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.


Email: sales@capellinteriors.com
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!


Email: sales@capellinteriors.com
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!


Email: sales@capellinteriors.com
Phone (208) 288-0151
Fax (208) 917-6160
Your Flooring Consultant,

Matt Capell

Thursday, July 4, 2019

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We always wanted to be ballerina's.....but after talking it over with Mom, we will stick to what we do best which is selling floors. :) Welcome to Capell Flooring and Interiors – Meridian Idaho Flooring Store We are so glad that you found our page. Take a look around – we look forward to working with you. Feel Free to Schedule one of our Trademark Design Audit’s at https://capellflooring.com/design-audit or get a copy of Matt Capell’s, “Consumer’s Guide to Flooring,” at https://consumersguidetoflooring.com/ Nobody has warranties likes us – take a look at our Triple Guarantee: https://capellflooring.com/triple-gua... We look forward to working with you here in the Boise, Idaho area, and want to be your flooring store!


Monday, July 1, 2019

Welcome to July 2019 | Capell Flooring and Interiors




Dear friends,

Welcome to the July issue of the Neighborhood Advisor! We hope you had a wonderful celebration – or at least a nice, relaxing day – for the 4th of July. The holiday is a great time to come together with friends, or with family, or sometimes with your whole city, and remember what we all stand for as a country.

Here at Capell Flooring and Interiors, what we stand for is treating people right. Whether it’s the first time in the store or you’ve been coming in for generations, we want you to feel like family. That’s why we stock a wide selection of quality products, and why every one of our employees makes it their mission to help you choose the product that will best suit your needs or budget. It also means you can rest easy any time you refer your friends, family, or coworkers to us, because you know they’ll be taken care of. If you have any questions about the flooring options that are best for your home – or just want to stop on in to say hi or see what’s new – we’d love to see you.

Thank you once again for taking the time to read the Neighborhood Advisor. We hope you enjoy it, and we look forward to hearing from you!

Your friend,

Matt Capell

Saturday, June 29, 2019

The Benefits of Artistic Influence in a Room | E-Neighborhood Advisor



Did you know that where you live has a major impact on your mood? This is why our home décor is so important.

Most interior designers agree that wall art is one of the most cost-effective ways to create ambiance in any room. As new technology evolves from the internet to digital photography, your choices are vast and potentially just a click or two away. Your art becomes the focal point in the overall success of a room design.

Here’s what to consider when choosing your focal point.

One Piece
Rather than focusing on style, choose a piece of art that you truly like, one you know will provide gratification for years to come. Art is a reflection of you and it sets the mood of your room.

Color
If your room already contains furnishings, consider a couple of the bolder colors already in the room that you want to find in the artwork. The color is also an important element in your design if you are choosing the painting first.


Walls
Know your room measurements and the size of the wall where your artwork will hang. If the artwork is too big, it can overwhelm a room, and if it’s too small, it will look lost. Try to envision the art piece on your wall and in the context of your room. You may also consider a few related smaller pieces nearby rather than one larger piece on a wall.

Pro Tip: Use painter’s tape to outline where you want your artwork to go on the wall, this will help you see if the size is right for your room.

Furnishings
The style of your furnishings should also be considered. In a more modern décor setting, unframed art may create a better effect than traditional framing; whereas ornate frames suit more classic or victorian-style rooms.

Artistic Style
Wall art is available in a variety of styles, including paint, photographic, and dimensional using wood, canvas, metal, glass, and more. Take advantage of these styles to enhance your desired décor in the room.

Ultimately, decide what works best for you and your space. Happy Decorating!


Your Flooring Consultant,

Matt Capell
Email: sales@capellinteriors.com
Phone (208) 288-0151
Fax (208) 917-6160



Saturday, June 22, 2019

3 Ways To Lower Your Bills | E-Neighborhood Advisor



There are lots of ways to save money, no matter how much of it you have – or don’t have!
Having struggled for many years paying my own bills, I learned many ways to save money. From simple things like food, gas, and clothing, to bigger expenses, like insurance and your mortgage.

All you need to know is where to look to find the savings.

1. Eliminate ALL of your unnecessary expenses:
o Eating out on the weekends
o Buying lunch at work every day
o Magazine and newspaper subscriptions (especially those you can get online and at the local library)
o Cable TV subscription streaming services (you’d be amazed at how many other ways you’ll find to spend your time once you get rid of the endless sitcoms & movies)
o Paid music services like Spotify & Pandora, even these small expenses add up!
o Groceries (you can save lots of money with coupons and specials.)

It’s OK to reward yourself once in a while, but if you are really looking to get out of debt faster, you owe it to yourself to save every single penny you can!

To find other ways to reduce your expenses, take a close look at your checkbook and credit card statements.


2. Call your credit card companies to see if they will lower your interest rates, even if it is only for a short time.

3. Shop Around For The Lowest Prices

For those expenses you can’t eliminate, it’s time to start shopping around for the best prices.
Once I realized you can shop around for just about ANYTHING you spend money on every month, I learned how to save myself SEVERAL HUNDRED DOLLARS each and every month! In fact, by shopping around I ended up saving myself more than $750 a year on car insurance alone!

The same is true of many of your monthly expenses – cell service, internet service, all types of insurance, mortgages, and in some places even your utility bills.

It DOESN’T take any special skills. All it takes is a few clicks and you can save yourself a bunch of money in no time at all! So, start shopping around and looking for ways to lower your monthly bills right away!


Your Flooring Consultant,

Matt Capell
Email: sales@capellinteriors.com
Phone (208) 288-0151
Fax (208) 917-6160

Saturday, June 15, 2019

I Don’t Have a Green Thumb | E-Neighborhood Advisor



There’s nothing zestier than the taste of vegetables and herbs fresh from the garden, yet many people think it’s an arcane science. Nothing could be further from the truth. The reality is that although some plants are a bit trickier to grow, most are as simple as could be.

If you have even a tiny yard that’s suitable, you can grow quite a lot. Condo or apartment? If you face anything but north, try window boxes.

The easiest plants to grow, and those that require the least amount of space are: radishes, peppers, onions, chives, lettuce, spinach, basil, thyme, oregano, parsley, rosemary and sage.


If you have a little more room try tomatoes, swiss chard, all types of beans, squash, pumpkins, cucumbers, carrots, beets, potatoes and dill.

The instructions are simple: use reasonably well cultivated soil (not solid clay or sand), plant the seeds about 2-3 times their own size deep, and water periodically. Don’t over soak, it doesn’t need to be mud.

Then wait: most plants take a week to 10 days to show themselves, so don’t lose faith. At the end of it all you’ll gain some tasty produce and a new role for yourself: expert gardener!

Your Flooring Consultant,

Matt Capell
Email: sales@capellinteriors.com
Phone (208) 288-0151
Fax (208) 917-6160

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Do you have a vacation coming up? | E-Neighborhood Advisor



So many of us are ramping up to go on summer vacation soon. It’s been a long haul from last year and vacation means R&R, excitement, and a break from daily routine.

The safety and security of our home while away further enhances the holiday experience by providing peace of mind. Here are some things to consider to ensure that happens.

Keep it Offline.

Criminally-minded people are always on the lookout for opportunity. That’s why it’s vital not to advertise that you’ll be away or share photos and experiences while you are away on social media. Do not let the world know your home will be empty for X number of days. Instead, save those photos and stories for when you return home. That way there is minimal opportunity to take advantage of your home and belongings while you are away.

Ask a friend.

Arranging to have someone stop by your home to water the plants and care for pets is vital. They can bring in the mail and newspapers or you can temporarily stop delivery of items regularly received while you’re away.


Check the lights.

Think about the regular pattern of nighttime lights – when you’re awake and when you go to bed. Consider investing in timers to plug your lamps into and set them to match your typical day.

Remember the yard.

If you have a landscaping service, this area is already taken care of, but if you are your own landscaper, look into hiring a trusted friend or neighborhood teen to cut the grass and keep the yard clean while you’re away. This, along with keeping the mail and papers off the stoop, ensure your house looks occupied.

Ultimately, the less people knowing you’re away the better and the more your home reflects your daily living pattern while away the better.

I hope you enjoy your vacation, whenever that might be.




Your Flooring Consultant,

Matt Capell
Email: sales@capellinteriors.com
Phone (208) 288-0151
Fax (208) 917-6160

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Welcome to June 2019 | Capell Flooring and Interiors




Hello friends,

Welcome to the June edition of the Neighborhood Advisor! Here’s hoping that you’re ready to get into some summer fun, whether that means spending time in the water, planning some backyard barbeques, or getting out of town for a family vacation (or maybe all three).

But as nice as it is to be getting outside, that can also mean more things are getting inside – things like dirt, grass, and pool water. And if your flooring is not designed to handle that level of traffic, or is starting to show its age, a single summer can do a lot of damage. That’s why at Capell Flooring and Interiors, we conduct a full Design Audit where we talk to every client about their needs and the level of traffic the area sees before we make a recommendation on flooring. We want to make sure that whatever you choose for your home, from an attractive and easy-to-care-for vinyl to a plush carpeting, you’re going to be happy for years to come.

Thank you once again for spending a bit of your summer with our newsletter. We hope you find an article, trivia contest, or puzzle you love, and we can’t wait to see you in the store sometime soon.

You friend,

Matt Capell



Friday, May 31, 2019

How To Look For An Accessible Home When You Have A Disability



House hunting is difficult at the best of times. Now imagine reducing the pool of homes available to you by 95 percent. This is the issue that millions of Americans face when it comes to finding their new home, as fewer than 5 percent of homes in the United States are accessible to people with disabilities.

Furthermore, according to the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire, New Mexico is among the states with the highest concentrations of disabled persons. For this reason, we aim to help New Mexicans with disabilities find the perfect accessible home for you and your family, no matter the disability.

Make A List Of Your Needs

Your first step should be to outline what you need from your house. Think beyond the obvious. For example, for a wheelchair user, the obvious is step-free access throughout the house and wide doorways. However, there are smaller details you should look out for such as the placement of switches and electrical outlets, whether corners are easy to navigate, or whether cupboards are reachable. Make sure you budget for these extra costs. For example, in Meridian, you’ll likely pay $103 - $397 for outlet and switch services.

Separate The “Must-Haves” From The “Nice-To-Haves”

Ideally, all accessibility features are a must-have. However, realistically, you should pick one or two features you can’t do without. These should ideally be structural features, ones that are either difficult or expensive to change. For example, you can narrow things down to single-story homes only, or you could decide you want large open layouts. This guide to separating house hunting wants and needs can help steer you in the right direction.

Accept You Will Need To Modify

It is unlikely you will find the perfect accessible home, in the perfect location, for the perfect price. You will need to compromise, but you will also need to make sure your home is safe and convenient for you. This means you will have to make modifications. These range from small add-ons, such as grab bars in showers, to larger projects such as changing all the flooring in the house. SFGate has an extensive record of common modifications and can be a good starting point if you are unsure of what you will need.

Remodeling for accessibility can run into the thousands of dollars, particularly if you need to make any structural, electric, or plumbing changes. For example, just widening a hallway could cost up to $4,500. Before you choose a house, list out the modifications you would have to make, price them, and add this figure to how much you intend to offer. This is the real figure you will be paying.

The Extra Details

Once you find the perfect home, there are a few things you will want to do before moving in. First, you should make sure you have all the support you need when it comes to the actual move. You are probably already planning on hiring a moving company, but consider a packing company as well (or, even better, one that does both), which can make the whole process a smooth one.

Second, because it's an unfortunate fact that people with disabilities are at higher risk of being targets for crime, you'll want to make sure you assess your home security before moving in. This includes windows with locks, deadbolts or chain locks you can easily maneuver, quality outdoor lighting for nighttime, and, most importantly, new locks. In fact, having your home rekeyed should be the first thing you do after closing on your house. You can easily find a highly rated, reputable locksmith with a quick online search.


Ultimately, looking for an accessible home is similar to any house hunting process. You need patience, good planning skills, and a willingness to compromise. If you need support at any point, don’t hesitate to reach out to disability associations in your area, or to look for an experienced realtor to support you personally in your search.


Tuesday, May 28, 2019

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Monday, May 20, 2019

Solving myths about freezing and thawing fresh foods | E-Neighborhood Advisor



There are many myths about frozen food. Some people believe frozen fruits and vegetables aren’t as healthy.

Did you know that frozen produce is picked at peak ripeness then flash frozen within six to ten hours after picking? Because it happens rapidly, flash freezing locks in nutrients and prevents ice crystals from developing.

When it comes to thawing food, it’s best to let it thaw in the refrigerator where the temperature is safely below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Harmful bacteria can rapidly grow when the food reaches the dangerous temperature zone between 40- and 140-degrees Fahrenheit.

Another caution - do not run hot water over food when thawing. While parts of the food are still frozen, the hot water will warm areas of the food into the dangerous temperature zone indicated above. That can be dangerous. That hot water can even cause patches of the food to start the cooking while other areas remain frozen.

When it comes to freezing foods, you can freeze them after the “sell by” or on the “use by” date. Doing so should not cause any health concerns. Just don’t wait until after the “use by” date.

When bringing meats home from the grocery store, it is recommended to rewrap them in freezer-safe packaging and squeeze out as much air as possible. When freezing fresh vegetables, blanch them first. Here are blanching directions and times for home freezer storage.
The length of time foods can be frozen will vary. Because of this, and because some foods may remain in your freezer for an extended period of time, you should always label foods in your freezer with the date you originally froze them. Here is a handy list of storage times for food in the refrigerator and freezer.

Keep in mind, most foods are freezable, but some will lose quality and texture, like milk and dairy products. They are safe to eat but it may be best to use previously frozen dairy products in casseroles, baking, and other recipes. 

Your Flooring Consultant,


Matt Capell
Email: sales@capellinteriors.com
Phone (208) 288-0151
Fax (208) 917-6160
P.S. Here's a joke for you!
Q: What is small, red and whispers?
A: A hoarse radish!

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Make money from your KonMari Mountains | E-Neighborhood Advisor

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A few weeks ago we talked about making mountains the KonMari way. Maybe you’re the type of person who jumps right into projects like that, but many of us aren’t.

We thought we could give you a bit of encouragement during Spring Cleaning season with a way you can make a little cash from your “KonMari Mountains”.

Purged items gain extra cash for you by having a yard sale. This is the best time of year to do that, and Summer is next-best.

The ultimate days and times will vary, but Saturdays are often best. Serious shoppers will arrive early. An excellent time to begin is 7:00 am to as late as 3:00 pm. Gauge the end time by the items you have left and the number of people stopping by.


Sometimes Friday afternoon/early evening can get a good jump on your yard sale success. Here are some quick tips to boost that victory:

• Set a date and tell your neighbors as soon as possible. That helps prevent clashing neighborhood events. Plus, it could become a neighborhood sale if others choose to join in.
• Price items with easy-to-see tags/stickers, and avoid overpricing. A quick Google search can help find realistic prices. Yard sales prices are generally a quarter to a third of what items sell for brand new.
• When pricing, consider bundle rates for like-items such as DVDs ($1 per DVD or $3 for 4).
• Advertise the yard sale during the two weeks prior to the big day in relevant neighborhood Facebook groups, Craigslist, Kijiji, local papers, church bulletins, etc.
• Put up sturdy, easy to read signs a few days before the sale. They need to withstand weather and have large, legible letters. People passing by only have a moment to glance at your sign. If it cannot get read from a passing car, you miss potential buyers.
• Have small bills and coins on the day of your yard sale to make change, and never leave your cash unattended.
• Be prepared to negotiate and haggle.
• Make sure items are clean and look as new as possible.
• Sort and organize items so that they are visually pleasing up close and from the street.
• MOST IMPORTANT: Avoid bringing unsold items back into the house by having a plan to get them to a donation location.
See more detailed tips here.

Your Flooring Consultant,

Matt Capell
Email: sales@capellinteriors.com
Phone (208) 288-0151
Fax (208) 917-6160
P.S. Here's a joke for you!
Q: Where does Princess Leia go shopping for her clothes?
A: The Darth Maul!



Friday, May 17, 2019

Dealing with lower back pain | E-Neighborhood Advisor



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.

Your Flooring Consultant,

Matt Capell
Email: sales@capellinteriors.com
Phone (208) 288-0151
Fax (208) 917-6160


Thursday, May 16, 2019

Add Style & Personality to the stairs | E-Neighborhood Advisor



Does your staircase need a facelift?

A lot of consideration goes into the style and practicality of the staircase when designing a home.

Will it have a grand curve, be L-shaped with a midpoint landing or go straight up to the next level?

Will the treads be covered in carpet, hardwood or another material?

Will the balusters be wood spindles, decorative iron or glass shields?

Beyond a practical, safe design and primary material finishes, the way you decorate the staircase adds to the character and personality of your home. Here are some options to consider.

The Walls – Decorate the walls with color or a collection of photos and artwork in varying sizes. You may choose a bold pattern or embossed wallpaper instead or any combination of these ideas.

The Risers - Some staircase risers get embellished with mirror panels or patterned wallpaper. Another option is a mural panel cut and placed on each riser. When looking up from the lower level, the mural reveals a complete scene.

Risers are an excellent place to add inspirational words or quotes that provide daily encouragement. Some have even been decorated to look like the spine of books. Here is inspiration from our Houzz.com Page.
The Landing – Consider how a mid-level landing or the area the top and bottom of the stairs will get used. These areas can incorporate a bench, bookcase, mirrors, coat rack, and other decorative elements. Here are some great uses of the landing. 

One thing is for sure; there are some creative staircases in homes!


Your Flooring Consultant,
Matt Capell
Email: sales@capellinteriors.com
Phone (208) 288-0151
Fax (208) 917-6160
P.S. Here is a stair joke for you!

"Why I don't trust stairs?"  Because they are always up to something! :)


Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Isn’t it time to save money on your energy bill? E-Neighborhood Advisor



Have you ever Spring cleaned your expenses? It seems like everything has gotten a little costlier this year. One place to save money is on the energy bill, and there are ways to keep those costs down.

Control the Temperature

One way to reduce energy costs is to install a programmable thermostat. Set it to maintain an ideal home temperature between 70- and 78-degrees Fahrenheit (according to energystar.gov). Then, when you’re away from home, you can program it to warm that temperature in the summer or cool it in the winter by 8 degrees.

Plus, lowering the heat on the water heater to 120-degrees can provide additional savings.

Control the sun’s heat coming into your home to reduce energy expenses further. Permit less heat to get in during the summer and more in the winter by using insulated window coverings inside or retractable awnings outside.


Change the Light Bulbs

Where possible, install Light Emitting Diode (LED) bulbs. Not only are these energy efficient options, they last longer than most standard bulbs. Learn more about

Take Charge of What Is Plugged In 

From kitchen appliances to digital devices and gaming units, unplug what is not getting used. That includes the length of time you recharge digital devices. Don’t leave them plugged in overnight.

Allow devices to charge only until the battery is full. Electronics often draw unnecessary energy when left plugged in or in rest mode.

Seal it Up

Seal drafts around the window and door and ensure there is a healthy level of insulation in the attic.

When inspecting the home for drafts, make sure the HVAC piping is correctly connected and sealed. Then double-check that nothing is blocking the vents in each room.

Adjust the Settings

Take advantage of the energy-saving settings on many newer TVs and electronics. Then, as the budget allows, consider upgrading to more energy efficient appliances, hot water heater, furnace, and air conditioning units.
It’s little savings that add up to a lot.

Your Flooring Consultant,

Matt Capell
Email: sales@capellinteriors.com
Phone (208) 288-0151
Fax (208) 917-6160
P.S. Here's a joke for you!
Q: How many mystery writers does it take to change a light bulb?
A: Two, one to put it almost all the way in and the other to give it a surprising twist at the end.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

3 Ways To Make Your Home Look Great | E Neighborhood Advisor



Maybe you want to spruce up the place, or you’re planning to sell this year, here are three key areas deserving extra attention.

Curb Appeal

The first impression of your home happens from the street. People will determine what the people and inside of the house are like based on the way it looks out front. That curb appeal also majorly impacts a potential buyer’s decision. Stand in front of your home and survey the property. What needs to get fixed? What needs to get cleaned up? Survey the remainder of your exterior property.

Create a list of what needs to get done like: Remove debris; Remove weeds and dead branches; Edge the garden; Fertilize the lawn; Add some colorful plants and flower pots; Paint the garage door; Paint the front door; Clean the windows, etc.

Declutter and Organize

Walk into your home as if for the first time. Forget what you know is there and view the interior like you’re visiting a model home. A model home has no clutter. If you’re planning on selling your home, keep in mind that buyers expect to see a tidy, depersonalized house. Of course, if you’re not planning to sell your home the personalized items can stay.

The spring cleaning of your home includes getting rid of clutter like out-of-place items, papers, magazines, etc. Organize by having a distinct place for every item in your home, donating or selling things you no longer want or need, and throwing away the trash.
Complete the Incomplete

Get that home to-do list checked off. Often there are little DIY projects that we put off like updating light fixtures, caulking the bathtub, repairing a small spot on the wall, repainting a room, rehanging the drapes. Now is the time to get them done, especially if you are planning to sell the house. Those unfinished projects can impact the value of your home.

When considering your home’s value, a local real estate agent can give you the best advice for your home. In general, curb appeal, floors, fixtures, bathroom, kitchen, and master bedroom strongly impact the value of your home.
Of course, we’re here to help you with flooring, tiles and more! Stop in any time.

Your Flooring Consultant,

Matt Capell
Email: sales@capellinteriors.com
Phone (208) 288-0151
Fax (208) 917-6160
P.S. Here's a joke for you!
Q: What kind of house weighs the least?
A: A lighthouse.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Tips to save your time and sanity | E-Neighborhood Advisor



Have you searched the Internet for tips and tricks to save time or simplify your life? Here are a few shortcuts to use in the kitchen.

Spice Jar Labels

For spices purchased in a bag, and transferred to a spice jar at home, a quick way to label the jar is to cut the name of the spice off the bag and tape it to the outside of the jar.

Peel Garlic

Whether it’s only a clove or an entire bulb, toss it into an empty bottle. Place the lid securely on top and then shake it vigorously. You can even dance around the kitchen while you shake that jar for a few minutes. The garlic skins fall away. Dump the contents onto a clean surface, take out the fresh garlic cloves and discard the skins.

Boiling Pasta and Potatoes

Prevent a rapidly boiling pot from overflowing foam and water by laying a wooden spoon across the top. It keeps the bubbling water in the pot!

Peel Hard Boiled Eggs 

If you wonder how to cook perfect hard boiled eggs that are easy to peel, here is a video.
There are many shortcuts and solutions on the Internet about almost every topic. The best way to discover what options might be available to save your time and sanity is to search on Google, YouTube and Pinterest.

I hope the kitchen tips I shared will save you time. Here are 33 more in a quick video.



Your Flooring Consultant,
Matt Capell
Email: sales@capellinteriors.com
Phone (208) 288-0151
Fax (208) 917-6160

P.S. Here is another joke for you:
Q: What did the egg say to the clown?
A: You crack me up. :)