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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 !

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.  

 

 

 

 

Virtual Home Buyer Seminar

Virtual Home Buyer Seminar

Join us virtually for an informative Home Buying Seminar. The home buying process from A-Z! Bring your questions, We have answers!

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Learn How The Real Estate Industry Has Developed

Learn How The Real Estate Industry Has Developed

Real estate is not what it first appeared to be a few years ago. Like any industry, it grows and changes with a target market’s wants and needs. It also rapidly evolves with the technology that becomes available to it. Although real estate may have changed in the last few years, it has done so for the benefit of all buyers and sellers in the market. By looking at a few key technological updates, we’re able to grasp exactly how one of the most lucrative industries has developed.

Online listings

With the power of being plugged in online, listings have the ability to sell themselves without the buyer having to actually be present. This especially caters to international buyers who are unable to make the trip to see their new home. By listers uploading pictures/videos appealing to the potential buyer, there is able to be an accurate virtual representation. If seeing the home through photos/pre-made videos aren’t enough, then real estate agents have the ability to chat over the phone via video and walk the potential buyer through the home in a personalized manner. This is a perfect way for the buyer to see and ask questions about anything they were originally hesitant about at the beginning. When listings are offered online, deals are more likely to close faster, and the lister will have the opportunity to sell more over a shorter period of time.

E-signings

Nowadays the buyer or seller don’t necessarily have to be present to close the deal, which will save time and money for both parties. With the advancement in technology, important contract papers are able to be scanned through from the comfort of a phone. Again, this is a great factor for those who live internationally because those people won’t keep having to travel back and forth. This may help those who only live in a different borough because it will save the normal commuting time.

Virtual/Augmented Reality

Sometimes, seeing isn’t always believing when it comes to a new home. Potential buyers like to feel as if they’re really there to grasp the full experience. With the enhancement of virtual/augmented reality, that same buyer will have the capability to visit another home from the comfort of their current living room. This type of technology reality is much newer to the market, but it has been able to build trust and add credibility to those who don’t always believe a simple picture.

Mobile Apps

Mobile apps are a clear game changer to the market. Now sellers have the ability to upload listings on more than one platform, giving the home far more exposure than it once was able.This benefits the potential buyers in the same way. They are able to look at several listings at once, giving them more options.

Online Investing

With the mobilization of different online platforms, people now have more of an opportunity to invest their money safely online with a guaranteed return. One of the many ways investors are doing this is through crowdfunding. There happen to be several crowdfunding sites available that will match investors with new opportunities that will benefit them the best.

Marketing

With the advancement in technology, marketing has changed immensely over the past few years. As an example, Instagram users have been creating different profiles specific to homes they’re renting or selling. This has allowed them to showcase the home in a unique way and highlight all of its unique features. By marketing in this way, a large audience may be reached and the platform has encouraged a larger engagement record.

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