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Spring fever!

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Open the door to your backyard and enjoy the outdoors this spring!

An Arborist can assist and guide you with your current landscaping and improve your backyard atmosphere.

Here is what our favorite arborist has to say about trees, shrubs, and watering for the Spring....

"Spring is the best time to adjust your irrigation for the new growth of your plants. Larger plants require more water in a different location. Never water the base of any of your trees, place the emitters half way from the base to the dripline for smaller trees and make sure your sprinklers don't spray the trunk of your larger trees."

For more tips on how to improve your outdoor living area foliage or to request an onsite consultation contact Nicole at Abacus. Phone: 530-305-0165 or visit them on the Web click here.

Building Success 101

Q: What are the most effective energy-saving products?

A: The vast majority of home energy is used for space heating, water heating, and major appliances. While it may be a good strategy to upgrade to the highest-efficiency models you can afford, their ultimate performance relies in a well-built home that is properly insulated and air-sealed.

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Excellence vs. Perfection

Famous football coach Bill Walsh was known for demanding perfection from his players during practices, even though he knew they would never attain it. His philosophy was if you don't strive for perfection, you don't have a chance to achieve it.

As professional builders, we follow the same philosophy; plan for perfection to attain excellence. Like Coach Walsh, we don't stand a chance of delivering an excellent new home that satisfies a client's wants and needs if we don't set and expect the highest standards possible.

In the pursuit of excellence, we coach our homeowners about the building process so that their expectations are high but realistic. We want our homeowners to push and challenge us to always do better, but it is also our job to define excellence ... and point out the difference between it and perfection.

Our best and most effective method for doing that is listening. Really listening. Not just to find out which floor plan a client prefers, but why and how it will satisfy their lifestyle needs. Not just about which community they want to live in, but also their concerns and questions about the quality of nearby schools, proximity to shopping and public services, and commute routes to work.

In this discovery phase, we craft a strategy for a new home that truly addresses and justifies our client's reasons for making such a significant investment and sets us on course to deliver it according to those expectations.

It is also critical to maintain a regular and open line of communication during the construction process. As during the planning stage, our first job is to listen to and then educate and inform our clients about the subtleties of new-home construction that are specific to their concerns.

Responding to a client's question with "that's just the way it is" or "it's complicated" is unacceptable. Instead, we strive to deliver details, demonstrate our methods, and ensure that questions are answered to a client's satisfaction. That approach and level of respect for our client helps build a better understanding of our work process all the way through the final walk-through and close of escrow.

Finally, a key component of delivering excellence comes after the move-in, once a buyer becomes a homeowner. We make sure to communicate our policies and procedures for warranty service -- once again demonstrating the difference between perfection and excellence. Ideally, we've done an excellent job of building their new home to the point where service callbacks are kept to a minimum; for those small warranty items that crop up after move-in, we work to be responsive and responsible to address them in a timely fashion.

As a homebuyer and owner, it's okay to want the "perfect" home. The best we can do, however, is to strive for perfection and achieve excellence that satisfies the lifestyle needs of our clients and protects their investment now and well into the future.

Warm Regards,

John P. Caulfield, Jr.
Landmark Builders
4120 Douglas Blvd., #306-215
Granite Bay, CA 95746
(916)783-0356 Phone
(916)783-1837 Fax

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