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Foul Smelling Washing Machines And Why

 

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Are you a home owner with a Stinky Washing Machine? Not to worry, you are DEFINATLEY NOT ALONE! Washer mildew and odors are one of the most common complaints.

 

Some of the reasons are listed below:

  • Interestingly enough, some washing machines have the susceptibility to smell bad due to their design.
  • Bad odours from a dirty washing machine can actually transfer on to clean clothing.
  • Hard water causes lime buildup in the  washing machine parts and plumbing.
  • If you live in a humid climate, consistent moisture in the air prohibits the washing machine from completely drying between loads, causing mildew and stale and musky odours.
  • Repeatedly, soap detergent and excrement splash upwards, resulting in leaving  behind grime on parts if the agitator and wash bin that are usually located above the water line.

How Naturally Clean A  Top Loading Washing Machine

These instructions will assist in killing mold, mildew and keep foul-smelling odours away in your Top Loading Washing Machine by using natural ingredients which is safe and can be used on all washer components.

 There are  two common house hold ingredients required for this process.

White Vinegar and Baking Soda.

White vinegar will help disinfect by assisting in killing mold and mildew. The acidity in the white vinegar will help dissolve the soap scum and residue in the tub along with dissolving lime deposits in the pipes  left behind from using hard water.  Baking soda cleans and deodorizes.

NOTE: DO NOT ADD CLOTHES OR DETERGENT DURING THIS CLEANING PROCESS.

Step 1.

Choose you washing machine setting to run on Hot with the largest load setting. Add anywhere between 3-4 cups of white vinegar to the water  and let your washing machine agitate for about 2 minutes in order to disperse the vinegar evenly.

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Step 2.

Now add 1/2 cup of baking soda. Allow the machine to agitate again for about 2 minutes to incorporate the baking soda evenly. Stop the machine washing cycle at this point and have the water sit for  approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour.

 

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Step 3.

As the vinegar, baking soda and hot water are working, doing their job by penetrating grime and odors, use a clean cloth that has been dipped into the vinegar water and wipe down the entire washing machine. Pay special attention to the top of the washing machine, the knobs and dials, the top of the wash bin and any fabric softener and bleach dispensers.

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Step 4.

Allow the washing cycle to resume until the water begins draining. If your washer will allow it, turn the knob so the tub will drain while spinning, further cleaning out any gunk that has been loosened up and pushing the vinegar water through the holes in the wash bin. If your washer doesn’t allow this, start another hot wash cycle at this point and allow it to run through completely.

 

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 Step 5.

At this point, the grime and scum at the top of the wash bin should be quite easy to wipe off with a sponge. (Note: because water doesn’t reach this part, this area may need a little extra attention) 

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Congratulations! You have just washed your washing machine naturally!

 Useful Tips

  •  Leaving your washing machine lid open will allow the drum to completely dry and prevent mold and mildew odours from developing.
  • For best  results, implement a cleaning maintenance routine monthly.
  • Always remember to remove  your load of cleaned laundry as soon as the wash cycle is completed. This helps prevent the musky mildew smell from developing in your washer.

 

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2014 Recap of Local Business Events In Durham

 

What a busy and exciting year 2014 has been  for our team here at Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services!  We are proud to say that although our company has been busy catering to our clients and their home improvements, we still managed to set time aside to participate and attend important events that went  on in our communities.  Below, is a recap of the 2014 Local Businesses Events In Durham that we were invited to and happy to attend. Just another great example of how Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services supports other local businesses in the Durham.

 

March 5, 2014

2014 Local Biz Expo and Trade Show

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Our Team at Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services had a blast at the 2014 Local Biz Expo and Trade Show held at the Ajax Convention Centre. It was an exciting event we participated in and although it was a long tiring day, it was so worth it to be involved alongside other fantastic local businesses in the Durham Region.  We were featured in Snap Magazine-Ajax Edition! How exciting is that! Click the link  to read all about it below.

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March 8, 2014

Celebrating International Women’s  on Day March 8, 2014 with Staples Canada

I was pleasantly surprised to find out that Staples Canada was celebrating International Women’s Day at their store locations. Not only where the Staples locations offering great discounts, door crasher specials and free refreshments in store, they were offering networking opportunities for entrepreneur’s!  We quickly jumped at the opportunity to meet these incredible business women and found out more about their services and their business. Kudos to Staples on showing their support to local businesses in their community! These type of events are very important to all  entrepreneurs. Even more of a reason to shop at Staples!

Staples Celebrates International Women’s Day On March 8th With Discounts + Goodies

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Our Team at Don Of All Trades  wants to thank 2 special women in businesses. I entered my name for a draw and to my surprise I won their prize! My favorite piece? The novel by: Living Underground. Thank you Ruth Walker and Gwynn Scheltema from Writescape. Offering writers workshops, retreats and inspiration…escape to write with Writescape. Check out their website www.writescape.ca

 March 2, 2014

Skin Cellutions Advanced Skincare & Laser Centre Grand Opening

We showed our support by attending this truly special Grand Opening for entrepreneur Marilyn Nickerson owner of Skin Cellutions and what a fantastic event . From free reiki demos, prize giveaways, special grand opening discounts, food and beverages and the fun and interactive Spin the Wheel to win game. My favorite moment was when Marilyn gave a wonderful speech that personally touched my heart.  A ribbon cutting ceremony with Mayor John Henry was held along with  other local businesses owners who also attended.  We wish Skin Cellutions much success! Want to find out more about SkinCellutions and their products and services? Visit www.skincellutions.ca.

Now Located at 1626 Brock St South, Whitby within PinUps & Pompadours!

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March 27, 2014
Carberry DIY Demo Series
 The Carberry Soap Company is one of Durham Region’s best kept secrets.  Located at 629 Liverpool Road, Pickering, Ontario.  Yes even  Don from Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services attended the DIY Demo Series. Being the only male for this particular event didn’t stop Don from learning how to hand-made soap with store owner Margo Stinson.
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Sue Pitchforth, owner and principal decorator of  Décor Therapy Plus  offered tips, ideas and advice on Dollar Store Decorating & Entertaining for Spring that fits anyone’s budget.  A big thank you to Carberry Soap Company owner  Margo Stinson  for an incredible evening of learning! We are DEFINATLEY coming back!
 
April 11, 2014
First Annual Pickering Wing Fest
  
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Had a blast at the 1st Annual Pickering Rotary Wing Festival. Great to See some new and old faces! This place had an amazing ribbon cutting ceremony and the food was TO DIE FOR!!! Not to mention it was a full house! Wow! Did I mention Spider Jones host on AM640 was also present for this event?
I believe this was a huge success!!!
April 26, 2014
Grand Opening of Whole body and Mind Family Health and Wellness Centre
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Don Of All Trades got to the Grand Opening just in time to witness the ribbon cutting ceremony from Mayor Steve Parish to celebrate owner Michelle Berentschot  of Whole Body and Mind Family Health and Wellness Centre ceremony today! Another fantastic local business in the Durham Region! Congratulations on your grand opening!
  July 08, 2014
Celebrating with Cupcake Junkie and their Grand Opening
So glad we were able to make it to Cupcake Junkie Bakery & Cafe’s grand opening. It was a day of celebrations and congratulations to owner Jessica Kula Trinier  and the Cupcake Junkie Bakery & Café  team! Located at 404 Brock St. South in Whitby,  local residence enjoyed the complimentary coffee, cake and specials.  Specialty cakes, coffee, teas, cupcakes, sandwiches and wraps are just a few of the delicious items available at this location.
Want to find out more? Check out www.cupcakejunkiecafe.ca.
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September 2, 2014
Durham Home & Small Business Association 20th Anniversary
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Don Of All Trades attended the celebrations event for Durham Home & Small Business Association 20th Anniversary last night at the Abilities Centre. The Durham Home &  Small Business Association  hosts affordable monthly meetings that provide an excellent opportunity to network with local small businesses and so much more.    A thank you goes out to  President Stefan Hettich for the invite.  Guest speaker Kerri King of Durham Region Tourism gave a glorious presentation on ” How to Take You Community Event to the Next Level.” Great turn out, food and networking!

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Pam Little, CGA from Pam Little Accounting, Don D’Orazio from Don Of All Trades Home Maintenance Services and Kellie Doiron from Zip Dandy were just a few of the many that attended last night’s Durham Home & Small Business Association’s 20 th Anniversary.
September 9, 2014
2014 Business Expo
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Our team at Don Of All Trades had a fantastic opportunity to connect and network with other local business in Durham Region at the 2014 Business Expo held at the Ajax Convention Centre. It was quite an interesting and exciting evening to be able to browse the exhibitors booths and find out what these business, services and products were all about.
September 13, 2014
 Brooklin Harvest Festival
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So what is the Brooklin Harvest Festival About?
Great event going on this weekend for the entire family to enjoy. Browse the Harvest Marketplace overflowing with fruits, vegetables, flowers and plants. Children can participate in crafts, games, and interactive activities. Step back in time and enjoy a horse and wagon ride and entertainment throughout the day. Stroll through the Downtown shops for unique gifts and sidewalk sales. For more information visit: http://www.whitby.ca/en/residents/brooklinharvestfestival.asp
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First time attending the Brooklin Harvest Festival.
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fresh local produce and baked goods :). What a great event  for the entire family! Lots of activities and local businesses in the community. Will definitely be returning next year!
 October 22, 2014
Third Annual  Purplicious Event
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Last night’s Third annual Purplicious Event Taste the Fares Of Durham was an incredible event for such a great cause! Raising awareness and funds to ensure that Epilepsy Durham Region will continue to impact the quality of life for those living with epilepsy. A big thank you to Jacqueline Bos and all of those who participated including restaurant’s Jack Astor’s, Boston Pizza, Lone Star and Trinity Irish Pub. It was nice to see Jacqueline Bos, Howard Haslett from Legal Shield, Yolanda D’Orazio from Don Of All Trades and of  course  Rhonda Lee   Axhorn  SRES Sales Representative from Island Heritage Realty Inc. Of course it was great to see everyone else that showed their support as well.
October 25, 2014
Learning Disabilities Awareness Day
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I was very happy that I attended the Learning Disabilities Awareness Day yesterday. Thank you for the invite Shannon Sheppard and to The Learning Disabilities Association Of Durham Region for holding such a great event! The presentation by: Dr. Joan Flood about ADHD was TRULY informative and educational. Loved it! Learned so much about something I’ve heard about but never really knew much about.
October 25, 2014
Mango Reclaimed 1 Year Anniversary Celebration
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We had an opportunity to attend  Mango Reclaimed 1 year anniversary celebration.  Owner Melanie Curley studio is incredible!  This studio is located at 2001 Thickson Road South, Studio 18 in Whitby. So many beautiful pieces of  vintage furniture, milk paints, chalk paints and more! Free demonstrations were held, tasty treats and great deals were available to all who attended.   Would definitely recommend anyone dropping by to see what Mango Reclaimed has to offer. Wishing you many, many  more years of success Melanie! Happy Anniversary!

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It was nice to catch up with Marta Raptis owner of Kalina Naturals at Mango Reclaimed 1 Year Anniversary yesterday. My wife was very happy to purchase some more of Marta’s incredible soaps . Did we mention that Kalina Naturals produces 100% natural, pure and luxurious, handmade soap and body care products? Visit www.kalinanaturals.com to find out more!

 November 16, 2014

iDaybreak Grill Celebrates It’s Grand Opening

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Located at 279 Kingston Road, Ajax, this iDaybreak Grill restaurant has a lot of delicious menu choices that will satisfy every member of your family. On this day we ordered the sample breakfast. Let me tell you that sample was a HUGE portion of bacon, eggs, and home fries.  Our waitress was fantastic! We arrived at 10am  we were fortunate enough to find a seat as it was definitely a full house with local residences that were excited to try the food as much as we were. SnapdAjax  and the Mayor Steve Parish of Ajax attended as they all celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony. To all the staff and owner of iDaybreak Grill, we thank you for your excellent food and service. Congratulations on your Grand Opening and we will be  definitely be coming back!

An event, grand opening, anniversary or re-opening is an important scope for all small businesses. It’s the perfect opportunity to have some fun and get involved with your community. For many small businesses, these events are a critical part of their long-term success. They also encourage consumers to “Shop Local” and support small businesses in their  communities. 

For locals who live in these communities, these events are an ideal moment to drop in with friends and family members to find out who these new businesses are, where they are located,  what  products or services they have to offer and to show your support as a consumer.

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The Advantages Of Hiring A Handyman For Your Home Improvements

 

 

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Hiring A Handyman

Not all home repair jobs need the assistance of a general contractor or specialised service provider. A handyman may be employed for a wide range of small home improvement projects. This subsequent article explains how a handyman can fix your to-do-list while saving time and cash along the way.

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So What Is A Handyman?

handyman  is someone who will perform a good assortment of small tasks and odd jobs. Handymen may be found in communities all over the planet, offering affordable services from gardening  to home repair for their clients.

It’s typically straight forward  to search out a handyman; several advertise in phone books and with fliers around city, and it’s also possible to trace one down through word of mouth recommendations.  Some clients become quite attached to their handyman, since an honest one may be exhausting to search out.

A handyman or home improvement company, usually charges the client by the hour plus material prices, despite the task at hand.

Many home owners can produce an inventory list of repairs and hire a handyman to complete the list during a single visit.

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Do I Hire A Handyman Or A Contractor?

The scope of the work and skill level of their trades  needed to complete it ought to confirm whether or not you hire a handyman or contractor.

When making an attempt to work out who is the right choice to hire for your specific job, contemplate the task. If it’s a specialised trade, make sure you hire that tradespersons such as a plumber or electrician, as an example. If it’s very little things that you are capable of doing  yourself, a handyman is possibly the right choice  to go with.

A handyman isn’t the most effective choice for an outsized or difficult project that would take an extended period of time to complete and need the assistance of multiple staff. A contractor or specialist ought to be used for remodeling work,  area additions, projects that need industrial equipment or licensed professionals like electricians.

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The Advantages Of Hiring A Handyman

You’ve got an ever-increasing  list of home enhancements like changing out a toilet regulator,  missing shingles on the roof and painting a room wall. You could hire plumber, roofer and painter that  could  have conflicting schedules of handiness and their own service charges. Or  you could hire  a handyman to complete all 3 projects in 1 day  for one hourly rate.

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 Save Money. A homeowner will save cash on home improvement projects by hiring a handyman as a result of it eliminates the requirement for multiple service suppliers and contractors. Several handymen charge by the hour therefore a homeowner solely pays for one employee  that will complete a good vary of projects . A service fee from a roofer or plumber to come to your home may equal or perhaps surpass the value to hire a handyman for a couple of hours.

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 Lower Rates. Hiring a Handyman additionally prevents waste and overcharging, because the handyman will charge you for hours worked. A contractor or specialist’s price may include taking into  consideration the amount of  time it’ll take to  complete the job. Handymen are able to keep their rates low as a result of they do not need to pay extra employees and have lower overhead prices than contractors or massive corporations.

Variety of Skills.  Many homeowners consider the idea of a  handyman once they have  repairs, however do not know who to contact.  Handymen are better-known to try a variety of work  from assembling outdoor sheds and gas grills to hanging Christmas  lights and decorations.

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Hiring a handyman to complete your “To Do List” type of home repair work is a good option and the following projects below are ideal for most handymen.

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Minor Plumbing Work

Many handymen are capable of finishing minor plumbing work,  putting in new fixtures or repairing a leaky faucet. However, more advanced assignments or jobs that need plumbing to be relocated inside the house should to be left to an authorised and licensed plumber.

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Caulking And Weatherproofing

Adding a recent application of caulk to gaps between windows, doors and siding could be a good way to boost energy capacity and lower utility prices.

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Patios, Decks and Porches

Over time, weather will take its toll on wood decks, patios and porches. A repairman will replace broken boards, apply an end or sealing material and create general enhancements or repairs to upgrade your deck or porch’s safety and look.

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Maintenance and Gutter Cleaning

Although it’s an easy enough task, cleaning up gutters is messy and involves ascension on the roof. Avoid the chance of injury by hiring knowledgeable repairman with the correct tools and skill for the task. A repairman may also install gutter guards to forestall seasonal preventive .

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Home Exterior Repairs

If you’ve got minor damage to your home’s exterior, like a loose piece of siding or a missing shingle, hiring a handyman to repair those things could  be a more cost-effective than hiring a specialist.

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Interior And Exterior Painting And Repairs

A handyman can be employed to repaint a wall or garage door, touch-up trim and scoff marks and repair little holes with compound. Remember, a handyman usually charges by the hour, thus larger jobs are typically better suited for an expert painting crew.

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Installing Light Fixtures, Pictures, Mirrors And Window Treatments

These small tasks can  simply be accomplished by a home-owner, however by hiring a handyman with the proper tools and skill will give you peace of mind that these wall-mounted objects  are safely and properly installed without damage.

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Useful Hiring Tips

Check out some of these tips below BEFORE you hire someone to do your project:

1- Google Search.  Look up a variety of Handyman Services and Contractors in your area on the internet and popular social media sites like face book, twitter and pintrest.

2- Questions & Concerns.  Ask lots of question! There’s no such thing as a “bad” question. The more you ask, the better!

3-  Quotes & Estimates. Ask for quotes, the more the better but be leery, sometimes “cheapest” doesn’t always mean better.

4- Are they legit?  Find out if the company is legitimate. Are they a  registered company?

5-Are they insured?  Does this company have insurance? Find out. Again, ask the question.

6- Ask to see their work. Ask for a portfolio to show you some of their work. In this particular industry, photo’s tell the truth. This is what they have to offer as a source to prove what kind of projects they have done. Ask   for   before and after pictures.  Anyone can copy a photo off the internet but is their work legitimate?

7- Ask for testimonials. Previous satisfied clients will have no issues giving a positive testimonial of their own completed projects. Why would they? They will want to share this information and let others know what a great job this company has done and would definitely recommend them. Of Course, testimonials will also warn other potential clients “not” to use their services either from their own bad experiences. So either way, you can get some piece of mind.

8- Look at company websites. See their work. A lot of them are on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn , Word Press, exc.  You can get a sense of who they are, what they do, latest specials and events, how they connect with their clients and how these companies are involved in your community!

9- First Impressions.   Company representatives are an example of their work and the company they own or work for. Representatives that come to your home for a quote, should be experienced, organized  knowledgeable in the field of the business, polite, well-groomed,  answer your questions and concerns and make you feel confident and comfortable.  Trust your instincts. They’re always right.

10- References. Ask your handyman about his work experience, and his former clients. If he has a successful business doing odd jobs, he’ll most likely have a list of clients. You should call at least a few of these clients to get a good sense of his work ethic and the quality of his work.

 

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Is There Such A Thing As A “Complimentary Consultation?” And Does “Complimentary” Mean Free?

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Free Complimentary Consultations-Advantages:

Providing a complimentary consultation is a huge advantage  not only to the company offering this service but to the client as well. In the industry of Home Improvement/Home Maintenance Services, complimentary consultations are viewed favorably by our customers.  In most cases the general public is always looking for a bargain and at the best price possible for any product or service offered. Satisfied clients with a particular service or product  will spread the word about the incredible value they received. This could result in an increase in sales for any company. By implementing an offer as simple as a complimentary consultation,  you could see a potential  increase in the number of  interested prospects  contacting Home Improvement/Maintenance Services in search of a good deal. This could be even more beneficial than positive word of mouth from satisfied clients.

Free Complimentary Consultations-Disadvantages:

The advantages of providing free consultations must be weighed against the disadvantages. First, the potential client seeking a complimentary consultation may be Renovation or Home Improvement shopping—contacting many  contractors and meeting with them to determine who would be the best fit or perhaps the “cheapest”. Even if the contractor devotes substantial time to the complimentary consultation and answers all of the potential client’s questions, the potential client might still comment along the lines of, “I need to think about it, I have 2 more contractors coming to give an estimate—I’ll contact you at a later date.” Beware. Potential clients who look for the “cheapest” quote  may in fact not be getting the best deal in the end.  In these cases, the  contractor will not recoup the lost income for time spent during the free consultation.

Conclusion:

Remember, the commodity that contractors  sell is experience and knowledge—their opinion and expertise regarding a client’s project. Contractors  who offer complimentary consultations are giving away their commodity to that potential client.

And even if the complimentary  consultation does result in a new client, it might not be the type of client that the contractor wants. All Home Improvement and Home Maintenance Organizations want their companies to succeed  and make a profit. If a client contacts a contractor  based on the complimentary consultation, will the client be willing to pay for the contractors future work and time? And if the client is willing to pay for the initial retainer fee, will the client pay fees exceeding that retainer? These questions are difficult to answer—but contractors need to consider them all the same.

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This is a quick video to inform people of some of the projects we’ve completed and what kinds of services we provide.
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