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Home Guru: A Lot More Value for a Little More Commute

Home Guru: A Lot More Value for a Little More Commute

By Bill Primavera Not everyone can afford homes costing in the millions located in some of our more affluent communities close to the city, but in this region, a small investment in commuting time – even 15 or 20 minutes – can make all the difference in affording a million-dollar lifestyle at less than half […]

Home Guru:Tree Lover Tells When and if to Plant (and Gripes a Little)

Home Guru:Tree Lover Tells When and if to Plant (and Gripes a Little)

By Bill Primavera – This article might well be titled “The Joys and Agonies of Being a Tree Lover.” The subject of planting trees comes to me each year as we approach autumn because it’s the perfect time to plant deciduous and evergreen trees as they enter into dormancy. And, Lord knows, I have done my […]

Home Guru: A Sampling of Musings From The Home Guru

Home Guru: A Sampling of Musings From The Home Guru

By Bill Primavera – This week I reprise some musings based on practical and absurd observations made from past columns. For an index of previously published articles, visit www.TheHomeGuru.com.About the common complaint of noise from neighbors. No man is an island, but there were a couple of occasions, especially when I lived in an apartment building […]

Home Guru: The Good, Bad and Questionable Home Inspections Issues

Home Guru: The Good, Bad and Questionable Home Inspections Issues

By Bill Primavera It’s happened to many of us in the real estate business. The “engineering” or house inspection prior to a contract signing can kill the sale of a house. I remember the first time I heard the complaint of a realtor whose engineering resulted in a failed septic system and the bank refused […]

Home Guru: When the Time Comes to Deal with “Difficult” Neighbors

Home Guru: When the Time Comes to Deal with “Difficult” Neighbors

  By Bill Primavera  No man is an island, nor would he or she wish to exist as one, but there were a couple of occasions, especially when I lived in an apartment building that was not well insulated for sound, when I wished I were. According to a survey by Trulia, 67 percent of […]

Home Guru: How Lucky We Are to Live Right Here!

Home Guru: How Lucky We Are to Live Right Here!

By Bill Primavera Just recently I had the pleasure of introducing the Hudson River Valley area to a couple who will be relocating here and what a pleasure it was to again remind myself of all the joys my family has enjoyed living here for many years. In real estate, when we talk about location, […]

The Home Guru: Tips to Follow to Protect Your Home While Away

The Home Guru: Tips to Follow to Protect Your Home While Away

By Bill Primavera – Just about everybody I know seems to be on vacation this month. Coincidentally, the Insurance Information Institute reported that the majority of home burglaries occur in July and August when many people are enjoying time off. Nine out of 10 home break-ins could be prevented if homeowners would take simple steps, the […]

Home Guru: Old Superstitions About Houses Continue to Live on Today

Home Guru: Old Superstitions About Houses Continue to Live on Today

By Bill Primavera In the early days of our nation, settlers brought to our shores many superstitions by which they lived their lives, many of which remain with us today. You don’t put much stock in superstitions nowadays, you say? Well, when was the last time you didn’t avoid passing under a ladder set up […]

Home Guru: Safety Tips to Keep in Mind When Working (or Playing) Outside

Home Guru: Safety Tips to Keep in Mind When Working (or Playing) Outside

By Bill Primavera – Some years ago I wrote about a freak accident I experienced at my pool that was really dramatic. It led to my being more aware of taking precautions to avoid getting hurt when working or playing outside the home. Just this week, another incident prompted me to remind myself and readers of […]

The Home Guru Column: Observations About the Most Essential of Household Fixtures

The Home Guru Column: Observations About the Most Essential of Household Fixtures

By Bill Primavera – Have you ever had the experience when someone recalls something you’ve said quite clearly while you’ve totally forgotten it? I was amused at a recent showing of a new condo when my client was disappointed to find that all three bathrooms featured round toilet bowls, rather than the elongated models. “They should […]

The Home Guru: Joy and Labor of Water on Landlocked Property

The Home Guru: Joy and Labor of Water on Landlocked Property

By Bill Primavera – For those of us who are not lucky enough to have a home on a lake or pond or one with a river view, there are other ways to enjoy the soothing effects of water, even if we’re landlocked. It could be as simple as a classic fountain, which I’ve enjoyed for […]

Home Guru: How to Select Flooring That’s Easier on the Body

Home Guru: How to Select Flooring That’s Easier on the Body

By Bill Primavera – Almost 30 years ago, my wife and I decided to install carpeting in the central hallway, staircase and second-floor landing of our home. We must have been feeling particularly flush at the time because we chose the best quality, deep-pile nylon carpeting we could find. Why nylon instead of wool? Because we […]

Home Guru: Many Options to Compare When Looking for House Siding

Home Guru: Many Options to Compare When Looking for House Siding

By Bill Primavera – When the opportunity comes to choose the “skin” of a house – the siding – whether for new construction or re-surfacing, you might think that the main factor would be personal preference for its look. But there are other important matters to consider, namely its cost, energy efficiency, ease of maintenance and […]

Home Guru: It’s Again Time to Dust Off the Subject of Household Dust

Home Guru: It’s Again Time to Dust Off the Subject of Household Dust

By Bill Primavera Have you ever heard of a dust fetish? I reluctantly admit to at least a keen interest in the subject, having alluded to it a couple of times in my column musings. Recently I learned about a new study conducted by a group of scientists who had collected dust samples from 1,200 […]

Home Guru: The Lighter Side of Victorian: Wicker Furniture

Home Guru: The Lighter Side of Victorian: Wicker Furniture

By Bill Primavera When my wife and I owned an antiques shop early in our marriage, there was a revival of interest in the Victorian style of décor, and I can’t say that we were enthusiastic about it. This style from the second half of the 19th century was known for plush, heavily upholstered furniture […]

Home Guru:  Enjoying the Benefits of Occasionally Unplugging at Home

Home Guru: Enjoying the Benefits of Occasionally Unplugging at Home

By Bill Primavera When it comes to technology, I may not be cutting edge, but I try my very best to adapt to what’s new as quickly as I can. What choice does one have in today’s business world, or social whirl, for that matter? From the first cube-like Macintosh in my home office to […]

Home Guru: How Homeowners Feel About (or Fear) Maintenance Needs

Home Guru: How Homeowners Feel About (or Fear) Maintenance Needs

By Bill Primavera  According to a survey just released by ServiceMaster, it is reported that a whopping 92 percent of homeowners feel unprepared to address home maintenance needs. How could that be, I wondered? With all the DIY resources we have on television and online, and especially if we’re young homeowners, surely we feel more […]

The Home Guru: State’s New Mold Law Viewed as ‘A Little Crazy’

The Home Guru: State’s New Mold Law Viewed as ‘A Little Crazy’

By Bill Primavera – If you find that you have mold in your home and want it removed, you may be in for a surprise by the set of procedures now required to comply with a new law enacted in January by New York State to regulate its remediation. According to two suppliers in the field […]

The Home Guru: In a Major Political Year, Equal Time for Red and Blue

The Home Guru: In a Major Political Year, Equal Time for Red and Blue

By Bill Primavera – Recently when I wrote a column dedicated to decorating in red, I received a comment from a reader asking whether my personal devotion to the color was politically motivated. Honestly, the thought never entered my mind; however, I thought that it was certainly a creative association. When it was suggested by that […]

The Home Guru: For Some the Laundry Room is the Heart of the House

The Home Guru: For Some the Laundry Room is the Heart of the House

By Bill Primavera – In most homes, it is said that the kitchen is the heart of the house. But I’ve been with buyers who seem to place as much importance, if not more, on the laundry room. Personally, I remember how surprised I was when I came across one of my first buyers who was […]

Home Guru: Story of Realtor Dangers That Everyone Should Know

Home Guru: Story of Realtor Dangers That Everyone Should Know

By Bill Primavera – The next time you go to a realtor’s open house and are asked to show photo identification or if a realtor insists on meeting at the office for the first time rather than at a property don’t take it personally. He or she is following safety precautions given by an office manager, […]

The Home Guru: A Shorthand Method to a Work-Free Garden

The Home Guru: A Shorthand Method to a Work-Free Garden

By Bill Primavera – When I was younger, a feeling of near euphoria would greet me at the first breath of spring, as I would anticipate my first days in the garden. Year after year, I could always be assured that I had at least five or six months ahead of me where, whenever stressed, all […]

Home Guru: Important Pointers for Homeowners With Space to Rent

Home Guru: Important Pointers for Homeowners With Space to Rent

By Bill Primavera – Since my marriage, my wife and I have owned three homes and each of them provided for either a two-family or an accessory apartment arrangement, which, especially when we were young, helped keep the wolf from the door. Once moving to Westchester and realizing at a certain point that our taxes had […]

Home Guru: A Change in Perception About Getting Rid of ‘Stuff’

Home Guru: A Change in Perception About Getting Rid of ‘Stuff’

By Bill Primavera – For many years Jennifer Gurahian has been my recommended source for handling estate sales whenever I’ve had clients who were downsizing. Only now when I am engaging her services myself have I experienced a change of perception about the process of getting rid of “stuff” no longer needed. Counting what my wife […]

Home Guru:  Advantages When Your Supplier is a Long-Term ‘Family Affair’

Home Guru: Advantages When Your Supplier is a Long-Term ‘Family Affair’

By Bill Primavera – Having long-term relationships with your home suppliers has its advantages. In effect, they become advisers you can trust, almost like members of the family. And when the business itself is an extended family, it’s especially nice. Take the example of Absolute Flooring of Yorktown that re-did my kitchen floor three years ago. […]

Home Guru: Faux, that Phony Technique that Adds Real Beauty

Home Guru: Faux, that Phony Technique that Adds Real Beauty

By Bill Primavera – A whole new world was opened to me years ago when the owners of a tasteful antiques shop in Brooklyn Heights invited me to their condo in one of the grand houses in that landmarked neighborhood. When I looked up at the ceiling in their living room, I found that I was […]

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Home Guru: There’s Still a Place for the Home Library in the Digital Age

By Bill Primavera – In an age when the wealth of human knowledge and culture can be accessed through a tile-sized tablet, many people would assume that we no longer have a need for a home library. This does not necessarily indicate a decline in literacy. In fact, the members of Generation Y are the most […]

Home Guru: What a Delight to Listen to Our Neighbors Who Tweet

Home Guru: What a Delight to Listen to Our Neighbors Who Tweet

By Bill Primavera – Between a childhood in South Philadelphia and an early adulthood spent in Boston and Brooklyn Heights, I never had much exposure to birds or birdwatching — unless sharing the sidewalk with flocks of pigeons counts. But now, after decades of living in a leafy suburb, the birds of our region have become […]

Home Guru: That Time of Year to Think About Tax Tips for the Homeowner

Home Guru: That Time of Year to Think About Tax Tips for the Homeowner

By Bill Primavera – As winter draws to a close, we are reminded that tax time is just around the corner. Those of us who own our own homes are fortunate enough to have many tax deductions and advantageous strategies available to us. I have some solid advice below, but be prudent and check these out […]

Home Guru: Home Staging By a Professional or On Your Own

Home Guru: Home Staging By a Professional or On Your Own

By Bill Primavera – Sometimes I think it’s a good exercise for a realtor to look at the home search process more from the buyer’s point of view.  And from that perspective, choosing a home that is right for us can be more about art than science. Sure, we may start the search with a list […]