Tony Nakhle
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Posted by Tony Nakhle on 6/16/2019

Have you ever discovered you needed a piece of furniture that you can't readily find or your space requirements leave you with limited choices? Options still exist, and they can be a perfect match not only for your space but for your style as well.

First, identify what you need

Measure the available spot and height. Then, have in mind the type of furniture that you need there. A multi-purpose function is critical if space is an issue. For example, find a small chest of drawers to stand that TV on so that there is extra storage underneath. Knowing what you need is essential since with a couple of strategic steps you could create it, but only if you first determine what the result should be. 

Then, figure out from where the furniture will come 

Some great places to find pieces are thrift stores and garage sales. The furniture will not look the same when you finish, so view it with your creative mind's eye. When shopping for your furniture, it does not have to meet the exact dimensions if you can make adjustments once you bring it home. For example, if you need an end/bedside table for a daybed, but it is hard to find one tall enough, find something that you can work with and change the legs to give it the correct height. 

Next, bring it home

It doesnít quite work yet. It still needs adjustments and probably is not the correct style. Having it already home gives you the ability to see how it fits into the room. Once you have it in its space, you can check that it is suitable, decide the exact corrections that you need to make, and figure out which color selection you will settle on. Take lighting and other colors of the room into consideration. Determine if this piece will match existing colors or be a splash-of-color accent piece.Here is where style becomes a reality.

Finish it up

You can now create the vision that you identified before shopping. One of the simplest ways to change the look of something is with paint. Depending on the style that you are going for the furniture can have one color, marbled coloring, or if youíre a little brave, a design. The option also exists to re-stain it if you happened to have found a wooden piece that you like but has the wrong wood tone. If the sound of marbling is intriguing, take the article outside. Paint the base color as a solid, then water down the second color and lightly paint over the first or dip the brush in and splash it onto the piece until you achieve a design that you like. 

Have fun! 

Think beyond the furniture store! Have fun filling the spaces in your home and making memories in the process. Your handiwork will not only fulfill your furniture need but will become a conversation piece you should be proud of for years to come.




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Posted by Tony Nakhle on 6/9/2019

Over the past four years or so, smart home technology has been snowballing in terms of popularity and capabilities. With a few devices, you can watch your entire home from the office or anywhere, turn off your lights while you are at the mall, and so much more. Unlike what you will hear, you don't need to spend thousands of dollars to make your home smart. Learn about some of the hottest intelligent home devices you can buy for under $100:

Blink Security Camera Price: $99 

This device, there is no need for expensive CCTV installation. The Blink Security Camera is wireless, easy to set up, uses AA batteries and can last more than two years. It features a motion sensor that lets it record when any slight movement is made your home. You can connect it to your smartphone to have a steady view of what's happening in your home when you are not around. It is waterproof, no monthly contract, and also has night vision. 

Google Chromecast Price: $35 

Google Chromecast transforms your ordinary TV to a Smart TV. Just plug it in into the HDMI port and power it through a USB. This will make your smartphone the remote control for your smart TV, allowing you to watch your favorite content from YouTube, Hulu, Netflix and many more. 

Amazon Echo Dot Price: $40 

The Amazon Echo Dot is a smart speaker that is linked to your Amazon Alexa. When you talk to Amazonís Alexa, you can get weather reports, play music, set alarms and so much more. It's beautifully designed and convenient to use. 

Samsung SmartThings Hub Price: $89.99 

This device will allow you to control almost every gadget in your home through your smartphone rather than using individual applications for each device. This device acts as the central system for managing and monitoring your home from its easy to use Android app. The Samsung SmartThings Hub also works with Google home or Amazon Alexa. 

Ring Video Doorbell Price: $99.99 

This fantastic device features a motion sensor that alerts you of any movement outside your door. This wireless device also features a video and two-way audio so you can communicate with whoever is at your door from a smartphone, tablet or laptop with internet connection. With the Ring Video doorbell, you can keep an eye on your front door as well as have complete peace of mind whenever you are not at home.

Visit your local hardware store for the best smart home devices to make the kitchen a more convenient place for you.





Posted by Tony Nakhle on 6/2/2019

Itís a competitive selling market and we all know how difficult it can be to entice buyers with your home.

There are a number of ways to highlight the best features of your house. From staging to great real estate photos, marketing your home is a key aspect to ensuring a sale.

However, sometimes sellers miss out on opportunities to give their home a competitive edge in the housing market.

In todayís post, weíre going to talk about some of the features in homes that are major selling points for todayís average buyer. That way, youíll be able to update your listing and materials so that everyone who looks at your home knows exactly what it has to offer.

1. Location and convenience

Odds are you can find some major location selling points for your home if you think about it. Is your home near grocery stores, hospitals, parks, or major highways? Does it lack the rush hour traffic that other neighborhoods have?

Just because youíve gotten used to the convenient location of your home doesnít mean it wonít be appreciated by your potential buyers.

2. Low upkeep and utility costs

If you live in a newer home in your neighborhood, thereís a good chance it will beat out much of the local competition in energy efficiency and maintenance costs. If youíve recently upgraded energy-related parts of your home (think windows, HVAC, insulation, etc.), you should highlight these upgrades in your listings.

This is also a good time to show off your utility savings. Many utility companies show you how much you spend compared to your neighbors. If your home is energy efficient, donít be afraid to show off in your listing.

3. Storage space

Ever notice how self-storage facilities seem to be popping up just about everywhere? Storage space is a huge concern for homeowners and buyers alike.

Make sure your photos and listings reflect the amount of storage your home has.

4. Major upgrades

If youíve recently replaced the septic system, roof, windows, HVAC or other major upgrade, be sure to list the date and cost of the system in your listing. They can help assure potential buyers that they wonít need to make any costly upgrades or repairs anytime soon.

5. Pet and smoke-free

If your home is free of any odors or signs of pets or cigarettes, it will likely be a plus for buyers who are only focusing on homes that are clean and move-in ready.

6. Natural lighting

If your home has a lot of windows or skylights, be sure to include them in your photo and listing. Natural lighting can dramatically improve real estate photos, and it will make your home seem more spacious and welcoming.





Posted by Tony Nakhle on 5/26/2019

A home listing often introduces a homebuyer to a residence. It may include home photos, a brief home description and details about various home features and amenities. As such, an effective home listing is a must-have, particularly for a home seller who wants to stir up plenty of interest in a residence.

Ultimately, there are several best practices to consider when you create a home listing, and these include:

1. Provide Accurate Information

Learn about your home, and you can provide accurate information about your residence in your home listing.

If you're unsure about your home's condition, it often pays to complete a home appraisal. That way, a property appraiser can evaluate your residence both inside and out, identify any problem areas and offer a property valuation.

Furthermore, if you recently completed assorted home improvements, you should include information about these upgrades in your home listing.

Whether it's new windows that you installed throughout your residence or an updated home air conditioning system, including details about various home upgrades in your home listing could help your residence stand out to potential buyers.

2. Include High-Quality Photos

You don't need to be a professional photographer to capture high-quality photos of your house. In fact, many smartphones and tablets feature first-rate cameras, and you can use these mobile devices to take photos of your house's interior or exterior.

As you photograph your home, remember the homebuyer's perspective. For instance, a homebuyer likely wants to see photos of a clean, pristine kitchen and other awe-inspiring images of your house. If you clean and declutter your house before a photo shoot, you can increase the likelihood that your home photos will capture homebuyers' attention.

On the other hand, if you want professional assistance, you can always reach out to a real estate photographer as well. A real estate photographer can offer home photo recommendations and suggestions and help you capture photos that show off the true size and beauty of your residence.

3. Collaborate with a Real Estate Agent

A real estate agent knows what it takes to craft an effective home listing. Therefore, if you collaborate with a real estate agent, you should have no trouble creating a home listing that hits the mark with homebuyers.

Typically, a real estate agent will meet with you, learn about your home selling goals and plan accordingly. He or she then will use the information that you provide to develop an engaging home listing.

With a real estate agent at your side, you can seamlessly navigate the home selling journey too.

For instance, a real estate agent will host open houses and set up home showings to promote your residence to homebuyers. Plus, he or she will keep you up to date about any home offers and provide expert advice at each stage of the home selling journey.

Creating an effective home listing may seem difficult. Fortunately, if you use the aforementioned best practices, you can craft a home listing that can help you generate substantial interest in your residence.




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Posted by Tony Nakhle on 5/19/2019

Going away on your vacation should be a time of relaxation and enjoyment. For some of us, however, we spend some of that time worrying about our homes, our pets, and all of the housework we have to catch up on when we get back.

One way to alleviate some of this anxiety is to employ a house-sitter while youíre away. In this article, weíre going to talk about getting your home ready for the sitter so that they can keep things running smoothly while youíre away.

Finding a house-sitter

There are three groups of people you should consult about finding a house-sitter for your home: friends, family, and neighbors. Many young people still living with their parents will be happy to get away for a week or two and have a house to themselves for a change.

An added benefit of asking an acquaintance or relative is that you can usually be assured that theyíll take good care of your home while youíre away.


In terms of payment, leaving them money for groceries and delivery is a good way to thank them for watching your house and pets while you were away.

Getting your house ready for the sitter

You might be at a loss of where to begin when it comes to leaving a note of things to do while youíre away. A good way to make sure you donít miss anything is to keep a list in your phone and add to it throughout the day whenever you complete a task that you want the house-sitter to do.

Youíll also want to make sure you provide contact numbers for you and whoever else is away on vacation with you, and store the house-sitterís number in your phones as well.

Next, make sure your home is emergency-ready. That includes checking the smoke detector and flashlight batteries. If you have a security system, itís a good idea to let them know that someone will be watching your home while youíre away and provide their name in case your house-sitter accidentally sets off the alarm.

Finally, take care of anything you need to do before leaving, such as paying utility bills, putting fresh linens in the bedroom and bathroom, and parking your unused vehicles in a safe place.

Tip: It might be a good idea to lock or hide any alcohol, tobacco, etc. thatís in the house, especially if your house-sitter is underage.

Now, letís talk about some things to include on your list to leave for the house-sitter:

  • Recycling information (sort or no-sort)

  • Which day to take out the garbage cans and recycling

  • Information about pets: when/how much to feed, treats, walks, when they need to go outside, which vet to call in case of emergency, etc.

  • Location of keys for shed, house, etc.

  • Garage door opener

  • Reminder to take in the mail

  • Pool filter and cleaning procedure

  • Watering plants







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