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  1. 12 Last-Minute Tips to Simplify Thanksgiving Prep

    12 Last-Minute Tips to Simplify Thanksgiving Prep

    Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday that gives family and friends a chance to spend time together, enjoy a meal, and relax. But if you’re hosting the Thanksgiving feast, you know that the days leading up to Thanksgiving can be a bit hectic. Whether you’re feeding four or forty, last-minute preparations can be overwhelming and interfere with your enjoyment of the holiday.

    At Reno’s Appliance, we want you to enjoy Thanksgiving as much as your guests. So we’re sharing our 12 favorite tips that can help you stay organized in the final days before the guests arrive.

    Three Days Before

    1. Shop for your fresh ingredients like vegetables and fruit and store them properly so you know they’ll stay fresh.
    2. Take out any serving platters, silverware, and plates that you’ll be using out of storage and make sure they are clean. Keep them in a place that will be easily accessible on the day.
    3. Wash and iron your table linens. If you plan on using a formal dining table that won’t be needed beforehand, then lay the linens on the table. Better yet, set the entire table.
    4. Make a run to the liquor store to make sure your bar is well stocked and the wine is properly stored.

    Two Days Before

    1. Start preparing your side dishes, which can be refrigerated and then easily transferred to your oven on Thanksgiving Day.
    2. Blanch any vegetables you’ll be serving by bringing them to a boil and then immediately placing them in ice water to stop the cooking process. Then refrigerate the vegetables in a tightly lidded container. This method will help reduce the time it takes to cook the vegetables on Thanksgiving Day. This method works particularly well with asparagus, string beans, and brussel sprouts.
    3. Prep your gravy ahead of time and freeze it. About an hour before dinner will be served, just place it in a pan over a low flame and bring to a slow boil.

    One Day Before

    1. You’ll probably be taking lots of pictures, so make sure your phone, tablet, digital camera, digital recorder, or any other picture-taking device is fully charged and has plenty of storage space.    
    2. Finish any meal preparation you may have left. Even doing simple tasks like cutting herbs, seasoning food, and slicing cheese will save time.
    3. Come up with a game plan for the actual cooking of the entire meal. Start with the time you want to eat and work backwards, knowing that it’s the turkey that will take the most time.

    Thanksgiving Day

    1. Use a warming drawer to keep side dishes warm while the turkey finishes, so everything is served at the perfect temperature.
    2. Make sure your dishwasher is empty before the meal starts. That way, you can load it up as people finish their meal.

    Bonus Tip

    Here’s one extra tip: Consider upgrading your kitchen appliances. You know that your range, refrigerator, and dishwasher will be working overtime on Thanksgiving and throughout the entire holiday season. Visit Reno’s Appliance to see their large selection of kitchen appliances to including:

    Be sure to get to Reno’s Appliance before the holiday season kicks into high gear. But if you can’t get those new appliances for Thanksgiving, then you can always put them on your holiday gift wish list.

    All of us at Reno’s wish you and your family a safe, happy, and healthy Thanksgiving holiday.

    Reno’s Appliance was founded in 1951 as Reno’s Radio & TV. Since then, the shop has grown to become the one-stop home appliance source trusted by thousands. Reno’s sons continue to carry on the tradition set forth by their father and exhibit exceptional customer service. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection.

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  2. The Perfect Range for Your Holiday Season

    The Perfect Range for Your Holiday Season

    The holidays are approaching and that means friends, family, and of course, plenty of food. If you’re hosting the crowd for a large feast, preparing your famous pies, or cranking out dozens of holiday cookies, then you’re going to need a range that’s built to handle whatever you can throw at it (or in it).

    Reno’s Appliance is proud to carry the Wolf 48” dual fuel range. Let’s look at why this is the ideal appliance for all of your cooking and baking needs this holiday season.

    The Cooktop

    Here’s what you’ll find on the top part of this outstanding range.

    Dual-Stacked Burners

    The gas cooktop features six dual-stacked burners, which means each burner is really two in one. The upper-tier burner produces up to 20,000 BTUs of power for quick boils and perfectly seared steaks. The lower-tier allows you to dial back all of that power to just a hint of a flame—perfect for simmering sauces or keeping gravy warm while the turkey finishes roasting.

    Infrared Griddle

    Plus, the cooktop features a built-in, 15,000 BTU infrared griddle, which can definitely handle your big holiday morning breakfasts, complete with pancakes, hash browns, bacon, and eggs.

    Spark Re-Ignition System

    And here’s an additional great feature—the spark re-ignition system. Have you ever thought your dish was almost finished cooking, only to find that flame had gone out who knows how long ago? Each burner on the Wolf Range has a sensor that automatically re-ignites any lost flame for improved temperature control and added safety.

    This is all just on the top of the range, so now let’s look at what the actual oven can do.

    The Oven

    The oven includes professional-grade features to give you perfect results every time, including:

    A Dual Convection Oven

    Two fans work together to distribute heat evenly throughout the oven. This eliminates cold spots and produces more consistent results, even when using multiple racks at once.

    A Second Convection Oven

    This smaller oven provides consistent heating, and is especially useful for cooking of holiday side dishes at one temperature, while the turkey is roasting away in the big oven at a different temperature.

    10 Cooking Modes

    There are ten cooking modes to choose from that provide the ideal cooking environment for everything that will be on your holiday table from turkey and ham, to yams and corn, to cookies, cakes, and pies. Simply select the cooking mode with an intuitive touchscreen and relax.

    Temperature Probe

    Never undercook or overcook again. The temperature probe signals you when your dish has reached the desired temperature, taking the guess work out of preparing delicious roasts.

     

    High-Quality Construction

    All Wolf products are built with superior-quality materials and heavy-gauge stainless steel, with a classic brushed finish that matches other Sub-Zero and Wolf products, allowing for seamless integration into your kitchen design.

    To ensure reliability, each major component of the range is first subjected to extreme stresses far beyond what the average household would ever subject it to. Furthermore, every function of every product is thoroughly tested before shipping.

    Simply put, you won’t find a better-constructed, more reliable range at this price point.

     

    Visit Reno’s Appliance Today

    There’s still plenty of time to get the Wolf 48” dual fuel range set up in your kitchen in time for the holidays. Stop by Reno’s Appliance in Paterson, NJ to view this outstanding kitchen appliance and other range options.

    Reno’s Appliance was founded in 1951 as Reno’s Radio & TV. Since then, the shop has grown to become the one-stop home appliance source trusted by thousands. Reno’s sons continue to carry on the tradition set forth by their father and exhibit exceptional customer service. We have every home appliance you will possibly need. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection.

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  3. 6 Simple Laundry Mistakes That Make Your Clothes Stink

    6 Simple Laundry Mistakes That Make Your Clothes Stink

    We wash our clothes not only to clean them, but to make them smell nice and fresh as well. But sometimes, we pull our clothes out of the dryer and they smell less than fabulous. It’s pretty frustrating. We invest so much time washing our clothes. Why are they stinky?

    There are some simple mistakes that you could be making (unknowingly) that contribute to the funky smelling laundry, however, these mistakes are easily fixed. Check out these six mistakes that may be making your clothes malodorous, along with some simple fixes. 

    1. The Mistake—Not washing the washing machine: It may seem a little counterintuitive to have to clean something that has soap and water swirling around inside it on a regular basis. But, your washer holds moisture, which can lead to mildew growth and musty-smelling clothes.

    The Fix—Clean your washer: You should clean your washer periodically to prevent mildew growth. About once a month, wipe down the drum with a household cleaner, then add two or three tablespoons of baking soda to the drum and run an empty hot wash cycle to help kill any lingering bacteria and mildew spores.

    1. The Mistake—Overloading the washer: It’s tempting to stuff your washer to save time. It’s quicker to do one huge load, than two smaller loads, right? Unfortunately, your time-saving trick may actually be preventing your clothes from getting clean. Part of what helps clothes get clean is their ability to move around freely and generate friction with each other.

    The Fix—Lighten your load: The fix here is pretty simple. Start washing smaller loads. Laundry day may be a little longer, but your clothes will smell, and actually be, cleaner.

    1. The Mistake—Adding too much detergent: More detergent doesn't necessarily mean a better clean. In fact, too much detergent can cause your clothes to hold onto dirt and bacteria.

    The Fix—Read the label: If you want your clothes to be truly clean, don’t assume “a capful” of detergent is perfect for every load. Read the label and pour in the recommended amount of detergent. Use the markers in the cap to measure more precisely. Or, switch to pre-measured packets or pods for convenience.

    1. The Mistake—Choosing chilly temperatures: You may wash everything in cold water to reduce energy use (which is admirable) and hot water bills (which is smart). Of course, cold water isn’t always the best choice for getting clothes truly clean.

    The Fix—Put your clothes in hot water: For the fabrics that can handle it, washing clothes in the highest water temperature possible can kill odor-causing bacteria and result in a better clean. But always read clothing labels to ensure fabrics are hot-water safe.

    1. The Mistake—Not using a deodorizer: You might be thinking, “I use a fabric softener, so this doesn’t apply to me.” Fabric softeners are great at adding scents to clothing, which masks odors, but doesn’t neutralize them.

    The Fix—Add a little acid: The slightly acidic nature of vinegar acts as a great deodorizer. Add one or two tablespoons to each load to truly remove odors. As a bonus, it will prevent colors from fading. 

    1. The Mistake—Letting your clothes get lonely: It’s so easy to forget a load of wet laundry in the washing machine. But this isn't the best thing for your clothes. While your clothes are sitting in a dark and damp environment, bacteria and mold are setting up shop.

    The Fix—Set an alarm: Use the timer on your smartphone, oven, or microwave to remind yourself to move your clothes into the dryer as soon as the wash is done. If you happen to forget anyway and they’ve been sitting more than two hours, run the clothes through a hot rinse cycle, then immediately dry them.

    Try these tips to keep your clothes smelling clean. But if your clothes are still smelly, then consider a new washer and dryer. Reno’s Appliance is proud to carry an extensive inventory of world-class brands that are known for dependability and durability like Samsung, Whirlpool, GE, Electrolux, and many others. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection.

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  4. Repair or Replace? What to Do with Older Appliances

    Repair or Replace? What to Do with Older Appliances

    Over time, appliances get old, don’t work as well as they once did, and inevitably stop functioning all together. If you have an appliance that’s not performing like it should, or isn’t working at all, then you’re probably asking yourself this question: “Is this worth repairing, or should I just get a new one?”

    At Reno’s Appliance, we know that the answer to that question isn’t always so cut and dry. Before you make the decision to repair or replace, you’ll want to consider these factors:

    1. Do you have a warranty?

      Most appliances come with a one-year warranty, plus you’ll have the option to buy a five-year warranty (which we recommend). That way, you’re covered for a total of six years. If anything goes wrong with during that time, you can have it repaired or replaced at no extra cost to you.

    2. What’s the average lifespan of the appliance?

      Knowing how long an appliance can reasonably be expected to last will help inform your decision to repair or replace. For example, the average dishwasher typically lasts nine years. If yours breaks after 20 years, then you’ve probably gotten all you’re going to get from it and should move on to purchasing a new one.

      Here are the typical expected lifespans of common appliances:

      • Gas Range: 15 years
      • Refrigerator: 13 years
      • Dryer: 13 years
      • Washing Machine: 10 years
      • Dishwasher: 9 years
      • Microwave Oven: 9 years
      • Garbage Disposal: 6 years

      Of course, these lifespans are just estimates. Lifespans can vary based on usage and whether or not you keep up with regular care and maintenance.

    3. How much do parts cost?

      Sometimes, just replacing an inexpensive part can add years to the life of your appliance. In those instances, repairing is a no-brainer. Other times, parts can be almost as expensive as buying something new. If the difference between buying a new appliance and repairing your old one is just a few hundred dollars, then it probably makes more sense to go for the new purchase.

    4. Are parts available?

      You may love your washing machine because it’s been reliable for 25 years. But if one day it stops working and you vow to repair “old faithful” instead of replacing it (no matter how much parts cost) just know that the matter may be out of your hands.

      The truth is, many manufacturers eventually stop making parts for their machines. So, if your appliance is particularly old, the part needed to repair it may not even exist anymore—and you’ll soon be shopping.

    5. Is it outdated?

      It could be that your once stylish appliance now looks out of date. Or, maybe you’ve been slowly updating your home’s other appliances and this one now sticks out like a sore thumb. Even if your current model breaks and it’s inexpensive to repair, this may be the excuse you were looking for to get something more stylish and modern.

    6. Are more efficient models available?

      Appliances are getting more efficient every day. Chances are, if you’ve had an appliance for several years, then there is probably a more efficient model available that might interest you. Energy-efficient models often come with rebates and purchase incentives to help with upfront costs. Plus, you may even see reduced utility bills in the future.

    Sometimes an appliance breaks and simple, inexpensive repairs will have it running like new again. Other times, it’s more convenient and economical to replace it. If you find that you need a new appliance, come to Reno’s Appliance in Paterson, NJ. We carry a large selection of refrigerators, dishwashers, ranges, washers, dryers, kitchen hoods, and more from world-class brands known for dependability and durability.

    Reno’s Appliance was founded in 1951 as Reno’s Radio & TV. Since then, the shop has grown to become the one-stop home appliance source trusted by thousands. Reno’s sons continue to carry on the tradition set forth by their father and exhibit exceptional customer service.

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  5. 8 Reasons Why You Need a Humidifier this Winter

    8 Reasons Why You Need a Humidifier this Winter

    From cracked skin to stuffy noses, cold and dry air is at the root of many of our winter woes. Fortunately, it’s easy to reverse or prevent many of these issues with a humidifier. A humidifier adds moisture to the air in your home to create a more comfortable environment.

    Check out these 8 benefits of running a humidifier this winter:

    1. Softer skin: Dry air literally pulls moisture from your skin, which is one of the reasons you may experience flaky skin or cracked hands all winter long. It can also increase signs of aging. A humidifier will put moisture back into the air and your skin will soak it in.
    2. Comfortable sinuses: Did you ever get that dry, stuffed-up feeling in your nose, and no matter how much you blow, you can’t find relief? Winter air dries out your sinuses, which makes them swell and interfere with breathing. Run a humidifier in your bedroom while you are sleeping and make breathing easier throughout the day.
    3. Quicker recovery: If you do get sick this winter, then a humidifier can help speed up your recovery time. Moist air will help you stay hydrated, reduce coughing, and relieve pain and swelling in your throat and sinuses.
    4. Healthier houseplants: Do your houseplants seem limp or droopy in the winter? Turns out we’re not the only ones who suffer from dry air in the winter. A humidifier combined with regular watering will keep your houseplants vibrant and full of life. Plus, they’ll keep on purifying the air all winter long, which benefits you as well.
    5. No more “morning throat”: Does your throat hurt when you wake up on winter mornings? Does your voice sound cracked? That’s because your throat and vocal cords are dry. Sleep with a humidifier in your bedroom to wake up with a pain-free throat and a silky smooth voice.
    6. Reduced heating bills: Moist air feels warmer than dry air (think of humid summer days). With a humidifier, you can keep your thermostat at a lower setting, so you may see reduced heating bills this winter. That won’t have a direct impact on your health, but they will certainly make your wallet happy.
    7. Fewer shocks: Those little static electricity shocks can’t really do any real damage, but boy are they annoying! And they occur more often in winter because dry air conducts electricity better than moist air. Use a humidifier and say “see you later” to unexpected shocks.
    8. Improved sleep: If you sleep with a partner who snores, it may be because of a dry throat and nasal passages. A humidifier may be the thing that finally quiets them down. Plus, a less-dry room feels warmer and more cozy, which is always a good environment for sleep.

    Questions about if a humidifier is right for you? Want to know the difference between a humidifier and a dehumidifier? Reno’s Appliance, located in Paterson, NJ has a knowledgeable staff ready to answer any questions you may have. You can reach them at 973-247-1860.

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  6. Your Guide to Buying a New Kitchen Range

    Your Guide to Buying a New Kitchen Range

    The range combines a cooktop and oven into a single appliance—making it the true workhorse of the kitchen. Ranges come in a variety of styles and can include all kinds of features, which is great, but can also be overwhelming. At Reno’s Appliance, we’re range experts, so we’ve created this simple buying guide to help you find the ideal one for your home.

    1. What’s Your Budget?

      First, you should determine how much you want to spend. Prices can vary from about $350 for a basic range to $3500 or more for luxury models with plenty of features and high-end styling. Having a price point in mind will help you narrow down your options.

    2. What Size?

      A standard range is 30 inches wide, but they can be 36 inches or wider. Be sure to measure the space where you want to install it and buy the correct size. The last thing you want is to have your range delivered only to find that it won’t fit.

    3. Do You Want Gas or Electric?

      If you don’t have a gas line already installed in your kitchen, then an electric model is your only option. If you do have a gas line, then you can get a gas-powered or a dual fuel range. Dual fuel range models heat the oven with electric power for precise temperatures, and fuel the cooktop with gas for faster boiling and cooking.

    4. What Style?

      There are three different styles of ranges:

      • Freestanding models are designed to be placed anywhere in the kitchen. These are the most popular and least expensive ranges.
      • Slide-ins are made to literally “slide in” between cabinets. The sides of a slide-in range are left unfinished since they won’t be seen, but they do have alignment grooves for ease of installation.
      • Drop-ins are used with customized cabinetry. They are dropped into the prepared base with a cabinet front panel at the bottom for seamless integration with the kitchen and a high-end look.

    5. Do You Want to Go Pro?

      Pro ranges are typically free-standing models that start at 36 inches wide, but come in 48 inch and 60 inch widths as well to accommodate multiple ovens, more burners, and built-in griddles and grills that span the cooktop. You’ll also find different burner configurations and well as French tops in pro models for more precise temperature control. If you want to take your cooking to the next level, then consider a pro range.

    6. Who Cleans the Oven?

      Are you OK with cleaning the oven yourself, or do you prefer a self-cleaning oven? Self-cleaning ovens cost a bit more, but most people decide the extra cost is worth it.

    7. Have Your Considered Convection?

      You may have heard the term convection oven. That means there is a fan inside the unit that distributes heat more evenly in the oven to speed up cooking and produce more consistent results. It will cost an additional amount if you opt for a convection oven.

    8. How Many Burners?

      The least expensive ranges have four standard burners on the cooktop. As you get into higher end models, you’ll find burners that are more precise and flexible. For example, your range might come with a “power burner” for quick boiling and pan searing. It may also have a “low burner” for simmering sauces. Some ranges may even have a fifth burner.

    9. What Features Will You Need?

      Now you have to decide which features are important to you. Adding features will increase the price, but you may find it is worth every penny. Some features you might consider include double ovens, “smart” temperature sensors, warming drawers, or a hidden bake element.

    10. How Do You Want to Control Your Range?

      You’ll also have a decision to make when it comes to how your range is controlled. Are you fine with the standard cooktop knobs and oven controls? Or do you want your unit to be more sophisticated? For example, you can get a unit that’s all digital and push-button, or maybe even programmable.

    One increasing popular feature found in higher-end ranges is voice control. For example, this GE Profile Range will respond to simple voice commands for the ultimate convenience.

    Reno’s Appliance carries top-of-the-line electric and gas ranges from brands like Bosch, Wolf, GE, Amana, and Samsung. When it comes time for you to pick out a new range, stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection.

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  7. 4 Tips for Finding the Perfect Kitchen Faucet

    4 Tips for Finding the Perfect Kitchen Faucet

    Whether you’re giving your kitchen a complete overhaul, or simply updating the décor, installing a new kitchen faucet is certainly going to be part of the job. If it’s been a while since you last shopped for a faucet, and you’re not sure where to begin, then check out these four tips to help you find the perfect one for your space.

    1. Mounting Matters

      First, decide if you want a deck-mount faucet or a wall-mount faucet. Wall-mount faucets attach through the wall and hang over the sink.

      Deck-mount faucets attach to the countertop or rest on the sink. If you choose this type, then the number of holes on your sink is important. These are your standard options:

      • Combination handle/spout faucets require a single hole, plus an additional hole for the sprayer.
      • Handle/spout faucets with integrated sprayers require a single hole.
      • Traditional faucets need four holes total: one each for the hot and cold taps, one for the spout, and a fourth for the sprayer.

      If you want to add soap dispensers, instant hot water dispensers, water filters, or other optional components, then you’ll need more holes. If you’re starting from scratch, choose your faucet before your sink so you can buy a sink with the appropriate number of holes for your selection. Or, holes may be drilled into the sink to accommodate your faucet if needed.

    2. Focus on the Finish

      Most kitchen faucets come in a range of finish choices, typically some color of metal. In the silver family, options include chrome, nickel, stainless steel, platinum, and pewter. For a warmer tone, you can try brass, gold, bronze, or copper. Metallic finishes can be either polished, brushed, or satin, depending on whether you want a bold shine or a more muted gleam.

      If you’ve picked out your kitchen sink, then you obviously want your faucet to match. Easy decision. But if you haven’t picked out the sink, consider that smudges and stains show up on chrome and polished finishes more easily than brushed and satin finishes. That may be a factor in your decision.

    3. Consider Ultra Low Flow

      If you’re environmentally focused, or want to save on water bills, this may be important to you. Since 1992, federal regulations require that faucets made in the United States have a maximum flow rate of 2.5 gallons per minute (GPM), which has resulted in thousands and thousands of gallons of water saved each year.

      But, you can choose to have an even lower flow rate. In 2008, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) started the WaterSense program to encourage the manufacture of high-efficiency faucets with a flow rate of 1.5 GPM or less. While not a federal regulation, most manufacturers have products that meet WaterSense criteria, so be sure to ask your salesperson if this interests you.

    4. Take a Look at Technology Trends

      If you haven’t bought a faucet in a long time, then you’re probably not aware of all the cool new faucet features out there, like:

      • Motion-activation: Motion-activated faucets enable you to turn the water on and off, adjust the flow, and raise or lower the temperature,
      • Laminar flow: Laminar technology emits water in a clear, solid stream for a smooth and silky feel and no splashing. It feels luxurious, but laminar-flow faucets still meet federal water flow standards, with some models even meeting the stricter WaterSense criteria.
      • Filtration and more: Many manufacturers make faucets that offer built-in filtration, instant chilling, and even carbonation for clean, cold, sparkling water on demand.

    Shopping for a new kitchen faucet doesn’t have to be a daunting task. Follow these tips and you’re sure to find the perfect faucet.

    Reno’s Appliance carries a large selection of kitchen faucets from industry-leading brands like Insinkerator, Franke, Rohl, and more. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection.

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  8. 7 Tips for Making the Most of Your Mudroom

    7 Tips for Making the Most of Your Mudroom

    The mudroom is prized among homeowners for housing all kinds of gear, from coats and backpacks, to cleats and tennis rackets. It’s also the perfect place to handle messy chores like potting plants and painting small pieces of furniture. Perhaps most important, mudrooms help keep the dirt and germs that reside outside the house from getting inside the rest of your clean home.

    If your mudroom is due for a remodel, or you are looking to add one in your home, consider these helpful tips:

    1. Focus on Floors

      Start your mudroom renovation with what’s below your feet. You want your mudroom floors to be easy to clean and slip-resistant.

      Linoleum is a good choice for mudroom flooring because it requires just basic upkeep and it naturally repels bacteria and dust. Vinyl flooring is another popular option because it’s nearly impervious to stains and water damage, and maintenance is a matter of sweeping it clean on a regular basis. You can pad either flooring option with a layer of cork for a softer floor.

    2. See Seating Possibilities

      What’s the point of a mudroom if people don’t remove their shoes before entering your home? Giving people a convenient place to sit will encourage them to do just that. Many home goods or hardware stores carry small benches with shoe storage built right in. If you are a crafter you can buy unfinished pieces and paint and stencil the piece yourself to match your décor.

    3. Get On the Hook

      Wall hooks were simply made for mudrooms. They are easier to install than cabinets and can hold anything from coats and backpacks to sports bags and laptop cases. Assign two or three hooks for each person in the family to keep things from piling up.

    4. Consider Cubbies

      Cubbies are a perfect addition to mudrooms, especially when you have young ones at home. Hooks may be too high for them to reach, but a cubby is just their height, which will encourage them to put their things away where they belong. Cubbies are also a good option for storing shoes.

    5. Be Creative with Color

      Most people may not think of painting their mudroom because they usually don’t spend too much time in there. On the other hand, mudrooms are usually small spaces, so using a bold color may just add that pop of color your home is looking for. In fact, maybe seeing happy yellow, tranquil green, or cool blue walls may set the right tone as you move through the space into your home.

    6. Look for a Laundry Solution

      Mudrooms are usually conveniently located adjacent to the kitchen—which makes them perfect locations for your laundry set-up. Are you concerned that your mudroom isn’t large enough to accommodate a washer and a dryer? Consider purchasing a stackable washer-dryer units, which are perfect for small spaces.

    7. Enjoy Extra Refrigeration

      Consider a second, full-sized refrigerator or even a compact fridge for the mudroom. An extra refrigerator is perfect for canned and bottled beverages, and other food items that need long-term cold storage or freezing, but take up too much valuable real estate in the kitchen fridge. It’s also great to have that extra refrigeration for those times you host large gatherings.

    Mudrooms serve different needs for different families, but they all share at least one common purpose—keeping your home clean and clutter-free. Follow the above tips to get the most out of your mudroom for years to come.

    Reno’s Appliance was founded in 1951 as Reno’s Radio & TV. Since then, the shop has grown to become the one-stop home appliance source trusted by thousands. Reno’s sons continue to carry on the tradition set forth by their father and exhibit exceptional customer service. We have every home appliance you will possibly need. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection.

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  9. Boost Your Home’s Value By Upgrading Kitchen Appliances

    Boost Your Home’s Value By Upgrading Kitchen Appliances

    If you’re looking for a home improvement project that will increase the value of your home, but won’t take up top much of your time, start with upgrading your kitchen appliances. Experts agree that installing high-quality appliances that are functional and stylish will get you the most return on your investment when it’s time to sell.

    Here are some tips to help you choose appliances that you, and potential homebuyers, will love.

    Think Timeless Style
    If you’ve got all-white appliances that look like they are from a bygone era, then it will be difficult to maximize your asking price. Choose stainless steel or black appliances instead for a sleek, contemporary look that never goes out of style.

    Or, consider appliances that can be concealed behind cabinetry. With this current design trend, refrigerators, dishwashers, and even range hoods can seemingly disappear, for a truly cohesive look that is sure to impress homebuyers.

    Try to avoid purchasing appliances with bold finishes such as bright colors or patterns if your purpose is to up your home’s resale value. Potential homebuyers may be turned off by a design aesthetic they don’t like.

    Enhance Energy Efficiency
    Kitchen appliances account for a large percentage of the typical home’s total energy use. So when it’s time to upgrade, choose energy-efficient appliances that are marked with the Energy Star logo, like this Whirlpool dishwasher and GE refrigerator. These appliances will cost more up front, but you’ll see lower energy bills—and higher bids from potential homebuyers.

    Go for Fun and Functional Features
    Appliances with extra features are appealing to homebuyers. Just make sure they’re not just expensive add-ons, but will truly simplify life in the kitchen. For example:

    Adding on the Extras
    If you’ve gotten your major appliances taken care of and you’ve still got some room in your budget, then there are some extras that can be worth the investment. For example, garbage disposals and trash compactors are appliances that potential homebuyers often don’t know they want until they see a home that has them. If you’re in a more high-end market, then installing a wine refrigerator can be a nice touch that adds a bit of elegance to the home.

    Remember, unless you’re truly in the high-end market, you don’t need to overspend on luxury appliances. You’re better off purchasing durable appliances with timeless style and practical features. When you are ready to upgrade your kitchen appliances, come to Reno’s Appliance. Reno’s has a large selection of kitchen appliances to choose from including:

    Reno’s Appliance was founded in 1951 as Reno’s Radio & TV. Since then, the shop has grown to become the one-stop home appliance source trusted by thousands. Reno’s sons continue to carry on the tradition set forth by their father and exhibit exceptional customer service. We have every home appliance you will possibly need. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection.

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  10. 7 Dishwasher Myths You Can Stop Believing

    7 Dishwasher Myths You Can Stop Believing

    Dishwashers are not exactly new inventions, but for some reason, there are still many misconceptions surrounding them. Maybe, once upon a time, there were certain tips or tricks that helped your parents or grandparents get the most out of their dishwashers, but most of that is irrelevant today. It’s time to bust these seven dishwasher myths once and for all.

    Myth #1: You need to pre-rinse.
    Unless there’s really large pieces of food still stuck to the plate or a baking dish, there’s no need to pre-rinse. In fact, pre-rinsing can do more harm than good. If you rinse the dishes too much, then there’s nothing for the detergent to work on, so dishes are more likely to get scratched and chipped.

    Myth #2: There are different ways you can load a dishwasher.
    Some might say they know the best way to load a dishwasher. Others might claim it doesn’t really matter how you load it. They’re all wrong. Here’s the ideal way to load your dishwasher:

    • Top rack—Place cups and glasses between the tines of the top rack. Load bowls at an angle. All dishwasher-safe plastic belongs on the top rack as well.
    • Bottom rack—Plates, pans, and larger items should go on the bottom rack.
    • Third rack—If you have a third rack on your dishwasher then this is where you’ll put tall cooking utensils, spatulas, large knives. If you don’t have a third rack, then put these items on the top rack facing down.

    Myth #3: Dishwashers damage flatware.
    It’s definitely OK to put flatware in your dishwasher. That’s why there’s a basket specifically for your utensils. Place forks and spoons in the basket with handles pointing down. Knives can go there as well, but make sure the blades are pointing down and the handles are pointing up.

    Myth #4: You can put any dish or utensil in there.
    Just like certain items of clothing don’t belong in your washing machine, there are certain kitchen items that should never go into your dishwasher. Good knives, fine china, ceramic cookware, wooden cutting boards, crystal glasses, sterling silver, and silver-plated items can be damaged in the dishwasher and therefore, should always be washed by hand.

    Myth #5: Rinsing agents are completely unnecessary.
    Rinsing agents are actually very useful. They prevent spots and streaks by enabling water to rinse completely away from the dishes.

    Myth #6: All detergents are the same.
    Gels, powders, tablets, pods, liquids—there’s seemingly no end to the variety of dishwasher detergents out there. They all claim to be the best, of course, but studies show that powder tablets out-clean them all, especially when it comes to really tough loads.

    Myth #7: The dishwasher and kitchen sink have different drain pipes.
    This is simply not true. Your dishwasher drains into the same pipes as your kitchen sink. So a clogged sink drain will affect your dishwasher as well. And if you have a garbage disposal, make sure that’s completely clear of debris before you run the dishwasher.

    Of course, the best way to get clean dishes is to start with a high-quality dishwasher. Reno’s Appliances is proud to carry an extensive inventory of world-class brands that are known for dependability and durability like Frigidaire, Bosch, Whirlpool, and many others. Plus, we have portable dishwashers, which are perfect for small spaces.

    Reno’s Appliance was founded in 1951 as Reno’s Radio & TV. Since then, the shop has grown to become the one-stop home appliance source trusted by thousands. Reno’s sons continue to carry on the tradition set forth by their father and exhibit exceptional customer service. We have every home appliance you will possibly need. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection.

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