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Supplement to the Federal Way Mirror, Auburn Reporter, Covington Maple Valley Reporter and Kent Reporter

Summer 2016

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Precision Custom Cabinets is proud to announce the opening of our new 2,000 sq. ft. showroom located on Auburn Way N. complete with appliances and countertops. We have several of our custom cabinets on display including kitchens, vanities, entertainment center, wine cabinet, and desks. We also have Corian, Zodiaq, and Cambria quartz displays, as well as a large variety of knobs and pulls.

GRAND OPENING! Friday, July 15th 2016 from 9 AM to 6 PM. Located at 3705 Auburn Way N. Auburn, 98002. Ribbon cutting ceremony begins at 4:30 PM. Food and refreshments will be provided as well as a raffle for your chance to win a gift card. Help us celebrate this huge milestone with the entire Precision Custom Cabinets family!

Precision Custom Cabinets is a family owned and operated custom cabinetry shop located in Auburn, Washington. We custom design, as well as install all your cabinetry needs. We have a wide variety of options, and use high-quality, all-wood materials on all our custom cabinets. With a family owned and operated local business you can rest assured knowing that we will take care of you from the time you walk in our door until long after your custom cabinets are installed. Our expert sales team is highly experienced and we offer free consultations as well as design. We are a registered distributor of top quality products, including Corian, Zodiaq, and Cambria quartz, plus many other styles of quartz and granite. We tailor our cabinetry to fit your dĂŠcor, lifestyle and budgets.

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How to choose a mortgage lender. Selecting the Right Mortgage Lender. Selecting a mortgage lender is one of the most important steps in the process of buying a home and an experienced lender can make the process a lot more comfortable. While you might focus initially on the interest rate of your loan, it can make a difference if the lender has local knowledge and presence. When you get a loan from a local company, you’ll benefit from the flexibility that comes with local decision-making. In other words, you won’t have some committee halfway across the country deciding whether or not your loan is approved. Another advantage of borrowing locally is the lender is likely to be familiar with the town or neighborhood you’re considering. This local knowledge is especially helpful if you’re looking at a unique property. Of course, when you take out a mortgage with a local company, your loan also helps stimulate the local economy. In addition to the interest rate on the loan, you should also take a close look at the fees your lender will be assessing. These fees are often referred to as “closing costs” and can include various combinations of the following: • Origination fee • Discount fee • Underwriting fee • Processing fee • Administrative fee • Loan Review fee

When talking to your prospective lenders, ask them to provide you with a written estimate of your Rate/Fees and all Closing Costs which includes the A.P.R. (annual percentage rate). This document will disclose your interest rate, as well as all of the loan and lender fees. When reviewing, be sure to look at the A.P.R. which discloses the combination of the interest rate and the fees. The closer A.P.R. is to the interest rate, the lower the upfront cost of the loan. For example, if the quoted interest rate is 3.75% and the A.P.R. is 4.875%, then you know you are paying upfront costs to obtain the interest rate of 3.75%. Many factors can affect your loan, interest rate and fees. These include: • Your credit score • Amount of down payment relative to total cost – also known as Loan to Value Ratio • Income vs. monthly debt – also known as Debt to Income Ratio • Property type – single family, duplex, condominium • Occupancy plans – owner occupied or rental Together, you and your lender will determine the best loan for you based on such factors as credit score, down payment, how long you plan to remain in the home, etc.

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Choosing a lender comes down to trust and education. Find someone you can communicate with, who asks you questions, honestly answers your questions

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and provides you with knowledgeable service. After all, a mortgage loan is more than likely to be the biggest financial obligation in your life.

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Tips for Improving Your Kitchen for Entertaining (StatePoint) If your home is the one your family and friends gravitate to for parties and seasonal celebrations, you need to make sure it can handle all that attention. Upgrading your kitchen can be one of the most rewarding home improvement projects for those who entertain frequently. Here are a few upgrades that can improve your kitchen’s visual appeal and utility for better entertaining.

Open and Shut Is your kitchen storage bursting at the seams? Do those cabinets that once looked so great now seem tired? Today’s top kitchens employ a combination of open shelving and closed cabinetry to deliver stunning looks and top functionality. Install open shelving for things you use the most and for visually appealing dishes and glasses. It’s easy for you to grab what you need and for guests to know where to turn for an extra plate or tumbler. And open shelves are terrific for showcasing that favorite set of after-dinner glassware or that sleek new cappuccino maker. But a well-designed kitchen also needs large cabinets to hide clutter and clunky appliances that consume precious counter space.

Upgrade Your Range Upgrading your range is a simple way to take entertaining to the next level. Your range should be

the centerpiece of your kitchen, in terms of design and function. And these days, designs that combine sleek industrial lines with classic retro touches are all the rage. But form needs to be matched by flexible function. Look for a range that comes in dual fuel, gas or electric, with choice of a single or double oven, such as the 36-inch professional style ranges from Verona, a luxury Italian brand from EuroChef USA. Their new Classic Collection line comes in three colors, including stainless steel, matte black and gloss red, with a colormatched control panel, featuring teardrop control knobs, beveled


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doors, rounded handles and elegant plinth legs. More information is available at veronaappliances. com/verona-classic. No matter what range you choose, opt for one with high BTU sealed burners and easy glide oven racks for easy access to your meals. And be sure to look for such advanced features as an infrared broiler and/or convection setting so you can cook quickly and precisely.

Proper Prep and Cleanup Double-basin sinks and dual drawer dishwashers don’t just look luxurious, they help speed prep work and cleanup.

If you have the space, nothing beats a tandem sink where you can use one basin for preparing the next course and the other for dirty dishes. That second sink is also great for a helpful friend to start cleanup. Dual drawer dishwashers can help you complete post-meal chores faster. You can have one load of dirty dishes in progress while you enjoy dessert, and be able to fill up a second drawer with cutlery, coffee cups and dessert plates after the meal. The key to upgrading your kitchen is to streamline it to make your life easier as host.

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4 Ways to Improve Your Chance of Getting a Mortgage Mortgage talk is HOT on everyone’s minds right now – especially in the midst of the spring and summer buying season. Homes rarely stay on the market for long if they’re a hot buy — so here’s how to jump start your likelihood of getting a mortgage, so you can get the home of your dreams faster! 1. Financial Literacy: Before shopping for a mortgage you may want to check your credit report. Make sure everything on your credit report is accurate, and dispute anything that’s incorrect. Consider paying down high balance debt to at least 50% but don’t close old accounts. According to Realtor. com, 15% of your credit score is due to overall account length. The longer you’ve had a certain credit account open, and as long as that account is intact, it’s wise to keep it open. 2. Get pre-approved for a mortgage loan. Getting pre-approved may not guarantee you a home loan, but it will help you get an “in” with your lender to show that you are capable of being fiscally responsible and are serious about

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buying a home. 3. Don’t apply for new credit shortly after applying for a mortgage. This could affect your score, and down the road, lead to rejection of getting a mortgage. Lenders will see every time that you have applied for credit and it can register a ding on your credit file. 4. Decide on the right type of mortgage. According to, the type of home you want, as well as assistance you’ll need, will help decide what type of loan you’re eligible for. If you’re a veteran, you could consider a Department of Veterans Affairs loan. If you’re a first-time homebuyer, the FHA could help you out, and offer a loan with only a 3.5% down payment requirement. Your lender will want to see proof of income, assets, credit documents, and any other important documents showing you make what you say you make, and that you are who you say you are. Have questions? Reach out to a local mortgage lender or ask an experienced Realtor for referrals. Happy Hunting! – Marti Reeder 206-391-0388










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Exterior Painting Preparation Tips for Home Owners You can make prep work go quickly and smoothly by doing some prep of your own. The following is a helpful checklist to follow to ensure your home’s exterior is ready prior to the ProTect Painters professionals arriving at your home.

Before ProTect Painters Pressure Wash Your Home: • Trim back landscaping to allow painters close access to siding and trim • Move items, such as potted plants and/or lawn furniture, to allow close access to siding and trim

Why Customers Choose ProTect Painters? We are ProTect Painters, a full-service, interior and exterior painting company. We believe in helping others fully realize the pride and joy of home ownership. We, not only treat our customers like family, ProTect Painters treats your home like it was our own, by finding the right color that represents you and your space. We’re professional painters that never cut corners in delivering unparalleled quality YOUR home is our showcase. What makes ProTect Painters different? We always do what we say we are going to do! We’re proud of the Top 5 reasons why customers choose ProTect Painters: 1. Gift of Time: ProTect Painters manages the entire project from beginning to end. 2. Upfront Pricing: A detailed plan. No hidden costs. 3. Color Consult: Our painting professionals provide the right color for your surroundings. 4. Flexible and Reliable: Experienced in working with your schedule. 5. Communication: Always knowing what’s happening and when.

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Welcome to Tile Lines‌ What project are you working on?

We’re a family-owned retail tile and stone showroom located in Kent, Washington. We provide a wide range of quality products to homeowners, designers, and contractors from Seattle, Tacoma, Kent, Renton, Auburn, Federal Way, and the greater King County area. We have a great selection of porcelain tiles, granite and marble tile for floors and countertops, travertine tiles for showers, floors, and backsplash projects. We can help you order solid surface countertops in granite, marble, and quartz. We have many decorative glass, metal, and stone tile and mosaic options on display. In-store designers can assist with ideas and product selection and answer many installationrelated questions. We stock many installation supplies, including thinset mortar and grout, as well as shower waterproofing kits such as Wedi and Schluter Kerdi. Unlike the big box home improvement stores, we deal exclusively with tile and tile products; so we have consistently better selection, better information, and better customer service. Stop by today and see what’s in store!

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Start your Project & Get Inspired! Allow us to guide you through your next tile or countertop project! Whether you need a kitchen countertop with a coordinating backsplash or are replacing your bathtub with a walk-in shower, we can provide installation advice, design assistance, and one of the biggest selections of tile and stone in the Northwest. We offer complementary design assistance! Our talented staff can help you choose the right tiles, countertops, and decorative pieces to fit your style and your home. We also have numerous in-store design boards, product samples, and idea books that can help with the design process. Frequently Asked Questions about our Products: Why can’t I buy any products on your website? Tile and stone can look extremely different on a computer screen than they do in real life. We strongly recommend you see the color and feel the texture of a tile in person before buying. Choosing a product that you’ll live with for 10+ years without seeing it in person is like buying a new car without taking it for a test drive! We may, in the future, sell non-design items such as thinset and tools on our website and have them available for delivery or in-store pick-up. Subscribe to our quarterly email newsletter, to keep up to date on our latest website and product developments. I found a tile/stone at another store. Can you order it for me? More often than not, yes! We work with over 30 different tile distributors, hundreds of tile manufacturers, and can order over 100,000 tile and stone products. Contact us with the name of the product and when and where you saw it, and we’ll be able to tell you if we can get it and how much it would cost.  However, if a man-made product has been discontinued, is exclusive to another retailer (such as a Home Depot or Lowe’s), or is unavailable in our region, we might not be able to order it. When looking for natural stone products from several different sources; so even if Company A stopped carrying a product, Company B might still have it.  We always recommend  seeing a sample of the current batch  of  any  natural stone material in person, due to the high variation inherent in the product. The stone sample you saw three months ago might look very different from a current sample from the exact same company or quarry. I have a tile I’m trying to match, can you help? We’ll certainly try! At least once a week, a homeowner comes to us with a broken piece of tile from a damaged shower or an old floor and asks if we can order it or something like it. Occasionally, we can track down the manufacturer and order more of the exact same tile. But if the tile is out of production or completely unavailable, we’ll let you know up front and recommend alternatives. Submitted by Darrell Helbling, owner of Tile Lines, website

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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Brings More Global Listing Exposure Advertising on 5 Continents in 37 Countries on 70 Global Websites By Susie Horan

Home values in South King County have steadily increased and with today’s low interest rates the trend continues. The South King County average price of a home in May of 2015 was $327,121 and in May of 2016 was $371,400. This is a 13.5 percent year over year increase from 2015 to 2016. The real estate sales market continues to see multiple offers

on homes priced at fair market value. There are more buyers than there are homes for sale. Right now in King County there is a 1.2 month supply of homes for sale. An average market would have a 6 month supply of homes. If you are a homeowner thinking of selling this is an excellent time to put your property for sale. Homes that sell quickly are in excellent condition, priced slightly above similar homes

that have recently sold and are the best value among active listings that are similar to their home in their multiple listing area. Sales people at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices offer a free market analysis using current multiple listing data. They will also present our 60 page Home Selling Marketing Presentation. Good marketing affects value. When a home has photos that are taken by a professional photographer and is then widely marketed on the internet it will bring in a higher value. The first preview of a home is on the internet. If a buyer likes what they see for the value that the home represents then they will want to go inside the home. Broader exposure reaches the buyers who match up to the unique features of that home and those buyers will pay more money. So price is not the only consideration when you list your home. It is important to also measure the marketing and exposure that your listing agent and listing company will provide for you. We live in a global society and today’s marketing should include national and global exposure. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices has offices in 47 states and in addition to national exposure we advertise on 5 continents in 37 countries on over 70 international websites. If you would like to see our 60 page Homeselling Marketing Presentation call our Federal Way office at 253-946-4000 or our Kent/Auburn office at 253-854-9400 and one of our professional agents will show you how to get your home sold quickly and bring you top dollar.

Attend Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate Career Night to Find Out if Real Estate Sales is the Right Career for You By Susie Horan Are you looking to change careers or to re-enter the work force? Perhaps selling real estate is the right career for you. Could this be your passion? Rarely does someone go to college to learn to sell real estate. Most sales associates start another career first and then realize that they are not happy with their current career and start looking for the right career fit. Several factors can lead them to real estate sales. Many people are unfulfilled in their current job and want to make a change. They may also want to earn more money and have the freedom to work their own schedule. A real estate sales career brings many opportunities including a strong commitment to customer service. Top income earners may have flexibility but also give an extra 1%. Additionally, the real estate company that an agent chooses to work with will make a big impact on their success. In this global economy a national brand with international exposure like Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices is big factor to long term success. When you travel across the country national brands are easily recognizable and consumers feel confident with their products. It is the same with real estate brands. If you are con-

sidering a career in real estate check out the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices brand. The Federal Way office and the Kent office have monthly 1 hour Career Night seminars for the purpose of sharing an overview of a real estate career. In addition to sharing costs and how to study for your real estate license they also share the many tools that are necessary to be a successful agent. At Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate all of the tools and training are provided to the agents as part of the hiring package. These tools include providing sales people a fully interactive, responsive website with a full MLS download of Active, Pending and Sold properties, a mobile app to give to buyers, sellers and friends who can search for properties in 222 MLS areas nationally. For example if you are in Phoenix or Las Angeles or Chicago you have instant access to the listings in those local MLS areas. There are many other tools that are used in real estate and are provided to the agents. But just as important as the tools is the training. At BHHS NW Real Estate there is continuous training including training for newly licensed agents and advance continuous training for experienced agents. We have live training, webinar training, and on-line training.

Susie Horan, Manager and Marketing Director, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate, standing by the readerboard at their Federal Way office.

With the busy schedules of agents they want flexibility with training opportunities and we provide it. Also, because BHHS NW Real Estate owns the Seattle School of Real Estate most of our classes provide clock hours at no cost to the sales associate. To sign up for the next Career Night or to meet with a manager call Susie Horan in Federal Way at 253-946-4000 or Tom Jacobs in Kent at 253-8549400. Or go to our Real Estate Career website at

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AUBURN .............................................. $577,500 Beautifully maintained 4BD/2.5BA home on shy acre corner lot in gated community of Golden Ridge. Cooks delight kitchen, hrdwd flrs, central AC, 3 car gar, lrg deck, and gazebo surrounded by park-like setting. 253-854-9400 KT958406

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Recycling of Drywall reduces the need for the quarrying of virgin gypsum Sustainable purchasing is a growing global trend shifting manufactures to create closed-loop products. For some, this just brings to the forefront the actions their companies have already made. Located in Seattle WA, CertainTeed Gypsum is one of these companies. Working with New West Gypsum, a gypsum wallboard recycling company, a closedloop system has been made for the infinite reuse of Drywall.

Drywall? Basically Drywall is made up of an inner layer of gypsum including various additives sandwiched between two outer layers of lining paper with varying designs for weight, strength and sound proofing dependant on the products usage. North America is one of the largest Drywall users in the world and an average new American home contains more than 8 tons of it.

sulphide gas. The decomposing of gypsum can release up to a quarter its weight in hydrogen sulfide. The ideal solution for gypsum material is a closed-loop re-utilization of the material. That is, recycled material is returned to the wallboard manufacturer to re-enter the wallboard manufacturing process so ensuring gypsum is not ‘lost’ as it is with composting or land spreading. Gypsum can essentially be recycled forever with no degradation to the material.


Closed-loop Product? “Closed-loop� is when a production process uses post-consumer waste collected, recycled and uses it to make new products and a “Closed-loop Product� is a product that was produced in this process. When something gets recycled, a common misconception is that it gets easily and immediately turned right back into the same thing it was. The reality is many materials are “downcycled,� meaning they are converted into new materials that are usually of a lesser quality or reduced functionality. For a closed-loop system to work properly, consumers, recyclers and manufacturers must work hand-inhand to reclaim valuable resources from our waste stream and be committed to making new products with them. When in working order, this closedloop recycling system becomes the backbone to a manufacturers supply chain. To keep the reclaimed material in the closed-loop system infinitely, it is paramount that manufacturers put a premium on designing products for recyclability.

Sustainability is defined as “Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.� Sustainable construction aims to meet present day needs for housing, working environments and infrastructure without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs in times to come. Recycling Drywall supports the commitment of governments, companies and individuals to sustainability and the environment.

Do my purchases make a difference? Why recycle? Recycling of Drywall reduces the need for the quarrying of virgin gypsum raw materials. Drywall should be recycled because of environment concerns that arise when it is land filled. The primary component of Drywall is calcium sulfate dehydrate or gypsum. When gypsum is mixed with other materials in the moist, airless, carbon-containing environment often found in a landfill, the sulfates convert to toxic hydrogen

Yes, by purchasing products containing recycled materials, we are encouraging the manufacture and increasing the demand for these products, providing a use for the recyclable materials that companies and communities collect. The benefit of increased demand in closed-loop products is the opportunity for manufacturers to step up and show there commitment in the lifecycle management of there products from inception, through design and manufacturing, to service and disposal or recycling. This article previously ran in the Seattle DJC..









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Summer Home Updates to Enhance Your Space (StatePoint) Is your house in need of a seasonal overhaul? Get your home in shape with these easy tasks and upgrades, and enjoy the warmer months. • Top-to-bottom cleaning: In each room, start at the top and work your way to the bottom. Crumbs will inevitably fall from kitchen counters and dust will fly from fixtures, so clean your floors last so you don’t have to redo them later. In the kitchen, circle around the sink, starting at the right side of your stove and then move clockwise around the room. Stoves can be the dirtiest part of the kitchen, so ending there prevents the spread of grease and dirt. Finally, when it’s time to sweep, hold the broom with one hand on top of the handle and the other in the middle. Having a proper grip on the broom will make each stroke more effective. Ensure you don’t miss any dirt by sweeping from the outside in. Pulling dirt to the center of the room will make for easier pick-up. • Creative upgrades: After the garage, the kitchen is tied with the home office as the second most cluttered room in the house,

according to a Moen survey. Get rid of clutter by updating features with those that create a “home” for items that live out in the open. For example, when selecting a faucet, choose one with style and function, like the Voss faucet from Moen, which has a transitional low-profile design, ideal

for installation in front of windows or on a kitchen island, and features Reflex technology, which allows for easy, secure docking of the spray wand. The collection also offers matching accessories like towel bars to make organization functional and fashionable. A new kitchen sink, when chosen carefully, is another update that can reduce

the appearance of clutter. Look for a model with a low-profile center divider that provides the versatility of a double bowl with single-bowl functionality. For instance, those from Moen allow you to fit items like pots and cookie sheets across two bowls easily, limiting the visibility of dirty dishes in the sink -- which is ideal for open concept layouts. To learn more, visit • Color Your World: A fresh coat of paint can do wonders for a room. And lighter hues are both in style and perfect for summer. For the first time, Pantone, the worldwide standard for color communication, selected two colors of the year: Serenity and Rose Quartz. The light pastels complement each other and make for a calm and soothing design aesthetic. Meanwhile, paint maker Sherwin-Williams named Alabaster its 2016 color of the year. Keeping with the trend of light colors, this white hue is a nice blank canvas to showcase your summer décor. A few projects around the home can get you set for sunny seasons ahead.

How to Mow Your Lawn Like a Pro (StatePoint) You might not earn your living taking care of lawns, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get the same quality of cut as landscape professionals. For a consistently superior cut, experts say average consumers should look for commercial grade products. “Homeowners can also benefit from the performance and reliability a true commercial mower offers,” says Lloyd von Scheliha, product manager at Exmark, a leading manufacturer of lawn care equipment. “You’ll get lawn care done faster and it will look better in the end. Your mower will also last longer and require less maintenance.” Homeowners should be advised however that the term “commercial grade” is thrown around a lot these days in advertising. If you’re in the market for a new mower, you should understand what commercial grade really means before making a purchase.

“Take a look at the equipment your lo• Productivity and maneuverability in cal landscape professionals are using and a mower offer average consumers timesavings, reducing the time that’s needed you`ll get a good feel for what commercial mowers look like,” says von Scheliha. to cut a lawn, and then do trim work. Consider a zero-turn mower, which delivers a finished appearance more quickly than other mower types. • Even a commercial mower will deliver superior results longer if you perform routine maintenance. Always consult your owner’s manual to determine what specific maintenance is necessary for your machine. Cleaning, sharpening or replacing blades as they dull, replacing belts as they become worn, oil and filter He says homeowners should consider changes, and other specific maintenance the following: as outlined in your owner’s manual, will • Your mower should offer superior improve equipment performance and durability to stand the test of time. Look longevity. for fabricated cutting decks, which are More information about lawn care and stiffer, stronger and more durable than commercial grade lawn equipment can stamped decks -- even reinforced models. be found at This season, take steps to be informed The durability advantage should extend so you can mow like a pro. to the components as well.

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A Guide to Saving Water and Your Lawn (StatePoint) No longer must you choose between your lawn and saving water. Experts say there are ways to save both water and money that won’t hurt your turf. “We often see sprinklers watering sidewalks and drives, running during rain, or sending water down the drain from leaky heads,” says Josh Friell, Ph. D, senior agronomist of The Toro Company’s Center for Advanced Turf Technology. “The good news is there are simple, cost-effective actions homeowners can take to save up to 30 percent in outdoor water usage alone.” Friell recommends these lawn-care watering tips:

How Much to Water During summer, your grass should receive between 1 to 1 1/2 inches of water weekly, including natural precipitation. Water requirements vary by turf variety, local weather conditions, and site conditions such as shade. Your local university extension office can be a good source of information to assist in understanding local conditions.

First Things First Most timed sprinklers water in the early morning, without homeowner attention. At the beginning of the season, run each zone briefly during daylight hours to see how the system is operating. Look for broken lines or damaged sprinkler heads, and inspect spray patterns to ensure water isn’t wasted.

Limit Water Intake Friell says a general rule to keep in mind is that turfgrass does better when managed on the dry side rather than wet. When soil is constantly wet, grass roots are deprived of oxygen and may become more susceptible to disease. When in Drought Avoid lawn mowing during heat and drought. Lawns under such stress have limited ability to recover from mowing and can be damaged even more. Instead, mow after a rainfall or irrigation day. Finally, maintaining higher mowing heights will help turf tolerate the heat and drought of summer. Doing so also requires less frequent mowing, which means more time to enjoy your lawn!

Water Rebates

When to Water Experts suggest watering deeply and infrequently. This helps wet the entire root zone and encourages deeper root growth, which helps the lawn better tolerate mild to moderate drought. It is best to water in the early morning around 4 to 5 a.m., as this gives lawns time to absorb the moisture and prevents evaporation due to daytime heat.

monitoring soil moisture levels to prevent the system from overwatering.

The total water applied can be determined by placing a rain gauge or empty tuna cans around your yard prior to an irrigation cycle. Another option is to install a wireless soil moisture sensor, like the Toro Precision Soil Sensor, which fits almost any controller and installs in minutes. This helps eliminate guesswork by continuously

Many cities and water agencies across the U.S. offer water conservation and rebate programs to homeowners to encourage adoption of more efficient irrigation solutions. Find a list of the latest rebates at You can learn more about proper watering at With the right watering techniques, you can save water, money and time while maintaining a healthy lawn.

What to Know Before Upgrading Your Home’s HVAC System (StatePoint) Not all home upgrades require a ton of research. But for more complicated repairs and replacements, being informed can help you make better decisions. For example, replacing your home’s HVAC system is one thing you want to get right, as a good decision can benefit both your comfort and pocketbook for years to come. “Before talking to a contractor, homeowners should be prepared with questions,” says Karl Zellmer, VP of Air Conditioning at Emerson Climate Technologies. According to Zellmer, here are some important factors to consider and questions to discuss with your contractor: • What size or capacity system is right for my home? • What is the expected life span of my current system? • How much should I plan to pay for a new system if mine has to be replaced?

• How much will my monthly energy bill be reduced with a new system? Are there ways to reduce it even more? • Will the new system reliably produce the desired air temperature and humidity levels evenly throughout my home?

• What maintenance will the new system require? Will it automatically notify me when it needs servicing or repair? • What are the contractor’s qualifications? Can they provide referrals from previous customers?

• Is my system environmentally-friendly? Are there any government and utility rebates available for buying certain “high efficiency” equipment? • Am I going to be adequately covered by a warranty and how long will I be covered? • Am I purchasing the most up-to-date technology available? For example, will I be able to remotely monitor and control my home’s climate via the internet or a mobile device? To view the results from recent homeowner research, and to learn more about what type of system might be best for your home, free resources are available at If you own an older, problem prone system, it might be time to skip the repairs and opt for a replacement instead. No matter your priorities, long-term reliability, modest operating costs and great year-round performance are key features to seek in your next HVAC system.

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Today's Home - Summer 2016