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Searching for Kitchen Ideas

Where do you go for ideas to create the perfect kitchen?  Do you find Pinterest helpful?  How about Houzz?  Do you search specific brand websites, or do you search for local dealers where you can see and touch the products?  Do you ask your friends or find ideas in magazines?

Once you have the perfect kitchen in mind, how do you proceed to create it?  Do you hire an interior designer or an architect.  Do you want to work with a general contractor or do you search for a local remodeling company?

What advice do you value the most?  Do you search Consumer Reports or go shopping and hope for good advice from local dealers?

How do you put it all together?  Does a tabbed binder help?  So many decisions…..wall color, flooring, window treatments, countertop material and color, cabinet styles and hardware, lighting, backsplash, appliances and plumbing, an island with seating or a prep area, ventilation, and on and on….

Has designing your kitchen been a great experience or a total disaster?  What advice can you share that might help others design the perfect kitchen?

My name is Tom Burns, Sales Professional at A-1 Appliance in Nashville, TN.tom  I work with one critical component of the kitchen design process….the appliances.  Someone called me today and asked when they should order the appliances and should they be installed before the countertops or after….I could sense that they were paralyzed by the logistics of it all.  To simplify it, my answer was that the appliances are the first decision and the last installation.

Everything hinges on the appliance selection!  The architect can’t draw the kitchen without this decision.  The cabinets can’t be designed and built until dimensions are determined.  Will the range be the focal point of the kitchen, or is it important to integrate the appliances into the cabinetry to make everything look like furniture?  When everything is complete….the painting is finished, the cabinets and countertops have been installed, and the plumber and electrician have finished their work, it’s time for the final touch….the appliance installation!

Your masterpiece is almost complete.  But have you selected a dealer with an expert delivery and installation team?  Can they install everything without damaging your new floor?

Yes!  It can be done!  When you think of appliances in the Greater Nashville area, think of A-1 Appliance.a1logo(1)  A great starting point in your research should be our website, www.a1appliance.com.  You can also find a huge database of ideas on our blog, www.a1applianceideas.com.  And when you are ready to see the appliances in person, we invite you to visit our showroom. phone1 (1)A-1 Appliance offers products in all price ranges, styles, and colors.  Come on in and let me help  you sort through all of the choices!

 

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

The Benefit of Clear Ice

Seeing is believing….but wait until you taste the difference!

See the Kitchenaid ice machine at A-1 Appliance in Nashville, TN

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Demo by Tom Burns, Seller of things essential to life as we know it….

More at http://www.kimtag.com/nashvillesmart

Innovation

I’ve been selling kitchen appliances for over 15 years.  I have been constantly amazed at the frequency of new product introductions.  The kitchen today is much different than the kitchen of 15 years ago.  If it has been a few years since the purchase of your last appliance, you should stop by A-1 Appliance and see the amazing, innovative products from the kitchen appliance industry.  I’m very optimistic about the future of manufacturing in the United States….because I see the products made in the USA….many of them right here in Tennessee….every day!

So today’s word is INNOVATION!  I found some great thoughts on the subject by President Obama.  Here is what he said:

Innovation

“The first step in winning the future is encouraging American innovation. None of us can predict with certainty what the next big industry will be or where the new jobs will come from. Thirty years ago, we couldn’t know that something called the Internet would lead to an economic revolution. What we can do — what America does better than anyone else — is spark the creativity and imagination of our people. ”

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA, JANUARY 25, 2011

America’s economic growth and competitiveness depend on its people’s capacity to innovate.  We can create the jobs and industries of the future by doing what America does best – investing in the creativity and imagination of our people.  To win the future, the U.S. must out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world.

President Obama’s Strategy for American Innovation seeks to harness the ingenuity of the American people to ensure economic growth that is rapid, broad-based, and sustained.  This economic growth will bring greater income, higher quality jobs, and improved quality of life to all Americans.

You can read the Innovation Strategy and submit your comments and feedback on Slideshare using the links below:

If you prefer to submit your comments via WhiteHouse.gov, you can do so here.

Download the PDF of the Strategy for American Innovation (PDF)

 In Nashville, home sales were up 18 percent in February, according to the Greater Nashville Association of Realtors.

NEW BUSINESSES THRIVE IN NASHVILLE

Startups being founded at fastest rate in decade…Nashville is a magnet for entrepreneurs!

How has innovation changed your life?  If you would like information about the newest, most exciting kitchen appliances in Nashville, stop by our showroom this Saturday, 3/23/13 from 11:00-3:00.   We will be having some cooking demonstrations and a huge sale!phone1 (1)My name is Tom Burns.  I am a seller of things essential to life as we know it….
I hope innovation continues long into the future in the appliance industry!   Follow the progress with me at http://www.kimtag.com/nashvillesmarttom

I Have No Room In My Kitchen!

Let’s start with the facts….I sell kitchen appliances at A-1 Appliance.  I usually find inspiration for my daily blog posts while talking to customers or reflecting on something that happened during the day.

I was talking with a couple today while they were looking for a new refrigerator.  As usual, I started by asking some questions about what they needed.  For example, how many in the family.  “It’s just the two of us,” they replied.  So off I went showing fairly standard size refrigerators.  It didn’t take long to realize that they were looking for a much larger capacity refrigerator!  “We want the biggest one you have,” was their comment.

I just thought this was an interesting commentary on the recent trends in kitchen appliances.  Every brand seems to be racing to develop the largest oven, refrigerator, dishwasher, washing machine….you name it!  I think it is somewhat in reaction to older kitchens that had very little counter space, not enough cabinet space, and the emerging trend to cook and entertain more at home.  It is a phenomenon that has been defined as “nesting.”

So, if you are looking for BIG IDEAS for your kitchen, I invite you to come by the A-1 Appliance showroom.a1logo(1)  We have MORE of everything! ….More than what you expected.  More trained service technicians to help, more knowledgeable sales professionals, more quality appliance selections, and more solutions for your home.

Any questions?  I would be happy to help you create more room in your kitchen!     My name is Tom Burns, and I sell things that are essential to life as we know it…. phone1 (1)Connect with me on various social media sites at http://www.kimtag.com/nashvillesmart

You’ve Been Asking For This…..

I’ll bet the title of this blog made you curious about the content!  I hope it plays well on twitter, facebook, linkedin, G+, etc.  Sometimes headlines get a lot of attention.  Please share it…..(I’m told that just asking your readers to “share” gets a very high percentage of “shares,” so I’m curious to see if it’s true!

So, now to the “content” part of this blog post.  I sell washers and dryers.  Keep reading….it does get interesting!

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last 10 years, you know that Stainless Steel appliances are incredibly popular.  Virtually every day someone comes in to the A-1 Appliance showroom and asks me if we have any washers and dryers in Stainless Steel.  …..we have not…..UNTIL NOW!!!!

Introducing the new Whirlpool Duet washer and dryer in ….wait for it…. drum roll…..STAINLESS STEEL!  How do I describe them?  Incredible!  HEAVY!  (good thing we have big guys on our delivery team!) New Features! Stands out in a crowd….DEFINITELY!  You really should come by and see this awesome set!  This isn’t painted silver….it’s the real deal!

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Let’s visit the Whirlpool website for some more great information:

http://www.whirlpool.com/laundry-1/laundry-2/washers-3/-[WFW96HEAU]-1021202/WFW96HEAU/

http://www.whirlpool.com/laundry-1/laundry-2/dryers-3/-[WED96HEAU]-1021201/WED96HEAU/

And best of all….These machines are designed, engineered and assembled in the U.S.A.  But wait….there’s MORE!  This set is on sale RIGHT NOW!  phone1 (1)

Thank you for reading this far along in my blog post.  I have to say that there is way too much information about these new machines to share in a blog post.  If you are reading this and live in the greater Nashville area, please stop by the AMAZING A-1 Appliance Showroom and let me show you in person.a1logo(1)

My name is Tom Burns, and I sell things that are essential to life as we know it…. You can connect with me on various social media sites via http://www.kimtag.com/nashvillesmart

 

 

A Light Bulb Story

Last night I turned a lamp on and the light bulb was burned out!  This morning, I turned on a ceiling light and noticed a burned out bulb.  As I was looking at it, a second bulb went out….ARGH!  I got out my last package of incandescent bulbs, (which by the way I bought because the package said Double Life), and quickly replaced both bulbs….then it was off to the grocery to look for better light bulbs!

There really is a story here…..wait for it…..

So I’m browsing half an aisle filled with every variety and brand of bulb known to man, from $1.99 for a pack of 4 up to $32.00 for a single bulb!  Oh my…. so I start reading labels.  Every package I picked up said “Long Life” or “Lasts up to 7 Years” and every package had a different number for lumens and watts used.  Could it get any more confusing?  I just want my reading lamp to work and my dining room to be lit!  And I get really tired of changing light bulbs so frequently!    As I continued carefully reading labels, one line kept repeating on every package  in relation to how long I could expect the bulb to last….“based on 3 hours of use per day.”   ( Ah, so there’s the kicker!  If you dare to use it longer than 3 hours per day, it won’t last as long as the BOLD PRINT on the package says it will!

“Deceitful Advertising” I shout to myself!  “Can’t anyone invent a decent light bulb” I wonder to myself.  So I walk out of the store without buying any more bulbs right now.  The little voice in my head said, “maybe the bulbs I just replaced will last longer this time…”  sigh!

So here is where I continue the story….I sell appliances.  Every day people just like me walk into the showroom and tell me that they just want to buy something reliable!  We’ll use a washing machine for our example.  Just as I experienced in the grocery store with half an aisle of choices, the entire front section of our showroom is filled with washers….standard top loading, high efficiency top loading, front loading, small…medium….large, from $399 or less to $1299 or more!  Oh my….and so the process repeats.  A few days ago, I had a guest whose first comment was, “I don’t want brand X….I’ve only had mine for 4 years and it’s already broken!”  As we talked, I discovered that she had 4 children and used the machine daily…sometimes  doing 3 loads in a day!  So here is the appliance kicker…..most advertising concerning how much money you can save using this or that washer is based on 7 loads per week.  (she was doing nearly that much every two days!)  Notice, that does not say how long the machine will last….only how much money you can save in water, detergent, and electricity.

So now we get to the expectation versus reality part of this story!  Our expectations are based on rosy memories.  When we were young  and single, we did one load per week (at the laundromat).  Before we had children, we might have done two to three loads per week….wow, those machines from years ago must have been built a lot better than they are today, because they sure lasted a lot longer!!!  (or so it seemed)

But wait….there’s more!  Now, the same type of machine, with just a few “bells and whistles” added, is being used multiple times per day.  Same number of uses, just compressed in a shorter period of time!

Now I’m thinking about my light bulb problem….and calculate how many hours per day I use that dining room light.  Turns out that it’s on about 14 hours per day….significantly longer than the 3 hours per day stated on the packages!

Could this apply to appliances too?  Yes, absolutely!  Any machine, (or light bulb) put under extreme or heavy use will wear out sooner!

So when you tell me you “just want something reliable,” I might ask you about how the machine will be used.  How many in your family?  How often is it used?  I’m not being nosy, I’m just trying to guide you to the best washing machine to meet the needs of your family!

That’s what I do at A-1 Appliance every day.  My name is Tom Burns, and I sell things essential to life as we know it….  Connect with me at http://www.kimtag.com/nashvillesmarttom

By the way, stop by our Nashville showroom…we’ve converted a large section to LED lighting….we are saving a lot of money, and it looks really great!

Dependable Products

We had a very interesting visitor at A-1 Appliance today!  Here is a picture:1928 Model TThis 1928 Ford Model A Pickup is an example of a simple but well built product that has lasted 85 years because the owner has taken very good care of it!  I think this is interesting because upstairs in the A-1 Appliance showroom we have a small section devoted to antique appliances.  They have been well cared for too and are in remarkably good condition.  We have a 1927 GE Monitor-Top refrigerator….

1927 refrigeratorand we have a Chambers gas range from the 1950’s !1950's Chambers RangeYou will just have to stop by and see the antique washer (wooden tubs and the first motorized agitator and wringer), and some other vintage gas ranges!  It will really make you appreciate the features of the new appliances we offer today!

From helping you select the right appliance for your home and family, to delivery, installation, and service….A-1 Appliance will be your source for quality appliances for many years to come!  Stop by and see me soon.  I’ll give you a tour of our antique gallery!tom

My name is Tom Burns, and I sell things essential to life as we know it…..  Connect with me at http://www.kimtag.com/nashvillesmart

The Kitchen as “Work Center” or “Family Room”?

When you walk into your kitchen, do you see it as a work center or as a family room?  It’s an important question to ask if you are planning to build a new home or remodel an existing kitchen.  http://www.houzz.com/professionals/s/Appliance-Showroom/c/Nashville-Metro

Do you consider yourself to be a serious cook?  If so, you might want to consider  professional grade appliances, along with plenty of counter-top and cabinet storage space.  The working kitchen might contain a large commercial-style range with a seriously powerful vent hood, along with a very large built-in refrigerator and a large capacity dishwasher.  Accessories might include one or more warming drawers, an ice machine, a microwave or steam oven, plus additional under-counter refrigeration near work areas.  An awesome brand to consider would be http://www.subzero-wolf.com/

If you think of the kitchen as a gathering place for the family, it may be important to have a large island surrounded by stools, and the appliances would be appropriate for “speed cooking.”  For example, the GE Advantium would  be great for a young family preparing a lot of convenience foods.  http://www.a1appliance.com/appliances.php?url=/_CGI/SEARCH?pn=psb1201nss

A Wolf Steam Oven would be appropriate for a family with young children where the focus is on healthy eating.  Cooking more at once would be possible with convection ovens, or cooking faster would be possible with a magnetic induction cooktop.

The point I’m making is that many questions have to be asked before choosing the right appliances for the kitchen that matches your lifestyle.

If you are looking for a wide selection of appliances and guidance to the products that meet your needs, then I would invite you to contact me at A-1 Appliance in Nashville.  We create “Appliance Happiness”….because we listen to your needs!

This question is brought to you by Tom Burns, Seller of things essential to life as we know it…..  You can contact me at http://www.kimtag.com/nashvillesmart  Let me help you create the kitchen of your dreams!