Saturday, August 17, 2019

Morning People Vs. Night People | E-Neighborhood Advisor

You may know this old joke. There are three kinds of people in the world: those who can count and those who can’t.

But you can definitely separate us all into two categories: morning people and night people.

Morning people jump out of bed at the (relative) crack of dawn, wake up quickly and have their most productive hours in the first half of the day.

Night people think getting up before noon is ridiculous, gradually pick up pace as the day passes and reach their peak in the evening.

 Invariably, these two types clash with each other. Night people can’t understand how morning people can be so cheerful at such a ghastly hour. Morning people think night people are so grumpy because they stay up too late.

Usually families are composed of both types; the same is true with companies. Office managers, you might find it worthwhile to divide your team into these two groups and let them work the appropriate hours….productivity could soar!

But if you think about it, there must be a reason for the division of us humans into day people and night people. In more dangerous times, it would have made sense to have some of us alert at all hours of the day or night.

So don’t scoff at people of the opposite type: some day they may have your back!

Your Flooring Consultant,

Matt Capell
Phone (208) 288-0151
Fax (208) 917-6160

P.S. Here's a joke for you!
I never thought I’d be the type of person to wake up at 5 in the morning to exercise.
I was right.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Home Improvements that Matter | E-Neighborhood Advisor

You can make your life more comfortable and improve the value of your home at the same time with some low to mid-range improvements.

A list of 35 home improvement projects in Remodeling magazine’s Cost vs. Value report all showed a sale price increase.

Here’s their top 10 improvement projects in the mid-range of cost to you:

1. Entry door replacement (steel)
2. Deck addition (wood)
3. Attic bedroom
4. Garage door replacement
5. Minor kitchen remodel
6. Window replacement (wood)
7. Window replacement (vinyl)
8. Siding replacement (vinyl)
9. Basement remodel
10. Deck addition (composite)

For homeowners with a smaller budget, here are some lower-range improvements that can still boost resale value:

1. Very minor kitchen remodel – consider replacing the hardware and facing on your cupboards rather than replacing the whole cupboards
2. Scaled down bathroom remodel – repaint cabinets instead of replacing them
3. Add a ramp and handrails, create a separate outside wheelchair access
4. Entry door replacement (composite)
5. Paint trim around door and windows

Even if you’re not selling your home, these improvements may make your life more pleasant. You’ll enjoy coming home to your upgraded home features!

Your Flooring Consultant,

Matt Capell
Phone (208) 288-0151
Fax (208) 917-6160

P.S. Here's a joke for you!
What does a house wear? 

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Stay Cool on Hot August Days | E-Neighborhood Advisor

There are so many fun summer days this month with yummy tastes to cool down with on a hot summer day.

August 1st is Raspberry Ice Cream Day and even better is Ice Cream Sandwich Day on the 2nd.

Have you ever made ice cream sandwiches? Here are recipes to The 50 Most Delish Ice Cream Sandwiches. I may try “As-You-Like-'Em”. That's number 26 in the list of 50.

Of course, don't miss out on Watermelon Day on the 3rd.

How about a visit to the beach for Wiggle Your Toes Day and Sandcastle Day on August 6th or Play in the Sand Day on August 11th.

Cool down some more on the 14th with Creamsicle Day, yum! Then enjoy Spumoni Day - an Italian layered ice cream dessert on the 21st.

So many tasty choices to cool down during these hot summer days!

Your Flooring Consultant,

Matt Capell
Phone (208) 288-0151
Fax (208) 917-6160

P.S. Here's a joke for you!
Q: Why did the ice cream truck break down? 
A: Because of the Rocky Road.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Welcome to August 2019 | Capell Flooring and Interiors

Dear friends,

Here’s hoping that your summer is going well! For many of us, the beginning of August brings a reminder that summer (or at least summer vacation) is almost over. It’s a month of scrambling to get in a couple more beach trips, barbecues, campfires, pool days, or anything else that signals summer for you. Enjoying your August to the fullest is a great way to ensure you don’t regret missing out on summer.

It’s also the motivation behind our Zero Regrets Guarantee. We know that choosing new flooring is a big project, and we don’t want you to regret missing out on an amazing new look for your home. That’s why our team will help you choose exactly the right product and style for your needs, and our expert installers will ensure that it’s perfectly placed in your home’s unique floorplan. Our goal isn’t just to sell a bit of carpet or tile; it’s to become your trusted flooring provider for life. Summer may be coming to a close, but we’re in this for the long haul – and we’re delighted to have you as a part of the Capell Flooring family.

Thanks once again for checking out this month’s edition of the Neighborhood Advisor, and we hope you have a wonderful August.

Your friend,

Matt Capell

Monday, July 29, 2019

Mega Trivia Contest - Capell Flooring and Interiors

Please play our monthly Mega Trivia Contest at Capell Flooring and Interiors. It is fun, free, and your chances of winning are really good. Go here to learn more and to enter: Feel Free to Call us if you have any questions 208-288-0151 or email us at

Saturday, July 27, 2019

What does an act of kindness do for you? | E-Neighborhood Advisor

Did you ever see the movie, Pay It Forward, that got released to theaters on October 20, 2000? It was based on a novel written by Catherine Ryan Hyde. In that story, a small town classroom assignment takes on a life of its own and spirals positively through people’s lives until it reaches a city reporter states away.

The movie is an example of what can happen when we think outside the box and outside ourselves. It also shows the affect on a person when they take steps to make someone else’s life better. In fact, there are some positive side effects worth noting.

The Beneficial Warm Rush

If you have deliberately done something good for someone else, you may know that warm feeling that sweeps over you. With it flows oxytocin, a positive heart hormone that helps reduce blood pressure. It also helps reduce inflammation and aging organisms in the body.

The Community Impact

Doing good for other people, especially a stranger, brings people closer together. Not only are we drawn to the kind hearted, receiving an act of kindness causes many to want to reciprocate or pay it forward. It’s contagious! The unexpected result is feeling a stronger connection with those around us.

Getting Outside Ourselves

Acts of kindness - holding a door, buying a stranger a coffee, donating to charity, raking a neighbor's leaves - improve our moods, can reduce our stress, and the more we do for others, the happier we can feel. In fact, doing good for others can cause stressing circumstances to be less worrying.

Small or large, let’s do something to improve the life of another.

Phone (208) 288-0151
Fax (208) 917-6160
Your Flooring Consultant,

Matt Capell

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Paint or Wallpaper? | E-Neighborhood Advisor

If you’re considering home renovation, what do you choose for your walls? Paint and wallpaper each have their advantages, so let’s look at the pros and cons.

Your choice will hinge on four factors:

1. Budget
2. Who does the work
3. Condition of the walls
4. “Scrubbability”

These factors are interrelated. If you’re on a very limited budget, you’re likely doing the work yourself and water-based paint is probably your best bet. Numbers 3 and 4 may not even enter into consideration.

Paint is generally less expensive than wall coverings. There’s a certain amount of masking, mess and cleanup involved, but you don’t need to be an expert to do a reasonable job.

You may choose water-based or oil-based paints. The former are easier to work with, since they’re water-soluble, but are not as washable after the walls are painted. With oil-based paints, you need turpentine for brush-cleaning, but the surfaces stand more washing.

If your budget is a little more generous, professional painters do a superlative job, can execute more advanced painting techniques and clean up after themselves!

Wallpaper tends to be more expensive than paint but doesn’t require as much masking and finishing. Once you’ve mastered some basic techniques, like overlapping and matching patterns, it’s not that difficult. Plus “wallpaper” doesn’t begin to describe the wide range of wall coverings now available.

Here again, if you don’t have the time or can’t stand ladders, professionals are available to do the job for you.

The final two factors are often overlooked. If you have children or pets you’ll know about “scrubbability” – choose a heavy-duty oil-based paint or a tough vinyl wall covering.

If you are redecorating in an older home, where the walls are uneven, paint will show up every defect and wall coverings are a better choice.

In the end, whether you choose paint or wallpaper, the range of options now on the market contains something for everyone.

Phone (208) 288-0151
Fax (208) 917-6160
Your Flooring Consultant,

Matt Capell

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

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Saturday, July 13, 2019

Exercise: How Much is Too Much? | E-Neighborhood Advisor

Unless you’re one of the few who have a regular fitness program, we all know we should get more exercise. But how much exercise is optimal? Is there such a thing as getting too much?

For certain, channel-surfing all day is not going to help your health. The dangers of sitting for long periods are now well known, so much so that conscientious companies include short exercise periods in their daily schedule.

But new studies seem to indicate that getting too much exercise can also be a problem. Marathon runners, for example, tend to have more heart problems than average. Weight lifters do too. Any extreme exertion puts a strain on various parts and systems of the body, especially if you overdo it when starting out.

Walking, dancing and swimming seem to be the best overall exercises for the body, causing little specific damage. But swimming is not an option for some of us. For some, walking seems boring. But if you make a habit of it, the activity can be very enjoyable. Try power-walking with a friend.

Many isometric-type exercises can be done at or beside your desk and it’s wise to make a habit of not sitting more than half an hour at a time. Household chores count as physical activity; so do gardening and snow shoveling in season.

So it all boils down, as it often does, to the good advice handed down centuries ago in ancient Greece. Over the arch leading to Delphi were written these words:

Know Thyself
Nothing in Excess

Oh, about the dancing? Do it whenever possible!

Phone (208) 288-0151
Fax (208) 917-6160
Your Flooring Consultant,

Matt Capell

Saturday, July 6, 2019

It's Barbecue Season - What You Need to Know | E-Neighborhood Advisor

How are your barbecue skills?

One common issue is that the fire is too hot when the food is put on the grill. That's easier to adjust in a gas grill by reducing the temperature.

When using charcoal getting the right fire for the type of food being cooked is key. There are five different ways to set up the grill for optimum performance:
• single-level fire
• two-level fire
• modified two-level (half-grill) fire
• banked fire
• double-banked fire.

Plus, the shape, depth, and circumference of the grill may require modification to those five methods.

Other tips to make the experience and clean up superior are:

Brush debris off the grill when it's hot with a long-handled grill brush. Do this again after preheating the next time you barbecue to remove any debris from prior meals. NOTE: There have been recent warnings against using the traditional wire grill brushes. Here’s a link to an alternative:

Reduce sticking by oiling the grill with vegetable oil. Soak a paper towel and use long tongs to rub it over the rack.

A chimney starter is great for starting a charcoal fire. Add crumpled paper in the bottom, then fill it with charcoal. Light the paper and the coals are ready in about 20 minutes without the use of lighter fluid.

If you’re seeking gas grill setup and tips, visit this site.

Have an excellent barbecue season!

Phone (208) 288-0151
Fax (208) 917-6160
Your Flooring Consultant,

Matt Capell