Four Seasons Painting: Our Featured Home Pro!
It’s easy to get in a rut during the long cold Winter months. Everything is grey and drab…but it doesn’t have to be! Your home could be filled with brilliant color!
In this post we want to feature Karl Ingwar Beynun our resident Boise home painting professional!
Karl has worked for over two decades in the residential home painting business and he knows the industry inside and out. Whether you just need some touch ups when you’re getting ready to move or are looking to bring a fresh new look into each and every room Four Seasons Painting in Boise can help get the job done!
Your home is your solace, your safe place, your sanctuary when the rest of the world is in total chaos. Because of that you will want to make sure it is as welcoming and happy an environment as possible; one way to do that is to have it looking it’s best inside and out. Karl would love the chance to talk to you about your home painting needs, discuss ideas, and offer insights from his years of experience in the industry.
Boosting Business Without Facebook!
Chances are if you’ve been in business for more than a couple years you’ve experienced your share of ups and downs.
Good news is congratulations: if you’ve hung in this long you’re ahead of most businesses already. But times are tough, the economy still isn’t what it could be, and even for experienced business owners it can be hard to find the motivation to keep momentum going in the right direction.
Of course, there’s always social media…the global platform that allows you to communication with audiences of millions at the speed of light with the click of a button…maybe you’ve heard of it?
Many business owners deny any usefulness of platforms like Facebook, citing difficulty in use, it being a “time-suck”, as well as a lack of return on investment – so here are some tips to breathe some new life into the old routine without the help of pesky hipster technology…
Build Your List.
You wouldn’t go to the store without a list so why are you trying to run your business without one?! Of course, in this case, we’re talking about an EMAIL list. And if you haven’t been using one so far it’s sort of surprising that you’ve lasted this long.
Fact is businesses thrive on repeat customers, so even if it’s just sending out a holiday message or a quarterly reminder to your past clients, email is a great way to keep your name in the forefront of people’s minds. If you aren’t actively building and using your list you are literally throwing money out the window.
Small businesses are struggling everywhere and most of them are as anxious to connect with others to help share their marketing load as you are. Find great local, like-minded business owners who are willing to work with you. Notice I said LIKE-MINDED, not like-services…you generally won’t gain much from trying to partner up with someone in the same exact industry as you, so look for complimentary companies. If you’re a wedding planner a florist would be an obvious match, or if you’re a roofer a gutter service would be ideal. This kind of team up might be a referral discount, or even just card swapping. Cold calling can be scary, but making money isn’t, so buck up and make some calls or even hit the street and see if you can find some synergy out there.
People will stalk your business long before they ever pick up the phone. One way they gain valuable information is from the testimonials left by your past clients on social media. It would be good then to consider getting as many great reviews online as possible. The easiest way is just to ask the customer to leave you a review when you do a job. You can make it even easier by providing a SASE or pre-paid-postage card with each job so they can mail their review into you directly.
Serve the Community.
There’s no better way to get your name out there than to be active in your local community. It’s really just that simple – you want local results you’ve got to get out there and make them happen! Whether it be just being part of a local fundraiser, car wash, or cookie sale or if you’re on the board for every rotary kiwanis in the state you simply can not beat the kind of one-on-one referrals that will come from being a part of the community you live in and serving the people there.
I hope these tips have helped you get some new ideas for breathing life into your business this year, and hey you didn’t give Zuckerberg a dime! If you have more questions about how to build better visibility for your business – or heavens forbid how to get more out of social media talk to the masterminds at Geeks Worldwide LLC. They are a local, Boise based development and consulting company with a focus on brand awareness.
What’s Happening in Boise?
New to Boise and not sure what’s what? Long time local looking to learn something new about the place you already love?
From long time locals to well traveled new comers, one thing they all agree on is that for whatever reason – geographic or otherwise – Boise really has it’s own vibe, unique from any other place. So it can be a little hard to take in at a quick glance.
Listed in several top ten lists over the last several years as a great place to work, live, play, and raise a family, Boise has also drawn a lot of eyes as the potential next technology hub in the Northwest.
We here at the Boise Builders Group strive to provide a living resource for residents throughout the Treasure Valley old and new alike. More than just services for your every home and business need each and every one of our members shares one other thing in common: they KNOW Boise – because they work and live here just like you!
We invite you to visit our Facebook fan page in order to stay up on the latest local events as well as special deals from us!Here too are a few other great online resources to learn more about what’s going on in Boise!
Idaho Links from Paul Heim
Idaho Home Services List
Idaho Technology and Humor
Nampa Bread and Community
Got a local link we should know about? Have a favorite thing about living in Boise that YOU love?!
We want to hear about it! Contact us or post on our fan page to get in touch!
Get to Know Airpro!
Summer is quickly on it’s way Boise! It’s a good time to get things ready for the hot months ahead; that includes servicing your air conditioner and heating systems! We of course recommend Airpro for all your home heating and air needs in the Treasure Valley, and as part of our belief in working with folks we KNOW, LIKE, and TRUST, we want you to also get to know John Bertram from Airpro as well!
I grew up in Boise around my fathers heating and sheet metal shop. When I was in college my father had a heart attack and I came home to work for him and never changed my business. It’s been almost 40 years now.
I find great satisfaction in solving problems for people and serving people with honest pricing and quality products.
In a heating and ac business you get to work with sheet metal, electrical and control wiring, plumbing, refrigeration, indoor air quality, and duct design and installation. I like the diversity of the tasks and even after years doing it I always learn something every day.
This last week I had a customer in Caldwell call me and I was overbooked.
I was not able to make the trip to help him but was able to give him some things to try to correct his problem.
He phoned me the next day to tell me what I told him to do, fixed his problem, he thanked me. Things like this make it worth the effort for me.
If you are having problems with your air conditioner in Idaho
, or just need to put in a service call don’t hesitate to pick up the phone! I love helping my customer get exactly what they need!
Beds, Bugs & Beyond
No, it’s not a creepy new kind of home accessory outlet! It’s a subject we’ve been itchin’ to talk about! BUGS. More specifically: Bed Bugs! Bed bug activity is on the rise in the Treasure Valley.
Before we discuss when it’s time to call a pest professional let’s talk about what bed bugs don’t do:
1 They do not jump or fly (thankfully!)
2 They do not feed every day.
3 They do not transfer disease.
So, when is it time to call for help?
You will very likely notice once the infestation comes to a boil, but consider these things as well. If you’ve recently traveled and have itchy welts you can’t explain from a normal bug bite, like from mosquitoes or biting flies.
Bad as it sounds, if friends or family visit and they have had a history of bed bugs as these critters do like to travel!
And…of course…if you got a “smokin’ hot deal” on some gently used furniture from Craigslist!
There is no need to panic however! If you suspect bed bugs may be an issue give Capitol Pest a call – they can help! They use environmentally conscious products and know bugs better than anyone in Idaho! Don’t scratch and suffer – call Capitol Pest if something BUGS you!
Homeowners: Go Green to Save Green!
CAN ADDING TOUCHES OF GREEN HELP YOU SELL YOUR HOUSE FOR MORE AND SAVE MONEY WHILE DOING IT?
You hear the term “Going Green” everywhere as our resources deplete and the cost of living continues to rise. What exactly does it mean to go green?
Reducing reliance on oil-based energy sources and using the methods that emit the least amount of pollutants back into our environment is the largest way that we can to make a difference in the impact we have on our environment.
Recycling is a huge way to begin seeing green! Purchasing only all organic, chemical-free products is another way that many people begin. Planting and rebuilding in a more sustainable mindset keeps us always inventing new ways to use nature surrounding us.
What about going green when it comes to construction of our homes, offices and businesses? A frequent remark we all hear is “Going green will be too much in start up costs and materials.”
Myth: There are so many cost-effective ways to green your home and businesses these days that can actually SAVE you money.
There are several misconceptions about the time and amount of money it takes to implement the green products and services. There are simple beginners steps you can take to introduce going green in your home.
ELECTRICAL OUTLETS AND LIGHTING – Start with your choice of lighting fixtures or bulbs. Just changing something so simple as the type of light bulb you use can save you money on your electric bill.
Have you changed your lighting to LED?
You can use Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) CFLs use one-fifth to one-third the electric power, and last eight to fifteen times longer, but they contain mercury which is a neurotoxin & is especially dangerous to children & pregnant women. Disposing of them can be complicated.
Light-Emitting Diode (LED) is an electronic light source giving off less heat with no UV or IR radiation. This is a instant on lightiing with low energy consumption & compatible with most dimmer controls. LEDs have a higher color rendering, so everything under them looks more vibrant. They deliver optimal light distribution without glare or hotspots. LEDs are environmentally friendly containing no mercury or lead. They also last significantly longer (up to 17 years) than traditional incandescent light fixtures. So they are the most cost-effective lighting source you’ll find.
Power strips, surge protectors, battery backup master cut off switches reduce the amount of electricity your electronics and appliances can use and can prevent a surge of power during an electrical storm or outage. These can save you money and save your home and equipment at the same time.
INSULATION – Insulation is the key to energy efficiency & a warm & safe home. Keeping the warm air out in the summer & keeping the warm air in come winter, the HVAC system is responsible for roughly 45% of all the energy used in the home.
Insulation is green by its very nature because it saves energy. There are so many products on the market now for alternatives to the old conventional fiberglass insulation Products like soybean foam sprayed into walls or shredded denim, hemp or sheeps wool. These other options can save the homeowner money, but can also save the environment.
WINDOWS – You can get many different types of energy efficient windows now in many styles taking away the need to compromise beauty for bucks. Double pane windows are usually seen as the best in energy efficience. Tax credits for energy efficient windows are given for purchasing new windows for an existing home or if you are in the process of building & that can mean the difference between the average windows & the best energy saving windows available. Windows lose and gain heat by conduction, convection, radiation, and air leakage. Always inspect the windows before you pick the ones for you.
HEATING AND AIR – also known as heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems (HVAC), are all-in-one temperature-maintaining units. These systems can come in electric, gas, dual fuel and other variations. Some are more energy efficient than others. You can choose a electric forced-air system or an air to air heat pump system (also called a ‘minisplit’ system) but is geothermal, no drilling is involved. It’s possibly the most energy efficient electricity-based heating and cooling system. Tax credits are now available for energy efficient homes heating and air systems so take advantage.
The natural gas system is the most common energy efficient system, but isn’t available to everyone. There are many efficient gas based heating systems like Viessman or boilers like Munchkin just to name a couple. But what if you don’t want to install a new HVAC system? Do you have ceiling fans? Do you ventilate by opening and closing windows and regulate the light by using the shades instead of moving the thermostat?
Energy Recovery Ventilators or Heat Recovery Ventilators (ERV or HRV) help provide homeowners with air that is healthier, removes more odors, reduces moisture and indoor pollutants. They take already used heat and moisture from the air that’s exiting the house while mixing it with fresh air entering the house. Dedicated duct work is recommended because because fresh air is delivered to the living room and bedrooms, while stale air is removed from kitchen, laundry room and bathroom. If you don’t have a dedicated duct system ERV/HRV can still be installed.
ENERGY STAR APPLIANCES – Replacing old appliances with new energy efficient ones is a great way to save money & now there are tax credits available for certain appliances as well.
LOW FLOW PLUMBING – There are many options that are simple to change in your home that can be installed for very little upfront costs. Things like faucets, shower heads, washing mashines and dishwashers are all in low flow options now and reduce water usage a great deal.
FINISHES AND FURNISHINGS inside the house have a big impact on home sales. It comes down to health and durability rather than efficiency.
What kind of floors does your home have? Hardwood floors are generally more appealing than carpet or vinyl and are durable, long lasting and easier to clean. Wood cabinets as well as stone or granite manufactured countertops represent clean, healthy work surfaces with beautiful long lasting storage.
THE HOUSE EXTERIOR – Durability and maintenance is a big factor in the exterior of your home. Always check rain gutters and make sure they are clear of debris and that water is running away from the house top to bottom. Rain barrels installed to catch runoff at gutter downspouts is a great way to collect water & can be used to wash the car or water plants and gardens conserving on water.
You can always add insulation to the outside of your house if you are re-siding. It does cost a little more in the beginning, but it can add a lot to your efficient home. Take a look at all of our Boise Home Service Providers to find the one’s you need to get the job done!
Dishwasher Blues in Boise?
You know the old joke about if your refrigerator is running? Yeah, we hear it a lot too! But seriously: having any one of the appliances in your home working at less than it’s best and your whole household can come screeching to a stand still!
Dishwasher broke, have to do them by hand.
Microwave busted, gotta grandma it and cook everything on the stove.
Fridge broken…EE!! Real problems then, and costly loss of food too!
Unfortunately a lot of homeowners put off repairs longer than they should for fear of the price of having things looked into…but fact of the matter is the COST of waiting to take care of a problem is really what can hurt your pocket book.
Keeping things running great before there is an issue is the best way to go; we’ve put together some quick tips for your dishwasher to help out!
Gritty residue in your glass can be a real turn off; this is especially true if you have company at your house, it’s the holidays, and you hear “Eeew! Whats this muck in my cup?!”. So try these tips to keep things running smooth!
• Use a granular dishwasher soap instead of gel
• Clean sprayer arms with picture hanging wire and a white vinegar bath
• Remove grit and reside from fine and coarse filters
• Check underneath the coarse filter for grime
• Eliminate hard water scale buildup with Lemi Shine
• Take a vinegar soaked cloth or sponge and wipe the door gaskets and under the door gasket.
These things won’t stop your dish washer from breaking, everything wears down given enough time, but it can help keep it running great for a longer time. We hope you’ve found these tips helpful and will contact us for any of your home appliance repair or service needs. You’d be surprised to know that very often it is much cheaper to repair a broken appliance than it is to replace it!!
Boise: Are You Set for Success?
2013 rang in bright and cold here in the Treasure Valley and we here at the Boise Builders Group are excited at the prospects of an exciting new year!
You know, nearly half of us make a New Year’s resolution each year, and sadly about 75% of those resolutions are likely to fall flat before Spring thaw. But it doesn’t have to be that way! We’ve put together a few tips to help you increase the odds of great success in the coming year! Do these simple things to power boost all your other resolutions!
Sweat a Little
No, not by worrying, by being more active! Studies have shown that more physical activity can help relieve stress and also has countless cardiovascular benefits! An easy way to get in a little extra exercise is to do just a few squats, push-ups, or even a little yoga during commercial breaks while watching tv.
Reject the Negative
This goes for yourself and your business: don’t hold on to things that aren’t doing you any good – or that are even actually doing you harm. When negativity comes your way acknowledge it, look at the opposite and positive alternative, and move past the problem with a solution.
Look at your schedule. Don’t have one? Maybe that should be a start. By better arranging your day to flow more efficiently to the way you work, or to the particular needs of your industry you may be surprised to find more time available for the things that make the day really worth while. When you find that time enjoy it to it’s fullest – don’t have that time? Make it!
Don’t Open Your Emails
Well, not first thing anyhow. Studies have shown that the top successful people in the world do not answer emails first thing when they get in. Instead, start your day by making a list of everything you need to do first. Next, take the smallest fastest task to accomplish and make it and at least one other larger task your focus for the day. By having your day laid out you can not only better see what needs to be done but can also in most cases tick a lot more tasks off the list.
One of the biggest services we provide our members and community is by sharing these types of encouraging tips and ideas – we hope you find them useful and enjoy visiting our website! Want even more great Boise area event news and homeowner help? Visit us on Facebook!
Boise Builders Group: Good for Us is Good for YOU
The Boise Builders Group is a little bit different than most other business groups in the valley. We aren’t solely focused on leads or hard marketing, we don’t believe in high pressure sales, or pushing a product the customer doesn’t really need. While we’ve adopted the advantages the technological age has provided we have not forgotten what real world experience has taught us.
One of the things that includes is that as a group we invest a lot of time in gaining an understanding of each members business and who they are in character as well – because we know we can’t give a valid referral otherwise.
How does this benefit you, the homeowner?
Our association has a core foundation based on a close knit group of skilled Idaho professionals. As we’ve grown, we have hand chosen each of our new affiliates to provide their specialized services for you based on their exceptional qualities and reputations. They have a proven and sterling track record in their industries; operate from backgrounds of seasoned experience in Idaho – insuring the services you receive will be the very best.
What does this mean to our members?
The BBG offers a constant flow of online and real world support for each of our affiliates by harnessing the power of the internet through today’s most popular social networks, blogs, and news sources.
Members also enjoy monthly brainstorming meetings with a well developed group of partners, as well as benefit from informative guest speakers and business marketing training sessions.
We proudly serve Treasure Valley residents and business with today’s best home services.Please enjoy browsing our website and be sure to visit us on Facebook as well! We love connecting with other area people and organizations; believe our unity is from where we can draw our biggest strength!
See a service we don’t offer? The Boise Builders Group is always looking for new members! We’d love to learn more about your own business or hear YOUR local area suggestions for other great service providers!
Summer Energy Saving Tips
Summer time Summer time sum-sum-summer time! It’s here in full force!
While this is many people’s favorite time of year, a time of long warm days and relaxing evenings shared with friends higher energy bills are something homeowners don’t look forward to during this time. Extra energy costs can come from running the air conditioning, or even just electric fans, but there are ways you can help keep energy costs down.
Check out these 10 Summer Time Energy Saving Tips from our Home Warranty Authority Lori Apodaca from Home Warranty of America!
1.Close shades, drapes and blinds during the day, especially on the east and west ends of your home.
2. Don’t choose a lower thermostat temperature when you first turn your A/C on. It won’t cool faster; it will always run as fast as it can. It will only cool longer, not faster.
3.Use fans when weather is cooler instead of turning on your cooling system.
4. Light up your outdoor grill. The stove or over can raise the temperature in your kitchen as much as 10 degrees!
5. Use clothes lines – they are a great alternative to using your clothing dryer.
6. Air-dry dishes instead of using your dishwasher’s heat cycle.
7. Take shorter showers. They use less hot water than a bath!
8. Plant shaded trees. Shade on the east and west is most important. Outside shade can actually reduce air conditioning costs up to 30%.
9. Delay heat producing chores such as laundry and dish washing until the end of the day.
10. Spend more time outside. Spending time outside of your home will help curb your energy consumption.
Did you know that another great way to not only save money but to also protect your home investment is through a home warranty? Home warranties can save you a lot of headaches and hassles when it comes time for repairs to your home, or for those unexpected accidents. Home Warranty of America offers one of the countries best home warranty plans – contact Lori Apodaca ( 208-761-1666 ) today to find out more about how they can help you!