To fish, you need the right supplies. From bait to line, your equipment makes a difference in the fish you catch. Luckily, there are several excellent bait and tackle shops on Long Island. Our REALTORS® recommend stopping by one of the following shops before your next fishing adventure.
Long Island is a great place to live if you enjoy fishing and spending time on the water. Not only are there many bait & tackle shops, but also lots of awesome fishing spots. If you're considering moving to the area, don't hesitate to contact us. We'll tell you more about our real estate services, and we can help you navigate the local market.
Summer is a wonderful time for adults and kids to enjoy the great outdoors, but what happens when the sun goes away and rain clouds are all you see? While many of us might retreat to our computer screens and streaming services, you should consider visiting one of the many indoor facilities on Long Island and the nearby areas.
To get you started, our REALTORS® have zeroed in on some of our favorites.
These are only a few amazing places to enjoy yourself on Long Island and nearby areas. Searching for Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale that your family will love? Contact us today to find your ultimate dream home.
Spending a day with family is a great way to bond and re-focus on what's most important in life. If you're looking for something fun to do as a family, consider heading off to see wildlife on Long Island. From petting zoos to nature preserves, our REALTORS® can recommend some awesome places for a wildlife-focused family day.
Long Island has a lot to offer when it comes to wildlife experiences and family day activities in general. If you like it here and are looking for Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale, don't hesitate to contact us. We'll help you find the perfect place to call home.
Do you know that your home's indoor air quality greatly impacts your health? For home safety, our REALTORS® recommend regularly testing your indoor air quality and taking steps to reduce harmful pollutants in your home that can make you sick.
Taking steps to boost indoor air quality can help you lower your risk of developing serious health conditions and improve your quality of life. If you're considering buying Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale, testing the air quality can ensure a healthy indoor environment. Here are some steps you can take to keep your family safe.
Cleaning products like glass cleaners, air fresheners, and bleach that contain toxic chemicals
Carbon monoxide, a colorless and odorless gas emitted by gas furnaces, space heaters, and stoves
Formaldehyde found in household items and composite wood products
Radon, a radioactive gas that seeps through cracks in floors and walls
Secondhand smoke from cigarettes and cigars
It's common to find a host of allergens and irritants in the home that impact air quality. The major culprits include household dust, dust mites, mold, and pet dander. These allergens can cause a range of respiratory problems like coughing, runny nose, sore throat, sneezing, and watery eyes, as well as skin rashes and hives. Take these steps to reduce indoor allergens:
Dust furniture and vacuum rugs weekly
Wash bedding in hot water twice per month to eliminate dust mites
Buy mattress covers and hypoallergenic bed pillows
Bathe and brush pets regularly
Remove mold from sinks, tubs, and showers
Check attics, basements, and leaky pipes for moisture, mildew, and mold
Control Moisture and Humidity
Moist and humid indoor conditions breed mold and mildew. Using dehumidifiers during rainy weather and hot, humid summer weather can reduce the amount of moisture in the air and prevent the growth of mold and mildew. In bathrooms, installing ceiling fans and heat lamps will have the same effect.
Good airflow in your home will help to prevent a buildup of air pollutants. On a nice day when pollen counts aren't high, open the windows to bring fresh air inside. You can also improve ventilation and air quality by:
Using an air purifier with a HEPA filter
Changing heating and air filters every month
Changing appliance filters regularly
Installing cooking vents in the kitchen
Ensuring air vents and chimneys are not obstructed
If you're interested in moving to the Long Island area, contact us for information or to schedule a tour of available homes that suit your lifestyle.
It's so exciting to move into your first home! For many new homeowners, it's also your first opportunity to get a pet. Our REALTORS® understand, and to make that experience a little easier for you, they have assembled a few tips for bringing home a new kitten.
If you have a small yard or a hilly landscape, you can still enjoy container gardening year-round. Growing potted plants is a little harder than growing plants in the ground, but our REALTORS® have some gardening tips to help you develop a green thumb in no time. Are you ready to grab your gardening gloves and start planting?
Make a List of Plants You Like
Before you head to the nursery, think about how you want your container garden to look. Do you want drought-tolerant succulents, leafy green ferns, colorful blooms, or a variety of different plants? If you're a beginning gardener, go online to get ideas of plants you like, then make a list or take pictures with you to the nursery.
Evaluate Your Light
Light is important for healthy plants. The amount of light needed varies between types of plants, but all plants require some amount of sunlight to thrive. To determine the amount of sunlight you get during the day in Nassau County homes for sale, choose a spot in the yard and watch for morning sun, afternoon sun, or full sun most of the day.
Choose Your Plants
When choosing your plants, it's important to read the tag on the plant that shows growth requirements for best results. The tag will note requirements for sunlight (full-sun, partial-sun, or shade), watering (keep moist, allow to dry out), and soil (clay, loam, peat, sandy). Different soils have different pH levels that impact plant growth.
Save Your Plant Tags
Plant tags are critical, so save them. They tell you how much light, water, and food your plant needs, how big your plant will grow, and how to care for your plant. Tags also tell you if plants are annuals or perennials which relates to planting and blooming seasons. You can check the planting zones for Suffolk County homes for sale.
Choose Containers With Drainage
Since you're planting in pots rather than the ground, your containers need good drainage. Whether you choose clay, ceramic, plastic, or wooden pots, drainage holes on the bottom need to be 1/2-inch to 1-inch in diameter. If you choose pots without drainage holes, you'll need to drill them. Good drainage means life or death to potted plants.
Don't Skimp on Potting Soil
Healthy plants need good, rich potting soil to thrive. Don't be fooled by tricks like adding peanuts, pebbles, and food scraps to increase plant moisture and nutrition. The more potting soil you use in your pots, the more water your plants will retain in their roots. When the potting soil in containers gets low or dries out, add a fresh supply to make sure plants stay moist and healthy.
Feed Your Plants
Most types of potting soil don't contain plant nutrients, so you need to add fertilizer to your potted plants. A slow-release organic fertilizer can be added into the potting mix. It's best to empty a big batch of potting soil into a bucket, mix the fertilizer into the soil, then fill your container for planting. After the initial planting, you should fertilize weekly or bi-weekly with a good liquid fertilizer.
Plant Good Neighbors
When planting container gardens, make sure all of the plants in the garden have similar growth requirements. Don't plant succulents that need full sunlight and little water in the same area with plants that need shade and moist soil. For a healthy, thriving garden, always combine plants with similar care and growth requirements.
If you're interested in Long Island real estate, contact us for information on available properties and prices that fit your lifestyle.
When George Gershwin wrote "Summertime, and the livin' is easy," he wasn't thinking about homeowners. But the sooner you get summer maintenance out of the way, the sooner your summertime blues will fly away, and you can finally relax. Our REALTORS® have compiled a list of things to tackle in the early part of the season to help you keep your home looking its best and save you money in the long run by resolving issues while they're still small.
Summer home maintenance may not be a lot of fun, but the results are worth it. Just look at all the gorgeous Nassau County homes for sale and Suffolk County homes for sale to see what we mean. If you'd like a closer look, contact us. We look forward to hearing from you!
Father's Day will be here on June 19th, and there are many different places in Nassau County and Suffolk County where you can take dear ol' dad for a wonderful meal. There are hundreds of great restaurants out there, and our REALTORS® have nailed down a few of their favorites:
Paddlesports are not only great exercise, but they're also a great way to relax, connect with nature, and enjoy all the outdoor beauty Long Island has to offer. Living in an area surrounded by water means ample opportunity for kayaking, canoeing, and stand-up paddleboarding. Paddlesports happen to be some of our REALTORS® favorite summer hobbies. Here are some of our favorite places to kayak around Long Island:
Kayaking around Long Island gives you a unique perspective on all the local wonders and beauty. Looking for more summertime activities? Contact us today for more local recommendations.
After listing your house with our REALTORS®, you've found a buyer and are closing soon. You're finally ready to finish up with your old home as you prepare to move on. The selling process involves a lot of emotions, and it can be stressful wondering how to clean the house one final time after selling. While the temptation to skip out on the remaining cleaning chores can be strong, cleaning after selling your home is important. Here are some tips on what to clean.
Are you still looking for the ideal home to move into after selling? Go through our Nassau County homes for sale and Suffolk County homes for sale to find a new house today. You can contact us today with specifics of what you need in a home to make your home-buying process easier.
You've decided to buy your dream home. The real estate market is exciting with numerous options to choose from and marks the beginning of realizing your dream. However, navigating through the market and finding a home you wish to purchase can be difficult. Sometimes, the buying process takes longer than expected. Our REALTORS® have put together these five tips to help you remain positive during the buying process.
Buying a home is an exciting milestone that can attract immense pressure with so much to do. Being patient with yourself can make the entire process more bearable. Go through our Nassau County homes for sale and Suffolk County homes for sale. Contact us if you find a home matching your needs and wants.
Spring is here, and that means it's time to break out the dust mops, clear away the cobwebs, and most importantly, get your garage organized. Of all the spring cleaning chores you will tackle, our REALTORS® know that cleaning the garage is one of the most challenging because it's typically the least organized space. Fortunately, with a little planning and a touch of elbow grease, you can use the following tips to finally get it organized!
We're happy to give you more ideas on ways you can organize your garage this spring. Contact us and we will be happy to tell you about some of the features and systems we see installed in homes throughout the area.
Sweet, savory, filling, and satisfying, acai bowls are a favorite breakfast choice for some of our REALTORS®. Not only are acai bowls tasty, they have loads of health benefits. Acai berries have strong antioxidant properties, and when adding extra fruit, oatmeal, or peanut butter, you can also get some extra protein, fiber, and Vitamin C in your diet.
Because acai bowls often have many ingredients, making them at home isn't always convenient. However, if you're lucky enough to live in an urban area like Long Island, you can easily find several great local smoothie shops that make some fantastic acai bowls. Here are some of our favorites.
Acai is known as the superfood of superfoods, so it's not surprising these delicious bowls have become so popular in recent years. Luckily, they're easy to find around Long Island. Contact us today for more local recommendations.
March 30 is Take a Walk in the Park Day, and with winter's ice grip finally beginning to loosen, our REALTORS® are excited to do just that. Luckily, we have a lot of great places to go for a hike here on Long Island.
Located just a short drive from New York City, Nassau County offers some lovely parks and trails on western Long Island. These great hiking spots are also convenient to many Nassau County homes for sale.
Suffolk County encompasses the eastern two-thirds of Long Island. In addition to these lovely Suffolk County homes for sale, you'll find some truly perfect places for a leisurely stroll or an energetic hike in Suffolk County.
Contact us today to learn more about life in Nassau and Suffolk counties. When you're ready to find your dream home on Long Island, our agents are here to help every step of the way.
Getting a new puppy is exciting for everyone in the family, but it's also a big responsibility everyone needs to tackle. To celebrate National Puppy Day on March 23rd, let's talk about how to puppy-proof your house from your newest addition to the family! Here are a few tips from our REALTORS® for keeping your puppy safe and your home chaos-free.
Like with raising kids, puppies need lots of space to burn off excess energy. Has your little family outgrown your current home? Contact us today to start searching for your (and your pup's) dream home.
National Wedding Planning Day is March 1, so if you're a bride-to-be, it's the perfect time to start planning the wedding of your dreams. One of the most important elements to decide on is your bridal gown, and you'll find many shops in Nassau and Suffolk counties that can help you turn your dreams into a reality.
Our REALTORS® suggest visiting one of the following Long Island shops to find the perfect dress for your Big Day.
Contact us to see Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale. Since 1954, our brokerage has helped clients who have been drawn to live on Long Island find their dream homes, and we'd love to help you as well!
If you're ready to give your home a thorough cleaning, our REALTORS® suggest you start with a bottle of distilled white vinegar. It's an affordable, natural cleaner that easily cuts through grime, bacteria, and mildew, and it's perfectly safe to use on a variety of household surfaces throughout your home.
Stove and Oven – Vinegar's acidity cuts right through grease and grime. Mix ½ vinegar and ½ water in a spray bottle, spray your stovetop and the inside of your oven and let the mixture sit for 10 minutes, then remove with soapy water.
Microwave – Clean your microwave by placing ½ cup vinegar and ½ cup water in a glass bowl. Heat the liquid for 2-3 minutes until it boils, then wipe away food spatters.
Refrigerator – Throw out the toxic chemical cleaners around food. Use equal parts vinegar and water on a dampened cloth to clean your refrigerator shelves, racks, and crisper drawers.
Dishwasher – Vinegar dissolves food debris and mineral deposits. Pour 1 cup of vinegar on the dishwasher floor (beneath the racks), then run the dishwasher through one cycle while empty.
Disposal – Pour vinegar onto a small scrub brush. Sprinkle baking soda on the brush and into the disposal, then scrub to remove built-up grime and stinky odors.
Trash Cans – Before adding a new trash bag, spritz the can and lid with a vinegar and water mixture, then wipe clean. This routine will get rid of smelly trash can odors for good.
You can even clean stainless steel and enamel pots and pans with equal parts vinegar and water. Pour the mixture in, bring it to a boil, and old stains will disappear.
Toilets – Pour 1 cup vinegar in the bowl and let sit overnight. The next morning, sprinkle the toilet bowl with baking soda or Borax powder, scrub the bowl, then flush.
Tub and Shower Drains – To kill bacteria, pour ½ cup distilled white vinegar down the drain and let sit for several hours. Pour hot water down the drain and clean the area with soapy water.
Wood and Tile Floors – Add ½ cup vinegar to 1 gallon of water to clean wood, laminated, and ceramic tile floors. Vinegar should be avoided on natural stone floors and countertops due to high acidity, which will etch into the stone.
Rugs and Carpets – To remove unpleasant pet odors from rugs and carpets, mix ½ cup vinegar to 1 gallon of water, spray the rug/carpet, then sprinkle it with baking soda. Let it dry overnight, then vacuum.
Owning a home means taking care of minor problems before they become major difficulties. When you buy a new home, however, getting to know everything about it can lead to a few surprises. Our REALTORS® offer the following tips to help you handle some of the more common emergencies you may find yourself dealing with.
When you are ready to find the house of your dreams, call the realty agency that will always put you and your family first. Contact us so we can get the process started!
It's crunchy. It's chewy. It's cheesy! What could be better than pizza? Many people share our opinion of pizza because there's a national holiday dedicated to this food. National Pizza Day is February 9th, 2022, and our REALTORS® have some awesome pizza restaurants to recommend in honor of the occasion.
National Pizza Day could not be easier to celebrate. Grab yourself a slice at one of the above restaurants and enjoy. If you'd like help viewing Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale, we're ready to help. Contact us to learn more about our real estate services.
Who doesn't love gadgets? From the electric can opener to the microwave oven, we've been obsessed with small appliances for decades. With so many options to choose from, we can easily overwhelm the storage space in our kitchens. To maximize the space in cabinets and on counters, our REALTORS® suggest selecting appliances that do double duty. Here are their top picks:
Whether you are considering one of the lovely Nassau County homes for sale or one of the Suffolk County homes for sale, these appliances will all be welcome additions to the perfect kitchen. Contact us when you're ready to find the perfect place to install these and other handy new devices.
Our REALTORS® will give you a tour of open houses if you're visiting Long Island in search of a home. But if you want a real taste of Long Island hospitality, make sure to reserve an igloo for dinner.
An igloo dining experience allows you to curl up in a cozy bubble as you dine and stave off the winter weather for a few hours. Igloo dinners are perfect for a family outing or a winter date. Our REALTORS® suggest coming out of the cold and enjoying the unique dining experience that the following places have to offer.
Uncle Bacala's – 2370 Jericho Turnpike, Garden City Park, NY 11040
Located in the vicinity of our Garden City homes for sale, this restaurant offers excellent views afforded from its picturesque outdoor deck. Whether you're looking for a quiet sunset date or an unforgettable experience with family and friends, Uncle Bacala's is the place to be. The Igloos come in various sizes, so you can bring the whole family to enjoy hearty Italian meals or a date for a romantic dinner.
317 Main Street – 317 Main St., Farmingdale, NY 11735
East Norwich is a charming place to call home, as proved by its array of neighborhood parks, entertainment centers, and restaurants. One such restaurant is 317 Main Street in Farmingdale, located just a few minutes from these stunning East Norwich homes for sale. Their restaurant offers live entertainment, distinctive cocktails, and an unbeatable menu.
Moreover, you can find several igloos lining the sidewalk that are heated and equipped with Bluetooth speakers. Nothing beats the view, and the fact that you can bring your own music makes for a magical night.
Long Island is one of the best places to live in America—it's home to friendly neighborhoods, great schools, and has some of the best recreational centers this side of the Atlantic. If you're ready to find your forever home in Long Island, have a look at our Nassau County and Suffolk County homes for sale. Contact us today so we can set up a house tour and get you started on your home-purchasing journey.
Putting up your Christmas tree and lights was fun, but the fun stops, and stress kicks in when it's time to take them down. Storing holiday decorations can easily go from full-blown fun to frustrating. However, Our REALTORS® have compiled five simple and practical tips to help you correctly store your holiday decorations.
Ready to own your home in Long Island? Go through Nassau County homes for sale and Suffolk County homes for sale to find an ideal home for you. Contact us once you do and get started with the buying process.
Heritage Treasures Day was established in 2017 in the UK as a way to explore and preserve historical sites. It takes place every year on January 11 and has grown in popularity worldwide. There are many great places to celebrate this unique day near Suffolk County homes for sale and Nassau County homes for sale, with museums and preserved historical sites dating back to American history's earliest days. Our REALTORS® have all the details on five fascinating destinations for Heritage Treasures Day around Long Island.
Are you searching for a home that makes it easy to explore all of the fascinating historical and cultural destinations around Long Island? Let our local real estate team help. Contact us to buy and sell homes in your favorite Long Island communities.
You may think that once the snow begins to fall, it's too late to start on home improvements, but our REALTORS® would advise you otherwise. You may not be able to do much outdoors, but inside is another story. In fact, if the work you need requires a contractor, you may be able to find one offering lower rates as available jobs dwindle. Whether you have just purchased your home or are getting the house ready for sale in the spring, several projects will make you more comfortable now and increase your profits later.
Monday, December 13th is an important day, especially for music lovers. It's Violin Day! Invented in the 1500s, the violin has since become an important instrument across various genres of music, from classical to hard rock. What better way to honor it than by visiting one of the great music shops on Long Island. Here are some top music shops our REALTORS® recommend.
Whether you play the violin, have always wanted to learn, or just like admiring the art behind these gorgeous string instruments, stopping at one of these music shops is sure to be enjoyable. Contact us if you need help finding homes for sale nearby.
Nothing makes a man look and feel better than a well-fitted suit and tie. Since December is National Tie Month, why not take some inspiration from it to upgrade your wardrobe? To help you get started, our REALTORS® have rounded up six of the best menswear shops around Long Island in the list below.
A new suit can make you feel like a whole new you, and it's never hard to get one on Long Island. There are so many quality clothing retailers around our Nassau County homes for sale and our Suffolk County homes for sale that you'll always have a place to shop for any occasion. If you've been thinking about making this area your home, contact us today; we'll be happy to help you find a local property that meets your needs.
Upgrading your appliances will make everything from cooking to cleaning a little easier and a little more energy-efficient. There's no question that when it comes to appliances, some are worth their weight in gold. And, some will add a little gold to your bank account when you sell your home. As you consider your options, our REALTORS® recommend closely looking at the following appliances that will give you a significant return on your investment.
Are you noticing a trend? That's because there is an overarching trend that relates to all appliances. Whatever you choose to install, pay close attention to the energy efficiency of the system. As utility rates continue to rise and eco-consciousness grows, the desire for increasingly efficient appliances is a trend that is guaranteed to gain steam in the future.
Are you considering which appliances to bring into your life? Contact us, and we will be happy to tell you what our clients are eager to see and the trends we see emerging within Nassau County homes for sale and Suffolk County homes for sale.
We can all use a little help staying in shape when the holidays roll around. It's hard to motivate yourself to go for a run when it's cold outside, and who can turn down all that stuffing and pumpkin pie? Our REALTORS® understand the struggle.
Luckily, the holiday season also brings plenty of opportunities to hit the pavement on Long Island. Check out these fun 5K runs and walks in Nassau and Suffolk Counties this season! They all offer an opportunity to stay active and support a worthy cause.
Looking for more information on life on Long Island? Contact us today, and be sure to ask our agents about finding your dream home in Nassau and Suffolk counties.
The holidays will be here before you know it, and this year there are plenty of great ways to get into the holiday spirit! This time of year, our REALTORS® love visiting local craft fairs, watching holiday performances, and more. They also enjoy sharing all the best upcoming events with new residents.
To make sure you don't miss out on any of the fun, we've gathered a list of five local holiday events you won't want to miss. So mark your calendars, gather up your family and friends, and head out to enjoy all the great things Long Island has to offer!
42nd Annual Holiday Festival: Stony Brook Village Center - 111 Main St., Stony Brook, NY 11790
If you've been thinking about buying one of the beautiful Stony Brook homes for sale, you'll want to pay a visit to the city's 42nd Annual Holiday Festival. There will be a Legends & Spies Puppet Procession, holiday train display, carolers and live music, a tree decorating contest, a chance to sit and chat with Santa, and more.
The event will be held on Sunday, December 5th from noon to 6 pm. There will also be a tree lighting ceremony at 5:30 pm on the Village Green.
Is a gorgeous new home on your holiday wish list this year? The experts at Coach Realtors can help. Contact us today to discuss your goals and get started.
Soaking in a warm, relaxing bath is something everyone looks forward to after a long day. When showing properties, our REALTORS® are always asked about bathroom upgrades with spa-like features seen in many of these Nassau County homes for sale and Suffolk County homes for sale.
If you're considering a bathroom remodel, you have many bathtub styles to choose from for your space. Before you make your final selection, consider the size of your bathroom, your personal needs, and the finished look you want to achieve.
Drop-in tubs are the most common type found in homes. The tub shell is fitted inside a framed enclosure that may be surrounded by sheetrock walls or tiles. With drop-in rectangular tubs, three sides are sealed in and one long side is open so you can step into the tub.
Undermount drop-in tubs are installed where the top of the tub sits at floor level creating a very modern bathroom. Most drop-in tubs are made of porcelain, acrylic, or fiberglass, the least expensive options.
Most bathtub manufacturers offer a variety of options for special features, especially for their top-of-the-line products. If you want ultimate relaxation and health benefits, you don't have to look far for a lot of great options:
Whirlpool Jets – By choosing a tub with whirlpool jets, you can relax in water with various heat settings, foot massage jets, multi-speed bubbles, and silent motor technology.
Chromatherapy – Whether you prefer peaceful pink or soothing blue, chromatherapy includes underwater LED lights that change color to suit your mood.
Music – With resonant speaker panels that attach to the tub and send sound through the water, you can relax to your favorite playlist while soaking.
Digital Controls – A built-in digital touchpad lets you easily control water temperature, jet direction, water color, and your favorite tunes.
If you're planning to buy or sell a home, contact us for information and real estate advice from our professionals.
Shopping local isn't always easy. Our REALTORS® certainly understand the convenience of big box stores and online mega-retailers, but there's something about buying locally-made goods from a locally-owned business that just feels better.
Shift10 Day is a great reminder to support local businesses, and, in honor of the occasion, we're sharing some of our favorite places to shop local on Long Island!
Long Island is an amazing place to live if you like to shop local! Contact us today to learn more about life in Suffolk and Nassau counties and talk to our agents about finding your dream home on Long Island.
National Cake Decorating Day is celebrated on October 10 to recognize the skill and creativity of those who can turn a cake into an artistic masterpiece. Long Island is home to some excellent cake decorators, so why not celebrate the day by ordering a custom cake at a local bakery?
Our REALTORS® suggest dropping by one of the following Long Island bakeries that offer custom cakes.
Contact us if you'd like to buy or sell a home in Nassau and Suffolk counties and to find out about the bakeries and other small businesses that help make the area unique.
Your home is your castle. When it's invaded by an uninvited pest that won't leave, our REALTORS® understand how frustrating that can be and how much of a disruption it can cause. Many pests are difficult to dislodge, and since changing the locks isn't an option, we strongly recommend taking preventative measures that will work.
Whether you buy Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale, one of the first things you want to consider is pest control. The more effort you put into keeping pests out, the less effort you'll need to spend kicking them out down the road.
Are you looking for a new home? We can help. Contact us, and we'll do our best to give you the information you need.
There are few things better than enjoying dinner out with friends. After all, when you combine amazing food, a great atmosphere, and a handful of your favorite people, you're sure to have a great time.
If you've just moved to the area, you might feel overwhelmed by your choices and wonder how to find the best area restaurants to take your friends. No worries! Our REALTORS® love showing new residents around and helping them discover all the best local hot spots. Here's a quick round-up of five places that are perfect for a night out with friends.
Finding the perfect home can be a challenge, but it's much easier when you have a great agent by your side! The experts at Coach Realtors are here to help. We specialize in homes in both Nassau County and Suffolk County and would love to help you find exactly what you're looking for. Contact us today to get started.
These days, many of us are busy and pressed for time. When we do finally get the chance to be home and relax with family, we don't want to be burdened by chores and extra housework. Thankfully, the latest smart home technology is helping to address this issue. Our REALTORS® recommend considering the following devices to help simplify your at-home routine.
What do you think of these smart home innovations for your Long Island home? If you're looking for Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk county homes for sale, our agents can help. Contact us to learn more about our services.
If you love bread, then September is your month! Sourdough September is the perfect opportunity to slice into a loaf, spread it with butter, and dig in. Making your own sourdough is fun, but there are also plenty of great Long Island bakeries that sell this style of bread. Here are a few that our REALTORS® recommend visiting.
The time has finally arrived when you're ready to purchase a home. You found the perfect property, your finances are in order, and you're ready to make an offer. There's only one problem, so is every other buyer that's looking for their dream home. In a seller's market, our REALTORS® can help you move to the front of the line.
In a seller's market, buyers outnumber available homes for sale. Buyers often face bidding wars and full-price offers for Nassau County homes for sale and Suffolk County homes for sale that don't sit on the market very long. You need to make your offer stand out so sellers will take notice!
If you're thinking about buying or selling on Long Island, contact us for information and prices on available properties that meet your needs.
Moving from state to state is exciting. It's an opportunity to enjoy new foods and places. It's an opportunity to make new friends and memories. As you get ready to make your move to Long Island, Our REALTORS® have some tips that will help you cross state lines and settle into your new home with minimal effort.
Contact us for more information about our services. It's our pleasure to help you make Long Island your new home!
National Fajita Day is coming up on August 18th. How are you planning to celebrate? Our REALTORS® highly recommend stopping by one of these Mexican restaurants on Long Island and ordering yourself some delicious fajitas. Throw in some margaritas and a few friends, and you'll have a real party! Here are some of the top restaurants to visit on National Fajita Day.
Whether you're looking at Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale, stopping to celebrate National Fajita Day is sure to add to the fun. Enjoy your meal, and don't forget to contact us if you're looking for a real estate agent on Long Island.
Are you looking for a home in the Long Island area? Our REALTORS® can help you find the perfect home. Long Island is also home to some great coffee shops, with roasters setting up cozy cafes to serve residents well-brewed, fresh cups of coffee.
Here are some Long Island coffee shops you must try.
Whether you're looking for Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale, you're guaranteed to find excellent coffee in the neighborhood. Contact us to help you find a home in a neighborhood with everything you need.
For some people, there's something alluring and almost whimsical about living in an old house. It's the history, the craftsmanship, and the nostalgic factor that you can't find in a newer build. If you're looking for a home whose walls are filled with history, our REALTORS® can help you find the home of your dreams.
It's no secret that old houses carry a lot of charm and character. They just don't build them like they used to anymore. But for all their charms, buying an older house is a complicated affair. You must be prepared to spend more money long-term than your initial listing price. Even then, you might run into some issues.
Here are a few things you need to look out for when buying an old house.
Age is subjective when it comes to houses. As a general rule of thumb, an old house is one that's fifty years or older, and one built before 1920 is considered antique. But again, housing age is subjective – it's a condition based on numerous factors, including location, architectural style, and even local climate and geology.
For instance, houses in urban cores across the country, such as New York and Massachusetts, tend to be older, averaging over 50 years old.
To help you do your due diligence, here are the factors you need to consider when buying an older home.
In most cases, the construction style of a home is an indicator of its quality. Prefabricated homes are generally constructed to lower quality standards than custom-built new homes. Homes constructed in the Tudor, Craftsman, Victorian, or Queen Anne styles are usually solidly built, more durable, and can handle several rounds of repairs and renovations.
Climate and Geology
Certain climates can age a home. Houses in desert areas and places that experience extreme weather conditions tend to age faster. A house in Chicago will need repairs sooner than one in milder climates. Geological factors such as earthquakes, sinkholes, and high water tables can also accelerate the aging process. Homes in geologically active areas will require more repair and maintenance over their lifetime as such activities can lead to structural damage.
If the age of a home is subjective, what are the factors you should pay attention to more? Here's a breakdown.
Buying an old house has its challenges. With smart planning and the right realtor by your side, you can find a property that's well worth the hassle. Check out our Nassau County homes for sale and Suffolk County homes for sale to find vintage homes with some of that old-school charm. Contact us, and we can help you navigate the hurdles that come with buying an older home.
Grabbing lunch or dinner at a food truck is such a great way to get out there and experience a new cuisine. Or, of course, you can enjoy a tried-and-true favorite. The Long Island area has quite a bustling food truck scene. You could try a new truck every day for a month, but here are some top trucks our REALTORS® recommend visiting first.
Stopping by a food truck is the perfect option after a long day of house hunting. Plus, it allows you to explore the area a bit more and dive into the local cuisine. If you are searching for homes on Long Island and are looking for a real estate agent, don't hesitate to contact us.
As pet owners, the last thing we want to think about is our furry family members getting hurt in a fire. Sadly, over half a million pets are affected by house fires each year, and over 1,000 of those house fire incidents are started by pets. Having a pet fire safety plan is an invaluable and essential way to save your home and your pet. July 15th is National Pet Fire Safety Day, and our REALTORS® have put together these tips to inspire you to develop a fire safety plan that includes your pets.
If you're looking at Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale, we understand that you'll be making your pet part of the home-buying process. Our REALTORS® love animals and can help you find a home that's perfect for all family members, including four-legged ones. Contact us today to learn more.
Wednesday, July 7th, is World Chocolate Day! You should celebrate with a trip to a chocolate shop, to get some good, high-quality chocolate. Our REALTORS® can help you find the perfect home for you, but where can you find delicious chocolate in the Long Island area? Here are our picks for the best candy shops and chocolatiers to help you celebrate Chocolate Day the right way.
Whether you're looking for Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale, there's guaranteed to be some excellent chocolate nearby. Contact us to help you find a home in the area that's convenient to everything you need.
Finding a new home is always a difficult proposition, not just for the home itself but for the neighborhood. There are plenty of Nassau County homes for sale, but when you move in, will you be able to go horseback riding regularly, like you used to? Don't worry. Here are just a few amazing horseback riding trails and facilities in and around Nassau County, Suffolk County, and the Long Island area.
Whether you're looking for Nassau or Suffolk County homes for sale, we can provide you with just what you need, with great options for horseback riding and other activities, right at your fingertips. Contact us to find a home that's right for you.
With mortgage rates at historic lows, 2021 is a great time to buy a home. If you fall in love with a property, you should definitely consider making an early offer, or you might lose out, considering the market is a strong seller's market. Our REALTORS® can help you craft the perfect proposal, one that couples financial details with the nuances of negotiations to help you close on the house of your dreams.
Currently, the housing market remains open, and the demand to buy is high. But housing inventory is low, and it's easy to find yourself in a bidding war with other homebuyers. The offer of purchase opens the communication channels that lead to the final deal.
Making an offer is not a choice you should make lightly. But just how long should you wait before you make an offer?
Here's everything you need to know about making an early offer.
When you're in the market for a new home, you shouldn't wait too long after finding a house that's a good fit before making an offer. You should submit a bid as soon as you're sure you want to buy it.
Typically in a seller's market, sellers prefer to keep their houses longer on the open market to give buyers plenty of time to visit and bid on the home. Knowing this, many buyers hesitate to make an early offer thinking they're at a disadvantage. However, in a fast-moving market, a pre-emptive offer may get you the house that you want. Remember, good homes get snatched up pretty quickly.
When is an early offer your best bet? If you have preapproval and have done your research, then you should make an early bid. There's no point in waiting if you have everything in order. You never know who else is interested.
A popular saying in real estate is: the first offer is the best offer. There's no other point when a house is most attractive than when it's first listed. And this works in favor of those who make early offers.
House-hunting tip: To make your offer attractive, shorten the contingency period to a week or so. This way, you won't constrain the seller's marketing time if the deal fails to go through.
While an early offer may get you the house, you're unlikely to make a bargain in the process. For pre-emptive offers to be considered, they must be high to garner attention. You must be willing to pay a higher price when you make an early offer so you can't have any doubts about the house.
It's clear that your bid will have to stand out when competing against other buyers. You'll need to be strategic, and a personal touch could give you the edge you need.
Don't shy away from making an offer on a house you love just because the market is competitive. It doesn't cost a thing to make an offer. The right real estate agent will guide you through the process and work to find you the right home for you.
Are you a nature lover or a photography buff? If so, you're going to love exploring the Long Island area! Nature Photography Day is June 15th, making now the perfect time to experiment with this fun hobby. Whether you've got a ton of fancy equipment or just your smartphone, there are plenty of opportunities to get some great shots.
While showing new residents around the area, Our REALTORS® often point out some of their favorite places to capture incredible nature photos. Here are a few you'll want to check out.
If you're interested in exploring Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale, we're here to help! We've assisted many clients in finding their dream homes, and we can do the same for you. Contact us today to get started.
If you're a baby boomer who's close to retirement or already retired, it may be time to sell your home. With current home prices at an all-time high and multiple buyers competing for properties, our REALTORS® are witnessing a seller's market that's booming. Downsizing right now may be a great decision for your golden years.
In Nassau and Suffolk counties, home sales are competitive. Buyers are flooding the market looking for properties that suit their lifestyle and finances. According to the National Association of Realtors, the median price for all types of homes has jumped 14.6% from prices just one year ago, especially in the suburbs where low inventory is pushing prices up even higher. If retirement is on the horizon, selling your home could provide many benefits.
Selling your home in such a competitive market can actually save you money. With so many buyers looking for homes, you may save money on home repairs and upgrades. You don't need to do a major renovation to attract interested buyers, just concentrate on necessities.
If you're interested in Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale, we can help you find available properties that fit your lifestyle and finances. Contact us to see how downsizing can create an easier, less stressful, and more enjoyable retirement.
Nick Churton of Coach Realtor's London office looks to a genius to make some sense of the current international real estate market and offer some pointers for the future.
What Isaac Newton, who formulated the laws of gravity in the middle of the 17th century, would have made of the current gravity-defying real estate market is anyone's guess. But, no doubt, like most people he would have been flummoxed.
Even a genius like Newton, who worked from home during the plague of 1665/66, would have had difficulty making any sense of this market. Despite a global killer pandemic, tens of millions of people out of work, nations in lockdown, travel halted and national treasuries handing out trillions in support of businesses, jobs and mortgages, the real estate market booms. It should, by any calculation, have plummeted like an apple from a tree. Instead, the market didn't fall; it held itself in suspended animation for a while before surging upwards.
By any estimation the market should at least have mirrored the slowdown experienced after the great recession of 2008. But from the Antipodes to the Americas, and from Europe to the Far East, residential property prices in many countries are soaring. According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), it's the fastest year-on- year growth in the past two decades.
But perhaps we can learn something from Newton, whose third law stated that to every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.
Covid made homeowners and homebuyers react by moving from cities and buying larger homes in less crowded areas where they could work from home. At the same time interest rate cuts kept mortgage repayments manageable and vaccines have generated confidence.
It wasn't long ago that real estate professionals were preparing for the worst. Now the market, which is experiencing low inventory levels, is seeing increasing values with selling prices often well exceeding their asking prices.
Whilst most pandemic market activity has been in domestic markets, the international market has also been defying gravity. Despite travel restrictions, international buyers have been buying property sight unseen. Many homebuyers have been re-evaluating their lives or bringing forward plans to buy an overseas bolthole or permanent home. But this is just the tip of the iceberg; once travel opens up the signs are that there will be a super-surge of demand and activity from international buyers.
Growing numbers of sight-unseen global sales, ultra-competitive bidding on most listings and incidence of gazumping are all sure signs of a property market in boom mode. But let's give Newton the last word in trying to make sense of what is going on. He said, "I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies, but not the madness of people".
When you live in an area, having a deep understanding of its geography will help you navigate it and acquire a profound appreciation for its culture and history. Map Reading Week is the perfect opportunity to explore your community, so get out your print maps May 24th and refresh your map-reading skills.
As you get to discover the gorgeous properties and the rich history of Long Island, here are some places our REALTORS® have compiled that are definitely worth a stop.
Burgers are the mainstay of many restaurants, and whether you prefer a simple, classic patty or a burger made with prime meats and garnished with upscale toppings, you'll find what you love at a local restaurant. And with the entire month of May designated as Burger Month, you'll have plenty of time to scope out Long Island burger destinations and add some to your list of favorites.
Our REALTORS® suggest ordering a burger off the menu of some of these Long Island restaurants during Burger Month:
Giving your home's interior a fresh coat of paint is a quick, affordable way to update design style, even when you have a limited budget. Our REALTORS® know that new paint can quickly transform a drab, outdated room into a room with spectacular ambiance and style that appeals to homebuyers.
Choosing the right paint color is essential for a well-designed space, but it can be a difficult task. With thousands of colors that range from pale neutrals to bright bold hues, finding the perfect paint color is often a frustrating and costly experience that leads to repainting. To get it right the first time, interior design pros recommend these important design tips.
Flat Paint – Matte finishes are good for walls and ceilings because they have no sheen at all. They are recommended for stucco and textured walls and ceilings with uneven surfaces where paint colors can look distorted due to a build-up of paint.
Enamel Paint – These come in flat, eggshell, satin, semi-gloss, and high-gloss finishes. Eggshell and satin finishes have a little sheen, while semi-gloss and high-gloss finishes have a lot. While sheen helps with cleaning, it also reflects light and highlights flaws.
A short getaway to experience nature can help you feel refreshed while also allowing you to get in a bit of exercise along the way. Nassau and Suffolk counties on Long Island have several spots that serve as an oasis where you can get away in gardens and nature preserves that are conveniently close by.
Our REALTORS® suggest visiting the following destinations to help you enjoy the great outdoors in Long Island.
Moving your home isn't as easy as hiring professional movers, and voila, everything is done. No matter how competent the movers are, there are still several tasks to take care of before the crew makes an appearance on the scheduled moving day. Our REALTORS® know that starting the moving preparations well in advance can give your moving adventure considerable momentum and make for a pleasant experience. Following are the top five things you still need to do before the moving company arrives.
You've probably heard this before, but a contractor can make or break your remodeling or home addition project. Finding the right contractor will determine the timeliness and quality of work, and the amount of financial and emotional stress you'll have to deal with. Before paying thousands of dollars for the job, you'll want to carefully screen potential contractors and make sure they know what they're doing. Our REALTORS® have collated a list of questions to ask before you hire a contractor.
This is not an all-encompassing list, but it will help you get the conversation started. Remodeling your home or building an addition can make your home a more enjoyable place to live. And if you decide to add your home to the pool of Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk homes for sale, the right improvements can really separate your home in the market. Contact us today to learn more.
What's the best thing to do when you settle into a new house? If you are like our REALTORS®, you will fall into your favorite chair and pick up a book to relax. With National Library Week scheduled for April 4-10, there is plenty of time to browse the local libraries' shelves for the perfect book to read.
Pandemic protocols are in place at every library in Suffolk and Nassau counties. This means libraries may close, may limit access, and may request visitors limit the duration of their visits. For the time being, it's advisable to call ahead to make sure the library is open. And, what if you don't feel like driving in? No problem, because most are offering home delivery services!
It is also tax season, and many libraries are offering community tax clinics from now through mid-April. This may increase foot traffic and limit access. However, it's also a great opportunity to ask those last-minute tax questions you may have.
We invite you to contact us when you are ready to learn more about the homes we have for sale. It's our pleasure to tell you more about the communities we serve and help you find the perfect home for you and your family.
Communities across Long Island have always held a deep love for history, culture, the arts, and scientific discovery, so it's no surprise that our area is home to a wide variety of fascinating museums for all ages. Exploring museums near Suffolk County homes for sale is a great way to discover new things, and many Long Island museums are currently open with online reservations for timed entry. Our REALTORS® have the exciting details on six one-of-a-kind museums that you definitely won't want to miss around Long Island.
Science Museum of Long Island – 1526 N. Plandome Rd., Manhasset, NY 11030
Located on the beautiful Leeds Pond Preserve near Manhasset homes for sale, you'll find the Science Museum of Long Island. Programs at the Science Museum of Long Island are designed to help children discover and fall in love with science through interactive learning. There are after-school workshops every weekday, and the museum is also open for fun events like birthday parties.
Cradle of Aviation Museum – Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City, NY 11530
Conveniently located near Garden City homes for sale, the Cradle of Aviation Museum is a must-see for anyone who's interested in aviation. Visitors of all ages will love exploring the more than 75 air and spacecraft on display at the museum, as well as fun displays like the Back to the Future exhibit. This museum is also home to a state-of-the-art planetarium, where you can take a journey to the stars.
Long Island Children's Museum – 11 Davis Ave., Garden City, NY 11530
Kids near Nassau County homes for sale are sure to love a trip to the Long Island Children's Museum, where they can learn, play, and discover through exciting, interactive exhibits. There are 14 unique exhibits for kids to explore, along with live theater, arts programs, play spaces, and special events throughout the year.
Long Island Museum – 1200 NY-25A, Stony Brook, NY 11790
Commonly shortened to the Long Island Museum, the Long Island Museum of Art, History, and Carriages is a great place to learn about local history near Stony Brook homes for sale. The Long Island Museum is located on a large, scenic estate, with living history exhibits like a historic schoolhouse, blacksmith, and carriage shed. There's also an art museum on-site, and beautiful gardens to explore as you move from one exhibit to the next.
Hecksher Museum of Art – 2 Prime Ave., Huntington, NY 11743
There are a variety of art museums close to Huntington homes for sale, and the Hecksher Museum of Art is one of the best. With exhibits displaying a mix of emerging, contemporary artists and famed artists from throughout history, the Hecksher Museum of Art offers something for every art lover. There are also a variety of art classes available, including programs for kids.
Long Island Explorium – 101 E Broadway, Port Jefferson, NY 11777
If you're looking for a fun, educational way to entertain the kids around Port Jefferson homes for sale, your whole family will love visiting the Long Island Explorium. With programs built on a detailed curriculum that's crafted to inspire learning, creativity, and problem-solving, the Long Island Explorium strives to make learning a fun, engaging experience for children. There are also 19 interactive exhibits, designed for hands-on learning.
Searching for a home that makes it easy to explore all that Long Island has to offer? Our team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Long Island, NY area.
If you're planning to put your Long Island home on the market, you'll want to highlight available space to potential buyers. Our REALTORS® are familiar with ways to squeeze every last bit of utility out of any space. In fact, there are many rooms in your house that can do double-duty to appeal to buyers.
The kitchen is the heart of the home, and sometimes it's good to give in to your heart's desires. Remodeling your kitchen is a tried and tested way to breathe fresh life into your home. It's a project that our REALTORS® guarantee will go a long way toward enhancing your comfort and adding to your home's resale value. As you consider all the options, be certain to note the following kitchen trends for 2021.
Marble Beats Granite
Granite was the go-to stone of the '90s and the start of the new millennium. However, as tastes have evolved, marble has emerged as the trendiest stone for kitchens and bathrooms. Heavily veined marble is the epitome of luxury and will give a durable finish to your counters, backsplashes, and more.
Wood is Back in Style
Wood is undergoing a revival, and while cherry and oak have held the title of most popular in the past, modern homes are opting for the inclusion of subtle-grained ash and other lighter woods. When choosing wood, choose one with a well-defined grain and light finish that will add an airy, sophisticated ambiance to your remodeled kitchen.
Enjoy the Lush Luxury of Dark Walls
Dark-colored walls create a sharp contrast against light-grained woods and white marble countertops. Black or brown paint, or dark-colored tiles, can create a luxurious backdrop for family gatherings and everyday living.
Islands Emerge From the Floor
If you have a larger kitchen, islands are fabulous to create a focal point for gatherings in the kitchen. If you have a large kitchen, double islands are a feature worth exploring. However, be careful not to try and put an island or a double island in a small kitchen as this can make the room feel closed in and cluttered.
The Jetson's Meet the Jones'
The inclusion of technology in the kitchen is sure to be a hit with the whole family. Installing smart screens, smart appliances, and other smart home technology will make it easier to listen to your favorite music while you cook, pull up recipes, and even manage your pantry and shopping lists.
Storage Takes Center Stage
Storage space is always at a premium in the kitchen. That will never change. What has changed is that many older kitchens have plenty of wasted space that is now being converted into usable storage for appliances, spices, foodstuffs, linens, etc. In fact, you will see many Nassau County homes for sale where interior designers have found some creative ways to add shelves and cabinets to the kitchen to open the space up while providing ample storage in the process.
Pantry Space is at a Premium
One thing the pandemic has done is change the way we shop. Many families have prioritized having a ready supply of food on hand "just in case." Of course, more food requires more space, which is why you will see plenty of Suffolk County homes for sale where the owners have converted closets and other spaces into walk-in pantries. Not only does this create ample space for storage, but it also makes it easier to organize your foodstuffs.
We invite you to contact us to learn more about the kitchen trends we recommend our clients incorporate in their properties. It is our pleasure to answer your questions and help you find the best kitchen design team to create the kitchen of your dreams.
Alright, who wants coffee? Our REALTORS® count themselves lucky to live on Long Island, a place with more great coffee shops than just about anywhere.
In honor of National Barista Day—coming right up on March 1st—we thought we'd give a shout-out to some of our favorite places to get a cup of Joe in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. While you're there, be sure to thank your barista for helping you make it through the day!
Contact us today to learn more about life on Long Island. If you're looking for the perfect Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale, our team is here to help every step of the way.
When it comes to setting the mood, our REALTORS® know that good lighting, good friends, and good music are the best ways to enjoy your new home. Whether you are hosting a party or relaxing after a long day at work, installing a solid sound system will go a long way toward making your home more comfortable. The more music, the merrier, and the following are some steps you can take to enjoy great sound throughout your home.
There are some amazing Nassau County homes for sale and Suffolk County homes for sale that are wired for incredible sound. We encourage you to contact us to learn more about these fabulous properties and the many amenities they have to offer.
Valentine's Day might be a bit different this year, but that doesn't mean you can't still enjoy a romantic evening with your special someone. Our REALTORS® love re-creating the intimate atmosphere of a fine restaurant at home, and they say it's easier than you might think!
Just set the table, dim the lights, put on some soft music, and light a few candles. Then, order take-out from one of the area's best restaurants and let them handle the rest! Here are a few of your best options for an unforgettable Valentine's Day feast.
Love is in the air, and there's no time like the present to fall in love with your dream home. We're here to help! Contact us today to discuss your goals. We'll start showing you some of the area's best properties right away.
Pet ownership has mushroomed over the last year, as many homeowners working remotely or overseeing school-age children's online studies acquire pets for an enriched home experience. Single people in particular may find a pet takes the place of some of the lost social life that sheltering in place has required. At the same time, couples and families discover that a pet may strengthen the bonds between them.
If you're looking at Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale, and you have a pet or are looking to acquire one, you may want to talk to our REALTORS® about their recommendations for homes that will fit the requirements of your pet.
Following are some things to think about before you launch into pet ownership.
Our real estate agents can advise you about choosing homes that meet your pets' needs and yours. Contact us today.
With the chilly winter temperatures and short days, winter is a fantastic time to organize your home. If you're ready to put your home on the market, our REALTORS® recommend decluttering your spaces so that your home is more appealing to potential buyers. Here are a few tasks to add to your to-do list so that your home looks its best.
Mark your calendars and don't spoil your appetite. Wednesday, January 20th is National Cheese Lovers Day, and we're ready to celebrate.
Our REALTORS® happen to believe that just about anything is better if you put a little cheese on it. Or a lot of cheese. If you agree, you might want to check out some of these amazing Long Island specialty cheese shops.
They say you shouldn't work hard; you should work smarter. We believe it's a suggestion that equally applies to daily life. When you are ready to work less and live smarter, our REALTORS® recommend giving your home a smart upgrade. Installing smart home systems is a smart way to start the new year off on the right foot. If you're wondering how to start and what to look for, the following tips and suggestions will help you take the first steps to a more convenient lifestyle.
Do you want to listen to the radio, control the thermostat, or enhance your home security? Smart home systems can perform these functions, and much more. Some of the most popular smart home functions we see in Nassau County homes for sale include:
Getting started requires first identifying the level of convenience, comfort, and security you want to enjoy. Smart home technology can help you trim your monthly utility bills and reduce your environmental footprint. They can make it easier to entertain guests and enjoy "downtime." They can improve your home security and give you total control over your home even when you're thousands of miles away.
Always buy quality when purchasing a smart home system. Further, choose brands with a solid track record of growth and innovation. This will help ensure the system you choose will still be serviceable in the future.
Remember, smart home technology is an investment. When you invest in high-quality smart thermostats and home security systems, you're investing in both comfort and safety. Moreover, smart home systems will enhance your home's curb appeal. When you decide to put it on the market, these systems can give you an advantage over a competing property.
Finally, make sure to choose devices that are compatible with one another. This helps maximize the convenience and functionality you can enjoy. It also eliminates the need to learn multiple controls.
Many smart home systems are ready to use right out of the box. However, more advanced systems require customized installation and set up. Thus, you should set up the devices you can (i.e., Amazon or Google speakers) and hire a professional to install and program your Nest thermostat, Nexx garage door opener, home security system, etc. When hiring a contractor to perform these services, make sure that they have specific experience with your system.
Most homeowners we encounter when showing Suffolk County homes for sale start with one or two systems before adding more smart devices to their home. Most start with speakers and smart lighting as these are easy to install and can help familiarize the family with the best ways to integrate smart home technology into daily life. Once everyone is comfortable, gradually introduce additional systems.
We recommend staying up-to-date with smart home technology. It's a rapidly evolving field, and the features and functions are rapidly expanding. If you can dream it, you can bet it's on the horizon.
Are you in the market for a new home where you can live smarter and more comfortably in 2021? Contact us, and we will be happy to show you some of the properties we have available. It is our pleasure to help you and your family find the perfect home for a fabulous future.
National Tempura Day is January 7, which means there couldn't be a better time to try one of Long Island's many Japanese dining establishments. Tempura is a popular Japanese cooking style that involves lightly frying with a batter made from soft wheat and cold water. Whether you prefer tempura with shrimp, scallops, crab, or vegetables, almost everyone can agree that food tastes a little bit better when made Tempura style.
Take the time to celebrate National Tempura Day by trying one of these fantastic Long Island Japanese restaurants recommended by our REALTORS®.
One of the best parts about living in Long Island is easy access to world-class cuisine. There's always a new restaurant to try! For more recommendations on local businesses, contact us today.
You're ready to list your home among Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale. Naturally, you're eager to present the best face possible for potential buyers. You've read a lot of online tips for getting your home ready, and you've talked to real estate agents about what to do. But now that you've made your decision, it's time to get serious about your presentation. You may be surprised to find some challenges to what you think would appeal to or turn off potential buyers. Here's what you should know.
What Buyers Will Like or Dislike About Your Home
After a one-of-a-kind year, treat family and loved ones to a one-of-kind gift this holiday season. Join our REALTORS® in supporting local businesses by patronizing these amazing shops around Long Island.
Shopping Nassau County homes for sale? Maybe you want to market your house among Suffolk County homes for sale. Whatever your Long Island real estate needs, contact us at Coach Realtors for cheerful and experienced help.
Cold winter weather combined with holiday distractions typically makes this the slowest time of the year for the housing market. However, current market conditions point to this winter's "slow" season being super hot!
Our REALTORS® have been busy helping buyers who are anxious to find the perfect Nassau County homes for sale while interest rates are low. Other factors, like pent-up demand and low inventory, have made this a great time to put your home on the market. Here's a closer look at the reasons why this holiday season may be the best time to list your home.
If a home sale is on your holiday wish list, Coach Realtors can help! Contact us today to schedule an appointment.
With more than 2 billion cookies consumed in the United States each year, it might seem that every day is Cookie Day. But Friday, December 4 is as good an occasion as any to join our REALTORS® in celebrating with a dozen or two of your favorite cookies from these great bakeries around Long Island.
After preparing your home to add to the inventory of Nassau County homes for sale, you've accepted an offer. While it may feel like the hard work is over, you still have to make it through the home inspection. Unfortunately, it's common for real estate deals to fall through due to a poor home inspection. Here are a few tips home sellers should follow throughout the home inspection process.
Have more questions about selling your home? Contact us today for assistance!
Whether you're fully remodeling your kitchen or just giving it a bit of a facelift, choosing the right backsplash is one of the most important decisions in the design process. When showing homes, our real estate agents find that a kitchen's backsplash can have a make-it-or-break-it effect. It might not be a large space we're talking about, but it puts the finishing touches on your new look and ties everything together.
Here are five tips to help you pick the right backsplash for your kitchen.
Most real estate agents agree that the kitchen is one of the top areas of the home to invest in. It's the heart of every home, and everyone loves one that is attractive and well-appointed. If you're interested in listing your house among other Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale, we can help! Contact us today to start the process.
We know preparing Thanksgiving dinner requires time and effort. Long Island has many fine dining establishments with special Thanksgiving menus for those who prefer to enjoy the holiday without the stress of cooking. While the COVID-19 pandemic may limit dine-in availability, many of these restaurants are offering takeout options this year. Below are some Thanksgiving dining recommendations from our REALTORS®.
With so many great options, providing a delicious Thanksgiving feast for your family can be easy this year. Contact us for more local restaurant recommendations.
November 1st is World Vegan Day and also marks the start of World Vegan Month. This is a perfect time to recognize how far the vegan movement has come, promote the undeniable benefits of vegan living, and share vegan meals with friends and family. Whether you're a long-time vegan, a budding flexitarian, or a proud omnivore, our REALTORS® are excited to share some of the best places to enjoy vegan dinner around Long Island.
Did you know that your behavior and actions can affect the sale of your home? That's right. No matter how much effort you've put into cleaning, scrutinizing, and staging your home, one wrong move can easily put off potential buyers. Our REALTORS® have laid out seven etiquette rules that every seller needs to know to nail the deal.
Whether you're adding your home to the list of Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale, our pros at Coach Realtors can help you show it off to its best advantage. Contact us to get started.
Fall is the perfect time to plan a family outing to get lost in a corn maze around Long Island. You'll also be able to enjoy other seasonal activities at most of the maze venues, including pumpkin picking and hayrides.
Our REALTORS® recommend the following corn mazes in the Long Island area:
There are six crucial questions that our REALTORS® recommend asking during a video tour. The answers you receive will let you know whether it's the right property for you, or whether it's time to move on down the road to the next house.
We're open for business, and it is always our pleasure to schedule video home tours for Nassau County homes for sale and Suffolk County homes for sale. We encourage you to contact us to schedule a video tour of the homes you want to see in the region.
Our REALTORS® know that one of the biggest draws of Long Island is the chance to live by the shore!
Seaside property is always in demand in Long Island. Whether you're looking at Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale, you shouldn't pass up the opportunity to visit some coastal homes.
Many people have never considered that they might be able to find the ideal coastal property for them. If you haven't thought about it before, now is the perfect time to give coastal living a much closer look. It is more attainable than you think!
When you buy a waterfront property, you're not just getting a new home. The truth is, you're signing on to a whole new lifestyle that can be deeply rewarding. For the right buyer, the benefits are undeniable.
Let's look at the top reasons waterfront living can't be beat:
When you want to buy a waterfront home, it's crucial to work with an expert in these unique properties. Your real estate agent can help you find one that offers the beauty and privacy you want, all while helping you make sure that your dreams for the property can be realized.
Contact us to learn more. We look forward to helping you.
When most people envision New York City's iconic places, many of Manhattan's landmarks come to mind, but there are so many other wonderful sites just across the East River. If you love New York then our REALTORS® believe you'll love visiting these historical sites on Long Island.
Would you like to call Long Island home? We can help. Contact us today.
Like many people, you've probably dreamt of owning a vacation property. But is 2020 the right year to take the plunge on a second home? After all, mortgage rates are at a historical low. But this is a time of economic uncertainty. And we don't know when the economy will fully recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. There's a lot to consider before you invest, which is why Our REALTORS® give you this rundown of the pros and cons of buying a vacation home in 2020.
Before you start looking for Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale, talk to our REALTORS® to get an insight into the current real estate market conditions and find out if this is the time to take the shot. Contact us today.
Our REALTORS® can tell you that properly staged homes frequently end up on must-see lists and spend substantially less time on the market. Sometimes, the real estate industry has a perception paradox that a neutral minimalist home provides the perfect space for potential buyers to envision themselves living there.
While home staging is all about de-personalizing the space, using eye-catching artwork can help your buyers create an emotional connection with your home. The imagery found in pictures and paintings adds another layer of meaning to your staging efforts. Here's how to use staging artwork.
Feeling overwhelmed at the thought your home stand out from other Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale? Our realtors can help you choose the best art, highlight your home's best features, and create an inviting vibe that will appeal to the right buyers. Contact us to learn more.
August is National Golf Month, and if you're anything like the rest of us, then you've probably been itching to get out and hit the links all summer. Well, it's finally time.
Golf is a fun way to enjoy some time in the great outdoors while still maintaining social distancing. Our REALTORS® are excited to enjoy National Golf Month to its fullest, so we thought we'd share some of our favorite places to tee up around Long Island!
Whether you're looking to enjoy a round of golf, or you're just ready to finally get outside and enjoy the fresh air, Long Island is a great place to be. Contact us today to learn more about life in Nassau and Suffolk counties, and talk to our team about finding your Long Island dream home.
Did you know gardening is a great way to relieve stress? This is one of the reasons why it's becoming extremely popular. In fact, many potential homebuyers tell our REALTORS® that a yard large enough for a garden is one of the features they really want in their new home.
If you're not ready to plant a large backyard garden just yet, consider starting with a simple herb garden. You can easily grow herbs either outdoors or indoors in pots. If you've been considering buying a new home, starting a container garden is a great idea. This way, you can start now and take it with you when you move.
To get your herb garden started, follow these simple tips.
The most important part of starting an herb garden is choosing the right location. Most herbs do well in an area that gets full sun. Before you plant your herbs, watch the area for a few days to ensure that it gets at least 4hours of full sun each day.
If you're going to plant your herbs outdoors, make sure you leave enough distance between the plants so they have room to grow. Generally, you'll need 1 to 4 feet of space between each plant depending on the type of herb you're growing.
For a container garden, you'll want to choose large pots and place them in a warm spot that gets at least 4 hours of full sun each day. A deck, patio, or a corner of your yard are all great options, as long as they get enough sun.
If you're planting your herbs in the yard, you'll want to remove the grass, turn the soil, and use a large garden fork to loosen it up. This is an important step because loose dirt is better able to drain water and will make it easier for the plant's roots to grow. You should also consider adding compost to the soil. This will help with water drainage and act as a fertilizer.
To start your container garden, you'll need a high-quality potting soil and fertilizer. Once you've added both to the pot, simply add some water until the soil feels moist and you're ready to plant your herbs.
The last step is to choose which herbs you want to grow. Think about the types of foods you enjoy cooking and the herbs that will compliment them the best.
Some of the best herbs for beginner gardeners include:
Make sure you choose plants that look strong and healthy. Then simply plant them in the dirt and wait for them to grow.
You'll want to keep an eye on your herb garden and water it whenever the dirt a few inches below the plant feels dry. Make sure you actually check the soil before you water because over-watering can cause the plants to rot.
When the plants grow to about 6 to 8 inches, you can start to harvest them. Don't cut more than 1/3 of the branches and try to cut them close to a leaf intersection. This will help the plant grow back faster.
Are you thinking about buying or selling a home? Now is a great time to make a move! There are many beautiful Suffolk County homes for sale and amazing properties in other nearby areas. We would love to show you around and help you find the perfect home. Contact us today to get started.
The vinyl renaissance has been in full swing for a decade now, and music lovers love to browse local record shops in hopes of snapping up coveted limited-release albums.
Whether you're a dedicated vinyl aficionado, or just want to see what all the fuss is about, our REALTORS® are excited to recommend some of our favorite Long Island record stores, just in time for National Vinyl Record Day on Aug. 12th!
Indie record stores are still alive and well on Long Island! Contact us today to learn more about life in Nassau and Suffolk counties, and talk to our team about finding your Long Island dream home.
Our REALTORS® have seen many home trends come and go over the years, but one thing that always appeals to prospective buyers and new homeowners is extra space for leisure activities.
Having a recreation space in the basement is an excellent option for kids and adults alike. Recreational activities help banish stress, promote relaxation, allow for some quality family time, and help keep the kids busy. Not only will your family enjoy using it, but it can increase the value of your home. If you have unfinished or unused space in your basement, here are some ideas to make the most of it.
Always start here. You'll get a better idea of the size and be able to envision the possibilities. If you're currently using it for storage, you may have to relocate some of those items.
Decide how to use the space
If you have a large space, you can divide the space, either visually or physically, for multiple uses. Depending on what you want to do, the size or shape of the space, positioning of pipes, HVAC vents or equipment, and access to electrical outlets or water may be considerations, so it pays to have a plan first. Here are a few popular ideas that families enjoy.
Consider your family's activities and style
Since you'll want a space the whole family will enjoy, you may want to get everyone's input. You'll also want everyone to feel comfortable in the space. Here are some considerations you may find useful for a family area.
Light or bright colors on the walls are best since basements are short on natural light. A different color or a painted stripe can serve to visually divide the space for multiple uses.
Update or add flooring
Many basements simply have a concrete floor and some older homes may even have flooring tiles that contain asbestos and would need to be professionally removed. Adding flooring will help keep the area warmer in the winter too. Make sure whatever you choose is suitable for the below-grade installation. You could use different flooring to visually divide the space as well.
Make sure there's enough space to move around
It's especially important for traditional gaming tables like a pool table or if you plan to do VR gaming. Depending on the length of the cues, pool tables will need a minimum of 4-1/2 feet clearance on all sides. VR games require at least enough room to stretch out and move your arms and legs in all directions without hitting anyone else or knocking anything over (usually around 5-6 feet). For other uses, just make sure your family members can move through the area easily.
Coach Realtors can help with your home search in Nassau County, Suffolk County, and the surrounding areas. Contact us today to get started finding the right home for your family.
Whether you're buying a new home you need to completely furnish or would like to replace some of your current pieces, you'll find many unique furniture shops around Nassau County homes for sale and Suffolk County homes for sale.
Our REALTORS® suggest stopping by the following shops in Nassau and Suffolk counties:
Contact us for more information about the furniture shops and other stores that help make Nassau and Suffolk counties a special place to work, play, shop, and live!
Whether you're looking for Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale, there's one thing you can count on: Our REALTORS® are there to make the whole process easier for you. We'll guide you every step of the way so you can make informed choices.
Unfortunately, even savvy buyers often believe some real estate myths.
It's no surprise certain real estate myths are so common. They've been around a long time and it's easy to pick them up through word of mouth. Some real estate myths were truths once upon a time. However, real estate changes quickly – and it's important to move with the times.
To make things even more complicated, the coronavirus pandemic has changed real estate in a very short time. Buyers and sellers around Long Island need to be aware of how COVID-19 has shaped the local market, but it's also crucial not to overcorrect.
Here are the biggest real estate myths to bust in 2020:
When it's time to buy your next Long Island home, Coach Realtors is here to help. Contact us for personalized advice.
One great way to enjoy the outdoors around Long Island is to seek out the local bike trails. Our REALTORS® have several great suggestions for enjoying the amenities in our area, which are a real asset to the Long Island lifestyle.
Heckscher State Park- Heckscher Parkway Field 1, East Islip, NY 11730
Cycle the 4.5-mile flat trail for a panoramic view of Great South Bay. Watch for the nests of ospreys, a sea hawk, that tower over the park campground, and over the trail near Field 7. This 1600-acre former 19th-century estate also shelters white-tail deer and a variety of other birds. The park, originally opposed by local residents, represented public official Robert Moses's toughest fight to ensure the availability of public lands on Long Island. East Islip homes for sale are conveniently located near the trail and other amenities of Heckscher.
Eisenhower Park - Merrick and Stewart Avenues, East Meadow, NY 11554
This 930-acre oasis in Nassau County is one of the largest public spaces in the New York metro area. Larger than Central Park, it comprises property owned by Salisbury Country Club plus adjoining properties the county acquired. There's an easy, 5-mile loop trail, accessible all year round, near Meadowbrook Parkway. Check out Garden City homes for sale, just a few minutes away from the biking trails and everything else Eisenhower Park has to offer.
Belmont Lake State Park - Southern State Parkway Exit 38, North Babylon, NY 11703
Located in Suffolk County, Belmont Lake State Park offers lots of activities, including picnicking, pedal boat and kayak rental, fishing, game courts, and also trails for walking and biking. Cyclists can enjoy a flat, easy 2.5-mile trail that runs through pretty woods, by a small waterfall, and over a stone bridge. Interested in Commack homes for sale? You won't be far from this picturesque park.
Valley Stream State Park - Valley Stream State Park Road, Valley Stream, NY 11580
It's a short, rolling 2.7-mile loop trail around a lake, but you can pack a lunch, bike a bit, and choose one of the many picnic tables along the route in this shady park to set up the eats while the kids play. Picture yourself in one of our Hewlett homes for sale, where you'll be just minutes away from this gorgeous setting.
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve - 25 Lloyd Harbor Road, Huntington, NY 11743
Twenty-seven miles of trails traverse this flat to hilly park, a former estate on a Gold Coast peninsula that reaches into Long Island Sound. Caumsett comprises salt marsh, woodland, meadows and rock shoreline. Developed by Marshall Field III, the estate was acquired by New York State in the early '60s. In addition to biking, the park offers walking, bridle paths, hiking, nature trails and cross-country skiing. Have a look at Huntington homes for sale, and you could be in close proximity to this Long Island gem.
Hempstead Lake State Park - Lakeside Drive, West Hempstead, NY 11552
The flat, easy, 2.4-mile trail winding around McDonald Pond isn't the only draw for this shady park. Enjoy boating, horseback riding, picnicking, playgrounds, playing fields, tennis, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, and fishing. There's also a historic merry-go-round. Imagine your family biking the trails around McDonald Pond, just minutes from Rockville Centre homes for sale.
Everyone wants to live in a beautiful home. Warm weather means that most homeowners are making their way into the home improvement stores and dialing up contractors for those special projects around the house. Whether you plan to spend a little or a lot, our REALTORS® want you to get the most for your investment. Some remodeling projects are worth their weight in gold, while others will return pennies on the dollar. It's important to know which is which before you make your plans.
You'll never get every penny you spend on remodeling back when you put the home on the market. However, the following will give you between 60-70% return. Where these investments are most valuable is in the foot traffic they'll generate from the listing.
Whether you plan to spend $1,000 or $50,000 on renovations, one thing every homeowner needs to keep an eye on is the value of real estate in the area. There is no limit to how much you can spend, but there is a limit on what buyers will pay. One of the first things they'll look at is home values in the neighborhood. If your home is $100,000 more than a comparable home for sale down the street, they'll get the contract.
Contact us for more information about remodeling projects we recommend to our clients. It's our pleasure to help you choose upgrades and features that will stand out in the market.
Our REALTORS® are seeing more homeowners enjoy the benefits of a backyard fire pit. Gathering around a warm fire with your family is an excellent way to spend an evening. When using a fire pit, safety should always be your priority.
Whether you already own a fire pit or getting ready to install one, precautionary measures are necessary for your safety.
Roasting marshmallows or cooking hot dogs, fire pits provide hours of fun for you and your family. When you follow all the safety guidelines, you don't need to worry about the flames getting away from you. If you are looking for Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale with a large backyard for a fire pit, contact us.
Summer's almost here, and it's prime time for farmer's markets. Even though COVID-19 has changed the way some vendors do business, many Long Island farmer's markets are open for business. Whether you're looking for fresh flowers, produce, meat, or other hand-crafted local goodies, you'll find at some of our REALTORS® favorite farmer's markets.
Ready to learn more about Long Beach and its rich history and culture? Our experienced real estate professionals can help you find the home you've been looking for. Contact us today to get started.
The first Friday in June means one thing – it's time to eat the doughnuts! Believe it or not, National Doughnut Day has important historical significance. The Salvation Army Lassies served doughnuts to our troops on the front lines in Europe during WWI. The doughnuts were actually cooked inside of the troops' helmets, giving these infantrymen the nickname of "doughboys." Today, we celebrate their commitment to feeding our country's soldiers by enjoying these delicious baked goods.
National Doughnut Day falls on Friday, June 5th, this year and our REALTORS® are ready to dive into a box of delicious doughnuts. Whether you spell it "doughnut" or "donut", you do not want to miss out on tasty treats from these Long Island bakeries.
Do you want to grab a box of doughnuts and cruise around Long Island looking for Suffolk County homes for sale? We're here to help! Contact us today to schedule virtual tours or private showings of Suffolk and Nassau County homes for sale.
Has your family run out of words for Scrabble? Maybe you've binged everything in your Netflix queue. Our REALTORS® understand the difficulty of finding new and entertaining ways to pass the time at your home on Long Island.
Creating a time capsule is an absorbing and rewarding activity that pays dividends now and later. Use these helpful suggestions to start a creative project involving the whole family.
While a vacation or retreat are excellent ways to de-stress and reconnect with your family, sometimes it's not possible to get away. Ensure that your time at home is at pleasant as possible by turning your home into a sanctuary. Our REALTORS® also find that peaceful properties are attractive to potential homebuyers. Check out a few simple tricks to make your home your own personal sanctuary.
Concerned that your home isn't right for your needs? Contact us to explore other properties!
Practicing social distancing presents the perfect opportunity for a clean and happy home by tackling home maintenance projects. While prepping your home for summer can be tedious, our REALTORS® know that it helps you take back control of your home and give yourself the chance to beat the heat.
Check these summer home maintenance to-dos off your list to keep your home in prime working condition.
Ready to put your home on the market among Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale? Our team would be happy to help get your home sold quickly and for the right price. Contact us today to speak to an agent.
Creaks, groans, bumps in the night. Houses make all kinds of strange sounds, some of which can be downright unnerving if you're a first-time homeowner.
Our REALTORS® have heard them all. Some really are "the house settling," just like your parents always told you. Some are common (but often irritating) noises that you can get rid of with little more than a few turns of a wrench. But a few household noises might represent a serious issue that needs professional attention.
Contact us today to learn more about the ins and outs of homeownership. We can help you find the right place to call home among the many Nassau County homes for sale and Suffolk County homes for sale on Long Island.
Now is a great time to start planning your landscaping projects. As you ponder the plethora of options you can add to your landscape, the following are some that our REALTORS® recommend and some that you should leave for someone else's lawn.
Trend #1 - Kept It Low-Maintenance
21st-century life is moving faster and faster. With more to do, that means less time to take care of the landscape. If there's one overarching trend, low-maintenance is the bedrock you want to build your landscape upon. Think simple, classy, and minimal maintenance with your decorative elements, plants, grass, etc.
Trend #2 - What Was Inside, Is Now Outside, too
Outdoor living areas are growing in popularity. Outdoor sitting areas complete with fully automated surround sound audio and video systems are ideal for entertaining. Better still, upgrade the backyard grill to a backyard kitchen outfitted with refrigerators, sinks, cutting tables, and everything you need to host a backyard bash that will have the neighbors begging for an invite.
Trend #3 - Lay Porcelain Tile
Concrete, wood, and other outdoor building elements tend to suffer the effects of weather as time passes. Porcelain flooring does not. It is resilient and designed to last. Most importantly, it won't absorb moisture (thus, it won't expand and crack), plus it's highly resistant to scratches and damage, so it will look new for many years to come.
Trend #4 - Light It Up
Homeowners want to enjoy their landscape long after the sun goes down for the day. The right combination of downlight, bullet, garden, well, and wash light can create a stunning ambiance for you to enjoy. When you get the mix just right, you'll see just how fast the lights attract interested buyers to your door.
Trend #5 - Xeriscaping is Still in Vogue
Xeriscaping is geared toward creating the most eco-friendly landscape possible. Its primary purpose is to minimize water consumption. As a bonus, it also reduces maintenance. While there's typically plenty of moisture in New York, it never hurts to shave a few more dollars off the water bill.
Trend #6 - Climb the Walls with Your Garden
Vertical gardening is ideal for small landscapes where space is at a premium. However, it's also popular in larger landscapes because it frees up space for more substantial patios, outdoor seating areas, swimming pools, etc. A well-positioned vertical garden can also create privacy or be used to create an aromatic backdrop when filled with herbs and spices.
#1 - Don't Make It Too Eclectic
Ornate designs look great in photographs, but not so much in real-life. When in doubt, opt for simple elegance rather than a creative pattern that may not match the home.
#2 - Don't Mismatch the Front and Backyard
What you have upfront for the neighbors to see, should match what you have in the back for your enjoyment. Make sure the front yard and backyard have a cohesive design and layout.
#3 - Planting Any Tree
The right trees add value to a property; the wrong trees do just the opposite. Pick low-maintenance, hearty growth trees that do well in New York's climate as opposed to exotic species that may wither and die.
Contact us for more information about the landscaping ideas we recommend to clients preparing to settle into their new home or preparing to sell their current home soon. It's our pleasure to answer your questions and tell you more about what we see in Nassau County and Suffolk County homes for sale.
In-person interactions and onsite tours are a huge part of the process of buying and selling homes. But in the era of the coronavirus, it's about staying home and taking preventative measures for decreasing the risk of the virus. It's not clear how long the social distancing mandates will stay in place, but so much like all interactions in this time, home selling and buying is moving online.
If you're selling your home this spring, you can rely on virtual tours to show the house to all of your potential buyers at once without them having to be physically present. Our REALTORS® have experience in staging virtual tours and can give you tips to get your home ready to create that oh-so-important first impression.
A virtual tour is an interactive tool that gives a 360° image of the interior and exterior of a building. It's created by stitching together a sequence of 360 photos to form a completely immersive visual experience for viewers.
A virtual tour can also take place via a video chat app such as Google Duo, Zoom, or WhatsApp. In this scenario, the interested buyer requests a tour time online, and the agent uses the buyer's preferred app to show the home in real time.
Keep in mind that a virtual tour will be similar to a live open house, but a camera can capture more than the eye can see. Make sure that the entire area is prepped ahead of the day you plan on recording the tour.
Putting in the extra effort to prepare and stage your house for a virtual tour will produce better images and hopefully create a faster sale. Consider working with the team at Coach Realtors to ensure that the tour shows off your home in its finest characteristics. Contact us to get started.
With everyone spending more time at home, we're all looking for productive ways to use our time. Many of our REALTORS® are using their extra time to tackle those deep cleaning chores that they never seem to have time to get to. Here are a few of their best tips.
Were you thinking about buying or selling a home this year? There's no need to wait! We're using online resources and virtual tours to help our clients meet their real estate goals. Contact us today to learn more!
With businesses and public facilities shut down all across the state, many people are looking for new ways to entertain themselves from home. Thanks to the incredible online resources offered by our local libraries, we all have plenty of options!
All of the libraries around Nassau and Suffolk counties are currently allowing residents to apply for a digital library card so you can access their digital materials from your home even if you're not already a member. Take a look at some of the other special services that are currently available.
Times have certainly changed, but at Coach Realtors, we're still helping people buy and sell their homes! We're offering virtual open houses and making other accommodations to maintain safe social distancing during the entire process. Don't put your dreams on hold! Contact us today to discuss your goals and get started.
Need a space for a home office but aren't sure where it should go? If you've got a spare room, then it's a no brainer. But if all your rooms already have a function, it may be a little trickier. Your office location may also hinge on whether you're working remotely and need a place to work fulltime, or you just need a place to pay bills.
Regardless of where you decide to set up, creating a dedicated office space can be fun. And as our REALTORS® around Long Island will tell you, it can also be a selling point that will make your home a stand out among other Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale. Here are five possibilities for your home office.
Our agents have other hints for creating an office space in your new or renovated Suffolk or Nassau County home for sale. Contact us today.
Spring is in the air, and our REALTORS® are excited about the return of warm weather and prime running conditions! Nassau and Suffolk counties host countless 5K runs and walks throughout the spring and summer months, and we have an equally wide range of great places to train for your next race. When you're ready to hit the trail, be sure to check out these great running destinations!
With spring on the horizon, we're excited to be able to hit the trails once again here on Long Island! Contact us today to learn more about life in Nassau and Suffolk counties.
Spring is often the busiest period of real estate activity in the year. And it makes sense because of the warm weather and the number of buyers actively searching for a new home during the season. But with all that comes competition, and the fact that you'll need to put in a bit of extra effort to showcase your property in the best light. Our REALTORS® share these spring selling tips to make your stand out in a crowded market
These simple tips will make your home stand out from the crowd and maximize the impact it has on potential buyers. Our team can help you achieve your selling goals and develop a solid marketing strategy for your property. Contact us today to get started.
It's no surprise that the man who said, "Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living" gave us How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, The Cat in the Hat, and Yertle the Turtle. On Monday, March 2, take a break from touring Nassau County homes for sale and Suffolk County homes for sale to honor Dr. Seuss's birthday. Celebrate Read Across America Day with a trip to one of these wonderful local bookstores and libraries.
Turn fantasy into reality with the home of your dreams. Contact us at Coach Realtors to get started.
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.
Our agents can advise you on all the right moves to stage your home, including sprucing up the basement. Contact us today.
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.
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.
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.
Need some direction? Get inspiration at these top organizing and space management stores.
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.
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.
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.
Did you know knitting is becoming a super-trendy hobby? It's true! Although this pastime was once relegated to the older generation, it has enjoyed quite a renaissance over the past few years. In fact, several of Our REALTORS® have taken up the hobby and agree that it's a fun and relaxing way to unwind.
If you've been thinking about taking up a new skill that's easy to learn, knitting is a great option. And, there are plenty of local shops that can help you get started. Here are a few of our favorites.
Knitting is a hobby you can enjoy by yourself or with the company of others, making it the perfect pastime for just about everyone. Try it out, and you're sure to get hooked! Whether you're thinking about buying or selling a home, the professionals at Coach REALTORS® can show you just how easy it can be. Don't let your real estate journey stress you out—let us help! Contact us today to get started.
Bundle up and bring the family to Long Island Winterfest 2020. The annual event returns to the East End for its thirteenth year of magic in the winter. Our REALTORS® love this five-week celebration of local culture, and we're sure you will too! We've gathered everything you need to know about prior events and how to prepare for Winterfest 2020.
The East End hosts festivals and events throughout the year, and if you haven't checked out any of their previous Winterfest celebrations, you've been missing out! Offering authentic experiences of Riverhead, the North Fork, and the South Fork, last year 30 unique venues in the North Fork and Hamptons hosted Winterfest events. People from all over the state came to meet the local farmers, bakers, makers, performers, artists, musicians, and chefs that make Long Island such a unique part of New York.
New this year is the Winterfest VIP Founders Club and its corresponding VIP Passport Card. Join the club and receive a card and lanyard holder qualifying you for substantial savings on participating festival restaurants, hotels, and entertainment. With your VIP Passport Card, gain access to the After Hours Party following the Winterfest Kick Off Party (a $20 value), a $20 Bistro 72 gift card, and 10 percent off overnight bookings at Hotel Indigo Riverhead. Purchase your VIP Passport Card here.
Last year's events included trivia nights, live concerts, theatrical performances, and family-friendly activities for kids and adults. This year will be no different, with a variety of events to enjoy, including:
We invite you to join us at Winterfest 2020! As always, contact us if you'd like help buying or selling our warm and welcoming homes around Long Island.
Between 20 and 30 percent of homebuyers report that they attend open houses to assist with their homebuying efforts. Our REALTORS® can help you prepare your home to sell and arrange an open house to showcase your home.
When preparing for an open house, it's easy to focus only on the main spaces in your home. However, to ensure buyers see everything your home has to offer, you need to make sure that every room is ready for scrutiny. Check out some of the rooms commonly overlooked by homeowners preparing to sell their homes.
If you're ready to sell your home, but have concerns that your spaces won't show well, contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our agents. We'll help you figure out what changes you need to make to ensure your home looks its best.
Television used to tell us what a smart home would look like: talking assistants, automatic stoves, voice-operated music, and motion-sensing lighting. While our current homes may not be quite how Hollywood envisioned, many of these items are actually available today to upgrade your smart home environment—and buyers want them.
Our REALTORS® are here to help you discover five smart home updates that can help your home sell in 2020.
If you are looking to make smart home upgrades before selling, then contact us today to let your area expert agents help you find the best value. We're here to help sell your home.
When you're selling your home, photographs play a large part in attracting potential buyers. Winter can be a difficult time to take appealing photos as everything can look darker and drearier. Instead of colorful spring flowers, you may have piles of snow in your yard.
Our agents have experience selling homes in the winter and suggest the following tips for doing winter listing photography right:
Contact us to learn more about how you can make sure your winter listing photography is done right. We know what buyers are looking for in Long Island homes and can advise you on any changes you can make to show your home off to its best advantage.
Do you think you're too busy to take up a hobby? Scientific studies show having a hobby provides personal and professional benefits, making you healthier and more productive.
Bring in the new year with a new and improved you. Our real estate agents share some of their favorite hobbies around Long Island. Which one will you try?
Do your plans for 2020 include buying or selling a home? Contact us at Coach Realtors for friendly and experienced help with your real estate needs at any time of the year.
It's a common misperception that the real estate market comes to a halt when the holidays come to town. The reality is that many people are looking to put the keys to a new home under the tree. Our REALTORS® are experts at selling homes throughout the holiday season and the following are some tips that can help your home stand out among the bright lights and inflatable Santas in the neighborhood.
Contact us for more information about selling your home over the holidays. Our team will answer your questions and help you develop a solid marketing strategy for your property.
Our REALTORS® know that the neighborhood really matters when choosing your new home. Long Island is full of wonderful neighborhoods ready for you to call home. Throwing a party is a fun way to celebrate the holidays in your new home with family and friends. And no holiday celebration is complete without some holiday cookies. Let's face it, everyone loves cookies! They're perfect to round out the food choices at your own celebration, bring to someone else's party, or to give as a gift for the host or hostess. Here are some of the best places on Long Island to get cookies for your holiday party.
Cookies by Design - 1969 Jericho Turnpike, East Northport, NY 11731.
After you're done looking at East Northport homes for sale make sure to stop at Cookies by Design for a dessert everyone at the party will love. Whether you're looking for a gift box with a variety of flavors, a giant cookie to share, or an arrangement of custom-decorated cookies, you'll find what you need here. Hosts and guests alike will be impressed.
Butter Crust Bakery - 36 Laurel Road, East Northport, NY 11731.
Butter Crust Bakery is a family-owned bakery that has been serving East Northport for over 50 years, so you know your holiday cookie order will be delightful. Their elegant and tasty cookies make every party a special occasion.
Butter Street Sweets - 256 Main St., Northport, NY 11768
Butter Street Sweets provides photo-worthy cookies to Northport homes for sale that are perfect for your holiday party. Whether you prefer custom-decorated cookies or a platter of classic holiday favorites, your guests and your taste buds will be impressed!
Chip 'n Dipped - 342 New York Ave., Huntington, NY 11743
Chip 'n Dipped offers a unique take on holiday cookies, with all your favorites dipped in delectable chocolate. After you're done checking out Huntington homes for sale stop by and watch them create homemade treats, you'll love to eat. If your holiday parties are taking place out of town, don't worry. Chip 'n Dipped can ship nationwide.
Buttercooky Bakery - Locations in Floral Park, Huntington, and Manhasset
With three locations around Long Island, including one near Manhasset homes for sale, Buttercooky Bakery can meet all your holiday cookie needs. Traditional butter cookies in a wide variety of flavors, your favorite Italian cookies, and specialty cookies can take any holiday celebration you're having to the next level.
No matter what holidays you celebrate this season, your get together is always better with cookies! Local businesses are just one of the many features that make Long Island a great place to live. And our agents at Coach REALTORS® can help you find the right home you'll love. Contact us today to get started.
Every seller wants their home to be the one buyers can't wait to make an offer on. Often that means making some improvements before you sell. Some upgrades and features are better than others, and ideally, you'll want to focus on the ones that will actually help sell your home.
According to the National Association of REALTORS® millennials now comprise 37% of buyers, the largest segment of the market for any generation. So it makes sense that some or all of the home improvements you make before selling should appeal to them. Our REALTORS® can offer some advice about what today's buyers really want.
Getting your home sold is much easier when you willing to pay attention to the features buyers really want. And things are even easier when you have the right real estate agent on your side. Coach REALTORS® can answer your questions and help get you with selling your home or buying your next one. Contact us today to get started.
Are you thinking about capitalizing on the Airbnb trend and purchasing a rental property? You're certainly not alone! Millions of homeowners around the world have embraced Airbnb as a second or even primary source of income, but success isn't as simple as shopping for a Suffolk County home for sale and setting up a mattress in a spare room. Prepping your home to become part of the hospitality industry isn't for everyone, and it takes work to turn your home into an Airbnb earner. Our REALTORS® are here to help you make an informed decision, with a look at the pros and cons of jumping on the Airbnb bandwagon.
Turn a Second Home or Spare Room into Extra Income
Let's start with the biggest pro, and the reason you're probably interested in Airbnb in the first place. If your home has a good location and you prep it properly, you can turn your Airbnb property into a significant source of income. It takes work to excel with Airbnb, but if you stick with it, the payoff can be significant. You can rent out unused space in your own home, or purchase a property specifically as an Airbnb investment. Either way, you can generate extra income without Airbnb being your main job.
Prepping a Home for Airbnb Can Be Costly
While you can certainly generate significant income with an Airbnb property, the eventual payoff often comes with a substantial upfront cost. If you're renting out a home through Airbnb, your customers will expect a home that's ready to host guests. That may require significant renovations to create a comfortable, inviting space. You'll also need to think about the costs of utilities, cleaning, landscaping, and anything else required for your property to look its best.
Competition Is Fierce
Part of the reason that prepping a home for Airbnb can be costly is that the level of competition can be quite high. There are millions of Airbnb properties around the world, and you'll also be competing with local hotels for business. While competition is far from a dealbreaker, it's important to recognize that an Airbnb home isn't a turnkey investment.
Show Your Love for Your Community
Do you love the place that you call home, and enjoy helping people discover all that your community has to offer? As an Airbnb host, you put yourself in a perfect position to promote your community and draw new business to the area.
Local Regulations Can Make Things Complicated
Before making the leap with Airbnb, it's critical to check out the local regulations for rental and hospitality properties. There may be limits on how long you can rent out the property, and taxes can vary significantly based on location. You'll also want to check whether your mortgage lender allows you to sublet the property and look at how renting the property out will impact your homeowners insurance.
Becoming Part of the Hospitality Industry
Behind every Airbnb success story, there's usually an enthusiastic host who loves making guests feel at home. If you love helping guests feel comfortable and pointing them toward the best local attractions, then Airbnb may be for you. If you don't like the hospitality side of things, then a traditional rental property may be a better fit.
Whether you're looking for a home that allows you to become part of the sharing economy with Airbnb or simply searching for the perfect place to call home, we can help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout Suffolk County.
It's hard to believe that the holidays are just around the corner, but yes, it's true! Finding the perfect gift for that special someone can be challenging, but one of the great things about living on Long Island are the fun, quirky arts and crafts fairs. Our REALTORS® love checking out what local artisans have to offer—here's a sampling of some of their fave fairs to hit for holiday gifts.
Ready to begin your search for a beautiful Long Island home? Contact us at Coach REALTORS® to get started today.
Lace up your hiking boots! November 17 is National Hiking Day, and if ever there was a great time to hit the trail, this is it. Here on Long Island, we're blessed to be surrounded by some of the most picturesque hiking trails in the Northeast, and our REALTORS® are excited to share some of their favorites!
We love life on Long Island, and we think you will too! With all the amenities of the big city and wide-open spaces of the country, it's a truly unique place to call home. Contact us today to learn more, and talk to our team about finding your new home.
Owning your own home remains a crucial part of the American dream, but it isn't always easy. From growing debt problems to an ever-changing real estate market, there are plenty of potential roadblocks to homeownership. For veteran and military home buyers, there are some options well worth considering.
Our REALTORS® are proud to have helped countless veterans and active servicemen and women buy homes—in many cases, their first homes. We're grateful for the opportunity to help. If you're a veteran or military homebuyer, keep these tips in mind as you start the homebuying process.
Our team of dedicated REALTORS® has years of experience helping troops and veterans buy their first homes. If you're ready to learn more, contact us today to explore the ways we can help you become a homeowner.
Who hasn't dreamed of living in a mansion of their own? Our REALTORS® know that Long Island is the perfect place to indulge in your fantasies and gaze longingly upon the many Gold Coast Mansions dotting the landscape. Although Long Island was home to more than 500 of these grand estates erected in the early 1900s, there are less than 200 still standing today. Take a relaxing drive and discover the wonder of these seven Gold Coast Mansions and envision what life in the Roaring '20s would have been like with a home this marvelous.
Dreaming of living the good life on Long Island? We can help! Contact us today to tour the best Long Island homes for sale!
When you're buying a house, many intangible factors come into play. Is it in a safe neighborhood? How is the school system? Does it have a great view? Our REALTORS® find that for many people, job commute is one of the top criteria for evaluating homes.
Today's job landscape has gone beyond the traditional nine-to-five workday, so commute time isn't such a cut-and-dried issue. Here are some expert tips for putting job commute in perspective when choosing a home to buy.