Have you been told you need to hire an excavation contractor? Not sure what an excavation contractor is, or what they can offer you? When you know that you will need to excavate your property, it can be tempting to DIY in an attempt to save money. However, this often leads to trouble, and eventually makes it expensively clear why people pay for professional excavation services. If you are on the fence about this issue, here are four reasons why you should go with a team of professionals on your next excavation project.
While most people spend the majority of their time indoors, most of us are still undeniably drawn outside to soak in the sights and sounds of nature. There’s just something about the sunshine, green grass, pretty flowers, sweet fragrances, and animals that make the outdoors relaxing and rejuvenating. Do you have a nice outdoor space to retreat to at your home or business? If not, it’s something worth consideration. In fact, a beautifully landscaped lawn can make a world of difference for your family or customers. It boosts curb appeal, improves a first impression, and generates positive feelings. Whether you’re looking to add some greenery, flower beds, bubbling water features, or other enhancements to your yard or commercial property, consider the range of benefits you can expect from adding diverse landscaping to your property.
Landscapes are Good for the Air and Water
- Did you know that grass and trees are hard at work every day capturing dust and smoke particles, removing carbon dioxide, and producing life-giving oxygen? In fact, a single tree can remove 26 pounds of carbon dioxide from the air every year, canceling out the emissions of driving a car 11,000 miles. So, planting grass and trees is one simple way that all of us can help protect the environment!
- Another interesting fact supporting landscapes with trees is that one tree can also supply enough oxygen for four people every day. What a great reason to plant a tree!
- With the storm season in full swing, lush landscapes can actually help. They act as storm water runoff buffers, reducing the flow of sediments and pollutants to nearby bodies of water. In effect, plants help filter out pollution from the water on its way to a city’s source of drinking water. Woody plants along shorelines also reduce erosion and flooding downstream.
Outdoor Living Areas Improve Quality of Life
- Landscaping improves quality of life with several physical and psychological benefits. For example, just looking at plants is shown to reduce blood pressure. Walking through a natural environment, even in the middle of a city, improves attention and memory. People living in neighborhoods with community green spaces report lower stress levels and lower healthcare costs.
Landscapes Offer Economic Benefits
- Did you know that businesses that have high-quality landscapes tend to be more successful? It’s true! Customers claim to spend more money on goods and services if the commercial building has a high-quality tree canopy; and shoppers say they’re willing to travel longer distances to shop in a district with better landscaping. They also say they stay longer once they arrive if the landscaping is peaceful.
- As a homeowner, you are looking for ways to gain the best benefit for your investment. When you landscape your yard, you can rest assured that your investment will increase your home’s market value. Home buyers are usually willing to spend more on a house if it has professional landscaping, both front and back.
Water Features Make Landscaping One-of-a-Kind
- Aesthetically pleasing water features placed in your landscape can add unique texture, natural sounds, and new wildlife to your property. Finding the perfect backdrop for any outdoor living area can help turn a boring landscape into one the neighbors or community will remember.
- Water features also require very little maintenance and don’t consume a lot of water thanks to circulating pumps.
Retaining Walls Prevent Erosion
- If your property is located on a hill, a retaining wall prevents elevated soil from sliding toward the building when it rains. The barrier is practical, but it can also add to the appearance of your landscaping.
- Retaining walls can create tiered pathways, spots for additional seating or a creative garden area. In some cases, a retaining wall may provide privacy too.
- Many different materials are available for retaining walls, offering design flexibility for your property. The experts at The Grounds Guys can offer numerous suggestions that will be sure to meet your needs.
It is not too early to start thinking ahead and considering your options for lawn care and property management. Read on for information about the importance of spring clean up for your lawn, so you can start planning now. Properly caring for your lawn in the spring will help it grow lush, green and healthy throughout the summer and fall months. Not only will a healthier looking lawn boost your curb appeal and your own personal enjoyment of your property, it can also increase the value of your home. Here are some lawn maintenance terms that will help your lawn succeed:
AerationAs lawns age or sustain heavy use, your soil can get compacted. This reduces the pore space in the soil that roots need in order to absorb oxygen, nutrients and water and could result in the deterioration of your lawn. Lawn aeration involves removing small plugs of soil out of the lawn to help air, nutrients and moisture return to the lawn. These little plugs are about ½ inch in diameter, creating holes 1-6 inches deep and 2-6 inches apart. Not only will your lawn be able to absorb the things it needs to grow, it will also prevent runoff of fertilizer or pesticides and prevent soil erosion.
Lawn De-thatchingOver time, a layer of dead grass roots, stems and other debris builds up on the top layer of your soil. This can prevent water and nutrients from getting below the soil’s surface and stop your grass from growing densely and spreading evenly throughout your yard. It can also block new lawn seed from making good contact with the soil, preventing seed germination. De-thatching scarifies and rakes up the top layer of your lawn soil using a power rake, exposing the soil surface beneath it. This creates room for water and nutrients to penetrate the soil and room for your new grass to grow, spread and dense up. You should have your lawn de-thatched about every two years, depending on how your grass grows. Contact Be Happy Property Services for all your lawn care needs!
Over-seedingOnce you’ve aerated and de-thatched your yard, it’s time to spread new seed over your lawn, especially in bare areas. It’s best you do this right away to ensure your new seeds can grow strong. A thick lawn will have stronger roots and will be less likely to experience weed growth throughout the summer. Over-seeding will help cover sparse areas and create a more even and thicker looking lawn.
Fertilizing & Weed ControlFertilizing and applying herbicides to your lawn will help it grow and prevent the growth of weeds. Be careful, over fertilizing can actually damage or ‘burn’ your lawn and certain herbicides can be quite potent, damaging your lawn if not applied correctly. A professional from Be Happy Property Services can help you decide which products to use for your lawn, for a successful application.
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With Mother Nature dropping an additional 18 inches of snow this past week in Anchorage, you might notice some strange things happening to your lawn this Spring as the snow melts away – but please, don’t be alarmed!It may not be as bad as you think. The culprit? SNOW MOLD!
What is Snow Mold?Snow mold is a fungal lawn disease that occurs in the spring after the snow melts. It comes in two forms: pink fungus (potentially more damaging) and gray fungus. Snow Mold, which thrives under a layer of snow and isn’t noticed until Spring, is a lawn fungus that results in patches of dead grass in an otherwise healthy lawn. Not only is it unsightly, snow mold fungi can also trigger allergies and asthma attacks in people. If your grass was lush and green last fall, but dead spots are visible when warmer temperatures arrive, your lawn is a victim of snow mold. It most commonly occurs if the first large snow falls on ground that hasn’t yet frozen. This creates a perfect blanket between grass and snow for fungus to grow from the spores that lay dormant throughout the rest of the season. This can be especially damaging if that area between snow and ground stays around the same temperature for a long time. That’s the ideal snow mold breeding ground.
How to Treat Snow MoldThe good news: Snow mold usually takes care of itself because it dies as temperatures increase. Gray mold dies at about 45 degrees Fahrenheit, and pink mold at about 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The effects of snow mold aren’t particularly extreme. If you want to get rid of it faster:
- Mow the lawn as usual because tallgrass is a great breeding ground for mold.
- Gently rake over straw-colored circles to dry out the area faster.
- Try to avoid putting fungicides on the lawn because they aren’t necessary if the grass heals itself.
- If you are receiving lawn maintenance services from Be Happy Property Services, we will be visiting your property soon for spring clean-ups. We will be using the right equipment to help your lawn breathe again and make the problem go away much faster, followed with a fertilizer application to green things up.
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Three Reasons to Hire a Snow Removal CompanyLook to Be Happy Property Services for your residential and commercial snow removal services. Commercial property managers and owners, it is time to prepare for winter in Alaska. A typical day here is what they call snow storms in most places. Snow and ice removal is crucial, especially for businesses with plenty of employees and customers. The winter weather can pose the risk of injury, which is why so many businesses invest in the help of snow plowing and snow removal services. If you have yet to hire a snow removal company, let’s take a look at a few reasons to do so.
Avoid injury:Removing snow and ice can be very dangerous when not done correctly. In fact, a 2015 study found that on average, 11,500 Americans receive medical treatment each year for heart attacks, broken bones, and other injuries caused by removing snow. So rather than risking serious injury, business owners and property managers should leave snow removal to the professionals. This way, nobody gets hurt and snow and ice are removed efficiently.
Save time:It’s no secret that shoveling, snow plowing, and deicing can take up mass amounts of time — this is especially true for businesses with large parking lots and plenty of walkways. Instead of business owners taking it upon themselves to remove snow and ice, taking up important time doing so, snow removal companies can take care of it. Snow removal companies have the tools needed to remove snow and ice in no time, and this allows business owners and employees to focus their time on important job-related tasks.
Prevent damage:It’s important for businesses to keep their property looking its best. Unfortunately, improper snow removal can cause significant damage to property. If snow and ice aren’t removed correctly, it can cause concrete and pavement to split and crack. Landscaping can be easily damaged when removing snow and ice. When you hire a professional snow plowing service, you can rest assured that the proper equipment and methods are being used. In doing this, no damage will be done to your property and the snow and ice will be effectively removed.
As you can see, there are several benefits to investing in snow plowing services.Whether you require snow plowing for a parking lot, grocery shopping area, medical facility, movie theater, industrial lot, office building, driveway, or walkway, we can provide you with 24-hour snow plowing, removal, and relocation services throughout the entire winter season. No commercial property maintenance package in Alaska is complete without reliable snow removal. Contact us today! If you’re looking for a way to effectively remove snow and ice this winter while protecting employees and customers from the risk of slipping and getting injured, hire a commercial snow removal company this winter. Look to us at Be Happy Property Services. Be Happy Property Services provides residential and commercial properties in Anchorage and our surrounding areas with dependable, licensed, insured, and bonded services.
We are almost done with 2020! Time is flying by (why couldn't summer feel like March and go on forever?) and this year will be ending before we know it. Our team is looking forward to closing the year out strong. If remodeling your home has been on your to-do list for a while, now is the best time to get started! Now is the perfect time to begin your home remodeling project. Winter is at our doorstep and once the trick-or-treaters disappear into the night and the snow drops, everything starts to change. So, why is now the perfect time to begin those remodeling projects?
Finish in time for the holidaysSummer is known as the busy season for contractors and remodelers, but it’s not until the fall and early winter that most homeowners really start to think about fixing up their home. The thought of family and friends coming to visit for the holidays can really bring into the light how much work needs to be done around the house! As we are staying home more and more, having a comfortable and safe home is imperative. Unfortunately, waiting until late in the game to start meeting with contractors and planning your project can greatly reduce the chances of completion before the holidays. By jumpstarting the project a few months early, you’re setting yourself up for a smoother, more positive experience and allowing for a more realistic timeline.
There are fewer distractionsFor us Alaskans, the summer months can be hectic – there’s not enough time for family, fishing, and enjoying the outdoors. Now that summer is gearing down, take some time to consider the best remodeling options, discuss all of your questions and concerns with your contractor, and take the necessary steps to have your project financed. You also will be able to devote your focus on important design selection items, such as your paint colors, tile, countertops, flooring, and so on. As we have mentioned so many times: there is so much more involved in remodeling than most people realize. While our team of professionals is there to help every step of the way, it’s impossible for any contractor to complete a project if the clients are unable to make decisions when the time comes. The fewer outside distractions you have, the easier it will be to focus on the project at hand. Starting your home remodeling project now can really be a beneficial move. You’ll be less stressed and be able to focus whole-heartedly on the project. Gearing up your home for the dead of winter is a priority that should be handled now to protect it and your family during the colder months of the year. To get your home prepped and ready, here are some important tasks that you shouldn’t forget.
Clean Up The YardBefore the nastiest of the nasty weather arrives, be absolutely sure to clear away any leaves and debris left behind throughout your yard. Fall weather can be windy, wet, and messy, and those mountains of leaves won’t do you any favors. If debris is left on your lawn or ends up around a storm drain, it can end up damaging your yard and may prevent excess moisture from getting where it needs to be handled by a runoff and drainage system to avoid flooding. If you need help, know that expert handymen are just a phone call or email away; we’re happy to help you tackle your yard work with ease and expertise.
Clear Out the GuttersDo you have gutters? In addition to your yard, the gutters are another priority task to incorporate into your winter prep plan at home. These fixtures prevent all of the moisture from pooling along the roof and close to the foundation of your home, keeping it safe and dry. This leads to a more comfortable, longer-lasting home that needs less maintenance as time goes on. So, if you haven’t already had yours cleaned, now is the time to do so before it’s too late!
Check Windows, Apply Weather-StrippingIt is a good time to inspect your windows and doors for any signs of air leaks, damage, or otherwise, as it doesn’t get any easier when it gets frigid out there. Even slight cracks can cause a hefty dent in your utility bills during the winter. If you have any broken frames, have them replaced now before the snow arrives. Also, if your windows require weather-stripping for that extra tight seal, don’t forget to take care of it before the snow hits!
Repair Stairs, Entranceway & WalkwaysIf the stairs, entranceway, or walkways on your property are in any way damaged, it’s a good idea to have them repaired now before the ice and snow arrive. Ignoring these tasks can create a safety hazard for you, your family, and anyone accessing your home. If there are damaged steps or broken interlocking stones beneath a layer of ice or snow, someone can easily get injured. Have any external stairs and walkways fixed before winter by reaching out to experienced experts in clearing away debris and performing proper, reliable fixes,
Install And Check DetectorsWith the fire roaring during those extra-cold winter nights, you should always ensure that your fire and carbon monoxide detectors are functioning properly. If you don’t have any installed for some reason, do so immediately, as they become an increasing danger during the winter months. Keeping a close eye on safety and wellness is critical in the winter season! Our team of professionals can take care of just about any outdoor and indoor maintenance projects you need – big or small. We also perform commercial maintenance and renovations. Contact us today to learn more! #behappypropertyservices #winterizing #remodelprojects #winterremodel #readyforthewinter #endof2020 #realresults #projectsthatmatter #homeremodeling #landscaping
Summer is a season that can mean many different things. Young children usually look to summer as an escape from school for a few months. This has been a stressful year for anyone, and if you are a parent with school-age kids you have had so much on your plate. Alaskan families view summer as the time to take that long-awaited camping trip or a trip to visit family in the Lower 48. So many things have changed for us this 2020 summer, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy our Alaskan summer! Summer has been the season for going to the lake, taking long drives at 10 pm when it looks like it is 4 pm, and many feel that quest for adventuring and relaxing in the sun call. However, summer can also mean “work as many tasks that need to be done” around the house and yard. How can you enjoy summer while getting all those tasks you’ve put off, telling yourself “I’ll do when it gets warmer out” or “I’ll do when I have time” and here we are, in late July. Many can feel overwhelmed during the summer as the season is short and there is so much fun stuff to do and see, as well as tackle those seasonal projects. Fortunately, hiring experienced handymen from Be Happy Property Services can take a lot of that pressure away. Here are some summer projects that are perfect for us to tackle for you.
- One of the areas that see a lot of action during summer is the deck or patio. Such spots are the perfect place for family and friends to gather, especially while grilling some food. Yet decks and patios can become weathered over time and require maintenance. The wood in a deck can become rotten or warped, not to mention the possibility of handrails becoming loose or support posts weakening. Perhaps all your deck needs is some minor work to smooth out the wood and refinish it, while a patio may need some power washing or some minor repairs. Our main goal is always to get your deck or patio ready for the upcoming season and ensure that every party and gathering will be safe and fun.
- A couple of summer projects that impact the exterior of a house are gutter cleaning and power washing. The warm climate of summer is the perfect time to get such troublesome chores out of the way. The experienced crew at Be Happy Property Services are old hands with such tasks. Cleaning gutters is necessary to ensure that excess rainwater continues to be safely moved away from your home, but it can be a hassle. Even worse, quite a few people injure themselves every year by falling off their ladder while attempting to remove debris from their gutters. We are often called to do this job for older homeowners who are now physically unable to perform the task.
- Another end of the summer project is painting and staining. Summer is the perfect time to paint or stain the interior and exterior of your home, including any decks, porches, garages, sheds, and patios. Summer allows the home to be fully opened up to take advantage of any breezes while any interior painting or staining is being done.
For those of you that are in the process of selling your house, first impressions go a long way. The outside of your home is the first thing potential home buyers will see so it’s important to make it look as visually appealing as possible. Below are a few inexpensive projects you can complete that will provide your home with instant curb appeal:
Give your front door the attention it deserves
Updating your front door is one of the easiest—and most satisfying—ways to boost curb appeal. Here are a few ideas to try, starting with the simplest first:
Scrub any accumulated gunk and grime from the front door, screen door, and entry area.
Polish tarnished metal fixtures to shine.
Replace the lightbulbs in the overhead or sidelight fixtures.
Trim any wayward plants or scraggly bushes.
Hang a wreath on the door—there are good options for all seasons.
Add two potted plants on each side of the entry for an asymmetrical look.
Select and install new light fixtures.
Paint the front door
Giving your front door a blast of color can provide excellent curb appeal. Your choice of color is very important so it might be a good idea to get the advice of a professional.
Add contrasting molding to make the entrance pop.
Having good outdoor lighting is a huge plus. Consider placing lighting along the sidewalks or driveway. Low-voltage lighting can dramatically improve your home’s nighttime curb appeal, and by lighting walkways and dark corners, it can improve safety and security as well.
A new mailbox can easily add a little curb appeal. Hanging plants or planting flowers around the mailbox is a nice touch and can help to make the mailbox stand out.
Set the scene with beautiful landscaping
Plant a tree and cut back large or overgrown bushes. Whether it’s a lush green lawn, a native flower garden, or a beautiful old oak tree, the landscaping surrounding a home accentuates its best features. But if your lawn is run-down, your plants dried up, or your branches close to toppling, it’s time for an update.
Here’s where to start:
Trim, prune, weed, and mow everything that’s crying out for attention.
Give flower beds some oomph with an attractive stone border.
Plant fresh flowers or install a colorful container garden.
Plant new trees if you have the room—it’s an investment that will pay off with time.
Add outdoor art like sculptures, wind chimes, or a fountain.
Treat your walkway to an elegant upgrade
A neglected, cracked walkway can be transformed into an elegant path with just a little work. Here’s how to give your walkway extra curb appeal:
Remove weeds sprouting in the cracks, and fill them in.
Illuminate the walkway with low-voltage landscape lighting.
Add an attractive stone or flower border.
Replace a concrete walkway with contoured brick or stone.
Just remember that no matter how small the update is, it’s likely to have a big impact on your home’s curb appeal.
The only way to get results, though, is to get started!
Completing the projects above can help provide instant curb appeal to your home.
Contact Be Happy Property Services at 907-336-7434 for an estimate on what you can do to create instant curb appeal. We are happy to help!#behappypropertyservices #instantcurbappeal #realresults #projectsthatmatter #homeremodeling #landscaping
Outdoor Landscaping IdeasAs our Alaskan days grow longer and temperatures get warmer, families gravitate to the outdoors to relax and enjoy all that nature has to offer. Make the most of your backyard and personalize your outdoor living space with these creative landscaping ideas from the experienced professionals at Be Happy Property Services, with options to suit every type of lifestyle and any size of yard or budget.
Backyard Landscaping Ideas
Install a Fire PitA custom outdoor fireplace or fire pit is the perfect combination of beauty and functionality which provides light, warmth, and ambiance to your patio or backyard. Choose from a multitude of design and material options such as brick, stone, or concrete and a fuel source that best suits your needs and lifestyle.
Build a Raised Vegetable GardenPoor soil conditions, space limitations, and physical restrictions can be a deterrent to vegetable gardening for many, but a raised bed is the ideal solution that can be configured to suit any backyard landscape. Loose, rich, easily accessible soil stays warmer above ground for an extended growing season with fewer weeds and minimal bending.
Add HardscapingHardscape is any non-living component of a landscape made from either man-made materials or natural elements such as stone or wood. Whether decorative or functional, hardscaping can help to provide a focal point or add definition to your outdoor space. Options include:
- Retaining walls
- Stone, concrete, or brick patios
- And more!
Be Creative with LightingIn addition to highlighting key features of your landscape, a well-designed lighting scheme also provides safe secure passage around your property year-round. Choose a variety of different lighting types and styles for best results including string lights, pendant lights, floodlights, and more.
Create an Outdoor KitchenLive the Alaskan summer life to the fullest! An outdoor kitchen lets you join in the fun with the tools and equipment you need to prepare and serve delicious food and drinks from the comfort of your backyard. Choose your components based on your budget, space, and lifestyle, with options that include:
- Outdoor grill
- Wine fridge
- Bar seating
- Storage space
- Task lighting
- And more!
Install Terracing Garden BedsTurn your sloped yard to your advantage by adding one or more terraces filled with flowers or vegetables. Reinforce the structure with a retaining wall constructed from wood, stone, concrete blocks, or other materials, and complete the look with a set of steps for easy access.
Extend your interior living space with these outdoor landscaping ideas, and create a relaxing oasis where your family and friends can come to unwind, celebrate, and make a lifetime of memories. Contact us to learn more about our wide array of residential landscaping services or call (907) 336-7434 to schedule a free estimate today!
Dear Be Happy Customers: The health and well-being of our customers, employees and the communities we serve are of paramount importance. During these uncertain times related to COVID-19, we feel it is important to update you regarding our commitment to provide service and support as well as safety precautions we are utilizing. Communication and transparency are critical now more than ever, so these are the things we want you to know: We are here for you. Some of our services are considered low-contact, including roof replacements, window replacements, and siding installations. When customers do need to interact with one of our team members directly, we will comply with the recommended social distancing practices and will not approach your front door unless requested. We also require our teams to use hand sanitizer before exiting their vehicles prior to entering a client’s property and deep-cleaning tools and equipment. We also understand it’s tough to feel at ease in a time like this, and we are happy to send any information and invoices digitally via email.
How are we responding as a company to COVID-19? To help keep you, your community, our employees and their families safe and healthy, we are taking necessary precautions to ensure that homeowners and staff stay safe in the coming weeks. How are we are trying to do our part for our communities? We understand that this can be an overwhelming time for our customers. We would like to reach out a helping hand. While our community is experiencing Covid-19 issues we are offering $20 off an hour on all honey-do handyman and remodeling services. We utilize all safety precautions while we serve you and your family. Be Happy Property Services provides safe services you can have confidence in. Call us today for an estimate. New and returning customers, we appreciate you and are here for all your needs.
$20 off an hour on all honey-do handyman and remodeling servicesWe appreciate your continued trust in Be Happy Property Services. For questions or concerns about your particular project, please call us at (907) 336-7434. Thank you from all of us here at Be Happy Property Services.