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The Trademark Difference

The Trademark Difference

At Trademark Inspection Services, LLC, we do things a little different. We are qualified, and certified to give you the best inspection possible in South East Michigan. Proudly standing behind our warranties to give our customers the extra care the deserve long after the inspection is over.

See what our employees, and some of our trusted Realtors have to say about Trademark.

Matt Cottenham

When I started the company I had a couple of visions I wasn’t willing to compromise on. First, was to provide not only the most accurate and thorough inspection around but to also provide a top notch customer experience. Second, was to create a company and atmosphere I would want to work at by continually showing every team member how much they are valued. In the last 11 years I feel we have accomplished just this. Though we could have grown quicker, as a team we were never willing to compromise our integrity. I am proud to be part of this great team.

Tiffany Cottenham.

I am proud to be Office Manager here at Trademark Inspection Services. Supporting my Husband, working with our amazing team, and helping our clients make informed decisions about their new home is very rewarding. Watching the passion for the industry in all our team members, and the relationships we have built along the way make coming to work easy. Customer Service is my top priority. Let me know how I can help. It is more than my pleasure to serve, it is my passion. 

Theresa Cottenham

I enjoy talking to the customers and getting excited for and with them. Buying a new home is  a happy but stressful time. When I congratulate the client they get very excited. I like being a part of that excitement if only for a few minutes.

Don Stout

I think that maintaining a whatever it takes attitude to all requests sets us apart from our completion. I try to convey that message to all networking groups I deal with. I like to play golf and bowl, I am in leagues for both. I enjoy supporting the company wherever I can. Although we have not been able to, we do like to travel. I really like family gatherings, as we get older it seems harder to get everyone together. This may sound boring but we get by.

Jim Guntzviller

I am a  father of 2 fantastic children,  a US Navy Veteran and a Certified Master Inspector at Trademark Inspection Services. Being a Home Inspector has always been my goal since l was first introduced  to what they were over 20 years ago. Trademark Inspection Services helped make that goal a reality. Trademark encompasses all the values that l have always held,in high regard. Fair, honest, hard work and treating everyone like family.  That’s why working at Trademark doesn’t even feel like work .

Curt Markham

My name is Curt Markham and I am a Certified Home Inspector at Trademark Inspection Services, LLC. I enjoy sports, music, and Michigan summers. I love spending time on the golf course any chance I get. My favorite work experience is helping new home buyers on their home buying journey. Being able to give them the confidence in a smart home buying decision is truly rewarding.

Chris Williamson

I’m Chris Williamson, a Certified Professional Inspector for TMIS. I like working for TM for many reasons but one of them is the great work ethic that runs through the whole organization. Everyone pulls the same rope and everyone does their job well. As I’ve said before this is the best business I’ve ever been a part of and that includes the ones I’ve owned.

Tara Sparkman

I am Tara Sparkman, and I am the Marketing and Design Specialist here at Trademark Inspection Services. I love working at Trademark, because we are a very close family here. Everyone here is part of the team, and part of making the Trademark vision come to life. I love being able to work with the Realtors, and clients to make their home buying experience the best it can be. In my off time, I love spending time with my Daughters, my family, and friends. I enjoy photography, nature, and just being outside as much as I can. I love spending as much time in Downtown Detroit as I can, I love the city and the beauty that it offers. 

Anthony Reaume

My name is Anthony Reaume and I am a Home Inspector with Trademark Inspection Services. This company is the best company I’ve ever worked for because we’re all a big family and they make us feel like we belong. I like being able to go out and meet new people at each inspection I do. When I’m not working I like to spend time with my friends and family whether it’s at the beach or barbecuing in the backyard. I like to go fishing, camping, hunting and I also enjoy just being able to relax while watching  sports on tv. 

Kim Silvernail

I am Kim Silvernail. I have been  at Trademark Inspection Services for almost a year now.  My job is Client Care Coordinator, I assist our clients and their realtors in booking their inspections.  Here at Trademark Inspection Services we are a family.  When I am not working, I volunteer with a group to help our Veterans in need.  I also bowl in two leagues.  I have 2 cats and 1 dog.  

Becky Johnson

As a Realtor with 18 years of experience, I have attended (too many to count) private home inspections with an array of inspection companies.. AND “Trademark Home Inspection: is by far the BEST..  Their Inspectors and Office Staff are personal, knowledgeable and experienced in the field. The Owners are hands on and always available. The resources they offer even after the inspection is astounding; on their website: database of “trusted” contractors, DIY info and MORE. If you need to refer to your inspection report years later they are always willing to help.  The Inspectors explain in detail their reports and educate the buyers and/or sellers (about repairs, maintenance of the home) , the pictures and videos are high quality that are attached to the inspection reports. “It’s one stop shopping” with Trademark from just a basic inspection to sewer scopes, mold testing, pest inspection and more. And YES I have personally used them on homes that I have purchased.

Nevin Hill

The decision to refer Trademark to my clients is a no brainer. I have had the pleasure to work with their entire team over many years on over 100 transactions. They are honest, responsive and high-level. Exactly the caliber of service my clients expect of me. Trademark’s inspectors are especially fantastic at helping already nervous buyers understand that no home is perfect and are able to deliver not so great news clearly and professionally. I am not looking for a home inspection company to help “keep the deal together”. I am looking for a trusted advisor that both myself, my team and my clients can rely on. Trademark is that trusted advisor. It also helps immensely that Trademark can do it all…from the basic home inspection, radon testing, wood destroying pest inspection, mold/air quality testing, sewer scope and recall check. One stop shop to make it easy for both me and my clients. I am sincerely grateful to have Trademark as such a valuable resource!

Kristie Updyke

As a local realtor I choose Trademark Inspection Services because they truly care about their clients and the home they are buying. Every inspector is very thorough and takes the time to check absolutely everything. They then take the time to go over any issues or concerns they see with the buyers at the end of the inspection. If they notice something during the inspection, they let the buyer know immediately. They also offer a 90 warranty on their inspections which is not like any other company. They also check all appliances for any recalls so the buyer is aware. They definitely offer you any information needed to make sure the buyer is satisfied and purchasing the property with confidence.

October Means Pumpkin Spice

Pumpkin Spice Season

Cider Mill Season.

October often means a plethora of pumpkin spice…EVERYTHING! From pumpkin spice lattes, to pumpkin spice cereals, bagels, and everything in between. Instead of going out and going to multiple stores for all your pumpkin spice favorites, we have put together a list of make at home pumpkin spice items that will save you time, and money!

Pumpkin spice latte:


  1. Heat the pumpkin and spices. Place the pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, and a generous helping of black pepper in a small saucepan over medium heat and cook, stirring constantly, until it’s hot and smells cooked, about 2 minutes.
  2. Stir in the sugar. Add the sugar and stir until the mixture looks like a bubbly, thick syrup.
  3. Warm the milk. Whisk in the milk and vanilla and warm gently, stirring often and watching carefully to make sure it doesn’t boil over.
  4. Blend the milk. Carefully process the mixture with a hand blender or in a traditional blender (hold the lid down tightly with a thick wad of towels!) until frothy and blended.
  5. Mix the drinks. Make the espresso or coffee and divide between 2 mugs. Add the frothed milk and pumpkin mixture. Top with the whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, or nutmeg if desired.

See the full recipe here.

Pumpkin spice doughnuts:

Maple Glaze

  1. In a medium bowl, mix confectioner’s sugar, unsalted butter (melted and cooled), maple syrup, water and vanilla extract until combined.
  2. Hold the donut upside down and dip the top into the glaze, let it drip off the excess, and place on cooling racks to set.

Sugary Pumpkin Spice Coating

  1. In a small-medium mixing bowl, mix sugar and pumpkin spice mix until combined. Melt butter in the microwave at 20 second intervals until melted. Using a pastry brush, brush cooled donuts with butter and toss in the sugar – pumpkin spice mixture until coated.

See the full recipe here.

Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Cookies:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

  1. In a large bowl, combine the melted butter, brown sugar, white sugar, vanilla and pureed pumpkin with a wire whisk until smooth.
  2. Add the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and spices.
  3. Combine everything together with a rubber spatula, scraping down the sides of the bowl and mixing just until combined.
  4. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  5. Roll tablespoons of dough into balls and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Press the balls down slightly before baking.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for about 9 or 10 minutes, just until the tops of the cookies lose their shine.
  7. Leave the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5-7 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely

See the full recipe here.

Pumpkin Spice Bread:


      Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

  1. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and spices.
  3. In a measuring cup stir together the milk and vanilla. Set aside.
  4. In a mixer cream the butter. Then add sugars and mix until creamy.
  5. Add the eggs, one at a time, to the butter/sugar mix.
  6. Then add the pumpkin puree to the egg/butter/sugar mix. Combine.
  7. Add the flour mix to the pumpkin mix in 3 parts, alternating with the milk mix in 2 parts.
  8. Fold in the raisins.
  9. Bake for about 1 1/4 hours. (when it’s done, a toothpick inserted into the center should come out clean)

       See the full recipe here:

Pumpkin Spice Moonshine:


In a large crock pot, combine all of the ingredients EXCEPT the Everclear. Set your crockpot on high. Let the mixture simmer for 4 hours. Make sure you stir the ingredients often. Turn off the crockpot. Let it cool completely about 2 hours. Add your syrup and everclear to cooled mixture. Wash and dry your mason jars including the lid. Line a funnel with several layers of cheese cloth. Ladle moonshine through the funnel into clean mason jars. Only fill 3/4 of the way full. The funnel will filter out any remaining pumpkin bits. Place lids on jars and allow to sit in refrigerator for 1 month before enjoying.

See the full recipe here:

Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake Enchiladas:


  1.  In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, pumpkin, sugar and pumpkin pie spice with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Gently stir in the whipped topping.
  2. Divide the cream cheese mixture evenly between the tortillas.
  3. Roll each tortilla up and put on serving plates.
  4. In a small bowl, combine the butter, sugar and cinnamon.
  5. Brush the mixture over the over the rolled tortillas. Top with caramel sauce.

See the full recipe here.


Pumpkin Spice Earthquake Cake:


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9×13 baking pan with non-stick spray.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the cake mix, pumpkin, eggs, water, oil, sugar and pumpkin pie spice. Pour batter into the prepared pan.
  3. In another bowl, melt the butter and mix together with the room temperature cream cheese. Stir in the powdered sugar and mix until well combined.
  4. Place spoonfuls of the cream cheese mixture all over the top of the cake mixture. Using a knife, gently swirl through the cream cheese. Sprinkle chocolate chips on top and bake for 40-50 minutes or until center is set.
  5. Allow the cake to almost completely cool before cutting. If you cut before it cools, the cake will be very soft and won’t cut cleanly.
  6. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

See the full recipe here:


Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow:


  1. Melt white chocolate chips in a pot over the stove.
  2. Add in cookie butter and pumpkin pie spice. Stir until completely melted and combined. Make sure not to let it over heat! Burnt chocolate is no fun friends!
  3. Remove from heat and fold in cinnamon Chex until all Chex are coated.
  4. Pour mixture into gallon size bag and add powdered sugar. Shake to coat. If you prefer more powdered sugar, feel free to add up to 2 1/2 cups. I just like mine with less 
  5. If you have any fun fall or Halloween sprinkles or candies add those as well!
  6. Pour puppy chow into super cute fall dish and enjoy! And by enjoy, I mean eat it all on Friday night while cooking dinner with friends

See the full recipe here:


Pumpkin Spice French Toast:


  1. Prepare butter topping. In a bowl, beat the butter until creamy. Add the powdered sugar, and pumpkin spice and beat again.  Set aside for serving.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together all the ingredients for egg/milk mixture. Transfer to a casserole dish (easier to dredge the bread).
  3. Submerge the bread slices into the egg mixture, covering both sides. Place bread on a platter. Continue with remaining bread slices.
  4. Add butter and oil to a large skillet for frying. Amounts will vary depending on the size of the pan.
  5. Place about 2-3 bread slices in the skillet at a time. 
  6. On medium heat, cook about 2-3 minutes on per side, until bread is golden and crisp.

See the full recipe here.


Pumpkin Spice Mudslide:  


  1. In a cocktail shaker, add the pumpkin purée and milk.
    Add the pumpkin spice liqueur and vodka.
  2. Sprinkle with pumpkin pie spice and shake for 30 seconds.
  3. Pour into a short cocktail glass (like an Old Fashioned glass, rocks glass, or lowball glass) filled with ice.
  4. Add whipped cream on top and sprinkle with more pumpkin pie spice.

      See the full recipe here:



Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes:

  1. Instructions Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line muffin tins with baking cups.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, espresso powder, baking soda, baking powder, and pumpkin pie spice. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix together pumpkin puree, sugar, dark brown sugar, and oil.
  4. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
  5. With the mixer on low, gently add in the dry ingredients in two additions. Mix until just incorporated.
  6. Evenly divide the batter amongst the baking cups, filling them about 2/3 of the way full.
  7. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  8. While the cupcakes are still warm, with a pastry brush, brush the tops of the cupcakes with coffee. Allow the first coat to soak in before repeating with the 2nd and 3rd coat. Let cool completely on a wire cooling rack.
  9. In the meantime while the cupcakes are cooling, make the topping.
  10. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, gently whip the cream, starting at a low speed and gradually increasing. Slowly pour in the confectioners sugar then increase the speed of the mixer to medium high and beat until stiff peaks form.
  11. Put the whipped cream mixture in a pastry bag fitted with your favorite decorative tip. Pipe the whipped cream on top of the cooled cupcakes then drizzle with caramel sauce.
  12. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

See the full recipe here.


Pumpkin Spice Moscow Mules:   


  1. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice shake together vodka, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice and lime juice.
  2. Pour into a copper mule mug filled with ice and top with ginger beer.
  3. Garnish with a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice and serve.

See the full recipe here.


Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Rolls:


  1. For the dough: In a large saucepan, combine the whole milk, vegetable oil, and granulated sugar. Heat until hot but not boiling, between 105 – 115 degrees, then remove the pan from the stove. Sprinkle the yeast over the surface of the liquid and allow to sit until foamy, about 5 minutes. Stir in the pumpkin puree until combined.
  2. In a large bowl, combine 4 cups of flour with the cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Sprinkle it into the saucepan and stir until it just comes together. Cover the saucepan with a dish towel and set in a warm, draft-free place for 1 hour.
  3. After 1 hour, the mixture should be very puffy and at least doubled in size. Stir in the remaining 1 cup of flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt until totally combined.
  4. Make the rolls: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease two, 9-inch round baking dishes or pie pans.
  5. Turn out dough onto a well floured surface and press it into a rectangular shape. If it is overly sticky, sprinkle generously with additional flour until it’s easier to handle. Flour a rolling pin and roll the dough into a large rectangle about 12 inches by 24 inches.
  6. For the filling: Drizzle the melted butter over the dough and smear it all over the surface with your fingers. Mix together the granulated sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Sprinkle this all over the buttered surface of the dough. Sprinkle with the chopped pecans.
  7. Starting at the top, use a “typewriter” motion to roll the dough toward you into a large log. Roll it tightly as you go so the rolls with be nice and neat. When it’s all rolled, pinch the seam closed and turn the roll over so that the seam is facing down.
  8. Slice 1 1/2 -inch thick slices and place them in the greased pans (8 rolls in each pan). Cover with plastic wrap and allow them to rise for 30 minutes. Bake for 25 minutes or until nice and golden brown on top and around the edges.
  9. For the frosting: While the rolls are baking, making the frosting by combining the cream cheese, powdered sugar and milk in the bowl of an electric mixer. Beat smooth until fluffy. Add the butter, salt and maple extract, if using, and beat until combined.
  10. Ice rolls the second they come out of the oven. Sprinkle chopped pecans over the frosting, then allow them to sit for 15 minutes before serving. Delicious!

      See the full recipe here.


Pumpkin Spice Pancakes:


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. 
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together milk and pumpkin puree, then add eggs and stir in vanilla. 
  3. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon until just combined.   
  4. Melt butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. When butter is foamy, reduce heat to medium-low and ladle pancake batter into skillet. Cook until bubbles start to form in batter and pancake is golden underneath, about 3 minutes then flip and cook the other side until golden, another 3 minutes. 
  5. Repeat with remaining batter.

    See the full recipe here.


Pumpkin Naan Dippers with Cream Cheese Dip:


For the Pumpkin Spice Naan Dippers®

  • Combine 1 cup extra fine granulated sugar with 2 tbsp. of pumpkin pie spice, mix well. Set aside.
  • Heat 2 tbsp. of butter in a large frying pan.
  • Add the Naan Dippers® and toss them in the melted butter.
  • Sprinkle with pumpkin spice sugar and toss until they are coated on both sides.
  • Serve warm with cream cheese frosting dip

For the cream cheese dip:

  • In a large bowl, beat together the butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer. With the mixer on low speed, add the powdered sugar a cup at a time until smooth and creamy. Beat in the vanilla extract.

See the full recipe here.


Pumpkin Spice Waffles:


  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees F and a waffle iron to medium-high heat. Lightly oil the top and bottom of the waffle iron or coat with nonstick spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice and salt.
  3. In a large glass measuring cup or another bowl, whisk together buttermilk, pumpkin puree, eggs and butter. Pour mixture over dry ingredients and stir using a rubber spatula just until moist but slightly lumpy.
  4. Pour a scant 1/2 cup of the pumpkin mixture into the waffle iron, close gently and cook until golden brown and crisp, about 4-5 minutes; keep warm in oven.
  5. Serve immediately.

See the full recipe here.


Pumpkin Spice Martini:


  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. 
  2. Add pumpkin puree, simple syrup, vodka, Bailey’s, and pumpkin pie spice; shake for about 30 seconds.
  3. Pour shaken mixture through a strainer into a martini or cocktail glass.
  4. Sprinkle with additional pumpkin pie spice and garnish with a cinnamon stick, if desired.

See the full recipe here.

Cider Mill Season

Cider Mill Season.

Fall in Michigan means cider mills, apple picking, sunflowers, doughnuts, and hay rides.With so many different options on cider mills, it is often hard to pick one to go to. But no fear. We have put together a list of the best cider mills in the area, their opening dates, and what they offer so you can pick the best one to suit your needs this fall.

Wiard’s Orchard and Cider Mill has an opening date of September 7th. This is a must visit for families with children. There is a petting farm, corn maze, giant inflatable slide, wagon rides, playground, mini golf, and much much more. This cider mill is one of the top places to visit in the fall for families.

Franklin Cider Mill is one of the oldest cider mills around. This cider mill opens September 4th. Well you can see the doughnuts being made through the window, this specific cider mill is more geared towards adults. There is a cute little stream that often is full of ducks by the cider mill, with benches to sit and watch them. Franklin Cider Mill would be the perfect place to go for a nice fall date.


Parmenter’s Cider Mill opens August 28th. This cider mill is the perfect place to take your better half this fall. There is a winery inside the cider mill that offers wine tastings during their busier fall season. It is an absolutely beautiful cider mill, the rustic barn feel makes it perfect for photos with you and your significant other. There are a few places of interest for the kids on the weekends, there are craft displays, fudge stations, food stations, and a few playgrounds.

Three Cedars Farm opens September 3rd. This cider mill is family friendly and one of the most popular around. This is a cash only cider mill, but there is an ATM available on the property for your convenience. There is a 5 acre U-Pick pumpkin patch, with pricing based on the size of the pumpkin. Hayrides, a corn maze, train rides, petting farm and more are available at Three Cedars.

Yates Cider Mill opens in August for earlier admission to fun. Dating back to 1863, Yates is one of the original cider mills in the area. The Clinton River sits alongside the cider mill, and a stream from it is actually used to have water power for the mill itself. The mill offers an online store where you are able to purchase their home made honey, jams, pies, apparel, and more. For kids, they offer pony rides, and a petting zoo. There is a river walk, apple tent, and delicious fudge as well. Yates has been featured on Unwrapped on the Food Network.

Erwin Orchards opens August 20th. They are closed on Mondays during the 2021 season due to short staffing issues. Daily they offer a goat walk, corn maze, wagon rides, a sunflower garden that is a photographer’s dream, cider and doughnuts of course. On the weekends they offer a 3-D walk through, Paintball, Petting Farm, Kettle Popcorn, and a Photobooth. This cider mill is cash only also, with an ATM located inside.


Blake’s Cider Mill opens in late summer, and is open 7 days a week. This is a one stop shop for people of all ages. There is a Sunflower Festival, Lavender Market,  Blake’s Backyard offers a taproom, Funland is the perfect place for kids, though I am sure that adults would love a few of their attractions. There is a petting farm, John Deere Speedway, duck races, sports zone, corn field, inflatable axe throwing, and much more. Their online store allows you to ship their Blake’s Hard Cider directly to your home (must be 21 years of age or older of course.) Blake’s also offers merchandise, jams, apple butter, cups, and more for sale at their online store as well.


DeBucks Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch has an opening day of September 11th. This is a family favorite for my family every year. There is something for everyone. There are swings, two inflatable bounce pads (different age groups are allowed on each one for safety reasons), swings, a corn box, slides, tractor racing, a 15 acre corn maze, a 20 acre pumpkin patch, and much much more. The kids have no problem finding something to do during the duration of our visit. There is a fun obstacle course for the adults as well that my family loves to hurt themselves doing every year.

Grill Safety

Grill Safety.

Summer time in Michigan means busting out those grills, and having outside gatherings with friends and family. But, not having proper grill safety, could easily lead to a disaster. At Trademark Inspection Services, we don’t want you to become another statistic. That is why we have taken the time to inform you about the safety of using the grill this season in our newest blog.

Grill Safety

Grilling Statistics.

Did you know that on average, 10,600 house fires each year are caused by grills? July is the peak month for fires caused by grills, followed by June, May, and August. 19,700 people are sent to the ER every year with grill related injuries. 9,500 of those injuries are thermal burns. 64% of households in the United states own at least one grill or smoker. Gas grills have a higher percentage of causing fires over charcoal grills. 61% of households own a gas grill. Grilling accidents cause $96 million in property damage each year.

Give Your Grill Enough Room.

I know that standing in the blistering heat while grilling doesn’t sound like a lot of fun. But, trying to squeeze your grill into a shaded area could be a recipe for a disaster. A low hanging tree branch, or awning could easily catch fire if a floating ember landed on top of it. A good rule of thumb is you should stay at least 10 feet away from deck railings, garages, or your home as well.


Grill SafetyDon’t Leave A Lit Grill Unattended.

It is very important when having gatherings and all those people outside, that kids and pets stay at least three feet away from a lit grill. Even after you are finished cooking, the grill will stay hot for at least an hour afterwards, which could result in burns if the grill is touched. It is easy to get distracted when you’re trying to entertain, but if you can have someone helping you with the kids while you are grilling, that would be your best bet to avoid injuries.


Make Sure To Keep The Grill Clean.

Keeping up on cleaning the grill will have better tasting food that doesn’t stick to the grill. But having a clean grill will significantly reduce the risk of the grill flaring up when cooking. Using a good wire brush to clean the grill is your best bet.

Grill SafetyGrills Are For Outside Only.

If it decides to rain on your parade (or barbecue) it is never a good idea to take the grill inside. There are countless fire hazards that could occur when trying to grill inside, not to mention the release of carbon monoxide which could be deadly. Opt to use an indoor grill pan if the weather doesn’t decide to cooperate with you for your barbecue instead.  

Grill SafetyNever Light A Gas Grill With The Lid Closed.

If you are lighting your gas grill with the lid closed, that could result in a dangerous fireball effect caused from the buildup of gas. Keep your lid open on the grill anytime you are lighting it. If your flame happens to go out, turn the gas off, turn the grill off, and then wait at least 5 minutes before trying to relight it.

Grill Safety

Are You Prepared?

Fires are extremely fast moving. If a grill fire started, are you prepared to put it out? Baking soda on hand is helpful to put out a grease fire. Never put water on a grease fire! Using a fire extinguisher will help with non grease related fires.

Grill Safety

Don’t Use Lighter Fluid To Start A Charcoal Grill

We all know that using lighter fluid helps light the charcoal grill, but it also adds chemicals to the food you are cooking on the grill. Adding lighter fluid to pre lit coals is an especially bad idea as it could cause a flare-up. Using a charcoal starter is the much better way to go about starting a charcoal grill.

In Conclusion:

Here at Trademark, we love helping our clients, past or present, in any way we can. We hope that this blog serves you well in your own grilling safety this summer. Check back in the future season for more helpful tips.

Perfect Pools

Perfect Pools

Summer Time In Northern Michigan! Well, all of Michigan really. Sunday June 20th marks the first official day of Summer. And after Memorial Day is when the pools start to open up for the season. But, wouldn’t it be nice to have your OWN pool in your backyard? Whether you are on a budget, or have a small back yard, our new blog Perfect Pools will have something to fit everyone’s lifestyle.

Limited Space? No Problem!


The trend going around this year is the Stock Tank Pool. You will only need 8 items to turn this stock tank into a an actual pool for the summer. This is the easiest way to get a nice pool in your tiny yard this summer. Click here to get your step by step instructions on what you will need, and how to assemble the pool.

Who Said Pallets Don’t Make Good Pools?


Depending on the size of the pool you want, is how many pallets you will need. 9 pallets will get you a pretty decent sized octagon pool. All you need to hold the water in is a large waterproof tarp and you are good to go. Since this one won’t allow for a pool filter to be put in, this will require a bit more upkeep.


Dumpster Diving!

This pool takes the phrase “Dumpster Diving” to a whole new level! For this pool, you take an old dumpster, a large waterproof tarp, and some slats to make the perfect pool. Click here to get your step by step instructions on this unique pool.

PVC Pool


For this pool, you will need a large tarp, some pvc pipes, and a few more accessories to assemble the finished product. You can make the pool any size you would like by the amount of pvc pipes you buy. To see the full step by step instructions on assembling this pool, along with a DIY guide for a pool ladder, click here.

All Natural.

If you like swimming in a lake or pond, then this DIY swimming pool is your cup of tea! This pool looks adorable, and helps cool you off on a hot summer day. These natural swimming pools increase property value, and add an abundance of environmental benefits as well. To see you go to guide for a natural swimming pool, click here.

Don’t Forget About The Accessories!


This adorable storage holder is made from a few wooden milk crates, and some wheels. Easily hold your sunscreen, beers, and towels with this DIY idea. Click here to see the full instructions to make this for your own poolside area.

In Conclusion:

Here at Trademark, we love helping our clients, past or present, in anyway we can. We hope that this blog serves you well in your journey to your own backyard bliss. Check back in future season for more helpful tips.

May Landscaping Ideas

May Landscaping Ideas

April showers bring May flowers. May is generally when the weather starts getting, and consistently staying warm in Michigan. Which makes it the perfect time to plant flowers, and landscape your yard. We have scoured the web for you, and put together a list of the top ways to landscape your yard. You will me the envy of the block with our May landscaping ideas.


Gussy Up Your Staircase.

If you have a stair case, a simple way to spruce it up, is to line the sides with flowers. This will easily allow you to add a pop of color to your yard. The bright vibrant colors from the flowers also make the yard and staircase for aesthetically pleasing. Simply add a few solar lights in between the flowers to help light up the staircase for ease of use at night time as well.

Repurpose Your Old Bike.

 Easily turn that old bike into a gorgeous planter! Add a wicker basket or two and plant your favorite flowers. This is a budget friendly way to add some color to you yard, and this will allow you to repurpose that old bike you have sitting in the back of the garage. Who says junk can’t look good?



No Space. No Problem!

One of the biggest hurdle home owners face while planting flowers, is the room. If you don’t have space to plant luxurious gardens, think about going up instead of out. Planting climbing vines is an easy way to still give your lawn some gorgeous landscaping, without worrying about the space.

Fill In Those Holes.

If you have spaces that need to be filled in especially around your patio area, ground covering plants are just the thing. Add the plants to the areas that need to be filled in, and viola! This will give your patio a quick makeover, and will save you money in patio repaving.

Do Your Research.

Everyone wants a garden with beautiful, colorful flowers.. but have you thought about smell? Some of the most beautiful flowers, may not necessarily smell the best. Make sure when you are ready to plant your flower beds, you are research the flowers that are not only the most beautiful, but the ones that accent each others well in smell as well. Some of the best smelling flowers are: Jasmine, Peonies, Gardenia, Lavender, Roses, and Lillie’s just to name a few. 

Don’t Worry About The Weeds.

Dandelions are a weed that many people worry about in their yards. But did you know that they actually have some amazing health benefits? Some of these benefits are: treating anemia, fighting cancer, aiding in weight loss, curing skin infections, improving bone health, keeping your urinary tract healthy, and many many more. See the different ways you can ingest dandelions here.

In Conclusion:

Here at Trademark, we love helping our clients, past or present, in anyway we can. We hope that this blog serves you well in your may landscaping. Check back in future season for more helpful tips.