Boise Video Production: It’s About Time!
One of the things that’s great about being part of such a diverse group of home service providers is that you get the opportunity to be exposed to a number of interesting industries, their little unique quirks, and the people that work hard to make those industries great. As almost all businesses need some kind of advertising this also means that we get to learn about any number of inventive ways to market your business – and that means getting to meet the people that make that magic happen.
One such person is Jake from Tick Tock Media Productions! We were recently privileged to meet this young man and learn more about what his company does to help other businesses put their best foot forward when stepping out in front of their audience. Jake himself has worked in video production for over10 years, has history as producer with a local news channel, but knew that he wanted to do more and have more creative control.
Tick Tock Media Productions was the solution! In business now for 4 years they’ve already done work with the travel channel and ESPN; also specialize in audio production and motion graphics.
“We know people are tired of the same old advertising…”, he said in a recent talk with our group. “We want to make videos that are FUN and get people excited!”
Not sold on video for your business? Consider these benefits of video:
Video can tell your story in an interesting and eye catching way.
Video helps keep people on your site or social media profile.
Video stands out online – being one of the most viewed forms of media.
Ready to take your advertising to the next level?
Talk to Tick Tock Media Productions! They provide great ideas, production, and direction for videos so don’t worry if you know you need video but don’t know what to shoot.
Find them on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TickTockMediaProduction
Visit their website to see their work! http://ticktockmp.com/
Boise Home Improvement: 3 Things for Spring!
YES! Spring at last! The snow bunnies are tucking their sticks away for next season, the grass is turning green and the temperature’s are getting us ready to complain about how hot it will be in July! Idaho in Spring time is truly a place of beauty; everyone in the valley is just itching to get outside – even if it’s just to take care of the yard work!
While chances are good that you already have a growing list of things to check off of your honey-do list there are a top things to take care of first that will help your home take better care of itself all season. These high-priority tasks may not seem glamorous – no gold plated chandeliers in this episode – but they will help you save energy, money, and maintain the value of your home.
Stop the Drafts!
Home experts will recommend insulating your home and sealing windows in preparation for Winter, but fact is making sure your home is properly insulated helps keep it cool in the longer Summer months ahead too! Make sure all your windows have a good seal and that your attic is properly insulated as well. While these sorts of things can be easy to do yourself – just a little insulation, weather stripping or caulking in the right places – you may not even know where to start figuring out where to start. If you’re stuck with any kind of heating or cooling problem in Boise, give Airpro a call!
Update Your Appliances
This one may run a little deeper into the pocket book if you go for full replacement, but switching to newer, more energy efficient appliances can not only save you money but it’s also generally better for the environment too! Hot water heaters, refrigerators, dish washers, clothes washers — these are all good items to take a look at. And with today’s economy it might not be time to upgrade, or even be feasible right now. As a consideration think about having your current appliances services or repaired. Repairing your appliances or making sure they are in their best working order can in many times be just as good as an upgrade at a fraction of the cost! Talk to Home Appliance Service for more information and options about how they can help!
Gut the Gutters!
Water damage is often one of the most expensive repairs for your home. While the snow is melted we will likely still see a good bit of rain this Spring; one of the areas of concern for leaks can be your gutters. A few sticks and leaves in the gutter may not seem like a big worry, but your home’s gutters are the first line of defense when it comes to taking the water from the sky and channeling it away from your home. All Valley Window Cleaning not only provides great window cleaning services in Idaho but also can help you get those gutters taken care of as well!
A last good general tip is to just take a walk around your home, look for any early warning signs of future issues like cracks in the concrete, mold or mildew, standing water, or any other indicators that there could be a problem now or in the near future! A little time spent doing regular inspections throughout the year can help you stay on top of things before they become a problem.
Summer Home Maintenance Tips
The summer heat has hit with real force here in the Treasure Valley and with the warmest months still coming it’s good to really give your house a thorough once over now that the Spring cleaning is over.
Taking care of a few of these items before they become major problems is always the best recommended course of action, but should anything around the house get to be too much we’re only a call or email away!
Summer Home Maintenance Tips
Clean lint from the entire clothes dryer vent system – this means from the dryer itself all the way out to the exterior vent cap. Dryer lint can be highly flammable and poses a real fire risk in our dry environment. Also, clogged dryer vents can be the cause of carbon monoxide back building into your home, which can be deadly.
Caulk exterior joints around windows and doors. Sealing helps keep your home more temperature resistant and can lower your cooling bill. It also helps keep other critters and bugs out of your house.
Take care of cracks in concrete patios and driveways. For cracks less than a quarter inch wide you can easily apply “concrete caulk”, just be sure to clean the crack out with a high pressure hose (let it dry) and then apply the caulk per manufacturers instructions. Larger cracks or damage may require a professional.
Clean and seal your deck or fence. For best results you need three good dry warm days (easy here in Southwest Idaho!). Day one: Start early once there is full sun by dry cleaning and sweeping the deck. Apply deck cleaner and scrub the deck thoroughly. Let it dry the remainder of the day. Day two: make sure no new dirt or dust has accumulated on the deck. Apply the deck sealer as per it’s instructions. Day three: let it dry. Guard your deck with a fierce vigilance the first few hours after applying sealer!
Following these tips will help you keep some of the favorite parts of your home safe, looking great and providing enjoyment for years to come! Got questions about keeping your home in tip top shape? Contact any of our home professionals here on our website or find us on Facebook and post your questions there!
Get Your Home in Boise Ready for Old Man Winter
Now is the time of year to start thinking about preparing your home for winter, because as temperatures begin to dip, your home will require maintenance to keep it in tip-top shape through the winter.
Here are some good things to think about in getting ready for the long cold winter ahead!
1) Furnace Inspection
- Call an HVAC professional to inspect your furnace and clean ducts.
- Stock up on furnace filters and change them monthly.
- Consider switching out your thermostat for a programmable thermostat.
- If your home is heated by a hot-water radiator, bleed the valves by opening them slightly and when water appears, close them.
- Remove all flammable material from the area surrounding your furnace.
2) Get the Fireplace Ready
- Cap or screen the top of the chimney to keep out rodents and birds.
- If the chimney hasn’t been cleaned for a while, call a chimney sweep to remove soot and creosote.
- Buy firewood or chop wood. Store it in a dry place away from the exterior of your home.
- Inspect the fireplace damper for proper opening and closing.
- Check the mortar between bricks and tuckpoint, if necessary.
3) Prevent Plumbing Freezes
- Locate your water main in the event you need to shut it off in an emergency.
- Drain all garden hoses.
- Insulate exposed plumbing pipes.
- Drain air conditioner pipes and, if your AC has a water shut-off valve, turn it off.
- If you go on vacation, leave the heat on, set to at least 55 degrees.
- Have any problem areas looked at by a quality Boise Plumber.
These things may seem like common knowledge, but you know what they say about an ounce of prevention…
Still have questions or concerns? Take a look at our directory of Boise home service experts to find the right home professional to fit your specific need! All of our members are trusted and experienced service providers for all household needs big or small!
Home Appliance Service Open House
Don’t Miss This Great Boise Gathering!
Please join us on September 23rd, 11am – 2pm for Home Appliance Service’s Open House!
Boise Chamber of Commerce will be on hand, as well as a representative of Boise City Council! We are located on the NW corner of 5mile and Executive. There will be refreshments, door prizes and lots of fun! Ribbon cutting at 11am.
Home Appliance Service Inc is your number one source for quality appliance repair and servicing in Boise Idaho’s Treasure Valley! We can help you save that old washer or appliance and save cash at the same time!