HomeOwners Plus – Star City Heating & Cooling

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Guest Post by: Star City Heating & Cooling

Star City Heating and Cooling is an independently owned Trane Comfort Specialist company specializing in the design, sale, installation, service, and maintenance of heating and air conditioning equipment, zoning, humidifiers, duct cleaning, and air purification systems for residential and commercial markets. Although we offer many services, we don’t just believe in selling a product or service, we believe in providing positive experiences that begin in the office that follows through to the service call and beyond.

Preventative Maintenance

A well-known fact within the HVAC industry is that regular maintenance is the most effective way to keep your heating and cooling system safe, strong, and efficient. One of the ways we provide the best value for our clients is through our unique VIP Maintenance Program. In hopes of encouraging home-owners to be proactive in caring for their heating and cooling investment, our VIP program not only offers year-round benefits but also includes two 50-point maintenance appointments.

Indoor Air Quality

The focus of building new homes and business is on energy efficiency, which causes indoor air to be tightly sealed in, causing 100 times more pollution than outside air. For this reason, higher quality filtration is of utmost importance to create a better fight against pollutants to create healthier air quality. Poor filtration will keep cycling the allergens, dust and bacteria back into the air, while proper filtration will stop the contaminants from entering back into the air. Other determining factors of air quality include temperature, humidity, and microbial contamination levels. For air quality improvements, consider upgrading to a Trane CleanEffects filter, utilizing our duct cleaning services, incorporating a humidifier and air scrubber, and regularly checking and cleaning filters. For more information on our product and services to help improve your indoor air quality give us a call or visit our website.

Community Involvement

In 2010 we wanted to show our gratitude for the loyalty Lincoln and Lancaster County residents have provided, in-turn, Lincoln’s first annual furnace giveaway was born. The Warming Your Home for the Holidays Furnace Giveaway is a nomination process for homeowners who need a helping hand, or have helped others to be placed into a selection pool to receive a new furnace. Seeing a positive response from our community, we branched out and began quarterly volunteer opportunities and sponsorships with different nonprofits by starting our Community Outreach Program.

If you know of a non-profit looking for corporate partnerships, tell them about our outreach program, or contact us; we’re always looking for new opportunities.”

Contact us today

For over 30 years, Star City Heating & Cooling has been establishing strong relationships by continuously exceeding our customers’ expectations with quality work built on a firm foundation of team values:

Trustworthiness               Integrity                             Honesty                 Communication           Reliability                          Determination                  Adaptability

We look forward to working with you to improve your indoor environment. Give us a call for a company you can rely on, we’re always ready to build new relationships.

Fill the Mayflower this month

Fill the MayflowerSelect Van & Storage is our Home Owners Plus featured vendor for the month of November. Select Van GUARANTEES to accommodate your clients unique needs and scheduling to ensure little to no hassle.  An award winning Mayflower Agent, we are committed to exceeding your clients’ expectations.  We offer move planning expertise, detailed move time lines, competitive pricing options, skilled professional crews, fully background checked employees, no job too large or small, and specialized industrial moving equipment and vans.  A family owned company for over 65 years moving people locally and long distance.

In addition to providing top quality moving services, Select Van is an active member in supporting the Lincoln community. Join Woods Bros Realty and Select Van as we “Fill the Mayflower” full of canned goods to support the People City Mission. Mayflower trucks will be located at the Super Saver locations at 56th and Highway 2 as well as 27th and Cornhusker Friday November 20th from 4:00 – 6:30 PM and Saturday, November 21st from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Canned goods and other non-perishable donations are welcome.

Please come out in support of our Lincoln community and help those who need it most. Read more about the People’s City Mission.


HomeServices of Nebraska announces new hires

HomeServices of Nebraska recently promoted Andie Gaide to Director of Education for the Larabee School of Real Estate and hired Turan Odabasi as Regional General Counsel, David Kaseman as Sales Force Business Development Manager, and Lindsey Cox as Home Warranty Coordinator.

Gaide has held four positions within the company within the past four years, which allows her to see the real estate business from the point of view of an agent and a staff member. She will continue as Director of Home Owners Plus, the company’s home services membership program, in addition to heading up the real estate school. Gaide holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Communication from Concordia University in Seward. She grew up in Colorado in a real estate family and loves to stay active, cook and spend time with friends and family.

Odabasi previously spent 21 years at the University of Nebraska, the last 11 of which were as Associate General Counsel. Originally from St. Paul, Neb., he holds a bachelor of science from Nebraska Wesleyan University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Nebraska College of Law. He was a member of the Leadership Lincoln Class XVII. Odabasi and his wife, Cynthia, have two daughters—Cassie, 26, and Rachel, 12—and a Labrador Retriever, Trixie.

Kaseman, in his new role, will help Woods Bros Realty agents build their businesses while achieving a positive work-life balance. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Westmar College and was previously a sales force trainer for 3M Company, owner of Physicians Business Management, and has been a REALTOR® since 2010, having been named Woods Bros Realty’s Shining Star for his success as a new agent. He enjoys gardening, yoga, grilling, and raising two young children.

Cox will work as a liaison between Woods Bros clients and the company’s home warranty provider. She comes from Nelnet and has years of customer service experience, including hospitality and timeshare. She was raised in Lincoln and graduated from Lincoln High School, then attended McPherson College in Kansas. She and her husband, Joey, have a four-year-old son, Peyton. They enjoy camping, traveling, swimming and spending time with family and friends.

Valued Vendor – Custom Blinds & Design

5 Tips to Mix Patterns and Textures Like a Designer

by Jolene Wismer
Design Consultant,
Custom Blinds & Design


Mixing patterns and textures is a great way to personalize your space and add interest to any room, making your home feel more established and inviting.  Use your upholstery, rugs, pillows, draperies, ottomans, wall papers, and accessories to apply different textures and patterns in a space.

1.  Follow the basic design rule of thumb for adding pattern:  a neutral palette and adding color/pattern as an accent. To achieve an eclectic look for your space, find 3 patterns to use in one room.  Consider using the 60/30/10 approach;  60% of your favorite selection, 30% with your second choice, and 10% being an accent (i.e. pillow, side chair).  You’re not limited to these guidelines, they’re just good formulas to follow if you need direction.

2.  Start with the basics:  Use a black and white pattern first. A black and white accent will sharpen up the look of any room, adding that WOW factor your space might be missing.  The smaller the pattern scale, the less bold.  But it’s OK to go bold!  You don’t have to upholster an entire chair with this concept, just try a couple of pillows or a throw for now.

3.  Pattern and texture will also compliment a ‘cleaner’ more contemporary space. You can maintain a preferred minimalist look if you add your patterns to different parts of the room, i.e. by limiting the patterns to a small chair or pillow in one corner…an ottoman or bench in another part of the room…or by applying very subtle neutral tone-on-tone patterns for your fabrics and rugs.  For a more muted space, try using textures instead of patterns.

4.  For an effortlessly stylish look, mix the old with the new. Mix a classic French scenic toile (Google it, it’s a real fabric!), with a bold, contemporary geometric pattern, or a traditional plaid with some fun polka dots!  Trust yourself; if you like it, it works!  If you’re unsure, you might always feel that way and so, it doesn’t work!  If you love a particular fabric or pattern, you will find its compliment…it’s out there, so keep looking!

5.  If you’re using different colors, consider sticking with the same saturation for each hue. Just keep those deeper saturated colors consistent from one pattern to the next. If you like a lot of contrast, mix different colors with different saturation levels (i.e. mixing jewel tones with pastels), but repeat some colors from one fabric to the next.  If you do a dark green striped pillow, pull that green from those stripes and select a fabric with that same green somewhere in that pattern.

Experiment with trial and error…have fun, and you’ll achieve a look you love!

Contact a Custom Blinds and Design professional for more tips to help you design your dream room!

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Home Owners Plus offers discount on mobile locksmith service

Have you recently purchased or built a home? Consider changing the locks for your security and peace of mind.

Monte Wilson is the owner and operator of Capital City Lock & Key and has 35 years of experience in the industry. A member in ALOA (Associated Locksmiths of America), Small Business Association and REALTORS® Association of Lincoln, who can you call who is better qualified? The commitment Monte has to his business and customers is unmatched.

“Monte is a fine individual and does a good job in his trade. I’ve known and worked with him for a number of years.”
– Craig Loeck, Woods Bros Realty

Capital City Lock & Key is a mobile locksmith service, providing you with the service you need wherever you are. Capital City Lock & Key uses only the best quality locks and security products, but keeps the products reasonably priced for his clients. Monte keeps Lincoln’s residences secure, but also does commercial work, safes, and automotive. He strives to provide his clients with swift, experienced and dependable locksmith services, maintaining customer satisfaction as the ultimate goal!

Call Monte 402-840-8528 and take advantage of a free consultation.

10% discount for Home Owners Plus Members.

Gaide named Home Owners Plus director

Andie Gaide
Andie Gaide

Home Owners Plus has named a new director, Andie Gaide.

Gaide replaces outgoing Buffy Cornish at Home Owners Plus, which is a membership of home related businesses and services exclusive to clients of Woods Bros Realty and its sister company.

Gaide holds a bachelor’s degree in business communication with a minor in psychology from Concordia University. Simultaneously, she earned her Nebraska real estate salesperson’s license from the Larabee School of Real Estate. After graduating, she represented HOME Real Estate in Lincoln at the Pine Lake office as an real estate agent before accepting the position.

Gaide will also assist Woods Bros Realty associates with their clients’ American Home Shield home warranties.

For more information about the Home Owners Plus program, call 402-437-7600.

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