Tips for Choosing the Right Backyard Water Feature for Your Home

You love the relaxing sound of a babbling brook. Or maybe you’ve always wanted a koi pond. Or you love waterfalls of all kinds. Or you want to evoke images of your favorite river or stream in your backyard. Maybe your childhood home had a creek running through it. Whatever your logic, the idea of […]

Fall – Closing Your Crawl Space Vents

Crawl spaces under your house give a number of benefits. They allow air to circulate under the floor to prevent moisture from building up underneath. When too much moisture it present on the floor joists, rot and mildew can form. In addition, crawl spaces provide access under the house to fix a multitude of other […]

Late Fall- Snow Removal

When winter snowstorms arrive, home owners have several choices for snow removal. Each has pros and cons of its own and will be most effective if you plan ahead. If you have a small area to clear and a strong back and healthy heart, a snow shovel may be all you need. Not surprisingly, local […]

Fall – Winterize Your Home

tips for winterizing your central oregon home and landscaping Benefits Summary: Reduce winter heating costs. Avoid costly damage to outdoor faucets. Use the cold winter months to create a beautiful landscape this spring. Fall is the time to get your home ready for winter and a beautiful spring. There’s a great deal that can be […]

Winter – Ice Dam Solutions

check gutters and downspouts after major snowfall. Benefits Summary: Protect your home from leaks and mildew. Protect your roof and shingles from water damage. Winter snowstorms are lovely to watch and make our homes feel cozy and warm but there are important tasks for homeowners to perform when the snowflakes begin to fall. Check your […]

Winter- Have Your Furnace Serviced, Improve Your Air Quality

service furnace and check heating ducts Benefits Summary: Lower your energy costs Deliver better air quality Increase the life of your equipment Furnace return ducts inhale airborne dust and suck it back into the blower. Add moisture to this mixture and you’ve got a breeding ground for allergy inducing molds, mites, and bacteria. Without regular […]

Winter – Keep Your Granite Countertop Beautiful and Germ Free

Benefits Summary: Beautiful kitchen or bathroom Prevent the spreading of germs Make your countertop easier to clean Increase your home’s value Granite is a super tough stone that is formed from volcanic magma.  A granite countertop is perfect for any home, because it provides the perfect balance between function and style. Granite is a beautiful […]

Late Winter to Early Spring – Prune Trees & Shrubs

Benefits Summary: Promote plant health. Encourage flowering. Maintain desired shape or form. Control plant size. It’s best to prune trees and shrubs in the late-winter and early-spring. Watch for disease and look for insect-, animal-, or storm-damage. Remove any dead or dying branches. Flowering Trees and shrubs:  If the flowers bloom before the leaves, it […]

Getting Ready for Spring

Spring is only a short time away as people will be getting outside to rid themselves of the dreaded cabin fever. Yet before they go on the spring vacations and mini weekend trips, now is the time to get the home ready so it is in tiptop shape. Here are some projects to always consider […]

Spring – Cleaning – Refrigerator Exterior

Benefits Summary: Increase your refrigerator’s efficiency Save energy Protect your family from germs and mold Now that you’ve got the inside of the refrigerator all clean, don’t forget the outside. Cleaning the exterior of your refrigerator requires few special tools and little know-how so set aside an hour or two and you’ll have it done […]

Spring – Spring Clean Your Freezer—Defrost it!

Benefits Summary: Help your freezer run more efficiently Lower your electric bill When ice has built up to ¼ of an inch, it’s time to defrost. Defrosting the freezer is not a difficult task but be sure to set aside several hours to accomplish it completely. It’s best to defrost a freezer that is empty […]

Early Spring – Extend the Life of Your Water Heater with Simple Maintenance

Benefits Summary: Extend the life of your water heater. Reduce energy costs. A little effort goes a long way toward extending the life of your water heater and unlike some home projects, these checks can be performed with nothing more than a bucket and a flathead screwdriver! TEST THE TPR (Temperature Pressure Release) VALVE: Shut […]

Spring – April Yard Clean Up

This week it is time to take care of a few yard maintenance activities. The mild spring has led to the grass growing a little earlier than normal. Place compost or well decomposed manure around perennial vegetables, such as asparagus and rhubarb. Cut back ornamental grasses to a few inches above the ground, in early […]

Spring Time Yard Cleanup

The yard is in bloom yet there is still so much to do to get it looking great throughout spring and into the summer. Get outside and start spring cleaning the yard as you’ll be happier that the task is completed now versus waiting until the last minute as the chores will build up. If […]

Spring – Spring has Sprung, it’s Time to Examine the Sprinkler System

Benefits Summary: Efficient sprinkler systems save money by using less water. A lawn of lush green grass. Central Oregon normally has a cool and wet spring and watering isn’t usually needed until late Spring (late May – early June), however this year is off to a slightly warmer than normal start.  So as temperatures warm […]

Spring – Maintain Your Air Conditioner

Here in Central Oregon, the warm days of summer are still a few months away, but if you have an Air Conditioner now is the time to think about maintenance.  If you maintain your Air Conditioner yourself, follow the tips below.  If you use a professional, don’t wait until you need your AC in June […]

Spring – It’s Time to Feed Your Lawn

Benefits Summary: A lawn that is provided adequate, balanced nutrition in the spring will be healthy and green into the summer. Nature provides some essential elements for plant nutrition. You’ve spent hundreds of dollars creating beautiful landscaping around your home including a lawn. During the spring in Central Oregon grass plants are waking up from […]

Spring – It’s Time to Dethatch, Aerate or Both!

Benefits Summary: Grass plants require adequate irrigation to be healthy. Aeration and dethatching your lawn will enhance irrigation water infiltration. You’ve spent hundreds of dollars creating beautiful landscaping around your home including a lawn. Over time your lawn produces thatch. Thatch is a tightly interwoven layer of living and dead tissue existing between the green […]

Late Spring – Deck Maintenance

Wood decks here in Central Oregon take a beating year round. During the winter, your deck is exposed to repeated cycles of snow and ice that melts and the freezes again.  During the summer, your deck bakes in the warm dry climate and year round our beloved dogs can leave scratch marks in wood decks. […]

Late Spring – Schedule Window Cleaning

Benefits Summary: Keep windows crystal clear. Avoid the build up of hard minerals and oxidization. In Central Oregon, many of us pay a premium for a home with a view and then allow dust, pollen and dirt to build up and obscure the landscape!  Regular window cleaning is the key to a clear view of […]

Late Spring – Mowing Tips

Benefits Summary: A lawn that is mowed on a regular interval will: Be more dense and healthy. Be more drought resistant. A lawn that is mowed at the appropriate height will: Be healthy. Be better able to resist stresses. You’ve spent hundreds of dollars creating beautiful landscaping around your home including a lawn. During the […]

Summer – Dryer Duct Cleaning, Reduce Fire Risk

Benefits Summary: Keep your appliance running at maximum efficiency (reduce energy bill) Prevent dangerous build up of heat and carbon monoxide Prevent fires caused by elevated temperatures The average family does five or six loads of laundry each week making your dryer one of the hardest working appliances in your home. Maintaining it is vital; […]

Summer – Get Help With Those Outdoor Projects With an Expert Contractor

The lumber and paint sale down at your local home improvement store is just the right incentive you need to get those outdoor home projects started this summer. Yet there are so many projects you would like to get done and only a few weekends when you will have the free time to do them. […]

Summer – Clean Out the BBQ for Summer Grilling

cleaning out the barbecue The best time to clean off a grill is when it is still warm right after you cooked a meal. Yet if you forgot to do it before placing the grill into winter storage, you are going to have a tough time cleaning the old, stuck-on grime. If you have a […]

Summer – Save Energy, Save Money by Dousing Your Pilot Light!

Benefits Summary: Save Energy Save Money When your fireplace or furnace pilot light is lit, it is literally burning money because you pay for the gas burned by the pilot light. It may be small but over time it adds up. That same small pilot light heats up the space around it causing your air […]

Summer – Get the Right Pool for Your Backyard Size

Getting the perfect pool for your backyard isn’t a matter of telling a contractor to dig a hole and place in the concrete wherever he likes. You want to have the right pool for the size of your backyard without being overwhelming large or too small to enjoy. Figuring our your construction budget is the […]

Summer–Central Oregon’s Painting Season

Benefits Summary: Helps protect wood/siding against the weather Refresh the look of your home. Maintain home value. Is the color of your home dated? Do you find it ugly or just want a change? Have you noticed fading, peeling or cracking paint? Then it’s time to repaint. Few home maintenance tasks give you a bigger […]

Summer – Keep Your Garage Door Safe and Operating Smoothly

Benefits Summary: Keep your family safe Improve the security of your home Reduce energy consumption Avoid costly repair costs The warm summer weather brings with it more bike rides, lawn maintenance, gardening, boating activities and more.  These additional activities often translate into more use of your garage door. Your garage door is often the largest […]

Summer – Properly Feed Your Garden

It’s so easy to think that plants grow from the water they drink and from the sunlight they absorb. If you are not a gardening professional, you may not even think about what food your garden needs to grow naturally and strong. Yet plants absorb different nutrients from the soil to grow. So you need […]

Summer – How to Keep a Lawn Green in a Drought

We all want to the perfectly lush and beautiful green lawn. However, in areas experiencing drought, this can be an ideal which is difficult to achieve. However, it is not entirely impossible. With a little bit of close attention and flexibility in lawn aesthetics, maintaining a lawn during drought is very doable. Consider a clover […]

Summer: Should I Fertilize the Yard?

Warm season grasses love the summer heat. The grow more during the summer and then go dormant when the cooler weather of fall and winter arrive. These warm season grasses — Bermuda Grass and buffalo grass to name a few — can be fertilized in the early summer so they can become lush and green. […]

Summer – Driveway Sealing

Benefits Summary Extend the life of your existing driveway. Upgrade your home’s curb appeal. Your driveway is easy to overlook when you are considering home-maintenance but is as important as mowing the lawn, pruning trees, or painting the house. Regular maintenance by a certified professional will add years to the life of your asphalt driveway […]

Summer – Crank Up That Sprinkler System!

Benefits Summary: A lawn that is provided adequate irrigation early in the summer will be better able to survive into fall. Properly timed irrigation combined with sprinklers that are properly aimed will save time, money and water. You’ve spent hundreds of dollars creating beautiful landscaping around your home including a lawn. During the summer in […]

Early Fall – Schedule Your Roof Repair During the Dry Season

Benefits Summary: Save on heating and cooling costs. Reduce allergens for your family. Now that the ice and snow have passed, take a good look at your roof. Regular maintenance will ensure that your twenty-five year roof last twenty-five years! Roof professionals will check your roof and make a plan to clean and repair it […]

Fall – Check Your Roof for Leaks Before the Winter Precipitation Comes!

water-test roof and flashing Benefits Summary: Ensure the integrity of your roof Avoid costly repairs Protect your home Your roof is exposed to driving rains, scorching sun, high winds, and punishing snow and ice. Fall is the perfect time to check for leaks in anticipation of the coming winter. Visible and physical examination is sometimes […]

Fall – It’s Time to Schedule Your Sprinkler Blow Out

blow out sprinklers and winterize landscaping Benefits Summary: Protect your sprinkler system by having it serviced by a professional. Fertilize and mulch landscaping for the winter. You’ve spent hundreds of dollars creating beautiful landscaping around your home including a sprinkler system. During the winter, when water freezes in sprinkler pipes it expands. Most pipes do […]

Fall – Caulk Window Trim and Door Frames

Benefits Summary: Seal out drafts. Make trim paint look more professional. Reduce heating costs. Caulking forms a flexible seal for cracks, gaps, or joints and stops leaks. This creates a more air-tight home and reduces heating costs. Caulking is not difficult and can be done simply by homeowners. You’ll need a caulking gun and paintable […]

Fall – Winterize Your Home

Remember those summer maintenance projects you told the spouse that you would get completed when Fall arrives? Well, Fall is here now. You can’t put off the work any longer as you won’t be able to do the tasks when the cooler Central Oregon weather moves in over the region. Here are some tips about […]

Winterizing Steps for Your Home

Whipping winds… freezing temperatures … snowstorms … winter is coming and so is the blustery weather than can signal trouble.  From pelting rains to ice storms, winter can take a toll on your home. Left unchecked, some of these problems can be costly.  Avoid the unnecessary expense (and headaches) of dealing with wintertime emergencies by planning ahead.  Winterize your home […]

Tips to Prepare Your Home for Winter

Winter is has hit the Oregon region and you want to stay warm and toasty no matter what type of weather falls from the sky. Now is the time to get your home ready for the winter to avoid problems and costly repairs when the spring thaw arrives. Use the following 9 tips to get […]