6 Reasons to Hire a Plumber

The plumbing system in your home is the most unappreciated asset you own.  We want our showers hot, our toilets to flush and water to flow from our faucets.  When that doesn’t happen our daily schedule is completely disrupted.  Repairs can also put an unexpected strain on the budget.

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Choosing the best plumber will ensure you have a quality repair at the best price.  You can trust that the price given in the estimate is what you will actually pay at the end of the job.  A dependable plumber will stay on the job from start to finish, so your life can get on track as soon as possible.  Finding the right plumber will begin a relationship that will last over the years, ensuring you know who to call for every plumbing emergency.

Here are six points to consider when selecting a plumber.

  1. Is the plumber licensed?

There are technicians and there are plumbers.  They both can do many of the same jobs, but the quality of work and the ability to correctly diagnose the problem is very different.  A master plumber has attended at least 4 years of schooling and has over six years of experience.

  1. Is the plumber bonded?

You also want to make sure the plumber is bonded.  This is another term for insured.  This means that if something is broken or damaged during the repair or installation process, the plumber has insurance that covers the cost of repair or replacement.

  1. Experience

How many years has the plumber been in the trade?  This would reflect their educational experience and their years on the job.  Every plumbing system is different.  Sometimes contractors or do-it-yourselfers create plumbing nightmares that require a professional who has seen it all.

  1. Solid Estimate Upfront

A reputable plumber will always come onsite and look at the problem before giving a solid estimate.  Make sure the plumbing company combines the standard visit fee with the cost of the repair or you could have a surprise in the bill.  Also, make sure that the quote or estimate includes the cost of the materials.

  1. Make sure that parts and labor have a written warranty.

There should be at least a one year warranty on both materials and labor.  Some companies will only give a 30 day warranty on labor.  You will have to decide whether or not that is adequate, depending on the service you need.

  1. Can the plumbing company provide you with references?

Any successful plumbing company will be able to provide you with reference customers.  By checking the references, you can be more confident that you are selecting the right plumber for the job.  You can also check on Yelp, Google +, and other online reviews.

The following video by Ocean Plumbing give you more tips for choosing a plumbing service.

Choosing a Carpet Cleaning Company – What All Should You Look For?

Most people who own a house will agree that maintaining a house can be quite expensive. Of course, it is very overwhelming to maintain a house. We all tend to find the quick, cheap and best deals available for our house cleaning tasks.

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Certification is one of the key factors you should consider. Without certification, a company is not a company in reality. Instead, they are a team of cleaners claiming to be a company. A certified organization has a certificate to operate in a particular area. Certified providers provider best services at lowest rates. Without certificate, the working of the organization will be considered illegal and you cannot even claim against the organization if you are not satisfied with their work.


Besides certification, the company you are going to choose must be insured. This is important if you want guaranteed work. Another benefit of the insurance is that you can hold the company liable and recover compensation in case their cleaners cause damage to your carpets. This is indeed a great benefit as you will have peace of mind.


A few years back, you need to take your carpets to the carpet cleaning company, but now you can schedule an appointment with the cleaners by just making a phone call to them. There is no need to visit their office in person. They will come to your place as soon as possible after you have made a phone call. Some companies even allow you to fix an appointment through a text message, while others enable you to set up an appointment through their website. They will get back to you as soon as possible once you have shot them an email. This can save you a good deal of time.

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How to Find a New Babysitter

Moving to a new community, you cannot find a babysitter, nanny, or caregiver in the traditional way. You used to be able to ask people you knew for a trustworthy person they knew or had used. Asking around the community, you could check out the prospective candidates to find out more about them.

Once, I even called the husband’s boss to find out more about my potential baby sitter. Here are three simple steps to hiring a babysitter, nanny, or caregiver when you are new to the community. When you have relocated that is not so easy.


There are several ways you can get the word out that you are hiring. Several ways are available to put the word out that you are looking for a sitter. There are community bulletin boards at the local grocery store, church, library, bank and community center. Finally, you can put an announcement in Craigslist and the newspaper.
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Choosing a Garage Door Company

To buy a garage door like an expert, here are a few ideas that will help you find the right garage door for your home.
Most people look into cost, appearance and functionality when they select a door for their home. However, the safety rating, warranty, adaptability and value need to be a part of the conversation. The appearance of the garage door should not only match the color and architecture of the home, it needs to also be coordinated with the style and color of the roof.

Here are some considerations for the homeowners.


With so many options, the choices can be overwhelming. You don’t have to buy a garage door that matches your home or trim. There are doors with squares, windows, patterns and options. Your garage door can be an accent to your home’s design.

Although most manufacturers have two or three colors, others have dozens of factory baked-on colors. The main focus would be what will look best with your home to bring out the features you think are important.

Material and Design

Embossed, ribbed and flush designs are available in steel doors. Garage doors can also come in steel, copper, glass, and aluminum. Each metal comes with multiple prices and options. When you are in the showroom, ask the salesperson to show you the doors in the same price range to help you compare all the choice.
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Selecting the Best Moving Company

Whether you are moving across town or to a new community, choosing a mover is one of the most challenging decisions.  Hidden fees can quickly inflate your monetary commitment.  A dropped refrigerator can mar your new kitchen floor.  Moving companies range from family affairs with flat bed trailers to national companies with large branded trucks.  Even do-it-yourself options are often more expensive than hiring a moving company.


The first step in choosing a company is looking at available companies.  Using your favorite search engine: Google, Yahoo, Bing or Duck, Duck, Go, search for the names of moving companies in the Tuscon area.  There are the organic listings, which are the traditional listings, and the mobile listings which shows three companies and can be opened to show an extended list of options.  Google lists over 100 moving companies in the immediate area.


When narrowing down the choices, ask neighbors, colleagues, even your local cashier for recommendations.  Nothing can replace personal experience.  Look through the yellow pages and the Internet to find movers near your zip code.  The closer the moving company, the lower the passive cost of them reaching your home or company. Companies that refer customers to select companies can be helpful, but make sure you book with the actual company as the referring companies are not bound by the same regulations as the moving company.  As you examine the Internet listings, your first stop should be the About page.  This is where you will learn the background of the movers and their mission statement.


After you have amassed your intermediate list, do a quick background check.  Look for positive Google+ reviews, check Yelp for local reviews,  the local Better Business Bureau would also have a list of any complaints filed through their site. You can also call or email the American Moving and Storage Association for more information.
Make sure the moving provider is bonded and insured.  As for a written document that outlines the complaint process, their policy for replacing damaged items, not just the items they are moving, but also your existing house and items (like the scraped kitchen floor.)


After you have selected three or four finalists, have them come buy for an in house estimate, unless you have a smaller project, then a phone estimate, should suffice, if they email or fax a signed contract that guarantees the offered price.  Clarify whether the time covered in the move is door to door, or if there is an additional cost for the time from their office to your residence.  Make sure the person giving the estimate knows any complications they may encounter at the destination.  Are there stairs, narrow halls, low ceilings.


Make sure you have the following when you have finished talking to the estimator:

  • The company’s full name and any other names under which it does business.
  • The company’s address, phone numbers, and e-mail and website addresses.
  • Names and contact information for the company’s references.
  • USDOT (U.S. Department of Transportation) and MC (motor carrier) license numbers.
  • The U.S. Department of Transportation booklet called “Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move.” Federal law requires any interstate mover to provide you with this guide, which is the official rule book of the interstate moving industry. For in-state moves, movers are regulated by the state’s department of transportation or its public utilities or commerce commission. Some states publish their own moving-guide pamphlets.

Make sure you  get a written estimate that sets out the hourly rates and any additional costs you may incur (for supplies, tolls, driving time to and from the mover’s facilities). If you’re not sure about anything in the estimate, call and ask. And have the company send you a revised written estimate if necessary―don’t just take someone’s word for anything.


I was born in Tucson, Arizona. I loved the long falls and the early springs. The summers were another story.

Tucson is the second largest city in Arizona.  There are over 350+ sunny days to explore the area with just enough cold weather to make you feel like you have experiences four seasons.

Known for their bike friendly roads, Tucson was ranked #7 among the 10 Best Cities in the U.S. for People Who Love to Ride by Bustle. Earlier Tucson was ranked #12 in Bicycle Magazines list of America’s Top 50 Bike-Friendly Cities.  Travel Channel states that Tucson has “more bicycles infrastructure than any city in the United States.

Moving into a new area requires so many decisions.  Choosing between local businesses can be one of the most stressful.  The goal of this website is to help you sort through local businesses to find the one that meets your needs.  You do not need to sign up for a service or submit for a random quote.  Each of our blogs will list available options for you with suggestions that will help you select the correct professional.

Catalina, Arizona could be called as much of a legacy as a town.  Its history is connected to the Golder Ranch which was located on the land on which the town now sits.  According to the Arizona Daily Star, Lloyd Golder the third moved his family from Illinois in 1956 to begin a legendary ranch which combined the Rancho Vistoso, a 4,800 acre ranch, and the 18,000 acre Rail N. Ranch.  The land included parts of what is now Catalina State part to part of the land where Biosphere 2 sits.

He later developed the Twin Lakes subdivision and the Rail N. Ranch subdivision on his land as well as naming many of the streets on his land.

Lloyd Golder III died in 2013. The ranch commonly known as Golder Ranch is legally still called the Rail N. Ranch and is still an active open-range ranch.  Today Catalina has over 7000 residents that occupy about 14 square miles.  Only 46 miles away from Tucson, children in Catalina attend school in the Catalina Foothills School District and other Tucson school districts.

Starting as a real-life wild west with Wyatt Earp shootouts, Wells Fargo stage coach stops and a station for the Overland Mail Company, Tucson began to transform when in 1885 the University of Arizona started as a land grant college. By 1912, when Arizona became a state five flags had flown over Tucson, American, Spanish, Mexican, confederate, and the state of Arizona.  Since then the population has continued to grow until today the city population stands at about 530,000 with a metropolitan area of almost 1 million.

With mountains in every direction: the Santa Catalina Mountains and the Tortolita Mountains to the north, the Santa Rita Mountains to the south, the Rincon Mountains to the east, and the Tucson Mountains to the west, Tucson is picturesque in every direction.  There are many hiking trails and nature experiences that are quite diverse for the desert.


When I decided to move Tucson, I found myself transplanted into the heart of Boise, Idaho. Did you know that it doesn’t get dark there until 11:00 at night in the dead of summer? Crazy! I did not mind moving, but one problem that I had was knowing who to call when something broke down or needed to be replaced–like the hot water heater. Middle of the night. I decide to run the dishwasher. Those of you not from Arizona, may think that is crazy, but in Arizona, energy is cheaper in the middle of the night. I get everything set up and start to run the hot water. If you bring the hot water into the pipes before starting the dishwasher, they get cleaner–so they say. Anyway, the water does not get hot. I am not happy. I am a bit frustrated about the dishwasher, but I am really not looking forward to the cold shower when I get ready for work. Who do I call? I always used Fred from Tuscon Plumbing. I had no idea how to choose a plumber in a new city. So a blog was born. I am going to share the tips I have learned as I found new local tradespeople that I can trust.