Q: Spring is the perfect season to get my home organized. So, where do I start?
A: Organizing is no longer a luxury – it’s a necessity. It’s the only thing that allows busy people with too much stuff, too many responsibilities, and not enough time to function effectively. Getting organized will also keep you from feeling overwhelmed. Taking that first step can be daunting, so hiring a professional company who can help tackle and simplify your home can also help simplify your life. Our goal at Results Made Simple Organizing is to provide simple solutions to help reduce stress and de-clutter so you can function more effectively.
At RMS Organizing, we’ll develop a customized strategy for your project, and we’ll break it down into manageable steps to meet your goals. As professionals, we can create systems that will work for you, offering you a fresh perspective to meet your needs.
Spring is a great time to get started, and an organized home will provide lasting benefits such as more time, more productivity, and more efficiency, and it’ll save you money as well. Imagine locating important files quickly, getting ready for work in half the time, finally being able to park your car in the garage, or persuading your kids to start putting their own toys away!
Quick Tip: Use clear bins and label them with the contents and month/year. You’ll be able to view what’s inside and see the date it was inventoried.
“She had a very clear understanding of what I needed and wanted before I knew myself.”
~Dana in Yorba Linda
When you’re ready, we’re ready to help you get results. Call us today, and let’s get started with a free 45-minute needs assessment – a $75.00 value!
Metz Air Control
Q: How often should I change my air filter?
A: Homeowners should change or wash their filters every three months. If you live in an area with a high amount of dust, or if you have several pets or are having construction done, you may need to change it more frequently. The cleaner the filter, the better the system works. Restrictions in the filter can create a lack of airflow throughout the home, causing the compressor to overwork or overheat the heat exchanger. Changing the filter will also help keep your evaporator coil clean and reduce dust buildup in your home. Call Metz Air Control today to schedule a maintenance visit to protect your system.
Q: Should I get my old air conditioner repaired or should I replace it?
A: Your system should be replaced when it’s passed its life expectancy or there’s no solution to a needed major repair. If a system is less than 10 years old, a repair would generally be recommended. If a system is 10-15 years old, a major repair may not be suggested due to the cost of the repair vs. replacement. At that age, if a major component fails, you’ll need to weigh the cost of the repair plus the system’s life expectancy vs. the cost of a new system. A new system will provide increased efficiency to help reduce utility bills, and it will include warranty coverage as well.
Q: I want to replace my home air unit. What kind should I get and why?
A: It’s always a good idea to do some research before investing in a new system. Consumer Reports or the Department of Energy are good places to start, but be wary of websites posing as independent reports. Trane is at the top of our recommendation list as it’s a reliable brand with Consumer Reports backing it. We’ve been installing Trane systems for more than 15 years and they’ve required the least number of callbacks. You want to choose a unit that will keep you comfortable for years to come, and it’s just as important to choose the right contractor to complete your installation as it is to choose the proper equipment. Always use a contractor who is licensed, bonded, and insured.
Metz Air Control has more than 40 years of experience with proven quality installations. Schedule your free replacement estimate today!
Q: Before we start our remodeling project, I’d like know whether you’re seeing new design and remodeling trends making their way into homes across Southern California?
A: Natural Elements
We’re stepping away from the tech-obsessed décor that dominated last year and moving toward fresher, more natural materials such as stone, copper, concrete, and granite. These elements help bring an organic and serene ambiance to any space, while reflecting the world around your home.
Bolder Kitchen Countertops
High-contrast marblelike countertops are the “it” thing for kitchens this year. These not only make a statement, they’re also perfect for serving as a focal point, as with a center island.
Richer Color Palettes
Though muted colors can help avoid making spaces feel overwhelming, 2018 will be a year where bolder colors are the preference. Richer hues throughout your home can make your more muted furnishings and decorative décor pop!
Real Estate Agent Valerie Pestana
Q: Do I really need a realtor to buy or sell my home?
A: If you aren’t an expert in Real Estate Law and you choose to represent yourself in the sale or purchase of a home, you leave yourself open to potential problems and even future liability. An example of this is the disclosure of items in the sale of a home. If you fail to disclose something material and it causes the buyer of your property problems, even if it occurs years down the road, you could find yourself the defendant of a lawsuit. Real estate is a complex industry when it comes to laws and regulations. Your realtor has the knowledge to avoid these pitfalls and also carries insurance to help resolve disputes in the event of a problem. Hiring a great realtor will help protect you in the event of a current or future dispute. Your realtor will make sure all the contracts are written to your specifics and nothing is left ambiguous.
But remember, you’re paying your “agent” for their service. They work for you and should put your best interests first. Be picky – interview 2-3 realtors and make sure you choose one who’s knowledgeable with a good reputation. Also ask for references. A great realtor will have an extensive list and won’t hesitate to share their references with you.
Find yourself a great realtor – in the end, they’ll be worth every penny.
SGO Designer Glass
Q: With so many choices of art glass, what type should I use?
A: Years ago, the choices of art glass to use for a project were limited; stained glass was one of the few options available. There are many more types of art glass to choose from in today’s market. So, what art glass is best for a high-use area such as a door? Some of the most popular ones are: stained, leaded, or beveled glass; overlay art glass; architectural textured glass; slump glass; and etched or carved glass.
The thing to remember is to make sure the glass is created and installed by a professional who knows what they’re doing. Not only should it be beautiful, it should also meet code requirements, be energy efficient, and provide privacy where desired. Installation by a qualified installer is a must. It’s best to use a licensed glazier experienced with handling art glass.
Stained, Leaded, and Beveled Glass should always be triple-glazed between tempered glass. This glass is built like a puzzle and doesn’t have the strength of other art glass. Triple glazing solves that problem. It protects the glass and adds safety and security to your project, as well as making it energy efficient.
Overlay Art Glass is a lamination process that can be installed into any door as a single panel or dual-paned. This product rates among the strongest art glass and offers protection from the sun’s UV rays. It’s energy efficient as well as safe and secure.
Architectural Textured Glass, Slump Glass, and Etched or Carved Glass have similar features: they’re all air and water tight and can be installed as single or dual-paned. They should be tempered, which makes them safety glass, and dual-glazing makes them energy efficient. When using etched glass, make sure it’s not facing a white wall as white or light-colored walls can wash out the view of the etched glass from one side.
So, now you know what to look for in art glass! Make it safe and secure, energy efficient, and meet or exceed code requirements. What else should you do? Decide what look you want for your door insert. Visit your local studio to see what type of art glass options they offer. Beware, as not all studios offer all types of art glass – they may specialize in only one or two. Custom designs should be available from any professional. Ask questions about how they build the different types of art glass: Are dual or triple glazing available? How do they install it? How can they make your art glass more energy efficient?
SGO Designer Glass of North OC has been designing, creating, and installing art glass since 1981. We invite you to visit our new studio located at 3921 E. La Palma Avenue, Unit B in Anaheim to learn more about the options and custom designs available to you, or contact us at (714) 237-9225.