Scott Spindel

SCOTT SPINDEL

YOUR CONEJO VALLEY REALTOR

Liven Up Your Home Decor with Chevrons

Jan 30, 2015 in Homeowner . 0 Comment

Liven Up Your Home Decor with Chevrons

Chevrons are a hot decor trend today, and for good reason. The zigzag stripes give the illusion of movement and make a bold statement. If you’re looking for some design inspiration, check out these great ways to use chevrons in your home.

Flooring

If you’re doing it all by hand, creating a chevron pattern with tile, laminate or wood flooring may require some creative math and precise cuts. For those who are mathematically challenged, there’s good news. Many home improvement stores sell prefab wall and floor tiles that come with the chevron pattern already created. The tiles are backed by a mesh sheet that helps them adhere to the grout and makes measuring easier.

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DIY Pallet Furniture You’ll Want to Try

Jan 28, 2015 in Homeowner . 0 Comment

DIY Pallet Furniture You’ll Want to Try

Green is definitely in – not just the color, but the practice. More homeowners are becoming aware of their impact on the planet and choosing eco-friendly options for their home decor pieces. Pallet furniture gives a rustic and rugged aesthetic, adds texture to your design, and is easier on the planet compared to other traditional furniture options. Take a look at these DIY pallet projects and decide which one you’ll try first.

Outdoor Table

For this project, you’ll need a couple of wooden pallets, a 4x4 cut to four six-inch lengths, four casters and their hardware, L-brackets and screws. Stain is optional, but it can give a customized look to your final table and provides some weatherproofing. You may want to paint or stain the pallets before assembling them to ensure even coverage. Use L-brackets and screws to attach the legs to the top of the base pallet, and then again to the underside of the uppermost pallet. Affix the casters to the underside of your table, and you’ve got a simple and charming patio table that’s easy to move around.

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How to Get Motivated and Overcome Laziness

Jan 26, 2015 in Lifestyle . 0 Comment

How to Get Motivated and Overcome Laziness

Do you wake up in the morning and find it difficult to get going? Do you procrastinate until the last minute when you have an important task to complete? Do you feel overwhelmed when there’s a project to be done? Do you struggle to get a sufficient amount of exercise, and prefer to stay on the couch? If this sounds like you, it may be time to find the motivation you need to live a more productive lifestyle.

Negative Effects of Continued Idleness

While it’s important to give your body a sufficient amount of rest and relaxation, chronic idleness can have negative effects on your personal and professional life. In some cases, laziness can lead to relationship problems, lack of satisfaction or depression, obesity, heart disease, diabetes and even eventual death. Although breaking your lazy habits won’t be an easy task, here are some ideas and tips to set yourself on the path to motivation and productivity. 

Common Causes of Laziness

In order to overcome your idle ways, it’s important to understand the various causes of what may be termed laziness and learn how to avoid them. Here’s a short list of some of the most common causes, as well as a few ideas and tips to help you combat them. 

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Rules for Running a Successful Small Business

Jan 23, 2015 in Business/Finance . 0 Comment

Rules for Running a Successful Small Business

Small businesses have grown over the last few years, and it appears that 2015 will follow suit. If you’re thinking about starting your own business this year, follow these guidelines to gain a foothold on success.

Start With the Right Legal Structure

Should you operate as a sole proprietorship, or as a corporate entity? Your decision will depend on whether or not you have employees, whether you’re providing goods or services, or if you have partners. 

You’ll automatically start out as a sole proprietor. Keeping that status is much less expensive than becoming a corporate entity, but it also risks your personal credit and liability. If more than one person is involved, filing for corporate status will spell out the equity each partner has in the business, and what will be done if it dissolves or if one partner leaves. It also gives you some legal protection. Online resources like Legalzoom or Incfile can help you minimize expenses associated with obtaining corporate status.

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5 Questions to Ask Your Contractor

Jan 21, 2015 in Homeowner . 0 Comment

5 Questions to Ask Your Contractor

Whether you’re planning a remodel of your current home or building a new one, it’s essential to communicate with your contractor about what you expect. Knowing what to ask is even more vital. Use these questions to ensure you’re getting quality service and the best value for your money.

What’s Your Business History?

Check out your prospective contractor before you sign any agreement. Look for a contractor that is licensed in your state, has above board payment practices for employees, and has been in business for a number of years. Also check for memberships in professional associations.

Consider it a red flag if you learn of bankruptcy proceedings, frequent relocation of business headquarters, frequent name changes, poor reputation with the Better Business Bureau, high-pressure sales tactics, or arrangement of the “perfect” loan for you. Don’t be afraid to ask for and follow up with references that pertain to the job at hand.

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Contact Information

Aviara Real Estate

2555 Townsgate Rd, #200
Westlake Village, CA 91361

Scott Spindel
Direct: (805) 418-2543
Email: scott4home@gmail.com
CalBRE #: 01830553