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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.

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