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Specialized Senior Page Update

House to Home Moving has been working with the senior community for over 10 years. House to Home Moving has moved hundreds of seniors and have seen many fantastic communities in and around Sacramento. We want to highlight several of our personal favorites. Most of these communities have become part of our family and we wanted to show our appreciation by highlighting them on this page. Here are a few that we will be adding soon.

Golden Pond Retirement Community

Facebook: Golden Pond Senior Living
Our Contact: Heather Murdock
Phone: (916) 229-8032


Oakmont of El Dorado Hills

Facebook: Oakmont of El Dorado Hills
Our Contact: Anyssa Hill
Phone: (916) 975-9866

Meadow Oaks of Roseville

Facebook: Meadow Oaks of Roseville
Our Contact: Shanti Bhatti
Phone: (916) 774-0200


Stock Ranch Road Retirement Community

Facebook: Stock Ranch Road Retirement Community
Our Contact: Kelly Stimbert
Phone: (916) 725-7418

Somerset Senior Living

Facebook: Somerset Senior Living
Our Contact: Emberlyn Hordhaus / Carlie Beasley
Phone: Lincoln (916) 409-4150 /Rancho Cordova (916) 330-1300

Ponte Palmero

Facebook: Ponte Palmero
Our Contact: Brenda Sepulveda
Phone: (530) 677-9100

Eskaton Gold River

Facebook: Eskaton Gold River
Our Contact: Latoya Planco
Phone: Lincoln (916) 852-7900

The Chateau at Rivers Edge

Facebook: The Chateau at Rivers Edge
Our Contact: Jennifer Willard
Phone: (916) 921-1970

Carlton Senior Living

Facebook: Carlton Senior Living
Our Contact: Aimee or Nate
Phone: Lincoln (916) 971-4800

The Terraces of Roseville

Facebook: The Terraces of Roseville
Our Contact: Lillian
Phone: (916) 786-3277

Atria Rocklin

Facebook: Atria Rocklin
Our Contact: Angelina Nunez
Phone: Lincoln (916) 672-9639

Senior Care Solutions

Facebook: Senior Care Solutions
Our Contact: Christine Grmolyes
Phone: Lincoln (916) 965-5565

Rose Senior Placement

Facebook: Rose Senior Placement
Our Contact: Cyndi Rose
Phone: Lincoln (916) 582-1654

Michelle Giorgi Real Estate

Facebook: Michelle Giorgi Real Estate
Our Contact: Michelle Giorgi
Phone: (916) 417-7552

September Home Maintenance Tips

Did you know:
September was the seventh month of the original Roman calendar. This is where it got its name which means seventh. Later, when January and February were added to the calendar it became the ninth month.

Clear roof and gutters from leaves
One of the most important fall chores and many times overlooked is cleaning your gutters in preparation of temperatures below freezing. Clogged gutter lanes or clogged downspouts can cause some major damage to either your gutter, or to your roof. Wet leaves turn into frozen leaves and since water expands as it freezes, this will cause your gutters to warp.

Lay mulch for winter frost prep
The main idea behind winter mulching is to keep the ground frozen by shielding it from the warmth of the sun. A steady temperature will keep the plant in dormancy and prevent it from triggering new growth during a brief warm spell. Tender, new growth too soon will just result in more winter dieback. Mulching now will also help conserve whatever water is in the soil, so hopefully, you’ve been keeping your garden beds watered right up until the hard frost.

Trim back flowering plants
Most plants benefit from regular, annual pruning. Though the task of trimming beautiful foliage is hard for home gardeners to swallow, pruning keeps plants healthy and encourages fresh, new growth.

Prune trees and shrubs near house
When spring is in the air, you might be itching to get outside and do a little yard work. Pruning is a perfect chore for late-winter and early spring because most trees and shrubs are dormant.

Prep and clean fireplace
Using a shop vacuum (not a regular vacuum, because the fine ashes can clog the filter), I suck up as much debris and ash as possible — inside, on the bottom and walls, and around the outside base. For the fine layer of soot that remains, I use several damp paper towels to wipe it away. Next, with a handled scrub brush and a bucket of warm water with detergent (a squirt or two per gallon of water), I scrub the inside floor, followed by the sides — doing one small spot at a time and rinsing before moving on. Last, I rinse it all with water on a sponge or a terry cloth and wipe dry with an old towel. A final safety hint for folks who may use their fireplaces frequently: Have your chimney inspected by a pro each year.

Check for air leaks in attic
From below your attic, check the ceilings and note the locations of all light fixtures, ceiling fans, and electrical outlets. From the attic-side of your ceiling, find the fixtures you noted. You’ll have to pull back existing insulation to find them. Electrical connections for fixtures, fans, and outlets require a hole cutout in your ceiling drywall. Each of these cutouts is a likely air leak. You can stop air leaks by sealing the cutouts from above with acrylic latex or silicone caulk, or with low-expansion polyurethane foam, depending on the size of the gap.

Here are 5 energy-saving smart home devices

Intelligent Thermostats
The best smart thermostat will have an outsize impact not only how comfortable you are in your home, but also on your household budget. Heating and cooling your home accounts for nearly half of the average home’s utility bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

A programmable thermostat can help reduce those costs by turning your HVAC system on when you anticipate being home, and off when you don’t think you’ll need indoor climate control. A smart thermostat goes far beyond relying on a simple schedule. It will not only enable you to create more sophisticated schedules for every day of the week, and give you complete control over your HVAC system, even when you’re away from home. We continually test and evaluate smart thermostats and can help you find the right one for your home.

Automatic Blinds
During the warm summer months, your air conditioning can kick into overdrive trying to keep your home cool. When the sun streams through the window, it can heat up your home even more. Smart blinds sense when window temperatures rise and automatically adjust to help maintain your desired indoor temperature.

Home Energy Monitoring Systems
If you’ve ever taken a close look at your electricity bill you know that it’s pretty light on information. Your bill will tell you 1) how much electricity you have used and 2) how much you’re being charged. Unfortunately, that’s about it.

Let’s say you want to cut your energy use to save money or reduce your carbon footprint. To do that you either have to try to axe your unnecessary consumption as a whole, or simply guess which devices are heavy users. Energy monitors exist to eliminate this guessing game. They connect to your circuit breaker and allow you to track your energy consumption with much finer detail, allowing you to put the axe away and cut your energy consumption with a scalpel instead.

Magnetic Refrigerators
Conventional refrigerators work by compressing and expanding a gas as it flows around the cooling unit, but this process is not especially efficient. Refrigeration currently accounts for 25% of residential and 15% of commercial power consumption in the US In the past it has also used gases harmful to the environment.

In contrast, magnetic refrigeration devices have high efficiency even at a small scale, enabling the development of portable, battery-powered products. In fact, Stephen Russek of Aeronautics Corporation, estimates that when magnetic refrigerators are fully developed, they could reduce energy usage by approximately $10 billion per year, along with significant reductions in carbon dioxide emissions. In addition, magnetic refrigeration doesn't use ozone-depleting or global warming gases.

Environmentally-Conscious Clothes Dryers
A traditional dryer works by heating air, blowing it into the drum chamber (where it absorbs moisture from the clothes), and then exhausting the now moisture-laden hot air out of the dryer and out of the house.

A condensing dryer, on the other hand, works by heating air, blowing it into the drum chamber and then pulling that warm moist air from the drum and cooling it to the point that the moisture condenses and drips into a collection tray. The cool dry air is then heated and recirculated back into the drum where it again picks up moisture and the cycle continues.

The tricky thing with a condensing dryer is how to cool the air being pulled from the drum. Some condensing dryers use a metal plate that is air-cooled and some use a scheme that requires a steady supply of cold water. Neither of these systems results in a dryer that is any more energy-efficient than a traditional dryer, and the appliances are much slower. The market for condensing dryers has typically been for apartment buildings where running an exhaust vent isn’t feasible.

A heat-pump dryer is a kind of condensing dryer. Like pretty much every heat pump device, the heat pump in a heat pump clothes dryer has a cold coil and a hot coil. This works out perfectly for a condensing dryer as the cold coil can be used to cool the warm moist air coming from the drum (and to provide a condensing surface for the moisture in the air) and the hot coil can be used to heat the air before sending it back.

Heat pump clothes dryers use 40% to 50% as much electricity as a traditional electric dryer and dry clothes much faster than condensing dryers that don’t use heat pumps, while still being slower than a conventional gas or electric dryer.

Moving specific glossary terms

Auxiliary Service
If the assigned over-the-road van is unable to make a normal pickup/delivery because of physical constraints and a second, smaller, vehicle is needed, this is considered Auxiliary Service (a shuttle).  Examples of such physical constraints include situations such as a road or driveway that is too narrow, a bridge unable to support the weight of the van, and the inability to park the moving van within a reasonable distance of the pickup or the delivery residence. Charges for the second, smaller, vehicle are assessed on an hourly basis, in addition to charges for the extra labor involved in making the pickup with the shuttle truck.

Bill of Lading
The is your contract with the carrier. It is your receipt for your goods and the contract for their transportation. Your signature acknowledges that your goods have been loaded on the moving van and "released to the carrier".

Binding Estimate
You will know in advance what your move will cost, regardless of variances in the actual weight (as long as the inventory of the items being moved is the same as the inventory used for making the estimate).  Without any changes from what was seen during the initial in-home survey, this amount should be within 10% of the original estimate.

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