Better Spend A Little More Once than A Little Less Twice

Putting new windows in your apartment or house, buying a new air conditioning unit as weather heats up, picking a mover that will not damage your furniture or the front door of your new digs, cheaper is not always the wise option.

Air unit

Better spend a little more once than a little less twice!

Minding the money for Concierge Mondays # 22


After First Bid on a Home Fix, A Mover, A Body Shop Repair, Slow Down Before Making Decision

After receiving a bid on a home fix, a mover (especially if your new place is a long distance away), a body shop repair, slow down before making a decision. 

First of all get at least 2 estimates, if possible get your estimates from people that friends or colleagues recommended.

If your plate is full and your mind is tired, it is one more reason to slow the decision process.

Bids and estimates might be too cheap to be true or so expensive that it amounts to price gauging.

Ibm 5155 portable computer

Slow like my first 'portable' IBM computer pictured above.

Weighing choices for Concierge Mondays (on a Tuesday) #21

(* Credt for IBM 5155 picture goes to Dusted.DK ...)


Not Just Another Yard Sale, Location, Rich Mix from Paintings to Distinct Clothing and Garden Fare

Right Location, Rich Mix from Paintings to Distinct Clothing and Garden Fare Make for Successful Yard Sale

As in retail, you will get buyers, not just passing by visitors , if you have the right ingredients and not just a mass of things for people to dig through the piles.

Yard Sale Paintings

How to Not have Just Another Yard Sale?  Concierge Mondays # 20


Will Online Marketplaces Soon Be Flooded with For Sale Bread Makers and Peloton Bikes

Will online marketplaces soon be flooded with 'For Sale' breadmakers and Peloton (Interactive) bikes?

Will people start interacting with other people instead?

With warmer days and people starting to trickle back or being tricked back (at least part time) to the office, time will tell!

Cooks essential bread maker

Not so new shiny objects for Concierge Mondays # 19


Being A Liaison Could Become Prominent Concierge Role for Me in This Getting Past Covid Period

Being a liaison could become prominent concierge role for me in this getting past covid period.

After reading number of articles on what 'back at the office' might mean, most of us are still muddling through this, it appears that ferrying things (documents, supplies, and more) from main office to satellite ones and same to and from 'working from home' team members could be a prominent activity in my New Jersey Concierges line of  work.

Canvas

Using a new canvas for changing shape of work, a slightly belated Concierge Mondays # 18


In Need of Extra Storage, Pick Facility that Has a Drive in Garage with Direct Elevator Access to Your Space

Whether you are moving, need to empty part of your house or apartment for a home improvement project, or just running out of space for some of your possessions, many of us do, pick up a facility that has a drive in garage or loading room with direct elevator access to your storage space.

Raleigh bike at storage

Temperature control is also part of the basic requirements so none of your items suffer during their time in storage.

If you plan to sell some of the items brought to your storage unit, it will be a plus to have that easy elevator access to move items to buyer's vehicle. It will also allow you to conduct transaction without bringing 'strangers' in your home.

Slightly belated storage space tips for Concierge Mondays # 17


Summer Vacation Flight on Your Mind, Book Directly Through Airline Not Portal In Case of Hiccups

Summer vacation flight is on your mind?

My suggestion, book directly through the airline in case of hiccups.

I had booked a round  trip flight for me and my son in November 2019 (EWR to Rome via Copenhagen) for Spring Break 2020.

Copenhagen guide 2011-12

Covid came and of course what would have been a wonderful getaway did not happen.

Flight was on Scandinavian Airlines but it was booked via Expedia.

It took me almost a year of efforts to get reimbursed.

Airlines beat Portals for Concierge Mondays #15

(* Photo of Copenhagen Guide I kept from wonderful stay late August 2011)


Moving Soon, Sell or Donate Items that Will Not Make the Trip on Nextdoor, Take Shipping Costs Out of Equation

Moving soon, sell or donate items that will not make the trip on Nextdoor.

Curating belongings

Take shipping costs out of the equation as you will be selling to people nearby and they will pick them up  from you at your current abode.

Curating your belongings for Concierge Mondays # 14