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Date Archives: February 2020

Live, Love, Long Island Blog Home

Buy a home | 24 Posts
Homeownership | 25 Posts
Long Island, NY | 55 Posts
Nassau County | 1 Posts
Relocating | 1 Posts
Sell a home | 18 Posts
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February
24

5 Ways to Make Better Use of Your Basement

Basement Updates - Sell a Home - Coach Realtors

Our REALTORS® around Long Island know it's those finishing touches that help sell a home. You may have everything going for you — great location, reasonable price, and good southern or eastern light — but a glimpse of the basement could be sending potential buyers elsewhere.

While the current state of your basement may turn off potential buyers, the good news is that it's not that hard to transform it from an eyesore to a major selling point. Even if your home's not on the market and you just want to enjoy some extra space in your basement, it probably won't take that much effort to make things livable and lovable downstairs. 

Here are some tips to start you thinking about your basement as a blank canvas where you can make your artistic vision take form.

  1. Clean and Organize
    If you use your basement for storage, that's fine — but just make sure everything looks spic and span. Remove clutter, getting rid of everything you don't need. Organize tools, supplies, whatever, in plastic bins and stack and store on shelves against the wall.

    Take steps to remove any dank or pet odors. A hint of mold can make your basement tough to hang out in, no matter how you pretty it up. Fix leaks or other conditions leading to dampness, then scrub away. You may have to add a portable dehumidifier to dry things out, or a fan to circulate the air. Some kind of exhaust ventilation may be called for. A word of caution: Go easy on the air fresheners. Strong fragrances used to cover up pet or other odors are usually a red flag to buyers.

  2. Let There Be Light
    Lack of lighting and limited electrical outlets can present one of the greatest challenges in an unfinished basement. Lighten things up with several strands of industrial string lights — just one outlet needed.

    You can also clean out window wells, washing those basement windows thoroughly! Take curtains down to let in natural light.

    If there are no windows, try brightening up the space with strategically placed lamps, or you may even want to spring for recessed lighting. Light blue hues in the decor can help compensate for low lighting; light-colored window treatments and walls can also chase away the dark.

  3. New Perspective on Flooring
    Get a new perspective by changing up your basement's floor. If you have concrete floors, consider painting them in a pleasing, light-reflective color. Want to turn your basement into an exercise room? Try adding square-cut foam floor mats, mixing and matching colors and patterns. Colorful rugs or even carpeting the floors can go a long way in helping to make the space more inviting.

  4. Multipurpose the Basement
    Although your basement may be dedicated to storage and utility purposes, you can still use the rest of the space for other fun purposes. A curtain or partition can block off the appliances (be careful not to interrupt airflow), so you can consider these uses:

    • Wet bar
    • Playroom
    • Entertainment center
    • Workout room
    • Workshop
    • Guest room
    • Art studio

  5. Finishing Touches
    Even if your basement is mostly utilitarian, you can add little touches that make it warmer and cozier. A rug in front of the washer and dryer, painted rafters or cinder block walls, or new liner paper on the shelves show love and care, inviting others into the space.

Our agents can advise you on all the right moves to stage your home, including sprucing up the basement. Contact us today.

February
17

Taste the Greats Long Island 2020

Taste the Greats Long Island 2020 - Coach Realtors

Fantastic food and luxurious accommodations are simply a fact of life around Long Island, but haven't you ever wished that you could simply try all of the greats in one place? Taste the Greats Long Island, held annually at the gorgeous Oheka Castle Hotel, is the perfect event for you to do just that. The event features food from more than a dozen of the top chefs on Long Island, along with an extensive, curated wine list, a diverse selection of local craft beers, and live entertainment all evening long. Our real estate agents have all of the delicious details on how to enjoy this one-of-a-kind Long Island event in 2020.

Elegance at Taste the Greats

Date: March 14, 2020 – 8 to 11 pm

Location: Oheka Castle Hotel & Estate – 135 West Gate Drive, Huntington, NY 11743

  • An Elegant Evening at the Oheka Castle Hotel and Estate
    While there are many storied event venues located close to Huntington homes for sale, few can match the history and elegance of the Oheka Castle Hotel & Estate where Taste the Greats Long Island is held every year. Home to many of the island's biggest weddings, bar mitzvahs, galas, and corporate events, Oheka Castle is one of those rare places that transports you back to another era when you step on the grounds. The entire hotel and estate bring to mind the decadence and gorgeous mansions of the Roaring '20s, with picturesque views, elegant design, and unmatched atmosphere. It's the perfect place to experience the best dining and drinks that Long Island has to offer.

  • Taste the Greats with 13 of Long Island's Best Restaurants
    Many of Long Island's best restaurants are overseen by world-class executive chefs, who pour their passion into creating unique meals that you won't find anywhere else. Taste the greats brings 13 of those chefs and restaurants together, to share the special dishes that made them famous. Sample signature dishes from Frank Monahan of Oheka Castle, Guy Reuge of Mirabelle Tavern, Tom Shaudel of Kingfish, Marco Pellegrini from Osteria Umbra, and many more. There will also be delightful desserts available from Linda Johnson, who operates Chocology, and Rob McCue of Granny's Ice Cream. Your admission includes tastings from every chef, along with unlimited drinks.

  • Enjoy Live Entertainment while You Sample Local Brews and World-Class Wine
    While the food is a central attraction, Long Island's best wouldn't serve a great meal without a perfect drink to pair with your plate. Take advantage of the open bar at Taste the Greats Long Island to enjoy a selection of local craft beers, wines from around the world, and craft cocktails that pair perfectly with your favorite food. There will be live entertainment throughout the evening, with classic jazz tunes setting the mood at Oheka Castle.

  • Upgrade to a VIP Package for Extra Food, Drink, and Music
    Looking to extend your evening at Taste the Greats? Opt for a VIP package, and you gain access to the exclusive after-party following the main event. The after-party features another hour of tastings, including special items that aren't available at the earlier tastings. Put on your dancing shoes while the DJ spins your favorite tunes, or sit back and enjoy a glass of the best wine that Long Island has to offer.

If you love world-class dining, then Long Island is truly a place where you can taste the greats every day of the year close to home. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Huntington, NY area.

February
10

Organizational Advantages for Sellers

Organizing to Sell - Coach Realtors

Whether you're organizing a home to sell or to live in, the principles and methods are the same. The difference lies in the ultimate goal. Lived-in homes revolve around the ease of daily functionality, while homes for sale should strike a balance between cluttered and homey vs. empty and cold.

As a bonus, careful organization makes the move-out much easier. Our REALTORS® share their favorite organizing tips along with some great local sources for storage solutions.

  • Have a Game Plan
    During the selling process, your timetable takes a back seat to buyers' convenience. They're not going to care that you were too busy to clean. Create a specific to-do list and block out time in your schedule to get it done.

  • Edit Closets, Shelves, and Cabinets
    While stuffing things out of sight may work when you're expecting dinner guests, cluttered cabinets and closets give buyers the impression that the home lacks adequate storage space. Experts recommend removing half of the items in closets and cabinets and two-thirds of the items on shelves.

  • De-Personalize
    Family photos, sports memorabilia, and other personal items serve as constant reminders to buyers that they're touring another family's home. Pack them away and use neutral artwork and accessories to add style that's discreet, not distracting.

  • Keep the Move in Mind
    As you declutter, don't simply store the items away. From clothing and kitchen utensils to linens and toys, use this opportunity to get rid of any items you don't want or need in the new home. Sell, donate, or toss appropriately.

  • Don't Forget the Basement and Garage
    Has your two-car garage evolved into a one-car garage/workroom? Do old toys go to the basement to die? Don't assume a buyer will have the same usage for these areas. Clear out and organize basements and garages so they appear spacious and functional.

  • Phone a Friend
    Emotions and sentiment can blur the best intentions. Enlist an honest friend to walk with you room-by-room and use a buyer's eye to point out areas for improvement.

Need some direction? Get inspiration at these top organizing and space management stores.

  • The Container Store - 902 Old Country Road, Garden City, NY 11530
    Are you looking for DIY storage accessories or seeking professional advice on a total closet remodel? The Container Store has a wide range of solutions for organizing Garden City homes for sale. The store is open 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. daily except 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday.

  • California Closets - 25 Northern Blvd. Suite #3, Greenvale, NY 11548
    When it comes to home storage solutions, more than 30 years of success has turned California Closets into a household name. Visit their showroom among Nassau County homes for sale and interact directly with their life-size displays to get ideas and find the system that works best for your home. California Closets is open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Sunday.

Feeling overwhelmed at the thought of selling your Nassau County home? Put your mind to rest and contact us so we can handle the tough stuff.

February
3

National Drink Wine Day: Wine Bars Around Nassau County

Wine Bars Around Nassau County - Coach Realtors

A glass of wine at the end of a long day is a popular stress reducer, but studies show moderate wine drinking has a number of physical benefits ranging from stronger bones to a healthier heart. Our REALTORS® suggest you treat yourself by celebrating National Drink Wine Day on Tuesday, February 18 at one of these marvelous wine bars around Nassau County homes for sale.

  • The Vine Wine Bar - 2259 Merrick Road, Merrick, NY 11566
    Think you have to be an expert to enjoy wine? The Vine Wine Bar takes an unpretentious approach that's equally accommodating to newbies and aficionados. With a dimly-lit, relaxing ambiance and a menu of small bites, shareables, and decadent desserts, The Vine is perfect for date night or a fun evening with friends. Doors open at 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

  • City Cellar Wine Bar & Grill - 1080 Corporate Drive, Westbury, NY 11590
    In case you're unsure what City Cellar Wine Bar & Grill is all about, the stunning glass-fronted, floor-to-ceiling wine cellar will leave no doubt. Wine flights include a trio of three-ounce pours for only $30, while blackberry, peach, and watermelon "zangrias" put an Italian spin on the classic Spanish drink. Hours are 11:30 a.m. - 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. - 11 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. - 11 p.m Saturday, and 3 p.m. - 9 p.m. Sunday. 

  • Michaelangelo's Wine Bar - 119 Front St., Massapequa Park, NY 11762
    The name of Michaelangelo's Wine Bar combined with its traditional menu conjures up romantic visions of sipping wine in the Italian countryside. Pair a glass of Sangiovese or Prosecco with an antipasti, Caprese flatbread, or cheese and charcuterie board. Follow Michaelangelo's on Facebook for notice about specials such as Sunday brunch and $5 sangria nights. Michaelangelo's is open from 5 p.m. - midnight Tuesday through Thursday, 5 p.m. - 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. Sunday.

  • Winston's Whiskey & Wine Bar - 14 S. Park Ave., Rockville Centre, NY 11570
    Brick walls, distressed wood beams, and sconce lighting give Winston's Whiskey & Wine Bar a rustic yet elegant atmosphere well-suited to enjoying both of their signature beverages. Six types of house wine are available for only $8 a glass, with dozens of other choices offered by the glass or bottle. The menu includes gastropub favorites such as shrimp tacos, steak frites, and lobster mac & cheese. Hours at Winston's are 4 p.m. - 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 4 p.m. - 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. Sunday. 

  • Meritage Wine Bar - 90 School St., Glen Cove, NY 11542
    Meritage Wine Bar follows a farm-to-table philosophy for maximum freshness and flavor in their Mediterranean-inspired tapas menu. The 25-page wine list features varieties sourced from growers who follow organic and sustainable practices. Don't miss their special tasting events spotlighting six wines and six dishes from a particular country. Meritage is open 11:30 a.m. - 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. - 11 p.m. Friday, 10:30 a.m. - 11 p.m. Saturday, and 10:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sunday.

Pop a bottle of red to celebrate buying or selling your Nassau County home with our dedicated and experienced help. Contact us at Coach Realtors for more information.

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