s kind of like killing two birds with one stone. And by “birds,” I mean we are killing bottles of wine. And by “with one stone,” I mean, by drinking them.

No matter what we are doing together, we always have such a great time just catching up and talking about what’s been going on lately. As we are all mothers with careers, it’s nice to just be able to, if even for a few hours, go back to how things were when we were single twenty-somethings. I don’t necessarily want to go back to my younger years, but sometimes it’s nice to feel young and fancy-free for a hot second.

Thanks to Rendez-vous and my fun group of friends for making this December friend date a day to remember!

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A Matter of Pride – Car Equity Loans

December 7th, 2012
by Marc

I was having a hard time after I lost my job and in the meantime I was having a hard time paying rent. Same Car Title Loan saved me and allowed me to pay for my expenses in between jobs. I had been relying on the kindness of friends and family for a few weeks, but I just couldn’t bear the thought of asking yet another person for a favor. So I called Same Day Title Loan and they were able to get me the cash I needed to get off and running!

Working with Same Day Title Loan was a quick and easy process—I didn’t have to spend hours looking at legal documents. The staff at Same Day Auto Title Loan was really helpful in making sure I understood everything about the loan I was taking out. I don’t even have that nice of a car and they were able to help me get enough money to last two more months of unemployment. I was pretty happy about it!

It didn’t take me very long to repay the loan because I got a great job only a month after that. It was such a relief to know that I was basically borrowing against myself and not a bank or a friend. I had already bought my car, so it was money that was mine. Plus, the low interest rate was really appealing as well. I was confident that I was making the best financial choice available to me at the time. And I still think so, even weeks after I have repaid the loan in full.

The best part about all of this is that I got the job so soon after I got the loan, but not so soon after that I didn’t absolutely need it. Sure, I could have asked for favors from my friends and family, but at the end of the day, it was a matter of pride. I had worked really hard to be financially independent for my entire life and I didn’t want to have to ask for any more hand outs. I have generous people in my life, but I also didn’t want anyone to think I was taking advantage of their kindness.

Working with Same Day Title Loan saved me from my pride and saved me for the month that I didn’t have enough money to make rent. I am not back on my feet and I will always be grateful for Same Day Auto Loan!

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Specialty Shower Doors and Our Remodel

December 5th, 2012
by Marc

D&D Windows offers replacement windows for commercial and residential properties throughout the Sacramento area.

It may just be a shower door, but we didn’t see it that way, and neither did D&D Windows in Sacramento and Roseville. We were lucky to find a shower door installer and designer who felt that a shower door was as important as the shower inside of it. And actually, that a shower door could be the most decorative piece in a bathroom.

We were halfway into a remodel when our contractor just wasn’t working out for us. They were sloppy and lazy and did not see the same vision for our home as we did. So we fired them right before they were supposed to install a shower door. That’s when we decided to get a company that specialized in glass and shower doors. We found American of Sacramento and Roseville because for every search we conducted on Google looking for shower doors, they popped up number 1.

We immediately called them and asked them if they could come to our home and give us an estimate. They were willing to and I was pretty excited about that because I was worried that they wouldn’t be able to fit us in on such a short notice. But they were able to accommodate us and came to our home to consult us as to what kind of design they would be able to do in our master bathroom.

When they got to our home, they had so many great ideas, it was hard to narrow it down as to which design we wanted. After going back and forth for a while, we finally settled on doing something with a frameless shower door and then doing a chip top on the top of the shower door to make it look more natural. After we got the drawings for it, we were pretty excited that we would have new and awesome shower doors. We were worried that after we got the new shower doors, we would never want to get out of the shower!!

Now that we have our new shower doors, we are so excited that we get to show them off to our friends and family. We are so happy that we ended up hiring D&D Windows because they knew exactly what they were doing. They were professional, skilled and did great work.

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The Easier Teeth Straightening Solution

December 1st, 2012
by Marc

I had been going to My Tooth Spa, my Fair Oaks dentist, for a number of years before I considered getting Invisalign treatment to straighten my teeth. Truthfully, I didn’t even know that dentists could even offer cosmetic services like that, but My Tooth Spa is one of the only Sacramento dentists who offer Invisalign at their dental offices.  One day, when I had a regular dental exam appointment, I noticed a sign on the side of the office that said that they offered Invisalign. And that got me thinking.

For years I had thought about getting my teeth fixed. I just wasn’t sure what the best option for me would be. I had braces when I was a teenager, so I was reluctant to get them again, just because I felt I had already paid my dues. And I felt my teeth weren’t bad enough to warrant braces. I needed something that wasn’t so invasive but that wouldn’t interfere with my lifestyle. I always thought Invisalign would be the best option for me.

When I went in for my regular appointment at My Tooth Spa, I asked my dentist if she thought it would be possible for me to get Invisalign as an option for teeth straightening. I told her that I had braces 20 years ago and that since then, my teeth have become slightly crooked. Crooked enough that I was considering getting them fixes. She was really helpful and let me know what my options were.

To get my teeth where I want them to be, it would take about 6 months with Invisalign. I actually thought that seemed incredibly short. I was pretty excited to hear that I could potentially have the smile I wanted in less than a year. Half of a year’s time.

The best part was that Invisalign is totally reasonably prices now that it’s been around longer. It would be the same amount as braces would be—why would I even consider looking like a teenager, if I could have the sleek invisibility of Invisalign as a teeth straightening strategy.

I am so glad I was able to get Invisalign through my own dentist. It was really helpful because one roadblock I faced was in having to find an orthodontist. I loved that I just went to my regular dentist for my cosmetic procedures. In addition to the Invisalign, I also got my teeth whitened. It was awesome!

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Why Hiring a San Francisco Moving Company Was Right For My Move

November 29th, 2012
by Marc

golden bay sf moversGolden Bay Relocation, who are movers in San Francisco, made what might have been a very stressful move, into a totally stress-free and uncomplicated move. I was moving out of a home I had lived in for 8 years and thought I was going to spend the rest of my life their. But the economy hit my business hard and I was forced to downsize and sell my house.  But I felt lucky to have the support and help of my moving company in San Francisco.

A good moving company in the City is hard to find. There are all kinds of scammers just looking for someone to cheat out of their hard-earned money. In fact, that happened to a friend of mine. She didn’t want to pay for a premium moving company, so she looked on Craigslist for someone who was advertising cheap moving services. She hired someone from Craigslist, but it turned out to be anything but cheap. She ended up having to pay hundreds extra because of charges that were added on by the fake moving company.

I knew that hiring a moving company would be expensive, but I also knew that it would be worth it if I didn’t have some one to help me with the move. I knew that if I hired Golden Bay, I would get what I paid for—no more, no less.

And I was right about that. The staff at Golden Bay was exceptionally friendly and did a wonderful job with my move. Nothing was out of place and I even drew up a map of where I wanted everything, and they placed everything where I had planned. It was a perfect execution of how I wanted everything to be I my new home.

Since I really didn’t have to stress much over the physical portion of the move, I felt that the move went much smoother. I was stressed for a little while when I became overwhelmed by the empty boxes I needed to pack, but for the most part, it was an easy move. And easy was just what I needed at that time.

Hiring Golden Bay truly made my move a much more pleasant experience. I didn’t have to worry about street parking or driving a huge moving van and I didn’t have to worry about making sure that all of my heavy objects made it into and out of the truck. All I had to do what let the movers in and let them do what they needed to get the job done.

My San Francisco move wasn’t as devastating as I imagined it would be. I feel ready to make the next transition in my life.

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Decision-Making Made Easy with Premier

November 9th, 2012
by Marc

kitchen design and remodelingDecision-making is not my strong suit, so when it was time for me to make serious remodeling strides in my kitchen, I was at somewhat of a loss. I knew it needed to be done, but  I was letting my indecision get the best of me, putting it off for much longer than I should have. But one day, I made a decision and hire Premier Remodeling & Construction out of Sacramento, Roseville, Folsom and El Dorado Hills. I liked that they had a clear vision of how they would remodel my home while also taking into consideration my budget.

The best part about Premier Remodeling & Construction was that I gave them some ideas for what I liked and they were able to just run with it.  This was a huge relief for me because I had a few specifications, but I don’t like to get caught up in the details. At the end of the day, I just wanted results. Results that meant I would be able to enjoy my new kitchen in a timely manner without a huge hassle.

I was immediately impressed with Premier because of the way they approached my kitchen project. They were extremely professional and never once made me feel like I was being taken advantage of or being upsold on anything. They remained true to my budget and only bothered me when they needed to make necessary adjustments. It was really nice to be able to sit back and trust that my kitchen was in great hands.

And in good hands, it was! The process took weeks, not months and the result remains a conversation piece whenever I have guests over. I am blown away by the kitchen cabinet redesign they accomplished for me—I hardly even recognize my kitchen anymore. In addition to completely redesigning and conceptualizing the space, they created a cohesive look for it. This is something I am terrible at, so I was grateful they were able to do so much with the little information I had to give them.

In fact, I was so happy they did a great job in my kitchen that I also hired them to remodel my bathrooms. I trusted Premier almost more than I trusted myself to make design-related decisions. In turn, they were also happy to have the freedom to do whatever they wanted with my home. So by the end, all of us were totally satisfied with this business transaction.

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Moving to San Diego Try Manpower Movers

October 26th, 2012
by Marc

Thinking of moving to San Diego? Well, if you are here is the perfect moving company. There name is Manpower Movers, and they are located in San Diego, CA. Manpower Movers provides moving services in San Diego, La Jolla, Encinitas, and Carlsbad. The reason I’m referring them is because I just moved from northern CA, and used them for my long distance move across the great state of California.

Let me start by saying nothing was broken. After driving 500 miles, not one item broke. I know that is a rarity and breakage is part of moving, but Manpower Movers directed me to their blog after I booked my move. Manpower Movers blog is filled with packing and organizing tips that although are common sense, you don’t think about unless you are read it from professionals.

The second reason for recommending Manpower Movers is that they offer  great rates. On my move they gave me a quote and stuck to it. The move itself hit every milestone in their quote so I knew we were sticking to schedule the entire time. It’s refreshing to know the movers of Manpower were aware of my quote and the milestones they had to stick to so that my move did not go over budget.

Lastly, San Diego is beautiful. I mean, extremely beautiful. And Manpower Movers didn’t ruin my first impression of the city. They actually gave me a nice welcoming present by making sure my belongings were safe and sound. If you live in San Diego, use Manpower Movers. They are awesome!

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A Safe Bathroom for Dad

October 19th, 2012
by Marc

After my dad had a stroke, we knew that he couldn’t be on his own anymore. We didn’t want him to be in a home, but we weren’t fully equipped to meet his needs with the set up we currently had. Our kids had all gone, so our guest bathroom was rarely ever used anymore. In fact, before we remodeled it, it hadn’t been worked on for probably 10 years. With a elderly man moving into our home, we knew we would have to make a few adjustments to make it safe for him. His mobility isn’t very limited yet, but we also wanted to make sure that if he became unable to walk, that the bathrooms would be able to accommodate him.

We started by looking online for remodelers who could make our bathroom more senior friendly. During our search, we found a company called Premier Remodeling and Construction of Sacramento Roseville Folsom Rocklin, and El Dorado Hills, that had photos of bathroom renovations they had done before to make a home safer for an older person. We had them come in for a free quote and they quoted the bathroom for a reasonable price—we did not expect that at all.

We wanted Premier to install a walk-in tub, as well as several poles that would help my father safely lower himself onto the toilet. In addition to making the bathroom safer for him, we also wanted it to look a little better, as it was currently a little worn for wear. So we had them retime the bathroom, install new granite countertops and install new hardware. We wanted my dad to feel as comfortable in his new setting as possible.

As soon as my dad moved in and took a look at what we had done with the bathroom, we was so grateful that we did it all just for him. He especially liked the tub, because it was sometimes hard for him to get into his shower because it was connected to a bathtub that was hard for him to get into.  And we were happy that my dad felt safe in his new home.

It’s been six weeks since my dad moved in with us and though it was a transition for all of us at first, we are all so happy to have him here with us. We have peace of mind that even when he is by himself, that he will be safe.

But not only was the bathroom functional, it was beautifully done. We were impressed with the care and hard work Premier put into remodeling the bathroom to make it safe and renovated for my father.

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When “Good” Isn’t Good Enough

October 16th, 2012
by Marc

the perfect dentist in Sacramento Ultimate Dental Group

Roseville General Dentist is a branch of My Tooth Spa specializes in family dentistry services.

I usually don’t blog about companies and services, but I feel I should make an exception because of the service I received a few weeks ago at Ultimate Dental Group in Sacramento, California. Originally I went there for Invisalign and stayed there for the family dentistry.

The way I found Ultimate Dental Group was through an online Google search. I was looking for dentists/orthodontists in my area that did Invisalign. I already had a dentist, but she didn’t have a license to perform Invisalign treatments. But I wasn’t looking to replace my old dentist entirely. Not at first, anyway.

But after spending time at Ultimate Dental Group, I knew that my treatment was their priority. It wasn’t that my other dentist didn’t do a good job, she just didn’t do a GREAT job. When I am looking for someone who has my healthcare in their hands, I am looking for GREAT. Especially when if comes to my family and their health.

It was hard to make the change, and hard to say goodbye to someone who had gotten to know me and my family, but I knew that I was doing the right thing. It was important to me that I made choices for the benefit of my family, not because I was afraid to hurt anyone’s feelings.

In the end, I was happy to have made the switch because Ultimate Dental Group made sure that we got the care we deserved, even when it is outside of business hours. I am happy to have found a dentist who is honest, trustworthy, does great work and is always on time. It certainly is a bonus that we don’t live very far from the Ultimate Dental Group.

If you aren’t happy with your current dentist, or healthcare provider, don’t be afraid to ruffle a few feathers. Your family’s health is something to fight for. And if you don’t fight for them, who will?

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The Vacation Home For a Growing Family

October 16th, 2012
by Marc

vacation homes in mauiThe only things keeping us from buying a vacation home were time and money. Time, because both my husband and I worked too much to leave Portland for more than a weekend. And money, because we never thought that we could find anything in Maui that we could afford. But with the help of The Smith Team at Maui Sales, we were able to make it happen.

After ten years of toiling at our jobs and caring for young children, we were finally at a point in both of our careers that would allow a little more flexibility for vacation time. And with this flexibility also came with higher pay, which meant that not only could we get away, but we could afford to get away. We liked the idea of having a vacation home because on a whim, we could spend a week there without having to worry about booking a hotel room or worrying about expensive holiday rates. Speaking of holidays, we would also be able to have a built-in holiday plan for our family, especially when our kids got older and went away to college. It would be great to have somewhere that felt like a second home when we vacationed together.

So we began our search for our perfect home away from home. We stumbled upon The Smith Team at Maui Sales while we were doing some preliminary web searches for Maui real estate. They were the first website we found, so we clicked on the link. After reading their about page, we knew we wanted them to help us find a Maui home for us because they were a family-run business. We felt it would be appropriate for us to hire a family real estate company when we were looking for a vacation home for our family.

So my husband and I planned to take a trip out to Maui to start looking at properties The Smith Team thought would fit our budget and our needs for a home. We wanted it to be close to Lahaina and to have three to five bedrooms. With our family, we really only needed three bedrooms, but we wanted the option of having guests stay wit us over holidays and perhaps accommodate the needs of a growing family. In purchasing the home in Maui, we were hoping to invest in our future. And even when we were gone, we hoped it would be a place for our children to take their families as well.

Luckily for us, the process of finding a Maui home didn’t take very long. In fact, the home we ended up buying was one of the first properties we saw that first week of looking for homes. We went for a four bedroom home just five minutes from central Lahaina, and exactly seven minutes from the beach. It was the perfect vacation home and fit our family perfectly. We couldn’t be happier with our new Maui vacation home.

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Girls Trip to Old Sugar Mill

September 20th, 2012
by Marc

Old Sugar Mill outside SacramentoMy girlfriends and I decided to go for a day of wine tasting after a few of them had gotten married. We had spent the summer talking about nothing but weddings so we planned a trip so that we could spend some quality time together. And because we love wine. Since we had a summer full of weddings, we also didn’t want to spend too much money.  We decided to keep our wine tasting weekend local so we didn’t have to drive very far and wouldn’t have to pay a lot for tastings in somewhere like Napa. A friend had gone to the Old Sugar Mill before and had a great experience, so we decided to make the 20 min drive from Sacramento and go check it out.

While there was a lot about that trip that stood out to me, I had the best experience with Rendez-vous Winery because of the helpful staff and because the wines were DELICIOUS.

I’m pretty sure they mostly make white wine, but it was so delicious that I didn’t even care. I’m generally not crazy about white wine but I made an exception. It is entirely possible that I’ve never tasted good white wine before, but after this, I think I won’t bother with anything else.

The first wine I tasted of theirs was the 2011 Chenin Blanc. It was light and crisp but not too dry. The tasting attendant told me it was one of their most popular wines and I could see why. I was incredibly balanced and I couldn’t imagine any food tasting bad with it.

The next wine we had was the 2009 Rendez-blanc. Just smelling this wine made my mouth water. It smelled so good I wanted to bottle it and spray it as a perfume. I didn’t of course, but I was even more thrilled to find that it tasted just as good as it smelled. It had notes of pear and butterscotch and had an excellently smooth finish. I could drink that wine everyday, I think.

We also tasted the 2009 Late Harvest Chardonnay, which was a little sweet for me, but I would drink it as a dessert wine. It had notes of apricot and honey as well as citrus. One of my friends liked it so much, she bought a whole case! It is interesting how different people can have such varying taste buds.

I left the winery with eight bottles of wine. Two Chenin Blanc, four Rendez-blanc  and two Late Harvest Chardonnay. The prices were pretty reasonable and I felt like the experience was well-worth the cost. The staff answered all of our questions (and some of my friends had a lot of them) and made sure to give recommendations based on each of our preferences.

I was so glad to have gotten the chance to spend time with friends I hadn’t seen in a long time as well as find a new winery like Rendez-vous in Clarksberg. I will definitely come back, next time with more trunk space!

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New Windows Just In Time!

September 11th, 2012
by Marc

new windowsD&D Windows, offers replacement windows and vinyl windows throughout Sacramento, CA.

When storm season hit last year, we had no idea how very unprepared we were. Our house was old, but we had taken the last five years to slowly renovate it at our own pace. Unfortunately, we had not gotten to redoing the windows when the biggest storm of the season hit us in El Dorado Hills. The old wood was already rotting a bit, but with water damage, the windows warped terribly, leading to leakage as well as making our house look terrible.

At the time, we were in the middle of winter and we knew out troubles were anything but over. Luckily, we had several contractors on hand that we had picked out for when the time came for us to make certain repairs. We called our selected contractor, American Windows Manufacturing and immediately they were able to come out for replacement windows. We ended up choosing vinyl windows because they were a great price and would hold up for a long time. Vinyl windows are also heat resistant and are weather-sealed for condensation prevention. Another benefit we found out was that unlike wood, vinyl wouldn’t rot, peel or deteriorate like wooden windows.

The moment we got our windows put in, we wished we had done it earlier. They didn’t even end up costing us as much as we had imagined and made our home look 100 times better than they did previously. Before, the wood on the exterior and interior of the house was rotting and although we had a fresh coat of paint, the windows were an eye sore.

Now that we have new windows, it’s like our house has had a makeover. The next item on our list is to redo the shower doors which, luckily for us, is another service American Windows provides. Although they will be another investment, I have learned from our window tragedy that it’s better to preempt disaster that deal with a problem like having leaking windows in the middle of the winter. We were just lucky that American Windows was able to come and help us out at such a short notice. Now that I think about it, we should probably also take care of our faulty sprinkler system. Maybe NEXT summer…

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Finding a Family Dentist in Sacramento

August 25th, 2012
by Marc

Happy couple with great teeth after dentist

Roseville General Dentist operates in Roseville CA and offers pediatric, cosmetic and general dentistry services.

We had just moved to San Francisco when my husband lost his job. We moved all the way from St. Louis only to find out that we weren’t going to have income when we moved. Luckily, though, he was placed in the Sacramento branch of the company he was working for.

The downside to this, of course, was having to move all over again. I had done extensive research on the area, from family doctors to housing to which sport leagues the kids were going to join. It was so frustrating to know that I would be starting, yet again, from scratch. On the bright side though, we had some family and friends who were living in Sacramento to get recommendations from. With their help, we were able to adjust so much quicker to our new location.

With three kids, one need I wanted to stay on top of was their dental care. With the healthcare package we got through my husband’s employer, we were able to select our doctors online. But for our family dentist, we had to find one that would take our insurance. So, I decided to Google the dentists in our area. One that came up was Ultimate Dental Group. It also had great Yelp reviews, so I decided to make an appointment right away because I didn’t want to forget. I booked myself, and all of the kids on the same day, which was really convenient for us.

Upon further research, I found that Ultimate Dental Group also offered cosmetic and restorative dentistry in Sacramento. I really liked the idea of being able to have all dental services from the same office. I was especially excited to learn that Ultimate Dental Group offers Invisalign. With kids in middle school and high school, I was pleased to find that I wouldn’t have to get an extra orthodontist for my kids’ teeth straightening needs.

When we came into the office for our visit, the staff and dentists were all warm and friendly. The kids have always been a little anxious about going to the dentist’s office, but they were calm and collected this time. I think maybe all of this moving has made them more accustomed to change. Or perhaps it was sushi I promised them afterward (there is a sushi restaurant right around the corner from the dentist). It was also helpful that they were all in there together and I had plenty of reading material with me so I didn’t mind waiting for them.

My own experience with Ultimate Dental Group was pleasant as well. The hygienists were talkative and friendly but didn’t ask too many questions when my mouth was full of chloride. I know that we will definitely be back to Ultimate Dental Group!

Ultimate Dental Group is located at 7521 West Stockton Blvd. Suite 130 Sacramento, CA 95823

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Maui: Being A Tourist In Your Own Backyard

August 20th, 2012
by Marc

Beach in MauiJust because you live in Maui doesn’t mean you can’t act like a tourist sometimes. When you live in a beautiful place like Maui, it is easy to become jaded by the landscape and culture just because you see it all of the time. Being a tourist in your own backyard is a great way to fall in love with your home island all over again. So it’s time to get your camera out and pack up the car with snacks—you’re going on a staycation!

Maui is called The Magic Isle for a reason. There are so many hikes, adventures and romantic experience right at your fingertips—it’s no wonder Maui is one of the top destinations for honeymooners! A great way to take in Maui’s unique beauty is by going on a long hike. Hana is a great place to hike because the Haleakala National Park has so many options to choose from. Even if you have been there before, you can have an entirely different experience each time you visit.  A favorite within the park is the Kipahulu area, which is 10 miles past the town of Hana. In Kipahulu, you can hike the two-mile trail along the Pipiwai Trail where you can take a dip in any of the streams and pools adjacent to the ocean. Kipahulu is also popular for its concentration of endangered species and views of the ocean.

If you are looking for something adventurous and exciting, swimming with the manta rays should be the next stop on your staycation. Manta rays are some of the largest fish in the ocean with wingspans up to 20 feet or more. Manta rays can seem menacing, but they are actually quite friendly and docile creatures. The Kona coast of Maui is the best places to spot these lovely creatures. Although there are many resorts where you can see the manta rays feeding at night, the best way to spot them is by going on a night boat tour. This way, you can experience them for yourself by swimming with them. As it grows dark, tour guides set up spotlights where the manta rays are known to frequent. The manta rays are attracted by the plankton and are totally visible as they move around and dance in the water. For scuba divers and snorkelers, this is a treat because the manta rays get close to them without touching, giving spectators an interactive experience.

Lastly, if you are looking for a more relaxing time, look no further than Turtle Bay Resort, famous for its luxury and stunning accommodations. Whether you plan to stay the night or take advantage of the golf course or spa, you will have a chance to revitalize and refresh yourself in one of the most famous parts of the island, the North Shore.

It’s important to take time for yourself, and just because you own real estate in Maui Hawaii, a tourist destination, doesn’t mean you should lose sight of the wonder of the place you call home. You should always seek to explore new things to love about the island, as you will likely find no shortage.

If you live in Maui or Hawaii and don’t own real estate, or if you would like to move to Maui or Hawaii and purchase real estate, contact Maui Sales. Ken Smith and The Smith Team have over 20 years experience selling property in Maui, Hawaii.

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Fun in Carlsbad

August 9th, 2012
by Marc

surfing on a beach in CarlsbadEditor’s Note: Coast and County Homes, a real estate broker in Carlsbad, Encinitas and Oceanside has over 20 years experience serving the residents of Carlsbad, supplied us with great activities to explore when visiting Carlsbad.

Located in the North County of San Diego, Carlsbad is frequented by San Diego locals and tourists alike because of its lovely beaches, shopping and attractions. Carlsbad certainly has no shortage of activities, from kayaking, surfing, dining and biking. San Diego’s fabulous weather makes Carlsbad that much more attractive because there are so many outdoor activities to choose from. Here are some of our favorites:

Kayaking in Carlsbad Lagoon. Carlsbad Lagoon offers a variety of aquatic activities not limited to, but including jet skiing, paddle boating, fishing and kayaking. The Lagoon offers views of Carlsbad you can’t find anywhere else, and is a great way to spend the day being active and spending time with friends and family. If you go during high tide, you might be able to catch a glimpse of the Bat Ray breeding grounds or see some jumping fish. All in a day’s work!

Getting in touch with your childhood dreams at Legoland. Also a popular destination for children of every age, is Legoland, which celebrates your favorite childhood toy. Kids will be entertained by the rides and other attractions, and parents will be pleased with the fact that their children are entertained. Actually, though many parents accompany their kids to Legoland not expecting to enjoy it, they are often just as happy as their kids. Legoland also offers interesting structures made entirely of Legos, including an entire Star Wars exhibit.

Going for a spin on rented beach cruisers. Aside from strolling or running along the beach, another great way to experience it is by renting a beach cruiser. The entire San Diego area has excellent bike paths along its beaches, so you could easily cover a lot of ground in a few hours. After your legs have had enough, be sure to stop in to Boxd for a waffle sandwich.

Dropping by Boxd for a waffle sandwich. Brand new to Carlsbad is an innovative new restaurant that is made from a recycled shipping crate and opens using hydraulics that run on vegetable oil. Located on a lot on the corner of Carlsbad Village Drive and State Street, this small but bustling joint serves up waffles sandwiches day and night.  If you are thirsty, you can also purchase beer or wine and hang out indoors or on the grass outside. Boxd is a fun place to stop for lunch or a snack between beach sits.

Stopping at The Compass for a beer. When your active and/or relaxing day is over, you may want to finish it off right with a beer or cocktail.  If you are looking for a hip place to enjoy a cold beer with your friends, we love the atmosphere at The Compass. In addition to serving an assortment of craft beers, The Compass serves up some tasty gastropub fare.

There is a reason so many people vacation and live near Carlsbad, and after spending a day there, we are sure you will see why.

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Using a Property Management Company

August 7th, 2012
by Marc

Vienna Property Management associate working with rentersSo, I just bought my first rental property. And honestly, If it wasn’t for Vienna Property Management who operates out of El Dorado HIlls, Lincoln and Citrus Heights, I might not own an investment property anymore. I thought that owning a property for investment purposes would be easy. You fix it up, rent it out, pay your mortgage and keep what’s left over. Wow, was I surprised at the amount of work it actually takes to keep an investment property in the black.

First off, dealing with tenants and property issues are not easy, and take a considerable amount of time. When tenants have issues the property needs to be attended too immediately. It doesn’t matter what time it is or what day of the week. If a property needs fixing, it’s the landlords job to fix it.

Secondly, if the property is vacant the entire mortgage comes out of my pocket. If a property is vacant for an extended period of time, my investment could actually go belly up. And if a property is vacant that means I have to find the tenants. With a full time job, I couldn’t have been more naive into thinking I could do this on my own.

Fortunately, after losing money for 6 months on my investment, I decided to use a property management company. I Googled property managers in my area and found Vienna Property Management. They operate out of Sacramento, Roseville, El Dorado Hills, Citrus Heights and Lincoln. From what I gathered, they appeared to be the number one property management company in the area. Upon signing with them, my property has been occupied at a rate higher than what I was going for, and they take of all the tenant problems. I now have a true investment property thanks to Vienna Property Management, and I even got my spare time back. Thanks Vienna.

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How Veneers Put a Pep in My Step

July 30th, 2012
by Marc

Picture of a Girl Smiling who has VeneersWhen I turned fifty, I noticed a lot of things weren’t working the way they ought to. I knew it was time to call my dentist in fair oaks. I walked slower, I could no longer beat my son in a game of basketball, and my teeth weren’t like they used to be. I used to play sports, so I had already given my teeth a run for their money. Literally. By the time I was sixteen, I had four teeth knocked out, two of those being my front teeth. To be fair, by body was holding up pretty well considering all the abuse I had put it through all of those years prior. My mother, who had unwittingly become best friends with my dentist, finally pulled me out of hockey after an especially rowdy fight at a hockey game. And that was just the beginning.

My teeth weren’t in very good shape to begin with, but by the time I reached fifty, they weren’t looking as pristine as I had hoped. Some of my implants needed to be replaced and I was thinking that I may even have to get dentures. During a routine visit to my dentist, I asked him about what my options were. I was partly concerned about cosmetics and partly concerned with the integrity of my teeth. I was anxious about the possibility of getting dentures at my age. Luckily, my dentist recommended I get veneers. I had heard of veneers before, but I didn’t really know how they worked and what the advantages of having them were. I was pretty stoked to find out that they were an option for me.

Veneers are created by essentially recreating your teeth to create an overlay that goes over your actual teeth. I wasn’t super attached to my teeth (which is clear by my love of hockey), but I wanted to keep them, if at all possible. Veneers are made of a thin strip of porcelain that are then bonded to your actual teeth. My dentist also informed me that veneers are quite stain resistant, which I was happy to hear. I made a consult appointment for the very next week—I couldn’t wait to get my new teeth!

The procedure itself was relatively easy. It took about an hour and was relatively painless once he gave me local anesthetics. When he gave me a mirror to look at my new teeth, I couldn’t even believe what I saw! I looked younger, and I immediately felt younger. It may seem silly to hear this from a guy that used to play hockey, but seeing my smile at its best not only made me look better, but I immediately felt ten years younger. And lucky for me, my wife entirely agrees.

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Preventing Window Damage

July 27th, 2012
by Marc

Picture of Windows damaged by rainWindow-related damage is one of the most frequent issues claimed by homeowners seeking reimbursing or coverage for home. Many problems include rotted frames, broken panes, fogged up double panes and jammed up or warped sashes. Fortunately, many of these are preventable. As long as you have had your windows properly by a professional (barring any natural disasters or freak accidents), you should be able to prevent any damages that may occur.

D&D Windows, offering windows Sacramento, A common problem with windows involves moisture damage from humidity levels in the home being too high. While sometimes condensation and humidity occurs because the outside temperatures are significantly cooler than the inside (usually during the winter months), sometimes damages can be caused because the windows are not properly maintained by the homeowner. If you have a humidifier in your home, you should be careful that it isn’t creating too much moister, as it can lead to damage of the home and windows over time. It is a personal preference, but you probably will be glad that you’ve kept in check when you don’t have to replace your windows because of moisture damage.

A less frequent form of window damage comes from structural issues within the home itself. If there is an earthquake or anything that causes the home to shift, windows can become broken or frames may also become warped or bent. Aside from earthquakes though, other causes of structural damage include nearby construction, high wind, excessive loading and remodels or faulty construction. It can be hard to prevent this kind of damage, but you should always make sure that whomever is doing work on your home is properly licensed and bonded so that if issues do occur, you and your home will be properly protected.

Not all window damage can be prevented, but if you do your part in making sure to properly maintain and keep moisture out, you shouldn’t have many issues with your windows. In addition to asking your window installer about maintaining your windows, you should ask them how long the warranty lasts. Generally, you can expect a warranty to last about ten years. But many differ depending on the manufacturer. You should ask about the specifics of the warranty because at the end of the day, that may be the deciding factor.

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My First Home

July 26th, 2012
by Marc

Kitchen Countertop of my homeAfter five years as an RN and seven years of renting a home, I finally decided it was time to buy my own home. I wasn’t married at the time, but I wanted to make steps toward investing in my future. So, on the eve of my 31st birthday, I signed a piece of paper that would hereinafter make me a homeowner (at least for the foreseeable future).  I had a great job and a great life, so I decided it was time to continue moving forward.

The home I bought was in the neighborhood I wanted and had just the right about of character for my taste. The presence of “character” also meant that it was a little older than I was. Most of everything was in great shape, but I knew the kitchen would need some work. It was certainly livable, but since cooking is one of my favorite activities, I wanted to treat myself to a nice kitchen. I knew just about everything about appliances and kitchen tools, but one area in which I knew nothing about was kitchen and bathroom countertops. With all of the options available, I became really overwhelmed. Finally, I decided to do some research on what types of countertops would best suit my needs stylistically and functionally.

Because I like the look of stone countertops, I immediately ruled out tile. My mother had tiled countertops and the last thing I wanted in my newfound symbol of independence was a replica of my mother’s kitchen. I also didn’t want to go with wood because the floors were hardwood and I didn’t want to mimic the look of a log cabin. Now I just had to choose between quartz, granite and synthetic. In all honesty, I didn’t know what any of those actually were. Luckily, I referred to trusty Google and figured out the pros and cons of each.

Upon conducting my fancy Google research, I found that while granite is made of pure stone (usually in full slab form), quartz is about 90 percent natural quartz and 10 percent synthetic materials. While I was originally in favor of natural stone, I was surprised to find out the advantages of quartz versus granite. For one, quartz is extremely durable and easy to maintain. It is hard and doesn’t require the frequent resurfacing that granite does. In addition, granite is porous, which means that bacteria and mildew and get into the pours. As a frequent cook, I much preferred having solid and sturdy surface, as my kitchen sees a lot of action on a daily basis. It seemed that quartz was my best bet.

After installing my new countertops and buying new and shiny appliances, I practically never left my kitchen. I had created a space where myself, as well as family and friends, could come and spend time together in an open and beautiful part of my home. I was truly proud of myself for my new home, but especially proud of my new kitchen.

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