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The Best Hobbies to Pick Up During Quarantine

The Best Hobbies to Pick Up During Quarantine

With the pandemic still raging on, many of us are spending more time at home. With most businesses still closed, there is a limited number of things we can do that require us leaving our houses. In order to fight the boredom, why not pick up a hobby? A hobby will stimulate your body and mind and take your thoughts away from those ‘stuck at home’ blues. If you are considering adding a hobby to your routine, there’s a wide variety to choose from. Here are some suggestions.

Gardening

Gardening is a great way to get some physical exercise while learning more about botany. As an added bonus, you will also end up with fruits, vegetables and herbs that can use in the kitchen and/or lovely looking plants and flowers. You can plant a garden outdoors or create one indoors to take advantage of all the benefits it provides.

Reading

See that stack of books over there you’ve always been meaning to get to? Now is a great time to do it. Reading is a stimulating hobby that exercises your mind and can take you to different places, all while staying curled up on your couch. Make yourself some tea, cuddle up with a blanket and pop open a good book.

Playing an Instrument

Playing an instrument is another mind-stimulating exercise that can give you a great amount of satisfaction. Maybe you have an instrument in your home you never got around to learning or maybe always wanted to play, now is the time to do it. Playing an instrument will increase learning skills, motor skills, and make you feel like you are accomplishing something. Once you are good enough, you can post videos of yourself playing songs on social media. When the pandemic ends, you may even find friends you can jam with.

Hiking

Being stuck at home means many of us aren’t getting as much exercise as we should, and we’re eating more. Taking up hiking gets you out of the house and provides the physical activity you need. To make your hiking even more exciting, take pictures, explore nature, collect rocks, and study what you have found. This will add an intellectual side to the hobby making it even more rewarding.

Crafting

If you are good with your hands, you might consider crafting. Crafting is an extremely broad category and can include anything from making art to jewelry to wooden objects. Decide what you would be good at, get the materials you need, and you are ready to start your crafting project. Who knows? The things you create may even be good enough to sell online so you can make extra money.

The pandemic has gotten many of staying at home. Instead of being bored, use this time to focus on a hobby that’s meaningful to you. What will you be doing to keep yourself entertained?

For Sale by Owner Tips

For Sale by Owner Tips

Owners who sell by themselves often lack the expertise to accurately price a property to sell. You could end up selling for too little even in a strong market. You could find yourself outmatched and outwitted against an experienced agent unless you, too, have strong negotiation skills.

  • Examine the home from a stranger’s point of view before you begin to prepare your house for sale. Ask a friend to help—someone who might be more detached than you are. Ask them to walk through your house and note deficiencies and things that just feel wrong.

 

  • Consider spending money on improvements. Fixing things that do not work and making repairs before selling can improve your profit, but do not go overboard. The single biggest downfall for sellers is spending a lot of money on repairs that will never be regained.

 

  • Do not underestimate the power of home staging. It can mean the difference between selling now for more money or not at all. At least get rid of the bulk of your furniture if you cannot afford to hire a professional to handle this for you.

 

  • Always separate your pets from buyers during showings.

 

  • Put a lockbox on your premises for easy access by agents.

 

  • Learn how to hold an open house.

 

  • Hire a good photographer.

 

  • Consider targeting buyer’s agents with your marketing and offering additional compensation to lure a buyer’s agent to show your home.

 

  • Budget for more time than you think.

 

  • Consider certain seasons to list your house.
Longtime Farm with an On-Site Country Market

Longtime Farm with an On-Site Country Market

As social distancing is still taking place on Long Island and the rest of New York, it can be hard to find new things to do in a safe manner with friends and family. Lately it has been the simple activities in life that have kept residents sane and feeling that return of normalcy. This can entail taking a walk in a park, enjoying the family more and going to the grocery store.

Speaking of the grocery store, why not spend some time supporting a local farmer’s market like Young’s Farm? With their long history and many offerings, they have become a long-time favorite among the community. Here’s Why!

More than Fresh Produce is Sold For starters, they not only carry fresh, delicious produce, but they also offer several more food items for customers. These are the most common items sold:

  • Pies
  • Shortbread cookies
  • Muffins
  • Bread
  • Biscuits
  • Homemade soups
  • Jams
  • Housewares
  • Cauliflower
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Beets
  • Peppers
  • Cucumbers
  • Beans
  • Tomatoes
  • Eggplant
  • Zucchini

With this wide range of items, the need for the grocery store may be reduced significantly and more money can be circulated among the locals. All Products are Local All products that are sold are local, so there’s very little outsourcing from bigger companies involved. Bakeries and farmers alike appreciate that they have a bigger outlet to sell their crops and baking goods.

It is a Family Business

Not only is this a family business, but Young’s Farm has also quite a long history under them. The farmer market was established in 1893 because of a marriage between the Youngs and the Hegemans. The farm is located on Hegeman’s Lane! Now in their fourth and fifth generation of the Youngs Family, the business continues to thrive as well as when it first opened and there is no future to slow down now.

Youngs Farm Hours:

Tuesday to Saturday – 10am to 5pm
Sunday – 11am to 4pm
Closed Mondays

91 Hegemans Ln, Glen Head, NY 11545

How to Find the Ideal Product to Dress Up Your Interior

How to Find the Ideal Product to Dress Up Your Interior

Wall paint, plaster, wallpaper, wall fabric, paneling the offer in terms of wall coverings is extremely wide. How to find the ideal product to dress up your interior? Here are 5 ideas to inspire you!

Your walls are definitely a decorative asset  provided you know how to dress them! Well chosen, your wall coverings decorate, protect, bring a traditional or on the contrary contemporary touch, visually enlarge the space or increase the ceiling height.

Wall coverings: Murals

There are various categories of murals that can give a classic and traditional style or on the contrary contemporary and design to your interiors. A clean, healthy, well-prepared wall with an undercoat can accommodate a glycerol wall paint to be diluted with a white spirit type solvent, a water-based paint that dissolves in clear water such as acrylic paint or a mixed paint resin-based.

In mat or ultra-mat, satin or glossy finish, the wall paint is distinguished by its multiple iridescent, sanded, pearly shades … On the decorative side, murals can be used to dress each wall or to bring out a strong architectural element of the room such as a fireplace, an alcove or a staircase. Note, new paints even allow better reflection of light. Ideal for dark rooms!

Wall coverings: Plasters

Often more expensive than painting, interior wall coating hides small defects in walls and supports and gives a special character to the decoration. To achieve an industrial decoration, using a metallic coating is ideal. Concrete plaster, lime plaster or smooth stucco-type plaster will bring a refined or more ethnic touch to a loft or a living room.

Traditional houses will instead be enhanced by a thick plaster, a traditional plaster or a tadelakt. The shades of these wall coverings change depending on the light and the orientation of the room. A test on a well exposed part allows to better realize the final report. Each subject requires adequate preparation. Thus, applying a bonding primer is recommended in most cases. A varnish or a protector must often be applied to increase the life of the product.

Wall coverings: Wallpapers

Mural wallpaper is now an easy-to-install, low-demand covering. In addition, the “vintage “or of naturalist inspiration are experiencing a real comeback in the decoration! A comeback which is accompanied by important innovations in use: thus, there is now dry-strippable wallpaper, once worn .

To choose your wallpaper well, know that four main categories stand out. While basic wallpaper and vinyl wallpaper still require a table to be glued and can only be used in perfectly healthy rooms, non-woven wallpaper (made up of polyester and cellulose fibers, among other things) is suitable. Laying directly on the glued wall and the expanded wallpaper (PVC-based relief paper) accepts some imperfections. Placed in a single strip, at the head of the bed or to highlight a wall, this wall covering offers a wonderfully trendy graphic rendering. Well chosen and placed on the back wall of a room, it can give an important impression of depth.

Wall coverings: Wall Fabric

An innovative covering solution for walls and ceilings, the wall fabric is stretched using beveled cardboard, is glued in the same way as wallpaper or is laminated to specific foam. This wall covering is top of the range when it is treated against stains and dust.

Because it requires careful preparation and expert installation for a result that meets expectations, it is generally put in place by a seasoned professional. The filling of holes and cracks, cleaning and the application of an underlay on the walls just completed are essential. Whether presented in the form of strips or in very large width, the wall fabric immediately embellishes its support.

Wall coverings: Paneling and Coverings from Nature

Wood, leather, natural stone are all wall covering solutions for a warm and welcoming interior. The natural wall covering is raw, worked without harmful product. Placed on one or more walls: in the living room to highlight the sofa, in the bedroom to bring a cozy side, in the dining room to favor sophistication .

The raw material offers a multitude of colors and shades: from pure white to matte slate. It comes in the form of facing, small plates of the same size as the tiling or earthenware, etc. And good news: despite its neat, visually attractive appearance, it does not cost more per square meter than a very good quality plaster or wall fabric on foam.

“The first step in crafting the life you want is to get rid of everything you don’t.” —Joshua Becker

“The first step in crafting the life you want is to get rid of everything you don’t.” —Joshua Becker

We are never against a little trick to declutter, especially when we have trouble sorting and objects of all kinds pile up in our cupboards. You want to sort through your belongings, to declutter your house which is overflowing on all sides, but you don’t have time.

Find space: focus on efficient storage! What if these ideas to de-clutter your home would also allow you to free your mind and lighten your life? The more you open up, the better it feels: you want to try?

The need to declutter the living room

The living room is the main room of the house. It is particularly useful for welcoming visitors. Over time, however, it can turn into a real junk store. The cause? A lack of storage, a lack of organization and overcrowded decoration. In order to avoid this, like a decorative detox, decluttering is necessary! When cleared, this room will instill a sense of peace. In addition, it will be easier to move around without being bothered by decorative accessories, furniture, magazines and various appliances. Sometimes tidying up your living room even tidies your mind!

Parents’ room

The bedroom is a room that must be soothing, conducive to rest to promote sleep. That’s why it deserves to be decluttering first. It is therefore necessary to make clear space.

Children’s bedrooms

Like their parents, children should be provided with a bright and tidy environment in which to sleep. When they are old enough to participate, we can also invite them to participate in the clearance of their room. And sort with them what they want to keep or give. It is also an opportunity to make them aware of the gift by explaining to them that they are doing a good deed. Indeed, an object can have several lives, and be used by others. At each change of season, the clothes of growing children will be stored outside the bedroom if possible.

The kitchen

To feel good in your kitchen, the worktop and the dining table should be as uncluttered as possible. To avoid clutter and unnecessary research, a space in the cupboards will be determined for each kitchen utensil.

The dining room

To limit the display of trinkets of all kinds, you have to choose one or two major decorative objects for the decoration. Better an object chosen with care than several objects chosen in a hurry and of which one does not find much interest.

The bathroom

As with the kitchen, each object will have its place in the cupboards. This will prevent unnecessary cluttering of sink edges or shelves. For safety reasons, remember to take expired medicines to the pharmacy. And to regularly store the medicine cabinet to better find them when the time comes.

The garage and the cellar

It’s tempting to think of these rooms as a catch-all where decluttering isn’t necessary. But here too efforts will have to be made at the risk of these places becoming progressively impractical.

What to do with what you don’t need?

On average, 58 kg of unused electrical and electronic devices are kept by each inhabitant in the USA (source: Eco Systems). Once the sorting is done, there are therefore several solutions to get rid of unused objects.

Sell

It is possible to sell items by different means. On online classifieds sites, in second-hand shops, second-hand goods sales sites.

 Give

Unused items can also be used by someone else. You can give them to your family, friends, associations.

Recycle or throw away

Sometimes you can’t give or sell the item. We have no other solution than to throw it away, but be careful, not just anywhere.

The recycling center for bulky items, or the bins for those that are broken or damaged, respecting selective sorting (see the Eco-systems sites)

After so many hours of tidying up and sorting, so as not to have to start again anytime soon, we will regularly maintain our house !

A Perfect End of the Summer Treat

A Perfect End of the Summer Treat

S’more season is almost over! We couldn’t be more delighted to break out the ingredients and fire pit for this summertime treat. With so many people making a s’more the same way year after year, we’ve rounded up a few wonderful substitutes for friends and family to try out together.

Add Ghirardelli Squares

Switch up the flavor of the chocolate in your stack. Whether you’re a caramel lover or are in need of a taste of raspberries, Ghirardelli packs the perfect serving that fits perfectly between a roasted marshmallow and a graham cracker. With all of the different flavors the brand sells, what could be better?

Replace the Chocolate with a Peanut Butter Cup

If you’re a peanut butter lover, raise your hands! Get your peanut butter fix by replacing a basic chocolate square with a peanut butter cup. Better yet, take a jar of peanut butter, and swipe a spoonful on top of your current chocolate piece of choice.

Switch out the Graham Crackers

Don’t get it wrong! Graham crackers are fantastic, but don’t they feel a little repetitive? Time to let your favorite cookies shine by securing them on the dessert instead. Think Oreos or even Keebler cookies. Whatever they may be, feel free to give them a try!

Fill Them With Candied Bacon

We know you love bacon, but do you love it enough to add it into a s’more? Candied bacon is a next-level addition to a s’more, and it deserves to be tried at least once. Put your taste buds to the test, and add as much or as little as you desire.

Grab a Taste of California on the East Coast

Grab a Taste of California on the East Coast

Do you live in New York, but are craving the food made to be served on the west coast? Zim Zari is the restaurant here to fill your void in the most delicious way possible. Specializing in Mexican fare such as quesadillas and fajitas, the dishes are great for a day out with friends or family.

These are some of the other great features Zim Zari offers that make the restaurant worth the visit.

They Offer Daily Deals

What is better than getting a deal during any day of the week? With special promos such as $8 margaritas and $2 tacos, there is nothing better than enjoying a quality meal at a fraction of the price. On Sunday specifically, kids can eat free all day long, so it is a perfect spot to go when trying to get the kids out of the house.

Try Out this Menu Item

We love a traditional taco, but have you tried one as unique as the short rib? Prepared with short rib, tater tots, horseradish aioli and pickled red onion, this taco is sure to deliver with unique flavor and complementary pairings.

Have Your Party Catered

Able to serve up to 25 people, have Zim Zari cater your next party with the ultimate feast. With a choice of a nacho bar salad, tacos, burritos and chips and salsa, they offer a diverse selection that not many restaurants normally can for large parties.

Visit After a Day at the Beach

After a long day out on the beach pit stop at Zim Zari for a nice dinner to finish out the evening. Since it is a short drive from the beach itself, it is the perfect spot to go without having to drive far out of the way home.

Home Inspections, Don’t Be Left Blind!

Home Inspections, Don’t Be Left Blind!

Buying a home is not necessarily always easy, and neither is selling one. However, if the buyers/sellers take all the precautions they need, then it can make the process run much more smoothly. Take a home inspection as an example. Without conducting one, homeowners are left blind to what information may really be hidden in the walls. Whether it is a faulty update or lack of knowledge on the home in general, it is better to save time and worry and have someone look to gather the full information.

It Is a Personal Responsibility

If someone is selling home, it is important to provide any potential buyer with the necessary information he/she needs to make a purchasing decision. The same goes for someone buying the home. That person is entitled to knowing exactly what kind of building they will be investing, and it will save time and money if they find out it will not truly be a good fit in the end.

Illegal Installations/Updates Can be Revealed

Conducting a home inspection will reveal any illegal or faulty errors the building may have gone through during the times of maintenance. It will be beneficial to know these before putting the home on the market and encountering any further problems. Illegal home updates may risk the safety of others, making the home itself a hazard to anyone living there.

Unseen/Unpredictable Problems

The home inspection will also reveal what cannot be so easily seen. Even if a home seemed perfect at the beginning, old age or weathered materials could cause future problems that only a home inspector may be able to find. As an example, the inspector could find wet areas in the building’s interior after a storm, which could lead to mold and mildew forming later.   

Negotiation Tool for Buying and Selling

After knowing new information with a home inspection, this inspection could benefit either the buyer or the seller. If the buyer can find quality updates or more stability in the home than before, the home has the potential to increase in value. Although, if the buyer finds a few faults with the potential new home, there may be room to negotiate a lower price.  

 Insurance

In some instances, homes will not be able to get the proper insurance if certain conditions are found. By getting a home inspection, the homeowner will know what he/she needs to do to get the building fixed to obtain the right coverage. Sometimes, the home inspector himself can make these changes, which will save time and money.

Maintenance Costs

If someone is buying the home, it is important for the buyer to have an inspection conducted because it will reveal all needs for maintenance or upgrade costs. This will then give the buyer direction to see if the home is worth purchasing when compared to all the extra money needing to be spent due to these expenses. If it is the seller, he/she will have to compare how the money being invested in these upgrades compares to the profits after the home is finally sold.

Direct Answers

Most importantly, a home inspection will provide several answers to all who are speculating and asking the “what ifs”. This is a service that will provide clarity, saving time and money. It will hopefully also bring buyers and sellers closer to meeting their real estate goals.  

 

 

 

 

Top Questions to Consider Before Selling

Top Questions to Consider Before Selling

When it comes to a buyer. Every single one of them is different. They are different in terms of their needs and their budget. While some may be forthcoming with information that will help a real estate agent finds the perfect home, there are other times where they will have to do some digging for key information that could make or break a deal on a home. By looking at the following, these are the top questions to consider before selling a property.

What are your plans for the property? 

This is an important factor to consider when showing each property. If they were to purchase, what plans would they have for it given the current condition? Depending on their answer, the changes could either benefit or hinder the buyers. The purpose of buying a new home/property is so that it can service them better than the previous area, and it is the real estate agents’ job to find that good fit for them.

If it is a business, what parts will be updated?

Specific to selling a business property, it is important to know what will be updated/changed because this could affect the negotiations in a deal closing. Knowing this information up front will be a great benefit for both parties, so that everyone will understand how the property may be alternated for future use. This is especially important for someone that might be buying the business outright because there are more legal matters involved.

Why are you buying now?

This answer gives the agent a better understanding of the buyer’s thought process for buying in the first place. For instance, if the buyer is looking to start a family, then the agent will most likely need to show homes that have more bedrooms than the previous needs. It is those types of situations that will bring the situation closer to a deal.

What is your budget?

Budget is a huge deal when it comes to selling property. This is the number one question to ask so that both parties are not wasting their time on potential places that are out of reach. Knowing the budget will help to narrow the search and give a realistic perspective on what the buyer can get with their money.

Are you working with a lender?

This is an important piece to add into questions about budget. Different types of lenders or loans associated with buying a home could impact the initial deal. For instance, if a great deal of money needs to be borrowed, this may make the purchase riskier and more untrustworthy.

What deal breakers are on your list?

It is crucial to know why someone will say no to a particular property. For instance, if someone owns multiple vehicles, the buyer may not say yes to a home that does not have a garage or set parking places. These types of needs must be considered before showing a home.

How many homes have you already looked at?

The agent needs to know how long you have been in the middle of the buying process. He will be able to better assess why those homes were not a match and can make sure not to show the same home twice. If someone happens to just be starting out, the agent may then supply more information to those who have not experienced purchasing a home before.

How long are you looking to live in the area?

This question will better assess the type of investment someone is willing to make on the home. If a buyer happens to travel consistently, they may not want a home that needs to have renovations considered. This person may also have a lower budget because of how long he/she will be staying in the area.

What is the best way to contact you?

New listings come as fast as they go. By knowing the best way to reach the client, more effective communication may be established. This will lead to a faster deal and ability to move into the home faster.

What is your ideal neighborhood?

This question will give the agent the ability to start looking at properties/homes that are located in either that neighborhood or one similar that will cater to those needs. It will create more of a narrowed search, giving the buyer more of what he/she wants up front.

Lucky to Live on Long Island

Lucky to Live on Long Island

When people say they are from Long Island, we cannot help but think how much of a treat that is for those that have a home there. Hearing people talk about how there is everything you can think of on that island, they really do mean everything. From living in a place that experiences all four seasons to having the space to raise a family, Long Island is always ready to be called a home. We have put together another whole list as to why this location is simply the best.

It is an Escape From the City

For those that love the hustle and bustle of the city but cannot see themselves living in it 24/7, the easiest escape is to Long Island. There is plenty of affordable space, so people are not overpaying for their humble abode. It is also an easy commute for those that need the balance of a busy weekday with a relaxing weekend. No matter what, Long Island will always welcome newcomers with open arms.

Easy Commute to the Beach

 Compared to the rest of the United States, it is a rare occasion where people can find themselves living a maximum of 20 minutes away from the beach. Since there is a few that are owned by the different towns, beach-goers can always expect a clean space and relaxing area to bring family or friends. It is also one of the few areas in the country that is not just considered a beach town, but a place where people live year-round.

Access to Farms

If you are craving fresh produce and tired of going to the grocery store, change up the scenery and visit a local farm. Shoppers can support local areas and can pick them own fresh fruit and vegetables. Apple picking is one of the more popular activities in the Fall. It is also a great excuse to open the cookbook and start making some healthy, tasty meals.

Endless Options for Hiking

Contrary to popular belief, the island is not just a flat stretched piece of land. There are plenty of popular spots with mountains and trails to go hiking all throughout the island. People have even been able to escape the city and go camping for one of their vacations.

There are So Many Historic Spots to Visit

 Long Island is a huge area with unlimited historical stories. Whether it is an old town the family wants to visit to go shopping or taking the day to tour a few museums, this is one of the areas where locals can immerse themselves in history lessons time after time.

It is Home to One of the Country’s Largest Shopping Malls

Even the biggest shopaholics will never have to leave the island to brace Soho or fifth avenue again. Home to one of the biggest malls in the country, almost any store a shopper can think of, they will be able to find all near the comfort of their own home. The Roosevelt Field mall is the largest on the island, which is home to 256 stores alone.

There are Many Transportation Options

When people think of Long Island, they may think people need to have a car to get around where they need to go. That is not necessarily true. With transportation options such as the Long Island Railroad and buses, there are plenty of ways for locals to get around without having to rely solely on a car. This is also perfect for those that work in the city but do not want to worry about having to drive and pay for parking.

It is Home to Many Celebrities You Know Today

Many major celebrities you know, and love today have grown up on Long Island. People such as Mariah Carey, Alec Baldwin and even Natalie Portman used to all call it home. Being that the majority of spots in this country have never had celebrities living there, it is always a nice bonus to be able to have a neighborhood in common.

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