June 15, 2017

Paying Attention to the Right Details When Selling

Selling your home can be challenging because it’s all in the details. There are projects to complete, showings to schedule, not to mention, maintaining the home while on the market to attract potential buyers. Details, many times, fall to wayside during daily routines, but it’s important not to overlook those small details that could distract buyers or, worse yet, keep them from making an offer. Buyers are looking for move-in ready homes that are priced right and presented well. Home stagers understand even the smallest of details can change the overall look of the home. Here are seven small details to remember to make a big impact without spending a lot of money when selling a home. Clear the corners. What do the corners inside the rooms of your home look like? Are they piled high with clutter? Maybe it’s furniture? Or are they bare? Take a moment to assess and […]
June 12, 2017

[VIDEO] How to Grow a Vegetable Garden

We’ve been benefiting from the veggies in our garden for nearly five years now. Yes, I live in Queens, NY but my roots are from a farm back in Central Jersey — so this city girl knows a thing or two about starting a vegetable garden. The benefits of growing your own vegetables include: ingesting higher nutrients, healthier living, controlling pesticides and can save you money at the grocery store. Learn how to grow a vegetable garden in a few simple steps with minimal effort.  Choose a good location We built raised beds on the side yard near the kitchen to grow various vegetables. This location gets morning sun, allowing for just the right amount shade to not burn out the plants. Also, choose a location that’s close to your watering source and if you have wild animals venturing onto your property consider building a fence to secure your garden. […]
June 5, 2017
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Birthday Reflection: Another Year Older & Wiser by Tori Toth

It’s my birthday on Tuesday, a time to reflect (not dwell) on life’s past and cherish the moments I’ve set out to create. [You don’t have the right to complain about your life, if you’re not willing to change anything.] Words I’ve come to live by. Change is the constant in my life. If you know me at all, then you’ve come to realize I’m always up to something – whether adopting a new pet, maintaining the home, traveling, entertaining, trying new career tactics, etc… In fact, many have told me (and Sal) that I exhaust them by conquering everything set out on the daily to do list. Yes, I relax – there are days when I just veg in front of the TV, but I feel better when I’m on the move making a difference, educating or trying something new. As a Gemini, I’m my biggest critic, motivator and […]
June 1, 2017

Mid-Year Crisis: Are You On Track for Success in 2017

Can you believe it’s June already? I think I’m having a mid-year crisis, how about you? If you’re feeling a bit defeated about not accomplishing a goal or adopting that new habit or resolution you set back in January — don’t worry it’s time to reset and get back on track for success in 2017. While, I don’t necessarily set big yearly resolutions, I do make a loose list of ideas and goals I’d like to accomplish throughout the year — and to be quite honest, I haven’t crossed many off the list because I extended my seasonal position   at Pier 1 Imports, which has been eating up more and more of my time. Needless to say, I recently quit because even the 25% discount wasn’t incentive enough for me to continue to loose focus. I’ve been using the position as a crutch or distraction and it had to […]
May 25, 2017

Cost-Effective Tips to Make a Home Brighter

When a home is on the market, it’s all about creating a light and bright feel throughout the space to welcome buyers with your home lighting. A home seller can do this in a number of ways by utilizing natural light, painting and adding more indoor lighting. The more light bouncing around each room, the bigger the home will appear, and since buyers are purchasing square footage it’s important to make sure you’re showcasing the illusion of maximum space. Natural light provides several benefits when showing off a property while keeping money in your wallet. Sunlight, rather than light from a fixture, can save on energy costs and boost a buyer’s mood when walking through the home. Start by assessing the natural light in each room of the house: Does the room feel dark or light? How many windows do you have? How many doors? Would it make sense to […]