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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.