New or old, building and restoring homes is Sweatman Young Inc’s passion

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Building a house starts with a dream: your dream of cooking all day with your family for the holidays, popcorn and movie nights at home, or watching your daughter grow from a baby to a high school graduate. Each home – just like your dream – is unique. It’s important to choose a certified, insured and proven professional to help you build your home. It’s also important to have good communication and trustworthiness with your contractor. The professionals at Sweatman Young, Inc. will help you build your dream.

In addition to building custom homes, the crew at Sweatman Young has more than 28 years of combined experience remodeling, building outdoor living spaces, historic restorations, and home maintenance and repair.

Not only do they specialize in updating and building new modern homes, but the crew at Sweatman Young has a unique talent for restoring old and historic homes. They bring them back to their original beauty by doing the research, documenting the work and using correct materials and techniques to properly restore and preserve the historical home.

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Located in Bonney Lake, Bill Sweatman started his company in 1989 as a one-man operation. With his ambition to deliver quality craftsmanship at a fair price, in 1995 he put together a team of professionals that today runs off of its original mission to meet the client’s desires with honesty, focus on quality an dedication to getting the job done right. They believe clear and consistent communication and organization between builder and homeowner is the key to a successful project.

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“Absolutely the best! My mid-century home needed major remodeling – window, floors, insulation, electrical, solar panels … They were awesome, making the remodeling process as seamless as possible. They actually saved us money with their advice. Their subs were superb, well-coordinated and supervised.” – Michelle, Tacoma WA

When choosing a home builder or remodeling company make sure you feel comfortable with the crew. Discuss your vision to ensure you both align with what you see as you future home.

Contact Sweatman Young, Inc by clicking here for more information.

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Fall home improvement tips to make the most out of your weekend

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This is a busy time of year, we know. The kids are back in school, projects at work tend to pick up more after summer, there’s football on the weekend, and of course all of the pumpkin patches. While being a homeowner and tackling projects can be fun, it’s not everyone’s cup of pumpkin spiced latte. At Responsible Contractors, we are major proponents of using your time wisely, so we’ve rounded up the top home projects not to ignore this season. Whether you are an experienced homeowner ready to get to work, or you want to hire a professional, don’t neglect these seasonal maintenance projects. Once the projects are finished you can enjoy that scarf weather in more recreational ways – looking at you corn maze.

Prepare now to stay warm all season

In September you probably don’t need your heater or fireplace running yet, but those cold nights will be here soon. You likely haven’t turned on your heating system in several months, so now’s a good time for a check-up. Start by cleaning and replacing filters in your furnace and heating system. A licensed heating contractor can provide routine service, and inspect and service your gas heater or furnace to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. If you have a fireplace, you know it’s time to clean the chimney and stock up on firewood. If you have concerns about the efficiency and safety of your fireplace, call in a professional.

Don’t put away your gloves and rake yet

You don’t think we could possibly have a fall maintenance story without talking about the lawn, garden and leaves, right? Fall is the best time to aerate your lawn because it will allow moisture and nutrients to get into the roots. Spread fertilizer and grass seed on top to help your lawn grow plush after the dormant season. Don’t forget to trim dead branches to prevent them from causing damage during a storm. Unless you’re a professional with a chainsaw and have access to a pick-up truck for disposal, this is a good time to hire a tree services contractor.

Tip: Don’t throw away raked leaves. They’re an excellent source of nutrients and organic matter. You can add them to your compost pile or use as mulch.

Inspect your attic for creaks, cracks, and critters

If your attic is unfinished, your warm insulation is an invitation for pests who need a place to nest when it’s cold and wet outside. You can help prevent unwanted critters from living rent-free in your attic by taking preventative measures: install a screen behind gable vents and lay traps. You also want to enter your attic in the daylight to look for any cracks or crevices and fill in those gaps. If you’re a DIY’er, check out our comprehensive attic guide for more information. Or if you’d like to stick to at trusted pro, turn to our list of contractors.

Exterior tune-up

Before the rain pours, exterior painting is worth considering. You’ll protect the wood from water damage and seal any small gaps that pull cold air indoors. Early fall the most ideal time to do exterior painting; the paint drying process will benefit from the coolers temps. And the summer heat and humidity put the paint to test so it might be time to update your curb appeal. It’s a big task that takes a lot of physical work so cooler temps are preferred, plus it’s more likely that warm-weather pests like wasps are gone for good. If you’re not comfortable working on a tall ladder for a long period of time (or have other things to do), it’s time to call in a professional painter or handyman.

Don’t neglect your deck

Early autumn is the best season to wash and seal your deck to protect it against the harsh rain and snow that is right around the corner. Take advantage of the last nice days to take care of this task so you don’t get caught up doing big repairs and restoration in the spring.

For more home improvement tips, visit our blog.

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Don’t Get Caught Without A Proper Home Inspection by Surelock Homes Inspection Company

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Your home is the most important investment you will make in your lifetime. From the outside, a house may look clean, updated and ready for move-in, but behind the walls, beneath the foundation, and on the roof may lurk future expensive repairs you don’t want to be surprised by.

Located in Puyallup, Surelock Homes Inspection Company is owned and operated by Greg Madsen, a Washington State certified home inspector who has worked in the construction industry for more than 45 years. Surelock Homes Inspection Company is a premier home inspection company with expertise, integrity, and experience.

Surelock Homes leaves no stone unturned, no corner left dark, and no house mystery unsolved.

Financial Peace of Mind for Both Homebuyers and Sellers

Homebuyers spend weeks and months searching for the right home that meets their needs and financial ability. Buyers may also be purchasing a home as an investment property, looking to flip an outdated home into a modern comfort for another family. No matter why one may choose to purchase a home, a certified and educated home inspector is not only mandatory for most bank loans, it will also help you avoid a costly mistake by purchasing a property in need of major unforeseen repairs.

Similarly, homebuyers aren’t the only group that benefits from home inspections. If you are selling your home, pre-sale inspections can allow a current homeowner to prepare their house for sale before it hits the market.

Tip: It is recommended that you attend your home inspection process. This is a valuable and educational opportunity. Never pass up the chance to see your home through the eyes of an expert.

The Value of Surelock Homes Inspection Company

Each inspection performed by Surelock takes an average of two to three hours. A brief verbal summary, including photos, is shared with each client. Within 24 hours, a computer-generated report with a summary, pest report, and photos, is emailed to the prospective buyer and buyer’s real estate agent.

Surelock Homes Inspection Company offers a list of comprehensive services including radon, lead and asbestos testing, and roof inspections. First-time home buyers may be in the dark about these invisible poisons that can potentially contaminate homes. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, radon is a radioactive gas that has been found in homes all over the United States. Radon typically moves up through the ground to the air above and into a house through cracks and other holes in the foundation. As with most home repairs, the cost of reducing radon can vary widely but can be a costly fix. You may have to seal concrete slab floors, basement foundations, and water drainage systems. Catching it earlier can help reduce the repair costs and potential health hazard.

Rain gutters and septic tanks are also inspected for proper care and maintenance. Additionally, while not all popcorn ceilings contain white asbestos fibers, a home inspection company can safely remove a sample and turn it over to a qualified laboratory to rule out asbestos contamination.

Get a Trusted Second Opinion

The benefit of a home inspector does not stop at the home buying and selling process. A trusted home inspection company can also provide additional, unbiased opinions on recent work completed by a contractor or repair bids and evaluations. If you have a complaint against a tradesperson, then the services of a home inspector may be desired prior to seeking legal action. Many home inspectors provide expert witness testimony that could give considerable benefit if a complaint has to be legally resolved.

Home inspections are a dirty and dangerous job, but someone has to do it. Photos by Surelock Homes Inspection Company.

Testimonials

“Home inspection for houses we had placed offers on and for pre-sale inspection of the house we are selling – to include the follow-on inspection after we had our roof replaced. Greg Madsen always does a great job for us (we have used him 5 times). In all instances, his inspections have enabled us to make informed decisions related to our purchase considerations and provided invaluable information related to our pending sale. Secondary inspections by the buyers revealed that no new discoveries could be found – the inspections from Greg were right on, and he is extremely thorough….nothing was overlooked. Getting an inspection is an investment in your peace of mind related to the most expensive purchase you’ll ever make – getting the inspection from Surelock Homes Inspection Company provides the most precise and detailed inspection you can get. We highly recommend him.” – Alan F., Auburn

“It went great, Greg was fabulous, he was very detailed and emailed a very thorough report. Any future homeowner/Investor would be very smart to use Surelock Inspections. I will for sure being using Greg and Surelock Inspections for any of our future needs!” – Melissa M., Seattle

Don’t get caught without a proper home inspection. Look to the best; look to Greg Madsen of Surelock Home Inspections Company.

Contact Surelock Home Inspections Company to be sure a house you’re buying or selling has been properly maintained, up to code, and most importantly, safe.

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Choose Olympic Blinds to be Your Design Guide for Window Treatments

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Window treatments are an important element to your home that provides practical solutions for privacy and indoor temperature control. And yet they go beyond function to elevate your interior with style. Don’t just settle for old-fashioned vinyl blinds; today there are endless styles, textures, and materials to choose from that match your home’s style. Olympic Blinds has a full list of materials they offer. Below we’ve narrowed down four modern trends to help inspire you for your home treatment renovation.

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Bring In the Outdoors

Organic materials such as bamboo, matchstick blinds, and natural woven shades bring an earthy style into your home. With these materials, you can create a cohesive indoor-outdoor style. Olympic Blinds offers Roman style woven wood shades that create a natural and unique look at an affordable price. They add a warm, rich dimension to any room whether they’re hanging flat or creating overlapping folds.

Layers Mean You Don’t Have to Compromise

Layering is a term often associated with cold weather fashion, but layering for window treatments delivers on the same concept.  Layering gives you multiple functions and design options. With layers, you mix and match textures and materials that allow you to have your woven wood shade complemented with elegant sheer paneling.  Olympic Blinds offers a wide variety of materials, textures, fine draperies, curtains and side panels.

Don’t Be Afraid of a Bit of Dazzle

Give your room a whole new view with bold and patterned curtains. If you have neutral shades of wall paint, you can add an eye-catching graphic pattern to let your personality shine. Whether you consider your style to be eccentric or mild, the endless options can create the right style and pattern for you. Keep it modern and don’t match the curtains to your furniture.

Let the Good Light Shine Using Sun and Solar Shades

Don’t let traditional blinds obstruct your gorgeous outdoor view. Stylish solar protection fabrics permit outside visibility while blocking the sun’s harmful rays, providing energy-efficient solutions by reducing solar heat. Olympic Blinds offers solar shades that allow you to enjoy the views out of your windows while reducing heat and providing solar and UV protection.

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Photo of solar shades installed by Olympic Blinds.

Why Should You Choose Olympic Blinds?

If the quality and craftsmanship of their products aren’t enough, Olympic Blinds‘ low overhead and manufacturer-direct buying power help their prices beat home improvement stores while also offering excellent customer service on a person-to-person level. Cut the middle man out and choose Olympic Blinds to help you choose the best treatments for each unique window in your home.

Olympic Blinds was chosen to work on the Executive Mansion in Olympia. Former Gov. Christine Gregoire said their work was outstanding and turned the Sun Room into what she hoped. “The Roman shades provided warmth to the room and the added color makes it a much more comfortable space for breakfast meetings, lunches, and small dinners.”

Choosing window treatments and properly installing them can be difficult on your own. Work with the professionals at Olympic Blinds to help you achieve the best look for your home, and best of all, no waiting in line – they come to you. Contact Olympic Blinds for a free in-home estimate.

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Quick Tips to Mitigate Home Improvement Costs

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, construction material costs are up 10% in 2018 compared to the previous year. The rising costs of material and labor are due to the healthy economy and high demand for skilled labor. Whether you are remodeling a fixer-upper or updating a small space in your home, here are our best tips to help you spend wisely.

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  1. Shop Around

Doing extensive research and cost comparisons are common practices, from buying a car to purchasing a wedding dress. Choosing materials for home renovations or improvements is no different. When choosing materials, shop around the different stores for the best price. Consider that around big holidays like the upcoming Labor Day, there are big sales on items like paint, appliances and other remodeling essentials.

  1. Hire Reputable Contractors and Collect Competing Bids

Hiring an experienced and reputable contractor will save you money in the long wrong. Use our list of verified, trusted and insured contractors to safeguard your project and feel comfortable in good hands. And as mentioned above, shop around different contractors and get competing bids for the best value.

  1. Plan, Plan, Plan!

If you are embarking on a big project, you will need to determine if it requires financial lending or a simple savings plan put in place ahead of time. With careful financial planning, you’ll be able to make knowledgeable, important decisions such as nonnegotiables or whats simply on your wish list if your budget and time allow.

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If You Want to Improve Your Life Immediately, Fix Up Your Closet with The Closet Guys, Inc.

The new school year is on the horizon, and although I don’t have a school-aged child and I’m far removed from those days myself, I still associate this time of year with new beginnings. I like to go through drawers, cabinets and closets to get rid of things taking up space and get more organized. After all, what good is a closet if it’s disheveled and cluttered?

Do you take a big exhale when you open your closet door? As your rummaging through options for the day’s outfit, do you have a pile of sweaters or jeans fall on your head? Do your accessories like belts, purses and scarves find a home on the floor or shoved up on a shelf? Be honest, did you answer yes to any of these questions? Then it’s time to consider a closet makeover. An storage overhaul doesn’t just give you more physical space but putting everything in its place (and creating a place for everything) will help you be more productive, clearheaded and prepared.

A survey on the “State of Stuff” by Make Space gave insight to how Americans feel about their closet space. Fifty-one percent of surveyors said they would happily gain 10 pounds for more closet space.  Seventy percent of people admit that that their bedroom closet is the most cluttered space at home. Bedroom closet doors are so easy to throw stuff in, close the door and walk away. But since we use our closets every single day, shouldn’t it feel luxurious and peaceful? Or at the very least, organized and clean?

“If you want to improve your life immediately, fix up your closet!” said designer Bobby Berk.

The Closet Guys can help you achieve your closet goals. They design functional, flexible spaces for home and office closets, garages or other storage spaces while providing high quality professional craftsmanship. The crew at The Closet Guys will design and install all custom shelving and storage products. They’ll work with your existing structure, budget and goals to optimize every space of your storage area to give you a custom solution for your needs.

For more than 24 years, The Closet Guys, Inc. have offered creative storage, shelving, and organization solutions for homeowners, businesses, and builders. For peace of mind with your investment, the company offers all customers a lifetime guarantees on every product The Closet Guys manufacture and install.

Ready to makeover or refresh your closet? Here’s some inspiration to get you started.

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For the guys, proper storage or ties can be done using built-in hooks or dedicated draw space.

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These examples are so beautiful and I am eager to get started on my custom closet. If you are, too contact The Closet Guys today for a free estimate.

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Northwest Natural Lighting Will Help You Create a Relaxing and Refreshing Home

The two most important features in any relaxing and comfortable home are bright natural lighting and fresh air. If the Pacific Northwest climate keeps sun from getting through your windows, there’s a solution for that. And if you feel like you need fresher, cleaner air, Northwest Natural Lighting can help you with that, too.

First, consider a Whole House Fan. It circulates throughout the entire home in just minutes, quickly cooling during hot summer months and eliminating stale air during the winter. It improves air quality and removes odors, creating a healthier home environment, and is an extremely quiet fan avoiding any disruption. Northwest Natural Lighting offers a free in-home consultation, and can install the Whole House Fan in two hours with no structural modifications to your home.

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Look around your home, chances are there is a room or space in your home that is a little more dark and dreary than you’d prefer. But sometimes the obvious solution of adding a window isn’t always an option for technical, financial or other personal reasons.

What if you could have daylight in an interior room, windowless basements or even closets? Yes, you can bring sunlight into spaces you never thought possible.  Northwest Natural Lighting can bring natural light and transform your dark space to bright with Solatube Daylighting System, an innovative tubular daylight device. A traditional skylight does not offer any optical enhancement devices to help increase performance. Solatube features several patented enhancement devices which work in concert to capture more light from all angles and reflect it down the tube for a higher light output during the early morning, late afternoon and in the winter months.

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Northwest Natural Lighting can also help you open your home to the outdoors with high-quality retractable screen doors. Unlike traditional permanent screen doors, the Mirage Retractable Screens allow you to only have the screen when want. This means that when your main door is closed you can still enjoy a bright and unobstructed view without the hindrance of a screen. But when you want to let a fresh breeze flow through your home and keep bugs outside where they belong, the screen seamlessly pulls out from its compact housing.

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Now, have you envisioned a brighter, healthier home? Ready to get started? Contact Northwest Natural Lighting today.

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