Saturday, October 21, 2017

How Celtic traditions lead to Halloween costumes today

It's almost time for some strange looking adults and children to venture out into the world! Some of the uniquely costumed smaller ones may even knock on your door. Halloween costume creations are often limited only by imagination. After all, inspiration is everywhere!

So, why do people dress up for Halloween?

During the first ten years, B.C., October 31st was the last day of the Celtic calendar. That was their annual Samhain ("summer's end") festival to celebrate the end of the harvest season and winter's start on November 1st. It was also a time to honor the dead.

The Celtics believed souls were freed to roam the earth at the end of their calendar year. During the festival, they wore masks to disguise themselves from spirits with evil intentions. Some believed that if they looked dead, the spirits would consider them one of dead and leave them alone.

As Romans took over the lands, Feralia, a Roman holiday to remember and commemorate their dead, blended with the Celtic Samhain festival.

Many Halloween customs and traditions arrived in North America along with immigrants in the 1800s, and since then the holiday has evolved to include new traditions like pumpkin carving.
Today Halloween is more about having fun than honoring past lives. From young to old, people dress up in whimsical, scary, and iconic costumes and gather to have a good time with friends.

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Matt Capell
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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

I would like the hardwood floor that does not scratch……

I would like the hardwood floor that does not scratch……

From time to time at my store, Capell Flooring and Interiors, we get asked for the hardwood flooring that does not scratch.  The first time I heard this I had to smile just a little bit.  I thought that would be a good topic to tackle briefly today in today’s blog.  This confusion can be traced back to misleading advertising from some box stores in past years where many times the fine print didn’t even match the warranty they were advertising. 
There are definitely hardwoods that are less likely to scratch because they are just harder hardwoods.  (See my previous Janka scale post for more info there) There are also better hardwood finishes which are stronger and provide better protection than others which again helps.  Although both of these are helpful, they definitely don’t make anything scratch proof.

Here is something to think about:  Even stainless steel, which is extremely hard and a lot harder than hardwood, will scratch. (See hardwood gallery here) Take a quick peek at your kitchen sink and you will see what I mean J  Those that know me well, know I like to keep things light hearted at times.  That being said, the only floor that I think is completely “scratch proof” is the more traditional dirt floor of years past.  You can sweep out scratches in the dirt floor, and they will go away, but I think I would rather stick with hardwood floors and run the risk of getting scratches in them.

Here at Capell Flooring and Interiors, we have many hardwood floors to choose from, and we sand and refinish floors all the time.  Please come in and see us and we will help you get a beautiful hardwood floor that may not be “scratch proof,” but we can help with making it scratch resistant.  If you happen to get a scratch try one of these pens they should help.  Click Here

Thanks for reading,

Matt Capell

About Matt Capell – he is the primary owner of Capell Flooring and Interiors in the Boise, Idaho, and the surrounding area. He loves family, flooring, business, and meeting people. His company educates about flooring and the Treasure Valley and his company makes the floor covering process a fun and great experience each and every time.  You can download his FREE Consumer's Guide To Flooring by clicking here.  Feel free to connect with me! Let’s get social!

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

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Like our Facebook page at Capell Flooring and Interiors – we hold monthly contests with prizes, interact with our wonderful clients, and give great house and flooring tips, mixed with a little humor. J  Be part of our raving fans and friends!

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Dealing with lower back pain

Lower back pain can be the result of many factors: aging, overexertion, stress, strain, degenerative diseases, injury, or poor posture. Before a physician can decide on treatment, he or she will perform preliminary tests to narrow down the cause of the pain. 

Treatment and Techniques

• Epidural steroid injections – Injections can help relieve neck and back pain caused by inflamed spinal nerves.

• Heat and cold packs – these can be useful in controlling pain and improving muscle and joint pain.

• TENS or ultrasound therapy – These pain relieving modalities provide sensory-level stimulation to the back and help mask or block pain while relaxing muscles.
• Spinal decompression therapy – This session-based procedure minimizes pain in the lower back that may arise from damaged or degenerative disc syndromes.

• Chiropractic care – This hands-on technique, which applies gentle pressure on the spine and affected joints to relieve pain, calls on the inherent recuperative power of the body to heal itself without the use of drugs or surgery.

• Therapeutic massage – This involves stroking, pressing, and kneading the muscles, tendons, and ligaments to relieve pain, as well as to relax, stimulate and tone the body.
• Physical therapy – Here the focus is on regulated stretches and exercises to improve blood circulation and promote healing.

Strive for Successful Treatment

Treatment for lower back pain can also involve regular home-based exercises, muscle development activities, and lifestyle modification, like getting to a healthy body weight and adapting the safest ways to lift objects. To ensure long lasting relief, patients and physicians need to work together as a team.

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

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Having a hard time choosing between colors of carpet…..Capell Flooring Can Help....

Having a hard time choosing between colors of carpet…..Capell Flooring

Sometimes when selecting carpet, it can be a little hard to pick out a color.  There tends to be anywhere between 10 to 50 colors on a given deck board.  The other thing that I have learned over the years is that the eye is an amazing thing.  Let me explain what I mean by that.  We may think that we are just looking at one color at a time but in all reality, while we are looking at that color, our eyes are processing all the other colors around that particular color………so, how do you solve that?

It is easy, grab some white copy paper.  Cover up all the other colors with the white paper and just leave one color at a time showing.  It makes it a ton easier to pick a color once you have decided on a particular carpet style.  I learned that trick over 10 years ago.  Your eyes will thank you, and it will make it a lot easier to zero in on the right color that will work for your home.

Capell Flooring and Interiors - The White Paper Trick

Thanks for reading,

Matt "Making Carpet Selection Easier" Capell

About Matt Capell – he is the primary owner of Capell Flooring and Interiors in the Boise, Idaho, and the surrounding area. He loves family, flooring, business, and meeting people. His company educates about flooring and the Treasure Valley and his company makes the floor covering process a fun and great experience each and every time.  You can download his FREE Consumer's Guide To Flooring by clicking here.  Feel free to connect with me! Let’s get social!
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Saturday, October 7, 2017

The right questions to ask to get the best service provider

It won't be long before we prepare our homes for Thanksgiving and holiday gatherings. That means many of us will have a home filled with guests.

Everyone loves a clean and well-maintained home, especially when company is coming. With busy schedules and little spare time, it can often make sense for someone else to take care of the cleaning. That's why it's no surprise that the number of home cleaning services available across the country has increased over the last several years.

There are professional companies who do weekly cleanings, or occasional deep cleaning. There are also companies who will come into your home and put up holiday lights and decorations. A quick search on Google often helps identify who is available.

Choosing the right service provider can be tricky. To start, make a list of services you want to get done. Ask friends and family for recommendations, read online reviews, and compare your wish list to services available from four or five service providers.

As a potential client, you need to ask the right questions to know as much as possible about the company you choose to hire. Here is a good list of questions to ask for any service you need:

1. Are you licensed? – If it is a profession that has one, you want a company with a legitimate license.

2. Are you insured? – You want to be certain you are protected from workplace mishaps, petty theft, and damages. Check with your homeowner's insurance provider about your coverages and the coverage they recommend a service provider has.

3. Do you use in-house employees or subcontractors? – Be sure about who is coming into your home. Some companies sub-contract work out to other businesses and have varying levels of control over who will actually do the job. If a company uses subcontractors, it doesn’t guarantee that you’ll get bad service, but you’ll want to know about the sub’s qualifications, insurance, etc. as well.

4. Will you offer an quote? – You do not want a 'ball park' estimate. Be as detailed as possible about the services you are requesting, then ask for a written quote that includes details of your project and contingencies for any ‘surprises’.

5. What is your business address? – If you have to file a complaint or need something else, you should know where they are located.

6. What's your pricing strategy? – Some may charge a fixed price for everything, which isn't a bad deal, but ideally, the company will send their estimators to check your home for the final quote.

7. What's the extent of your customer support? – Make sure that the company is responsive and doesn’t take more than a day to get back to you. That can include communication by phone, mail, email, or text.

8. Do you have a service guarantee? – Know how the company will handle things if you are unhappy with their service and results.

9. Can you change the schedule without penalty? – If, for example, you need to change a cleaning appointment, you will want to know how the company handles such requests and whether you’ll be charged an additional fee.

Taking the time to do your research, look at reviews, get input from others, and get everything in writing (with signed contracts before the work begins) will help ensure a positive experience and outcome whenever you hire a service provider.

Your Flooring Consultant,

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

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Flooring and How it Relates to Airplanes........Capell Flooring

Flooring and How it Relates to Airplanes……

A favorite person of mine likes to relate all aspects of his life to airplanes.  He does this because in his younger years he was a pilot.  I can relate to this in my own little way because I tend to relate things to things I like too, whether that is my family experiences, sports, or yes even flooring.  I grew up in the Boise area and I am going to have different experiences than somebody from South Africa.  I thought it might be fun to relate flooring to planes and airplane flights for a moment. Buckle your seat belt and come along for the ride for a quick minute or two….

When a pilot and airplane gets ready to take off, we learn of different things that can happen during a flight.  A lot of them are pretty serious in the event of a crash or something really going wrong with the plane.  This is more of a warning and preparation for a possible emergency.    One thing the pilot cannot promise, which is a bit out of his control, is whether or not the flight will hit some turbulence.  This is similar in flooring and in construction in general.  Try as we might, sometimes your flooring project might hit a little turbulence during the construction process.  Nobody likes it, but we can get through it.

A common type of flooring turbulence is freight being a little off schedule among a few other things.  Try as we might, sometimes freight just shows up a day later or sometimes much longer than we were told.  At Capell Flooring, we do everything in our power to be as accurate with scheduling as possible, but sometimes the unexpected comes up with freight lines or other things that are just out of our control.  We have a turbulence letter and our “ducks in a row” checklist that we send out to our clients to make sure we avoid as many, if not all, bumps along the way. 
Capell Flooring and Interiors - Airplanes and How It Relates To Flooring

When you are flying and you hit turbulence, a good captain will take you through the turbulence and bumps, and safely guide you through it.  When we occasionally hit some turbulence during your flooring project, although it is never fun, we guide you through it as quickly and painlessly as possible too, like a good pilot would in a flight.  The end result is you have a beautiful new floor, with the fewest amount of bumps as possible along the way.

Thanks for flying with us today,

Matt Capell

P.S.  Please take a minute and share this with your friends and family and tell them about our Triple Guarantee……so they can take advantage of it.  Thanks for reading!

Friday, September 29, 2017

Can I get a Price Over the Phone? - Capell Flooring

Can I Get A Price Over the Phone?

Matt Capell here again.  Today we continue with the topic of
Common Costly Misconceptions About Flooring

By knowing about these, you can help insure that you'll invest in the best flooring for your taste and lifestyle.  And that you'll get years of enjoyment from floors you love, rather than have to live with a decision you'll regret. 

Misconception — Any honest floor dealer should be able to give you accurate prices over the phone

No.  Here’s why. 

There are four items that must be reviewed before a dealer can give you an accurate price quote:

1.  Kind of flooring. 
2.  Size of the rooms.
3.  The shape of the rooms.
4.  Any “special needs” that can affect the installation.

Any dealer who does not review these four items is basically guessing at the price.
At Capell Flooring and Interiors, we review all four items before giving you our written, guaranteed, “No Surprises” price quote.

This means that the price we quote is the price you get.  Period.  If we make a mistake and underprice something, WE pay for it, not you. 

If you have any questions, or if you would like to schedule a free Design Audit, please call us at 208-288-0151.