Recent Community Posts

SERVPRO: Here to Help the Community

6/7/2017 (Permalink)

When a local daycare called us to help with an issue they were having with mold and water damage we were more than happy to help. We want our customers to be aware that no matter what size of the job we are #heretohelp. A goal of ours is to aide those in need regardless of if you’re dealing with a residential or commercial size issue. Our crew went in with the proper SERVPRO tools they needed to help remove all the problems the day care had that were leading to problems. When anyone has an issue, it is a big deal to us. This job was especially serious to us because the children were present to these conditions. To prevent future health issues, we made sure the job was done quickly and efficiently.

The Best Time to Sell a House

4/4/2017 (Permalink)

Just like there’s a magic day to buy a plane ticket, there’s a specific month when you should try to sell your house: May.

It is said that spring time may be the best time to sell your house. Home selling and home buying are at peak during this season.

In a new study, researchers at Zillow found that homes listed between May 1 through May 15 sold, on average, around 18.5 days faster than homes that weren’t listed during that timeframe. Homes that sold in the first half of May were also purchased for about 1 percent more than the average listing, which translates to a premium of about $1,700. 

If you are thinking about buying or selling your house, spring may be the best time of the year to start making preparations.

Out with the old, in with the new!

2/3/2017 (Permalink)

Community Out with the old, in with the new! New canvases for the walls.

Here at SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City and SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan we want to make sure when our employees come to work they are entering a comfortable environment that in a way makes you feel like you're at home. We want our office space to be a clean and calming space for our employees to get work done. In recent weeks our General Manager, Jeffrey Lupo, took steps to get the office feeling more like a home than a work space. We added portraits to the walls as you can see in the picture. These photographs in particular allow for the viewer to be transported to a different setting while still sitting at work! This way we all can have the best of both worlds.

Common Characteristics

6/1/2016 (Permalink)

Ever wonder how sucessful people become successful? Here are some some traits they all have in common. Maybe you can become a millinare one day!

1. Properly managing your money

It will take time to become profitable and while you are striving for financial success, any money you utilize should be closely monitored. Remember that your capital is limited and you should ensure that every penny is used wisely. Keep track of your spending and stick to your allocated budget. Proper money management will help prevent financial mistakes as well as ensure you keep (or wisely spend) any profits made.

 2.Planning ahead

Creating a business plan will help you maintain an active list of goals and achievements. Not only that, business planning will help ensure that you build healthy habits that you will develop, implement, as well as maintain along the way. With the assistance of a proper business plan, you can easily highlight your goals and how you will reach them.

3. Learning to adapt and be flexible

While it is a great trait to be passionate and even stubborn about something you are working hard for, the lack of flexibility will hinder you in the long run. Successful entrepreneurs need to learn how to adapt and be flexible for the current market trends.

 4. Taking risks

Entrepreneurs are often times considered to be risk takers. Yet, not every risk taker is considered a successful entrepreneur. The difference is simple – know when to take a risk and what the risks involve. Ask yourself is this risk worth my time, my money, or the cost of my career? You should also ask yourself what you will do if a certain venture does not pay off.

 5. Get to know your customers

Getting to know your customer on a personal level is one of the most competitive aspects you can offer your clients as well as the market. People are always looking to make a connection and if you can provide this service you will not only stand out, but will also create a long lasting client base.

 6. Stay organized

Organization is key. Lacking proper organizational skills will leave you cleaning up unnecessary messes. Keep track of your daily tasks in one place, whether it is a calendar or journal and make sure that you keep a close eye on what happens each day. Staying organized is absolutely necessary to run and manage a successful business.

7. Create relationships by networking

One of the greatest aspects of running a business is learning how to network. Meeting people and getting to know those in your community or reaching out to mentors can only help you improve within yourself and therefore your business. Besides, putting yourself out there will help others remember who you are and if you can create positive business relationships, you will find that your business will thrive.

by Veronika Kavanova 

http://addicted2success.com/entrepreneur-profile/10-common-characteristics-of-successful-entrepreneurs/

Garden Tips

6/1/2016 (Permalink)

Crushed eggshells sprinkled around your flower beds or veggie gardens will prevent slugs from passing through. Crushed eggshells also provide a nice calcium supplement for vegetable beds.

Here are some other Garden tips that can save tons of time and energy.

1. If its getting cold and you have tomatoes still ripening on the vine — save your tomatoes! Pull the plants up and bring them inside to a warm dry place. Hang them up, and the tomatoes will ripen on the vine.

2. Keep garden vegetables from getting dirty by spreading a 1-2 inch layer of mulch (untreated by pesticides or fertilizers) around each plant. This will also help keep the weeds down.

3. Paint the handles of your gardens tools a bright, color other than green to help you find them amongst your plants. You can also keep a mailbox in your garden for easy tool storage.

4. Compost needs time to integrate and stabilize in the soil. Apply two to three weeks prior to planting.

5. There is an easy way to mix compost into your soil without a lot of back breaking work: Spread the compost over your garden in the late fall, after all the harvesting is done. Cover with a winter mulch such as hay or chopped leaves and let nature take its course. By spring, the melting snow and soil organisms will have worked the compost in for you.

6. Like vining vegetables, but don’t have the room? Train your melons, squash, and cucumbers onto a vertical trellis or fence. Saves space and looks pretty too.

7. Garden vegetables that become over-ripe are an easy target for some pests. Remove them as soon as possible to avoid detection.

8. Onions are ready to harvest when the tops have fallen over. Let the soil dry out, harvest, and store in a warm, dry, dark place until the tops dry. Cut off the foliage down to an inch, then store in a cool, dry area.

9. Over watering is worse than under watering. It is easier to revive a dry plant than try to dry out drowned roots.

10. When planting a flower or vegetable transplant, deposit a handful of compost into each hole. Compost will provide transplants with an extra boost that lasts throughout the growing season.

11. Insects can’t stand plants such as garlic, onions, chives and chrysanthemums. Grow these plants around the garden to help repel insects.

12. Plants will do best if they are well suited to your growing area. Take some time to read up and choose plants accordingly.

13. For easy peas, start them indoors. The germination rate is far better, and the seedlings will be healthier and better able to fight off pests and disease.

14. If you’re short on space, garlic, leeks and shallots make excellent container plants. They tend to have few insect or disease problems and don’t require much room for roots.

15. Another reason to use natural and organic fertilizers and soil amendments: earthworms love them! Earthworms are extremely beneficial in the vegetable garden; increasing air space in the soil and leaving behind worm castings. Do what you can to encourage earthworms in your soil.

16. Water your garden in the early morning to conserve moisture loss and to help avoid powdery mildew and other fungal diseases that are often spread by high humidity levels.

17. Some vegetables actually become better after a first frost, including kale, cabbage, parsnips, carrots, and Brussels sprouts.

18. When transplanting tomatoes, cover the stem with soil all the way up to the first set of leaves. This greatly encourages root growth, making a stronger, healthier plant.

19. Healthy soil means a thriving population of microbes, earthworms and other organisms. A soil that has “good tilth” will produce robust garden plants that are better able to resist pests and disease.

20. A simple five percent increase in organic material (compost) quadruples the soil’s ability to store water.

http://www.planetnatural.com/vegetable-gardening-guru/tips/