Words to Live By….

Great lessons from the Boy Scouts of America!

Boy Scout Law

A Scout is:

  • Trustworthy,
  • Loyal,
  • Helpful,
  • Friendly,
  • Courteous,
  • Kind,
  • Obedient,
  • Cheerful,
  • Thrifty,
  • Brave,
  • Clean,
  • and Reverent.

Boy Scout Motto

Be Prepared!


Boy Scout Slogan

Do a Good Turn Daily!

I  hope you find this post helpful.  I memorized these words many years ago and never forgot them.  Sharing them with you is my good turn for today!  My name is Tom Burns, and you can find me at http://www.kimtag.com/nashvillesmart

Reading and Writing

A few days ago I wrote a post about the value of reading.  I just want to add a short follow-up note on a Saturday night to recommend a few books.  The first title is:

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery.  It’s a very thought-provoking book!  Every few pages a thought just jumps off the page and totally grabs my full attention!  I don’t want to share any lines here to spoil it for you…so go to your public library as soon as possible and read this book!

Here’s another one I think you will enjoy…and it’s a very easy read!  (Well, I say it’s an easy read….but it will stay with you for a very long time!)  The title is  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night, by Mark Haddon.  You may find it a bit strange in the beginning, but trust me, it’s a really well done book.  Don’t stop reading too soon!  And if you can find an audio version, it’s even better!

If you need a few great business books, I highly recommend anything by Seth Godin!  I especially liked Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us and  Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?

On social media, I strongly recommend Wayne Breitbarth’s awesome book, The Power Formula for LinkedIn Success: Kick-start Your Business, Brand, and Job search.  I sincerely think it’s a must-read book for anyone in business, from entrepreneur to CEO!  If you are not making full use of the power of LinkedIn, you are making a serious mistake!

My tip for today is to read daily.  Read the newspaper, read from a trusted online news source such as Google News, or CNN, and follow the crumbs for more in-depth understanding of the issues.  Keep a book at work to read at lunch, keep several books in progress at any given time!  If your mind wanders, switch to another book.  Choose fiction, history, biography,  business, psychology, self-help, or one of many categories.

Step two is to write about what you read.  Share the wealth with others as often as possible.

One final thought….read to your children!  Start when they are still babies!  You will benefit as much as they do!  Give your children the gift of learning….the inspiration and pleasure of reading a good book.

Reading and writing can change the world!

By Tom Burns, Reader, Writer, Seller!

http://www.kimtag.com/nashvillesmart

The Washing Machine Goes ‘Round ‘n ‘Round…

The washing machine used to go ’round ‘n ’round and up and down, but now it does a lot more!  Have you seen one lately?

Here is what washing machines used to look like…  No “specialty cycles” here!

Antique Washing Machines

And here is what a washing machine looks like today at A-1 Appliance..Click here to view:  GE page

Fabric care has changed dramatically!

You want to look your best, right?  Stop by A-1 Appliance and I can help you with that!  My name is Tom Burns, I sell things essential to life as we know it….

Connect with me at http://www.kimtag.com/nashvillesmart

Shopping for Kitchen Appliances

For most people, buying a new kitchen appliance or a washer/dryer is not a frequent experience.  It’s not like choosing a restaurant for lunch today.  A lot is at stake here….You need to feel confident that you can find a good selection of product, that the company is reputable, and that the staff is qualified to meet your needs.  In my humble opinion, A-1 Appliance is your best choice!  (Disclaimer: I have been a member of the sales staff at A-1 Appliance for over 15 years) 🙂tom

We have an incredible selection of appliances in all categories!  You may find inspiration in the Wolf/SubZero Living Kitchen, or in our live Jenn-Air kitchen.

For more ideas, venture upstairs to our Bosch/Thermador gallery, or to our Electrolux kitchen.  On any given day, you may find us baking cookies in our Miele kitchen….yummy, it sure smells good at A-1 Appliance!

Do you need to learn about magnetic induction cooking?  I can show you how with a quick demo!  I love to boil ice….yes, I said ICE.  I put a scoop of ice in the pan, and within 90 seconds I have boiling water!

Speaking of ice, did you know there is “good ice” and “bad ice”?  Watch this demonstration and tell me which one you prefer!

Not only does A-1 Appliance have a great showroom, we also have an in-house service department.  Do you need to talk with a service technician?  We can do that!  We have our own delivery and installation team.  You may have a very complicated installation issue.  If you need on site assistance in the planning stage…we can do that!  WOW….A-1 Appliance has a great sales staff too.  We offer an educational experience at A-1….we create APPLIANCE HAPPINESS!phone1 (1)

Seller of things essential to life as we know it… microwave ovens, dishwashers, refrigerators, cooking and laundry equipment, and more!  Connect at http://www.kimtag.com/nashvillesmart

Reading Creates New Ideas

Are you looking for great book recommendations?

Try http://www.shelfari.com

Not only great recommendations, but a place to keep records of the books you have read.  Think you don’t have time to read?  Keep a book at work and read a chapter a day at lunch.  One chapter before bed can be relaxing and help you sleep better.  Wish you could be more creative?  The ideas often come from things you read.

Have you ever listened to an audio book?  It’s an amazing experience.  It uses an entirely different part of the brain and  brings the book to life.  Pressed for time?  Listen to an audio book in the car on the way to and from work.

Today’s tip by Tom Burns….exercise your brain!  Read a book!

Selling Your Home? 10 Tips!

Some great advice here:  http://www.bankrate.com/finance/real-estate/10-ways-to-turn-off-a-homebuyer-1.aspx

I want to draw your attention to #3 in particular!

3. Old fixtures

“Want buyers to roll their eyes? Leave old fixtures on your doors and cabinets.

“You need to change out old fixtures in your house,” Goldwasser says. “New cabinet hardware and doorknobs will probably cost all of $400 or $500, but it makes a huge difference.”

The same holds true for dated ceiling fans, light fixtures and kitchen appliances.

“Homes that have old fans, lights, ovens, microwaves, ranges and dishwashers can really turn a buyer off,” says Goldwasser. “Sellers will say, ‘Oh, the buyers can take care of that.’ Well, yes they can, but it’s going to impede you from getting the highest price possible for your home.”

If you need help getting your kitchen ready to sell, sell, sell your home, you need to contact me now!phone1 (1)

or e-mail tburns@a1appliance.com  You won’t get “generalized” information from me!  Your home is in competition with other homes for sale in your neighborhood–I’ll help you find appliances that are right for your potential buyer!

I’ve been part of the professional sales team at A-1 Appliance for 15+ years and can offer you expert advice, backed up by an incredible installation and delivery team and an in-house service department to get your kitchen ready for sale!

If you are moving to Nashville from out of state, I would be happy to refer you to service providers in our area that will make your move easier!  Just ask!  I am a member of Real Estate Preferred Partners.  Welcome to the Greater Nashville area!  http://www.realestatepreferredpartners.com/Page/Appliances/9

Helpful tips from Tom Burns, Seller of things essential to life as we know it….  http://www.kimtag.com/nashvillesmart

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“Oh No!”…..

We all hate hearing those words coming from the kitchen, right?  Nothing good ever comes from it!

Our response is….. “What happened?”

I can share quite a list with you from personal experience, and I’m sure you can too!

I think I’ve heard just about all of them.  You see, I am an appliance salesman in Belle Meade, a suburb of Nashville, TN (recently voted as the NUMBER ONE best place to retire rich: http://www.forbes.com/pictures/mjf45hdfl/belle-meade-tennessee/  Here are a few of the most painful I’ve heard:

  1. A young couple returning from vacation turned into their driveway to discover water running out of the garage door.  It turns out that an appliance started leaking upstairs the day after they left for vacation.  A year later they are still dealing with the insurance company and major repairs.
  2. One of my favorites comes from a family who had just moved into a new split-level home, newly landscaped.  After closing on the new home and moving in, they left for a few days to finalize the sale of their old home.  It turns out that the movers had tracked grass seed on to the new carpet.  While they were gone, the washing machine hose had burst on the upper level, saturating the new carpet on the lower level.  They returned to find grass growing in their new living room!
  3. Too bad O rings break.  These evil little things can cause a slow leak. One of my customers suffered major damage when they discovered that their dishwasher had been slowly dripping water for a long time.  When the wood floor showed signs of buckling in front of the dishwasher, further inspection showed rotted flooring underneath, damage to the wall and adjoining cabinets, and damage to the room below.  OUCH!
  4. “I’ll never have another ice maker in my refrigerator!”  I heard that recently when a water supply line burst and flooded half of the house.  No simple repair here.  Wood floors had to be replaced throughout the house!
  5. Just a few days ago, someone brought in an electric coil burner from their range.  It had erupted into flame and burned in half while they were eating breakfast.  Good thing they were home to turn off the power!
  6. Can you imagine coming home from vacation and discovering that the power had been off for several days?  Open the refrigerator for a very unpleasant experience.  You can never get rid of the smell of rotten food!

So each of these things I have described are painful to deal with.  These are things you can’t anticipate, but must deal with immediately.  A natural companion to the pain is the frustration of not being able to fix the problem quickly.  

Buying a new major appliance or making repairs to your damaged home is not always a quick process.  It can be mentally and physically exhausting to shop through the many available choices and price points.

“Am I making the right choice?”  “Should we look at other brands?”  “Am I getting the best deal?”  “When will my kitchen be back to normal???”

I hope these things never happen to you, but if you are in Nashville and find yourself in any of these unpleasant situations, I hope you will call me at A-1 Appliance.  I’ll do my best to speed up your recovery!  If you are far away, you still might find helpful advice on our website, blog, facebook, or twitter pages.phone1 (1)

You can find multiple ways to contact me at http://www.kimtag.com/nashvillesmartNachoA-1_2

Baked, Boiled, or Fried….Your Favorite Food?

Today’s post is short and sweet….after all it is Friday night!  Do you have all the food ready for tomorrow’s NCAA Final Four event?

http://www.ncaa.com/final-four#!event_news

Food and Sports ….a natural combination!  As you prepare for the big event tomorrow, take a look at your kitchen.  Does it need a major make-over?  Would it win the championship or is it a total loser?

If your kitchen could use a little help, stop by and see me after the games are over!  If the pizza was burnt and the beer was warm, it might be time for some new appliances.  I can help!

My name is Tom Burns, and I sell things essential to life as we know it!  (you know…the microwave, the refrigerator, the dishwasher!)  Don’t be fooled by the big, bold ads in the Sunday paper shouting about the lowest price….there is a lot to learn before you  purchase an appliance that should last for many years. A bad choice could be the worst mistake you ever  made…(you sure don’t want to hear about that for the next several years, do you?)  Let the experts at A-1 Appliance guide you to a smart decision that’s right for you and fits your budget.

See you after the game!  http://www.a1appliance.com/flyers.html

It’s Never Too Late!

Throughout the day today I have read or heard a recurring theme...”it’s never too late!”  

I have been inspired by authors, bloggers, news articles, and experiences throughout the day!  It’s never been easier to write a book and self-publish.  You can share your thoughts with the whole world by writing a blog…it just takes courage to share your thoughts!  It’s inspiring that people well past traditional retirement age want to start new companies, run for political office, or write a book!  Who says you can’t build a new home when you’re 70 years old….you might enjoy it for another 30 years!!!

It’s never too late….at the end of the day to have your best sale!  It’s not too late at the end of the quarter to get back into the black!  It’s never too late to say “Thank you!” and make someone’s day better!

Roger Ebert died today.  Right up to the end, he was still inspiring people with an incredible positive attitude!  It’s never too late!  Thank you Roger Ebert!  “See you at the movies!”

My name is Tom Burns, and I was inspired today!  http://www.kimtag.com/nashvillesmart

 

My Washing Machine Stinks!

Washing machine odor is such a common problem, I think lots of people will read this post.  There are probably as many answers as there are owners of front-loading washers!  But  here is a website that I highly recommend for answers to this problem as well as a host of other common household issues….One Good Thing By Jillie!  Here is her suggestion:

http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/2012/02/how-to-fix-smelly-washing-machine.html

I have been a member of the sales team at A-1 Appliance for over 15 years, so I have talked with a lot of people about washing machines.  I have to say that in spite of many comments about smelly washers, the benefits of a front-loading washer far outweigh any maintenance issues….not the least of which is saving an enormous amount of money on water, energy, and detergent!  (and we have not even factored in the savings from clothes that last longer due to a more gentle wash).

If you are curious about high-efficiency washers, front-loading or top-loading, I hope you will visit A-1 Appliance for answers to your questions.  I guarantee, there is a washing machine that is right for YOU!  Let us help you select the right one!phone1 (1)

Ask for me….I’ll do my best to help you!  My name is Tom Burns, I am a seller of things essential to life as we know it….  Connect with me at http://www.kimtag.com/nashvillesmart

Links you might like:

  1. http://www.tide.com/en-US/product/tide-washing-machine-cleaner.jspx
  2. http://www.affresh.com/
  3. http://www.clorox.com/
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