Saturday, July 25, 2015

Warm weather exercise options for Plainview, Old- Bethpage residents

The Green belt trail construction was completed last year and now you can bike, jog or walk from Old Country Road all the to  Merrick Rd. in Wantagh.   If you like you can continue down Merrick Rd. For about a  mile and catch the Cedar Creak Park Path all the way to Tobay Beach.  The entire round trip is about 30 miles of mostly flat terrain.   Great ride.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

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Friday, July 17, 2015

Are you a Plainview, NY homeowner that has moving on the agenda this summer? Use these tips to help reduce some of the STRESS associated with this hectic time.

Quick tips to reduce moving stress

Quick tips to reduce moving stress

(BPT) - Moving brings exciting possibilities of a different neighborhood, fresh spaces to decorate and new family traditions to be made. But it also means leaving behind people and places you love. While some sentimental items can be taken to your new place, many memories just aren’t transportable. That’s why it’s even more important to protect those goods that can make the move.
To help ensure your treasured belongings arrive safely to your new home, be prepared and arm yourself with tools that make safeguarding your possessions simple and less stressful.
Make room for new memories
Although you want to preserve your memories, taking everything with you isn’t necessarily the best decision. Moving is the perfect opportunity to organize and purge items you don’t need or won’t use in your new residence. To lessen the load on moving day, hold a garage sale or donate unwanted items to a local charity. Plus, if you’re trying to sell your current home, the less clutter the better.
Once you’ve determined which objects will make the move, decide where they’ll go in your new place. While some of your belongings are currently in the den, will they be in the spare bedroom now? Make the unpacking process simpler by creating a plan for your new space in advance and pack according to where things will go, not by where they’ve been.
Organize, don’t agonize
Starting the process early can help avoid nerve-wracking, last-minute packing, and give you time to be a bit nostalgic. Before you begin boxing things up, take videos and photos of each room to preserve your memories of that space. Don’t forget to include outdoor areas like a backyard treehouse or handprints in the patio cement.
Then, make a checklist of everything you need to accomplish before moving – packing, cleaning, cancelling and restarting utilities, registering the kids for school – and set a timeline for completing each step. Once you’re ready to start packing, do it methodically, working room by room to make the task seem more manageable. Start with decorative pieces that you can go without for a month or so, keeping items you need daily for last.
Protect delicate possessions
To ensure your belongings arrive safely, it’s essential to pack possessions with extra care. Safeguard breakables with wrapping materials designed to protect fragile goods, such as Duck brand Bubble Wrap cushioning. It features a nylon barrier that prevents air loss, ensuring the bubbles remain filled for the best protection.
Next, pack items in clean, sturdy containers in a variety of sizes. Use large boxes for bulky, yet lighter furnishings, such as pillows and blankets, and place heavier objects in smaller boxes to avoid unnecessary strain. Seal boxes securely with a quality packaging tape, like Duck brand EZ Start packaging tape. Its Frustration Free special release technology means you never lose the tape end (a major frustration when packing numerous boxes), plus it won’t split or tear.
Be sure to label boxes clearly, marking them on the sides of the boxes, not the top. This step makes it obvious what’s inside, even if they’re stacked. You also can use different colored or printed packaging tapes to color code each room – red for the bedroom, blue for the kitchen.
Have help on hand
Moving is hard work, so recruit friends and family to help with packing and unloading on moving day. You’ll love showing off your new place, and it’ll help with the transition to see that loved ones aren’t too far away to make the trip. Just be sure to promise plenty of food and drink as a reward for their hard work.
Put together an “open me first” box with the gear you’ll need immediately, such as tools to assemble furniture, cleaning supplies and shelf liner for drawers, closets and kitchen cabinets. Be sure to include some festive treats, like a favorite dessert, so the family can relax and enjoy your new space.
Moving should be more celebratory than stressful. With just a bit of planning, you can protect the memories you love most, and ensure a successul start to your life in your new home.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Hello Plainvew Old-Bethpage, NY here are some tips help your move go as smooth as possible.

Plan now for your big move this summer

(BPT) - The big move – it should be in all-caps and announced with a deep, authoritative voice. THE BIG MOVE. And it's coming to your family soon. It might be from one house to another across town, or it might involve crossing many state lines. No matter the distance, amount of belongings or number of people, your big move is going to be a big deal.
There are ways to plan for your move so the big event doesn't overwhelm you. Here are five moving tips from Penske Truck Rental, which has been helping customers complete their big moves for more than 40 years.
1. Less is better – The less you have to move, the easier your move will be on your body and your wallet. It will also be easier to fit everything into your new house. While packing, create three piles. The first is your "must-go" pile. The second is your "must-sell" pile, which includes anything you haven't used in the last year, anything you have multiples of and anything you just don't want any more. The third is the "must-throw" pile, and it contains anything that can't be sold at a garage sale or donated. Start creating these piles now, and it will make moving day much easier.
2. Stock up on supplies – Big boxes might seem like a great idea because they can hold so much stuff, but what happens when you try to lift one and carry it down a flight of steps? Stock up on boxes of multiple sizes, but keep in mind that smaller is much easier to carry. Also stock up on foam and bubble wrap to protect your fragile items, a good supply of packing tape and bold markers for labeling boxes. You’ll also want to have moving blankets and hand trucks to make it easier to transport your items.
3. Rent a truck – One trip makes the big move simple, even if you're just moving across town. Penske Truck Rental guarantees a truck for every reservation. Most movers find the 12- or 16-foot truck perfect for moving a few large items or the contents of a small condo or apartment. For guidance with larger moves or with your truck selection, visit
4. Pack smart - Load the heaviest items on the truck first. When you've got a sturdy base of the heaviest items, you can start stacking on top. This is when it's handy to list a box’s contents on its side. If you have friends and family helping, they'll know not to set books on top of your china.
5. Safety and security - Trucks are taller, wider, heavier and require more stopping distance than the vehicle you are used to driving. Take extra precaution, especially when the truck is loaded. Watch out for low-hanging tree branches and building overhangs, and use extra caution when cornering. To protect your belongings, park in well-lit areas and padlock the rear door. To make sure you've got everything you need on moving day, create a travel bag for keeping important paperwork, credit cards, identification, a change of clothes, drinks and snacks close at hand. For a complete list of moving tips,
As you cross days off on the calendar and the big day approaches, these tips will help you sail through the event with few conflicts. Before you know it, you'll be settled in your new home.

Looking to sell your Plainview, New York House. So are 147 other homeowners this July 2015. Use these tips to help your house stand out from the crowd.

5 ways to boost your home's curb appeal

(BPT) - Spring and summer continue to be the most popular months for selling your home, according to And with many homeowners staying in their houses for an average of 13 years, your home will surely need some sprucing up to add to its curb appeal. By following a these simple steps, you can increase your home’s value without breaking the bank.
Rejuvenate the outdoor living area. Before making a trip to your local home center, make sure to wash the dirt, mildew and general grime off the outside of your house. A power washer is a great tool to help clean siding and renew the surface of decks. A good washing will also bring out the true color of a beautiful flagstone walkway or patio.
Invest in the best tools for the job. One of the most useful tools in creating curb appeal is a hose. From power washing your deck and siding to maintaining your lawn and garden, your hose takes more abuse than any other tool. The Gilmour Flexogen hose is perfect for a variety of outdoor applications and is the strongest hose in its class. Its durable eight-layer construction is ideal for homeowners who put their tools to the test season after season.
Give your yard a manicure. When its best features are hidden by an overgrown lawn or shrubs, your home can appear uninviting. It is recommended to regularly mow grass to a length of two and a half to three inches. This not only helps the grass to grow, but it also provides for a thicker lawn to prevent weeds. Adding landscaping bricks around the border of your garden and flowerbeds also gives your lawn a more premium look.
Add seasonal color with the right vegetation. When choosing plants and flowers, consider what they will look like during different times of the year. For an all-season curb appeal, plant shrubs and flowers that offer colorful fall foliage or leaves with unique textures when not in full bloom. To help you get the best visual results, scout out the ideal locations around your yard before planting. Be sure to account for areas that are always in the sun or are well-shaded.
Maintain the look. One of the key steps to preserving a healthy lawn and garden is to provide at least one inch of water per week through a regular watering schedule. You’ll want to choose a hose that has the durability to last even after you’ve moved into your new home. Gilmour Flexogen’s patented construction allows for all-weather performance and delivers maximum functionality in temperatures as low as 45 degrees Fahrenheit.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Attention Plainview, NY Home Owners One smart update can upgrade your entire home

One smart update can upgrade your entire home

Smart tips for Plainview, New york Home Owners.

(BPT) - If your home is 10 years old or older, your garage door is probably a plain-Jane raised-panel steel door that adds little or nothing to the overall design of your house.
So why not make an improvement? In the last decade, the garage door industry has generated stunning new designs that can transform the curb appeal of your home from boring to exciting.
Large area = big impact
“When something consumes such a large part of the front of the house, it should not be generic; it should be special,” says Michael Walsh, a syndicated home-improvement columnist. “It should improve the looks of the house, not detract from it.”
A better-looking garage door can actually parlay into a more-valuable home. One nationwide study of real estate professionals by StrataMark revealed that an attractive new garage door can add as much as 4 percent to the home’s selling price. That adds $10,000 to the value of a $250,000 home, which means that a new garage door can easily pay for itself.
Two new designs that dazzle
Chris Long, long-time editor of Door & Operator Industry, a garage door trade magazine, identifies two new garage door designs that are hot right now: woodgrain prints and carriage house styles.
A woodgrain print is a steel garage door that looks so much like wood, you need to thump on it to realize it’s actually durable steel. This technological breakthrough by steel coating companies brings big benefits for garage door buyers.
“The rich wood-look of these doors is gorgeous,” says Long. “Plus, since they’re made of steel, they’re incredibly durable and require almost no maintenance.”
The other popular new design is the carriage house style. These attractive doors open just like your old door, but they look like the side-hinged, swing-out doors of the charming carriage houses of yesteryear.
Quick design tips
Since both of these new designs come in dozens of attractive styles, here are a few tips to select the one that integrates best with the personality of your home. Design experts advise you to select a door that matches with three exterior features of your home: colors, lines, and shapes.
“The color of your garage door should complement the overall house color as well as the window trim colors,” says Gale Steves, former editor-in-chief of Home magazine.
Then look at the lines on your home exterior. Are they horizontal, vertical, diagonal, or curved? Today’s garage door styles can provide excellent matches for any of these architectural features.
Finally, consider the shapes of elements on your home, particularly the window panes. Are they arched, square, or small rectangles? Matching the panes on the house with the garage is not that difficult, given the wide variety of garage door window designs now available.
Cool choosing tools
Thanks to new technology, you don’t need to guess at the right door design. Most garage door manufacturers now offer door designer tools on their websites. Many door dealers also have similar software on a computer tablet they bring to your home. You just upload a photo of your own home and drop in any of hundreds of door designs to see exactly how it would look on your home.
A good starting place is, a non-commercial website that features dozens of garage door photos from many manufacturers. It also includes a find-a-dealer function that helps you find qualified dealers in your area.
Your new garage door is not only a perfect spring home improvement project, it’s a smart investment. Celebrity designer Chayse Dacoda says, “You are investing in the single largest moving part on your home, which is going to affect its appearance for at least the next 20 years.”

Plainview and Old-Bethpage New York Closing Prices for Houses That Sold the Month of June 2016 By: Mark Schreier Licensed Sales Associate Century 21 American Homes Real Estate

26 properties closed this month 

Plainview and Old-Bethpage New York Closing Prices for Houses That Sold the Month of June 2016 By: Mark Schreier Licensed Sales Associate Century 21 American Homes Real Estate

St # Street Name Sfx Town Zip SellingPrice Style
33  Oxford Rd Old Bethpage 11804 490000 Split
33  Autumn Dr Plainview 11803 475000  Condo
26  Sagamore Dr Plainview 11803 534400  Condo
35  Autumn Dr Plainview 11803 485000  Condo
105  Carriage Ln Plainview 11803 470000  Homeowner Assoc
27  Helen Ave Plainview 11803 365000  Ranch
8  Gordon Ave Plainview 11803 425000  Exp Ranch
16  Frederick Dr Plainview 11803 390000  Split
59  Stephen Dr Plainview 11803 560000  Ranch
160  Morton Blvd Plainview 11803 370000   Ranch
87  Audrey Ave Plainview 11803 595000  Split
33  Hope Dr Plainview 11803 320000  Ranch
22  Jamaica Ave Plainview 11803 415000  Cape
Helen Ave Plainview 11803 475000  Exp Ranch
479  Oyster Bay Rd Plainview 11803 520000  Ranch
108  Grohmans Ln Plainview 11803 485000  Hi Ranch
21  Amherst Dr Plainview 11803 508500  Split
Vista Rd Plainview 11803 536000  Split
152  Orchard St Plainview 11803 454600  Split
174  Gerhard Rd Plainview 11803 510000  Split
62  Beaumont Dr Plainview 11803 541500  Hi Ranch
17  Wayland Rd Plainview 11803 695000  Split
29  Gilbert Ln Plainview 11803 584000  Split
33  Cranford Rd Plainview 11803 610000  Colonial
654  Old Country Rd Plainview 11803 285000  Split
10  Heather Ln Plainview 11803 350000  Ranch