May 23, 2019

How to Clean Up Quickly After a Backyard Party (Even With a Hangover!)

Who’s ready for Memorial Day weekend? With this unofficial start of summer quickly approaching, if you’re a hostess with the mostest like me, chances are you’ll be entertaining a lot this weekend. Partying may be great, but the clean up can be a hassle — especially if you’ve partied too hard the night before. (Who’s been there?) Party hosts walk a thin line responsible for being the party planner, coordinator and entertainer in most cases. Let’s face it —  your guests want to visit you, not just watch you work. So, how can you keep your sanity and still pull off the party of the year without cleaning up for days? Start here… Be Prepared  Savvy hosts know it’s all about the planning! The more you plan the easier it will be to manage unexpected issues that may happen. Have extra supplies on hand like cleaning materials and garbage bags […]
May 16, 2019

10 Photo Secrets That Will Attract Buyers to Your Next Listing (Plus, Checklist Inside!)

Before coming to a home seller’s front door, homebuyers spend most of their time online checking out listings, scrolling through images and sizing up the competition. More than 90 percent of homebuyers start their search online, according to the National Association of Realtors 2015 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, which is why having show-stopping photos of a home is a must in this digital age. While many sellers and real estate agents use professional photography to market the home, some are still throwing up dark, dingy, blurry images on the multiple listing services and other real estate websites, leaving much to be desired. Most people do not put enough time and effort into these photos, so when the bad images pop up online it’s not only doing a disservice to the seller, but it’s completely turning off buyers. The more quality images representing the property exploit the home’s unique […]
May 9, 2019

[VIDEOS] 5 Ways to Update Curb Appeal Under $100

We all know first impressions matter and this is especially true when it comes time to sell your home.  What’s your home’s curb appeal saying about the property? Adding curb appeal gives your house that nice and finished look that you can take pride in, not to mention it shows buyers that you’ve maintained the property. Here are five easy curb appeal tips you can complete in a weekend for less than $100 per project, so take a look at your home’s exterior in the curb to see what projects you can benefit from.  Wash Exterior Need to take years of the look of your house’s exterior? Try pressure washing sidewalks, driveways, facades, fences even roofing to remove pollen, dirt, grim and more. Don’t have a power washer consider renting one from your local hardware store.  Make It Grow Is your front yard looking plain, boring or lacking personality? Plan on […]
March 7, 2019

Daylight Saving Time: Embrace the Spring Season with 6 Home Projects

As I watch the snow melt on the ground in my backyard, I can’t help but feel excited to hear we’re springing ahead this weekend– which means spring time is quickly approaching. At 2 a.m. on Sunday, daylight saving time begins setting the clocks forward by one hour, throughout much of the United States. While mornings will stay darker longer for a while, we’ll start enjoying more daylight in the evenings. (Yippie!) Besides setting your clocks forward by an hour, now is the perfect time to wash away old man winter and refresh your home both inside and out. It’s a transitional season of new beginnings. Spring symbolizes the start of new projects, sewing new seeds and coming forth with new ideas. Fresh buds bloom, animals awaken and the earth comes to life again after the thaw. I don’t know about you, but when I see the trees finally bloom […]
February 28, 2019

Tori Toth’s 2019 Spring Home Goals

I don’t know about you, but I’m getting cabin fever here in New York City, you know when you feel you’re just a few weeks away from full blooms, warmer weather and sandals, but the temperature outside is only flirting with 40 degrees. (Ahhhhh!) So, whenever I feel like this — I like to pull out my home planner to brainstorm my spring home goals and projects to conquer before the summer fun starts. Over the weekend Sal and I sat down to prioritize which projects to research, plan, and actually complete. I highly recommend sitting down and creating a home to-do list of your own and if you don’t know where to start grab our new home planner, which highlights common seasonal projects and gives you a place to store all your home ideas. Let me just say, it feels amazing to have a plan so I can turn off the mental […]