Trusted Tips and Resources

Trusted Tips & Resources

Dusyk & Barlow Insurance a Trusted Regina Insurance Expert share a tip on Ice Damming prevention and Insurance coverage


Dusyk & Barlow is a 100% locally owned Regina Insurance Brokerage providing honest, reliable, and personalized service to all their clients. Their long standing reputation in the community remains strong through maintaining high standards of excellence and ensuring that their clients insurance needs are met.

They are you Trusted Regina insurance experts !

Dusyk & Barlow is reminding homeowners to protect their homes against damage caused by ice dams.


“Ice dams can cause considerable property damage. If an ice dam forms and water enters the attic, it can damage the roof, ceilings, walls and contents of your home,” said Andrew Cartmell, President and CEO of SGI CANADA. “That's why it's so important to take steps to prevent an ice dam from forming in the first place.”

Preventative measures to protect your home from damage caused by ice dams include:

  • Keep the amount of snow on your roof to a minimum. Use a roof rake or hire a professional to clear the snow away - for safety reasons, don't go up on the roof yourself.
  • Keep gutters and downspouts free of snow, ice buildup and icicles so there's a ready path for melting snow and ice to drain.
  • Ensure your attic is properly insulated and ventilated to prevent heat from inside your home from leaking into the attic and causing snow on the roof to melt. A roofing contractor can provide assistance if needed.
  • In the fall, clean leaves and debris from your home's gutters and downspouts to allow melting snow to flow as intended.

If you have an ice dam causing damage to your home, contact Dusyk and Barlow right away.


There are 2 Dusyk & Barlow locations to best serve you  4615 Albert Street South and  302 University Park Drive or find them online here . Read the words of their happy clients on their listing On the Regina Directory they are your TRUSTED REGINA INSURANCE EXPERTS   




Trusted Regina cleaners Complete Clean offer some helpful cleaning tips!

Complete Clean are Regina home cleaning services professionals and they pledge to clean thoroughly, completely and reliably. It’s what they do! They are organized, punctual, extremely professional and they put their clients first. From your first phone call, to the end of your clean you'll find the whole process seamless and enjoyable, they guarantee it! Complete Clean are Trusted Regina Residential and Commercial CLEANING SERVICES professionals! 

General household cleaning tips!

To eliminate unpleasant odors in the refrigerator, place a bowl of new or used coffee grounds on a shelf inside, and replace every two months for a continually fresh smell. When dishes come out of the dishwasher with residue, run an empty load with 1/2 cup of white vinegar in the detergent cup. Alternately, use several tablespoons of Tang, lemon-flavored Kool-Aid or powdered laundry detergent for the same effect.


To combat grease buildup and maintain cleanliness, grind a handful of ice cubes in the garbage disposal every few weeks. Add the peels from lemons or limes to help eliminate odors. 

The anti-static component in dryer sheets helps break down the bond between food and pots and pans, so put a sheet in a dirty pot filled with water, soak it overnight, and easily scrub the pot clean the following day.


Keep shower doors clean by using a glass cleaner to initially remove streaks, and use a Magic Eraser to navigate the crevices of textured glass. Razor blades can scrape off the more challenging buildup. Dry the door, and then use a water-repellent product, such as Rain-X or Aquapel, to cause water to bead up and wash away from the glass. Wipe the repellent with a microfiber cloth, and repeat the process every six months.

If you would like to schedule an appointment or find out more information about your cleaning needs, please fill out their estimate request form here . Complete clean are Trusted Regina cleaners! 

Universal Plumbing and Heating a Trusted Regina Heating professional shares a tip about furnace maintenance.

Colin and Jason, the owners of Universal Plumbing and Heating Inc are proud to call Regina, Saskatchewan home, and they really pride themselves on offering the best possible customer service experience! The Canadian HVAC industry is notorious for bad service, and the guys at Universal started their company with the intention to do everything possible to create a good, solid reputation! They are in demand from both home owners and home builders alike.

Universal Pluming & Heating Inc are Trusted Regina Air Conditioning & Furnace professionals.

Furnace Maintenance Tips


If you haven’t had your furnace looked at in the past year or two you may be at risk for a cold home. Always hire qualified heating contractor when it comes to your gas fired appliances.

All furnaces burn some type of fuel to create heat. Cracks and leaks around the combustion area could compromise your family’s safety, as a furnace can leak poisonous gas, like Carbon Monoxide, into the home. 

Having  your furnace heat exchange checked for cracks, your gas burner assembly cleaned and gas valve calibrated is vital for your family’s safety.

  • Change your furnace filter at least every three months
  • Check your chimney for obstructions. 
  • Check venting on high efficient furnaces for snow build up, nests and debris.
  • Make sure your condensate line is clear of debris or sludge to prevent premature inducer motor failure.
  • Remove blower and clean blower wheel. Lubricate moving parts if applicable.

These are only a few but probably the most important things that should be checked annually on your furnace.


Universal work with many fantastic HVAC suppliers and you can count on them to do the job right the first time 

If you are looking for Air conditioning and Furnace contractors you can trust in Regina, look no further than Universal Plumbing & Heating Inc. Call them today to book your service call or install!  

Great Canadian Oil Change a Trusted Regina Automotive and Oil expert share a tip about Winter Windsheild Wipers

Great Canadian Oil Change on Quance in Regina provides oil changes in 10 minutes. No appointment needed! At Great Canadian Oil Change they will always do their best to keep you traveling safely, in a cleaner environment.

They are your Trusted Regina Oil Change experts in the Regina Automotive General category.

When and how should I change my windshield wipers?


CHANGING WINDSHIELD WIPERS ON MY VEHICLE

Saskatchewan, including Regina, has one of the hardest climates on windshield wipers – snow, ice, and extreme cold in the winter; periods of dryness and extreme heat in the summer; and rain, slush, freezing rain and even wind anytime throughout the year.  As a result, Saskatchewan is likely the premier testing area in the world for durability of windshield wipers!

HOW OFTEN DO MY WINDSHIELD WIPERS NEED TO BE CHANGED?

Most windshield wiper manufacturers suggest changing the wipers every 6 to 12 months, but it really depends on how hard of a toll the environmental factors (listed above) have taken on the blades.

HOW WILL I KNOW IF MY WINDSHIELD WIPERS NEED CHANGING?

Here are some of the indicators that a change of windshield wipers is due:

  • the blades are causing streaks when operating during precipitation
  • there are cracks in the rubber of the blade or the metal of the arm
  • the rubber parts of the blades are frayed
  • the blades pull away from the window instead of being snug when they are in fast motion- squeaking or chattering can be heard when the blades are in motion

In most cases, you will know when the blades are due for a change!


HOW DO I CHANGE MY WINDSHIELD WIPERS?

Changing wiper blades can be easy for some people.  Here are a few tips.

Measure your old blades so you buy the correct size.  Note that the right and left hand blades will often be different lengths.  Remember that you will be replacing the wiper “blade” not the wiper “arm” that extends from the windshield.

In most cases, replacement is simply a matter of unhooking or unpinning the old blade from the wiper arm and attaching the new one – but be sure to follow the instructions on the package of blades that your purchase and in the owner’s manual of your vehicle.


CAN GREAT CANADIAN OIL CHANGE HELP ME WITH MY WINDSHIELD WIPER BLADES?

At Great Canadian Oil Change on Albert Street and on Quance Street in Regina we offer a large selection of wiper blades.  We will find the perfect ones that we can install for you in minutes.  You can get this done while you are in for another service such as an oil change, transmission flush, or headlight replacement OR you can just come in to have your wiper blades changed!  If you are not satisfied with how your wiper blades work after leaving, come back and we will ensure you leave with something that meets your satisfaction!

At Great Canadian Oil change in Regina, we follow the recommendations of the manufacturer of your vehicle.  We will verify that your vehicle is due for an oil change before performing it.  We look forward to seeing you for an oil change or for one of the many other services we offer!  See here for the services we offer. http://gcocregina.ca/ 


 

Great Canadian Oil Change on Quance Street, Regina deserve the Thumbs up from www.trustedregina.com in our Regina Automotive General Category and they are Regina's Trusted oil change experts!

 

 

Robert MacKay Trusted Regina Real Estate Lawyer shares a Tip about Title Insurance

It’s an exciting time – the old house is sold, the new one is ready, and all that’s left is the move…..oh wait – not quite yet! There’s all that legal “stuff” to deal with now….signatures….titles to be given…and pages and pages of documents that need to be signed before the key is in your hand!!! And to top it all off – who really knows a good real estate lawyer?

MacKay & McLean provides the professional services of a large Regina law firm, with the intimate attention of a small firm. The legal process can be daunting and overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be. MacKay & McLean is with you every step of the way.


MacKay &  McLean are TRUSTED REGINA LAWYERS

Title fraud is approximately a C$1.5 billion dollar a year industry and growing. This has given rise to new products being made available to you to help protect yourself. One such product is title insurance.

Initially, title insurance was used in Saskatchewan only when a surveyor's certificate was not available. This is because it insures against any defects that would have been revealed if a surveyor's certificate or real property report had been obtained. People opted for title insurance because it cost less than a new survey. However, title insurance protects you against much more and it is especially good for people buying used residential real estate, rental properties or commercial real estate.

Like other insurance products, you pay a premium to the insurer. Usually, this is a one time fee. Different insurers structure their pricing differently and there are policies for owners and policies for lenders, so rates vary. The premiums for condominiums are usually less. The fees for commercial transactions are typically greater.

For the one time premium you get protection for as long as you own the property and it protects your estate in the event of death. The amount of protection is up to twice the fair market value of your property, at the time the insurance was obtained.

Lawyers will usually charge an administration fee of $75 to $150 to provide the appropriate data and information to the insurer.Typically, title insurance is obtained through your lawyer's office when you buy a property.  "Existing Home Owner's" insurance is also available at any time.  Some insurers in Saskatchewan, like Co-Operator's, are now providing the product.

It is important to remember that lawyers do not receive any compensation from the title insurance companies for recommending or assisting you with obtaining title insurance, i.e. we are not sales people for the title insurers and we do not receive trailer fees or commissions from the insurers.

In fact, a lawyer's failure to discuss title insurance with you may constitute professional negligence and that lawyer may be liable to you if you suffer damages from something that title insurance would have protected you against. In other provinces, for example, Ontario, lawyers are obligated by their professional code of conduct to thoroughly discuss title insurance with you.

I recommend title insurance because I believe that most times it is in your best interests to have it. At the very least, you should have the opportunity to make an informed decision.

The four main title insurance companies in Canada are: (1) First Canadian Title Insurance, (2) Stewart Title Guarantee Company, (3) Title Plus, and (4) Chicago Title Insurance Company. For more information on title insurance, its cost and benefits, visit the following websites: First Canadian Title; Stewart Title Guarantee Company; Title Plus; and, Chicago Title.

Some things are better to have and not need, than need and not have. Title insurance is one those things.

*Always check with the insurer to see what they cover and what they do not. Make an informed decision.


For advice, Robert MacKay's team provides professional, personalized service and with their assistance, you can rest assured that your real estate transactions will be handled with the utmost consideration and care.

They  provide a full range of legal services including:

  • Real Estate & Mortgages
  • Wills & Estates
  • Family Law & Divorce
  • Commercial & Corporate Law
  • Litigation & Personal Injury